mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown/light black with a small khaki head. Aroma consisting of roasted malt, light chocolate and light roast coffee. A thin, lighter bodied porter with higher than desired carbonation. Notes of chocolate and roasted malt stand out with a minimal about of smokiness and coffee linger on the finish. A solid effort, but not nearly as silky as I would like a porter to be.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark black with a creamy head. decent lacing. aroma of coffee and roasted malts. very smooth tasting with the flavors being very present but subtle. coffee, chocolate and rasted malt. overall enjoyable. good example of the style and perfect for someone new to porters as its flavorful yet very light and smooth.
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yet another solid brew from Bells. These guys just make good beer. Nothing flashy, but always good. Pours a dark brown with a nice off-white head. Nice roasted aroma with mild coffe notes. Pleasant hop bite on finish without unbalancing the overall flavor. Excellent porter.
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pour dark with a hint of amber glow when held to the light. head didn’t last very long. decent aroma not overly noticable taste is nice- not near the taste of the Expedition for my palette. A good drinkable brew.
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- poured a dark solid brown color. No hint if any other shades even when held to a light. 2 & 1/2 finger head with good retention and nice lacing
S- dark chocolate, coffee and some roasted grains. Maybe a hint of dark fruit there
T- tastes very much like it smells. Bitter dark chocolate, moderate coffee flavor and some slight toasty grains.
M- mouthfeel was medium. Finish was medium with good carbonation to give it done crispness
A soild porter from Bells. Not exciting but still rather nice
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entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very average, I expected more from Bells. Dark mahogany appearance with a thick tan head. Aroma was similiar to some char and roast mixed with tuna fish, Iím serious. Flavor is dominated by some bitter roast and a thin palate. OK beer but I can think of 20 better porters off the top of my head.
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bellís porter is deep deep brown with some rubby high lights. When poured it produces about one inch of desent head fading to a wisp ring .
Aroma is rich with roasted malt slightly sweet. Hops are present but not much.
Smooth and rich roasted, slightly burnt malt taste is present. Hops are there just for balance purposes and are not a major player.
Has a rich full taste but I would like to taste some of the flavors we come to associate with a rich and complex malt bill.
Variety and difference is just as good.
A well made beer I can enjoy time and time again
Drink well my friends
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2014 A disappointment. Slight cardboard smell. Roasted malt was not rich and flavorful. Even worse, this porter had a terrible mouth feel, something I feel is important to a porter. It was over carbonated, with spritzy like dry bubbles. In a porter???? Very strong vodka taste for 6%. For a Bells, I refuse to believe it?s that bad. I will rerate soon.Well I said I rerate this and I am a man of my word. 6 years later. This beer is smooth cocodelicious. What a snob I must have been back then.
Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch # 7156. Aroma was sweet malt, and a hint of coffee. Flavor was that and a little chocolate thrown in. A great porter. Get in my belly!
beerlover82 (240) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown, almost pitch black, with some light shining through. Creamy and bubbly tan head, about half a finger thick. Moderate lacing and retention.
Light aromas of roasted malt, some alcohol and faint coffee-like scents. All very light, noticeable by sniffing very attentively. Not bad.
Nice mouth full of chewy roasted malt and other dark flavors, very light as the style usually dictates. Light body with lots of carbonation.
Solid porter, nothing wowing, but porters are not supposed to be. Light but tasty, very satisfying and flavorful without being too light.