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RATINGS: 1552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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A dark ale for all occasions. A blend of dark malt gives this beer flavors of coffee and chocolate with some smokey roasted notes.

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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerlover82 (235) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2012
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (234) - Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Aromas of dark roasted coffee with a touch of chocolate. Some balance from the hop bitterness. A moderate light tan head; very dark brown, nearly black color to the beer. Taste is predominately bitter flavors; mild to perhaps moderate sweetness. Fairly full bodied with a somewhat oily texture. Average carbonation. Finish is long and mostly roasted bitterness, but a touch of sweetness also. Overall a quite good enjoyable Porter. Complex enough to be interesting, though not enough to make it world class.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rentonj7 (234) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Deep brown with medium tan head. Nose is slightly sour, some raisin, roasted malts. Flavor carries some toffee, licorice, raisin. Medium mouthfeel, slightly slick on tongue, shorter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Bottle. This has all the normal characteristics of a good porter. Dark color. Strong codffee/malt aromas and flavors. Not the best but well worth a drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2008
This is an excellent porter in my mind. Nice full dark flavors just flow from this beer. Dark and lovely.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Pours dark brown. Fluffy two-finger head of tan foam. Decent retention and pretty good lacing. Nice roasted maltiness. Some coffee, chocolate and nuttiness. Slight notes of vanilla and hazelnut. Roasted barley. Light chocolate and coffee notes. Toasted hazelnut. Not quite hearty enough for my preferences. Medium bodied and slightly waterey tasting. Carbonation is too sharp, defeating any creaminess that might have helped this one out. Would make an easy session brew, if only by itís inoffensiveness and lack of anything íspecialí. I suppose, if I wanted to drink alot of these, I probably could. Not my fave release from Bellís.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a black opaque color with a half finger high off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of a little bit of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate, but is kind of boring. Tastes of roasted coffee beans basically, with subtle chocolate, but it goes down smooth and taste is better than the smell. Overall a good porter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2002
This is a really good porter. Its much much better on tap for some reason though. In the bottle, it lacks some of the complexity and richness. I donít notice this the same with any other Bells beers, just this one. Still solid in the bottle, but try it on tap.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Pours black with a very thin tan head. Smells caramelly with some cream to it (an unsual smell for a porter). Taste is very similar with a coating that stays on your lips. Aftertaste is the same and peters out fairly quickly.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2007
A great brew that sadly you canít get down here,thanks to my wife for picking me up a six pack from indiana. Pours a deep mahogany, almost black, with a bubbly brown head. Nose is somewhat dull with hints of caramel and burnt toast. Flavor is full and complex, with a very clean finish, onderful for the style. If this brew had just a touch more roasted flavor, it would be the best porter ever, it is still among the best. This is a great overall brew.


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