juandela (3) - kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2008 does not count
could there be a better beer in america? i vote no. larry bell does a handful of ok beers, some good and a few that are truly spectacular. this is one of the spectacular. rich and not for the feint of heart. heavy on chocolate maltiness, smoke and even and steady flavor. this beer perfectly accompanies a steak, burger or a cold winter evening in the recliner. like a good cigar, larry’s flagship porter satisfies. on this continent it’s great lake’s edmund fitzgerald of larry’s stock porter. thehardrocker (2) - Livonia, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2009 does not count
A wonderful beer out of the Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo MI. Great with fish and chips. Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2002
My favorite Porter in the universe. I love this Porter. Chocolate overtones with a slight coffee flavor. Other than Derek Jeter, the best thing to ever come out of Kalamazoo. SturmWulf (65) - USA - JUL 27, 2007
Good aroma of Malt, caramel and chocolate. Poured a brown sparkling,
Large, tan, fizzy head that stayed a long time, became frothy after a while, left light lacing, Wonderful flavor of roasted malt, slight caramel and then a lot of rich chocolate. Starts roasted malt, then a slight bitterness, then touch of caramel then lots of sweet rich chocolate. Excellent flavor! A light body with a creamy smooth texture, finish is an abrupt chocolate sweet with a slight touch of very pleasing and very light bitterness.
Now, I could drink quite a few of this Porter, for it is a definite pleasure to drink. I will definitely buy this again and add to my favorite rotation of brews. Great job by Bell’s. Was served in a Stein.
Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2002
Another hit from Bell’s! Nice chocolate background. One of my favorites.
rdawson321 (145) - USA - DEC 6, 2005
UPDATED: APR 28, 2006 Great during the winter months; thick, creamy, sweet, and still refreshing and clean. Pours a black amber with a lively head with a strong sweet, caramel aroma. Excellent beer, perhaps one of the best beers I’ve had. MrPhield (10) - Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2011
mmm, thich rich porter goodness! Smells, looks, tastes, feels, and is everything I enjoy in a porter. Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 13, 2014
Good smells upon opening the bottle. Very full yet clean mouthfeel with coffee notes on the finish. I’m not a coffee drinker so I like when porters are not overwhelmingly coffee flavored. This one is nicely balanced. Very drinkable. Zgpt (51) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Pies black with good tan head. Smell is nutty and a little sour. Taste is nutty with maybe a hint of chocolate smooth with a relatively light palate in a refreshing rather than weak way. Very good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Color is a dark opaque brown, nearly black, light but deep glowing brown highlights up to the light, a strong pour produced a thin, small tannish head of tight creamy foam, faded fast, some patchy lacing sticks every now and then. Smell is one complexing delicate nose of sourness of fruits, much like lemon-lime and oranges mixed but dulled and kinda dark, very calm, but I can definately detect a sour-like quality. Somewhat like super fresh sourdough bread yeast. I love it, whatever it is. That destinct Bell's quality. Aroma continues into some deeply roasted malts with cocoa hints and hop notes with a very slight coffeeish note as well. The taste is more complexing madness that starts mildly tangy, somewhat dullish fruit and hops, reminded me of mandorine oranges and of oriental salads with sesame, vinegar & soy sauces, but very good and not to sour at all. This is one pleasantly interesting porter. Flavors continue into some slight light and tangy smoothness of roasted malts, subtle in layers, and a really good mix of earthy tangy dryness thats a bit tingly and all in all very luscious and interestingly yummy. The more I drank it the more I absolutley fell in love with it. Feel is a smooth medium body with subtle layers of tangy dryness, damn nice. There seems to be more going on here then I can put a good finger on, but this will be a top pick to keep around at all times.