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Bell's Porter - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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87
very good

1,017 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,017
Hads: 2,724
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 98
Gots: 333 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-06-2002

One of our many award-winning beers, Porter emphasizes the darker, roasted aspects of malt. Hints of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee provide the focus, while hops remain in the background. Not as full-bodied as a stout, Porter bridges the gap between malty brown ales and our more heavily roasted stouts.
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Photo of Crubbsy
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, approaching black. Opaque. A somewhat small light tan head formed after pouring, and about 1/8 inch head remains in the glass.

Smell: The first thing that came to mind was the unforgettable smell of combusted gunpowder and bore cleaner (like at a shooting range). Brought great memories to mind. Once I got past that, I got mostly straight-forward roasty malt notes.

Taste: First is the roasted malt flavors, which are pretty strong. Then the roasty flavors turn into a bitterness, which is rounded out by a fairly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good weight to this one. Might be because I've been drinking some lighter-bodied beers lately. Liked the little bit of chewy heft that this one held.

Overall: Not a terribly special porter. Kind of a straight-forward safe-bet porter. Not bad, but not a stellar offering either.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear brown-black with a smallish but lasting head. The aroma presents dark chococlate, smoke, and cinnamon. The flavor leads with very gentle smoke, as well a chocolate, maple, rasin, and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is neither thick nor thin, but very smooth and drinkable. Overall this is a super pleasant porter with a simple but deep flavor.

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Photo of BillHodson
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of a bottle into a 12oz. glass.
My daughter bought this for me to help me on the Michigan Beer Cap display she got me for Christmas. I've had other Bell's products, and have not been impressed. This, to me, is an average porter; nothing to rave or write home about.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nutty brown color, develops into a coffee brown with 90% opacity leaving just enough transparency to let light highlight the edges of the silky body. Head is beige and 3 fingers, recedes slowly and leaves mild lace.

Aroma is like Stover chocolates with the white cream inside, spiced barley, some cherry notes, brown bread, rice, silk chocolate, ash.

Taste is both burnt and chocolaty at the same time. Dark cocoa malts behind that, with a sharp coffee-like hop bite behind that. Feel thins out towards the end. As it warms a bit of ash comes out.

Feel is well-carbonated and nicely condensed with creaminess throughout. A mild semi-dryness at the end.

Overall it's not quite in the same league as my favorites (Deschutes, Founders, Central Waters) - reaching towards it but barely touching. I'd have it again - it's a decent porter but not really fantastic.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body, fluffy creamy light tan head, sparse lace. Aroma is wonderful, lots of raw cacao bean, pulpy wood, mild hop bitterness. Flavor has more hop bitterness, acidity and some mild earthiness, dark malt (dark, not toasted/roasted) and chocolate has taken a step down. Slightly sweet, well balanced by bitterness. Medium body, love that fluffy head.
Great presentation, including the nose, hops and their bitterness had too much sway on the flavor for my tastes. Otherwise a great, expressive, balanced beer.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- black, thin tan lacing
S- dark chocolate malt
T- dark chocolate, espresso, smoky flavor... hint of bitterness at the end.
F- medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. very smooth.

Another good beer by Bell's. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tan head that gets a little mashed potatoey after a second. Oil black body

Burnt coffee, chocolate, vanilla, malts, cherry pits. Smells sweeter as it warms

Chocolate, coffee, smoke, malts underneath. More complex at the very front, but follows up pretty woody and bitter. The sort of beer you only want to drink with the front of your mouth

Slick, coats the mouth. Very light carbonation

Not outstanding. Though when I drink a porter I basically just want a chocolate milkshake, so,

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown - cola colored with ruby accents at the edges; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 3 finger light brown head that receded to a thick collar; OK lacing;

S: roasted grain with dark chocolate in the background;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mostly dark chocolate at the end; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not all that complex, but nice flavor and enjoyable to drink;

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Photo of q33jeff
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to pint glass, shared with the wife, she cooking for Turkey day. Look is Dark brown, nice tan head. Large bubbles. Aroma is toasted barley, bread, brown sugar, Taste is cocoa, fig, raisin. Feel is light, a little silky. Nice porter. Bells does their dark beers like champions.

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Photo of jimdalton
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown (nearly black), non-transparent that pours a one finger head with quite a bit of lacing.
Smell: Malt backbone with a hint of smoke and roasted coffee
Taste: Malt and roasted coffee are up front with some citrus hop presence. Smoky flavor is very subtle, but not overpowered.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body with a smooth milk texture. Moderate carbonation.
Overall: Bell's Porter is a wonderful porter that brings a smooth feel and great flavor. Well executed!

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass in November 2015. Liked to see the bottled date on the bottle, and drank it 1 month after the bottling.

Appearance: Deep black with dark tan head. Beer color is opaque but not cloudy. Head is thick, and leaves a thick film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with mix of roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate. Nice variety and balance, with a little hops aroma.

Taste: There is a nice mix of sweetness from the malt and bite from the hops. There is a strong roasted coffee flavor, and I also a little chocolate flavors, balanced with a bit of hops. This was done in a nice combination with the other flavors. There is a nice variety of flavors in the aftertaste too, that lasts for a minute. I like how the flavors vary overtime with the aftertaste, and end with a bite from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium alcohol, which confirms the 5.6% on the bottle.

This is a smooth full-bodied Porter. It is an interesting combination of flavors, and I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of GeorgiaFunkadelic
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Tasty little Porter. Dark & malty...oh how I desire hops.
A little rich, and clean.

Bought this in a six-pack bottle. Bell's beers are of good quality. Glad to add this to my fall Porter list.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice deep redish brown with a nice frothy head. Smell is a nice deep chocolate coffee with a hint of malt. Perhaps some cocoa as well. A bitter coffee taste at the start but not at all harsh. Very smooth and creamy. Good solid porter.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look: Black; one finger of head; noticeable lacing

Smell: Roasty coffee; smoke; booze; Some fruit.

Taste: Roasted coffee; Not overly bitter per se, but without any sweetness or any other flavors present, what bitterness there is becomes elevated. Bit of a bite in the finish.

Feel: Thin; fairly carbonated.

Overall: Meh....Had heard some good things about Bell, but not a fan of this offering; Pretty much one dimensional watered down coffee. Disappointing.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a 16 oz altbiers glass. Dark brown with a tan 2 finger head with moderate lacing. A typical porter with hints of chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Hops bitterness is very moderate. Overall a very enjoyable beer experience. I'll have another, please!

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Photo of uccle81
1.91/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Thick and syrupy. Tasted like burned caramel and grain alcohol. I like some of Bell's products, but this was rough. I opened the first bottle, tried it and then poured it out assuming that it was skunked. Tried the remaining 5. Same result. Other than the nasty Michelob Amber Bock, this is the ONLY beer I've ever poured down the drain. Sorry Bell's, I may buy a single one day to give it another shot.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bells Porter.

Now this one outta be some fun. Thr legendary Porter from my favorite brewery. Grabbed a single for $1.89 at my local Meijer. No time for cooling, I wanna drink NOW!.

Look - From the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very deep brown with hints of ruby if held up to the light. The head is massive, very frothy and very bubbly, standing nearly half the glass in height. Carbonation is tough to read due to the darkness of the beer. A large amount of sticky lacing is left all around the glass as though building a stairway to * insert your religious afterlife of choice here *.

Smell - Nose is very roasted malt forward with an odd, almost metallic twang I guess you could say as it embraces your nostrils. Hop levels are kept to ablut moderate and there is also a large medium coffee aspect due to the beer being nearly room temperature.

Taste - The roasted malt and moderate level of medium coffee are the star players on this brew. The metallic twang ks there though not bothersome. Hops are very crisp and refreshing and nearly grapefruit like in nature.

Feel - The feel is absolutely perfect for the style. Body is very full and coats the mouth in rich roasty goodness and it is highly creamy due to the beautifully retained head. Carbonation is minimal and the beer swallows like a dream. Flavors lean more towards milk chocolate as the brew sits.

Overall - A very solid Porter. Great, actually. Probably one of my favorites out of the specific style. Very easy drinking aslnd sessionable to high hell. This would make a fine introduction porter for somebody just getting into the style. Bell's really cannot do much wrong. I'd have again for sure..

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very well made beer, which has a nice warming feel between a brown ale and porter. The cocoa and roasted notes sit well with the slight snap of bitterness and sugary milk feel. Pleasant coating on the mouth.

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Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, blackish-brown with red highlights, the brew has a medium, cream-colored head. The smell is roasty, with a malt-centric character. Some smokiness is also present in the aroma. The taste is balanced, with the roasted sensation continuing from the scent. It has a medium-body and is enjoyable.

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Photo of Nyg
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark roasted malt chocolate deliciousness. The head adds nice scent and malt taste. Top 10 porter. Not very heavy and an easy drink. A 6 pack and your good

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Photo of MACrist
4.81/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rated within the style. I guess it just depends on your idea of what a good porter is. There are quite a few great ones on the market. There are a lot of great porters that to me should really be called stouts. It's subjective, right? Well, starting with the straight pour into the pint glass we get a nice light tan three fingers of head. The beer appears to be very dark brown, and if you hold a flashlight to it, it has a nice ruby color without letting much light through. The aroma is rich with roasted malt, chocolate, some minor dried dark fruit, and coffee. And maybe a slight smokiness. Nice lacing down the glass.The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, and finally coffee. Slight bit of licorice and that subtle smoky quality. The beer is not overly carbonated (or complex for that matter), but very adequate...you know you are drinking a beer of quality. There is a nice but mild bitterness up front and then that sweet malt finishes fairly dry. To me, this is what a good porter should be.

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch #14662; bottled on 8/4/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours close to black with a fluffy khaki head that falls slowly leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts. Hints of smoke too. The flavors are nice. Lots of cocoa and more smoke. Pretty roasty. More malts. Subtle coffee notes. Some milk. Finishes dry for the most part. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, but has a heavy feel to it. Moderate carbonation and very creamy. Smooth stuff.

Nice porter. They stay true to style. Nothing too crazy, but very nice.

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Photo of WellRested518
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a 13oz tulip. Bottled 4/16/15

L- Almost pitch black with some burgandy tones when held upon the sun. A nice khaki-white head fades to a thin crown. Decent lacing.

S- Probably the best thing about this brew. Roasted malts with coffee, bakers chocolate, wood, and a hint of vanilla. If you told me that this were oak aged, I would believe you.

T- Roasted malt, coffee, char, vanilla, and bakers chocolate. This porter isn't dry, but it's damn close. A nice earthy/piney hop-bitterness completes the drink*. Behind it all is a slight wave of cherry and cranberry juice.

M- Starts with a nice medium-full mouthfeel and a smooth carb, but as the drink rests it soon becomes thin and oily on the backend.

* This bitterness that completes the drink, may also be it's downfall. As my palate adjusts to the hop/malt bitterness it seems to thin the drink out and make it rather uninteresting.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/11/12

L: Pours a very dark brown with an off-color white head. More lacing than you’d expect from a porter.

S: Rich and appropriately roasty. Chocolate malt is prominent, reminiscent of a bold roast coffee.

T: Following aroma, this beer is rich, burnt, and roasty. Upfront, it slightly malty, but yields to dark malt and hop bitterness. Finish is dry and bitter.

F: Medium bodied and just over medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy despite the low gravity and substantial carbonation with some very slight alcoholic warmth.

O: A solid porter through and through. Quaffable with a nice aroma and a particularly nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Good porter. Pours black, head quickly recedes. Dark brown/ pitch black color. Very malty aroma. Taste is malty and hoppy but not too hoppy. Creamy mouthfreel that pairs well with the wonderful malty flavors. There are better porters but this one is fantastic. Overall very good.

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Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,017 ratings.