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

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1,009 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,009
Hads: 2,680
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 93
Gots: 309 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

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 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
4.99/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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, 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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Photo of GTSeabolt
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I like my porters heavy and dark and this was neither. It felt like a watered down version of a porter meets a brown ale that is having an identity crisis.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The look of this beer is very dark brown with a small tan head, great lacing. Smell is roasted malts and chocolate with hints of coffee. Taste is very malty with some bitter chocolate. Can definitely taste straight up hop bitterness on the back end. Feel is extremely light. Overall good porter, but wish it was a little stronger.

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Photo of TH28
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. 110 days old. Appearance: Deep brown and opaque with a hint of ruby red. Head is almost non existent. Aroma: Roasted malt dominates over any noticeable yeast of hop aroma. Taste: sweet, highly roasted malt that isn’t acrid or bitter, giving way a well balanced hop bitterness. Pretty straightforward. Mouthfeel: Thin, light body with low carbonation. Bottle seemed flat. Finish: Well balanced, with dry roast that lingers. Overall: Typical roasted malt character of a robust porter, with a surprisingly thin, light body and carbonation. Maybe it was just a flat bottle. Will have to to seek out a fresher version. Otherwise, an average robust porter

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Photo of mozart4898
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - 1 finger of head following fairly aggressive pour, quickly fading to a ring around the pint glass. Very dark, almost black.
S - Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, light spice. Overall light on the nose.
T - Slightly roasty, coffee like, bitterness more from grains than hops. Hints of dried fruit - cherries, raisins, cranberries, but very much in the background.
F - Low to medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is on the chewy side, somewhat oily. Nice.
O - Solid if not great beer. Walks a fine line between porter and stout for me (not uncommon in this style). I'm generally an IPA drinker but enjoy a nice stout or porter from time to time. My first time having this and I wouldn't turn it down if offered again. Might be a good beer to accompany beef roasts, chocolate cake or even a chocolate/cherry dessert. Also just fine on its own.

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Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As good as porter gets.

A: Chocolate brown body with a dense beige head w retention and lace.

S: Almost fruity, dark bread, with bits of chocolate and roast

T: Follows smell w that dark fruit bread and chocolate, that swirls toward a dance of vanilla, coffee and hops.

F: Good feel w med. body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Solid porter more toward the chocolate flavor and a balance of sweet, hop, and roasty flavors.

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

Not as good as Founder's but pretty damn good. Very drinkable. Definitely not as filling as other porters I've had and I feel it might be due to the carbonation which is more present in this. While the mouthfeel isn't slick and oily like other porters, it's smooth and creamy in a light way making this very easy to drink, perhaps TOO easy. A tad too light on the roasted flavors I feel though, they are there but weak like milk chocolate in comparison to others of the style. The ABV is also a little low for the style and my liking. Still this is a good drinkable porter, with the added benefit of being unpasteurized and unfiltered (big up bells brewery for putting that information out there) 4/5.

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Photo of DcfdLtE22
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz draft. Pours black with a tan creamy head. Very light for being a porter. Toasted nut flavor with a chocolate and coffee taste. Very good. I enjoy most of the Bells offerings so my review may be biased. Definitely one of the better Porters I've had.

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Photo of mlockman
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Phenomenal Porter, one of the best I've had to date, in fact. Not too roasty, perfect balance of sweet and bittersweet. Sets the benchmark to which all other American-made porters should be evaluated, in my humble opinion.

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Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.