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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,529 Ratings
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87
very good

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Ratings: 2,529
Reviews: 993
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 73
Gots: 219 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 2,529 | Reviews: 993
Photo of jooler
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good and smooth. Slight lager background but great coffee taste

Photo of BigD1975
4.98/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It's a Porter! You can't go wrong with any Porter...can you!?

Photo of JLSIV
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love this porter, and think it is a solid representation of this style

Photo of Furlinator
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A solid porter. Dark malt, chocolate and faint coffee aromas and flavors. Welcome to Southern California Bell's!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Packaged 1/29/15.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted sesame seed, earth, char, and cocoa powder aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, earth, and slight burnt toast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice balance of roast, char, and cocoa characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of JDJorgenson
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

An excellent expression of a straight porter. The aroma is full, complex, and inviting. Slightly over carbonated hurts the mouth feel, but an otherwise superior porter.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint

A. A nice rich brown. 90% opaque. 2 finger frothy head. Nice lacing.

S. Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla. Smells really nice and clean.

T. Agreeing with the nose I get nicely roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla. Blonde coffee notes. A very nice flavor to a regular porter.

M. Medium body with some carbonation. Not a whole lot. But just enough.

O. Really enjoying this porter. Good balance. Nice body. A win for me. Will drink again.

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown beer with a one finger high head.

Nose: Roasted malt, brown sugar, dried fruit and coffee.
Taste: Malt, grass, roasted coffe beans, dark chocolate and brown sugar.
Body: Medium body with medium carbonation. Well balance between sweetnesss and bitterness.

Nice smooth taste.

Photo of JDoHo
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perfect porter for a cold winter evening.

Photo of FreshEsh
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent, but I prefer more robust styles like founders or Edmund Fitz.

Photo of mluchies
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second favorite Porter after Founder's "Porter".

Photo of maedhros09
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown but still barely transparent with moderate light tan head that settles to a film.

Smell: light roast aromas and a kind of sour fruity scent

Taste: light clean dry (very lightly sweet) roasted malt flavor with mild herbal/grassy bitter hops finish that lingers.

Feel: light to medium body, medium smooth. Feels like what you would expect of a typical lager.

Overall: A well-rounded light porter - not too sweet, not too roasty, not too bitter. Goes down easy but not as smooth a most heavier porters or stouts - feels more like a lager overall. If you think of it as "Porter-lite" you will appreciate its virtues. If you are expecting something more robust you may be disappointed.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty dark brown with khaki colored head. Caramel malts and coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness.

Photo of Bosoxbennie
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gotta say im kinda fond of this one

Photo of Cammspot
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Carbonation a bit "bitey". Bitterness is stout like. Decent roasted taste. Minimal foam head.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, opaque black color, practically no head what-so-ever. What little head there is formed a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very roasty and malty. Tons of roasted malt, black pepper, brown sugar and notes of freshly baked pumpernickel bread.

Taste: A lot like the aroma. Very roasty, imparting some subtle smokiness and coffee flavor, as well as a ton of malt, some brown sugar-like sweetness and some slight hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and smooth, as there’s practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another solid porter. Great balance between the smokiness of the roasted malt and the brown sugar-like sweetness. Porter fans should definitely try this!

Photo of JGam115
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sanguine tinge, caramel foam. Light caramel, bittersweet chocolate. Light and refreshing.

Photo of mchegash
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.8/5
Pours a avery dark brown color, with maybe a hint of read. A small amount of head, dissipates quickly.

Smell - 3.8/5
Chocolate, and earthy, resionous hops. Also some sweet fruity-chocolateness.

Taste - 3.75/5
A declious fruity-smoky taste. Quite sweet. there are hints of chocolate and coffee. There is definitely a fruity element to the flavor, which seems hard to place in a porter/stout.

Mouthfeel - 3.8/5
Medium bodied, in between smooth and bitter. Fairly creamy. A small amount of medium-intensity carbonation.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a decent porter overall. Nothing super special that stands out though.

Photo of rfdracing
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite Porters.

Photo of tillmac62
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOD 8/29/14. Pours almost black. Above average head volume, excellent retention and lacing. Light nose of roast with hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Medium bodied with a nice slick texture that approaches creamy. Above average carbonation with effervescence from the middle on. The flavor profile is of average intensity, a bit complex and is masterfully balanced. It begins with a blend of roast, dark fruit and dark chocolate that reveal themselves in that order. The roast lingers to the middle where it meets a mild hop bitterness. The finish is a slow fade of roast and hop bitterness over a slightly sweet note. A good laid back porter, but not outstanding.

Photo of MorgothBauglir
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Smooth, balanced, & very sessionable. This is my go to porter if I want to knock back more then a few ;)

Photo of RyanK252
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep dark brown with a slight ruby tinge, very little light passes through, with a mocha brown head that fades and laces nicely.

S: Roasted malt, a bit of coffee, faint dark fruit, and maybe even a little maple, and a touch of light smoke.

T: Roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate, a nice kinda smokiness, a bit of dark fruit, and a touch of sweetness on the finish.

M: Moderate carbonation keeps this one on the lighter side of medium bodied which is quite a pleasant surprise, goes down very smooth.

O: Very solid porter. I would happily drink this all day in the yard raking leaves.

Photo of Gajo74
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a creamy head. Aroma has elements of coffee, roasted malt and kind of a burnt wood like quality. Taste is mostly malty with elements of coffee. Finish is slightly bitter and hoppy. The feel is perhaps my favorite attribute; although it is a dark beer, it has a deceptively light, creamy and lively carbonation which lends itself to a crisp and refreshing taste normally associated with lighter beers. I had this beer with chocolate and it was a great pairing. Overall a nice example of porter.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Very dark brown, almost black in color with a soft tan head. Good retention throughout the duration of the beer. Pleasant, mild aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is much of the same with roasted malts and a hint of chocolate to round it out. Medium bodied with a slight bitter finish and goes down easy. Very solid porter here. Not too heavy, not too light. I picked this one up in NY but if Bell's distributed in NJ this would be something I would purchase regularly.

Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black. A light tan head caps it, dissipating quickly to a thin layer that leaves some soapy lacing. The aroma is nice, a little restrained, but hitting all the right notes, with rich roasted notes, mild earthy hops, and some nice coffee tones. The taste is just a little more forward, incorporating all the aroma elements and superbly blending them. No one aspect dominates at any point. The body is a little thinner and there is a slight carbonation tingle on the finish.

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Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,529 ratings.