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

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2,316 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,316
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 58
Gots: 138 | FT: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-06-2002)
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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 9/17/2014. Poured into a Bell's snifter 10/23/2014.

A- Darker cola brown body, one finger offwhite head with fair retention time. Eventually drops into a medium density foam with a bubbly collar. Moderate lacing. Pretty much par for the course. [3.75]

S- Milk chocolate sweetness, bitter espresso, moderate roasted malt. Slight hint of smoke. Dark chocolate. [4]

F- Cold-brewed black coffee, roast malt character, milk chocolate sweetness near the finish that is ultimately bitter espresso mixed in with a surprising sweet lactose-like finish, making me think of cream. Nice complexity with some subtle touches to it. Very tasty. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, silky smooth and creamy. Not particularly oily or resinous, but it does have a nice earthy finish that is dry and soothing. [4]

O- Very nice porter. The richness and sweetness on this one gives it a bit more of a "cream and one sugar" quality to the otherwise predominant coffee-forward roasted malt character. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. In my opinion, this stacks up quite well to the usual characters such as Edmund Fitzgerald, Smuttynose, Founders Porter, Black Butte. This seems like quite the underrated porter to me. [4]

Final score: 4.10

Stevedore, Today at 09:01 AM
Photo of digitalflood
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours pitch black. Strong frothy head reduces to khaki lacing. Scents of Breakfast Blend coffee and biscuits waft off. Good porter bitterness on the nose. Some acids courtesy of coffee, toasted barley, and a bit of smoked peet. Mid-palate it is coffee, some cocoa, and a lingering tartness. The back palate is all malt and biscuits with some lingering coffee notes. Fairly dry, but still very drinkable. Like a good cup of Arabica. Aftertaste is all coffee and toasted barley. 4 out of 5. Very good. Recommended.

digitalflood, Today at 02:48 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

aklude, Yesterday at 05:32 PM
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

JayCheG, Tuesday at 12:52 AM
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3.44/5  rDev -10.9%

Tylertut, Monday at 03:16 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

megamick, Sunday at 12:47 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

TS057, Saturday at 02:31 AM
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3.81/5  rDev -1.3%

APH, Friday at 09:08 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

atlbravsrno1, Oct 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

connor4835, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jeremiahoden, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of PaulyB83
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 08/06/14

A- Dark brown not quite black, a bit on the lighter side of porters I've had. Light brown head.

S- Chocolate, light coffee, tiny bit of perceived vanilla.

T- Light roasted coffee, quite a bit of roasted acidity, missing some of the chocolate and sweetness from the aroma.

M- Medium normal porter feel.

O- A decent slightly above average porter. Not on the level of Edmund Fitzgerald or Founders Porter though.

PaulyB83, Oct 13, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +21.8%

JimBerry, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of ONUMello
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown color with a 1+ finger head
S: Toasted malt, coffee/cocoa but also a slightly metallic note that doesn't fit
T: Similar toasted malt/coffee/cocoa matching the nose; thankfully no metal though a touch simple
F: Medium-bodied yet full
O: I'm spoiled with GLBC's Ed Fitz being brewed just a few miles away as that's a high bar to beat as far as porters are concerned. This is a good beer and is a good example of the style, just not quite in the same league as Ed

ONUMello, Oct 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

StoutItOutLoud, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

JKV96, Oct 11, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

thebowski, Oct 11, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -3.6%

charlieheld, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

BeerBeak81, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jstonerock24, Oct 09, 2014
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Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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