Bell's Porter - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Very dark brown and hazy with a light brown head.
Aroma: Typical Porter smell; Roasted coffee and chocolate with a little caramel/molasses. A well rounded malty aroma.
Taste: There is an interesting brightness to the palate right away. I'd attribute that to a bit of hop presence, but it fades quickly. The second half is all roasted coffee and dark chocolate. This is a good example of what a Porter should be, but it's not really showy enough to stand out against others of the style. That's not necessarily bad considering how some Porters go wrong when they are messed with too much. Nice lingering coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Effervescent at first, but smooths out nicely in the finish. Medium bodied. Easy to slug this one down.
Final Thoughts: I'm not sure what the original Porters tasted like, but this one seems like it would fit right in with those. It's sort of a back-to-basics example of the style but it does not disappoint. It's nicely robust with a lot of great flavors to back it up.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2012 03:44:53 | More by JamesMN
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