Bell's Porter - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by LacquerHead:
3.23/5 rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This had no transparency; it had a black brownish color with a relatively light tan head.
The aroma was on the lighter side. It had a typical robust smell. There weren't any stand-out aromas.
The taste was okay. Like the aroma, the taste was on the lighter side for porters. There was the expected robust malt flavor. At first it kind of reminded me of a roasted malted root beer. For the most part there were faint ghost flavors showing up now and again, always in the far back ground. Most porters come alive as they warm up, but this one didn't really do that.
M/F: well carbonated but not too distracting.
D: easy to drink. It had a slight sipping quality.
Conclusion: it was a borderline average porter. It was a little thin on taste for a porter. For a craft brewery, this was well below par. This was the kind of beer someone could have on any day for any occasion. Nothing really memorable.I probably wouldn't purchase this again. It was too thin and there are better porters for the same price range.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2011 00:53:08 | More by LacquerHead
More User Reviews:
3.31/5 rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a finger high, and mocha in shade. Retention isn't fantastic, I must say. A small ring of lacing is left on the glass.
S: This has a nice sweet tone - molasses, smoke, brown sugar, caramel, and chocolate come through nicely. There isn't a lot of roasted malt, though. Even more chocolate appears as it warms up.
T: At first, I'm getting a subtle roast that I missed from the nose. Brown sugar appears in the midtaste, and the finish is faintly hoppy. Touches of roast also appear on the back end after a while. Well-made, but a pretty standard example of the style.
M: The texture is a tad rough, but far from harsh. It doesn't strike me as being too sweet or too dry finishing. Carbonation is medium, not falling into the pratfall of fizziness some porters do.
O: This is a nice porter that brings a decent brown sugar note, it just isn't a *great* porter. I certainly wouldn't kick her out of bed, but I'd much rather fuck someone like Founders Porter instead.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 22:14:07 | More by ThisWangsChung
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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