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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,249 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,249
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 51
Gots: 120 | FT: 3
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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Reviews by barneysdad:
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

barneysdad, Mar 10, 2013
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Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown-ruby color with nice big creamy head,very appetizing smell of rich chocolate and deeply roasted malt.Taste was of dark roast coffee and bitter chocolate with some lingering earthiness.Very smooth and velvety and pretty easy to drink a real nice porter from my favorite brewer.

oberon, May 22, 2003
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

davemarc87, Mar 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DanGeo, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, nearly black, ever-so-slight amount of light that escapes around the edges, letting in some faint brown and dark ruby red, but that's about it. Thick tan head that retained very well and left some nice lacing on the glass. Smells of rich, toasted malts, burnt sugars, faint cocoa, and a bit of roasted coffee beans. Low hop bitterness is aided by a hint of sharpness from the decent carbonation that balanced well with the malts. Beer starts off bold and ends with a mildy sweet, burnt oak aftertaste. Very nicely done. Medium body thickness, not quite chewy, with a decently creamy profile and a nice touch of carbonation.

Another solid beer from Bell's, this porter may not be the "best" on the market, but it is very drinkable and a nice choice for the price.

tectactoe, Sep 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

OhioBobcat, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour an deep copper almost brown with garnet highlights. An agressive pour produces two fingers of a tan bubbles with good retention.

The aroma is mostly of roasted malt with light black malt and a low carmel note in the background. There is a faint fruitness and very little hops aroma.

The first flavor is a strong malt flavor with a light burnt note that progresses to a roasty medium-dry finish. There is a light malt sweetness with a carmel note balanced by a slightly stronger hops bitterness.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation with a slight astringency from roasted grains giving a little dry sensation in the finish.

This is a lively beer dominated by roasted malts with some dark malts as well.

MadScientist, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours nearly black with some reddish hues and not much head.

S- Toasty malt, cookie, unsalted crackers. Distinct but not necessarily desireable.

T&M- Similar to the nose and some chocolate added with a nice full mouthfeel.

D- Very good, but just never quite did it for me.

brownbeer, Oct 07, 2009
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3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown to black color with a sparse mocha
head and slight lacing.

S: Lacks a distinct aroma

T: Nice malt with subtle hints of coffe and
chocolate. A little nutty but nothing very
distinct or interesting.

M: A bit watery and under carbonated

D: A descent porter but not nearly as good as I
expect a Bell's brew to be. I suppose that I
may have reviewed this one a little more
leniently if I hadn't been expecting so much.

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 19, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very deep dark brown but light will pass through showing off nice clarity. Pouring from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass produced little to no discernible head bit did produce a nice ring of light brown bubbles. Lacing was light.

S: Light hints of toffee and perhaps chocolate

T: Malty hit at first but balances nicely with the hops. Clean quick finish of light hops. Not much linger at all.

M&D: On just the lighter side of heavy; sits on the tongue nicely and goes down smooth.

I think I have found another favorite porter. I popped this one before I sat down for dinner with some pasta and wasn't sure how well it would go with the Alfredo sauce. I was so impressed with the flavor that it almost didn't make it to the table with me. Ultimately it was great with the pasta as well. Recommended!

SIRIUS2, Feb 12, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Quick to foam and settling down to massive chucks of lace on the glass, retention runs strong here. Opaque brown color. Smells of fresh dark bread, chicory and cocoa powder with a vague fruitiness and yeast tone in the background. Smooth and creamy with a nearly velvety medium body. Malt sweetness blankets the palate with suggestions of cocoa powder, sweetened light-roasted coffee and light brown sugar. Faint raisin fruitiness pairs up with the chalky yeast tone. Hops come across with an herbal/leafy, oily bitterness that is just enough to balance. Hint of nougat, rustic toasted bread and carob middle to end. Finishes semisweet with a long linger of toasted and mildly roasted grain.

So delicious, so drinkable. By far one of the top beers we have run into this year. Larry, come to Boston. We'll treat you extremely well. As for the lucky folks who can get this on a regular basis, we are more than envious.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Bitzer, Dec 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

bdkucharski, Feb 18, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color. This one smells of coffee and chocolate (what I consider the way a porter should smell), in addition to that "special" Bell's aroma. Taste is of coffee and chocolate as well, with a rather unpleasent sourness (which fades a bit as the beer warms). Mouthfeel is quite creamy.

Overall, I've had better porters, and I've had better Bell's beers. Then again, I've had worse Bell's beers than this. Not one to be avoided, but not one to seek out either, especially If you have, say, Summit Great Northern Porter available to you, at a better cost and a better taste as well.

skybluewater, Jan 23, 2005
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Bell's Porter pours from the longneck bottle into my SN tulip with a deep dark onyx hue and a nice foamy tan cap on top. Only a slight hint of dark brown escapes from the edges when held up to the light. Looks like a good porter should! Aromas of dark roasted malts along with some caramel and raisins. A smattering of light coffee with a citrusy hop background. Nice...but a bit too mellow for me personally.

First sip brings a rush of charred roasty maltiness across the palate with notes of roasted coffee and dark fruits. Slightly dry and chalky on the way down...burnt toast. There's just a slight citric hoppiness on the finish that works nicely in the overall brew. A nice, easy drinking porter.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry with active carbonation...very roasty on the palate. I would not be against having a few of these...could even be sessionable. Overally, it's a tasty, unique porter.

orbitalr0x, Aug 21, 2005
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

sabitu, Apr 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Outchillen, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

danthehopslamman, May 02, 2014
Photo of BigMarty1980
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours out almost as dark as a black lager

S- Rich aroma of roasted malt.

T-Notes of chocolate & coffee

M- Moderate body.

O-Not the best Porter I've ever had but it makes my Top 5. If you have a chance to have 1, do it. Would be a delicious companion to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

BigMarty1980, Oct 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DaftPatrick, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark opaque brown. It has a smallish light brown head that quickly recedes to a thin film. There is some yeast sediment at the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is chocolate and coffee with some vanilla and cream.

The flavor is burnt chocolate malts and coffee. It's a little acidic and slightly sweet. It has a dry (almost chalky), medium bitter finish. It has a fairly full body, a little light on the carbonation.

Overall, an excellent porter. Coffee-like and bitter, but very pleasing.

Beaver13, Apr 05, 2005
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

generallee, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TimoP, Sep 05, 2012
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Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,249 ratings.