Bell's Porter - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.97/5 rDev +28.8%
Batch 7662, bottled Sept. 19 and consumed Oct. 26
Wow. I was blown away by this beer. An instant favorite. One of the best porters I've had.
The beer pours to a nice black color, completely opaque with a two-finger head. Retention isn't the best, and lacing is minimal, but it looks really nice in a nonic pint.
The smell is great. Lots of black malt and chocolate malt with a hint of smoke. Smells very chocolatey and robust.
The taste is exceptional as well. Very chocolatey with lots of black patent malt. Even though it is on the robust coffee roast side, it still has a very nice sour mash porter flavor. A little bit of a hop bitterness lingers in the finish, though it is not prominent in the flavor.
The body is medium to full. Has a fairly crisp carbonation. A bit creamy. Great lingering finish. This is easily a new session beer for me.
10-26-2006 06:11:54 | More by neonbrown82
4.93/5 rDev +27.7%
This beer is one of my all-time favorites.
A: When poured into my imperial pint glass, nearly 2 inches of creamy, tan head crowned this black, opaque brew.
S: Roasty, with chocolate malt and hints of raisin.
T: Roast upfront, but sharpness is not overpowering. Coffee and chocolate flavors throughout; slickness on tongue. Moderate bitterness with a dry finish.
M: Creamy, full.
D: Very drinkable--this is my favorite example of the style and my favorite Bell's beer thus far. Equally good in the bottle or on tap. A well-balanced beer with lots of complex flavors.
11-13-2006 17:33:04 | More by KevBrews
4.9/5 rDev +26.9%
Very good beer. I had it from a 12 oz bottle. Poured very dark with an almost tan head. Excelent taste, great smell, and aftertaste was great. Had a dark roasted taste. I loved it. I would recomend this beer to anybody. I can't wait to drink it again.
10-20-2005 04:16:36 | More by jasongootjes
4.88/5 rDev +26.4%
This beer is absolutely AMAZING!!! First of all, I would almost always choose a hefty ale over a stout or porter, so for this to knock my socks off was very impressive. The head on this lasts forever and the flavors emerge more with each sip. There is definately a hint of vanilla in this one. A very clean finish with a sweet taste. This is a much more lively porter than others I have tried. Overall, this is no doubt becoming my saftey blanket porter!
06-11-2004 22:26:19 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
4.85/5 rDev +25.6%
OG=1.055, 6.0% ABV.
This is the definitive porter to me. I just can't think of any ways to improve this beer. I have been drinking this for years and it is always reliable. Merely seeing the bottle art arouses my pavlovian glands.
Dark, dark amber with hints of ruby at the edges, forms a thick light tan head of small to medium sized bubbles with delicate lacing and mild to moderate carbonation. Aroma is very satisfying...oily dark roast coffee, cocoa, grains, chalk, sweet roasted malts, that special Kzoo character, and delicate hops. Mmmmm. Mouthfeel is bright and robust with a medium body. Taste starts with a spicy hop note, fades into dark coffee and semisweet chocolates, a lightly sour note peeks through, followed by some peppery alcohol. The finish is long with rich, roasted malt sweetness, grains, chalk, and a mild bittering hop finish. Complex yet infinitely drinkable.
Having it on tap raises the mouthfeel and drinkability from 4.5 to 5.0, making it "The Perfect Porter". (Take that Bert Grant!). Exceptional in every way.
02-10-2003 15:18:45 | More by Mitchster
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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