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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,136 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,136
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 49
Gots: 96 | 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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Brew33

Ohio

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-18-2011 21:17:48 | More by Brew33
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kmatlack

California

5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-04-2011 18:33:58 | More by kmatlack
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MaryW


5/5  rDev +29.5%

06-25-2014 13:33:25 | More by MaryW
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adrian21

Virginia

5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-07-2011 22:59:41 | More by adrian21
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satellite86

Ohio

5/5  rDev +29.5%

01-24-2012 08:56:56 | More by satellite86
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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-21-2011 23:49:34 | More by KC9LDB
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-20-2011 02:44:30 | More by captainbearcat
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TwoForty

Florida

5/5  rDev +29.5%

03-04-2013 21:45:44 | More by TwoForty
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Smeaton

Michigan

5/5  rDev +29.5%

03-25-2014 18:12:31 | More by Smeaton
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.97/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 06:11:54 | More by neonbrown82
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KevBrews

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 17:33:04 | More by KevBrews
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jasongootjes

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 04:16:36 | More by jasongootjes
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 22:26:19 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 15:18:45 | More by Mitchster
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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A great beer from Bell's I put this along with a bottle of K-Zoo Stout in my chili. it gives it some flavor. Nice brownish to blackish beer with minimal head. smooth tasting and great overall feeling when drinking this beer. I cant complain too much about and awesome beer. so hears again to Bell's

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 16:18:27 | More by yuenglingfan101
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hrking

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I get this on draft every once in awhile..It is a staple in my beer diet. This is everything a porter should be and all other should be compared to the Bell's Porter when judging the taste of a porter.Hands down my favorite porter to date. Easy on the pallet and can easily be made into a session beer which I seldom do! Cheers and hats of to Bell's brewery for this exceptionally fine brew!

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2008 13:10:35 | More by hrking
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Murph

Arizona

4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Damn, what a way for me to come off of my month of no brews. The brew is black and pours with a huge tan head that never completely fades and leaves a nice lace on the glass. Tons of roasted malts in the nose and some underlying coffee and chocolate. The taste starts off chocolately sweet with some very nce malt. As the taste lingers it turns into a nice coffee and roasted malt bitterness. The bitterness stays on the tongue and leaves you craving the next sip. Good slick mouthfeel and extremely drinkable. After finishing this on I was left wishing I had a whole sixer in my fridge. This is one excellent porter. Everything this style should be and probably my favorite porter to date. Thanks to Deuce for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2002 07:13:12 | More by Murph
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frazbri

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with ruby accents. The head was offwhite in color and short. Aroma was fruity with chocolate and cherry notes. Chocolate and cherry flavors emerged. Fairly thick body and modest carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer. The only negative aspect was the lack of head. Rich, malty and complex. This is a great american porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 03:12:31 | More by frazbri
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CMUbeerenthusiast

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

03-02-2013 07:27:23 | More by CMUbeerenthusiast
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WhatAlesMe

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

09-30-2012 01:00:02 | More by WhatAlesMe
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harripat

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

06-28-2014 05:12:50 | More by harripat
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Bolivian22

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

01-22-2014 04:01:30 | More by Bolivian22
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Johnhaley1989

North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

10-05-2012 19:25:41 | More by Johnhaley1989
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ArfArf

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

05-23-2013 06:41:01 | More by ArfArf
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Nofear048

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

09-30-2012 01:20:38 | More by Nofear048
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,136 ratings.