1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Bell's PorterBell's Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,330 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,330
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 57
Gots: 140 | FT: 5
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Bell's Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,330 | Reviews: 966 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sholland119
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a medium to dark brown with a lot of ruby tones. A bit light in color and opacity. Thin mocha head and some sticky lacing.

S-Light roasted malt and not much else.

T-Nice roasted malt with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Not a lot of sophistication here but this is pleasant.

M-Light and rather crisp.

D-Yeah, pretty decent but nothing special.


sholland119, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Quaffer
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on the Missouri side of Kansas City. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: A very dark brown, to the point that light could only be seen peeking through around the edge of the glass. The light brown head rose up easily and was nice and thick. As it settled, taking a long time to do so, it became very rocky and fluffy. A this layer of foam remained for almost the entire time and left some very nice lacing behind. I could see lots of chunks floating around along the side of the glass, even some floating on the surface of the beer. It didn't look like it was all yeast, but I don't think that it was hops particles, either.

Smell: Chocolate, cream, light hops bitterness, and roasted malts made up the bulk of the aroma. There were light hints of smoke and dark fruits as well. The cream component came across more like sour milk right after the pour, but, thankfully, that changed.

Mouthfeel: Almost medium bodied. Nice and smooth upfront, gaining a velvety texture as the beer moved back into the mouth.

Taste: A strong combination of sour and a straightforward bitterness dominated most of the taste. Those flavors kicked in right at the start and did not diminish until the finish. Bitter coffee and bitter chocolate were strong with just a little bit of creamy milk chocolate beneath. The yeast was definitely noticeable and gave this porter a fairly unique flavor, though a little sour.

The sourness became somewhat annoying after awhile, but this was still a good beer.

Quaffer, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. No lacing or real retention.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee, vanilla, and light dark fruits. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and very light vanilla. A step down from the nose, but still good.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

d - A nice porter. I liked the smell a lot and the taste was still pretty good. I wish the taste had less coffee as that slightly dominated the other tastes, but would certainly have again.

mdfb79, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - alos pours very dar, but unlike the Bell's Double Cream or Java Stouts this is penetrable by light, it shines through like ruby highlights, it pours with a thin brown lacy head that disappears quickly

S - hmmm, has a chocolatey aroma, no real smoky aroma that i expected, there is also a slight hint of fruity esthers in the background, like raspberries almost

T - theres the smokiness, very slight and mixed in with the coffee and chocolate flavors, its extremly faint but present

M - a well balanced beer with medium body, pretty good, maybe i was spoiled by having the java and double cream earlier, but this is still damn good

D - a bit more acidic, so slightly lower, but still easy down, just harder to pound

100th review YAY!!!

sinstaineddemon, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of bboven
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark crimson color, slightly cloudy with a thin head that does last.

Sour is the reigning smell, even more so than in most other porters. Muted raisin/fig as well.

Sweet, hazlenut flavor dominates, but some weaker raisin notes as well.

Moderately carbonated and a bit drying as this a bit higher in ABV than most porters.

A quirky beer, sour in the nose and nutty tasting. Very good, though.

bboven, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of axeman9182
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a packaged date of 4/28/11, this one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a solid black, with only a finger and a half of light tan colored foam rising from the pour. The head does display both admirable retention and lacing though. The nose reminds me of a milk stout. There's some black coffee and roasted grains, but there's also a sweetness that reminds me of a lactose infused beer. Those same three things are what jump out in the flavor. The roasted grain though increases in presence to the point that it lends a slightly acrid note to the beer. The mouthfeel is solid on this one. The carbonation is spot on, a bit on the subdued side to let the malts shine forward, but the body could stand to be just a touch more substantial. Bell's Porter is a solid porter, and one that I wouldn't mind picking up a six pack of every once in a while if it was distributed in New Jersey.

axeman9182, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of burnstar
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a medium/small head. Some lacing. Aroma is sweet dark chocolate with some roasted notes. Taste is mostly slightly bitter roast malt. Some coffee notes. Some herbal hops. A little underlying sweetness is detectable. Medium bodied. Pretty drinkable. Fairly standard porter overall.

burnstar, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of maxpower
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark murky brown in color, with a small off white-tan head, clingy sheets of lace in my glass, sour burnt chocolate aroma, coffee and chocolate flavor, with some sourness, medium body, very balanced, another awesome bells beer.

maxpower, Dec 09, 2002
Photo of Kenb72
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

Kenb72, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of booga73
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

booga73, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of facundoCNB
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nice brown almost black pour with 2 fingers of tan head, great retention and nice amount of lacing left behind. smells of chocolate, grapes, and toasted grains. a light refreshing chocolate and dark roasted grain flavor. not much there, but the toasted grains make their presence known, as does the sweet chocolateyness. medium body with high carbonation. crisp and refreshing for a porter, sweet yet still has the roasty bitterness. overall, a great porter.

facundoCNB, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DanGeo, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

OhioBobcat, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

danthehopslamman, May 03, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DaftPatrick, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

TimoP, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

megamass, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of henryclay_
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Photo of avitallo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

avitallo, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of juicebox
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

juicebox, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of butters_mcgee
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

butters_mcgee, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Cynic-ale, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

briandaube, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

doremite, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of switzer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

switzer, Jun 02, 2013
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 2,330 ratings.