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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,229 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,229
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 51
Gots: 115 | 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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nohopsnothanks

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-10-2013 05:07:39 | More by nohopsnothanks
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djwhit24

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-18-2012 02:38:32 | More by djwhit24
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Justinbshelton

Alabama

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-25-2014 01:27:20 | More by Justinbshelton
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JoeLacy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-07-2013 03:36:02 | More by JoeLacy
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Jenessa

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-20-2013 04:13:01 | More by Jenessa
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Batch 7611 12 oz into pint glass.

Thick, rich and dark black pour leaves a dark brown head which laces nicely after it falls.

Smells of roasty coffee, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla.

Taste is a creamy blend of malty sweetness, dark chocolate again, plus some delicious coffees. Just a slight bit of hops crispness to finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, not heavy and this could become a great Fall session beer.

11-07-2006 22:24:01 | More by foureyedgeek
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-31-2013 03:39:24 | More by thatoneguymike
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CultureJamMN

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

From Batch #7156 which was brewed Nov. 23, 2005

Pours almost opaque, not quite a black hole, but damn it's dark. Nice finger head that retained fairly well, lacing was pleasant.

The smell is roasty, with hints of coffee and toast. There is also a thin hint of citrus (probably the hops)

The taste is of toast, and roasted malts, good hop balance. There is an underlying complexity here, and i'm picking up dark chocolate (yum!) and espresso beans, there is a hoppy note to the taste that is just on the side, and never overly asserts itself.

There is a creaminess in the mouthfeel, a slight tingle showing good carbonation, very substantial, you can tell that it's a porter, The smokyness lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

This is a very good porter. Not best in class, but a great benchmark porter. As per usual, Bell's doesn't make a bad beer that I've noticed.

02-03-2006 21:56:24 | More by CultureJamMN
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Rast

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-14-2014 02:14:44 | More by Rast
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Jdra

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-11-2013 19:57:14 | More by Jdra
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ralerwen

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-04-2014 14:22:50 | More by ralerwen
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Itzinbitzin

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-12-2014 05:17:32 | More by Itzinbitzin
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Hop-Droppen-Roll

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-16-2014 21:53:59 | More by Hop-Droppen-Roll
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-17-2011 00:07:23 | More by TasteTester
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ChefHopMeister

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-11-2012 14:06:44 | More by ChefHopMeister
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-21-2012 19:55:20 | More by nh2032
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karst

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.6%

The Batch ID that you entered '6723', is a Bell's Porter. Your Bell's Porter was packaged on January 5, 2005. Purchased from Corral Liquor in Granite City, Il July 30, 2005 Served in pint glass @ 55°F. Much lighter in body and MF than Bell's Kalamazoo Stout hard to believe the effect of two or three pounds of Roasted Barley ( and maybe 3 or 4 lbs of flaked Barley) LOL!

A dark brown porter with brownish ruby glints and small tan head from an appropriate or higher level of carbonation for the style.

Aroma of dark caramel and coffee with fruity esters from Bell's yeast. Flavors continue to emerge as it warms towards room temperature.
Chocolate malt and sweet toffee meld with lightly burnt roasted grain. Good balance of hop bitterness dry out sweetness but by the finish the yeast esters and roasted grain, molasses and coffee rebound.

Medium body and a smooth if not slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Not nearly as satisfying as Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. A distant finisher compared to Anchor Porter. http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/28/61/?ba=karst
Never the less still a very drinkable

08-04-2005 18:12:21 | More by karst
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 05:07:43 | More by Pellinore1
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dave39

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Another excellent beer by Bell's.

Coffee and chocolate notes are there, but not overpowering. Basically, I think this beer epitomizes most of Bell's offerings. Nothing Earth shattering, but very drinkable, tasty, and really nothing that is going to offend the beer drinker.

Although a different style, when I think of this beer I think of Stone's Levitation Ale, in the sense that both are a great interpretation of their respective style's, are very drinkable, and have nothing that is going to offend a drinker. Also, you can have several of these and not be passed out on the floor.

08-06-2014 19:29:18 | More by dave39
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climax

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bell's Porter poured a black bear brown. The tan head was medium and left very good thick lace on my pint glass.

The nose was smooth and pleasant, mainly brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. Some overripe banana, burnt butter, and almonds stir up in there as well.

The flavor has the same smoothness to it. All of the flavors are subtle and not overpowering, they meld together nicely. Dark chocolate, coffee, nuts, and banana are what I got.

The body is medium with a good fizzy and chalky feel. Nothing wrong with this one, good solid beer.

02-15-2010 00:29:02 | More by climax
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dillon_1005

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-16-2013 20:47:10 | More by dillon_1005
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sweemzander

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. 12/12/11 bottled date.

(A)- Pours a dark brown; almost black color. Some brown highlights. Produced a cap of tan froth. Some lace.

(S)- A nice mellow baked bread and roasted grain profile. Bits of raisin, cocoa, and subtle molasses.

(T)- Some nice raisin, cocoa, and coffee bits. Not as roasted like the smell seemed to be like, but gives way to more subtleties of dark fruits.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level and a nice balance. Overall, just a smooth feel and subtle rich flavors.

(D)- A solid to great porter. Classic flavor and a smooth feel to it.

02-26-2012 04:21:51 | More by sweemzander
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Joel12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-16-2014 03:19:32 | More by Joel12
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whendeathsleeps

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-16-2011 00:32:57 | More by whendeathsleeps
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Morakaton

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-19-2013 05:12:23 | More by Morakaton
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,229 ratings.