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

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2,247 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,247
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 51
Gots: 118 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

tripledbrew, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

rmehughes, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

wallyworld68, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jar2574
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great pour, big tan head over black beer that will show tiny bits of ruby color when held up to light. Good lacing and head retention. Nice.

Smell is subdued roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts too, but unfortunately there is a little bit of a watery aftertaste, which I found odd. Didn't expect the finish to be so plain. On the tongue there is some smokiness. Some acidic bitterness to the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel isn't as creamy as I'd like in a porter - too watery.

I love Bell's. This is a fine beer. But good, not great, which is less than I expect from this brewery.

jar2574, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

RWNewhouse, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

rowew, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz poured into a pint glass

A- Clearish black with red and orange hues. A nice looking 2 finger light tan head.
S- A smooth smell of light roasted coffee beans. Dark chocolate. A variety of roasted malts. Some astringent hop bitterness.
T- This beer has a smooth but bitter caramel taste and feel. Good amounts of roasted coffee. A smokey feel and little smokey taste. A constantly changing taste. This beer is not about the hops but they're there in perfect balance.
M- This is a very refreshing porter, a somewhat light character considering the beer style. Good mouth feel and a burnt aftertaste. An easy to drink porter.
O- This is a very good porter, Bells can do no wrong in my opinion.

TwelveOunces, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

spkissane, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

nmeiborg, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Charlesl22, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Cluker, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

page101, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

plusorminus, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

wages, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of GallowsThief
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The House of Brews.

A – Black as night on the pour. Light tan head but not much of one. Settled down quickly and left a cover.

S – Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, toffee and vanilla.

T – Chocolate flavor starts it with a bit of sweetness. Roasted malts lends to some smokiness in the flavor. Vanilla and toffee. Coffee has a nice presence in it that definitely gives it a bite of bitterness towards the end. It did finish with more lingering sweetness.

M – Medium to heavy bodied. Definitely has a thick mouthfeel. Coats the palate.

O – Solid flavors and taste. Has a little bit more sweetness then I prefer but overall a solid brew.

GallowsThief, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

PaulMc, Jan 14, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Blackmajic, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since it's Bell's week (Hopslam hit the stores today), I thought I would seek out a Bell's I had not tried. So here comes a mild,smokey porter. I normally would not seek out a beer like this and will avoid this one in the future.

It a well-crafted brew. The aroma is good - mild and smokey, like the taste. It looks great in the glass. The aftertaste is a bit malty, with less of the roasty flavor.

I do not intend to buy this again.

schoolboy, Jan 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Jamstone714, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

davewilson, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

ChefHopMeister, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

rubbie, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

buddyvelt, Jan 11, 2012
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,247 ratings.