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

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2,418 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,418
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 64
Gots: 172 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-06-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of 312HopBomb
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a smallish head and not much lacing.

Smells like roast coffee and malt mingled with some earthy hops.

The taste is like a darker brown ale that is balanced with no particular flavor dominating the palate. The malts are not bitter and there is not much sweetness unlike the O'so Night Train porter that I just rated which leaned more to the sweet espresso stout side of things. This is more true to style but not spectacular. Some dry cocoa powder as well.

The mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is light.

Overall it is a decent porter which is one of my favorite styles. A good dark beer for summer sipping.

Photo of Robeerto89
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a frothy half-finger of tannish head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lightly roasted milk chocolate with some caramel, coffee, and dark fruit and just a hint of smoke.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark malts with some milk chocolate, dark fruits, and a bit of smoke. Through the middle, some more lactose sweetness and some more smoke with a touch of coffee. The finish was a mix of roasted milk chocolate, dark fruit, and smoke.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and roasted finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice american porter with good malt profile and body. Nicely balanced.

Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids. 12oz into a tulip. Batch 11039, packaged March 30, 2012.

Dark brown, almost black. Tan head, good retention and lace. Cocoa and coffee roast in the nose, chocolate as well. A bit sweet, some brown sugar. Everything in nice proportion. More roast, dark malt, chocolate and a bit of tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel is lighter medium, perhaps a little moreso than I dig. Still creamy though. A really nice porter, something to be had many times over.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MadScientist
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour an deep copper almost brown with garnet highlights. An agressive pour produces two fingers of a tan bubbles with good retention.

The aroma is mostly of roasted malt with light black malt and a low carmel note in the background. There is a faint fruitness and very little hops aroma.

The first flavor is a strong malt flavor with a light burnt note that progresses to a roasty medium-dry finish. There is a light malt sweetness with a carmel note balanced by a slightly stronger hops bitterness.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation with a slight astringency from roasted grains giving a little dry sensation in the finish.

This is a lively beer dominated by roasted malts with some dark malts as well.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown or black with small khaki head. Smells of roasted malt and coffee, light sweetness, nice and pleasant. Taste follow the nose, with some light roasted malts, a hint of coffee, and light chocolate sweetness, but could be a bit more robust. Medium bodied, with low to medium carbonation. Would like a little more body on this. A solid porter overall and pretty easy drinking.

Photo of Danny1217
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a small tan head.
Smells of roasted malt and caramel. Tastes of coffee, caramel, roasted malt and dark fruit. Kind of a mild taste. Body is medium with medium carbonation.

A very simple porter. Nothing too unique about it. I'd drink it when I'm in the mood for a milder dark beer or for pairing with a hearty meal.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of mltobin
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle picked up at Hawthorne`s, poured into tulip.

Appearance is dark brown, a nice off-white head. Its` nose contains wood, cocoa and a smoky quality. Taking a sip of this long overdue beer to try and I taste raisins, dark chocolate, cherry and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium, a dry finish. A nice porter, worth trying if you have not already done so.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/6/2012 - poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters shaker pint.

Nearly opaque yet clear seal brown liquid with a tan cap which recedes slowly to a lasting collar and surface slick. Pasty lacing, average retention.

Gentle roast malt notes in the nose.

Roasted, toasted, and smoked elements in the flavor profile - malty and dark without being astringent or acrid. Mild bitterness for balance; earth and pepper emerge in the medium-dry finish.

Medium-light bodied, rich and creamy with good carbonation.

Well crafted straight-forward enjoyable session-able American porter.

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,418 ratings.