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

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very good

2,451 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,451
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 70
Gots: 196 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-06-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-08-11 in Lititz, PA at the Bull's Head on-tap and again on 2014-01-01 in Columbia, PA.

A - Dark brown with a 1-finger tan head and good lacing.

S - Rich bready malt. Some chocolate and dark fruit. Not overly strong.

T - Nice combination of rich flavors including coffee up front, bread, roasted grain, chocolate, sweet dark fruit/rasin and some nice herbal hop presence. There's a good bit of roasted (light char) and hop bitterness to round out the sweetness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth but lighter than I expected.

O - A tasty and almost-sessionable porter. Plenty of flavor,; leaning towards coffee more than chocolate. I like it although I prefer the Founders Porter which has more of a charred flavor and is a little thicker in feel.

Photo of BikingDutchman
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown beer that is nearly black with a one finger light tan head. Retention is okay.

S - Chocolate smell with some coffee roastiness. A small amount of earthy hop smell.

T - Roasted flavor is the most apparent. There are also some nice sweet chocolate and caramel flavors that follow the roastiness. A faint hop flavor that tries to balance only shows up for a second until the roasted flavors linger on.

M - Medium bodied but not heavy. It feels almost creamy at times.

O - The sweet chocolate flavors make this easy to drink, but I wish that the hops were a little more present.

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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sudsy, thick head with good lacing and stuck around the glass for the entire drink. Beer is a dark, deep brown. Aroma is definitely coffee notes and malty/toasty. Taste is sweet, coffee, and maybe a hint of dark chocolate. A bitterness sets in, much like espresso, on the finish. As the beer warmed, it seemed like there was a hint of some dark fruit present. A good porter that evolved throughout the drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Sort of a cola brown color in the pour, decent looking. There are lighter brown and close to red highlights when you hold it up to the light. There's a tan head that comes up pretty big tan colored head. Unfortunately it goes away pretty quickly, I'd say better than average lacing.

The label of the beer shows a picture of a guy holding some malted barley and hops. Based on the nose it seems there should be some coffee beans in there somewhere too. It's not obnoxious, but I'd say it's probably the most prominent feature of all the aromas. Plenty of caramel and roasted grains/malts along with a slight pinch of the nose from the hops.

Taste is on par with the smell. Plenty of roasted grains. Caramel, some slight coffee but not as much as the smell. The hops are a little more detectable than the smell, it's nice and well balanced.

I find that Porter mouthfeels really vary, but this is good. Lighter than probably your run of the mill craft porter. Carbonation level is good. Well balanced the whole way through. Not the best but certainly not the worst, solid.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of srv33
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to giving this brew a proper review. Pours a very dark brown, with a light brown head and alright lacing. Scent of caramel, roasted malt, and milk chocolate. Taste follows the nose very well - with additional notes of a lighter coffee and a hint of what seems like chicory. Really a fantastically balanced porter, and while there is nothing standout spectacular about this brew - in my opinion it is *the* baseline for what a porter should taste like, and that is definitely a remarkable accomplishment.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,451 ratings.