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

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2,367 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,367
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 60
Gots: 153 | 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)
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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is close to near black in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some notes of coffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is quite complex with flavors of roasted malts, notes of chocolate and hints of cocoa and coffee. The finish has some bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly.

metter98, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Bell's pint glass. Batch # 8941.

A: Pours a lightish cola color out of the glass with a single finger head that is a dark cream and fairly-highly carbonated. The beer is a very dark brown and pretty much opaque in the glass. Good lacing.

S: Malt and a hint of chocolate--nothing really overpowering.

T: Dark malts and a little bit of hops. Some dark chocolate flavors.

M: Medium body with carbonation that hits the tip of my tongue. Slightly creamy and goes down smooth.

D: Fairly drinkable. Sort of a heavy mouthfeel to drink a lot of, but not bad for a porter in that department.

Thorpe429, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 'tap' version of the beer offers a better experience than from the bottle. The beer is typically colored with a deep walnut hue and nearly opaque. Well headed and modestly carbonated gives visual weight and stability to the brew. Faint aromas of coffee, chocolate, toasted malts, and heavy cream. The flavors of malt sweetness pronounce early, but are quickly tempered by bold columbian coffee notes and acidity, fresh bitter hops, walnuts, cocoa, and milk sugars. Creamy textured and silky smooth, not relying on carbonation to lighten the feel. Finishes with a simple coffee and milk aftertaste that lingers into a slight bitterness. As nicely flavored as I had remembered, but better bodied from the tap.

BEERchitect, May 03, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown-ruby color with nice big creamy head,very appetizing smell of rich chocolate and deeply roasted malt.Taste was of dark roast coffee and bitter chocolate with some lingering earthiness.Very smooth and velvety and pretty easy to drink a real nice porter from my favorite brewer.

oberon, May 22, 2003
Photo of Renegawam
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Renegawam, Yesterday at 10:24 PM
Photo of micropale
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

micropale, Friday at 04:15 PM
Photo of RyanK252
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep dark brown with a slight ruby tinge, very little light passes through, with a mocha brown head that fades and laces nicely.

S: Roasted malt, a bit of coffee, faint dark fruit, and maybe even a little maple, and a touch of light smoke.

T: Roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate, a nice kinda smokiness, a bit of dark fruit, and a touch of sweetness on the finish.

M: Moderate carbonation keeps this one on the lighter side of medium bodied which is quite a pleasant surprise, goes down very smooth.

O: Very solid porter. I would happily drink this all day in the yard raking leaves.

RyanK252, Friday at 01:05 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

a77cj7, Thursday at 07:02 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bcgill, Tuesday at 11:53 PM
Photo of Gajo74
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a creamy head. Aroma has elements of coffee, roasted malt and kind of a burnt wood like quality. Taste is mostly malty with elements of coffee. Finish is slightly bitter and hoppy. The feel is perhaps my favorite attribute; although it is a dark beer, it has a deceptively light, creamy and lively carbonation which lends itself to a crisp and refreshing taste normally associated with lighter beers. I had this beer with chocolate and it was a great pairing. Overall a nice example of porter.

Gajo74, Tuesday at 11:27 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Trashcat, Tuesday at 08:56 PM
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

gregcordle, Nov 18, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Zachariah1978, Nov 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Kandra, Nov 17, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +9.8%

mjw3180, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Beerasaurus, Nov 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Nov 15, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

Merl77, Nov 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

JDW4195, Nov 13, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

CorgiDad, Nov 13, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Eric_Leon, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

TomO23, Nov 12, 2014
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4.42/5  rDev +14.5%

bflorge, Nov 12, 2014
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Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,367 ratings.