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

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2,499 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,499
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 72
Gots: 208 | 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

One of our many award-winning beers, Porter emphasizes the darker, roasted aspects of malt. Hints of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee provide the focus, while hops remain in the background. Not as full-bodied as a stout, Porter bridges the gap between malty brown ales and our more heavily roasted stouts.
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3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep brown, almost black color with a 1.5-finger foamy, frothy tan head. Excellent retention and some great lacing.

S – Roasted, chocolate, caramel, and grainy malts with some dark fruit aromas.

T – Starts off sweet with chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits. Grainy malt comes through mid-taste and bitter roasted coffee-like malts shine at the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a creamy mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter finish. Roasted and grainy malt flavors linger.

O – This is a pretty good porter. The aroma is a little subdued and the mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would like, but it looks great and is tasty. There’s nothing special here, but it’s a very solid and drinkable example of the style.

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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%

Photo of davey101
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

05/03/12 A. 12 oz bottle into a DFH glass. Thanks Matt!

A - Dark black body with one finger light mocha head. Head sticks aroundfor a while with thick edging. Has some lacing, but pretty minimal.

S - Chocolate, coffee beans, roasted malts. Some burnt crackers on the finish. Average, but inviting.

T - Lots of coffee, sweet milk chocolate and roasted grainy malts. Slight bitterness on the finish. Tasty, but again somewhat plain. Mouth feel is on the thin side, but makes for a super drinkable beer.

O - Nothing spectacular, but a really solid and well made porter.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Porter is nearly black with a finger of tan head.

Plenty of classic porter roasted grain scents in the nose, burnt dark fruits, light coffee, bittersweet.

Similar to nose with charred dark fruit, a bit more coffee, equally bittersweet, a touch of smoke, light bitterness in aftertaste.

Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, tasty stuff.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Poured dark brown/black with a mocha colored tightly bubbled head 2 fingers high and took what seemed forever to disipate into a thin laceing over the to top of the beer.

S: Smells of coffee and chocolate with a hint of dark fruit, sweet, roasted malt smell smelled realy good.

T: The nose did'nt dissapoint it had a nice coffee and chocolate taste with those untertones of roasted malt really nice a little smokey as well. With a nice middle of the mouth sweetness with the typical porter finish.

M: Felt medium and could be a little more dense but still had a nice coating, nicely carbonated.

O: This is a easy drinking porter, I would deffinately drink this one again. Hat's off to Bell's

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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

Bottled on 07/24/12 (opened 66 days after bottling).

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass resulted in about two-and-a-half fingers of dense, head that is a light mocha color. Overtime the head dissipated to about one finger and lasted until the glass was almost empty. The brew is a very dark brown and opaque.

S: The aroma is dark roasted coffee-like malt with some sweet cherry and a little dark fruit.

T: The taste begins with some sweet malt and some roasted malt. Some dried dark fruit joins in, and then a little earthy hops comes along to balance the sweetness.

M: The brew is smooth with a medium weight body; and, it also feels just a little bit creamy, too.

O: This should be one of the benchmark porters. This is a classic porter, and it is an outstanding example of porter. This beer hits the mark as a classic porter.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with a nice light brown head

S: Clean smell with a slight hint of a fruit smell, almost smells like strawberries to me nothing offensive but different.. Otherwise a nice chocolate/malt smell.

T: Nice malty flavor, very little hop flavor is detectable, and the bitterness is well blended. Still a hint of the fruit in the taste, but not as defined as the smell

M: Nice mouth feel, a bit thinner than most porters but still decent with a good carbonation.

O: I like it .. but the notes are unexpected. certainest I've had better, but a very drinkable beer. worth tasting.

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,499 ratings.