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

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very good

2,413 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,413
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 63
Gots: 171 | 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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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to axeman9182. Poured into my CCB snifter. Bottled 5/3/12

A- Pours an opaque dark brownish black that's slightly translucent reddish brownish around the edges. A very thin layer of slightly brownish off-white head forms that quickly dissipates. Decent carbonation.

S- A nice roasty light chocolate smell, a little bit of espresso, slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Lightly bitter and sweet dark chocolate balanced with some roasted malts and some light espresso. Finishes lightly with sweet and a tiny bit bitter dark chocolate.

M- Fairly light for a porter, a little bit too thin and watery in my opinion, average to slightly above average carbonation for a porter, goes down easily.

O- This was a decent porter and another nice offering from Bell's. I liked the aroma however I felt like there could have been a little bit more flavor and definitely a little bit more full bodied- felt kind of watered down for a porter. Other then that it was an enjoyable porter that was easy to drink. I'd recommend trying it out.

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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.

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Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,413 ratings.