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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,374 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,374
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 62
Gots: 154 | 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 cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

cestlavie, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Joefisherman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Joefisherman, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

brez8791, Jun 23, 2012
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.

BMMillsy, Jun 15, 2012
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.

Danny1217, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of jaay
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jaay, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of rjl910953
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

rjl910953, Jun 09, 2012
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.

mltobin, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of JHarris1717
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JHarris1717, Jun 09, 2012
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.

augustgarage, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Zaphog, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of WhiskeeTango
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

WhiskeeTango, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +3.6%

danwho, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of therealmattdamon
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

therealmattdamon, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of charlzm
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed April 25th, 2012.

Beer is a clear, very deep brown. Slightly lighter brown highlights with a very modest head: a thin skin of tan foam.

Aroma is more complex than expected: smoky, nutty and a little chocolaty.

Flavor has a slight red grape character and a touch of vanilla, otherwise following nose. Some modest bitterness on finish wraps things up nicely.

Carbonation is low. Mouthfeel is slightly smooth and slightly thick. Very small amount of prickliness on tongue.

While the beer is not awe-inspiring, the quiet competence of this porter won me over. Nothing is out of place and the flavor and aroma are more complex and accurately delivered than one might expect. Well above average.

Edit : I had a bottle a year later (a February 2013 bottle consumed in September 2013) and reviewed it without checking these notes. The review was almost word-for-word the same, so I give Bell's props for consistency.

charlzm, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of bigbeerfan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

bigbeerfan, Jun 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

BeerdNick, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of blackcompg
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poures a finger of lite mocha head, appearance in the glass is a deep murky opaque sepia brown, nearly black. When held to the light it just barely passes through, looking a deep hazy amber brown.

Smell - Roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, touches of molasses and soy sauce.

Taste - Fresh pumpernickel bread, robust roasted malts lending a slight sweetness, a touch of rich french roast coffee grounds, finishes with dried pumpernickel crust, minerals and some bitter char.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium as the flavors are quite full and robust. Very smooth and somewhat silky, but not creamy or mouthcoating. Carb is a bit on the lower side, and creates a smooth foaming feel in the mouth, which makes for a very gentle and seemless transition to the more bitter and dry finish, very nice.

Overall - This is a very robust and flavorful porter, not sweet at all, nice complexity, great finish and fantastic mouthfeel for the style.

blackcompg, Jun 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

olafphysics, Jun 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Vlaminck, May 30, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NBS!

Pretty damn good looking porter. Absolutely pitch black body. No brown hues, or mahogany splashes, just pitch black (I held about 2 inches from the light, and then it had slight blood red splotches). Thin eggshell white head of small bubbles.

Smell is thick and roasty. I get the nice roasted malts, but theres something different going on. Kind of makes me think vanilla and caramel. Smells thick.

Now the taste is interesting. nutty and woody. Dry grains, and notes of a barrel. Odd I know, considering this isnt BA. Theres a light body, but it feels thick. I just get all dry grains and woody barrel. Finishes clean with chewy malt.

VncentLIFE, May 27, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle dated 3/23/12 so decently fresh. Dark black, brown head. Smells like grainy malts, eh, boring. Taste is slightly malty but I really thought this was a letdown. It was not a bad beer it was just sort of boring and I love porters. I would probably give this one more shot because I know Bells makes great beer.

ArrogantB, May 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Carillon, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

wo87810, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Dual45s, May 22, 2012
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,374 ratings.