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

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very good

2,320 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,320
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 58
Gots: 137 | 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 jsisko01
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There's a high possibility that this beer is outdated.. because of where I bought it from. The date code on the back just says 9645, which I'm not familiar with.

Appearance - Pours a VERY dark brown, basically black color. Has almost no head, brown foam that dissipates instantly, and lacing is kind of thin.

Smell - Dark and roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and caramel/toffee.

Taste - The taste is identical to the smell..

Mouthfeel - Thick, creamy body with mild carbonation.

Overall - I know that this beer is a good flavor for what it's intended to be.. but I just hate anything coffee-like. But I will not mark this down because of that.

jsisko01, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of stouty5
4/5  rDev +3.6%

stouty5, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +3.6%

sabitu, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of LouDogg114
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

LouDogg114, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of cardern
3/5  rDev -22.3%

cardern, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of mccorjf54
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

mccorjf54, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

avisong, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bells porter on tap at the brewery.

A- Dark brown/black pour with a thin tan head and excellent lacing.

S- Nice toasted malt, good char, chocolate, coffee and brown sugar.

T- Coffee, bakers chocolate, toast and vanilla.

M- Medium bodied, lively carbonation.

korguy123, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of mikepcarney
4/5  rDev +3.6%

mikepcarney, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of brewskifan55
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, cvm4 for this terrific trade! Poured into a snifter

A: Black with a brown underbite. Not much head. Leaves behind some big bubbles and a tan ring around the glass. Significant lacing

S: Nice and malty. Sweet, woody, clean.

T: Smoky, malty with hints of caramel. Sweet, robust. A tad of chocolate in the mix. Full bodied. A smooth finish. What a great malt ride.

M: Medium with frothy carbonation.

O: One of the smoothest porters I've tried. Would drink again. Great with steak.

brewskifan55, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of tellish33
4/5  rDev +3.6%

tellish33, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We don't get Bell's in New Jersey, and that makes me a sad panda. I wish that they would deign us worthy of their distribution, but I understand that this market is pretty saturated already.

Their Porter was very dark, almost black. I only got minimal foam, which was close to white. The foam, scum held on nicely to create decent lacing on the glass.

Off the top I got minimal smell. There clean coffee notes and not much else. The flavor brought in a ton of roast and some decent malt forward presence. It wasn't too bad. I would say that Bell's Porter was very drinkable. This beer makes for a good option as a lighter porder.

I prefer many other Bell's brews to this one, but they did a pretty good job.

ummswimmin, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of discdueler
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

discdueler, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Pillowburn
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pillowburn, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of cvm4
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown. Nice tan 2 finger head. Great lacing as it's drank down.

S - The roasted malt and coffee are there along with a faint smell of dark chocolate.

T - Sweet and malty with some dark cocoa on the finish.

M - On the light side of medium in carbonation.

O - A solid porter that won't blow you away but is there for you when you're not looking to concentrate on a beer.

cvm4, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of rottnbkr
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

rottnbkr, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of GoldenChild
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

GoldenChild, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of rramsey
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

rramsey, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a darker mahogany/brown with nice puffy, tan head head. Goes slowly down the glass and leaves a good amount of lacing along the sides.

S - Notes of roasted malt, coffee, and some bittersweet chocolate. A bit of toffee and caramel present as well.

T - A quick hit of bitter coffee before fading into some sweeter notes of chocolate and even just a hint of dark fruit. Finishes ever so bitter.

M - It's a little on the thinner side, but very smooth.

Overall - A decent porter. I felt it a little lacking on lasting flavor, but what was present was good. Well done.

BeerBuckeye, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Scout11
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Scout11, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

martyl1000, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Mattybz28, Mar 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jdbusa, Mar 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

zapahoppa, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

deonreds, Mar 19, 2012
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,320 ratings.