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

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2,519 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,519
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 72
Gots: 217 | 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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Ratings: 2,519 | Reviews: 991
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled 9/6/2012. Pours lightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toffee, coffee beans, toast, light dark fruit, cream, and herbal hops. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, light coffee, earth, and herbal hops. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and herbal hops on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, slick, and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice porter. Nice balance of nicely robust roasted flavors; very smooth to drink. Very enjoyable and sessionable porter.

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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Pours a moderately dark shade of black, with a nice tan head on top, moderately sized, which receded fairly quickly but didn't completely disappear.

S: Roasty and creamy, a nice combination of coffee and vanilla as well. Maybe just a hint of grapefruit shining through.

T: Flavor begins with classic roasted notes. Vanilla begins to make itself present as the glass warms. A light blast of pine and grapefruit arrive near the end.

M: A bit thin for my liking. Nice creaminess, though. Certainly not a dry finish.

D/O: Vanilla-roast became more pronounced, and the finish improved, as the beer warmed. But it still remained a bit thin. This would probably be an enjoyable Porter during the heat of Summer, but it's not an ideal Winter Porter.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a 2 finger brown head that recedes leaving light lacing.

Aroma of roasted malts. Coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste is faintly sweet .Roasted malt, and coffee with lasting bitterness in the end.

Medium to medium light bodied. Above average carbonation for a porter, with some alcohol burn as well.

An easy drinker. Not spectacular, but satisfying.

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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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3.78/5  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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Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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