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

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very good

2,442 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,442
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 68
Gots: 193 | 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

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

This boy pours out a deep brown with a finger of head. The aroma is rich with bready malts, caramel, and cocoa. The flavor is tasty, it's robust and roasty, with cocoa and a hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel is moderate on carbonation and a bit lighter on body, and the drinkability is good. Not much to say about this one, it's just a solid porter. Doesn't stray from the base of the style, but it is well-executed.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-08-11 in Lititz, PA at the Bull's Head on-tap and again on 2014-01-01 in Columbia, PA.

A - Dark brown with a 1-finger tan head and good lacing.

S - Rich bready malt. Some chocolate and dark fruit. Not overly strong.

T - Nice combination of rich flavors including coffee up front, bread, roasted grain, chocolate, sweet dark fruit/rasin and some nice herbal hop presence. There's a good bit of roasted (light char) and hop bitterness to round out the sweetness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth but lighter than I expected.

O - A tasty and almost-sessionable porter. Plenty of flavor,; leaning towards coffee more than chocolate. I like it although I prefer the Founders Porter which has more of a charred flavor and is a little thicker in feel.

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3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown beer that is nearly black with a one finger light tan head. Retention is okay.

S - Chocolate smell with some coffee roastiness. A small amount of earthy hop smell.

T - Roasted flavor is the most apparent. There are also some nice sweet chocolate and caramel flavors that follow the roastiness. A faint hop flavor that tries to balance only shows up for a second until the roasted flavors linger on.

M - Medium bodied but not heavy. It feels almost creamy at times.

O - The sweet chocolate flavors make this easy to drink, but I wish that the hops were a little more present.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sudsy, thick head with good lacing and stuck around the glass for the entire drink. Beer is a dark, deep brown. Aroma is definitely coffee notes and malty/toasty. Taste is sweet, coffee, and maybe a hint of dark chocolate. A bitterness sets in, much like espresso, on the finish. As the beer warmed, it seemed like there was a hint of some dark fruit present. A good porter that evolved throughout the drink.

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Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,442 ratings.