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

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very good

2,158 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,158
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 50
Gots: 102 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-09-2011 21:01:56 | More by amrozga
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-09-2011 16:13:45 | More by eddiechilton
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: Twelve-ounce bottle. The “PKGD” date written on the back label is “8/30/11.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black but not opaque; when held to a lamp, light passed through. One finger of cappuccino-like head dissipated quickly to leave a thin film, a group of bubbles in the middle, a thin ring around the edge, and a little lacing decorating the side of the glass.

Smell: Roasted scents of coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate are subdued with cream or milk chocolate. The coffee stands out more than the rest.

Taste: The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, and the flavor matches it perfectly. The roasted bitterness is prominent but not overpowering. The coffee is balanced by sweetness from dark chocolate, caramel, and milk chocolate. It is creamy, too; very reminiscent of oatmeal stout.

Drinkability: I tend to suspect porters and stouts that are not opaque, but this is solid. It is very thick and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 04:51:22 | More by TheQuietMan22
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle receive as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep mahogany to borderline black with a 2 finger dark khaki crown that displays some retention and nice lace.

Smell: Moderate roast, sweet honey to light caramel malt, english yeast, and a touch of both earthy and floral hops.

Taste: The sweet malt smothers any minor roast notes and makes for a less than desirable flavor profile in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall: Fairly stock porter with a lackluster flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 01:08:35 | More by koopa
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-08-2011 19:06:27 | More by mychalg9
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-07-2011 22:59:41 | More by adrian21
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-07-2011 06:56:31 | More by xxcarpxx
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-06-2011 15:30:16 | More by Lantern
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color from the bottle, producing a sticky, sudsy off-white head. The aroma consists of vanilla cream, a hint of white chocolate, malt, bourbon, and sweets. The beer feels pleasantly milky as it coats my mouth. Nice and light with a fresh toasted flavor and a hint of coffee. Smoky finish. As other reviewers have said - incredibly drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 04:02:17 | More by Neorebel
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-04-2011 18:33:58 | More by kmatlack
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-04-2011 00:33:22 | More by Bitzer
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-04-2011 00:26:12 | More by pavpav12
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes...

A - Pours a dark ruby red, finger of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - A tad mild, but some light cocoa and espresso notes come through.

T - The flavour packs a punch with some sweet milk chocolate, nice espresso and cocoa undertones, hint of vanilla and smokey oak.

M - Solid body, not too thick, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Very yummy porter. Incredibly drinkable, you could down a 6-er of this no problem. The sweetness is delicious. I love drinkable porters, and this one is definitely near the top of that list!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 15:38:35 | More by andrenaline
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-02-2011 23:44:18 | More by BrokenArmBrewing
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-02-2011 20:23:39 | More by frisk
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-29-2011 20:15:06 | More by RudiNicole
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-29-2011 05:20:11 | More by Fr0stb1te
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-28-2011 06:35:19 | More by HungarianCount
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-28-2011 02:02:44 | More by KingBiscuit
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-27-2011 23:57:48 | More by AceMan
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-27-2011 03:35:49 | More by brandoman63
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-26-2011 23:16:26 | More by modernartblues
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Amazing retention and good lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate and coffee.

T: More creamy roasted malt throughout. As in the nose, a touch of chocolate and coffee.

M: Surprisingly thick and creamy for a 5.6% beer.

O: Overall an excellent porter. Not amazing like a Great Lakes or a Founders but just one tier down.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 20:03:16 | More by Dope
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is close to near black in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some notes of coffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is quite complex with flavors of roasted malts, notes of chocolate and hints of cocoa and coffee. The finish has some bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 17:14:19 | More by metter98
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass, also noticed the yeast cake in the bottle, didnt know they bottle conditioned.

A - Very Dark black with ruby highlights in light. offwhite head that leaves nice lacing.

S - smells of chocolate and carmel malts

T - Tastes complex, starts malty, then carmel with chocolate taste increasing from slight to full on by swallow time

M - thick

overal this is very good, thick and chocolatey, good for the cold season. very stout like (or are stouts port like?)

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 06:25:32 | More by Cummins9110
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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