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

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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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

msh4k3, Mar 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

GreatPumpkin, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Zachb4au, Mar 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ernestenvy, Mar 17, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite porter: It is just so drinkable. Never too heavy, never tastes too much of chocolate or bitterness or sweetness or whatever gimmick is going on at the time (though I think stouts do this more than porters). I could say it's not very distinctive, but I count this in it's favor. It's just doesn't go too far over the line, where all you remember is that one, over-done flavor profile.

I love to start with this and then go elsewhere. It has a very clean (again, drinkable) taste where you could stay with this all night, were you in the mood, and not bother to change it up.

bob182, Mar 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

hinemk76, Mar 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Outchillen, Mar 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

cornucopia, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Lynn, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of scratch69
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown with a fingers worth of dark tan head. Head disappeared rather quickly. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of roasted malt with some sweetness. Faint hints of chocolate and toffee.

Taste- Sweet malt flavor with a hint of bitter chocolate at the finish.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied. Average amount of carbonation and smooth.

Overall- I haven't had many porters that I have really enjoyed but I like this one. Easy to drink because it doesn't have that overpowering char flavor to it.

scratch69, Mar 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

taigor, Mar 11, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into pint glass with a nice dark color and a thick head.
Odor is sweet and malty. Some toffee and coffee as well.
Taste sweet at first, then some coffee notes toward the middle end. Caramel present as well and some nice bitterness at the end.
Mouth feel is good as well. Pretty well balanced with a smooth overall feel.

dexterk1, Mar 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

beerFool28607, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

eric_berge, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of TuffNut87
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a tan head, good lacing, and it was opaque in the glass. Aroma of coffee and chocolate and the same tastes came through. It had a minimal carbonation and was very smooth. The aftertaste was slight like after sipping coffee. A quality porter that was enjoyable but subtle enough to drink in a session. I see that as a plus, because some porters can overwhelm your palate.

TuffNut87, Mar 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

neckbracesub, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sky2625, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

PaBeerLover, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Daktyls, Mar 03, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark cola brown. Light tan head, leaves to disk fast. Lots of cling.

S - Roasted malt, light coffee early morning time.

T - Much thinner than expected and disappointed. Nice easy going toasty malt, though.

M - Light bodied, thin, good carb. Fair balance.

D - As a session, not bad.

srandycarter, Feb 29, 2012
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance : dark brown almost black when I hold it up to the light a deep amber color shows. Amble well formed tan head forms with better than average retention

Smell : muted roasted malts and grain aromas on the nose. Not really picking up on alot of aromatics

Taste : nicely refreshing brew. This has a decent flavor of carmel malts and finishes with a lingering aftertaste

Mouthfeel : A bit thin mouthfeel and not much carbonation. Light bodied porter

Overall : I really respect Bells this is a enjoyable porter, but did not blow me away. Definitely a thirst quenching brew.

BUNZILLA, Feb 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

BugTownPub, Feb 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

mtrog313, Feb 28, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with small 1/2 inch head which disappeared rather quickly. Minimal lacing. Nice roasted grain aroma. I found it a bit thin to the feel for a porter. Maybe I was expecting something a bit heavier given the look and aroma. Taste of roasted coffee and some chocolate. Good solid porter. Easy to drink. Much better offering from Bells as compared to their Pale Ale which I sampled last night.

rterry13, Feb 27, 2012
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,320 ratings.