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

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2,519 Ratings
very good

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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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Bell's Porter is nearly black with a finger of tan head.

Plenty of classic porter roasted grain scents in the nose, burnt dark fruits, light coffee, bittersweet.

Similar to nose with charred dark fruit, a bit more coffee, equally bittersweet, a touch of smoke, light bitterness in aftertaste.

Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, tasty stuff.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of buddha5050
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Poured dark brown/black with a mocha colored tightly bubbled head 2 fingers high and took what seemed forever to disipate into a thin laceing over the to top of the beer.

S: Smells of coffee and chocolate with a hint of dark fruit, sweet, roasted malt smell smelled realy good.

T: The nose did'nt dissapoint it had a nice coffee and chocolate taste with those untertones of roasted malt really nice a little smokey as well. With a nice middle of the mouth sweetness with the typical porter finish.

M: Felt medium and could be a little more dense but still had a nice coating, nicely carbonated.

O: This is a easy drinking porter, I would deffinately drink this one again. Hat's off to Bell's

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 07/24/12 (opened 66 days after bottling).

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass resulted in about two-and-a-half fingers of dense, head that is a light mocha color. Overtime the head dissipated to about one finger and lasted until the glass was almost empty. The brew is a very dark brown and opaque.

S: The aroma is dark roasted coffee-like malt with some sweet cherry and a little dark fruit.

T: The taste begins with some sweet malt and some roasted malt. Some dried dark fruit joins in, and then a little earthy hops comes along to balance the sweetness.

M: The brew is smooth with a medium weight body; and, it also feels just a little bit creamy, too.

O: This should be one of the benchmark porters. This is a classic porter, and it is an outstanding example of porter. This beer hits the mark as a classic porter.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of ezterry
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with a nice light brown head

S: Clean smell with a slight hint of a fruit smell, almost smells like strawberries to me nothing offensive but different.. Otherwise a nice chocolate/malt smell.

T: Nice malty flavor, very little hop flavor is detectable, and the bitterness is well blended. Still a hint of the fruit in the taste, but not as defined as the smell

M: Nice mouth feel, a bit thinner than most porters but still decent with a good carbonation.

O: I like it .. but the notes are unexpected. certainest I've had better, but a very drinkable beer. worth tasting.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tectactoe
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, nearly black, ever-so-slight amount of light that escapes around the edges, letting in some faint brown and dark ruby red, but that's about it. Thick tan head that retained very well and left some nice lacing on the glass. Smells of rich, toasted malts, burnt sugars, faint cocoa, and a bit of roasted coffee beans. Low hop bitterness is aided by a hint of sharpness from the decent carbonation that balanced well with the malts. Beer starts off bold and ends with a mildy sweet, burnt oak aftertaste. Very nicely done. Medium body thickness, not quite chewy, with a decently creamy profile and a nice touch of carbonation.

Another solid beer from Bell's, this porter may not be the "best" on the market, but it is very drinkable and a nice choice for the price.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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