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

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very good

2,410 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,410
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 63
Gots: 170 | 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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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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

The pour an deep copper almost brown with garnet highlights. An agressive pour produces two fingers of a tan bubbles with good retention.

The aroma is mostly of roasted malt with light black malt and a low carmel note in the background. There is a faint fruitness and very little hops aroma.

The first flavor is a strong malt flavor with a light burnt note that progresses to a roasty medium-dry finish. There is a light malt sweetness with a carmel note balanced by a slightly stronger hops bitterness.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation with a slight astringency from roasted grains giving a little dry sensation in the finish.

This is a lively beer dominated by roasted malts with some dark malts as well.

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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  rDev +3.6%

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3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown or black with small khaki head. Smells of roasted malt and coffee, light sweetness, nice and pleasant. Taste follow the nose, with some light roasted malts, a hint of coffee, and light chocolate sweetness, but could be a bit more robust. Medium bodied, with low to medium carbonation. Would like a little more body on this. A solid porter overall and pretty easy drinking.

Photo of Danny1217
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a small tan head.
Smells of roasted malt and caramel. Tastes of coffee, caramel, roasted malt and dark fruit. Kind of a mild taste. Body is medium with medium carbonation.

A very simple porter. Nothing too unique about it. I'd drink it when I'm in the mood for a milder dark beer or for pairing with a hearty meal.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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

12 ounce bottle picked up at Hawthorne`s, poured into tulip.

Appearance is dark brown, a nice off-white head. Its` nose contains wood, cocoa and a smoky quality. Taking a sip of this long overdue beer to try and I taste raisins, dark chocolate, cherry and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium, a dry finish. A nice porter, worth trying if you have not already done so.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Bottled 2/6/2012 - poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters shaker pint.

Nearly opaque yet clear seal brown liquid with a tan cap which recedes slowly to a lasting collar and surface slick. Pasty lacing, average retention.

Gentle roast malt notes in the nose.

Roasted, toasted, and smoked elements in the flavor profile - malty and dark without being astringent or acrid. Mild bitterness for balance; earth and pepper emerge in the medium-dry finish.

Medium-light bodied, rich and creamy with good carbonation.

Well crafted straight-forward enjoyable session-able American porter.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of charlzm
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed April 25th, 2012.

Beer is a clear, very deep brown. Slightly lighter brown highlights with a very modest head: a thin skin of tan foam.

Aroma is more complex than expected: smoky, nutty and a little chocolaty.

Flavor has a slight red grape character and a touch of vanilla, otherwise following nose. Some modest bitterness on finish wraps things up nicely.

Carbonation is low. Mouthfeel is slightly smooth and slightly thick. Very small amount of prickliness on tongue.

While the beer is not awe-inspiring, the quiet competence of this porter won me over. Nothing is out of place and the flavor and aroma are more complex and accurately delivered than one might expect. Well above average.

Edit : I had a bottle a year later (a February 2013 bottle consumed in September 2013) and reviewed it without checking these notes. The review was almost word-for-word the same, so I give Bell's props for consistency.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poures a finger of lite mocha head, appearance in the glass is a deep murky opaque sepia brown, nearly black. When held to the light it just barely passes through, looking a deep hazy amber brown.

Smell - Roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, touches of molasses and soy sauce.

Taste - Fresh pumpernickel bread, robust roasted malts lending a slight sweetness, a touch of rich french roast coffee grounds, finishes with dried pumpernickel crust, minerals and some bitter char.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium as the flavors are quite full and robust. Very smooth and somewhat silky, but not creamy or mouthcoating. Carb is a bit on the lower side, and creates a smooth foaming feel in the mouth, which makes for a very gentle and seemless transition to the more bitter and dry finish, very nice.

Overall - This is a very robust and flavorful porter, not sweet at all, nice complexity, great finish and fantastic mouthfeel for the style.

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,410 ratings.