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

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very good

2,491 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,491
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 72
Gots: 206 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of charlzm
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
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%

Photo of blackcompg
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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


Pretty damn good looking porter. Absolutely pitch black body. No brown hues, or mahogany splashes, just pitch black (I held about 2 inches from the light, and then it had slight blood red splotches). Thin eggshell white head of small bubbles.

Smell is thick and roasty. I get the nice roasted malts, but theres something different going on. Kind of makes me think vanilla and caramel. Smells thick.

Now the taste is interesting. nutty and woody. Dry grains, and notes of a barrel. Odd I know, considering this isnt BA. Theres a light body, but it feels thick. I just get all dry grains and woody barrel. Finishes clean with chewy malt.

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3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle dated 3/23/12 so decently fresh. Dark black, brown head. Smells like grainy malts, eh, boring. Taste is slightly malty but I really thought this was a letdown. It was not a bad beer it was just sort of boring and I love porters. I would probably give this one more shot because I know Bells makes great beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, almost pitch black, with some light shining through. Creamy and bubbly tan head, about half a finger thick. Moderate lacing and retention.

Light aromas of roasted malt, some alcohol and faint coffee-like scents. All very light, noticeable by sniffing very attentively. Not bad.

Nice mouth full of chewy roasted malt and other dark flavors, very light as the style usually dictates. Light body with lots of carbonation.

Solid porter, nothing wowing, but porters are not supposed to be. Light but tasty, very satisfying and flavorful without being too light.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,491 ratings.