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

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2,483 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,483
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 71
Gots: 202 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown. Nice tan 2 finger head. Great lacing as it's drank down.

S - The roasted malt and coffee are there along with a faint smell of dark chocolate.

T - Sweet and malty with some dark cocoa on the finish.

M - On the light side of medium in carbonation.

O - A solid porter that won't blow you away but is there for you when you're not looking to concentrate on a beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a darker mahogany/brown with nice puffy, tan head head. Goes slowly down the glass and leaves a good amount of lacing along the sides.

S - Notes of roasted malt, coffee, and some bittersweet chocolate. A bit of toffee and caramel present as well.

T - A quick hit of bitter coffee before fading into some sweeter notes of chocolate and even just a hint of dark fruit. Finishes ever so bitter.

M - It's a little on the thinner side, but very smooth.

Overall - A decent porter. I felt it a little lacking on lasting flavor, but what was present was good. Well done.

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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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of bob182
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,483 ratings.