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

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2,412 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,412
Reviews: 974
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Says packaged on 4/28/11. Good thing I bought it before it became unfit for sale.

A- Carbonation is obviously still there. Pours a 1/2 inch light tan head that sulks down to a paper thin head with spattered bubbles on the surface. Eventually becomes just a flat black pond with a foam ring around it. Some light shines through but only when I hold it directly in front of the lamp.

S- Instant notes of milk chocolate along with some coffee and raisin. Also some vanilla and even white chocolate. Covering all the bases.

T- The taste is more straightforward with a sturdy malt start that dissolves into a smooth, sweet finish displaying more of those chocolate notes.

M- This is where the typical Porter goes awry for me: Either there's some metallic bitterness that's too intense for the thin feel a porter usually displays or it's just too thin and watery in the first place which causes me to ask for either a good brown or a good stout (because a porter is basically just in that grey area in between). Bell's however, is not only plenty hearty and robust, but it also is free of any metallic taste while, at the same time, boasting a well-done creamy feel.

O- Can this brewery actually be infallible?

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark color. Basically black. About an eighth inch tan, foamy head. Stuck around a bit then had good lacing.

S- A lot of coffee right off the bat. There is an underlying sweet scent, maybe a hazelnut hint. No hops on the scent.

T- Just like the taste. Starts out strong in the coffee department then goes sweeter. Still that nutty taste and also some chocolate in there. Finishes with a taste of dark roasts with little aftertaste.

M- Fairly thick and creamy on the palate. A surprising amount of carbonation, but it works with the brew. Goes down smooth. A fairly heavy beer, probably couldn't have more than a couple of these.

Overall, another solid offering from Bell's. It's a fine representative of the style and one I'll get again if the price is right.

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Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,412 ratings.