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

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2,210 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,210
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 49
Gots: 111 | FT: 3
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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Photo of hopdog


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

12oz bottle.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized light brown head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, light coffee, and caramel. Tastes of roast, caramel, and had a light coffee bitter finish. A nice and drinkable Porter.

Notes from 12/31/06

11-13-2008 20:51:58 | More by hopdog
Photo of johnd513


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

This beer pours black with a nice big frothy offwhite head. Smells or roasted malts, and chocolate. Tastes of roasted malt with some chocolate and a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel has medium body and is semi-smooth with some nice carbination. Drinkability is decent I could drink a couple. Overall a good choice from bell's

11-08-2008 00:31:20 | More by johnd513
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: Pours black with a nice frothy head. Some lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt - chocolate, coffee, and hops

Taste: Good balance, not too much coffee, and the hops are balanced. Nice sweetness to provide balance. Excellent porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full body, a little creamy. Very pleasant, almost velvety.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, the flavors are balanced, none are overpowering. Finish can sometimes be a little bitter, but not enough to detract substantially. One of the few porters I could enjoy more than one or two of.

11-05-2008 15:10:27 | More by craytonic
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

I got 2 bottles of this brew, 1 from tburkhart and 1 from LordofTime25, Thanks Tim and Thanks Tyler!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a thin beige head that left some bits of lacing behind.

S - roasted coffee beans and hints of chocolate.

T - full of rich roasted malty flavors, coffee and chocolate.

F - medium bodied with light carbonation.

D - it's very easy to drink this tasty brew.

11-04-2008 00:52:31 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

Served in a pint glass.

A-Minimal head with no lacing. Black color. It seems like this beer wanted to be clear, because it showed some slight deep red hues on the edges when I held it to the light.

S-Minimal aromas. Some slight roasted coffee and toasted malt aroma.

T-Roasty, toasty malt with subtle coffee, also a slightly astringent bite. Agressively bitter with no hop aroma/flavor. Finishes moderate/very dry.

M-Low carbonation and a too thin mouthfeel for this style. I think this style is not the best when served on cask.

D-Very easy to drink, lending to the thin body. However, did not leave me wanting another.

11-02-2008 18:34:33 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of LordofTime25


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours to an opaque dark brown with not much head with very thin, sticky lacing.

Can smell a light aroma of dark chocolate and coffee, a little nutty or roasty.

Can taste a roasted coffee, raisin, and a hint of dark chocolate.

Medium carbonation with a dry finish.

Very good beer and very drinkable.

11-02-2008 01:51:22 | More by LordofTime25
Photo of cindiwindi1025


4/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Poured an opaque dark brown with not much head with very thin, sticky lacing.

S: Light aroma of dark chocolate and coffee, a little roasty as well.

T: Roasted coffee, raisins with barely there bitter dark chocolate...the flavors are layered nicely.

M: Light to medium carbonation, finishes with mouth dry. Medium carbonation. Decent brew, I could see myself drinking these a lot if they sold it here.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, it finishes dry but the dryness is not overwhelming....it's got a fresh, clean crispness that balances nicely.

11-02-2008 01:15:33 | More by cindiwindi1025
Photo of SusurusIgnoramus


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Dark brownish black with light tan head. Two fingers goes down to a fingernail's width in a minute or so, and stay's there. Nice lacing. Light milky, sweet coffee aroma, like a latte.

Tastes less sweet than it smells. Coffee, malt, with a slight copper like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Not quite "robust" as the label suggests.

A pretty decent, straight forward porter. I'd even go so far to say a sessionable porter for a fall day.

10-27-2008 22:44:33 | More by SusurusIgnoramus
Photo of bbothen


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a thick & bubbly 2 finger deep tan colored head.
Looks nice.

Smells of roasted/toasted malts, chocolate, faint coffee, nutty aroma.

Roasted chocolate malt, nice hop bite, burnt grain finish.

Creamy, medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, lush, lingering burnt/bitterness.

Tasty porter. Others I like more, but would gladly buy this again.

10-26-2008 19:27:51 | More by bbothen
Photo of csmiley


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Pours a color that is close to black. Colors of cola are evident around the edges. The mocha head is minimal and sticks around for a while before settling to a nice cap. Heavy lace is left behind in the glass.

S - This one is light in the aroma department. Roasted notes stand out in front of other aromas. Coffee comes in toward the end and is pretty hard to pick up.

T - Flavor is bigger than expected. Roastiness hits the palate first. Comes across as a little smokey too. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate come in around the middle. Alcohol is bareley detectable on the tail end.

M - Medium to full bodied with alot of carbonation. Kind of chewy for a porter. Finish is bittersweet with a touch of dryness and sticks around for a while.

D - Drinkability is good. This isn't my favorite selection from Bell's but still a good beer nonetheless. The low alcohol and pleasant flavor really make this one quite easy to drink. I could drink a few of these with no problem at all.

10-26-2008 18:37:46 | More by csmiley
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

This beer had little to offer on the nose. Very faint hints of cocoa and malts, maybe caramel??, were present but other than that, very little in the smell department.
This beer had a lot of carbonation which was nice. The taste really put the cocoa and chocolate malts first and foremost and really hit nice sweet roasted flavors throughout the mout feel. A good sweet finish at the end.

10-24-2008 02:54:03 | More by chaz410
Photo of baos


4/5  rDev +3.6%

From notes:

Served on a Pils glass.

Nice headiness that went away to nearly nothing.
Heres my notes:

Nice caramelly malty nice hop bite good feel. Nose is maltiness dark caramel.

I have had this beer many times and never took notes for a review. Here my notes are lacking but i remember a nice full beer that I had three glasses of. Very Dark and very good.

10-23-2008 03:20:13 | More by baos
Photo of Greggy


4.13/5  rDev +7%

A- Pours a big fluffy 3 finger head into an imperial pint glass. The head is tan and has excellent retention. As the head slowly recedes, it leaves some nice lacing.

S- Dark chocolates, graham crackers, cream, coffee and nice roasted malt.

T- Starts with some very dark dry baking chocolate notes, some coffee, some toasted grains. The finish has a nice dryness with some residual hop oil notes.

M- Mouthfeel has appropriately low carbonation and a nice dryness.

D- This isn't you typical porter. It has more of a hoppy presence than the more traditional sweet porters. This could definitely be sessionable.

10-20-2008 01:21:14 | More by Greggy
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Pours a deep black, with a big, frothy, light-tan head with good retention. Some decent lacing.

S: Whiffs of coffee with milk, some chocolate, burnt malts. A bit sweet. Maybe some hints of cherry.

T: Definite notes of chocolate and coffee, with some burnt flavors. Hops are noticeable and provide balancing bitter snap.

M: Somewhat smooth and full-bodied, with a drying astringent quality at the finish.

D: Nothing wrong with this one. It's a solid, if somewhat unspectacular porter.

10-17-2008 03:22:20 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of zeff80


4/5  rDev +3.6%

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown color with a small, foamy, caramel-colored head. It left small thin traces of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dried fruit (cherry), and toffee. Also, some light floral notes.

T - This is a nicely balanced porter with a bittersweet blend of hops and caramel roasted maltiness. Some chocolate flavors add to the complexity of this beer.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice porter. Yet another fine offering from Bell's.

10-10-2008 01:42:57 | More by zeff80
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Pours a dark cola color with a cherry tan head.

S: light roasted malt, coffee and dry chocolate.

T: For flavor there is some dry chocolate, and coffee notes along with a bittering earthy hoppiness and a slight smoky woodiness.

M: a light creamy and milky texture. A nice clean finish of coffee and chocolate that fades off the tongue leaving you wanting more. There is a slight acidic nature as well in the finish.

D: Overall a solid good beer, enjoyable.

10-08-2008 23:31:47 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of danielharper


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

How is it I've never reviewed a beer from Bell's before now? Ah, well, now that they're my new local I guess that's going to change quickly.

Appearance: So dark brown it's black, thick foamy head that dissipates and leaves some lacing. Beer is opaque to even a moderate light source.

Smell: Raisiny malty sweetness. A touch of astringency, very grainy, touches of oatmeal and what. A very interesting aroma, much more complex than most porters.

Taste: Almost the definition of a good porter. A strong sweetness up-front, grainy and with a hint of raisins, followed by a mellow middle and a dry finish. Some alcohol astringency present, but not too strong.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness with mild carbonation. Goes down smoothly.

Drinkability: I'm not usually a big fan of porters, preferring to just get the "real thing" in a stout already, dammit, but this is a very good example of the style. Well executed and depending on your taste and alcohol tolerance probably a fine session beer, despite the 5.6% ABV. Lovers of porters should seek it out.

10-06-2008 21:54:46 | More by danielharper
Photo of treyrab


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Had last night at Zeno's Dark Side Day. Had it poured into a pint style glass...

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a chocolate colored head. Laces only slightly and has nice red hues around the edges.

S: Very sweet smelling porter similar almost to a milk stout smell. Chocolate sweetness and a tad bit of roast thrown in the mix as well.

T: Also like the smell. Kind of sweet chocolate that blends well with a little bit of roast. The hops are lacking a tad here, which further leads to its sweetness.

Overall, a good showing by Bell's. A decent porter with good flavor and a hell of a lot of sweetness

10-05-2008 15:10:09 | More by treyrab
Photo of MSchae1017


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

This beer was poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours brownish-black with hints of amber. The head is tan, but not too big. It dissipates down to a ring and wisps leaving little lace. The aroma is chocolatey and sweet. The flavor is chocolatey with hints of coffee. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side of medium but quite smooth. Overall, a good porter.

10-05-2008 02:09:51 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of dedrinker


4/5  rDev +3.6%

Crazy darkest brown-to-virtually black with a light tan head. Aromas of cocoa and carob. Almost-but-not-quite-coffee-like aroma - more on the chocolate side. Flavors of more cocoa, more "almost but not quite coffee-like" and and some roasted malt. Tilting towards full body with dark bitter-sweet chocolate on the finish. All in all a good solid porter. I braised some skirt steak with this and it did well. Use this as your bottle of beer in a chili recipe instead of something dumb.

09-27-2008 04:58:01 | More by dedrinker
Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -21%

this one had alot of floating particals in it, so i think this bottle isnt fresh, this has some coffie or bitter dark coco flavers in the begining and some big hops at the end, this one was ok but i want to try a fresh bottle befor i form my final opinion

09-22-2008 13:09:52 | More by orcasteve
Photo of tempest


4.13/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a brown bottle. Batch 8318.

This is a classic American porter and darned tasty. It's on the dry and drinkable side of the spectrum, maybe a little more brown than robust, like a Sierra Nevada Porter instead of an Anchor Porter. The flavor has rich roasted malts that give off toffee, caramel, and semisweet chocolate flavors with a multigrain bread undertone. Definitely a beer for porter lovers.

09-22-2008 02:01:50 | More by tempest
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Presented in a brown, 12 oz. bottle with cryptic batch code: 8253. Poured into a Smithwick's pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque anthracite color with a frothy and pitted, two-finger head with good retention.

S: Honey, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, vanilla and licorice.

T: Dark, roasted malt upfront with notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and licorice. Toasted caramel snap on the back end. Finishes dry with a sweet tang. Not exactly robust.

M: Smooth and heavily carbonated. Rather thin-bodied and somewhat watered-down for the style.

D: Its light-bodied character and subtle flavor profile make it very easy to drink.

09-19-2008 14:22:35 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of ckeegan04


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

A - Dark brown with thick foamy head. Head slowly fades to about one finger. Excellent lacing.

S - Weak aroma of dark malts. A little coffee in the nose. Yeah, it smells like a porter, but it has nothing special going for it.

T - Slightly sweet malt taste up front before being overtaken by a somewhat bitter chocolate and coffee taste. No real hop presence to speak of. Finishes with a somewhat bitter chocolate taste.

M/D - medium to full bodied and very very creamy and smooth. Excellent feel. It is a passable porter but the taste just isnt anything great.

09-19-2008 01:10:53 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

A - Dark, dark brown. Opaque. Thick creamy brown head with excellent lacing.

S - Coffee, dark sugars and hints of funk, sourness and dark fruit.

T - Acidic opening followed by apples and toasted grain. Sweet in the middle with some toasted bitterness. Finish is a bit mild.

M - Medium bodied with a suggestion of chewiness. Slight astringency.

D - Quite drinkable and full flavoured for the most part.

09-17-2008 20:16:41 | More by allergictomacros
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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