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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,499 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,499
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 72
Gots: 208 | 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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Photo of HiWire
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maedhros09
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown but still barely transparent with moderate light tan head that settles to a film.

Smell: light roast aromas and a kind of sour fruity scent

Taste: light clean dry (very lightly sweet) roasted malt flavor with mild herbal/grassy bitter hops finish that lingers.

Feel: light to medium body, medium smooth. Feels like what you would expect of a typical lager.

Overall: A well-rounded light porter - not too sweet, not too roasty, not too bitter. Goes down easy but not as smooth a most heavier porters or stouts - feels more like a lager overall. If you think of it as "Porter-lite" you will appreciate its virtues. If you are expecting something more robust you may be disappointed.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty dark brown with khaki colored head. Caramel malts and coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness.

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

Gotta say im kinda fond of this one

Photo of Raziel313
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlkHawkFan01
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FriedSlug
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cycle69
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of citruscane
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cammspot
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Carbonation a bit "bitey". Bitterness is stout like. Decent roasted taste. Minimal foam head.

Photo of tim007007
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CaverDave
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BvilleBrewGuy
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trubeernick
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NorseKaiser
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DougT
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, opaque black color, practically no head what-so-ever. What little head there is formed a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very roasty and malty. Tons of roasted malt, black pepper, brown sugar and notes of freshly baked pumpernickel bread.

Taste: A lot like the aroma. Very roasty, imparting some subtle smokiness and coffee flavor, as well as a ton of malt, some brown sugar-like sweetness and some slight hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and smooth, as there’s practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another solid porter. Great balance between the smokiness of the roasted malt and the brown sugar-like sweetness. Porter fans should definitely try this!

Photo of cryptichead
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JGam115
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sanguine tinge, caramel foam. Light caramel, bittersweet chocolate. Light and refreshing.

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

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

Appearance - 3.8/5
Pours a avery dark brown color, with maybe a hint of read. A small amount of head, dissipates quickly.

Smell - 3.8/5
Chocolate, and earthy, resionous hops. Also some sweet fruity-chocolateness.

Taste - 3.75/5
A declious fruity-smoky taste. Quite sweet. there are hints of chocolate and coffee. There is definitely a fruity element to the flavor, which seems hard to place in a porter/stout.

Mouthfeel - 3.8/5
Medium bodied, in between smooth and bitter. Fairly creamy. A small amount of medium-intensity carbonation.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a decent porter overall. Nothing super special that stands out though.

Photo of trdtercel92
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,499 ratings.