Bell's Porter - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Notes: Born on 11/18/13 (current date 6/18/14).
A: (Aggressive pour into nonic pint). Produced a 3 finger head of nice thick pillowy bubbles. The head is slow to recede. The head is a top a dark black brew.
S: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.
T: Very sweet on the front of the tongue - it kind of surprised me. The mid palate has more of the roast characteristic and the finish is also roasty - but balanced with the sweetness.
M: Really nice mouthfeel. Smooth and almost creamy going down.
O: This exceeded my expectations. I have had a few lackluster beers in a row and I am in a slump so I expected more of the same. This was really good and all of the aspects work well together - the taste and the mouthfeel really make this one a notable porter. I would not have been surprised if this was a milk stout with the sweet characteristics. This one is 7 months old - I'd like to try a newer one for comparison.
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2014 01:20:32 | More by fscottkey
3.73/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: Pours a dark almost black with a short lived tan head. Good lacing.
S: Coffee and a bit of cocoa up front, a bit of brown bread and musty hop aroma that is reminiscent of olive, not an off-putting aroma however... quite nice. The nose shifts to the coffee side as it warms.
T: Sweet coffee, toffee and cocoa with some black bread crust. Somewhat bright and distinct malt flavors with a light smoky underpinning. A bit nutty but surprisingly finishes somewhat semi-dry. Alcohol is well hidden.
M: Medium full body, leaning a bit to the creamy, coating side. I little astringency in the finish. Low carbonation.
O: This is a nice porter. It's starts sweet but doesn't finish quite as sweet, the dark roasted malts seem to add to the semidry finish. A nice porter overall, but there's a nit of mustiness that seems to detract from this brew for me. Overall, a great example of the style that may appeal to some, just not one of my favorites,
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2014 00:55:25 | More by slusk
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,136 ratings.