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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,330 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,330
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 57
Gots: 139 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DMarlinJ, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Oct 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

tstahldotcom, Oct 04, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have drank a lot of beers from Bell's but for some reason I have never picked up the porter. Today I did and I am happy to say that I did. Maybe I am into porters right now, maybe they are my transition beer into the the darker nights ahead. But, one thing I do know is that I am really digging them right now. Especially this one. To me porters have a lot of the characteristics that stouts have, but without some of the harshness and too much of one thing like licorice or burned coffee. This one is no different.

Color: Deep dark mahogany almost impenetrable to light, but yet you see that little bit shining through. Head is very small, it settles to a very meager lacing pattern.

Aroma: This one was hard for me to decipher, it was a bit boozy on the nose, but Its only 5.6% so you know there can't be that much in there. Maybe come caramel and chocolate, but very light, not a lot of strong aromas on this one.

Taste: Here is where they get you, not boozy really, nice amount of bite, but you definitely detect chocolate notes and some hoppiness going on. But very faint, just enough bitterness to balance out the small amount of sweetness. Overall, this is a very nice beer, well balanced.

Overall: Once I decide on a regular beer I may go back to this one one day. Not really, I will never have a regular beer with all the options we have now, but this is a porter I would buy again. Its fairly easy to find where I live, and the price is totally reasonable for what you are getting. Bell's does it again!

humuloner22, Oct 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

SLewis, Oct 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

hozersr, Oct 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

clausr, Sep 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

SocalKicks, Sep 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

caahare, Sep 28, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -10.6%

Chappy-88, Sep 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

hophugger, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of CHickman
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours opaque dark brown and almost black looking color with a 1 finger foamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded average to slowly, leaving very good lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, coffee beans, vanilla, cocoa powder, charred wood and dry herbs like tea leaf or dry hops. Roasted notes dominate, with a sweetness like a roasted coffee with hazelnut cream in it. Quite pleasant to smell.

Tastes like it smells, with coffee beans, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, cocoa powder, charred wood, peat moss, tea leaf, dry floral hops, milk chocolate, brown sugar and pepper or other very light spices. There were a lot of flavors that were similar and hard to define, but this was still a relatively complex brew.

Aftertaste is sweet and like a frozen coffee drink mixed with some doughy yeast. The mouthfeel is light and thin, with a lighter body, a smooth feel and a slightly bitter finish which trails off like a coffee. Overall pretty tasty and very easy to drink.

CHickman, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Maillard, Sep 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Guitars_and_beer, Sep 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

VRH, Sep 26, 2014
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1/5  rDev -74%

Jesse8418, Sep 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

pjkelley82, Sep 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BobbyDigitali, Sep 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

dms7502, Sep 24, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%

BeerForMuscle, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of Kris450
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

I love a good porter and that's exactly what this is. Rich malty flavor that cascades in a caramel climax that is maybe a bit pronounced, But I like it nonetheless. Very drinkable and not overly heavy. Pours a dark opaque brown, not quite black, yet extremely dark. A very good beer for a night in, a fire, and a steak.

Kris450, Sep 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

JRosolen, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

StaggerRollRoll, Sep 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

wtkphoto, Sep 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

indianabeerman, Sep 22, 2014
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 2,330 ratings.