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

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2,221 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,221
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 50
Gots: 114 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-25-2012 06:35:18 | More by Professional_Drunker
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown (almost black) in color with some very dark amber and garnet red highlights as well as light to moderate amounts of carbonation at the surface. The beer has a two finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large thick patch, a thin film covering the rest of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of roasted malts with some very light hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Similar to the smell, this beer has a light flavor of roasted malts upfront with some notes of coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate that become more apparent as the beer warms up. Very light notes of bitterness that fades but not too quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy and smooth.

O: With the lighter body/mouthfeel, this is a very easy to drink beer and would be a nice late fall/early winter session beer.

12-22-2012 22:04:18 | More by dbrauneis
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-22-2012 14:25:35 | More by Lukass
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Date Nov. 29, 2012
Type/ Style Porter
Package 12 oz Bottle
Location Home
ABV 6.5%

Aroma: Sugar, Caramel

Appearance: Dark Black, Ruby-Brown Edges

Body/Texture: Smooth, Silky, Thin

Aftertaste: Chocolate, Coffee, Leather, Dry, Sweetness

Overall: 3.5/5 Solid Porter, I love most of the offerings from Bell's and they never disappoint.

12-21-2012 17:03:56 | More by SColl
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-21-2012 03:11:03 | More by YogiBeerAhhh
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

12-20-2012 15:13:43 | More by mcaulifww
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-19-2012 07:53:19 | More by Scientifichuck
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-17-2012 14:24:51 | More by grahamboudreaux
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-17-2012 02:58:16 | More by cliff1066
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-16-2012 20:46:16 | More by equincel
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-16-2012 16:12:44 | More by Texasfan549
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-16-2012 07:04:12 | More by menacho1
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-15-2012 19:04:31 | More by kjkinsey
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2.93/5  rDev -24.1%

Appearance: Very very dark brown
Its lovely

Smell: not much smell at all....sadly. I expected more out of this beer

Taste: light caramel, light roasted barley, and just a little bi of coffee malt, with heavier hoppyness to roasty malts.

not too bad, but its not to my liking
I give this one a 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: way too watery for a porter. I give this one a 2.5/5

overall: idk, I didn't like this one much at all.

I expected a lot more from this brewery :(

12-14-2012 03:18:29 | More by jucifer1818
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3.1/5  rDev -19.7%

Appearance: Deep rich brown with some dark reds at the edges. Nice and clear. Minimal, off-white head drops to a super thin collar in short order. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Chocolatey. Malts, roasted edges, milk chocolate sweetness. Loaded with chocolate. Some slightly acrid, almost smoked edges. Grassy and slightly floral with some old coffee rounding out the back. Some caramel malt sweetness with a touch of biscuit thrown in for good measure. Some toasted notes as well.

Taste: Mildly sweet coupled with a solid, but not aggressive, roasted malt profile. Some caramel sweetness. Old coffee and some mixed in grass and herbal/floral elements. A touch earthy with some nice toasted elements. Slight bitterness and baker's chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation on a medium body. Slightly dry on the back. Clean overall.

Overall: Drinkable, but not necessarily delightful.

A good porter. All the right flavors, but it doesn't go anywhere. Some nice complexity, but not enough to really keep it going through the whole bottle.

12-13-2012 20:06:46 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-13-2012 11:48:22 | More by runlikeakenyan
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-08-2012 15:51:46 | More by LGFitz2
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3.89/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from 12oz bottle into duvel tulip. Pours a deep brown with a slight tan head. Crazy chocolate aroma, some slight hops also. Smells really initing. Taste is crisp chocolatey roasty malt, but a bit sweet. Slightly over carbed and thin, but nice overall flavor. Good solid porter.

12-08-2012 02:52:45 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

I had this on tap at my local pub, but prefer it poured from a bottle because I have found that its more consistently heady out of the bottle.

As Porters go, I really consider this to be a favorite simply because it is what it says it is - A Porter pure & simple. Slight chocolate, toasted nut & coffee - but nothing over-bearing.

The folks @ Bell's do good work, and this is a good starter if you haven't tried their beers before.

12-07-2012 18:51:21 | More by smulford68
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-07-2012 06:20:21 | More by ssjkyle
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-04-2012 21:14:59 | More by Sirvis
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

A: pours a very deep brown, basically black, with a short off white head along with good amounts of lacing.

S: Smells very smoky to me, burnt wood, chocolate, coffee, barley, malts and wheat

T: Bit dry, really chocolately, sort of watery, but not too bad. Tastes like coffee as well, also malts and barley. Has some hops lingering at the after taste.

M: A bit carbonated in my opinion, bubbly, distracts from the flavors, however the flavors are very pleasant.

O: Overall, it's a good beer and porter, but I feel that I've had better from Bell's, but still, it's a good beer and is worth a try.

12-02-2012 03:43:37 | More by Mavigo
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-02-2012 01:24:12 | More by NateMac13
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3.63/5  rDev -6%

A moderately-compact, spongy, mocha-hued head atop a clean and clear, deep reddish-brown liquid. Great head retention, though I'd prefer the head to be a little more creamy and less foamy. Some medium-dark chocolate, citrus peel, and maybe pine in the smell - all fairly faint and messy-blended. Underlying those aromas is a soft, sweet dark coffee scent that comes on in the end and comes forward more later.

Hoppy-bitter. Mellow roasty up front but quickly smooths out into a muddy mixture of toasted cookie malt and vaguely acidic-citrus hop flavors (3.75).

Goes down clean and bone dry It does seem, the warmer it gets, to exhibit a touch of roundness and perhaps some slight slick pull in the finish. The hop bitterness/flavor has a noticeable edge in presence over the roasty malt flavors. It's okay, but not particularly to my malt-forward preferences.

All in all, not bad, just a little to muddled and unrefined. Maybe extended aging would bring things together better. Who knows?

12-01-2012 23:58:45 | More by Bouleboubier
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-01-2012 12:43:17 | More by TerryB
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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