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

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2,481 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,481
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 71
Gots: 202 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint glass; pitch black with a foamy tan head that fades quickly but leaves a good amount of lacing. Smell is roasted malt with hints of coffee. Taste is smooth roasted malt, moving into bitter chocolate and coffee with fuzzy carbonation and a clean, slightly watery mouthfeel. Nothing amazing, but a good standard porter.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (bottled 6/13)

Appearance: Pitch black with off-white head

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, sweet malts

Taste: Bitter-sweet chocolate, cocoa, hints of smoke

Palate: Fairly heavy mouthfeel, slight carbonation, bitter cocoa finish.

Overall: Really enjoyable porter. Nothing crazy, just a solid, easy drinking beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 27 Jul 2013
Bottle date: packaged 6/03/13

Appearance: Absolutely pitch black- no light is getting through this one when held up directly towards a light source. The beer pours with a great two finger light-brown head that eventually dissipates to a light sheen of brown bubbles over the top of the beer. Great lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: BItter and roasty. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: A magnificent blend of roasted malt and bitterness. The porter finishes pretty dry, which really compliments the overall bitterness from the dark, roasted malt. I think that the roasted malt comes out more in this beer than any hints of coffee or chocolate.

Mouthfeel: This is my first porter, and I know that they are supposed to be like a stout but dialed back a bit. I definitely am wishing that these flavors would come out in a slightly fuller-feeling beer. The beer does taste a little thin, given its flavor profile that is normally associated with thicker feeling beers. That being said, it is a nice change from the stout style- it feels just a little lighter (almost like how a Guinness can sometimes feel watery) but really packs a strong flavor punch.

Overall: An incredible beer by Bell's that I would definitely drink again. Comparable to their Kalamazoo Stout, but with less complexity. A great beer for cool evenings- I could definitely see this as an early-fall beer where one is not yet ready to hit up the boozy imperial stouts or anything, but desires that warming roastiness.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - 27-29 on the color sclale with a one finger, persistent head. Strong lacing as I drink

S - Light malt sweetness - slight hazelnut flavor

T - Nutty clove flavor with tones of coffee

M - Medium body with a longlasting finish

O - I typically enjoy bells and this is no different. I am also new to porters, but this seemed to have a nice, well balanced profile that was not overpowering. I liked it quite a bit.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,481 ratings.