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

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very good

2,519 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,519
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 72
Gots: 217 | 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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On draught

A - Pitch black, creamy beige head. OK Lacing. - 4.

S - Moderate level roast, toasty cereal malts. Little to no hops/yeast 4.25

T - More pronounced roast bordering on burnt, nice cocoa notes to balance it out. 4.25

M - Light and refreshing, fairly dissipating finish. 4.25

O - A staple - always a treat to enjoy 4.20

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date of 06/03/2013 printed on the label. A beer from Bell's that I haven't had before. Expectations are high since I enjoy Bell's beers and I tend to enjoy porters.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark cola brown colored body; opaque in the glass. One finger of tan head disappears quickly to a ring.

S - Big dark roasted malts, iced coffee, coffee beans, touch of hazelnut, and some bold smoke / char. Not terribly amazing, but hits it's mark indefinitely.

T - Taste is big rich and robust, just as the label describes. Deep roasted malt character, dark chocolate, cold black coffee, and some char on the finish.

M - Feel is of bitter chocolate & coffee bean roast, with a dry nutty finish. Ideal carbonation for the style.

Overall, a solid porter from Bell's. Not exactly straying from the path or breaking any new remarkable ground, but what a classic, well-brewed Michigan porter should taste like. Bell's rarely ceases to please me, and it's a shame that I overlook their beers as often as I do.

Bell's Porter ---4/5.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Bottling date is printed as "06/03/13."

Darkened in color, with nothing but reddish and brown tones circling the edges of the glass. An off-brown, 2-finger large head tops the glass, but soon dissipates to a modest ring overall. Can't tell if there's much carbonation on this, but it seems relatively balanced. Definitely not showy, but stands as a well made porter, if only a bit average in appearance.

The aroma consists of a predominant roasted barley character, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and dried dark fruits. Definitely not as complex as you might think, but not offensive by any means. The roasted character is very upfront, with earthy notes and floral flavors from the hops, and bittered coffee and chocolate flavor still follows, albeit a bit subtle. Not much else, but seems like a standard porter flavor with me - not as refined, nevertheless.

The flavor is awash with an astringent, biscuit-y roasted bitterness, as well as faded notes of old coffee beans and old chocolate. Tastes rather stale than vibrant and warm overall. There's a bit of dried fruitiness, but it's too subtle to make out any flavors overall at the finish. A little bit of brown sugar and spice linger as well, but the entire flavor profile is dominated by roasted barley and light coffee. Not very creamy or chewy, and slightly watery at the finish, which gives the impression of old chilled brewed coffee. This gets a little better as it warms up, but it's not very refreshing or comforting - I'd imagine it would be better on tap.

Another disappointment with Bell's - knowing what these guys can do, I realize this is a more crowd-pleasing, less diverse offering. Mind you, I love the taste of basic American porters, but this one feels too one-dimensional in the long run. Worth a try for Bell's completionists.

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