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

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very good

2,249 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,249
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 51
Gots: 120 | 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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Photo of Crimsontider22
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Crimsontider22, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of mobrockman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

mobrockman, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Slynger
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deepest of browns with a more than adequately sized lid of fuzzy light brown leaves slinky, slippery, lace.

Modest nose of dark chocolate and roasted malts with a sweet, woody character.

Well balanced flavors of bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted malts with a bit of coffee; sweet woody overtones bring it together nicely. Light-medium body has a good amount of soft, cushioning carbonation and smoothness.

Bell's Porter is an extremely approachable, well balanced, and nice tasting brew that I could happily enjoy by lone bottle or sixer.

Slynger, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +3.6%

kirkse, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of jpro
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, Bell's Porter is the perfect example of the style - simple, yet delicious - and not all fancy, with vanilla / extra coffee / blah, blah, blah. Just a straight up good porter. Appearance is near black, yet a touch translucent, with a tidy, light brown head that leaves some decent lace on the glass. Smell is chocolatey, with some nice roasty aroma - not as smoky as some porters. Its definitely a tasty brew - almost stout-like, with the roasted/burned malt with hints of coffee and chocolate - yet the mouthfeel is lighter and its a pretty easy drinkin' ale. A nice one to have a few of on a cool fall night. Good stuff -

jpro, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of JLapadura
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

JLapadura, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of elec
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

elec, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of hinemk76
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

hinemk76, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Moses_Malone
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Moses_Malone, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of ChadQuest
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with light through the edges , decent head and little lacing. faint smell with some roast qualities and sweet malt. Roasted malt is the most prominent flavor, that fades into a caramel sweetness with some coffee notes. Thinner mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbination, easy to drink.

ChadQuest, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of mooseisloose
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Starting desert and this beer looks like it will suit that quite well, so let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a smell of malted milk balls, heath bars and coffee. Delicious. Pouring the brew yields a coffee color with a creamy head. The taste of this brew is complex to say the least, it starts with the malted milk ball taste then launches into a slightly bitter coffee taste then finishes sweeter like milk chocolate with a unsweetened cocoa finale. Very delicious. Surprisingly the mouthfeel, for all this flavor, is kind of watery. That's not all bad as for all this flavor one can enjoy a few of these without bogging down. Good porter, not really something that would become a go to, but enjoyable.
3/2011 I went to it again, B+? It's damn good might be pushing A-?

mooseisloose, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at Stub and Herb's. Was very excited to see a beer I was familiar with on cask so I could compare.

A: Dark, translucent brown beer, very clear. Light Light tan head.

S: Mild sweet roast, no hops, pretty simple in a very good way.

T: Very roasty, not sweet at all. No hops again.

M: It's a little flat, which gives it a nice smoothness.

D: very little carbonation, which is really nice because the beer is good enough on its own.

mdwalsh, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of linnymtu
4/5  rDev +3.6%

linnymtu, Aug 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Furley80, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of dailyminefield
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

dailyminefield, May 29, 2014
Photo of stoutman
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinkin this mash since the zoo brew started long ago.. This is a fine effort, a must try for porter lovers. Black with the typical strong chocolate coffee flavor.

stoutman, Jun 01, 2002
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color, thin, yet rocky off-tan head. Roasted coffee beans, fresh bread, some hops are also there on the nose. Slick and creamy off the bat, robust per the label, sweet chocolate and toffee notes. Very rich, right on target as medium bodied. A slight hoppy note sneaks in; some charcoal and coffee beans to boot! A roasted/burnt malt based body, backed with some delicious flavorings, quite impressive, highly drinkable, should define what a porter is!

GeoffRizzo, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown color, almost black. The pour produced a small tan head and the retention was poor. The lacing of this beer was outstanding. The aroma was chocolate and yeasty. The beer has a nice medium body and is very smooth. Mouthfeel is excellent.
The taste of the porter has hints of chocolate, coffee and sweet malt. There is a nice amount of oily hop bitterness. This is the most drinkable American Porter I have had- very good.

GossageBrewery, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice dark ruby-mahogany-brown with about an inch of tan head. Good retention/lacing.

S- A fair amount of pale malt, along with some roasted malt, almond, hazelnut, and biscuity aromas.

T- Almost a bit subdued, IMO. A bit of pale malt gives way to some darker roasted tones. Leafy hops perk up on the finish, although only in support. Unlike many people on here, I'm not getting the chocolate flavor. Somewhat subdued as well, but a very enjoyable blend of flavors.

M- Light and somewhat creamy. Decent amount of carbonation to keep this moving.

D- What it lacks in robustness, it makes up for in drinkability. I would be a happy man to session these. A great porter to session with.

LordAdmNelson, Aug 06, 2009
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2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 :(

jucifer1818, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of climax
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Porter poured a black bear brown. The tan head was medium and left very good thick lace on my pint glass.

The nose was smooth and pleasant, mainly brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. Some overripe banana, burnt butter, and almonds stir up in there as well.

The flavor has the same smoothness to it. All of the flavors are subtle and not overpowering, they meld together nicely. Dark chocolate, coffee, nuts, and banana are what I got.

The body is medium with a good fizzy and chalky feel. Nothing wrong with this one, good solid beer.

climax, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of happygnome
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: dark chocolate brown color with some ruby hues half inch of headthat does not dissapear fast and leaves a little lacing
s: deffinate coffee aromas
t: roasted malts very tasteable, chocolate. Very sweet but very nicely balanced
medium bodied with average amount of carbonation

this is a very good brew, very enjoyable

happygnome, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of theboozecruise
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown with a bubbly white head.

S - chocolatey, malty, pretty good.

T - chocolate again, roasted a little, slightly metallic

M - a little thin, but at 5.6% it shouldn't be too thick.

D - very high, easy drinking classic example of a porter

theboozecruise, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of khiasmus
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with a creamy head that settles to a lace.

S- Glorious. Smells dark and thick, if that can be. Roasted nuts, barley, grain, burnt toast, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, and faint alcohol.

T- Toasty and thick. Sadly not as good as the smell, but still excellent. Malty and sweet, that is balanced by the roastedness rather than the hops.

M- Smooth with mild carbonation that finishes smooth with a hint of dryness and some astringency in the finish. Leaves the mouth parched.

D- I'll have several. It makes me thirsty for more.

khiasmus, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of Fcolle2
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown nearly blac in color. Almost no light makes it through and there is a one and a half finger light tan head that has good retention.

Smell has some great chocolate malt and some good cracker like malt aromas. There is also a nice herbal floral sweetness that balances the malt nicely.

Taste is good. Some more chocolate malt is forward before a stronger roasted malt that is very slightly smokey comes in midway through the sip. Finishs with a very nice light herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is good medium body and moderate carbonation leaves this highly drinkable.

Fcolle2, Nov 03, 2013
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,249 ratings.