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

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2,160 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,160
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 50
Gots: 102 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-08-2013 05:10:45 | More by ohiobeer29
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not bad. not great. pours dark with less head than expected. nice carbonation and a lil lace - less than expected.

smell was pleasant but maybe a lil rich in carmael chocoalate...taste was decent.

porters are not my all time favorite. this is a good porter but i have had better. definately better.

worth a try for a notch in the belt. not likely a frequent repurchase.

suckem up and movem out!


Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 20:47:02 | More by giblet
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark color. Basically black. About an eighth inch tan, foamy head. Stuck around a bit then had good lacing.

S- A lot of coffee right off the bat. There is an underlying sweet scent, maybe a hazelnut hint. No hops on the scent.

T- Just like the taste. Starts out strong in the coffee department then goes sweeter. Still that nutty taste and also some chocolate in there. Finishes with a taste of dark roasts with little aftertaste.

M- Fairly thick and creamy on the palate. A surprising amount of carbonation, but it works with the brew. Goes down smooth. A fairly heavy beer, probably couldn't have more than a couple of these.

Overall, another solid offering from Bell's. It's a fine representative of the style and one I'll get again if the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 02:26:22 | More by boilermakerbrew
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-26-2012 00:28:12 | More by Rons35
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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark crimson color, slightly cloudy with a thin head that does last.

Sour is the reigning smell, even more so than in most other porters. Muted raisin/fig as well.

Sweet, hazlenut flavor dominates, but some weaker raisin notes as well.

Moderately carbonated and a bit drying as this a bit higher in ABV than most porters.

A quirky beer, sour in the nose and nutty tasting. Very good, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 00:20:23 | More by bboven
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color from 12oz bottle with thick, root-beerish head.
Nose offers a nutty maltiness and cocoa, along with dark fruit.
Tastes malty & dry. Bittesweet cocoa flavor complemented by a prune/raisin quality, along with maple sweetness. Faint coffee quality as well. The hop character is very subtle.
Other than the dryness and a decent carbonation, not much going on in the mouth.
Overall a drinkable porter; not up there with the elite Americans put out by Anchor & Deutches, but a quality offering from Bell's nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 20:12:13 | More by Natural510
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3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a dark brown with a little biege head. Head leave a few random spots of lacing.

Smell: Smells mostly of roasted almonds and chocolate. Very malty and bitter smelling.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a very solid, rich chocolate taste. Roasted nuts also come to mind. The hops shine through fairly well with a decent bite at the end. The mouthfeel is almost dead-on. Thick and chewy, but not syrupy.

Drinkability and Overall: Another great offering from Bell's, but not their best. This is a solid porter that is quite enjoyable to drink, but offers nothing special. I'd have another, but would I buy a case of this? No. Still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 21:16:22 | More by santoslhalper
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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: a black and very dark brown porter. It brought forth a foamy, creamy, tan colored head that left rings of lacing. Looks nice in a glass and very tasty.

Smell: great toasted malt smell that is paired with a dark, fruit sweetness and coffee smell. Mostly the malt flavor jumps out.

Taste/Mouthfeel: slight butter flavor, very sutle. Big coffee, toasted malts and chocolate flavors make this a very enjoyable beer. What a good example of a porter. A good body to this beer and it finishes with a slight acidic tartness. It goes down fairly smooth and invites me to constantly hold my glass and sip.

Bells is one of my favorite brewers and being from the area the drive to K-zoo is never to far! Solid beer and always has a place in my fridge

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 18:14:30 | More by Magpie14
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-28-2012 06:45:57 | More by Crimsontider22
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-25-2014 22:50:31 | More by RobinLee
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-30-2014 13:53:11 | More by emwild12
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-13-2013 21:09:10 | More by ChrisKayler
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3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

A-Minimal head with no lacing. Black color. It seems like this beer wanted to be clear, because it showed some slight deep red hues on the edges when I held it to the light.

S-Minimal aromas. Some slight roasted coffee and toasted malt aroma.

T-Roasty, toasty malt with subtle coffee, also a slightly astringent bite. Agressively bitter with no hop aroma/flavor. Finishes moderate/very dry.

M-Low carbonation and a too thin mouthfeel for this style. I think this style is not the best when served on cask.

D-Very easy to drink, lending to the thin body. However, did not leave me wanting another.

Serving type: cask

11-02-2008 18:34:33 | More by CHSLBrew
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-27-2013 19:01:52 | More by prdstmnky
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-18-2014 12:29:10 | More by FrankShirley
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 04:31:15 | More by Fcolle2
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer looks fantastic in the glass. Rich colors and a picture perfect head make this beer look like a supermodel of beers. The aroma is very enticing with coffee and mocha flavors in it. A sweet scent that may be slightly floral comes up too. At this poinit the beer is very attractive.

But the beer takes a sad turn here. The aroma and appearance lead me to believe that the flavor would be spectacular but it is anything but that. The taste has some coffee, nuts, and earthy leaf in it. A bit of sourness causes some puckering. Overall the flavor and body are disappointing for such a great looking brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 01:00:01 | More by BrewMaster
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: Twelve-ounce bottle. The “PKGD” date written on the back label is “8/30/11.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black but not opaque; when held to a lamp, light passed through. One finger of cappuccino-like head dissipated quickly to leave a thin film, a group of bubbles in the middle, a thin ring around the edge, and a little lacing decorating the side of the glass.

Smell: Roasted scents of coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate are subdued with cream or milk chocolate. The coffee stands out more than the rest.

Taste: The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, and the flavor matches it perfectly. The roasted bitterness is prominent but not overpowering. The coffee is balanced by sweetness from dark chocolate, caramel, and milk chocolate. It is creamy, too; very reminiscent of oatmeal stout.

Drinkability: I tend to suspect porters and stouts that are not opaque, but this is solid. It is very thick and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 04:51:22 | More by TheQuietMan22
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice large light tan head over a dark amber body. Smell is a bit thin, but malty and vinous. Taste follows suit: vinous maltiness and a nice dry hop bitterness, but a little light. Where this baby shines is in mouthfeel: good and round.

Think of this as a light porter. Pretty good, but light, and therefore very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 05:09:28 | More by ColoradoBobs
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-01-2012 00:49:27 | More by EigenBeer
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-27-2013 01:55:13 | More by msondel
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-01-2013 03:10:15 | More by pottergator
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color, opaque almost black. Tan head with great retention and okay lace.

S-Charcoal, roasted barley and hint of coffee also a hint of choclate. Overall the aroma is not strong.

Really nice flavors from the nose are here but much stronger, the raosted quality and charcoal balances out chocolate and sweeted coffee with a touch of cream. There is slight twang on the finish that is not off putting. There is not alot of hop flavor here to write about.

I could definitely have several of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 01:04:45 | More by jackorain
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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a snifter

poured very dark chocolate tone. had a thin tan head, creamy.

smells very coffee like. malty and rich and chocolate flavored. decently bittered, but could use a bit more sweets. some nice woody taste, all roasted. nice and creamy feel, and nice to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 16:17:39 | More by Anthony1
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-11-2012 19:21:06 | More by taigor
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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