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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,148 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,148
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 50
Gots: 98 | 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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linnymtu

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-03-2013 13:34:16 | More by linnymtu
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BrewMaster

California

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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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

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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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

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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Rons35

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-26-2012 00:28:12 | More by Rons35
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msondel

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

Pennsylvania

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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Anthony1

Colorado

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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taigor

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-11-2012 19:21:06 | More by taigor
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EigenBeer

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-01-2012 00:49:27 | More by EigenBeer
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danielharper

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How is it I've never reviewed a beer from Bell's before now? Ah, well, now that they're my new local I guess that's going to change quickly.

Appearance: So dark brown it's black, thick foamy head that dissipates and leaves some lacing. Beer is opaque to even a moderate light source.

Smell: Raisiny malty sweetness. A touch of astringency, very grainy, touches of oatmeal and what. A very interesting aroma, much more complex than most porters.

Taste: Almost the definition of a good porter. A strong sweetness up-front, grainy and with a hint of raisins, followed by a mellow middle and a dry finish. Some alcohol astringency present, but not too strong.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness with mild carbonation. Goes down smoothly.

Drinkability: I'm not usually a big fan of porters, preferring to just get the "real thing" in a stout already, dammit, but this is a very good example of the style. Well executed and depending on your taste and alcohol tolerance probably a fine session beer, despite the 5.6% ABV. Lovers of porters should seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 21:54:46 | More by danielharper
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Fcolle2

Illinois

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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pottergator

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-01-2013 03:10:15 | More by pottergator
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olafphysics

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-01-2012 01:46:36 | More by olafphysics
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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-18-2014 12:29:10 | More by FrankShirley
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leroybrown10

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-26-2013 18:33:30 | More by leroybrown10
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-05-2012 04:45:15 | More by Schmuckles
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Evarigan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-01-2013 16:40:40 | More by Evarigan
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

05-06-2014 14:47:16 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with brown edges and a rich tan head, very well carbonated with good lacing and retention. Smells of bitter dark chocolate and has a strong, bitter expresso taste. Dry brazil nut mouthfeel. There is some coffee bean astringency that takes away slightly from the mouthfeel. Although not as balanced as it could be, this is still another fine Bell's product well worth stocking up on.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 04:22:17 | More by ThatWineGuy
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lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-13-2014 03:40:42 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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KFrank729

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-01-2014 22:46:01 | More by KFrank729
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mitch3114

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-09-2013 19:57:44 | More by mitch3114
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

10-30-2013 00:12:08 | More by Moses_Malone
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served at roughly cellar temp in a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark black with hints of scarlet at the edge of the glass. Topped by a sizable tan head that eventually settles down to a small later of brown bubbles. Little bits of ephemeral lacing get left on the glass.

Smell: Strong smell of coffee backed by some chocolate aromas. Definitely one for the java lovers out there.

Taste: Bittersweet roasted coffee taste with some chocolatey overtones. Nummers.

Mouthfeel: Nice solid medium body. Adequately carbonated so it's not overly thick.

Drinkability: A rockin' porter by my estimate. Bell's makes some damn fine beers and I can't wait to try some more. Wish they distributed down here.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for the trade on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 03:32:50 | More by ManekiNeko
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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