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

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very good

2,451 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,451
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 70
Gots: 195 | 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

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Photo of CesarLopes
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tourdot
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of seanyfo
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into my Celebrator chalice.

No bottling/dating information found on bottle.

A- Black body with no light perception. Creamy 1 finger tan head that has good retention and produces good lacing.

S- Roasted malts dominating and with a swirl of the glass sweeter chocolaty malty notes come through underneath.

T- Roasted malt note is light in the beginning and is suppported by a creaminess. No particular supporting malt note detected as a little hop bitterness comes through in the medium finish and lingers. Feeling of a light creamy sweetness lingers although i cant put my finger on a particular flavour.

M- Medium carbonation and light body.

D- Sessionable, easy drinking porter. Its very light on the palate. The flavour profile is a good example of the style but perhaps lacks a slight depth in malty character.

Photo of ChicagoNick
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of adamant1912
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Crazy darkest brown-to-virtually black with a light tan head. Aromas of cocoa and carob. Almost-but-not-quite-coffee-like aroma - more on the chocolate side. Flavors of more cocoa, more "almost but not quite coffee-like" and and some roasted malt. Tilting towards full body with dark bitter-sweet chocolate on the finish. All in all a good solid porter. I braised some skirt steak with this and it did well. Use this as your bottle of beer in a chili recipe instead of something dumb.

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of cmwilliq
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbnooshay
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown body with a huge creamy-off-white head. Body let through no highlights when held up to light. Smells like roasted coffee and chocolate. Lots of potent roasted malt is the best feature of this beer. Feel is thinner than i would prefer but thats okay. mmm.

Photo of kjrod20
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Googs
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Backer2004
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Man, before I even taste it, the coffee and caramel smells are almost overwhelming. Not a great head or lacing, a bit thin in that catagory. This one gets better as it settles to room temperature, but not by too much. Malty and roasted, a bit acidic as well. Pretty easy to drink for the style and okay mouthfeel.

Photo of minterro
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Custom six pack from big ten in East Lansing.

Freshness date 8/30/11

A & S: Chocolate and smoky malts aroma right off the bat. About a millimeter of tan head when poured and dissipated quickly. Specks of lacing clings to the side. The beer is the porter usual dark brown/black color.

T & M: maybe its because it so new (only 17 days of aging since brewed) but there is only no sign of carbonation. Flavor isn’t very robust either. Stop drinking for a bit, and the flavor came out a bit more, similar to the nose only more pronounced coffee flavor. The body is a bit weak, maybe on the medium side.

O: not super impressed I found the founders porter as much better.

Photo of aubuc1
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours black with a sticky lacy bubbly tan head.

Smell is a strong roasty, coffeeish and licorice.

Taste is a very good roasty, sweet porter. Reminds me of Anchor. Very clean finish.

Sort of a thin mouthfeel, but it adds to the drinkability of this beer.

Another solid beer from Bells.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of proc
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Dark, roasty, excellent malt presence with a nice hop finish. Definetely a beer to drink during the cool weather. Bell's does not make beer for those with sensitive taste buds.

Photo of kzoobrew
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with some ruby which is noticed. Fluffy light khaki head diminishes slowly with moderate lacing.

Brew has had time to warm but no big aroma's stand out. Slight roasted malt coffee and smoke.

Creamy sweetness and chocolate are huge up front. Bitter coffee flavor follows. Smoky vanilla flavor on the back end.

Mouth feel is creamy which helps the brew from being too heavy. Carbonation is well suited.

Beer could session well. Full flavored without being overpowering. Very easy to sit and enjoy.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours nearly black with some reddish hues and not much head.

S- Toasty malt, cookie, unsalted crackers. Distinct but not necessarily desireable.

T&M- Similar to the nose and some chocolate added with a nice full mouthfeel.

D- Very good, but just never quite did it for me.

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

Notes Oct 4 08
A nice dark oily pour,with a thin light tan head with some spotty lacing.Nice aroma of coffee,smoke,and some faint tobacco. Thick body,with flavors of dark coco,coffee,and toasted malt,smooth creamy mouthfeel.Quite drinkable.A solid porter.

Photo of cavedave
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Darkest brown pour, topped briefly by a fine bubbly tan finger of foam, ends as a nice skim cap, with lacicles sliding down the glass.

Good roast to the nose, nice coffee and chocolate promise in that aroma. burnt sugar, dark caramel, and biscuity bread in there as well. Nice.

Love a bright porter and this one is bright and more. Really roasty goodness, not at all acrid, just as the nose, followed by bright coffee, chocolate, just enough burnt sweet to keep it intense. It ends with some hoppy (I think?) bitter coming in, almost herbal as it warms, and lingering with the other flavors wonderfully.

Perfect mouth, the best feature, just right low carb., just right viscosity to showcase the flavors, excellent finish that stays clean as warm as my glass becomes.

What can you say? Thank you Larry Bell for getting over your NY "thing", this porter is a real treat. Yumm.

Photo of Fcolle2
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of gopens44
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown and somewhat clear with a decent light brown foam head.

S - Lots of light coffee with hints of nuttiness. A touch of hops, but not very powerful

T - Much like the smell, in that the coffee comes through as a light roast coffee taste. There's the nutty character as well. Maybe just a hint of molasses.

M - Thin and more carbonation then I expected. Aftertaste was a touch sweet.

O - I didn't mind this one, but it seemed a little weak in comparison to other porters that I have had.

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,451 ratings.