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

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very good

2,312 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,312
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 58
Gots: 139 | FT: 5
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 frank4sail
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark opeque purple look. pale/tan head. Sweet chocolate malted milkshake smell. Good sticky lacing and retention. Dry coffee dominates the taste with a little bitterness and burnt malt in the finish. A little light and thin on the mouth as well. Brew is ok, but I could not drink many of these on a row..

frank4sail, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of vwbus7
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of linnymtu
4/5  rDev +3.6%

linnymtu, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pellinore1, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Bill235
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Bill235, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of ali1987
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark cola color with a single finger head... almost the color of a cup of Kona coffee.

S: roasted malts & chocolate with some hints of coffee

T: The taste is similar to the smell but more complex... chocolate, coffee, caramel, & roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

O: I really enjoyed this porter. I will definitely drink this again. :)

ali1987, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Greggy
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a big fluffy 3 finger head into an imperial pint glass. The head is tan and has excellent retention. As the head slowly recedes, it leaves some nice lacing.

S- Dark chocolates, graham crackers, cream, coffee and nice roasted malt.

T- Starts with some very dark dry baking chocolate notes, some coffee, some toasted grains. The finish has a nice dryness with some residual hop oil notes.

M- Mouthfeel has appropriately low carbonation and a nice dryness.

D- This isn't you typical porter. It has more of a hoppy presence than the more traditional sweet porters. This could definitely be sessionable.

Greggy, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of bigdeuce
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a decent head, which went away quickly. Some stickiness to the glass. Smells a bit thin, not as robust as many other porters. Is colored black with tan head. Tastes great, very easy to drink. Some fruits, maybe slight cherry, smokey flavor. Toffee and chocolate, but not overbearing. A medium bodied beer which is really easy to drink.

bigdeuce, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Joecaddie
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Joecaddie, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

falconxman, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of mrchrisray
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mrchrisray, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of kegger22
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark coca-cola color. Good carbonation, showed a decent head that didn't last long. I could taste coffee and a little bit of chocolate, but it felt watery to me. Overall, it was a respectable porter and I could drink a half dozen of them, but will look for better instead.

kegger22, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of hinemk76
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

hinemk76, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of robertjskelton
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

robertjskelton, Jan 22, 2014
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 tmars13
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of -NESTO-
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

-NESTO-, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

suckaj, Aug 03, 2014
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 capuchinpilates
4/5  rDev +3.6%

capuchinpilates, May 13, 2014
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 elec
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

elec, Aug 29, 2012
Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,312 ratings.