Porter | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our award winning Porter bridges the gap between malty brown ales and heavily roasted stouts. Notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted barley are offset with just a slight hop bitterness. Enjoy any time of the year.

Added by Mitchster on 02-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,423
Reviews:
1,083
Ratings:
3,008
pDev:
10.1%
Bros Score:
3.86
 
 
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Photo of dafla67
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fubudu187
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenBreeg
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 06/05/18. Sampled on June 28, 2018.

It looks exactly as a Porter should look with a deep dark brown appearance, mocha or off-white lingering head, and decent lacing as it fades.

Big aroma of crusty dark bread, sweet roasted malts, cocoa, and a low to near invisible hop profile.

Light body as most Porters should be.

The taste has an enticing sweet and roasted ark malt character with crusty bread (again) and a cleaner finish that I expected. No to low earthy hop profile. But it is the sweetness that prevails. Very nice stylewise.

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Photo of arrowsmith_
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Above average body but carbonation was too high which tool away from the overall feel.. aroma was a strong blast of dark roasted coffee beans,black coffee,and malt. Taste was roasted dark coffee and some roasted malt. Overall a very good beer,the carbonation took away from it being a better scoring beer

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Photo of meatyard
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lmike215
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Vylo
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid Porter my friends. Brevity is the theme. This beer is simple and good. If you run a restaurant you would do well to offer this one. This is a basic good porter.

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Photo of hairnic
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MeIquiades
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bells Brewery, Inc. "Porter"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PKG 01/10/2018 PRN 20332" and sampled on 03/15/2018
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Not my first Bell's Porter, not my last. Massive head of foamy tan... now I'll have to wait for it to settle, I should have poured more carefully. Opaque brown-black body with minimal highlights of dark mahogany when held to the light. The aroma suggests cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and caramel nougat ~ even the suggestion of coffee beans in the background although there's no coffee there. Let's just call that "nutty". Does it smell like a candy bar? Well, yes. Beautiful pint. I can see some heavily sedimented less in the bottom of the bottle. On to the flavor... softly chocolatey and lightly caramelish with just a touch of roastiness in the back as expected. It's sweetish but not sweet, and gently bitter but not too bitter, perfectly rounded and balanced. If there's anything left to be desired here it's more complexity but at the same time I'm not sure I want that... this is a simple, straightforward drinking beer. It's flavorful and fulfilling and I'm not sure I want to have any more to think about. Massively drinkable! The body is medium and it's got a delicate, fine-bubbled moderate carbonation that lends a little bit of crispness but then warms to become smooth. Looking back there's some very nice lacing left behind. It reminds me of the lacing that's usually left behind in a pint of British cask ale. Overall, superbly rounded and balanced. Proof that sometimes just doing something simple in the best way possible wins over pushing the envelope. Well worth trying.

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

Photo of Tomgar
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnverduin
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zylod
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of labisch
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fading2black
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep rich brown with 1/2 finger head that disappears quickly. Little to no lacing. Smells of chocolate and coffee, as does it taste. Very smooth on the pallet. Very little carbonation. This is tasty and smooth and goes down super easy. Finishes moist with only a hint of bitterness. If head and lacing are important to you, look elsewhere as this beer looks flat in the glass. If excellent taste and drinkability are what you care about most (as I do), this is a fantastic choice. Although some may think me a heretic, I think this tastes just as good straight from the bottle and I don't waste a glass on it because it isn't the prettiest to look at. Fantastic everyday porter to throw in the cooler.

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

Photo of cd34
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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