Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Porter - Robust
Ranked #42
Ranked #17,428
3.87 | pDev: 10.08%
Mar 12, 2022
Feb 06, 2002
Very Good
Notes: 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.
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3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by woodchipper from Connecticut

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 12/21/21 to a Nonic at fridge temp.
Muted aroma of earthy chocolate.
The pour is brown but in the glass you's swear the body is black. An amazing "rootbeer float" head tops the pour. I fades slowly and laces well. Impressive.
The taste is chocolate, not quite unsweetened, but close. There are very subtle notes of charcoal, ash and Mylard-effect sugar.
Mouthfeel is light. I would have liked a little more creaminess.
Overall, pretty good but I don't think it stands up against Founder's Porter.

Feb 19, 2022
4.19 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Feb 18, 2022
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by brewerburgundy from Virginia

12oz bottle, wine glass, bottled 10/6/21.

It’s very dark brown, like a thick cup of crappy diner coffee. There’s a small creamy head too that provides some decent lacing.

Stale coffee, medium roast malt, Ovaltine, and just a little hop spice.

It really has this sweet diner coffee thing and that may sound negative, but it’s not. There’s roast in the light and medium parts of the spectrum. The sweetness is lactose-like and the finish has some herbal hop flavor.

It’s more on the light bodied side with creamy light carbonation.

Bell’s porter has an interesting light roast character that sets it apart and gives it a bit of a brown ale feel.

Feb 06, 2022
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by JohnFred4 from New York

Look: cola at the top, almost black otherwise when held up to the light. Large islands of bubbles/head on top, sticking around.

Smell: super roasty! smells great. Actually smells like coffee and char.

Taste: roasted grain/malt. A little savory/salty/umami, but only slightly. A bit of weird sweetness. Like cola, but dry, if that makes any sense. Herbal

Feel: light, fluffy carbonation. Looks heavier than it is.

Overall: not as good as Founder's Robust Porter, but still a good representation of the style.

Jan 05, 2022
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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

Pours a thick dark brown, big frothy khaki head leaves a nicely laced glass.
Snot locker get some coffee, roasted malts a bit of toffee, taste buds get that also.
Looks a bit thin for the style, nicely carbonated. Pretty solid brew.

Jan 01, 2022
3.43 by CreightonSM from New York on Dec 27, 2021
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3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

A slightly sour molasses scent came out after the cap came off. As it was poured, the deep mahogany liquid was nearly opaque and generated an off-cream head that rose to two fingers then quickly evaporated to a thin layer. Hops became dominant in the scent though there was something in there that reminded me a bit of sun-dried tomatoes and vanilla. Smooth on first sip, the feel grew a bit silkier, then ended with a little bitterness on the swallow... though still pretty smooth. The taste is slight hops and with a hint of something a little sweet and round... I'd almost say grape Kool-Aid, odd as that sounds (not that sun-dried tomatoes isn't odd). This isn't bad, but I think I prefer a more dominant vanilla.

After letting it get to near room temperature, I found the taste improved substantially with some toasted malt making a noticeable appearance. It was a bit flat by this time but also a bit rounder in the mouth.

Dec 20, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BeerBobber from Nevada

Beer pours a very dark brown , almost black, with ruby edges. Tall two and a half fingers of a tan head breaking up and sinking into the beer in chunks. Nice soft lacing leaving trickling legs of tan down the glass.

Smell is faint. Yet getting the roasted malts and some coffee notes. Picking up a bit of faint bitter chocolate. Maybe a hint of stone fruits. All smells being very mild on the nose.

Taste is roasted malts being a bit bitter. Lots of coffee on the taste. Almost like a campfire smoke on the taste.

Mouth is robust like the name. Medium feel with a lingering smokiness to it.

Overall a very nice rich roasty and rich malted porter. There really is no sweetness to this beer. This is more of a solid porter than one of those milky or vanilla powered dark beers. No this one has legs and stands on its own. Very nice dark and roasty rich tasting porter. Cheers to Bells and Cheers to all you beer lovers!

Dec 16, 2021
4.06 by Meddwol from Michigan on Dec 12, 2021
3.77 by MGibbons from Maryland on Nov 26, 2021
4.25 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Nov 09, 2021
4 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by AccipiterofBeer from New York

Bottled in July 2021. Poured into a Belgian snifter style glass. Just a bit under room temp, I was impatient for it to chill.

L: 4.25 A very nice looking porter. Black body, No light comes through when held to the light. Thin to medium light tan head.
S: 4. Great scent. Licorice. Light notes of coffee. Roasted malts.
T: 4.25. This is what a porter should strive to taste like. Roasty notes. Coffee. Caramel. Sweet and bitter, my weakness. Finishes with a bitter aftertaste of dark chocolate.
F: 4. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable with a low-ish ABV.
O: 4.25. Best porter I've had in awhile. It has few peers.

Oct 27, 2021
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

The description is quite accurate. It is like a brown ale but there is the added roasted malt flavor. Not creamy as a stout though, more carbonated. It's quite good but i prefer the Samuel Smith nut brown ale.

Oct 09, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Kiiz

L: dark, off white head with a rim left over, no lacing.
A: coffee with hints of chocolate
T: coffee, chocolate. Slight hoppy after taste.
F: lighter body, mild carbonation.
O: Runs true to style but the hops are a unique touch. Nothing crazy going on here but it’s solid.

Oct 02, 2021
4.09 by brnout from Delaware on Jul 14, 2021
4.07 by PSanger from Connecticut on Jul 10, 2021
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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 40 degrees F, and allowed to warm to near ambient during consumption.

L: Pours a nigh-opaque, but not quite once the levels get low, ruddy chocolate brown. Forms a finger or so of tan head that dwindles to a cap and ring in short order. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: The nose is bread, toffee, coffee, and old fence post wood. As it warms, some chocolatey notes appear.

T: When cold, this is a blast of bitter roast coffee over black bread and pine tar. As it warms, the pine tar fades back and allows some chocolate tones to manifest, while the coffee smooths out. Bits of burnt nutshell pop in here and there.

F: Full and creamy.

O: This is an enjoyable porter.

Jul 06, 2021
3.31 by shreead from Pennsylvania on Jul 06, 2021
3.62 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin on Jun 29, 2021
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KT3418 from Colorado

Im more of a stout person so far and this does remind me of that as the description of the style would infer. It's still a porter but I love the stout qualities. I definitely enjoyed this and it seems to be another staple by Bells. Glad to cross it off the list

Apr 23, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Darkest brown color. Densely bubbly tan head is reminiscent of a properly poured Guinness. Very good retention and beautiful lacing.

S---Roasted malts. Some dark chocolate and a light touch of coffee.

T---Roasted malts follow through from the nose. So do the chocolate & coffee, along with some caramel.

F---Creamy, medium body with good carbonation.

O---A really nice Porter from an excellent brewery. It's really hard to believe I've never had this one before.

Apr 12, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

A cold one yields a light brown, almost white one inch head, which sustains nicely, and yields ample beautiful lacing. The beer is a good looking dark brown, with surprisingly little aroma.. the faintest roasted malt scent is barely detectable. The taste, however is very good.. coffee notes dominant over a malted smokiness, with faint cocoa lending a touch of sweetness to the brew. The mouthfeel is also good, slightly thick and lingering nicely over the tongue. This is fairly mild for a robust porter, but quite true to the classic porter style. A good beer, worthy of entering my beer rotation periodically.

Apr 10, 2021
3.94 by Taenim from New Jersey on Mar 15, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by larryi86 from Delaware

12 oz bottle, dated 2/3/21, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Roasted malts, bakers chocolate, touch of caramel malts, a little nutty, touch of coffee.

T- Roasted malts, some coffee, chocolate, a little nutty, some caramel malts, slightly earthy.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A straight forward and easy to drink porter. Nose is more robust than the taste, still well balanced.

Mar 12, 2021
3.89 by drews240 from Rhode Island on Feb 28, 2021
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3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Beige head that settles to rim bubbles. Some small streaks on the glass. Deep brown color, but bright light does pass through the center of the glass.

The smell is chalky with a powdery semisweet cocoa aroma.

The body is relatively thin given the style. The carbonation is also a bit high. The taste is drier than the smell. The cocoa isn't as "dark" or bitter as Baker's Chocolate but the flavor seems to be devoid of sugars. No notable milk/cream. Overall, I like the flavor but not the mouthfeel.

Feb 28, 2021
4.18 by Metalgod666 from Michigan on Feb 27, 2021
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by MrGraybeard from Wisconsin

Dark brown, almost opaque, with a slight head that dissipates quickly. Slight caramel aroma. Flavor has coffee and nutty notes with a slightly dry, almost astringent finish that is not unpleasant. Mouthfeel is creamy but a little thin compared to some Wisconsin porters I've sampled lately.

Feb 12, 2021
4 by GRhoads from Ohio on Feb 09, 2021
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 01, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Reef from South Carolina

12 oz. bottle. dated 2/28/2020

Mahogany brown, tan head, full cap and lacing.
Mocha, coffee aromas.
Nutty, light char, coffee flavors
Good carbonation, substantial body, slight bitterness, dry finish.
Tasty, great with barbecue.

Jan 02, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Dr_Bahmbay13 from Michigan

This is a very good beer! Very malty sweetness going on inside of the roasty chunky taste. Taste like a chocolate secruity beer. Malt forward with a dry roasted hop presence pork chop in a beer.

Dec 19, 2020
4 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Dec 11, 2020
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

Textbook Porter. Not always the right beer but when the time calls, it delivers. Simple, effective and clearly well made. I really like where they set the ABV. Just enough to feel sturdier than your typical beer but not a nuke. Really a timeless brewski.

Nov 27, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

Pours black with a 1/2 inch tan head, which dissipates. Moderate lacing.

Aroma of coffee, dark roast malts.

Taste is coffee, dark roast malts, chocolate.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Dry, astringent finish.

This is a nice porter for those crisp fall days.

Nov 16, 2020
4.03 by funku2 from Colorado on Nov 15, 2020
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by tigercub000 from California

interesting mouth feel, notes of coffee

Nov 03, 2020
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