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

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,926 Ratings
Bell's PorterBell's Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of our many award-winning beers, Porter emphasizes the darker, roasted aspects of malt. Hints of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee provide the focus, while hops remain in the background. Not as full-bodied as a stout, Porter bridges the gap between malty brown ales and our more heavily roasted stouts.

Added by Mitchster on 02-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,926
Reviews:
1,065
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
412
For Trade:
6
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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karenremom
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveCash
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Calabash
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the back label: "PKG 12/28/2016 PRN 16946"

Appearance: Black body with just a touch of brown as it is held to the light a bit. The head is short and light khaki. It fades out to a ring and a small film. The ring has good retention but not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma: It has a beautiful coffee aroma with a touch of toasted caramel and just a bit of burnt wood.

Taste: It has a great mix of coffee and burnt wood flavor. It has a very full flavor profile but it doesn't feel too bitter or harsh. Each sip is satisfying. The aftertaste lingers with coffee flavor and a bit of wood character.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that feels a bit on the lighter side. Just the right amount of carbonation. Good roasted bitterness that is not too punchy.

Overall: A very enjoyable and drinkable robust porter that is full of great aroma and flavor. The flavors are very simple and well defined. I would drink it again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a porter with a nice roasted edge.

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Photo of WhiteHendrix
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Squire123
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dark almost inky black color with small light tan cap.

An aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramelized toffee and something like overripe dark figs in the background. Don't really get much hop presence except for some hint of freshness riding as a top note overall.

Taste is rather simple yet complex, which is to say there are a number of threads woven together but not too tightly. The flavor threads remain distinct but that may be a plus because I've had some Porter/Stouts with the same characteristics that were frankly a muddled mess whereas this one comes across as brightly distinct.

Texture is full and balanced with sufficient carbonation.

Overall it's a cut above. This is not a diminished Stout, rather something that proudly stands on it's own.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle dated 01/19/2017

Pours dark maroon black with a creamy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like dark fruit, grapes, plum, black cherry, dark chocolate, espresso coffee, char, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark fruit, grapes, plum, black cherry, dark chocolate, espresso coffee, char, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice porter.

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Photo of mtemerowski
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

solid porter.
Color: Deep black and clear. Pours with a nice head.
Smell: chocolatey and roastey.
Taste: Not a full body a little more thin. You can taste the roasteyness but i was expecting more body to it.

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Photo of Austin_Madagame
2.71/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

malty, chocolate and coffee notes. Just not a big dark beer drinker

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Photo of soundaurora
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tugdriver7
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Compared in a 4x American Porter taste test featuring Bell's Robust Porter, Evolution Lucky 7, Yards Tavern Porter, and Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter. The color is dark brown to black in the glass with a subtle tan foam and nice lacing. Rich, sweet roasted malt in the nose, but a surprisingly sweet and balanced taste. A tad on the heavy side, in terms of mouthfeel, but easily the best of the bunch. Not something you could put down a lot of, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattlerjor
2.82/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This beer is quite dark and personally not something that I enjoyed. Im not much of a porter man, but this beer gave stink a new meaning.

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Photo of zbooks
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeverSettle
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Corrado42
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wflamholtz
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmarod7
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Porter. American Porter. Very dark in color looks as if coffee, also smells like coffee with dark chocolate aroma. The taste is smooth and definitely one of my favorite porters I have had.

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Photo of zhupengl
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown clear color with a smoke and coffee smell, really pleasant, there is a coffee and smoky flavor. And the dafter taste tastes like dark bread

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Photo of Hackattack
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This as good a porter as I have tried. All Bell's stuff compares with the best of brews out there. This is dark roasted malty and the hops is evident in the background. Very nice job as usual for this outfit.

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