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

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,924 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:
2,924
Reviews:
1,065
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
412
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,924 |  Reviews: 1,065
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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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 94rocker1
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of baklo
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bundy462
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BdM
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidST
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of evanwoertz
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body is pitch black. The head, when poured, created a very thin beige head. After less than 30 seconds, the head disappeared totally, existing only in the sides of the glass.
S: The aroma is mostly of black roasted malts. In the back, there's a very thin hint of coffee.
T: The amount of sweetness in this beer is very low, it's almost like someone removed the coffee and barley sweetness and left only the bitter side of the beer. However, the bitter side of this beer is based on coffee and slight hoppy side.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is very high but very smooth, giving it a very velvety touch. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Bitterness in the aftertaste is basically very low.
O: Was expecting a bit more but it's a regular Porter.

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

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,924 ratings.
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