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

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

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

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Porter is black but far from opaque; loads of terra brown highlights show up in the light and even render peeks of clarity amidst the shadowy, dark complexion. Its thin but persistent head provides an embroidery of gauze-coloured lacing only a skilled seamstress could replicate.

Coffee grounds combine with enough vanilla extract and brownie flavour to make the aroma a little more sweet than roasty. It certainly has a good quantity of both; this smells vivid and delicious and is clearly a beer of the utmost craftsmanship and quality ingredients.

The first sip has enough chocolate and vanilla flavour to make me want to run out to the nearest ice cream shop. It simulates the gratification of a slice of dark caramel-chocolate cheesecake and side of Caffè Americano; it's a mocha flavour right off the menu at Starbucks.

All these rich, dessert-y flavours exist within the thinner, lighter framework of a porter and lack the smoke, burnt roast qualities, and weightiness of a stout. Make no mistake, however, this is about as full-bodied as porters come; this is hearty as a chunky steak and mushroom pie.

The truly dark, rich flavours are normally reserved for stouts but there's little that Bell's Porter doesn't provide. Whether you own a massive beer cellar or simply a bottle opener, this is a must-have beer to keep on-hand. Trade, plan a road trip to Michigan - do whatever it takes.

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4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A great beer from Bell's I put this along with a bottle of K-Zoo Stout in my chili. it gives it some flavor. Nice brownish to blackish beer with minimal head. smooth tasting and great overall feeling when drinking this beer. I cant complain too much about and awesome beer. so hears again to Bell's

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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Darkest brown pour, topped briefly by a fine bubbly tan finger of foam, ends as a nice skim cap, with lacicles sliding down the glass.

Good roast to the nose, nice coffee and chocolate promise in that aroma. burnt sugar, dark caramel, and biscuity bread in there as well. Nice.

Love a bright porter and this one is bright and more. Really roasty goodness, not at all acrid, just as the nose, followed by bright coffee, chocolate, just enough burnt sweet to keep it intense. It ends with some hoppy (I think?) bitter coming in, almost herbal as it warms, and lingering with the other flavors wonderfully.

Perfect mouth, the best feature, just right low carb., just right viscosity to showcase the flavors, excellent finish that stays clean as warm as my glass becomes.

What can you say? Thank you Larry Bell for getting over your NY "thing", this porter is a real treat. Yumm.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Bottled-on-date of 10/7/13; consumed on 11/7/13, so this is quite fresh.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is black with a half-finger of tan head and ruby/mahogany highlights on the edges when backlit.

S: Very roasty, but also with some coffee and dark chocolate. Good porter nose.

T: Modest roast, roasted coffee beans and ash. Touch of chocolate. Finishes with a nice lingering roasty, charcoal-like bitterness.

M: Thinnish in feel, with slightly over-active carbonation.

O: Good stuff.

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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Opaque dark brown, basically black. Quickly dissipating 1 finger head. Really good lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, raisin, slight char with just a touch of hops.

Taste: Big roasted malts lead off, followed by semi-sweet dark chocolate, coffee and char. Finish is almost like a coke that has lost its carbonation, big char, and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body with mild carbonation. Slight lingering bitterness.

Overall: This is a pretty good Porter. I've had better and worse. It was actually one of my early gateway Porters, so I've got to give it props for that.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown nearly blac in color. Almost no light makes it through and there is a one and a half finger light tan head that has good retention.

Smell has some great chocolate malt and some good cracker like malt aromas. There is also a nice herbal floral sweetness that balances the malt nicely.

Taste is good. Some more chocolate malt is forward before a stronger roasted malt that is very slightly smokey comes in midway through the sip. Finishs with a very nice light herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is good medium body and moderate carbonation leaves this highly drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Porter from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,996 ratings