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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,926 |  Reviews: 1,065
Photo of iwillhaveanother
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of magictacosinus
2.99/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Bottling date is printed as "06/03/13."

Darkened in color, with nothing but reddish and brown tones circling the edges of the glass. An off-brown, 2-finger large head tops the glass, but soon dissipates to a modest ring overall. Can't tell if there's much carbonation on this, but it seems relatively balanced. Definitely not showy, but stands as a well made porter, if only a bit average in appearance.

The aroma consists of a predominant roasted barley character, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and dried dark fruits. Definitely not as complex as you might think, but not offensive by any means. The roasted character is very upfront, with earthy notes and floral flavors from the hops, and bittered coffee and chocolate flavor still follows, albeit a bit subtle. Not much else, but seems like a standard porter flavor with me - not as refined, nevertheless.

The flavor is awash with an astringent, biscuit-y roasted bitterness, as well as faded notes of old coffee beans and old chocolate. Tastes rather stale than vibrant and warm overall. There's a bit of dried fruitiness, but it's too subtle to make out any flavors overall at the finish. A little bit of brown sugar and spice linger as well, but the entire flavor profile is dominated by roasted barley and light coffee. Not very creamy or chewy, and slightly watery at the finish, which gives the impression of old chilled brewed coffee. This gets a little better as it warms up, but it's not very refreshing or comforting - I'd imagine it would be better on tap.

Another disappointment with Bell's - knowing what these guys can do, I realize this is a more crowd-pleasing, less diverse offering. Mind you, I love the taste of basic American porters, but this one feels too one-dimensional in the long run. Worth a try for Bell's completionists.

 1,867 characters

Photo of lalalalooney
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of vandemonian
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ltltony
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of scott2269
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of MylesMac
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of lilmul123
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of elroacho
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Paul68
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of llamakinoodle
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tvghost
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of 57md
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a finger of beige head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose is roasty. The flavor profile is nicely roasty as well. The finish has the definite qualities of roasted bitterness.

There are many porters out there that include a host of add-ons (coffee, cherries, vanilla, etc.) but neglect to include the classic porter qualities. This is a no-frills porter that stays true to style and delivers basic roasted goodness.

 452 characters

Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of sneakymagician
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of speak72
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JamesZ
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of meltroha
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint glass; pitch black with a foamy tan head that fades quickly but leaves a good amount of lacing. Smell is roasted malt with hints of coffee. Taste is smooth roasted malt, moving into bitter chocolate and coffee with fuzzy carbonation and a clean, slightly watery mouthfeel. Nothing amazing, but a good standard porter.

 340 characters

Photo of instinct2
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jacksonweite
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,926 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe