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

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Bell's PorterBell's Porter

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Beric
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 27 Jul 2013
Bottle date: packaged 6/03/13

Appearance: Absolutely pitch black- no light is getting through this one when held up directly towards a light source. The beer pours with a great two finger light-brown head that eventually dissipates to a light sheen of brown bubbles over the top of the beer. Great lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: BItter and roasty. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: A magnificent blend of roasted malt and bitterness. The porter finishes pretty dry, which really compliments the overall bitterness from the dark, roasted malt. I think that the roasted malt comes out more in this beer than any hints of coffee or chocolate.

Mouthfeel: This is my first porter, and I know that they are supposed to be like a stout but dialed back a bit. I definitely am wishing that these flavors would come out in a slightly fuller-feeling beer. The beer does taste a little thin, given its flavor profile that is normally associated with thicker feeling beers. That being said, it is a nice change from the stout style- it feels just a little lighter (almost like how a Guinness can sometimes feel watery) but really packs a strong flavor punch.

Overall: An incredible beer by Bell's that I would definitely drink again. Comparable to their Kalamazoo Stout, but with less complexity. A great beer for cool evenings- I could definitely see this as an early-fall beer where one is not yet ready to hit up the boozy imperial stouts or anything, but desires that warming roastiness.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - 27-29 on the color sclale with a one finger, persistent head. Strong lacing as I drink

S - Light malt sweetness - slight hazelnut flavor

T - Nutty clove flavor with tones of coffee

M - Medium body with a longlasting finish

O - I typically enjoy bells and this is no different. I am also new to porters, but this seemed to have a nice, well balanced profile that was not overpowering. I liked it quite a bit.

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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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into O'dell "Pint"

A: Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, burnt sugar, caramel,

T: coffee, roasted malt, lingers for a while.

M: medium-full, syrupy, coats the palate

O: very lightweight beer, but you'd never know by the punch this one packs. full bodied, roasty flavors. hard to put down.

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3.96/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head that leaves a little lacing. Smells of coffee and sweet sugar. Tastes of coffee and slight chocolate. Beer has good carbonation and medium bodied, goes down smooth. Overall, a very good beer.

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3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottle on 4/15/13)

A: Looks pitch black but I think it is just a very dark brown. Minimal head with ok lacing.

S: Quite dry smelling with a dry malt sweetness that is similar to cold and old, cheap black coffee.

T: Pretty dry with just that minimal malt sweetness in there. Minimal dry aftertaste, with just a bit of coffee bitterness in there.

M: Nice even coarseness throughout, with a bit of a spike of carbonation.

O: Not a big fan. It is super dry tasting with no leading flavors. Everything seems subdued.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 73.7% out of 100 with 2,946 ratings
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