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

very good
2,939 Ratings
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.

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown and hazy with a light brown head.

Aroma: Typical Porter smell; Roasted coffee and chocolate with a little caramel/molasses. A well rounded malty aroma.

Taste: There is an interesting brightness to the palate right away. I'd attribute that to a bit of hop presence, but it fades quickly. The second half is all roasted coffee and dark chocolate. This is a good example of what a Porter should be, but it's not really showy enough to stand out against others of the style. That's not necessarily bad considering how some Porters go wrong when they are messed with too much. Nice lingering coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent at first, but smooths out nicely in the finish. Medium bodied. Easy to slug this one down.

Final Thoughts: I'm not sure what the original Porters tasted like, but this one seems like it would fit right in with those. It's sort of a back-to-basics example of the style but it does not disappoint. It's nicely robust with a lot of great flavors to back it up.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of wattoclone
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost black, delicious malty, cocoa flavor that is extremely drinkable. No detectable hop bitterness. Aftertaste is bitterness of dark chocolate. Very well balanced. Almost as good in the bottle, although slightly more bitterness. Large amount of yeast sediment in bottom of bottle that was resuspended upon vigorous swirling. A full bodied mouthfeel rich and creamy.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Packaged 2/15/12.

Appearance: extremely dark brown hue with traces of ruby when held up to the light. Head pours two fingers of frothy tan foam with decent retention. Nice!

Smell: smooth, chocolatey malt aroma with just a hint of vegetal hop character. A good, solid porter bouquet.

Taste: rich, malty flavor; slightly sweet with a fair amount of chocolate character and a hint of roastiness. Dries out a little toward the end, where it meets up with that light vegetal character. Solid!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a somewhat low level of carbonation but a nice smoothness nonetheless. I like it.

Overall: a very tasty, well-crafted porter. This would be a go-to beer for me if it were sold around here.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Appearance: A deep brown, with some lighter amber tones, clear around the edges - average size beige head, fades to some nice spots and streaks of lacing

Smell: Caramel malts with some toasted and slightly roasted highlights - hints of chocolate and coffee - lightly sweet, nicely dry, and clean

Taste: Nicely roasty and toasty - toasted dark bread, with some hints of coffee and baker's chocolate - mildly bitter - lightly sweet, lightly earthy

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, nicely dry

Overall: A mild, yet solid, porter

This is very light and drinkable for the style. I would say it is a bit mild, but it's not like it is labelled as a robust porter. This is nicely balanced and easy to drink. If I could get Bell's on the East Coast, I would drink this again.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Brewed in May, 2012.

A) Pour results in 2 finger light tan head. Slow dissolve to slight cap and a little bit of lacing. Beer is a dark brown.

S) Roasted malts, roasted coffee, maybe a little bit of chocolate.

T) Roasted malts, some chocolate, some hops come in at the end.

M) Moderate to full, medium carbonate which causes a dry finish.

O) Solid porter, quite enjoyable.

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Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,939 ratings.
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