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

very good
2,938 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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

This boy pours out a deep brown with a finger of head. The aroma is rich with bready malts, caramel, and cocoa. The flavor is tasty, it's robust and roasty, with cocoa and a hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel is moderate on carbonation and a bit lighter on body, and the drinkability is good. Not much to say about this one, it's just a solid porter. Doesn't stray from the base of the style, but it is well-executed.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-08-11 in Lititz, PA at the Bull's Head on-tap and again on 2014-01-01 in Columbia, PA. And 2017-01-28 in Warrenville, IL.

A - Dark brown with a 1-finger tan head and good lacing.

S - Rich bready malt. Some chocolate and dark fruit. Not overly strong.

T - Nice combination of rich flavors including coffee up front, bread, roasted grain, chocolate, sweet dark fruit/rasin and some nice herbal hop presence. There's a good bit of roasted (light char) and hop bitterness to round out the sweetness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth but lighter than I expected.

O - A tasty and almost-sessionable porter. Plenty of flavor,; leaning towards coffee more than chocolate. I like it although I prefer the Founders Porter which has more of a charred flavor and is a little thicker in feel.

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3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown beer that is nearly black with a one finger light tan head. Retention is okay.

S - Chocolate smell with some coffee roastiness. A small amount of earthy hop smell.

T - Roasted flavor is the most apparent. There are also some nice sweet chocolate and caramel flavors that follow the roastiness. A faint hop flavor that tries to balance only shows up for a second until the roasted flavors linger on.

M - Medium bodied but not heavy. It feels almost creamy at times.

O - The sweet chocolate flavors make this easy to drink, but I wish that the hops were a little more present.

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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sudsy, thick head with good lacing and stuck around the glass for the entire drink. Beer is a dark, deep brown. Aroma is definitely coffee notes and malty/toasty. Taste is sweet, coffee, and maybe a hint of dark chocolate. A bitterness sets in, much like espresso, on the finish. As the beer warmed, it seemed like there was a hint of some dark fruit present. A good porter that evolved throughout the drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Sort of a cola brown color in the pour, decent looking. There are lighter brown and close to red highlights when you hold it up to the light. There's a tan head that comes up pretty big tan colored head. Unfortunately it goes away pretty quickly, I'd say better than average lacing.

The label of the beer shows a picture of a guy holding some malted barley and hops. Based on the nose it seems there should be some coffee beans in there somewhere too. It's not obnoxious, but I'd say it's probably the most prominent feature of all the aromas. Plenty of caramel and roasted grains/malts along with a slight pinch of the nose from the hops.

Taste is on par with the smell. Plenty of roasted grains. Caramel, some slight coffee but not as much as the smell. The hops are a little more detectable than the smell, it's nice and well balanced.

I find that Porter mouthfeels really vary, but this is good. Lighter than probably your run of the mill craft porter. Carbonation level is good. Well balanced the whole way through. Not the best but certainly not the worst, solid.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,938 ratings.
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