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

very good
2,930 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.

Added by Mitchster on 02-06-2002

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a tan head, good lacing, and it was opaque in the glass. Aroma of coffee and chocolate and the same tastes came through. It had a minimal carbonation and was very smooth. The aftertaste was slight like after sipping coffee. A quality porter that was enjoyable but subtle enough to drink in a session. I see that as a plus, because some porters can overwhelm your palate.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark cola brown. Light tan head, leaves to disk fast. Lots of cling.

S - Roasted malt, light coffee early morning time.

T - Much thinner than expected and disappointed. Nice easy going toasty malt, though.

M - Light bodied, thin, good carb. Fair balance.

D - As a session, not bad.

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3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance : dark brown almost black when I hold it up to the light a deep amber color shows. Amble well formed tan head forms with better than average retention

Smell : muted roasted malts and grain aromas on the nose. Not really picking up on alot of aromatics

Taste : nicely refreshing brew. This has a decent flavor of carmel malts and finishes with a lingering aftertaste

Mouthfeel : A bit thin mouthfeel and not much carbonation. Light bodied porter

Overall : I really respect Bells this is a enjoyable porter, but did not blow me away. Definitely a thirst quenching brew.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with small 1/2 inch head which disappeared rather quickly. Minimal lacing. Nice roasted grain aroma. I found it a bit thin to the feel for a porter. Maybe I was expecting something a bit heavier given the look and aroma. Taste of roasted coffee and some chocolate. Good solid porter. Easy to drink. Much better offering from Bells as compared to their Pale Ale which I sampled last night.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. 12/12/11 bottled date.

(A)- Pours a dark brown; almost black color. Some brown highlights. Produced a cap of tan froth. Some lace.

(S)- A nice mellow baked bread and roasted grain profile. Bits of raisin, cocoa, and subtle molasses.

(T)- Some nice raisin, cocoa, and coffee bits. Not as roasted like the smell seemed to be like, but gives way to more subtleties of dark fruits.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level and a nice balance. Overall, just a smooth feel and subtle rich flavors.

(D)- A solid to great porter. Classic flavor and a smooth feel to it.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy and dark chestnut brown with a huge three finger head. The head stuck around and seems to stick well.

S: Chocolate, leather and a bit of smoke. On second glance coffee begins to peak out.

T: Begins with mild roasted nuttiness and moves into waves of chocolate that seem to move from milk to dark. Nice roastiness punches through with flavors of burnt sugar, roasted malt, and mild burnt bread. Toffee seems to surge near the end before a big roasty wave closes things out and alcohol warming fades away. The sweetness builds through the session.

M: On the heavy side of medium with enough chewiness to make it pleasant. Carbonation is noticeable.

O: Very good. I would drink plenty more of these. The blend of flavors is well balanced and provides what you want out of a solid Porter. The building sweetness held me back a bit. I would prefer a bit more roast.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,930 ratings.
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