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

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,930 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:
2,930
Reviews:
1,066
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
Wants:
108
Gots:
415
For Trade:
6
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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of tobelerone
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An opaque black beer with a small, quickly dissipating head, spotty lacing. Visibly carbonated and on the thin-bodied side. Roasted, malty aroma with dark coffee, molasses, and a touch of fruity sweetness underneath.

Flavor is very much the same but has a more assertive, bitter hoppiness. Coffee flavors become much more vivid over time. Nice roastiness.

Lively carbonation that prickles the tongue a bit; a little thin but appropriate for the style. Very easy drinking. A beer that really opens up as it breathes; complex roast, coffee, hop, char, burnt sugar and creme brulee flavors emerge.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle - 1 of 5 in a double-blind tasting.

A - Dark brown/black, no light coming through. Good head, not sticking to the glass much.

S - Not the best first impression. A little skunky/old smelling. Not much sweetness. Some grassiness in there or maybe a barnyard smell.

T - Way different than the smell. Refreshing and not sweet at all (compared to the other porters we've had tonight). Not all that much going on actually. A basic, drinkable, pseudo-malty porter taste.

M - Good. One of the best parts of this brew actually! Decent carbonation and this goes down very smoothly.

O - Really not bad at all. Smell was the only off-putting element. Other than that this was a basic, satisfying porter.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, opaque brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong roasted malts. Chocolate and cocoa very evident. No noticeable hop aroma.

Taste: Roasted malt and chocolate prevail. Slightly sweet. Nice, light hop bitterness at the finish. Crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body.

Overall: A very satisfying porter. Package date: 08/04/11. Another beer I look forward to stocking up on while back in Ohio and Michigan.

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3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled September 13, 2011.

Beer is black with a finger-width of beige head. Moderate retention- not too long before just a thin film is left.

Scent is fairly strong. Lots of roasted malt and coffee, some chocolate as well. A bit of toffee. Pretty good.

Taste contains milk chocolate, some coffee, and roasted malt. Vanilla as well. The roasted flavour sticks out and is quite nice, the vanilla being a nice addition.

A little thin, and carbonation a little higher than I like for the style.

Overall, a very enjoyable porter. Good stuff for sure.

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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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