Bell's Porter | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Packaged November 29th 2011.

A very large and nice uniform head that is off tan, with some good retention, sits at a good three fingers. Body color is a very dark walnut black, has some red to it as well. Very nice looking.

Nose is a nice soft roasting malt, some chewy faint dark chocolate. Fairly nice and pleasant.

Taste is a nice bodied roast character. Nearly silky but with a nice rich feel. Some tight char and nice carbonation. Some faint chocolate, and classic porter tastes come out that roll around, coffee, carbon, but nothing too crazy

Overall just a simple good style of the drink and enjoyable.

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3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Hazy, dark brown color with over one finger of persistent light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Light roast is nutty, with some chocolate and coffee flair. Its mild intensity is a little on the weak side, but qualities seem mid-range appropriate and appealing.

T: Begins dry, with sharp carbonic acidity that strikes early, followed by a good deal of soft brown malt. Flavors are slightly earthy in an aromatic way during the middle, oddly suggestive of soap, but otherwise clean. The finish benefits from a whiff of husky coffee, which goes well with the late textural details. Bitterness is restrained, quickly clearing out and being replaced with lingering sweetness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, watery on the palate at first but turning oily and unctuous by the finish, with low to moderate carbonation.

D/O: This porter is a mixed bag of positive and less appealing features; unfortunately for it, the flavor leaves the most to be desired. The appearance is textbook, not too much of an opaque overachiever, with a head that lasts as long as one would like. Appealing flavor qualities spend too much time fighting with acidity and questionable synergies, at one point tasting a bit too much like unscented hand soap. Its fine, and it manages to thread the needle of porter status; it just leaves the drinker wondering if it couldn't be even better.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey, served in a snifter. Beer is dark brown / black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention.

Aroma is mildly sweet with a little roast, smells good.

Beer is medium to light in body, a little sweet / chocolaty on the front with a mild maltness, thins out toward the back, mildly roasty / bitter. I enjoyed it.

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Bell's Porter

Pours a deep brown color, off white khaki colored head forms and leaves some lace down the glass. Aroma is full of roasted malts, chocolate, dark bread, and toast. In the flavor, nice roasted malt presence, undertones of coffee, nuts, and chocolate. Mild bitterness, and little hop flavor. Medium bodied feel with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, a stand out porter, worth getting every time.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with a thin tan head, barely there

S-pretty strong scent of dark roasted coffee. has a slight bitterness. its pretty good smelling.

T-comes in with a really good taste of dark roasted and smoked malts. reminds me of a rich coffee. the taste pretty much ends there. the after-taste is matching but weak.

M-good creamy medium carbonation with a good creamy finish. extremely smooth.

O-this is a good porter. its very smooth. the taste seems to get lost as you drink this, except the smoked taste stays. its very drinkable. this isn't groundbreaking, but its one of the easy porters that i could drink all night long, and i don't have to give an arm and a leg to obtain it.

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Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,994 ratings