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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,930 |  Reviews: 1,066
Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank straight from the bottle with good folks. Hits all the right portery notes: Aroma is roasted coffee grounds and dark chocolate maltyness. Flavor rolls over the tongue with waves of roasted malt, pleasant coffee bitterness, and a touch of pure dark cocoa on the finish. Smooth and thin-to-medium feel. Solid choice.

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Photo of Amateurbrewmaster
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at a restaurant nearby. Was munching on a burger with smoked gouda and bacon and it was a perfect pairing.
The bartender served this beer in a pint glass and put on a coffee/chocolaty head. The beer itself has a small amount of visible light going through it.
Aroma: A bit of chocolate, lots roasted malts and coffee notes. No hop aroma
Taste: Follows the nose with an addition of a cocoa powder like taste. Not very bitter and as it warms up it goes to the sweeter side of town. Also gets a smokey characteristics as it warms up as well.
Mouth feel: thick, not syrupy or stout like, but it's got a good deal of body to it. Fine carbonation.
Overall: one of the best porters I've ever had if not the best. This was the first time I tried it. I would confidently buy a 6 pack of this. It may be a little bit thicker than what a porter should be, but I'm not complaining. This is an amazing porter

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Photo of Agriverbear
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigbelly
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eblue33
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of B_Crawford_C
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good, high quality porter.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdamSteve
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skrumpy
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, with a foamy, tan head. Solid retention and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma was very light. Toasted malt and cocoa. The flavor was mildly sweet, hints of coffee and dark chocolate. A bit of hops in the aftertaste, but overall this one is quite smooth. A decent, drinkable porter for sure.

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Photo of beaulabauve
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbrown
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TonyTwins
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid showing from Bell's highlighting dark, rich roasted malts with nice light hops flavor that's not dominated by the chocolate and coffee. Flavor was great but aroma slight. Solid and light. Poured dark brownish black with slight off white head. Made me crave their stouts.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mike22ne
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmcquirk
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cyrano41
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaktcc
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a pitch black color with a 3 finger, toffee colored head. Great head retention and lacing.

S- Roasted malts and nothing else. No notes of coffee nor chocolate as mentioned on the bottle. Smells like a plain, simple porter.

T- Sweet, roasty malts. The flavors are on par with the nose. Nothing too complex but a simple, yet very enjoyable flavor. It finishes with an ever so mildly sweet aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied with perfect amount of carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable.

O- Simple porter with an incredible mouthfeel. Not much in terms of complexity, granted, the brew is called "porter" which it fully embellished. Would certainly drink as my go-to porter if was more accessible in my area.

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of MrDarcy
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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