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

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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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Ratings: 2,957 |  Reviews: 1,072
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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque black, but with small glints of ruby, when you try to find it. Heat is a satisfying beige with larger bubbles than I would like. Foam predictably has little staying power and fads into a thin dusting over the top.
Smell: Malty roastiness mixed with a slight sweetness, but you have to try hard to pick out any distinct smell.
Taste: Exceptional taste. Malty sweetness quickly yields to intense dark chocolate taste, followed by a slight lingering bitterness. Surprising after the disappointingly lackluster smell.
Mouth-Feel: No real complaints. Delivers the taste well. Little carbonation, but you still know it's there.
Overall: Excellent offering. I have reviewed other porters quite harshly, but it was difficult to say a bad word against this one. Not cloying like many porters; complex and delicious.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: a nice rich black color with some deep purple notes mixed in. 2 finger tan frothy head that evens out

s: sweet caramel and roasted malts. a hint of chocolate powder and sweet figs. end of the aroma has real nice creamy & nutty notes. a really smooth smelling porter. the cream really equalizes the roasted malts

t: sweet caramel & fig right away give way to those toasted malts and the slight bitterness that comes along with them. theres a hint of chocolate at the very end of the tongue, as well as that fig i picked up in the nose. slightly creamy taste as well which, as in the aroma, helps to smooth everything out

m: a little thin - but this is a porter, and i think it fits nicely. slightly watery - but again works well and makes it drinkable. not much carbonation to speak of

o: its an enjoyable brew. i can see the mouthfeel being a little light for some people, but then you can just go grab a stout. there is nothing outstanding in here, but i think thats because its balanced so well. that being said, its not the best porter i've ever had. a nice drinker and fair representation of the style

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Color is an extremely dark brown, almost black. It doesn't let light through when held up to a bulb. The head is a dark beige/gray color. It piles up fluffily, looking very much like a fermenting beer's yeast cap at full krausen. Eventually it drops to a thin sheet, along with thick, sticky lacing.

S - The aroma is dominated by cracked grain and roast, coffee-like notes. Very clean. No obvious hops or yeast characteristics.

T - Strong roasted malt flavor dominates. Not much else can show through. The roasted flavor does not come across as harsh, despite its strength.

M - Medium to heavy body. Low, prickly carbonation. There is a silky texture that may indicate oatmeal is in the grain bill. Low hops bitterness in the background. No alcohol burn.

O - This is a well-made porter. It is not very layered or complex, but is very enjoyable.

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Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,957 ratings
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