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

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,924 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:
2,924
Reviews:
1,065
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
412
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,924 |  Reviews: 1,065
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

Photo of Branlott42
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured black with a three finger tan head. Heavy lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate. Thin body and carbonation. Chocolate and toasted malt flavor with almost no notable hops flavor. Better porter are out here such a Great Lakes.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I know I've already reviewed this; I just haven't typed up my notes. Anyway, here's an impression:

Whoppers-redolent malted milk balls give this an almost brown ale-like bend, lifting it out of square porter territory. Unconventional but not experimental or inspired. A bit too sweet, though not severely imbalanced. Taking the focus away from the chocolate/dark malts wasn't a wise choice, but it kind of plays in this enjoyable drinkable but not amazing stab at a porter.

Competent fare from Bell's, but the malted milk ball flavour dominance isn't ideal.

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of evilmoose
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of runwild99
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ab39z
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,924 ratings.
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