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

very good
2,927 Ratings
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.

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Ratings: 2,927 |  Reviews: 1,065
Photo of tubeyes
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of match1112
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jooler
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good and smooth. Slight lager background but great coffee taste

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Photo of kelvarnsen
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AmitC
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bell's porter bottle dated 1/4/2013. 12oz.

Poured into snifter. A brown colored medium thin pour. Black color inside the glass. Solid one finger thick tan colored head that stays well. Excellent lacing on the sides. Opaque.

Typical porter like roasted malts. More roasted than burnt up. Strength is moderate yet persistent. Very one dimensional.

Taste is very similar to the nose. A good amount of roasted malts with slight amount of charred or burnt up flavor. Some hops may be but only lightly. Finish is dry and slightly full of burnt up taste.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. No astringency. No booze throughout. A light easy drinking sessionable porter.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 3.75

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Photo of gwiedman1
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of kingmaker
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SABERG
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle dated 1/06/2016 into the modified pint glass.
A - An aggressive pour yields , 2" mocha loose knit cap riding a very dark intriguing body.
Gentle carbonation relentlessly chasing the surface. Lacing clings creating a body of evidence.
S - Toasted malts, not roasted, a bit of cocoa powder, ash, oyster shell minus the salinity, and dried tobacco.
T - A nice blend of raisin, 50% chocolate, anise, cherry wood smoke and toasted sesame.
M - Body is English style, a bit dry, nice carbonation, with a quick clean up. Nothing robust here, just a tightly executed dry porter.
O - The aromatics are the high point, the body is welterweight, and the finish is quick. Easy drinking porter, mates well with food. A fine offering from a creative Brewery.

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Photo of coldmeat23
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours dark brown. Fluffy two-finger head of tan foam. Decent retention and pretty good lacing.

Nice roasted maltiness. Some coffee, chocolate and nuttiness. Slight notes of vanilla and hazelnut.

Roasted barley. Light chocolate and coffee notes. Toasted hazelnut.

Not quite hearty enough for my preferences. Medium bodied and slightly waterey tasting. Carbonation is too sharp, defeating any creaminess that might have helped this one out.

Would make an easy session brew, if only by it's inoffensiveness and lack of anything 'special'. I suppose, if I wanted to drink alot of these, I probably could.
Not my fave release from Bell's.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of steve8robin
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on a trip to IA. 12oz bottle...

A: Deep dark translucent black with a very tiny off-white head that quickly fades to a lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: Smells roasty with a good balance of malts to help settle down the roast. Licorice and molasses in the middle with some dark chocolate and espresso on the backend. Good.

T: Watery roastiness upfront. A blend of watered down burn coffee bean and chocolate blended with hints of licorice and molasses. Decent.

M: Leaves kind of a metallic roasty taste on the palate. Very light here than what it should be. Decent.

D: Go down easy. Good.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Nothing to write home about, but decent. Maybe worth one try if you have access, but not worth hunting or going out of your way for. Many better in the style.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appears a very dark murky brown, with one and a half finger tan head that sinks to a skim. Leaves a bit of lacing behind.

Aromas of chocolate and a bit of coffee. The usual roasted malt smells only toned down.

Taste is not much different. Chocolate and coffee followed by some hop bitterness and a bit of smokiness. The roasted malt almost seems watered down or something.

Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery, carbonation maybe a bit too high as well.

One of the few Bell's beers that disappoints me. It doesn't taste bad but something is missing here, it just reminds me of a weaker version of their Stout.

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Photo of putnam
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great natural look but it smells like a sack of government grain that has been rained on for two or three seasons. The taste gives nice, clearly defined cocoa and coffee. Dry. An echo of metal and rotting grain on the palate. This was probably my first brand of Porter. The question is: Has KBC quality changed or have my tastes? Probably both. I can't imagine ever having been entranced by such mediocrity.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass, big thanks to Jeff (mnjeff) for the bottle! One of my favorite styles from one of my favorite breweries - I have high hopes for this one. This particular one was bottled on Dec. 9, 2008 according to the batch indicator - it's aged very nicely if you ask me.

Pours black, dark ruby brown around the very edges, with a dense one finger tan head on top that has great retention - just doesn't want to go away. Great stickage.

Nose is very roasty, a slight edge of acidity, dry, a bit smoky even.

Taste is nice - a nice dry, roasty body, bit smoky, with a dense, super-dark chocolate richness that isn't as apparent in the nose. Certainly a nice acidity in there as well to provide just a bit of bite. Immensely satisfying beer on this fall day.

Mouthfeel is creamy, nicely carbonated with a medium-full body.

Drinkability is fantastic - packed with flavor, yet with a relatively modest abv. Bells never fails to impress me.

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Photo of JimGlonke
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Radome
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of CNoj012
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The look of this beer is very dark brown with a small tan head, great lacing. Smell is roasted malts and chocolate with hints of coffee. Taste is very malty with some bitter chocolate. Can definitely taste straight up hop bitterness on the back end. Feel is extremely light. Overall good porter, but wish it was a little more thick and voluptuous.

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Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the head dropped quickly to a solid film. it's thin but the bubbles are tight. the liquid itself is dark¬ónot opaque but a deep mahogany

the aroma emanating from the foam is not voluminous but sports some dry roasty scents, like chocolate chips and chicory. hops are not very prevalent

the flavor mirrors what i experienced through my nose; dry roastiness. mild bitterness and an easygoing mouthfeel

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Photo of jemarent
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cvm4
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown. Nice tan 2 finger head. Great lacing as it's drank down.

S - The roasted malt and coffee are there along with a faint smell of dark chocolate.

T - Sweet and malty with some dark cocoa on the finish.

M - On the light side of medium in carbonation.

O - A solid porter that won't blow you away but is there for you when you're not looking to concentrate on a beer.

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Photo of TooGood
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Bell's Porter from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,927 ratings.
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