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

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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: 2,957 |  Reviews: 1,072
Photo of TexIndy
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle that I brought back from my Indy trip. It had a batch number (8833 mid-Nov 08) on the back that you can type into the website to get dating info on. It was a deep black color with mahagony edges. No visible carbonation. Slow sliding lacing. It had an average tan head that quickly settled into a thin, broken top with a good collar.

The aroma was really good. Coffee, dark chocolate malt and roasted. I love the smell of porters and this one didn't disappoint. The taste was a bit of a letdown after the great aroma. I expected a strong flavor based on the aroma but it was a little weak and a bit watery. It wasn't bad. It just wasn't as good as I'd hoped. It had a good balance between the sweet malt and the bitter finish. Starts out smooth and then you get a nice bitter end. Easy drinking but it missing something that keeps it from top tier. Good session beer if flavor not your main goal. Also good BMC conversion beer.

Overall, a good but not great beer from a great brewery. Good I got to try it but with some many other great Am Porters out there, I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get this again (maybe once more just to make sure I had a good sample but pretty sure I did since I got it from the Hop Shop). Medium recommend.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz., batch 7693 - packaged on 10/16. It pours smoothly into the mug to reveal an unfiltered black, almost thick body with a 2 finger coffee-with-cream head that leaves nice lacing. It smells of dark and lightly sweet malts with chocolate and roasted/earthy notes. The flavor is the same, but adds piney and lightly citric hops, oats?, lactose?, and a minerally quality on top of a medium, fairly carbonated, yet creamy smooth body that easily glides down the gullet. Overall a quality porter.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours thinner than I was expecting. Perhaps I've been drinking too many stouts. Dark, clean with amber highlights when held to the light. Head is above average for sure, holding thick for quite some time.

S: Roasted barley, dried cocoa, light hops.

T: Begins on the sweet side, some smores with all three ingredients playing a part. Very minor cola twang hits the tip of the tongue before a gentle wash of lactose like sugar descends across the center of the tongue. Roasted grains move in and push about 3/4 of the sugar away from the palate take over. Finishes with reminiscent charcoal and mellow lactose.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation actually feels thin for the copius amount of head still remaining.

D: Not a bad porter. Nothing really stand out but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of kelvarnsen
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HRamz3
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jason_nwx
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Jacobob10
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Very dark brown, almost black in color with a soft tan head. Good retention throughout the duration of the beer. Pleasant, mild aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is much of the same with roasted malts and a hint of chocolate to round it out. Medium bodied with a slight bitter finish and goes down easy. Very solid porter here. Not too heavy, not too light. I picked this one up in NY but if Bell's distributed in NJ this would be something I would purchase regularly.

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Photo of DudMan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of cfrances33
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown in color with a nice quarter inch mocha brown head. Looks good. Smell is roasty. Some dark malts and maybe roasted coffee. Taste is more of the roast with a touch of the coffee there as well. A little too much roast coming through. Decent mouthfeel, could be a bit thicker. All in all a solid porter from Bells.

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Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep brown colour with slight amber hues and a thick, creamy beige head. Rings of residue are left on the glass after each sip. Nice.

The aroma mixes chocolate/cocoa, roasted malt and a slight bit of coffee in the back for a well blended balance overall.

The flavour is similar to the aroma. Sweetness is here from the chocolate but there is a good deal of harsher cocoa and more coffee thrown into the mix here for a more grounded, earthier taste. There is a burnt bitter finish to each sip as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a touch creamy but is also a bit thin here and there.

This is a nice, easy drinking porter that has full flavour and good balance to it. Well worth a try.

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Photo of VaporDome
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Beerasaurus
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very dark brown pour with slight tan head, splotchy foam atop a dark as night beer. aroma here is intense, 100% mochaccino nose with sweet caramel accent. some toffee.. one of the best smells ive ever gotten from a porter. body is a bit thin and bubbly for what i expect, but this beer does not skimp on flavor. medium coffee ground bitterness and a more pointed bitterness from hops combine to even out a sweeter subtle flavor of cream and underripe red fruit. very drinkable and good at both room-temperature and a chilled degree. bell's is one brewery i've found to be consistently above-average to good and i will continue to seek out their products.

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Photo of kingmaker
4/5  rDev +3.6%

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass. Batch #9420.

A: Large light brown creamy and frothy head with a pour straight down the middle of my glass. 3 fingers and lasting. Opaque dark brown body as deep as a lacquer coat. Sheets of lacing quickly slide back down into the glass.

S & T: Heavy malt character dominated by molasses, chocolate and bread. Roasted bordering on burnt. Hops are present but so far in the background that I struggled with the specifics. Average yeast content: leather, leafy and musty. Smoky, woody, saw dust flavors, along with tar, reduced soy sauce, burnt brown sugar and maple syrup. Very concentrated flavor. Lightly sweet. Noticeable scent of bandage.

M: Medium body, thinner than expected and somehow still creamy. The carbonation is average. Long flavor duration with a semi bitter finish. I recommend a less aggressive pour as I believe mine took a little essence out of the effervescence.

D: What can I say? Bell's doesn't make a beer that isn't highly drinkable. For the porter lovers though.

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Photo of nwhittin
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of match1112
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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