Traverse City Whiskey Barrel-Aged Porter
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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American Porter
4.32 | pDev: 5.79%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

THOROUGHLY enjoyed from the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate in a snifter.
This huge porter pours a rich opaque with a nice head of light brown foam that
subsides to a thick ring and thin layer with some nice light lacing. Nose of
rich bourbon, heavy vanilla, char, chocolate, dark fruit notes of cherries
and blackberries, chocolate, and dark coffee. Flavors hit it out of the park and
exceed the old ale with rich dark chocolate awash in boozy bourbon that is laden with
notes of oak and vanilla that fade into a back drop of of blackberries, blueberries, and
dark sweet cherry notes. Char touches the flavors overall with subtle cream and dark
roasted coffee flavors. Excellent mouth feel; full body, low carbonation, and a searing
booze heavy finish that is rich in bourbon and vanilla notes.

Overall; a SOLID performance from a great brewer!


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Basin Pub in Bushnell's Basin, NY.

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a sticky brown head, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells pretty massively of big barrel booziness, with bitter whiskey, booze, oak, vanilla, and char, with roasty chocolate on the nose a little bit, too.

This has a really big roasty porter profile- I was worried from the nose that the barrel might completely overwhelm the base here. It doesn't, but it's trying it's absolutely best- it's a fight for sure. There's a good amount of vanilla and oak, and some slightly harsh whiskey character. There's some chocolate, and old coffee, too.

This isn't really thick, but it's not thin, either- it exists in some realm in between. There's a good amount of carbonation.

This is pretty solid- but the barrel definitely dominates a bit too much. This would be much better if the barrel was a bit more subdued and integrated.

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Photo of Lahey
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a delicious beer. Inky black, thick head and heavy lacing. Chocolate caramel raisin smell. The flavor is mostly chocolate and fig with some bourbon notes. This beer reminds me of a ba stout. Very enjoyable. Reminds me of dog fish heads palo santo marron, a wood aged imperial brown. I recommend highly for lovers of the ba dark style.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Served in a brandy snifter glass. Dark black body, one finger mocha head, great retention, bits of lacing. Smell is rich milk chocolate, cocoa, whiskey spirit, oak, light smoke. Flavour is similarly rich as the nose, excellent complexity, good meld of whiskey and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, good carbonation, smooth finish. Excellent, fantastic barrel-aged beer.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ave Pub. Deep brown, thin mocha head, little lace. Plenty Whisky in the aroma and taste, deep roasted bitter chocolate, some licorice. Powerful flavors, but they come together well. Medium oily mouthfeel. Glad I got the chance to try this one.

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Photo of barczar
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big toffee notes, nutty and caramelly, with hints of oak and burnt sugar. Roast malt is subtle, as well as a hint of dark fruit.

Flavor is very whiskey dominant, repeating the caramel and light vanilla notes, with a touch of roast malt to counter the sweetness. Nutty malt and toasted oak linger in the finish. Dark fruit notes of prunes and raisins add complexity.

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Photo of Nordbier
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Pazzo's. 9oz pour.

A - Deep black color. Little to no head. Just from looking at it I can tell this one is going to be boozy and low on carbonation. No lacing to speak of, really.

S - Dominated by the barrel initially, but there are softer, nougatey malts peeking out from behind the onslaught. Vanilla, oak, booze.

T - Initially, this beer was dominated by the barrel. It was served much too cold. However, as it warmed, this beer really opened up. Dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla, toffee, candied almonds, and just the right amount of booze are all there.

M - A little thin, but that's somewhat to be expected with a whiskey barrel beer. Silky and smooth as it warms up. Definitely one to take slow.

O - Overall, this beer is excellent. A pleasant surprise at the 30 for 30 Anniversary Takeover. Would love to try this beer in six months or so, once the barrel calms down a little bit.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in a snifter.

L- Black, small ring of light brown head, slight light coming in the edges.

S- Molasses, dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, slight bit of alcohol.

T- Similar to aroma, molasses, dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, pretty smooth for the abv.

F- Full, certainly a sipper.

O- Really great and one of the best Bell's beers I've had, great beer and barrel flavors.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, wood, and dark alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted malt and alcohol flavor with a medium to heavy sweet smooth alcohol burn finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.

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Photo of Zonian1
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a howler filled at Bell's 30th Anniv tap takeover at Ollie's Place in Dayton (actually Centerville) OH. Pours a dark brown, with a half inch mocha head that dissipates quickly. There's a surprising amount of fizz, which doesn't last long. The nose is bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. I started drinking this one after about 30 minutes out of the fridge. When it's cold, the mouthfeel is a bit rough, but as the beer warms up, it turns silky. Pro tip--drink this one at cellar temps. The taste is vanilla and caramel with whiskey overtones. Once it warms up, the mouthfeel approaches BCBS quality--very smooth and silky. Overall--Traverse City Porter is not just a porter. It's a world class beer. I feel fortunate to have had a chance to try it. I hope you can find yourself some.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark for a porter, nose of whiskey, taste has a hint of chocolate and vinallia which quickly is overpowered by the whiskey taste(not a bad thing) and finishes oaky. Very easy to drink and light like a porter should be..... deff dosnt fell 11%+

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Traverse City Whiskey Barrel-Aged Porter from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 60 ratings