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RATINGS: 1575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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A dark ale for all occasions. A blend of dark malt gives this beer flavors of coffee and chocolate with some smokey roasted notes.

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4.6
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2004
The aroma was chocolatey. The body was black, filled with bubbles with a caramel-colored head. The palate was smoooooth and the flavor was like nutty chocolate. Does the aftertaste remind me of....toast?

4.6
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2007
I love porter beer and this is a porter thru and thru. The last thing you’ll drink is the head and the first thing you’ll remember when you feel in the mood for the style is this. The taste is smooth and robust. The only thing good about living in the midwest is our great beer; the finest in America.

4.6
RED08 (3) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2008 does not count
Pleasant aroma of lightly roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor was very similar to the aroma with lightly roasted malt and just a hint of chocolate. Fairly smooth with some very light bitterness at the finish. Very dark in color, Love this one. Thanks Dan for turning me on to this one. WD

4.6
wlajwl (6812) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Does have a basic porter flavor but has something more: everything, including a roasted flavor usually in stouts but still doesn’t take away from this porter.

4.6
darthmoore (23) - Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2013
UPDATED: APR 10, 2017 Pours near black with hints of ruby when held to the light. Finger and a half of khaki creamy looking head that dissipates quickly.Scent is of chocolate and robust coffee with a hint of fruit. No unpleasant odors. Smells warm and inviting.Taste is moderately sweet with a good deal of roasty bitterness. Beer is medium bodied and creamy with a pleasant amount of carbonation and long bittersweet finish that reminds me of extra dark chocolate. This is an outstanding beer. If you are into the darkside and haven’t had Bell’s Porter then you are missing out. I highly recommend this brew.

4.5
raymow (1650) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
An excellent porter. Flavor is of slightly burnt chocolatey coffee (in a good way). Great dark color, looks and tastes exactly as a porter should.

4.5
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Dark, chestnut brown appearance, reddish edges, with a huge, thick fluffy, cocoa-toned head, leaving much lace, softly sizzling down in size. Aroma is rich, full of espresso notes, chocolate, spices, deep, roasty,and rustic, a wonderful complex, though still straightforward nose. Taste: nice bitterness up front, good hop content, starts bold, then mellows and is quite a treat on the tongue and down the throat. Coffee connotations continue through the flavor, but excellent balance provides that that sapect never goes too far, with some sweetness from malt that matches just right. Drinkability, terrific, full-bodied, long-finish, total satisfaction. I'm a porter-lover, and this ranks among my favorites, may even be my very favorite, but we haven't held that contest yet. On tap, utterly excellent!

4.5
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 Slight rerate - originally claimed this was my favorite Bell’s brew to date. Then I met Expedition. Nevertheless, the original review... Smells robust, chocolatey and dry hopped. Full tasting; slick, oily feel on the palate. Resonating tobacco and roasted - but not yet burnt - chocolate characteristics. Smooth and complex. Smokey aspects, but they’re subtle. Great interpretation of the style, and my favorite Bells brew to date.

4.5
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Nothing is better than a good porter and this is one of them. Nice porterish nose to the brew. Very dark in color with a nice tanish head to it. Great smooth chocolatey taste with a nice smooth finish. I really liked this beer and hope to drink it again some day.

4.5
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Dark brown to black with good, foamy tan head / Roasty, chocolate nose / Medium body with strong hops and good finish / Smokey, chewy flavors of roast coffee, nuts, chocolate, with sherried dark roast coffee finish / Good and complex.


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