Bell’s Porter is an American Porter by Bell’s Brewery, Inc. that's wonderfully executed with flavors of coffee roast and dark chocolate.

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Bell’s Porter is an American Porter that’s brewed by Bell’s Brewery, Inc., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, this ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Packaging art for the Bell’s Porter by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

Packaging art for the Bell’s Porter by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

What You Need to Know

The Bell’s Porter is an award-winning, robust brew that features a well balanced palate of hops, roast, and chocolate. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The Porter pours nearly black and shows ruby highlights when held to the light. The ale is topped by an inch-thick cap of creamy, tan-colored foam that shows fine retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind a soapy collar.

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Aroma

Just after the pour, the aroma wafts the nose with sweet cocoa powder but as the beer warms, a scent of coffee roast asserts itself.

Flavor

The palate is led by a taste of dark fruit and is then followed by a gentle bite of floral and lemon hops. The tasting finishes with a delicious blend of sweet dark chocolate blended with roasted coffee. Those flavors linger lovingly on the back of the tongue.

Label art for the Bell’s Porter by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

Label art for the Bell’s Porter by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

Mouthfeel

The Porter feels just right with a smooth and creamy medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

The palate and aroma of the Bell’s Porter is standard fare for an American Porter but it’s wonderfully executed. Every attribute is crafted superbly in what is an all-around solid representation of the style.

Recommended Pairings

Bell’s Brewery recommends the following food pairings with their Bell’s Porter: smoked gouda and bleu cheeses; barbecued meats, sausages, chili rubbed steaks and salmon. Sweets of coconut, peanut butter, chocolate or vanilla bean ice cream.

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