Bell’s Porter

American Porter Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Porter is an American Porter by Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell’s Porter is an American Porter 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 bottle.

Appearance

The porter pours nearly black with ruby highlights and topped by an inch-thick cap of creamy, tan-colored foam that shows fine retention. A soapy collar is left behind following the reduction.

Aroma

Out of the bottle, the aroma has a sweet scent of cocoa powder but coffee roast asserts itself as the beer warms.

Flavor

Dark fruit starts the tasting followed by a gentle bite of floral and lemon hops. Finishes with a delicious blend of sweet dark chocolate roasted with coffee. Those flavors linger lovingly on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel

The feel is just right with a smooth and creamy medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

Bell’s Porter might just be a straightforward 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

The brewery recommends the following food pairings with this 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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About the American Porter

The American Porter is a malty dark brew whose palate is complex and flavorful dark malts and varying hops. Historically, it’s an aggressive variant of the English Porter and Pre-Prohibition American Porters. It’s more assertive than an American Brown Ale but not as strong or bitter as the American Stout.