Beer Tasting Notes: Bell’s Porter

Bell’s Porter Tasting Notes

Bell’s Porter, Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI

Robust Porter

5.6% ABV

Purchased at Dragonfly Wine Market, uptown Shelby, NC

What It Looks Like

It has deep brown almost black look with garnet highlights and a light tan head.  Head retention wasn’t great, but it was probably more the glass wasn’t completely clean.   Which is the fault of the person washing the dishes.  I’ll give my self thirty lashes.

What It Smells Like

A good roasty coffee and chocolate aroma comes through immediately.  There are hints of hops in the background, just enough to let you know they are there, but they do not get in the way.

What It Feels Like

It isn’t heavy or chewy on the mouth.  A medium body experience.  Not much carbonation and not a lot of alcohol taste/warmth.  A very easy drinking dark beer.

What It Tastes Like

The aroma is indicative of the taste.  You get a lot of the roasted coffee and medium sweetness of dark chocolate.  There isn’t a lot of hop presence, just enough to highlight the coffee and chocolate tastes.

Do I Like It

This a good by the numbers robust porter.  It hits all the notes correctly.  It would be a great everyday drinker if you are a lover of the dark arts of brewing, and I am.  It isn’t too heavy and avoids the  Americanization of the style of adding too many hops and too much malt to make it bigger and tastier.  The easy drinking nature of this makes it a good beer after a long day at work or a night cap after a night out.  This is a last call at some dark bar with a bearded sad guy on a small stage playing his last song of pain and heartache for the night kind of beer.

Maybe it is.  Maybe it isn’t, but it sounded good.  Go enjoy one.

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