Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bell's Porter

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (841) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It was bottled on 11/27/12 making it just over four months old.

Appearance: Opaque black body with ruby red highlights. Forms a large, tan, frothy head which retains and laces wonderfully.

Smell: Closer to a milk stout aroma with a distinct dairy-like scent and a general dark malt smell.

Taste: This is a beer that could be mistaken for a stout. Whereas most porters tend to have a milder, toasted malt flavor, Bell’s Porter is a bit bolder and significantly more bitter than your average brew of the style. A light, faint milk chocolate taste throughout most of the first half with strong bitterness through the middle. Reminiscent of robust coffee and maybe a touch of bittersweet/baker’s chocolate. The bitterness doesn’t let up on the finish, either, which is rather bold for the style. I’d prefer more distinct flavors that simple a sweet/bitter repetition, but this tastes good to me and never got old so I like it.

Drinkability: What’s nice about this beer is how remarkably easy it is to drink. The mouthfeel is quite comfortable with a thicker, softer texture, but calm energy level. There is only slightly dry aftertaste, but it’s as tolerable as eating dark chocolate. At 5.6% ABV, Bell’s Porter has a lot of character for such relatively small body and it’d be tempting to drink several of these in one sitting. 
Grade: 8/10