After getting through a few really solid Robust Porters last week, why not stay within the same style range for a few more this week? I really should do runs like this more often where I do reviews for the same style for a stretch rather than doing that for a brewery. That gives me a chance to see how those beers compare to each other.
So let another week of porters begin . . .
Brewery: Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Comstock, MI)
Style: Robust Porter
ABV: 5.60% (on bottle)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge before serving in a pint glass.
Aroma: A nice, smooth, roasted malty aroma with slight notes of bittersweet chocolate. I think I get a touch of floral as well. Pretty mild overall aroma. – 8/12
Appearance: Dark, dark brown with some garnet highlights when held to light. A slight, light brown head that holds quite well and leaves a nice trail on the glass. Appears opaque though is clear at the edges when held to light. – 3/3
Flavor: A moderate roasted malty flavor up front that has a bit of earthiness to it. There is a relatively mild bitterness from the middle to the finish. Also kind of get some coffee-like flavor toward the finish. Finishes a bit dry, but is mostly clean with just a touch of lingering malt flavor. – 13.5/20
Mouthfeel: Medium(ish) body with a moderate to low level of carbonation. very smooth and quite creamy on the palate (to the point of almost feeling thin). – 4/5
Overall Impressions: After drinking the same style from Anchor and Sierra Nevada last week this one does not taste as good as it might have otherwise. It is solid, but I would not choose over the other two if I had the option. Goes down very easily without any harsh flavors at all. A bit of sharpness comes out as the beer warms some and the overall flavor becomes a bit less bold as well. – 6.5/10
Overall: B (35/50)