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Blue Ball Porter - Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC

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Blue Ball PorterBlue Ball Porter

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BA SCORE
70
okay

45 Ratings
THE BROS
51
awful

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 22.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bob3701 on 02-07-2010)
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Reviews by OWSLEY069:
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a brown head. In the aroma, a sweet roast and a small pine hop presence. In the taste, a sweet roasted malt, caramel, and a nice pine hop, especially in the end. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramel and chocolate like aftertaste. Bigger hop than expected and a nice flavor. I was not expecting much out of this, pretty much bought it for the name, but I really enjoyed it.

OWSLEY069, Jan 14, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Har dee har, funny beer company name needs a funny beer name. What is the funny "fla- vored beer" tag doing on the label?
Pours like a porter; looks like one as well. Dark with some sticky lacing. Smells of blue raspberry Juicy Little Hugs juice and weak coffee. Beery smooth with that Porter aspect of roasted grain. Hops? Not much of them around here at all. Berry flavor tastes like the tooth- paste at the dentist's office when the patient is too scared to go with full-on mint. Finishes semidry with a mild tartness, lingering burnt malt and that forced "flavored beer" character.

Basic as a Porter, thrown off balance with the supposed blueberry flavor. Tastes like the failed fruit beers of the 1990s.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of briandaube
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

briandaube, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.73/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The novelty wears off pretty quickly with this beer, although I can already say my highest marks are probably going to be appearance. Pours a pitch black color with a tan thicket of head with a nice spread of even lacing. Aromatics, here comes the fake blueberry extract, smells really not bad I'm getting a decent blend of dark malts and "berry" notes. Flavor isn't the worst either, not your best base beer porter here but there's some creamy dark chocolate with tart/semi sweet/earthy blueberry flavoring. No real herbal hop action just the berry notes, that really aren't as offensive as I thought this was going to be. The more sips you take the more watery porter/berry beer this becomes, leaves wanting more...maybe that's why they call it Blue Ball Porter. Mouthfeel is thin bodied a bit too thin for a porter, with unoffensive levels of carbonation a bit cloying from the blueberry extract. Overall don't be expecting any beergasms in fact it's safe to tell you to pass on this experience. Although there's much more flavor in this one than the pilsner had.

WVbeergeek, May 02, 2011
Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -48.1%

acurtis, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was between drinking this and taking notes last night and preparing to post my review this morning that I discovered this beer was brewed with blueberries. At this point I'm still picking up stuff just to try that I've never seen. It makes much more sense knowing, because finding fruit in what you think is a typical porter can be confusing.

The appearance is this beer's best quality. It pours out like a beast, thick and dark, and reminds me in the heavy look of its body more of a stout. A big, creamy brown head develops, thick and strong. Lacing is likewise very nice, dropping thick patches and spreading some legs.
The nose is not so much light as indistinct. I get roast and coffee with a fruity note, not really either sweet or tart per se.
The flavor is very roasty and lots of barley comes through alongside a light sweetness. There's a spiciness that's tough to place. It seems a lot of flavors are clashing, making anything difficult to pick out individually. Not knowing it had blueberries, IO did note that it's oddly fruity; this may be because blueberries themselves, unless they're picked at the perfect time or are overripe, don't impart much sweetness, tartness, or any variety of things you could attribute to particular fruits. It also goes strangely salty in the finish and a kelpy flavor develops as it warms. This happens when it starts to warm but, fortunately, fades out later. It's tough because it has a nice roasty, coffee character to it and is a nice porter before everything gets muddled and a few ugly flavors pull out.
The body is medium and there's a bit of thickness to it. It's somewhat smooth with very little carbonation, crispness or, thus, much liveliness.

Brenden, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of cynical1027
2/5  rDev -30.8%

cynical1027, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of McNealc31
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

lue Ball Porter starts like you want a porter to. Thick, dark, and a big dark head. More toffee and chocolate in the nose rather than roast, bit of alcohol, too. The first sip sets this porter apart and gives you the reason for the clever name; blueberries. Lots of blueberries at first. It's a little watery for a porter, but a bold finish with lots of roast, even some char.

Just a tad over 5% ABV, so it's not going to destroy you, either.

Not my favorite porter, but I'm kind of liking it. Props for doing something different!

McNealc31, May 03, 2011
Photo of leinie13
2/5  rDev -30.8%

leinie13, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Travcofarms
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Travcofarms, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.35/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Nearly black, brown pour, just a ring of light tan.

Aroma, blueberry? Light chocolate and toasted malt.

Taste, yep blueberry, was not aware. Dark chocolate, roast malt. It's simple but it's nice enough.

Lighter bodied, not quite to a fault. Enough carb, drinks pretty well. A little thin for a porter and you need to be ready for the blueberry.
Worth trying.

Bung, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of blueberries, considerable sweetness. Taste is also of blueberries up front, some malts, a bit on the sweet side. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall I found this to be an enjoyable beer.

tone77, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle, $7.99 a 6-pack. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. Not much lacing, either. The brew smells mostly like artificial blueberry juice or syrup, along with some other berries, roasted malt, chocolate, and a slight medicinal flavor. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, it tastes mostly like an artificial (maybe sugar free or sugar substitute) blueberry juice drink, and there's also some chocolate, coffee, and other berry flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. This certainly isn't one of the better fruit beers I've had. It's not exactly awful, but I sure didn't enjoy this beer either.

bluejacket74, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of MLasoski
3/5  rDev +3.8%

MLasoski, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of psuKinger
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into my Penn State pint glass, because it sounds like JoePa might pass tonight. God Bless him.

I've had good experiences with Intercourses at beer festivals in the past. This is the first time I ever bought a full sixer of something from them to take home with me.

A: Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head that dissipated quickly.

S: Strong Java presence, perhaps a hint of cocoa, and that classic roasty dark malt smell underneath.

T: Strong toffee flavors come through on the taste that weren't discernible in the nose. The Java is also there, though. A touch of hop bitterness and pine on the back end round things out. All this adds up to a Porter that has a good bit going on inside the glass, some of which I like.

But there's something in here that I find a bit off-putting. I can't tell if it's the toffee, the coffee, or something else, but there's something in here that I find just a tad *harsh*. It's not "bad", but there's something here that I find that isn't all that "good", either.

M: Rather unremarkable. Not as hefty as I'd like it to be. Carbonation is a touch low, as well. That might be attributed to age, but I can't find a date on the bottle, which to me means that age/freshness isn't an excuse.

There's plenty of flavors left behind on the finish, however, which help it's mouthfeel retain an acceptable rating.

D/O: I didn't pick up on it in the first 3 ounces or so, but there is a malt-sweetness underneath this beer that grows-and-grows as you work through the glass. It's unbalanced, unwanted, and detracting. As I neared the end of the glass, it became obvious to me that I really didn't want any more of this beer. Overall, not all that enjoyable.

psuKinger, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of bob3701
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Shaker pint. A very dark/black beer; light does not shine through. Fluffy tan head settles into a thin film with nice lacing. Roasted malty aroma. Coffee and chocolate notes, roasted burnt flavors. A slight sour finish. Reminds me more of a stout than a porter.
Added note: Just found the web site for this beer and as soon as I read what was in it, it clicked in my mine. What I thought to be sweetness of chocolate and also the sour finish were explained when I learned blueberries are added.

bob3701, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of CFHMagnet
2.93/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A heavy pour yields almost a finger or sandy colored head. The body is dark brown, almost to the point of black. Head disappeared in less than a minute, leaving just a ring.

Surprise! It's name comes from the blueberries they apparently use to brew it. Behind the blueberries I get faint whiffs of your normal porter smells, roasted malt and a bit of chocolate.

This beer tastes weird. Blueberry is a dominant flavor, and it is followed by roasted malt, a nutty flavor like roasted peanuts and a bit of bakers chocolate.

Goes down easy. No real carbonation hints. Medium bodied, not drying and only a little sticky.

CFHMagnet, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So I bought this beer at Warehouse Beverage as a one-off, based solely upon the names of the ale and the brewery. Historically, I've found that, the only thing more reliable to guarantee a bad brew than a cutesy label is a cutesy name. Nonetheless, I ignored the rule, bought the bottle, and figured, hey, it is only one beer.

Then I pulled up the BA page and saw the Bros. rating, a D, with a BA average of a C. Needless to say, I may experience imbibus-interruptus if it lives up to its poor rating.

Pours a deep, dark brown into my pint glass, with a two finger head that reduces to a thin soapy skim of tan. Has a thick look as it is swirled, giving it more of a "stout" than a "porter" appearance.

Smells oaty, malty, and somewhat yeasty. Definitie biscuit and honey notes. However, there's also a fruity tart aroma fighting to be recognized, smelling of cherries with hints of vanilla The bottle's label does state that this ale has "natural flavor added", although it does not identify which flavor from nature.

Tart, earthy, tannic and somewhat fruity, with oaty malt, roasted coffee and smoked oak, there's a lot going on with this brew. Unfortunately, rather than pulling together like a well conducted orchestra, these flavors are melding like an eighth grade band trying to play the Star Spangled Banner. The tart fruit (maybe blueberry?) and the earthy, leafy smoked flavors are battling each other, with the occasional off-timed blast of dark coffee. While not horrid, it is neither relaxing nor enjoyable to drink this.

Medium to full bodied with a dry finish, the "natural flavors" are leaving a sticky feeling on the back of my tongue.

Well, I heard this ale would let me down. Nonetheless, the dark roasted look and the oaty malt aroma had me worked up, primed and eager to taste this beer. Rather than bring me to a climatic conclusion, this unbalanced brew left me unsatisfied. Even now, it sits there looking dark and mysterious, with tempting tan lacing teasing me to drink more. I better quit before it really makes me blue.

TheHoppiest, Sep 21, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

dbaraniak, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: bottle at Leaf, Easton, PA

Kind of weird, but not entirely bad. Poured into a Romeo Y Julieta stem glass, an opaque brown-black with a thin layer of bubbles for a head. Simple roasty aroma with a bit of odd funk. I noted the "flavor added" notation on the label, and didn't think much of it, but there was definitely something unfamiliar in this porter. (I later discovered it was blueberry, which why didn't they just say that on the label?). Roasty, dark malts and chocolate notes up front, with a very sweet sensation following, like lots of caramel and fruit--again, it didn't register as blueberry when I had it, but now it makes sense. A little bit thin; I let it warm up closer to room temperature for a bit, but that didn't really improve the taste much, if at all. Overall, not entirely bad, but in the end, the fruit just kind of clashed with the roastiness. I probably wouldn't get this again.

Rifugium, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/29/11

Pours a dark, inky brown and settles the same. Cap of foam is just shy of two fingers but thins quickly. Minimal lace.

Smells odd. Overtones of red raspberry, berries and wheat lead into darker grains and slight hints of roastiness. Earthy. Hints of chocolate. Tastes like a shoddy chocolate candy with a raspberry center. Plenty grainy throughout but with low roast. Faint hints of cocoa and, to a lesser degree, coffee, as it warms. Dry finish. Right close to full body. Carbonation is calm and stays out of the way. Dry, grainy coating on the finish.

I'm not impressed. Admittedly, it's grainy enough that I can tolerate it. The berry flavors subside a bit as it warms but I doubt I'll be finishing the bottle.

Ryan011235, May 29, 2011
Photo of ckollias
2.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a thin, light brown, 2-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Funky malt raspberry and blueberry aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a malty raspberry and blueberry flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Great name – not so great beer. I’ll pass next time – but I’ll keep the bottle for amusement.

ckollias, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a dark brown alomost black color with a 1/2" head. No lace develops.

Smell: strange blueberry aroma with some roasted malt sweetness is easily detectable.

Taste: roasted malt is a bit thicker than expected. Interesting blueberry flavor lingers throughout. Add some mild chocolate flavors and a mild bitterness, this is a unique porter.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the flavors glue themselves to the tongue.

Drinkability: one of these is more than enough in a session. There is a strange flavor that just doesn't work for me.

Gavage, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown with a light brown, mocha like head. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and light coffee. Grain.

Taste: Light in overall flavor, with faint roasted malt and coffee notes, some berry flavor, cooked veggies, lemony hops and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied, smooth, mildly carbonated and alittle grainy aftertaste, with a small fruityness.

Overall: Simple, easy drinking porter. Some macro qualities, very mild blueberry, but stays enjoyable and true enough to the porter style. Decent.

Stinkypuss, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +55.7%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
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Blue Ball Porter from Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC
70 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.