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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

44 Ratings
THE BROS
51
awful

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 22.3%
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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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +56.8%

04-18-2012 15:21:57 | More by yergermeister
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 16:20:17 | More by tone77
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 16:21:55 | More by OWSLEY069
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a tasting glass, small head leaves nice lacing behind, dark brown coloring.

s- blueberry right off the bat, roasted malt, some sweetness kicks in as well, not overly complex.

t- blueberry right away - and not a concentrated taste, nice smooth malt, little bitterness from the deep roasted malt.

m- on the lighter side of medium.

d- okay, this is definately an interesting beer, not a typical porter to say the least, but i've gotta say that i didn't hate it!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 21:39:23 | More by thecarster1
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +22%

12-30-2011 23:06:26 | More by jpd7374
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tjslovak77

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +22%

05-17-2012 23:55:25 | More by tjslovak77
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +22%

12-13-2012 02:42:39 | More by oriolesfan4
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Crundy

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very small mocha colored head, very dark brown almost black appearance

Smell: roasted malt, banana, some coffee and chocolate cake notes

Taste: coffee, roasted malt, some berry flavors, chocolate, very little carbonation,

Mouth Feel: medium body, some bite from the carbonation, kind of a flat mouth feel, leaves like a cold coffee after taste.

Overall: I really liked the smell of this beer, lots of different but pleasant scents. The flavor was less complex than the scent, not unappealing but it doesn't wow. This is just an ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 00:34:54 | More by Crundy
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a nice thick head of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint coffee and chocolate
Taste-Roasted coffee, faint chocolate, dry, astringent finish. Tastes more like a dry Irish stout than a porter. Decent flavor and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 18:42:07 | More by hosehead83
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Bung

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 03:19:03 | More by Bung
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a dark brown color, with a light brown colored head. The lacing is a little scattered. The smell of the beer is a little chocolaty and roasted. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced with a light blend of blueberry in the mix. I wasn't expecting the fruit in this so it was actually a little refreshing. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth, lightly carbonated. Overall this beer is decent. Not the best porter in the world but I didn't find it as being bad. I would probably have it again if I saw it at a beer fest.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 23:31:36 | More by Knapp85
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 00:56:52 | More by TheHoppiest
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Brenden

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 13:39:32 | More by Brenden
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bob3701

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 18:27:58 | More by bob3701
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:45:51 | More by Rifugium
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:58:42 | More by psuKinger
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 03:21:31 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 20:59:41 | More by Gavage
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown twist-off bottle poured into a shaped pint glass. This brew appears pitch black with a finger of dark tan head that quickly dissolves to a thin lace in no time. Some larger bubbles hold around the outside edge of the glass and start the formation of some small spots and patches of lace. When held to the light, the brew displays clarity and a ruby coloration through the body.

The smell of this brew straight out the gate is roasty with indications of dark roasted grain smelling of chocolate and roasted coffee. There are some interesting notes of something along the lines of chalk or charcoal included which is a bit strange. However, the real gem of this brew is what is lurking underneath. There is a sweet, almost fruited quality of something smelling of blue cool aid or blue freezie pop. Notice, I didn't say blueberry, oh no, this is artificial smelling blue not a natural scent by any means of berries. At times it is appealing in it's own right to smell that in a beer but it completely clashes with the base chalky quality.

The taste makes me scratch my head. The foundation of this brew is quite enjoyable with all the qualities one should look for in a solid porter offering. It is roasty and enjoyable with a flavoring of bitter dark grains that imparts some notes of coffee and semi-sweet to bitter chocolate. There is a light musty aspect to the backend of the taste. However, in comes the fruited quality again after more sips. To my surprise, the fruited berry aspect is more natural tasting instead of artificial and perfume-like. I gotta admit this is an interesting combination. I think the berry is a bit much and at times is a little distracting but it is present without having to search hard for it. The aftertaste includes mostly pleasant porter quality of roasted grain tasting of chocolate and coffee.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is strangely light and lively in the mouth which makes me wonder what the ratio of fruity flavoring to beer really is. With blueberry being such a subtle flavor, I can only imagine. To this brew's credit, the alcohol is hidden quite well. The body is just lacking a bit as it could use a more chew feel to it. Also, once the brew starts to warm up, it takes on a fruit beer flavor and aroma much more so than the base porter. The second half of my glass gets to be troublesome in finishing. I think this would be a winner if the amount of fruit was cut back or removed completely.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 02:45:48 | More by stakem
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brewski09

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This would be better classified as a dark fruit beer, but porter it is...

A - dark, but not quite dark enough for a porter.

S - light blueberry aroma that smells a little like canned pie filling.

T - tastes like canned blueberries in dark beer with hops to bitter, but not balance quite enough.

M - sweetness invades and causes me to lose sight of the rest of the categories. once poured into a glass, i could tell that the beer was moderately coating my mouth. I think it got a lot better at that point.

D - i wouldn't drink this without a glass as the aromas open up so much better, but it is still an average beer. I would love to know if they use fresh blueberries for this. wonderful label and name though.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 01:32:39 | More by brewski09
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McNealc31

Ohio

3/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 03:34:06 | More by McNealc31
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +4.5%

11-08-2013 16:56:32 | More by Travcofarms
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MLasoski

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +4.5%

11-23-2011 01:22:15 | More by MLasoski
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Bill_B


3/5  rDev +4.5%

12-03-2012 23:53:25 | More by Bill_B
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tomgossert

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +4.5%

03-04-2012 04:11:47 | More by tomgossert
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Blue Ball Porter from Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC
70 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.