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Blue Ball Porter - Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC

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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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ms11781

Massachusetts

1.15/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Reviewed on 05/30/2011. Thanks to Tedwarhc, I guess. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a solid dark brown color, almost black but not quite. Light brown cap develops and dissipates extremely quick. No lacing to speak of.

Right off the bat the aroma is unmistakably of blueberries. More specifically, artificial blueberry. Perhaps there is a slight roasty aroma but every time it seems to try to peak through the blueberry aroma takes over again.

The taste follows the nose. Huge artificial blueberry flavor. No real porter characteristics to speak of aside from possibly a hint of some roasted malt in the aftertaste.

Light to medium body with carbonation to match give the beer a thin, watery mouthfeel. Not much else to say.

So nobody told me this was a blueberry porter. I guess I could have looked it up beforehand or taken the "natural flavor added" on the label to mean that. Either way, the beer looks like a porter and that's it. The aroma, taste and feel have no characteristics of a porter nor are the pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 03:20:20 | More by ms11781
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acurtis

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -47.7%

02-06-2012 03:35:20 | More by acurtis
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Pantera10

Pennsylvania

1.55/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought a case for 13.99 at local distributor. Thought "how bad can it be, it's worth a try".

Wrong I was. Looks like a porter, even smells like a porter. Tastes like spoiled fruit. Guess the label stating flavored beer should've been a tell-tale sign. Mouthfeel couldn't be assessed due to flavor. Awful. 24 drain pours. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 04:06:50 | More by Pantera10
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cynical1027

Ohio

2/5  rDev -30.3%

02-22-2012 03:19:40 | More by cynical1027
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leinie13

Ohio

2/5  rDev -30.3%

12-04-2011 14:55:14 | More by leinie13
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

2.05/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 19:51:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
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dbaraniak

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

02-15-2014 07:58:46 | More by dbaraniak
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camartin27

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

06-24-2013 02:56:38 | More by camartin27
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Garbage. Totally stupid. They added blueberry flavor to this? In this day and age, if you are adding additives to a beer, then it's just stupid. Give me a break already and don't waste my time or money with this crap. Seriously. Learn how to brew with real fruit and make it count. Otherwise, don't insult yourself. Blue ball? Indeed...

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 07:22:12 | More by RblWthACoz
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BeerSquid

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

A- Nice dark pour hint of a deep ruby colour, reveals about a quarter inch of nice coffee coloured head.

S- Great powerful sent of blueberries. Cant wait for a sip.

T- Tragically disappointing. Only very slight hint of the fruit. The initial taste is warming however, I dont care for the finish at all. There is a very strong aftertaste of meat. I believe pepperoni. Maybe I got a bad batch, because in my mind blueberry and pepperoni just dont go together...

M- Its hard to get past that taste. However it is enjoyable before the aftertaste hits. I'm just havig considerable trouble getting past it.

D- As of right now, I'm having trouble even finishing this beer. The fact that I'm this far down and am not even half way done should give you indication enough.

Im going to give this the benefit of the doubt and say that I'll consider trying it again, if recommended. I started off very excited about this one, and am left in disbelief, hoping that I simply got a bad batch.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 00:33:58 | More by BeerSquid
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IIKaRuII

Ohio

2.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this as a mixer from arnolds carry out!

I will say out of the 4 that they have came out with. This is the best looking label out of all of them. I don't know if anyone noticed the silo and two bushes on the label... Kinda bad taste if you ask me?
A- Pours a murkey dark coffee like. Has a thickness to it as it pours. Has a finger length of cappuccino color head that creates pretty decent lacing. Looks like a porter

S- coffeeness to it right off the bat, that turns rather quickly into a blueberry/ raspberry like smell. Slight grainyness to it aswell. Roasted malts make a slight appearance as well.

T- Oh horrors... This is kinda hard to get down... blueberry makes this one taste like a kids drink.. almost has a medicine like taste to it. not the good kind like dymatap either! coffee aftertaste lingers kinda killing any sweetness this might have had.

M/O- Sticky and lingering. The carbonation is hardly whiping the palate clean, and the blueberrys hardly mask the coffee. really not pleasant to drink at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 06:57:53 | More by IIKaRuII
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This local obscurity pours a very thin head with a rich brown coloration and absolutely no retention. The lacing is there initially, but it doesn't stick and the look seems a bit flat and lifeless.

Scents include sweetened chocolate, coffee, licorice, vanilla extract and a hint of Kahlua and Cream. If you stick your nose right in there, it's really not that bad.

The taste is a bit fainter than expected. The first flavors to hit the tongue are roasted coffee, milk chocolate and a hint of blueberry. This all sounds good on paper, but a cloying milk chalkiness at the conclusion really brings the whole experience down. I presume this is due to artificial flavoring, which I can't prove, but the "natural flavor added" note on the label is a bit suspicious.

As for the mouth, a very thin body makes it seem like something is missing. The big palate offender is the chalkiness, but otherwise, it really isn't strong enough in flavor to be offensive.

Your ability to consume this beer is going to be based on one's knowledge of the style. If you've had a few porters in your day, you'll be able to pick out the offending elements immediately.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 03:17:50 | More by deapokid
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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 22:19:01 | More by bluejacket74
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 22:10:32 | More by Ryan011235
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ckollias

Maryland

2.65/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:05:15 | More by ckollias
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Julian code on the back of the neck. I'm one for a dirty joke from time to time, but the name of this brewery and their beers is just idiotic, IMO.

Beer pours dark brown, a dark tan head soon recedes. No lacing. Smell is tart and sweet, kinda odd for a porter. Alcohol notes as well. Taste is very much like dark raspberries.. and very tannic coffee. A sour aftertaste permeates for a bit, but mostly this beer is burnt and nutty. Not very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 04:51:58 | More by sixerofelixir
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 05:40:52 | More by WVbeergeek
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briandaube

Delaware

2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

07-05-2014 10:54:40 | More by briandaube
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 03:52:52 | More by CFHMagnet
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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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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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Blue Ball Porter from Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC
70 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.