Blue Ball Porter - Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC

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BA SCORE
70
okay

46 Ratings
THE BROS
51
awful

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 21.88%
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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2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ckollias
2.65/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.38/5  rDev -17.4%
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...

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3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +56.3%

Photo of Pantera10
1.55/5  rDev -46.2%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev +4.2%

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2/5  rDev -30.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of psuKinger
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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3.53/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

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2/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ms11781
1.15/5  rDev -60.1%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Blue Ball Porter from Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC
70 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.