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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Blue Ball Porter from Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC
70 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.