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: 2.87
pDev: 20.21%
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:
Beer added by: bob3701 on 02-07-2010

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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 30
Photo of thecarster1
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!

Photo of deapokid
2.59/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of BeerSquid
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
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

Photo of Gavage
3.11/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of bob3701
3.27/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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