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Black Ball Porter - To Øl

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Black Ball PorterBlack Ball Porter

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BA SCORE
91
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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 03-08-2011

Ingredients: Water, malt (pilsner, smoked, chocolate, cara munich and brown), roasted barley, rolled oats, brown sugar, hops and yeast.
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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 56
Photo of Rutager
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous dark brown, pretty much black in the glass with almost two fingers of thick and frothy brown head. Smells of charred malts, cocoa and molasses with a touch of anise and dark fruit. Super roasty dark malts on the tongue without the astringent feel that often companies. Good amount of hops there too and just enough sweetness to keep the bitterness in check. Very well done. Cheers for the recommendation, Kris @ brewery creek.

Photo of mick_cooper
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Viscous, striking licorice and black treacle. Bit too dry for me.

Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks once again and again and again to Chico1985 for hooking me up and sharing this brew. To Ol is gaining some points in my book lately and hopefully this keeps that trend up.

A- 12oz bottle poured into a snifter with a very large head, over two fingers with a thick frothy consistency. Head retention is rather good. Lacing seems endless from the large ring and ample pillows residing on the glass in large sheets and meandering webs.

S- Inviting dose of charred grains with a fair amount of hops on the back end for me. Deeply blackened barley provides a burnt, roasty edge with luscious chocolate notes coming after that. Earthy and citrus hops.

T- Chocolate really gains some strength here with a milk chocolate and bittersweet cocoa powder presence from the roasted grains which also leave charred/burnt barley, espresso, heavily toasted notes and a bit of a bitter astringency. A hint of smoke and dry dark fruits (tiny hint) as well as earthy hops which seem to lose steam here.

MF- Fairly thick bodied overall with a puffy creamy smoothness (oats come into play) helping with delivery of the massive roastiness. Carbonation is probably a shade above a medium level and it all ends with a deep roasted bitterness.

A roasty monster of a Porter but one I will certainly revisit in the future. A touch of smoke, large chocolate presence and a very silky body from some oats. BLACK indeed and quite good to boot.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Premiere Gourmet in Amherst, NY.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a fluffy mocha-colored head, and a lot of sticky lacing.

Smells pretty strongly of roasted malt, with some additional chocolate, roasted coffee beans.

The roasted malt is the strongest flavor here, and it's really nice. The chocolate is strong too, but not particularly sweet, more bitter and unsweetened than anything. Some espresso bean bitterness as well. All in all, it's a very tasty but bitter porter.

This one is slightly thinner than I'd expected, but still very drinkable. It's got a lower amount of carbonation, with a creamy but dry mouthfeel.

This is an excellent under-the-radar porter.

Photo of Chico1985
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glad to try a fresh batch of this To Ol standard.

This porter pours…black, ladies and gentlemen, we've got a black pour here, can you believe it?! Tan head starts at a good 3 fingers, ends as a patchy cap leaving bits of lace.

Nose of chocolate fudge, roast, touch of molasses, dark bread, good dose of resiny and minty hop, citrus, light alcohol.

Taste is a touch roastier with some smokiness coming into play, pretty hoppy for a porter with grapefruit, pine and herbal hops coming through. Notes of brown sugar, caramel.

Smooth and lighter-end mouthfeel, very proper for a porter. Kinda bitter and dry with very light alcohol warmth.

At 8% it leans towards a stout but the porter feel is nicely kept in tact. Solid all around, extra hops aren't a detraction, pretty drinkable for 8%. Good stuff.

Photo of utopiajane
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick brown with a creamy fat head of chocolate colored foam that is too lazy to fall. Soft nose with dark chocolate and a brief whiff of mint. Rich dark creamy milky chocolate, some hop araoma and roasted malt. Bread. Smells like a milkshake. Taste is dry roasted malt, coffee, the sweetness of the chocolate and a bit of cream. Full creamy mouthfeel. Slight bitterness on a dry finish. Something brown and leafy in there and a bit of herbal. Rich and smooth. It's beer cocoa.

Photo of ADZA
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great name great brewery and pours a luscious pitch black hue with a three finger chocolate laced head and lacing everywhere and yeah it's a looker alright,the smell dark chocolate mixed with a rich smokiness just like a fresh cigar along with a slight herbalness,the mouthfeel is light bodied yet lush and creamy and the tastes are a beautiful combination of sweet and bitter with an ever present smokiness that really keeps it all in check and overall I'm sold with this one and honestly as it says close to perfection porter is not far off the mark cheers.

Photo of BlazerT
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black with big, three fingers, mocha head, medium lasting, good lacing;

S: roasted malts, decent amount of dark chocolate and hoppy aroma - some tropical fruits (mango, passion fruit), also
some smoked hints

T: fresh, fruity and hoppy, bitterness from hops and roasted malts, some coffee and dark chocolate
hints, medium bitter finish;

M: full body, creamy, almost oily, medium carbonation, low alcohol warmth;

O: Really complex and well balanced beer - the perfect balance between hops and roasted, burnt notes, very drinkable;

Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass

This porter is as dark and black as oil. Pours a thick billowy brown head. Great lacings

Aroma of roasted malts,more sweet chocolate than coffee, whiff of alcohol.

Alcohol on the front of the tongue, smooth roasted malts, more coffee than chocolate on the taste, slight bitterness on the back of the tongue, slight bitter after taste. Full mouthfeel.

It's good but the alcohol detracts from the flavor.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours beautifully with tons of lasting lace.

Smells rich, cocoa, burnt malt, slight plum.

Tastes like one hell of a smoked porter. Burnt chocolate, coffee, dry hops! Goes down smooth, with a nice, moderate thickness.

I really, really enjoyed this one! I'd recommend pretty highly.

Photo of dar482
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark black/brown.

The aroma has roasted malt, chocolate.

The flavor follows with a robust roasted malt, tons of roasty coffee. Coffee bitterness, earthiness, burnt malt on the end. A very robust beer with a good bitterness. Tons of coffee flavor.

A really well done porter.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa powder, and coffee bean aromas. Taste is much the same with dark cocoa, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice aroma but some fairly intense roast and hop flavors.

Photo of danieelol
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black with massive frothy, dark, tanned head.

Smell is banana esters, roast, cardboard. Almost a few band-aids.

Taste is a nice roasty maltiness with banana lurking behind. Coffee grinds in the finish in a substantial way.

Mouthfeel features all that estery banana. Then coffee and dark chocolate. Nice roasty, hoppy finish.

Overall an an enjoyable but banana-y porter.

Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly opaque dark brown, one finger thick light brown foam, lots of spots of lace left on the glass. Smell: roasty, molasses, earth and licorice. Taste: roast, dark chocolate, citrus peel, caramel, earth and anise notes. Creamy, nice carbonation, mild alcohol hit.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, black licorice, roasted coffee, touch of vanilla and dark fruits.

T - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, roasted bitter coffee, black licorice, molasses, earthy hops, some vanilla, hint of dark fruits.

M - Medium-plus bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted and sweet finish.

D - Nice american porter. Good complexity and balance.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shows complex roast with roasted coffee notes and a little chocolate, bready and nutty malt. Tempting.
Rich flavours. Heavy roasted malt, liquorice, roasted coffee, smooth booze.
Smooth body and carbonation.

Photo of Nutwood
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle into a room temerature shaker pint

A: Black Ball Porter reveals a tar brown-black, or dark shellac color going down the side of the glass. Filled glass is very deep mahogony to black opaque. Head is dense and mocha in color, leaving moderate lacing down to a solid, lasting cap. A light swirl will revive a bit of head.

S: The nose is light, understated waft of roasted malt, coffee, molasses and floral hops at tap temperature, becoming only slightly more intense as it warms.

T: Black Ball Porter presents a robust roasted malt core, surrounded by enhancing notes of chocolate, a hint of coffee, molasses, and floral as well as bitter hops. Well-toasted dark bread is central and assertive, but not overpowering, with the other flavors in balance with each other as supporting characters. As with many porters, there is an ever-so-slight touch of tartness at the finish. All flavors integrate nicely into a smooth , unified beer taste that belies little, if any alcohol.

M: Medium-full with the noticable added smoothness of oats. Soft carbonation compliments the well-blended flavors. A slight dry finish leaves the palate ready for more.

O: I feel this is an outstanding example of the style. The rich, smooth, well-balanced and well integrated flavors, complimented by the perfect body consistency, make me want to savor this beer. There is a refined, solid yet soft character to Black Ball that isn't often found in other porters, that often lean towad a cripsness, or bring a little to much bite on the finish. Spend a little time and let this one develop through the temperature curve and you will be rewarded.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous jet black with just the barest hint of ruby and creamy piles of cappuccino-colored head that is rock solid and instantly sheets.
Smoke and meat on the nose with maybe some pine tar but otherwise no sign of hops.
Unsweetened licorice in a big way with some fig and black treacle then resin and orange rind hops push their way through.
Herbal green finish and loong bitter linger that can only come from roast plus hops.
Medium, lots of chew, yet dry, slight heat.

Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade

Incredibly dark, with the stickiest black notes like asphalt in summer yet dank US hops still make themselves heard. And yet so not a Black IPA.

3rd outstanding beer in a row from To Ol, these guys are setting the pace.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Nearly black pour with a beautiful two finger caramel colored head with great retention and insane lacing. Dark roasty nose with with hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and just a touch of smoke and hops. The taste is big and rich for a Porter. Tons of cocoa right off the bat along with hints of dark chocolate, smoke, coffee, caramel, and a surprising Black IPA hoppiness you don't typically find in a Porter. The mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and creamy, with a unique subtle hop bite on the finish. This is as close to a perfect 5 mouthfeel as I've ever had. Overall this beer exceeded expectations in every category. I'm not a huge fan of Porters, but this stands out and really has a lot of Stout and Black IPA character to it. Highly recommend!

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black, two fingers mocha head, great lacing.

S - Fragrant alcohol hits first giving way to chocolate chip cookies, toasted grains, dark fruits, bitter hops.

T - Burnt brown sugar, tons of bitter hops, dark chocolate, dark fruits, oatmeal, roasty coffee finish.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Very hoppy porter, a unique take on the style.

Photo of pixieskid
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few sips and thought it was lacking a little something, decided to pair it with a couple of red-velvet cupcakes my lady made yesterday (un frosted, just like I like em').

Pours about as dark as an imperial stout; 2 finger tan head with firm bubbles; dissipating slowly leaving a decent little head throughout.

Nose: milk chocolate, roastiness, hints of coffee and smoked malt.

Taste: roasted malts upfront with a coffee like bitternes, some bakers chocolate and burnt malts; finishes with a touch of smokiness, a slight salinity, and a somewhat chalky/earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel; pretty full bodied and somewhat slick...pretty much what I would have expected for the "style".

Overall; a little too one dimensional and roasty overall but paired with my dessert it was pretty damn good. Solid night cap to a shift at the beer bar...

Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with just the slightest hints of dark reddish brown and light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall dense dark tan (almost mocha) head that slowly reduces to a small patch of thick large bubbles and a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, and chocolate. Very light notes of alcohol in the aroma.

T: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts and burnt malts with lighter amounts of dark bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some moderate dryness in the finish.

O: This is very enjoyable and easy to drink - nice complex flavors and aromas with a lighter porter body. The beer looks impressive as it looks much heavier than a traditional porter (more like a stout) and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a two finger high dense dark tan colored head. From the initial looks of this beer, I would assume it was stout and not a porter. The head has excellent retention properties and took a long time to died down, consistently leaving a thick coating of bubbles on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of burnt malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I found this to be a tough category to judge because if you look at the beer's opaque appearance you would initially think it feels thin for the style, but if you close your eyes it feels like a typical porter. The roasted malts lend dryness to the finish.
O: If you're looking for a beer that's packed with flavors but retains the lighter-bodied nature of a porter, this is a beer for you. It is also quite drinkable because no alcohol is noticeable in the taste.

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark body with a tan head. Poured into a snifter, ample foamy head. Decent retention with some lacing.

Smells of sour fruit, roasted malt and coffee, a little botanical like juniper.

Nice tasting slightly sour porter, lots of coffee, some chocolate and a little juniper.

Body is medium and creamy mouthfeel.

A decent porter, but more in Danish than American style. Good, not remarkable.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recent bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Pours thick black. A Denmark biased porter (which often have a bit of an odd taste but let's go with it), thick very roasty, unfortunately following an imperial porter. Good drinkability, with some bitterness. Roasty aroma.Some chocolate and coffee.

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Black Ball Porter from To Øl
91 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.