Black Ball Porter - To Øl
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4.65/5 rDev +14.3%
Despite the fact that To Øl claims that this beer is a porter, this beer is more like a black IPA then a porter. There are definite malty tastes to it that could make it a porter, however, the predominate taste is very hoppy which is why I believe it is more like a black IPA. The appearance is very dark with a thick brown head. The maltliness adds viscosity to the beer which contributes to the thick mouth feel. Overall this is one of the best beers I have had to date.
10-13-2011 16:08:28 | More by jvillefan
4.53/5 rDev +11.3%
Gloriously opaque with a rich, creamy tan head that stubbornly clings to the glass.
Gently burnt toast and dark roasted coffee predominate the aroma. There is a hint of chocolate in there, too. Hops are well-hidden in the grains, but one can detect a slight floral character.
Rich chocolate and cocoa predominate the flavor. A subtle and smooth bitterness sneaks its way into the taste midway through and lingers softly through the finish.
Full-bodied in nature, rich and oily, with a smooth, velvety sense on the tongue.
This is one excellent porter. Satisfyingly complex yet balanced and very easy to drink. Well-worth checking out if you're in the mood for an intensely satisfying dark ale.
04-15-2012 21:07:18 | More by beergoot
4.48/5 rDev +10.1%
Rich, smoky aroma has a strong overtone of sweet chocolate and quality roast coffee plus a hint of molasses. It pours opaque sable just a flea’s eyebrow above black with a thick and rather persistent tan head. Smoky, woody flavor has licorice, coffee, chocolate, molasses and toffee - not too sweet and rather lip-smacking. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a good fizz to it. Highly recommended.
04-14-2012 02:23:41 | More by Cyberkedi
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
Got this one at Geers in Ghent. Why didn't they tell me this was going to be that good? Poor customer service...
From a bottle into a snifter
APPEARANCE: A brown pour yields a larger, medium looking, creamy, fluffy, tan head with great retention. Transparent black body with some decent carbonation up the middle of the glass. Head slowly fades to a big foam cap and coats the sides of the glass. A good, full cap remains and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Looks really good.
SMELL: Dark and roasted malts, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Hints of leather as well. Bold enough as well.
TASTE: Dark malts, roated malts, cocoa powder and some smoky leather flavors. Very flavorful up front. Lots of bitter cocoa, coffee and smoky notes. Big and lingering aftertaste is bitter with plenty of roasted, smoky and chocolate flavors with just a touch of caramel sweetness as balance. This is way too flavorful for an 8% porter.
PALATE: Full body with medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes just slightly sticky. Full with enough weight and a great finish. Phenomenal.
OVERALL: A stellar offering. I was not expecting this to be that good. A great porter look, a pile of flavor balanced extremely well, and an wonderfully full and heavy mouthfeel for the style. One worth checking out if you can, and getting in quantity if you are so fortunate. If only they had told me...
07-12-2012 18:36:22 | More by Jeffo
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured on tap into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.
Off the pour a great chocolate milk brown head is given, all very uniform and one finger sized with lots of staying power. Great big black/brown walnut body color all uniform throughout. While drinking, lots of concentric lacing and circles along the glass. One sexy looking drink.
Nose is a great milky char with some roast characters also. Milk gives hints of cream, but also a big char roast dry powdery sense, almost embers.
Taste is light bodied with a killer roast character in mid palate. Chocolate milkyness, tobacco feeling, and an incredible balance of hop finish bitter.
Overall just a great winning beer here. This great marriage of roast and malt, and hop in a porter is just fantastic.
11-15-2011 18:26:28 | More by smakawhat
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
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!
01-24-2013 17:23:48 | More by beerdrifter
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a huge, foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A great-looking beer.
S: A nicely understated aroma of malt, chocolate, hops, and sugar.
T: Tasted of malt, a little coffee, chocolate, hops and brown sugar. Not that it had a huge amount of hops, but it was more than I expected. A well-balanced, flavorful, and focused porter.
M: A generally well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.
O: This is an easy to like, well made beer. Very drinkable.
11-01-2011 01:34:41 | More by avalon07
4.34/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
12-02-2013 02:37:23 | More by dar482
Black Ball Porter from To Øl
90 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.