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Black Ball Porter - To Øl

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Black Ball PorterBlack Ball Porter

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ingredients: Water, malt (pilsner, smoked, chocolate, cara munich and brown), roasted barley, rolled oats, brown sugar, hops and yeast.

(Beer added by: bark on 03-08-2011)
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4.34/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

04-30-2014 17:55:56 | More by ADZA
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured into a tulip from a 11.2oz bottle

A- pours deep brown that settles black with an impressive three finger chocolate brown head. Head disapates slowly leaving an impressive lacing, looks delicious.

S- roasted chocolate, touch of smoke, touch of vanilla, nice full aroma, smells creamy and delicious.

T- starts chocolatey, then roasty notes reminiscent of coffee, and a touch of smoke, blends with a nice hop bitterness , very well rounded.

M- creamy medium/full body, medium/light carbonation, perfect for this beer, carbonation accent the slightly bitter finish and scrubs the palate clean.

O- An Amazing porter, complex and delicious while maintain a nice level of drink ability, a very well rounded brew, everything works together so nicley.

01-30-2012 00:57:09 | More by PeterIngemi
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4.32/5  rDev +6.1%

08-14-2014 21:28:42 | More by Skiefer
Photo of Nutwood


4.31/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

03-11-2013 18:53:01 | More by Nutwood
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

This is a thick porter, with a consistent body and a fair bit of a smoky tone to it that is something I usually don't appreciate as much in a beer, but I can dig it here on this one. The highlight of this beer is it's consistency. The detractor seems to be a somewhat too high carbonation. But overall, this is a pretty good porter. Worth trying (as long as the place you get it from is charging a reasonable price for it).

05-09-2012 06:10:59 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

07-14-2013 06:11:39 | More by EastBay_Nick
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-21-2013 04:18:42 | More by Dawkins
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-14-2013 21:42:52 | More by Kayaker
Photo of graz34

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-08-2012 02:38:33 | More by graz34
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-11-2013 20:40:55 | More by Liquoric3
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-10-2014 08:54:04 | More by Maillard
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-09-2013 10:12:30 | More by crnipeter
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-12-2013 03:27:43 | More by Texasfan549
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-06-2013 17:23:05 | More by TallSaint
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-06-2013 00:20:15 | More by ShemRahBoo
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-22-2014 17:19:51 | More by afsdan
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-11-2014 17:57:21 | More by Andy_Luft
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New York

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

02-22-2013 00:36:49 | More by StJamesGate
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4.21/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

12-04-2013 20:47:53 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Black indeed. Two fingers of thick, tight, mocha head with great retention.

S: Chocolate malts are strong and can be smelled from far away. Some roasted malt, but not much else. Porterish.

T/M/O: Tasty! Rich and luxuriously smooth, with just a tad of carbonation to keep things interesting. Much like the smell -- roasty and chocolatey. Perhaps the best porter I've tasted. Highly recommended; would drink again.

05-06-2012 06:19:11 | More by AgentMunky
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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%

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;

04-25-2014 20:41:48 | More by BlazerT
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New York

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

06-23-2014 13:59:37 | More by utopiajane
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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

05-20-2013 06:49:02 | More by ngeunit1
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4.15/5  rDev +2%

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.

05-11-2013 05:51:56 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Bung


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

12oz. Thick black pour, layered light tan to dark tan head. Good retention.

Aroma, Roasty malt and dark chocolate. Some molasses.

Taste, a roasty beast, dark chocolate, cocoa, anise. Light hops, coffee, cocoa finish.

Solid medium body maybe more. Nearly creamy, coating and pretty dry. Drinks easy, but it ends up being a bit of a sipper.

Very good, just more stout than porter like.

03-16-2012 02:08:47 | More by Bung
Black Ball Porter from To Øl
90 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.