Black Ball Porter - To Øl

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Black Ball PorterBlack Ball Porter

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 147
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 4.98%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,060 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick, rich, dense khaki brown head that is long lasting and looks like the top of a chocolate milkshake.

Smells as good as it looks with a rich, medium assertive mocha coffee nose with chocolate light black cherry tones.

Mouthfeel is lightly creamy and filling, rich and bold with nice carbonation and very nice balance.

Flavor profile is all rich black coffee with creamy mocha tones from the nose. Finish is all bitter coffee that goes to grapefruit skin.

I can't figure out why this is called a Porter. This is as deep, rich and blackly bold stout that is pretty nice all around. This may be the perfect example of "arbitrary labeling" in some stoutes and porters. Whatever it is, nice effort (723 characters)

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous, dark chocolate brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a two finger frothy mocha head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves large chunks and streaks of lacing in it's path.

Deep roasted malt aroma that's slightly smokey with some hop bitterness and subtle sweetness. Strong dark malt presence with hints of roasted coffee bean, toast, dark chocolate, toffee, hazelnut and oatmeal.

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture and an intensely deep roasted malt character. There's a blast of dark roasted malt with hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean. This is followed by a touch of sweetness and hop bitterness providing subtle balance but the flavor is dominated by the roasted flavors. Some slight alcohol heat in the finish but overall the ABV is nicely masked. Still, it is so toasty that it borders on harsh. Pretty tasty but could use some more balance. (983 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute. Pours a very dark brown, appearing opaque black. Thin fine brown head that dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacing. Aroma of dark sweet and roasted malt. Flavor dominated by roasted malt with some char and dark dried fruit. Finishes clean and mellow. The roast and charr are nicely supported by the malt and flavors are well integrated. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A very nice, pleasant porter, flavors are robust enough to verge into stout territory. I enjoyed this Danish porter brewed in Belgium. (541 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured pretty much pitch black even when held up to the light... Dirty burnt brown head poured a big, thick and bubbly then faded fairly quickly to decent thickish covering.. lots of patchy sticky lacing...

Aroma - Roasted chocolate maltiness, strong charred coffee beans, cocoa, light liquorice, leathery and slightly sooty, toasted bread, burnt toffee, treacle, earthy / cardboard hints, roasted nuts, some sticky plum and date fruitiness, black cherries, some alcohol just noticeable...

Taste - Lots of charred roasted dark chocolate malt bitterness, sooty, some piney hops, very earthy, strong espresso coffee, dried coffee grains, toasted nutty sweetness, some treacle, faint anise...

Feel - Smooth initially then a slight sharpness comes through... medium bodied... a pretty quaffable brew considering it is 8%...

Overall - A very good Porter... definitely recommended... (929 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a big and very dense mocha colored head. Fades slowly, leaving a nice patchwork of lacing behind.

S: Smoky with some dark chocolate. Maybe a little bit of oatmeal?

T: Lots of chocolate and smoke with some oatmeal to smooth and balance it out. Just a hint of brown sugar.

M: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied, bordering on the thicker side.

O: Not a bad porter. Given the ABV and the oatmeal presence, it's basically a smoky oatmeal stout. (463 characters)

Photo of tony223366
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: First of all there is an awesome head on this beer. Really thick with great retention. Light brown color. The beer itself is really dark brown (near black) with no light coming through at all. There's a fair amount of sediment in the bottle. Man that head really makes this beer look tasty.

S: Tons of chocolate and really roasty coffee. Maybe some piney hops. Some more earthy qualities too. The alcohol comes out at the finish too. Smells really tasty too!

T: This beer really creeps up on you. At first it seems like the flavors won't be too robust, but as it travels over your palate you get the full range of complexity that this beer has to offer. You get huge notes of rich, dark chocolate followed by that smoky french roast coffee and a light but bitter finish of hops.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a nice thick mouthfeel. Turns creamy as it travels around my mouth.

O: This is a superb porter. Rich and complex, this beer isn't for someone looking for a refreshing american porter at the end of the night. The alcohol is out there as well as all of the rich flavors. Would pair very well with desert. (1,124 characters)

Photo of Ruds
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cask, Pimlico Feb '12

Pours to a very dark brown to black colour with a thinnish tan head.

Burnt caramel, toffee, sugars and dark malt on the nose.

Roasted malt dominates the taste along with a little coffee, hops and licquorice and a hint of tobacco which leaves the aftertaste quite earthy and bitter-sweet with some bitter cocoa thrown in.

Medium bodied beer with some carbonation.

Overall a decent porter and one I would return to. (454 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a three-finger light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Good chocolate, toffee and caramel flavors with a touch of smokiness. It had a light bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty porter. I like the smoky kick to it. (426 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid brew from a new (to me) brewer--I'm told he's kinda/sorta like a gypsy brewer akin to Mikkeller. Not sure...let's check the website.

Dark dark ruby pour, brown tinge. Off-brown/tan head, nice and foamy. Lacing is good

A smoky porter right here. The little bit of smoked malt comes through in the nose and flavors. Both have hints of chocolate, molasses and coffee. A bitterness that seems at first to be dark chocolate leaves a bit of a piny residue. Seems sharp, but the smoke persists. A nice umami presence makes this beer very drinkable. (552 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

Pours close to black in the glass with a huge thick tan head which leaves that nice coating of foam along the sides along the way.

Aroma is pretty damn hoppy for a porter with lots of green floral hops, pine and herbal notes. There is some heavily roasted malts and cocoa powder but the hops are what jumped out for me.

Taste also starts with the floral hops but has a heavier roasty malt backbone, with an almost chalky character from the bakers chocolate. Finish is hoppy and roasty all in one.

Mouthfeel is dry, roasty and slightly bitter. NIce soft carbonation.

This is a seriously hop forward porter. Lots of green floral hops, herbal notes and heavily roasted black malts. (697 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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... (843 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a four finger brown head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is baked-burnt chocolate. Higher ABV is hidden. $6.49 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. (300 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a super two finger mocha head that has reduced a little. It s a pitch black color with no clarity or signs of carbonation. Nice and clumpy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Chocolately and bready malts, roasted coffee, and some smoke.

Taste: mocha, chocolate, and bready notes up front. Whoa!!!! Bitterness and camp fire smoke kick in for a little bit too. Lingering bitterness is bit much at the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, a little chewy, and easy to dirnk.

Overall: A nice porter we have here indeed. I wish there was a little more sweetness to balance out the btterness and smoke, but I am still happy with this brew overall. Happy to have scored this beer for a good price. (808 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of popery
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours wall-to-wall black and looks heavy. A brown head, quite dark, blossoms up slowly and builds to a surprising mass. The aroma is strongly roasty, but there's a core of caramel and licorice sweetness. Hops are also fairly strong and contribute an herbal, mineral aroma. Dark chocolate and coffee also pop up a bit. The taste reinforces the dominance of roast and hops in the beer. Despite that, it's rather sweet and drinks relatively smoothly for the big bitter flavors. The finish is all roast, hop bitterness and dark chocolate. Little alcohol to be found. Mouthfeel is creamy at first but ends a bit harsh. It's a good beer, though a bit roasty and hoppy for my taste. (675 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see the rating on this so high! Was able to pick up two older bottles of this for just a buck each! Into my sniffer.

A -Old for sure tons of caked sediment at the base yet a full inch plus of rocking creamy mocha head. Beer is as expected for an imperial porter very dark blackness.
S - Slight stingy sourdough bread quickly passed into dry porter yeasts and roast. overall smell is mild with no skunky smell.
T - Pretty good for having some pilsner in it . Slightly herbal with a touch of roasted barley and some chocolate malt. It is much more bitter than I expected with herbal blast lingering in every sip.
M - For 8% very smooth with only slight herbal bite.

Overall the herbal pine tree bite is enough to keep noting but doesn't make this beer undrinkable. Easily can polish off two bottles especially for a dollar a pop. (837 characters)

Photo of danieelol
3.66/5  rDev -9%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Kinda thought this thing was some sort of Mikkeller collaboration due to the similar labeling, but instead found a new brewer. Right on. This stuff pours a bleak black-brown topped by over a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, roasted malts, spruce tips, light molasses, light pine, very light balsa, and a small touch of dark chocolate powder. The taste holds notes of bitter dark chocolate, minty pine, balsa, brown sugar, molasses, roasted malts, light bitter coffee, and a twinge of orange rind. The bitterness is clearly on display here, pushing the traditional boundaries of the style. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta-kinda dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid porter, one that goes for the bitterness without getting all of those other ancillary hoppy notes. The cocoa and roast are still there, but clenched together as joint runners-up. (953 characters)

Black Ball Porter from To Øl
89 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.