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Black Ball Porter - To Øl

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

_ph230_, Nov 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

DoubleSimcoe, Nov 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

olradetbalder, Nov 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

stephenlee, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

cbutova, Nov 09, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

GreesyFizeek, Nov 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Hayley_86, Nov 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

JackNip, Oct 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

ZachT, Oct 22, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

DrBier, Sep 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

little_star, Sep 12, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Chico1985, Sep 03, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +6.1%

Skiefer, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

lilnicky068, Aug 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

bark, Jul 27, 2014
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Birmz, Jul 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Rochefort10nh, Jul 14, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

utopiajane, Jun 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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Black Ball Porter from To Øl
91 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.