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Black Ball Porter - To Øl

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Black Ball PorterBlack Ball Porter

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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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Photo of kscaldef
2.85/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very dark with an excellent head of dense mocha foam. Lots of lacing.

S: Roasted malts with a touch of brightness. Slight banana esters.

T: Dark, nutty, roasty coffee. Moderately high bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation. Full, rich body.

O: Not particularly wowing me. More bitter than I think a porter ought to be, and fairly one-dimensional.

kscaldef, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Ddrjohn
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Ddrjohn, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of champ103
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A large tan head rises to over two fingers. Rings of stick lace are left behind.
S: Light roasted malt and chocolate up front. That quickly fades to an acidic twang. Even slightly metallic.
T: Follows the nose with roasted malt and coffee up front. Acrid, with a metallic twang. Even acidic in the finish. I am not a big fan.
M/D: A medium body that is overly sticky. Fairly syrupy. A slow sipper. The alcohol is very noticeably.

Overly alcoholic with an acrid, acidic and metallic twang that I am not a fan of. not something I wouldn't purchase again.

champ103, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Hopbomber
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Hopbomber, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of saltydog
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

saltydog, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a mikkeller stemmed glass. The brew appears a very dark brown to black color with a light ring of brown clarity around the edges. A brown cap sits atop the brew that slowly recedes leaving patches of lace sticking to the glass. A swirl revives more than a finger of dark brown froth back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is licorice with char and earth. A bit if tobacco and some citrus-like coffee bean quality. Some citrus hopd are also noted overtop of dry burnt grain quality. Very roasty with minerals and sulfur included as well.

This brew is quite bitter with burnt grain that imparts a char-like feel that is bitter and drying somewhat like chewing on cacao. There are some strong notes of bitter coffee that fades to earthy quality. Some veggie hop aspects are noted towards the back that augment the overall bitterness. The aftertaste is dry and burnt.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. A bit harsh and acrid thy has lots of ashy components to it. The bitterness of the char to the grain and hops is quite bold and doesn't blend together that well. Not a bad brew, it is worth trying if you get a chance but once was enough for me.

stakem, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of bark
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

bark, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of bbeane
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

bbeane, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West, in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a deep, dark black; yep, opaque, deep, black, and opaque (did I mention opaque), with a ridiculously large head of mocha-beige foam that forms as a dangerous crescendo and threatens to overwhelm the lip of the glass. Lacing is excellent, as is the weight of the body, given what it is. Looks good.

Nose is smooth and roasty, but to be honest, a little generic. Sure, it has the pleasant clear dark malt characters, a mild nuttiness to cut through and an all round smoothness and roundness; but haven't we all seen this before? It's solid. Check. It's decent. Check. But I'm also a little bored by it.

Hmm, I have similar sentiments about the flavour, although it's solid, again. Surprisingly, it lacks a little body, and the nutty sweetness that was present on the nose abandons it here, leaving the roast and the dark ashy bitterness to do most of the work. There are other interesting notes though, including a flash of liquorice through the mid palate and an odd saltiness towards the finish. It's interesting, but not coherent enough as a whole. Feel is light but pleasant.

Overall, it doesn't quite work. There's a dearth of sweetness in the body that it really needs, meaning it leads too strongly with the ashy roasted character, but has nothing to carry it. In some senses, it feels to generic; in others it needs to be pulled back.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -11%
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.63/5  rDev -11%
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.

Beerenauslese, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a goblet at Beachwood BBQ. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of tan colour, nice cream lacing, great thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Caramel, chocolate, and cream. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Wonderful. The notes from the nose blend brilliantly. Wonderfully creamy. The caramel is restrained, fortunately. Some light roast adds a nice touch. Complex and well-balanced. I dig it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some slight cream. Complements the flavour. Not too thick or thin.

Dr: Very drinkable, of good quality, and clocking in at a high price. I won't have this again due to its price, but fans of the style would do well to give her a go.

kojevergas, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of danieelol
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

danieelol, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Philousa
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Abysmally black body with a thick tan head. Thick chocolate and toasted caramel aroma with piney hops and a slight alcohol twinge. Burnt chocolate flavor starts things out, followed by alcohol burn, and bitter chocolate/ caramel lingers.A hint of bitter, piney hop oil towards the end, too. Feel is a little thick, despite the alcohol content and flavor. Medium finish.

There are many reviews suggesting this shouldn't be labeled a Porter. I think that just goes to show how much To Øl really made this their own recipe. There is a definite feeling that the hops are much more present than most other Porters out there, but I wouldn't say it's a Stout or a Black IPA, as the hop presence doesn't lead it in one direction or another. This is simply an interesting take on an American Porter by a Danish brewery.

Philousa, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Ciocanelu, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

aztraz, May 19, 2012
Photo of Kevincredible
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Kevincredible, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

orangesol, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of tmzl
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

tmzl, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

samEBC, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

popery, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Sammy, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Flounder57
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Flounder57, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

jdhilt, Jun 25, 2012
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Black Ball Porter from To Øl
91 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.