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Black Ball Porter - To Øl

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89
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 149
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 7.98%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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 kscaldef
2.87/5  rDev -28.4%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (1,193 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.61/5  rDev -10%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.61/5  rDev -10%
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. (1,409 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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)

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of danieelol
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
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 DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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 popery
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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 jdhilt
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -4.5%
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 biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, part of a swath of new To Øl offerings to suddenly show up on Alberta bottleshop shelves this week.

This beer pours a fairly solid black abyss, with very bare basal red cola edges, and four hefty fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky beige head, which leaves some sudsy exploded cloud lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of powdered bittersweet chocolate, gritty, grainy caramel malt, earthy yeast, dry cafe-au-lait, black licorice, and musty, leafy, and mildly floral hops. The taste is sharply toasted, grainy pale and caramel malt, edgy, slightly phenolic yeast, dry Scandinavian licorice 'candies', dry chalky cocoa, and plain leafy, weedy, and lightly perfumed hop bitters.

The carbonation is rather weak in its plainly rendered frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and sort of smooth, as the char and the hovering booze both take their toll here. It finishes off-dry, mostly, the cocoa and coffee essences more or less running the show, all under the watchful eye of Big Booze.

Overall, a nicely roasted big-boy porter, the various flavours all coming out to play. Not sure where the name of this one comes from, but I'm guessing that it's another one of those slightly lost in translation Danish-English things. (1,293 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -3.2%
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 zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 Ruds
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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 LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -0.2%
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 -0.2%
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 -0.2%
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)

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Black Ball Porter from To Øl
89 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.