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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
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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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3.89/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

07-02-2013 04:41:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

11-04-2011 03:56:24 | More by gford217
Photo of pixieskid


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

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...

11-10-2012 00:56:56 | More by pixieskid
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

05-18-2012 01:45:59 | More by zeff80
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

04-02-2012 00:37:54 | More by Mebuzzard
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United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

02-04-2012 23:15:24 | More by Ruds
Photo of tbryan5


4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-19-2013 16:58:35 | More by tbryan5
Photo of LiquidAmber


4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

02-19-2012 05:15:05 | More by LiquidAmber
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-19-2012 07:05:48 | More by FreshHawk
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-26-2013 05:08:17 | More by pin
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-24-2014 05:22:01 | More by Birmz
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-31-2014 01:09:00 | More by Kerne
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-24-2014 02:09:04 | More by Madskill
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-13-2013 07:42:26 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-21-2012 02:56:14 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-18-2013 23:45:57 | More by duracell
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-25-2013 04:00:49 | More by Hallertau
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

02-08-2014 03:00:08 | More by WunderLlama
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-01-2013 02:35:23 | More by crhea89
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-29-2014 19:11:38 | More by leitmotif
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-05-2014 00:56:08 | More by Jonny41
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-02-2012 02:24:17 | More by polishkaz
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

06-14-2012 03:33:21 | More by Dope
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

06-12-2012 05:03:20 | More by tony223366
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

11-08-2011 07:03:52 | More by corby112
Black Ball Porter from To Øl
90 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.