Black Ball Porter - To Øl
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3.68/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
01-03-2012 15:32:29 | More by Philousa
3.65/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
12-02-2011 05:13:11 | More by kojevergas
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured on tap into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.
Off the pour a great chocolate milk brown head is given, all very uniform and one finger sized with lots of staying power. Great big black/brown walnut body color all uniform throughout. While drinking, lots of concentric lacing and circles along the glass. One sexy looking drink.
Nose is a great milky char with some roast characters also. Milk gives hints of cream, but also a big char roast dry powdery sense, almost embers.
Taste is light bodied with a killer roast character in mid palate. Chocolate milkyness, tobacco feeling, and an incredible balance of hop finish bitter.
Overall just a great winning beer here. This great marriage of roast and malt, and hop in a porter is just fantastic.
11-15-2011 18:26:28 | More by smakawhat
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
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
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
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a huge, foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A great-looking beer.
S: A nicely understated aroma of malt, chocolate, hops, and sugar.
T: Tasted of malt, a little coffee, chocolate, hops and brown sugar. Not that it had a huge amount of hops, but it was more than I expected. A well-balanced, flavorful, and focused porter.
M: A generally well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.
O: This is an easy to like, well made beer. Very drinkable.
11-01-2011 01:34:41 | More by avalon07
4.65/5 rDev +14.3%
Despite the fact that To Øl claims that this beer is a porter, this beer is more like a black IPA then a porter. There are definite malty tastes to it that could make it a porter, however, the predominate taste is very hoppy which is why I believe it is more like a black IPA. The appearance is very dark with a thick brown head. The maltliness adds viscosity to the beer which contributes to the thick mouth feel. Overall this is one of the best beers I have had to date.
10-13-2011 16:08:28 | More by jvillefan
4.03/5 rDev -1%
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
09-28-2011 01:14:25 | More by GRG1313
3.63/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
09-23-2011 03:30:16 | More by TMoney2591
Black Ball Porter from To Øl
90 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.