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Black Ball Porter - To Øl

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Black Ball PorterBlack Ball Porter

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

tbryan5, Sep 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

bbeane, Sep 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

ShemRahBoo, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Kayaker, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

pkenkman, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Ddrjohn, Jul 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

weaselchew, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

orangesol, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of danieelol
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

ystazi, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly opaque dark brown, one finger thick light brown foam, lots of spots of lace left on the glass. Smell: roasty, molasses, earth and licorice. Taste: roast, dark chocolate, citrus peel, caramel, earth and anise notes. Creamy, nice carbonation, mild alcohol hit.

babaracas, May 29, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, black licorice, roasted coffee, touch of vanilla and dark fruits.

T - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, roasted bitter coffee, black licorice, molasses, earthy hops, some vanilla, hint of dark fruits.

M - Medium-plus bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted and sweet finish.

D - Nice american porter. Good complexity and balance.

ngeunit1, May 20, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shows complex roast with roasted coffee notes and a little chocolate, bready and nutty malt. Tempting.
Rich flavours. Heavy roasted malt, liquorice, roasted coffee, smooth booze.
Smooth body and carbonation.

CrazyDavros, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Poupae, Apr 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

TallSaint, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

ldhughes3, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Texasfan549, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Liquoric3, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Nutwood
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle into a room temerature shaker pint

A: Black Ball Porter reveals a tar brown-black, or dark shellac color going down the side of the glass. Filled glass is very deep mahogony to black opaque. Head is dense and mocha in color, leaving moderate lacing down to a solid, lasting cap. A light swirl will revive a bit of head.

S: The nose is light, understated waft of roasted malt, coffee, molasses and floral hops at tap temperature, becoming only slightly more intense as it warms.

T: Black Ball Porter presents a robust roasted malt core, surrounded by enhancing notes of chocolate, a hint of coffee, molasses, and floral as well as bitter hops. Well-toasted dark bread is central and assertive, but not overpowering, with the other flavors in balance with each other as supporting characters. As with many porters, there is an ever-so-slight touch of tartness at the finish. All flavors integrate nicely into a smooth , unified beer taste that belies little, if any alcohol.

M: Medium-full with the noticable added smoothness of oats. Soft carbonation compliments the well-blended flavors. A slight dry finish leaves the palate ready for more.

O: I feel this is an outstanding example of the style. The rich, smooth, well-balanced and well integrated flavors, complimented by the perfect body consistency, make me want to savor this beer. There is a refined, solid yet soft character to Black Ball that isn't often found in other porters, that often lean towad a cripsness, or bring a little to much bite on the finish. Spend a little time and let this one develop through the temperature curve and you will be rewarded.

Nutwood, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

crnipeter, Mar 09, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous jet black with just the barest hint of ruby and creamy piles of cappuccino-colored head that is rock solid and instantly sheets.
Smoke and meat on the nose with maybe some pine tar but otherwise no sign of hops.
Unsweetened licorice in a big way with some fig and black treacle then resin and orange rind hops push their way through.
Herbal green finish and loong bitter linger that can only come from roast plus hops.
Medium, lots of chew, yet dry, slight heat.

Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade

Incredibly dark, with the stickiest black notes like asphalt in summer yet dank US hops still make themselves heard. And yet so not a Black IPA.

3rd outstanding beer in a row from To Ol, these guys are setting the pace.

StJamesGate, Feb 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Bubbles, Feb 03, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Nearly black pour with a beautiful two finger caramel colored head with great retention and insane lacing. Dark roasty nose with with hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and just a touch of smoke and hops. The taste is big and rich for a Porter. Tons of cocoa right off the bat along with hints of dark chocolate, smoke, coffee, caramel, and a surprising Black IPA hoppiness you don't typically find in a Porter. The mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and creamy, with a unique subtle hop bite on the finish. This is as close to a perfect 5 mouthfeel as I've ever had. Overall this beer exceeded expectations in every category. I'm not a huge fan of Porters, but this stands out and really has a lot of Stout and Black IPA character to it. Highly recommend!

beerdrifter, Jan 24, 2013
Black Ball Porter from To Øl
91 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.