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Blue Ball Porter | Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC

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Blue Ball PorterBlue Ball Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bob3701 on 02-07-2010

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30
Ratings:
46
Avg:
2.91
pDev:
19.93%
 
 
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Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of blueberries, considerable sweetness. Taste is also of blueberries up front, some malts, a bit on the sweet side. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall I found this to be an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a brown head. In the aroma, a sweet roast and a small pine hop presence. In the taste, a sweet roasted malt, caramel, and a nice pine hop, especially in the end. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramel and chocolate like aftertaste. Bigger hop than expected and a nice flavor. I was not expecting much out of this, pretty much bought it for the name, but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a tasting glass, small head leaves nice lacing behind, dark brown coloring.

s- blueberry right off the bat, roasted malt, some sweetness kicks in as well, not overly complex.

t- blueberry right away - and not a concentrated taste, nice smooth malt, little bitterness from the deep roasted malt.

m- on the lighter side of medium.

d- okay, this is definately an interesting beer, not a typical porter to say the least, but i've gotta say that i didn't hate it!

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Photo of Crundy
3.43/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very small mocha colored head, very dark brown almost black appearance

Smell: roasted malt, banana, some coffee and chocolate cake notes

Taste: coffee, roasted malt, some berry flavors, chocolate, very little carbonation,

Mouth Feel: medium body, some bite from the carbonation, kind of a flat mouth feel, leaves like a cold coffee after taste.

Overall: I really liked the smell of this beer, lots of different but pleasant scents. The flavor was less complex than the scent, not unappealing but it doesn't wow. This is just an ok beer.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.36/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a nice thick head of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint coffee and chocolate
Taste-Roasted coffee, faint chocolate, dry, astringent finish. Tastes more like a dry Irish stout than a porter. Decent flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a dark brown color, with a light brown colored head. The lacing is a little scattered. The smell of the beer is a little chocolaty and roasted. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced with a light blend of blueberry in the mix. I wasn't expecting the fruit in this so it was actually a little refreshing. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth, lightly carbonated. Overall this beer is decent. Not the best porter in the world but I didn't find it as being bad. I would probably have it again if I saw it at a beer fest.

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Photo of Bung
3.33/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Nearly black, brown pour, just a ring of light tan.

Aroma, blueberry? Light chocolate and toasted malt.

Taste, yep blueberry, was not aware. Dark chocolate, roast malt. It's simple but it's nice enough.

Lighter bodied, not quite to a fault. Enough carb, drinks pretty well. A little thin for a porter and you need to be ready for the blueberry.
Worth trying.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So I bought this beer at Warehouse Beverage as a one-off, based solely upon the names of the ale and the brewery. Historically, I've found that, the only thing more reliable to guarantee a bad brew than a cutesy label is a cutesy name. Nonetheless, I ignored the rule, bought the bottle, and figured, hey, it is only one beer.

Then I pulled up the BA page and saw the Bros. rating, a D, with a BA average of a C. Needless to say, I may experience imbibus-interruptus if it lives up to its poor rating.

Pours a deep, dark brown into my pint glass, with a two finger head that reduces to a thin soapy skim of tan. Has a thick look as it is swirled, giving it more of a "stout" than a "porter" appearance.

Smells oaty, malty, and somewhat yeasty. Definitie biscuit and honey notes. However, there's also a fruity tart aroma fighting to be recognized, smelling of cherries with hints of vanilla The bottle's label does state that this ale has "natural flavor added", although it does not identify which flavor from nature.

Tart, earthy, tannic and somewhat fruity, with oaty malt, roasted coffee and smoked oak, there's a lot going on with this brew. Unfortunately, rather than pulling together like a well conducted orchestra, these flavors are melding like an eighth grade band trying to play the Star Spangled Banner. The tart fruit (maybe blueberry?) and the earthy, leafy smoked flavors are battling each other, with the occasional off-timed blast of dark coffee. While not horrid, it is neither relaxing nor enjoyable to drink this.

Medium to full bodied with a dry finish, the "natural flavors" are leaving a sticky feeling on the back of my tongue.

Well, I heard this ale would let me down. Nonetheless, the dark roasted look and the oaty malt aroma had me worked up, primed and eager to taste this beer. Rather than bring me to a climatic conclusion, this unbalanced brew left me unsatisfied. Even now, it sits there looking dark and mysterious, with tempting tan lacing teasing me to drink more. I better quit before it really makes me blue.

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Photo of Brenden
3.28/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was between drinking this and taking notes last night and preparing to post my review this morning that I discovered this beer was brewed with blueberries. At this point I'm still picking up stuff just to try that I've never seen. It makes much more sense knowing, because finding fruit in what you think is a typical porter can be confusing.

The appearance is this beer's best quality. It pours out like a beast, thick and dark, and reminds me in the heavy look of its body more of a stout. A big, creamy brown head develops, thick and strong. Lacing is likewise very nice, dropping thick patches and spreading some legs.
The nose is not so much light as indistinct. I get roast and coffee with a fruity note, not really either sweet or tart per se.
The flavor is very roasty and lots of barley comes through alongside a light sweetness. There's a spiciness that's tough to place. It seems a lot of flavors are clashing, making anything difficult to pick out individually. Not knowing it had blueberries, IO did note that it's oddly fruity; this may be because blueberries themselves, unless they're picked at the perfect time or are overripe, don't impart much sweetness, tartness, or any variety of things you could attribute to particular fruits. It also goes strangely salty in the finish and a kelpy flavor develops as it warms. This happens when it starts to warm but, fortunately, fades out later. It's tough because it has a nice roasty, coffee character to it and is a nice porter before everything gets muddled and a few ugly flavors pull out.
The body is medium and there's a bit of thickness to it. It's somewhat smooth with very little carbonation, crispness or, thus, much liveliness.

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Photo of bob3701
3.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Shaker pint. A very dark/black beer; light does not shine through. Fluffy tan head settles into a thin film with nice lacing. Roasted malty aroma. Coffee and chocolate notes, roasted burnt flavors. A slight sour finish. Reminds me more of a stout than a porter.
Added note: Just found the web site for this beer and as soon as I read what was in it, it clicked in my mine. What I thought to be sweetness of chocolate and also the sour finish were explained when I learned blueberries are added.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: bottle at Leaf, Easton, PA

Kind of weird, but not entirely bad. Poured into a Romeo Y Julieta stem glass, an opaque brown-black with a thin layer of bubbles for a head. Simple roasty aroma with a bit of odd funk. I noted the "flavor added" notation on the label, and didn't think much of it, but there was definitely something unfamiliar in this porter. (I later discovered it was blueberry, which why didn't they just say that on the label?). Roasty, dark malts and chocolate notes up front, with a very sweet sensation following, like lots of caramel and fruit--again, it didn't register as blueberry when I had it, but now it makes sense. A little bit thin; I let it warm up closer to room temperature for a bit, but that didn't really improve the taste much, if at all. Overall, not entirely bad, but in the end, the fruit just kind of clashed with the roastiness. I probably wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of psuKinger
3.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into my Penn State pint glass, because it sounds like JoePa might pass tonight. God Bless him.

I've had good experiences with Intercourses at beer festivals in the past. This is the first time I ever bought a full sixer of something from them to take home with me.

A: Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head that dissipated quickly.

S: Strong Java presence, perhaps a hint of cocoa, and that classic roasty dark malt smell underneath.

T: Strong toffee flavors come through on the taste that weren't discernible in the nose. The Java is also there, though. A touch of hop bitterness and pine on the back end round things out. All this adds up to a Porter that has a good bit going on inside the glass, some of which I like.

But there's something in here that I find a bit off-putting. I can't tell if it's the toffee, the coffee, or something else, but there's something in here that I find just a tad *harsh*. It's not "bad", but there's something here that I find that isn't all that "good", either.

M: Rather unremarkable. Not as hefty as I'd like it to be. Carbonation is a touch low, as well. That might be attributed to age, but I can't find a date on the bottle, which to me means that age/freshness isn't an excuse.

There's plenty of flavors left behind on the finish, however, which help it's mouthfeel retain an acceptable rating.

D/O: I didn't pick up on it in the first 3 ounces or so, but there is a malt-sweetness underneath this beer that grows-and-grows as you work through the glass. It's unbalanced, unwanted, and detracting. As I neared the end of the glass, it became obvious to me that I really didn't want any more of this beer. Overall, not all that enjoyable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown with a light brown, mocha like head. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and light coffee. Grain.

Taste: Light in overall flavor, with faint roasted malt and coffee notes, some berry flavor, cooked veggies, lemony hops and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied, smooth, mildly carbonated and alittle grainy aftertaste, with a small fruityness.

Overall: Simple, easy drinking porter. Some macro qualities, very mild blueberry, but stays enjoyable and true enough to the porter style. Decent.

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Photo of stakem
3.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown twist-off bottle poured into a shaped pint glass. This brew appears pitch black with a finger of dark tan head that quickly dissolves to a thin lace in no time. Some larger bubbles hold around the outside edge of the glass and start the formation of some small spots and patches of lace. When held to the light, the brew displays clarity and a ruby coloration through the body.

The smell of this brew straight out the gate is roasty with indications of dark roasted grain smelling of chocolate and roasted coffee. There are some interesting notes of something along the lines of chalk or charcoal included which is a bit strange. However, the real gem of this brew is what is lurking underneath. There is a sweet, almost fruited quality of something smelling of blue cool aid or blue freezie pop. Notice, I didn't say blueberry, oh no, this is artificial smelling blue not a natural scent by any means of berries. At times it is appealing in it's own right to smell that in a beer but it completely clashes with the base chalky quality.

The taste makes me scratch my head. The foundation of this brew is quite enjoyable with all the qualities one should look for in a solid porter offering. It is roasty and enjoyable with a flavoring of bitter dark grains that imparts some notes of coffee and semi-sweet to bitter chocolate. There is a light musty aspect to the backend of the taste. However, in comes the fruited quality again after more sips. To my surprise, the fruited berry aspect is more natural tasting instead of artificial and perfume-like. I gotta admit this is an interesting combination. I think the berry is a bit much and at times is a little distracting but it is present without having to search hard for it. The aftertaste includes mostly pleasant porter quality of roasted grain tasting of chocolate and coffee.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is strangely light and lively in the mouth which makes me wonder what the ratio of fruity flavoring to beer really is. With blueberry being such a subtle flavor, I can only imagine. To this brew's credit, the alcohol is hidden quite well. The body is just lacking a bit as it could use a more chew feel to it. Also, once the brew starts to warm up, it takes on a fruit beer flavor and aroma much more so than the base porter. The second half of my glass gets to be troublesome in finishing. I think this would be a winner if the amount of fruit was cut back or removed completely.

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Photo of brewski09
3.12/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This would be better classified as a dark fruit beer, but porter it is...

A - dark, but not quite dark enough for a porter.

S - light blueberry aroma that smells a little like canned pie filling.

T - tastes like canned blueberries in dark beer with hops to bitter, but not balance quite enough.

M - sweetness invades and causes me to lose sight of the rest of the categories. once poured into a glass, i could tell that the beer was moderately coating my mouth. I think it got a lot better at that point.

D - i wouldn't drink this without a glass as the aromas open up so much better, but it is still an average beer. I would love to know if they use fresh blueberries for this. wonderful label and name though.

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Photo of Gavage
3.11/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a dark brown alomost black color with a 1/2" head. No lace develops.

Smell: strange blueberry aroma with some roasted malt sweetness is easily detectable.

Taste: roasted malt is a bit thicker than expected. Interesting blueberry flavor lingers throughout. Add some mild chocolate flavors and a mild bitterness, this is a unique porter.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the flavors glue themselves to the tongue.

Drinkability: one of these is more than enough in a session. There is a strange flavor that just doesn't work for me.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

lue Ball Porter starts like you want a porter to. Thick, dark, and a big dark head. More toffee and chocolate in the nose rather than roast, bit of alcohol, too. The first sip sets this porter apart and gives you the reason for the clever name; blueberries. Lots of blueberries at first. It's a little watery for a porter, but a bold finish with lots of roast, even some char.

Just a tad over 5% ABV, so it's not going to destroy you, either.

Not my favorite porter, but I'm kind of liking it. Props for doing something different!

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Photo of CFHMagnet
2.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A heavy pour yields almost a finger or sandy colored head. The body is dark brown, almost to the point of black. Head disappeared in less than a minute, leaving just a ring.

Surprise! It's name comes from the blueberries they apparently use to brew it. Behind the blueberries I get faint whiffs of your normal porter smells, roasted malt and a bit of chocolate.

This beer tastes weird. Blueberry is a dominant flavor, and it is followed by roasted malt, a nutty flavor like roasted peanuts and a bit of bakers chocolate.

Goes down easy. No real carbonation hints. Medium bodied, not drying and only a little sticky.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.76/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The novelty wears off pretty quickly with this beer, although I can already say my highest marks are probably going to be appearance. Pours a pitch black color with a tan thicket of head with a nice spread of even lacing. Aromatics, here comes the fake blueberry extract, smells really not bad I'm getting a decent blend of dark malts and "berry" notes. Flavor isn't the worst either, not your best base beer porter here but there's some creamy dark chocolate with tart/semi sweet/earthy blueberry flavoring. No real herbal hop action just the berry notes, that really aren't as offensive as I thought this was going to be. The more sips you take the more watery porter/berry beer this becomes, leaves wanting more...maybe that's why they call it Blue Ball Porter. Mouthfeel is thin bodied a bit too thin for a porter, with unoffensive levels of carbonation a bit cloying from the blueberry extract. Overall don't be expecting any beergasms in fact it's safe to tell you to pass on this experience. Although there's much more flavor in this one than the pilsner had.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
2.7/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Julian code on the back of the neck. I'm one for a dirty joke from time to time, but the name of this brewery and their beers is just idiotic, IMO.

Beer pours dark brown, a dark tan head soon recedes. No lacing. Smell is tart and sweet, kinda odd for a porter. Alcohol notes as well. Taste is very much like dark raspberries.. and very tannic coffee. A sour aftertaste permeates for a bit, but mostly this beer is burnt and nutty. Not very good.

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Photo of ckollias
2.66/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a thin, light brown, 2-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Funky malt raspberry and blueberry aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a malty raspberry and blueberry flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Great name – not so great beer. I’ll pass next time – but I’ll keep the bottle for amusement.

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Photo of deapokid
2.59/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This local obscurity pours a very thin head with a rich brown coloration and absolutely no retention. The lacing is there initially, but it doesn't stick and the look seems a bit flat and lifeless.

Scents include sweetened chocolate, coffee, licorice, vanilla extract and a hint of Kahlua and Cream. If you stick your nose right in there, it's really not that bad.

The taste is a bit fainter than expected. The first flavors to hit the tongue are roasted coffee, milk chocolate and a hint of blueberry. This all sounds good on paper, but a cloying milk chalkiness at the conclusion really brings the whole experience down. I presume this is due to artificial flavoring, which I can't prove, but the "natural flavor added" note on the label is a bit suspicious.

As for the mouth, a very thin body makes it seem like something is missing. The big palate offender is the chalkiness, but otherwise, it really isn't strong enough in flavor to be offensive.

Your ability to consume this beer is going to be based on one's knowledge of the style. If you've had a few porters in your day, you'll be able to pick out the offending elements immediately.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle, $7.99 a 6-pack. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. Not much lacing, either. The brew smells mostly like artificial blueberry juice or syrup, along with some other berries, roasted malt, chocolate, and a slight medicinal flavor. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, it tastes mostly like an artificial (maybe sugar free or sugar substitute) blueberry juice drink, and there's also some chocolate, coffee, and other berry flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. This certainly isn't one of the better fruit beers I've had. It's not exactly awful, but I sure didn't enjoy this beer either.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.56/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/29/11

Pours a dark, inky brown and settles the same. Cap of foam is just shy of two fingers but thins quickly. Minimal lace.

Smells odd. Overtones of red raspberry, berries and wheat lead into darker grains and slight hints of roastiness. Earthy. Hints of chocolate. Tastes like a shoddy chocolate candy with a raspberry center. Plenty grainy throughout but with low roast. Faint hints of cocoa and, to a lesser degree, coffee, as it warms. Dry finish. Right close to full body. Carbonation is calm and stays out of the way. Dry, grainy coating on the finish.

I'm not impressed. Admittedly, it's grainy enough that I can tolerate it. The berry flavors subside a bit as it warms but I doubt I'll be finishing the bottle.

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Photo of BeerSquid
2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

A- Nice dark pour hint of a deep ruby colour, reveals about a quarter inch of nice coffee coloured head.

S- Great powerful sent of blueberries. Cant wait for a sip.

T- Tragically disappointing. Only very slight hint of the fruit. The initial taste is warming however, I dont care for the finish at all. There is a very strong aftertaste of meat. I believe pepperoni. Maybe I got a bad batch, because in my mind blueberry and pepperoni just dont go together...

M- Its hard to get past that taste. However it is enjoyable before the aftertaste hits. I'm just havig considerable trouble getting past it.

D- As of right now, I'm having trouble even finishing this beer. The fact that I'm this far down and am not even half way done should give you indication enough.

Im going to give this the benefit of the doubt and say that I'll consider trying it again, if recommended. I started off very excited about this one, and am left in disbelief, hoping that I simply got a bad batch.

Cheers

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Blue Ball Porter from Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC
72 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.
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