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
intercoursebrewingco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
30
Avg:
2.91
pDev:
19.93%
 
 
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Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -48.5%

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 oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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 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 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 RblWthACoz
2.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Garbage. Totally stupid. They added blueberry flavor to this? In this day and age, if you are adding additives to a beer, then it's just stupid. Give me a break already and don't waste my time or money with this crap. Seriously. Learn how to brew with real fruit and make it count. Otherwise, don't insult yourself. Blue ball? Indeed...

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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 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 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 wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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 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 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 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 BeerAdvocate
2.05/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Har dee har, funny beer company name needs a funny beer name. What is the funny "fla- vored beer" tag doing on the label?
Pours like a porter; looks like one as well. Dark with some sticky lacing. Smells of blue raspberry Juicy Little Hugs juice and weak coffee. Beery smooth with that Porter aspect of roasted grain. Hops? Not much of them around here at all. Berry flavor tastes like the tooth- paste at the dentist's office when the patient is too scared to go with full-on mint. Finishes semidry with a mild tartness, lingering burnt malt and that forced "flavored beer" character.

Basic as a Porter, thrown off balance with the supposed blueberry flavor. Tastes like the failed fruit beers of the 1990s.

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Photo of Drknight
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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 jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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 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 yergermeister
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ms11781
1.17/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Reviewed on 05/30/2011. Thanks to Tedwarhc, I guess. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a solid dark brown color, almost black but not quite. Light brown cap develops and dissipates extremely quick. No lacing to speak of.

Right off the bat the aroma is unmistakably of blueberries. More specifically, artificial blueberry. Perhaps there is a slight roasty aroma but every time it seems to try to peak through the blueberry aroma takes over again.

The taste follows the nose. Huge artificial blueberry flavor. No real porter characteristics to speak of aside from possibly a hint of some roasted malt in the aftertaste.

Light to medium body with carbonation to match give the beer a thin, watery mouthfeel. Not much else to say.

So nobody told me this was a blueberry porter. I guess I could have looked it up beforehand or taken the "natural flavor added" on the label to mean that. Either way, the beer looks like a porter and that's it. The aroma, taste and feel have no characteristics of a porter nor are the pleasant.

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Photo of briandaube
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Blue Ball Porter from Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC
2.91 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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