Black Ball Porter
To Øl

Black Ball PorterBlack Ball Porter
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Style:
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #99
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,535
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.29%
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
219
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To Øl
 
Denmark
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Wants
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Gots
  28
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Black Ball PorterBlack Ball Porter
Notes: Ingredients: Water, malt (pilsner, smoked, chocolate, cara munich and brown), roasted barley, rolled oats, brown sugar, hops and yeast.
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Sigmund from Norway

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rerate, shared bottle at local tasting. Black colour, moderate tan head. Nice roasty aroma, notes of coffee, dark chocolate and woodwork, a hint of liquorice. The flavour has roasty notes and just the right sweetness, coffee, liquorice and chocolate again, nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. A very well crafted beer. I’m upping it a couple points. Original rating: At Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011. Black colour, tan head. Malty and moderately roasty aroma, with notes of cassanade sugar, caramel and and hints of smoke. Also some hoppy notes. The flavour has also moderate roasty notes, chocolate and some caramel, hints of wood and smoke. Moderate but noticeable hops. Very nice!

Jan 05, 2021
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josanguapo from Spain

5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

De Degustasur. En copa Teku. Viendo The Mandalorian 1x01-02. Sin fecha de consumo preferente pero la tengo hace muuucho. Aun asi, no ha perdido un apice de la calidad de una black ipa perfecta

Jan 02, 2020
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cyrenaica from Canada (ON)

3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can
8.0% ABV
Best Before: July 4, 2018
Main/Bronte LCBO Outlet (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
April 15, 2018
$4.95
The beer pours a solid black colour with a foamy brown head which takes a couple of minutes to recede into a thin lacing on top which lasts a while. The aroma is roasted malt, some licorice, and some dark chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy, and highly carbonated for a porter. The flavour is dominated by roasted malt flavours, some smoky flavour, and a slightly sour aftertaste of weak rubber. For a beer that has described itself as having lots of American hops, I am not noticing them all that much.

Apr 15, 2018
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can
Best before: Jul-4-2018


A:
Pours a thick jet black with thin ruby edges and three inches of mocha froth. Very good retention; lots of lacing. (4.5)

S:
Slightly smoky dark malts, resinous whiff of hops, brown sugar, milk chocolate. (4)

T:
Rich, sweet chocolate, burnt-molassesy kind of thick malt flavor. (4.25)

M:
Full body with light carbonation and a sticky finish. (4.25)

O:
A really nice, really rich porter that I would say verges on a stout character.
It pours beautifully, thick and black with a great head. The aroma and flavor follow right along, a huge porter. Rich, layered, roast, slightly smoky, a touch over-sweet for me as a general rule but it goes great with the size of it.
A very nice beer that I would definitely get if I saw it again. (4.5)

Feb 13, 2018
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philipwalter from New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

That's a total surprise, the aroma is muted, and it pours with a large excited head. The taste is outstanding the mouthfeel full. Lots of burnt smokey chocolaty things with a lovely balanced bitterness.

Jan 06, 2018
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body is dark as night, sporting a cocoa powder head that has rock solid retention, like a marshmallow floating on top.
Beautiful aromas of dark chocolate and rich coffee, some nuttiness.
This is like 80% dark chocolate in liquid form, very little sweetness, just burnt coffee and dark roasted malt. Mouthfeel is soft and relatively light; an intense, cutting bitter finish from the hops cuts through, accompanied by high acidity and some alcohol burn; lingering finish of bitter dark chocolate.

A beauty in the glass, a beast on the palate with intense, straightforward flavours - the acidity could be tempered in favour of more richness to make it amazing. As it stands, can cut through a rich dessert nicely.

Jan 01, 2018
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byronic from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with two fingers of mocha head. Sticks around and also provides really solid lacing. Almost frothy head, tons of dreamy bubbles

Sweetness on the nose, definitely notes of caramel and bitterness from chocolate.

Nice presence of sweetness from malts, almost toffee like. Some bitter chocolate as well.

Really nice long finish smooth and a touch sweet.

Jan 01, 2018
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, huge five finger beige head, messy lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, coffee.

T: Coffee, chocolate, roastiness. Bitter on the back end. Very good!

F: Medium to full bodied. Superb!

O: On the top three porters I tried. Excellent!

Dec 30, 2017
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 500ml can - there appears to be a date of 04/07/18 stamped on the bottom. Served in a tulip.

Pours a deep, dark oaken-black with a near-three finger head of what is possibly the softest, most lather-like, mocha-coloured fluff I have ever seen. Quickly settles back leaving a thick coating of sticky, web-like lacing.

Nose of caramel creams, cacao nibs, toasted coconut and tobacco.

Taste is roasty-toasty, charred and dusty. Burnt chicory, dried leafy herbs, and powdered cocoa, ashy with just a hint of caramel sweetness and nicely bittered.

Medium-solid bodied, mouthfeel is soft and smooth despite bright-verging-on-over carbonation.

A really nice big-boy beverage. The surprisingly high level of carbonation worked excellently well to attenuate the otherwise intense charred-to-the-point-of-burnt, dry and powdery character of the beer - whether by design or chance; it matters not.

Dec 27, 2017
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pootz from Canada (ON)

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can: Pours a deep black porter in the glass with a massive mocha colored fluffy meringue head that stacks out of the glass and lasts, plastering the glass with lace as it drains. Pungent malty-roasty aroma with undertones coffee, cocoa, licorice, dark dried fruit, roast hazel nut, lemon grass, hay and spice. Medium body verging on the heavy side with a slick viscous mouth feel and rounded dark brooding roasty character. Flavor has sturdy malts and grains in front but a rush of sharp bittering keeps this in tow - there is less complexity on the plate than in the nose but you can discern some big dark fruit notes mingling with the smokey-roasty malts, cocoa and java side tones, hints of anise and dates and a rigid underlying burnt pine bittering - long wet increasingly bitter finish with a pronounced warming effect at the end. This is hyper porter - robust, rich and satisfying.

Dec 05, 2017
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Jtee from Canada (ON)

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 500ml can served almost straight from the fridge at 10 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 04/07/2018.

Look: The beer pours an opaque black with 6cm of dense, mocha head that dissipates into a craggy cap within 5+ minutes. Exceptional lacing and persistent (as f**k) head. I don't think a dark brew such as this can look any better.

Smell: Medium-strong intensity and sharp balance. Pronounced roasted malts with quite a bit of charred notes. Surprisingly assertive hops with a herbal tobacco character to balance out the malts. As soon as you think it's all just too much for the senses, the brown sugar steps in to bring balance with its sweetness. I may or may not notice a faint caramel in the mix. Definitely no chocolate.

Taste: Follows the aroma with even more strength and bitterness. Charred, dark malts reminiscent of ashtray/bonfire with tons of very assertive hops of the dried herbal variety. A faint sugary sweetness helps to balance the other ingredients. The finish is long, strong, and bitter with a notable minerality.

Feel: Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Velvety smooth and deliciously viscous with a dry finish and restrained alcohol warmth. Only mild astringency from the very assertive bitterness.

Overall: Jet black, charred, sharp, and bitter – Black Ball Porter makes no apologies for pounding your palate. It's intense, impressive, blurs the lines between porters and stouts. Try it if you're a fan of strong, dark beers.

Dec 04, 2017
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one is a bit nasty. Not in a bad way, just dark, very bitter, dry and a bit smokey. The brewers may have been angry when they made this. Not my style, I like a lingering comfort than slowly dissipates, not a constant reminder of charcoal tasting chocolate.

Dec 03, 2017
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/black with a nice two finger head that is tan in color. Retention is amazing, takes forever to break leaving a nice collar of foam. Lacing is heavy and quite nice. The smell is coffee and roasts along with some chocolate and then the hops come on the second wave. I also get some vanilla and a touch of leather. The taste follows the nose with the roasts and coffee dominant. Then you get a sweet flavor from the brown sugars in the beer. There is a cocoa there as well, and then on the end you get the hops. Feel is medium with moderate carbonation. This beer is smooth.

A nice beer, a real sipper on a cool night.

Nov 28, 2017
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ASoftMachineMan from Florida

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to milk glass (no pint or snifter on hand)

Look: Pours black with visible viscosity, minimal mocha head that rapidly dissipates to thin lacing.

Smell: Typical of the class but very subdued even at room temperature. Smoke, malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Taste: Black coffee and dark chocolate notes forward with lingering mild bitterness on a dry finish. Nothing out of the ordinary, but still very good.

Feel: Medium mouth feel with minimal carbonation. Light syrup on the tongue.

Sep 23, 2017
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jhavs from New York

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter.

Near black, very dark brown on the edges when held to light. Head is foamy tan hat settles slowly into tan collar and cap. Lacing leaves clingy loops around the glass.

Big roasty and bitter coffee and bittersweet chocolate aroma. Licorice root, brown bread and some dried dark fruits.

Flavor is bold, bitter, dark malts. Bitter cocoa. Sweetness behind everything mellows out the aggressive flavors.

Moderate carbonation, smooth, not thick or creamy, but enough body to keep things real.

A nice brew. Lots of flavor layers and assertive for an 8%er.

Sep 13, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a black color with a thin finger’s worth of off white to almost tan foamy head. Lacing is messy and somewhat sticky. The aroma grips some black licorice and blends tightly with some smoke, coca cola, coffee bean, sly vanilla bean, subtle woody dryness. The flavor leans sweet and grips some spice (probably from the black licorice). Mostly blends into the aftertaste and rides on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. ABV does seem fairly quaint. Mild carbonation. Semi-sticky on my tongue. Overall, the in between of the porter to the imperial porter and a good one as an easy sipping Winter beer.

Jul 09, 2017
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33l bottle into chalice.
L: Black with a massive foam coffee-like head.
S: Saturated cocoa beans smell, dark chocolate.
T: Dark chocolate, sweet coffee, a bit smokey.
F: Full body and high carbonation.
O: Very nice saturated porter. Must try.

Jul 07, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours crude black in color with a very thick silky dark tan head that well retains itself with very good retention before slowly subsiding to a long-lasting bubble sheet atop and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

The aroma is intense and packed up with huge chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted coffee, and roasted barley. There are also notes of burnt wood, charcoal, hint of smoke, licorice, caramel, oat, and dark bread as well as a hint of dark fruit and crisp hop spice.

The taste is mainly dominated and covered by rich chocolate, roasted coffee with some sourness, cocoa powder, and roasted malt. The other elements of malt also provide notes of burnt wood, charcoal, hint of smoke, licorice, caramel, smoothness and sweetness of oat, dark bread, hint of dark fruit as well as moderate bitterness in the finish that is mostly from dark and roasted malt while partially from hop.

Medium to rather full body with smooth mouthfeel and low to moderate carbonation through the palate, the feeling is well-rounded with a very dry finish.

Big and bold Porter with its intensity of dark malt yet heavily roasted coffee and chocolate as well as a hint of smoke, licorice, and dark fruit.

Jun 11, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to tulip glass.

A: The body is pitch black, having a brownish head showing medium retention and some lacing.
S: The aroma is very rich and balanced of caramel and milk chocolate. This aroma is really, really cool.
T: The beginning of the taste is sweet, having a very milk chocolate-y profile, with coffee, toffee and roasted malts. In the back, the bitterness is so well balanced between a chocolate bitterness and hop bitterness.
M: Body is medium to medium high. Carbonation is high and velvety. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Bitterness is mild.
O: Such a great Porter from To Øl. Really enjoying this beer.

Mar 24, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black with a beautiful beige head

S - Coffee, sulfur, earthy notes

T - Balanced between the roasted malts and the earthy and herbal hops. Acrid coffee and cocoa powder

M - Quite astringent with a good carbonation

O - A big bold porter

Mar 14, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft

Black in color, dark tan head. Roasty aroma, heavy coffee. Taste leans dry, bitter cocoa. Medium bodied. Bold yet drinkable. Overall a nice porter

Mar 12, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 4/27/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black hue.

Dark khaki head; decent lace.

Candle wax, plum, fresh earth & black licorice nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Dry plum, fresh earth & black licorice flavor; a champagne-like booze finish. A touch too bitter but some bold flavor here.

Dec 01, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a hint of copper when held to the light, thats if you have a microscope. One finger of chocolate milk coloured head.

Smells awesome. Its a refined mix of smoke and milk chocolate, clean and refined, so to style.

Chocolate, smoke, bad breath, tar. My faith in this brew is being shaken. Okay, recovery. Second sip has spices like cardamon and cinnamon, chocolate and tar. A fair sweetness but not overly done.

Thick, oily but smooth body, tempered by a foamy carbonation.

The taste grows on you. Its a really nice brew. Got it on Wish beer. Definitely worth a try. Drank June 30th 2016, in Chiang Mai.

Jun 30, 2016
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portwood from Canada (ON)

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, alcohol, hint of smoke.
Taste: thick mouth feel, bittersweet, frothy, feels stronger than 8% abv.
Finish: burnt sugar, bitter chocolate, very dry finish.
(bottle code 1407203 1842)

May 27, 2016
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pants678 from California

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black with hardly any head.

Anise, bitter hops, malt. A plus nose like Al Farouq Aminu's a plus defender.

Staining dark, roasted malt and cascade (?) hops. Hops a little stronger than the malt, could stand to be sweeter. Real dark chocolate flavor, tastes like 80% cacoa. Sharpness from the alcohol.

Heavy, stout-ish.

Oct 05, 2015
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 219 ratings