Black Ball Porter | To Øl

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Black Ball PorterBlack Ball Porter

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To Øl

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ingredients: Water, malt (pilsner, smoked, chocolate, cara munich and brown), roasted barley, rolled oats, brown sugar, hops and yeast.

Added by bark on 03-08-2011

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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of 4ster
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from the LCBO for around $5

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
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
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.

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Photo of woolerhillbilly
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have tried.

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Photo of kwjd
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can
Best before: Jul-4-2018

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

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

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

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

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)

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Photo of philipwalter
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of byronic
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papposilenus
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of StormAles
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yancot
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kier
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pootz
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Jtee
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Glorithm
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.24/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ASoftMachineMan
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of jhavs
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of crbnfbr
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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