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Black Ball Porter | To Øl

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Black Ball PorterBlack Ball Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
To Øl
Denmark
to-ol.dk

Style: American 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,058
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
201
pDev:
8.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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12
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Ratings: 201 |  Reviews: 78
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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Dzu
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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

Photo of Bruno74200
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JavierGC
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Black Ball Porter from To Øl
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 201 ratings
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