Black Ball Porter | To Øl

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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
Ratings:
188
Reviews:
70
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
8.4%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Everydayoff
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -0.5%
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 +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JavierGC
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of Dewsby
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Coronaeus
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

At Mandeville's before Father's Day. More coffee taste than I like. Improved as it warmed.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black and thick appearance.
Chocolate and coffee taste, a little vanilla also and some dried fruits.
Persistent aftertaste.
Recommended.

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Photo of portwood
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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)

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Photo of Fabianno
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of christinelovesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bylerteck
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KAF
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Black Ball Porter from To Øl
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