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
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tmzl
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of killcore
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recent bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Pours thick black. A Denmark biased porter (which often have a bit of an odd taste but let's go with it), thick very roasty, unfortunately following an imperial porter. Good drinkability, with some bitterness. Roasty aroma.Some chocolate and coffee.

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

Photo of jdhilt
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a four finger brown head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is baked-burnt chocolate. Higher ABV is hidden. $6.49 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a super two finger mocha head that has reduced a little. It s a pitch black color with no clarity or signs of carbonation. Nice and clumpy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Chocolately and bready malts, roasted coffee, and some smoke.

Taste: mocha, chocolate, and bready notes up front. Whoa!!!! Bitterness and camp fire smoke kick in for a little bit too. Lingering bitterness is bit much at the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, a little chewy, and easy to dirnk.

Overall: A nice porter we have here indeed. I wish there was a little more sweetness to balance out the btterness and smoke, but I am still happy with this brew overall. Happy to have scored this beer for a good price.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, part of a swath of new To Øl offerings to suddenly show up on Alberta bottleshop shelves this week.

This beer pours a fairly solid black abyss, with very bare basal red cola edges, and four hefty fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky beige head, which leaves some sudsy exploded cloud lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of powdered bittersweet chocolate, gritty, grainy caramel malt, earthy yeast, dry cafe-au-lait, black licorice, and musty, leafy, and mildly floral hops. The taste is sharply toasted, grainy pale and caramel malt, edgy, slightly phenolic yeast, dry Scandinavian licorice 'candies', dry chalky cocoa, and plain leafy, weedy, and lightly perfumed hop bitters.

The carbonation is rather weak in its plainly rendered frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and sort of smooth, as the char and the hovering booze both take their toll here. It finishes off-dry, mostly, the cocoa and coffee essences more or less running the show, all under the watchful eye of Big Booze.

Overall, a nicely roasted big-boy porter, the various flavours all coming out to play. Not sure where the name of this one comes from, but I'm guessing that it's another one of those slightly lost in translation Danish-English things.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

Pours close to black in the glass with a huge thick tan head which leaves that nice coating of foam along the sides along the way.

Aroma is pretty damn hoppy for a porter with lots of green floral hops, pine and herbal notes. There is some heavily roasted malts and cocoa powder but the hops are what jumped out for me.

Taste also starts with the floral hops but has a heavier roasty malt backbone, with an almost chalky character from the bakers chocolate. Finish is hoppy and roasty all in one.

Mouthfeel is dry, roasty and slightly bitter. NIce soft carbonation.

This is a seriously hop forward porter. Lots of green floral hops, herbal notes and heavily roasted black malts.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few sips and thought it was lacking a little something, decided to pair it with a couple of red-velvet cupcakes my lady made yesterday (un frosted, just like I like em').

Pours about as dark as an imperial stout; 2 finger tan head with firm bubbles; dissipating slowly leaving a decent little head throughout.

Nose: milk chocolate, roastiness, hints of coffee and smoked malt.

Taste: roasted malts upfront with a coffee like bitternes, some bakers chocolate and burnt malts; finishes with a touch of smokiness, a slight salinity, and a somewhat chalky/earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel; pretty full bodied and somewhat slick...pretty much what I would have expected for the "style".

Overall; a little too one dimensional and roasty overall but paired with my dessert it was pretty damn good. Solid night cap to a shift at the beer bar...

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Photo of Gregf51
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a three-finger light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Good chocolate, toffee and caramel flavors with a touch of smokiness. It had a light bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty porter. I like the smoky kick to it.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid brew from a new (to me) brewer--I'm told he's kinda/sorta like a gypsy brewer akin to Mikkeller. Not sure...let's check the website.

Dark dark ruby pour, brown tinge. Off-brown/tan head, nice and foamy. Lacing is good

A smoky porter right here. The little bit of smoked malt comes through in the nose and flavors. Both have hints of chocolate, molasses and coffee. A bitterness that seems at first to be dark chocolate leaves a bit of a piny residue. Seems sharp, but the smoke persists. A nice umami presence makes this beer very drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa powder, and coffee bean aromas. Taste is much the same with dark cocoa, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice aroma but some fairly intense roast and hop flavors.

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Photo of Ruds
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cask, Pimlico Feb '12

Pours to a very dark brown to black colour with a thinnish tan head.

Burnt caramel, toffee, sugars and dark malt on the nose.

Roasted malt dominates the taste along with a little coffee, hops and licquorice and a hint of tobacco which leaves the aftertaste quite earthy and bitter-sweet with some bitter cocoa thrown in.

Medium bodied beer with some carbonation.

Overall a decent porter and one I would return to.

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Photo of IbonGamarra
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dougbreathe
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Zazzi82
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Black Ball Porter from To Øl
4.05 out of 5 based on 188 ratings.
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