Black Ball Porter | To Øl

Black Ball PorterBlack Ball Porter
BA SCORE
89.1%
Liked This Beer
4.09 w/ 192 ratings
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:
#3,021
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
192
Liked:
171
Avg:
4.09/5
pDev:
8.07%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 192 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
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 GRG1313
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick, rich, dense khaki brown head that is long lasting and looks like the top of a chocolate milkshake.

Smells as good as it looks with a rich, medium assertive mocha coffee nose with chocolate light black cherry tones.

Mouthfeel is lightly creamy and filling, rich and bold with nice carbonation and very nice balance.

Flavor profile is all rich black coffee with creamy mocha tones from the nose. Finish is all bitter coffee that goes to grapefruit skin.

I can't figure out why this is called a Porter. This is as deep, rich and blackly bold stout that is pretty nice all around. This may be the perfect example of "arbitrary labeling" in some stoutes and porters. Whatever it is, nice effort

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a two finger high dense dark tan colored head. From the initial looks of this beer, I would assume it was stout and not a porter. The head has excellent retention properties and took a long time to died down, consistently leaving a thick coating of bubbles on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of burnt malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I found this to be a tough category to judge because if you look at the beer's opaque appearance you would initially think it feels thin for the style, but if you close your eyes it feels like a typical porter. The roasted malts lend dryness to the finish.
O: If you're looking for a beer that's packed with flavors but retains the lighter-bodied nature of a porter, this is a beer for you. It is also quite drinkable because no alcohol is noticeable in the taste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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 kojevergas
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a goblet at Beachwood BBQ. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of tan colour, nice cream lacing, great thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Caramel, chocolate, and cream. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Wonderful. The notes from the nose blend brilliantly. Wonderfully creamy. The caramel is restrained, fortunately. Some light roast adds a nice touch. Complex and well-balanced. I dig it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some slight cream. Complements the flavour. Not too thick or thin.

Dr: Very drinkable, of good quality, and clocking in at a high price. I won't have this again due to its price, but fans of the style would do well to give her a go.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
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 DrBier
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with just the slightest hints of dark reddish brown and light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall dense dark tan (almost mocha) head that slowly reduces to a small patch of thick large bubbles and a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, and chocolate. Very light notes of alcohol in the aroma.

T: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts and burnt malts with lighter amounts of dark bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some moderate dryness in the finish.

O: This is very enjoyable and easy to drink - nice complex flavors and aromas with a lighter porter body. The beer looks impressive as it looks much heavier than a traditional porter (more like a stout) and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a thumb of mocha colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Charred grain & coffee, a touch of baker's chocolate too up front. Cococa dominates as this warms

T: Follows the nose, very dry, some woody hops. Gets very dry as this warms, leafy hops mix with charred grain, some dark fruit buried deep. Finishes drier than the Saharah, with black currants & charred grain & much smokeyness

MF: Medium bodied, very creamy, pretty good balance

A nice porter, but nothing special, took a chance, they can't all be gold. Too dry for me

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

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Kinda thought this thing was some sort of Mikkeller collaboration due to the similar labeling, but instead found a new brewer. Right on. This stuff pours a bleak black-brown topped by over a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, roasted malts, spruce tips, light molasses, light pine, very light balsa, and a small touch of dark chocolate powder. The taste holds notes of bitter dark chocolate, minty pine, balsa, brown sugar, molasses, roasted malts, light bitter coffee, and a twinge of orange rind. The bitterness is clearly on display here, pushing the traditional boundaries of the style. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta-kinda dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid porter, one that goes for the bitterness without getting all of those other ancillary hoppy notes. The cocoa and roast are still there, but clenched together as joint runners-up.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a mikkeller stemmed glass. The brew appears a very dark brown to black color with a light ring of brown clarity around the edges. A brown cap sits atop the brew that slowly recedes leaving patches of lace sticking to the glass. A swirl revives more than a finger of dark brown froth back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is licorice with char and earth. A bit if tobacco and some citrus-like coffee bean quality. Some citrus hopd are also noted overtop of dry burnt grain quality. Very roasty with minerals and sulfur included as well.

This brew is quite bitter with burnt grain that imparts a char-like feel that is bitter and drying somewhat like chewing on cacao. There are some strong notes of bitter coffee that fades to earthy quality. Some veggie hop aspects are noted towards the back that augment the overall bitterness. The aftertaste is dry and burnt.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. A bit harsh and acrid thy has lots of ashy components to it. The bitterness of the char to the grain and hops is quite bold and doesn't blend together that well. Not a bad brew, it is worth trying if you get a chance but once was enough for me.

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

Photo of imbibehour
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.

Off the pour a great chocolate milk brown head is given, all very uniform and one finger sized with lots of staying power. Great big black/brown walnut body color all uniform throughout. While drinking, lots of concentric lacing and circles along the glass. One sexy looking drink.

Nose is a great milky char with some roast characters also. Milk gives hints of cream, but also a big char roast dry powdery sense, almost embers.

Taste is light bodied with a killer roast character in mid palate. Chocolate milkyness, tobacco feeling, and an incredible balance of hop finish bitter.

Overall just a great winning beer here. This great marriage of roast and malt, and hop in a porter is just fantastic.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a thick porter, with a consistent body and a fair bit of a smoky tone to it that is something I usually don't appreciate as much in a beer, but I can dig it here on this one. The highlight of this beer is it's consistency. The detractor seems to be a somewhat too high carbonation. But overall, this is a pretty good porter. Worth trying (as long as the place you get it from is charging a reasonable price for it).

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

Bottle purchased at Premiere Gourmet in Amherst, NY.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a fluffy mocha-colored head, and a lot of sticky lacing.

Smells pretty strongly of roasted malt, with some additional chocolate, roasted coffee beans.

The roasted malt is the strongest flavor here, and it's really nice. The chocolate is strong too, but not particularly sweet, more bitter and unsweetened than anything. Some espresso bean bitterness as well. All in all, it's a very tasty but bitter porter.

This one is slightly thinner than I'd expected, but still very drinkable. It's got a lower amount of carbonation, with a creamy but dry mouthfeel.

This is an excellent under-the-radar porter.

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Black Ball Porter from To Øl
Beer rating: 89.1% out of 100 with 192 ratings
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