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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
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
177
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
13.61%
 
 
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12
Gots:
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 177
Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A large tan head rises to over two fingers. Rings of stick lace are left behind.
S: Light roasted malt and chocolate up front. That quickly fades to an acidic twang. Even slightly metallic.
T: Follows the nose with roasted malt and coffee up front. Acrid, with a metallic twang. Even acidic in the finish. I am not a big fan.
M/D: A medium body that is overly sticky. Fairly syrupy. A slow sipper. The alcohol is very noticeably.

Overly alcoholic with an acrid, acidic and metallic twang that I am not a fan of. not something I wouldn't purchase again.

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Photo of Rutager
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous dark brown, pretty much black in the glass with almost two fingers of thick and frothy brown head. Smells of charred malts, cocoa and molasses with a touch of anise and dark fruit. Super roasty dark malts on the tongue without the astringent feel that often companies. Good amount of hops there too and just enough sweetness to keep the bitterness in check. Very well done. Cheers for the recommendation, Kris @ brewery creek.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Black indeed. Two fingers of thick, tight, mocha head with great retention.

S: Chocolate malts are strong and can be smelled from far away. Some roasted malt, but not much else. Porterish.

T/M/O: Tasty! Rich and luxuriously smooth, with just a tad of carbonation to keep things interesting. Much like the smell -- roasty and chocolatey. Perhaps the best porter I've tasted. Highly recommended; would drink again.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous jet black with just the barest hint of ruby and creamy piles of cappuccino-colored head that is rock solid and instantly sheets.
Smoke and meat on the nose with maybe some pine tar but otherwise no sign of hops.
Unsweetened licorice in a big way with some fig and black treacle then resin and orange rind hops push their way through.
Herbal green finish and loong bitter linger that can only come from roast plus hops.
Medium, lots of chew, yet dry, slight heat.

Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade

Incredibly dark, with the stickiest black notes like asphalt in summer yet dank US hops still make themselves heard. And yet so not a Black IPA.

3rd outstanding beer in a row from To Ol, these guys are setting the pace.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, smoky aroma has a strong overtone of sweet chocolate and quality roast coffee plus a hint of molasses. It pours opaque sable just a flea’s eyebrow above black with a thick and rather persistent tan head. Smoky, woody flavor has licorice, coffee, chocolate, molasses and toffee - not too sweet and rather lip-smacking. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a good fizz to it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shows complex roast with roasted coffee notes and a little chocolate, bready and nutty malt. Tempting.
Rich flavours. Heavy roasted malt, liquorice, roasted coffee, smooth booze.
Smooth body and carbonation.

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Photo of popery
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours wall-to-wall black and looks heavy. A brown head, quite dark, blossoms up slowly and builds to a surprising mass. The aroma is strongly roasty, but there's a core of caramel and licorice sweetness. Hops are also fairly strong and contribute an herbal, mineral aroma. Dark chocolate and coffee also pop up a bit. The taste reinforces the dominance of roast and hops in the beer. Despite that, it's rather sweet and drinks relatively smoothly for the big bitter flavors. The finish is all roast, hop bitterness and dark chocolate. Little alcohol to be found. Mouthfeel is creamy at first but ends a bit harsh. It's a good beer, though a bit roasty and hoppy for my taste.

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a big and very dense mocha colored head. Fades slowly, leaving a nice patchwork of lacing behind.

S: Smoky with some dark chocolate. Maybe a little bit of oatmeal?

T: Lots of chocolate and smoke with some oatmeal to smooth and balance it out. Just a hint of brown sugar.

M: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied, bordering on the thicker side.

O: Not a bad porter. Given the ABV and the oatmeal presence, it's basically a smoky oatmeal stout.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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 Jeffo
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Geers in Ghent. Why didn't they tell me this was going to be that good? Poor customer service...

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A brown pour yields a larger, medium looking, creamy, fluffy, tan head with great retention. Transparent black body with some decent carbonation up the middle of the glass. Head slowly fades to a big foam cap and coats the sides of the glass. A good, full cap remains and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Looks really good.

SMELL: Dark and roasted malts, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Hints of leather as well. Bold enough as well.

TASTE: Dark malts, roated malts, cocoa powder and some smoky leather flavors. Very flavorful up front. Lots of bitter cocoa, coffee and smoky notes. Big and lingering aftertaste is bitter with plenty of roasted, smoky and chocolate flavors with just a touch of caramel sweetness as balance. This is way too flavorful for an 8% porter.

PALATE: Full body with medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes just slightly sticky. Full with enough weight and a great finish. Phenomenal.

OVERALL: A stellar offering. I was not expecting this to be that good. A great porter look, a pile of flavor balanced extremely well, and an wonderfully full and heavy mouthfeel for the style. One worth checking out if you can, and getting in quantity if you are so fortunate. If only they had told me...

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Photo of beergoot
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gloriously opaque with a rich, creamy tan head that stubbornly clings to the glass.

Gently burnt toast and dark roasted coffee predominate the aroma. There is a hint of chocolate in there, too. Hops are well-hidden in the grains, but one can detect a slight floral character.

Rich chocolate and cocoa predominate the flavor. A subtle and smooth bitterness sneaks its way into the taste midway through and lingers softly through the finish.

Full-bodied in nature, rich and oily, with a smooth, velvety sense on the tongue.

This is one excellent porter. Satisfyingly complex yet balanced and very easy to drink. Well-worth checking out if you're in the mood for an intensely satisfying dark ale.

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Photo of ADZA
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great name great brewery and pours a luscious pitch black hue with a three finger chocolate laced head and lacing everywhere and yeah it's a looker alright,the smell dark chocolate mixed with a rich smokiness just like a fresh cigar along with a slight herbalness,the mouthfeel is light bodied yet lush and creamy and the tastes are a beautiful combination of sweet and bitter with an ever present smokiness that really keeps it all in check and overall I'm sold with this one and honestly as it says close to perfection porter is not far off the mark cheers.

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured pretty much pitch black even when held up to the light... Dirty burnt brown head poured a big, thick and bubbly then faded fairly quickly to decent thickish covering.. lots of patchy sticky lacing...

Aroma - Roasted chocolate maltiness, strong charred coffee beans, cocoa, light liquorice, leathery and slightly sooty, toasted bread, burnt toffee, treacle, earthy / cardboard hints, roasted nuts, some sticky plum and date fruitiness, black cherries, some alcohol just noticeable...

Taste - Lots of charred roasted dark chocolate malt bitterness, sooty, some piney hops, very earthy, strong espresso coffee, dried coffee grains, toasted nutty sweetness, some treacle, faint anise...

Feel - Smooth initially then a slight sharpness comes through... medium bodied... a pretty quaffable brew considering it is 8%...

Overall - A very good Porter... definitely recommended...

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Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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 patre_tim
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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 ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, black licorice, roasted coffee, touch of vanilla and dark fruits.

T - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, roasted bitter coffee, black licorice, molasses, earthy hops, some vanilla, hint of dark fruits.

M - Medium-plus bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted and sweet finish.

D - Nice american porter. Good complexity and balance.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Despite the fact that To Øl claims that this beer is a porter, this beer is more like a black IPA then a porter. There are definite malty tastes to it that could make it a porter, however, the predominate taste is very hoppy which is why I believe it is more like a black IPA. The appearance is very dark with a thick brown head. The maltliness adds viscosity to the beer which contributes to the thick mouth feel. Overall this is one of the best beers I have had to date.

Serving: Tap

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Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly opaque dark brown, one finger thick light brown foam, lots of spots of lace left on the glass. Smell: roasty, molasses, earth and licorice. Taste: roast, dark chocolate, citrus peel, caramel, earth and anise notes. Creamy, nice carbonation, mild alcohol hit.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glad to try a fresh batch of this To Ol standard.

This porter pours…black, ladies and gentlemen, we've got a black pour here, can you believe it?! Tan head starts at a good 3 fingers, ends as a patchy cap leaving bits of lace.

Nose of chocolate fudge, roast, touch of molasses, dark bread, good dose of resiny and minty hop, citrus, light alcohol.

Taste is a touch roastier with some smokiness coming into play, pretty hoppy for a porter with grapefruit, pine and herbal hops coming through. Notes of brown sugar, caramel.

Smooth and lighter-end mouthfeel, very proper for a porter. Kinda bitter and dry with very light alcohol warmth.

At 8% it leans towards a stout but the porter feel is nicely kept in tact. Solid all around, extra hops aren't a detraction, pretty drinkable for 8%. Good stuff.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick brown with a creamy fat head of chocolate colored foam that is too lazy to fall. Soft nose with dark chocolate and a brief whiff of mint. Rich dark creamy milky chocolate, some hop araoma and roasted malt. Bread. Smells like a milkshake. Taste is dry roasted malt, coffee, the sweetness of the chocolate and a bit of cream. Full creamy mouthfeel. Slight bitterness on a dry finish. Something brown and leafy in there and a bit of herbal. Rich and smooth. It's beer cocoa.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. Shaker glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Pure black headed by tan froth. Thick crown is creamy & leaves copious lacing spots & rings. Burnt coffee & roasted malt aromas with herbal/floral touches to the nose. Burnt flavors from a firm malty backbone with intense underlying licorice notes. Velvet palate. Full body, soft carbonation. Long bitter finish & roasted coffee on the aftertaste. Refreshing as a Porter should be no matter how high ABV is.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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 drmeto
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with nolight coming through and a huge,frothy,khaki head
S:
-slight smoke,oats,grainy,coffee,chocolate,anice
T:
-anice,oats,coffee,slight smoke,brown sugar,licorice
F:
-full body
-low carbonation
-no alcohol detectable

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Nearly black pour with a beautiful two finger caramel colored head with great retention and insane lacing. Dark roasty nose with with hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and just a touch of smoke and hops. The taste is big and rich for a Porter. Tons of cocoa right off the bat along with hints of dark chocolate, smoke, coffee, caramel, and a surprising Black IPA hoppiness you don't typically find in a Porter. The mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and creamy, with a unique subtle hop bite on the finish. This is as close to a perfect 5 mouthfeel as I've ever had. Overall this beer exceeded expectations in every category. I'm not a huge fan of Porters, but this stands out and really has a lot of Stout and Black IPA character to it. Highly recommend!

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours beautifully with tons of lasting lace.

Smells rich, cocoa, burnt malt, slight plum.

Tastes like one hell of a smoked porter. Burnt chocolate, coffee, dry hops! Goes down smooth, with a nice, moderate thickness.

I really, really enjoyed this one! I'd recommend pretty highly.

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Black Ball Porter from To Øl
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