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:
191
Reviews:
72
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
8.15%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Rutager
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
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 dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Bottle shared at home. Pitch black pour with a thin dark tan head. Notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, sherry, dark cherries and a light warming alcohol in the back of the throat. Medium body, medium to light carbonation and a chocolate roasty bitter finish.

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Photo of -DF-
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dryndantheman
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tunemx
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mick_cooper
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Viscous, striking licorice and black treacle. Bit too dry for me.

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Photo of Misterefe
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Beervana
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of _ph230_
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of stephenlee
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Thanks once again and again and again to Chico1985 for hooking me up and sharing this brew. To Ol is gaining some points in my book lately and hopefully this keeps that trend up.

A- 12oz bottle poured into a snifter with a very large head, over two fingers with a thick frothy consistency. Head retention is rather good. Lacing seems endless from the large ring and ample pillows residing on the glass in large sheets and meandering webs.

S- Inviting dose of charred grains with a fair amount of hops on the back end for me. Deeply blackened barley provides a burnt, roasty edge with luscious chocolate notes coming after that. Earthy and citrus hops.

T- Chocolate really gains some strength here with a milk chocolate and bittersweet cocoa powder presence from the roasted grains which also leave charred/burnt barley, espresso, heavily toasted notes and a bit of a bitter astringency. A hint of smoke and dry dark fruits (tiny hint) as well as earthy hops which seem to lose steam here.

MF- Fairly thick bodied overall with a puffy creamy smoothness (oats come into play) helping with delivery of the massive roastiness. Carbonation is probably a shade above a medium level and it all ends with a deep roasted bitterness.

A roasty monster of a Porter but one I will certainly revisit in the future. A touch of smoke, large chocolate presence and a very silky body from some oats. BLACK indeed and quite good to boot.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ZachT
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Black Ball Porter from To Øl
4.05 out of 5 based on 191 ratings.
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