Black Ball Porter | To Øl

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4.09/5
Exceptional
208 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:
#3,076
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
208
pDev:
8.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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12
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4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can: Pours a deep black porter in the glass with a massive mocha colored fluffy meringue head that stacks out of the glass and lasts, plastering the glass with lace as it drains. Pungent malty-roasty aroma with undertones coffee, cocoa, licorice, dark dried fruit, roast hazel nut, lemon grass, hay and spice. Medium body verging on the heavy side with a slick viscous mouth feel and rounded dark brooding roasty character. Flavor has sturdy malts and grains in front but a rush of sharp bittering keeps this in tow - there is less complexity on the plate than in the nose but you can discern some big dark fruit notes mingling with the smokey-roasty malts, cocoa and java side tones, hints of anise and dates and a rigid underlying burnt pine bittering - long wet increasingly bitter finish with a pronounced warming effect at the end. This is hyper porter - robust, rich and satisfying.

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4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
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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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 500ml can served almost straight from the fridge at 10 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 04/07/2018.

Look: The beer pours an opaque black with 6cm of dense, mocha head that dissipates into a craggy cap within 5+ minutes. Exceptional lacing and persistent (as f**k) head. I don't think a dark brew such as this can look any better.

Smell: Medium-strong intensity and sharp balance. Pronounced roasted malts with quite a bit of charred notes. Surprisingly assertive hops with a herbal tobacco character to balance out the malts. As soon as you think it's all just too much for the senses, the brown sugar steps in to bring balance with its sweetness. I may or may not notice a faint caramel in the mix. Definitely no chocolate.

Taste: Follows the aroma with even more strength and bitterness. Charred, dark malts reminiscent of ashtray/bonfire with tons of very assertive hops of the dried herbal variety. A faint sugary sweetness helps to balance the other ingredients. The finish is long, strong, and bitter with a notable minerality.

Feel: Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Velvety smooth and deliciously viscous with a dry finish and restrained alcohol warmth. Only mild astringency from the very assertive bitterness.

Overall: Jet black, charred, sharp, and bitter – Black Ball Porter makes no apologies for pounding your palate. It's intense, impressive, blurs the lines between porters and stouts. Try it if you're a fan of strong, dark beers.

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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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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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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4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a huge, foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A great-looking beer.

S: A nicely understated aroma of malt, chocolate, hops, and sugar.

T: Tasted of malt, a little coffee, chocolate, hops and brown sugar. Not that it had a huge amount of hops, but it was more than I expected. A well-balanced, flavorful, and focused porter.

M: A generally well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an easy to like, well made beer. Very drinkable.

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4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
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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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark black/brown.

The aroma has roasted malt, chocolate.

The flavor follows with a robust roasted malt, tons of roasty coffee. Coffee bitterness, earthiness, burnt malt on the end. A very robust beer with a good bitterness. Tons of coffee flavor.

A really well done porter.

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4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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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4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
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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4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
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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4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 11.2oz bottle

A- pours deep brown that settles black with an impressive three finger chocolate brown head. Head disapates slowly leaving an impressive lacing, looks delicious.

S- roasted chocolate, touch of smoke, touch of vanilla, nice full aroma, smells creamy and delicious.

T- starts chocolatey, then roasty notes reminiscent of coffee, and a touch of smoke, blends with a nice hop bitterness , very well rounded.

M- creamy medium/full body, medium/light carbonation, perfect for this beer, carbonation accent the slightly bitter finish and scrubs the palate clean.

O- An Amazing porter, complex and delicious while maintain a nice level of drink ability, a very well rounded brew, everything works together so nicley.

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Black Ball Porter from To Øl
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 208 ratings
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