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To Øl Black Ball Porter

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To Øl
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial/Strong Porter
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 430   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Danish: Black Ball er en potent porter med mørk cassanade og et ordentlig skud amerikansk humle til at afbalancere den markante og fyldige maltprofil, hvor der findes noter af chokolade, karamel og røg.
Ingredienser: Vand, malt(pilsner, smoked, chokolade, cara munich og brown), ristet byg, flækket havre, mørk cassanade, humle og gær.

English: Black Ball is a potent porter with a nice and round mouth feel combined with a lot of american hops, that balances the full and creamy body which has notes of chocolate, coffee and smoke.
Ingredients: Water, malt(pilsner, smoked, chokolade, cara munich, brown), roasted barley, flaked oat, dark cassanade sugar, hooops (Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade) and yeast.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fellebag (782) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Dark brown head leaving for layer. Opaque. Aroma is licorice, coffee, chocolate, dark bread, dark berries, gasoline. Taste is sweet of liquer, chocolate and coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmzl (89) - SLOVENIA - AUG 22, 2014

Look: Pours with creamy, thick, large mocha head. Slow retention, leaves a thick layer. Lots of random but fine lacing when coming down. Very dark brown, ok, black, can’t see through.

Smell: The usual milky chocolate, roast medium sweetness with dry fruits (dates mostly) and light boozy character. Oak and vanilla with some acidity come in to mix things up.

Taste: Starts with good medium sweet dark malt backbone. Good smooth milky transition to medium bitterness, made mostly with strong dark coffee and a bit less strong roast. Fresh cognac, vanilla, oak spike towards the end, dark coffee dominates the after. Also some hops pop up in the end bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full medium heavy body, creamy.

Overall: A solid beer, creamy but still hides a few punches to spice things up. Go for it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wvhoran (194) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. Pitch black with a creamy-looking tan head. The aroma has notes of burnt malt, chocolate, and grassy, grapefruity hops. The flavour is quite hoppy with grapefruit and pine, some more passionfruit-pineapple notes, becoming reasonably bitter with roast malt acidity and smokiness taking over. The body is medium (I had hoped it might actually be a little thicker) and has a nice silky texture.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nordcore (1020) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle 33 cl. Black with a nice foamy light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, dark fruits and roasted malt. Medium bitter, light sweet with a longer nice chocolate end. Nice

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mannb986 (7) - SCOTLAND - AUG 9, 2014 does not count
Brilliant beer! The smokey aroma bursts out the glass followed by strong dark chocolate aromas. Has converted me to beers using smoked malts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ATulloch (68) - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle from emporium. Pours a dark black with a tan head which lasts. Good lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, liquorice and pine. A very rich taste with strong coffee and pine. Quite an oily mouth feel.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (1254) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2014
Complex porter from a brewery in Kopenhagen, brewed with three American hops, four malt varieties including smoked malt, roasted barley and oat flakes. Deeply beige, mousse-like, thick, stable foam, colour completely black without any light shining through. Aroma malty, less strong than I expected, sourish and fruity notes, coffee grounds, fondant, liquorice, hazelnuts, sherry, cloves, dates, vanilla, grassy hops. Full and complex taste nonetheless, rich malt base with dark chocolate, caramel, nuts, coffee, thick and oily mouthfeel, herbal tones, citrussy and peppery hoppiness spreading out over back of tongue and throat supported by roasted bitterness (’cold coffee’), some warming alcohol further adding to the experience. Very complex and interesting beer, although I still fail to see the use of the term ’imperial porter’ instead of good-old ’imperial stout’.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rarbring (1338) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2014
Overall: Peas, grass, nettles, dry, coffee. Not for me.
Note: Bottle 330 ml at a De Klomp tasting. Reviewed 2014-07-26.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Baton (33) - Łódź, POLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours a pitch black with nice beige head. Aroma: coffee, roasted malts, licorice. No hops which is disappointing. Taste: coffee, roasty, dark chocolate, licorice. Great, full body and oily texture.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Excalibur123 (127) - Soria, SPAIN - JUL 19, 2014
Vierte color negro intenso con abundante cabeza de espuma que perdura largo tiempo en la copa; se aprecian aromas a malta tostada, cacao, especias y café; en boca entrada media y maltosa con ligero amargor; notas terrosas y a regaliz, buen cuerpo con carbónico moderado; pos gusto largo con amargor persistente en una buena cerveza de estilo porter.


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