To Øl
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Porter
Copenhagen N, Denmark
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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, hops (Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade) and yeast.

Acid303's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acid303 (613) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - JAN 20, 2013
33cl bottle. Black colour with small/medium brown head. Full bodied and average carbonated. Aroma is a mix of wood, alcohol and hints of roasted malts. Those malts are more evident regarding taste, with some chocolate notes and a slightly bitter aftertaste. I find it too soft for a beer like this, but it’s not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berlinoise2go (681) - NORWAY - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle (33cl) from Vinmonopolet, Oslo. Half-inch dark beige head, good retention. Black colour. Aroma of roasted malt, smokey wood, lactose, licorice, coffee, hint of acetone. Medium body, soft carbonation. Bitter-sweet taste with a well-blended acidity - excellent balance. Increasing dryness culminating in a tongue-dryingly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MPA (900) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle. MHT 11.01.13. Black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of smoke and coffee. Flavour is sweet with dark, roasted malts and chocolate, a little salami and a good burned bitter finish. Good palate as well. Very nice. Aging did this well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsen1635 (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2016
Bottle. Pitch black pour with huge brown head. Aroma has tar and chocolate malt. Taste is balanced with liquorice and a very well balanced bitterness. Medium carbonation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Baramba (625) - ITALY - JAN 26, 2016
bottle. Dark brown with beige head. Roasted malt aroma and coffee. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel flavour. Dry bitter finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hohops (637) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2015
Appearance- very dark, opaque, a big frothy light brown head which leaves some lacing. Aroma- milk chocolate, coffee beans, dark toasted malt, coffee milkshake, tobacco smoke, treacle toffee, toasted teacake. Taste- yum. Bitter chocolate and loads of dark coffee to begin with. Burnt caramel, roast malts, honey-coated burnt toast, liqueur chocolates. Clinging bitter finish, with more burnt malts and espresso coffee. Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and velvety, seems bigger than 8%. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stoned99 (844) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2015
Bottle from trade with Guillaume S. last summer. Aroma: lots of cheap chocolate, subtle citrus, roasted malt, smokey. App: pitch black with medium frothy moka head and great lacing. Taste and palate: full body, creamy, medium sweetness, light bitter and smokey finish. Overall: didn’t think the nose was really inviting initially but got used to it and enjoyed it. Good smoothness, good balance, good sweet desert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EithCubes (5377) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2015
[Coincidence: this beer’s 555th rating, here on X-Mas Eve 2015.] Bottle. Nose luscious, huge chocolate and heavy dark roast, strong coffee as well. Definite fruitiness with malt sweetness, plum and berry. Pitch pour with a dense and cream brown head. Watery-thin body in the mouth with medium bitterness, utterly bone-dry with strong and lasting smoke, lighter char and scorch, great and unrelenting dark roast, coffee, dark chocolate, classic brown malt. Love the brutal ardor, dry and even moreish (!) with mild background fruit for balance, rounded mild hoppiness mostly in earthiness, hint of ash with the smoke. Very mild mineral character and a touch of husk in the finish; there’s something distinctly Scandinavian about this, even though it was brewed in Belgium -- I immediately thought Nøgne Ø, then Mikkeller. Sticky lips. I’d desire it a touch thicker, but that’s quibbling; there’s a light creaminess which befits the smoke and would complement vanilla quite well -- it’s hard for me not to imagine the pairing. No trace of alcohol whatsoever. Super classy and easy-going, the beast you can bring home for dinner. [2015.12.24: 4.5]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DroolYeast (681) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle @ home from To Øl’s Christmas calendar. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. Black with tan mostly diminishing head. Moderate malt and hop bitterness, light+ sweetness. Full body, oily texture, avg. carb., malt bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (1012) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2015
(330ml bottle shared @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Nov 27 2015) Pours black with a pale brown head lingering with lace. Aroma has smoky, roasty dark malts and piney hops. Palate is very smoky, dry and ashy dark malt and a lot of leafy, piney hops with a bit of resin. Finish is super smoky and medium bitter with dry roast and a supply of pine forward hops. Medium body with above average carb. Basically all about and hops, I admit I was expecting a fuller, richer body from the grain bill. Felt a little lacking in punch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (487) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 1, 2015
F: thin brown diminishing to thin film. C: dark non-transparent as a night. A: roasted malt, wet wood, coffee, sweet dark fruit. T: 0,33l bottle from De Hopduvel in Gent, dark malt, nice bitterness with some grassy/earthy tones decent dry on the palate, coffee, hint of dark chocolate, some dark fruity, smoked meat, full body, average carbo, very good beer for this style.

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