To Øl Black Ball Porter

I’ve almost purchased this beer a few times at the store. I haven’t heard much about it, but it looked interesting and I can really get down with a good porter. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 8%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Black Ball is a potent porter, boasted with dark cassonade sugar and a good heap of American hops to rebalance the edgy and full-flavoured malt profile. You will find notes of chocolate, caramel and sulphur. This results in a porter with a broad and delicate mouth feel, capable of a good kick and does not leave the mouth voluntarily. Black IPA? No way! Hoppy Porters is here to stay! For a perfect evening, Black Ball blends perfect with a Black Rocket from the Pivovar Matuška brewery and Mikkeller Black Hole (Royalties to Theis!)”

Random: I have a basil plant on the balcony and it has been looking really sad. I watered it yesterday and it’s starting to perk up.

This brew poured with a two finger, relatively thick tan head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass, but not as much as I would have thought. The body was almost black with no visible carbonation due to the color. There was a bit of tan-colored detritus throughout the body. The nose was fragrant with dark chocolate, roasted malt and peat and smoke coming through as well. The taste was more intense than I expected. I got coffee and roasted malts with lots of smoke and burnt chocolate as well. There was some alcohol burn at the end of the sip as well. The body was thick with light carbonation. The finish was long and smoky with smoke and chocolate. This brew was really well done and I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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