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Black Marlin Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: djaeon on 03-13-2010)
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

BreweryRun, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

zestar, May 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

akang, Apr 04, 2014
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2.09/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

On tap at The Local in San Diego. Dark brown pour with ruby on the edges and a small khaki head. Aroma is some light roast, heavy sherry and rum booze (does not smell like bourbon here). Flavor is a rather disgusting combination of roast and straight up cheap whiskey (oh, hey Black Velvet) and is barely drinkable. Way light bodied, way to thin for the bourbon barrel aging. I could not finish a 3 ounce taster of this one. It was really bad.

BMMillsy, Nov 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

dfhhead25, Aug 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

SocalKicks, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

jbaakko, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jasewaaang, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

whallgren, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

fox227, Nov 07, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

t0rin0, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to FlandersNed for the hookup. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Giant tan foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lace. Dark brown body with a hint of transparency at the edges.

S - Reminds me a lot of BA Token - buttery, with notes of cola, nuts, brown sugar, toffee, and light bourbon.

T - Taste is similar, with cola, toasted grains, butter, and some fruity notes. Seems mildly infected.

M - Medium-light body, lower carbonation, slightly grainy texture, and some surprising alcohol warmth for a 5.9% porter.

D - Not very good. I struggled with my 4oz pour, and if this had been any higher in ABV I would have been tempted to pour it out. Not sure if the infection was at the growler level or something systemic.

MasterSki, Jun 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

timwardjr, Jun 15, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sierra Grille.

Poured into a snifter just about black, 1-finger beige head, nice retention and lace.

Smell is good, bourbon noticeable but quite mellow, nice roasty and chocolate porter notes, good strength overall.

Taste is great - bourbon is a little stronger than in the scent, still pretty mellow overall but at a good level and very flavorful. Melds very nicely with porter which delivers dark chocolate, roastiness, black coffee with some light vanilla sweetness and oak. Bourbon intensifies a bit with warmth but great balance.

Kind of a weak mouthfeel, doesn't feel full enough, just kinda sits there.

Other than the mouthfeel this is very nicely done. Bourbon and oak are at a perfect level, the porter brings great flavors for the low ABV and isn't overpowered. Definitely would like to have it again.

Chico1985, Jun 11, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is a dark almost black brown coloring with ruby highlights and a slight ring of film on the surface. Aromas of oak and earth, with coffee bitter and vanilla sweet highlights. Flavors are heavy and smooth, with a darkly sweet and boozey highlight from the barrels that impart a touch of wine characteristics. Rich bourbon laces throughout the brew, with some slight coffee bitterness. The aftertaste is rich, sweet,, and balanced. The body is solid enough to support the flavors, but light enough to avoid overpowering. Smooth, clean, and slightly bitter finish. Tasty.

GarthDanielson, Jun 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

standardcherry, Jun 04, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door this past weekend.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose, I get considerable bourbon and vanilla, interspersed with light coffee and dark chocolate. This beer smells great, and happily, the flavor profile is every bit as good. Once againn the bourbon and vanilla seemeed to dominate, though I get considerable dark chocolate and light coffee as well. Also, while moderately sweet, the sweetness is not overdone, with just enough hoppy bitterness to balance the sweetness perfectly. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long finish, and while this beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate, I was surpised by the 5.9% abv. The richess in this beer leads one to believe the alcohol is higher than that.

An altogether excellent beer... one of the better porters I've had in some time. Good stuff!

John_M, May 29, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$7 at Gulu Gulu, Salem MA. We brought our puppy to the bar for the first time.

Black with dark brown edges. Retention isn't great but does leave a foamy smear down one side of the glass.

Burnt caramel and fruit aspects of bourbon dominate the aroma. Jelly bean shell sugar and Backwoods cigar vanilla too.

Taste again is dominated by raw bourbon aspects. Some warm, dark malt flavor in back without an roastiness.

Not a bold enough beer to stand up to the bourbon.

donkeyrunner, Apr 06, 2012
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2.53/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught into a 5 ounce taster glass at Ballast Point's taproom. Cost was $2.00. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours no head at all. Colour is a solid nontransparent black.

Sm: Light bourbon tone. Hints of chocolate. A simple light strength aroma.

T: Clean chocolate with a bourbon tone. The chocolate isn't particularly rich. Dark malts comprise the foundation. Weak and not at all full bodied. Imbalanced. Not bold like I'd expect from a bourbon aged beer. Built decently. Boring and dull. Not at all experimental. Lacking complexity and subtlety.

Mf: Nicely smooth and wet, suiting the flavours nicely. A bit thin. Could use cream. I'd prefer it a bit more dry. Too watery.

Dr: Drinkable but simple and boring. I won't get it again. Might be better aged for a few years, but a polished turd is still a turd. Fans of the style should look elsewhere.

Low C-

kojevergas, Mar 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a short 1/2" head.

Smell: roasted malts, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon comes through to the nose.

Taste: follows the nose as roasted malts and vanilla were dominant. The bourbon and dark fruit flavors were a bit more muted. Bitterness was nicely balancing here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth throughout with a long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: not a bad drinking beer. This was nice change of pace for the usually mild mannered porter.

Gavage, Mar 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

arktos, Feb 04, 2012
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Black Marlin Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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