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

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Black Marlin Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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BA SCORE
86
very good

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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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. This is an easy drinking barrel-aged beer on the lower end of the ABV spectrum. Dark brown, nearly black color, with a modest head that nonetheless has good retention and lacing. Aroma of roast malt and char, as well as bourbon, vanilla, and a general woodiness.

Smooth, moderately sweet, with a fair degree of balance between the roasted and bourbon characteristics. Faint sweetness and a touch of bitter hoppiness mingling with vanilla in the finish. I didn’t find the oak or whiskey notes to be at all dominant. Actually they felt rather subdued. Nothing really stood out or overshadowed anything else, which was fine, but in the end didn’t make for a particularly memorable beer. Certainly good but nothing I would go out of my way to try again.

Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. I usually prefer my porters with a bit less of a spritzy mouthfeel but this fell short of being overly prickly.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 13:37:00 | More by tobelerone
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hoops61176

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-16-2012 16:48:47 | More by hoops61176
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Craft Ale House

Served with a fairly thin layer of creamy tan head, body was deep brown-black, lots of shimmering tiny bubbles on the sides of the glass. Smelled slightly vinegary sour, hints of booziness, sweet vanilla, some burnt notes. Tasted strongly of roasted malt, with notes of coffee and chocolate, and s slightly sweet fruitiness towards the end of the taste. Also got a little hoppiness as well. As far as mouthfeel, the beer was a medium weight, slightly creamy, with a zip of carbonation to it.

Overall, a tasty porter with hints of bourbon. Definitely worth a try, and I would seek it out again, but it didn't blow my mind like some of BP's others do.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 14:09:29 | More by shangwang
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown body. Medium sized khaki head. Spotty lacing. Lively carbonation.

S: Smooth, mellow bourbon notes... booze, vanilla, oak. Also a bit of chocolate and roasted notes.

T: A slight fall off from the nose. The bourbon is a bit hidden and roasted malts take over. Hints of chocolate and a pinch of coffee.

M: Moderate body, easy drinking with appropriate carbonation levels.

O: A nice porter. Ultimately, I am not sure how much the bourbon helps other than providing a bit of depth to the nose.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 05:08:23 | More by callmemickey
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-01-2012 13:27:18 | More by dbrauneis
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bkny27

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-10-2011 21:41:03 | More by bkny27
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-07-2011 04:19:00 | More by HopStoopid120
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler pour-$12.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pour is darn near black, under 1/4 inch of dark tan head, that stays just a moment then is a thicker film, uneven collar and ample sultry webs and sheets of fine lace.

Vanilla and faint burnt malts in the nose.

Tasty and easy drinking porter, with more vanilla, more dark malts, milk chocolate, some wood/smoke in the background. Barrel aged character quite muted.

Enjoyable and quality offering, happy to be able to give this one a try.

Serving type: growler

12-07-2011 01:06:36 | More by Billolick
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tbeq00

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-03-2011 22:29:49 | More by tbeq00
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque color. Nice froth of beige head rests on top, retains pretty well, leaving some spots of lacing on the glass.

Nice vanilla and cocoa scents in the nose. Underlying bourbon and oak tones with some sweetness. Roasted malts with caramel too.

Smack of sweetness with chocolate and vanilla up front. Cocoa and oaky bourbon throughout. Slight solventy tone comes through on occasion. Nice roasted malt backbone with some caramel and bready notes. Finishes a bit boozy and sweet.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, a little thinner and rougher than I might like. It's nice to see a well integrated barrel aged beer that isn't a 12% imperial stout, although I wanted a bit more from the feel.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2011 01:42:41 | More by xnicknj
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jeezie

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-28-2011 03:38:27 | More by jeezie
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a bit too cold and with a very small, tan head that soon subsided to barely a ring around the inside, tiny islands, and contrails. Color is a 99.9% clear, yet opaque, red brown. Aroma is malt, cocoa, coffee, wax, bourbon, hint of roast. Flavor’s about the same with sweet, tang, bitter, in that order in the fore, then the other stuff. Body gets a lot better as it gets warmer. Still, it’s very nice and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor, with a little alcohol warmth, and on the long side. Good brew! Not sure as a session tho.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 00:34:05 | More by drpimento
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MasterMustace

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-16-2011 21:04:04 | More by MasterMustace
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BrewtifulMind

California

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-15-2011 09:22:32 | More by BrewtifulMind
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onefalsemove711

California

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-14-2011 07:08:52 | More by onefalsemove711
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

At tap at churchill's for bear republic night...

A dark black body with a tan head that sticks around

S-nice mellow Bourbon mixed with maltiness that KS very nice

T-really bourbony with a very, very thin body. Disappointing. Smooth bourbon tthough. Or I should say at least

M-medium body and smooth

O- mediocre. Sigh

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 03:19:20 | More by brew3crew
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HopHead84

California

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/31/2011

On tap at Home Brew Mart.

A: Black with two fingers of light brown foam.

S: Cocoa, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and oak, extant in perfect harmony. Earth meets pine. I get notes of sapling wood.

T: Cocoa and dark chocolate with a light caramel presence. The barrel has imparted vanilla and oak. Bourbon is well integrated and malt is moderately roasted. There's an upper low bitterness with notes of pine and earth. 

M: Upper medium body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: If I had to pick one word to describe Ballast Point's barrel aged offerings it would be inconsistent. They range from fantastic to awful, and you never know what you're going to get, which is frustrating. This is a great batch of Barrel Aged Black Marlin.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 00:41:43 | More by HopHead84
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beagle75

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Rock Island Brewing Co.

A: Hazy, dark brown color with less than one finger of fine mocha foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild bourbon, vanilla, and refined roasted grain.

T: Begins off-dry, with bourbon up-front that is almost completely divorced from any flavor of alcohol. Acidity is mild and not intrusive. Later flavors struggle to gain traction in the face of the lingering but appealing bourbon, with vanilla peeking through a bit but dark roasted malt never really showing up.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smooth and balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer presents honest bourbon qualities in one of the most approachable packages imaginable. While drinkable, its usual collection of other favorable qualities become diminished in the face of the bourbon. Neither is there much of an oak presence that stands apart from the spirit component. It is a different beer than the standard preparation, but not necessarily a better beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 17:56:55 | More by beagle75
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bashiba

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with a long lasting 1/2 inch of off white head.

The smell is lightly roasty notes along with mild vanilla and oak aroma's coming through nicely.

Very nice flavor, a mild but noticeable smokey and roasted malt backbone with a light bit of dark fruity sweetness mixing quite well with the modest oak and bourbon flavors with just a hint of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is thin, but has a nice woody dryness to it.

Very nice beer, Its like having a sessionable Barrel aged russian imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 15:59:39 | More by bashiba
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popery

California

3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes 3/11/11. Tap at City Beer Store. Pours slightly brownish black with a small tan head. Aroma is kinda cheap-ish bourbon with a boozy caramel note, cola, coffee and citrus/herbal hops. The taste has significant booze with more vanilla-caramel bourbon and a fairly harsh, sharp coffee/roast note mingled with bland hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. This beer just couldn’t handle the barrel, in my opinion. The oak just seemed to rob it of body and give some tannic flavor. The bourbon just doesn't really have enough rich malt flavor to complement, and everything gets too harsh.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 16:25:40 | More by popery
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this as a guest tap at the last night of Amherst Brewery. Poured into a 12 ounce glass. Apparhently ABC thought this was 9%+ and didnt believe me when I said it was the ABV listed on BA.

A - Pours a deep dark espresso colour with a surprisingly big, fluffy two finger mocha head that fades super slowly to leave very nice side lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Big upfront bourbon notes that intermix with barrel and chocolate. Very nice.

T - The taste meanwhile, I've had better. Its just good. There is bourbon notes, but more subdued, and light chocolate notes. The flavors are shockingly lighter. Just an all around lighter, but well formed, flavour profile.

M - Really, really light mouthfeel, in a sense that it seems a bit thin. Not thick like a barrel aged porter should be.

O - Overall this isnt a bad barrel aged porter, just with the mouthfeel was more to my liking. Would buy again though.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 03:00:05 | More by rudzud
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DoubleJ

California

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another twist on the classic Black Marlin Porter. On-tap at 38 Degrees, on to the beer:

This is a dark colored brew with hues of brown. Lots of lacing sticks around the glass, and the head retention is very good too. In the nose, it's primarily barrel dominated. There's just a tiny bit of porter underneath that big layer of wood chips and mild smoke.

Little surprise here, this is barrel dominant. Similar to the nose, its taste is a little porter and a lot of barrel influence. Semi-sweet cocoa notes are minor to the larger barrel notes. It even hints whiskey though bourbon was the previous spirit in these barrels. Charred as well. Mouthfeel is very agreeable, it's not too heavy and not too light. It's also quite easy to drink.

In summary, this is a fun change from the usual Black Marlin, though I'll admit that I am more fond of the original than this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 16:46:16 | More by DoubleJ
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 38 Degrees Barrel Aged week

Look: Reminds me of rootbeer very dark in the middle with a medium brown around the tips. 1/4 head and just a bit of retention

Smell: Right off the bat is the bourbon notes and they are singing. If you weed past the bourbon you can pick up traces of chocolate.

Taste: The thing I get is a hint of coffee and a bit of vanilla and caramel. You get a hint of bourbon but it is not until the back end of the beer. This beer is balanced very very well

Mouthfeel: Creamy butter goodness on the palate. Very drinkable beer with no heat from the bourbon

Overall: Really really drinkable Bourbon aged porter one of the most balanced of the style i have had yet. Good flavor profile good look and smell and great drinkability. Highly recommended

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 19:36:06 | More by DarthKostrizer
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MrVonzipper

California

4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 38degrees(BA Week)
Dark Brown to rootbeer/red edges. Bubbly tan head with low retention. 

Bourbon right off the bat. Strong. Almost like a dark rubbing alcohol

Bourbon up front to deep rich malt then to dark fruit and creamy bourbon. Great balance

Very smooth and creamy, good foamy/creamy carbonation. 

Very good beer overall. Amazing flavor that's very well balanced and a very pleasant mouth that makes it easy to drink. Just a great BA Porter. 

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 18:18:38 | More by MrVonzipper
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark, but by no means black; nothing special here.
Smells of apples, seriously. I smell again to make sure. Yep, apples.
Doesn't taste very porter-like, which is fine by me because I don't usually like porters. Not much in the way of roastiness, or really any flavor you would expect of a beer this dark. Just... wait for it... apples. And bourbon. Strange, but I rather like it.
The mouthfeel is rather thin. If I was drinking this blindfolded I wouldn't guess that it's as dark as it is... then I would probably accidentaly knock it over, spilling it and making myself smell like apples for the rest of the night, but I suppose that's not important.
Overall: apples; perhaps this keg is infected, or something. I like it, I think.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 03:45:32 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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