1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Black Marlin Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Black Marlin PorterBlack Marlin Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

726 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 726
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 31
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-26-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 726 | Reviews: 295 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ben for hookin a brotha up with a couple bombers of this one. I'll be sure to bring in a good one next time i swing through.

Pours a nice deep black/brown color that is virtually impenetrable but leaves some ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. A very nice light tan head lingers very very well and turns to ice cream leaving great chunky lacing.

Nose is alot of roasted malt and some slight coffee bean. A little bit of chocolate notes come out here as well. Quite roasty.

Wow! Talk about underrated, this is a very nice porter. A nice big roasty presence all the way through. Very much a robust porter. Some slight coffee and chocolate notes in there as well, but the roasted malt really shines. A bit dry on the finish, with a nice crisp dark malt bittering effect. The aftertaste lingers on with some light chocolate and big roasted malt. Did i mention that this porter is roasty?

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but maybe just a touch too thin. Carbonation is dead on.

Drinkability is very good. This one is a touch bitter on the finish, but it fits in with the big roastiness quite well. The abv is undectable.

Overall a nice suprise. I mean, I will always love Ballast Points IPAs and 3 sheets, among others, but its nice to see them produce a style they are not necessarily known for as well as this. Ballast is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries out there. Good stuff and great consistency from these guys. It was a blast to have them up here for GAKBBF, and I hope they make it up next year. Its only 3,767 miles, or is it 3676? something like that...

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 01:00:10 | More by AKBelgianBeast
More User Reviews:
Photo of bimada
bimada

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-31-2014 14:38:26 | More by bimada
Photo of IRISHFAN951
IRISHFAN951

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-30-2014 04:27:45 | More by IRISHFAN951
Photo of countrybat
countrybat

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-30-2014 02:35:59 | More by countrybat
Photo of jeffthepony
jeffthepony

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-29-2014 20:55:24 | More by jeffthepony
Photo of Patlee3324
Patlee3324

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-27-2014 06:37:54 | More by Patlee3324
Photo of mothman
mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-26-2014 22:09:07 | More by mothman
Photo of aoampm
aoampm

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-26-2014 06:32:33 | More by aoampm
Photo of Austin_M
Austin_M

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-25-2014 21:34:17 | More by Austin_M
Photo of Idrankitall
Idrankitall

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-25-2014 06:45:44 | More by Idrankitall
Photo of curlybird
curlybird

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-21-2014 16:00:56 | More by curlybird
Photo of FLima
FLima

Brazil

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with red beams when exposed to light and a thick caramel head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa and light milked coffee. Mild, but nice.
Bold but balanced flavor cocoa, coffee, spices, earthy and citrusy hops, some dark fruits, nuts and caramel and roasted malts. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium bordering full smooth body with appropriate carbonation.
Superbly balanced porter and very pleasant to drink. Not extremely hopped, but sure more interesting than traditional. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 00:10:42 | More by FLima
Photo of caverog
caverog

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-20-2014 17:26:18 | More by caverog
Photo of Walkerjgt
Walkerjgt

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-16-2014 12:28:13 | More by Walkerjgt
Photo of wcu80
wcu80

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-15-2014 01:09:57 | More by wcu80
Photo of cdog707yo
cdog707yo

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-14-2014 22:30:37 | More by cdog707yo
Photo of Rothobinide
Rothobinide

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-14-2014 16:54:58 | More by Rothobinide
Photo of jbriggs7
jbriggs7

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-14-2014 16:20:43 | More by jbriggs7
Photo of sillyhed8
sillyhed8

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-14-2014 04:20:12 | More by sillyhed8
Photo of BreweryRun
BreweryRun

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-13-2014 17:06:34 | More by BreweryRun
Photo of CosmoHopHead
CosmoHopHead

Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-11-2014 21:44:58 | More by CosmoHopHead
Photo of the_encinitan
the_encinitan

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-11-2014 00:42:23 | More by the_encinitan
Photo of bobv
bobv

Vermont

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-10-2014 18:02:23 | More by bobv
Photo of TheMarkE
TheMarkE

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black color, very good head and lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, hops, and coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a slight chocolate and hop finish.

The Verdict: Very good. Smooth and tasty, with good balance. Another good one from Ballast Point.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2014 01:31:10 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of JoeSaru
JoeSaru

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-06-2014 19:47:51 | More by JoeSaru
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.