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Black Marlin Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Black Marlin PorterBlack Marlin Porter

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BA SCORE
89
very good

741 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 34
Gots: 50 | 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)
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -3%

Pours a dark brown in color. Nearly black. A little screen of film on top of the beer. A little froth around the edges.
Smell is chocolate, piney hops and some dark roasted malts.
Taste is more chocolate, the hops make themselves a little more present. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. This is very solid for a porter.
Very sessionable and easy drinking. Could drink this very often.

09-11-2009 01:26:03 | More by FtownThrowDown
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep dark chocolate brown with ruby highlights a nicely formed 1/2 finger tannish colored head atop.Earthy aromas with some bitter chocolate and mild molasses,it's an American porter that's for sure.Starts out semi sweet with caramel, molasses,and cocoa notes, than a rush of earthy smokiness takes over in a lingering finish.Top notch,I would even say a standard for the "American" style of a porter with it's big hopped up earthy finish,just great.

06-20-2012 22:34:15 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

Appearance – This one was almost solid black with a nice ruby hue.

Smell – This Porter had a big, burnt malt aroma with lots of fruity sugars and a quality hop balance. It was difficult to pick out the fruits, but they were very sweet and ripe.

Taste – The big, roasted malts came on strong here. I got chocolate for the first time along with chewy caramel and a nice, brown sugar. I should say that all of these flavors were very refined.

Mouthfeel – Medium to medium-full bodied and very sweet. My lips were smacking after every sip.

Drinkability – I sucked down every gulp I could out of this growler. This was incredibly smooth and balanced.

Comments – I had this over at AleOha’s Derby party. What a great time, with great friends, and of course lots of great beer.

05-06-2004 03:20:33 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Thanks to Brewbaca for the sample.

Pours into a pint glass a rubied obsidian with a thick and moderately lasting brown head. Well above average appearance. Great aroma. Pungent, consisting mostly of bitter chocolate and citrus hops. Coffee too. It is exactly what I look for in a good porter. Taste is quite nice as well, with the exception of a mild booziness that becomes prominent as the beer warms. Other than that, this beer is just fine. Flavor includes tons of chocolate, hints of coffee, and perhaps just a pinch of vanilla. The roasted dark malt character is deep, pervasive, and unyielding in its intensity. Mouthfeel and texture are very nice. This is a full but not filling beer. It is slick, balanced, and light enough on the carbonation to give it some creaminess. Hopping is well done to create a dry, moderately bitter finish. Very nice. One of the best example of the style I’ve had in some time.

04-16-2007 16:14:26 | More by DaPeculierDane
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-25-2014 21:04:50 | More by OhioBobcat
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

The carbonation off of a hard pour gives a quick, cascading effect to the head, and what a head it is--a huge rocky, bubbly mass that has some great clinging action on the glass. Nearly all of the way black with dark brown on the edges. Mild charred grain, faint smoke, charcoal, dark-roasted coffee and a little bit of black currant in the aroma. So damn smooth, we're not sure if a beer could be any more smooth. Creamy medium body. Heavy amount of mocha flavor here, with a more cocoa powder and medium-roasted coffee mix. The hops are on too, balancing and throwing some flavor at the taste buds with herbal and faint tobacco flavors. Hint of black currant and chocolate cake batter in the middle. Dry finish with mineral and charred wood flavors.

Jam-packed with flavor and very drinkable, too drinkable if there is such a thing. Ballast Point gives the American Porter respect.

11-13-2009 19:34:47 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Dmann

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

A great beer all across the board. My friend highly recommended this one to me and said it had been around for awhile but was just now being bottled. The pour was nice and the beer was near pitch black with a good size brownish head. The smells were nice and burnt with a touch of hops in the scent. The taste was excelent and very drinkable with a very dry chocolaty flavor and nicley carbonated mouthfeel. My only challange now is to find more of this stuff!

06-02-2005 10:28:08 | More by Dmann
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours into my glass a deep dark brown with garnet highlights and a quarter inch of light tan foam on top that leaves sticky lacing on the glass. Aromas of dark roasted malts with a bit of a burnt accent. Hints of chocolate and coffee meld in with a nice hoppy character as well.

First sip brings smooth roasted dark malts with a touch of a burnt flavor. Smoky chocolate and coffee tones move down into a nice kick of hop bitterness. Lingering bitter roast on the finish. Pretty tasty porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Good carbonation making this an easy drinking porter. Hops work well in here and the only thing I'm not really digging is a lingering bitter roast on the finish. I haven't had many west coast porters but this is quite tasty and I wouldn't mind drinking it again. Cheers to Ballast Point.

10-13-2009 01:02:08 | More by orbitalr0x
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blitz134

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Black, but shows dark crimson highlights when held up to the light. Very small head on the pour, mocha in color, but reduced to barely a skim layer.

Dark toasted malts really come through. Chocolate brownies are the predominant aroma. A little hopping as well. Has a touch of lactose. Pretty nice aroma, quite inviting and definitely more dominant that other porters I’ve had.

Fairly assertive flavor, again lots of dark toasted malts. A bit of coffee and toffee play into this. I find this like a toned down stout. A little bitter and astringent in the end, but nothing that detracts. After the swallow the dark toasted malt flavors just seem to hang on in the back of the throat.

Good mouthfeel, medium bodied. Lower carbonation levels fit in well. Coats the mouth well and the flavor lingers.

Good overall drinkability too. I really wanted something easy to drink tonight that was a bit roasty and this fits the bill well. Just a good, solid beer in all the categories.

03-15-2007 03:06:38 | More by blitz134
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freshflesh

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-27-2013 08:32:14 | More by freshflesh
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3HovsepiansBrews

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-22-2011 16:11:07 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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warnerry

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

Best by 8/2/12

A - Pours a very deep brown with two fingers of brown head. Head has good retention. Leaves the glass coated with lacing.

S - Roasted malt with a bit of char, coffee and faiint smoke.

T - Taste is a dry, roasted malt. Slightly smoky, with coffee and bitter chocolate as well. Subtle hops, vanilla and faint dark fruits. finishes bitter, with more char.

M - Medium mouthfeel is very creamy, but finishes very dry with lingering char.

O - Very nice porter. Borderlines on too much char, but this is roasty and tasty with a very nice, creamy mouthfeel.

05-09-2012 01:32:06 | More by warnerry
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a dark brown color with a frothy, light brown head that retains pretty well. Smells of roastiness, milk chocolate, lactose, vanilla. Reminds me of the Robust Porter from Smuttynose which I absolutely love. Taste is more roastiness, lactose, some vanilla notes, hop spice, very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly dry finish. Great porter and extremely drinkable. Proust.

08-01-2008 22:30:06 | More by Doomcifer
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Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

22 ounce bomber, w/o freshness indication, but the label does give food pairing tips ""a great companion to assertive foods" nice...pours dark dark mahogany, near black, under a nice creamy dark tan head. Also leaves plentiful fine lace. Great looking stuff. Nose is softly of mild chocolate and some dark malt. More chocolate notes, plentiful dark malt, and moderate hop bit comes in late. Rich, creamy, chocolate milk shakeyness. Nice. Great to see brews from BP on the east coast. The more SD, Ca. brewers that distribute to my neck of the woods the better.

03-30-2008 19:17:11 | More by Billolick
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codysjb

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-19-2011 04:50:24 | More by codysjb
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Appearance: dark brown in color with minimal head, clear

Smell: chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: some dark chocolate with rich roasted malt, with a bit of sweet chocolate at the end

Mouthfeel: medium/light body, low carbonation, bitter first taste with a sweeter middle and a more bitter end

Drinkability: An above average porter that is an easy sipper. Not a beer that blows me away, yet one to easily sit and relax with.

08-02-2010 14:39:59 | More by tigg924
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-17-2014 22:48:16 | More by aquazr1
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JC333

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

05-11-2014 02:38:05 | More by JC333
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Altenor

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-28-2013 04:56:49 | More by Altenor
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-04-2012 07:36:14 | More by standardcherry
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-15-2011 05:22:28 | More by mjtiernan
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-21-2013 23:41:18 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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JeffNev

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-03-2013 04:18:15 | More by JeffNev
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-14-2011 16:01:35 | More by bpfrush
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InHoc-Sims


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

10-15-2012 04:23:35 | More by InHoc-Sims
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Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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