Black Marlin Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2009 19:34:47 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
3.71/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Reviewed from notes taken at the Dive Bar, Worcester 02/21/14.
A- Black pour from the tap to a pint glass. Cap forms with creamy texture and a mocha hue. Head retention is good but eventually recedes to a thick, frothy ring. Sheets and rings of lace at the top continue down most of the glass.
S- Roast and toasted grains lead the way with some hops as behind them. Heavy dark cereal grain feel with notes of cocoa powder, toasted nuts, caramel and toast. Hops are earthy and floral.
T- Deep roast grains remind me of cereal with a heavy amount of cocoa in it. Yeast opens up a bit with spicy dark fruit, raisiny notes. Cocoa nibs, chocolate, cereal, toasted nutty toffee and caramel malt flavors. Decently hoppy finish with earthy, citrus and floral tones.
MF- Moderately thick bodied with a crisp and creamy texture. Carbonation is medium high and it finishes with both roast and hoppy bitterness on the palate.
Has a decent amount of yeast and hops that blend in nicely with a heavily roasty, cocoa cereal grain feel. Certainly worth having again if you like Porters.
Serving type: on-tap
02-24-2014 02:02:26 | More by cbutova
4.03/5 rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A very solid Porter, and I'd say in the San Diego style- a nice hoppiness pairs seamlessly with the smooth roastiness. The mouthfeel is downright silky and the beer overall is extremely well balanced. Piney hops play off of chocolate and lightly roasted grains with a fairly deep, bitter finish where the roast and hop bitterness intermingles. Quite well done.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 01:45:53 | More by Georgiabeer
4.69/5 rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Picked up a 22 from Home Brew Mart today because I realized I hadn't had regular Black Marlin in quite some time. I've had tons of wild variations, including the insanely good sour patch kids Black Marlin, but it was time to revisit the original.
APPEARANCE: Dark brown - almost black. Espresso head that retreats to a firm ring around the edge of my Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass.
NOSE: Roasted malt, first and foremost. As it warms, I get an aroma of milk and dark chocolate. There's also some subdued hop aromas mixed with a little bit of nuts and faint coffee.
TASTE: The nose one this one really gives the taste away. The roasted malt really shines through, accompanied by some milky sweetness. Dark chocolate follows immediately, with a little brown sugar and coffee. The hops add a slight bitterness that juxtaposes nicely with the bitter, dark chocolate taste.
MOUTHFEEL: Rich, medium body. Spot on carbonation that gets better as it sits for a few minutes.
FINISH: Subtle alcohol warmth, then a pleasant roasty-maltiness, then ending with dark chocolate bitterness.
OVERALL: An excellent porter; one of my absolute favorites of the style, if not the best. I couldn't think of very many other beers that I'd want on this cold night.
If you're a fan of porters, you absolutely have to try Black Marlin.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2014 04:12:23 | More by cxr1037
Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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