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Black Marlin Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

841 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 841
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 44
Gots: 83 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-26-2002

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Photo of Armand
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great beer. On tap fro a chilled pint. The flavors of chocolate candy swirl around. A great dessert and a beer to chill to. Flavorful throughout.
A: DARK with a nice light brown head.

S: Roasted chocolate with some sweetness.

T: Hints of coffee

M: Bold flavor from the first to last.

D: Flavors come out as it warms up.

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of daant76
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Jeffreytmoore
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +26.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Joncasso
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really delicious high quality porter. More chocolate than coffee

Photo of PGJ
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of TwoForty
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of trisweb
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of FARGO619
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. On tap from a chilled pint. The flavors of chocolate candy swirl around. A great dessert and a beer to chill to. Flavorful throughout.
A: DARK with a nice light brown head.

S: Roasted chocolate with some sweetness. Smokey

T: Hints of coffee and sometimes cigar.

M: Bold flavor from the first to last.

D: Flavors come out as it warms up. Sometimes it is flavorful and at times it is flat, which is a shame. I've had this beer many times.

Serving type: on-tap

Photo of DoubleJ
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Hollingshead's in a half-liter mug, on to the beer:

The beer's appearance is jet black, topped by a puffy head. Aroma is soft and sweet with cocoa. The taste is exceptionally smooth, soft, and sweet. Soft chunks of chocolate, which get brushed up by a pinch of hops. Coffee notes sit underneath it all. There isn't much of a roasted edge to it, making it easy to quaff.

Simply amazing. That's all I have to say.

(and having it on-tap again 3 years later, I stand by my original score. Wonderful dark nectar this remains.)

Photo of DarrellK
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of ThisMoonlife
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of cxr1037
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

95/100

Photo of Phia
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of LAND_MINE
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.