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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

709 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 31
Gots: 41 | 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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Armand

California

5/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 07:17:55 | More by Armand
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +26.6%

05-27-2012 07:23:54 | More by CEDAMA
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daant76

California

5/5  rDev +26.6%

12-01-2011 14:03:00 | More by daant76
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Jeffreytmoore

California

5/5  rDev +26.6%

09-09-2012 23:56:50 | More by Jeffreytmoore
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +26.6%

12-07-2011 04:18:41 | More by HopStoopid120
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jeezie

California

5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-28-2011 03:38:43 | More by jeezie
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loupap

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-15-2011 02:28:14 | More by loupap
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TwoForty

Florida

5/5  rDev +26.6%

07-20-2013 23:24:28 | More by TwoForty
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trisweb

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-27-2011 07:01:52 | More by trisweb
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DoubleJ

California

4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
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.)

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2008 03:00:09 | More by DoubleJ
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FARGO619

California

4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2011 16:23:07 | More by FARGO619
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DarrellK

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

02-28-2013 22:49:59 | More by DarrellK
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ThisMoonlife

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

04-28-2014 01:51:36 | More by ThisMoonlife
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jmchinch

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

12-22-2012 05:43:33 | More by jmchinch
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ninaturner

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

12-20-2013 01:45:11 | More by ninaturner
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

11-16-2011 02:27:12 | More by SalukiAlum
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

09-12-2012 11:31:47 | More by yossarian14
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jonathaniler

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

07-20-2013 23:31:51 | More by jonathaniler
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

07-10-2012 04:10:25 | More by Stinger80OH
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cxr1037

California

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.

95/100

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 04:12:23 | More by cxr1037
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PintOHops

California

4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Extremely dark brown color with a 1-2 finger head, retention was a lacking a bit, dissipating pretty quickly. A ring held throughout entire consumption, not much lace though, a bit of splash here & there.

S - Not a big aroma here, hard to pull out everything, soft coffee/chocolate combo with a more prominent charcoal smokiness. Soft aroma overall, but still inviting with those mellow smoky charcoal notes.

T - Wonderful dark chocolate/chocolate cake unfolds into mild roasted coffee flavors, following is a semi intense charcoal/woody/smokiness. Finishes with a little dry with more smokey flavors that linger just a bit, and some sorta bright citrus/tartness. Pretty damn smokey!

M - A little crisp with a nice chewiness to it, around full bodied.

D - Wow just so damn delicious, I loved the wonderful smokiness of this beer, hands down one of the best Porters Ive had, and I highly recommend this one. I could easily drink 4-5 pints of this wonderful brew. Very very good, I'll be buying this one again for sure. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 01:39:16 | More by PintOHops
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elNopalero

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a dark roasty black with some light sneaking around the edges but not much. In any dimly lit bar I wouldn’t even notice. Heady topping of foam releases a glorious aroma resplendent of coffee (dark and regular roast) and dark chocolate. Flavor is all coffee and cacao nibs with a slight bitterness on the edges. Warms well and remains drinkable. Not hoppy but the hops give it a bite and sharpness that I gladly welcome.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 22:17:11 | More by elNopalero
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Gregfalone

California

4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mostly black with some dark mahogany around the edges when held up to the fireplace, thick, tight, cascading head that stick to the glass.
Looks perfect

Smells sweet like tobacco/cherrywood/hint of chocolate and blood? Sounds weird but that's what I smell.
Smells perfect

Tastes greAt, again, I get cherrywood, tobacco, chocolate, and some toasty malty charcoal, and a tad of hops in the finish.
Tastes almost perfect

Goes down very smooth, no burn or bitters, no cloying flavored or off notes. At first the carbonation is a little prickly, but after 10-15 minutes is gets softer.

This porter is fantastic, almost perfect

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 07:18:53 | More by Gregfalone
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xhcadamx

Maine

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Black but not completely, I do not see any highlight colors that you normally see with a Porter. Creamy head with lacing.

S - Lots of Coffee.

T - More Coffee. Bitter with a dry finish. Lovely.

M - Creamy but with a nice carbonated bite

D - The difference between and good Porter and an AMAZING Porter is the bitterness. I just cant enjoy something sweet for long. This is one of the better Porters out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 04:47:43 | More by xhcadamx
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MisterClean

California

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had at home while watching a game.

A - Dark brown in color, with a mocha head, and dissipates slow.

S/T - Chocolate and light roast coffee, with some bittering hops.

M - Creamy, rich, full bodied, and malt dominated.

D - Very good. This would be my ideal attempt at homebrewing a porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 05:27:53 | More by MisterClean
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Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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