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Black Marlin Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Black Marlin PorterBlack Marlin Porter

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very good

861 Ratings

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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 47
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 08-26-2002

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Ratings: 861 | Reviews: 312
Photo of xroachx
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Solid traditional porter. Aroma reminds me of oatmeal, sight is black brown with a white head. I love ballast point all around, very creative style and I love growing up in San Diego

Photo of Spyderglx
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ssato27
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budinetz
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AMCimpi
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours deep cola brown with a cocoa-powder colored finger width head. Displays good retention, then dies to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface.

Smell - Milk chocolate, light caramel/cola-like note along with roasted malt and grain.

Taste - Chocolate, caramel and a light earthy nuttiness hit upfront. Vague vanilla undertone and dark grains. Distant grassy bitterness. Roast pops up mid-taste and rides for a mild coffee-like finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Silky smooth texture.
Semi-dry finish.

Overall - An interesting porter, though I'm not completely sold on it. The grainy/grassy notes it displays doesn't quite work for me. That said, I wouldn't be opposed to giving it another go, maybe with some age on it.

Photo of VTR
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. I wasn't sure what to expect from this porter. I have seen it described as a desert in a bottle and I guess that could be accurate but I think this beer can be used for many different occasions than just a desert beer. I picked up some coffee, chocolate, and vanilla in the nose. Taste was great! Light chocolate and roasted coffee with a hint of vanilla. It ended dry with roasted coffee. Very delightful. I do not like a hoppy beer and the hops were definitely there but it was very well balanced and the hops were welcome and blended very well. I will seek this out again and set aside a bottle for a nice fall evening .

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so glad these guys have their beer all over town finally, so many good ones to choose from, and it has been fun to drink through the available lineup. this is a great porter, a little more simple and straightforward than some of their other offerings, but of equal quality no doubt. maybe an oatmeal porter, as this has a lot of body and froth, and an almost creamy feel to it. there is some sweetness among the dark malt depth of this one, but its not a caramel malt thing, more of a chocolate going on. amazing it finishes as dry as it does, considering that middle sweetness. very little yeast profile to this one, which i suppose is part of what makes it an american style porter, but its almost like it needs more descriptors in the name, because its pretty interesting, american porter just doesnt seem to do it justice. a great after dinner beer, a great winter beer, a great morning beer, and a great beer on a hangover, versatile in its appeal, and dynamic in its flavor, although it is indeed less nuanced than some of their hoppy beers. this one doesnt have much hops, but they arent missing. it has a fresh baked character, warming, and really just a true example of the style. wonderful on tap, no bottles for me yet.

Photo of BoljaBoy52
4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ernie_B
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This bad boy goes great with chocolate cake. A true beverage that let's you enjoy what a porter should taste like.

Photo of kmoen
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justincourts
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of duceswild
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tylerstravis
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GilGarp
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber served chilled into a shaker pint glass.

Black Marlin is true to its name in terms of color. It has thick off-white head that settles slowly and leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is mostly porter with roasted malts being the predominant character. However, the hops do shine through adding a citrus character on top of vanilla and chocolate.

The flavor is very well balanced with a great base porter to start. Similar to a milder version of Victory at Sea with that coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts. The hops are not IPA strong but more like a good west coast pale ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Smooth and creamy.

Overall a very good porter and worth getting again. I would like to see it in six packs.

Photo of WDJersey
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BAsbill
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pegasus
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Utterly black body is surmounted by a dense, robust tan head, which retains rather well, the lacing leaves a sticky, fine-beaded coating on the glass walls.

Aroma: Bitter cold coffee, smoke, earth, vanilla, wood and bitter cocoa dominate the aroma. There seems to be a slight whiff of alcohol as well.

Taste: The taste begins with cold coffee and bitter cocoa. Soon after there is a slight smokiness, and roasted barley, this last is the dominant element of the taste. Later in the taste, a bit of chalkiness appears, this lingers to the end of the taste, accompanied by all of the flavors noted earlier, coffee, cocoa, smoke, earth, and roasted barley. The Smoky earthy flavors, while not overpowering, linger on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Rich, full and smooth, with just a bit of sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Quite nicely done, a well-crafted American Porter with good balance, but which yet manages to be "over-the-top". Well done.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of jaswilson2
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Buck89
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 25, 2015.

The color of the pour is just about black with a long lasting, tan colored head. Lots of lacing left behind.

The aroma has a pleasant balance of light chocolate, dark malts, and grassy or earthy hops. Nothing outdoes the other.

Medium to full body.

Lovely balanced flavor of dark malts and a clean, crisp, but dry hop finish. The hoops are not overpowering but for a Porter they do come up stronger.

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Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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