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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

756 Ratings

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 35
Gots: 53 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

SpillyBeers, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark, blended brown coloring that is black in the depths, with a thin, frothy head that is a good, darker beige coloring. Aromas are light and effervescent, with a good coffee background giving rise to some dark fruit and nutty sweetness. Rich nose, but avoids overpowering. Flavors are smooth and robust, with a dark roasted coffee bitterness highlighted by some cocoa bittersweet. Some woody and earthy characteristics give the beer a more rustic feel, and the smooth body has a significant crispness at the end to really keep the tastebuds interested. A smokey, nutty, and tangy sweet aftertaste, with a slightly lingering finish. Good porter.

GarthDanielson, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Jahsteve
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Jahsteve, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Popp24
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Popp24, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of sendsilk
4/5  rDev +1.3%

sendsilk, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +1.3%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of danielp215
4/5  rDev +1.3%

danielp215, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

jskennedy, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scott for sending me this one in the Good Beers BIF!

A: Pours black with a two finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some foam on top. Nice lacing down the sides.

S: Very roasty, with some dark malt, chocolate and a little coffee. Surprisingly hoppy as well, with some citrus.

T: A nice combination of roasted dark malt, chocolate, and a little bit of coffee. There is a hint of citrus, but very faint. Slight smoky flavor on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O: Solid porter, very easy drinking and tasty. Another good beer from Ballast Point.

mdaschaf, Jan 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

nanobrew, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light green hops with some light roasted malt notes is quite pleasant. Taste is an interesting mix between some green hops with light bitter notes and some roasted malt with light dry aftertaste. Body is quite full with light creamy notes and good carbonation. Nothing over the top in this beer though well brewed and easily drinkable.

Phyl21ca, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Merkur
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Ballast Point Tasting room.

Beer pours a nice dark brown with a fair amount of white head.

The beer smells very roasty and malty. A bit of coffee in there, too.

Beer tastes like it smells. Very roasty and delicious. A good bit of chocolate and maltiness.

Beer was a bit on the thin side for a porter.

Overall a very good porter.

Merkur, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

AApparel, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

kspongeworthy, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

quantumcipher, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of KarlosT
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting ... had this beer over 2 days. Found that I liked it considerable more the 2nd day when used in conjunction w/ a spicy mexican meal. I always try to put in my 2 cents before reading the other reviewing. Curious as to their comments.

coffee brown, w/ little head

burnt molasses smell

also a burnt molasses taste. but not sweet. It also had an interesting after taste that I couldn't identify, but found that I enjoyed more on the 2nd day. Hoping to see if other reviewers can identify that flavor better than I.

right amount of carbonation (minimal for a porter). pleasant

glad I waited til the 2nd day to rate. Expect to buy again in the future.

KarlosT, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Lantern, Jan 03, 2012
Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 756 ratings.