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Black Marlin Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

805 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 805
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 43
Gots: 66 | 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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Photo of muletrane
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, pours dark brown/mahogany with some ruby red at the edges of the glass when held to a light. Foamy beige head holds good retention and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas seem a little muted with hints of cola, toasted grain, molasses, chocolate and faint anise. Tastes are bolder with complex notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, anise, char, smoke, pine, burnt caramel, coffee, and cola. Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy, finishing somewhat bitter and dry. Overall, nice take on a west coast porter, perhaps. Nice balance between malts and hops with great complexity.

Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep dark chocolate brown with ruby highlights a nicely formed 1/2 finger tannish colored head atop.Earthy aromas with some bitter chocolate and mild molasses,it's an American porter that's for sure.Starts out semi sweet with caramel, molasses,and cocoa notes, than a rush of earthy smokiness takes over in a lingering finish.Top notch,I would even say a standard for the "American" style of a porter with it's big hopped up earthy finish,just great.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a mug. Pours a deep brown, with a thick tan foam head that slowly reduces, leaving creamy lacing down the sides.

Has a nice mocha smell, with plenty of cocoa and coffee, oaty malt, and hints of vanilla. There's also a roasty smell that gives the nose nice depth.

Has a roasted coffee start, dark and moderately bitter, with hints of cream, oat, chocolate and dark fruit, ending with a moderate hop bitterness.

Medium bodied, this is a dry though not chalky dark ale, leaving the palate wanting more.

I like this porter quite a bit. It has depth and character,with a roasty coffee flavor that never descends into being a hop-bomb. It is still no GL Edmund Fitzgerald or SS Taddy Porter, but it is a fine IPA, and at $4.99 for a 22 oz bottle, a good buy as well.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at The Hopping Pig in San Diego and was served in a pint glass.
Dark colored porter, almost black but with lots of ruby red hues. A generous amount of light getting through the glass; almost a cola like appearance.
One finger off-white, light tan colored head that dissipated slowly and leaves some nice lacing on the insides of the glass.
Aroma is predominantly chocolate, with notes of coffee, cocoa and some citrus hops coming through when swirled.
Taste is also sweet and chocolatey upfront, with the coffee coming through towards the middle and finish with a hint of bitterness. Very well balanced and easy drinking porter.
This porter has all the makings of a very good sessions beer. Wish I could my hands on a bottle of this porter to compare.
Overall, this is a very flavorful and tasty porter.
An absolute must-try and comes highly recommended.

Photo of cowboy83
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown to black body with hints of light showing through the dark ruby hues beneath the mocha colored head that leaves just a thin, but sticky lacing in its path.

Hearty aromas of rich roasted malt and earthy hops float from the glass. Milk chocolate notes are present as well but the roasted, smoky, and perhaps a touch charred malts highlight the aroma.

An absolutely delicious beer with fantastic flavors of deep roasted malts that are a touch charred and a touch smoky similar to the aroma. Hints of milk chocolate and coffee are present as well as some herbal hops lingering in the background.

Medium to full in body with generous carbonation with a finish that is part prickly and part smoky.

This is a great Porter with tons of character to appease the senses. This is a fun beer to review in that there is just so much to take in and all style appropriate.

Review #500

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

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by dating is unreadable. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, bread, nuttiness, light citrus, and herbal hops. Nice and very well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, roasted malt, nuttiness, slight coffee, citrus, and herbal hops. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, nuttiness, biscuit, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, and herbal hops on the finish for a bit. Fairly robust flavor profile, with very nice balance of flavor. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is nicely hidden with hardly any warming on the finish noticed. Very easy to drink. Overall this is a damn nice and well balanced porter. I really have nothing to knock against it. Really enjoyable stuff.

Photo of Corker444
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into tulip glass.

It has nice lacing and foam and a nice coffee aroma. It was a little sweeter on the first sip than I expected. It was easy to drink and not had very average to little below texture and mouthfeel. It finished clean but not long.

Not complex just an average dark beer.

Photo of Mister_Joshy
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Irrationalist
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of MaChiNe
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

This beer pours a clear, very, very dark cola, with two fingers of thick-looking, foamy, bubbly beige head, which leaves some jagged honeycomb lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of biscuity, grainy malt, bittersweet chocolate, an oily nuttiness, mild cold coffee, and softly bitter earthy hops. The taste is a fair bit less shy with the chocolate, blasting away with both barrels right off the bat, even exhibiting some Kahlua liqueur booze heat when you aspirate just right. Ok, there's also some subtle lactic sourness, tame espresso notes, and understated earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is nicely sassy, the body a trembling medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes nice and malty, the grain sharing more or less equal time with the choco-hulk with whom I've become acquainted.

A pleasantly full-flavoured porter, with a small wink to the traditional style with that wee tang, but this show is for the new world fans - big, chocolaty, restrained in booze and oh-so-sweetly balanced.

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bdbd
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of warnerry
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 8/2/12

A - Pours a very deep brown with two fingers of brown head. Head has good retention. Leaves the glass coated with lacing.

S - Roasted malt with a bit of char, coffee and faiint smoke.

T - Taste is a dry, roasted malt. Slightly smoky, with coffee and bitter chocolate as well. Subtle hops, vanilla and faint dark fruits. finishes bitter, with more char.

M - Medium mouthfeel is very creamy, but finishes very dry with lingering char.

O - Very nice porter. Borderlines on too much char, but this is roasty and tasty with a very nice, creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BoRaeCho
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of shand
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh batch into an imperial pint.

This beer pours a deep brown with a large head. Great lacing. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malts, with an almost smore-like effect going on the background with some toasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of sugar sweetness. The taste is also very roasty with coffee and malts, with a bit of vanilla. It's got a very full flavor though, setting it apart from the pack. Smooth at first and finishing prickly, thanks to the easy-drinking mouthfeel yet fairly aggressive roastiness on the finish. Overall, this is just a very well-done porter. It doesn't really offer anything new on the flavor block, but is just a high-quality and well-executed porter.

Photo of teleman
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 805 ratings.