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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

839 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 43
Gots: 82 | 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 Stinger80OH
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of RickS95
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rich black pour with some lighter hues mixed around the edges. The head starts forming immediately, but doesn't have much retention. While it's there, the head is white and creamy looking.

Everything roasty in the nose. Malt and coffee, with some chocolate hints in the background. Slight hoppiness if you take a really big whiff.

Very malt forward, roasty flavors. Slight bit of coffee and chocolate nibs mixed in as well. Tiny bit of vanilla and maybe some licorice or anise too. Noticeable hop presence in the finish, as well as more licorice.

Different levels of feel give this good complexity. It's both sweet and bitter, then mostly bitter in the finish before more bitter and a minty feeling linger. Very creamy but with aggressiveness.

This beer had a lot of character and was fairly easy to drink. No major flaws, just good flavors. Would have preferred more alcohol and fainter hoppy bitterness, but still a really good beer.

Photo of MickeyHops
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 220z bottle pored into a BP Porter pint glass I picked up at the brewery June 2011.

A - A dark brown with little clarity. HUGE 2 fingers of head and sticky lace left ALL over the glass, all the way down. Impressive!

S - Sweet toffee, and coffee. A little light on the smell front, you have to dig your nose down into it

T - Slightly sweet, with hints of coffee. Alcohol well hidden. So well balanced and smooth, ridiculous.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O - An amazing porter, extremely drinkable. As good and smooth of a porter I have ever head

Photo of LandWorld
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of KyleMA
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Bobhoya
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of rawfish
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of adamette
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $4.99 into a clean, clear glass. No observed "best by" date as I had observed on the 12 oz. bottles from the same brewer.

A Dark brown body that glows a mahogany red in front of direct light with a great, medium brown 3 inch head that clings nicely to the inside of the glass. 4.0

S Dark roast malt, roasted coffee beans (love that smell by the way) and even some distant dark chocolate notes. I can already tell that this is a well crafted beer. I am certainly looking forward to tasting it. 4.5

T/M The dark roast malt and even roasted coffee beans are there but I have to say that this porter comes out a bit thin for me. I am not saying that that quality is a significant departure from the style but I guess I was anticipating more of a full bodied or possibly even smoother, thicker than what this beer is. I still consider this a well crafted porter but I am not able to give it the highest marks that I anticipated that I might be giving the taste and the feel. 4.0

D/O Drinkability is at least fair. Overall this is a good porter. 4.0

Photo of muletrane
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of barnzy78
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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
2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 839 ratings.