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Black Marlin Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

318 Reviews
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Reviews: 318
Hads: 919
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 5.29%
Wants: 54
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
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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Reviews: 318 | Hads: 919
Photo of mulder1010
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber into a globe glass

A-- Poured a dark cola color, settled a dark brown, near black with ruby highlights. Good color when shown to light. Two finger mocha colored head that faded to just below one finger. Decent one ring of lacing left with this. Head holds up nicely.

S-- Nice mix of roast, caramel, earthy coffee and chocolate. Caramel and hoppy nose stand out with this. Just a tad bit soft though.

T-- Heavy on the roast and coffee. Bold, assertive and earthy. Quite nice.

M-- Good carbonation and a chewy medium body. Feels bigger than what it really is. Get some residual orange and grapefruit peel in the mid to back of the mouth. A little bit of an earthy and acidic coffee finish to this that is slightly dry. Roast really dominates in the mouth. Nice.

O-- Really nice, easy to drink and feels bigger than what it is. Lots of roast and that is good. Good casual drinker that is not 10% (908 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, best before date of 08/02/12, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with an inch of creamy beige head, nice retention and a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Nice roasty aroma of charred grain and a bit of coffee, also has a dimension of sweetness that provides notes of chocolate and currant.

T- Big roasted flavor, big flavors of char and dark coffee beans, has a nice amount of chocolatey, fruity sweetness. Towards the finish a bit of hop bitterness becomes more apparent. Roasted bitterness and a bit of cholate lingers into the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, a bit creamy.

O- A nice porter, it's heavy on the roast which I'm personally a fan of, very tasty and drinkable. (695 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (570 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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 (1,154 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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 (900 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of Corker444
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,041 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of shand
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the brew pours dark brown with an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, nuts, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, chocolate, nuts, and a little bit of coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's very smooth and easy to drink. I like this brew a lot, I'd definitely buy this again in the future. It's a nice, easy drinking, tasty brew. (533 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Pavilions Rancho Mirage CA for 4.79$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, coffee, chocolate, and a nuttiness. There is also a little bit of burnt/smoke flavours. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Overall - Tasty yet forgettable. The hint of dark fruit is nice but the flavours don't really pop. Still an above average beer that I would drink again - I just wouldn't go out of my way to get it. (725 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A – Pours a almost opaque ruby-black with a MASSIVE four finger head of light brown bubbles. Doesn’t leave much lacing because the head is so thick and foamy it clings to itself instead of the glass. Awesome retention.

S – Roasted grain with a hint of chocolate. Overall aroma is mild.

T – Taste is richer than the smell would indicate. Roasted grain flavor dominates, with hints of milk chocolate, coffee, and caramel up front. If you try, you can taste an underlying hop presence, which becomes more prevalent in the finish. Hops + roasted grains equal a pretty bitter aftertaste.

M – Nice medium to full body with medium carbonation. Almost creamy finish. Right feel for the style. Finishes dry.

O – A very solid porter. Looks amazing, and the mouth feel is almost perfect. It is maybe lacking a little depth, and I found myself having a lingering want for “more” out of this beer that never came. Still, I have bought it before, and will most likely do it again, as it’s one of the better American porters currently available in my area. (1,106 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  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. (709 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  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. (456 characters)

Photo of Merkur
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of KarlosT
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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.

a:
coffee brown, w/ little head

s:
burnt molasses smell

t:
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.

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

overall:
glad I waited til the 2nd day to rate. Expect to buy again in the future. (684 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown in color, almost black, but it's actually fairly translucent with a good bit of light coming through around the edges. Forms a good two fingers of light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick ring and a surface coating. Very little lacing.

S: Aroma is of molasses, dark and sweet. Sweet malty fruits, blackberries, and dark roasted malts. A little coffee.

T: Mildly sweet. Lots of roasted malts, more molasses, some coffee and a hint of char. Finishes dry with a cocoa powder chalkiness.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Appropriate carbonation. Smooth. Mild bitterness. Dry on the finish.

O: A very good porter. Great balance of flavors and rather drinkable as well. (696 characters)

Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.