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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

723 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 31
Gots: 42 | 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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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!).

Poured a dark, dark brown with a huge 4.5 finger) light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke and some coffee. Tastes of milk chocolate (stronger than the aroma), roasted malts, caramel and light coffee. Starts out medium sweet and ends in a light bitter finish.

Notes from 1/14/06

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 19:00:26 | More by hopdog
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown to black body, with a hint of ruby at the edge of the glass bottom. Beige head is four fingers of extremely frothy micro bubbles. Good lacing.

Assertive roast coffee aroma. Bit of milk in the coffee.

Taste follows. Plenty of well roasted iced coffee with a bit of milk. Nice strong hop bite at the swallow.

Smooth medium plus body is nicely slick. Good easy drinking beer.

A tasty roasty and hoppy porter worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 04:53:39 | More by RonfromJersey
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Bung

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown/black pour with a cream colored head. Earthy roast malt aromas. Tastes similarly with coffee and mocha tones. Solid medium body. Slight creaminess. Finish a little smokey with nice coffee and hop bitterness. Well balanced and drinkable. One of the best examples of the style I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 04:29:46 | More by Bung
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RedChrome

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very dark chocolate brown body. Milk foam texture to the light brown colored head which rose to an inch. Small carbonation bubbles rising right at base of head.

A very sweet chocolate malt aroma. Dark fruit scents are primarily plums and figs. A very nice hop bitterness in the background. Nice balance of scents.

A very bitter covering to the malted base. Sweetbread and plum flavors have a bit of grittiness to them. A nice balance as in the scent.

Very watery. This one rolls of the tongue very quick and doesn't leave much flavor. Carbonation a bit strong.

Not a bad beer. This one would work well with a beef stew. Another above average offering from a good brewery. Try it if you like porters.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 17:41:42 | More by RedChrome
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black (rubyish at very bottom of glass) with a tan head that descends to a thin cover and stays, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of iced coffee, chocolate and light roast. There's an underlying fruity/earthy backing and some caramel.

The taste is sweet - chocolate and caramel (a bit nutty) with medium coffee-ish roast, turning to a piney/citric bitterish dryness in the finish.

It is verlvety smooth in a (fuller side of?) medium body.

Smooth and delicious with a nice balance. This is a very good example of an American-style porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 23:46:12 | More by jwc215
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of metallic and contains roasted dark malts, coffee and some hops.

T: The taste is very smoky with strong flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. There's a decent hops presence that provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty especially if you're into the smokier beers, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, it's a good beer to drink for while if you're looking for a smoky porter, but there are some better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 02:21:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a. poured from a bomber yielding a giant rich and creamy mocha head perched atop blackness. Caramel and ruby hints peek through around the edges and faintly glow when held up to light. The lacing is subtle and wispy, but clings nicely down the glass.

s. Beautiful aromas of rich chocolate, cherries, molasses and cocoa compete for dominance of aroma. The usual roasted malt, burnt bread and toast are there, but take a back seat to the beautiful cocoa and cherry aromas. There's just a subtle hint of coffee peeking through.

t. taste echoes the aroma, which is exactly what I was hoping for. Molasses, raisins, cocoa, and some sour cherry blend beautifully with the richness and darkness of the flavors. A hint of bitterness at the end keep the sweetness of the sour cherry notes from being overpowering.

m. wow, the mouthfeel is nothing short of impressive. Incredibly smooth and creamy, it goes down beautifully without being overly chewy or thick. Just thick enough to hold up the flavors. The malt and sweetness drowns out any hint of bitterness on tongue. Pretty close to incredible.

d. While it's thick and a bit heavy, I could easily drink a few of these. Smooth, balanced, incredibly palatable, and not too far from perfect. I'm definitely regretting not bringing another bottle back with me. One of the better strong porters I've had, this is definitely worth picking up if you have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 19:47:33 | More by djeucalyptus
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deepsouth

Mississippi

3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer poured an opaque brown with some ruby hints. nearly zilch head.

the smell is of chocolate and toffee and some slightly burnt characteristics. smells good, but the smell isn't really in your face.

the taste is consistent with the smell. good but not wowing.

the mouthfeel is thin for a porter.

overall, i was disappointed in this beer. i'm not sure what my expectations were, but they were obviously too much. this beer was easy enough to drink, but i wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 01:04:27 | More by deepsouth
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PatronWizard

California

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These guys make some of the best damn labels.

Pours dark as night, maybe a brown hue around the edges. Head didn't last long.

Smell of coffee and charcoal. Taste of coffee and charcoal. I've noticed a smoky taste in porters that I've had lately. The ones I really like don't have it.

Wow, ran out of notes. Guess I went off to enjoy this and forgot to write anything else down.

Overall: eh, worth a try

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 05:01:23 | More by PatronWizard
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John_M

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a delicious glass of this beer at TJ's everyday the other night.

The beer pours the expected black color with good head retention and lacing. The beer has an interesting aroma, consisting of cherry, coffee, chocolate and black licorise. The licorise actually seems to dominate, but there is enough cherry flavor to keep it from becoming overwhelming. The flavors on the palate completely replicate the nose, again consisting primarily of cherry and licorise. This beer is exceptionally smooth, and actually sort of reminds of the Black Albert in that regard. It has a very rich mouthfeel, but without coming across as tiring or heavy (just like the Black Albert IMO). This beer is quite drinkable, though it's not the sort of beer one could pound down two or three pints of at a sitting.

A very impressive porter from Ballast Point. One of the better one's I've had in a while, at least among porters that were not aged in some sort of wood (like a Jack Daniels barrel for instance).

Serving type: cask

09-20-2008 15:07:33 | More by John_M
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Mauerhan

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice dark robust black. has slight rich brown highlights when held up to the light but im lucky i can see through this beer at all. has a nice amount of head on the initial pour. fades medium fast to leave a nice amount of lacing.

smell is full of rich roasted malts, a bit of chocolate.

nice flavor. i get alot of the malty character of this beer. a bit of chocolate with a slight bitter at the end. a very well balanced beer. full flavored, amazing finish.

mouth feel= awesome. super smooth. nice amount of carbonation throughout the brew. a very robust full flavored beer. i would expect this beer to be alot heavier but its very easy to drink. i could easily see myself putting back a few bombers without missing a beat.

a stand up porter. i had a chance to try the barrel aged down at ballast point and it was great, but it just goes to show you barrel age a great beer and what comes out is magic.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 04:34:04 | More by Mauerhan
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the hand pump at TJs in Paoli PA. Nice to see a bar in PA carrying a cask keg of BP from sunny CA!

A: A deep dark brown, almost black with no light filtering at all. A nice half finger tight foamy light brown head.

S: Dark roasty smells with hints of burnt coffee and nice hops.

T: Again, the very dark roasted malt flavor prevails with hints of dark coffee/espresso, some dark chocolate. The nice hops come shining through in the flavor from the middle to end of the taste. Nice lingering bitterness and roastiness. Nice balanced beer as I love a good hoppy porter.

M: Very creamy and smooth (cask) but the hops sit in the mouth and linger. No hints of alcohol.

D: High. A nice medium ABV with the creamy mouthfeel makes these go down silky smooth.

Overall a fantastic porter that I am lucky enough to have on a hand pump. Another great beer from BP, they keep churning out winners. I would drink this again in a heartbeat, great beer.

Serving type: cask

09-17-2008 19:37:27 | More by Kadonny
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LunaChick

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rich mahogany brown with a full tan head that retains well and laces the glass to the end. Aroma is richly brewed coffee and smooth malts. Slight fruit hints of sweetness, no alcohol anywhere, and I can't detect any hop presence in the aroma.
Taste is a very nice balance of coffee with the slightest hint of hops in the end. Malts are very obvious throughout giving a toasted flavor to the brew that is very enjoyable. In the mouth its medium bodied and not as thick as some porters I"ve tried. Nicely carbonated and not chewy or so malt heavy that its a one and done brew. Between the even keel with the flavors and the 6%abv this is a great beer to enjoy several of with or without a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2008 19:13:47 | More by LunaChick
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BeerDetective

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on cask a few days ago, it took over for Stoudts Oatmeal Stout at the bar. I liked its appearance, nice and black, but its flavor was a bit too hoppy still, rather overpowering some of the roasty flavor I like in a good porter, like say, Fuller's for example. All in all a nice representation of the style, and it gets points for being on cask which I love..

Serving type: cask

09-16-2008 22:18:59 | More by BeerDetective
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cjgator3

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a creamy tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass and good retention as well.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts with some chocolate notes and just a hint of coffee in the background.

T- The taste starts out pretty smooth and malty with a lot of roasted malt. The finish is mildly bitter, but the hops are certainly not the focus of this brew.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a very drinkable Porter with a good amount of flavor.

Overall, Black Marlin Porter is a very enjoyable beer. It is one of the better American Porters that I have tried. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 03:39:40 | More by cjgator3
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prototypic

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one's a very, very dark brown with some ruby-esque highlights around the edges. Sitting atop is a two finger deep, mocha colored head. Retention was good, but light lacing lined the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts dominate the nose initially. Very, very inviting. Chocolate malts are secondary, but are every bit as impressive. Slightly sweet smelling. Hops are obviously strong in the mix. Much moreso than your average Porter. They give it a bit of an earthy vibe, as well as...dare I say...a citric element? Very impressive.

Taste: The flavor profile is very consistent with the nose. Roasted malts are easily the most prominent flavor. But, there's plenty of sweet chocolate to complement it. There's even a nice coffee flavor if you're paying attention. The hops are really impressive and add a lot of character to this beer. They are a little earthy and citric. Overall, it's pretty straight forward. Not quite as impressive as the nose. But, very good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a smooth feel. I wouldn't go so far as to characterize it as creamy. But, it's easy drinking. Carbonation is pretty light and well done. Drinkability is good. I've got no problems tackling a bomber. But, more than that would be a stretch. I'm not much for sessioning Porters.

Ballast Point brewed a really nice Porter here. It's a very approachable, drinkable beer. Easily among the top Porters out there. It is straight forward and lacks subtle nuances, but is very well put together. Certainly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 01:57:23 | More by prototypic
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BeerSox

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into nonic.

Deep and dark black with light ruby edges at the bottom of the glass. A one finger tan head settles to a thin cap with a fuzzy rim.

Deep and roasty grains with a mix of black coffee and chocolate aromas. Not much hop aroma to speak of.

The roasted and bitter malts are there from start to finish, with more of the bitter flavors sticking around. A light creaminess comes into the middle. The chocolate repeats in the flavor. The hops are light, maybe showing up toward the end to give a little bit of citrusy flavors. The finish is the lingering dark and roasted grains.

A pretty good porter, maybe bordering on a stout. It's rather complex, and enjoyable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 00:03:51 | More by BeerSox
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger beige head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black as midnight, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Coffee nose. Flavor is sweet roasted coffee/chocolate with almost burnt coffee finish, nice porter. $5.25 for a 22oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 22:29:43 | More by jdhilt
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown almost black with a frothy mocha head that has goos retention and sticky lace.

Aroma is dark roast malts, coffee, earth, light campfire, and a hint of fruit.

Flavor nice but not overly complex. A nice roasted malt and dark sugar note accented by light pine, wood, earth, and dry chocolate.

Body just shy of medium with an average mouthfeel and good drinkability. A good session-style porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 19:46:03 | More by AlexJ
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with some garnet highlights around the bottom and 2 fingers of creamy tan head. Retains into a nice thin layer that left some moderate lacing behind. The aroma smells of coffee, nuts, roasted malts, caramel sweetness, and just a splash of citrus and touch of earth in the back.

The taste is some chocolate and caramel sweetness with an undercurrent of coffee and roast running through it. There is a light hop profile in the back along with some citrus tang. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a carbonation that's mellow but seems a touch thin for the style.

Decent Porter from Ballast Point that is fairly robust with a good drinkability. I'd check out another bottle of this sometime down the line.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 16:56:00 | More by Kegatron
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into an imperial pint, pours a pretty solid black, nice inch thick light tan head, a bit of falling, bubbly lacing. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolates, some coffee as it warms. Same thing in the taste, nicely roasted malts, chocolates, coffee, toffee, some caramels, quite nice. The body is also pretty good, nice body and carbonation, pretty smooth. Everything here adds up to a very easy to drink, highly enjoyable porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 01:21:24 | More by objectivemonkey
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a birthday bomber from my girlfriend, (thanks cupcake!) this brew poured into my glass a deep black with some garnet highlights. Foamy, thick cap of one finger tan head formed and displayed decent lacing. Good retention, got a little rocky after a hot minute. Aromas were of lightly of chocolate, hints of charcoal. Not as deep as the brew suggests. Classic flavors of dark chocolate giving it a semi- sweet character that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Roasted malts, barley, charcoal notes again, really coats the tongue. Syrupy finish. Hops come punching in after, especially with the warmth. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and filling, good mouthfeel and apropos for the style. Good example of the style (and a competitive one!) from the city that produces Sierra Nevada Porter. Score.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 22:33:16 | More by thekevlarkid
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into shaker pint glass on 8/11/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Black body with hazlenut brown accents and two fingers of rocky burnt tan head that settled down to about a quarter inch of retention and left sparse lacing around the glass.

S - Mild roasted malt with hints of milk chocolate and a nutty character reminiscent of walnut. Very little hop presence with perhaps only a mild earthy quality. Overall, this porter has a fairly subdued aroma.

T - Mild chocolate sweetness with a bit of nuttiness and some mild roasted maltiness. Hop palate is light and earthy.

M - Medium, fairly robust body that's perhaps a tad thin and moderately fizzy. Mild bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is quite smooth overall.

D - Solid porter from Ballast Point. However, I enjoy their hoppy brews a little more. Still, this is a nice porter that is quite drinkable despite a nose that is fairly lacking.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 23:46:07 | More by ffejherb
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charlzm

California

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 08/10/08.

Clear, dark brown pour yields a thin light tan head that quickly dissipates to the proper thin skin of foam and somewhat sticky lacing.

Aroma of candied sugar and molasses. Slight chocolate note as well.

Thin and a little creamy as it enters the mouth, but a bit coating, this one has a surprising flavor profile. A little chocolate and coffee up front, as expected, with a sort of thinner-than-a-stout character to the flavor. Slightly sweet. Almost has a nut brown ale flavor character. Then the bitterness hits. Mild but marked, still more roasted and bitter than expected on the back end with a slightly dry, sweet finish. A touch of alcohol warmth as well.

This porter may deviate somewhat from a typical porter, but I couldn't be happier with it.

One of the best porters I have had in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 01:12:01 | More by charlzm
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a frothy, light brown head that retains pretty well. Smells of roastiness, milk chocolate, lactose, vanilla. Reminds me of the Robust Porter from Smuttynose which I absolutely love. Taste is more roastiness, lactose, some vanilla notes, hop spice, very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly dry finish. Great porter and extremely drinkable. Proust.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 22:30:06 | More by Doomcifer
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