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Black Marlin Porter - Cocoa Chipotle - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Black Marlin Porter - Cocoa Chipotle
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 05-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Found this on tap at a craft beer shop in Brooklyn, NYC.

The color is a dark, deep brown/black. Almost no light passes through the glass.

Smells of Chipotle. Strong dominant spicy aroma. It's kind of hard to gather much of anything else.

The first kick is the hardest. This will definitley leave your tongue numb. I love my spicy foods, but the heat here doesn't really do much for me. The burn is definitely there and it dominates everything. Near the end of my beer, I found that my tongue could not distinguish any flavor at all. My buds overloaded and became numb.

Can't really comment on this because the heat did not really allow me to enjoy the mouthfeel. I didn't see much carbonation in the glass so you won't be getting any tingling sensation from that.

Overall... It's a bold experiment, but I don't see myself coughing up another $10 for a pint of this. I satisfied my curiosity but didn't find any satisfaction with this one.

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On tap @ the Old Grove location.

A: Pours black with a thin off-white head/tan head which fades to a thin cap and rim leaving splotchy lace.

N: Smoke, malts, chili spices.

T: Roasty and smokey, chili peppers, faint chocolate and caramel.

M: Moderate body and semi-medium carbonation. Finishes spicy and smokey.

O: An interesting smoked jalapeño chili beer. Not too hot and not lingering.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer just sounds strange.

A - Dark brown beer with just a little bit of head off an agressive pour. Some spots left on the sides.

S - I've come to realize I don't like the smell of chipotle. This beer seems to have it in ample supply. There's some chocolate also, fitting due to the name. Just smells kind of bad, like something experimental I would whip up in the kitchen and then try to feed to the cat.

T - Really just kind of yuck. Lots of spice and peppers with some chocolate malts that do add a bit of sweetness to this pepper beer. It's not working how it should though.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, but probably just due to the fill.

D - I don't like this beer. I like spice and peppers, but this is boring and just too on the nose.

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On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger of tan head.

S: Really quite smokey with lots of earthy tones, so the chipotle is really coming through. Plenty of roasted malt and only a mild dark chocolate/cocoa aroma to it. Not really much sweetness.

T: I was surprised how much spice this beer had to it. A big kick of heat from the chipotle peppers which also impart a big time earthiness and smokiness to the beer. Moderately roasty with a more pronounced chocolate quality to them.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: The chile pepper is quite strong, but I thought it was pretty decent and it worked alright with the chocolate and porter base.

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The appearance is a dark brown that is lighter on the edges. Smell is dominated by the cocoa nibs and dark malt. The taste is what turned me off. The chipotle peppers come on too strong, burning on the way down. The orange peel and cocoa nibs try to pop through but get beaten down. Mouthfeel is light with some spice. Overall, I respect the effort but in the end it falls short.

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On tap at Home Brew Mart. Black Marlin infused with cocoa nibs and chipotle peppers.

A: Very dark brown with a finger of tan cream.

S: Aromatic chipotle notes are pronounced, blending nicely with rich cocoa and fudge. Roasted malt is evident and there's an earthy quality.

T: Cocoa nibs accompany dark chocolate and a pleasant chipotle flavor. The heat is mild and adds a nice touch to Black Marlin. Roasted grains meet a light bitterness. Pepper heat increases a little in the finish.

M: Lower full body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: A nice variation on Black Marlin. The use of Chipotle is tasteful.

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March 28th 2011-

The nose is mostly normal but with a added earthiness with it. Taste follows the nose normal but with that earthiness beers with peppers seem to get, its not a normal earthiness just the only way I can describe it. Has a very pleasant burn in the back of your throat. Every time I have a beer with peppers I really like it this ones no different.

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Black Marlin Porter - Cocoa Chipotle from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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