Black Marlin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 08-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,043
Reviews:
344
Ratings:
1,049
pDev:
9.57%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
171
Trade:
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Photo of JohnDon
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at Ballast Points new Chicago location. It poured an opaque dark with tan head that did not leave much lace. The scent had hints of chocolate and earth. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet roast and peat presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sweet, moderate coffee taste

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Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glf60
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fairly standard porter. Dark brown body, one finger offwhite head. Short retention and no lacing. Smell brings a bit of milk chocolate, fair bit of roast, light earth, touch of dark fruit. Flavour follows, although while the chocolate and roast are appropriate up front, there isn't much on the finish, seems to get watery towards the end. Medium thinner body, appropriately carbonated, mild earthy finish that seems to let you down after the initial burst of chocolate and roast. Still a fairly smooth drinking beer.

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Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight chocolate hints
T-The taste follows the nose with slight chocolate flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A nice Porter

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Photo of bdiiorio
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chefannexy
4.89/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great balance of coffee aroma and cocoa. Great finish and lingering hops.

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Photo of Vader444
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brenn79
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle- Pours mostly black with a fairly small light tan head that reduces to a blanket. Aroma is dark roasted malts, dark berries, cocoa. The taste is cocoa up front, quality coffee, the hops are noticeable, but not distracting, dark roasted malts, really well blended beer here. Tasty.

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Photo of Lebowskied
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hoosier222002
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cgrunin
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DomingoOrtiz
3.14/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Maudrey
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bloodsnot77
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Viaduck
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very, very dark, almost black with a generous coarse tan head. Smells sweet, caramel & dark chocolate. Flavor is dark roasted coffee & roasted malt. Not much hop flavor but everything is nicely balanced. Feels thinner than it looks but plenty of carbonation.

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Black Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,049 ratings