Black Marlin Porter | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,017 Ratings
Black Marlin PorterBlack Marlin Porter
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 08-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,017
Reviews:
338
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.82%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
167
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Carsonbros
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. Smell of malts and toffee. Taste follows suite, with a very smooth and creamy feel. Medium carbination. Overall decent porter.

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Photo of brocktune
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpc175
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I caught a keeper. A nice tan head, and a great malty IPA.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tap at their Long Beach location.

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Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

On-tap served in a snifter at Hair of the Dog, Bangkok.

Charcoal black with some brown tinge in color, it comes with thick frothy tan head that stands with pretty good retention before gradually subsiding to some bubble film on the surface and leaving numerous amount of sticky lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

In a nose, I get the traditional roasted malt, black coffee, and chocolate note. Not so surprise with the vanilla, caramel, some smoke, and dark bread but a bit surprise with a bold hop aroma of citrus, tropical, earthy, and spice that is well mingled with all others.

The taste as well follows what is displayed in the aroma. Heavy dose of roasted malt, black coffee, chocolate, some smoke, vanilla, caramel, and dark bread while hop is being nicely complement with notes of citrus, earthy, spice, and some bitterness that is also reinforced by roasted profile.

The body is medium with some good crisp and moderate carbonation to carry well the smooth mouthfeel, very dry finish.

Good and very well balance Porter, all the characters are harmoniously arranged and displayed in good shape.

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Photo of user785335
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of theDuck
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cabindan
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBeast
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bum4ever
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: black with a tan head. Some lacing
S: chocolate and coffe.
T: good overall flavor and balance.
F: little light for a porter.
O: good solid porter, in the lighter side. But very drinkable.

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

Photo of Zazzi82
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AnthonyJS
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic porter. It's rich and malty rather than strong and roasty like some porters and stouts. Mildly sweet with hints of chocolate and coffee, and the flavors are well balanced as should be expected. This is a wholly satisfying and rich beer that should please any porter or stout fan.

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Photo of jordanian2
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Stengelfoot
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WayneEsten
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like porters. This one's distinct; I described it to my brother as "very smooth going down with a bit of a hard landing." The finish is dry and unlike some porters and many stouts, the coffee is held in check and not allowed to dominate over the malt, barley and chocolate; it's well balanced. Now, I was drinking a fair amount of Deschutes Black Butte Porter because, based on my taste, I considered it the best of the porters I've tried. However, this one is right up there with the Deschutes and it may have even a little more body. I'm having to make room for more bottles.

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

Photo of EMH73
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap, poured an almost black color with a fairly well retained half inch head that left a little lacing. Smell was mostly malts with a hint of coffee and caramel. Taste was primarily roasted malts with notes of caramel, coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Moderated carbonated and medium mouthfeel. Very good, but nothing special.

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Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,017 ratings.
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