Black Marlin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 08-26-2002

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1/5  rDev -74.8%

Photo of GRG1313
1.94/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2007 was on tap and poured dark brown with a weak and thin head. The nose was perhaps a hint of coffe or a hint of roasted malt but, candidly, was almost non-existent; it certainly was not inviting.

Weak on flavor and character. A very light coffee character and flavor at best, and that's giving it the benefit of the doubt. I'd hoped that later years would drink better.

2008 was also on tap and tasted contemporaneously with the 2007; not a whole lot different. Poured dark brown with a weak, thin head. The nose was of light coffee and light, weak roasted malt but, again, almost non-existant.

2008 on draft was also weak on flavor and character. A very light coffee character and flavor; simple with hints of coffee. No reason for me to try again but I would always encourage people to try something not otherwise tried before; it all adds to the experience.

(And, as I was once taught in my early wine tasting education many years ago, and somewhat paraphrasing..."you must taste bad beer to understand and appreciate good beer." Again, just my opinion.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.4/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a snifter for shits and giggles. Typical color. Easy on the pour as this is one pumped up porter. Frothy, loose head, covers the glass all the way down.

Metallic twinge in he nose, kinda weak overall.

Bigtime carbonation tends to sizzle a bit and make a point. Really it is necessary because it makes the most of a subtle taste mixer jones. There is a citrus element to this, mainly a tangerine type sweetness on the backside. Coffee wallace comes in to the picture late.

Notes: I've had nice success with this brewer. The porter is pretty average to below average in my opinion. I can deal with a bad mouthfeel if its loaded with taste, but this was kinda boring.

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

Photo of ph2001
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle in pint glass

near black, a very deep carmel brown color. theres a small amount of head that leaves quickly. smells hoppy and malty but very mild.

medium light body. the flavors here are very mild. there's nothing wrong with them, but there's nothing significant about them either. very plain and boring. could be thicker, creamier, sweeter, anything. not good not bad, 2.5, middle of the road flavor. not worth the $6 for it, try something else.

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Photo of Rideguy64
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

To me the beer missed the mark. Nice start, but the lingering aftertaste killed the overall experience.

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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.

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of deepsouth
3/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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Photo of RichBeer
3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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Black Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,044 ratings