Black Marlin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.97/5
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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:
#4,802
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
1,036
pDev:
9.82%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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90
Gots:
171
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Ratings: 1,036 |  Reviews: 340
Photo of wpreynolds
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerbirdnerd
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Studfarm69
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Totalpackage411
4.79/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was an outstanding porter, best dark beer I've tried from ballast. Havnt seen this in stores, went to the actual brewery for this one

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Photo of Donkster46
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregf51
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dexterk1
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisledTitan
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IceAce
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Cold_1
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of chiva
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yaksurf
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of delta490
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep brown, with a big foamy light tan head. The head has very good retention aided by solid steady carbonation. The aroma is a little light, more caramel and a hint of hops and grain with no chocolate. The taste is almost like a schwarzbier, but with a little more caramel to balance the roasted malt flavor. The body is lighter and the carbonation is pretty strong throughout.

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

Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look (3.75): A dark black pour with a lighter tan head. Around the edges this brew looks brown, not a jet black brew. Decent carbonation that likes to cling to the glass as it pours.

Smell (4): Pleasant chocolate and coffee bitterness coming off this guy. Possibly some darker fruit flavors hidden in there.

Taste (3.5): At first you're hit with citrus (lemon or lime peels?) flavors that lead into more piney bitter tones. This turns into a malted chocolatey creamy flavor. There's a weak bitter presence before it ends.

Mouthfeel (3.75): Creamy, silky and grainy mouthfeel. Even with the tropical and pine flavors at first there's not much acidic tones or boozey feels.

Overall (3.5): Not much of an ending to this. It starts out pretty fantastic and builds up really well before it decides to end suddenly. It's not my favorite porter...

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Photo of TheHopsman
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of casapy
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KomodoDragon
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with red highlights. Small cream colored bubbly head.

Earthy smells with raisin and dark fruits.

I immediately pick up dates and sugary raisins in the front end of the taste. Typical porter sweetness along with some roasted malts. Burn and some bitterness in the finish. There is a lightness to this brew. But quite a bit too fizzy in the feel for my preference.

Good porter with a bonus hoppy kick.

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Photo of Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrfehon33
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maltlikker
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,036 ratings