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:
#5,115
Reviews:
342
Ratings:
1,042
pDev:
9.82%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
172
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0
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Ratings: 1,042 |  Reviews: 342
Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SamuelMiller
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Avatar113
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Aglassplease
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rogerlb
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, has a nice malt and lager aroma.

Taste is creamy. And malty goodness, but no roasty aspect and therefore quite mellow. Caramel and vanilla notes no doubt contribute. There's a slight dark fruit like plum. The professed hops merely give it body without any real bitter or citrus influence, and this has a better feel than some porters, which tend to be watery. Not here. At 6% you could drink it all day. It's nothing spectacular but quite close to a perfect way to spend your evening.

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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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Black Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,042 ratings