Black Marlin Porter | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,016 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:
1,016
Reviews:
337
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.82%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
166
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,016 |  Reviews: 337
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

Photo of Nichols33
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skidmore7
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An older bottle I put away years ago. I has the gold & black cap.

Pours coal blacj with tan to copper head.
The faintest hint of the hops with a dab of sweetness on the nose
taste of roast coffee, the sweetness and a residue of the faded hops
nice velvety mouthfeel
For might taste letting the hops age out, not exactly planned, seems to have worked out. I enjoyed this

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

Photo of Yancey82
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tdenham
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nife
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NHSTEVE
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Faint smell of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and hops. The label states a hoppy twist on a classic English porter. I would have called this beer a black IPA not a porter. In a porter I don't plan on a hop flavor. Beer felt thin like a IPA not thick like a good porter or stout. Is a average porter but a good black IPA.

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Photo of beerserk
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Squid-ink black body; dense, very thick, dull bone colored head. Charred grain aroma; coffee beans; bitter, dark chocolate. Dark roasted grains; carob; mocha and cream; subtle, bitter edge; mild tanginess. Heavy body, smooth and silky mouthfeel; creamy; semi-sweet finish.

This beer exhibits an excellent combination of depth, complexity and balance. There is a richness and silkiness throughout, especially with the flavors and mouthfeel. A gentle warmth and mild chocolate sweetness encompasses every sip while a soft a velvety feel makes every last swallow a most pleasant experience. Good stuff...

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Photo of flyingpig
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle from Brewdog brewery website (£6.00):
Another enjoyable Ballast Point beer, this one was a well-balanced & easy to drink porter from the brewery that came through with good sweetness, some rich chocolate & an earthy bitterness that also boasted the odd subtle hops too. The beer was a ridiculously smooth & easy one to drink & that was perhaps its best feature but the smell & taste weren't bad either thankfully; I wouldn't mind having this one again.

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Photo of Honeybourne
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bomber into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours deep-deep brown color with a one finger tan colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to leave a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of a roasty smell, mixed with some grainy aromas and a moderately sweeter smell of chocolate and vanilla. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of a dark fruit nature of cherry and plum along with a little bit of a wood smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly roasted and slightly cocoa sweet flavor. As the taste advances more roast and a little more sweet in the nature of caramel and vanilla come to the tongue. Along with these developing flavors comes some light burnt tastes as well as some more earthy hop flavors. In the end, the mix of hop, sweet, and roast are joined by some grain to leave a moderately dark, but sweeter, kind of weak black IPA like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is somewhat thin for a porter of 6% abv. with a carbonation level that is average to slightly higher. I would have liked a little less carbonation and a little more chewiness/creaminess for this one; better accentuating the roast and sweet.

Overall – Not bad, but not really anything outstanding either. I was expecting something more in the traditional porter style, but instead was delivered something akin to a black IPA mixed with a porter.

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Photo of dcf5ve
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RJLarse
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Black Marlin in a bottle shop, poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, opaque with a garnet red hue when held up to light.

Smell is a sweet chocolate espresso aroma.

Taste is a bitter charcoal roasted grain flavor up front, with a little chocolate sweetness followed by a dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but clean and minimally cloying.

Overall a very good coffee flavored porter.

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

Photo of gjzdaniel
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jackjaffar
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,016 ratings.
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