Black Marlin Porter | Ballast Point Brewing Company

very good
1,023 Ratings
Black Marlin PorterBlack Marlin Porter

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 08-26-2002

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Ratings: 1,023 |  Reviews: 339
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of dansmcd
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Jet black under a thicky creamy tan head with all day retention, sticky clumps of lace and webbing.

S - Big roasted nose, coffee, dark chocolate.

T - Follows the roasted malt nose, smoke, coffee, chocolate and cream. Nice layered experience.

M - Fully bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Complex and demands some time to savour. Very good porter.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was the only real negative thing in that there was very little head and lacked any real rentention. Though the beer pours a rich deep brown with garnet high lights i couldn't produce more then surface froth.

Aroma is dominated by big malts. A very lovely roasted malt billm with candied or burnt sugar.
Perhaps it was me but I thought I sensed some peat and smoke.

The big roasted malts continue on into the taste. One can pick up char and hints of peat smokiness.

Full bodied no doubt that flows easily over the palette. The finish is slightly bitter and is relatively clean in the aftertaste.

Deep and complex tasting a winner in every regard with the exception of the head which,really isn't that big a deal.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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1/5  rDev -74.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, with lighter brown and garnet hues as well. A large, rich mocha head leaves some great lacing as it dissipates.

Smells of roasted malts, smokey.

Taste has a bit more going for it thankfully. Mostly roasted malts, with some burnt sugars, and not a small char aftertaste. Bittered by hops, which add another layer.

Texture is medium bodied and not easily drinkable. The beer is smooth though and carbonation is on par for the style.

I liked this more than I thought I would. The smoky and the bitter aren't out of control.


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3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

BB undecipherable month 2013

Pours a two finger tan head over black body. Head dies after short while to film. Spotty lace.

Aromas of roast malts. cigar box, smoke.

Taste is roast malt driven, a little nuttiness, some coffee, moderate hop on back palate.

Mouthfeel slightly watery. Light bodied, minimal carbonation.

Overall, quite drinkable without a wow factor. Drink not review!!!!

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rjimlad
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint handle with deep black colour with cola hue when against light. Rich mocha head and lots of lacing. Aroma has coffee malt with a very faint citrus note that's hardly discernible if too cold. Flavour is coffee/cocoa and roast beef and a slight caramel body. Bitterness at the end but good length and clean finish. Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation with mild body tending to slightly watery. Still, it's lip-smacking at the end and I really like this porter. Not complex but well balanced and tasty.

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Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,023 ratings.
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