Black Marlin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Black MarlinBlack Marlin

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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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a porter, smells like a porter. Heck, it even taste like a porter. Really, the flavor profile of this beer isn't all that complex, but it is extremely well balanced and wonderfully creamy. I would have no problem ordering several of these at a bar.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of imbibehour
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Enjoy by January 29th 2013.

From the pour a real creamy rising head, nice light tan in color with very tiny bubbles presented, rises three fingers tall nicely. Body color is a classic dark walnut brown, with a real nice red hue to it hiding in there. Nice looking beer, and some scattered lacing.

Nice husky milk chocolate on first smell, with a simple balanced grain. Milky and creamy smelling. Pretty solid bouquet for a porter.

Palate hits with a nice light right body. Great mouthfeel thick but with a light porter classic body and not syrup. Flavors hit of mild creamy sweet malts, and aftertaste that really lingers. Good charing roast, and a real great tobacco action. Tannic but not dry, almost hints at woody character. Roast brings out even more hints of coffee, and a real nice controlled hop bitterness, hints of lime on the finish too.

Overall a very solid porter, delicious!

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4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-black with a stable tan head

S-fresh dark roasted coffee with just a touch of cocoa. there is some sort of brininess here as well that is quite welcomed. medium strength

T-comes in with a great rich flavor of rich coffee and dark cocoa nibs. a bitterness comes in and the after-taste is mostly of dark chocolate. the flavors are awesome and bold. there really just a touch of brininess here. the after-taste definitely has a roasted aspect to it, almost even reminds me of peanut butter..which i know doesn't sound right, but it really does taste like that.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is a wonderful porter, definitely one of the best i've had. the flavors are all strong and great and yet it remains a slight uniqueness to it to set it apart from others that i've had. definitely something that i'll suggest to others. SO GLAD BALLAST POINT IS NOW IN MARYLAND!!!!

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -11.8%

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4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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