Black Marlin Porter | Ballast Point Brewing Company

very good
1,019 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

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Added by xlperro on 08-26-2002

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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

22oz bomber, picked up somewhere in the Hawaiian Islands in the past week or so.

This beer pours a clear, very, very dark cola colour, with two fingers of thick, foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some jagged honeycombed lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of biscuity, grainy malt, bittersweet chocolate, an oily nuttiness, mild cold coffee, and softly bitter earthy hops. The taste is a fair bit less shy with the chocolate, blasting away with both barrels right off the bat, even exhibiting some Kahlua liqueur booze heat when you aspirate just right. Ok, there's also some subtle lactic sourness, tame espresso notes, and understated earthy and leafy hops.

The carbonation is nicely sassy, the body a trembling medium weight, and yet generally quite smooth. It finishes nice and malty, the grain sharing more or less equal time with the choco-hulk with whom I've become well acquainted.

Overall, a pleasant, full-flavoured porter, with a small wink to the traditional style with that wee tang, but this show is for the New World fans - big, chocolaty, restrained in booze and oh-so-sweetly balanced.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 8/2/12

A - Pours a very deep brown with two fingers of brown head. Head has good retention. Leaves the glass coated with lacing.

S - Roasted malt with a bit of char, coffee and faiint smoke.

T - Taste is a dry, roasted malt. Slightly smoky, with coffee and bitter chocolate as well. Subtle hops, vanilla and faint dark fruits. finishes bitter, with more char.

M - Medium mouthfeel is very creamy, but finishes very dry with lingering char.

O - Very nice porter. Borderlines on too much char, but this is roasty and tasty with a very nice, creamy mouthfeel.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh batch into an imperial pint.

This beer pours a deep brown with a large head. Great lacing. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malts, with an almost smore-like effect going on the background with some toasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of sugar sweetness. The taste is also very roasty with coffee and malts, with a bit of vanilla. It's got a very full flavor though, setting it apart from the pack. Smooth at first and finishing prickly, thanks to the easy-drinking mouthfeel yet fairly aggressive roastiness on the finish. Overall, this is just a very well-done porter. It doesn't really offer anything new on the flavor block, but is just a high-quality and well-executed porter.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the brew pours dark brown with an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, nuts, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, chocolate, nuts, and a little bit of coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's very smooth and easy to drink. I like this brew a lot, I'd definitely buy this again in the future. It's a nice, easy drinking, tasty brew.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Pavilions Rancho Mirage CA for 4.79$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, coffee, chocolate, and a nuttiness. There is also a little bit of burnt/smoke flavours. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Overall - Tasty yet forgettable. The hint of dark fruit is nice but the flavours don't really pop. Still an above average beer that I would drink again - I just wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A – Pours a almost opaque ruby-black with a MASSIVE four finger head of light brown bubbles. Doesn’t leave much lacing because the head is so thick and foamy it clings to itself instead of the glass. Awesome retention.

S – Roasted grain with a hint of chocolate. Overall aroma is mild.

T – Taste is richer than the smell would indicate. Roasted grain flavor dominates, with hints of milk chocolate, coffee, and caramel up front. If you try, you can taste an underlying hop presence, which becomes more prevalent in the finish. Hops + roasted grains equal a pretty bitter aftertaste.

M – Nice medium to full body with medium carbonation. Almost creamy finish. Right feel for the style. Finishes dry.

O – A very solid porter. Looks amazing, and the mouth feel is almost perfect. It is maybe lacking a little depth, and I found myself having a lingering want for “more” out of this beer that never came. Still, I have bought it before, and will most likely do it again, as it’s one of the better American porters currently available in my area.

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Black Marlin Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,019 ratings.
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