Black Marlin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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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Photo of elNopalero
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a dark roasty black with some light sneaking around the edges but not much. In any dimly lit bar I wouldn’t even notice. Heady topping of foam releases a glorious aroma resplendent of coffee (dark and regular roast) and dark chocolate. Flavor is all coffee and cacao nibs with a slight bitterness on the edges. Warms well and remains drinkable. Not hoppy but the hops give it a bite and sharpness that I gladly welcome.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark, blended brown coloring that is black in the depths, with a thin, frothy head that is a good, darker beige coloring. Aromas are light and effervescent, with a good coffee background giving rise to some dark fruit and nutty sweetness. Rich nose, but avoids overpowering. Flavors are smooth and robust, with a dark roasted coffee bitterness highlighted by some cocoa bittersweet. Some woody and earthy characteristics give the beer a more rustic feel, and the smooth body has a significant crispness at the end to really keep the tastebuds interested. A smokey, nutty, and tangy sweet aftertaste, with a slightly lingering finish. Good porter.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Thanks to Scott for sending me this one in the Good Beers BIF!

A: Pours black with a two finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some foam on top. Nice lacing down the sides.

S: Very roasty, with some dark malt, chocolate and a little coffee. Surprisingly hoppy as well, with some citrus.

T: A nice combination of roasted dark malt, chocolate, and a little bit of coffee. There is a hint of citrus, but very faint. Slight smoky flavor on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O: Solid porter, very easy drinking and tasty. Another good beer from Ballast Point.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light green hops with some light roasted malt notes is quite pleasant. Taste is an interesting mix between some green hops with light bitter notes and some roasted malt with light dry aftertaste. Body is quite full with light creamy notes and good carbonation. Nothing over the top in this beer though well brewed and easily drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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