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Black Marlin Porter - Cocoa Chipotle | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Halcyondays on 05-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This thing is straight up chile adoboe Black Marlin. It's not just spice, nor heat, but smoke -- that smoky heat you get from chile adobo. The base porter is up to it, mostly, kicking in touches of roasted malt and hints of dark chocolate, but man you gotta be ready for that smoky, spicy kick. For me, it's a winner, but I have a feeling for most it's just going to be too much.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ the Old Grove location.

A: Pours black with a thin off-white head/tan head which fades to a thin cap and rim leaving splotchy lace.

N: Smoke, malts, chili spices.

T: Roasty and smokey, chili peppers, faint chocolate and caramel.

M: Moderate body and semi-medium carbonation. Finishes spicy and smokey.

O: An interesting smoked jalapeño chili beer. Not too hot and not lingering.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Ballast point in Little Italy.

Similar appearance to the regular Black Marlin porter. Dark brown, nearing black, with a thin beige cap. The aroma brings the pepper heat right away. The flavor has all of the characteristics found in the base beer, but these are overshadowed by spicy heat. A beer like this walks a fine line. How do you showcase the chipotle and retain a balanced, drinkable beer? A fun experiment and worth a try...once. A sample pour was all I needed. More than a few ounces would fatigue my palate rather hastily.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this in tap at the Ballast Point tap room and kitchen in the Little Italy neighborhood. Cool place and lots of beer choices. Appearance was no different than the black marlins I've had previously, black. Aroma was chipotle pepper and the flavor was adobo sauce. This wasn't hot but it was seriously all chipotle, felt very one dimensional. I think the regular version is better.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Black Marlin Porter - Cocoa Chipotle from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 47 ratings
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