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Black Marlin | Triggerfish Brewery

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Brewed by:
Triggerfish Brewery
South Africa

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RblWthACoz on 12-31-2013

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Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 2
Reviews by Thehuntmaster:
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4.06/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

660ml bottle 9,9% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a wine glass and a snifter.
2013 Vintage
Bottle 39/250.

A massive thanks to Eric for this one!

Appearance: Black Marlin appears pitch black in the glass, with a strong back light revealing a fair amount of deep red along the edges of the glass. A rough pour yields a large tan coloured head that lasts pretty well and leaves thick sheets of lacing as it recedes. Swirling the beer results in light alcohol legs.

Smell: The initial nose is bang on for a traditional Russian imperial stout, with a great combination of roasted malt, dark caramel and bittersweet dark chocolate. As the beer begins to warm however, a dark fruity character begins to emerge with notes of red wine, raisins, black cherries and the faintest hint of tartness. This gives the beer an almost Belgian feel and is reminiscent of aged Black Albert. There is a little alcohol noted as the beer warms.

Taste: Surprisingly the flavour actually offers a bigger dark fruit element than the nose suggested, with raisin, cherry and red wine all well noted. The tartness from the nose is present is slightly large quantities, but it works well with the fruity flavours on offer. The more standard imperial stout notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate and liquorice are also present and there is a nice bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is a tad light for my tastes at a medium-full level, but there is a a little stickiness. The carbonation is spot on - medium level and nice and smooth.

Overall: Black Marlin is a really interesting imperial stout, the combination of chocolatey malt and slightly tart dark fruits could easily lead one to believe that this was brewed in Belgium.

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3.25/5  rDev n/a

Black Marlin from Triggerfish Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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