DrSilverworm (6798) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10oz snifter on tap at Neon’s, for $6. Very dark brown, near-black color. Thin light brown / khaki head. Good bits and short ropes of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. Kind of a chewy, bigger texture. Lightly dry finish. Good bigger roast, dark malts, hint of coffee, good dark chocolate aroma. Pepper is much more subtle and well-integrated than expected. Much more balanced than habanero sculpin, works great with the rich, dark malt flavors of Marlin. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet. Good light peppery heat creeps up on you in the finish, but it’s more of a warm hug on the palate than a peppery kick. Up front, the pepper backs off enough to let the dark chocolate and roast malt flavors shine. Definitely the best pepper porter I’ve had yet, much better than expected.
marcus (6680) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours near black with a nice tan head and a chocolate, treacle and pepper aroma. There is a full-bodied dark molasses flavor with just the right amount of heat.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Another pepper beer, another winner. It doesn’t hurt that these are mostly excellent beers to begin with, but damn...where will it end. The super smooth Black Marlin is still such, with hints of bittersweet cocoa and smokey chipotle spice (mild) in the nose and flavor. Another treat."
TaktikMTL (5922) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
En fût. Pinte dégustée chez The Dirty Truth (Northampton, MA) au coût de 7,00$. Arôme: Odeur de céréale grillée. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de chocolat et de céréale grillée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de piment chipotle en arrière goût. (Rating #5525)
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle shared at Kan’s. Thanks! Pours a nice murky brownish pour, some lighter edges, with a decent frothy tannish brown head. Laces small. Aromas are some lighter cocoa, toffee, and toast, touches of roast and light peppery life. Initial is medium to lighter bodied, some moderate chili bite up front with some good earthy chiles, light cocoa, toffee, and roast. Some coffee, toast, and biscuits. The chiles take over a bit, moving into heat, pepper. A bit overwhelming. Warm finish. Interesting, not bad. But the peppers really take a dominant hold and is a bit harsh/not as well integrated as hoped for.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a fizzy head. Roasted grain and subtle pepper aroma. Chocolate and sweet roasted grain up front with a pepper heat on the back end. Pretty good.
Ferris (4725) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Chocolate, chipotle and gap dark roast. Jet black with light head. Chocolate, chipotle and a bit of chilli heat on the back of the throat. Well done, likely the best chipotle beer I have had.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. pours murky brown with off white head. aroma has a big big chili nose with smokey ash notes. flavors of strong chili
peppers!! Wow that’s hot! smokey character. just way too hot for me and undrinkable.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown body... the nose is nice, chocolate with some chili, no hint of what was about come... taste starts off with chocolate and some hot chili, too hot though, as you drink it gets hotter and out of balanced, volcanic... not something I can recommend
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Balast point chipotle black marlin porter. 22oz bottle thanks to
tim!... Pours a medium cola brown pour with lighter edges and a thin
film of light beige head... Peppery odiferousness with a sharpness to
it. Overpowers everything else.. flavors are predominantly focused on
the pepper nature which grasps, takes hold, and never leaves. Porter
qualities are left grabbing for a chance to appear but never really
let’s go. Thin to medium bodied. Overwhelmed by the amount of heat.