dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Old Grove. Pours a dark brown caramel color and a minimal espresso head. Aroma is heavy chipotle and cocoa. Taste is semi sweet with a heavy dose of chipotle and adobo. Thinner bodied and a touch dry. Good, but I wish it were a tad sweeter. I love the heat level, which is probably toouch for most people. There is never a doubt whether Ballast Point uses chili peppers.
mikem409 (1985) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours black solid Yan head. Pepper aroma. Taste is very hot chocolate and not much else
Zymurgeist2 (1853) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Harry’s Hofbrau. Massive amounts of smoke and peppers. The chipotle really shines here. Porter is a little lost in the beer, but still an excellent brew.
dfearnley (1807) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Chocolate, a little coffee, pepper, chipotle, sweet malt
Dark brown with a tan head.
Strong chipotle, chocolate, and toasted malt.
Strong peppery burn.
skmikeg (1740) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Old Grove. Pours a pitch black with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, bakers chocolate, peppers, coffee,and some earthiness. Taste is spicy upfront with a lot of earthy chipotle, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Has medium full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a spicy, earthy finish. overall,a very interesting and tasty version of Black Marlin.
Earlier Rating: 11/7/2011 Total Score: 4
Pours a brownish black with a tan head and nice lacing. aroma is of coco, coffee, smoke, and pepper. flavor is of roasted malts, coco, coffee, smoked pepper, and some earthyness. Has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a long, peppery finnish. overall, a very unique and tasty porter and my favorite of BA’s pepper beers.
LoFi (1710) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Porterfestivalen 2013.
Very dark brown with a brown head.
Aroma: fruity chili, soft roast, chocolate.
Taste: chili, salmiak, roasted, peppery, chocolate.
oRos (1554) - sacramento, California, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at capitol beer and taproom. Pours black with a slight pepper aroma. Taste is peppers with a slight roastyness
GarrettB (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2015 October 5th, 2013 - Spicy chipotle sauce smell. Neat! Tastes like chipotle chilis too. Hard to drink. Like a porter with chipotle sauce drizzled in before the tasting.
April 15th, 2012 - The Black Marlin is a local favorite, showing up at parties and board game gatherings with a special frequency. It makes sense that Ballast Point would make an effort to put clever, curious twists on this beer in particular, both for its popularity, and because it’s a relatively open canvas on which to build sharp, and even crazy flavors. The appearance is much like the plain Black Marlin - a thin, light brown head makes a crescent around the edge of the glass, and the beer is a dark and hazy chocolate mud. On the nose I catch the scent of peppers, true, but also the salty, boozy and unique smell of reposed tequila. It’s a dry tanginess that I think is common to agave, but mostly uncommon to the average American. The flavor shares this Mexican tanginess, beginning with the vinegars common to certain, regional barbecue sauces, which calms and quiets itself until the flavor has a deep, roiling smokiness, lent to it both by the malt but also the chipotle. Then suddenly the aftertaste kicks the drinker hard with a dry charcoal and chili powder kick. As I write the notes, I am coughing and sputtering at the end of each sip, and eventually have to leave the remainder in the glass. Pepper lovers should give this brew a try. Have an aversion to measuring the scovilles of your beer? Tread carefully!
beer-yum (1334) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An enjoyable porter with an unexpected punch. The chilli is front and centre but is nicely balanced with the chocolate and coffee that fills out the finish.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Linda vista location. Nice sharpness added to smooth porter/stout. Not overpowering. If you like the heat in beer, you’ll like this one.