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Black Marlin Porter brewed with chipotle peppers and cocoa nibs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1179) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 25, 2011
On tap at BP Old Grove: Dark brown with ruby highlights and a light brown fading head. Aroma is smokey with a hint of cocoa powder. Flavor has some dark chocolate followed quickly by a smokey pepper burn, a hint of coffee finishing with a light coffee bitterness and lingering heat on the back of the tongue. Pallate is light to medium and velvety with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2011
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. 7/3/6/3/13

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (12362) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger of tan head. S: Really quite smokey with lots of earthy tones, so the chipotle is really coming through. Plenty of roasted malt and only a mild dark chocolate/cocoa aroma to it. Not really much sweetness. T: I was surprised how much spice this beer had to it. A big kick of heat from the chipotle peppers which also impart a big time earthiness and smokiness to the beer. Moderately roasty with a more pronounced chocolate quality to them. M: Medium in body and carbonation. O: The chile pepper is quite strong, but I thought it was pretty decent and it worked alright with the chocolate and porter base.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeTheYounger (1156) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
On draft at bruery provisions. Reddish copper brown with tan head. Aroma is roasty and spicy. Taste is similar with nice sharp smoothness. Good stuff and not too spicy with a lil smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2011
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Growler of Chipotle Cocoa Black Marlin. Pours dark with a nice light tan creamy head. Nose is chocolaty with waves of chipotle smokiness in the background...it took me a while to find the smokiness for whatever reason, but after about 6 or 7 ounces, it certainly comes to the forefront of the nose. Flavors are much more concentrated on the cocoa aspect than the smokiness of the chipotles, which is kind of a letdown, but the capsicum heat is certainly present, which is good..in fact, this is a nicely spicy beer and you definitely feel that heat for a good time afterwards. Mouthfeel is on the medium to thin side of the spectrum.. I really like the heat here but I just wish it was more smokey because it really just isnt as smokey as it needs to be. Kind of let down..but that being said, there’s still subtle smokiness riding in the background, so all is not lost.

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