OldGrowth (3139) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Half pint at brewery. Good aroma, sweet and hot. Cocoa, chipotle. Blackish brown color. Good head and lace. Sweet hot flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, hot sweet finish. Darn tasty wonderful flavor. Perfect sweet hot mix
skmikeg (1672) - 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.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
drewbeerme (3916) - 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.
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.
brokensail (15468) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
TheAlum (6825) - 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.
JoeTheYounger (1181) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
chibuck (3507) - 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
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.