Lagunitasfan (1309) - 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.
papajohn (1248) - 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.
Ktwse (1200) - SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of coffee and tons of chipotle, some german sausage and smoke. Taste is an onslaught of chipotle and peppers with coffee bitterness looming in the background. Body is light with soft carbonation.
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JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, 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.
kryon (1012) - SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taste is dark brown with no head
Aromas of chipotle, coffee, medwurst, chocolate
Taste has brown sugar, chipotle, chocolate, dark malts
Too low bodied but overall quite ok
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Chalsk (962) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2013
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
On tap at Gingerman. Seriously WTF. I love Ballast Point but this is just drinking pepper sauce with a hint of cocoa. This is an extreme beer that is just not for me or 99 percent of beer drinkers. From a craft standpoint I don’t understand it.
oRos (827) - 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
Zymurgeist2 (734) - 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.
skmikeg (612) - Poway, California, 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.
rob6239 (550) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap takeover at Cole’s in Buffalo. Dark pour with slight head only. Aroma is spicy. Taste is crazy hot and doesn’t go away quickly. The heat burns and lingers but is oddly appealing.