dfearnley (1115) - 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.
Ferris (6340) - 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.
slowrunner77 (6289) - 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."
OldGrowth (2821) - 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
bb (7068) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Dark brown beer with a tan head. Smoky aroma with light roasted peppers. Spicy peppery flavor with light cocoa. Medium bodied. Spicy peppers linger with malt and light cocoa.
bhensonb (11809) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours quite black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is slightly smoky. Med body. Flavor is smoky with chili burn. Mild dark malt. Some chocolate. Finishes sort of smoky, spicy, subdued baking chocolate. Strongly flavored. Good stuff.
marcus (7001) - 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.
beer-yum (693) - 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.
DrSilverworm (7694) - 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.
TimE (3580) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Huge cocoa, chilli notes in the nose with a touch of tobacco. The mouth is malty, fairly dry, lots of chilli and chocolate. Spicy cacao finish. Very nice and I like this experiment.