jmccdo (1) - - SEP 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at mellow mushroom in greensboro, nc. Smokey, spicy. Made my nose run a little. Nice treat!
maley1 (781) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, peppers and chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, unsweetened chocolate, hint of coffee, some earthiness, charcoal, and a chili pepper hotness on the finish, also powdered cocoa on the finish. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, a little too spicy on the finish for me.
TaktikMTL (5706) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
En fût. Pinte dégustée chez The Dirty Truth (Northampton, MA) au coût de 7,00$. Arôme: Odeur de céréale grillée. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de chocolat et de céréale grillée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de piment chipotle en arrière goût. (Rating #5525)
krumbum (521) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark chestnut brown slight visibility but unable to see thorough. Smells of nut and pepper. Spice that slowly grows over a walnut hazelnut base. Warming.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts, lengthy chocolate, blackberries and chipotle heat are ably aligned in this well-balanced Porter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the brown-hued black.
-Chocolate malt flavors are as long as the chipotle heat.
-The chipotle is not overdone, which I appreciate.
-Mouthfeel is leaner than I expected.
On tap at The Dirty Truth.
Itzjerm (1231) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice malt dark aroma nice burn on the throat. Smoke flavor and burn of chipotle. Give it some camp for name and it would be amazing.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tmoreau (2380) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co. as a 12 oz. serving, dispensed to a Czech-pils glass, showing a black/brown color, with some ruby highlighting, tan head froth, and curtainy cling to the lacing. The nose was maybe a touch of cocoa, not much roastiness, but more hints of cherry, vinous notes, and a bit of tartness. The flavor then presented a lingering, peppery quality that slowly escalated in intensity as the tasting continued, and roastiness that was substantial, but more coffee-like than cocoa. Medium+ bodied, the alcohol was fairly hidden, and the carbonation successfully enhanced the peppery, and only moderately restrained bitterness into the additionally dry finish.
Huhzubendah (2498) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at Ballast point in Little Italy.
Similar appearance to the regular Black Marlin porter. Dark brown, nearing black, with a thin beige cap. The aroma brings the pepper heat right away. The flavor has all of the characteristics found in the base beer, but these are overshadowed by spicy heat. A beer like this walks a fine line. How do you showcase the chipotle and retain a balanced, drinkable beer? A fun experiment and worth a try...once. A sample pour was all I needed. More than a few ounces would fatigue my palate rather hastily.
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown ish to dark brown. Nice aroma, tan head, coffee slight burnt roast. Not much pepper in aroma but great flavor in the tadte of pepper, great balance of coffee and pepper and slight sweet chocolate.
LoFi (1592) - 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.
GarrettB (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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!