Getbetter (953) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a cask at blue palms,very creamy texture,thick head,a little more intense chocolate flavor to their porter.its a good beer.
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep black pour. The nose is a little bit cocoaish with a touch of soft roastiness. A little bit of astringency as well as some fruit. It comes across like a regular porter but with a slight difference in the cocoa aspect - less full-on cocoa intensity but a light sort of fruity cocoa character - sort of like the difference between medium-roast and dark-roast coffee. Rich and tasty but only a fairly subtle tweak from the regular.
vtafro (4506) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Rattle ’N’ Hum. Black pour with tan head. Light cocoa notes, toasted and sweeter malts. Chocolate is more in the aroma than flavor, flavor ends lightly earthy and mineral like.
brokensail (12509) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is nearly black with a very creamy mocha colored head on top. The lacing is thick, sticky, and pretty to look at.
S: The chocolate really comes through strongly on this one, as you might hope considering the treatment. There is also a nice note of vanilla which goes well with the chocolate and roasted malt aromas.
T: The chocolate flavors are a nice combination of sweet and lightly bitter. Although not as potent as in the nose, there is a touch of vanilla. The roasted malt and coffee flavors provide a bit of bitterness and balance to a beer is, otherwise, a bit on the sweet side.
M: A medium bodied beer with a smooth feel on the tongue and a fairly light carbonation.
D: I don’t know how much better this is than the regular Black Marlin, but I love chocolate in my porters, so this one was very nice to try, and easy to drink.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft, pours a dark burne body with a tan head. Seems milder less coffee tones, then the nib-less version. Coco is not present in the aroma, and hardly so in the flavor lending a mild coco powder like note to the finish along with some mineral and calcium like tones. A mild earth y and roasted tone, the body seems a bit thin. I prefer the original version to this adjunct porter.
Leighton (13584) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Not amazing, but good. Pours a dark brown with a modest head. Some roast in the aroma, faint chocolate. Burnt malt character dominates, while the cocoa preseance is only slight. Some breadiness. Decent sweetness. Finishes pretty smooth, some lingering roast. Medium body, average carbonation.
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at Rattle n Hum - not sure why, but the chocolate profile is disappointingly faint. Some yeasty notes, toffee candy and light roast. Finishes with some carbonic acid and astringency. Doesn’t hold a candle to the other version.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum for the Ballast Point Promo night with Joe and Zach. Pours a deep dark brownish black - thin fading head. Aroma is earthy toasty, leather, cooca nibs, and light peppery spice. Flavor is chocolate malts, a bit sharp, toast, light caramel sweetness, cocoa nibs- but a touch green, and spicy, dust and tootsie roll chocolate sweetness.