Darwenus (647) - Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ballast Point seems to be trying to force itís way into my list of favorite breweries. With beers as good as their Black Marlin porter, Iím fine with that. Black Marlin looks like most porters, deep chocolate brown with an average, tan head. The aroma is smooth, sweet, and rich. Coffee and chocolate combine here, just as they do any of my favorite porters. The flavor is smooth and rich through the finish, with a little hoppy tingle rather than the watery slip that often closes weaker porters. I like this very much, and I will have it again.
mrjaxson (352) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
There arenít other porters that come to mind which have a chocolate- and coffee-inspired aroma also revealing hints of citrus. But there are lots of little differences that make Black Marlin an unusual yet very satisfying porter. Certainly among those differences is boosting the IBUs to an out-of-the-box 42. It creates a thinner but still acceptable roll around the tongue, and the finish is a combination of sweet and bitter. A really good bomber.
HIGHB4LL (835) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Wilburís. Appearance: finger tan head, black, opaque, good lacing. Aroma: roast, light chocolate, molasses. Palate: full body, soft carbonation, velvety texture, moderate bitter finish. Taste: sweet molasses with notes of roast, into chocolate, with a pronounced bitter finish of dark chocolate. Overall, very nice, super smooth, very strong in its flavors and not overly complex.
snoworsummer (3245) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at BP Miramar. Pours but brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like roasted malt, burnt toast, dark coffee, and some dry, bittersweet chocolate. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like roasted malt, burnt toast, dark coffee, and bittersweet chocolate.
zoucrew102 (871) - - MAR 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Roasted malt aroma with notes of coffee and nuts. Pours black with thin light brown head with good retention and lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt flavor and and a little bit of chocolate and coffee. Finishes smooth with nutty flavors to go along with the roast. Good porter for enjoying anytime.
X (105) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a pretty straightforward porter with medium mouthfeel and a nice roasty taste. I get roasted nuts in the forefront followed by mocha and toffee. Just a trace of bitterness. Nice everyday porter.
DSG (8448) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[2/20/15] Draught at Ballast Point Old Grove in San Diego. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast and some olives Ė seems a bit infected. Bittersweetish flavor with roast, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, a light sourish note and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.
jookos (3495) - FINLAND - MAR 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottoe. Black, tan head. Roasty, dry chocolate, green hoppy, slight herby earthy, green citrus. Med bodied, nice bittered, malty roast. Finishes with chocolate, grassy herbs. Nice robust hoppy porter. Hasnt,got the super fruityness of a lot of black ipas, rather traditionally hopped porter. Pretty easy drink.
721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slight sweet malty aroma with light coffee notes. Perfect mouthfeel for porter, not to big like stout. Could be drinking any time if day. Crisp rissty clean finish. Very enjoyable.
dinkle50 (1134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a single finger tan head. Aroma is sweet. Medium mouth. Tasty is sweet and roasty. Nice hop component to this. More bitter than most porters. Lots of lace. Long bitter roasty finish and smooth creamy mouth.