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RATINGS: 729   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A hoppy twist on the classic English Porter. Our Black Marlin Porter stands out in a town known primarily for its IPA’s. We craft it from a unique blend of roasted and crystallized malts that give it a smooth, chocolaty, caramel profile. Then toss in a healthy dose of American hops to serve up full-bodied flavor worthy of its San Diego roots.

Editor’s Note: Old versions were 5.9% abv

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjaxson (392) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2015
There aren’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2015
Bomber from Wilbur’s. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (3727) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zoucrew102 (1003) - - MAR 21, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
X (160) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2015
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (9317) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[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 – seems a bit infected. Bittersweetish flavor with roast, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, a light sourish note and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (3897) - FINLAND - MAR 15, 2015
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.

-- bb

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dinkle50 (1182) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8788) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2015 Bottle. Clear dark brown with a lasting tan head. Malty aroma is chocolate cake and fudge with faint coffee and roast and even quieter plum / cherry esters. American aroma hop impression is pine resin and citrus and herbs. Medium body is rich and fluffy and cake-y, off-dry with moderate bitterness. Nicely savory and soft and full in the mouth. Black patent char shows up in a silky finish. Another solid beer from Ballast Point, the sweetness suits its size, malt is expressed well and the fermentation is clean.

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