HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Bottle. Holy Smokes, this is one of the best porters I have tried. It pours black with a giant brownish head that is long lasting. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate and toffee. Goes well with some dark chocolate. Very creamy, with a medium body that is even a wee bit heavy for a porter. A really excellent beer.
Bartzilla (524) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whenever I need a nice, standard porter fix, this is my go to. Easily drinkable and just the right balance of malts, texture and hops. In other words, the commercial description is pretty spot-on. This sees lots of action in my keggerator.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black color with a light brown head. A watery light malt aroma with chocolate and toffee. Smooth as silk as the malts coat the mouth with chocolate, but it lacks a rich complexity and robust flavor.
erikalee (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2007 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh how I love the Black Marlin Porter. It has a suble aroma that sparks curiousity immediately. The rich, deep color sits solid in a glass. The head is dense and not fluffy, which is nice, because it isn’t fizzy like some others can be. It is a great dinner beer that goes with ANY food. The aftertaste sits on your tongue to enjoy long after you’ve finished.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to SDbruboy, thanks again! Black pour with a light tan head. Aroma of bakers chocolate, roasted malt and some vinous elements. Flavor of dark chocolate, toffee and roasted malt. Decent body roasty throughout with a dry finish. Would’ve enjoyed this one more had I been a bit more coherent, pretty solid stuff though.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma, roasted malts, chocolate milk, some coffee. Flavor, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and some roasted coffee.
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2009 11/21/06. Bomber from SDbruboy -- thanks!!!
Pours a deep brown with red highlights and a very small head. The beer has a nice roasty aroma, lots of chocolate, some coffee, quite a bit of vanilla bean (not bourbon-vanilla, but rather vanilla bean vanilla), and definitely notes of smoky peat. The flavor is somewhat sweet, molassas atop roast coffee, mingled with the smokiness of a nice scotch ale. Despite the rather sweet early flavor, this one is adequately dry on the finish. The flavors are quite intense for the ABV; I would have called this at closer to 6.5%.
Very nice. This is a first rate porter albeit deviating somewhat from the classic interpretation of the style.
Revisit 8/09 in Santa Barbara. Rating above stands. Very nice aroma, almost traditional --- hoppier, drier flavor with an obvious San Diego touch.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is cola like with a thin tan head...roasty nose with some cocoa...taste is sweet and syrupy with a weak cocoa bittersweet finish...
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - OCT 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at 10th aniv. Chocolate, Smoke, Roasted malts, mollasess and some acidity from coffe beans. A bit watered down but smooth and with medium head retention. Not the best Porter ive had. Dry finish with prickly carbonation.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours porter brown w/ a shallow creamy froth. Aromas of leathered dark cocoa w/ a slight whiff of pine. Medium nectar w/ soft residual effers. Roasted flavors are in balance. Predominant bakers cocoa w/ moderate malt. Not too dry. Hints of fruit w/ leather, roasted coffee bean, cigar, and slightly roasted caramel. The finish is long with perfect bittering. I love this stuff. Good cold or not so cold. Overall: well balanced with bright flavors. This one gives Fullers London Porter a run for the money. Highly recommended.