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RATINGS: 741   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 IPAís. 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.

Editorís Note: Old versions were 5.9% abv

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2008
On tap - Caponeís (May 2008) - Dry, roasty aroma. Poured black and velvety in the glass. Flavor is crisp and dry, medium body with roasted malts the dominant flavor. That roasted malt flavor is expertly cut with a sharp hop bit that is perfect at cleansing the palate. This is similar to Iron Hillís Pig Iron Porter, but IMHO, is much better. While Pig Iron is a bit bigger in the body, this one is more balanced between that roasted flavor and hop bite. This is one of the best porters Iíve had in a long time - if not ever.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2008
22oz. bomber served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep brown/black with a slight tan head. Lots of cocoa in the aroma. Roasty/chocolatey malt flavors predominate. A little sweetness. Not a lot of hops, just enough to balance the sweetness. Dry malt finish with more chocolate. A solid porter. Nothing that blows you away, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 13, 2008
22oz bomber. Served at 49.5į in a chalice just a minute or two out of the shorty beer fridge. Aroma is roast, blackstrap molasses, lactose, milk chocolate, woodsy, earthy, and slight dark fruits. Deep dark red color nearing black in low light with a quickly receding khaki head. Initial taste is sweet roast, dark fruits, light fruits, and milk chocolate. The body is soft and smooth. The finish is sweet, malty, and roasty with dark fruits and distant light fruits. I donít get the "distinctive American hop character." This is a very nice porter, but for whatever reason (I donít typically drink stout/porters during the warm months) it isnít appealing to me. Maybe Iíll head outside, get chilled, and taste it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5134) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Pours mahogany-tinged black into a shaker. Off-white micro head with excellent retention. Smokey caramel aromas. Crisp upfront yet lightly carbonated through the finish. Well-balanced smoked pumpernickel and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3570) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2008
Pours a clear dark brown with a beige head and lacings. Medium to heavy sweetness with a light bitterness. Aromas of grains and roasted malts. Bready hint. Light piney hops aromas. A bit over medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Dry finish with a tiny hint of metals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2008
On tap at Ballast Point brewery in San Diego--Coffee body with tan head. Earthy, nutty, spicily hopped. Clean, crisp, roasty but not overly so. Good representation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1261) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2008
(bottle) Pours black with a light tan head that rings around the glass. Smell alternates from dry cocoa, roasted malt, to a more fruity cherry smell with a light hint of tartness. There are also scents of coffee and chocolate, and a hint of pepper as the beer warmed. A subtle smell of smoke or smoked/salted meat is detected when deeply inhaled. All in all, pretty pleasant on the nose. The flavor is also quite good, with a lot of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and just a terrific roasty/chocolatey, lightly sweet finish that lasts for a long time. With the medium mouthfeel and lower ABV, this would make a really good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1268) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2008
[Bottle, thanks Guerde] Pours brown with a tan head that fades to just a ring. Aroma is cocoa, light estery sweetness, and light coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted malt, light peppery notes, and just a hint of light fruitiness. Medium-thin mouthfeel with a long finish of mostly roasted malt. Really quite a solid porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
Probably my favorite porter. It has a nice, full tongued hop profile - a chocolate and coffee flavor, and ends on a dry note. Pours coca-cola brown with tan head that recedes quickly. From a 22 oz bomber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8920) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2008
Draught Brown-black beer, no head to speak of. Coca-Cola pearling. Slightly smoked, black malts, roasted, slight cigar. Very light on the roasted side, a bit of chocolate, and more cigar flavour. Good balance for this 6% (so indicated at the brewery blackboard), not watery and quite smooth. Good, if not stellar porter.

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