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RATINGS: 749   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 10, 2008
Bottle shared with the Thrashmaster. Very smooth mouthfeel coupled with a well-balanced slightly roasted semi-chocolatey taste. Finish is subtle and somewhat dry. This one’s a keeper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Sample at Alan’s HSC initation. Thanks Rogueone for sharing! The beer pours a very dark brown color with a medium thin beige head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass.Nice roasted coffee aroma with notes of chocolate and malt. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and hops. The finish is dry and roasty with a mildly bitter hops and coffee aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable from start to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Bottle sampled at Alan’s HSC initiation: I really, really enjoyed this porter. Very dark mahogany, grainy pour with a very frothy and bubbly head. Aroma is creamy, burnt sugars, and a coffee-lingering roastiness. Nicely balanced hop profile here with the chocolate maltiness of this brew. Definitely a memorable porter I’d like to have more of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11232) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
A very good porter, enjoyed at Mondial 2008. Chocolate stouty aroma. Dark, with some lace. Creamy mouthfeel, smooth drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
(Dégusté avec french tickler au mondial) Biere de couleur noire avec un tres mince collet non-collant. Senteur quelque peut fumé, un peu sucré, réglisse noir et un peu de dattes. Gout sucré et salé, un peu fumé. Un gout peu développer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4919) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Draft @ Lou & Mickeys, San Diego. Opaque, with a small persistent head. Aroma is coffee sweetened with brown sugar and molasses. Flavor initially has more sweetness than expected, but deeper in the glass some nice roast bitterness balances with flavors of spicy green wood, dry cocoa and slight char. Medium body is fairly smooth and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2008
Bottle @ le Mondial

App.: Pitch black, tiny light brown head, oily

Aromas: Caramel malts, caramel, prunes, plums, toffee

Palate: Lack of balance and body, bitter and sweet quickly fades to an oily finish, medium body

Flavors: Mineral, malty, hint of maple syrup

Notes: Dissapointing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Pours dark black with a thin tan head. Mellow aroma of roasted malts and slight hint of coffee. Flavor begins with a hint of hops then becomes malty and finishes with a smooth maltiness. Palate is smooth and clean. Medium body. Great on a warm summer day.

   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 - Capone’s (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 Hill’s 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 I’ve 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.

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