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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Very dark brown, not black, with a thin tan head. Aroma is a light smokiness, bacon grease, ciggarettes and charred wood. Taste is a bit smoky with chocolate, light caramel.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11345) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2008
on tap-pours a dissipating tan head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate/cocoa powder, also surprisingly thin/watery, oatmeal? After warming watery disappears and caramel/molasses comes out. Taste is dark malt-chocolate/cocoa powder, caramel/molasses, secondary earthy hops. Occasional.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4562) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Very dark brown color with a thin head. A little chocolate and roast on the nose. Almost some oak. Dark chocolate and lots of roasted barley dominate the flavor. Mild piney hop bitterness. Fairly simple, but damn tasty.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Flavor is very sweet; lots of caramel, adn chocolate that well overpower the bitterness. Very smooth finish. Rich.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2918) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle (22oz) from Topps in Tempe. The pour was dark brown in color, some mahoganey hues. The head was ok, lacing too. The aroma was chocolate, some coffee, also a berry fruit factor. The flavor was much the same as the aroma, not a bad melding of these things together along with a caramel-ness too. Mouthfeel was of moderate body for the style, some dryness, light to moderate carbonation. A nice little porter, though not something to die for.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3523) - Vadum, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2007
Black of color with a nice beige head. an aroma of liqurice, coffee and dark chocolate. A flavor of coffee, raw liqurice, chocolate and sweet hints.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1644) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Beautiful pour of blackened chestnut brown; tepid white skin scatters over the surface while a blaze of burgundy glows at the bottom. Medium roasted coffee, caramel and doughy chocolate cookies in the aroma; licorice, and a hint of lactic sourness. Crisp brown sugars and cool mint leaves linger within a basic, but unadulterated, dark berry and toasted malt framework; simple and easy to enjoy. Fat roasted malts and bitter citrus rind rub the palate with mild astringency, but the juicy hazelnuts and water chestnuts imparting an oily sweetness win out. At once firm and soft in the mouth, finishing dryly with rotund cola bitterness. Well done and very amiable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Darker brown color with a light-med head. Aroma is dry and roasty with dark chocolate, coffee, and some yeastiness. Flavor is of dark, dry chocolate, coffee, piney/earthy hops, and some dark fruits. Not bad at all, but a bit drier than I like in a porter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7276) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Thanks to Santa for the bomber! Poured medium rust-copper tinted brown with a short, brighter cap of tan head. The aroma was just outstanding.. rich, well-roasted dark chocolates, carmel, and molasses and the core with orange, pineapple, and spicy pine hoppage all over.. deep, warm, and dark.. pulled me right in. The flavor was certainly on par, with sticky molasses and burnt dark chocolate supporting a high level of bitterness (primarily pine needles and earth, with lesser citrus fruits).. sticky, sweet finish of caramel, molasses, and chocolate again with a long, lingering bitterness.. tasty! Medium-bodied and a bit heavier where sticky.. bitterness was high and very complimentary.. dry on the finish and a touch grainy. 500mL bottle. Poured hazy, medium reddish-orange with a creamy cap of beige head. The aroma was soft and dusty with well-roasted chocolates, faint fruity sourness, and a bit of herbal/grainy appeal.. really nothing going on for me to enjoy.. not offensive, though. The flavor found more lactose sourness that masked some of the dry chocolatey goodness.. enjoyed the dry-roasted chocolate finish, which picked up some toasty grains.. sourness washes over the palate again after the finish. Medium-bodied, perhaps a tad less.. well-carbonated.. the sourness gets in the way a bit. Overall, Very good stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Bottle courtesy of dirty_martini. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of caramel, earth, some molasses, touches of oranges. Tastes of caramel, some molasses, hints of spice, some chocolate and touches of pepper. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a finish that yields some burnt malt.


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