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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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Opaque brown-black color with a fine milk chocolate head. I detected a slight ester profile atop strong roasted chocolate malt aromas with a bit of dark berry/cherry fruit. A slight bit of smokiness at first in the flavor with coffee and an underlying grain character. Light body overall with a nice creaminess and bitterness from both hops and roasted malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 15, 2006
22oz bottle poured black in color with little to no head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, caramel and some small coffee notes. The taste was very rich for a porter with no noticeable bitterness. I think more bittering hops would help this beer score higher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2006
22 oz. bomber. Nice looking, nearly opaque brew with a light brown foamy head that dissapates slowly. Looks and feels relatively thick. Sweet aroma of chocolate syrup and some brown sugar. Good roasty notes also. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5101) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Bottled. The body on this was very black with a light brown colored head. The aroma was coffee with chocoalte. There was also a sweet note of pancakes with some syrup. The taste was coffee with some burnt bread crust. There was also a bit of dandelions. Strange and ok for a porter. I would like a bit less of the burnt roasted taste and something to blance it out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9704) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2006
22-oz. bottle from Naven. Pours near opaque with a medium tan foamy head that goes rocky after a bit, with spotty lacing. Aroma is chocolate dark roasted malt (grain, meal), yeast (leather), flowers and fruit. Medium bitterness and acidic hoppy, chocolate and dark caramel malt, trace yeast. Dark bodied and fizzy-dry palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6517) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 29, 2006
On tap at Ballast Point. This black ale poured with a medium tan head. It is massivelyh malted, tasting more like a chocolate stout than a porter. It is well-hopped, exhibiting a nice floral aroma and a hop flavor that is evident, but does not overwhelm the malt. A very enjoyable quaff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2006
22oz, no date. Pours a deep garnet with a moderate dark beige head. Aroma is of big chocolate and pine, roasted malts, some coffee and a hint of nuts. The taste is sweet in the very beginning, but then is bitter until the roasted malt finish. Creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. An above average porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
This porter pours a deep black color with nice red tinges from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head, with strong long lasting lacing. Aroma is semi-sweet dark chocolate, some roast malts, touch of vanilla and floral hops. A medium bodied porter. Malts are semi-sweet chocolate and roasty malts. Hops are earthy and floral. Nice carbonation. Good balance. Crisp hops tend to balance the roasty malts. Nice crisp dry finish. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUN 26, 2006
22oz bottle poured a deep, dark brown with a nice foamy, tan head. Good roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate and some coffee. Flavor was very chewy and creamy. Lots of roasted malt and chocolate with a great mouthfeel. One of my fav Ballast Point brews, these guys know what their doing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddon90 (1468) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Bought this 22oz bottle at the Whole Foods in La Jolla, CA. Pours a deep dark color with a lacing tan head. Roasted chocolate aroma, with a hint of coffee. Goes down smooth. Rich chocolate taste. Roasted finish. A decent porter!

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