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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2562) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
erikalee (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2007 does not count
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle: Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma, roasted malts, chocolate milk, some coffee. Flavor, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and some roasted coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1910) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2006
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - OCT 15, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2006
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.

   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.

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