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RATINGS: 720   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Bottle. Black with creamy head. Rich malty chocolate aroma that just gets better the longer it sits and warms. Perfectly smooth and creamy on the palate. Great rich flavor of chocolate and hints of caramel. Not too heavy and not overly watery. Goldilocks would say "this one is just right".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3567) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2007
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very, very dark brown with a moderate, almost creamy tan head that lasted until about mid-glass. Very pleasant aroma of roasted malt, coffee and just a bit of chocolate. The flavor is again roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. The roasted malt was particularly well done and was not excessive as is the case in some beers. It melded very nicely with the coffee and chocolate flavors. A bit of a hop bite at the finish, but again not overdone and in proportion with the rest of the beer. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2007
On the pour from the 22 ounce bottle, a black walnut brown tinged with ruby red highlights, the head a large tan creamy delight that very slowly gives way, the lacing a tight skirt to surround the glass. Nose is rich in toasted grain, caramel, hints of coffee and chocolate, simply made my mouth water, start is rich in malt, the toasted grain gives it a pleasant bite, top is moderate to almost full in feel. Finish is benign in its acidity, the hops perfection in their spiciness, sweet toasted malt, coffee and chocolate to the very end, dry, and simply a great beer from a top ten brewery in my books.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 13, 2007
pours dark brown with a small receding tan head. aromas of wood, chocolate malts and a sweet unidentifiable fruit. flavor is chocolate and ash with a slightly bitter burnt finish, hop dryness and a coffee aftertaste. light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. only turn off is the aspirin feel in the throat...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - OCT 7, 2007
650ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours an opaque motor-oil black with a tan head that slowly recedes to 1/4 inch. Aroma was on the light side with black licorice, coffee, and something cinnamon-like. The flavor was earthy, with coffee chocolate, burnt toast and some dirt. The mouthfeel was full, creamy and satisfying with a slightly pasty after-taste. Finish was long and smooth with a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Overall: this is one of the best porters I can remember drinking recently. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Huge thanks to Fordest for this delicious bomber
Black pour, medium sized tan nicely lasting head. Smell is rich, highly and well roasted without smelling burnt. Taste is rich, nice body, coffee, rich dark roast. Damn good porter. Perfect balance of sweet/bitter/roastiness, leaving a lasting pleasant roast finish. Hard to beat this porter in my opinion, and well worth getting. This really, really hit the spot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30390) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2007
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet roasted with strong notes of chocolate as well as over ripe fruits. The flavor is sweet roasted with notes of cocoa beans combined with a slight acidity from the hard roasted malt. Thanks David (Rastacouere) for dragging this to Denmark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Bottle from WeeHeavySD. Big coffee and smoky roast aroma. A bit of a spongy bite in the flavor is the only real flaw in this beer, and makes it slightly tough to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Blackish pour, small tan head, some lacing, solid retention. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roast, caramel, etc... focuses mostly on coffee that’s not overly roasted. Medium bodied, fairly smooth, light sweetness. Solid porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zywiecporter (10) - Flintstone, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Ah, Ballast Point. Forever in the shadow of San Diego’s king micro brewer Stone... I THINK NOT. This is a phenomenal brewery, and the Black Marlin Porter does not disappoint. Drank this under the stars at the Hotel Del Coronado on a balcony overlooking the gorgeous Pacific Ocean and loved every last drop. Also on hand were a Stone Smoked Porter and Stone Russian Imperial, both lovely as well. But Black Marlin held its ground with these kingpins all night long. And when all was said and done, this baby was the biggest catch of the day.

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