DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle in a trade with WeeHeavySD - thanks for this one! Pours out a deep ruby/brown with a a large creamy tan head that is both durable and lacy. The aroma shows a light chocolate character over a roasty malt base, with the addition of some pungent but not overwhelming hop flavors. Medium body and carbonation combine with a light astringency for a pleasing mouthfeel. Burnt caramel sweetness is is well balanced by some spicy hop bitterness.
I tasted this side by side with Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, one of my favorite porters. The Ballast Point had a more prominent hop profile, not unexpected from a San Dieago brewer. It was slightly less rich tasting than the Great Lakes, but still compared quite favorably. This is a really nice porter.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on draft at ballast point brewery, excellent porter, good combo of bitterness and flavor, hints of roasted malts, very smooth, pours a dark brown and body is rich and full
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Bottle. Holy Smokes, this is one of the best porters I have tried. It pours black with a giant brownish head that is long lasting. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate and toffee. Goes well with some dark chocolate. Very creamy, with a medium body that is even a wee bit heavy for a porter. A really excellent beer.
Bartzilla (551) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whenever I need a nice, standard porter fix, this is my go to. Easily drinkable and just the right balance of malts, texture and hops. In other words, the commercial description is pretty spot-on. This sees lots of action in my keggerator.
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
erikalee (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2007 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
nolankowal (932) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma, roasted malts, chocolate milk, some coffee. Flavor, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and some roasted coffee.
OldMrCrow (1958) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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...