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RATINGS: 749   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A hoppy twist on the classic English Porter. Our Black Marlin Porter stands out in a town known primarily for its IPAís. 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.

Editorís Note: Old versions were 5.9% abv


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 11, 2007
In the bomber from Cyclone liquors. Pours black with a tan head and has floating debris. Chocolate malted milk/ Whoppers aroma. Strong sweet chocolate candy bar milky flavor. A very good beer. The hops are plentiful in the boil, but not in the finish. They use the word assertive twice in the same sentence on the label. So Cally.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Not a bad beer, but could use some improvment. Does not compare to the Black Eye porter at their home Brew Mart.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Light coffee aroma. Dark brown body with a thin head. Medium palate. Coffee flavor up front, not much hop presence, and finishes clean. Very light and easy to drink porter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
Big chocolate and roasted malt dominate the aroma.Pours black with a medium tan head.Nice chocolate flavor with some coffee and roasted malt as well.Medium mouthfeel with a roasted coffee finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5524) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2007
Deep dark brown coloured body, almost black, with a very thin off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, cherries, coffee, chocolate and some light cereal. Medium-bodied; Strong roasty flavours tucked in with chocolate and coffee along with a good malty backbone and tons of smooth sugars. Aftertaste shows more roasted flavours along with a good dose of caramel. Definitely a good one to try - this is almost a stout...but this goes down very nicely. Pick this up if you can find it! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from BevMo in Caramel Mountain (San Diego), California on 17-April-2007.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
blah, wasnít a fan. Had this one in bottle a long time ago and have never sought it out again. Seemed weak, watery, and overpowered by the coffee. Nothing rich, robust, or big about it...Porterís arenít my fav, so if you do enjoy them, it might be worth a shot.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2007
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
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

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bartzilla (600) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
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.


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