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RATINGS: 729   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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 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 (5210) - 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 (11063) - San Diego, California, 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 (8001) - 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 (2703) - 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 (5340) - 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 (1575) - Costa Mesa, California, 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Pours with an opaque, deep, darkest brown, almost black color and is topped by a frothy, initially one-finger thick light brown to tan colored head. The aroma has a rich chocolate note to it that leads to a light roasted grain acidity towards the end. A touch of a nutty dark grain note and a hint of roast grain husk rounds out the suite of dark malt aromatics. Underneath the malt is a light hop note that has a bit of citrus-like character to it.

Wow, this has a rich, creamy mouthfeel to it that I was not expecting. It is quite rich, and oh so smooth of a drinker. The body reminds me of Fuller’s Porter, but is much more dark malt focused in the flavor. Notes of espresso are evident; both the burnt notes as well as a some of the acidity in the finish. The burnt grain acidity adds a quenching tartness to this brew that balances the creamy rich, chocolate-like maltiness that is found up front. As my palate gets used to the richness of this brew the acidity begins to dominate the flavor profile. It is a bit much but all I have to do is wait enough time between sips for this to not happen. There is a touch of something like molasses in the flavor, which combines with the dominant chocolate note. All in al this is a very satisfying brew, I like what I have seen from this brewery so far, in fact this one might be my favorite yet.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2006
22oz bottle. Dark red-brown pour. A little tan head. Good lacing. Some roasted malt in the subtle nose, predominantly coffee. Mocha and more chocolate tone on the downtake. As I bring the glass again and again to my lips/face/nose, I get an astringent smell that I cannot place, but not too bad. The more it warms, the more coffee and toffee/caramel/sweet candy tones come out. I get a little bit of the advertised hops on the slightly bitter aftertaste. But the hops tones on all levels are second fiddle to the roasted malts and occasional sweet malt aftermath. A fine porter.

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