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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Deep dark brown color with a nice tan head that settles quickly. Very light malt aroma. Flavor is coffee and choclate. Not much hop aroma, but the just the right amount of bitterness for a porter. Thin to medium body. A good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2678) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Pretty standard porter. A brownish black appearance with a strong coffee aroma. The body is rather thin with the usual crew of flavas....chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Some licorice in the finish. Not bad

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3236) - Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Very dark ruby. Large, big-bubbled head. The aroma is lightly malty aroma. Thin body, touch of nuttiness, light cocoa. Not really the most exciting porter in the world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
magicbill (19) - Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Deep brown color with a creamy lasting head. Had it at the brewery at the grand opening party for their 2nd location. light coffee aroma was not overwhelming. Very smooth with a lingering smokey chocolate taste. This was a beer I could drink more than one of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a reddish tinge and a small cocoa colored head. Roasty/chocolate aroma with sweet malt. Sweet malt flavor with some fruitiness. Nothing harsh - easy to drink. Nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pint16 (4) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2006 does not count
pour has a peaky froth which gives a nice mustasche.firsts taste of dark roasted coffee,then gives way to a nice combination of smoke and hops. went well with a hearty marinara.very satisfying

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Draft - notes from early Dec tasting. Deep brown pour with ruby notes, and a decent head. Roasty coffee aroma with some chocolate and some citrusy hops. Similar roasty coffee flavors, with a bit more chocolate than in the aroma, with some medium fruits. Decent, and not over-the-top.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
Fading 1-inch cover recedes to decent off-white ring, dark brown pour. A good dose of floral hops are there to meet the licorice overtones and light roastiness. Cocoa and apricot represent the core of the malt derived flavours, hinting on the way at leather. Light-medium body offers a rather powdery texture with light to fair carbonation and limited astringency despite a considerable citric tartness that grows dominant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
Orange citrus character is strong in the floral, hoppy nose along with a pleasnt roastiness. Opaque black body is topped by a low tan head that recedes to a partial cover and ring. Floral, orange hops balance the biscuity malts with some roastiness and a lasting sweetness in the aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bottle (trade, May-05) enjoyed with MartinT, Rastacouere and Siroy. Thanks, DarkElf!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 Any first impressions?
-A veil of head lies atop an apparently filtered late sunset black.
-Citrusy hops hover over the peaty caramel maltiness of a scotch ale(!?!).
-The reasonable sweet malt body is apt for a porter.
-The short-lived flavor spectrum is disappointing, since the flavors are pretty interesting.

What if you dig deeper?
-The delicate roastiness is coating some black beans.
-The low carbonation emboldens the thick maltiness.
-The malt’s sweetness is quite important, but dries out in the second half.
-Not your quintessential porter, more a world at the middle of porter and scotch ale.


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