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RATINGS: 659   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2005
This was a very nice sweet porter. Rich ground coffee tones mixed with sweet dark chocolate up front. Not overly roasty and bitter, more smooth and rich.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Bottle. Pours a barely see through black color. Sweet aroma of chocolate with a mild roasty quality coming through as well. Smooth sipping. Flavor starts of with a nice roasted chocolate milk flavor. Middle seems to be a little lacking and the finish has a nice roasted sweet spicy character.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2007 Penetrable black. Dirty-white foam of sufficient density. Fragrantly airy with worty malt notes and burnt malt hulls. Indistinct vanilla, caramel, cotton, and hop scents. Softly mouth-filling, but non-prickly, carbonation. Hop accented and heavily roasty, teetering on burnt. Malt gradually develops more richness, exhibiting a smooth push of espresso and chocolate-dipped black cherries atop a soft, yet noticeable, hoppy background. Vanilla complements the slight acridness of the malt. Ends with cookie-like malt assertions laden with a tardy, but explosive, wave of lightly seared fudgecake. Thankfully there’s no overt fruitiness/acidity or fizziness to interfere with the refined delicateness. I’d wager this to be a real standout from the cask.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 12, 2005
1/11/05. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, bought at Home Brew Mart in San Diego, CA 1/5/05. Pours a deep, dark, oily brown, somewhat opaque. Light tan, fluffy head that fades too fast, but otherwise a nice-looking beer. Solid, lighty patchy, lightly shimmering, and nicely sticky lacing. Aroma has light vanilla, subtle chocolate malt with a touch of milky sweetness and black cherry, chocolate-covered, lightly roasty. Flavor has a slight punch of crisp hops and a shade of sweetness, both tossing around under a dark creamy maltiness. Some milky flavors still, also a light smoke and nutty taste with over-creamed coffee and chocolate roast. Subtle shades of dark fruit (and, again, chocolate-covered cherries) hide after awhile. Overall very mild flavors. Finishes with a very pleasantly growing roastiness, enduring medium-length. Also some rich chocolate expanding on the tongue. Medium body with a touch of tingly hop astringency and a fluffy overall mouthfeel that sort of excites all of the flavors I’m not every wild about in this beer if I let it sit (or stir) too long in the mouth. I enjoyed it quite a bit more on draft, but it’s still a nice little porter.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2005
this was ok. dark brown with little bit of head. strong bitter coffee, chocolate, and hoppy taste. strong taste, hard finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 21, 2004
sampled at the Stone 8th Anniversary party Opaque dark brown, roasty nose, medium body, very smooth drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
(Draft: Ballast Point Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA) Decent American porter that is fairly dark roasted and bitter in flavor, moderately sweet throughout, and sporting a strong coffee finish; The nose is dark roasted with quite a bit of chocolate aromas, and a little hoppy; Full bodied with a mildly sticky palate; Very dark brown color, but still transluscent; Tan head sure doesn’t last long though

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Yes, Sick_boy282 you are crazy ;-) Sampled at the homebrew mart. This beer pours a nice garnet brown color with a small almost tan head. Aroma is roasted chocolate, malt and even some really great plum/cherry notes. Wow, I can really taste the cherry, plum flavors. Like roasted chocolate slowly covering dried plums. Body is is about what you would expect from a porter...refreshingly watery and smooth. A really great porter...maybe my favorite yet!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Great deep brown body, with a nice ivory head. Nose is suprisingly sweet, with roasted coffee on the palate.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 My favorite readily available porter Almost black in color with nice lacing.


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