strongpieman (1558) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Dark brown with tan head. Medium body, roasted malt and chocolate aroma, mild carbonation, light finish but with flavor. A good porter.
3fourths (8345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown with a lasting tan head. Malty aroma is chocolate cake and fudge with faint coffee and roast and even quieter plum / cherry esters. American aroma hop impression is pine resin and citrus and herbs. Medium body is rich and fluffy and cake-y, off-dry with moderate bitterness. Nicely savory and soft and full in the mouth. Black patent char shows up in a silky finish. Another solid beer from Ballast Point, the sweetness suits its size, malt is expressed well and the fermentation is clean.
williamherbert (1341) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very dry, dusty feel feel. Dark brown reddish color with a huge head.
The aroma is hazelnut, burnt cookies, mocha, and a hint of plum.
Flavor is first plum/raisin on the front of the tongue, then a dusty hazelnut presence.
The feel is dry, as expected. This is an outstanding porter, it has a bit of a slick sweetness, but balanced with a nutty dryness.
puboflyons (2311) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 650 ml. bottle. Pours jet black with a foamy mocha head that lingers. The aroma is subdued all around with a clean cocoa and roasted dark malt combo. light sweetness and light grassy and earthy hops, The body is medium to full. The taste is delightful with a sweet roasted malt beginning that leads to a crisp, slightly bitter finale. Finishes slightly dry.
leghorn99 (57) - Livorno, ITALY - FEB 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Si presenta nel bocchiere di colore nero, scuro, impenetrabile; la schiuma è abbondante, cremosa e persistente. Al naso si nota subito la presenza di caffè e di malto tostasto, cioccolato fondente e liquirizia. Al palato continua l’abbondanza di malto tostato e caffè, con fini note di cioccolato e caramello, che fanno da apripista ad un finale amaro, dato dalla bella presenza del luppolo, regalando così anche ottime note erbacee. Buona la carbonazione, il corpo è medio.
shrubber85 (8244) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Milk chocolate malt, light ash, and straw aroma. Dark brown with small tan head. Sweet chocolate malt and moderately bitter hay flavor. Medium body. Pretty good but average.
hotstuff (4353) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 4-30-2013 (Bottle) This beer pours a small smooth tan head that mostly diminishes, brown body with a red tint, very little carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is roasted, coffee, chocolate, caramel, and malt. The flavor is lightly bitter, roasted, coffee, chocolate, and malt. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery and thin. This beer is light bodied. A quaffable beer that has an enjoyable flavor and worth trying.
Patrickctenchi (4402) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly black with a thick, oatmeal-tan head.
Milk chocolate, coffee aroma.
Flavour is slightly licorice, chocolate malt, roasty....creamy, coffee.
SPDickerman (1012) - Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours ruby brown with a small brown head. Smells roasted and chocolaty. Taste is roast and chocolate. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter finishes with a lingering soft bittersweetness.
beer-yum (693) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma gives little hint of the full-on flavour to follow. Brilliantly full bodied and balanced combination of coffee, chocolate, and licorice - what’s not to like?
JBPortland (1004) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle pours brown black in glass with a finger of offwhite head. Nose is nutty roast cream with some coffee bean, soil, and light grass. Taste is medium bodied, grassy grapefrui with mild bitterness, soft roasty cocoa ash, coffee bean, hints of cream and almond. Finish is medium bitter, cocoa, milk chocolate, some orange, light grassy citrus. Really a black APA. Good stuff.