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RATINGS: 668   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


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
popkow (287) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Draught with thin head on dark brown body. Aroma of roasted coffee and hint of licorice. Taste a little bitter and has a slick consistency.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOSSbrewer (1900) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
On tap at Ballast Point Tasting Room. Pours very dark brown. Thin tan head. Aroma is slight roast. Very hoppy. More of an India brown than a porter. But good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bebum (319) - - NOV 14, 2014
Opaque, tight lacing. Full body, smooth texture and length, low alcohol heat and carbonation, weak finish Bitter but balanced, Strong coffee flavor, nothing much else. Nice enough. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (585) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Draft pour at special brews. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is almost sour, with a bit of chocolate. Love the roasted malt flavor. A bit sweet up front, but finishes on the smokey side. Really good porter here. Enjoyed this a lot.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomasus (216) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Dudes at Ballast Point! Fresh aromas: caramel, floral, light citrus, dough, maybe some woody vanilla. Taste is very well balanced. Starts out bitter then sour, sweet, umami.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2053) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2014
22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Exceptionally attractive dark ruby body with a rather weak but semi-durable head that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma: attractive and enticing, with hints of dark fruits and toffee. Flavor: bitterness builds to a choice mild-moderate level in the finish and aftertaste. Hops surely temper the sweetness but don’t otherwise contribute much to the taste until the lasting aftertaste. O: a well-crafted, relatively dry porter. Allowed to warm for about 15 minutes it nonetheless improved with further warming.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1407) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Aroma: toasted malts, coffee, maybe some dark chocolate. Appearance: dark, hazy brown, small, beige, frothy head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: sweets continue, toasted flavours, coffee, dry finish. Overall: nice Porter, well-balanced. Pint at Ballast Point Brewery, San Diego.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1044) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2014
On tap at Ballast Point brewery. Pours black with firm tan head. Nose shows bitter coffee, cocoa, and a light hoppiness. Taste is much the same. Light coffee, roasted malts, cocoa and slight hoppiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
the roasted malty aroma was fantastic...reminded me of the better porters, as well as GD Hibernation, a favorite old ale. silky smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, with a flavor that nearly matches the aroma. just excellent, and one of my new favorite porters."

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CJ_Pain (120) - Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Decent lil porter. Nothing really stands out and even though it's advertised that this is supposed to be a hoppier porter I really didn't see it as such. Not overwhelming but not underwhelming at the same time. Good lil English porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1523) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Tap @ Flying Pie: dark dark brown with red tints and a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate malt followed by a well balanced flavor of charcoal and choco-coffee malts. Great brew!


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