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RATINGS: 647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter is a rich dark chocolaty Porter with a distinctive American hop character. It is nitrogen dispensed which gives it a creamy texture, thick head and a balanced flavor that is reminiscent of traditional British cask conditioned ales. It is a great beer to go with hearty foods and is surprisingly one of the few beers that goes well with dessert.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
popkow (273) - 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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamstome (756) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Black pour small brown head. roasty aroma. Roasty coffee flavor. Smooth body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ricoslim (65) - - MAR 29, 2014
Poured from 22oz bomber. Pours dark black with a light head. Aroma is of light chocolate. Taste is what you would expect. Had with a chocolate chip cookie with it and it was stoops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuedmaster (164) - Vista, California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
22 oz. bomber. Nice pour of jet black with a big, creamy, tan head that leaves chunky lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and roasted grain. Rich flavor, a bit too bitter for me due to high alpha hops, but very complex and nice overall. It has enough sweetness to balance out the bitter. Drinks very easily for such a rich beer, has a refreshing finish. Full bodied, thick texture, soft carbonation, with a rather bitter finish. Very unique, I like it, would repeat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jmar33 (70) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle. Smooth and chocolaty mouthfeel with a nice kick of bitterness. Not too much roasty character. Well balanced and very drinkable

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle - Very Dark Brown in colour; Ruby Red against light. Good carbonation. Very Malty; dark chocolate, espresso coffee, roast malts, some toffee. Hoppy; balancing hop bitterness. Sweet chocolate roast malty throughout balanced by good hop bitterness. Very chocolate and coffee. Lovely Porter!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2042) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3/17/2014. 22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, licorice. Hoppy flavors with bitter chocolate notes. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdoyledesign (156) - Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a medium brown head that lingers. Aroma is mild hops, malt and some chocolate but very muted. Taste is smooth with lots of hops for a porter. Mouthfeel is smooth and there’s some carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cantabrian (764) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 31, 2014
Hm, this is good. Nice, full, complex aroma of chocolates, smoke, caramels, char (not the fish), a certain evergreen resin and barbecue sauce. Pours dark brown, thick, black as a shoe, with a nice beige head in the glass. Flavours are sweet and salty, very much like some good Baltic Porters, with bitter chocolate, flan, milk chocolate, liquorice, salt, soy sauce, a touch of hazelnuts, nice and bitter in the finish, but perfectly smooth, round, never too charred or too herbal. Creamy, buttery texture, with little carbonation…yummy… this beer has saved my evening of porters.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fishonmyplane (353) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 23, 2014
An easy-drinking porter with some American as well as British characteristics. Very smooth, medium bodied. Creamy head. A bit hoppy and fairly sweet. Milk chocolate, mocha, hazelnut. Pretty light on the roasted malts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHillAustin49 (69) - round rock, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bomber poured dark browm with tan head, mild carbonation, heavy lacing and heavy mouthfeel. Nose is coffee roast and cocoa. Taste is same. Bittersweet finish.


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