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Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter - Special Sour Version

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 4.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Black Marlin Porter (Special sour version aged in a bourbon barrel with black currants)

Funked up regular Black Marlin. With it’s dark roasted malts and assertive hopping, this original version of the classic porter style was aged in a bourbon barrel since May of 2007. Organic black currants were added at 6 months. 45 gallons produced.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3658) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2011
This is, I think, the closest place for my entry--the pub listed a Ballast Point barrel aged Black Marlin as an "American Sour Ale" and the bartender said that this was a "mistake". I’m not so sure on that mark, but it was a brilliant mistake if it was. Grape and fruitiness, with a nice barrel aged profile, and a distinctly sour/funky edge. Thin body. (On tap at Monk’s Kettle, San Francisco).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Stone Sourfest. Descent offering. Definately tastes like a porter with brett. Interesting and sour.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (1964) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Sampled at the Stone Sour Fest. Wow, favorite of the day. Very nice sour aromas and flavors yet still very porterish. Cherry and some citrus like sourness with a nice roasted malt flavor and some burnt malt finish. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
On-tap at Stone Sour Fest. This brew was the absolute, hands-down favorite of the day for me. Pours dark red/brown with a small, resilient, light brown/red head. Smells malty and sour with some fruit, cherries or grapes. Tastes malty and fruity, cherry. Very good. The malt flavors are definitely still there from the base beer they are just transformed by the sour and fruit. Medium body, good carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
I have always held Ballast Point Black Marlin up there among my favorite porters. When i saw this on the Sour Fest list of beers, I ejaculated in my pants and had to spend 2 1/2 hours cleaning the stains out. The pour was dark but as it traveled through the air from the tap to the glass, the light reflected off in brilliant sparks of red. The bubbles raced to the top of the glass ending in thin tan congregation. The nose was tame, showing chocolate, smoke, and coffee notes but not much of a hint of the sourness to come. The flavors were sour gang raped...in a sexxxy kind of way. Mouthfeel was thick & chocolaty but at the same time it was tart, funky, and sour. It all remains perfectly clean as well. Interestingly, the sourness here takes front row rather than being a novel addition and the chocolate porter qualities act as a brilliant and innovative background. Brilliant...If i could by bottles of this as the store, I wouldn’t have to masturbate as much.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Sampled at the Second Anual Stone Sour Festival on 7/20/2008. Very pleasant aromas of sour funk and flavors of wood and sour tart fruit. Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
5th taster @ Stone Sour Fest 2008. Pours opaque with a slight ruby hue when held to the sun. Nose of tart dark fruits with some oak. The flavor held sweet and sour dark fruits and smoky oak, a great surprise at the fest.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
On tap at Stone’s Sour Fest 2008. This was very popular and highly talked about at the fest. I wasn’t expecting much from a sour porter, but this transformed into something excellent. Wow. Illusions of dark cherries with the medium sourness and dark reddish color. Leans sweet. Love it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 21, 2008
1st Rating, tap @ 2nd Annual Stone sour fest. Pours black with a touch of red. Nose is sweet with a lot of black currant. Taste is sweet with more black current. What I’d like to know is where is the original black marlin in this?


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