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Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (13326) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft. Exceedingly dark brown, small bright tan head. Jack Daniels completely overwhelms both the aroma and the taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6957) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Snifter on tap at the Brass Tap. Near-black color, with a good thin khaki head. Leaves nice, thicker lace. Medium to bigger body. Velvety smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick texture. Very nice, noticeable amount of bourbon barrel, big vanilla, and lightly woody, spicy whiskey flavors work great with the chocolate, light coffee flavors of the porter. Moderate bitter, moderate sweet taste, and just a mild hint of bourbon-type alcohol warmth that is actually pretty pleasant in this application. Fantastic barrel-aged porter, very satisfying. Supremely enjoyable, well-done stuff. Strikes a near-perfect balance. I’m ok with paying $6.50 for the 10oz glass.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2013
On tap at The Local in San Diego. Dark brown pour with ruby on the edges and a small khaki head. Aroma is some light roast, heavy sherry and rum booze (does not smell like bourbon here). Flavor is a rather disgusting combination of roast and straight up cheap whiskey (oh, hey Black Velvet) and is barely drinkable. Way light bodied, way to thin for the bourbon barrel aging. I could not finish a 3 ounce taster of this one. It was really bad.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (999) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2013
On nitro at Old Grove. Pours a pitch black with a thick tan Head with exellcent lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, roasted malts, coco, and a little booze. Taste is similar to the aroma but also has some coffee and grassy hop notes. Has a medium body with a slighty watery mouthfeel and a slighty bitter, medium finish. Overall, a pretty nice BA porter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Tap at Churchill’s for SDBW. Pours a deeper brown, cola highlights. Low foam. Mild bourbon nose, small sugar, no tomato past, small vanilla. Taste is thinner than expected, watery, low abv can’t handle the barrel aging. Didn’t come out as intended.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1106) - Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Cola, oak, and chocolate aromas. Bourbon kicks in on the first sip. Good body. Slightly sweet with dark fruits and licorice in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2013
On draught at Aces & Ales in Las Vegas. Pours dark brown with a medium foamy tan head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of roasted malt, oaky bourbon and vanilla. The finish is mildly boozy with a roasty malt aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10453) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, smooth mix of bitter chocolate, licorice, and bourbon barrel. In mouth, nice chocolate cherries with bourbon notes, wood and licorice over earming alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2681) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Pours dark and thick with a creamy white beige head. The aroma brings some brown sugar sweetness and then a bit of vanilla and oak. The flavor brings a shot of bourbon, smooth though, but falling short on body and complexity in general. For 6% that makes sense though, so overall I think it is a decent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
15th July 2012
Buffalo Trace aged. Opaque dark brown beer, pale tan head. Nice toffee caramel nose. Palate is light and semi crisp. Taste follows the nose. Mellow dark malt with rich caramel, a little toffee and mild minerals. Mild tang. Pretty mellow whisky. Good stuff!


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