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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1682) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Hand Bottle from Growler. Big thanks to cbkschubert for sending me this one. Pours a lighter black body with thin head. Aroma is of roasted malt, faint whisky smell, light oak. Flavor is sugary, chocolate, roasted malt, very subtle whicsky notes, light oak. Very smooth. A nice way of barrel aging a Porter without going over the top.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Growler via trade with cbkschubert - Thanks Craig! - Pours black wtih a short tan head that fades pretty quick but leaves scant lace. Aromas of whiskey, oak, chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee, and a light amount of whiskey and oak. Smooth and easy to drink on the palate with a dry finish. Pretty nice brew!! Glad I got to try this one!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Growler from Ballast Point (Linda Vista) - Pours a dark brown color with a one finger thick creamy light tan head. A small foam ring was left around the glass from start to finish. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is light roasted malt and whiskey/oak. Flavor is roasted malt, light coffee, and light whiskey. A smooth, medium body beer. Palate is left slightly dry. A very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Growler from ballast point, rich dark brew, everything a porter should be plus the addition of the barrel giving it a more intense flavor....excellent.....hats off to ballast point for another excellent brew!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2007
A buddy of mine had this on his wedding day. This is a pretty good beer, I expected more though...
Earlier Rating: 5/1/2007 Total Score: 3.9
Tasted from a growler at the Ballast point brewery. Beer was very good, and full flavored. Coffee, chocolate, but not as thick as a stout, one of the better porters.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (955) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 Sampler at the brewery, right across from the USD campus before class as a matter of fact heheh. Also on tap at OBriens later in March ’09. Nice pitch black color with a small dark tan head. Aroma of bourbon and roasted malt, not too strong though. Great flavor! Chocolately and smokey with a great mouthfeel, that ends silky smooth. A nice dry alcohol finish, and the whiskey notes stand out as well. There is a light hint of acidity throughout, mixed in with ash and burnt wood.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Sampled at the brewery - this took a huge dump on the normal Black Marlin. Now this is what I’m talkin about! Delicious - full of flavor, very creamy and silky on the palate...great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3889) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Draft at the Bistro’s First Barrel-aged Beer Fest; Oak aged for 9 weeks; Nose of coffee and chocolate; clear brown, small beige head; flavor of coffee, oak, and caramel malt in a kind of thin body.I had put this under the regular but moved since I saw it was added!

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Pretty disappointed with this beer. I was looking forward to an oaked porter but...well. On to the review. A slightly oaky aroma with a roasty/dark chocolate character, and a bit of vanilla. Tastes somewhat sour with an earthy hook to keep things from falling apart. Finish is slightly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 4, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 Tap, O’Briens 8/19/06. Pours very black in color. Not quite pitch black. Pretty foam free. Roasted coffee is dominant. Sweet malty flavor. Pretty full flavored and roasty. A slight bit of bitterness with a smooth mouthfeel. Fairly complex with a little bit of whiskey.


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