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Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter - Bourbon Barrel



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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Sampler at Ballast Point. Tasty and full of a big mouthful of bourbon flavor. Much like normal Black Marlin but with more pop and bang. I enjoyed it a lot but held off on the growler fill.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUL 13, 2007
hand bottle from growler. thanks to cbkschubert through trade with drmatt. aroma is musty oak and smoke with roasted malt and choco hidden behind. taste is a slightly sour oak, roast and bittersweet cocoa with slight toffee sweet behind. finish is bourbon dry with some smoky roast behind. its quite nice the whiskey is in balance and not overpowering as in other examples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1834) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2901) - 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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4112) - 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!

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