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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 IPAís. 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (4285) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Deep brown body. Medium sized khaki head. Spotty lacing. Lively carbonation. S: Smooth, mellow bourbon notes... booze, vanilla, oak. Also a bit of chocolate and roasted notes. T: A slight fall off from the nose. The bourbon is a bit hidden and roasted malts take over. Hints of chocolate and a pinch of coffee. M: Moderate body, easy drinking with appropriate carbonation levels. O: A nice porter. Ultimately, I am not sure how much the bourbon helps other than providing a bit of depth to the nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bomber, courtesy of daknole, at the Black Friday Tasting pours mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate chip cookies, some chocolate brownie, vanilla, ribbons of dark roasted maltiness and then smooth bourbon booze. The taste is smooth with a mix of chocolate brownie, black strap molasses, dark roasted malts, vanilla and boozy bourbon. This is pretty darn smooth and attains a nice balance between the remaining beer notes and the barrel notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Aroma of cherry, chocolate and slight vanilla. Pours deep brown with a good creamy head. Tastes of sweet chocolate, slight vanilla and roast cherry. Delicious and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2011
(growler courtesy of Dak for the Black Friday tasting). Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma has milk, fruit, wood, light bourbon). Taste is sweet with a little sour twang and a touch of heat. Thin bodied and oily. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (4186) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
On tap at Stone Bistro. Very dark brown color with minimal head. The aroma is nice and barrely with bourbon, oak, anise, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Very nice flavor, a bit barrel heavy but still great. Roast, dark chocolate, vinous notes, vanilla, and oak. Surprisingly light in body with low carbonation. Not a great barrel aged beer, but MMM -BALS I LOVE íEM!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3175) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Served a bit too cold and with a very small, tan head that soon subsided to barely a ring around the inside, tiny islands, and contrails. Color is a 99.9% clear, yet opaque, red brown. Aroma is malt, cocoa, coffee, wax, bourbon, hint of roast. Flavorís about the same with sweet, tang, bitter, in that order in the fore, then the other stuff. Body gets a lot better as it gets warmer. Still, itís very nice and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor, with a little alcohol warmth, and on the long side. Good brew! Not sure as a session tho.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Nearly black in color with a light brown head. Roasty aroma mixed with bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is just enough barrel, but the base porter still shines. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2011
On tap @ the brewery. Near black pour with very little tan head. Lots of coffee aroma with some vanilla, bourbon, and roasted malt. A bit thin with more roast and vanilla. It would appear 6% may be a bit light for bourbon barrel aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a thin white ring around the perimeter of the glass.

Aroma: Fresh cut oak, medium roast, vanilla.

Taste: Wood, dark roast, slight burnt roast, vanilla, and herbal hoops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, close to the thin side with low carbonation.

Overall: Iím not a brewer, just a drinker, with that said, I donít think this beer had the body for the barrel aged treatment, or at least thatís what I gather from the final product. Fun to try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Excellent porter. The barrel doesnít overwhelm leaving notes of bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Smooth but not viscous. I really like the aged beers with smaller alcohol footprints.

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