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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3027) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Aroma is bourbon, chocolate. The appearance is deep balck, tan head. the flavor is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. The bourbon doesn’t overpower here. Medium in body. The finish is bourbon warming, light hops. Not equal to its hype.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
On tap at Oakquinox. Pours with a huge tan head and a near black body. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, raisins, acetaldehyde. Flavors of light green apple, raisins, cocoa, and vanilla. Medium bubbles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (4453) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
On tap at City Beer. It pours brown with some red tints on the edges. The aroma is whiskey with some tart fruit and roasted malt. The flavor is thin and tart with more whiskey and a little cocoa. Thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Pours deep brown with a finger thick dark tan head. Nice bourbon and chocolate nose with a touch of wood. The flavor is strongly bourbon with a sweet front that lasts and a mid to finish that is slight chocolate and a bit of roasted malt. A bit thin in the body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
popery (1703) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Pours slightly brownish black with a small tan head. Aroma is simple bourbon(!), cola, coffee and citrus/herbal hops. The taste is boozy with bourbon flavors and fairly harsh with sharp coffee/roast and hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. This beer just couldn’t handle the barrel, in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Pours dark brown near black very little head. Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, smokey chocolate. Taste is very similar oak and bourbon with a simple chocolate with a slight smoke flavor. Very simple tasting compared to the other bourbon barrel beers out there. Not better than the version of the non BA version with cocoa nibs added.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12768) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Tap at the Rubicon. Pours very brown/black with a creamy tan head. Bourbon/vanilla aromas. Lots of flavor. Touch of treacle, chocolate, touch of coffee, lots of bourbon, touch of oak. Always seems to finish with a little mocha. Rave. Rave. Rave. Great drinking ale. Incredibly tasty for 6%!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Served on tap at BLAH.The appearance is a glossy rich black hue with a mico cream brown head. The aromas are moderate with nice smooth bourbon and chocolaty malts. The flavors are medium in intensity. A great chocolate roast flavor with some good oatmeal additions. The bourbon in smooth low intensity but nice and flavorful. Gives a nice mild and slightly chard oak character. The mouth is medium to full bodied. Slightly creamy and fairly dry. I wasn’t sure how well a moderate abv brew would hold up to barrel aging but it gives off a more moderate and still tasty flavor profile. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Urge Pub in RB is raising the bar. Sweet alcohol and sweet malt on the nose. Taste is also sweet alcohol with flat, burnt malt. Just when it feels too sweet, it completly loses any/all sweetness. Dry cocoa. Sharp, with gooey back. Seriously like a stout, not a porter. Lovely brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Growler. Nose is boozy, straight up whiskey, a smidgen of vanilla, and slightly vegital. Pour is dark brown, head is thin and whispy light tan. Mouthfeel is medium. the bourbon is the center point, flavorwise...but it’s not over the top...kind of melds well with the normal malt profile of black marlin...fairly peaty, earthy, boozy flavorwise but not palate-wise, rather than big, bold, sweet and vanilla-like, it instead picks up the strange earthiness of the bourbon and that becomes the main flavor profile, to me, replacing the chocolaty nature of the base porter. It really does pick up a hell of a lot of the flavors of the whiskey from the barrels...but maybe because of the relative low abv or something, its not hot or over the top, you just get a lot of whiskey characteristics intertwined into the flavors, and it ends up being an interesting beer.

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