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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
From notes sampled on tap during my trip to San Diego. A: Pours a dark shade of brown almost black with a tall foamy tan head. Nice retention and some thick lace. S: Aromas of Bold roasted malt, chocolate, light smoke, and barrel goodness. T: Very similar flavors here. Wonderful roasted malt that gives off hints of chocolate and coffee. Mild char and smoke can be picked up along with the barrel. There is mild booze, light vanilla, and a big blast of oak. Lots of flavor packed into the low ABV of this one. M: Fairly slick in the mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. D: Well crafted and tasty as hell. A bourbon brew that you could session with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Nice bourbon, malt, and light chocolate aroma. Bourbon and light malt flavor with light caramel and light chocolate. Medium bodied. Bourbon and malt lingers. Flavor doesn’t linger long, but it’s nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Draught at Woody’s in Downtown Raleigh. Pours black,with a medium off-white head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, coffee, whiskey. Flavor similar, with a touch of cream. Bourbon a little too strong for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Dark brown pour with a thin beige head that slowly turns rocky. Oak and bourbon on the nose. Mildly carbonated. Roast, coffee, light chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2488) - JAPAN - APR 26, 2009
A real treat to try this on Tap at the San Diego Beer Party. The nose is heaven. Bourbon, port and vanilla overtones create an elixir for the nose. I couldn’t stop sniffing it. The mouthful was a bit disappointing as it was reasonably thin and perhaps this too light a beer to be aging in this manner. Still delicious, but after the smell I expected to be rocked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2009
Picked up a growler at the Home Brew Mart. Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a thick, foamy, tall, stubborn tan head. Very nice lacing. Pleasant oak and whiskey aroma laden with cocoa and caramel. Smooth, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Kept true to the porter style in texture and in taste without becoming a stout-lite. Roasted malt and caramel up front with roast coffee. Not bitter or acidic. A more subtle approach with the bourbon; it stays int he background and does to overwhelm the beer itself. Mellow oak and vanilla as well. A bit of bitterness shows through in the finish as the beer warms. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5393) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2009
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown color. Flavors of chocolate, smoked malt, bourbon, wood, and roasted coffee. Hints of vanilla. Pretty good, light to medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2009
On tap, body is a jet black with a tight tan head. Aromas of delicious smokey chocolate with a hints of sour hot bourbon and funky wood notes. The body is silky and light with an almost watery texture. The bourbon is very present and really warms up your more and penetrates the silky body. Lots of alcohol soak. Flavors of heavily roasted coffee and woody bourbon dominate, but there is a malty lactic aftertaste that dries out my mouth and leave the heat of the alcohol. Really a pleasant beer but maybe a bit heavy with the bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
tap at Live Wire san diego, great find. nice part about this beer is the booze / bourbon flavors are mild, porter coco and a touch of roasted coffee to go along with the great texture from barrel aging. regular marlin is good but with some gaps, the bourbon barrel fills in those gaps to make a complete beer for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
draft at O’briens. pours dark brown thin a thin head. mild roast aroma, flavor was very smooth with som elight wood notes, and roasted choclate. the bouron adds a nice touch without being overwhelming, although is also not that exciting.

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