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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
Tap at the tasting room. Very dark black beer with a thin tan head. Aroma is pretty solid. Cocoa and chocolate with a soft vanilla/bourbon character in the nose. A light oaky sweetness that accentuates the cocoa and roast of the base beer. Even a soft fruitiness that works pretty well in here. Earthy with a noticable hoppiness. Nice brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Tap at the brewery. Jet black pour, dark brown head. Very nice sweet aroma, slight bourbon notes, vanilla,coffee. Vanilla and slight bourbon flavor, very smooth going down. Primo stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13389) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle at GABF 2008. Black - light brown head. Roasted, bourbon, vanilla, sweetness, berries,lactic, wood, roasted, ligh burned, unbalanced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20714) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle at GABF 2008. Clear brown coloured with a meidum sized beige head. Light roasted aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Roasted flavour of bourbon and vanilla with notes of chocolate. Roasted finish of whisky.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (1994) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
From the Growler and shared with Padrefan and toncatcher. Nice wooden oak aromas with some metallic dustiness. Flavors were vanilla sweetness with hints of bourbon and more wood. Decent dusty porter flavor as well. Pretty tasty stuff.
Earlier Rating: 1/17/2008 Total Score: 4
Draft at O’Brien’s. Darkest pour with decent head. Lots of wood and chocolate and coffee aromas. Flavors were more wood, a bit of tart, and some more roasted maltiness. Coffee and chocolate still came through. I really liked this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 27, 2008
From a growler filled at Ballast Point. Shared with fordest and toncatcher. Aromas of the wood, and some smokey bourbon. Flavors of wood and warming bourbon. Very mild and easy to drink.
Earlier Rating: 1/17/2008 Total Score: 3.7
Draft at O’briens. Dark roasted chocolate and malt. Some wood and some coffee flavors. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oscbert (1022) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
~Pours black with creamy off white head. ~Nice strong oaky bourbon/whisky scent ~Taste like coffee with oak, malts and bourbon. ~Medium feel, creamy with bitter finish. ~ This is delicious! I love whisky and I love beer. Great combo! Yum!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
On tap @ the Brewery in Linda Vista. Pours opaque with a small tan head. Nice coffee/ oaked aromas. Very smooth and creamy with a good combo of oak and malt on the finish.
Earlier Rating: 1/31/2008 Total Score: 3.4
On draft @ the Linda Vista brewery. Brew poured an almost pitch black with a beige head. Nose of wood chips, spice, coffee and chocolate. A clean finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
On-tap at HomeBrew Mart. I have a feeling that this brew and the other listing for Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter on Oak are one in the same. Anyway, pours black with a crisp light brown head, spider web lace. Smells sour and malty, slightly roasty sweet as well with a touch of wood and booze character. Tastes dark and malty sweetwith a sour bourbon and wood finish. A bit of lingering vanilla flavor on the finish as well. Medium body, with crisp vibrant carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 3/28/2008 Total Score: 3.6
On-tap today at the Carroll Canyon location. Jim Beam Black Marlin is what they had it up as. Pours black with a creamy tan head good lace. Smells of sour mash and malt and maybe a touch of wood. Tastes malty and sour and woody with a bit of whiskey. Lots of the sour, cheap, bourbon character that we all know and love. A bit thick compared to the regular Black Marlin, smooth carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2008
On tap at Ballast Point brewery and brewing supply shop in San Diego--Rich black (slightly brown) w/ a small wispy tan head. Nose of gentle bourbon and creamy tannins. Clean, subtle bourbon and roasted malt finish. Awesome!


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