Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter - Chipotle & Cocoa

RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Black Marlin Porter brewed with chipotle peppers and cocoa nibs.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (4168) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2014
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co. as a 12 oz. serving, dispensed to a Czech-pils glass, showing a black/brown color, with some ruby highlighting, tan head froth, and curtainy cling to the lacing. The nose was maybe a touch of cocoa, not much roastiness, but more hints of cherry, vinous notes, and a bit of tartness. The flavor then presented a lingering, peppery quality that slowly escalated in intensity as the tasting continued, and roastiness that was substantial, but more coffee-like than cocoa. Medium+ bodied, the alcohol was fairly hidden, and the carbonation successfully enhanced the peppery, and only moderately restrained bitterness into the additionally dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
bottle. pours murky brown with off white head. aroma has a big big chili nose with smokey ash notes. flavors of strong chili peppers!! Wow thats hot! smokey character. just way too hot for me and undrinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (3824) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Tap at Stagshead as part of flight of bizarre flavored beers I designed. Pours nice brown but with chili burn on nose. Tastes of cocoa, anise, smoke, cola, and lots of chipotle chili. Normally chipotles arent this hot but more smoky and this could be a touch more subdued with heat for me. Lots of flavors though and cleared sinuses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Huhzubendah (3690) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2014
On draft at Ballast point in Little Italy. Similar appearance to the regular Black Marlin porter. Dark brown, nearing black, with a thin beige cap. The aroma brings the pepper heat right away. The flavor has all of the characteristics found in the base beer, but these are overshadowed by spicy heat. A beer like this walks a fine line. How do you showcase the chipotle and retain a balanced, drinkable beer? A fun experiment and worth a try...once. A sample pour was all I needed. More than a few ounces would fatigue my palate rather hastily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2011
dark brown body... the nose is nice, chocolate with some chili, no hint of what was about come... taste starts off with chocolate and some hot chili, too hot though, as you drink it gets hotter and out of balanced, volcanic... not something I can recommend

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3430) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Half pint at brewery. Good aroma, sweet and hot. Cocoa, chipotle. Blackish brown color. Good head and lace. Sweet hot flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, hot sweet finish. Darn tasty wonderful flavor. Perfect sweet hot mix

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Balast point chipotle black marlin porter. 22oz bottle thanks to tim!... Pours a medium cola brown pour with lighter edges and a thin film of light beige head... Peppery odiferousness with a sharpness to it. Overpowers everything else.. flavors are predominantly focused on the pepper nature which grasps, takes hold, and never leaves. Porter qualities are left grabbing for a chance to appear but never really lets go. Thin to medium bodied. Overwhelmed by the amount of heat. 7/3/6/3/13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kryon (3187) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2013
Taste is dark brown with no head Aromas of chipotle, coffee, medwurst, chocolate Taste has brown sugar, chipotle, chocolate, dark malts Too low bodied but overall quite ok ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Itzjerm (2662) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Nice malt dark aroma nice burn on the throat. Smoke flavor and burn of chipotle. Give it some camp for name and it would be amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Growler of Chipotle Cocoa Black Marlin. Pours dark with a nice light tan creamy head. Nose is chocolaty with waves of chipotle smokiness in the took me a while to find the smokiness for whatever reason, but after about 6 or 7 ounces, it certainly comes to the forefront of the nose. Flavors are much more concentrated on the cocoa aspect than the smokiness of the chipotles, which is kind of a letdown, but the capsicum heat is certainly present, which is fact, this is a nicely spicy beer and you definitely feel that heat for a good time afterwards. Mouthfeel is on the medium to thin side of the spectrum.. I really like the heat here but I just wish it was more smokey because it really just isnt as smokey as it needs to be. Kind of let down..but that being said, theres still subtle smokiness riding in the background, so all is not lost.

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