beer-yum (1885) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2013
An enjoyable porter with an unexpected punch. The chilli is front and centre but is nicely balanced with the chocolate and coffee that fills out the finish. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2013
10oz snifter on tap at Neon’s, for $6. Very dark brown, near-black color. Thin light brown / khaki head. Good bits and short ropes of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. Kind of a chewy, bigger texture. Lightly dry finish. Good bigger roast, dark malts, hint of coffee, good dark chocolate aroma. Pepper is much more subtle and well-integrated than expected. Much more balanced than habanero sculpin, works great with the rich, dark malt flavors of Marlin. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet. Good light peppery heat creeps up on you in the finish, but it’s more of a warm hug on the palate than a peppery kick. Up front, the pepper backs off enough to let the dark chocolate and roast malt flavors shine. Definitely the best pepper porter I’ve had yet, much better than expected. TimE (6118) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2013
Dark brown color. Huge cocoa, chilli notes in the nose with a touch of tobacco. The mouth is malty, fairly dry, lots of chilli and chocolate. Spicy cacao finish. Very nice and I like this experiment. LoFi (1752) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2013
Draught at Porterfestivalen 2013.
Very dark brown with a brown head.
Aroma: fruity chili, soft roast, chocolate.
Taste: chili, salmiak, roasted, peppery, chocolate.
Medium-bodied. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Black with a fizzy head. Roasted grain and subtle pepper aroma. Chocolate and sweet roasted grain up front with a pepper heat on the back end. Pretty good.
DaSilky1 (2608) - 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 background...it 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 good..in 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, there’s still subtle smokiness riding in the background, so all is not lost. rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
On tap takeover at Cole’s in Buffalo. Dark pour with slight head only. Aroma is spicy. Taste is crazy hot and doesn’t go away quickly. The heat burns and lingers but is oddly appealing. Zymurgeist2 (2363) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
On draught at Harry’s Hofbrau. Massive amounts of smoke and peppers. The chipotle really shines here. Porter is a little lost in the beer, but still an excellent brew. Jow (4082) - Orlando, Florida, 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 aren’t this hot but more smoky and this could be a touch more subdued with heat for me. Lots of flavors though and cleared sinuses. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts, lengthy chocolate, blackberries and chipotle heat are ably aligned in this well-balanced Porter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the brown-hued black.
-Chocolate malt flavors are as long as the chipotle heat.
-The chipotle is not overdone, which I appreciate.
-Mouthfeel is leaner than I expected.
On tap at The Dirty Truth.