RATINGS: 752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A hoppy twist on the classic English Porter. Our Black Marlin Porter stands out in a town known primarily for its IPAs. 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.

Editors Note: Old versions were 5.9% abv

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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - DEC 18, 2015
Poured from bomber into a pint glass Appearance The beer pours deep-deep brown color with a one finger tan colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to leave a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell The aroma is big of a roasty smell, mixed with some grainy aromas and a moderately sweeter smell of chocolate and vanilla. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of a dark fruit nature of cherry and plum along with a little bit of a wood smell. Taste The taste begins with a lightly roasted and slightly cocoa sweet flavor. As the taste advances more roast and a little more sweet in the nature of caramel and vanilla come to the tongue. Along with these developing flavors comes some light burnt tastes as well as some more earthy hop flavors. In the end, the mix of hop, sweet, and roast are joined by some grain to leave a moderately dark, but sweeter, kind of weak black IPA like flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel The body of the beer is somewhat thin for a porter of 6% abv. with a carbonation level that is average to slightly higher. I would have liked a little less carbonation and a little more chewiness/creaminess for this one; better accentuating the roast and sweet. Overall Not bad, but not really anything outstanding either. I was expecting something more in the traditional porter style, but instead was delivered something akin to a black IPA mixed with a porter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nische (2053) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2015
Dark brown with quickly disappearing off white head. Sweetish aroma with chocolate, butterscotch, cocoa and nuts.Somewhat roasted flavor with chocolate and some sweet caramel. A little milky taste. Quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9423) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Pour on tap at HopCat, dark reddish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of roast, cocoa, coffee, toast, nuts, some grass. Taste was a mix of grass, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, grassy, spice hops, finishing slightly bitter. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (7258) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2015
Keg at BD camden tap takeover, London. it pours a dark brown color with large beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa and tangy red berries. Taste is tangy and roasty with notes of cocoa powder, lactose, red berries and light wood. Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Torrefacto (1542) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 16, 2015
Negro opaco y espuma beis. Aromas de Caf, chocolate, cereal y herbceos. Cuerpo medio, inicio dulce achocolatado, sedoso, sabor herbceo y final de amargor medio y seco.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Big bottle from Whole Foods Tyson. Dark black body with medium, toasty head. Nose is vanilla, chocolate, malts, caramel. Taste is chocolate, malts, toffee, slight spices and milky flavours. Creamy, but not too creamy texture. Warming finish. Nice one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1614) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2015
Aroma is roasty malts, licorice, caramel, and slight smokiness. Taste is very smooth and akin to the aroma. Appearance is a clear dark amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (3067) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2015
Clear dark, with reddish highlights and a thick head that was fluffy tan with thick retention. Starts watery, complexity builds. Chocolate dominated nose. Taste is chocolate and grit. Ends with the grit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3747) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark black with a small tan colored head with lace. Nose is light sweet malt with more subtle cocoa. Taste is sweet coffee and chocolate malt, and light on the palate. Finishes sweetly with cocoa notes. A very light easily drinkable porter. Thanks for sharing JB.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6716) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2015
Draught @ Ballast Point Little Italy, San Diego, CA

Pours pitch black with a smooth head. Aroma of roasty malts, coffee, chocolate and cocoa powder. Taste is smooth, slightly roasty and salty with hints of licorice, cocoa and coffee. Finish is smooth, crisp and slightly salty with hints of licorice. Tasty.


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