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RATINGS: 767   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 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.

Editor’s Note: Old versions were 5.9% abv

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3.7
kyzr (1596) - Montana, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Dark thick brown pour with good sized brown head. Nose of toasted malt and coffee. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Nice complex finish.

3.8
IslandHaole (1299) - Misawa, JAPAN - FEB 12, 2016
Motor oil brown, opaque, huge tan head with a scent of cocoa, burnt toast and day old milk. A tasty blend of roasted malts, mineral salt, cocoa, has a bitter hop follow mixed with the mineral tanginess of licking a penny. I know that doesn’t sound appetizing but it works.

4.3
beerbaaron (2046) - Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Beautiful ruby mahogany with a beige head. Semi-sweet with a perfect moderate bitterness. Mild dryness. Cocoa. A great roastiness. Some smokey, peaty goodness. Earth. Molasses. Bit of pine. Hint of fruitiness. Medium body. Excellent.

3.7
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bomber from the new IC Hy-Vee. Very dark pour. Smooth beer with lots of coffee, chocolate, and malt. Silky semi-sweet finish.

3.8
nerdboy19 (177) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - JAN 20, 2016
Damn this is a nice porter. Chocolate, coffee, dark malts aroma. High carbonated, medium bodied. Complex coffee, coffee sourness, chocolate, bitter, balanced. Excellent porter.

3.4
gkeh (486) - Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Dark brown pour. Nice lacing. Roasty, coffee, chocolate aroma. Mild citrus is noted on the tongue. Very nice.

3.6
tfontana (1127) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle pour in nonic pint glass from Lazy Dog, Londonderry, NH. Aroma is understated roasted malt, dark fruits, a bit of chocolate and some alcohol. Appearance is rich, dark, clear mahogany with nice sparkle, minimal off-white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Taste is roasted malt sweetness with cocoa, late coffee bitterness. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with thin texture, average to lively carbonation. Overall, this is good but not I’m not blown away by it. Aroma and palate are a little weak and taste is not as complex as I’d expect.

3.9
fidelis83 (2509) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Black pour with a two finger froth tan head that has good lacing as the liquid itself leaves a bit of a coating on the glass as well. Aroma is big on mild roast, some chocolate, medium roast coffee, dark caramel, roasted nuts, dense floury chocolate cake, and a bit of piney, deep citrus and earthy hops. Flavor is big on roast, surprisingly big on coffee, lots of dark toasted bread, granola, Riesens candies, dark toffee, a decent helping of char and a bit of spruce. Medium body, creamy to chewy entry, light carbonation and still creamy, but slightly chalkier finish. Damn good porter.

3.7
jmohno (1662) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Black, tan lacey head. Aroma is some chocolate and roast. Some breadyness. Taste is as aroma with some earthy herbal, some citrus, tangy bite in finish. Pretty nice porter.

3.9
flying_pig (1646) - SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2015
650ml bottle from Brewdog brewery website (£6.00)
Another enjoyable Ballast Point beer, this one was a well-balanced & easy to drink porter from the brewery that came through with good sweetness, some rich chocolate & an earthy bitterness that also boasted the odd subtle hops too. The beer was a ridiculously smooth & easy one to drink & that was perhaps its best feature but the smell & taste weren’t bad either thankfully; I wouldn’t mind having this one again.


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