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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Nearly black pour, some deep garnet at the perimeter. Fizzy tan bubbles form a slight resemblance of a head but fade to an oily ring shortly thereafter. Rich notes of peaty malts, smokiness, caramel candies, Milk Duds, Raisinettes...as a matter of fact, the more I smell this beer the more I feel like Im at the movies. Toasted grain character is recoiling; so shy that only with drastic increases in temperature are the notes visible. Flavor is mostly chocolate and caramel. Very malty, achieving and sustaining a fantastic balance between bitterness and sweetness. Toffee and fruit notes provide the bulk of the afterthought. Acidity is present throughout, in low levels. Finish is a touch chalky, lingering with a resounding sweet caramel and slight marshmallw flavor. A rusty metallic component intrudes near the finale. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied, very slightly sticky. Pretty good. Very easy to drink, though a touch syrupy nearing room temperature.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1494) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2007
dark dark brown, had a fairly creamy body, bit of a toffee aroma, nice roast malt taste, a bit of chocolate, has a bit of a smoked aftetaste, pretty good brew. thanks to vac for the bottle

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2007 Courtesy The_Epeeist. Pours an oily black with a light white head. Smell is a little smoky, rich chocolate, and some dark fruit mixed in as well. Quite roasty too. Taste has a lot of toasted malts, dark chocolate, and just a touch of some dark berry fruit, especially in the finish. The aftertaste is a little bitter, but leaves a nice fulfilling chocolate coating on the back ofthe throat. Pretty nicely balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 11, 2007
In the bomber from Cyclone liquors. Pours black with a tan head and has floating debris. Chocolate malted milk/ Whoppers aroma. Strong sweet chocolate candy bar milky flavor. A very good beer. The hops are plentiful in the boil, but not in the finish. They use the word assertive twice in the same sentence on the label. So Cally.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Not a bad beer, but could use some improvment. Does not compare to the Black Eye porter at their home Brew Mart.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Light coffee aroma. Dark brown body with a thin head. Medium palate. Coffee flavor up front, not much hop presence, and finishes clean. Very light and easy to drink porter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
Big chocolate and roasted malt dominate the aroma.Pours black with a medium tan head.Nice chocolate flavor with some coffee and roasted malt as well.Medium mouthfeel with a roasted coffee finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5911) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2007
Deep dark brown coloured body, almost black, with a very thin off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, cherries, coffee, chocolate and some light cereal. Medium-bodied; Strong roasty flavours tucked in with chocolate and coffee along with a good malty backbone and tons of smooth sugars. Aftertaste shows more roasted flavours along with a good dose of caramel. Definitely a good one to try - this is almost a stout...but this goes down very nicely. Pick this up if you can find it! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from BevMo in Caramel Mountain (San Diego), California on 17-April-2007.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
blah, wasnt a fan. Had this one in bottle a long time ago and have never sought it out again. Seemed weak, watery, and overpowered by the coffee. Nothing rich, robust, or big about it...Porters arent my fav, so if you do enjoy them, it might be worth a shot.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2007
22 oz. bottle in a trade with WeeHeavySD - thanks for this one! Pours out a deep ruby/brown with a a large creamy tan head that is both durable and lacy. The aroma shows a light chocolate character over a roasty malt base, with the addition of some pungent but not overwhelming hop flavors. Medium body and carbonation combine with a light astringency for a pleasing mouthfeel. Burnt caramel sweetness is is well balanced by some spicy hop bitterness. I tasted this side by side with Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, one of my favorite porters. The Ballast Point had a more prominent hop profile, not unexpected from a San Dieago brewer. It was slightly less rich tasting than the Great Lakes, but still compared quite favorably. This is a really nice porter.


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