Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
On tap @ the Brewery in Linda Vista. Pours opaque with a small tan head. Nice coffee/ oaked aromas. Very smooth and creamy with a good combo of oak and malt on the finish.doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Earlier Rating: 1/31/2008 Total Score: 3.4
On draft @ the Linda Vista brewery. Brew poured an almost pitch black with a beige head. Nose of wood chips, spice, coffee and chocolate. A clean finish.
On-tap at HomeBrew Mart. I have a feeling that this brew and the other listing for Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter on Oak are one in the same. Anyway, pours black with a crisp light brown head, spider web lace. Smells sour and malty, slightly roasty sweet as well with a touch of wood and booze character. Tastes dark and malty sweetwith a sour bourbon and wood finish. A bit of lingering vanilla flavor on the finish as well. Medium body, with crisp vibrant carbonation.Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Earlier Rating: 3/28/2008 Total Score: 3.6
On-tap today at the Carroll Canyon location. Jim Beam Black Marlin is what they had it up as. Pours black with a creamy tan head good lace. Smells of sour mash and malt and maybe a touch of wood. Tastes malty and sour and woody with a bit of whiskey. Lots of the sour, cheap, bourbon character that we all know and love. A bit thick compared to the regular Black Marlin, smooth carbonation.
On tap at Ballast Point brewery and brewing supply shop in San Diego--Rich black (slightly brown) w/ a small wispy tan head. Nose of gentle bourbon and creamy tannins. Clean, subtle bourbon and roasted malt finish. Awesome! badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Got a growler fill from the brewery. Black with a fizzy tan head. Wonderful bourbon vanilla and oak aroma. Good strong bourbon taste, robust coffee flavors, mild vanilla, and a good roasty, oaky dry finish. Excellent. JorisPPattyn (9982) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2008
Draught Deep brown beer with a reddish shine, little head. Obvious vanilla, oak and Bourbon, some roasted notes and again, lots of oats. Warming MF for obvious alcohol (Bourbon), sweet nutty dark worts and just enough discreet hops - great balance! Warming, but not aggressive in MF. Very good B.B.A. porter, much more balanced than most of its ilk.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Tap @ O’Briens. Poured black with a beige head. Chocolate aroma with a light roast and very light bourbon. the flavor too had a light roast. Some woody notes on the finish. The beer finished thin with a light body.FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Earlier Rating: 12/10/2007 Total Score: 3.4
Tap @ Ballast Point. Cask. Poured with a large creamy tan head. The beer itself was black and fairly opaque. The aroma was of coffee and wood with mild vanilla notes. The flavor had a light roast and woody notes. The guy pouring said it was a whiskey barrel but I don’t really get and whiskey. Light bodied and smooth.
Tap at the 11th anniversary. Nearly opaque black brown with a light brown nitro head. Faint barrel characters, slight vanilla and oak. Slight bourbon up front. Light roastiness, muted citric hop component that seems out of harmony with the barrel flavors. Ruddy chocolate in the finish, with some toastiness. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat dry. Not too terribly different than regular Black Marlin. wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 Tried from bourbon barrel aged nitro tap at Ballast Point’s 11th anniversary celebration. A very nice everyday stout. A little toward the bland side. Low aroma. Not dry nor sweet. No off flavors. Pretty good, but nothing interesting. Microbubble nitro head. Pitch black liquid.7,4,7,3,16:3.7
1/15/07:Tried again at OBriens on tap: 7,4,7,3,16:3.7 JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
on tap at ballast point’s anniv party
black, tasty, but I really didn’t get a lot of the whiskey barrel. Not much different than the regular black marlin Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
On tap @ Hamiltons. Nitro. Black as night, smells like molasses. Flavor is strong on the whiskey. Almost like an Irish whiskey flavor. In fact, the whiskey was a little distracting. I probably would have liked this more if it were not on Nitro. Good, but tough to put down as it warmed. Strong on the whiskey.