Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter - Bourbon Barrel

 
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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.

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3.4
jredmond (8284) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Draft at ballast point with Linh. Pours a deep brown boy with spotty off white lacing. Aroma is extremely muted chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with notes of chocolate malts, Spice, light vanilla, roast and coffee.

3.7
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
Tap. Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, subtle barrel character of oak, vanilla and bourbon, some coffee and chocolate. The flavor follows the nose with subtle barrel notes of oak, vanilla and bourbon, some roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The body is medium with a creamy mouth feel. Overall a pretty tasty BA Porter, but not the biggest amount of barrel character is present.

3.8
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Draught at TND: Aroma of Bourbon, vanilla, malt, alcohol, lactose, a hint of funk, and some roasting. Poured very dark brown in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of Bourbon, vanilla, oak, and a hint of chocolate. Medium body. Slick, creamy, texture. Soft carbonation. Medium sweet, vanilla, Bourbon, oak, finish is slightly dry.

3.7
gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2012
Taster at brewery. Pours nice brown-black, little foam. Aroma is thick of toasty dark malt and bourbony sweet barrel. Taste matches and makes me smile. Only quibble would be that the flavor and body are all front loaded. Back end is very light and almost thin. Still, a very nice beer.

3.1
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2012
via dakine 11/25/11. typical porter color with a tannish off white head. big sour whiskey aroma... along with choco, wood, roast and lactose. the flavor is the same... mixed with ashiness, fruit and borderline sourness (not derived from the bourbon). thin, tart....meh. 6/3/6/3/13

4.3
tkingsbury2 (31) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
On tap at the Ballast Point Tasting Room. This was a pleasant surprise as I am not a typical fan of this brewer. The barrel aging has done this wonders as the mellow bourbon flavor and the oak flavor made this really enjoyable, especially compared to the bottled version. The real question now is will this ever be bottled for distribution?

3.7
MattH (863) - California, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Tap. Nice bourbon and sherry aroma along with some roasted malts. A lot of bourbon and oak in the flavor.

3.9
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
same black pour, but a real distinct bourbon aroma. The barrel has really mellowed the beer nicely, and is a nice compliment to the normal roastyness of the beer.

3.8
reggiedunlop (3724) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma has soft vanilla and bourbon. Flavor follows suit and adds a nice roastiness and slight hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a soft roasty bourbon finish.

4.1
SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
On tap @ the Linda Vista Home Brew Mart: Poured in a small 4oz glass with a thick head which took a minute or so to retreat before I could take my first sip. But, in that time, it allowed me to inhale a magnificent dark roasted down malt scent along with the gentle bourbon barrel addition. The color was a dark brown with blank tinting too it and looked a bit denser then the bottle version appears. The flavor was rich and sweet with a deep roasted down malt with hints of chocolate and wood barrel accent. I wonder when any of their barrel aged beers will ever see bottle distribution?


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