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Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter - Bourbon Barrel

 
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RATINGS: 113   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 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.

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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Growler. Nose is boozy, straight up whiskey, a smidgen of vanilla, and slightly vegital. Pour is dark brown, head is thin and whispy light tan. Mouthfeel is medium. the bourbon is the center point, flavorwise...but its not over the top...kind of melds well with the normal malt profile of black marlin...fairly peaty, earthy, boozy flavorwise but not palate-wise, rather than big, bold, sweet and vanilla-like, it instead picks up the strange earthiness of the bourbon and that becomes the main flavor profile, to me, replacing the chocolaty nature of the base porter. It really does pick up a hell of a lot of the flavors of the whiskey from the barrels...but maybe because of the relative low abv or something, its not hot or over the top, you just get a lot of whiskey characteristics intertwined into the flavors, and it ends up being an interesting beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
on tap at ballast point old grove a couple months back. short notes again, my apologies. pours an oily black with a thin, dark beige head and a light ring of lace. aroma is damn nice with smooth oak, sharp, spicy bourbon, roasted malts, and dark fruits with hints of grassy hops. flavor is delicious, very bourbon forward, with notes of chocolate, roast, and coffee on the finish. palate is medium bodied and a little thicker than the base beer with light carbonation and a woody finish. overall, a very tasty brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6862) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Draft @ Rattle N Hum. Black pour with tan head, viscosity looks like a stout. Coffee, chocolate and light bourbon aroma. Flavor is only a slight bourbon note different than the original.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Boungustatio (10) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Wow, Ballast has done something very interesting here. Aroma: Bourbon, Maple Syrup, Honey, Coffee Appearance: Dark brown, murky with Golden amber to ruby to brown tones as it is observed in the glass. Tan head with dotted lacing. Taste: Subtle hints of bourbon mix into a coffee bean/dark chocolate aftertaste. I think this beer was aged with bourbon soaked wood chips - not actual barrels - there is a taste difference. I also taste a little lemon citrus, orange peel, and dark wheat. Palate: Very thin for a porter - but I like that its drinkable for a wider audience. Its not one of those "dont drink if its hot outside" beers. This could be very refreshing after a day in the yard. Overall: Love this one. Not filling or overly done. Its not one of those porters that forces you to sit down and work through each gulp. Its pleasant, could session or sip and savor. If you find this on tap - get a growler if you can - or at least have a pint! A true bourbon lovers beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and id possibly get it again. Just didnt knock my socks off. The bourbon made it feel thinner than i thought. booze somewhat dominated, but the flavors played well together.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 25, 2010
On tap at Rattle n Hum
Aroma caskey with vanilla with some roast ending. Very evident cask treatment , not too subtle.6+
Appearance coca cola like , little top , little carbonation, stoic.3+
Flavor and Palate : tart , strong cask hints of oak barrel , hints of vanilla. Smooth follow up with sticky finish. Good barrel ale but last plenty of character of original plain one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Tap at Ballast Point. Pours a deep brown with amber notes and a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, vanilla, nuts and light bourbon. Flavor of vanilla, milk chocolate, nuts, toffee, tobacco, oak and a touch of bourbon. Bourbon restrained and I like that!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16111) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: A nice looking black beer with almost no head and no retention. S: The nose is roasty with a bit of vanilla and quite a bit of alcohol. There is a noticeable acidity to the beer (likely from the roasted malts), that almost presents as sourness. T: The flavors never really come together and even if they did, Im not sure this would be any better. A bit of a tartness, roasted malt, and bourbon. I dont really get any chocolate or sweetness. M: The body is quite thin and lifeless, and the carbonation is similarly lacking. Not what I look for in a barrel aged beer. D: It would seem to be within conventional wisdom -bal aging a sub-6% stout is not such a good idea, and that is proven true here.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (3052) - New York, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Draught. Poured dark w/minor head. Hoppy aroma, pretty standard. Not bad though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (8397) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Sweet bourbony aroma with a hint of roasted malts. The flavor is bourbony and boozy. The base beer peeks through a bit with some lighter roasty notes and a light sweetness, but overall, this wouldve probably been better with a more subtle bourbon presence.


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