Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter - Bourbon Barrel

RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
draft at O’briens. pours dark brown thin a thin head. mild roast aroma, flavor was very smooth with som elight wood notes, and roasted choclate. the bouron adds a nice touch without being overwhelming, although is also not that exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2008
draft at homebrew mart location - samples alongside the regular version; thin, dark brown with almost no head and little carbonation; aromas of sweet vanilla and a healthy dose of barrel sourness; an odd sourness dominates the flavors and the base beer is all but gone; pretty disappointing

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2008
Pours like the standard Marlin from the tap at the brewery but with no discernable head. Brimming with bourbon vanilla and sweet molasses with faint smoke. A hint flat but easily the finest beer of theirs Ive had on tap so far. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
Tap at the tasting room. Very dark black beer with a thin tan head. Aroma is pretty solid. Cocoa and chocolate with a soft vanilla/bourbon character in the nose. A light oaky sweetness that accentuates the cocoa and roast of the base beer. Even a soft fruitiness that works pretty well in here. Earthy with a noticable hoppiness. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Tap at the brewery. Jet black pour, dark brown head. Very nice sweet aroma, slight bourbon notes, vanilla,coffee. Vanilla and slight bourbon flavor, very smooth going down. Primo stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle at GABF 2008. Black - light brown head. Roasted, bourbon, vanilla, sweetness, berries,lactic, wood, roasted, ligh burned, unbalanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (27039) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle at GABF 2008. Clear brown coloured with a meidum sized beige head. Light roasted aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Roasted flavour of bourbon and vanilla with notes of chocolate. Roasted finish of whisky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
From the Growler and shared with Padrefan and toncatcher. Nice wooden oak aromas with some metallic dustiness. Flavors were vanilla sweetness with hints of bourbon and more wood. Decent dusty porter flavor as well. Pretty tasty stuff.
Earlier Rating: 1/17/2008 Total Score: 4
Draft at OBriens. Darkest pour with decent head. Lots of wood and chocolate and coffee aromas. Flavors were more wood, a bit of tart, and some more roasted maltiness. Coffee and chocolate still came through. I really liked this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 27, 2008
From a growler filled at Ballast Point. Shared with fordest and toncatcher. Aromas of the wood, and some smokey bourbon. Flavors of wood and warming bourbon. Very mild and easy to drink.
Earlier Rating: 1/17/2008 Total Score: 3.7
Draft at Obriens. Dark roasted chocolate and malt. Some wood and some coffee flavors. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oscbert (1277) - Lincoln, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
~Pours black with creamy off white head. ~Nice strong oaky bourbon/whisky scent ~Taste like coffee with oak, malts and bourbon. ~Medium feel, creamy with bitter finish. ~ This is delicious! I love whisky and I love beer. Great combo! Yum!

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