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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (27375) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (25612) - Malm, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2012
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a dark brown black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty bourbon chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and bourbon flavor with hints of vanilla. Roasted malty chocolate and bourbon finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
15th July 2012
Buffalo Trace aged. Opaque dark brown beer, pale tan head. Nice toffee caramel nose. Palate is light and semi crisp. Taste follows the nose. Mellow dark malt with rich caramel, a little toffee and mild minerals. Mild tang. Pretty mellow whisky. Good stuff!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (23624) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft. Exceedingly dark brown, small bright tan head. Jack Daniels completely overwhelms both the aroma and the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (20605) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours dark, almost black, with brown highlights and a beige head. Nose holds some booze, some coffee. Tons of vanilla in the flavor, which is how the bourbon strikes my palate. Some roasty malt notes, too. Medium in body, very smooth, some warmth. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16347) - 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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14891) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Tap at the Rubicon. Pours very brown/black with a creamy tan head. Bourbon/vanilla aromas. Lots of flavor. Touch of treacle, chocolate, touch of coffee, lots of bourbon, touch of oak. Always seems to finish with a little mocha. Rave. Rave. Rave. Great drinking ale. Incredibly tasty for 6%!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13556) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, smooth mix of bitter chocolate, licorice, and bourbon barrel. In mouth, nice chocolate cherries with bourbon notes, wood and licorice over earming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12633) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2013
On draught at Aces & Ales in Las Vegas. Pours dark brown with a medium foamy tan head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of roasted malt, oaky bourbon and vanilla. The finish is mildly boozy with a roasty malt aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

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