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 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnstone (3681) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Deep brown in color. Aroma is that of a turning orange...just past ripe. Flavor is like red apple and roast malt.

cobaink2 (839) - seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2017
Sample at beer junction. My first impression is why is there mint in this. As it’s starts to warm there is more cola flavor that makes and appearance. Not bad, could use a little work.

italianjohn (3310) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2016
Black pour with a thin beige head .... Aroma of dark fruity yeast, caramel malts, dry oak and light bourbon .... taste is of caramel malts, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, dry oak, molasses and roasted malts ..... Finish is dry sweet and oaky with candi sugar, molasses .... Solid and tasty

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Growler from SJ. Nice notes of Wood, bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate and hop. Nice roasted finish, good booze flavor, not bad.

Travlr (26412) - 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.

DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Snifter on tap at the Brass Tap. Near-black color, with a good thin khaki head. Leaves nice, thicker lace. Medium to bigger body. Velvety smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick texture. Very nice, noticeable amount of bourbon barrel, big vanilla, and lightly woody, spicy whiskey flavors work great with the chocolate, light coffee flavors of the porter. Moderate bitter, moderate sweet taste, and just a mild hint of bourbon-type alcohol warmth that is actually pretty pleasant in this application. Fantastic barrel-aged porter, very satisfying. Supremely enjoyable, well-done stuff. Strikes a near-perfect balance. I’m ok with paying $6.50 for the 10oz glass.

BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2013
On tap at The Local in San Diego. Dark brown pour with ruby on the edges and a small khaki head. Aroma is some light roast, heavy sherry and rum booze (does not smell like bourbon here). Flavor is a rather disgusting combination of roast and straight up cheap whiskey (oh, hey Black Velvet) and is barely drinkable. Way light bodied, way to thin for the bourbon barrel aging. I could not finish a 3 ounce taster of this one. It was really bad.

skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
On nitro at Old Grove. Pours a pitch black with a thick tan Head with exellcent lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, roasted malts, coco, and a little booze. Taste is similar to the aroma but also has some coffee and grassy hop notes. Has a medium body with a slighty watery mouthfeel and a slighty bitter, medium finish. Overall, a pretty nice BA porter.

GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Tap at Churchill’s for SDBW. Pours a deeper brown, cola highlights. Low foam. Mild bourbon nose, small sugar, no tomato past, small vanilla. Taste is thinner than expected, watery, low abv can’t handle the barrel aging. Didn’t come out as intended.

kathouse (1942) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Cola, oak, and chocolate aromas. Bourbon kicks in on the first sip. Good body. Slightly sweet with dark fruits and licorice in the finish.

Dogbrick (14309) - 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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