Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits in San Diego, California was started in 1996 by avid home brewers who operated a home brew shop in San Diego. The brewery has grown tremendously in recent years and has rather wide American distribution but no Canadian distribution as of yet. Ballast Point is known for their heavy handed hoppy beers as well as their nautical and fishing themed bottle art. I have previously had the Ballast Point Sculpin Double IPA, Big Eye IPA and Calico Amber.
Black Marlin Porter is a 6% and the 45 IBU porter brewed in the traditional English style. According to the Ballast Point website, Black Marlin is poured with a nitro cask at the brewery. From the bottle, Black Marlin pours out a deeply opaque black with a creamy and fluffed up beige head. The nose is rich and well roasted with massive coffee and velvety milk chocolate notes. A dark and earthy roasted malt persists with a hint of subtle vanilla and perhaps a small bit of hops are present. A bit sweet upon the mid palate with milky and dark chocolate notes. A robust roasted malt note proceeds into the finish and leaves a luscious dessert like chocolate richness. Full bodied and heavy with a smooth creamy dessert like palate. Overall, a great porter stylistically a bit askew of the traditional London Porter.
Grade: 86/100. Price: $4.29