Ballast Point seems to be trying to force it’s way into my list of favorite breweries. With beers as good as their Black Marlin porter, I’m fine with that. Black Marlin looks like most porters, deep chocolate brown with an average, tan head. The aroma is smooth, sweet, and rich. Coffee and chocolate combine here, just as they do any of my favorite porters. The flavor is smooth and rich through the finish, with a little hoppy tingle rather than the watery slip that often closes weaker porters. I like this very much, and I will have it again.