Mocha Marlin
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
American Porter
Ranked #48
Ranked #7,656
4.07 | pDev: 7.86%
Nov 27, 2021
Nov 22, 2015
Mocha MarlinMocha Marlin
Notes: Coffee and chocolate come together in this brew.
Our Black Marlin Porter is the perfect beer for a mocha mashup. The addition of coffee and cocoa plays perfectly off the roasty, chocolaty flavors of this English porter, while a hint of vanilla smooths it all out. It’s full-bodied, but not too sweet; try it for breakfast…or dessert.

42 IBU
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Rated: 3.54 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by artiefufkin from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz can pkg Aug 2019
Visual - black with reddish tinge. Pours with dark tan head which disappears quicker than expected
Aroma- cocoa nibs, mix of roasted coffee beans and espresso, tr vanilla, vsl nutmeg/baking spices
Taste - nice carbonation, hits you pleasantly with dark chocolate and espresso, evolves into bitter chocolate and sl burnt coffee
Overall - great mocha porter, one of the best out there. Would love to try fresher and on tap, think some of the bitter linger would be softened in youth.
Sep 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Another Covid hibernation try. This beer pours a nice dark color with a chocolate colored head to boot. Nose has elements of both vanilla and chocolate with sweetness throughout the scent. Flavor is more of a bitter dark chocolate with some coffee notes. Feel is somewhat thicker with less carbonation. Could use a bit more zip to the carbonation in my eyes. Decent beer here.
Apr 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
If you're gonna add to your beers, you need to fine-tune the recipe so all play well together, such is my experience with Ballast Point, San Diego, and Carton, Atlantic Highlands, as this Marlin is outstanding every day sweet chocolate porter.
a) As everything BP does looks just right.
s) The most chocolate porter ever without being cloying, and balanced against toast, char, and hops.
t) follows the aroma, adds real cold-brew esspesso coffee up front, and a touch of vanilla and more hop bite on the exit.
f) Silky.
o) Deserves a blind taste test in a batch of mid-weight porters and stouts.
Mar 27, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by Mustela_Man from California

Mar 19, 2020
Rated: 2.98 by FakeDoctor96 from New Jersey

Mar 18, 2020
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours a nearly jet black color with a darker, tan head that is extremely bubbly and active. SRM of 24. (4.25)

Aroma: The aroma is a spectrum. Upfront hints you with sweet milk or vanilla cream that dissolves into milk chocolate, then dark chocolate (all for a blink of an eye) before a mild roasted mocha & coffee flavor comes through for the middle and ending. Very chocolate and nice but a little sandy. (3.75)

Flavor: Strong flavors of chocolate, cream, milk dance upfront, before it evolves into a a sandy, dark chocolate, & espresso flavor coming forth in the middle. Blends into a Mocha flavored finish with hints of dark chocolate & vanilla lingering on the tongue. Has the sweetness, but also the bitterness of dark chocolate. Enough bitterness to leave you satisfied, yet enough sweetness to make you want more. (4.00)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Low carbonation. Sort of sandy at first from the coffee, but then as it finishes it leaves a nice dark chocolate mocha flavor on the tongue. The coffee sandiness in the middle is sort of unpleasant.

Compared w/ Central Waters' Satin Solitude: Pours a slightly darker color. Stronger dark chocolate and coffee aromas. Much more dark chocolate. Lighter, roasty, and more bitter.

Compared to Bent Paddle Black 4/8/20: Pours a similar color with a stronger and darker tan head. Stronger aromas. More rich chocolate, cream, vanilla but also espresso and roast. Less smoke and ham. Fuller and sweeter overall.

Overall: Well the beer is what it's described. Strong dark chocolate, coffee, and mocha flavors which are fantastic. The coffee sandiness is sort of unpleasant, and I like my beers to have the coffee more restrained. However, it finishes rather dry and leaves a strong dark chocolate/mocha flavor on the tongue which is satisfying. There are things here I like and things I dislike, but overall it is for sure a Mocha Marlin Porter. Second rating is better than the first and I wouldn't discount this one. (Final Rating: 3.80)
Mar 07, 2020
Rated: 4 by powdersoldier from Washington

Feb 29, 2020
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Reviewed by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Mocha Marlin is a fine porter, and exceptionally tasty. The appearance is a deep black-brown, indicative of the depth of flavor you are about to experience. I poured a 12 oz. can into a pint glass, creating one inch head which would lace nicely, as you drink the beer down. A pleasant coffee, chocolaty smell greets you, with a hint of vanilla. The smell does not prepare you for the taste, which is the smell amped up 10x.. The coffee is strong, the chocolate supportive, the vanilla just a beautiful smoothing wisp. The beer is reminiscent to me of one of my all time faves, Ballast Point Victory at Sea, but toned down, particularly in the vanilla and alcohol content. The mouthfeel is substantial, the carbonation appropriate, and the beer, overall, is a welcome improvement over unrefined acidic coffee brews I have previously experienced. I don't know if this is available all year or seasonally, but I will seek this info out, and cellar it, if needed, to have this robust, tasty brew available to me, year round.
Jan 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Added picture you see.
Bought a 6-pack cans $10.49 Tamuras
Smell of chocolate
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Tastes of chocolate, coffee, creamy taste.
Overall a great beer. Would buy again.
Jan 09, 2020
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Just above average body with just under medium carbonation.
Aroma is milk chocolate, espresso, roasted malt,molasses and a little brown sugar. Vanilla and what seems to be a little doughy bread
...taste is mildly sweet but coffee and dark chocolate balance it out. Molasses ,cream and coffee coat the tongue and linger
Excellent well made complex flavorful beer. Manages to be a dessert beer with out being gimmicky, artificial, or too sweet
Jan 02, 2020
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Rated by CaptainCoco

3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
Well balanced
Dec 15, 2019
Rated: 4 by rfreed from Washington

Dec 05, 2019
Rated: 3.64 by Jcreek from Illinois

Nov 16, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by jchanley from Illinois

Nov 16, 2019
Rated: 4.6 by antihero404 from California

Nov 12, 2019
Rated: 4 by eldoctorador from Chile

Oct 25, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Oct 23, 2019
Rated: 4.58 by TannerT from South Dakota

Sep 26, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Sep 22, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by Noah_Aimar from Oregon

Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 oz can

pours black, but it's brown at the edges. thick tan head that fades. aroma is a nice mix of chocolate and coffee, so fitting. similar flavor, good balance of sweetness and roast. medium bodied, smooth feel.
Aug 08, 2019
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
De Labirratorium. Lata. En vaso de cepillo de dientes de Barcelo Punta Umbria Mar. En minidisco en Bar Batavia. Justo lo esperado. Buen cuerpo, cremosa, con ricas notas cafetosas bien ajustadas. Se bebe en un suspiro
Jul 23, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Jul 21, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jul 06, 2019
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Reviewed by mooseisloose from Florida

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
By far my favorite style, this one w ith mocha, let’s see how it pans out. Cool name, nice can. Popping the top it smells of
molasses, chocolate and roasted malt. Pours to a jet black with a huge pillowy tan head. Taste is thick on the mouthfeel. Milk chocolate up front going to semi sweet chocolate and finishing with a twang of bitterness battling sweetness. Really great nose and solid body with silky Smoothness. This is a keeper
Jul 03, 2019
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Reviewed by KomodoDragon from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Even a gentle pour produced an inch of tan choppy head with wonderful lacing. Looks like a rich coffee and smells like it too. Also a bit of an earthy smell and maybe some chocolate..

Taste starts with a pleasant roasts malt. Then transitions into a sweet burnt chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Not as sweet as most porters, but the absent of a punch twists this into more of a shake then beer. And as much as the smells says coffee the flavor was absent to me.

The vanilla finish does linger and the whole package is smooth and easy drinking.

In the end, might just go back to the standard marlin.
Jun 01, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Curt3 from New Jersey

May 15, 2019
Rated: 4.26 by GatorCoop from California

May 11, 2019
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Rated by CHail from California

4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Still my favorite Porter of all time!
May 05, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by Eltrandos from France

May 04, 2019
Rated: 3.89 by MercInc from Wisconsin

Apr 16, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Apr 14, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by SpdKilz from Illinois

Apr 09, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by DaveAhl from New Jersey

Apr 01, 2019
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Reviewed by SB2017 from Iowa

3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Looks like strong coffee. The smell is not promising, largely flat and dry coffee bean notes. Yup, it tastes like I'm chewing on a coffee bean, which is the only flavor which lingers. Other than that this is a mild, balanced porter with a decent texture.
Mar 14, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by craigbelly from Iowa

Mar 09, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by TwoTrees from Washington

Mar 05, 2019
Rated: 4.83 by Fubudu187 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2019
Mocha Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 372 ratings