Mocha Marlin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by dmorgan310 on 11-22-2015

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
239
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
6.8%
 
 
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 239
Photo of RyanK252
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Guinness pub glass

A: Pours nearly black with a frothy milk chocolate brown head that settles to light layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and vanilla jump out, backed with earthy roasted malt, a hint of burnt toast, and a little toffee.

T: Roasted malt, earthy, burnt toast, a hint of smoke, strong coffee, bittersweet chocolate, faint dark fruit, toffee sweetness, and a nice flourish of vanilla that starts to show up mid palate and through the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Another tasty coffee porter from Ballast Point. Sorta Victory At Sea Light.

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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with an impressive bubble show that produces a full three fingers of mocha foam; multiple strands of lacing top the fudge brown liquid

Smell: Mocha tones waft, with chocolate and coffee with hints of caramel and earthy hop

Taste: The chocolate, coffee and caramel fade in and out while creating the mocha flavor profile; the hops provide balance to the sweeter elements, in the middle; the finish is nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pretty impressive coffee porter, particularly for such a reasonable price

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Photo of stortore
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 11/9/16.

Pours a very dark brown, opaque, with a one inch head and some thin, foamy lacing. The smell is coffee. chocolate, roasted malts, a light smokiness. The taste is coffee, less roasted malts than the nose, molasses, light vanilla. Would like a fuller body. Smooth, well carbonated, a good, but lighter body.

This is good, enjoyable to drink, but nothing unique.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours dark mahogany color with nice tan head that leaves a thin ring around the glass, spotty lacing.

Aroma - Just tons of dark bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Vanilla and coffee, big rich aroma.

Taste - Dark chocolate and coffee grounds. roasted malts, caramel and vanilla.

Feel - Medium body well carbonated slightly dry finish very smooth.

Overall - A really great beer, nice chocolate coffee flavors and big aroma.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle, a good value at $5.99 per at Peekskill Bev, Peekskill, NY

Pours dark and stout like, lighter mocha head leaves nice looking fine film, and a load of splattered fine sheeting.

Sniff of chocolate and cafe au lait.

Smooth, tasty, flavorful and dangerously easy drinking flovored porter/stout. moderate chocolate and coffee notes....basically delicious...would go great with a decadent chocolate dessert

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Photo of LampertLand
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing 'Mocha Marlin' @ 6.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $8.70
A-pour is a cola brown from the bottle to an almost black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a fine spotty lace along the pint
S-mocha (coffee & chocolate)
T-mocha , again coffee & chocolate , more of a bitter coffee finish on the swallow
MF-decent carbonation , big medium body , bitterness lingers
Ov-just an ok porter , just way too dry
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut, near black body with a beige, bubbly head. Chocolate, coffee, espresso, dark roast aromas. Similar flavor. The beer finishes dry with lingering notes of cocoa powder and baker's chocolate. Pretty good.

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Photo of matcris
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with a big tan head that lasts and leaves some nice lacing. In the aroma, nice big coffee, sweet cocoa, and vanilla. The flavor is the same, but a nice, mild bitterness to balance everything out. The feel is medium thin to medium, and porter like, a little sticky up front, drying on the finish, and strong carbonation. It is as advertised, good stuff.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours ebony with 2+ of caramel colored head. Good head retention & better than average lacing

S: Coffee, a little vanilla, some choclolate & black currant as this warms

T: Follows the nose, a little caramel & roastyness, drynesss as well up front. Woody hops, roastyness & a little vanilla as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty & with a little mocha sweetness

MF: Medium body, creamy carbonation

Flavorful Porter that's easy to drink, plenty of coffee presence

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: creamy, chocolate malt, licorice, smooth roasted mocha coffee. Big semi sweet mocha coffee bean aroma.
Black, opaque, tan head with broken lace. Medium/Full body.

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Photo of tlema1
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep, dark brown, with a tan lacing head
S: coffee, bakers chocolate, roasted malts
T: follows the nose, nice coffee presence
F: rich, full bodied, creamy, bit of a dry toasty finish
O: very well done, I love BPs darker offerings

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Photo of LeRose
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a nonic. Very dark brown, nearly black. A brief appearance of a tan porter head that vanishes quickly. Does not appear to be highly cabonated.

The first thing that hits in the aroma is strong coffee. Definitelt dominant at first. A bittersweet leaning towards dark chocolate follows and becomes more assertive as the beer warms. To my nose, the coffee dominates and the beer slightly misses the mark on the whole mocha business.

The taste is a bit more balanced than the aroma. I am not finding any sweetness to speak of, ample coffee and the chocolate is in a better balance versus the aroma. As the flavors develop, there us an acrid, burnt coffee note on the finish and a little vanilla or marshmallow flavors says hello. Again, not what I think of as a mocha, but it s OK. I am not getting any sweetness to this beer, and I think it needs it to deliver as a mocha.

The beer feels quite thin and light bodied. The carbonation is low, but acceptable for a porter.

All in all, it is a decent beer, if overpriced for what it is. Glad to have tried it, but won't make the starting lineup.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a beige head that soon falls leaving a collar around the glass. Slight film partially covers the top. Carbonation is visible

Smell includes lots of coffee and chocolate

Taste follows the nose with a beautiful combination of chocolate and coffee with a slight vanilla touch. Some dark malts. Milk Chocolate is found in the aftertaste

Overall this beer is fantastic! Not a big fan of porters but this one is different!

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Photo of Pantalones
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinking a full 22 ounces of this one tonight. Unsure of the bottling date or best-by, though there is something on the bottom of the bottle in yellow print that looks like "16 264" -- 264th day of 2016, so about three months old? Should be in good shape considering it's a dark, not-hoppy beer.

Speaking of dark -- this beer is pretty much BLACK. Shining a flashlight through the glass... well, it doesn't go through the glass except in the narrows parts, and even then only at angles where it hits as little beer as possible on its way. Seems to be somewhat clear but it's difficult to tell with a beer this dark. Nice fluffy head of light brown foam on top, which shrinks away after several minutes leaving a thick ring around the outer edge and just a coating layer on top. Leaves a nice pattern of lacing behind as it goes, I'm noticing.

This smells amazing -- super chocolatey, just enough coffee that you know it's not going to be just pure chocolate or overly sweet, and mixed together really well. Like a semi-sweet chocolate-coffee milkshake. I may be picking up just a hint of some other dark malty smells in the background, but considering that those lean in the chocolate/coffee direction to begin with it's hard to tell for sure. Either way, this has got to be one of the best-smelling beers I've had.

Taste pretty much matches the smell. Lots of coffee-like flavors right away, blending in with more chocolate and a bit of those sweetish dark malty flavors (a bit more noticeable in the taste than in the smell, interestingly.) Aftertaste on the first sip is like coffee with a thin chocolate coating. Burps bring out more of the sweetish dark-malt flavors along with the chocolate-coffee blend. Around three-quarters to the bottom of my first glass, I'm noticing just a hint of bitterness on the end -- not sure if this is coming from roasted malt, hops, or a combination, but at 42 IBU and barely 3 months old it could very well be hops. I think I am picking up on a bit of that leafy-bitter flavor in the aftertaste now that I think about it -- so yeah, probably hops! Wasn't expecting to see them in this beer, but their influence is certainly not unpleasant, teaming up with the coffee roastiness to balance out the massive sweet chocolate and malt pretty well. At the end of the first glass, I'm noticing a roasted malt flavor that's distinct from the chocolate/coffee blend -- confirming, along with the presence of the hops, that this is indeed a beer and not some sort of coffee-infused chocolate milk or Yoo-Hoo.

Feel is pretty nice as well, though it doesn't stand out quite as much as the smell and flavor. It's light enough to be very drinkable but still has a nice feeling of fluffiness or thickness to it, even after the foam on top has shrunk almost entirely away -- seems like it works just as well for smaller sips and big gulps, which is something not a lot of beers pull off (a lot will tend toward one side or the other.) There's a bit of a stickiness to it, similar to what I get from big stouts and doppelbocks from time to time. It does seem to thin out a bit toward the end of a glass, unfortunately, but even then it's not even close to feeling watery or otherwise unpleasant -- just not quite as nice as it was earlier on.

Overall... this is REALLY good. Everything about it just fits really well together. Probably my favorite new beer of 2016 -- and even if not #1, it's easily in the top 3. I've never had (or even SEEN...) the regular Black Marlin porter, but after how much I liked this one both times I had some, I'd be interested to check it out and see what the "base" beer is like.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 16281 into a tulip glass. Pours jet black with two fingers of variable density khaki head that left minimal sporadic lacing. Nose is an enjoyable battle between chocolate and coffee, with chocolate winning slightly. Taste is where the chocolate clearly leaves the coffee in the dust. Perhaps this wouldn't have been the case two months ago when bottled, but the coffee attributes on the taste were noticeable but a bit mute. Finishes with some pleasant lingering chocolate. Mouthfeel is a tick on the thinner side, but still velvety and creamy, carbonation is a bit on the higher side. A very enjoyable porter, wish I could try it again fresher to see if the coffee has a bigger role to play.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very nice coffee stout for a cold winter evening, the coffee and chocolate both foward for sure and both feeling very quality, nothing too harsh, nothing too sweet, just a finely balanced brew.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like roasty and smokey coffee, smells like very heavily roasted coffee. There's some dark chocolate on the nose, too.

This has a wonderfully smoky and roasty flavor, both from the coffee and the malts. I like the coffee used here, but it definitely almost feels too dark, and too roasty. It's nearly at that line, but doesn't quite cross it. There's some slight chocolate too, and a nice creamy taste.

This has a nice creaminess to the mouthfeel, with a slightly lingering bitter finish.

I've been down on these guys for a while, but this restored my faith in them a bit.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.
Pours a deep dark brown and half a finger of khaki head.
Aromas of deep roasted malt are there. Maybe some coffee notes.
Flavor is pretty standard porter maybe a bit of coffee, not much chocolate.
Mouthfeel was very thin. Would like it chewier.
All together this beer is substantially less impressive than Victory at Sea. It's ok, but weak.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer velvety and dark. Creamy tan head with streak lacing. Aroma is cocoa and espresso with hints of toasted marshmallow. The flavor really is like drinking a mocha. I found it to be just a tad too much on the sweet side for me, but still quite enjoyable. Silky smooth and rich. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of ordybill
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown to black color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. The taste matches the nose and is awesome.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Awesome artwork on the bottle! The brew itself pours deep cola brown with a creamy dense head that is caramel cola in color....very nice! The carbonation is obviously too hard to see, but I suspect it is tight and lumbering. As for the lacing, well it is quite impressive with many peaks of foam sticking to the side of my glass....very nice looking stout!!

S- Huge black French press coffee and loads of dark chocolate are the two main aromas! Further notes of cream, vanilla, coffee grounds, burnt malts and an Earthy finish. Overall a very nicely balanced smell and reminds me of a dessert....coffee cake!

T- Extremely well balanced flavors that are right in line with the aromas! Heavy mocha, with bitter fresh black coffee taking up the front, and then the middle balances out with the high cocoa chocolate, vanilla cream, and even a hint of fruitiness....tart chocolate covered cherry perhaps....just a hint. The finish is deep, Earthy and of bitter black malts that linger for quite some time on the palate after the swallow!

M/O- Medium-Full bodied for sure, and my guess was right....this has a creamy carbonation and there is quite a bit of the Co2 but it bursts quickly, adding to the overall flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden and I think this is a highly drinkable Ale that offers a lot of character! Does well on its own and would pair excellently with a dark chocolate bar or Devils Food cake for dessert....possibly a nice addition to a beef stew! Recommend!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12/11/16...pours pitch black, deep and dark, 1/4 inch tan foam sits and rests. Coffee based smell that evolves into a milk chocolate sweetness. Some grit in there too. Smooth roasted malt flavorful taste. The coffee's there and dark chocolate too. Slight bitter but subsides with the cocoa. Middle creaminess. Fantastic.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Real big winner in the looks column here. Dark walnut black out of the bottle, nearly oily pour. Liquid hits the glass in silence nearly and creates a great cascading head of easily three dark tall fingers of truly light mocha color. Fine bubbles almost nitrous but nice light clumpy ring lacing matches out as it settles to a solid light tan. Great looking porter.

That's some nice coffee joe on the nose for the aroma. Soft coffee fruity acidity a bit, and an almost milky chocolate sensation coming off the brew. Good vanilla and milky tones matching with this. Slight hint of roasted malts go for some porter quality, but the beer also feels larger because of this excellent coffee/chocolate/cream combination.

Oh here we got on the palate. Nice rich milk chocolate quality on first sip. Mid palate has creamy but also classic light bodied roast and coffee flavors without the harsh sour or acidity. Very nice finish, a great lingering hop oil that really slowly builds and adds some hints of fruity and sharp pine towards the end, which really pulls out the coffee character of the brew. Excellent creamy palate, that really tops of the sweetness and vanilla like tones but doesn't go overboard.

A real nice topped up high accented porter that feels also very grounded. Great job from the guys at BP.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Black with a tan two finger head. Very good head retention.

Smell: roasted malts with dark coffee and chocolate notes tied together with a vein of alcohol.

Taste: Malts with dark black coffee with subtle mocha notes.

Feel: Thin, not to the point of being watery but too thin for the style.

Overall: A good beer but not anything really special.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves lots of lacing

S: Lots of coffee and chocolate up front along with plenty of roast and a light sweetness. A touch of vanilla in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the coffee and cocoa and then goes into the roast and some light bitterness and vanilla notes. Bitterness builds up towards the finish with the coffee and roasted malt combo. Finishes with lingering coffee and a hint of char

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the dry side

O: A nice English porter that holds up to the mocha addition very nicely. Remains extremely easy to drink at 6%. Worth checking out

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