Mocha Marlin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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 Taphouse_Traveler on 11-22-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,092
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
296
pDev:
7.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4
Gots:
52
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Stamped on bottom of bottle is '16270 14:33'.
Dark brown colored body. Three finger tan head settles to bubbly cap. Head leaves webs of lacing.
Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Smells sweet.
Taste is coffee and chocolate. Slight bitterness from the coffee. Some sweetness but not as sweet as suggested by the smell. There is some hint of aromatic vanilla for balance.
Medium mouth feel, a little creamy.
Easy sipper.

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Photo of grapeshops
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus tan head, which leaves some pretty nice small islands and oil slicks, and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a pretty nice chocolate/toffee/coffee notes, nice touch of vanilla, roasty. The taste is really nice, malty, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee/coffee, vanilla, pretty nice roastyness. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this one surprised me, very tasty brew. Nice to see it around here.

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Photo of mpolewan
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Livyatan1996
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of roarkty
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tmryan21
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sipped on a slightly rainy, rather quiet day.
Pours pure black. Tan head, surprising amount of lacing (for a 6%er)
Smell of Coffee and Chocolate. The cozy Mocha scent grows mighty, even before warming, a big plus!
Taste follows the nose. A creamy Vanilla/cold malt texture.
While cold, the flavor plateau endures mild & (generally) steady.
I suggest slowly savoring the second half as 'Miss Marlin' warms & wakens; only then dose the Roasty quality begin to emerge, to enhance the other notes ...
A fine afternoon feast. Gentle, mellow and serene.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidR_9
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell on this brew is on point. A beautiful balance between dark bitter sweet chocolate and roasty coffee beans with a nice wave of vanilla. On the tongue, this brew is great but not as amazing as the smell. Lots of roasty malt, bitter chocolate, a touch of vanilla, overall a familiar english porter flavor from the yeast, malt, and hop profile.

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmkapalka
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NappyB
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpyle
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque. Pours tan head, creamy and lingering

Roasty coffee chocolate blend to the aroma. A bit chalky and acrid. Some chocolate milk sweetness

Big dark chocolate flavor up front with hints of coffee. Solid bitterness in the finish, amplified by the coffee dryness

Med body and carbonation. No astringency or warming, but is quite drying on tongue

Nice blend of a dark ale and some coffee elements that complement the roast malt character.

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Photo of Manthon
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Mocha Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 296 ratings