Mocha Marlin
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Porter - American
Ranked #38
Ranked #4,677
4.09 | pDev: 7.82%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
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
Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 372 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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artiefufkin from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Act25 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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
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klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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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josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +10%
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
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mooseisloose from Florida

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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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KomodoDragon from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.56/5  rDev -13%
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
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penguinsgoboom from California

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a soapy 2 finger tan colored head. Thick and sticky. Color is an almost black dark brown. Almost completely opaque.

S: Beautiful dark chocolate and coffee. Some creaminess, brown sugar

T: So darn smooth. Subdued coffee and chocolate flavors. Cream enters the picture midway through and the roasted bitterness that it leaves behind makes you want to take another sip.

O: Unexpectedly big taste for a 6% beer. A lighter version of the best porters.

Jan 29, 2019
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a simple black with a fairly large head. The aroma is big and sweet, with rich fudge, and a hint of coffee, as well as vanilla, and a tootsie roll note. The flavor is less sweet, a little watery at first, followed by chocolate truffle, vanilla, caramel, and a hint of salt. The mouthfeel is very thin, with moderate carbonation Overall this is a bit of an odd one, with a big sweet, candy like aroma, but the flavor is light, coffee tinted, and slightly bitter.

Jan 11, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Dark brown color with a nice creamy brown head and good lacing. As expected, a pleasant coffee-chocolate smell and taste. Maybe a bit thin in the taste and feel but overall a good beer.

Jan 01, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/23/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a creamy khaki head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of chocolate and coffee along with some vanilla. Some roasted characteristics. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More chocolate and coffee leading the way. Some vanilla in the mix. Nice bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty nice porter. The chocolate and coffee shine. It's pretty bold stuff. Well done. I really like it.

Dec 31, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got a bottle of this from Binnys from my old hood. It poured an opaque dark with tan head that is leaving some lace. The scent had cocoa and roast. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with chocolate at the front and espresso on the back. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Nov 22, 2018
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morimech from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Attractive looking porter. Plenty of lacing is left down the glass. Strong aroma of coffee and chocolate. I really enjoyed the coffee flavor. Not enjoying the chocolate flavor. It is more of a sweet milk chocolate instead of a dark, bitter chocolate that I enjoy more. Body is a bit watery but is nicely carbonated. Good price point from Ballast Point for a change.

Sep 08, 2018
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to light black with a medium head . Smells of malts and coffee. Hints of chocolate and Dark roast coffee. Goes down smooth and delicious. Great beer

Jun 24, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours very dark brown, looking near black in the glass. The moderate size, tan colored head was semi-durable and some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Attractive aroma of sweet and roasted malts with chocolate, light vanilla, and subtle coffee. The taste reveals lot of chocolate and more, but still mild coffee, while the vanilla is now quite faint. Mildly bitter and nicely balanced.

Feel: smooth, full body; some dryness; moderate carbonation.

Overall: a fine mocha porter.

Jun 19, 2018
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Viaduck from California

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty much black with a thick tan head formed from various sized bubbles. Aroma is not very intense, mostly chocolate. Taste is slightly sweet with a little coffee bitterness. Flavor is just 2 notes but they play so well together, dark chocolate & coffee. Dry finish. Feel is thinner than it looks overall it’s delicious.

Apr 29, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Apr 24, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Apr 01, 2018
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Stoutmaster9 from California

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Jan 19, 2018
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DavidR_9 from California

4.09/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jan 13, 2018
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