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 dmorgan310 on 11-22-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
257
Reviews:
73
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
7.28%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
39
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of StArnoldFan
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More coffee than mocha.
Should'a been named Coffee Marlin.
Wont buy this again.

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Photo of Justinprintz
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nespy
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is not a "chugging" beer. Really nice notes on the nose after pour. Poured into a firestone walker pint glass. Initial reaction after pour was "this is going to be a harsh bitter one" but after a few sips, you can really taste the levels of caramel, dark chocolate, and vanilla.

Overall it's a great sippin beer to enjoy after a long day of work or a nice way to wind down on the weekend in front of the tv. Cheers!

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Photo of madelf66
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TerribleTaste
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer....I found two 22oz bottles at my local gas station. Which is strange because I live way up in nor cal 50 miles from the nearest city and my little gas station in my town of 10000 people had two of these beers. I enjoy a lot of the beers on Ballast Points lineup but had never seen this release and boy was I glad I grabbed both bottles.
It was such a smooth chocolaty ride, I really didn't catch the coffee hints as much as everyone else, but I sure as hell enjoyed the chocolate malt with a finish of vanilla.

I'm laughing to myself now because I checked Redding, and I checked everwhere local... Nobody has this beer within 240 miles of my location.... I have no clue how this gas station got two of these beers... but god damn I'm thankful! Making a trip to the bay area soon, Might go hunting for a 6 pack of these or some 220z bottles

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Photo of ThomasTheTank88
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Could only find in a 22 oz. bomber bottle. Very cool label design. Poured a light black color with 2 fingers of head in a porter glass. Aroma is heavy on the coffee side, almost a vanilla/expresso flavor. Taste was a mocha coffee with a hint of vanilla. I've had a couple of beers by Ballast Point and this one was the most pleasant to have by far. Will be a buyer of this again.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/27/2016. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, fudge, toffee, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, cream, smoke, fruitiness, herbal, roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, fudge, toffee, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, cream, smoke, fruitiness, herbal, roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal hop and roast/coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, fudge, toffee, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, light smoke/vanilla, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roasted bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly silky/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an amazing American coffee porter! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Huge and vibrant on coffee complexity, with a spot on base porter that is never overly roasty. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the Happy Valley BevMo 3-18-17 for $4.99. Bottled on 9-28-16.

Beer poured black with a solid mocha head that has some great hand time.

Nose has hints of mocha, pretty nice.

Taste is mocha forward on top of a lovely base beer, very nice!

Mouthfeel is lighter, somewhat smooth.

Overall a wonderfully flavored beer that was purchased past its prime. Will have to try a fresher version next time to see if this is even more flavorful!

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Photo of beergoot
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark brown; very opaque; dense, creamy tan head. Powerfully sweet and chocolate aroma; mocha and vanilla. Mocha flavor infused with coffee notes; marshmallow; fine bitterness balancing the overt sweetness. Heavy body; slick and silky; mostly sweet finish, tempered with some bitter dry elements.

If you like your dark beers sweet with some fine hop bitterness and caffeine edges, this is an excellent choice.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NonicPanic
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fscottkey
3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.00] The bottle lists the ABV (6.0%). I think there is a Julian code on the bottom - but I am not sure. The beer pours out almost 50% black beer and 50% dense Mocha head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: [3.50] Good coffee aroma coming through. Behing that some charred marshmallow and vanilla.

T: [3.00] The coffee is not there like it is in the nose. I get a lot more of the charred flavor with hints of coffee in the back. There is some sweetness from the malts. Overall the flavor feels a little synthetic.

M: [2.75] Thin. That hit me before the actual taste - the feel is thinned out.

O: [3.25] The beer looks great and the nose was promising but the mouthfeel is really weak and that the biggest disappointment. The flavor lacks any real coffee or chocolate character. I would not buy this again.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick consistency. There was a two inch, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very alluring aroma of coffee, chocolate, malt, and some vanilla.

T: Tasted of a good shot roasted malt, lots of chocolate, some coffee (not quite enough), a hint of vanilla, a little earthy hops for good measure, and some caramel. While the flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma's promise, it is oddly pleasing. Definitely dark and complex.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer certainly has its flaws, but it is easy to drink and generally tasty.

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.66/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MGibbons
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattybuchs
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 PatGreer
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bryantan
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Mocha Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 257 ratings.
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