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:
249
Reviews:
67
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
7.3%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
37
For Trade:
1
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Photo of beergoot
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
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 -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NonicPanic
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fscottkey
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
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 -2.7%
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 -35.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MGibbons
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattybuchs
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanK252
4.11/5  rDev 0%
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 -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bryantan
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdFed
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of richdeneault
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smoky, rich, chocolate flavours - very tasty and powerful porter. A rich and full beer. Almost tastes like a meal, a very good meal!!!

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Photo of jsanmarco
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mds1101
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -5.1%
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 kraticus41
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Mocha Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 249 ratings.
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