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
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
245
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
7.3%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
36
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 245
Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
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 bobhits
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

So this is a bad time to review this but debate 3 in the election. So I'll try to avoid that horrible taste.

Dark brown color with an amazing head, creamy as hell and thick mocha.

The nose is coffee and chocolate and vanilla with a malty sugary back.

A light roast coffee with some tropical fruits in the coffee/hop bill along with dark chocolate.

I like this one a lot, it's got some ipa notes and some coffee stout notes. I can't explain a similar example, love it. Just love it. It isn't perfect beer, flaws are here but man this was a good test.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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 reitzbrewing
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rejis
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ledouge
3.07/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rsquared59
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big two finger tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and sweet dark malt driven aroma with a scent of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted malt with a scent of coffee beans, chocolate, toast, biscuit, nuts, caramel, toffee, and smoke along with yeast. Sweet scent of vanilla and milk lactose. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A really nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and sweet dark malt forward taste with notes of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with good notes of coffee beans and chocolate along with some biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, nuts, and smoke with some yeast. Sweet taste of milk lactose and vanilla. Light earthy hop bitterness towards the finish. A very good roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good Coffee Porter. Good balance of roasty bitterness and sweetness.

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Photo of chickenm
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DCHritz
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - maybe I am having this one for breakfast...maybe I am.

This beer pours a fairly solid black, with orange cola basal edges, and three chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky brown head, which leaves some smushed webbed lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks away.

It smells of roasted craft coffee, bittersweet chocolate, gritty and grainy caramel malt, vanilla cookies, and some very plain earthy and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, Coffee Crisp candy bars (coffee, and chocolate wafers, mostly - hey, Hallowe'en was a few days ago, and there's lots of that stuff still kicking about around here), vanilla pudding, a twinge of sugary black licorice, and more tame leafy, earthy, and gently perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite low-key in its barely supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and genuinely smooth, with a nice aerosol creaminess apparently there from the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, coffee, and caramel doing one good hipster java shop impression!

Overall, this comes across as a well-made, rich and luxurious coffee and chocolate enhanced Porter, with nothing out of place or worth complaining about here, nuh-uh. Easy to drink, and enjoyable, however, it's really giving me the urge to go out and find something salty or savoury to share with it!

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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 TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black, dark cola brown with a cocoa-powder colored, rocky two-finger width head. Fair retention, settling to a thin, broken layer of suds with a fair ring around the edge of the glass. Fair lacing, with small spotting and a few broken lines.

Smell - Immediately hits with notes of coffee roast and milk chocolate. Hints of caramel and vanilla sit beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hits first with mild coffee roast and milk chocolate sweetness, then lesser notes of vanilla cream and some caramel peak through by mid-taste. Finishes with the sweetness fading while the coffee roast holds firm in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with subpar carbonation. A bit slick on the tongue, with a slightly watery finish. Goes down easy enough, but feels a bit thin for the flavor profile.

Overall - Pretty good flavor, but the mouthfeel falls a bit short. Not bad for the price (>$5 at Winco). If it sticks around, it might be an occasional buy there because their dark beer selection is sorely lacking.

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

Photo of tdm168
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dertyd
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Modest tan head from a careful pour; very dark body, nearly black shot through with dark brown.

Big coffee aroma, which yields to roasted barley, nuts, and a very noticeable chocolate presence. Very similar to FBS.

Starts thin up front, but very soon waves of chocolate (and to a lesser extent coffee) come crashing through. It's a lovely, organic chocolate flavor, similar to Young's Double Chocolate, neither too sweet nor too bitter. The coffee is most prominent immediately up front, and on the bitter, roasty finish. Hints of cream and pecans, and very light notes of banana and red grape round out the profile, but it's the adjuncts which really shine here.

Slightly thin, but not unduly so, given the 6%. For the ABV, in fact, this is one of the most flavor-packed breakfast-style stouts on the market.

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Photo of avisong
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trocketsauced
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ordybill
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
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 russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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 breadwinner
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Mocha Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 245 ratings.
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