Mocha Marlin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Mocha MarlinMocha Marlin

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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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 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 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 aoampm
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Ballast Point Miramar. Incredible beer, I'm not a fan of black marlin but this beer is completely different. Feels like a coffee vanilla porter bomb and has a nice thickness to it also.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ebony color with a tight, beige head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of deep, roasted coffee notes and a bit of chocolate.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes with a bittersweet feel to it. Malt notes lead off with roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, and a bit of molasses. Lightly sweet. Roasted bitterness comes next before a bit of dark fruit and touch of acidity. Earthy bitterness rounds out the end lingering through the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty porter that is features coffee notes fairly well.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was such a nice surprise at the Ballast Point brewery in Miramar. Amazing chocolate and coffee notes and incredible amount of flavor at 6% (menu listed this at 6%, not 7.2%, and called it Mocha Black Marlin, not Mocha Marlin).

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Photo of h0wdy
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep brown that has a near black look to it.
Smell: A large amount of coffee and nutty kick. Also with a chocolate after noise to it.
Taste: Mostly coffee and there is a chocolate finish to it, essentially the same as the smell of this.
Feeling: A relatively light drink that has a smooth finish without a kick to it.
Overall: Worth trying this drink.

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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 matcris
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with a big tan head that lasts and leaves some nice lacing. In the aroma, nice big coffee, sweet cocoa, and vanilla. The flavor is the same, but a nice, mild bitterness to balance everything out. The feel is medium thin to medium, and porter like, a little sticky up front, drying on the finish, and strong carbonation. It is as advertised, good stuff.

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Photo of hophugger
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful deep color with magnificent tan head. Aromas abound with coffee and sweet chocolate. Taste is lots of coffee with a back of milk and bitter chocolate(great balance). Overall, tons of flavor, well balanced between the chocolate and coffee and overall a terrific brew, balanced and extremely enjoyably. Slight bitter coffee finish, but still manages to be clean.

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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 KTCamm
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12/11/16...pours pitch black, deep and dark, 1/4 inch tan foam sits and rests. Coffee based smell that evolves into a milk chocolate sweetness. Some grit in there too. Smooth roasted malt flavorful taste. The coffee's there and dark chocolate too. Slight bitter but subsides with the cocoa. Middle creaminess. Fantastic.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice! Had this at industry public house in Robinson Center. Probably will never make it to San Diego to visit the brewery, so this will have to do! There is a special flavor note that Leah and I are getting, but we can't identify it. Cherry, vanilla, chocolate. Either way, it's good!

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: creamy, chocolate malt, licorice, smooth roasted mocha coffee. Big semi sweet mocha coffee bean aroma.
Black, opaque, tan head with broken lace. Medium/Full body.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 fl oz bottle sealed with ballast point logo pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: opaque black body. Head pours a tall, frothy, and substantial. Head color is light to medium brown. Head has excellent staying power and leaves thick lacing behind on all surfaces of the glass. Thin cap remains on the beer during the entire drinking session.

Smell: No surprise here with the nose. Milk chocolate and freshly roasted coffee beans. This porter smells more sweet than roasty. A hint of vanilla as well which is a surprise because I don't think this has any vanilla beans added to this beer.

Taste: Moderately roasty coffee beans is the main flavor. The coffee is bold, acidic, earthy, smokey, and slightly nutty. The chocolate is much harder to find in the flavor even though it easily overpowers the coffee in the nose. As the roasted coffee mellows out at the end of each sip you detect a light sweetness of premium milk chocolates.

Mouthfeel: medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy carbonation and slightly oily mouthfeel.

Overall: My guess is that Mocha Marlin is Victory at Sea without the addition of vanilla. This is really solid and at a price point of $4.99 a bomber this is an easy choice when in the mood for a fantastic coffee porter. As always Ballast point does a fantastic job with adjuncts in dark beer styles.

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Photo of mkh012
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Near-black with a thin brown head.

The nose really opens up as it approaches 60°. Coffee, chocolate, and maple syrup. Sweet but savory. Really nice.

The taste follows, with bitter chocolate, coffee, and some nuttiness as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium. Another aspect that improves as it nears room temperature .

Overall, a pretty solid beer. A nice semi-sweet mocha flavor that goes down well.

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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 Wiffler27
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours jet black with a solid creamy head, looks good. especially for a 6% porter

smells like chocolate and coffee. oddly enough i get notes of PB&J in this

taste is full of coffee and finishes with light chocolate. taste is pretty good, full flavor for 6%

this is prettty good. nothing special but a good porter, especially considering it's only 6%. worth a try for a bomber. this bomber only ran me $6 so def worth it

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

Bottle dated 16281 into a tulip glass. Pours jet black with two fingers of variable density khaki head that left minimal sporadic lacing. Nose is an enjoyable battle between chocolate and coffee, with chocolate winning slightly. Taste is where the chocolate clearly leaves the coffee in the dust. Perhaps this wouldn't have been the case two months ago when bottled, but the coffee attributes on the taste were noticeable but a bit mute. Finishes with some pleasant lingering chocolate. Mouthfeel is a tick on the thinner side, but still velvety and creamy, carbonation is a bit on the higher side. A very enjoyable porter, wish I could try it again fresher to see if the coffee has a bigger role to play.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Real big winner in the looks column here. Dark walnut black out of the bottle, nearly oily pour. Liquid hits the glass in silence nearly and creates a great cascading head of easily three dark tall fingers of truly light mocha color. Fine bubbles almost nitrous but nice light clumpy ring lacing matches out as it settles to a solid light tan. Great looking porter.

That's some nice coffee joe on the nose for the aroma. Soft coffee fruity acidity a bit, and an almost milky chocolate sensation coming off the brew. Good vanilla and milky tones matching with this. Slight hint of roasted malts go for some porter quality, but the beer also feels larger because of this excellent coffee/chocolate/cream combination.

Oh here we got on the palate. Nice rich milk chocolate quality on first sip. Mid palate has creamy but also classic light bodied roast and coffee flavors without the harsh sour or acidity. Very nice finish, a great lingering hop oil that really slowly builds and adds some hints of fruity and sharp pine towards the end, which really pulls out the coffee character of the brew. Excellent creamy palate, that really tops of the sweetness and vanilla like tones but doesn't go overboard.

A real nice topped up high accented porter that feels also very grounded. Great job from the guys at BP.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass. It pours jet black with two fingers of creamy, khaki-colored head and extensive lacing with great retention. It's a very attractive pour. It smells of roasted malt, dark coffee, chocolate, and nuts. The primary taste is burnt coffee grounds with dark, roasted malt, baker's chocolate, nuts, and a faint hint of vanilla. The flavors improved as it warmed in the glass. This porter is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and very easy to drink with a manageable ABV of 6%. Overall, this is a first rate porter. The flavors blend really nicely and it's super easy to drink. It would pair nicely with a burger.

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Photo of Buck89
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. A beautiful dark brown color out of the bottle, producing a large and rocky light tan head. Bright roasted coffee on the nose, with a bit of dark chocolate and vanilla. No surprises on the first sip: the fresh coffee showed up immediately and lingered clear to the finish. Great notes of vanilla and chocolate malt throughout. A bit of char and toast as well. Medium-bodied. The flavor-to-ABV ratio is huge here. Well done.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like roasty and smokey coffee, smells like very heavily roasted coffee. There's some dark chocolate on the nose, too.

This has a wonderfully smoky and roasty flavor, both from the coffee and the malts. I like the coffee used here, but it definitely almost feels too dark, and too roasty. It's nearly at that line, but doesn't quite cross it. There's some slight chocolate too, and a nice creamy taste.

This has a nice creaminess to the mouthfeel, with a slightly lingering bitter finish.

I've been down on these guys for a while, but this restored my faith in them a bit.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 2F tight tan head with OK retention, leaves a fair amount of lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is very dark brown.

S: Lots of coffee and unsweetened cocoa, roasted malts, a hint of vanilla.

T: The base porter comes through more here with roasted and burned malts up front, then coffee and cocoa and a tiny bit of vanilla. As is often the case with these, the cocoa really lingers through the end. This works for me.

F: Light to medium bodied, light to medium carbonation. Good balance and construction as it avoids both cloying sweetness and overt bitterness.

O: This sort of thing is my wheelhouse and delivers very nicely for me. I like it.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves lots of lacing

S: Lots of coffee and chocolate up front along with plenty of roast and a light sweetness. A touch of vanilla in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the coffee and cocoa and then goes into the roast and some light bitterness and vanilla notes. Bitterness builds up towards the finish with the coffee and roasted malt combo. Finishes with lingering coffee and a hint of char

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the dry side

O: A nice English porter that holds up to the mocha addition very nicely. Remains extremely easy to drink at 6%. Worth checking out

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