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:
253
Reviews:
71
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
7.3%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
38
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 253 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of Walleybeer
4.99/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Vylo
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RBorsato
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 TheBeerMaster1
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DocWaters
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Matthowland
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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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 BeerWithMike
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 BeerMeister8
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of TerribleTaste
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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 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 JKasten988
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 pstam87
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigdog3838
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mecmd
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 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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Mocha Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 253 ratings.
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