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Mocha Marlin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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4.08/5
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274 Ratings
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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 Taphouse_Traveler on 11-22-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,950
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
274
pDev:
7.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
47
Trade:
1
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Photo of ronniebruner
2.66/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of trocketsauced
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ledouge
3.07/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of fscottkey
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

3.23/5: Decent porter with nice chocolate and coffee notes, but it's too thin

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Photo of scream
3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this a few weeks back and decided to try it tonight. This was not up to the standard that I am familiar with from other Ballast Point beers. Not bad, just not exciting for me.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NonicPanic
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jasonrm72
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black colored ale with a tall brown colored head.

Smells strongly of coffee. Smell of char and wine notes of light roast coffee. Scents of caramel and smoke.

Starts out mildly sweet and tasting strongly of coffee. Wine notes and a little acid. Mild toffee flavor. Not really any bitterness to note.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a serviceable porter but an outstanding coffee beer.

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Photo of LeRose
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a nonic. Very dark brown, nearly black. A brief appearance of a tan porter head that vanishes quickly. Does not appear to be highly cabonated.

The first thing that hits in the aroma is strong coffee. Definitelt dominant at first. A bittersweet leaning towards dark chocolate follows and becomes more assertive as the beer warms. To my nose, the coffee dominates and the beer slightly misses the mark on the whole mocha business.

The taste is a bit more balanced than the aroma. I am not finding any sweetness to speak of, ample coffee and the chocolate is in a better balance versus the aroma. As the flavors develop, there us an acrid, burnt coffee note on the finish and a little vanilla or marshmallow flavors says hello. Again, not what I think of as a mocha, but it s OK. I am not getting any sweetness to this beer, and I think it needs it to deliver as a mocha.

The beer feels quite thin and light bodied. The carbonation is low, but acceptable for a porter.

All in all, it is a decent beer, if overpriced for what it is. Glad to have tried it, but won't make the starting lineup.

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Photo of tjmiller718
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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 emptyglassagain
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fermentedbarley
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MGibbons
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of monty79_1997
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremiah87
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.
Pours a deep dark brown and half a finger of khaki head.
Aromas of deep roasted malt are there. Maybe some coffee notes.
Flavor is pretty standard porter maybe a bit of coffee, not much chocolate.
Mouthfeel was very thin. Would like it chewier.
All together this beer is substantially less impressive than Victory at Sea. It's ok, but weak.

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Mocha Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 274 ratings
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