Mocha Marlin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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 Taphouse_Traveler on 11-22-2015

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Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TangoJuliet
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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 Blaze5445
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucular
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Wonderful creamy mocha cap that acts like stryrofoam atop the pour - never leaving.

Nice roasted coffee nose with a bit of chocolate in the mix.

Somehow the taste is more like a stale cup of coffee, but the coffee flavor, as it is, is decently strong. Little cigarette smoke and a dark, unsweetened chocolate is also perceived. With warmth, the chocolate comes out a bit more, especially up front, leaving the coffee taste to clean up.

Rather full flavor profile on a little too watery feel when cold. Warmth smooths the beer nicely, though. This leads to a weak astringency in the back of the taste to me.

Think the addition of coffee actually took a good thing and didn't quite improve on it. The coffee overtakes the beer, but not as well as other coffee beers I've had.

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Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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 ntanner83
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy dark mocha colored head that reduces to a couple of small to medium sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee with moderate aromas of roasted malts and chocolate/cocoa. Light hints of earthy hops and vanilla.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with moderate to strong flavors of moderately sweet chocolate. That is followed by moderate flavors of freshly brewed coffee and light flavors of vanilla. Hints of earthy hops in the finish. There is a slightly heavier than moderate amount of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially slightly creamy with a moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink with really nice coffee aromas and a nice mixture of coffee + chocolate flavors. The hints of vanilla smooth it out a bit. Not overly sweet but still rich. Definitely one to pick up and the price point on this one makes it an easier choice.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Marvicsin
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 DudMan
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waterski
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a wide mouth glass. Dark and rich in appearance with a tan to light brown head which dissipated quickly. Temperature was near 55. Strong coffee nose reminded me of a craft coffee shop. Taste was lightly bitter coffee with some balanced hop notes on the finish. Not picking up the chocolate that the label suggests and the vanilla is mostly an afterthought. Let it warm up for an additional 20 minutes hoping the flavors would develop, but that didn't happen. The vanilla was maybe a bit more on the tail end. Overall a descent coffee style porter. I'd gladly order a pint at my favorite pub.

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Mocha Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 297 ratings