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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
Ranking:
#2,948
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
268
pDev:
7.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
46
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 268 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

To all my northerners out there, this is a timmy ho's iced capp made into a beer. Really delicious and the colder this brew is, the better. Definitely a favorite!

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

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is a great looking brew with HUGE coffee aroma and notes of chocolate and roasty malts. taste is good, but doesnt quite live up to the nose. its a bit watery as well but I guess I shouldnt be too hard on it since its a low abv.

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Photo of teromous
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On the bottom of the bottle: "BM 213M 1626 08:55"

Appearance: Black body with a very vivacious, thick, large, foamy, light brown head. Outstanding head retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has a very nice aroma that smells just like coffee.

Taste: I am getting a strong coffee flavor up front and there is this roasted bitterness that follows through to the end. The aftertaste has this very light vanilla flavor. It is very nice. The label says this is a "porter with coffee, chocolate & natural flavors." I am not getting any chocolate but the coffee flavor is good.

Mouthfeel: The body is pretty lacking in the beer. It just feels a bit thin. The carbonation is good and the bitterness gives the mouth a bit of a bite which is nice but it feels noticeably absent of body.

Overall: Barring the lack of body or chocolate flavor the beer is good. What this really boils down to is if you like coffee, and if you do, you will like this beer. If you are a mocha lover you will probably wonder where the chocolate is. Overall I did think it was a pretty good beer but I don't think it's one I would buy more than one of.

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Photo of srw
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 bobhits
4.57/5  rDev +12%
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 SawDog505
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz tulip glass not sure of the bottle date, fairly resent. Pours a very dark, near black with a massive dark tan head, that leaves gobs of thick lace.

Smell is bready biscuit, coffee grounds, vanilla, chocolate, and toffee.

Taste follows a breadyness, big coffee presence, vanilla, cocoa, and worthers toffee.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, moderate amount of life, slightly dry like most coffee beers, and it drinks bigger than its 6 % ABV, but goes down easy enough for sure.

Overall this is a outstanding porter, that is much better than its regular version. Well done, will purchase again.

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Photo of rawfish
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Walleybeer
4.99/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice porter pours a deep
blackish brown with a thick fluffy light tan head of foam that subsides
to a thick ring, thick pool, and features some fantastic lacing. Nose of
chocolate and coffee with a touch of char. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with
cold pressed coffee, cream, dark cocoa, and light char notes. Decent mouth feel
but a touch on the thin side. Smooth, light carbonation, and a bitter malt finish.

Nice.

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Photo of pkalix
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Black with a 2 finger tan head. Nice porter aroma with hints of bitter chocolate and coffee beans. Flavor is a terrific chocolate cola with layered notes of cold coffee. Medium body with good carbonation. A nice beer to enjoy on a fall evening.

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Photo of Vylo
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mkh012
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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 kmoen
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mocha Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 268 ratings
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