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:
254
Reviews:
71
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
7.3%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
38
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 254 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of Walleybeer
4.99/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 kmoen
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WDJersey
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

**
10/11/16

22oz. Bottle to goblet.

LOOK: dark black, small beige head, thin pour.
AROMA: Coffee and toast.
TASTE: coffee is most prevalent. Some chocolate sneaks in.
FEEL: is a bit thin, but I guess about right for a porter. Very weak carbonation.

Overall Decent, but something doesn't quite fit for me. A poor man's Victory at Sea.

**

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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 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 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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
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 ovaltine
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 anon
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mocha Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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