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:
257
Reviews:
73
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
7.28%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
39
For Trade:
1
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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours ebony with 2+ of caramel colored head. Good head retention & better than average lacing

S: Coffee, a little vanilla, some choclolate & black currant as this warms

T: Follows the nose, a little caramel & roastyness, drynesss as well up front. Woody hops, roastyness & a little vanilla as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty & with a little mocha sweetness

MF: Medium body, creamy carbonation

Flavorful Porter that's easy to drink, plenty of coffee presence

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Photo of chillin
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thebooyakid
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GFD400
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iCabaLLero
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: creamy, chocolate malt, licorice, smooth roasted mocha coffee. Big semi sweet mocha coffee bean aroma.
Black, opaque, tan head with broken lace. Medium/Full body.

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Photo of tlema1
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep, dark brown, with a tan lacing head
S: coffee, bakers chocolate, roasted malts
T: follows the nose, nice coffee presence
F: rich, full bodied, creamy, bit of a dry toasty finish
O: very well done, I love BPs darker offerings

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Photo of cp45
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcole524
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MDDMD
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeRose
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
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 AustinWadkins
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a beige head that soon falls leaving a collar around the glass. Slight film partially covers the top. Carbonation is visible

Smell includes lots of coffee and chocolate

Taste follows the nose with a beautiful combination of chocolate and coffee with a slight vanilla touch. Some dark malts. Milk Chocolate is found in the aftertaste

Overall this beer is fantastic! Not a big fan of porters but this one is different!

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Photo of FightinIrish88
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Blazer22
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keeling
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pantalones
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinking a full 22 ounces of this one tonight. Unsure of the bottling date or best-by, though there is something on the bottom of the bottle in yellow print that looks like "16 264" -- 264th day of 2016, so about three months old? Should be in good shape considering it's a dark, not-hoppy beer.

Speaking of dark -- this beer is pretty much BLACK. Shining a flashlight through the glass... well, it doesn't go through the glass except in the narrows parts, and even then only at angles where it hits as little beer as possible on its way. Seems to be somewhat clear but it's difficult to tell with a beer this dark. Nice fluffy head of light brown foam on top, which shrinks away after several minutes leaving a thick ring around the outer edge and just a coating layer on top. Leaves a nice pattern of lacing behind as it goes, I'm noticing.

This smells amazing -- super chocolatey, just enough coffee that you know it's not going to be just pure chocolate or overly sweet, and mixed together really well. Like a semi-sweet chocolate-coffee milkshake. I may be picking up just a hint of some other dark malty smells in the background, but considering that those lean in the chocolate/coffee direction to begin with it's hard to tell for sure. Either way, this has got to be one of the best-smelling beers I've had.

Taste pretty much matches the smell. Lots of coffee-like flavors right away, blending in with more chocolate and a bit of those sweetish dark malty flavors (a bit more noticeable in the taste than in the smell, interestingly.) Aftertaste on the first sip is like coffee with a thin chocolate coating. Burps bring out more of the sweetish dark-malt flavors along with the chocolate-coffee blend. Around three-quarters to the bottom of my first glass, I'm noticing just a hint of bitterness on the end -- not sure if this is coming from roasted malt, hops, or a combination, but at 42 IBU and barely 3 months old it could very well be hops. I think I am picking up on a bit of that leafy-bitter flavor in the aftertaste now that I think about it -- so yeah, probably hops! Wasn't expecting to see them in this beer, but their influence is certainly not unpleasant, teaming up with the coffee roastiness to balance out the massive sweet chocolate and malt pretty well. At the end of the first glass, I'm noticing a roasted malt flavor that's distinct from the chocolate/coffee blend -- confirming, along with the presence of the hops, that this is indeed a beer and not some sort of coffee-infused chocolate milk or Yoo-Hoo.

Feel is pretty nice as well, though it doesn't stand out quite as much as the smell and flavor. It's light enough to be very drinkable but still has a nice feeling of fluffiness or thickness to it, even after the foam on top has shrunk almost entirely away -- seems like it works just as well for smaller sips and big gulps, which is something not a lot of beers pull off (a lot will tend toward one side or the other.) There's a bit of a stickiness to it, similar to what I get from big stouts and doppelbocks from time to time. It does seem to thin out a bit toward the end of a glass, unfortunately, but even then it's not even close to feeling watery or otherwise unpleasant -- just not quite as nice as it was earlier on.

Overall... this is REALLY good. Everything about it just fits really well together. Probably my favorite new beer of 2016 -- and even if not #1, it's easily in the top 3. I've never had (or even SEEN...) the regular Black Marlin porter, but after how much I liked this one both times I had some, I'd be interested to check it out and see what the "base" beer is like.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 16281 into a tulip glass. Pours jet black with two fingers of variable density khaki head that left minimal sporadic lacing. Nose is an enjoyable battle between chocolate and coffee, with chocolate winning slightly. Taste is where the chocolate clearly leaves the coffee in the dust. Perhaps this wouldn't have been the case two months ago when bottled, but the coffee attributes on the taste were noticeable but a bit mute. Finishes with some pleasant lingering chocolate. Mouthfeel is a tick on the thinner side, but still velvety and creamy, carbonation is a bit on the higher side. A very enjoyable porter, wish I could try it again fresher to see if the coffee has a bigger role to play.

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Photo of Jrobb6
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breadwinner
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very nice coffee stout for a cold winter evening, the coffee and chocolate both foward for sure and both feeling very quality, nothing too harsh, nothing too sweet, just a finely balanced brew.

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Photo of ledouge
3.07/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VABA
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like roasty and smokey coffee, smells like very heavily roasted coffee. There's some dark chocolate on the nose, too.

This has a wonderfully smoky and roasty flavor, both from the coffee and the malts. I like the coffee used here, but it definitely almost feels too dark, and too roasty. It's nearly at that line, but doesn't quite cross it. There's some slight chocolate too, and a nice creamy taste.

This has a nice creaminess to the mouthfeel, with a slightly lingering bitter finish.

I've been down on these guys for a while, but this restored my faith in them a bit.

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Mocha Marlin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 257 ratings.
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