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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,653 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,653
Reviews: 1,340
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 94
Gots: 260 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Ratings: 2,653 | Reviews: 1,340
Reviews by NearerMyBeerToMe:
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a finger of rocky, dark tan to chestnut head with bubbles of varying size that fades only slightly, holding up a good gridwork of lace. Beer is color of molasses with no real highlights and obviously no visible carbonation. Rich, smooth smells of roast barley, pumpernickel, and raisins covered in baking chocolate. Paradoxically, these aromas seem to sweeten with warmth. Not to blast anything about the smell, but where's the mocha? Coffee does seem to be more forthright in the taste... rich bitterness of plain black coffee abounds, with a finish like bitter greens left to caramelize too long... charred iron skillet flavors. Carbon. Flavors are integrated but lack development. Mouthfeel is firm and moderately sticky with tingling carbonation; persistent bitter aftertaste; heavy finish. Drinkable, but a bit too aggressive to be sessionable, and not quite curious enough to encourage exploration. Solid, yes. But also--at least for non-coffee drinkers like myself--one-dimensional.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer all the way around for me but maybe a little to hoppy for a porter for me,pours a deep mocha color with a light stichy head,aroma is of powdered sugar and of course mocha.Taste like I said is a little hoppy for the style in my opinion but there is some nice chocolaty tones with some dried fruit tones as well.A nive earthy flavor hits in the finish to give this beer a decent taste grade.

Photo of Marty
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an extremely dark brown with a surprisingly large, light brown head that left a sticky web on the inside of the glass. The chocolate and coffee in this porter is very noticeable and up-front, but it's tastefully done and does not overwhelm the palate. This was a very satisfying beer that woke up my taste buds and left me with an appetite for a good meal.

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Solid black with a decent dark head.

Smell – Roasted malt and dark chocolate form the backbone of this aroma. There’s also some good sweetness here; a combination of dark, ripe fruits and table sugar.

Taste – I was quite surprised with the stiff hop balance, although I shouldn’t have been because it’s a Rogue. The bitter hops though are a compliment to the main show – dark malt and chocolate. The sweetness fades a bit but is still noticeable.

Mouthfeel – Somewhat light in the mouth, more like the Anchor Porter than the Stone, but solid nevertheless. This porter is both creamy smooth and refreshingly dry.

Drinkability – There may be some die-hards complaining about the big hops, but I thought it was a very interesting rendition of the style.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Public House in SF.

A: Black with mahogany traces when held to direct sunlight. Otherwise, jet black. A very dark beer. Thick frothy white head, abundant and surprisingly lasting for cask.

N: Heavily roasted. Coffee, chocolate, a hint of something bitter to come.

T: Tastes like a roasty mocha with drops of caramel and slight pine hops. Heavier on the coffee side of the mocha. A bit light on cocoa.

MF: Sweet front, medium body, mildly bitter finish. Highly astringent. Dusty. Very dry.

D: Average.

Photo of liveandletdie
2.61/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've only had a few Rogue beers before, this being my most recent. I had been putting off trying it because I haven't liked many of their beers except for their stouts. This beer was no acception, it was an over hopped and coffee lacking mocha porter. You dont get much coffee taste in it, a lot of bitter hops. Not well rounded at all, tried it at room temp and cold. Both were no good, nothing spectacular here.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pitch-black beer with a burnt caramel hu at the edges. It has a thick, chocolate-milk head.

Bitterness from hops cascades over the palate and slides into roastiness, and then a mellow coffee tone with sweet chocolate only at the very end. Cane syrup and nut tones emerge with warmth. Aftertaste is sticky and slightly smokey.

The beautiful thing about this beer is how many simple, un-muddled flavors are stacked neatly on top of one another. It has sweetness and depth but still manages to forefront a great bitterness that doesn't rely on harsh roasted or acrid, or pushy, out-of-place hops.

Photo of sgoodship
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Binny's in the South Loop, Chicago.

A: Nice 2 finger head. Dark brown - almost black. Quite a bit of red mahogany highlights on the edges. Craggy dark oatmeal head. Nice big spotty lacing.

S: Coffee - duh!. Big roasted malt. Yum.

T: Just as you would imagine. It has a great flavor but it dies too soon to a more diluted finish. Improved a bit when it warmed up and flattened. Lovely sweet espresso aftertaste. The aftertaste was my favorite part of the drink.

M: Medium carbonation livens things up but it maybe a little too much. It was much smoother during the last third of the drink but it still felt a little too thin.

D: Don't let my nit picking fool you. This is a very nice porter that I would be happy to drink anytime. A very simple coffee treat - very pleasurable.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from bottle into a pint glass producing short foamy light brown head with short retention and about average lacing. Very dark brown and slightly syrupy.

S: Faint aroma of coffee malts.

T: Deep flavors of coffee and toffee with later hints of bitter chocolate. The heavy flavors don't cover the complex flavor combinations of the malts. A nice hop presence only enhances the bitter chocolate flavors.

M&D: Full heavy mouthfeel combines with a smoothness that has a bit of a snap at the swallow. Nice and chewy.

Great brew. Definitely not balanced but I say that in a good way. The heaviness is perfect with the malt/hop balance and it ties together for very smooth drink ability. Very good!

Photo of Dmann
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer! The Mocha Porter poured a very dark brown, almost black color with a nice creamy tan head. The smell lured me in and was full of chocolate and malt. The flavor was great and had a bit of sweetness from the chocolate and malt in the front and finnished with a slight hoppy/coffee like bitterness. I really liked the mouthfeel as well as it was not too thick and had just the right ammount of carbonation. If you like Porters, this one will rise to the top of your list.

Photo of skybluewater
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep, almost black color, with a bit of reddish-brown at the edges. The smell is rather funky, almost pruney. Taste's a bit bitter, and I don't really like it at first, but it gets better as it warms. It tastes almost like a light imperial stout, with an underlying pruniness.

I don't know if I'd buy this beer again. It's not bad at all, just rather average, and not what I'm really looking for in a porter. But it'd do in a pinch.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super deep dark black pour with a hefty sticky two finger tan head resting firmly on top. Gobs of lacing stick to the side of the glass as the light fails to break through the darkness. Sweet baking cocoa along with roasted coffee beans and a smidge of molasses.

Bitter roasted coffee beans and cocoa powder mixed up in some toasty maltiness. An arid dryness flows across the palate along with just a smidge of piney hops on the way down. Nothing really jumps out at me here, although it's still a good porter overall.

Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation...the dry, chalky aspect is off putting. This is a pretty standard porter with more coffee notes....nothing too special in my book and there are plenty of other porters I'd turn to first.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We seem to get a fair amount of Rogue offerings here in Maine, which is fine with me. This beer was a dark brown with a small coffee-colored head. It had a coffee, chocolate odor with a little roasted grain. I thought the taste was predominately coffee (like espresso) with a chocolate undertone along with some hops. A little bit on the light side, but still a nice beer.

Photo of NWer
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice.
Nice head, good appearance. Pleasant enough coffee taste.
A nice beer but the aftertaste is a bit off putting. Slight cloy that makes me wish I had selected something else.
I'm glad I tried this beer but wouldn't recommend it.

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Mocha Porter pours an opaque black with a semi-creamy brownish head that quickly dissipated to a thin film and collar. It has a chocolate, coffee, roasted malt aroma. It has a nice malty initial taste that is heavy on coffee flavors. The finish is way too bitter for a porter though...kind of overwhelming. If not for that, this would be an excellent brew. As it is, it becomes very difficult to drink for me.

Photo of babyhobbes
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark coffee color with a small tan head.

Smell is very slight and requires a good deep sniff to even notice. There's some chocolate malt scent, but again, hardly at all.

Taste is nice and pleasant. It's not overwhelming or too bold. You can taste the chocolate malt and a slight bit off coffee and some hopiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, bubbly and creamy. Not bad at all.

Drinkability is where this beer is at. This could easily be a good session beer.

There is nothing Earth-shattering about this brew but it is definitely one to try.

Photo of shark262
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut brown with a thin layer of head and minimal apparent carbonation.

Smell of brown sugar, raisins, slight coffee roast, and some chocolate.

Very nice, rich-tasting tones of dark malts mixed with some roasted coffee and faint toffee. Fairly bitter bite, gentle warming alcohol sensation after each sip.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Perfect carbonation level rounds out the flavors.

Nice beer, well-rounded beer. Satisfying after only a couple.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark dark brown pours and forms a head that nearly overflows my British pint. A huge head tan with lovely lacing. The bubbles are very dense and stay with a nice head to the end.

The aroma is nice smooth full of cocoa and a roasted maltyness to starts, then a sweet coffee and almost cream notes the end.

The taste starts with the carbonation up front. The carbonation subsides. The sweet malt comes in and finishes with a roasted almost burnt flavor. If your a coffee fan you might enjoy the end but it wasn't perhaps as full flavored as the aroma lead on.

The mouth feels pleasant with a nice amount of carbonation.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with a decent, frothy light brown head. Smelled of chocolate, coffe, but also a hint of a metallic tone. Flavor is very roasty. Full on roasty malts, strong coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. End very dry and a little bitter, with the roasty java flavors sticking with your palate. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. I've definitely have had better porters but this one is a very respectable one albeit some minor flaws.

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just bought a six pack of the stuff, very tasty. I smelled that Rogue aroma from a mile away like a police drug dog sniffing for coke.

Great American porter, nice how they got so close with the chocolate and coffee flavours. I would not mind seeing this beer more often.

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a dark brown body with a large light brown head. Lots of lacing on this one. Aroma is mostly chocolate, with hints of pine hops and coffee. Medium body is well carbonated. Taste is chocolate, mild coffee, some bitter dark roast, pine cone hoppiness, and a pleasant vague fruitiness that seems like red apples. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.

Photo of BlueHammer
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great one from Rogue! Pours dark, nearly black with slight ruby tones when held to the light. A decent tan colored head. Smells of smoky coffee, a dark roast! Chocolatey overtones. Thick mouthfeel but smooth. As the beer is left to sit the mocha taste becomes stronger and sweeter. Starts and remains slightly hoppy. I was expecting sweeter, especially after having had their chocolate stout, but I still liked the unique flavor. Goes down easily and leaves a delicious coffee aftertaste with the sweet mocha flavor being VERY subtle. This is a good one, I'll have it again, to be sure!

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, nice rudy/brown color. Dark tan head, fluffy in character, leaves some lacing. Coffee nose with mild chocolate. Medium bodied. Rich malty flavors, chocolate, mocha, coffee, biscuits, smoke. Expresso with a kick. Tasta stuff. Another fine creation from the fine brewers of Rogue

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours nicely with a generous yellow tan head and black body, brown not red at the sides. Carbonation moderate, lacing plentiful.

First strong smell I get is chalky. Not sure why, but it's strong. Malty roast aroma, a hint of berry sweetness. Not overly complex, but pleasing.

Smooth in the mouth with a chaffy flavour and coffee aftertaste. A little sweet but nicely balanced. Not bad but doesn't stand out as a "mocha porter" - tastes like a decent homebrew stout. Mouthfeel is good though, not too heavy or slimy but not dry and quaffable either. I wouldn't have another of these though, because it's a bit boring - nice for a change but there isn't anything there that shocks you or really entices you to crack a second one. I'd follow this up with something zesty and tastebud-tickling, maybe a Hefeweizen or Wit.

Overall, decent, but could have been better.

Photo of tigg924
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: faily big head black in color

Smell: expresso and dark chocolate, some malt

Taste: cream start, light coffee middle, and a bit nutty in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: very smooth, slightly sharp aftertaste

Drinkability: I could easily drink a six..Another nice interesting porter expanding the boundaries of what a porter can do

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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