Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by rsgcwhite:
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Large head upon pour, medium thickness that degrades to a uniquely bubbly froth before fading. Deep chocolate brown color with amber highlights.
Aroma is dark roasted malts intermixed with coffee and vanilla cream. I don't capture anything close to an intense hoppy aroma, but it's there. Like someone brought a cup full of fresh hops into a coffee shop, set it down on the counter next to you, and stared you in the eyes. Creepy, to be sure, but surprising.
The initial sip was pure brewed bliss; coffee and mocha cream melting into a sweet (but not to sweet) malted sea. Further into the drink, you notice the distinct carbonation and hoppiness; the hoppiness seeps in, lingers on your tongue and enters just as the other flavors depart. The ending hop oil taste on top of this sweet malt monster is pleasant - it makes each sip gloriously fresh, like finishing your drink in a pine forest.
Mouthfeel is initially sweet, but the carbonation and hoppiness don't dry out this beer too much.
The coffee taste is present, but more subtle than many interpretations of this style; but the signature feature of this beer is the balance between the roasted coffee malts and the pine-like hop freshness. Whereas Berkshire Brewing Company's Coffeehouse Porter had that 'comfortable, Northeast coffee shop feel', this feels like a western pine forest beer - it's the kind of thing lumberjacks drink for breakfast.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2010 02:33:22 | More by rsgcwhite
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3.78/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt with light hop presence; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, herbal, light pine, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good porter. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 06:56:50 | More by superspak
3.64/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured reddish black opaque with mohagany hue. Thick soapy head that quickly dissapated, leaving slight tan skiff and foamy ring, Very slight oil slick on surface and moderate cabonation. Nice color, but would like to see creamier head that sustained.
Aroma: Faint coffee-like roast. No hops. Banana notes and a bit of chalk. Needs more.
Taste: Toffee, molasses and coffee bitterness. Slightly astringent and dry.
Mouthfeel: Dry and moderately thin. A bit of carbonation tingle.
Overall: Pretty non-descript for the style, but smooth and drinkable with good coffee character. The kind of dark ale that you can quaff on a hot day because the its relatively dry and the coffee is relatively mild.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 04:31:00 | More by MrBoz21
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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