Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,330 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,330
Hads: 2,709
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 99
Gots: 290 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Reviews: 1,330 | Hads: 2,709
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of Crotor
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With a lingering tan head and a dark (even for a porter) body, Rogue's Mocha Porter presents a very appealing appearance. The beer has a moderate, roasty smell, with no hint of hop aroma. Similarly, there is no significant hop taste, only hop bitterness masking whatever malitness there may be in this brew, combining with the strong roastiness of the malt to present a broad, outspoken, bitter taste profile, with lingering charcoal and coffee. The beer is dry, perhaps a little prickley, with no sweetness to speak of. The lack of hop taste and aroma fits with the traditional form of porters, but considering the revision of porters in the Northwest, I miss these features, and feel they could round out this beer, making interesting what is now a rather mundane beer. (771 characters)

Photo of BasementBer
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dare*Risk*Dream
For a microbrewery anywhere in the US these notions are true. Rogue slowly growing as a recognizable symbol of this craft brew movement, particularly in the Northwest, is an encouraging site to see in Winnipeg, let alone Canada - a near bereft craft brew 'market'. However this beer does not strike me as overly daring though I am encouraged by all of the ethics employed to make this beer which made it to my doorstep.

A: Deep nutty brown (described as ruddy) which I can get on board with. from a long pour, a fairly fizzy head forms. Not as creamy as I would expect.

S: Heavy on the malts in smell. Doesn't scream uniqueness right away, but very nutty.

T: I was expecting more here. Hazelnut in the nose and bittering hops in the rear. Reminds me of Fat Tire at first but changes quickly. However the thinness of the beer doesn't appeal to me for the style intended. Self proclaimed as "light and refreshing," I concur, but it doesn't mean that's how I want my porter.

M: The bittering quality is what grabs me as truly "rogue" especially for the style. It leaves one dry and thirsty, which is good that this comes in a 650ml.

D: Its lightness makes it drinkable, particularly since the alcohol content is not overwhelming! It goes down well, but not as deserty or warming as I would have liked. (1,322 characters)

Photo of olympicgatorade
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown with a slight caramelish red glow. Carbon dioxide bubbles very prevalent: stuck all along the inside of the pint glass.

S: Faint coffee, chocolate and barley. Ok.

T: Fairly thin. The carbonation plays a lead role over any of the flavors. Hit of espresso bitterness midway and then ends watery and dry. Not sweet at all. Meh.

M: Very carbonated for the style. Didn't quite sit right. Seems unbalanced.

O: Nothing flashy here and you won't be overwhelmed by the coffee/espresso flavor by any means. That's all well and good, but even for a sessionable beer I think it fails. Nothing specifically off-putting with this one, though for me utter mediocrity is a more punishable sin than creating something strange or questionable. Wouldn't buy again. (764 characters)

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights--fairly standard for a porter. Head retained and settled nicely, but not as much lacing as one would hope for in a porter.

S: Mellow coffee malt with a passing chocolate malt notes, as well. Subdued, milder espresso notes emerge with time. Ever so slight hop smells emerge within the malt. Not an extremely robust nose, but still good.

T: Tastes almost entirely like coffee, but with much more of a bitter hop bite than one would expect from a porter. I like my porters with a roasted malt aftertaste, but this one is hoppy and bitter.

M: The body is much too light for a porter. Additionally, that hop bitterness lingers too long without much additional malt presence, so it's like having a little bit of really funky/bitter coffee stay behind long after any malt has come and gone.

D: I must say that I probably won't be getting this again. It's probably the worst craft porter I've had yet. Too much hop, not enough malt. If the body was a little heavier, it might support and balance the hop flavor, but the beer just washes straight down. I've had some other Rogue brews before, and this is my least favorite of the 3 or so I've had so far. (1,184 characters)

Photo of Ragingbull
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black in color, I would say it is the most comparable to a cola of any beer I have had as far as appearance is concerned. There is even a light tan foamy head that dissipates like a soft drink. Low carbonation when you look at it, but it is quite noticable in the mouth, so I guess there is quite a bit of carbonation hidden by the dark color. Roasted malt on the nose. The flavor starts out smooth and intensifies with the mocha (or at least the coffee portion of it) remaining in the mouth as aftertaste. I was hoping for better as I was quite excited when I purchased it. (574 characters)

Photo of kernalklink
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good refreshing porter- nice dark pour with some sharp aromas- dark coffee beans, espresso, some bittersweet chocolate. Decent flavors, not as promising as the aromas but there- very dry dark cocolate and coffee flavors mingle with an almost sour character- like a gritty unripe grapeskin. Nice and clean but somewhat unrefined. Some mineral flavors in the aftertaste but nothing too detracting from the rest. Very decent brew, wish i could try it fresh on tap. (472 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a black color. The head is very large for a porter, tan in color, and lasts forever. The aroma is of coffee and cream. Coffee is the first impression the taste gives, but it is quickly overpowered by a strong bitterness. This bitterness is too much for a porter for my liking. The mouthfeel is oily and medium bodied. Overall, I don't think I will be having this beer again as all of its elements are working agains each other instead of in harmony with each other. (481 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- The tawny head is a thick two fingers that falls quickly. There is some residual soapy lace on the side of the glass, but it does not stay. It is very slick as it pours and settles into a dark chocolate and opaque body.

Smell- Coffee roast bread malts, and even the slight bite of grassy hops. It is a mocha porter smell, but not that interesting.

Taste- Well, it is all mocha. I mean, coffee all the way down. It overwhelms the flavor and finishes with a strong bitterness. The bread malt does give it a little sweetness.

Mouth feel- It has a medium body and it is a little bubbly, warming helps smooth this thing out. That bitter coffee finish interferes immensely.

Overall- Mocha porters are probably not something I will really be pursuing again. This type of beer is a little too bitter and overwhelming for my tastes. To Rogue's credit, they have a product that is exactly as advertised. (910 characters)

Photo of barrelman
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark brown with red tones. Smell is malty and light with little of the tones associated with the porter's darker side of the grain bill.

Taste is lighter than expected with malty sweetness that finishes with more watery tones. Any of the patent malt I was looking for is not present. Mouthfeel was a little thin but finshed clean. Drinkability is good but there is not a whole lot of flavor to find here. (421 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bar Louie in Foxborough. Served in a pint glass. Mud brown color. Not much head. Didn't get much from the smell, which surprised me. Taste was good but not great. I sensed some of the mocha there but it seemed very diluted. And the usual porter flavors were not really jumping out either. No real roasted flavors at all. Somewhat thin body also. As far a Rogue beers are concerned, this one falls towards the bottom of my list. (437 characters)

Photo of cabsandking
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black with some thin tan lacing and somewhat active. Aromas of dark caramel, bing cherry, espresso, and roasty sweet malts. Dry dark roasted espresso up front with a slight sour fruit in the back. Burnt grains, dark chocolate, and an assertive bitter and fruity hops adds to an interesting contrast but might be a little much. Nice full mouthfeel and an almost creaminess from this session beer. Good beer but doesn’t leave a lasting impression. (451 characters)

Photo of changeup45
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very deep brown, almost black color with only a thin head and a little lacing. Didn't detect a ton of mocha in the aroma, some but more caramel and malts. There is however a roasted chocolate, malty flavor, turning a bit tart and sour. A slight coffee presence as well. Something is missing in the mouthfeel but Porter's are not my favorite style. I find Rogue in general is solid but certainly not the greatest quality per dollar. (431 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark brown with a thin head. Light malt in the aroma with a light touch of cocoa and a bit prickly with carbonation. The taste is dry, somewhat roasty, and fairly lightly flavored. The cocoa- which tastes a bit like Swiss Miss Cocoa Mix- makes an entrance just before the finish and the coffee is only evident at the very end. Mouthfeel seems a bit watery and prickly again. Not all that crisp and not at all creamy. Just okay. (441 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice brown head, the thickness of a thumb, that dwindled down too a small coating of the surface. Beer was a nice, solid black color.

S: Some unexpected sweetness there paired with some roastiness.

T: Starts off with the bittersweet chocolate paired with some roasted malts. As the flavor develops the roastiness grows in its intensity and the espresso element starts to show itself in the flavor. Some burnt roastiness lingers. The opening flavor profile was my favorite component and I wish it wasn't so quick to exit.

M; Pretty smooth in texture but some carbonation is present. Medium bodied.

O: A decent porter that is dominated by the roasted malts. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy this one again, though I wouldn't be opposed to drinking it again. It has it's attributes I just think there are other beers I'd rather go to first. (864 characters)

Photo of bwiechmann
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a decent head but minimal lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and some caramel maybe? No chocolate or mocha notes here.

A titch of coffee (not as much as expected), bitter and dry. A titch of vanilla and chocolate.

Medium body- a little thin- with some medium carbonation, drinkability is average for the style

Overall I was quite underwhelmed by this beer. Not terrible but there are a lot of more tasty offerings to be had. Not a repeat purchase, glad I only got one in my mix-a-six. (514 characters)

Photo of climax
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown, about the color of the bottle, head was tall and tan.

The aroma was more caramel than anything. A tart hop bill of citrus balances. Some roasty flavors lingered, but nothing to prominent. Not sure what makes this one mocha from the looks or the nose, perhaps the flavor?

Theres the roasted coffee I had been expecting in the flavor. Astringent, bitter, and dry, it tastes better than it smells. Some vanilla, dark chocolate, and a bit of resiny flavor round it out.

The body was about medium, as was the carbonation. Somewhat chalky feel lead to a dry finish. Not convinced this is Rogue's best brew. (626 characters)

Photo of kmeves
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black topped by creamy medium head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet with coffee, cream, earthy hops and light bread. Flavor is coffee, woody, earthy and unsweetened chocolate bitter. Creamy texture, medium bodied. Overall a very good beer, perhaps a nod below other Rogue offerings. (309 characters)

Photo of damienblack
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cola black in appearance, pitch dark. Lots of nice foamy lacing and head, big and billowey. Lots of small bubbles. Smell is quite underwhelming, A bit of coffee, but hops are the overwhelming scent here. Taste is also a bit of a letdown. Doesn't really taste much like coffee at all. Very dry, but at the same time not roasty. Not much malt sweetness, just dry. A lot more hop bite than I would expect, too. Another user compared this to Guinness. It's not creamy like you'd expect Guinness canned to be, yet it also lacks the punch of Guinness Extra Stout. It's not terrible, definitely not offensive. But from Rogue, I would expect a lot more. Kind of watery, not much depth of flavor at all. Very drinkable, though. Methinks this one will be one and done for me. (765 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very dark color. Aroma is of sweet malts and cocoa. Interesting, complex taste. Bitterness up front and then back and forth with creaminess and bitterness. pretty smooth, creamy finish. Very pleasant beer. Complex, slightly strong, yet very drinkable ! (260 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one at a Ruby Tuesdays which, surprisingly enough, I have not been to before.

A: Very dark brown pour. Sticky, light brown head... a little short lived.

S: Roasted malts, some chocolate notes, a bit of oily hops come through. Something of a citrus scent, and maybe a little bit tinny.

T: Burnt malts, a bit of dark roasted coffeebean and more of a hoppy kind of bitterness than coffeebean or dark chocolate bitterness. It seemed a little intense, and wasn't really the nicest flavour. Not sure if something happened here, and they changed from something to another with dirty lines, but it was kind of unpleasant.

M: The carbonation seems a bit aggressive. Medium body, and carbonation becomes a bit fizzy as it goes.

D: Not one I think I'd get again, or at least I'd be wary getting it here. A little tough to finish (though not far enough to be a drainpour, I suppose), but between the flavour & mouthfeel, I was pretty disappointed.

It did get a little better as it warmed a bit, but not a great deal, and maybe it was me just learning to tolerate it. Either way, based on that, I could up the taste and drinkability up to an average score. (1,163 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, $9.99 for six pack at Gold Rush Liquors, Anchorage, AK.

Appearance: deep brown, nearly opaque, with limited medium brown head, minimal to no lacing. Appropriate for style, little else.

Aroma: limited, slightly flat, fruity, perhaps a little latex paint note?

Taste: I sense fruity esters, the plastic/latex note comes through. Limited to no roast, limited mocha/chocolate, even though I'm looking for it.

Mouth: crisp, somewhat prickly carbonation given the style.

Overall: drinkable, decent, but relatively unimpressive. Deeply average given what Rogue can do. (588 characters)

Photo of thisisbigrob
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a dark black with a dense foamy brown-tinted head. The head receeded leaving significant lacing.

S: Tons of chocolate and a little coffee.

T: Tons of coffee and a little chocolate, not really tasting much in the way of hops. The taste if fairly disappointing compared to the smell.

M: While I can't taste the hops, I can definitely feel the bitterness on my tongue. While it's fairly smooth, it almost tastes a little thin.

D: Nothing special going on for me, I'd move on to something else after this one. (560 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a mason jar in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger mocha head. Very active carbonation with large bubbles. Cola-colored body with low clarity.

S- Mocha, chocolate malts. Bitter aroma. Roasty and toasty smell. Kind of nice, but not complex in my opinion.

T- Chocolate, a slight coffee taste, roast malts and deep, dark tastes.

M- Grainy and thick.

O- Feel is the best part of this beer. Not bad, not exemplary. Like most Rogue beers I have. (523 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Dominant smell is of slightly burnt coffee, but a fresh hops smell also comes through. Mostly I just got the dark roasted malt of a good porter.
Appearance: Inky, with flashes of ruby with back lighting. A big brown chunky head formed, but quickly died down to a collar with a thin cover. Nice tide marked lace on the glass.
Flavor: A solid, but uninspired porter. I got a little of the chocolate malt, but hard to call it “mocha”.
Mouthfeel: A soft slightly heavy beer that frothed in my mouth a bit, leaving a carbonation prickle. Also left me sticky lips.
Overall Impression: A mild, well-brewed porter. Nothing said “mocha” to me, a touch of chocolate malt, a bit of a coffee smell, but overall, this was just a porter to me. I also found it a bit too carbonated. I’m a Rogue fan, and this is a good beer, it just didn’t put a smile on my face. (895 characters)

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,330 ratings.