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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,354 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,354
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 75
Gots: 98 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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HoppyMcStout

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew was not quite a dark as I was expecting, but still looked fetching enough. What I love about the MP is how creamy the mouthfeel is. It also has a rather creamy flavor. This brew just blends together so well that it doesn't have any rough spots - nothing out of whack that sticks out. That being said, at times I am left wishing it could be just a bit heartier.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 02:04:37 | More by HoppyMcStout
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Chugmonkey

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stunning looking beer - deep dark brown with gigmungus tan head. Powerful coffee and toffee aroma. Rich sweet malty flavor dominated by coffee and toffee. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel.

This is a pretty intensely flavored brew, with tons of coffee taste. If you are a coffee fiend, you will love it. If you are going to have just one beer, this is an excellent choice - very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 15:22:18 | More by Chugmonkey
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Roguester

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz into a tulip style christoffel glass. I am usually not a porter or stout type of guy, but was amazed at how likable this beer is. Smells sweet and chocolately, not at all offensive. Taste is good also, somewhat dark and burnt tasting, very sweet as well. For a porter, very drinkable and smooth. I've had this beer before, but don't remember it being so nice. Will buy again, but probably not very often.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 03:02:41 | More by Roguester
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AltBock

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine was a 12oz. brown bottle with the picture of the truck driver type of guy holding a pitcher of beer and raising a fist with the other hand. A little bit different than the BA picture.

Appearance: It poured a deep dark chocolate brown color. At first it looked jet black, but a closer inspection shows a brown color. It had a small head of tan colored foam that left very little lace.

Smell: The smell was that of chocolate, malt, and burnt coffee. After it warms up, the sweet caramel aroma emerges from the burnt coffee background.

Taste: The taste was malty with sweet chocolate and with a dry roasted bitter burnt coffee bean taste in the background. They don't call it Mocha Porter for nothing.

Mouthfeel: It was smooth, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated.
What got me was that burnt, bitter, dry roasted coffee bean aftertaste lingered a while after you took a sip or drink the whole bottle.

Drinkability: This made a good beer for my first ever Rogue product. If you like burnt coffee beans, then this is your beer! Due to the strong aftertaste, I couldn't see myself drinking more than one in a day.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 04:37:03 | More by AltBock
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earthboundagain

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes:

12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date.

A: Dark brown with a reddish hue. Big tan head that dissipates quickly some nice lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee is very noticeable.

T&M: The taste mirrors the smell very closely. But there is roast bitterness in the finish. Medium-light body that is well carbonated.

D: This is a well balanced brew that tastes like its name. I like this one with a good pot roast. I even make a nice marinade out of this beer and some other secret ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 13:21:13 | More by earthboundagain
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mfavoino

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass on 18 Jan 13.

A: Rich dark brown with a tiny head that dissipates to a rim around the glass.

S: Coffee aroma is pronounced along with a big dark roasted malt backbone.

T: Some chocolate sweetness, a subtle coffee flavor, and a burnt roasted malt flavors as it finishes dry.

A: Felt a bit thin to me, average carbonation, and easy drinking.

O: Straightforward porter from Rogue that is above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 21:52:15 | More by mfavoino
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TheBierBand

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this last Friday to give it a try...

I poured the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I came up with a modest 1/2" head that didn't last too long. I was expecting it to be frothier (...is that a word?). The lacing was minimal as I drank it down. The appearance was thinner than I was expecting. It was quite dark. Not quite opaque... hints of red in the black and brown.

The smell was of coffee more than chocolate.

The first taste was mild with respect to what I was expecting.... very little hops. Flavors were coffee-like with a bit of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel was mild.... again little to no hop "bite" and a suitable amount of carbonation. The carbonation level suited the beer. I had very little aftertaste with this beer.

Drinkability was OK... not a knock your socks off kind of beer. Quite good and worth a few more tries. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 00:08:40 | More by TheBierBand
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montageman

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this in my fridge and thought I'd give it a whirl. Pours a nice deep brown color that turns almost blood red when held up to the light. Smells like roasted malt and strong coffee - very nice, reminds me of my days at the coffeehouse. Taste is excellent - coffee, dark chocolate, and a nice crisp finish. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 02:34:55 | More by montageman
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treble

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Each time tasting this beer, it was poured from the bottle into an unchilled pint mug. The coloring is pretty typical of this style of beer, a very dark rich brown, caramel hued when held up to the light, slightly reddish. The head built up beautifully, a fluffy off-white, a good couple fingers tall and didn't dissipate too quickly. Lacing on the glass is not exactly like, well, lace, it's more a creamy ring with bubbles in it at the top and then gradually becomes more openwork as it sheets down the glass.

Smells rich, raisins and slight dark chocolate, but also with a bit of alcohol, sour-ish but not offensive, robust.

I have a funny relationship with porters, i either like them very much, or i can't even bring myself to finish my beer. I liked the taste of this one very much, it didn't have that terrible bitterness i dread experiencing. I actually liked this beer closer to the room temp. than very cold. Very complex in its flavors, tastes slightly alcoholic, you really can taste hints of cocoa initially and then it quickly develops into a full hoppy coffee with burned sugar that starts at the back and puckers the tip of your tongue. Not unpleasantly bitter, nor can i say it's at all sweet, pretty nice development and balance. The bitterness it does have stays in your mouth long after your sip though, a drawback in my opinion.

Hm, mouthfeel, i can see why one of the reviewers said that a thicker mouthfeel was expected, it is very dark and flavorful and there is quite a bit of carbonation, which is why the head was so beautiful. This beer is by no means thin, though, just big bubbles. I think that maybe finer carbonation would be an improvement but it's pretty smooth regardless. Definitely a drinkable beer, i did have four of them, but i like dark beer...

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 21:27:22 | More by treble
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haddon

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark mahogany with a nice mocha brown head. lots of lacing down the glass.

chocolate malts and a hint of smoke on the nose. not much depth. a strange metallic smell present. I have noticed this in porters before but not sure what that is.

OK, much more depth and complexity in flavors. mocha, malts, & bitter chocolate. has that hoppy sourness on the aftertaste that tends to show up in chocolate porters. I'm wondering if this sour taste is not connected with the metallic smell?

medium to full body with a nice creamy feel. just right on the carbonation

this is a drinkable porter that has a good amount of flavor and feel for a 5% abv. would surely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 02:51:05 | More by haddon
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BigJim5021

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue's Mocha Porter resembles Coke when it hits the glass, albeit with a darker head. Good retention on the lacing, too.

The smell is of darkly roasted chocolate malts and a hint of coffee to boot. Pretty nice.

Taste goes right back to the aroma, but with a big hit of coffee-like bitterness. This brew is more reminiscent of a stout than most porters I've had.

Mouthfeel is a step beyond medium bodied. It's not super-thick, but it's sure as hell not thin either.

Rogue has a pretty damn solid porter here.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 04:54:59 | More by BigJim5021
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ahhh rogue, can you do no wrong? this pours out deep and rich, black and flat out heavy. nice medium sized brown head pops up and fades away leaving a very nice lace. dark roasted aroma, coffee and a light smokiness. good hop presence detected as well. the flavor mimics the nose with a big dose of hops, a healthy roasted character and a nice amount of bitter dark chocolates. good carbonation, full in the mouth, this is a fine beer for sure. a bit misleading for someone looking for a more traditional porter, this could be ranked as a stout in my book, and a fairly flavorful one. thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 18:35:04 | More by DESTRO
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it in its bottle at Moan and Dove. The appearance of this beverage was great: very dark with a thin head. The smells of oak-like chocolate flavors were very unique to me especially by the balance of the sweetness and woody textures. However, the taste was radically not that mocha-like, but it was still quite good with subtle balances of bitter and sweet flavors. Its high carbonation made it really drinkable. This was not as sweet as one would expect but its crisp and thick body is worth drinking nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 18:41:29 | More by fitzy84
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A porter that certainly looks like a porter. Dark, so dark that in the dim light of my 'office' at night no hint of color other than black. Giving it a swirl brings coffee and burnt hops to the nose. A mouthfull slowly enjoyed brings out a number of flavors, burnt hops, a little coffee, with a nice tang as is flows down the throat. Pretty easy to drink, and overall a pleasing brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 03:29:34 | More by hustlemuscle
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scottyshades

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ANOTHER great offering from Rogue. These guys have a great lineup of beers that really hit the spot
A: Pours a deep, rich black/dark brown color with a decent head that leaves a spotty lace

S: Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose, roasted malts are apparent

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and perhaps a sweet, dark fruit that I cannot identify

MF: Very smooth, clean aftertaste

D: High despite its style

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2008 23:20:01 | More by scottyshades
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bignick

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-pack of 12 oz bottles purchased at Reservoir Wine and Spirits in Brighton. Poured into a pint glass.

Jet-black, with a quickly receding head. The smell isn't that strong, but what's there is coffee with a little bit of yeast. The taste is chocolately, with some coffee. It is very smooth and drinkable, but the body is not as full as I would have liked. It is a pretty good offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 02:51:54 | More by bignick
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nbrown

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown. Dark thick head.

S - Smells like coffee, chocolate, bittersweet malts.

T - Big coffee upfront with a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. I bought five cases on sale at the brewery and after two cases I'm still happy to be drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 00:13:40 | More by nbrown
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gabrielsyme

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz btl poured in a chalice.

Pours dark opaque brown, with little to no head. Taste/aroma are filled with coffee with some sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is particularly watery where I would expect a more full, creamy sensation. Pretty good when paired with pecan pie for my t-giving dessert!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 23:05:26 | More by gabrielsyme
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UDbeernut

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out of 12oz bottle into pint glass

a: very deep amber/ruby color with frothly 1/4" head that reduces to lacing

s: roasted mocha with hint of alchohol

t: chocolate and coffee, slightly bitter aftertaste

m&d: medium to light body, decent carbonation exceptional porter

Deff worth a try!!

Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 21:35:29 | More by UDbeernut
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Greggy

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice fluffy 2 finger into the glass with some great lasting power.

Smell: Chocolate, Caramel, Coffee, Cocoa

Taste: I find this to taste quite a bit like a milk stout but with a touch less chocolate, and a bit more coffee. I was expecting a bit more coffee in the taste department but the great balance of chocolate, coffee and cream makes up for it.

Mouthfeel: I can really sense a hop bitterness/aroma in the mouthfeel department. It's smooth but the hops do leave a bit of bitterness in the back end that doesn't jive with the rest of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 18:51:15 | More by Greggy
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fattire513

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I thought that it would have had more coffee and chocolate flavors to this one, but definitely a beer I could drink more often. I've had better porters, but this one is up there.

Only the second rogue beer I have tried; the other being a dead guy ale. I am not very impressed but like I said could drink more than just one. It doesn't leave a very strong taste on the palette which is kind of disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 05:26:12 | More by fattire513
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Moderate pour into a .4l pokal yields a very large tan-orange head over an opauq black body. Head fades to a lid fairly quickly, and leaves decent lacing.

Smell is espresso, bitter chocolate, and light note of pine-floral hops.

Taste follows the smell, with the coffee dominating the roasted chocolate malts. Intense sour-roasted bitterness. This tastes so much like coffee, I'm tempted to heat it in the microwave and put some sugar and cream in it. Aftertaste is coffee as well.

Mouthfeel seems a bit thin for a porter.

Very drinkable. Sessionable.

A fine porter, and definitely worth having on hand.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 03:59:07 | More by ColoradoBobs
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iconoklaztor

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of Rogue's Mocha Porter is a nice dark brew BUT not black. The head is a tan, 1/2 finger head with thick lacing. The taste is very...mocha! It dances on the tongue for a while, and the beer finishes with a creamy note. The mouthfeel is very fluid: ie its very smooth and creamy. Rogue has produced a nice drinkable brew with a rich mocha taste. Well done!

Overall, this is a good brew worthy of a taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 01:47:33 | More by iconoklaztor
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gbarron

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - pretty much black and completely opaque. A tight tan head forms quickly, settles down, but hangs around the entire way. Some lacing, but not a ton.

S - roasted barley predominates. Some hopiness in there - grassy. Malty, smoky, roasty. Smells like coffee with an herbal twang.

T - roasty, coffee-ish. Surprisingly bitter for a beer called 'mocha' -- implying sweetness in my mind. Tart bitterness up front, more from the malt rather than the hops. Then some 'mocha' malty sweetness in the middle of your tongue. Very tasty American porter.

M - medium to medium/thick bodied, just as a porter should be. Average carbonation. Roastiness sticks around on your tongue.

D - one of my favorite porters. Would be easy to go through a six pack of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 23:19:06 | More by gbarron
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StJamesGate

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy with amber highlights and a tan head that trails. More coffee than chocolate on the nose and more than a bit of brown toast.
Thick honey on Irish brown soda, slight red currants, a roast sweet hit and hints of coffee sourness and Baker's chocolate.
Creme brulee ending and bitter hoppy linger. Light to medium, dry, crisp, lean, with some fizz.

Definitely on the Plain (as in Dry Irish) side of the style. Not much mocha. A knock-back porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 20:58:20 | More by StJamesGate
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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