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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,437 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,437
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 78
Gots: 124 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001)
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Photo of flyingpig
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%

650ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£5.80):
Opaque chocolate brown. Thumb sized, tan brown, foamy head that leaves some nice lacing.

Strong chocolate aroma with roasted malts and a sweet cocoa aroma. There is some vanilla and sweet malts along with some darker chocolate notes and touches of light coffee.

Medium chocolate flavours to start with some mocha and a sweeter background taste from the sweet malts with hints of cocoa and vanilla. I could detect some coffee and a slightly smokey taste along with some roasted malts and a bittersweet finish.

Smooth with a medium body and good balance between flavours. There is a sweet base and the finish is a slightly bitter one with carbonation being mild to medium throughout.

Good porter taste with balance between the sweet notes and the roasted malt ones with more bitterness coming through towards the end. The taste seems to fade ever so slightly towards the end but not to a great extent and it is still an excellent beer.

flyingpig, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of jondeelee
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Smells of sugary malts and dark brown sugar, along with thick molasses and heavily toasted/almost burnt grains.

On the tongue, the brew starts out deceptively light (for perhaps a half second), but quickly crescendos to a full palate of porter flavors: chocolate malts, toffees and caramels, toasted grains, perhaps even a light thread of tobacco at the very bottom. The hops seem to come through about mid-stream, delivering a light background fuzz of bitterness before fading off. The aftertaste is almost entirely heavily toasted chocolate malts, so the tongue buzzes with the flavor of almost burnt grains. What I do have a hard time finding, ironically, are notes of the mochas and *real* (i.e. not malt) chocolates; I get small hints of them every now and then, but only when I really look for them. In fact, did the title not specifically say "mocha," I would assume I was simply drinking a porter, and wouldn't think twice.

Overall, then, while I do think this is a good porter, I want at least a slight hint of the sugary chocolates mentioned in the brew's name, just so I have some gustatory confirmation that what I'm drinking is more than just standard porter fare.

jondeelee, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Magpie14
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

A: in a 12 oz bottle. Cream colored head bursted its way to the top of the glass with big foamy craters. Sporadic lacing was just as impressive. Rich oily brown color and active bubbles in the glass

S: dark roasted malts with a mild coffee/mocha presence, a kiss of hops

T: dark rich malts, stale coffee, burnt caramel sweetness. Touch of dryness in the finish as hops give a bitter snap. I was left with a pined hop, espresso, chocolate aftertaste. I must say that a faint and fresh smokiness flavor is in their as well

M: light creamy feel, good smoothness and easy on the tongue

D: I could see myself drinking these regularly for a porter. No doubt that I am a sucker for coffee based beers. This is a good one, I recommend it.

Magpie14, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Mavajo
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Deep dark brown color - nearly black, but not quite. Tall foamy tan head that hung around forever. I sipped this one pretty slowly and still had a good half-finger thick head at the end. Nice lacing.

Nose and taste are pretty as would be expected - chocolate, coffee, mocha. Mouthfeel is smooth, light carbonation, medium bodied. Quite drinkable. I found this brew quite smooth and enjoyable. It's not necessarily remarkable in any way, but it does everything well and puts it all together to produce a very nice brew.

Mavajo, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of dgallina
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Plenty of chunky tan head and thick lace with very good retention. Smells sweetly malty, with subdued roasted grains and fairly strong floral hop notes. Medium-bodied and creamy with surprisingly strong carbonation. Flavor begins with sweet graininess, builds into toasted bread, dry roasted coffee, and unsweetened cocoa. Finishes with a strong and puckering dry hop flourish.

A nice American porter rendition, if perhaps a bit over-hopped for the general style. Reminiscent of some dry stouts more than other porters.

dgallina, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of lurpy1
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a bomber into pint glass. Deep brown/black pour with abundant head. Smell is strongly coffee, roast, maybe a little bit of smoke. Taste is somewhat similar. Chocolate is advertised on the label. While this beer tastes fine, I can't pick up any chocolate, even bittersweet chocolate. Founds this a bit too fizzy for the style, possibly overcarbonated, possibly I don't know WTF I'm talking about.

Pretty good beer, but not a great triumph for truth in advertising.

lurpy1, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of buzzworthy
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

This Rogue is a beauty on the pour with a midnight black coffee body and delicate head that dissipates quickly, soon looking like froth on the top of an ice cream soda. A roasted malt smell predominates. The porter is full bodied with some hoppy bitterness. The finish has a strong french roast coffee flavor. I'm somewhat disappointed in getting almost no chocolate flavor - mocha is a misnomer with the lack of chocolate. I'm not complaining - thoroughly enjoyed the taste. Mouth feel is good but wouldn't want another to follow.

buzzworthy, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Reidrover
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Ok bought in the screen printed 22 oz brown bomber..label looks a lot different than the one displayed on the page.
Appearance is of deep dark, dark brown almost black beer..impenetrable to light..small frothy tan head..leaves nice lacing.
Smell for a Rogue is surprisingly weak..but I do detect some chocolate and hop hints.
Nice strong taste of the coffee and malts at first then the ubiquitous hops spring forth in ambush..very unusual and nice.
Nice on the palte pretty adventurous.
Nice drinkable porter..winter is here and im enjoying porters so much more again.

Reidrover, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Very nice opaque brown, some minor ruby/shiny red in between, almost black. Thick creamy tan/light-brown head, bubbles showing. Very good retention.

Light sweet aromas of chocolate, dark caramel, coffee and slightly roasted barley. Very good rich dark brew smell, pleasant and inviting, yet subtle.

Mouth is consistent with the nose, some good roasted barley, coffee, chocolate and other dark brew flavors. Just enough taste to satisfy the dark brew drinker, but not as complex as others. Medium body, with a fairly medium level of carbonation.

A solid porter, and overall smooth session dark brew. Nothing super-wowing, but who cares. All that matters is the beer is tasty and enjoyable, which this is. A good session dark brew, which is what porters are. Good for any day, anytime of the year, hot or cold, morning, day or night.

happy4hoppybeer, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of battlekow
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

We're having a porter-off, featuring Rogue Mocha Porter, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Sierra Nevada Porter, Tyranena Chief BlackHawk, Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter, and Watch City Welcome Back Porter.

Black, with a tan head that's creamier than the rest. Smoother than the others except the Fitz. Nice burnt coffee grounds flavor that isn't too bitter and goes down easy, but with a very bitter aftertaste. Second-best porter I've had all night.

battlekow, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

pours black with a little head.
the aroma of chocolate and malt with a hint of hops
the taste is bittersweet chocolate with some malt and coffee.
the beer is very creamy and goes down smooth expacitally in the cooler months.
use a brandy snifter to get the best aroma

plaztikjezuz, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Atlas1
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a deep brown-black with some reddish tint at the base and the top; a nice porter color. The head dissolved rather quickly, though, and there was not much of a lace to note. To capture the fullness of the aroma, I poured it into a Belgian snifter-type glass, but was rather disappointed that there was not much aroma present. Hints of malted coffee rose to the top after a stir, but otherwise I didn't notice much. Could this have been my fault? Entirely possible, as I hope to give the aroma another shot in the future. Tasted nice. Strong coffee notes with chocolate and some wood. That bitter coffee finish was great, in my opinion. Sturdy mouthfeel and nice drinkability for a "mocha" porter. I will drink this again, even though it's not my favorite porter out there. A solid effor all around by Rogue.

Atlas1, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of Bruiser81
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

This brew was solid black in my glass with a head that diminished fast but left a thin sheet of foam on top of the beer (could have been the pour). The aroma was all malt as far as I could tell, with a little chocolate mixed in. The taste was a bit sweet up front but that dissappeared quickly, followed by some chocolate flavors and a sharp bitter finish. This beer didn't go down as smooth as many other porters I've had but I would buy this one again.

Bruiser81, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of bfields4
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

pours a coca-colaish dark but transparent mocha brown. with a thin but nice head that leaves a lacy trail.

Smells intensely of coffee with subtle notes of chocolate and maybe a little dark fruits in the back.

Bitter dark chocolate and coffee are abundant and pleasant. A wee little hops also hits me here and there.

Very light and smooth almost coffeeish for the style instead of the rib sticking heavy experience of many american porters. Its very pleasant beer that I would never turn down.

bfields4, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness info.

a: Very dark brown with hints of red when held to the light. Off-white head with nice lacing.

s: Aroma is sweet malt and well...mocha.

t: Very similar to the smell, it really is as advertised, it tastes like mocha flavoring has been added to a porter. Chocolate, coffee, maybe toffee too. Slight bitterness in the finish.

m: Medium body, creamy feel.

d: An enjoyable beer i'd be happy to drink more of it it weren't so pricey, but hey, you get what you pay for.

BradLikesBrew, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of crwills
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Shared a bomber of this with my brother last weekend. Poured halfs into oversized wine glasses. Dark brown, almost black in colour, but not quite opaque. Almost no head (a bit too cold since we were in a hurry to get to dinner), but what's there is a light mocha colour (surprise).

Aroma is somewhat faint -- bitter chocolate, mild winey alcohol, some coffee, and a bit of Coca Cola.

Taste is great, really enjoyed it. Buttery chocolate that gives way to a dry bitter cocoa and burnt wood aftertaste. Some espresso notes, and a definite hop presence. Slick mouthfeel and great body.

crwills, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of viverlee
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

I don’t want to let it goad me, but I did just eat a Drumstick, courtesy of the eight pack picked up by my full-term and still-glowing wife this weekend. It shouldn’t affect this review, but, you know, there it is.

I’ve been telling a few confidants about this blog, which inevitably leads them to ask what my favorite beer is. Tough question, and I tend to answer more broadly, in styles – Belgians, DIPAs, Imperial Stouts. This decent brew, while none of the above, once again proves that there are qualities – and balance – in a softer, often-overlooked category.

STYLE: American Porter

ABV: 5.3%

LOOK: It takes a minute or so for the two-finger head to settle down. Dotted carbonation buttresses a puffy topper where the bubbles pop slowly, methodically. The color, purpley black.

NOSE: Hershey Bars, caramel, cream cheese, and red berries. Sweet smoke, seductive.

MOUTH: Iced coffee, mineral water, grill plates, garden dirt. All of which I mean in the best possible way. The lightly bitter wee bite is a nice counterpoint to the smokey sweet aroma. Balance is the key, with hops you can actually taste. An unusual but welcome addition to Porterland.

Beeradvocate Rating: 87

Hayward Abbey Rating: 88

viverlee, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of NEhophead
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Dense coffee colored head that finally settles to a pillowy sheet. Condensed and layered lacing with very good strength. Semi-opaque black in color with a mahogany hue.

Roasted chocolate malt with mocha and hazlenut aromatics. A bit of dark fruit: plum, dark cherry, and raisin.

Strong mocha, coffee, hazlenut, and even some light vanilla. A roasted malt base matched with an assertive hop bite at mid-sip. A hefty bitterness accompanies a very raw mocha and espresso aftertaste. A robust flavored porter.

Full bodied; the sweetness provides a nice smoothness to such a bold version of the style.

A bold porter with some aggressive flavors: exactly what I expect from Rogue. Heavy, yet drinkable at the same time.

NEhophead, May 20, 2005
Photo of Jmamay22
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Last trip to the liquor store I was searching for some coffee influenced porters and stouts and came across this one.

Pours a very dark brown almost black with a thick creamy brown head. Very impressive head retention and creamy quality. Thick rings of lacing are left to the bottom of my glass.

This one smells fairly hoppy with a faint chocolate malt background. This smells similar to Sierra Nevada's stout, but with greater emphasis on hops.

Tastes too hoppy to begin with, but allowing this to warm up opens a wonderful bouquet of flavours. Starts out tasting chocolatey and moves into a roasted coffee flavour that gives way to a dry bitter hop finish. Very well rounded and balanced.

Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly full bodied given the 5.30% abv. Highly drinkable and enjoyable as the weather cools.

Jmamay22, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of andrewmartin
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Pours a deep chocolate brown with a reddish, almost portlike hue, very appealing

S: Dried fruits, chocolate, rum

T: Starts off very chocolaty, then gives way to strong coffee flavors, ending with a pleasent bitterness

M: When cold, quite biting, though not at all unpleasent, but becomes smoother as it warms up.

D: A very nice porter, I wouldn't mind a few more of these.

Enjoy this one with desert, or dark chocolate.

andrewmartin, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of cagocubs
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Pours a dark brown almost black. 1 inch tan foamy head. Head recedes slightly then lingers and laces.

S: Mocha/Espresso/Dark Fruits (maybe cherry)/Toasty malts and a nose full of caramel.

T: Creamy, bitter hops. Mocha and coffee present in every sip. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Nice creamy texture with good carbonation and mouth coating.

D: strong flavors make this one good, but in moderation

cagocubs, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Contagion
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

When poured into the glass, it has a nice dark brown color to it. It's almost black. Light barely passes through and it's so dark you can't tell if there is any cloudiness to it at all. . It poured a three quarter inch tan head that faded to a film on the top of the glass. No lacing was noticeable.

The first thing you smell is a strong scent of hops. It is followed by a kind of sweet chocolate. The first thing you taste is bitter hops, but it turns to a dark chocolate flavor. There is a roasted malt accent that comes through as your drink it as well. It has a very dry finish. The after taste is a bit bitter.

This is a nice medium bodied beer. There is some creaminess to it. The carbonation isn't over done.

Contagion, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of dragonbrew
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Decided to give this one a whirl recently, since American Porters are one of my favorites.

It had a fairly typical look, considering it's porter nature, deep brown to black in appearance. My sample being of the bottle variety may have had something to do with the head retention being kind of disapointing. It didn't pour off and leave much of anything, but a bit of lacing around the edges.

I always say that this is the sense I'm least adept in. I didn't notice any off sents or particularly noticable characteristics. A bit of a malty-nutty nature not unlike an iced cappachino.

The taste however was solid, definitely had the malted coffee and chocolate nature that is intended in this style.

Mouthfeel was solid and a bit heavier, which was desirable and of course expected, but not so much that it was difficult to drink during a summer day.

I would definitely like to try this beer again on draft to see what the differences would be, but for me this beer is average. I liked it and I would have it again, but I've had other Porters that I enjoyed more.

dragonbrew, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: nearly balck with soft, brown sugar-colored head, 2 fingers, lots of pits and nice retention with respectable lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, mild dark fruit, ginger snap, and faint leafy hops in the nose.

T: Attention-getting without being overwhelming. Most sweet roasted malt flavor up front, some dark fruit and chocolate flavors through the center, with the bitter coffee, blackstrap molasses, and leafy hops flavors in the finish. A very full-flavored porter.

M: Smooth with some acridity and dryness in the finish and aftertaste.

D: A very drinkable porter with enough coffee, chocolate, and acrid burned malt and molasses flavors. A good beer for those new to porters as well as fans of the style.

argock, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of cbn
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

An easy pour raises three quarters of an inch of froth that settles quickly to form several islands amid a hazy cloud of a head perched above a dark brown brew barely translucent around the edges.

Sweet roasted "mocha" aroma, hint of vanilla and alcohol, slightly woody.

Bitter dark chocolate, smooth dark roasted coffee, vanilla and a touch of brown sugar flavors.

Starts smooth and clean with fairly light yet consistent carbonation, tongue coating and sticky with a slightly dry finish.

A well made beer with plenty of complexity. Nice hoppy American porter. Probably not for session.

cbn, Mar 09, 2009
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,437 ratings.