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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,353 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,353
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 75
Gots: 98 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001)
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely dark brown (almost black in color) with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a finger + half tall medium sized cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large finger thick layer covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of coffee and bittersweet chocolate over the top of light aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of bittersweet dark chocolate and a light amount of coffee. Hints of burnt malts towards the finish which all contribute to a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away slowly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thin.

O: Easy to drink and definitely one you could have a couple in a session due to the lighter body and lower ABV. Enough complexity to keep you interested but not too bold in flavors/aromas.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2014 01:41:51 | More by dbrauneis
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness info poured straight down into a Guinness nonic.

Extremely dark brown, where it almost looks black, but I can see light through the bottom of the glass. A dark caramel-like glow shows through. The head was huge from the pour, some three inches or more. Tons of sticky lacing and rockiness of the head as it slowly fell. Looks damn lovely.

Roasty and lightly creamy in the nose. Picking up some of those dark mocha notes. Mostly black coffee. Light cocoa powder dustiness. Earthy aromas rise up into the nostrils along with some mild hop presence. A little milder than I would have liked, but still an agreeable aroma.

Dark roastiness with mocha and cocoa flavors that dry up the palate. Almost puckering with a solid bitterness aided by pithy hops that feature nuances of pine. Earthiness is here, too, following the nose. Represented by ashy malt char, soil minerality, and a distant medicinal quality. The finish is a bit long with lingering hop bitterness and dry burnt notes. The burps taste pretty good.

Medium-bodied with some decently lively carbonation. Drinks with good speed, and the beer is at session strength, so that's a big positive. Feels pretty good, if not just a tad too gassy.

A nice American Porter. It's good to know that I can turn to this, and more often. Not gushing with the mocha notes, as you'd might expect from the name, but still solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 00:50:55 | More by thecheapies
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 02:27:24 | More by RoyalT
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shark262

Colorado

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 01:52:51 | More by shark262
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jakester

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. No friggin' date on the bottle or the label.

Pours a deep, dark garnet with brown edges. A one finger head of light brown foam forms on top, falls to small islands and a ring, with minimal lacing. Carbonation appears medium.

Aroma is strong chocolate, dark malts, fruits like plums, cherries, and dried pears, some herbal hops, slight coffee at the end.

Flavor is chocolatey, fruits like above, decent hop bittering, and faint herbal hops. It's fairly dry and cleansing. Coffee comes through late. Aftertaste is dark malts and dark, dry fruits.

Mouthfeel is low to medium bodied, with medium carbonation. The finish dries out at the end.

This is a good, if slightly underwhelming, porter. The flavors and aromas are good; it's chocolatey, roasty a little, fruity a little, with a clean, dry finish. I would drink another of these if offered.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 15:37:31 | More by jakester
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wonderfully creamy head and lacing that just sits on the glass the whole time. quite dark (almost looks like a stout). Smells of malty coffee with little other complexities. so far, so good...now to the taste.

As the porter warms a bit, the subtle hops comes out with the mix of typical caramel, chocolate, and coffee. does not sting the tongue in any fashion and would be a bit hard to drink more than one.

Rogue Mocha Porter would be a fanastic compliment to a chocolate or creamy dessert. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 02:32:54 | More by Backer2004
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark brown in color with minimal amber hues. Thick tan head pors two fingers thick. Decent retention. Thin and spotty lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Raw leaf. Soft pine scent. Toasted malts.

T: Roasted coffee bean and dark chocolate meld into a raw wet hop bitterenss that has a floral and pine taste. Burnt caramel malts give off an astringent tickle on the tongue. Muted tastes of wet earth and more coffee on the back end.

M: Creamy and smooth. Miniaml carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: This was one of my first true loves. It's always nice to return to something familiar. As time has passed I have had many better porters, but I will always come back to this one. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 02:25:01 | More by Tyrawlings
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Imsothirsty

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown slightly red. A full finger of creamy brown head.

Smells a little bit like chocolate and a lot like coffee.

Taste: Coffee big time, some chocolate, some caramel, and just a tiny bit dark fruit. No alcohol, no yeast

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I expected, low/moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice porter, probably wont get it again though.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:16:20 | More by Imsothirsty
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countrocula

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got home, poured the sucker into my pint glass (no tilt) and watched a formidable, thick head form. The top bits of the head seemed to fall off quickly, but the areas around the reservoir of beer remained thick and had that nitrogen infused quality with the dark striations cascading through the head all to return to the beer.

I brought the glass to my nose and immediately got some caramel, coffee, hint of chocolate and maltish tones that were reminiscent of a strange sherry.

The coloring is very opaque. I can only make out color by tipping the glass and observing a thin pool of the beer. The color is a wonderful, rich "burnt root beer" bark. A bit too red to say it equals a rich coffee brown. There were minute chalky particles floating around in my glass.

The first taste is rather inviting as you are greeted by a lively effervescence. Not seltzer carbonation here... dense, quickly expiring yet boisterous bubbles. The taste is rich and sweet. The aftertaste is tactfully bitter. The bitter moment is enjoyable and doesn't overstay its welcome.

I really did like this porter, but feel that it is definitely a "treat" type. Not because of price or ease of locating it, but because its a bit sweet and made me feel like I just pigged out an a quarter pound of Cadbury's Fruit and Nut.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 20:46:45 | More by countrocula
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Ahhdball

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, with hints of amber after hitting light. Foamy beige top with minmal lacing.
Coffee and chocolate aroma, roasted chestnuts followed.
Great blend of chocolate and coffee malts veering over to a nice hop bitterness in the middle, which smoothed for a clean silky finish.
I expected a little more coffee but I wasn't disappointed in the least. A complete porter with an extra creamy finish and over all good taste. I would love to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 16:09:18 | More by Ahhdball
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crizmo2352

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured an opaque deep brown shade with rust colored highlights and produced a nice thick tan colored head. The head subsided to a thin pad, leaving splotchy lacing about the glass. I was hoping for a bit more head retention...The initial aroma of the beer is hoppy - a mostly piney scent with subtle citrus tones. The spiceyness of the hops does not linger, however. The aroma is also rich with roasted malt and chocolate notes. Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate dominates the flavor, but there is also a hint of coffee. Burnt notes are also intermingled. The hops do not come through in the flavor quite as much as in the aroma, although the flavor is still pleasantly bitter and finishes dry and clean. Overall, the flavor profile is quite balanced. Solid medium-full bodied beer is almost a bit chewy. Maintained carbonation well but seems almost a bit more effervescent than should be for the style - although it does aid in smoothing out the body and bitterness. All in all, a good porter and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 23:02:31 | More by crizmo2352
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Tone

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown. 3/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight chocolate, hint of coffee, hint of roasted malt, hint of dark citrus, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonatin level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight coffee, chocolate, slight roasted malt, hint of dark citrus, and hops. Overall, good body, aroma, and blend. There was a slight acrid note that was off-putting, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 13:41:03 | More by Tone
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sitarist

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #6 from the blind beer bif.

Pours a deep brown, maybe 85% opaque? It has a thick, dense, khaki tan head...two fingers thick...it takes its time receding...it rest at an 1/8", and leaves sheets of lacing.

I smell wet dog and powered sugar...the scents are faint...but pleasantly different.

It has a bitter-sweet flavor. Pecan, coco, star anise, this one is stumping me, I swear I taste mushroom gravy?

Medium bodied, and dry...it has a slight astringency to it...numbs my tongue.

Great beer but one at a time. Probably would be good with food.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:39:24 | More by sitarist
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thechaacster

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ultra dark mahogany, damn near black, with a splendid two fingers of tan head. Really a beautiful beer. Roasty smell with a sharpness that is part hops and part astringency. Dry, roasted maltiness dominates, with the mocha hints leaning more heavily toward java than chocolate. Substantial hop bitterness comes in and makes for a lasting bitter finish. Surprisingly drinkable as well. Not my favorite porter but definitely worth recognition.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 08:26:38 | More by thechaacster
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark, no light passing through at all. Starts out with a a caramel-tan head that thins out as it laces down the glass but stays enough to cover the body.

Smells malty with strong hints of chocolate and citrus, like bergamot. Not much coffee smell to it.

Has a very dark malty taste to it, similar to some Black Bavarian beers out there. Noticable citrus taste under a bitter dark chocolate. Almost like drinking a cup of earl grey after eating dark unsweetened chocolate. Leaves a strong aftertaste.

As dark as it is, it has a pretty thin feel to it. Mine had a higer carbonation to it. I was expecting a beer that needed a knife and fork to get through it by the first impression.

Very good beer, have to be in the mood for a dark complex beer that leaves a strong aftertaste in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 00:04:25 | More by Homerbag
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bark

Sweden

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bottle, bought in Sweden, got an abv of 5.7%.

The colour is black with a tint of deep brown, the liquid is clear and the finger thick brown foam sinks slowly down to a ring with some lacing. An odd detail; the beer was completely silent while pouring.

The smell is sweet with burned/roasted notes. I found some creamy notes of diacetyl, dark chocolate and a mild touch of coffee candies. Overall, the smell was milder and softer than I had expected.

A pleasant roasted flavour dominates the taste: There are notes of black coffee, fruity discreet hops, some liquorice, cocoa, maybe even a little bit smoke. The long aftertaste got a creamy flavour with notes of coffee, aroma hops, mandarin orange and a slight passing bitterness.

The carbonation is very strong with small bubbles that are a bit sharp to the tongue att he start (but its getting better later)

A nice and very American porter, very suitable for Swedish meatballs.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 20:53:21 | More by bark
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briman

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with some reddish hues around the edges. About a one inch brown head, retains well, settling into moderate lace.

Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malt.

Flavor is essentially the same. Bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, with a dry roasty finish. Hint of black malt bitterness into the aftertaste, but not overly acrid.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is fine, teetering on the edge of being a little thing. No real obvious hop presence. Overall a solid example of the style. Flavors much more pronounced after letting this one warm up a bit. Session candidate.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 01:58:29 | More by briman
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JamesS

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent beer. Pours a great dark brown/black color with great tan head (almost too much) and decent lacing. Nice dark porter scent, deep and rich with a bit more coffee aroma than usual (of course). Good clean taste, a very good porter, with a bit of nice bitterness, along with nice mocha/coffee strains. Goes down very smoothly. A good porter anyway, but very nice if you want something a little different.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 00:39:36 | More by JamesS
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly highly hopped offering from Rogue, which is not atypical for the brewery. Nice thick body with complex malty flavor. Not bad, but not as smooth as some.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2002 06:15:34 | More by beernut7
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ljbrisson

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this last night for dessert at a dinner party. Poured a cola brown into a pint glass, with a good-sized, rough sandy head that left a good amount of lacing throughout the drink, looked like a glass of Coke after it was poured. Aroma was chocolate, coffee, maybe a hint of sweet hops. Mouthfeel medium-bodied and carbonated perfectly, no slickness or chewiness to speak of. Taste was wood, coffee, burnt caramel, blueberry sweetness in the back with a touch of hops lingering but not overpowering in the finish.

Overall, this was quite good, and perfect for an after-dinner dessert beer, although not particularly sweet. I might choose this over other beers if I were at a friend's house; I wouldn't necessarily seek it out for my personal stock, however.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 15:10:58 | More by ljbrisson
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ericmunley

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whenever I see Rogue 22 oz. bottles, I instinctively reach for the Chocolate Stout. I decided to change things up a bit and get Rogue's Mocha Porter offering out of the Wegman's cooler.

This Mocha Porter pours a dark brown with a dissipating head, leaving behind some lacing. The smell is a little bitter, but has a fitting coffee scent.

The coffee really comes through in the complex taste...bitter but satisfying. Very creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is there, but I wouldn't go putting down too many of these babies at once.

Overall, very satisfied with Rogue's Mocha Porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 03:21:36 | More by ericmunley
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Holyterror

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a big fan of Rogue brews, it wasn't hard to convince myself to try this.

Pours a dark, murky brown with a creamy tan head. Looks good. Smells slightly malty, rather coffee-like. Big roasted malt flavors which recede into a burnt coffee flavor. Chocolate notes are present, but this isn't quite the little brother to Rogue's chocolate stout. Mouthfeel is dead-on for a good porter, and this makes an excellent substitute for an after-dinner coffee. A perfect brew for enjoying the coming cold season. Not a bad brew to enjoy a cigar with, either.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 22:36:06 | More by Holyterror
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Thirsty's - poured chilled into a dead guy ale glass.

A - A deep walnut brown with ruby accent and 1 inch light tan cap w/ rocky appearance. The lace clings in a ring and bead is of average size. The clarity is translucent and head retention is good

S - The smell brings esters of plum and pine from the hops w/ lots of sweet and roasty malt aromas which add to the fragrant toffee-like aroma

M - The balance of malt sweetness and bitter malt roasted astringency w/ a gentle hop bitterness is very good w/ moderate carbonation making this feel lighter in body and a dry toasty finish collects the texture concisely

T - The flavor has a brief raisin-like sweetness w/ earthy note that leads to mild roasted flavor, but no cocoa stands out, more caramel malt sweetness and mild pine hop flavor w/ gentle toasted and notes of roast remind of coffee as the name implies w/ light char note

D - A tasty porter, doesn't overwhelm the palate but meets its objective and is a solid beer, very easy to drink and keeps the style in mind

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 14:09:47 | More by Slatetank
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep dark brown with a large tan head. Head lasts forever and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and an earthy undertone.

T- Malty and earthy, notes of coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a dry finish.

M- More than medium in body but not overly heavy. Decent carbonation, smooth and creamy feel with a lingering dry earthy finish.

D- Pretty drinkable and at 5.3% ABV the alcohol doesn't show through.

Unusual finish, left me thirsty for more.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 02:45:53 | More by ToddT
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Incredible malty-chocolate flavor. The tase was rich and thick. Real heavy on the tongue and smooth to the palate. But that may work against it because you may get tired of the taste before you're tired of drinking. Excellent aroma which is enhanced even more after the first sip. Dark in color with a thin head and nice lace.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2004 20:51:01 | More by MuddyFeet
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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