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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,618 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,618
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 92
Gots: 226 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Photo of cameraready
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark brown almost black. 1/2" gold colored head.

Smell: Malty with a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Malts are evident. Very little mocha flavor. No bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Heavy but smooth. No hint of carbonation.

Drinkability: Mild aftertaste but overall very drinkable.

Photo of Bunnyhop
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, very dark, brownish-red Porter with a moderate, dark tan head. The smell is malty and smokey. The taste is coffee and roasted with a slght bitter chocolate finish. It has a moderate to thin body in my mouth, but was thinner than expected. Overall, a nice porter with chocolate undertones.

The day I originally reviewed this was the day I signed up on Beer Advocate.

(source: Habersham Discount Beverage; Savannah, GA)

Photo of TPoling
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Rogue Mocha Porter poured a deep black with little head, but left rings of lace like gingerbread all the way down the glass.

The smell was of chocolate and dark roasted coffee, which also were the dominant flavors on the palate. The strong coffee flavor lingered in the aftertaste.

Photo of Zraly
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A definate Porter that demands some consideration.

The color is a deep ebony with a tight, dark caramel head. It seems to be a bit darker than the Porters I am accustomed to...not that this is a bad thing. Just a point of interest.

This porter has a snappy, bitter, cocoa flavor. The complexity is really brought to the forefront when the bitterness of citrus and the cocoa flavors collide...now I can somewhat understand why people like orange chocolate. (I once thought that a private hell should be reserved for such enjoyment...heh)

However, it is a bit too far on the hoppy side for my personal liking...it's a bit on the side of "sensory overload". I enjoy it and it has a good quality to it...but if it was toned down just a notch, it would be excellent. The aftertaste hangs around a little bit too long. Maybe my judgement is a bit premature...I should probably have another one...:)

I think a nice food pairing with this brew would be something gamey. If not, hold off until the end of the night and have it to compliment a yummy slice of turtle cheesecake.

Photo of mrjez
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Solid half inch mocha head. Dark brown to black in color. Good head retention and some lacing left.

S- Dark chocolate.

T- Chocolate. Roasted malts. Not as much coffee notes as I usually notice in porters. "Tad smokey". Leaves the mouth watering for sure.

M- Smooth, creamy(!). Not unlike most porters.

D/O- Mmmm. Apparently this is the first Rogue beer I've reviewed. Would guess this would be near the top of the list as far as a craft drinkers first porter (it was one of mine back in the day)...and that's a good thing. Middle tier, nothing great but certainly above average. A few of these a happy camper would leave.

Photo of BrewMaster
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Thin 1 cm tan head on top of a dark brown beer. The head gradually thins leaving nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Toasty malt nose with a bit of coffee and a sandy scent. Very malty with a gritty brown sugar scent.

Taste: Big coffee flavor up front with a sweet caramel top to it. Very roasty and toasty with a gritty coffee ground feel. This beer lives up to its name very well. It is sweet with toasty dark malts like a good porter. The coffee flavor enhances the malt instead of covering it or hiding a lousy beer. Well balanced sweetness with toasty malt and coffee round out a this lovely brew.

Mouthfeel: Gritty and raw and rich. The texture matches the brown sugar and coffee flavors very well.

Drinkability: Very tasty and well rounded. Lovely coffee flavor in a tasty sweet porter. Enjoyable if you like coffee...and I like coffee.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue's Mocha Porter is a deep, dark, chestnut-brown... only hints of light gleam through at the bottom of the glass. It has a nice tan head,, about three thick fingers tall, that doesn't last too long, but leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

Its smell has a bit of alcohol, which gets mixed up with the sweetness of chocolate, cherry, and molasses. Also, of course, is the coffee and dark chocolate, and some rye bread. A pretty nice balance of hops and malt.

The taste, at the start, is mostly of coffee. There is some sweet chocolate, almost like a ganache. A bit of bitterness and sweet taste from the hops gets stronger about halfway through the drink as it warms up. Near the end, the mocha flavour dominates.

The feel is a little watery, but that may help to make the large bottle (or more than that) more easily drinkable. The finish is slightly sticky/chewy, and a bit dry.

Overall, an easy-to-drink dark beer, with some nice traits.

Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What you have here its a nice porter but I was waiting for a more tastier brew.

Used my Sams pint glass, and it poured a very dark brown brew with a brownish medium crown. Full body, nice carbonation. Roasted dark coffe along with dark chocolate with some hints of darkend malts, no alcohol perceived. The chocolate lingers on from the first sip until the coffe its percieved closely towards the end. A coffe ruled aftertaste thats somewhat dry.

Photo of cretemixer
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber pours a deep chocolate brown with ruby hues. Caramel headiness that fades to a thin layer leaving little lace. Mochacciono aroma with a strong hoppy bite. What else would you expect from Rogue? Hoppy flavors are most prominent with coffee following right behind. Chocolate maltiness is overpowered by the hops. Thinner mouthfeel that I expected, but still adequate. Not my favorite style, but overall a pretty impressive beer.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've become a big Rogue fan, and several of their beers are among my favorites. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. Not a bad beer by any means, but just to thin and dry for the style. Reminds me of Shakespeare, but thinner, almost watered down. Has a chocolate-expresso flavor, but the bitterness is more prominent. I am a big porter fan, but this is no Fuller's (or even Anchor or Samuel Smith). I would like to compare this to Sierra Nevada (which is the porter this reminds me of). (The "on tap" is a mistake. I had this in the bottle. I'll change it at some point).

Photo of angelmonster
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice big 3 finger chocolate head. Body appears black but when held to light turns a very dark brown. Head retention and lacing were good

Smell is of sweet chocolate malt. Smoky roasted malt is also in there. Hops arent very noticeable. It has that chocolate syrup smell that I love in chocolate beers.

Taste is light and sweet. Roasted chocolate malt is the main flavor but as beer warms, a nice hop bitterness comes through. If I wouldnt have done some research on this beer I would have thought this beer was brewed with coffee beans. Combination of chocolate malt and hops create an illusion of roasted coffee.

Mouth feel is light. Body is on the thinner side, head didnt add any creaminess. Good amount of carbonation

Drink ability was good. Very sessionable porter, flavors werent mind blowing but pretty solid. Surprised by the amount of hops in this beer, never had a chocolate beer that was this hoppy. Would buy again

Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with about a half inch of tan head.

S: Smells of chocolate with a bit of nuttiness and some mocha.

T: Starts out with a bit of nuttiness, then goes into a dark chocolate/coffee flavor. Has hints of caramel with a slight bitterness.

M: Medium mouth feel with a bit of carbonation.

D: Medium.

This is a solid beer. It is not as sweet as I'd expected, but still a good brew.

Photo of Chugmonkey
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Eramen
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, slight haziness near the bottom, with a small, delicate 'suddy' head.

S - Mocha, sweet dark fruit, and in general quite sweet on the nose.

T - Dark malts, freshly ground coffee, dates, prunes, mocha, vanilla and a vigorous earthiness which holds it all together.

MF - Light to medium body, carbonation is kept to a minimum, maybe a tad on the watery side but nothing too lacking.

O - A strong all round mocha porter, one to pick up again and again.

Photo of Scooter77
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with just a hint of red showing through. Instantly a thick, rich tan head presents itself, then fades down slowly, that leaves a thick, sticky lace on the glass. Aroma is chocked full of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate with mild hop undertones. Taste seems to mirror the smell exactly. There was a little bit too much of a bitter coffee-like aftertaste left. Other than the bitterness, this is a very smooth and creamy beer to drink.

Photo of Natural510
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch-black with thick tan head; small amount of lacing on the glass.
Smells of roasted malts, coffee & chocolate, but not quite as strongly as I would've expected.
Rich coffee flavors, definitely more Starbucks than Folgers. A sweet cocoa runs through the brew as well. The roasted malts are quite apparent, with a very subtle hoppiness toward the end. Slightly dry finish.
Robust in the mouth, not quite as creamy as a stout. Not much of a reverberation as in other brews of the style.
All in all a nice take on a porter. Flavor-wise, it's about halfway between an American Porter and a Milk Stout.

Photo of kevinl6
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another winner from Rogue. I'm not the biggest porter fan in the world, but this one is nice. Pours as black as some stouts I've seen and smells of chocolate (not nearly as strong as the chocolate stout). It is very smooth and has a pretty nice overall mouthfeel. The taste is very good...chocolate, roasty, malty, coffee, and that Rogue bitterness that I have grown to love. As I said, I'm not usually a porter kind of guy, but this is a repurchase.

Photo of BeerFink
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark black, nearly opaque in appearance save for some dark brownish ruby highlights when held to light. Thin light khaki head come up for a moment before disappearing into the darkness. Aroma is not shy. Big semi-sweet chocolate nose on this one. Citric hop smell peeks out from beneath the big roasted and mocha character. Carbonation is a little higher than expected, which breaks up an otherwise near oily mouthfeel that is not too far removed from old coffee. Chocolate flavor is more bitter than portended by the aroma. Coffee flavor is present as well, but I wouldn't necessarily call it a mocha flavor. Roasted grain comes through well. Finish is highly roasted with some bitter citrous hops coming through, leaving a lasting dry and bitter aftertaste. Interesting porter.

Photo of HochFliegen
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour was a thick and dark black with a nice creamy tan head.

Smell was of chocolate, toffee, carmel like and roasted coffee. Very inviting in the scent. Flavor is much the same sweet toffee and butter flavors with a tingle of chocolate and roasted malts with a coffee like taste. Very smooth with a compliment of hop bitter in there and leaves a dry semi-finish. Medium body with the carbonation. A very nice beer.

Photo of doughanson78
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black in color with the slightest amount of light coming through at the edges. Half finger light tan head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Roasted coffee and semi sweet chocolate. Not a huge aroma but nice.

T: Roastiness upfront. Followed my a decent blend of chocolate and coffee. Very light coffee bitterness. Roasted notes come back a tad in the finish.

M: Light bodied. Not very creamy. Medium high carbonation.

O: A good porter. Not up with the best of them but still good.

Photo of rarevos
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass @ 45 degrees.

A: Dark brownish-black with ruby hints at the edges. 1 finger of tan head that quickly turns into a solid blanket, and no sticky trails.

S: Roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate, bit of smokiness and some sweet caramel. Not terribly assertive, but pleasant.

T/M: Smoky roastiness up front with some coffee and chocolate flavors toward the middle. Neither is really dominant, which is odd for a beer called "Mocha Porter." The mocha is very mild, very subdued, and defers to the smokiness and bitterness at either end of the sip. Finish is dry, crisp, and bitter with a long, creamy, burned tail. Mouthfeel is creamy. Nicely hopped.

D: I'm becoming a pretty big Rogue fan. This beer is really, really nice. Perhaps I haven't been trying the right porters, but I've always defined them as "watery stouts." This isn't as robust as a stout, obviously, but it's not a watery anything. Clean flavors, well-balanced, and a really nice abv. I can, and will, drink more of this beer.

Photo of Ego
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber bottle (new design), south plainfield NJ, Buy Rite (they have pretty much everything you can get from rogue in jersey)

eyes...
dark, like wesley snipes, nice frothy head, retreating tidal waves of foamy lacing accentuate the head which is off white to brown, if you are looking for a porter look, shazam (forgive me for using that word..), very solid.

nose...
starbucks. burnt choc and coffee with an underlying caramel tickle, sublte pine notes are there, I love it...

damn, gotta reboot my computer.. brb to finish this review...

back...
taste etc...
the choc flave is excellent and has a nice sweet finish, the body is just enough, this isnt fantastic but I would order this on tap anywhere I saw it cause it is solid in every category, even with the big head I got the carbonation is not in the way at all... this is tasty.

verdict?
like it, well balanced all around, the nice little kick of hops gives it some nice character without distracting too much... good stuff.

Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown, near black colour, one finger of tan head, good amount of lace on the glass. Smell has tons of roast and coffee, bittersweet chocolate, big healping of earthy hops as well. Taste is full on burnt coffee and roasted malt, chocolatey, fairly high bitterness both from hops and coffee, floral hop and toasted malts in the finish. Light-medium carbonation, light-medium body though thin at points. A good roasty porter with tons of coffee and chocolate but still this has nothing on the Founders Porter, that being said I would still gladly drink this again.

Photo of Aleks_P
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours very, very dark brown. Could only tell it wasn't black when I held it really close to our kitchen ceiling light and could see the brown hues around the edges. Thin tan head, took a few seconds to appear and then disappeared quickly. After a sip or two just had very light lacing around the edges.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, charcoal. As advertised, seems promising based on aromas.

Taste: Not what I expected, more bitter than sweet. I taste the chocolate notes, but it is a bitter chocolate like baker's chocolate. Very much like a dark coffee flavor. After the initial flavors subside there is a really strange, almost tangy aftertaste that I do not care for, some kind of biting sour residual flavor.

Feel: Pretty dry beer, almost chalky. Carbonation very average, more of a creamy carbonation than anything. Bitterness remains after each sip, similar to a dry hoppy beer.

Overall: I'm disappointed by this beer, but I see it is rated pretty highly on BeerAdvocate. The look and smell are great but there is something really offputting about the second wave of tangy, sour flavor once I waded through the initial coffee and chocolate notes. Not sure if it's just the batch I got or whether that was part of the plan. I'll manage through the six pack I picked up but there are a lot of coffee or chocolate porters I prefer to this one, generally something a little sweeter.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,618 ratings.