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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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2,418 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,418
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 76
Gots: 116 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001)
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Photo of Mora2000


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is mainly made up of chocolate malt, but I also get a little bit of coffee and some chocolate thrown in. The flavor is a nice mix of chocolate and roasted malt, with quite a bit of pine flavor from the hops. There is also some bitterness from the hops which was unexpected. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

04-13-2012 02:53:29 | More by Mora2000
Photo of frankiepop


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Kind of a post-modern west coast USA thing going on here. West coast brewers seem to be influenced on the dry side these days. Remarkably how seldom they capitalize on the regions wide abundance of available fruit produce to tweak their products. Just a thought.

Anyway we have a nice dark brown porter here with a good creamy head to boot. The aromas are pretty much dry bitter coffee flavors to me. I can barely find a hint of chocolatte! That's a west coasty thing right there.

The flavor flavs mimic the aroma. Coffee bitters without much noticeable chocolate except a hint of unsweetened bakers chocolate. This is not your Starbucks mocha LOL. No, there's little sweetness unlike its Oregan competitor Black Butte Porter that gives a nice light sweetness of chocolate. (Just more my style, that's all_) Don't get me wrong this is a quality smooth nice beer just too bitter for me. I might pull this out of the darkness on a nice summer night for a sipper change of pace. Thirst quenching and all that.

Certainly deserves a quality pairing, and I might recommend the Charles Lloyd and his west coast flower power music or the more modern sounds from his "Which Way is East" surfer doods with Billy Higgins dueting with him with an array of percussion. Hang ten, bros! See how influential the west is? So look out!

04-28-2013 10:04:05 | More by frankiepop
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a black opaque body with a light tan head that last and last. No sign of carbonation in that thick body.

S- The smell of dark malt with a sour note gives way to a faint green hop note that has an earthy quality to it.

T- A tart taste surrounds the taste of chocolate malt the blends with a black roasted malt flavor and a cream flavor that follows. The finish is a bright tart note and the dark malt hangs on the tongue after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel

D- There is to much tartness and it mask a lot of the nice malt flavors. It would be nice to have the malt flavors be the main focus with the cream notes supporting it instead of the tartness.

05-29-2006 16:45:10 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of avylover


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours out fairly black with a tan head. To be honest my wife is asleep so I can't turn the lights up to check the highlights...aahhh the life of a BA. Aroma of bitter coffee and some sweet milk chocolate, backed by a health dose of some rogue style hoppiness. Taste starts off sweet, with a malted milkshake and cappuccino taste. Suddenly, the hops take over like highjacking islam radicals. These are merciful radicals, as the creaminess seems to mesh with the hop presence and roasted malts in the aftertaste. The initial creamy taste is great but doesn't last long enough for my pallette. Carbonated yet slightly creamy in mouthfeel, and quite drinkable for a thick porter.

Not bad at all, pick this one up if you enjoy porters and hops

12-05-2003 05:01:50 | More by avylover
Photo of Spidey13


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Rogue's Mocha Porter pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. A light tan head sits on top. The nose is pretty light, with sweet chocolate notes. There are also a bit of grassy hops and just a hint of coffee.

The taste starts with some nice, creamy chocolate flavors. This is followed by a good amount of hop bitterness, much more than I expected. The finish is a bit of a let-down, mainly consisting of grainy and astringent flavors. The mouthfeel is nice and think, with a medium amount of carbonation.

Though the finish seemed a bit disappointing to me, this is, overall, a really good porter.

08-04-2008 11:01:35 | More by Spidey13
Photo of Buggies


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

A: Pours almost black with some dark ruby red highlights in the light. Nice dark head stays with you until the end.

S: Smell is of chocolate and coffee. Not a lot there... just enough to notice.

T: Chocolate and coffee is there as well... more coffee than anything. Very noticeable bitterness to this one. A dry finish with the bitterness sticking it out a little.

Overall a nice porter. I was hoping more for the mocha, but you mostly just get coffee. This would be perfect with just bit more chocolate and a creamier mouth feel.

06-21-2009 02:10:42 | More by Buggies
Photo of SupaCelt


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

This good morning sunshine poured lovely and doo doo brown into my over huge pint glass. A super dope pour yielded a pillow cap head of fluffy and craggy cocoa tan. Easily an inch tall sprawl and with some true grit. Delicate shreds of lace adorn the glass. Prissy looking. The nose is chocolate heavy. Mocha I guess. There is even a little bit of hop sting underneath. Overall, light in olfactory stimulation. The finish is strikingly dry. The taste that comes before it is strikingly weak. Just some slight powdery chocolate followed by this pronounced bitter and dry ending. The coffee aspects only add to the bitterness while contributing little to the flavour. This feels severely unbalanced. Mouthfeel is light. Drinkability suffers due to the lopsided nature of this one. Alright.

05-13-2006 13:13:27 | More by SupaCelt
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured an almost black color with a tan head. Thick lacing developed on the glass. The aroma had coffee and roasted malt tones. The flavor was big on roasted malt and coffee, with a bitter chocolate tone lingering in the background. Some bitterness was detected with this porter.

Medium bodied, smooth with a slightly dry finish. The coffee and some burnt tones linger on the tongue. A decent porter that could have used a little boost on the chocolate front.

04-30-2004 19:15:08 | More by Gavage
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West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured aggressively from a 12oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. A dark brown color with some beautiful deep amber when held up to light. Nice two finger tan head slowly settled to 1/2 finger or slow leaving significant lacing.

A light chocolaty aroma with hints of dark malts and no hops whatsoever. Taste is also surprisingly light, with hints of chocolate and malt. I get a lingering bitter and dry finish that is at one point almost metallic to me. I'm not sure where that is coming from but it's not terribly pleasant. It does not last long though, and is less prevalent as I drink on.

This porter does have a nice light, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

It's a drinkable beer, but I wouldn't have more than one myself. Nice to sip on and explore flavor-wise. The odd finish I am getting does not cost it too much points-wise as it may just be me. Updates to this review may be forthcoming.

12-15-2006 18:30:55 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of thelagerheads


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

With one of the best names for a brewery and some folk art stamped on their bottles you'd think the beer would mirror the container it comes in but not with this one. It is weak in all three categories: as a porter, as a chocolate beer and equally lacking as a coffee beer. Though the first sip (and the sediment of the last gulp) was strong, once my taste buds got acclimated to it it tasted watered down. Not that the flavoring of each wasn't a nice rich dollop from the bucket, it just wasn't nearly strong enough for my liking. Use a little less crayons on the bottling and add some malt and hops you cheap bastards.

09-14-2006 04:51:17 | More by thelagerheads
Photo of pokesbeerdude


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

12oz single from the State Liquor Store in Vernal, UT. Ridiculously marked up to $2.85 a bottle...still not happy about that...EDIT: I rechecked the receipt its only $2.30 a 12oz single...still incredibly high though.

A: Good deep brown color, verging on black, red/brown accents when held to the light. Cream colored head foamed up to about an inch or so and has receded to a film. Nice rings of lacing. not too bad.

S: Has a distinct coffee smell right up front, and some notes of chocolate syrup, roasted malt, and a vaint note of vanilla. Smells pretty nice. This smells like it is going to be ridiculously sweet.

T: Doesn't live up to the nose at all as far as intensity, many of the flavors are still there though. Chocolate hits initially but it is pretty light, while the coffee lingers way on the back of the tongue, actually a pretty nice lingering coffee flavor. Definitely a Rogue beer, has the distinct flavor of their yeast. A little bit of hop bitterness in there too but it's minimal. As the nose leads on, this is a pretty rich, sweet beer. Okay.

M: Feels about right in the mouth, medium thickness, medium low carbonation, hits those notes right.

D: Pretty fair, but just a little too rich and sweet to call this a session beer, has some nice flavors, but just falls a little short. Definitely not worth the money I paid for it, but still glad to try it.

10-11-2009 04:49:59 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of Jayli


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

I am generally a big fan of the Rogue beers. This beer poured a nice dark brown. The taste was decent. It didn't have much of a mocha taste. There was more of a coffee feel/taste to it. There is a slight after taste to it, which isn't unpleasant but it does stick with you. Overall all, the Rogue Mocha Porter is a drinkable beer

03-30-2008 01:10:13 | More by Jayli
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

22 ounce silkscreened bottle. Pours deep brown with russet highlights and a sticky tan foam cap -- loud fizziness and big carbonated bubbles make it look like a soda. Soft aromas of cocoa powder and earthy hops. Dark malt flavors, initially, then a more sour, vinous taste creeps in to finish with an essence of dusty cocoa. Sour aftertaste lingers. Thinnish body. Not a bad porter, and better than many, but still a little unimpressive.

05-20-2006 04:07:28 | More by orfeu
Photo of laituegonflable


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a dark chocolatey colour with pale beige head, sinks fairly quickly, leaving trails of lace and bubbles on the top. Could use more head, but nice porta colour, looks a bit thin in the glass.

Nose is pleasantly sweet with nice roasty espresso notes, a nice earthiness to it and yeah, mocha character. Nice dark chocolate with a nutty edge, hints of almonds and a lot of pleasant coffee grounds. Very nice porter, nice mocha character.

Taste is nicely roasty which verges on ashy and bitter. A lot of espresso ground roastiness throughout, hints of oak, some unsweetened chocolate on the mid but yeah, gets a mildly sour note towards the back, reaching for espresso bitterness but never quite reaching it. Just falls short of its potential but there's enough there to help me imagine what it could be. Just tastes a bit watered down on the finish and seems to trail off from the pleasant bitter coffee sensation on the front. Nice, but not mind-blowing.

Mouthfeel I think is where the watered-down sensation mostly manifests itself, a bit thin and lacking in the body. Dry on the back but just an underwhelming palate for the most part.

Still a pleasant after-dinner beer. It is roasty and there are no unpleasant lingering flavours, just never quite reaches its flavour potential.

06-09-2010 03:50:43 | More by laituegonflable
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Chilled bottle into a glass at a friend's house. She knows I generally don't care for Rogue, so she always makes a point of getting some when I visit. Damn it.

A: Pours a dark brown that is opaque in the center and lightly translucent at the edges of the glass. Has a couple of inches of tan head that retreat to half an inch. Retention is indefinite, and the head looks nice throughout the drink. Good lacing too.

S: Coffee, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, earth, and hops (pine).

T: Not quite as hoppy as I expected. I'm not a huge fan of hops in my stouts and porters. The coffee/dark chocolate blend is very forward, and it leans toward the bitter side. Caramel and roasted grains are noticeable while the beer is cold, as is an earthy finish, but it becomes more straightforward bitter chocolate / coffee / roast / with a pine hop and tea-like finish as the beer warms. I kind of prefer the cold flavor.

M: Medium-bodied, with high carbonation. The bubbles are a bit off-putting.

D: This is one of the better Rogue beers I've had. I could see myself getting a sixer down the line. Would not mind having it again.

07-12-2009 22:10:44 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of Heavenisbeer


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

At Rogue in SF. Reviewed from notes.

A: Rich mahogany color. Light head that quickly jets. Light lacing.

S: Dense coffee nose, with a light roasted malt backbone. I don't detect any hops.

T: Much like an English porter--there's a soapy theme throughout like a porter from across the pond. Lots of coffee, roasted malts toward the middle, and some wet hop tones in the finish and linger.

M: Light to medium body, with a soapy texture and some light carb.

02-06-2012 00:21:15 | More by Heavenisbeer
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours the darkest of browns,with a thin tan head. Decent retention,and lacing. Aroma is of malts, dark chocolate,and coffee. This is a medium bodied beer,with some carbonation. Taste is of roasted coffee,and dark chocolate. Light, but nice.I would drink it again.

12-10-2007 02:05:47 | More by riversider76
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours dark brown, pretty much black with a light brown head. This one leaves a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is roast and fruity; a citrus fruitiness from the hops. The citrus aroma reminds me more of an American pale ale. The flavor is somewhat roasty with hints of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is more fruity than anything. It has a dry hoppy finish. It is relatively smooth and easy drinking. Not really what I was expecting in a beer classified as a Robust Porter. Not too robust, but I did enjoy it none the less.

02-11-2003 08:29:11 | More by BeerBuilder
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

A - pours dark with a nice one-finger head

S - smells of sweet chocolate and malts with a hint of coffee

T - nice burnt malts / coffee dominate the palate. The name is well inspired. There is also some chocolate present in the taste.

M - thin but extremely smooth

D - 3.5 pretty good porter. Pretty coffee-ish, so if you are into coffee tasting beers I would recommend this.

03-26-2009 02:42:16 | More by birchstick
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West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Serving Type: bottle poured into clear glass beer mug.

Appearance: dark brown. not quite opaque. when held to the light there are hues of red. tan head that dissipates rapidly. some lacing.

Smell: sweet dark malty smell. hints of cocoa and mocha.

Taste: toasted malts with some cocoay bitterness. the toasted malt flavor is not all that robust. the cocoa bitterness is a persistent after taste.

Mouthfeel: a little carbonated prickliness on the tip of the tongue. semi-full-bodied.

Overall: not a bad porter, but not the best either. the after taste is good, but the initial impression is not great.

02-02-2012 01:08:03 | More by JohnTerrizzi
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It is very dark and opaque with a large frothy head that is well retained. It has very nice lacing. The scent has a very roasted malt character with a slight hoppiness similar to a robust porter. Rich roasted malt dominates the flavor with a distinct hop character common to robust porters. The 'mocha' taste is mostly on the finish but not very distinct from the roasted grain character. It has a smooth medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, it's a good robust porter, very tasty.

05-21-2007 02:24:43 | More by scoobybrew
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

The head is very big, light brown, and collapses unevenly to a nice, doughy landscape. Sticky, swoopy lacing clings to the glass. The beer is black, dark red against the light. Nose shows plenty of tangy chocolate and coffee. It's a little sweet. Taste begins timidly, with faint tangy cocoa. Middle is light, with a somewhat watery chocolate. The finish is more where this one blooms for me: a nice coffee/toffee combo that's quite piney hoppy bitter. A good, solid beer.

05-14-2004 18:10:59 | More by kbub6f
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Light don't easily pass through the glass as the beer is a very dark brown one.
After pouring, a small brownish head appears, leaving laces on the glass.

The smell is that of strong roasted malt, covering almost any other smell.

At the taste is very bitter, with aromas of malt and coffee, while the aftertaste has a lot of liquorice. Carbonation is mild but still noticeable while drinking.

Though not an easy beer, it's still quite drinkable and a good example of what porters should be.

Small notice about the (nice) bottle design: mine had a white background instead of the black one displayed on the picture.

12-09-2010 14:08:48 | More by catrone
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is dark brown, with good head. The smell is of roasted,coffee malt. The taste is very bittter, mostly of a heavily-brewed coffee, and I can slightly taste the mocha hints. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have another.

Not one of my favorite beers, a little too bitter, but certainly not bad. I was expecting more sweetness with the name, but now I know, and I could imagine having another one of these in the future.

08-17-2003 00:54:48 | More by beergeek279
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Brownish head comprised of micro-bubbles, black color with minimal lightening at rims and glass bottom, if the foam didn't disappear so swiftly could pass for a stout. Lean and focused nose of burnt coffee, caramelized brown sugar and dry mocha powder, the hoppy graininess a large element, not strikingly sweet, choice few words. Light to medium-bodied, curiously bitter attack with the hops front and center. The dryness impedes the spreading wide of chocolate powder and roasted coffee bean flavors. However, the grain and oatmeal draws out a hint of black fruits. Carbonation could stand to be lower, forces things forward before you're ready. Which then results in a shortened finish. Porter for hopheads?

01-17-2009 18:03:07 | More by farrago
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