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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,399 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,399
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 75
Gots: 106 | 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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Eriktheipaman

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a dark brown, with large off-white head, and decent lacing.

The smell is chocolate and roast. Becomes much stronger as it warms up.

The taste is semi bitter from the malt or chocolate and has a ashy taste on the back. Not as much chocolate or coffee flavored roast you would expect but it still hits the spot for a Porter.

The body is great. A little heavier than most for the style (from the chocolate I assume) but it still maintains it's high drinkability.

08-16-2011 22:46:06 | More by Eriktheipaman
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

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.

08-13-2011 20:34:45 | More by jondeelee
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gestyr

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured into a shaker pint

A: Pours a deep brown with a thick, long lasting beige head that leaves lacing

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, malt, a hint of hops

T: First you taste the coffee and the malt followed by the chocolate which is complimented by the hops bitterness

M: On the higher side of medium bodied.

O: A good porter. It would go well with a dessert or by itself.

08-08-2011 00:48:02 | More by gestyr
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atr2605

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

A-pours extremely dark brown with a tan head with pretty good head retention
S-dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt
T- much more of the coffee flavor in the taste, with chocolate remaining on the palate as an after taste and the hops bitterness ties in with the roasted malt.
M-medium-full bodied, average carbonation
O-Great example of the style. Hits all of the main flavor profiles and has a nice slightly hoppy and rich taste.

08-07-2011 00:19:15 | More by atr2605
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gatorbreath

Fiji

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

dark brown with a tan head that retreats rapidly and doesn't leave much lacing, a bubbly head it is. a nose of malt, possibly some chocolate. taste is rich caramel chocolate and not so much malt, a different twist this one...the mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied, nice job rogue. will def swoop another one or 2 in the coming, cooler months..cant wait fer winter..

08-06-2011 21:59:37 | More by gatorbreath
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Pretty much as black as coffee with some red highlights on the edges. Decent size on the coffee-tan head, dissapating down to a thin sheet shortly after. Good retention, lacing. Smells of coffee and dark roasted malts mostly, with a small backing of milk chocolate. Nothing overly potent about the smell, but its pleasant.

Coffee is featured prominently in the taste, mouthfeel and aftertaste. In fact, if I didn't know better, I'd say I was drinking slightly carbonated iced coffee minus the ice. There is a light coffee bitterness on the front of the palate followed by some faint chocolate taste that accentuates the coffee, not sweetening it. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, dry in the end, but a nice pleasant coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a very easy beer to drink, as it feels so light in body, but at the same time somewhat full and creamy. The carbonation level is dead on for the type of beer this is. Overall very enjoyable, and if you like coffee, then you will like this too.

08-06-2011 04:12:07 | More by chodinheaven
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DUBinMIA

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +8%

served in a Heffe glass cause that's all that was clean... but it looked beautiful with all that extra head space!!! Dark brown nearly black color with almost 2 in of head that dissipates to a nice 1/2 in thick layer of frothy foam with lots and lots of lace.

chocolate malt with maybe a slight yeast profile... can't put my finger on it but finishes with light coffee and no noticeable hops. smell is very good in my opinion.

bitter chocolate and then malt right away. hops bring more to balance after malt flavor. light coffee taste but very faint possibly from the smell more than the flavor. pretty good

full bodied but not extreme thickness like some porters.

Overall very happy with the beer i will continue to enjoy it on a regular basis.

08-01-2011 01:36:59 | More by DUBinMIA
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eggodoom

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

poured into a pint glass this beer has the appearance of of a tall glass of coffee with some hints of red. The head dissapates rather quickly but was a finger tall. The head was tan and enticing. The smell is that of any coffee porter chocolate, coffee, and sweet. Mouthfeel is thick, not quite whole milk thick but 2% definately. Lacing is minimal. Taste sweet cocoa up front hint of coffee but a bitter finish that sticks for a few seconds. Not my favorite coffee porter but wouldn't dare turn it down.

07-30-2011 06:20:15 | More by eggodoom
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stckhndlr

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Dark brownish black with ruby highlights and a thick 2 finger seafoam head with awesome lacing.

Chocolate coffee malts. Smells like a mocha latte with creamy foam on top.

a smokey coffee flavor with chocolate notes

Creamy and smooth with low carbonation and a smokey slightly bitter finish.

Good tasting beer with big flavor.

07-28-2011 16:09:59 | More by stckhndlr
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3/5  rDev -22.5%

Appearance: dark and well, non-descript.
Smell: kind of what I would expect in a mocha porter but watered down. Not bad, just not outstanding.
Taste: again, a watered down version of expectations.
Overall: grabbed a 6 hoping for something at least above average based on ratings and reviews. Frankly disappointed. Just not much happenin.

07-27-2011 00:38:28 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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JMad

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

I drank this from a pint glass...

It is dark brown with a foamy tan head that left tons of lacing. The smell is dominated by sweet milk chocolate with coffee and a slight earthy aroma. It tastes of bitter dark chocolate and coffee grinds with a piney hop aftertaste. It's medium bodied and smooth with a very dry/ lingering bitterness. This is a wonderful porter, very bitter and dry.

07-24-2011 06:17:52 | More by JMad
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%

A: Dark brown body with a with a bit of a beigge head that left some wisps of lace on the sides.

Smell: Has some chocolate, bitter coffee and expresso, and richer toffee notes. Nothing exotic, but nothing to complain about

Taste: Coffee dominated, somewhat bitter, with lesser notes of unsweetened chocolate. Slight amount of grassy taste on the end for some reason..

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Wish this one had a bit more heft, not a favorite, would pass on it next time..

07-19-2011 20:00:15 | More by AgentZero
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janubio

Spain

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%

330 ml. bottle. Very dark colour, with a big brown head, but it doesn't have much retention. And not much lace either. Smells of coffee, licorice, dark fruits and brown sugar. Honey and vanilla too, but never too strong. And... it's too thin in the palate, taste is very faint also, more chocolate than coffee, sweet, dark fruits. Easy to drink, but not the best I've had.

07-13-2011 21:31:57 | More by janubio
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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

very dark brown, slight tint of red around the edges of the glass. good amount of light tan head that lasts throughout.

smells of roasted beans, bit of chocolate. taste was nice - bitter, coffee/mocha and a nice balance of hops but the aftertaste kind of brought it down. second time trying it and overall it's a good porter.

07-12-2011 04:03:54 | More by fostachild
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engagechad

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

Purchased as a bottle from Capital Ale house in Glen Allen, VA - pint

Pours a dark brown with minimal to moderate head and not really any lacing. Smells like a mild porter. Not much coffee or chocolate to note. Taste follows. A basic porter with no real stand out characteristics.

Overall this is an overpriced, okay porter.

07-10-2011 18:21:00 | More by engagechad
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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -14%

Purchased at RFD in Washington, DC. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: An impressively dark brown, like a stout would have. It's basically opaque. The head is thin, tan, and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: Aroma of herbal hops is VERY strong and almost totally dominates the malt. Not what I expected at all.

Taste: The taste is more balanced than the smell -- the first notes and finish tends to be hoppier, while the middle is maltier. The roasty character communicates espresso and dark cocoa, but the flavors are not so intense as to overpower. The hops and malt, and the flavors within the malt, blend together very well. The grassy finish is elongated the slower you swallow. The booze is hidden well.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium body, but with a bit of slickness left over in the mouth. Carbonation is moderate, keeping within what's normal for a porter.

Overall: Well-deserved for its reputation as a good porter, although the malt could have been slightly bolder. (The restraint did make it easier to imagine having more than one, though.) I found the huge hoppy aroma off-putting, but that's my only major knock. No harm in trying this beer.

07-10-2011 05:00:53 | More by fountainofyouth
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Ruger

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Pours a brownish black with a tan head and thick lacing all around the glass.

S - Extremely sweet smelling, coffee then hops.

T - Tastes like coffee and then dark chocolate with a slight smoke feeling left in the mouth.

M - Extremely smooth light to medium carbonation very good mouthfeel.

07-09-2011 02:42:44 | More by Ruger
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DCon

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Bought a 12 fl oz bottle of this from the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $4.50. Poured from the black bottle into a Pint Glass and has no sign of a Freshness Date (like always with Rogue).

Aroma- Very complexed malts used that have a roasted coffee aroma. This malt character is sweet and great for the style! Almost dead on.

Appearance- Pours 3 fingers of off white head that has Awesome retention! A deep, pitch black color body is present and has good lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Has a nice beginning taste of chocolate and then goes into the roasty, coffee, and espresso tastes. A medium, sweet bitterness is then introduced.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin bodied, Watery all the way through, and a lighter character on the finish. Leaves Coffee, good amount of Acidity in the finish.

Overall Impression- During the first couple sips, notes of this beer, I wasn't impressed, but sometimes you have to dig deeper and finish the whole pint to appreciate the beer for its style and what it calls for. This was an easy to drink porter and will be looking for it soon!

Overall Impression-

07-03-2011 19:22:08 | More by DCon
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Nice foamy cocoa brown head sitting on a dark chestnut body. Head forms about two fingers in size and had some good retention. Fairly large sized bubbles too for the head.

Whipped creamy chocolate mousse on the nose, and a mix of balanced malt and small roast. Real nice here very enjoyable.

Chocolate smell does not seem to come as much on the taste. Palate fills with a good solid roast and hint of coffee more than chocolate. Good balance and body in the feel, finishing with dark malts but also a little bit of carbonation fizz.

OVerall pretty solid to go porter. Best and a personal favorite no, but you could do a lot worse. Good solid beer.

06-26-2011 02:13:32 | More by smakawhat
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours nearly black, but is actually a relatively clear dark reddish-brown when held up to the light. The 1.5 finger head had some staying power and left nice lacing.

There's an obvious coffee and chocolate smell, along with plenty of roasted malts, and a touch of hops.

Taste wise it's a very smooth milk chocolate and latte combo, along with plenty of toasty, roasty malts. A light hops presence is there but faint.

It's well carbonated for a porter, medium bodied, and slightly slick going down, but relatively easy to drink.

Overall it's a tasty porter. If you like chocolate beer, this is an excellent choice.

IMO, Rogue's main problem is that the price of their sixers isn't commensurate with the level of quality (which is often equaled in similar styles, but at a considerably lower price with other breweries).

06-15-2011 17:58:55 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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CamuMahubah

Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

I've had this beer many times and it always fails to fully impress...I keep thinking it's gonna be a coffee stout or a porter with real mocha...

And it ain't! So why the name?

I mean it's kinda got the acidic backbone...nah not really...

It's a very gorgeous beer with little rivers of caramel soap floats more like rapids in the chocolate sea!

It's a good beer it's just that I was expecting chocolate coffee and it just ain't here. In name and all I guess but asking malt to do this blatantly without help is just too much.

THat said...I must say this beer beats the heck outta any poser porters made by the big three and all...and is a finely crafted porter with a nice enough hop profile that would beat on lesser beers. It's just that it doesn't have mocha in it...

Maybe I'm missing the point?

06-15-2011 04:53:50 | More by CamuMahubah
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PorterForMe

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured a 1 1/2-finger tan head with decent retention and excellent lacing. Dark brown with some light penetration producing a reddish appearance around the edges of the glass

S: Sweet, toasty malts and light hop presence

T: Follows the nose. Coffee and toasty malts over biscuit-flavored foundation and faint, bittersweet chocolate finish. The flavors are all there, they are just a little too thin.

M: Very nice, great carbonation and medium body.

O: Pretty good but not mind-blowing. There are more flavorful year-round porters to be had. If you have access, go for Deschutes Black Butte Porter instead.

06-08-2011 02:55:25 | More by PorterForMe
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indesertum

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

3 finger caramel foam. subsides pretty quickly

pitch black. like tar. cant see anything through it

smells of deep dark chocolate. a little sweet like apricots. nice flowery notes

strong rich deep taste. definitely cocoa nibs. sweet fruity after taste. finish is pretty long (6, 7 seconds). tastes a little bit like motor oil. strong hops but not overwhelming

mouthfeel is rich, smooth, creamy. medium to medium low carbonation

overall it's a good beer, but not great.

06-07-2011 18:29:56 | More by indesertum
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MaltsOfGlory

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Pretty excited about this beer, I've been excited about Rogue beers before in the past (and they usually disappoint me a little bit) but not this much before. Pours a solid one and a half finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is very strange looking, I don't know what it is about it, but it looks weird. The head is full of small bubbles, but there are a fair amount of big ones too, the head also looks very creamy and a little pillowy, I guess that's why it looks weird, it just has so many qualities to it! The side of the head looks different (just like my last Rogue looks), it looks very soapy and not very appealing, but again, I'm more concerned with the top of it. The head is a very light milk chocolate color and it is leaving EXCELLENT lacing, man oh man. The body is black, with hints of brown, frankly it's not light by any means, but it still seems lighter in color than most porters. The head is hanging in there very well, most Rogue beers do, and this is no exception. Overall this beer looks really nice, the body is good, not great, but the head really makes up for it, man, great lacing, great creamy look. The smell of this beer is also fantastic, smells like chocolate, coffee, dark malts, all mixed in together. This is exactly what a porter should smell like, very good smell. The smell could be a tiny tiny bit bigger, but I'm really just being picky, the smell is for sure big enough for a good beer, and smells great. The taste is good, but for sure not as amazing as the smell was, pretty simple on the taste, nothing bad about it, just nothing that great, all the flavors are dumbed down a bit. The coffee is still somewhat present and the dark malts are for sure there, not getting too much in the way of chocolate though. Tiny tiny TINY hop bite in here, which is fine, but sometimes it's nicer to have a smoother porter, I guess it just depends on my mood, it is a beer after all, it should have hops in it. There were no hops on the smell though. Overall the taste isn't bad, just a little dulled down compared to the smell and especially the look. I am getting significantly more coffee as I drink this now tho. Anyways. The mouthfeel is interested, at first when it hits my mouth it just feels super smooth, and then it does a complete 180 and gets really harsh, the carbonation is just too high for a porter. I had the same feeling when I had the Rogue - Mom Hefeweizen, it was a bad carbonation mouthfeel, and that beer was exceptionally rough on the feel. This beer isn't as rough, it just has too much carbonation for the style. The drinkability isn't bad at all on this one, it's for sure a very easy dark beer to put back. Overall on this beer, it's good, and as I continue to drink it, the flavor continues to improve, but only by hairs here and there, it's not going to get better enough to make a 4 on taste. It's a good beer, and an excellent appearance (lacing has followed me all the way to the bottom of the glass), but it for sure has a few small problems. I'll make u for the improving taste and give it a 4 for the overall grade.

As I drank this beer more I was shocked at how....disappointing this beer tasted, I know I said the taste was getting better, but then it actually started to get worse. This taste barely makes 3.5.

06-07-2011 01:37:13 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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liveandletdie

Washington

2.58/5  rDev -33.3%

I've only had a few Rogue beers before, this being my most recent. I had been putting off trying it because I haven't liked many of their beers except for their stouts. This beer was no acception, it was an over hopped and coffee lacking mocha porter. You dont get much coffee taste in it, a lot of bitter hops. Not well rounded at all, tried it at room temp and cold. Both were no good, nothing spectacular here.

05-31-2011 22:48:29 | More by liveandletdie
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