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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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2,349 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,349
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 74
Gots: 97 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001)
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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 12 oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark almost black brown with a thick dingy (brownish) white head that sits upon the top like whip cream on top of a float. The head leaves thick lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Smoke, coffee, roasted malt, and bitter citrus from dry hops.

T: Some smoke from the roasted malt and bitterness from the mocha, but the hops are in control of this porter. The dry hops citrus combines with slight smoke on the finish and some bitterness from the mocha lingers on the back of the tongue

M: Medium to heavy and mostly dry.

D: Pleasantly dry with a decent ABV, this Mocha porter is balanced well enough and not very heavy; it is a good beer to enjoy in multiples.

Overall: Though it does not have a heavy aroma, Rogue's Mocha Porter does have nice flavor. Smoke and mocha take a background seat to dry hops, which add a bitter citrus to the beer. The beer is dry and pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:23:52 | More by ianjsullivan
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North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a English pint]

Poured a very dark brown with a medium (1-2 fingers) sized creamy tan head that was mostly lasting and had fair lacing.

The aroma was moderately strong with the scent of roasted bread malts, mild resin hops and a dark leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses.

It tasted nice and malty with a hint of bitterness and a dose of coffee at first and finished with a strong bitter and a mild sweet flavor that had a hint of chocolate at the end. The flavor that was left did not nearly last long enough.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and a little watery yet a tad creamy in texture with a very soft carbonation.

Overall not a bad Porter, although it was rather tasty it could of had a little more body for my liking. With that said I enjoyed it totally and it is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 20:44:08 | More by KajII
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1.98/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

From notes verbatim on 10/8/10

A: Deep brown, spotting sheet of cream over beer. No visible rays of light.

S: Spicy cascade hops (surprise), touch of cocoa over the hoppy porter backbone.

T: Reminds me of leftover espresso grain that has been left behind. Not good to me.

M: Wish it was creamier or less combative on my tongue. I almost want to add sugar.

D: I don't care for this as a mocha beer. Need to tone down the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 07:48:23 | More by harrymel
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Dark brown, caramel colored head. Excellent lacing

Smell-Awesome! Sweet fruit with a hint of coffee. Amazing!

Taste-Slight disappointment after the smell. Nothing ground breaking here. Average American Porter style. Smooth coffee flavor, was hoping for more of a fruit taste.

Mouthfeel-Nice heavy feeling on the tongue. You know this is a beer when you're drinking it.

Drinkability-Above average. I was surprised this had as low an ABV as it does, it feels like it would have more. All in all a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 01:59:55 | More by billyzoom666
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3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll start off by saying I bought a 6-pack of Dead Guy Ale and was surprised when i got home to find that someone had swapped one of the bottles for a Mocha Porter at the grocerie store.

I'm not a big fan of Porter's and Stouts but I do enjoy them on occasion.

This particular brew pours a deep dark brown/black color with a coffee colored head that remains about 2 finger-widths for some time.

The scent of coffee grinds, malts, soil and chocolate are extremely identifiable.

The front end of the sip is rushed by a nice flavor of alcohol and a subtle sweetness. The back end leaves you with a stale coffee taste in your mouth. It's not my favorite beer in the world but I quite like it for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:32:47 | More by afogg0855
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From notes, Dec 2010.

Pours a deep coffee brown with a one-finger light-brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice little cap of bubbles. Smell is coffee and roasted malt, a good combo of coffee and porter. Taste is good, rich, with a great balance of coffee, roasted malt, anda a bit of hops to even it out. Nicely complex, balanced flavor. The main downside is mouthfeel, which is far too light and bubbly for this style of beer. Overall, a great beer, with solid flavor, but it doesn't quite feel right in the mouth for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 05:27:36 | More by zeledonia
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For a microbrewery anywhere in the US these notions are true. Rogue slowly growing as a recognizable symbol of this craft brew movement, particularly in the Northwest, is an encouraging site to see in Winnipeg, let alone Canada - a near bereft craft brew 'market'. However this beer does not strike me as overly daring though I am encouraged by all of the ethics employed to make this beer which made it to my doorstep.

A: Deep nutty brown (described as ruddy) which I can get on board with. from a long pour, a fairly fizzy head forms. Not as creamy as I would expect.

S: Heavy on the malts in smell. Doesn't scream uniqueness right away, but very nutty.

T: I was expecting more here. Hazelnut in the nose and bittering hops in the rear. Reminds me of Fat Tire at first but changes quickly. However the thinness of the beer doesn't appeal to me for the style intended. Self proclaimed as "light and refreshing," I concur, but it doesn't mean that's how I want my porter.

M: The bittering quality is what grabs me as truly "rogue" especially for the style. It leaves one dry and thirsty, which is good that this comes in a 650ml.

D: Its lightness makes it drinkable, particularly since the alcohol content is not overwhelming! It goes down well, but not as deserty or warming as I would have liked.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:34:48 | More by BasementBer


3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, color was almost black with 1 1/2 inch head.

S: You get that mocha roasted coffee scent right away.

T: Taste the same as it smells, mocha, coffee. With a bitter aftertaste and slight alcohol presence.

M: Bubbly, bitter on the palate. I just wish it was a little thicker, it's a bit thin for my taste.

D: Very drinkable but I'm still aspiring for the best Porter & Stout. Drink up!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:58:23 | More by SQUIDPORT
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Guinness pint glass

A-Deep mahogany with faint flickers of dark amber, an aggressive pour yielded about 1.5" of a thick khaki head which lasted a decent amount of time and yielded great lacing.

S-It definitely smells like coffee, malt, and chocolate take a strong presence as well, slight hop smell in the background

T-A little flipped around from the smell, while the coffee malt and chocolate are definitely the stronger tastes, the hops come first as the beer hits the tongue leaving with a great mocha finish. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

M-Thick and creamy with slight carbonation

D-This is an excellent brew that I'll definitely try again, two went down incredibly smooth, this is an excellent after dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 15:05:57 | More by bboelens
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

having had this beer maybe 10 times it is always one of my favorites but i just never got around to reviewing it. served on tap at barelys and into a pint glass.

nice dark brown pour with a good inch and a half of dark tan head that hangs on top of the glass for what seems like forever before it falls back down to earth. very solid look i have to admit. aroma is deep coffee and sweet chocolate notes that just seem to layer themselves on top of each other. smooth, sweet, and lightly bitter it coats the tongue and offers such a smooth, and easy flavor it comes across simply great. touches of light vanilla and a lightly dry and sweet finish seal the deal for me.

overall one of the most solid and dependable beers that there are.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 23:34:32 | More by mikesgroove
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Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 2/10/2010

Appearance: Dark dark brown with a thin tan head

Smell: Toasty, burnt malts and lots of coffee - some subtle chocolate in the background, but the smell is dominated by the coffee (not necessarily a bad thing)

Taste: Unexpectedly burnt and roasted for what is labeled a porter - nice balance between the coffee and the malts - some chocolate - overall, the flavor is good but not all that special

Mouthfeel: On the thin side given the roasted/burnt character, but with nice carbonation

Overall: Definitely drinkable - I actually would have guessed the ABV was higher

This is definitely a good beer but it's not something I need to buy more often. I really think I would enjoy it more if it were labeled a "coffee porter" rather than a "mocha porter." But now that I mention that, I've definitely had better coffee porters...

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 19:19:40 | More by angrybabboon
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a black with burgandy highlights and a 1/4" tan head.
The smell was a roasty maple sweetness with a slight coffee aromma and maybe a touch of pine.
The taste wasnt the typical mocha flavor i was used to it had a sweet maltiness with good hop balance, i found the coffee flavor can through in the finish (very nice).
All and all i would say this is a very drinkable porter not the typical cloying sweet malt bomb.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 15:40:10 | More by mrmuskie
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at World of Beer.

Poured a medium-amber, hues of dark buckwheat honey, white head that faded quickly without a trace. I thought they had mistaken this for the Rogue Amber, which was on tap also, but a quick waft told me this was indeed the Mocha Porter. A light hazelnut/toasted almond aroma blended with less than assertive coffee beans and an almost bock-like malt character in the background. Faint earthiness as well. The mainstay of the flavor department is a nutty cocoa flavor than seems rather muted, giving more of the stage to the light brown sugar and caramel backbone. The coffee flavor just dies. Not really what I wanted from this. The body is rather thin for a porter. I feel like a porter should have a fairly robust body (ie Flagship Porter or Fuller's) but this is pretty weak. However, it makes for a highly drinkable beer. It's not bland, nor is it thick and settling in the stomach, which makes for good, easy drinking. I would love this beer with a Garbage Plate.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 05:50:17 | More by DmanGTR
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky froth of tan head over dark, cloudy brown beer. Body is cloudy with interesting swirls. Not sure where those come from, but it's fun! Aromas are acidic, milk chocolate, and mild breadiness. Flavors follow with bittersweet chocolate, dry roasted coffee, floral acidity. A bit cloying, but not so much that the beer is ruined. Medium mouth and the carbonation feels just right. Smooth and easily palatable. The bomber didn't last too long!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 15:50:57 | More by washburnkid
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well; dark brownish darkish with some red hues coming from the lights going through it.

Smell is of malts, roasted coffee, mocha, shy alcohol esters coming in to tickle the nose.

Well the mouthfeel is watery and overall it is a bitter dry beer. At first, the flavors of mocha, burnt coffee and chocolate comes in and tickles your palate then it goes away rapidly. Some hints of small fruits are perceived, but are cut right away by a sharp bitter end.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 03:44:34 | More by 3Vandoo
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black, all but opaque. Moderate tan head with creamy, fine bead, moderately good retention, and some lacing. Smells like roasted malt, with notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark bread crusts. Very slight hint of chocolate. Perfect for the style-quite roasty, but doesn't cross over into burnt malt flavors. Up front, the roast is very coffee like, though on the back end, a pleasant chocolate note shows through. The flavor and aroma are quite good on this one, but it's the mouthfeel that makes this so damn drinkable. Silky smooth on the palate-it's the kind of beer that leaves you excited for the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 13:37:35 | More by SFrankBrew
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a lovely dark, dark brown, with a foamy, airy, light tan head on it of about an inch and a half. Very faint aromas of coffee and milk chocolate. On the initial sip, the beer is dry, with roasted coffee flavors, and a malt background that remains just present enough to balance the bitter flavors. In mouth, as said before, the beer is dry. Very crisp and light, which is surprising for a Porter. The aftertaste is all bitter coffee, and the finish is quick, with the slightest coffee linger on the mid-tongue. Pretty sessionable beer at the low ABV, but personally, I look for a little more body and a little more booze in my Porters. Decent beer, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 06:05:03 | More by GarthDanielson
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4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-very dark brown, almost black with a good amount of dark tan head. has some nice lacing as well.

S-smells like ground coffee but mostly malty. it has medium strength

T-it honestly tastes like dark roasted fresh ground coffee in liquid form. In and out it keeps this great taste. The after-taste is matching. Every part of this strong flavored and lacks any poor qualities. I don't care much for Rogue brews but I am honestly quite happy with this! this might be one of the best, full bodied porters that I've had.

M-this has a good creamy, medium carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

D-Well I'll definitely have this again and I'll definitely bring this up anytime porters are mentioned. I could drink this all night long. Well done Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 04:33:59 | More by AdamBear
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with 3 fingers of creamy tan head. Settles to a thick creamy cap and leaves tons of thick lacing all over the glass.

S: Coffee with some chocolate.

T: There's some coffee and chocolate flavors and it has a bit of a bitter finish with maybe tiny notes of hops.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a medium body.

D: This beer didn't blow me away but I wasn't disappointed. The taste was a little thin for my liking but everything else like appearance and the feel to it were great. I enjoyed drinking it but I'll probably seek out other beers before this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 18:16:30 | More by marty21
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3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle. This had a metallic taste and smell that I have seen in multiple porters. Starts with the hops and rounds out with the mocha and chocolate tastes. The more of it I drank the more the mocha came out and I started to like it. Overall not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 00:21:33 | More by lsrose
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a almost black, dark brown color with some reddish highlights around the edges of the glass. A creamy, dark tan head slowly faded away, leaving some thick lacing around the glass. The aroma was made up of dark chocolate, roasted malts, some light vanilla, and also some freshly ground coffee notes. The flavor included notes of mocha cappucino, light roasted malts, milk chocolate, followed up by a quick, hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was light to medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A very nice porter. Not too heavy on the palate, and quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 22:00:21 | More by CuriousMonk
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark mahogany with a nice mocha brown head. lots of lacing down the glass.

chocolate malts and a hint of smoke on the nose. not much depth. a strange metallic smell present. I have noticed this in porters before but not sure what that is.

OK, much more depth and complexity in flavors. mocha, malts, & bitter chocolate. has that hoppy sourness on the aftertaste that tends to show up in chocolate porters. I'm wondering if this sour taste is not connected with the metallic smell?

medium to full body with a nice creamy feel. just right on the carbonation

this is a drinkable porter that has a good amount of flavor and feel for a 5% abv. would surely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 02:51:05 | More by haddon
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with milk chocolate highlights that, although opaque in my snifter, looked somewhat hazy on the pour. A nice sandy head sits on top, and is pretty well-retained; there's some lacing too.

The aroma falls victim to one of my biggest qualms with American porters: the mixture of robust American hops and the coffee and chocolate flavors of the malts (and, in the case, from the "natural chocolate flavor").

The hops are the first thing to hit the palate, and are quickly accompanied by the dark malts. The addition of the chocolate was kept subtle enough to let the rest of the beer come through, which I appreciate; it adds a dry, powdery cocoa taste. On the other hand, it's not remarkably pronounced, and I probably wouldn't throw around the term "mocha" in describing it. The finish is dry and hangs on to that black coffee taste.

I was a little surprised how thin the mouthfeel is on this.

Overall, I'm fairly disappointed with this one. I don't buy Rogue beer often, but I had once heard Rogue brewmaster John describe this as "his baby," so I figured it would be a good offering to pick up to perhaps pique my interest. Sadly, it didn't quite do the job.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 05:13:41 | More by Sneers
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Pretty much an opaque black, maybe letting the faintest amount of light through. Small beige and khaki head that leaves little lacing.
Nose is pleasant-- big dose of chocolate that dominates over the coffee and roasted malt. Getting funny whiffs of marijuana as it warms.
Taste has decent piney bitterness that's complemented by the coffee and dark roasted malt. Milk chocolate rounds it all out a nice crisp finish.
A bit thin, decent carbonation silky/creamy body.
This would make for a great session porter if that's what you're looking for.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 06:39:01 | More by MattyV
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, nearly black, with a light tan head and some reddish highlights, this smells like roasted barley and a touch of chocolate.

It strikes me that this is a very hoppy porter, with a lot of spruce and pine building on the tongue. There's a little bit of chocolate in the taste and a little bit of coffee, but this is dominated by roasted and bitter flavors, with a little bit of astringency at the end. It's still very drinkable, with a silky body and good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 03:18:36 | More by lstokes
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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