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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,636 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,636
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 93
Gots: 242 | FT: 3
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Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Ratings: 2,636 | Reviews: 1,334
Photo of crwills
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber of this with my brother last weekend. Poured halfs into oversized wine glasses. Dark brown, almost black in colour, but not quite opaque. Almost no head (a bit too cold since we were in a hurry to get to dinner), but what's there is a light mocha colour (surprise).

Aroma is somewhat faint -- bitter chocolate, mild winey alcohol, some coffee, and a bit of Coca Cola.

Taste is great, really enjoyed it. Buttery chocolate that gives way to a dry bitter cocoa and burnt wood aftertaste. Some espresso notes, and a definite hop presence. Slick mouthfeel and great body.

Photo of HowlingTurkey
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rkhaze
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a creamy tan head. Not much lacing. Roasted malt, cocoa, and espresso on the nose.
Nice roasted malt flavor upfront with coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a subdued (for Rogue) hop presence. The bitter/dry aftertaste really lingers on the finish.
For the style it seemed light bodied and almost over-carbonated. Good drinkability.

Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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

Photo of jayrod20
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with tan head that didnt stay long. Medium body, mouthfeel was very pleasant. Aroma was very pleasant with chocolate and coffee notes. Taste was also of chocolate and coffee with a slight fruit finish. Drinkability was very good on this one as well. I liked it a lot.

Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew was not quite a dark as I was expecting, but still looked fetching enough. What I love about the MP is how creamy the mouthfeel is. It also has a rather creamy flavor. This brew just blends together so well that it doesn't have any rough spots - nothing out of whack that sticks out. That being said, at times I am left wishing it could be just a bit heartier.

Photo of dcscientist
3.9/5  rDev +1%

I'm a porter fan in general, and even though I'm not a coffee drinker, I enjoyed this mocha porter. The coffee flavor wasn't so strong as to make me think I was drinking that instead of beer, so that's a plus in my book. It's a bit on the dry side but nothing too intense, and it's pretty well balanced as a result. Good middle of the road porter.

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Mocha Porter pours a dark molasses brown color with a medium sized fluffy tan colored cap. A bit of nice lace dots the side of the glass.

The aroma is as expected - milk chocolate, roast coffee, with some roasted malt presence as well.

Each sip is smooth and consistent. The malt presence brings forth roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, and espresso. The flavor turns slowly bitter, and there are some dry coffee grounds and smokey notes toward the end. The finish has another bit of chocolate and is mostly bitter.

For a porter with this low of an ABV, the body is actually a little bit fuller than I would have expected. The carbonation is balanced between creamy and smooth, and there is a dryness to the texture that prevents this from getting too sweet or sticky.

Overall I generally find Rogue’s offerings to be nice but not to push any boundaries, and this fits that bill precisely.

Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at Winking Lizard last night. Review from notes. Poured by me into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Dark Dark body with medium brown head. 4.0

S Nice strong porter with a coffee and chocolate background. Dark roasted sweet malt as well. Exactly as advertised and I appreciate that. 4.0

T Smell carries right over into the taste. Nice dark roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes with a nice sweetness that is nicely balanced by other tastes. 4.0

M A nice smoothness greets the taster while enjoying all of the tastes described above. This is a big beer overall though. 4.0

D One and done for me but I enjoyed every drop. 3.5

Notes: Nice, enjoyable beer that delivers exactly what is suggested by the name, style.

Photo of Magpie14
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: in a 12 oz bottle. Cream colored head bursted its way to the top of the glass with big foamy craters. Sporadic lacing was just as impressive. Rich oily brown color and active bubbles in the glass

S: dark roasted malts with a mild coffee/mocha presence, a kiss of hops

T: dark rich malts, stale coffee, burnt caramel sweetness. Touch of dryness in the finish as hops give a bitter snap. I was left with a pined hop, espresso, chocolate aftertaste. I must say that a faint and fresh smokiness flavor is in their as well

M: light creamy feel, good smoothness and easy on the tongue

D: I could see myself drinking these regularly for a porter. No doubt that I am a sucker for coffee based beers. This is a good one, I recommend it.

Photo of Mavajo
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown color - nearly black, but not quite. Tall foamy tan head that hung around forever. I sipped this one pretty slowly and still had a good half-finger thick head at the end. Nice lacing.

Nose and taste are pretty as would be expected - chocolate, coffee, mocha. Mouthfeel is smooth, light carbonation, medium bodied. Quite drinkable. I found this brew quite smooth and enjoyable. It's not necessarily remarkable in any way, but it does everything well and puts it all together to produce a very nice brew.

Photo of dgallina
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Plenty of chunky tan head and thick lace with very good retention. Smells sweetly malty, with subdued roasted grains and fairly strong floral hop notes. Medium-bodied and creamy with surprisingly strong carbonation. Flavor begins with sweet graininess, builds into toasted bread, dry roasted coffee, and unsweetened cocoa. Finishes with a strong and puckering dry hop flourish.

A nice American porter rendition, if perhaps a bit over-hopped for the general style. Reminiscent of some dry stouts more than other porters.

Photo of Reidrover
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok bought in the screen printed 22 oz brown bomber..label looks a lot different than the one displayed on the page.
Appearance is of deep dark, dark brown almost black beer..impenetrable to light..small frothy tan head..leaves nice lacing.
Smell for a Rogue is surprisingly weak..but I do detect some chocolate and hop hints.
Nice strong taste of the coffee and malts at first then the ubiquitous hops spring forth in ambush..very unusual and nice.
Nice on the palte pretty adventurous.
Nice drinkable porter..winter is here and im enjoying porters so much more again.

Photo of battlekow
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We're having a porter-off, featuring Rogue Mocha Porter, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Sierra Nevada Porter, Tyranena Chief BlackHawk, Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter, and Watch City Welcome Back Porter.

Black, with a tan head that's creamier than the rest. Smoother than the others except the Fitz. Nice burnt coffee grounds flavor that isn't too bitter and goes down easy, but with a very bitter aftertaste. Second-best porter I've had all night.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first American craft beer if I don't count Samuel Adams and I'm very interested to taste an American interpretation of an English classic.

APPEARANCE: Typical porter brownish black. Head looks like that of an expresso, kind of yellowish.

SMELL: Soft porter smell, not strong. I can sense a sweetness. Sucking the last drip from the rim of the bottle I get a taste of mocha coffee and even rose water.

TASTE: A typical smokey, tart porter flavour with a pleasant softness that creates an interesting balance. The coffee is subtle, adding a levelling mellowness to the brew. Ever so slightly hoppy too. There's a subtle sherbet flavour which provides a tingling sensation on the gums.

OVERALL: Both disappointed and impressed. I thought the coffee would be way more upfront but it only imparted a soft mellowing sweetness to the balance, which actually made for a nice tasting porter anyway. One of the best I've had, albeit I've never had a bad one.

Photo of NEhophead
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense coffee colored head that finally settles to a pillowy sheet. Condensed and layered lacing with very good strength. Semi-opaque black in color with a mahogany hue.

Roasted chocolate malt with mocha and hazlenut aromatics. A bit of dark fruit: plum, dark cherry, and raisin.

Strong mocha, coffee, hazlenut, and even some light vanilla. A roasted malt base matched with an assertive hop bite at mid-sip. A hefty bitterness accompanies a very raw mocha and espresso aftertaste. A robust flavored porter.

Full bodied; the sweetness provides a nice smoothness to such a bold version of the style.

A bold porter with some aggressive flavors: exactly what I expect from Rogue. Heavy, yet drinkable at the same time.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last trip to the liquor store I was searching for some coffee influenced porters and stouts and came across this one.

Pours a very dark brown almost black with a thick creamy brown head. Very impressive head retention and creamy quality. Thick rings of lacing are left to the bottom of my glass.

This one smells fairly hoppy with a faint chocolate malt background. This smells similar to Sierra Nevada's stout, but with greater emphasis on hops.

Tastes too hoppy to begin with, but allowing this to warm up opens a wonderful bouquet of flavours. Starts out tasting chocolatey and moves into a roasted coffee flavour that gives way to a dry bitter hop finish. Very well rounded and balanced.

Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly full bodied given the 5.30% abv. Highly drinkable and enjoyable as the weather cools.

Photo of Contagion
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into the glass, it has a nice dark brown color to it. It's almost black. Light barely passes through and it's so dark you can't tell if there is any cloudiness to it at all. . It poured a three quarter inch tan head that faded to a film on the top of the glass. No lacing was noticeable.

The first thing you smell is a strong scent of hops. It is followed by a kind of sweet chocolate. The first thing you taste is bitter hops, but it turns to a dark chocolate flavor. There is a roasted malt accent that comes through as your drink it as well. It has a very dry finish. The after taste is a bit bitter.

This is a nice medium bodied beer. There is some creaminess to it. The carbonation isn't over done.

Photo of argock
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: nearly balck with soft, brown sugar-colored head, 2 fingers, lots of pits and nice retention with respectable lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, mild dark fruit, ginger snap, and faint leafy hops in the nose.

T: Attention-getting without being overwhelming. Most sweet roasted malt flavor up front, some dark fruit and chocolate flavors through the center, with the bitter coffee, blackstrap molasses, and leafy hops flavors in the finish. A very full-flavored porter.

M: Smooth with some acridity and dryness in the finish and aftertaste.

D: A very drinkable porter with enough coffee, chocolate, and acrid burned malt and molasses flavors. A good beer for those new to porters as well as fans of the style.

Photo of treble
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Each time tasting this beer, it was poured from the bottle into an unchilled pint mug. The coloring is pretty typical of this style of beer, a very dark rich brown, caramel hued when held up to the light, slightly reddish. The head built up beautifully, a fluffy off-white, a good couple fingers tall and didn't dissipate too quickly. Lacing on the glass is not exactly like, well, lace, it's more a creamy ring with bubbles in it at the top and then gradually becomes more openwork as it sheets down the glass.

Smells rich, raisins and slight dark chocolate, but also with a bit of alcohol, sour-ish but not offensive, robust.

I have a funny relationship with porters, i either like them very much, or i can't even bring myself to finish my beer. I liked the taste of this one very much, it didn't have that terrible bitterness i dread experiencing. I actually liked this beer closer to the room temp. than very cold. Very complex in its flavors, tastes slightly alcoholic, you really can taste hints of cocoa initially and then it quickly develops into a full hoppy coffee with burned sugar that starts at the back and puckers the tip of your tongue. Not unpleasantly bitter, nor can i say it's at all sweet, pretty nice development and balance. The bitterness it does have stays in your mouth long after your sip though, a drawback in my opinion.

Hm, mouthfeel, i can see why one of the reviewers said that a thicker mouthfeel was expected, it is very dark and flavorful and there is quite a bit of carbonation, which is why the head was so beautiful. This beer is by no means thin, though, just big bubbles. I think that maybe finer carbonation would be an improvement but it's pretty smooth regardless. Definitely a drinkable beer, i did have four of them, but i like dark beer...

Photo of jondeelee
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours black with a little head.
the aroma of chocolate and malt with a hint of hops
the taste is bittersweet chocolate with some malt and coffee.
the beer is very creamy and goes down smooth expacitally in the cooler months.
use a brandy snifter to get the best aroma

Photo of bfields4
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a coca-colaish dark but transparent mocha brown. with a thin but nice head that leaves a lacy trail.

Smells intensely of coffee with subtle notes of chocolate and maybe a little dark fruits in the back.

Bitter dark chocolate and coffee are abundant and pleasant. A wee little hops also hits me here and there.

Very light and smooth almost coffeeish for the style instead of the rib sticking heavy experience of many american porters. Its very pleasant beer that I would never turn down.

Photo of Suds
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have had this beer on many occasions and neglected to review it. The beer is a dark brown color with a thick head. The aroma shouts coffee...espresso...deep, dark, rich roasts. The coffee really dominates the smell, leaving just a little grain and malt underneath. A smooth dryness characterizes the taste. Coffee is present there as well...a cool mocha. Light bitterness...some smoke...nuts and dried figs. Coffee, though, that is the leading taste. Full mouthfeel...very smooth. Great brew.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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