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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,619 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,619
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 ritzkiss
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured a dark brown with little head and little retention.

Smell is chocolate and coffee, hints of hops and roasted malts, faint smokiness.

Taste mimics the smell but with a nice dry, bitter hop finish in the back of the mouth. A little more smokiness coming through. Still lots of coffee and chocolate. Slightly thin body.

Not a traditional porter and definitely more of a hops profile than the style would normally dictate but a nice drinker. At 5.3% this could easily be sessionable and is quite tasty.

Photo of lurpy1
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into pint glass. Deep brown/black pour with abundant head. Smell is strongly coffee, roast, maybe a little bit of smoke. Taste is somewhat similar. Chocolate is advertised on the label. While this beer tastes fine, I can't pick up any chocolate, even bittersweet chocolate. Founds this a bit too fizzy for the style, possibly overcarbonated, possibly I don't know WTF I'm talking about.

Pretty good beer, but not a great triumph for truth in advertising.

Photo of buzzworthy
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Rogue is a beauty on the pour with a midnight black coffee body and delicate head that dissipates quickly, soon looking like froth on the top of an ice cream soda. A roasted malt smell predominates. The porter is full bodied with some hoppy bitterness. The finish has a strong french roast coffee flavor. I'm somewhat disappointed in getting almost no chocolate flavor - mocha is a misnomer with the lack of chocolate. I'm not complaining - thoroughly enjoyed the taste. Mouth feel is good but wouldn't want another to follow.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice opaque brown, some minor ruby/shiny red in between, almost black. Thick creamy tan/light-brown head, bubbles showing. Very good retention.

Light sweet aromas of chocolate, dark caramel, coffee and slightly roasted barley. Very good rich dark brew smell, pleasant and inviting, yet subtle.

Mouth is consistent with the nose, some good roasted barley, coffee, chocolate and other dark brew flavors. Just enough taste to satisfy the dark brew drinker, but not as complex as others. Medium body, with a fairly medium level of carbonation.

A solid porter, and overall smooth session dark brew. Nothing super-wowing, but who cares. All that matters is the beer is tasty and enjoyable, which this is. A good session dark brew, which is what porters are. Good for any day, anytime of the year, hot or cold, morning, day or night.

Photo of bens0n
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMoney575
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 1-25-09

Pours a dark brown color with a hint of red. A craggy head settles to a thin layer, with gigantic, foamy lacing.

Smell is sweet malt and subtle bitter coffee. Well balanced and enjoyable.

Taste is alot like the smell, subtle, with just a hint of coffee. The finish is bitter but not hoppy, with a smoky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, thin, but right for a porter.

Drinkability is very good, smooth light flavors with a sessionable abv.

Overall, one of my favorites from Rogue, and a solid choice.

Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense dark brown, reddish highlights when held to a light. Good size tan frothy head with some lacing. Head retention is about average.

Mild smell of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The coffee is not as pronounced as I expected it to be.

Flavor is good. Once again roasted malts with a little chocolate and coffee. Finish is a little bitter...nicely balanced.

Best part of this beer is the mouthfeel.. Very rich and creamy. The flavors all complement each other and go down very smooth. A nicely put together and highly drinkable beer. Ideal for a session or just to savor one... Very good!

Photo of Strix
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a light brown head. Smell is vaguely of coffee and much like other Rogue brews I've had. Taste is dark, burnt and coffee. I'd like to see a little more going on with the complexity though, and it doesn't really develop. A slow slighly hoppy coffee finish that is nice. Wonderful smooth mouthfeel. I enjoyed this, but it's no Dead Guy.

Photo of Bruiser81
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was solid black in my glass with a head that diminished fast but left a thin sheet of foam on top of the beer (could have been the pour). The aroma was all malt as far as I could tell, with a little chocolate mixed in. The taste was a bit sweet up front but that dissappeared quickly, followed by some chocolate flavors and a sharp bitter finish. This beer didn't go down as smooth as many other porters I've had but I would buy this one again.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany with hints of ruby coming through the edges. The head dissipates quickly but stays as a cap throughout with the strong carbonation bubbling up.

The aroma is fairly sweet with chocolate and sweet malts but with a healthy dose of roasted character

The taste is a mixture of dark roasted malts and sweet chocolate and some coffee as well. Maybe a bit of smoke as well.

This mouthfeel is creamy but with generous carbonation that tingles the palate in the finish.

This is an extremely drinkable porter if not the most complex and tasty. A very good beer.

Photo of andrewmartin
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep chocolate brown with a reddish, almost portlike hue, very appealing

S: Dried fruits, chocolate, rum

T: Starts off very chocolaty, then gives way to strong coffee flavors, ending with a pleasent bitterness

M: When cold, quite biting, though not at all unpleasent, but becomes smoother as it warms up.

D: A very nice porter, I wouldn't mind a few more of these.

Enjoy this one with desert, or dark chocolate.

Photo of cagocubs
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown almost black. 1 inch tan foamy head. Head recedes slightly then lingers and laces.

S: Mocha/Espresso/Dark Fruits (maybe cherry)/Toasty malts and a nose full of caramel.

T: Creamy, bitter hops. Mocha and coffee present in every sip. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Nice creamy texture with good carbonation and mouth coating.

D: strong flavors make this one good, but in moderation

Photo of Roguester
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz into a tulip style christoffel glass. I am usually not a porter or stout type of guy, but was amazed at how likable this beer is. Smells sweet and chocolately, not at all offensive. Taste is good also, somewhat dark and burnt tasting, very sweet as well. For a porter, very drinkable and smooth. I've had this beer before, but don't remember it being so nice. Will buy again, but probably not very often.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, amber black color with a head that diminishes fairly quick unless poured wrong. Love the lacing left after drinking.

A: Nearly black, tones of amber when looked at through light.

S: A very unique chocolate smell, the aroma is light but pronounced at the same time. A very dark coffee smell.

T: Taste is reminiscent of a chocolate stout, the porter taste comes late. Chocolate and coffee are overwhelming in a good way. After a sip, licking the lips tastes like maple syrup. Delicious, absolutely delicious.

M: Smooth as a babies bottom.

D: This beer is highly drinkable and I recommend you (yes you) try it. 40 bucks a case is a bargain for the flavor that this beer imparts on your tongue.

Go out and try this beer and other beers Rogue has to offer, you won't be disappointed.

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.

Photo of KLLG1021
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this live as we speak.

Appearance is a dark, black coffee and oily mud. Poured into a pint glass, produces a strong taupe head that lingers then settles down. Smell is a nice dark rich coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes just like the nose, but intensifies with the robust coffee flavors, yet balanced by malts. Mouthfeel is heavy, but not over the top. Sits around on the palate for a while, then slowly fades away. Overall a great beer. I would definitely grab this again

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue's Mocha Porter poured black, like most porters, and had a great creamy head. It had a chocolate and coffee smell to it, but it just wasnt strong enough for a porter. It again tasted heavy and with chocolate and coffee flavors, but its not the strongest flavor out of a porter, it tastes similar to the Sam Adams cream stout, just a lighter. It was easy to drink, espically for a heavy porter, overall its a good quality beer worth trying.

Photo of malcontent
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even for a porter, the Rogue Mocha pours a tremendously opaque brown, almost black. A thin, but uniformly solid tan head with minimal fragrances, mostly malt but with the faintest touch of cocoa also present.

The taste really built with every subsequent sip. The first provided a smooth, smokey, but otherwise unremarkable flavor. The second opened up the chocolate & the following drinks sustained these notes with the additional presence of tobacco & maltiness making for an exceptionally well-rounded porter.

The carbonation & thickness are just perfect as porters go, making for a supremely drinkable liquid. And as usual, the holywater used by Rogue prevents any lingering aftertaste to ruin the experience. A great beer.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seriously looks like there is tan colored whipped cream on top of this beer. Incredible retention. The entire inside of the glass if covered in fairly thick lace. The beer is a very dark brown and looks is opaque. I really don't even see lighter colors at the edges. Very, very dark.

Aroma is very light with slight mocha aroma.

Fairly dry flavor. When I think Mocha I think of a subtle sweetness melding the chocolate and coffee flavors. My first reaction was that there wasn't enough sweetness. Later the sweetness seemed to open up a bit, but there was still a real graininess to the flavor. The roasted flavor was nice and smooth. I'm not getting as much coffee flavor as I had thought. More of a straight roasted malt flavor.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and them smooth...

This is a pretty good porter, but one of the few beers that I wish had a hint more sweetness for balance.

Glad I tried it.

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

We seem to get a fair amount of Rogue offerings here in Maine, which is fine with me. This beer was a dark brown with a small coffee-colored head. It had a coffee, chocolate odor with a little roasted grain. I thought the taste was predominately coffee (like espresso) with a chocolate undertone along with some hops. A little bit on the light side, but still a nice beer.

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

Clear dark brown pour with a squatty tan head. Aroma of mocha, coffee, and roasty malt. Nice blend of malt and peppry and citrus hops in the flavor. This strangely blends well with the creamy coffee and semi-sweet chocolate giving this a pleasant sweet-and-sour combination.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my first Rogue, but was my first taste of a porter. Must say, I was not disappointed. Delightful brew. So happy to see something this good this far south. It poured a rich, ebony into my pint glass, with a creamy head floating atop. Brewer's lace lined the glass as the head dissipated, but it hung on for quite some time. Smell was of licorice, coffee and a slight yeastiness. Taste was really good. Thick, creamy, with a bite of espresso/coffee flavor afterwards. Sweet yet slightly bitter towards the swallow. Really well-balanced and enjoyable brew. Those guys at Rogue really know what they're doing. Great beer!

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

Executive Summary: I consider Rogue to have a solid lineup. I don't have any selections in my mind that are superstars, but each one delivers. Mocha Porter is no exception. It's a great porter and they've included the chocolate/coffee element quite nicely.

Appearance: Deep, deep mahogany with ruby accents when held up to the light. Coffee ice cream colored head, finger thick, reduces to a film. Minor lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, slight hop aroma. Very typical porter aroma - no hint of the titular (giggle) element.

Taste: Aha - there's the mocha! Wow. What a combination. Deep roasted malts up front followed by a distinct (but not overpowering) hop flavor, and finishes out with the mocha accents. It's a nice mix of coffee and chocolate, all against the background of a fine porter profile.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Light carbonation. Not thick at all, which is exactly the way I expect my porters to be - to me, a good porter should have the flavor boldness of a stout but isn't such an investment in the mouth and in the stomach. Very well done here.

Drinkability: Outstanding in this category. A smooth, pleasant flavor that isn't too overpowering to keep you from having a few. This is a great cool weather brew, and I'd easily kick back with several of these.

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

650ml bottle. A potential salve to this late season cold snap.

This beer pours a very dark charcoal brown hue, with minor mahogany highlights, and two fingers of puffy, rocky, and broadly bubbly beige head, which leaves a decent array of broken cloud lace around the glass as it quite slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity caramel malt, dry chocolate, lightly roasted, rather complex coffee, a bit of aromatic black fruit, and grassy, leafy hops. The taste is mildly grainy, gritty caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, cold black coffee, lightly sour orchard fruit, a somewhat acrid nuttiness, and earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, with only a wee bit of lingering effervescence, the body an adequate medium weight, which leaves us with a more or less smooth entity, one with a hint of creamy mouthfeel, maybe, though a bit of sassy hops do provide some drama late in the game. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, malty, chocolate essence pervading.

A pleasant enough, and even lovely at times, after-dinner quaffer, perhaps, fantastic with dessert, or even on its own, if your tastes run towards stag. My only quibble is the rather underwhelming coffee element, for a beer that proclaims it so front and center in its name.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,619 ratings.