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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,620 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,620
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 92
Gots: 228 | 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 CarlP2
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my test mug

A- Dark brown, almost black. Very little light gets through. Fluffy tan head, disappears fairly quickly. Looks very inviting.

S- Smells like coffee, smoky malts, and a hint of chocolate. This is one I love to stick my nose in.

T- Taste follows the smell closely. Lots of coffee and a smoky/burnt taste. There is a hint of bitter chocolate in there too. Finishes with a taste of hops and a slight bitter aftertaste, just enough to balance the other flavors.

M- Very smooth, carbonation was a bit above medium. It felt just right for this beer.

D- This one didn't stay in the mug long. I would love to put a few of these away, and at 5.3% abv, it wouldn't knock me over. I'll definitely have to explore porters some more.

Photo of abar22
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes...

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint

The head poured tan, 2 finger thick. Left alone to settle the head left impressive lacing with a thin but persistent cap. The beer itself was dark brown with hues of red.
The smell had hints of roasted coffee, mocha, floral hops, and something I can't quite put my finger on though I'm fairly sure I have smelt it in other Rogue beers. It almost has an ocean/ beach quality to it. The yeast perhaps?
The taste led off with a blast of carbonation followed by the mocha coffee malt backbone. The hops follow soon after and take you through to the dry finish. The aftertaste has a mocha hop resiny feeling to it.
The feel is a bit light though I wouldn't call it watery. Carbonation may be dialed up a hair too much but nothing serious. Like most porters they can be drank in pairs before it's time to move on.

Photo of Buggies
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jackofclubs
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown not much light got through, light brow two finger head not much retention

S everything was kindof week faint coffee and dark malts

T enjoyable but lacking in a way i think i just like my beers overly flavorfull this was on the mellow side

M thin but creamy

D good might try it again but for now there are others i like more

Photo of tgdigital
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another tasty offering from Rogue. Deep dark brown, almost black, light brown head. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the nose. Taste is bitter coffee notes with hints of chocolate and slight hop bitterness. Smooth in the mouth and finishes dry and bitter. Very easy to drink several in one session and at 5.3% it won't hurt you much at all.

Photo of buschbeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to an inch and a half of light brown head. It has pretty good lacing. It smells quite heavenly. It has nice coffee, chocolate roasted malts. It tastes the same with just a hint of coffee, not over the top. I really enjoy this beer. I'm glad I picked this one out of the fridge this evening.

Photo of TexIndy
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info so not sure the age. It was a dark brown almost black in color. It had a large tan head that very slowly settled into a foam. Great lacing.

The aroma was heavy on coffee with some roasted malt but I didn't get the chocolate that others described. Was good but some chocolate would have helped to offset the strong coffee presence. The taste was also dominated by the coffee. Again, it would have been helped by some chocolate or sweetness to offset the coffee bitterness. It's called Mocha Porter but Coffee Porter was more appropriate. Since no dating info, I don't know if this is an old bottle or just the way it is.

Overall, a good beer that could be great if the chocolate showed up. Since so many other reviews describe a good chocolate presence, I'll need to try again before making my final rotation call. Do recommend.

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Photo of david131
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A deep, dark brown with only a bit of light getting through at the edges. A thick, light brown head forms.

S- Smells surprisingly aged with some caramel, coffee, and a bit of soy sauce.

T- Caramel, coffee, chocolate, and a tough of some agedness. Very enjoyable.

M- Very smooth with a nice carbonation level.

D- An enjoyable, unique porter that goes down smooth. I wish I knew how old with bottle was.

Photo of NewGeneric
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying this with some UFC in the background. Poured an extremely dark brown with little bit of beige head and almost no lacing. Smells of chocolate malt and coffee with some caramel notes. Tastes pretty much the same with the coffee dominating the chocolate. Pretty smooth, but just slightly overcarbonated. Could kick back a few.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown color; ruby highlights on the edges with strong light. Poured a 1 finger creamy beige head with good retention. Sticky lacing in thick rings.

S: Big earthy toasted malt aroma; burnt toast, chocolate, bitter coffee.

T: Predominantly toasted malts; burnt toast lots of coffee and chocolate. More hopping than most porters give the beer a nice balance.

M: Shy of a full body; surprisingly light feel though for the style. Medium carbonation. Silky and smooth.

D: A session porter; not too filling and not too rich (or very much residual sugar. Bitter finish and moderate abv help too.

Photo of drcarver
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown/black body with a very small light brown head that fades quickly. Particles float in the body... should they?

S - Roasted malts, a bit of coffee and raisins

T - Coffee and roasted malts dominate with a bit of chocolate in the background

M - Full bodied with a nice bite

D - Goes down nicely for such a dark beer.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a deep dense brown that allows some light around the edges of glass with a finger of cocoa-colored head. Aroma is filled with sweet chocolate, tootsie rolls and a little bit of coffee. Flavor has more tootsie rolls, smoke and roasted malts with a slight bitterness that carries on. This is a light bodied beer, which doesn't help the flavors too much and makes them come across as watery. I really like the aroma but it needs a little more body to be a very good porter.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black/brown with a ruby tint, sport an inch and a half of medium/thick bodied light tan head.
Smells with coffee beans lightly and some roasted malts.
Taste has toast on the front with coffee beans coming through the middle blend.
Finish is crispish with with a definite uncreamed cold coffee bitter after-taste.
Drinks pretty well, but there is a minor coffee bitter that makes the sips drinks frequent.

Photo of Anthony1
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a sniffer

poured a nice chocolaty brown with a nice head. amazing lacing that sticks around until the very last drop. smells of malt and hops mixed with chocolate, roasted mocha, and hits of sweetness. a full bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation. a nice beer, just slightly to bitter an after taste.

Photo of LittleCreature
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a finger of pillowy beige head over a black body that appears ruby red when held to light. Good head retention and some lace.

Smell - 4.0
Very rich and malty aromas of burnt chocolate brownies, roasted coffee and dark fruit.

Taste - 4.0
Quite savoury overall and quite bitter and hoppy for a porter. Flavours of roasted and chocolate malt, lots of coffee and burnt currants.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Surprisingly light in the mouth, with moderate to lively carbonation.

Drinkability - 4.5
I would drink this all night, it is not cloying like some porters.

OVERALL - 4.05
A new style for me and an excellent beer. Really quite different from an English Porter, particularly in the carbonation and hopping.

Photo of Cs1987
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black, 1 finger of head which reduced. Good retention.

Smell - A little low on the usual malt odours, but surprisingly hoppy.

Taste - Strong roasted mocha flavour, as the name suggests. The malt and hops are well balanced, but there is not much sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, good carbonation level.

Drinkability - A little lower than I'd expect for a porter.

Overall - Still a very good beer, but not quite up with the best porters I've tried.

Photo of beerman207
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking at this one for a while but never seem to buy a single. I'm glad that I finally bought one of these. This is a very good porter.

A- Very inviting on the pour - dark with a tan head about 2 fingers high that doesn't stick around long leaving some nice lace on the glas

s-Smell is very good - smells of chocolate, maybe some coffee in there, as well as some serious malt.

t-The malt is dominant in this and the chocolate comes through in the finish. Very nice.

m-Mouthfeel is very good for this as it has medium carbonation and doesn't have much bitterness to it.

d- I have to rate the drinkability quite high for this beer. If I had more than one, I'm fairly certain this would be my go to beer tonight.

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an extremely dark amber/brown, with 2+ fingers of foamy mocha tan head. Retains with a thin layer of creamy foam, which stays rich and just drenches the sides of the glass with lace. Just like the name suggests, this has a nice mocha aroma to it. Almost latte like, with light roasted coffee accents mixing with some sweeter notes as well. There is also a sturdy underlying layer of roasted malts and a touch of floral hops, which gives this some extra presence in the nose.

That same coffee sweetness is much more subtle in the taste, instead taking a backseat to a pervasive combo of roasted smokey chocolate malts and hop character, which makes itself really known in the finish, lying a dry feel in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a relatively creamy carbonation up front, which then switches gears to a chewier layer underneath, giving the overall feel some crunch.

Not too bad. I wish that a bit more of the coffee character had carried over to the taste but the quality roastiness of this provided the sort of Porter character that I like. This is a quality staple beer from Rogue that is worth a look.

Photo of BrewIndy
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black.

S: Great smell. I love the way this beer smells. It doesn't get much better than this.

T: Good taste. I can't say it's the best porter I've ever had but it's not the worst. It's not offensive at all and it leaves me wanting more.

I could drink a few more of these. My guess is I'll be going back to this. You can't go wrong with a Rogue.

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a hazelnut brown head. Slightly cloud like appearance.

Smells of burnt caramel, toasted and chocolate malt aromas too.

Tastes similar, but with a little bit of hop bittering in there too.

Medium mouthfeel, and a little sweet, but overall very enjoyable

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since this is a Rogue I was expecting the flavor to knock by tastebuds out and leave me weeping in the corner. Well it wasn't THAT strong but definately had some bite to it.

It poured black that had just a bit of brown visible on the lower edges of the glass topped with a 1/2 finger tan head. The aroma was lightly sweet. The flavor had cocoa and toffee components that mixed well. It had notable hops but was fairly smooth, with abody I would lable as heavy-medium. It finished with a slight cocoa aftertaste. This is definately a keeper in my favorites collection.

Photo of damienblack
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cola black in appearance, pitch dark. Lots of nice foamy lacing and head, big and billowey. Lots of small bubbles. Smell is quite underwhelming, A bit of coffee, but hops are the overwhelming scent here. Taste is also a bit of a letdown. Doesn't really taste much like coffee at all. Very dry, but at the same time not roasty. Not much malt sweetness, just dry. A lot more hop bite than I would expect, too. Another user compared this to Guinness. It's not creamy like you'd expect Guinness canned to be, yet it also lacks the punch of Guinness Extra Stout. It's not terrible, definitely not offensive. But from Rogue, I would expect a lot more. Kind of watery, not much depth of flavor at all. Very drinkable, though. Methinks this one will be one and done for me.

Photo of mwa423
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice dark brown colors with a finger and a half of slightly brown head. Can't even see through the beer, good

S - Roasty and chocolaty, but nothing special. Smell is a bit weak

T - No mocha at all, a weak porter (almost on par with the level of taste of Guinness) and far too much hop bite.

M - Average, nothing to write home about.

D - Not enjoying it, I was really looking forward to the style and I love dead guy and a lot of other Rogue stuff, but I was just flat unimpressed with this.

Photo of natelocc787
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan foamy head.

Head was gone pretty quick. Decent lacing.

Aroma is of Dark Chocolate, Roasted malts, Molasses and Espresso. Very strong and complex nose.

Taste is of mocha, molasses and cocoa nibs. Hops bite in the middle somewhere and add a bitterness to the finish.

Heavy, thick, chewy body.

Like a hybrid between a Stout and a Porter. Very very good.

Photo of degerbah
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured pitch black with a small amount of very thick head. The smell is malty, but not nearly as sweet as I expected, more bitter.

I really expected something different from this, not at all a strong coffee or malt flavor. I think that if a beer is packaged as a "mocha" porter then it should have more coffee taste than the average porter; I'm not getting this. This is a perfectly enjoyable beer, but with its thick taste, I think it is mor eof a stout than a porter.

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87 out of 100 based on 2,620 ratings.