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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,229 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2229
Reviews: 1302
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%


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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KYGunner

Kentucky

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

Very dark in appearance the ruby highlighted Porter is lost to this blacker than night addition. The head was creamy but not particularly stout.

Lots of dry chocolate malt hits the nose with hints of coffee and roasted malt. The taste follows suit with dry chocolate leading the way and roasted coffee holding after the taste. Velvety smooth on the tongue and dry in the mouth, the feel is much like the taste in its composition.

Overall, this is really tasty and a great experience but I missed the Mocha portion that is held in the name. No worries, as the flavorful stout-like presence is more than enough to get you through.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 03:19:08 | More by KYGunner
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass

A- Poured a dark brown color with soapy mocha colored head that left minimal lace

S- Some smokiness, roasted malt, sweet breadiness and caramel. Pretty nice aroma, not all that strong though

T- Some smokiness, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, breadiness, and caramel. Really balanced flavor profile, however there is a watery quality to this beer that mutes a lot of these flavors from being more bold

M- Lighter bodied, soft carbonation, and quite watery on the finish

O- Some really nice balances flavors, the hint of smokiness was quite nice. The mouthfeel and watery qualities of this beer bring it down for me though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 05:33:49 | More by Hoptometrist
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scootpolute

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap @ the Isaquah Brewhouse (Rogue), Isaquah WA...into a cone pint...

Appearance: Very dark brown with a clinging tan lace that seems to stay for a while.

Smell: Mildly sweet in the nose with hints of charcoal, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

Taste: Silky smooth with a nice medium bodied mouth feel. After the luscious mouth feel come the flavour which is quite malty ... light acidic twang from the roasted malts, a little dark roasted coffee/chocolate flavour and an underlying toasted biscuit taste are balanced with a perfect combo of hop and roasted malt bitterness. The lingering after taste is of faded burnt sugar, drying grain and a slightly warming alcohol. A wonderful yet delicate hop character helps to round this brew also.

Notes: Yum! There are good porters and then there are great porters ... this one goes down as a great one, no doubt!

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2013 00:18:04 | More by scootpolute
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pure black with a foamy tan coloured head.

The smell is sweet malts and roasted coffee.

The taste of this is very strong mocha coffee, chile, sweet malts and some bitterness.

This beer is full bodied, slightly creamy and with medium carbonation.

I really like this, would be good for a desert, certainly pack a punch in the flavour department. One is probably enough though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2012 22:27:23 | More by Dave1999
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown, near black colour, one finger of tan head, good amount of lace on the glass. Smell has tons of roast and coffee, bittersweet chocolate, big healping of earthy hops as well. Taste is full on burnt coffee and roasted malt, chocolatey, fairly high bitterness both from hops and coffee, floral hop and toasted malts in the finish. Light-medium carbonation, light-medium body though thin at points. A good roasty porter with tons of coffee and chocolate but still this has nothing on the Founders Porter, that being said I would still gladly drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2012 20:42:16 | More by peensteen
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my money, this is the richest, best porter I've had to date. Despite its sort of flat appearance, the mocha smell and taste is strong and that's just what I wanted. It's a little creamier than some other popular porters, which is something else I appreciate. Last time I visited the Rogue alehouse I had the Hazelnut Brown and followed it up with this - tasted exactly like a chilled hazelnut coffee. Lovely!

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 19:48:09 | More by TheRealBigC
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Clones21

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer will catch you off guard. First off I suggest you don't smell this beer because it may stray you away at first...but don't let that fool you. Smell is a really sweet, but not that great of smell. The up front taste right when it hits your lips and tounge is really sweet and hoppy...AGAIN don't let that fool you..the after taste is crazy good. Very Mocha/coffee like. Lots of Chocolate too. This beer is pricey, but I recommend you give it a try if you are into dark beers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 00:21:43 | More by Clones21
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Arrived pitch black with a one finger tan head.

Aroma had plenty of roasted malt along with some milk chocolate and coffee.

The taste is black coffee and roasted malt lending even more coffee characteristics. There is some milk chocolate in there as well all ending with a light bitterness.

Overall, a decent porter although I though the mouthfeel was a bit watery. I would have it again, though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 15:41:47 | More by rangerred
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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At Rogue in SF. Reviewed from notes.

A: Rich mahogany color. Light head that quickly jets. Light lacing.

S: Dense coffee nose, with a light roasted malt backbone. I don't detect any hops.

T: Much like an English porter--there's a soapy theme throughout like a porter from across the pond. Lots of coffee, roasted malts toward the middle, and some wet hop tones in the finish and linger.

M: Light to medium body, with a soapy texture and some light carb.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 00:21:15 | More by Heavenisbeer
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Rogue, Portland, OR

Poured a dark brown-black with a small but cream tan head. Aroma of roasty malts, cocoa, coffee, and some herbal hops. While the flavor profile contains many elements of a typical coffee porter--roasted dark malts, coffee, cocoa--there was a definite herbal presence throughout, very reminiscent of a black tea, presumably from the hops used. This gave a dry and somewhat bitter finish. Medium body, nice balance, not too coffee-y, and pretty drinkable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 20:46:38 | More by Rifugium
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lwillitz

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Rogue Ales in Newport - served in a ROGUE pint glass

A - dark but transparent ruby/brown body under a khaki head; great lace

S - sweet coffee smell with notes of dark chocolate

T - rich coffee and roast malt up front, chocolate, bitter coffee finish

M - full-bodied, low/medium carbonation, smooth

O - just an outstanding porter

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 00:05:03 | More by lwillitz
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Brittmb29

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at WOB last night, from notes

A- By the time i got it in a tumbler pint head was a thin almost soapy tan rim, black body not visible carbonation.

S- Bittersweet roasty chocolate, slight smokey very appealing.

T- Flavor follows nose, with roasty palate and actual mocha flavor. Dark chocolate w/ some hop bitter to make the coffee pop. smokey towards the finish and slight bitter in the after taste (like dark roast coffee).

M- Medium body due to carbonation somewhat creamy while dry, dry in the finish.

O- Would be a great beer in a series but i wouldn't want to drink this as a session. Really enjoyed it and plan on getting a 6 pack if i ever find it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 20:52:17 | More by Brittmb29
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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..

Serving type: on-tap

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

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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DmanGTR

New York

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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pocwolf

Michigan

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

Had this on draft at my local pub. Black in color with a great coffee/chocolate smell. I am usually not a fan of the burnt flavor in porters but this beer was a great mix of the smoky, chocolate and coffee flavor. While I enjoyed it as a treat it wouldnt be something I could drink all night.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 01:09:15 | More by pocwolf
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Deep almost-opaque brown color with a very thick, creamy tan head that retained very well and decorated the glass. Similar to Guinness.

Smell: You can definitely smell the chocolate in it. Notes of caramel, toasted malts, a little bit of coffee, and some small hops.

Taste: The front end starts off with a delicious malty taste with a hint of vanilla. The middle is full of chocolatey goodness as well as a little bit of coffee, and finishes up with a light hop bite and faint alcohol warmth. A subtle smoky taste ties everything together.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full, rich, smooth, and creamy. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Glides down the throat in a velvety smooth way, very easy drinking. Rather rich and filling though.

Final Notes: A delicious dessert beer. Serve it up with a chocolatey dessert, cheesecake, or tiramisu. I'm half tempted to warm it up and drink it like hot chocolate sometime. I really liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 00:34:03 | More by bagpiper2005
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TheJollyHop

California

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boho in Hollywood, CA; poured into a pint glass.

Jet black body with scents of burnt sugar and lightly roasted coffee with a brown, mocha (hey whaddya know?) head. The head exhibits, ahem, am adhesive quality. In other words it is sticky as hell.

The first thing I noticed taste wise was the oily, creaminess of the beer followed by a sweet chocolate finish that ends dry. Like drinking a damn cafe latte. The aroma was subdued and maybe a pinch too one noted (coffee) but not bad by any means as some caramel and chocolate can be identified, albeit with much more palate searching. The flavor is dominated by coffee and isn't very interesting, except for what I thought was a hint of tart, dark cherries. A touch of light woody hops flavor precedes a faint bitterness that tingles on the tongue and it hangs around after the swallow.

A solid porter that it smack dab in the middle. Can't go wrong, but don't expect a surprise.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 01:09:06 | More by TheJollyHop
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MURF0320

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, but not opaque, with less than one finger off tan head that dissipated to nothing, no lacing.
Aroma is mostly roasted malt, expresso, and chocolate. Nice but boring.
All flavors in the taste are subtle. Roasted malt is predominant with notes of coffee beans, chocolate, and a grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is thin with medium/high carbonation. Finish is pretty dry.
The subtle flavors and thin mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer, a good session porter, but I'd prefer more flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 22:20:08 | More by MURF0320
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Augustiner719

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Gaslight in south orange NJ.

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, almost black with a minimal head. nice head retention for the little head it produced and medium lacing.

Smell: Smells like deep rich chocolate, caramel and coffee. Nutty and rich aromas.

Taste: The taste is a bit thinner than the aroma was. Slight bitterness on the back end and a decent caramel component that gives it a slight sweetness. Balanced but a bit thinner than i hoped for.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and feel on this one. Coats the palate well and gives a nice balanced feel to the palate.

Drinkability: This is a nice porter. There are better ones out there for sure, but its a good example. There is definately room for improvment though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 04:18:01 | More by Augustiner719
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beertunes

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haven't had this in a few years, and realized that I hadn't reviewed it, so here goes.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly translucent deep brown, as porters should be, with over an inch of dark khaki head that dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing.

The coffee aromas are thankfully minimal, but a very pleasing chocolaty sweetness dominates the nose. Underlying are some subdued roasted tones. The evil coffee (I know, it's a coffee beer, but I hate coffee) shows up on the tongue more than the aroma leads you to expect. The other expected tastes, roast, malt and a touch of hops, are there in the expected proportions.

The body is on the thin side for the style and probably should have received a half point less than I gave it, but hell, it's the holidays. Drinkability is actually good, it's even better if you like coffee.

Overall, a decent, solid beer that you can be comfortable relying on as a go-to. It won't be so long again before I have my next one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2009 22:39:20 | More by beertunes
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint on tap at the wonderful Bronx Ale House.

Appearance: Dark brown, with a light tan one-finger head. I like the color contrast, but I don't like how quickly the head vanishes with no lacing.

Smell: Delicious. Roasted espresso beans dominate with notes of bitter chocolate. I like where this is going.

Taste: Extremely reminiscent of those dark chocolate-covered roasted espresso beans I popped to stay awake for big papers in school (hey, it beats Ritalin). It's pretty bitter on the way down, which I like.

Mouthfeel: Body's on the light side for a Porter, with low carbonation. Not doing a lot for me.

Drinkability/Overall: A very solid Porter. I'd have one in place of a post-dinner coffee. The mediocre mouthfeel stops it from being the best Mocha beer I've had recently (Southern Tier), but it gets the job done.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 19:30:50 | More by CharlatanSin
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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - inky black goodness with an oatmeal colored head
S - richly aromatic with smoke, coffee, bitter chocolate, and malt
T - A lot going on: mocha, anise, smoke, roasted nuts, espresso
M - full bodied with great texture, good grip, and tannins
D - Very robust but balanced and drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 21:53:41 | More by cbarrett4
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BirdFlu

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is very RIS-like. Super dark with a dark tan/light brown head. Aroma is light coffee but not too present, certainly not as much as you would expect (unless the ABV being lower than your average coffee stout is accounted for). Taste is fairly light. A bit bitter, not much sweetness. Light black coffee flavor. Mouth is moderate in body with light carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. Overall a fairly nice drink. A bit heavy but not robust. So it might fill you up without being so satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 15:10:25 | More by BirdFlu
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Patrick999

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Yard House just now with the gorgonzola burger.

Kind of a thin head, but they never pour with much foam at all at this place. Deep brownish-red body.

Aroma is burnt malt, coffee, pretty standard.

No complaints here. Good bitter chocolate kick, some hop bite - not a ton of coffee in the taste. Solid.

Appropriate light-medium body.

Solid pairing with a burger. Failing that, throwing down a couple would be no problem at all.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 17:29:00 | More by Patrick999
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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,229 ratings.