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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:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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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Ratings: 2,229 | Reviews: 1,302 | Show All Ratings:
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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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Buschyfor3

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pazzo's in Lexington. 20oz draft.

A: Deep, opaque brown body with a thick, rocky, milk chocolate-colored head. Just the slightest bit of lacing attempts to cling to the sides.

S: A mild, roasted coffee aroma followd by some dark chocolate. Really, thats about all I got out of the nose. I was kinda underwhelmed, but we were in a restaurant/pub so there were alot of other things in the air - fresh baked pizza for example!

T: Mild roasted coffee followed by notes of dark chocolate and a faint smoky flavor. Malts hold until the back end of each sip and appear with a mild sweetness and some residual roasted flavors. Really, I was expecting more mocha/chocolate flavors to be present - what was there just seemed really subdued to me. And this was my first beer of the evening, so I know it wasn't due to my palate not being fresh.

M: Medium carb that is prickly and lends an edge; otherwise, hard pressed to call this beer thick or thin - its right in the middle really.

D: Not hard to drink at all, but I think I would probably prefer a coffee or a chocolate stout (Young's Double Chocolate, anyone?) if I wanted to get a mocha or coffee fix from my beer.

Not bad, I was just kind of underwhelmed by this beer, and I really love and try to seek out most beers that feature prominent mocha, chocolate or coffee flavors. That being said, there are many others out there that have more vibrant flavor profiles IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2009 01:55:10 | More by Buschyfor3
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep dark brown with a large tan head. Head lasts forever and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and an earthy undertone.

T- Malty and earthy, notes of coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a dry finish.

M- More than medium in body but not overly heavy. Decent carbonation, smooth and creamy feel with a lingering dry earthy finish.

D- Pretty drinkable and at 5.3% ABV the alcohol doesn't show through.

Unusual finish, left me thirsty for more.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 02:45:53 | More by ToddT
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Poured a nice, dark black with a nice brown head. Nose was sligthly chocolate and mocha. Taste was mocha, very light, expecting more flavor on this. Taste increased as it warmed up. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth, a little roasty and the ABV was nice.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 01:00:34 | More by barleywinefiend
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap into pint glass @ Birreria Paradiso in DC.

Pitch black with a one finger light brown head. Rings of solid lacing along the glass. Lots of roasted malts and some mocha coffee bean. Burnt malt in the flavor, along with some bitter chocolate. The mocha coffee makes a pretty strong presence. There is an overall creaminess to the beer in the background. Full bodied.

Quite an enjoyable porter, and the mocha is a nice touch. Probably the gold standard of mocha porters. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2009 19:40:05 | More by BeerSox
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bar Louie in Foxborough. Served in a pint glass. Mud brown color. Not much head. Didn't get much from the smell, which surprised me. Taste was good but not great. I sensed some of the mocha there but it seemed very diluted. And the usual porter flavors were not really jumping out either. No real roasted flavors at all. Somewhat thin body also. As far a Rogue beers are concerned, this one falls towards the bottom of my list.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2009 00:08:44 | More by morebeergood
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pandashaver

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Black porterly body with 2 finger off-white head (though light was low). Retention was fantastic, as the head was more stout-like in it's complete foaminess.

S - Wow - chocolate, coffee, roasted, nuts, and definitely more. Smelled like a desert and was a great way to end the night.

T - It's everything you could want in a porter or stout, with a sweet dessert treat flawlessly incorporated into it. You get a dominant chocolate/cocoa presence with some notes of coffee and nuttiness and even some blackberry type flavors coming through. One I need to try again, probably multiple times more, to describe the entire flavor. Want to give a 5 here, but need to try again.

M - Very smooth and medium-thick. Great winter drink. Somewhat sticky, very creamy/buttery on the palate. Lingering roasty bitterness that lasts.

D - Since it's so rich, probably couldn't drink all night. But, having one I really wanted another and will probably pick up a 6-pack in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 14:08:57 | More by pandashaver
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This comes out of the tap an opaque sable with a thick, camel color finely-bubbled head. Strong aroma is like smoky coffee and has a firm tone of unsweetened chocolate and hints of molasses. Rich, satisfying flavor is like a mocha, fine roast coffee and chocolate, not sweet but not bitter either. Finish is smooth and sleek. Recommended to all porter and stout fans.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 00:26:42 | More by Cyberkedi
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bjasvensk

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a rich taste, and if you like something dark w/a spot of mocha. It hits the spot. I'm a big fan of Rogue and what they brew. They are a big staple in Portland, adding to the rich history of micro brewing in beautiful Portland Oregon. Plus their Kobe Burger is delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2008 19:03:49 | More by bjasvensk
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mhewes

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a dark brown with about a one finger tan head

S : Lots of coffee and chocolate. Some roasted malts also

T : Big on the coffee flavor. The chocolate and roasted malts are pretty subtle. There's a surprising hop bitterness on the finish.

M : Medium-bodied, good carbonation

D : Real easy to drink. Not quite what I was expecting (expected more coffee) but one worth ordering another round of.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2008 18:11:35 | More by mhewes
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chuckd123

Connecticut

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

I've now had this one a handful of times, but until last night, only out of a bomber. Plan B in West Hartford, CT has it on tap this week. First time I've ever thought a beer tasted better poured from a bottle. The coffee and chocolate flavors were very faint in this pour -- I swear I remember them being more powerful the times I've had it from a bottle. The overall aroma and taste is still roasted-coffee-chocolate-esque, but this time it was more of a generic roasted maltiness, and I remember the chocolate standing out more in the past. Still a very good porter overall. The color is a very (very) dark brown only if held up to light -- appears nearly solid black otherwise, with about a 1/2" very light tan head. Drinkability is good, but it's a relatively heavy brew, so I probably wouldn't put back more than 2 or 3 at a time. Overall, a very good but not excellent porter and worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2008 12:17:28 | More by chuckd123
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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