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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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2,593 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,593
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 91
Gots: 204 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of mdwalsh
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Darkish, but brown around the outside. I'm sadly drinking from a solo cup, so I don't want to say too much on the color

S: Smells like roasted coffee, really. Which is disapointing. I was told that despite the name, it wasn't too coffee like. I'm not a fan really. has a bit of an alcohol scent as well.

T: tastes like it smells, roasted crisp malt. Less booze in the flavor than the nose though. Passes over the tongue without leaving too much taste though

M: A very good density and texture. Not by anymeans heavy, but proberly hearty.

D: Decent, but I take of points for the coffee.

Photo of merryjoulton
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark color with a tiny brown head that didn't stick around for long

S: Hints of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and berries.

T: Very sour and roasty.

M: Fairly full bodied which is a good aspect to a brew this size.

D: Slightly above average due to the sour notes from the coffee flavours.

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown to black with a reddish hue around the edges. Fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving moderate lacing.

N: Chocolate cake and roasty malt with a hint of raisins. Little to no hop aroma.

T: Chocolate cake and roasty malt mixed with grassy hops. Coffee is implied by the roastiness, but there aren't really any coffee flavors to speak of. Burnt roasty malt and grassy bitterness in the aftertaste. Straight forward, not very complex.

M: Medium-light bodied and moderately carbonated with a dry finish.

D: Not one of my favorites. It has a nice dry roastiness that I like, but there's nothing special about this beer that would make me buy it again.

Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yields a dark brown-black color, with light ruby accents when held in the light. A lovely tan, milky head leaves some decent lacing, and a quite nice amount of carbonation is apparent in the glass.
Smells of bitter espresso, some nice 70% or so dark cocoa, milky malty sweetness, dark raisins, followed by a citrusy hoppiness. Casacade, Amarillo come in providing spiciness and lightness.
Flavor comes in a a nice repilca of the nose. Upfront a bit bitter cocoas, coffee, raisins, followed by a nice hoppy warmness. The cocoa comes back again o the finish to provide a full spectrum of cocoa upfront and in the evental finish.
Drinkablity is nice, tastes much bigger than a 5.3% brew, so makes a nice sipper, yet easy to drink down as a session brew. I actually liked this a bit better than the Chocolate stout. I will buy this one again.

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 brendan13
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass a very dark brown colour with 2.5cm beige head that hangs around for a while. Sporadic patchy lacing is left down the glass.
S - Chocolate and nutty aromas at first followed by some herbal and floral hop notes.
T - Chocolate and nutty also in the taste with quite a roasty quality. Some vauge dark fruit hints as well as the herbal and floral hops from the smell.
M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. A bit of a lingering roasty taste.
D - Nice enough and certainly a sessionable porter but there are others with a similar ABV% I'd go to before this.

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Rogue and they've only let me down once (damn you chipotle ale!!!). This one is pretty much what it says on the bottle - a nice porter with a chocolatey/mocha flavor. Nothing really overly complex with it, so you definitely know what you're getting. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown and a good sized two finger head that is almost a perfect tan. Nice retention and it leaves a fairly thick looking skim on the top as well as foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: A moderate chocolatey/mocha scent is very present, nice dark and malty.

Taste: More of a bitter burnt roastiness in the mouth, followed by a bittersweet chocolate (like baker's chocolate) in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, but not bad for a porter. Smooth and fairly light on the palate. It does leave a very slight sticky coating but it's very thin and doesn't stick around long. Pretty refreshing overall for a darker beer.

Drinkability: High. Tastes great and doesn't feel especially heavy. The ABV isn't outrageous either, so this is a pretty easy drinking beer.

Photo of pants678
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got a half a finger head out of the pour that seemed more carbonated than I would've expected. The head recedes quickly into a thin lace. It's a full, deep mahogany brown, almost opaque but light is getting through at the top and bottom edges.

It smells of mocha and cinnamon, an overall roasted aroma, but not overly so.

Muddled but emphatic and tastes much like it smells. I'm not getting a lot of chocolate; potent mocha and coffee starts to stand out. Staining with it's sharper ends, but not off-putting. The finish is surprisingly clean.

There's a reason it's a porter and not a stout and the carbonation has much to do with that. A tough but rewarding dessert beer.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black in color, I would say it is the most comparable to a cola of any beer I have had as far as appearance is concerned. There is even a light tan foamy head that dissipates like a soft drink. Low carbonation when you look at it, but it is quite noticable in the mouth, so I guess there is quite a bit of carbonation hidden by the dark color. Roasted malt on the nose. The flavor starts out smooth and intensifies with the mocha (or at least the coffee portion of it) remaining in the mouth as aftertaste. I was hoping for better as I was quite excited when I purchased it.

Photo of kmeves
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black topped by creamy medium head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet with coffee, cream, earthy hops and light bread. Flavor is coffee, woody, earthy and unsweetened chocolate bitter. Creamy texture, medium bodied. Overall a very good beer, perhaps a nod below other Rogue offerings.

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.

Photo of Seanstoppable
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up locally with a few bottles of other Rogue ales.

Poured into a nice dark brown color with a decent amount of head. Scent was of a roasted coffee. Taste included flavors of coffee, nuts and chocolate. Was smoother than I ever thought a porter could be. Extremely delicious, and something I could drink a whole lot more of.

Photo of deaconoflove
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ap. Very dark beer with a great tan head that lingers awhile. Nice lacing on the glass, too.
Sm. Toasted coffee/malt? and chocolate, too.
Ta. Very toasted/burnt coffe/malt. Smooth finish.
Mf. Very mellow and soft with a nice carbonation.
Dr. I am really sorry there was only one cold bottle in the fridge. Fabulous with a Harry and David's Dark Chocolate Truffle.

Photo of grayburn
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

She pours a nice reddy brown into the glass, with a heavy rocky head that stays for a while.
The smell is a bit subdued, there are coffee and chocolate notes, a bit of malt, and a lingering alcohol presence.
The taste is well rounded, it starts sweet and is balanced well by the bitterness from the hops and the chocolate.
The mouthfeel is a bit watered down, but the carbonation and bitterness are pretty nice.
I could drink quite a few of these, they go down easy and have a very pleasant aftertaste.

Photo of rwrk42
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown but not quite black. Nice tan head
Smell: Roasted malts chocolate and subtle hint of coffee
Taste. A very smooth Porter that goes down real nice. Roasted burnt malts, a bit of coffee and chocolate with just the right amount of hops to help the finish
A great porter which I highly recommend

Photo of dmortens
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear glass stein.

A - A little more than a finger of dense, tan head with good retention and lots of lacing on the glass. Body is opaque, the color of black coffee, and only lets light through at the edges.

S - Aroma is roasted malt and coffee.

T - A bit like black coffee, with more alcohol and citrus in the finish than cream or sugar.

M - Medium body, little carbonation.

D - This beer smells nice and looks impressive, but the finish wasn't quite what I expected. I like the coffee, but there's a lot of citrus and acidity and maybe not enough roasted malt to balance. This porter is pretty drinkable, but I think the finish is lighter than I'd like it to be.

Photo of birchstick
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours dark with a nice one-finger head

S - smells of sweet chocolate and malts with a hint of coffee

T - nice burnt malts / coffee dominate the palate. The name is well inspired. There is also some chocolate present in the taste.

M - thin but extremely smooth

D - 3.5 pretty good porter. Pretty coffee-ish, so if you are into coffee tasting beers I would recommend this.

Photo of iamntbatman
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown. Light gets through only on the extreme edges. The thick, tan head quickly dissipates and leaves behind moderate lacing.

Smell: Coffee, coffee, and more coffee with hints of bitter chocolate and nuts (I'm thinking hazelnuts).

Taste: Coffee, burnt malt bitterness, chocolate is more slight and again a little bit of nuttiness. The hops poke their tiny head through in the background, which was lost in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Prickly and thin at first but sticks to the tongue nicely. This would be a bit better if it was thicker in the mouth.

Drinkability: Fairly high, but the strong flavor keeps it from being a real session beer.

This porter is closer to some of the more coffee-flavored stouts I've had than most other porters I've had. One of the best porters I've had for sure.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.84/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 9/21/2008 (bottle):

Pours a black dark dark brown colored body, with a tannish colored head, smallish but lasting. Has a sweet malty aroma, with some sweet coffeeness Maybe some dark fruit too. But overall, not a strong aroma. Chocolate, coffee taste. Malty.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle an almost-black dark brown with a rich frothy tan head and tons of sticky lacing.

Mocha chocolate aroma with coffee, roasted caramel and dark ripe fruit.

Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, bitter hops, and a bit of dark ripe fruits. Deep coffee finish.

Medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

Full of flavor and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of everetends
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle I had at Cooter Browns tonight due to them being without taps for a while. Didn't realize I have never reviewed this beer, so why not? Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Well it pours a pretty dark brown color that looks damned near black. Held to the light, it is clear to see that this beer is brown. Held to the light you get a bit of brown and red hues at the top and bottom of the body. The head is a pretty decent tan in color and sits at a pretty nice finger. The retention is pretty good and long lasting. Lacing is spotty but there.

S: Smell is a bit on the subdued side. I mean I am getting some sugary malts with some chocolate, caramel and brown sugar. I really have to go searching though. The coffee is minute to put it best. There is a strange almost fruity smell that I think is coming from the hops area, its slightly bitter and tangy.

T: Not really doing it for me. The malts are there with some chocolate and caramel malts. The mocha quality is minimal with a slight sweet coffee flavor. There hops seem to come out a bit too much. Tastes a bit like some citrus WTF? hops in here that seem to be way to much for the style and the other flavors being kicked around here. It just really takes this beer to another area that isn't very appealing. Its just those creamy and sweet flavors bouncing around with those typical Rogue yeast and hops. Just doesn't work for me.

M: Really on the light side of medium in body. Doesn't have that weight you want from a porter. Carbonation seems a bit high for the style and seems to add to the thinness to this beer. It does somehow keep from being watery somehow. ABV is low and its noticable. Seems a bit weak on the palate. Aftertaste is that bitter, citrusy hops.

D: Uh, this beer seems like a mess to me. The flavors are just very distorted and all over the place. Best part of this beer is the look. This is probably the weakest of the Rogue beers I have had, and it seems like this beer has faltered since the last time I had it a few years ago. The beer is just a mess and rather disappointing.

Photo of davexisxrabid
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the bottle into my Sam Adams sensory glass (hold the applause please...)

Dark brown with a 2 inch thick frothy tan head. Carbonation was visible and lively. Good lacing on the glass during the drinking period.

Interesting chocolate/citrus aroma. Aroma of dark chocolate at first, bread/yeast and hops.

Tasted almost like dark chocolate up front - the roasted malt flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste of toasted sourdough bread. Good and smooth.

Flavor hangs around the palate for a bit; medium-full bodied but the carbonation makes it feel thinner.

Good drinkability, easy to have more than one in a night, but I would like a little deeper flavor in this one. Good porter I look forward to having to again, but I wouldn't go out of my way just to get this one.

Photo of josiahschlender
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This porter pours nice and ebony brown into a pint glass. Abundant, long lasting mocha head leaves good lacing. Maybe the best looking porter I've seen.

Really good roasty aromas. Nutty, roasty malts and earthy hops. Good intensity, too. I find a lot of porters come kind of short on the nose, but this is the exception.

Really great, substantial flavors. Rogue just dialed the perfect combination of roasted coffee, toasted nuts and earthy, bitter hops. Flavors get even better with some warmth... I suggest letting this warm up at least half an hour out of the fridge before opening it. Medium-full body is well matched. It has a slick, mouth coating finish that keeps the flavors lingering on the good long finish.

Just about the only thing this excellent porter has going against it is it's pretty high price point. I wish Rogue was just a bit more affordable. It's hard for me to justify $11 a sixpack when I can often find Black Butte Porter for $7. It might be a notch better, but not usually worth the price different, which factors into my drinkability score.

Photo of theghost3
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown, almost black with a cafe au lait, 2-finger head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is roasted malts with chocolate & coffee hints. The taste is really malty & bitter. The burnt coffee flavor overpowers the dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, slightly carbonated.

This is a drinkable porter, but it really seems more of a coffee porter than mocha.

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

One outstanding porter here, without a doubt. Pours a huge tan head and you cannot see through the glass as it laces. Better a bit warmer. Smells of roasted nuts, tastes the same, with warming chocolate and toasty coffee. A very dry, smooth finish. Tough to find a better porter out there.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,593 ratings.