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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,234 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2234
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,234 | Reviews: 1,302 | Show All Ratings:
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EmoBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a classic, dark porter with little head.

S - Hops on the nose, with rich malts.

T - Surprised by this beer, which I had not tried in quite some time. Much more hop driven than I had remembered. I have been drinking the chocolate stout tons these days and was exspecting something more along those lines, but this was more delicate and more "american". Still a nice crisp beer, not too overwhelming. Maybe a good beer to transition your non beer snob friends from guiness to something a bit more interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2006 20:28:45 | More by EmoBeerGuy
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had a couple of these on-tap at a bar in Grand Rapids that I visited for some after-turkey brews on Thanksgiving. They had a special for the day, a pint of this stuff for $2. Needless to say, this was my proud selection.

Appearance was a very dark brown coffee color with a nice brown head that didnt last very long.

It was difficult to get a good whiff of the beer. The smoke in a bar always seems to put a hinder on that. I did notice some roasted scents and chocolate.

The taste was of roasted malts and chocolate. A touch of coffee flavors here and there. Nothing out of the ordinary.

The mouthfeel was scratching and fighting its way to the medium-bodied level. Probably didnt quite make it. A little chalky as well.

Drinkability was great. If they had this on special for $2 everyday, I'd probably buy an air mattress and move in.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2005 05:28:06 | More by jasonpeckins32
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tekk9

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the standard for which all Porters should be measured. I was very impressed with this Porter.

It poured a beautiful dark dark amber with a thin head that laced around my glass. I could pick out a faint coffee smell.

There is a slight coffee taste to the beer along with a nice maltiness. I really enjoyed the thcker mouthfeel. A lot of Porters seem to be to watery for me. The carbonation was perfect. Not too much nor too little. As I said before, a beer to judge others by.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2005 04:30:13 | More by tekk9
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Nice chocolate smell come through imediately. Bold roasted and coffee tones not far behind. A mild tartness shows that this beer has a little more than just malt.
Appearance: A little thicker and richer looking than the normal porter. A tan head pours to about 1" and remains firm and rocky. Opaque brownish to black. Laces well.
Taste: complex maltiness hits the toung. Bittersweet chocolate is pronounced imediately. Tartness of cherries and coffee round out in the body. Body is full and firm. Bittering follows through to the finish. Mouthfeel is firm and soothing.
Aftertaste: Bitter, tart, and sweet, much like a high quality coffee or tea. Does not leave the mouth too dry, but doesn't leave it too tacky either. Alcohol is barely detectable through it all.
Impression: terriffic beer. Must like porters, coffee, and chocolate in order to enjoy. Would make a great winter warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2005 12:42:46 | More by BEERchitect
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baiser

Massachusetts

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

Pours deep brown with ruby highlights, deep tan head, and excellent lacing. Aroma of dark chocolates, caramel, and fruit. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavours, nice burnt and toasty flavours but easily drinkable. Great alternative to the heavier stouts, packed with roasty flavours. Finishes dry, with a semi sour aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2005 08:28:30 | More by baiser
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, opaque, nearly black with glints of light in the bottom of the abyss. Scant collar of brown head cap leaving decent lattice lace.

Light cake batter scents.

First swigs: Porter scents of cocoa with some citrous lemon in the background. Toasted rye, banana and almond hints with smoked peat moss that reminds me of pumpernickel crusts. Lingering aftertaste of cocoa with a dry finish.

Full bodied and crisply carbonated. Flavorful, overall but a bit one dimensional.

Last swigs: Perfect blend of cocoa and roasted malt dark bread flavor. Excellent English porter interpretaion. Reminds me a bit of Guiness.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2005 20:23:42 | More by blitheringidiot
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice black color with a finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was a nice full chocolate with slight roasted tones, a touch of sweet caramel as well. The flavor was chocolate upfront and in my face, moving to a well hopped coffee bitter finish. Very nice. The feel was thick and creamy, smooth and very drinkable. A very well built beer, with a really nice flavor. I enjoyed this beer a great deal.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2005 21:48:40 | More by kmpitz2
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

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

Having had this a few times, I went for it at the bar the other day and thought I ought to give it a review.

Apperance: The beer is a deep brown color, nearly opaque, and it is topped by an inch of clumpy tan head that has decent retention.

Smell: The smell is of roasted malt that melds with some agressive hop flavor into a piney, roasty bitterness.

Taste: The first sip is at once full and flavorful. There is a solid porter flavor, amped up to accentuate the flavors of this porter. The dark and chocolate malts contribute a coffee and chocolately flavor, not as clean as in their chocolate stout however. I feel the strong roasted bitterness of the porter cuts into these emerging flavors only to be overtaken by the strong dose of hops that comes on in the ending and aftertaste. I really like this one, and frequent it often for its bold flavors. If you're looking for a easier drinker, go for something English, like Fuller's.

Mouthfeel: Full and almost thick, this is better as it warms. Not overly viscous or cloying, but with more body than most other porters.

Drinkability: I seem to like this, and I've had more than one on more than one occasion. But, compared to other porters, this one isn't quite as weak and easily sessioned. I'd take this over a lot of others any day.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2004 15:03:25 | More by 99bottles
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m picking up a casual hop aroma – strange for a porter, especially a mocha porter, but I can’t complain. The black lacquer body is full and silky and paints the glass with elegant lace. The alleged mocha property is either deliberately muted or merely implied. It’s certainly not a core, defining characteristic, which is instead derived from darkly roasted (if not charred) grains. The finish here is this beer’s most alluring asset. It is long and smoky and fades out gracefully like the closing scene of a Bogart movie.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2004 20:32:25 | More by RedDiamond
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

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

Deep and dark brownish-black. Thin layer of persistent tan-colored lace speckles the glass nicely. Aromas are chocolate-covered caramel squares with a dash of bitterness. Flavor is thick and creamy, with lots of chocolate in there. There's also some coffee flavor as well. Finishes with a nicely-balanced dose of bitterness to match wits against the sweetness. Solid mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Rogue scores with anoter winner for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2004 12:12:49 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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sublimesipping

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting to drink a porter on this hot summer's day, but after a sample from the bartender, I had to have a pint of this. wonderful stuff! Beautiful coal black color with a creamy tan head. Excellent full robust body with wonderful chocolate and "woodsy" aroma. the taste throughout hints of licorice, cloves, horehound- wondeful balance and smoothness throughout the sip/gulp accounts fro a very high mouthfeel from me. thought that the taste packed a wallop of sophistication and complexity. this is an excellent beer the would hold a candle to any porter that I have recently had on tap. Kudos to all at Rogue ales!!

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2004 02:11:55 | More by sublimesipping
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Poured an almost black color with a tan head. Thick lacing developed on the glass. The aroma had coffee and roasted malt tones. The flavor was big on roasted malt and coffee, with a bitter chocolate tone lingering in the background. Some bitterness was detected with this porter.

Medium bodied, smooth with a slightly dry finish. The coffee and some burnt tones linger on the tongue. A decent porter that could have used a little boost on the chocolate front.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2004 19:15:08 | More by Gavage
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soper2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Chumley's in Lafayette.
The pour resulted in a deep brown body capped off bye a small creamy tan head. Smell is very malty, notes of coffee and chocolate are present as well. First taste alludes to some bitter chocolate along with a subtle smokiness. Mouthfeel is a little thin though. I think I would enjoy this more if it had the body of their Chocolate stout. Overall it's a decent offering from Rogue.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2004 22:11:19 | More by soper2000
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Edwin

Pennsylvania

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

Served on tap at Kclinger's Publik House

Appearance - Pours out a thick black with some reddish hues inside. Looks very nice upon first pour. Head laces throughout.

Smell - Coffee, nuts, chocolate, and a lot of roasted malts are abundant. A good, albeit thinner aroma.

Taste - I loved the flavor of this one. Not as well rounded and full-bodied as the Chocolate Stout, but definitely up there.a lot of nuttiness mixed with the coffee and chocolate tastes. Could be tweaked a litle to give it a bit more balance. Not as sweet of a chocolate as the Stout, either.

Mouthfeel - A tad watery and thin for this one, but not so much that it would deter me from having more of these.

Drinkability - Definitely could cozy up with one of these more than once. not too high in the ABV, so can be consumed easy.

Overall - I reccommend it. Good brew from a great brewery. I will take the Chocolate Stout over this every time, but this is still a beer worthy of some looks.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2004 17:04:15 | More by Edwin
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

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

Incredible malty-chocolate flavor. The tase was rich and thick. Real heavy on the tongue and smooth to the palate. But that may work against it because you may get tired of the taste before you're tired of drinking. Excellent aroma which is enhanced even more after the first sip. Dark in color with a thin head and nice lace.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2004 20:51:01 | More by MuddyFeet
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dansteino

Louisiana

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

Found on tap at the Bulldog.

Pours very dark brown/black with a very good head. Pleasant roasted smell with woodsy hops present.

Taste is of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Some hop bitterness at the end reminds you that this is inded beer.

The beer is a little watery and could be thicker.

A very pleasnat beer to drink. I could drink this in the morning instead of coffee -- I just would not be very productive.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2004 07:59:14 | More by dansteino
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

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

Deep black color with a realy nice rocky caramel colored head and great lacing. Great nose of what else, coffe and also some really nice toasted dark grain. Nice flavores of roatsed and even charred oats and grains. Nice coffe flavors with a nice bitter espresso hop bit.

Very nice porter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2003 20:38:07 | More by OatmattStout
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Gump

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown head, dense and frothy; like a capit keeps the beer in the glass. Makes it appear thicker than it is.
Dark brown pour, like cola color. Great aroma, good earthy qualities and bit chocolaty.

Tastes like a bitter chocolate. The bitterness is pronounced in every sip, but that seems typical from the few Rogues I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2003 01:04:48 | More by Gump
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

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

I've become a big Rogue fan, and several of their beers are among my favorites. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. Not a bad beer by any means, but just to thin and dry for the style. Reminds me of Shakespeare, but thinner, almost watered down. Has a chocolate-expresso flavor, but the bitterness is more prominent. I am a big porter fan, but this is no Fuller's (or even Anchor or Samuel Smith). I would like to compare this to Sierra Nevada (which is the porter this reminds me of). (The "on tap" is a mistake. I had this in the bottle. I'll change it at some point).

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2003 06:40:47 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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CBFanWish

New York

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

In all my experience with porters, this one is one of the best I have ever tried. I wzs greated with a dark brown, almost stout colored appearance. It was topped off with very little head, but it did leave a nice lace effect. The smell was of coffee and chocolate (This might explain why it's called Mocha Porter). It had a taste that was very similar in many respects. A strong Coffee taste leading to a strong choclate taste. Fantastic. It was everything a Porter should be. Not too hoppy by any standards, but the malt head should realy enjoy this. Thank you MacGregor's for carrying this.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2003 21:07:32 | More by CBFanWish
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown-black with 3 finger brown head, settles to a small cap, and laces well in webs.
Coffee and alcohol esters in the aroma, a molasses type aroma develops with warming.
Chocolate and coffee tastes (mocha) with roasted malt.
Very smooth, slightly bitter in the back, thinner than it looks, only a light-medium body.
Good representation of the style, and very drinkable, had this after shoveling 2' of wet snow, and it was great to come inside for.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2003 19:36:08 | More by mschofield
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homersimpson

North Carolina

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

Dark ruby with a rather dark tan lace.
Chocolate, coffee and sweet malt.
Smooth and dense, slippery on the tongue.
Roasted malts combine with a touch of chocolate, coffee, and a nice hop toward the end helps round things out. Very roasted finish that sticks around.
Good Stuff from the guys at Rogue!

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2003 05:18:50 | More by homersimpson
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nomad

Kansas

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

Poured a deep opaque brown, with a light bubbly mocha-colored head, and a tad of stain and lace. Smelled of sweet chocolate, a little bit of smoke, and floral and bitter fruit hop scents. Tasted of great roasted barley on top of big dark malts. Palate was largely of very smooth chocolate notes that were unobtrusive and barely sweet. The end of profile brought on grapefruit bitterness, with a finish that was a nice balance of dark malt, coffee/chocolate bittersweet character, and a controlled version of the classic Rogue hoppiness.

Just about thin mouthfeel, this was a calm but tasty porter. The mocha notes were reminiscent of Rogue Chocolate Stout. Very easy to drink, this fits my tastes for a porter, albeit a flavored one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2003 18:24:47 | More by nomad
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smitty1080

Ohio

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

The appearance is quite beautiful, pitch black with a tan head. Like others have said I was also surprised by the aroma and taste. The aroma is hoppy and toasty. The taste hoppy, burnt, and heavy. The mouth feel is great, thick and full. It finishes with a slight burnt orange.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2003 00:34:24 | More by smitty1080
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elmocoso

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark dark beer with a bitter, coffee smell. It came to the table with a tan blanket of head that was on the thin side, and a decent collar with pretty good lacing.

I couldnt get a good smell out of this one. There was the basics: Roasted and Chocolate smells, some hops. The taste was a good, well rounded and tasty.

an all around decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2003 19:55:53 | More by elmocoso
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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