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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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2,560 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,560
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 87
Gots: 170 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001)
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Photo of slk22
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice mahogany to black color, lightly translucent, with a thin head and moderate lacing. The inviting aroma of chocolate comes through as does roasted malt with a hint of coffee. The taste follows the nose having a nice balance between roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Chocolate comes through a bit more on the finish with little aftertaste. Quite smooth. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, found this beer to be very nicely balanced and easy going down. Could definitely have another.

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

Mocha Porter
Rogue Ales Brewery
Style: American Porter
ABV: 5.30 %

Reviewed @ home 12/16/08, bottle>dimpled mug
A 4.0 - deep opaque brown color, small frothy head, seems porter appropriate?
S 4.0 - roasty toasty malty notes
T 4.0 - roasty malt on palate, mocha in background, smooth taste
MF 3.5 - medium + body, medium carbonation, crisp finish
D 3.5 - respectable rep of a stout, try it if you like 'em, but not really my type of style

Photo of FlikkerDans
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm not sure what the date was on this, so it could have been new or a few years old. It poured black with a small tan colored head. The smell was mostly roasty, with a slight hint of dark chocolate.There was mainly a roasted coffee taste, again with a slight hint of chocolate, but not as much chocolate as expected for a Mocha Porter. The mouthfeel was quite nice as this was a cool, smooth, and creamy beer. This wasn't a bad beer by any means. I'm glad I tried it but I wouldn't rush out to buy more. I get the feeling that it was a year or two old so I'd like to try it new.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black. Large, craggy beige head. Good retention that stayed until I finished and some foam splatter lace up top.

Smells of roast malt, dark roast coffee, rogue yeast, and faint bitter dark chocolate.

Tastes bittersweet. Roasted dark malt, coffee, and charcoal comprised the bitter whilst bitter baking chocolate, and burnt nut made up the sweet. The two tastes never really seamed to settle in together and this beer seemed confused as to what it was trying to do. Sour ash aftertaste and a light mouthfeel. The actual mocha aspect of the whole beer was played down which was a suprise; considering the name and all.

Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: faily big head black in color

Smell: expresso and dark chocolate, some malt

Taste: cream start, light coffee middle, and a bit nutty in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: very smooth, slightly sharp aftertaste

Drinkability: I could easily drink a six..Another nice interesting porter expanding the boundaries of what a porter can do

Photo of cameraready
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark brown almost black. 1/2" gold colored head.

Smell: Malty with a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Malts are evident. Very little mocha flavor. No bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Heavy but smooth. No hint of carbonation.

Drinkability: Mild aftertaste but overall very drinkable.

Photo of kingothewoods
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, deep, black color with very thick creamy head. I really like the head on this beer. Looks like a layer of frosting. Smells of hops. Has a hint of homebrew smell. Rich and oh so yummy. Tastes of hops, roasted barley, and coffee. Smooth beer. Doesn't have the "fullness" feeling as Imperial Stouts or Barleywine Beers, so I am able to drink more of these.

Photo of Jekster
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer pours a deep dark brown that borders on black to the enter. There is only a slight light brown head that dissipates to a nice covering film.

Smell: This beer is a bit tight on the nose. It has a faint roasted aroma that hides behind some rich caramel and very slight chocolate notes.

Taste: This beer is forward with a roasted / burnt caramel flavor. It taste slightly of chard meat with, again, an extremely faint chocolate flavor to in the mid palette. The beer finishes with a slight bitter roast aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This beer is rather medium light to light in body with a medium to medium high carbonation. This overall makes for a beer that seems a bit light for a porter.

Drinkability: The thin nature of this beer makes it easy to drink. I could quaff back quite a few of these with a meal as it tends to feel not overly heavy.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: For a porter I expect something with a more bold mouth feel and flavors. I was disappointed in the nose of this beer as well as its accompanying flavors. The light body, again, does not make this feel light a porter but instead more of a dark brown ale. I think the fact that this beer is dubbed a "Mocha" porter makes it even more disappointing due to the lack of chocolate flavors and aromas. I think this beer would pair nicely with spicy foods, but would not choose it as a stand alone beer to drink. Even with the food pairing at nearly $10.00 a six pack I would spend my money on other porters in the future.

Photo of tzieser
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an extremely dark black, with a great looking beige head that settles into a nice lacing. nice

smells awesome. lots of roasted malts up front-- bittersweet chocolate with some coffee. i can also smell that delicious signatue rogue smell (pacman yeast again?)

this is one of the best tasting porters i've had in quite some time..richly flavored and full bodied, this bold porter will leave you wanting more and more. great roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate malts all over the place, with a nice bite of hops to balance things nicely. well done.

mouthfeel is good....nice clean feeling

drinkability is very very good for a porter. i could have quite a few of these...and I plan on it (i got a 6 pack of 12 ouncers)

overall- this is an awesome porter. yet another masterpiece by rogue. I've had this quite a few times, and I keep buying it more than any other porter. highly recommended.

Photo of cvaypai
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle to a pint glass.

A - Appearance is like everyone said, dark brown, not translucent. Little to no head, small patches on top, quickly dissipated.

S - Obvious smells of coffee and an almost cocoa like smell.

T- Taste is excellent in my opinion, just the right mix of mocha.

M- Fairly good, a little tingle at the end, maybe could use a little more carbonation.

D- Drinkibility is pretty good, I could drink a few, but not all night.

I would get this again, pretty good porter.

Photo of bfields4
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a coca-colaish dark but transparent mocha brown. with a thin but nice head that leaves a lacy trail.

Smells intensely of coffee with subtle notes of chocolate and maybe a little dark fruits in the back.

Bitter dark chocolate and coffee are abundant and pleasant. A wee little hops also hits me here and there.

Very light and smooth almost coffeeish for the style instead of the rib sticking heavy experience of many american porters. Its very pleasant beer that I would never turn down.

Photo of TStandley13
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a nice fluffy and soft burnt white colored head. Not see-through at all.

S - Definite coffee smell upfront with a chocolate smell lingering in the background. A nice campfire smell.

T - Definetely coffee and chocolate taste. Very delicious and creamy tasting as well. I think the "mocha" title serves this beer correct.

M - Decent mouthfeel, goes down nice and smoothly. Carbonation seems to be on par. Definitely could be a little bit thicker, but not bad!

D - I could drink a few of these buit thats about it.

I am beginning to really enjoy what Rogue has been putting out, and this adds to my list of beers to buy again!

Photo of morebeergood
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of pandashaver
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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

Whenever I see Rogue 22 oz. bottles, I instinctively reach for the Chocolate Stout. I decided to change things up a bit and get Rogue's Mocha Porter offering out of the Wegman's cooler.

This Mocha Porter pours a dark brown with a dissipating head, leaving behind some lacing. The smell is a little bitter, but has a fitting coffee scent.

The coffee really comes through in the complex taste...bitter but satisfying. Very creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is there, but I wouldn't go putting down too many of these babies at once.

Overall, very satisfied with Rogue's Mocha Porter.

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

6 pack, from Brown Derby in Springfield, Brandee's choice, plus it is $21 for 6 in Calgary.
Poured dark, basically black, with chocolate milk brown foam. Very good head retention, and thick sheets of lace. Smell is malty, with some semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is slightly sweet with coffee and cocoa, has a nice hopped finish that keeps things balanced. Mouthfeel could be a bit fuller, but is not a fault. A top flight flavored porter.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Huge light-brown head retained strongly. Dark brown brew, relatively murky/opaque.

S-Coffee and roasted malts with some black character. Also, a degree of a choco-coffee aroma.

T-Again, coffee and roasted malts. The most prominent flavor is the roasted maltiness with a lingering chocolate. Hop character and bitterness was not perceptible.

M-Medium, smooth carbonation and a delightful moderate body.

D-Decent enough. Tasty brew with a nice drinkable feel and flavor.

Photo of BMoney575
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 1-25-09

Pours a dark brown color with a hint of red. A craggy head settles to a thin layer, with gigantic, foamy lacing.

Smell is sweet malt and subtle bitter coffee. Well balanced and enjoyable.

Taste is alot like the smell, subtle, with just a hint of coffee. The finish is bitter but not hoppy, with a smoky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, thin, but right for a porter.

Drinkability is very good, smooth light flavors with a sessionable abv.

Overall, one of my favorites from Rogue, and a solid choice.

Photo of MillRat
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served at Ben Pao Chinese restaurant in Chicago's River North area. Since this is part of the Lettuce Entertain You chain of upscale restaurants, it was particularly heartening to see Rogue featured here. Given that the other offerings were Heinie and BMC light lagers, and I had a ride home, this was going to be my session beer, whether it was meant to be one or not. Fortunately, this is a great session beer.

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, a firm dense cocoa head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Aroma is dominated by roastiness from both dark malts and espresso-ish coffee. Taste is true to the aroma, adding in a chunk of hop bitterness and just enough malt to keep it from being astringent. Body is rather light, which is a bit odd for a beer with this much going on, but it certainly puts this beer in an exclusive league of being both interesting and complex in flavor without swiftly wearing out its gastronomic welcome.

An exceptional beer for those who enjoy strong roastiness. If you must add cream or sugar to your coffee, this is probably not going to be one of your faves. If you like coffee that you must chew before you swallow it, this is good stuff!

Photo of yelterdow
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At long last, it's time to review the brewer's own favorite beer (according to a video clip I have somewhere)... this will be poured a few degrees over fridge temperature in a traditional pint glass. 22oz. bomber purchased at Bottle King in Hillsdale for about $5.

Appearance- This beer pours a rich, brownish red color that elegantly supports a big three and a half finger head. It's the classic Rogue crown... thick and bubbly, stalwart and all foam. Gobs of lacing begin thick and stay that way, always present for the duration of the experience.

Smell- Massive chocolate, but not like fudge. It's lighter in aroma, more like milk chocolate rather than bitter or dark. Distinct in the world of porters, I don't think I could ever confuse this with another I've had before. The hops are quick and snappy on the nose, and perhaps the house yeast has something to do with that.

Taste- While the chocolate malts and other types that have been used are easily and readily available on the palate, the surprising bitterness of the hops along with their long finish is impressive.

Second pour, swirling in all yeast sediment:

The beer has a more roasty character now as opposed to before the yeast addition, and the hops have been countered even more (and better) by the malts, which have really come together nicely.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The beer stays active for its entire stay in the mouth, which is outstanding because the flavors and ensuing bitterness go on forever. This is one rare example of a beer that builds up to a crescendo and stays there, not giving up until the swallow itself. A very enjoyable brew from Rogue, one that I would sample again with food... hmmm, I've got to make that happen while the weather is still cool...

Photo of Reaper16
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass

Pours a deep red/brown with a smallish, one-finger creme head. It doesn't last long, but the lacing manages to be abundant and attractive.

Predictable, coffee hits the nose first. Chocolate, sweet smelling malt, and some hops all find the nose, too. There is a twinge of something metallic, like copper.

Tasty beer. The coffee flavors are strong, but they match well with the generous hop profile. The roasted malts aren't washed out by the coffee, even if they are clearly dominated by it. Its sort of a one-trick pony, but it sure is a good trick.

Loads of carbonation make up for a relative thinness in the mouth. Its combination of feel and good flavors make this a good candidate to have multiples of.

I'm always happy to find a good porter, and this certainly qualifies as such. Rogue always seems to impress me with their dark beers.

Photo of farrago
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish head comprised of micro-bubbles, black color with minimal lightening at rims and glass bottom, if the foam didn't disappear so swiftly could pass for a stout. Lean and focused nose of burnt coffee, caramelized brown sugar and dry mocha powder, the hoppy graininess a large element, not strikingly sweet, choice few words. Light to medium-bodied, curiously bitter attack with the hops front and center. The dryness impedes the spreading wide of chocolate powder and roasted coffee bean flavors. However, the grain and oatmeal draws out a hint of black fruits. Carbonation could stand to be lower, forces things forward before you're ready. Which then results in a shortened finish. Porter for hopheads?

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

Ah, Rouge!

From the bottle, poured into a pint glass the dark brown/near black American Porter pours rich and tops off with a nice head of light brown. As it reclines around the edges it leaves a delicate lace. The head stays billowed in the pillowed in the middle and just begs of mocha goodness!

What a lovely marriage of hops and mocha. Your nose wont have to look too hard for dark chocolate, full bodied coffee and hops.

As formidable in the nose, it is in the mouth (that's what she said). Fantastic mocha porter with just the right wash of bitterness you might expect.

Not a bad way to end a work day!

Photo of wnh
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Schlafly pint glass.

Pours a deep, opaque brown, with a finger's worth of creamy light tan head that dissipates into a thin creamy film that sticks around. Slight lacing.

Nose is roasted malt and coffee. Flavors of coffee, with accompanying bitterness, with hints of dark chocolate that turn into a sweetness reminiscent of milk chocolate. Has an overall creamy flavor/feel, with a pretty short finish. Moderate amount of carbonation, but overall the beer is a little thin. I'd like it more if there was some chewiness to it.

A good beer that grew on me as I worked my way through the six-pack. The first four were good, but the last two were great. Recommended.

Photo of beerman21
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker glass. Coler near black with a light fluffy cinnnimon brown head. Smell is predmonitly cocco powder nothing really sticks out. Taste of coffee, cream and choclate malt, bitter hop background quickly comes and goes. All of which are subtle. mouthful very creamy i really think of this more of a cream stout not a porter. Highly drinkable brew but nothing really all that special about it. I don't know if id buy this again. Average cream stout in my opinion.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,560 ratings.