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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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KLLG1021

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this live as we speak.

Appearance is a dark, black coffee and oily mud. Poured into a pint glass, produces a strong taupe head that lingers then settles down. Smell is a nice dark rich coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes just like the nose, but intensifies with the robust coffee flavors, yet balanced by malts. Mouthfeel is heavy, but not over the top. Sits around on the palate for a while, then slowly fades away. Overall a great beer. I would definitely grab this again

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 03:25:45 | More by KLLG1021
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

appearance - 4.0 - this is good looking beer, dark brown almost black, barely any head with basically no lacing.

smell - 4.25 - this beer smells like coffee, with a hint of chocolate, vanilla beans,roasted malt

taste - 4.25- this beer tastes like coffee,basically like if you mixed A mocha latte and a stout, coffee beans, espresso, dark Malts, roasted malts, vanilla, creamy milk

mouth feel - 4.25 - light mouth feel for a stout with medium-heavy carbonation, leaves a roasty coffee aftertaste which is light.

overall - 4.0 - a good moCha stout but more with respect to the English idea of what a stout is. Somewhat weak, one dimensional, and lacking a wow factor .

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:19:14 | More by ISmith87
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Taz_Michael

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bazzinga!

A: Dark, like cowboy chicory. Poured into an Imperial pint glass, the head is slightly less than a finger, with the perfect amount of lacing.

S: Mocha, coffee, caramel, hops, brown sugar

T: Prairie sludge: in a good way. Strong coffee flavor, with just the right amounts of porter and chocolate.

M: Creamy but not filling. The acidity of coffee hangs out with your buds for a few. The hops are well balanced, as a porter should be.

O: Drink, drank, drunk... gonna stock this one in my cooler trunk!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 23:40:08 | More by Taz_Michael
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Act25

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: silk screen bottle poured into a chalice named Leffe. Beautiful dark brown. Massive lacing left behind from a brown crown, that is thick and robust. A beauty.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a hop / java head who drinks 6+ java cups a day, usually half decaf, mostly brewed espresso style. This beer is heaven to someone like me. But it doesnt 'fake' being coffee or chocolate like - in my view.

S: All good reviewers agree: this is a porter that smells like hops. Hops, malt, chocolate syrup without any cloying bit. Outdoors, hay, grass, freshness. This beer smells great.

T: Chocolate and iced black coffee dominate. Flows into a hop bitter, dry finish, so without any cloying sweetness. A nice flavor arc & finish. This is good all-year round. Starts sweet, malty, then arcing to bitter and dry. Gets dryer and more herbal with warming (instead of sweeter, which is good!) Very good beer to serve at warmer temps.

Great food beer. Great after dinner beer.

F: Full - to - medium feel, but really just a medium weight. "How do they do that?" Excellent!

Mocha Porter is as good as any I have tried, and is moderate alcohol (Good) to boot. Highly, highly recommended, I'd drink this any time. A favorite!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:13:49 | More by Act25
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json83

Ohio

2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

153 calories per bottle at 5.1% ABV. Strong taste that is too bitter for my taste. I could sense the slight kick of mocha which didn't quite stand-out over the bitterness of the porter to make it desirable for me. I would not consider buying this again not being a strong bitter beer fan though I'd think this would be about average in that category.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:28:11 | More by json83
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Chessmaster

Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black, with ruby highlights against light. 1-2 fingers head which quickly dissipates.

S: Faint chocolate smell

T: Smooth roasted malt with hints of chocolate.

M: Medium body, light carbonation

O: Easily drinkable and pleasant porter. I could easily drink several of these in a row. The mocha aspects are not overpowering -- subtle.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 04:08:51 | More by Chessmaster
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dowen17

Alabama

3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a slight reddish tint when held to the light. Very large tan head with heavy lacing all the way down the glass.

The smell is slightly sweet with a coffee hint but also has a very off, pungent smell.

Taste is sweet with a strong espresso/coffee taste at the end. The hops are definitely there.

Slightly carbonated. Heavy feel. Dry on the way down and the beer seems to linger in your mouth. Very sticky.

Overall it's a good beer. I would drink again but don't know if I would buy.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 01:01:23 | More by dowen17
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TBoneJones

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep dark brown, with a dark red effect in places, when held to the light. Looks great. Large foamy tan head.
Smells like some light chocolaty coffee grinds, but there's an off-smell to me which at first i thought was like amaretto, but with more whiffs I just can't pin it. Borders on bitter anise and stale puke. Odd. Am I interpreting the hops negatively?
Tastes better than it smells. There's a vanilla cream flavor, on the sweet side, and it gives way to a pleasant bitter roasted flavor, feels somewhat thin and lightly carbonated. Any mocha or coffee tastes like it gets marginalized/ thinned-out by the hop presence. Pretty dry on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:53:28 | More by TBoneJones
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Ryan_Graham

Iowa

4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark Amber. Very Foamy. Retains head.

S: Chocolaty with a hint of something else. I can't really put my finger on it. A fruity kind of smell.

T: You can taste the coffee but it doesn't overpower you. It goes down surprisingly smooth for a chocolate tasting beer.

M: A light carbonation. Not too heavy. It hangs like syrup on the back of your tongue.

O: When I saw that this was a "Mocha" beer, my first thought was ehhh. I want my beer to taste like beer, not a cheap Starbucks latte. However, I was pleasantly surprised. It doesn't knock you over with the coffee taste. Very smooth. Great balance. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 04:21:36 | More by Ryan_Graham
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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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Murrhey

Montana

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a mason jar in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger mocha head. Very active carbonation with large bubbles. Cola-colored body with low clarity.

S- Mocha, chocolate malts. Bitter aroma. Roasty and toasty smell. Kind of nice, but not complex in my opinion.

T- Chocolate, a slight coffee taste, roast malts and deep, dark tastes.

M- Grainy and thick.

O- Feel is the best part of this beer. Not bad, not exemplary. Like most Rogue beers I have.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 05:41:47 | More by Murrhey
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Mocha Porter pours a dark molasses brown color with a medium sized fluffy tan colored cap. A bit of nice lace dots the side of the glass.

The aroma is as expected - milk chocolate, roast coffee, with some roasted malt presence as well.

Each sip is smooth and consistent. The malt presence brings forth roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, and espresso. The flavor turns slowly bitter, and there are some dry coffee grounds and smokey notes toward the end. The finish has another bit of chocolate and is mostly bitter.

For a porter with this low of an ABV, the body is actually a little bit fuller than I would have expected. The carbonation is balanced between creamy and smooth, and there is a dryness to the texture that prevents this from getting too sweet or sticky.

Overall I generally find Rogue’s offerings to be nice but not to push any boundaries, and this fits that bill precisely.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:42:10 | More by KickInTheChalice
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.89/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rouge Mocha Porter has a very thick, beige head, a dark brown appearance, with red highlights, and impressive, heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of dark-roasted malt and chocolate powder. Flavor is of sweet, dark bread crust, cocoa powder, dark-roast coffee, astringent bitterness, and even a touch of sourness. Mouthfeel is on the lower side of medium, and Rogue Mocha Porter finishes semi-dry, refreshing on this hot day, somewhat rich, and drinkable. It’s a seriously wonderful beer, and I recommend it in the strongest terms.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 22:21:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£5.80):
Opaque chocolate brown. Thumb sized, tan brown, foamy head that leaves some nice lacing.

Strong chocolate aroma with roasted malts and a sweet cocoa aroma. There is some vanilla and sweet malts along with some darker chocolate notes and touches of light coffee.

Medium chocolate flavours to start with some mocha and a sweeter background taste from the sweet malts with hints of cocoa and vanilla. I could detect some coffee and a slightly smokey taste along with some roasted malts and a bittersweet finish.

Smooth with a medium body and good balance between flavours. There is a sweet base and the finish is a slightly bitter one with carbonation being mild to medium throughout.

Good porter taste with balance between the sweet notes and the roasted malt ones with more bitterness coming through towards the end. The taste seems to fade ever so slightly towards the end but not to a great extent and it is still an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 09:04:40 | More by flyingpig
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Chaney

District of Columbia

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

Served in a Stone IPA tulip.

A: Poured pretty much pitch black, with a sticky mocha head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Definitely got the signature Rogue profile along with a good bit of roast and ultra fresh malt. Very good.

T: Nice char and teeth-staining bitterness. A lot of care went into the design of this. Some Nestle's Quick in there as well.

M: Nice coffee (mocha) bitterness and great carbonation bill for this style. The lacing was substantial.

O: I dug this one a lot more than others, obviously. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 05:00:02 | More by Chaney
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Kearneytheking

Arkansas

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is mocha fudge in a glass. Such a nice, sweet porter. So well balanced with just a dash of hoppiness to give it a nice edge, but the aftertaste is a smooth coffee and cream with dark chocolate fudge at the back of the tongue. The brew is dark, and the head is a dark tan.

I'll be drinking this again. and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:47:26 | More by Kearneytheking
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Tonmeister

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Dark, light black, for light is still being diffused out the glass. Brownish thin head.

Aroma: Mocha, Coffee, roasted malts.

Taste: watery, mocha, with a thin mouthfeel.

Overall, I am not really a big fan of this one. It is nice that it has a nice distinctive taste to compensate for the fact that this is a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 02:55:38 | More by Tonmeister
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Roman5150

Spain

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle into Duvel glass

appearance: black/really dark brown with 1 finger slightly off white head

smell: espresso, toffee, vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate

taste: very dark chocolate and mocha coffee oriented, with some minor hop bitterness and a thick roasted malt backbone, very well balanced.

mouthfeel: not super carbonated, medium to thin bodied

overall: A great breakfast beer, has a great balance of coffee and dark chocolate, with some tasty english roasted malts and a subtle earthy hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 07:06:32 | More by Roman5150
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blackie

Virginia

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

bomber, Liquor Depot, Rock Springs, WY

a: from an always attractive rogue painted bomber into a stubby chalice, the mocha porter is a deep mahogany brown in color, slathered with a nice mocha head, eventually receding to a ring and island in a sea of ale

s: really enjoy the malt nose - biscuity pales underneath roasted bittersweet chocolate and toffee notes, dark breads, light coffee, wood, earthy hops a cross between pine and citrus peel, some glimpses of dark fruit - notably raisin, simply complex, complete porter aroma

m: carbonation around moderate and slightly fizzy, body around medium

t: a clean pale malt structure balances and supports frontward notes of deep roasted barley, toffee, dry bittersweet cocoa, barely hints at sweetness before drying out nicely, hops flavored of pine and citrus pith impart a moderate bitterness as roast lingers long into the finish, the bitterness growing with each sip

o: a lovely, classic porter from one of the founders of the scene, wonderful balance and play between roast, sugar, and hop...the aroma being the highlight for me - it’s been awhile since I’ve had a Rogue beer, but they shouldn’t be overlooked out of familiarity anymore, drinkability is high

side note - is it me or do the price complaints regarding the Rogue standard bombers not apply anymore, as the rest of the field has caught up and surpassed, making a $5 bomber fairly typical

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 03:51:47 | More by blackie
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have had this beer on many occasions and neglected to review it. The beer is a dark brown color with a thick head. The aroma shouts coffee...espresso...deep, dark, rich roasts. The coffee really dominates the smell, leaving just a little grain and malt underneath. A smooth dryness characterizes the taste. Coffee is present there as well...a cool mocha. Light bitterness...some smoke...nuts and dried figs. Coffee, though, that is the leading taste. Full mouthfeel...very smooth. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 02:41:21 | More by Suds
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

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

Pours to a nice thick beige head and good lacing. Dark brown color. Aroma is roasty, chocolate and slightly espresso-like. Flavor is rich with dark chocolate, caramel malt, coffee and balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and good CO2. Overall a pleasant drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 00:37:31 | More by EagleTalon
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CardiacNP

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rogue Mocha Porter from Oregon 5.3%ABV

Aroma very roasty malty chocolate with coffee

Appearance dark brown to black pour with a creamy beige color head and average lacing

Taste roasty like the aroma, bittersweet chocolate and a mild bitter coffee finish

Mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated. Maybe a little more than most porters. Finishes a bit dry. Very pleasant

Overall a solid roasty porter with chocolate and coffee flavors. Don't drink it to cold so the aroma and flavors really open up. A nice evening desert beer while relaxing.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 01:38:22 | More by CardiacNP
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

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

Kind of a post-modern west coast USA thing going on here. West coast brewers seem to be influenced on the dry side these days. Remarkably how seldom they capitalize on the regions wide abundance of available fruit produce to tweak their products. Just a thought.

Anyway we have a nice dark brown porter here with a good creamy head to boot. The aromas are pretty much dry bitter coffee flavors to me. I can barely find a hint of chocolatte! That's a west coasty thing right there.

The flavor flavs mimic the aroma. Coffee bitters without much noticeable chocolate except a hint of unsweetened bakers chocolate. This is not your Starbucks mocha LOL. No, there's little sweetness unlike its Oregan competitor Black Butte Porter that gives a nice light sweetness of chocolate. (Just more my style, that's all_) Don't get me wrong this is a quality smooth nice beer just too bitter for me. I might pull this out of the darkness on a nice summer night for a sipper change of pace. Thirst quenching and all that.

Certainly deserves a quality pairing, and I might recommend the Charles Lloyd and his west coast flower power music or the more modern sounds from his "Which Way is East" surfer doods with Billy Higgins dueting with him with an array of percussion. Hang ten, bros! See how influential the west is? So look out!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 10:04:05 | More by frankiepop
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ksimons

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a dark chestnut with a thin layer of light tan head that quickly disappears to leave a bit of lace

S-nice mocha and slightly roasted malt backbone

T-taste does not have as much chocolate as the smell would suggest, much more coffee heavy. Roasted coffee, roasted malt, very light dark chocolate

M-thin to medium body, medium to high carbonation, slight dry roasted mouthfeel

Overall this is not the most amazing beer, but it is flavorful enough and easy to drink to make me get it again

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 23:34:36 | More by ksimons
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1 pint bottle. This is well after the best by date, arghhh, didn't realize when I pulled it out of the discount bin. See how it goes. Pours a nice frothy head of soft tan foam. Colour is a ruby black. leaves a really good lacing.

S- chocolate, cocoa powder, orange peel, roast malt, (over?)ripe apples. Some lactose sweetness. A bit of a hay/barn note. Strong dairy note.

Taste has a bitter coffee roastiness, slightly herbal with some smooth milk chocolate, bitterness is quite balanced and some mild citrus and earthy notes. Overall quite pleasant. Some milk chocolate sweetness, really easy drinking. Finish is lactic, dry. Quite well put together, interesting.

Mouthfeel has little carbonation, feels a bit shallow but really smooth. Really sessionable.

Gonna chalk up some of the negatives to the fact that this is a stale brew, little carbonation and a bit of sour lactic flavour. Didn't love this beer but I'm going to try to try it fresh. Certainly quite well put together and interesting, this seemed a bit unbalanced by this date.If I didnt know it was stale I probably would have been less critical, looking forward to trying it in its prime.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 16:32:52 | More by mick303
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,229 ratings.