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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,336 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,336
Hads: 2,721
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 101
Gots: 301 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 1,336 | Hads: 2,721
Photo of majorbase2
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with a light brown foamy head with good retention and solid lacing.

Nose follows the name. Some roasted coffee notes, a bit of nuttiness. A lot of sweetness. Milk chocolate. Caramel malts.

Taste is sweet, milky chocolate, roasted coffee, some very lightly roasted nuts.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Super easy to drink. No carbonation. Definitely could drink 4 or 5 of these.

Overall, nothing sensational here. If you want a porter that you can down a six pack of in one sitting, I'd go with this one. (539 characters)

Photo of cyguyjg
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For those who like the taste of porter and the taste of mocha, this is the perfect marriage. Pours to a soft, creamy, golden head that doesn't last very long but that is not surprising for a black beer that has substantial body. All this capped off by just smidgen of hops (bitterness) in the aftertaste. (306 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a VERY deep, dark brown color. Light does shone through the edges of the glass. About a two finger head that slowly dissipates to just a thin layer.

Smell: Very malty with a hint of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. The smell is good, but seems weak.

Taste: Very roasted malt flavor. Only a small hint of mocha, or any kind of chocolate and coffee.

Feel: Smooth and creamy, with a medium body feel.

Overall: I expect it to be better. But it's a good, drinkable beer. (482 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated nicely. Lacing looked good - somewhat spotty, foamy here and there.
The smell had the mocha coffee up front with some light notes of chocolate underneath. Some bitter rind-like hop qualities come in to balance.
The taste was bitter and sweet at different times riding through the chocolate to coffee and bitter rind-like qualities. There's a light cocoa to mocha aftertaste.
The mouthfeel had about a medium bodied feel with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice for a porter. Bitter hop qualities show up for a higher than expected IBU feel to me, well, I don't mind it.
Overall, I'd say its an interesting one. I was hoping for more mocha, perhaps a touch sweeter or bitter in the coffee part. I guess I was just surprised at the hop content in this one. (909 characters)

Photo of Aleks_P
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours very, very dark brown. Could only tell it wasn't black when I held it really close to our kitchen ceiling light and could see the brown hues around the edges. Thin tan head, took a few seconds to appear and then disappeared quickly. After a sip or two just had very light lacing around the edges.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, charcoal. As advertised, seems promising based on aromas.

Taste: Not what I expected, more bitter than sweet. I taste the chocolate notes, but it is a bitter chocolate like baker's chocolate. Very much like a dark coffee flavor. After the initial flavors subside there is a really strange, almost tangy aftertaste that I do not care for, some kind of biting sour residual flavor.

Feel: Pretty dry beer, almost chalky. Carbonation very average, more of a creamy carbonation than anything. Bitterness remains after each sip, similar to a dry hoppy beer.

Overall: I'm disappointed by this beer, but I see it is rated pretty highly on BeerAdvocate. The look and smell are great but there is something really offputting about the second wave of tangy, sour flavor once I waded through the initial coffee and chocolate notes. Not sure if it's just the batch I got or whether that was part of the plan. I'll manage through the six pack I picked up but there are a lot of coffee or chocolate porters I prefer to this one, generally something a little sweeter. (1,406 characters)

Photo of NEdward
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Massive head, persistent lacing

S: Sweetness, a mild scotch

T: First sip was refreshingly bitter and restrained. Sweetness eventually makes its way through, but doesn't overstay its welcome. Lingering dark chocolate aftertaste.

F: Surprisingly light, not sticky

O: Balanced, subtle, not overpowering, overall a good porter (329 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a Jet Black with a big brown 2 inch frothy head...beautiful beer.

Smell - Hop presence...earthyness/grassyness hit me first.. chocolate...espresso..coffee

Taste - wow..this beer is super well balanced.....get that mocha coffee and chocolate bomb...and the hops leave you in the end with the slightest bitterness to round the whole thing out making this an awesome, super drinkable porter......likin it a lot. may get tore apart for this but i feel as if its kind of like a black and tan..minus the hop presence.....whatever. haha.

The feel is nice....kind of creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation........

All in all. super drinkable.Super Balanced. Solid beer. if you like this try hazelnut brown nectar...that beer rules too. (752 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a dark brown with a light brown coffee colored head. The smell was full of coffee and mocha with some sweetness, almost a toffee scent coming through. The taste was very rich with coffee and dark chocolate before finishing with a surprising amount of hops to make a lighter finish to the beer. (299 characters)

Photo of chogm54
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, BB date of mid 2015. Poured into a flute glass.

A - very dark, almost black. Free of sediment. Pours a thin fizzy pale brown head than lingers as a 5mm lacing on the glass.

s - rich roasted malts, a huge smack of coffee, molasses and cocoa rich chocolate. Faint whiff of dates.

T - roasted malt, mild hop bitterness with a sour turkish coffee taste towards the finish. Dark chocolate overtones are muted at the beginning, until halfway through.

M - Texture is dry at first, but with a slight slickness to the aftertaste. Light bodied - feels a tad watery compared to other porters. High carbonation for style.

O - good, but does not distinguish itself from other porters. The coffee is more present in the aroma than the taste, but I did enjoy the sourness (being a mediterranean coffee lover). Hoppy bitterness, while present, isn't as noticable as other Rogue beers. (894 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one brew that has been sitting on my to-drink list for a while: Rogue Mocha Porter. Rogue do some pretty wild limited release brews (such as their Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale) but it is the year-round releases which are the bread and butter for any brewer worth their hops. Will it be up there with the mightiest of Stouts, i.e. Founders Breakfast Stout? Because really that is the one to beat for this and any Porter out there in the Beerosphere.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: A deep dark murky brown that no light shines through (checked it with my trusty petrol station LED flashlight) with a foamy 1cm mocha coloured head. 7/10.

S: Dark chocolate notes mingle with vanilla, brown sugar and hints of prune. Not getting any coffee characters in the aroma with this Mocha Porter, which is surprising given its name. 7/10.

T: Very much an American styled Porter with the above noted flavours, and a bitter herbal hop finish. The coffee comes in to play now with that distinct roasted bean touch towards the end. Another sip presents an even more espresso note. Hmmm, it starts out sweet and chocolaty, brings out some herbal cacao nib bitterness and the coffee flavours become more pronounced, nice. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a dense carbonation. 7/10.

D: It’s no FBS that’s for sure. However I did enjoy my time with RMP and if I wasn’t a Humulus lupulus lover (that’s hops people) I would have downgraded my score due to that hop note in the finish. This Porter does indeed fall short of the glory that is FBS for many reasons: flavour, mouthfeel, the aroma, etc... but sometimes a rare change from what you know and love is nice. 8/10.

Food match: This is a classic after dinner cigars and chocolate brew ;) (1,785 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

I'm a porter fan in general, and even though I'm not a coffee drinker, I enjoyed this mocha porter. The coffee flavor wasn't so strong as to make me think I was drinking that instead of beer, so that's a plus in my book. It's a bit on the dry side but nothing too intense, and it's pretty well balanced as a result. Good middle of the road porter. (350 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

A:dark brown with thick creamy head (3/3)
S:medium strength coffee and dark malt smell (8/12)
T: coffee and dark malt dominate coffee, gets stronger on finish (15/20)
M: really creamy upfront but dry finish(5/5)
O: A very drinkable Porter flavor profile not too impressive but certainly tasty (7/10)
38/50 (305 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Wonderful.
The taste has moderate chocolate sweetness, off-set by a moderate bitterness that builds through the profile. Finishes with a touch of milk.
The texture is softer and medium bodied.
Enjoyable. (296 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma at first gives off lots of brown sugar with a prune-like fruitiness; there is also some caramel, bready malt, milk chocolate, and dark roast coffee. The head is dense and deep tan; the body is a very dark brown but garnet highlights come through against the light. The flavor includes roasted malt and dark coffee with some tart fruitiness; the bitterness is husky and resiny; there is an undertone of malt sweetness. The husky, bread crust-like finish lingers. The body is somewhat light with a sharp bite from the carbonation.

Smells great, but the flavor doesn't follow the nose very closely. It's still complex and intense with a resiny bitterness that provides an American hop character. (704 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very dark color. Aroma is of sweet malts and cocoa. Interesting, complex taste. Bitterness up front and then back and forth with creaminess and bitterness. pretty smooth, creamy finish. Very pleasant beer. Complex, slightly strong, yet very drinkable ! (260 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%

A: [3.25] Dark black body. There is a 1/2 finger head of small to medium tan bubbles. The bottle does not list ABV or IBU. There is a date code on the bottom - but it means nothing to me.

S: [2.75] Wafts of mocha and some metallic scent.

T: [3.00] Bitter coffee - when it is cold. When it warms up - the taste mellows but there is a slight reduction in bitterness

M: [2.75] Lots of "buzz" on the tip of the tongue. The beer is creamy - but there is a tingle of carbonation.

O: [2.75] I wanted to like this. I like stouts and porters. I really like coffee flavored stouts and porters but I do not like this one. The nose has a metallic hint. The mouthfeel has too much carbonation. The flavor is a single note that isn't executed too well. I won't buy this again. I would drink this again - but there are lots of porters I would go for first. (857 characters)

Photo of Gear54
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A:Pour is a dark mahogany with light kaki head and wispy lace on the glass

S: the first smell is fantastic salted carmel with roasted malts in the background. Possibly some coffee as well

T: not as good as the smell. Mostly roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Totally disappointed that the carmel isn't in the flavor profile.

M: heavy almost chewy but not overwhelming.

O : really good. Might have been a new go to if the carmel was a bit more powerful. (497 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. Deep dark brown with a .5 finger head when poured into a pint glass. Lacing on the glass is thin.

s. Coffee and malt.

t. Excellent balance with coffee and malt. Not finding the chocolate
side of the mocha, but who cares - taste is a notch above above outstanding (on this scale).

m. A bit dry on the finish, but good hidden carbonation.

o. A porter that is a step above most coffee porters. I find some coffee porters to be overwhelming - the mocha toned it down nicely. (480 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely dark brown (almost black in color) with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a finger + half tall medium sized cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large finger thick layer covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of coffee and bittersweet chocolate over the top of light aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of bittersweet dark chocolate and a light amount of coffee. Hints of burnt malts towards the finish which all contribute to a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away slowly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thin.

O: Easy to drink and definitely one you could have a couple in a session due to the lighter body and lower ABV. Enough complexity to keep you interested but not too bold in flavors/aromas. (1,166 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark brown with a nice cream head that dissipates fairly quickly. Just a hint of chocolate moca aroma. Mostly a typical porter smell. Taste is not sweet at all and has a dry coco powder like finish that is also fairly bitter. Not a lot of thickness or flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. A very good beer. (314 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy tan head that lingers.

Chocolate, coffee grounds, and nutty, toasted malt dominate the aroma. There's a slightly acrid character present.

Flavor is dominated by roast malt and dark chocolate, with bitter coffee grounds and char rounding out the finish. The early balance goes to cocoa, but the finish is definitely bitter and charred. An acrid character surfaces late.

Body is fairly full, with modest carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

The charred finish is slightly offputting, but mocha is well represented. Bitterness is more than I prefer, but the chocolate character makes up for it a bit. (643 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with a small tan head. Sticky lacing around the glass.

Aroma is of roast and a little caramel. No hop aroma, not much mocha or chocolate in the nose.

Taste reminds me of a middle of the road porter. Quite a bit of roast, slightly bitter finish.

Medium body.

Overall an okay beer. I am not sure I would call it a mocha porter though. Not a whole lot of chocolate in the beer. (394 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.91/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a huge billowy tan colored head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a roasted malt smell with some sweeter aromas of caramel and cola. Along with these smells are some notes of a dark chocolate smell as well as a bit of a coffee. Some grainy and grassy smells mingle with all the rest creating a somewhat odd blend of roasted, sweet and grass/grain.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat watery dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor with a sweetness of caramel and some vanilla. As the flavors advance the sweetness dwindles a bit with quite bitter and somewhat astringent flavors then hitting the tongue. Some bitter coffee begins developing in the middle of the taste, being accompanied by some grassy and hay like flavors. Along with these comes some light grainy flavors along with a flavor of char. While the caramel from the front fades toward the end, it is replaced by some cola like sweetness, where it mixed with the rest of the flavors to leave a rather off bitter, burnt coffee mocha flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin for a porter with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower to average side. The thinner body is good for the porter nature of the beer, but the body is way too thin, with it rather incapable of supporting the darker flavors of the brew.

Overall – Nothing too great here. Way too thin and weak in flavors with it lacking much balance. Not one I will come back to. (1,688 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Black, with a thick, foamy tan head with good retention.

Big roasty, espresso, cocoa malt notes. Really inviting. It has similar notes in the taste as well.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

Nothing particularly fancy, just a very well done, tasty porter. (271 characters)

Photo of hops202
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stone snifter.

Looks very dark brown with hints of red. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, caramel and roastiness dominate. A bit of nutiness in there as well. Taste is weak with coffee and chocolate mainly, but nothing special. I would have expected more of this but truthfully Rogue has been letting me down recently - even with my desire to like their beers.

Bouj. (379 characters)

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.