Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,687 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,687
Reviews: 1,346
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 98
Gots: 276 | 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 Murrhey
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.89/5  rDev +26.7%
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

Photo of flyingpig
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Photo of Kearneytheking
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Tonmeister
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Roman5150
3.84/5  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.

Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Photo of Suds
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of CardiacNP
4.34/5  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.

Photo of frankiepop
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

Photo of ksimons
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of mick303
3.82/5  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.

Photo of TeamMathis
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark and portery!
Smell: Light chocolate. Malt and coffee.
Taste: Coffee, Malt, Chocolate and hop hints.
Mouthfeel: Carbonated, but smooth.

This is good porter. It is well-balanced, with chocolate undertones throughout; nothing really jumps out at you. It's a good example of the American porter. I'll probably get it again.

Photo of danieelol
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good dark colour and good lacing.

Don't get much out of this. Nose is green apple. Bit of that cardboard roast malt.

Taste is similarly nondescript. Perhaps a little bit of cidery coffee/chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thin. A little cidery.

Don't get much from this. Typical boring porter. No real chocolate character, despite the promises of the description.

Photo of ESeab
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour dark dark brown, close to black. Thin vanilla head with nice lacing

SMells rich dark chocolate/coffee

Tastes bitter dark coffee. A touch of dark fruit. Definitely more bitter and not sweetness much at all. Not very smooth and could be better balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice actually. I like a porter to be a bit thinner with a good amount of small bubbled carbonation.

Overall I'm happy I tried this. I'll drink this again but won't go out of my way to seek it out. There are better porters and stouts out there that aren't as bitter as this guy. I like the amount of flavor for the low abv though

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

Pours a dark brown with a hint of opacity when held up to light. Some head but disappates to a small rim around the glass. A bit of lacing. Aroma is dark malts laced with some chocolate. Flavor is a quality porter with a hint of darker chocolate but more subtle than anticipated. Still good beer.

Photo of jlindros
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a creamy thick large 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace but leaves tons of lacing, very dark black beer.

Nose starts with a blend of coffee grinds and cocoa powder, little baker's chocolate, cocoa powder and hint dark chocolate like, light roast with some burnt coffee grinds, and some light smoked malt in there as well, and a hint of vanilla somehow.

Taste starts with the light smoke actually, a little smoked meat and campfire, which is not what I was expecting. Then dark malts, light roast and black malt char, little burnt coffee grinds, then into a very light powdered cocoa and charred chocolate somehow. Bitterness comes with acrid roast, and hint of bitter earthy hops. The middle seems like it's missing something too despite all those contrasting sharp flavors. Finish is drier but a long lingering earthy roasted malt and charred slightly burnt like flavor lingering, and a little smoke.

Mouth is med to a little fuller bodied, nice carb.

Overall meh... doesn't really go where it should, barely mocha, too much acrid burnt flavors, the smoke is out of left field and tastes like it, bitterness is more from the dark malts than hops which are also meh, beer just doesn't seem to come through. This seems to sum up Rogue pretty well lately IMO. They just seem to throw a bunch of ingredients together and hope for the best, and not only that but a hodgepodge of different things to try that shouldn't be like that. This is a mocha porter, it should have more chocolate, more coffee, no burnt or acrid flavors, no smoke (although a little would be OK if it blended well which this doesn't), too many sharp not so great flavors that don't blend well, eh.

Photo of scratch69
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Almost black in color with a fingers worth of light brown head. Thick amount of lacing.

Smell- Mellow aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and some smokiness.

Taste- Starts off with a roasted malt and bitter hop flavor that fades into a bittersweet chocolate finish. Hints of smoke and caramel throughout.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and a tad watery. An average amount of carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall- A good porter with some well-balanced flavors. If the body wasn't so watery this would be great.

Photo of Birtacus
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The Rogue Mocha Porter is a quality brew for sure which I have come to expect from all things Rogue.

After the pour I was given about a quarter inch caramel head that dissipated quickly after it had settled. The quick dissipation gave me a a good idea of what the overall mouth feel would be like.

The aroma I thought was a little subtle but delicious regardless!

During my first taste I got a bold dark roasted coffee flavor that finished very smooth and didn't leave me with a tangy/bitter coffee after taste. I didn't get any of the mocha flavor that the name refers too but regardless I thought it was quite delicious and would go very well with breakfast.

The only "knock" that I had on the brew was its mouthfeel. I would have liked a heavier feel, to me I thought it was a bit watery for porter.

Overall an enjoyable beer from Rogue.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass

A- Poured a dark brown color with soapy mocha colored head that left minimal lace

S- Some smokiness, roasted malt, sweet breadiness and caramel. Pretty nice aroma, not all that strong though

T- Some smokiness, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, breadiness, and caramel. Really balanced flavor profile, however there is a watery quality to this beer that mutes a lot of these flavors from being more bold

M- Lighter bodied, soft carbonation, and quite watery on the finish

O- Some really nice balances flavors, the hint of smokiness was quite nice. The mouthfeel and watery qualities of this beer bring it down for me though.

Photo of docnose
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy the bottle art of this beer.

The appearance is black. Black like tar. Even while back lit this beer is still dark. It has a nice head that lasts... I poured my bottle into a glass and left it on my desk for 20 or so minutes and it still has a nice frothy 1/4 inch of head.

I really need to read more, and smell more, when it comes to identifying aromas. The smell is not overwhelming in any particular direction... I want to say it smells of mocha, but I don't even know what that means! Mocha is in the name so I want to say that's the smell... It's, I guess, a balanced aroma of coffee without any strong smell of hops (the Kudzu Porter from Back Forty smells strongly of hops in comparison).

Someone more experienced than I can probably describe the complexity of the taste. The strongest is, of course, the mocha flavor... hints of chocolate... I find it absolutely delicious. They need to barrel age this stuff in Jack Daniel's barrels so I can contrast it with another local barrel aged porter that I love.

The mouthfeel is kind of creamy... thickish... but with a somewhat refreshing dryness to it...

Overall I love this porter very much. I expected I would from what I'd heard/read about it. I couldn't get it as a single from the liquor store so I had to get a whole six pack and I have no doubt that I will drink them all... maybe even tonight...!

Photo of LuDookie
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured this from the bottle into a mug.

It looked great going in and had a good head, but it disappeared very quickly.

It smelled the part.

Upon first sip, I was a little disappointed. I picked up on a lot of carbonation and hardly any hint of mocha. I found it moderately bitter for a porter and not sweet at all, which is what I expected. However, I enjoyed it more as I drank it.

Could be a little creamier....I like a thick creamy beer.

Overall, it was a very good beer, and easy to finish, but if you really like porters but are looking for something a bit different, look elsewhere. This is just another good porter.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,687 ratings.