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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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very good

2,231 Ratings

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Ratings: 2231
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)
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Photo of glid02


3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cask at Deckard's American Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately roasted malts with good amounts of lightly tart dark fruits. Also present are slight amounts of dark chocolate aromas however no coffee is discernable.

Tastes worse than it smells. Chalky roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of dark fruit flavors that have turned, lightly tart raisins and pears. Midway through the sip hints of dark chocolate flavors attempt to salvage everything but fade out without being able to, finishing with a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is not good. I had a tough time finishing my glass and would not go after another.

Overall this was a big disappointment, especially considering how many of Rogue's beers have been close to home runs. I'd certainly try this again if I could get a taster to see if the problems were a one-time deal but I would hesitate immensely before spending money on another glass.

Serving type: cask

11-20-2010 19:55:06 | More by glid02
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue's Mocha Porter pours a very dark brown color with a loose, brown head. Retention is OK and there is no lacing, but all of this is to be expected from a beer that is poured from a hang pump.

The aroma has a good amount of hop bitterness mixed with coffee and chocolate.

The flavor profile is pretty much as-advertised in the smell. Coffee up front, replaced by chocolate, and finished off with a good bitterness from the hops.

Like many beers that are put on cask, the carbonation is low yet adequate. The body is still fine.

Mocha porter is a solid beer that didn't knock my socks off. At 6 bucks for a 20oz pour, it was well worth it.

Serving type: cask

10-17-2010 14:54:54 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of IronCitySteve


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

Had on cask at Fatheads Pittsburgh

A: Pours a deep dark brown color, almost black. Not much light getting through. Provided a thick brown foam head with ample lacing.

S: Lots of dark coffee, espresso, milk and dark chocolate. Found this to be more prevalent on cask then from the bottle.

T: A complex but really balanced beer. Lots of espresso, nuts, dark chocolate and even anise are tasted.

M: Leaves a thick rich creamy chocolate flavor on the palate.

D: A low ABV beer, but a beer I would have with dessert, not really a session type beer for me.

Serving type: cask

12-24-2009 20:59:05 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of jeremy13586


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

Had this on cask at Fatheads last week. Poured black into a mug with a nice fluffy light-brown head. The smell of roasted malts hits the nose up front followed by the scent of coffee and hints of baker's chocolate. The taste follows the scent. A nice roasted malt backbone followed by the taste of coffee and bitter chocolate. A very smooth and solid brew. I'm very happy that I got to enjoy this as my first cask beer. I could drink it every day if Fatheads didn't rotate casks.

Serving type: cask

03-24-2008 01:26:54 | More by jeremy13586
Photo of DaPeculierDane


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

On cask at the Public House in SF.

A: Black with mahogany traces when held to direct sunlight. Otherwise, jet black. A very dark beer. Thick frothy white head, abundant and surprisingly lasting for cask.

N: Heavily roasted. Coffee, chocolate, a hint of something bitter to come.

T: Tastes like a roasty mocha with drops of caramel and slight pine hops. Heavier on the coffee side of the mocha. A bit light on cocoa.

MF: Sweet front, medium body, mildly bitter finish. Highly astringent. Dusty. Very dry.

D: Average.

Serving type: cask

06-07-2006 20:59:42 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of dawg


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the cask into a faceted mug. Poured at the correct temperature however the barkeep wasted quite a bit of beer with the pour. Overall the final pour did end up with a mighty fine looking serving of a porter. There was about a finger of creamy tan head. This was exactly what I was seeking.

Had a nice chocolate aroma. Hints of bananna and other non-cirtus tropical fruits (perhaps mango). Tasted awesome. Really could taste the meduim roasted malts, some cocoa, and some yeast. The hops used in this one probably in combination with the proper serving temperature balanced the sweetness well.

Felt medium to light bodied with the nice thick head leaving a mustache. Very drinkable, after sampling a few other beers, I had another RMP.

Maybe the best Rogue experience I've had to date.

Serving type: cask

02-04-2006 16:01:11 | More by dawg
Photo of brewbacca


4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

S: Had this on cask in a 20oz nonik at the rogue ale house in san francisco, they even made me a beer float out of it, so good.

A: liquid black gold, great head, with good retention, amazing after all it was a cask, it looked soild black, and I barely let the light pass through the glass!!

S: I literally inhaled the head trying smelling this stuff, It was like crack, but better. the smell of your favorite coffee house hits your right away, a long with malty notes. there's some bittering hops notes as well but just barely though, just right amount.

T: oily, thick and rich. coffee flavors, area first on the palete, followed by the rich chocolate and roasted malt notes. It finishes up clean with nice bitter hoppy/black coffee notes in the after taste.

MF: very smooth and oily, since this was a cask, it lacked the really fizzy feeling of the regular draft, but it retained just the right amount for me, it was also perfect room temp. not to warm.

D: I could drink several a day, till I got sick of it. the only thing was after 3 you need to drink some water to rid your self of the acidic taste left over from the coffee. I don't drink coffee, but I love this stuff. If you happen to encounter either the draft or cask order it.

Serving type: cask

08-24-2005 03:33:51 | More by brewbacca
Photo of JackTheRipper


4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cask conditioned at Sharp Edge Beer Emporium
A: Pours a brown so dark it's almost black. Opaque. Nice khaki~tan head with nice lacing.
S: Dark roasted malt aromas with a heady whiff of a strong bitter coffee smell. Sweet dark molasses. Wow.
T: Smooth malts perfectly balanced by a touch of hops and a strong coffee taste with just a hint of dark chocolate. Nicely lingering bitter aftertaste.
M: So smooth it should be a crime. Smooth and creamy with a heavenly mouthcoating feel. Alcohol is just wonderfully warming.
D&N: Cask conditioned beers are like heaven in a glass. This beer had it all, great smells, great flavors, unbelievable mouthfeel. Heaven in a glass.

Serving type: cask

05-13-2005 22:49:22 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of beerman599


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

i had this at Delaney's cafe in new haven last week and i couldn't stop drinking it. fresh pulled with creamy great head , malt - hop aroma, roast malt favor with hops in the finish. this is cask ale at it's finest .
half of the experience in cask ales is how there treated at the bar and Delaney's does it right.

Serving type: cask

01-22-2004 21:34:12 | More by beerman599
Photo of QXSTER1


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask and at cellar temperature this beer sported a huge, creamy, dark tan head that was like a dessert in itself. Thick and luscious with obvious coffee and chocolate notes it was hard to live up to my expectations when I finally got to the beer. Carbonation was mild and I didn't get the spritzy taste that others have commented on. Rogue's northwest hops cut through the dark roasted malts and left a subtly out of place bitterness on the palate. Temperature definitely mellowed this porter and brought out it's unique qualities. A very good porter, but different, true of most of Rogue's brews.

Serving type: cask

03-07-2002 17:22:22 | More by QXSTER1
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 01:29:29 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.89/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 02:41:03 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of vkv822


3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 07:57:39 | More by vkv822
Photo of hops202

District of Columbia

3.58/5  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.


Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:54:05 | More by hops202
Photo of superspak


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt with light hop presence; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, herbal, light pine, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good porter. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 06:56:50 | More by superspak
Photo of MrBoz21


3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured reddish black opaque with mohagany hue. Thick soapy head that quickly dissapated, leaving slight tan skiff and foamy ring, Very slight oil slick on surface and moderate cabonation. Nice color, but would like to see creamier head that sustained.

Aroma: Faint coffee-like roast. No hops. Banana notes and a bit of chalk. Needs more.

Taste: Toffee, molasses and coffee bitterness. Slightly astringent and dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry and moderately thin. A bit of carbonation tingle.

Overall: Pretty non-descript for the style, but smooth and drinkable with good coffee character. The kind of dark ale that you can quaff on a hot day because the its relatively dry and the coffee is relatively mild.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 04:31:00 | More by MrBoz21
Photo of iheartmyTHO


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

The first few sips were amazing - lots of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. But as the beer started to warm up, these flavors became less prominent. Maybe it's because my palate became overwhelmed or the flavor just changes as it warms up. Anyways, still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 22:39:26 | More by iheartmyTHO
Photo of RVigz


4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has a nice nearly black body with a think dark one inch head.

Smell: I could not get my nose out of this beer as it had a profound chocolate smell that was both sweet and dark at the same time.

Taste: The taste was a lot like the smell. Sweet chocolate upfront that turns into a bitter dark chocolate/roasted coffee taste.

Mouthfeel: This was smooth but bitter and leaves a dry taste making you want another sip.

Overall: Overall a delicious porter that stands true to its name with a chocolatey and decadent body that finishes with a black roasted coffee taste.

Serving type: growler

02-07-2014 03:19:51 | More by RVigz
Photo of BWED


3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Very deep brown, some dark red hues shine through against some light. Brown head is pretty creamy but isn't thick. Good lacing, however.

S- The mocha comes out, more on the chocolate side. Pretty sweet. Light on the coffee, but a gentle roast hits the nose.

T- Roast comes out more in the flavor, with the coffee and cocoa in the background. There a slight flavor of vanilla as well.

M- Rather light in body, but a slight creaminess. Very smooth and easy to drink. There's a bit of a roasty, dry finish as well.

O- One of the better Rogue's I've had. It has a nice flavor and drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 17:28:19 | More by BWED
Photo of NeedBeerHere


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark as night with a finger, beige head with decent retention and some decent lacing. Smell is sweet with some dark fruits, maybe a hint of coffee, a hint of chocolate but it is pretty sweet upfront. Taste is much more coffee -- I was hoping I was in there. Also taste all that was in the nose. Mouthfeel is nice with lots of carbonation for this low ABV Porter. Overall this isn't a bad beer but it really isn't anything I would go after again. The coffee just tastes a little off to me. I love coffee in beers but hate coffee. Possibly this is just a type of coffee that doesn't agree with me as much.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 22:39:47 | More by NeedBeerHere
Photo of ThomasMetal75


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

A- Poured into my Guinness pint glass, the beer looked dark black with some ruby red tints towards the bottom of the glass. Head was a nice "mocha" tan type color. Big bubbles; very creamy. Looks like a great dark beer!

S- HUGE CHOCOLATE NOTES! That is followed up with a roasted coffee and cream smell. Very malty. Semi sweet from the chocolate. Inviting!

T- Huge chocolate, with the roasted coffee and cream notes from the nose. Those elements create a dessert type sweetness overall. I also detected some light toffee and caramel notes. Bitterness is a little high, but it's not a dominating flavor by any means.

*-When warmer, the bitterness kicks in harder and there is a bigger coffee/toffee caramel maltyness. At this point very little, if any, chocolate comes through. The beer tastes better cold to me.

M- Medium bodied, but so smooth. Mild carbination, but enough there to notice. It's not like Guinness where you can't even tell it's carbonated. Finish lingers for a bit. It finishes smooth and semi sweet. Just like dessert I tell yeah! Very pleasant drinking, especially when cold.

*Overall this is a great beer. My only complaint would have to be with the bitterness, but that's just if I had to pick something to complain about. I think the bitterness could be less in a beer like this. But overall this is outstanding! Looking forward to the rest!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 16:50:21 | More by ThomasMetal75
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All of the times I've had this beer and never pulled the trigger on a review, well today since I'm having it here goes:

Into a nonic:

A: dark brown close to black colored body with a one a and a half finger rocky white head that rises, holds for a good minute and dies at a gentle pace; lacing is actually kinda all over the place, I mean its there, its just sporadic and messy

S: mocha coffee up front with a nice dosing of cocoa to add a nice sweetness to it; slightly roasty yet sweet

T: bittersweet - combined nicely through the coffee and cocoa, and even as it warms it stays balanced and still has a nice roastiness to it; no aftertaste, dry finish

M: light to medium, semi-sessionable or as sessionable as any mocha porter can be; carbonation is nice and smooth with a nice effect of harshness tingling away on the roof of my mouth, good for the style and for me

O: glad to finally come back to it years later and as far as I remember its still the same, and worthy of coming back to again, just gotta pick it up more

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 19:52:26 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of BastardKing24


3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall this beer has impressed me in the past but it just doesnt do it for me at this point in time as there is a medicinal/metallic taste to it that is just too off putting.

Pours a dark brown with little head retention. , meh

Smell is cocoa and coffee with metallic notes, not what I had before with this...

Taste is the same with notes of bitter cocoa and coffee with, some hop bitterness, and a lingering metallic taste, odd , I know its rogue but , bleh...

mouthfeel is nice its robust and full, nice carb, just the damn after taste... ugh

I wish I didnt review this at this time, I thought I have had a better version of this. Hmm..

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 04:01:42 | More by BastardKing24
Photo of Alextricity


4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

$2.49 single bottle poured into a pint glass. It's been awhile since I've had a Rogue beer.

Appearance: A slightly hazy black and dark ruby color. Two fingers of a mocha head that actually stays at one for quite awhile. Lacing's pretty good. The head itself is pretty creamy. Looks great.

Smell: Coffee. Dark chocolate. Some malty sweetness. Truthfully, all to be said about this beer -- and that's not a bad thing. Fits well with the style and name of the beer. Easier to pick up when the beer warms.

Taste: Semi-sweet mocha right at the start, and almost through to the end. The finish adds some roasted malts to the whole thing to keep it from being overly sweet. Not overly complex, but very enjoyable regardless. Gets a touch sweeter as it warms up, which is fine with me.

Feel: I think this is about perfect for a porter, as I know the style. It's got a medium body with a pretty creamy mouthfeel, but it's not as big as a stout is/should be. Somewhat prickly carbonation on the front of the tongue on the finish.

Suddenly one of my favorite porters, if not my favorite (Edmund Fitzgerald is up there as well). The one thing about this beer, while I enjoy it a bit more than Edmund Fitz (mostly because of the feel), it's also a dollar or two more expensive for a six pack... I'm not sure I like it THAT much more. Rogue Mocha Porter is a pleasant tasting, easy drinking, sessionable porter that I could gladly enjoy a few of. Definitely try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 16:50:37 | More by Alextricity
Photo of Botulizard


3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with almost no head, very much like a cola.

S: Malt roastiness with coffee and chocolate notes.

T: Bold roasted coffee with a nice balance of bitterness and chocolate sweetness. I'd have liked there to have been more chocolate present.

M: Way too thin and carbonated for a "porter". Much like the appearance, this aspect reminds me more of a cola than a beer.

O: It tastes pretty good, I'll give it that. Hell, maybe I'll drink it again sometime just for that. I do wish it tasted more distinctly of mocha. It seems to lack the characteristics that I'd expect from a porter, though. It loses a lot of points on that. It should be thicker and less carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:05:27 | More by Botulizard
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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,231 ratings.