Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,331 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,331
Hads: 2,711
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 99
Gots: 291 | 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 BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown (almost black) with sepia highlights. The crown is pastel brown, large in size, stiff and pitting. It falls very slowly at the edges, leaving a large hump in the middle and a fair amount of lace in thick rings.

Whoa, a porter that smells like hops! I haven't been a big fan of hoppy porters and stouts, but that might be starting to change right here, right now. Plenty of dark maltiness keeps things style-accurate.

Mocha Porter isn't as hop flavorful as expected, though it is pleasantly bitter. Chocolate dominates, with a splash of cold coffee in the background. This may be the chocolatiest beer that I've had yet. Young's Double Chocolate Stout has nothing on this brew.

Each mouthful starts off sweet and malty, is well-balanced midway through, and becomes more bitter and dry late. Spruce-like hops are most noticed on the finish and become even more aggressive with warming. The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, which is just like I like 'em.

Mocha Porter isn't as good as my all-time favorites of the style, but it's still a quality brew that is exceptionally drinkable. Two thumbs up. (1,125 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. A potential salve to this late season cold snap.

This beer pours a very dark charcoal brown hue, with minor mahogany highlights, and two fingers of puffy, rocky, and broadly bubbly beige head, which leaves a decent array of broken cloud lace around the glass as it quite slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity caramel malt, dry chocolate, lightly roasted, rather complex coffee, a bit of aromatic black fruit, and grassy, leafy hops. The taste is mildly grainy, gritty caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, cold black coffee, lightly sour orchard fruit, a somewhat acrid nuttiness, and earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, with only a wee bit of lingering effervescence, the body an adequate medium weight, which leaves us with a more or less smooth entity, one with a hint of creamy mouthfeel, maybe, though a bit of sassy hops do provide some drama late in the game. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, malty, chocolate essence pervading.

A pleasant enough, and even lovely at times, after-dinner quaffer, perhaps, fantastic with dessert, or even on its own, if your tastes run towards stag. My only quibble is the rather underwhelming coffee element, for a beer that proclaims it so front and center in its name. (1,258 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A seriously dense and opaque pour, deep tan foam billows to the top of the glass. Looks thick like a stout. Earthy aroma of roasted malt.

Initial taste brings chocolate, dark malt, and a residual bitterness over the palette. The mildly bitter aftertaste has more of a chocolaty quality, so it's hard to pick out if it comes from the addition of hops or coffee. There's also a stout-like fullness in the mouth, but just to a moderate degree. Silky smooth, it whispers across the lips. More, please!

It's autumn, and my love affair with the porter has officially been re-kindled. (584 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

having had this beer maybe 10 times it is always one of my favorites but i just never got around to reviewing it. served on tap at barelys and into a pint glass.

nice dark brown pour with a good inch and a half of dark tan head that hangs on top of the glass for what seems like forever before it falls back down to earth. very solid look i have to admit. aroma is deep coffee and sweet chocolate notes that just seem to layer themselves on top of each other. smooth, sweet, and lightly bitter it coats the tongue and offers such a smooth, and easy flavor it comes across simply great. touches of light vanilla and a lightly dry and sweet finish seal the deal for me.

overall one of the most solid and dependable beers that there are. (736 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a black hue with reddish hints and a tan, one-finger head. Good head retention and left long trails of lace.

S - It smelled of dark chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Tasted of bitter chocolate and malt. Also, a bready quality.

M - A soft and creamy mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good porter. The name had me expecting something coffee-like but that wasn't the case. Still it was quite good. (424 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer all the way around for me but maybe a little to hoppy for a porter for me,pours a deep mocha color with a light stichy head,aroma is of powdered sugar and of course mocha.Taste like I said is a little hoppy for the style in my opinion but there is some nice chocolaty tones with some dried fruit tones as well.A nive earthy flavor hits in the finish to give this beer a decent taste grade. (402 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with a khaki head. Stale coffee, harsh roastiness, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee grounds. Not a fan of the aroma. The flavor is really no better. Quite bitter with tons of roasted malt and coffee ground flavors. Some bitter dark chocolate, a bit of earthiness, maybe some slight malty sweetness. Meh. (324 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark (dark) brown body with a wispy, thinning beige head.

Smell: Fairly delicate, Kahlua-ish aroma of bittersweet chocolate and breakfast blend coffee.

Taste: Mildy bitter coffee flavor dominates, with lesser notes of unsweetened chocolate. Roasty, ashen dryness on the finish that bears a bit of grassiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Its nice enough, but a bit too thin for me, both in depth of flavor and body. (479 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big, rocky caramel colored head on top of totally black body. Very good head retention as well.

S - Hops, alcohol, and dark chocolate. Notes of plums and roasted grain with some citrus aromas coming from the hops.

T - Lots of coffee flavor and roasted bitterness with hop bitterness coming in to compete as well. Some hints of chocolate.

M - Thin body with moderate to light carbonation.

D - Pretty easily drinkable, especially if one were a coffee drinker already. The bitterness is a little much, and I think it would be better balanced if the body was somewhat heavier. (580 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very, very dark brown... black! The light tan head needs a little coaxing to bring it up, then dies fairly readily but leaves a decent collar & surface foam as well as some lace. The aroma is hoppy, chocolatey, and roasty. The body is medium with a gentle carbonation and a silkiness in the mouth. The flavor is hoppy up-front, followed by dark bittersweet chocolate and some limited cocoa, then a flash of hop flavor and a solid roastiness which leads to a dry finish. There's some lingering roastiness and an earthy/mineral character (probably from hops), as well as a very slight astringency which doesn't seem bothersome. The balance is definitely more towards roasty bitterness than malty sweetness! This is a beer that's best enjoyed at cellar temperature where it's full character can be appreciated. Very nice, but not spectacular, with alot of character and a moderate complexity. Makes a good pub pint. (912 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an extremely dark amber/brown, with 2+ fingers of foamy mocha tan head. Retains with a thin layer of creamy foam, which stays rich and just drenches the sides of the glass with lace. Just like the name suggests, this has a nice mocha aroma to it. Almost latte like, with light roasted coffee accents mixing with some sweeter notes as well. There is also a sturdy underlying layer of roasted malts and a touch of floral hops, which gives this some extra presence in the nose.

That same coffee sweetness is much more subtle in the taste, instead taking a backseat to a pervasive combo of roasted smokey chocolate malts and hop character, which makes itself really known in the finish, lying a dry feel in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a relatively creamy carbonation up front, which then switches gears to a chewier layer underneath, giving the overall feel some crunch.

Not too bad. I wish that a bit more of the coffee character had carried over to the taste but the quality roastiness of this provided the sort of Porter character that I like. This is a quality staple beer from Rogue that is worth a look. (1,168 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a short but thick tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Strong roasted coffee & chocolate malt aroma, as the name implies, along with some smokiness and a little bit of hops.

T: The smoked flavor hits first, then the sweet, roasted mocha-coffee taste, followed by a bitter dark chocolate & hops combination. The smoky flavor is what sticks around in the after-taste. I definitely wasn’t expecting such complexity, which is a pleasant surprise.

M: Rich and very smooth, with medium carbonation, medium body and a clean finish. It doesn’t leave the sticky or oily film that some other beers in this style can.

D: It’s tasty, smooth and goes down easy. Normally I take my time drinking a beer as I review it, but I found myself down to the last sip well before I finished typing the review. I could certainly make short work of a sixer, too bad I just bought one bottle (which is the only downside to mixing a six-pack in those liquor stores that allow it). However, it does seem possible that as you move through a sixer, it may fill you up just a bit. An excellent beer from Rogue. In comparing it within the style, I liked it a bit more the Stone Smoked Porter and the others that I’ve tried. I don’t smoke, but I would image this beer would go well with a cigar too. (1,402 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (1,681 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Thirsty's - poured chilled into a dead guy ale glass.

A - A deep walnut brown with ruby accent and 1 inch light tan cap w/ rocky appearance. The lace clings in a ring and bead is of average size. The clarity is translucent and head retention is good

S - The smell brings esters of plum and pine from the hops w/ lots of sweet and roasty malt aromas which add to the fragrant toffee-like aroma

M - The balance of malt sweetness and bitter malt roasted astringency w/ a gentle hop bitterness is very good w/ moderate carbonation making this feel lighter in body and a dry toasty finish collects the texture concisely

T - The flavor has a brief raisin-like sweetness w/ earthy note that leads to mild roasted flavor, but no cocoa stands out, more caramel malt sweetness and mild pine hop flavor w/ gentle toasted and notes of roast remind of coffee as the name implies w/ light char note

D - A tasty porter, doesn't overwhelm the palate but meets its objective and is a solid beer, very easy to drink and keeps the style in mind (1,050 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark as can be with quickly receding head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Nose is sweet with a malty edge. Flavor starts off with a quick mild tone and then rapidly turns to a smoked flavor with a miniscule mocha edge. The tail is sweet and smooth and there is a lot of bubble on the tongue for the feel. If this is a style you can live with, it's definitely drinkable. (377 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just bought a six pack of the stuff, very tasty. I smelled that Rogue aroma from a mile away like a police drug dog sniffing for coke.

Great American porter, nice how they got so close with the chocolate and coffee flavours. I would not mind seeing this beer more often. (273 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours black with tinges of purple at the bottom of my glass & a fluffy 3 fingers+ tan head. Some lacing & average head retention

S: Coffee & roasted grain notes

T: Roasred grain & coccoa (sic) up front, then dryness. Slight vanilla notes & iron to boot. Finishes roaty, chocolatey, & dry

MF: Medium bodied & sticky with low carbonation.

Drinks fairly easy, not one I'd session on all night, but a very nice porter (439 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Rogue, Portland, OR

Poured a dark brown-black with a small but cream tan head. Aroma of roasty malts, cocoa, coffee, and some herbal hops. While the flavor profile contains many elements of a typical coffee porter--roasted dark malts, coffee, cocoa--there was a definite herbal presence throughout, very reminiscent of a black tea, presumably from the hops used. This gave a dry and somewhat bitter finish. Medium body, nice balance, not too coffee-y, and pretty drinkable overall. (503 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep ruby amber almost black but manages to let enough light through to show some ruby edges. Head forms full with a gentle pour a couple inches of moccha tan head form and as it fizzles down the lace begins to form in a thick collar on top of the body and continues to leave rings after each sip of this wonderful brew. Aromas that arise are deep chocolate malts that give off the moccha or coffe scented tones along with a mellowing sweetness overall very nice on the aroma not overbearing in anyway not any really hoppy aromatics going on uncharacteristic of Rogue I was personally expecting something more like Sierra Nevada Porter as far as hop profile goes. Flavors brought to the table are a creamy zing of coffe esque chocolate covered tones with a slight burnt finish nice porter maybe a little disappointed for not following the pattern of most west coast brewers with the hops. Solid all around brew with a silky smooth fuller bodied beer like this I could find my way to a sixer and put it down over a night of drinking beer without a problem. (1,065 characters)

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

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonic true pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are high given the style. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of lovely cream lacing, good thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a solid ruby-black.

Sm: Light mocha and coffee, heavy cream, hints of chocolate, caramel, and light nuts. A moderate strength aroma, and a pleasant one.

T: Mocha throughout, with a bit too much coffee in the third act. Nicely creamy, especially on the open. It's well balanced and built. The roasted barley foundation is nice, but I almost wish this was a stout so it could be more pronounced. That's more just personal preference. The finish contains the caramelized malt alongside the emergence of naked coffee. When the coffee isn't concealed by the cream and mocha, it's too bitter, subtly affecting the balance in an undesirable way.

Mf: Biscuity, pretty thick, smooth, creamy, and wet. Suits the flavour, but as a stout fanatic I'd like to have more dryness and coarseness. Still, it's good as a porter.

Dr: This would be excellent on nitro-draught. I'd like to see the roast increased/improved. I'd have it again, but preferably not out of the bottle. (1,256 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid four-finger tan head from a 12 oz bottle! Ebony colored, no light shines through the glass.

Creamy cocoa aroma with a touch of hop. Less powerful than I would expect. The taste is dark chocolate followed by bitter hop in the swallow. Thick and rich, this beer is moderately carbonated. There is a slight chaulkiness. The aftertaste is very loooong lasting (bitter coffee and dark chocolate).

This is a dry porter with ground coffee aroma and flavor. I have never been a fan of coffee flavors, but this is a complex brew with a multitude of tastes and aromas. (572 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep, dark black, showing no light anywhere, with a large, creamy, toasted tan head.
Aroma: soft, full of cocoa, roasted coffee, burnt notes.
A sizzling effect on the palate, a fine, fuzzy meeting with the tongue, a great, hoppy feeling, and it soon fizzles, but not without leaving a distinctly roasty feeling on the finish. Full-bodied as they get, with a rich taste, delicious bitterness in every sip, at first, but it's quickly matched by the rich, and sometimes sweet flavor.
Tasty, tasty, tasty! A smile rises on me with every swallow!
The chocolate character is felt, too, but it's light as a shadow. To be called a "mocha" porter, this ale would need a heartier helping of the cocoa bean. That's my main, and only, criticism.
For a plain porter, this one's got it all! (793 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is brown (dark) to black, carbonation is low, head is almost nonexistent, and there is no lacing.

The aroma is mostly roast, roasted malt and coffee. Second smell there may be some chocolate in there.

Beer tastes about as it smells. High roast, some chocolate bitterness and a little sweetness, coffee. Surprisingly, not a big aftertaste. Medium body, ok drinkability, good mouthfeel. (441 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a thin off-white head.

The smell is of dark-roasted coffee with hints of chocolate.

The taste is of roasted black coffee. Bitter undertone takes balances out sweetness nicely. Dark graininess. Hints of sweet chocolate come through, especially as the drink progresses. Nicely balanced with a long, bittersweet finish.

Smooth - firm, but not heavy. Nice medium-body.

A good coffee-like porter. (427 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,372 characters)

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.