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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,485 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,485
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 81
Gots: 146 | FT: 3
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Texasfan549, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nearly coal black color with a tan head that retains well and leaves lacing on the way down

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a very nicely balanced malt presence with flavors of coffee and chocolate; the bitterness kicks in mid-palate and continues to build through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Surprisingly hoppy for a porter but rather enjoyable

brentk56, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Nice chocolate smell come through imediately. Bold roasted and coffee tones not far behind. A mild tartness shows that this beer has a little more than just malt.
Appearance: A little thicker and richer looking than the normal porter. A tan head pours to about 1" and remains firm and rocky. Opaque brownish to black. Laces well.
Taste: complex maltiness hits the toung. Bittersweet chocolate is pronounced imediately. Tartness of cherries and coffee round out in the body. Body is full and firm. Bittering follows through to the finish. Mouthfeel is firm and soothing.
Aftertaste: Bitter, tart, and sweet, much like a high quality coffee or tea. Does not leave the mouth too dry, but doesn't leave it too tacky either. Alcohol is barely detectable through it all.
Impression: terriffic beer. Must like porters, coffee, and chocolate in order to enjoy. Would make a great winter warmer.

BEERchitect, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color beer with a nice foamy head with great retention. Aroma of roasted malt is dominating and seems to leave little place to the coffee aroma that I was expecting. Taste is dominated by bitterness and roasted malt and again I find little of the coffee/chocolate taste I was expecting. Overall, not bad but I’m a bit disappointed by this one.

Phyl21ca, Apr 25, 2005
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark in glass; big bubble medium tan head that stays.

Light, unassertive dark chocolate nose that is simple with no complexities or layers.

Pleasant, though weak, simple brewed coffee with dark chocolate flavors in a medium to thin body with little character and no complexities.

Lasting coffee/chocolate finish, although simple-the finish is perhaps the only redeeming quality in this one; light fresh hop character is integrated. Pleasant in the most simple of ways; a "refreshing" porter if such a thing exists. Very bitter chocolate all around character but a relatively thin, somewhat weak and watery effort.

Another disappointing effort from Rogue in my opinion.

GRG1313, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jaydoc, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

oberon, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with moderate carbonation and a light brown head that dissipates somewhat quickly into a foamy lace.

N: Fresh coffee and dark chocolate. It lives up to its name.

T: Delicious, creamy and smooth, with strong chocolate overtones. One of the best porters around.

M: Not as thick as you'd expect, and more carbonated than your average stout. Rogue has definitely captured the essence of a porter with this brew.

D: A versatile beer. You could savor this in a snifter, or drink it straight from the bottle with a group of friends; it's great either way.

largadeer, Oct 04, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

SocalKicks, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

emerge077, Oct 15, 2006
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3.83/5  rDev -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.

zeff80, May 11, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

biboergosum, Apr 09, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

NeroFiddled, Sep 15, 2002
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a classic porter in my world. i love this beer. it pours what appears to be a nearly black color, but upon a hold up to the light, a faint crimson fire is burning at the bottom, nearly extinguished. big bubbled tan head rests atop. the nose is bitter dark malts and fresh coffee beans, unbrewed. the flavor is really roasty, malt first. the mocha element is complementary only, dark cocoa and black coffee. its a nice mix, nice balance. feel is perhaps a tad overcarbonated. i like my porters mellow, so this might be a personal thing, but its borderline soda pop. still, velvety medium body, not heavy for a porter, and a sessionable alcohol level. really nice stuff, especially in fall time. might use this in my chilli next time i make a pot.

StonedTrippin, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Jason, Aug 06, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 31, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

nickfl, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, May 11, 2006
Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Kegatron, May 26, 2009
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,485 ratings.