Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,337
Hads: 2,737
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 102
Gots: 308 | 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 champ103
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/black. As the beer is held to the light, some ruby highlights can be seen. A large tannish head forms, but recedes to a ring with a bit of patchy lace.
S: Roasted malt up front with some coffee/mocha. A very rustic aroma comes next, kind of like oxidized metal.
T: Lots of roasted malt with a bit of coffee, not as much a the name would suggest though. Just a bit of hop bitterness A tad metallic.
M/D: Medium body, a bit watery and thin. Goes down smooth and easy. A nice sessionable beer.

A good American Porter. It does not compare to my favorites of the style, but it is still a nice beer. One I would recommend.

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

These coffee style stouts/porters aren't my thing but this is a with a tan lace that lines the glass...not a huge aroma but some nice sweeter type coffee notes...very creamy mouthfeel. A sweeter mocha style and thick...A heavy porter...Boy you catch the hop bitterness big-time on the long finish (Just as I prefer on this style)..immediate taste is a sweeter mocha taste, but followed by that deeper hop finish...a pretty amazing beer. Like I said, not my bag of tea(err coffee) but I must give props to an extremely well made beer.

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Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best-looking beers I've ever poured. Black with deep brown hues in the light, the light brown head on this one is impressive and sticky lacing coats the glass.

The smell is malt, coffee and chocolate with an alcoholic tinge.

This one has a nice smoky flavor with that bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee. Some hops leave that well-balanced bitterness on the tongue and you can feel the alcohol.

There is good carbonation in a medium-bodied, smooth and creamy brew. A lingering slightly bitter finish leaves notes of hops with some sweetness on the tongue.

Overall an impressive brew. Not as strong on the coffee as some might like, but a great porter.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour a solid black color with a tan head. Aromas of caramel, coffee, and chocolate. A bit of the same in taste, caramel, coffee, and chocolate, in that order. A sweet dry aftertaste lingers for a couple of minutes. Big flavor, good for a dessert beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown body with a with a bit of a beigge head that left some wisps of lace on the sides.

Smell: Has some chocolate, bitter coffee and expresso, and richer toffee notes. Nothing exotic, but nothing to complain about

Taste: Coffee dominated, somewhat bitter, with lesser notes of unsweetened chocolate. Slight amount of grassy taste on the end for some reason..

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Wish this one had a bit more heft, not a favorite, would pass on it next time..

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Photo of RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black with ruby highlights with a nice solid brown colored head, nice carbonation, and some lace. Aromas of "Chocolate covered hops". Big chocolate and espresso-like flavors with a nice hop balance; nicely bittersweet. Medium bodied and smooth which is not surprising considering the bold flavors.

Very nicely balanced bitterweet chocolate, espresso, and hop flavors - Excellent!

Per bottle:
13P. 73 AA. 54.51 IBU. 77 L.
Northwest Harrington and Klages; 135-165, 95-115, and 70-80 Crystal; Beeston Chocolate, Black, Munich and Carastan malts. Centennial and Perle hops.

($3.99 / 22 oz.)

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Photo of tigg924
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: faily big head black in color

Smell: expresso and dark chocolate, some malt

Taste: cream start, light coffee middle, and a bit nutty in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: very smooth, slightly sharp aftertaste

Drinkability: I could easily drink a six..Another nice interesting porter expanding the boundaries of what a porter can do

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Photo of tavernjef
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is black with a creamy tannish head, faded fast leaving tiny bits of lace. Smells dark and earthy of deep dark, blackened malt, notes of espresso & coffee. Taste echoes of the smell, earthy roasted malt thats very deep, dark, blackened, quite robust with a great dark bitterness of coffee, all very tolerable. Feel is pretty strong, heavy, and full with a nice deep coffee-like dryness. This porter is drinkable and packed with dark flavors, but some of the strength of the taste and body makes for intimidation in my book.
Had to take some time to finish it. But man its worth it, time well spent.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is deep black with a head the color of a chocolate malted. Smells a little bit roasted and a little like some good coffee. The taste is chocolate and dark, but not too strong. This is one of the first Rogue beers I really like and I didn't really taste the "Rogue" flavor I get from most of their beers.

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Photo of Bung
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite porters. Dark dark brown, a little more carboation than some porters I've had. Just enough hints of mocha and hops to differentiate it from English counterparts. It has a more herbal smell than leafy or grassy. The extra hops and slightly more carbonation give it a more lively mouth feel.
To me it is very drinkable, had a session for my 30th birthday.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We seem to get a fair amount of Rogue offerings here in Maine, which is fine with me. This beer was a dark brown with a small coffee-colored head. It had a coffee, chocolate odor with a little roasted grain. I thought the taste was predominately coffee (like espresso) with a chocolate undertone along with some hops. A little bit on the light side, but still a nice beer.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My instinct tells me that this one was sitting on the shelf for a long time where I bought it but it smells fine, just not sure how it reflects the fresh batch (bottle dates would help). Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a two and a half finger head that looks pretty creamy on top but very bubbly around the sides. The head is a nice tan color and has better retention than most other beer. It leaves medium lacing around random spots of the glass. Smell has a lot of roasted coffee and malts in it but overall is kind of weak. Some chocolate is found also. Taste is big on the same things as smell. Lots of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, although not as much as an RIS. It is a nice lighter version of these flavors and much easier to drink. This beer definitely has the same cocoa flavor of the chocolate stout but not as big. All of the Rogue beers have a similar key flavor to them but I can't describe it, I just feel it once it hits the tongue. The beer tastes a bit watery at times but not overly. The mouthfeel is good on this beer as well. There is definitely some creaminess to it along with a good amount of carbonation. A nice roasty flavor is left on the tongue well after I take my sip. The body is medium but on the watery side of that, it's just hard for me to like coffee/chocolate beers with any watery feel to them. No warming at all hear to speak of. Drinkability is good, the beer tastes good, the price was not bad at all, there really are no off flavors or alcohol so this one could definitely be sessioned reasonably.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Solid black with a decent dark head.

Smell – Roasted malt and dark chocolate form the backbone of this aroma. There’s also some good sweetness here; a combination of dark, ripe fruits and table sugar.

Taste – I was quite surprised with the stiff hop balance, although I shouldn’t have been because it’s a Rogue. The bitter hops though are a compliment to the main show – dark malt and chocolate. The sweetness fades a bit but is still noticeable.

Mouthfeel – Somewhat light in the mouth, more like the Anchor Porter than the Stone, but solid nevertheless. This porter is both creamy smooth and refreshingly dry.

Drinkability – There may be some die-hards complaining about the big hops, but I thought it was a very interesting rendition of the style.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So pretty. Little bits floating in it. Perfect head, large and tan.

Hoppy smell. It is a Rogue, after all. Very nice toffee and coffee mixture with an almost woody hint. Strange and nice.

Coffee up front, only sweet, like something that's coffee flavored. Sugar, toffee, and hop on the back. Nice. Very nice.

A bit of a thin mouthfeel, for a porter. Maybe Anchor just has me spoiled. It does go down nice and smooth, though. A little bit too bitter to drink too much of it at once.

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Photo of Pencible
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This had a very strong coffee flavor, with decent bitterness. It was a good porter, but it didn't have any chocolate flavor like "mocha" would indicate. (My notes from this beer didn't include anything regarding the appearance or smell, other than high numerical ratings.)

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Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany with hints of ruby coming through the edges. The head dissipates quickly but stays as a cap throughout with the strong carbonation bubbling up.

The aroma is fairly sweet with chocolate and sweet malts but with a healthy dose of roasted character

The taste is a mixture of dark roasted malts and sweet chocolate and some coffee as well. Maybe a bit of smoke as well.

This mouthfeel is creamy but with generous carbonation that tingles the palate in the finish.

This is an extremely drinkable porter if not the most complex and tasty. A very good beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolatey colour with pale beige head, sinks fairly quickly, leaving trails of lace and bubbles on the top. Could use more head, but nice porta colour, looks a bit thin in the glass.

Nose is pleasantly sweet with nice roasty espresso notes, a nice earthiness to it and yeah, mocha character. Nice dark chocolate with a nutty edge, hints of almonds and a lot of pleasant coffee grounds. Very nice porter, nice mocha character.

Taste is nicely roasty which verges on ashy and bitter. A lot of espresso ground roastiness throughout, hints of oak, some unsweetened chocolate on the mid but yeah, gets a mildly sour note towards the back, reaching for espresso bitterness but never quite reaching it. Just falls short of its potential but there's enough there to help me imagine what it could be. Just tastes a bit watered down on the finish and seems to trail off from the pleasant bitter coffee sensation on the front. Nice, but not mind-blowing.

Mouthfeel I think is where the watered-down sensation mostly manifests itself, a bit thin and lacking in the body. Dry on the back but just an underwhelming palate for the most part.

Still a pleasant after-dinner beer. It is roasty and there are no unpleasant lingering flavours, just never quite reaches its flavour potential.

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Photo of illidurit
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is dark brown with amber highlights. Cascading bubbles create a good sized head, however it is not very dense, resulting in subpar retention and zero lacing.

Cocoa powder and roastiness make up the aroma profile.

Taste is a bit watery, with some chocolate, a nice amount of roastiness, and a vague leafy hop bitterness in the finish. I kept expecting this to improve with warmth, but it never did.

Mouthfeel, again, is too watery. Carbonation is medium and on the fizzy side. Still a pretty smooth brew.

I have a feeling this is one of those beers that's significantly better on tap. Not one of Rogue's better efforts.

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

12 oz bottle, probably quite old. Dark black with bloody edges. A big tan head lasted quite a while and left some nice lacing to boot. Aromas are all chocolate, caramel, espresso, and smoke. The taste is smoky up front with some roasted malt notes in the middle and some big espresso notes in the finish. wow, maybe aging this has made it into more of a smoked porter, than a mocha one. The mouthfeel was creamy and just right and the drinkability was good as well. A cheaper, not as good, AKSmokedPorter!

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Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Deep chocolate brown with a half finger, tan head

Smell. Coffee, bitter chocolate, a little orange peel.

Taste. Bitter dark chocolate, tobacco, coffee, burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel.Medium carbonation, quite dry and biter.

Drinkability. Good for the style.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a black color. The head is very large for a porter, tan in color, and lasts forever. The aroma is of coffee and cream. Coffee is the first impression the taste gives, but it is quickly overpowered by a strong bitterness. This bitterness is too much for a porter for my liking. The mouthfeel is oily and medium bodied. Overall, I don't think I will be having this beer again as all of its elements are working agains each other instead of in harmony with each other.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy with amber highlights and a tan head that trails. More coffee than chocolate on the nose and more than a bit of brown toast.
Thick honey on Irish brown soda, slight red currants, a roast sweet hit and hints of coffee sourness and Baker's chocolate.
Creme brulee ending and bitter hoppy linger. Light to medium, dry, crisp, lean, with some fizz.

Definitely on the Plain (as in Dry Irish) side of the style. Not much mocha. A knock-back porter.

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Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep brown color, almost black. The beige head is a touch airy and puffy, slowly settling into a light cap.

The aroma starts off with a shot of powdered cocoa. Then there is a metallic note that you typcially see in most porters. Perhaps some light coffee but not much. Some caramel notes as well.

The taste is of the cocoa powder. There is some heavy roasted notes, woody almost burnt, that provide some anise flavors. Some weak stale coffee. The porter base provides some typical tea and metallic notes, very much like an english porter. Some burnt caramel.

Light to moderate feel, fizzy carbonation. Starts off sweet but ends with a good amount of roasted bitterness.

A very flavorful porter. There are some nice flavors but I don't get enough coffee. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at World of Beer.

Poured a medium-amber, hues of dark buckwheat honey, white head that faded quickly without a trace. I thought they had mistaken this for the Rogue Amber, which was on tap also, but a quick waft told me this was indeed the Mocha Porter. A light hazelnut/toasted almond aroma blended with less than assertive coffee beans and an almost bock-like malt character in the background. Faint earthiness as well. The mainstay of the flavor department is a nutty cocoa flavor than seems rather muted, giving more of the stage to the light brown sugar and caramel backbone. The coffee flavor just dies. Not really what I wanted from this. The body is rather thin for a porter. I feel like a porter should have a fairly robust body (ie Flagship Porter or Fuller's) but this is pretty weak. However, it makes for a highly drinkable beer. It's not bland, nor is it thick and settling in the stomach, which makes for good, easy drinking. I would love this beer with a Garbage Plate.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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