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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,534 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,534
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 85
Gots: 160 | 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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Photo of mobyfann
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $7.49 for a 6pk.

The appearence was very typical porter; deep dark brown base with a light-to-mid sized light brown head that keeps for a bit with a little lace. The smell is a very bold coffee presence as with chocolate and a good hop mix.

The taste is very robust with many things going on when drinking, average carbonation, mildly bitter, roast tasting, harsher porter than most - feels like a light stout despite the porter abv of 5.3%

The mouthfeel was the only thing that wasn't a 4/5, it felt a little bubbly in the mouth as a porter, but as drinkability goes, it does no harm.

Final Thought: I'll call this a heavy porter vs. a light stout, but regardless, well worth the money...

mobyfann, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of xav33
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Rogue Mocha Porter
12 oz bottle
Unknown bottling (winter 06?), consumed 10/06
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured black with ample mahogony highlights, with a large light brown mostly diminishing fizzy head with tiny lacing.

Smelt of moderate mild chocolate, molasses and a light sprucey kick.

Taste was upfront moderate grassy bitter hops and followed by a moderate earthy roasted bitterness accompanied by a subtle fruity chocolate covered dark berry sweetness settling into a long mild coffee roast finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy, fizzy, and moderately astringent.

Overall, a nicely hopped heavy porter. Lots of flavors and palate being attacked here, maybe too much.

xav33, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of Mavajo
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown color - nearly black, but not quite. Tall foamy tan head that hung around forever. I sipped this one pretty slowly and still had a good half-finger thick head at the end. Nice lacing.

Nose and taste are pretty as would be expected - chocolate, coffee, mocha. Mouthfeel is smooth, light carbonation, medium bodied. Quite drinkable. I found this brew quite smooth and enjoyable. It's not necessarily remarkable in any way, but it does everything well and puts it all together to produce a very nice brew.

Mavajo, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of wvbrewcrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

wvbrewcrew, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Chrixsus
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Chrixsus, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of pep
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

pep, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of patpbr
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a head that dissipates but doesn't disappear. The smell is roast and coffee but not very strong. Taste of mild chocolate and coffee, dry fruit. Creamy with a mild bitterness. Thin feel, its smooth and easy to drink just to watery. Taste was similar to dropping a few ice cubes in a cup of coffee. A fine porter i just like mine more robust.

patpbr, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of ejw127
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

ejw127, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of brendaniel
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

brendaniel, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 12 oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark almost black brown with a thick dingy (brownish) white head that sits upon the top like whip cream on top of a float. The head leaves thick lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Smoke, coffee, roasted malt, and bitter citrus from dry hops.

T: Some smoke from the roasted malt and bitterness from the mocha, but the hops are in control of this porter. The dry hops citrus combines with slight smoke on the finish and some bitterness from the mocha lingers on the back of the tongue

M: Medium to heavy and mostly dry.

D: Pleasantly dry with a decent ABV, this Mocha porter is balanced well enough and not very heavy; it is a good beer to enjoy in multiples.

Overall: Though it does not have a heavy aroma, Rogue's Mocha Porter does have nice flavor. Smoke and mocha take a background seat to dry hops, which add a bitter citrus to the beer. The beer is dry and pleasing.

ianjsullivan, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of GetTheYayo
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

GetTheYayo, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of KoG
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice dark tint with hints of red if the light hits it just right. Created a nice head that took a while to leave with some lacing around the glass.

Smell was of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate with a touch of alcohol, overall pretty good.

Taste was good, nice and thick with a definate coffee background and a hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, not too thick to be in stout country but not as light as most porters I've had, just about right with a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability is a bit better than average as it does get a bit heavy but overall a good brew to have once in a while.

KoG, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of BWED
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

BWED, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After trying the Shakespeare Stout I was looking forward to this one. The head is a little less than creamy and dark brown fading to a cream colour. Rogue I have found is not one of the most talented group op Hop blenders I have tasted. And here it is proven. The hops are pleasant on the nose but the blend leaves something to be desired. There is a roughness to the finish that I just didn't like. The overall flavor is ok. I would say give it a try - but if you have other porters to choose from, then buy one of those instead. I was disappointed.

AtrumAnimus, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of buzzedup
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

buzzedup, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of ToddT
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep dark brown with a large tan head. Head lasts forever and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and an earthy undertone.

T- Malty and earthy, notes of coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a dry finish.

M- More than medium in body but not overly heavy. Decent carbonation, smooth and creamy feel with a lingering dry earthy finish.

D- Pretty drinkable and at 5.3% ABV the alcohol doesn't show through.

Unusual finish, left me thirsty for more.

ToddT, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of Reappropriated
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Reappropriated, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Dmann
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer! The Mocha Porter poured a very dark brown, almost black color with a nice creamy tan head. The smell lured me in and was full of chocolate and malt. The flavor was great and had a bit of sweetness from the chocolate and malt in the front and finnished with a slight hoppy/coffee like bitterness. I really liked the mouthfeel as well as it was not too thick and had just the right ammount of carbonation. If you like Porters, this one will rise to the top of your list.

Dmann, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -22.3%

AWS2111, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of wakajawaka76
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

wakajawaka76, May 30, 2012
Photo of blakelive784
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass:

A - Pours a dark brown/black color with a towering tan head. The retention is amazingly good and the head is creamy and inviting.

S - Roasted barley, cream, coffee, bitter chocolate make up the nose. It's surprisingly mild, but good nonetheless.

T - Opens smoothly to a bit of cream and roast, with a bit of coffee. Where's the mocha?? It's balanced quite well, with a good bit of bitterness throughout.

M - Very smooth and very wet. Works well.

D - A nice easy drinking porter, but nothing to write home about.

blakelive784, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Antonius08
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Antonius08, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of orangemoustache
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours dark brown,with a lt.brown creamy looking head,a little lacing

S-nutty,a little bit of sweetness(maybe the mocha coming thru)

T-roasted almonds, burnt coffee,almost an ashy taste on the finish,great bitterness

M-a medium body,with light carbonation,leaves a dry feeling on the toung(like my taste buds are being cloged with burnt ashy sediment),as strange as that sounds it is quite unique and enjoyable

D-for the style its very good,and for me two or three could be thrown back with the greatest of ease!

orangemoustache, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of jlenik
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: aggressive two fingers worth of head appears rapidly and has moderate staying power. almost black with some dark amber and ruby hues.

s: caramel, dark chocolate, coffee.

t: coffee and chocolate bitterness is apparent. malt sweetness follows through and ends with a caramel taste on the tongue.

m: creamy yet dry.

o: I know that Rogue doesn't get a lot of love and admittedly I don't like many of their brews, BUT, this is a great beer. I'm a big fan of porters so I'm happy to see Rogue doing this style right.

jlenik, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour didn't rouse but a thin brown espresso crema head on this opaque, darkest brown beauty. It's a bit too cold to really get a good whiff of this yet, but the initial nostril returns reveal a hint of coffee and bitter chocolate, with a surprisingly light appeal.

In the mouth it goes, revealing a smooth, easy drinking porter with the expected mocha (coffee and bitter chocolate) flavors coming through on malt parade. Goes down awfully easy for such a dense brew, without detracting from the full, creamy mouthfeel.

This is pretty awesome stuff. Despite the fact that it's a porter (and with porters, one is about all I can usually handle), it'd make a great session beer, and may even rival Guinness for drinkability in a stout or porter.

I'm glad Erti recommended this, and glad I finally got around to drinking it.

RockyTopHeel, Apr 16, 2004
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,534 ratings.