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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,456 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,456
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 81
Gots: 134 | 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 edwardkersh
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

edwardkersh, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of DESTRO
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ahhh rogue, can you do no wrong? this pours out deep and rich, black and flat out heavy. nice medium sized brown head pops up and fades away leaving a very nice lace. dark roasted aroma, coffee and a light smokiness. good hop presence detected as well. the flavor mimics the nose with a big dose of hops, a healthy roasted character and a nice amount of bitter dark chocolates. good carbonation, full in the mouth, this is a fine beer for sure. a bit misleading for someone looking for a more traditional porter, this could be ranked as a stout in my book, and a fairly flavorful one. thumbs up.

DESTRO, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of diamondc
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Fairly opaque, not much head, just a thin wisp of bubbles and foam.

S: Coffee and hints of vanilla and nutmeg. Graham crackers, too.

T: Coffee and dark chocolate overshadow everything. A bit of a dry, spicy bitterness at the end.

M/D: Kind of disappointing, too much acidity from the roastedness. I've had better coffee porters/stouts.

diamondc, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Rob315
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Rob315, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of DelMontiac
4/5  rDev +3.4%

DelMontiac, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Loki
4.95/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. A little to cold at first, as with most porters, stouts, etc much better server at 60 degrees plus, otherwise both the smells and tastes are a bit muted. But when this baby warms up, look out.

Poured a pitch black, can you say oil, black gold, Texas Tea, midnight. The used oil out of your car isn't this black. The pour creates an inch thick beige head that fades fairly quickly to leave a mountain range of lacing and a quick swirl recreates a small canopy head.

The nose of malt, cocoa, and coffee. Fresh roasted coffee beans anyone? You can smell this aroma train coming for miles.

Taste of coffe, semi-sweet chocolate, and roasted malt. Wonderful and complex. This is coffee and chocolate and wow. Truly magnificent. Rouge does it again, and again, and again.

Loki, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of tayner
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours black with red highlights when held up to the light, medium tan head that left quite quickly leaving a ring around the edge with slight lacing as i drink.

smelled strong of roasted malt, slight coffee, chocolate.... whiff of hops right off the top...

taste was immediately of hop bitterness, followed by bitter chocolate and barely a touch of coffee... i was hoping for more coffee flavor, a little bit less hops i guess, although i have noticed that most rogue beers i have tried seem to all be a little heavy on the hops (IMO)... as it warmed the chocolate flavor strengthened as did the hop flavor, still not as much mocha as i would have liked for a mocha porter...

the back end was dry with all the hops, leaving a clean palate that makes this beer drinkable. i finished it with no problems, but with so many other porters out there i dont know if i would choose this one again any time soon, but i wouldnt snub my nose at it if someone handed me a cold one!

tayner, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown opaque with a frothy head.
Head didn't last long but even as it returned to its primordial lair it held to its sculpture and form. As the head's exposition waned it Gaffiti'ed the sides of my glass with a dull tan lace and scribble.
I consider a Porter to be a Stout wanna be- and this beer was as such. The Stout volume was set to four or five-- any higher and the bottle would have been mislabeled. Unmistakable traits of hops bitterness and tosted malt together with a cordial finish. The finish ended so nicely timed that I kept reaching for my glass in hopes of finding that illusive bottom or "red" on the drunk-o-meter.
Mouthfeel too was a cordial "compfy" glow of the beer's finish and its mild carbonation. Drinkability was superior as it's ABV was not such that my brain cells immediatley sought shelter and yet two pints back to back were a reality..

gueuzeonhigh, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of angelmonster
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice big 3 finger chocolate head. Body appears black but when held to light turns a very dark brown. Head retention and lacing were good

Smell is of sweet chocolate malt. Smoky roasted malt is also in there. Hops arent very noticeable. It has that chocolate syrup smell that I love in chocolate beers.

Taste is light and sweet. Roasted chocolate malt is the main flavor but as beer warms, a nice hop bitterness comes through. If I wouldnt have done some research on this beer I would have thought this beer was brewed with coffee beans. Combination of chocolate malt and hops create an illusion of roasted coffee.

Mouth feel is light. Body is on the thinner side, head didnt add any creaminess. Good amount of carbonation

Drink ability was good. Very sessionable porter, flavors werent mind blowing but pretty solid. Surprised by the amount of hops in this beer, never had a chocolate beer that was this hoppy. Would buy again

angelmonster, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of olbubba
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

olbubba, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of AaronRed
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Wonderful beer! Smooth, yet complex. Feels like velvet in your mouth.

AaronRed, Aug 12, 2001
Photo of rkhaze
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a creamy tan head. Not much lacing. Roasted malt, cocoa, and espresso on the nose.
Nice roasted malt flavor upfront with coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a subdued (for Rogue) hop presence. The bitter/dry aftertaste really lingers on the finish.
For the style it seemed light bodied and almost over-carbonated. Good drinkability.

rkhaze, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of rdilauro
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a perfect Porter/Stout, dark with a nice but not over the top creamy head.. It has a nice aroma, nothing too much, not hppy, not chocolate, not much of anything distinctive.
First sip was nice, but then I lost something. I was hoping for a bit more on the mocha or at least smokey flavors
It was hard to even find the mocha in this one.
I have a love/hate relationship with Rogue brews. There are so many that I rate at the top and then there a few that are not my favorites.
But I guess that is why we are taste and drink different beers

rdilauro, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of cambabeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

cambabeer, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of GetTheYayo
3.25/5  rDev -16%

GetTheYayo, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Bouder32
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Bouder32, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of lurpy1
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into pint glass. Deep brown/black pour with abundant head. Smell is strongly coffee, roast, maybe a little bit of smoke. Taste is somewhat similar. Chocolate is advertised on the label. While this beer tastes fine, I can't pick up any chocolate, even bittersweet chocolate. Founds this a bit too fizzy for the style, possibly overcarbonated, possibly I don't know WTF I'm talking about.

Pretty good beer, but not a great triumph for truth in advertising.

lurpy1, Aug 21, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Mullinger1980, May 23, 2012
Photo of Southernbrew
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a nice brown head.

Aroma full of fruits, chocolate and brown sugar.

Full body, smooth. Begins with fruit flavors which quickly become chocolatey with a touch of bitterness. Roasted finish which leaves a nice coffee-like aftertaste.

Very nice porter, not excessively sweet and pretty hoppy.

Southernbrew, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of Leschber
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Leschber, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of pbrian
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess I'm out of the concensus here. Yes, there are nice chocalate/roasted coffee aroma and flavor undertones. And I'm surprised that there aren't more mentions of it's high hop bitterness. These are all good things. But they just don't seem to meld together the way I would expect from Rogue. The mouthfeel is spritsy(?) with all the components competing against each other instead of complementing each other. Still very tasty, just not great.

pbrian, Nov 29, 2001
Photo of Fugazme
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The look of this beer is pretty good. Dark, dark, deep brown... almost black, but not quite. Nice head retention. Creamy/off-white with lacing to boot.

Smell is floral and of hops at first. Then chocolate and coffee. Roasted malt.

Palate is good... a touch rough on the carbonation front, but not horrible.

Overall a nice choice.

Fugazme, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of 99bottles
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having had this a few times, I went for it at the bar the other day and thought I ought to give it a review.

Apperance: The beer is a deep brown color, nearly opaque, and it is topped by an inch of clumpy tan head that has decent retention.

Smell: The smell is of roasted malt that melds with some agressive hop flavor into a piney, roasty bitterness.

Taste: The first sip is at once full and flavorful. There is a solid porter flavor, amped up to accentuate the flavors of this porter. The dark and chocolate malts contribute a coffee and chocolately flavor, not as clean as in their chocolate stout however. I feel the strong roasted bitterness of the porter cuts into these emerging flavors only to be overtaken by the strong dose of hops that comes on in the ending and aftertaste. I really like this one, and frequent it often for its bold flavors. If you're looking for a easier drinker, go for something English, like Fuller's.

Mouthfeel: Full and almost thick, this is better as it warms. Not overly viscous or cloying, but with more body than most other porters.

Drinkability: I seem to like this, and I've had more than one on more than one occasion. But, compared to other porters, this one isn't quite as weak and easily sessioned. I'd take this over a lot of others any day.

99bottles, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of blackcompg
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - pours nearly 3 fingers of light mocha head, color is a murky opaque brown, with mahogany highlites. Leaves very nice lacing inside the entire glass after the session.

Smell - Rich black coffee, roasted malts, toasted grains, light minerals.

Taste - Starts out black coffee, then roasted malts (almost no sweetness), toasted breadcrust, light plum skins and minerals. Finishes with coffee grounds and hint of floral hops long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Definitely on the lighter side, seems a bit on the watery side. Carb is medium, and provide a crisp cleansing that yields a mineral flavor along with the crisp edges.

Overall - Not a bad beer, but seems a bit on the light and watery side. Good complexity and balance, and very sessionable with the lower abv. Worth a try.

blackcompg, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of jaredtp
4/5  rDev +3.4%

jaredtp, Sep 20, 2014
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,456 ratings.