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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,231 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2231
Reviews: 1302
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%


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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dayswonder

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This porter has a dark, chocolate appearance with a plentiful foamy head. The lacing is excellent as well.

You can smell a bit of the alcohol, but there is a definite burnt, nutty, cocoa bean kind of smell going on.

There are definitely a few dimensions of flavors when you take a sip of this porter. At first it tastes like a bitter brown ale, but then a roasted mocha flavor kicks in. As it finishes you crave more.

This porter is pretty smooth and almost feels like silk that finishes light.

A very drinkable porter. I am tasting this with my girlfriend and she is not a porter fan, but this may have changed her mind.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 00:51:38 | More by dayswonder
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BrinkyBeerBoy

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this case up because my lovely Wife now loves dark Brews!
Can't go wrong with Rogues!!

Poured into pint glass, and first thing that impresses me is the cloudy black mud colour.The brown chunk sediment floating around the glass is inviting. On top stands an inch thick tan/gold foamy tight bubble head that sticks.

Really love the nose on this one. Sweet caramel with nice burnt coffee, and chocalate notes. Also pickin up a hickory toffee aroma thats vedy, vedy nice.

Impressive well balance of burnt toasted malts with a rich mocha flavour, and dry hops. Great lacing going down, and as the Beer warms, getting a sweet sour malt on the nose, and the palate which is great.

Throw in the med-heavy creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation, and this Brew wins me over.

I'v got alot more Rogue Beers to try, and their Brewpub looks awesome.

Great quality Porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 02:09:10 | More by BrinkyBeerBoy
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Holyterror

Alabama

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

As a big fan of Rogue brews, it wasn't hard to convince myself to try this.

Pours a dark, murky brown with a creamy tan head. Looks good. Smells slightly malty, rather coffee-like. Big roasted malt flavors which recede into a burnt coffee flavor. Chocolate notes are present, but this isn't quite the little brother to Rogue's chocolate stout. Mouthfeel is dead-on for a good porter, and this makes an excellent substitute for an after-dinner coffee. A perfect brew for enjoying the coming cold season. Not a bad brew to enjoy a cigar with, either.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 22:36:06 | More by Holyterror
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thisisbigrob

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a dark black with a dense foamy brown-tinted head. The head receeded leaving significant lacing.

S: Tons of chocolate and a little coffee.

T: Tons of coffee and a little chocolate, not really tasting much in the way of hops. The taste if fairly disappointing compared to the smell.

M: While I can't taste the hops, I can definitely feel the bitterness on my tongue. While it's fairly smooth, it almost tastes a little thin.

D: Nothing special going on for me, I'd move on to something else after this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 00:51:58 | More by thisisbigrob
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BamaWorKs

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer in a Micro sampler at Pazzo's Pizza Pub in Lexington, KY. Overall, I must say that out of the 4 I tried, this is most likely the best. You got the classic porter flavor, very tasty but the coffee flavor of this brew really stands out. It's almost like they brewed a fantastic porter and flavored it with coffee. Of course, this is not for those who dislike java. But I can guarantee I'll be buying more of this in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2008 01:46:58 | More by BamaWorKs
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Philly82785

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown in color with a small fine beige head. The nose is malt and chocolate. This comes across the palate as notes of coffee and chocolate; however the coffee malt isn't quite as distinguished as the chocolate malt. The malts dissipate off the palate and finishes as a light bodied porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 17:31:22 | More by Philly82785
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dfranks

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this delight from a create your own six-pack. Poured into a bottle (no freshness date on bottle) and noticed right away the great smell.. slight coco hints. Poured dark with very little head that quickly disappeared.

I didnt notice much of a mocha taste or smell other then slight chocolate hints. Yet very enjoyable and drinkable. I really enjoy a good Porter and I feel like that while this was not very thick I could drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 18:18:23 | More by dfranks
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fattire513

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I thought that it would have had more coffee and chocolate flavors to this one, but definitely a beer I could drink more often. I've had better porters, but this one is up there.

Only the second rogue beer I have tried; the other being a dead guy ale. I am not very impressed but like I said could drink more than just one. It doesn't leave a very strong taste on the palette which is kind of disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 05:26:12 | More by fattire513
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aquaphiliac

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 6-pack of this for $10.99 the other night.

A: standard porter color... not a whole lot of head at all, but the half centimeter that was there stayed there.

S: smells of coffee and chocolate... mocha, you might say. good and rich but not overpowering.

T: Doesn't taste like much to start off, maybe some toasted malt but the aftertaste or when it hits the back of your tongue is a great coffee and chocolate sensation. very pleasing indeed.

M: Not too rich so its pretty refreshing and feels medium bodied on the palate. I love that in a stout.

D: I only drank one but it went down very easily and pleasant. Very good drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 04:25:41 | More by aquaphiliac
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Chessmaster

Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black, with ruby highlights against light. 1-2 fingers head which quickly dissipates.

S: Faint chocolate smell

T: Smooth roasted malt with hints of chocolate.

M: Medium body, light carbonation

O: Easily drinkable and pleasant porter. I could easily drink several of these in a row. The mocha aspects are not overpowering -- subtle.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 04:08:51 | More by Chessmaster
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lordbrad1

New York

4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't say enough good things about this beer. I had it from a pint glass. The appearance was great. Nice and dark, with a solid mocha colored head. The taste was amazing. Every mouthful was full of flavor, and went down smooth. I could drink it all day...and have lol. Run out and get some today.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 14:06:47 | More by lordbrad1
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dragonbrew

New York

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

Decided to give this one a whirl recently, since American Porters are one of my favorites.

It had a fairly typical look, considering it's porter nature, deep brown to black in appearance. My sample being of the bottle variety may have had something to do with the head retention being kind of disapointing. It didn't pour off and leave much of anything, but a bit of lacing around the edges.

I always say that this is the sense I'm least adept in. I didn't notice any off sents or particularly noticable characteristics. A bit of a malty-nutty nature not unlike an iced cappachino.

The taste however was solid, definitely had the malted coffee and chocolate nature that is intended in this style.

Mouthfeel was solid and a bit heavier, which was desirable and of course expected, but not so much that it was difficult to drink during a summer day.

I would definitely like to try this beer again on draft to see what the differences would be, but for me this beer is average. I liked it and I would have it again, but I've had other Porters that I enjoyed more.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 03:54:17 | More by dragonbrew
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naderator55

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours black into the bottle. The head is about 2 inches and sticks around for a good while. The smell has that nice porter/stout aroma, but their is a defenitie smell of coffee grounds at the back of the aroma. The taste begins with malted barley hints of caramels and i do believe their might have been a slight taste of berries. The end has a nice coffee grounds taste to it. This beer feels very creamy in the mouth. I could put a couple of these down on a cold day like today.
Overall a good winter time beer from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 20:32:31 | More by naderator55
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swanmann

Oklahoma

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

I poured this 12oz bottle into a snifter, with generous fluffy, tan head. It started to resemble hot chocolate. Smells of coffee, crema, dark chocolate. Intense coffee or even espresso comes through, with mild chocolatey sweetness. I would actually describe as medium bodied, as a porter. The carbonation is adequate to deliver an oily brew. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 21:18:33 | More by swanmann
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Rguardian989

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber Bottle Opened on May 18 2010
Served into a River Horse tumbler
Paired with short ribs - a very good combination to taste although not so much for my keyboard

Appearance and Smell - Dark at first but actually dark ruby red when held up to the light. Head is tan to brown with a red hue to it. Smells like coffee chocolate and a surprising amount of hops

Taste and Mouthfeel - pretty significant chocolate in there as well as the coffee, both flavors are pretty balanced against eachother. Theres also a pretty good sized hop note in there which i actually like. the finish is very much coffee with a hint of chocolate, thus mocha with that dark bitterness in there. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side with pretty good carbonation.

Drink - This pint disappeared pretty quick and the rest of the bottle is very soon to follow. Very good but not the best

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer but i dont know very much about darker beers to offer a good opinion just yet so ill have to have it again when i develop that range of my palette.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 05:13:04 | More by Rguardian989
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catrone

Italy

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light don't easily pass through the glass as the beer is a very dark brown one.
After pouring, a small brownish head appears, leaving laces on the glass.

The smell is that of strong roasted malt, covering almost any other smell.

At the taste is very bitter, with aromas of malt and coffee, while the aftertaste has a lot of liquorice. Carbonation is mild but still noticeable while drinking.

Though not an easy beer, it's still quite drinkable and a good example of what porters should be.

Small notice about the (nice) bottle design: mine had a white background instead of the black one displayed on the picture.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 14:08:48 | More by catrone
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jfrank85

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my stolen cigar city snifter from a 12oz bottle. Looks pretty good, blackish dark brown with tan head that settles leaving small ring of bubbles around the sides of the glass. No lacing to be seen but thats ok. From opening this bottle i cought whiffs of chocolate milk and toffee. Once poured the coffee and dark chocolate seem more apparent. Taste is good, malty and semi sweet with toffee and coffee notes. Doesnt sit on the palate too long which could be good or bad depending on personal style preference. Doesnt leave a bad after taste or linger on flavor, a decent trade off i suppose. Honestly i could kick back with in front of the fish tank reading a magazine and drink this all night, its easy on the drinkability side.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:34:42 | More by jfrank85
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MissOrch

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured dark and opaque with a light and fluffy head. I just had to poke my finger in it, causing the nice froth to deflate shortly after I did that.

It smelled like a smoky tootsie roll, with chocolate and malty notes. I also detected a nose of citrusy hops. When I first had a taste, the hops were pretty overpowering. Soon after, a chocolatey, coffee flavor came through, follower by a smoky flavor. At the finish of the beer, it was back to the bitterness of the hops again. Citrus, then mocha, then bitter. Pretty complex. This beer smells malty, but tastes hoppy to the last drop.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2003 12:19:11 | More by MissOrch
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cameraready

Indiana

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

Appearance: Pours dark brown almost black. 1/2" gold colored head.

Smell: Malty with a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Malts are evident. Very little mocha flavor. No bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Heavy but smooth. No hint of carbonation.

Drinkability: Mild aftertaste but overall very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 02:47:24 | More by cameraready
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Hovellord

West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as a moonless night, with a relatively thick head--creamy brown.
S: Burnt coffee
T: coffee with a dark-chocolate bitter aftertaste
M: creamy but with noticeable carbonation
D: Oh, yeah. . .

Tend to prefer porters and stouts and this one is no disappointment. A little steep in price compared to some decent competition, but worth a try and many returns.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 22:58:12 | More by Hovellord
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jcm8756

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Fat Heads in Pittsburgh and poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Solid black with a nicely colored tan head.

S: Smells like chocolate and coffee as one would expect with a brew called "Mocha Porter."

T: Tastes like burnt chocolate and coffee about how you would expect.

M: This is the weak point of this beer. Fairly weak to average mouthfeel for a porter. Almost feels to light or thin in my mouth.

D: Since the mouthfeel is very weak and the taste is very good, I could drink several of these in a sitting and not get sick of them. So overall drinkability is very high.

All in all, a fairly light porter that I would reccommend to anyone as a good entry-level porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 21:40:24 | More by jcm8756
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ProLiquorMan

Ohio

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

Looks nice. Black with a short head. Not too dark though. It has some paleness to it.

Has a slight hint of chocolate. Some dark roast. Also smells of grass and pine. Earthy.

Tastes good. Was expecting more flavor. Tastes like it smells but the flavors seem subdued. Tastes unusually grassy.

Very smooth and has a light body (light for a porter).

It's a good porter. But the chocolate/coffee taste could be stronger.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 04:25:19 | More by ProLiquorMan
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tjinohio

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass

Appearance: Nice dark chocolate brown. Thin head.

Smell: This area was a real disappointment. There was no discernible aroma from this porter. Now, I admittedly have a weak sense of smell, so I let my wife take a whiff. Her nose is hyper-sensitive. Again nothing.

Taste: Nice coffee and chocolate flavors, some hops, but the finish is weak.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a little over-carbonated with some nice chewiness.

Drinkability: Though the abv is slightly high (just over 5%), I would consider this a good session beer. It is easy on the palate and fairly well balanced.

Overall: I feel as though I needed a lot more time to let this beer warm up. It was entirely too cold and I feel as though much of the flavor may have been masked.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 22:51:14 | More by tjinohio
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liveandletdie

Washington

2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've only had a few Rogue beers before, this being my most recent. I had been putting off trying it because I haven't liked many of their beers except for their stouts. This beer was no acception, it was an over hopped and coffee lacking mocha porter. You dont get much coffee taste in it, a lot of bitter hops. Not well rounded at all, tried it at room temp and cold. Both were no good, nothing spectacular here.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 22:48:29 | More by liveandletdie
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maestrotmbg

District of Columbia

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle it ran, dark. The color of espresso with a head somewhat lighter in color and somewhat less uniform but thicker and much longer lasting. Alcohol barely noticable,the beer smelled unexpectedly and faintly of berries. Bitterness was the prevailing flavor that lasted to the bitter, dry end. This beer drank unexpectedly. It flouted its darkness yet went down like a much lighter beer. Thus, it drank easily as well, its bitterness overcome by its unusual lightness of body.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 10:54:21 | More by maestrotmbg
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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