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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,499 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,499
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 80
Gots: 151 | 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 Toddv29424
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! There is such a sweet taste in my mouth!
This beer pours black like most stouts, although there is little to no head. The smell is chocolaty, and unlike others I have head there are no other fragrances. When you first sip it, there is no taste that immediately jumps out at you...but once you hold it in your mouth for a few seconds it starts to tickle all of your taste buds with a rich chocolate-stout taste. After it has been swallowed, it lingers for a good long while until you take another sip and the process is repeated. A great beer for sipping, and for someone who is into stouts and would like to try a new take on them.

Toddv29424, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of umustdrink
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black color. Head is light brown and very fluffy, settles at an eighth inch. Strong Lace

S - Very dark coffee smell, bitter.

T - Taste is bitter malt at first sort of like cold stale coffee, aftertaste is rich black coffee. Aftertaste is the highlight here and is very long lasting.

M - Thin on the mouth just like coffee but definitely flavorful.

D - One of the most coffee like beers I've had. Very tasty, will have again.

umustdrink, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, amber black color with a head that diminishes fairly quick unless poured wrong. Love the lacing left after drinking.

A: Nearly black, tones of amber when looked at through light.

S: A very unique chocolate smell, the aroma is light but pronounced at the same time. A very dark coffee smell.

T: Taste is reminiscent of a chocolate stout, the porter taste comes late. Chocolate and coffee are overwhelming in a good way. After a sip, licking the lips tastes like maple syrup. Delicious, absolutely delicious.

M: Smooth as a babies bottom.

D: This beer is highly drinkable and I recommend you (yes you) try it. 40 bucks a case is a bargain for the flavor that this beer imparts on your tongue.

Go out and try this beer and other beers Rogue has to offer, you won't be disappointed.

kiddynamite920, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of wnh
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Schlafly pint glass.

Pours a deep, opaque brown, with a finger's worth of creamy light tan head that dissipates into a thin creamy film that sticks around. Slight lacing.

Nose is roasted malt and coffee. Flavors of coffee, with accompanying bitterness, with hints of dark chocolate that turn into a sweetness reminiscent of milk chocolate. Has an overall creamy flavor/feel, with a pretty short finish. Moderate amount of carbonation, but overall the beer is a little thin. I'd like it more if there was some chewiness to it.

A good beer that grew on me as I worked my way through the six-pack. The first four were good, but the last two were great. Recommended.

wnh, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of elcrawl
4/5  rDev +3.4%

elcrawl, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of crowbar540
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

crowbar540, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of AApparel
5/5  rDev +29.2%

AApparel, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Bouder32
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Bouder32, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of mjc410
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a one finger dark tan head that leaves slippery lacing. The head falls pretty fast to a thin glass ring over a very dark brown/ruby body. The nose is lightly roasted, with some bare hints of coffee and perhaps some citrusy hops. The taste is quite forward in its coffee/chocolate character, within some strong roast. Hoppiness hits early, but gives way to a lasting roasted bitterness. Finishes quite dry. Too roasted and bitter, in my opinion. The mouth is very thick, with smooth carbonation. I should have reviewed this the first time, almost two years ago. I won't be coming back.

mjc410, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of BierStein711
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

This smooth porter was great from start to finish!

The aroma is of malt, coffee, and hints of chocolate. The taste is of coffee, hints of cocoa, and finally classic burnt malt characteristic of the style. As the beer warms you can feel more of the coffee.

This is truly a beer that may find its way to my fridge one day.

BierStein711, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of SpecialK088
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a very deep espresso brown with about 1 finger head.
S-Very fragrent of rosted malt, esspresso, with hints or chocolate.
T-Rosted malts with hint of coffee and chocolate also seems to have a hint of carmel.
M-It is a little overly carbonated for a porter but overall pretty smooth.
D-Easy to drink could very easily be a dessert beer.

SpecialK088, May 12, 2008
Photo of Seanstoppable
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up locally with a few bottles of other Rogue ales.

Poured into a nice dark brown color with a decent amount of head. Scent was of a roasted coffee. Taste included flavors of coffee, nuts and chocolate. Was smoother than I ever thought a porter could be. Extremely delicious, and something I could drink a whole lot more of.

Seanstoppable, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of DelMontiac
4/5  rDev +3.4%

DelMontiac, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of olbubba
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

olbubba, Jun 10, 2012
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 stevehagy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

stevehagy, Sep 12, 2014
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 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 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 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 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 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
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 2,499 ratings.