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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,441 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,441
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 78
Gots: 129 | 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 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 GetTheYayo
3.25/5  rDev -16%

GetTheYayo, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of jakester
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. No friggin' date on the bottle or the label.

Pours a deep, dark garnet with brown edges. A one finger head of light brown foam forms on top, falls to small islands and a ring, with minimal lacing. Carbonation appears medium.

Aroma is strong chocolate, dark malts, fruits like plums, cherries, and dried pears, some herbal hops, slight coffee at the end.

Flavor is chocolatey, fruits like above, decent hop bittering, and faint herbal hops. It's fairly dry and cleansing. Coffee comes through late. Aftertaste is dark malts and dark, dry fruits.

Mouthfeel is low to medium bodied, with medium carbonation. The finish dries out at the end.

This is a good, if slightly underwhelming, porter. The flavors and aromas are good; it's chocolatey, roasty a little, fruity a little, with a clean, dry finish. I would drink another of these if offered.

jakester, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is pitch black with a nice centimeter for its head. The head stays really well. There isn't much nose in this beer, but it has some hints of chocolate and sweetness. When drinking the beer the coffee/chocolate malts come out with the chocolate out staying everything else. The chocolate coffee mix is quite nice because it has more chocolate than coffee. A sweetness does pop in there quite a bit, maybe a bit of licorice? The mouthfeel is creamy and a bit thick. This beer is pretty drinkable.

swizzlenuts, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of cagocubs
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown almost black. 1 inch tan foamy head. Head recedes slightly then lingers and laces.

S: Mocha/Espresso/Dark Fruits (maybe cherry)/Toasty malts and a nose full of caramel.

T: Creamy, bitter hops. Mocha and coffee present in every sip. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Nice creamy texture with good carbonation and mouth coating.

D: strong flavors make this one good, but in moderation

cagocubs, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of BoRaeCho
3/5  rDev -22.5%

BoRaeCho, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Telestic, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of HungarianCount
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

HungarianCount, May 15, 2012
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 Leschber
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Leschber, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of naterock
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dokel

A: pours dark and opaque with a two finger tan head.
S: very malty, DArk roasted barley, almost burnt
with a hint of coffee
T: tastes of chocolate an malt. fades to a very rich hoppy bitterness.
M: almost too carbonated, once the carbonation is aggravated the taste comes out further.
D: all around a decent Porter not my favorite but it certainly exhibits the name.

naterock, May 06, 2008
Photo of cbarrett4
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - inky black goodness with an oatmeal colored head
S - richly aromatic with smoke, coffee, bitter chocolate, and malt
T - A lot going on: mocha, anise, smoke, roasted nuts, espresso
M - full bodied with great texture, good grip, and tannins
D - Very robust but balanced and drinkable

cbarrett4, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of boatshoes
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My friends picked up a bomber of this at Total Wine and cracked it when they had me over for dinner. Not my first experience with the beer but thought I'd take notes on it this time for a review.

Appearance- A good pour yields a solid two finger tan head over the top of a nice deep brown, bordering on black body. Head retains for quite awhile before dying down to a ring. A good deal of sticky lacing left as I drink.

Smell- A solid does of burnt coffee backed up by huge amounts of roasted malts. A very aggressive nose but that's okay because I like what I'm smelling. Lots of coffee, lots of the dark malt, here I come.

Taste- Sweet roasted malt melded very well with coffee that leaves the slightest burnt aftertaste. Surprisingly sweet as well given the roastiness and burnt qualities of this brew, but in a pleasant way. Flavors are not as aggressive as the nose but prominent enough and blended well enough to make this a solid porter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The one real criticism I have of this beer is that I find the mouthfeel to be a bit on the thin side. Most of my porters get compared in my head to the Eddy Fitzgerald (as I'm originally from Ohio), which has a much chewier body. Not so thin as to kill this one for me, but I'd appreciate it a little on the heavier side. As such, the drinkability also suffers slightly for me given the thinness.

Overall, pretty solid porter and one of the better offerings from Rogue in my opinion. Given the price, I'd be sticking with the Eddy Fitz if I were in Ohio still, but certainly worth a try.

boatshoes, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well; dark brownish darkish with some red hues coming from the lights going through it.

Smell is of malts, roasted coffee, mocha, shy alcohol esters coming in to tickle the nose.

Well the mouthfeel is watery and overall it is a bitter dry beer. At first, the flavors of mocha, burnt coffee and chocolate comes in and tickles your palate then it goes away rapidly. Some hints of small fruits are perceived, but are cut right away by a sharp bitter end.

3Vandoo, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Mocha Porter is delicious, natural-flavored, and rough-around-the-edges.

It poured black with a nice dark tan foamy head. It left only a moderate amount of lace. The smell and flavor were dominated by coffee and chocolate, as the name suggests, with a fantastic bitter dark chocolate finish that lingered like high-quality chocolate, with no artificial or sweet candy quality. Compared to the flavor, the smell was muted. The feel was rough, shredding the tongue a bit, rather than having the smooth texture of many coffee and chocolate stouts.

For the flavor alone, Rogue Mocha Porter is a keeper. It has great coffee and chocolate flsvor, without syrupy sweetness, and a strong bitter feel.

MetalHopHead6, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of warmstorage
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, $9.99 for six pack at Gold Rush Liquors, Anchorage, AK.

Appearance: deep brown, nearly opaque, with limited medium brown head, minimal to no lacing. Appropriate for style, little else.

Aroma: limited, slightly flat, fruity, perhaps a little latex paint note?

Taste: I sense fruity esters, the plastic/latex note comes through. Limited to no roast, limited mocha/chocolate, even though I'm looking for it.

Mouth: crisp, somewhat prickly carbonation given the style.

Overall: drinkable, decent, but relatively unimpressive. Deeply average given what Rogue can do.

warmstorage, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Cwrw
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Rogue has come to Alberta finally, and this Mocha Porter came in the 6-pack. The label is simple and typically ugly/lovely according to your preference. It shows the Rogue gentleman with his fist in the air and a mug of beer in his hand. Right from the get-go I could tell the head was around for a solid and full experience. A dense and light chocolate/red-coloured foam gathers on top of an intensely dark brew, near solid ebony with hints of sapphire edges when held to light. A dark brew, in both liquid and foam. The head became chunky and left viscous lacing that stuck tenaciously. I like what I see so far. A sturdy porter aroma: roasty, a little salty and with plenty of meatiness akin to beef or ham. The difference here between Mocha Porter and some other local styles I have had seems to be the malting: this is less sourish and less smoky. The dark malts hint at more creaminess, more coffee. Very dry with hints of hot dog aroma. Some hopping in the back, barely detectable. Beef, fresh ground coffee, soft black licorice and some charcoal. Very appetising, if not exceptional compared to most porters I have sampled. Solid, not outstanding. The first sip reveals a very firm and dry body, with medium carbonation. The first taste is creamy dark malt, bordering on tobacco or licorice, followed by a middle and finish that are extremely dry. The hopping combined with the roasty malts really dominates the aftertaste, leaving a puckering bitterness. The hops are there, but only in presence--the flavour of them is hard to discern behind those malts. Youch. Some of the bitterest malting I have had in a beer. A lovely array of flavours, but the coffee taste really DOES dominate this beer. This is like chewing a mouthful of coffee beans and then having a sip of water. Reminds me of Yukon Brewing's Espresso Stout, with more dryness. Dark chocolate and coffee and charcoal. Actually not overly complex, but definitely not dispassionate: the flavour is exactly what one would expect--full on coffee bitters and dark malts. A wonderful porter, though I'll say it again, porter is never my first choice. Drinkable...to a point. Gets a little dry after a couple. Nice to have available, and something I would pick up again. Rogueish charm.

Cwrw, May 03, 2006
Photo of sonicdescent
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a pint glass a beautiful deep, dark black with a two finger light brown head. The head starts out more bubbly but settles into a thicker, creamier texture that, while it doesn't stay around for the duration of the drink., does leave a nice thick lace.

Smell is hints of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. A tiny biting scent at the end let's you know this is a beer and not an iced coffee.

Taste and mouthfool are slightly above average. For being called a mocha porter, nothing jumped out at me that would distinguish this from any above average porter. If there is a "mocha" flavor, it is very very light. That said, it is tasty and carbonation is present but pretty much spot on. Body is thin.

This is highly drinkable and though I probably wouldn't buy it again, I recommend it to porter fans.

sonicdescent, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of rabiddawg
4/5  rDev +3.4%

rabiddawg, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of circus_cat
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

circus_cat, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of d_brommer_nh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

d_brommer_nh, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of modernartblues
4/5  rDev +3.4%

modernartblues, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Shnanign
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Shnanign, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pitch-black beer with a burnt caramel hu at the edges. It has a thick, chocolate-milk head.

Bitterness from hops cascades over the palate and slides into roastiness, and then a mellow coffee tone with sweet chocolate only at the very end. Cane syrup and nut tones emerge with warmth. Aftertaste is sticky and slightly smokey.

The beautiful thing about this beer is how many simple, un-muddled flavors are stacked neatly on top of one another. It has sweetness and depth but still manages to forefront a great bitterness that doesn't rely on harsh roasted or acrid, or pushy, out-of-place hops.

JudgeRoughneck, Apr 13, 2007
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,441 ratings.