Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales
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3.83/5 rDev -1%
A solid four-finger tan head from a 12 oz bottle! Ebony colored, no light shines through the glass.
Creamy cocoa aroma with a touch of hop. Less powerful than I would expect. The taste is dark chocolate followed by bitter hop in the swallow. Thick and rich, this beer is moderately carbonated. There is a slight chaulkiness. The aftertaste is very loooong lasting (bitter coffee and dark chocolate).
This is a dry porter with ground coffee aroma and flavor. I have never been a fan of coffee flavors, but this is a complex brew with a multitude of tastes and aromas.
05-07-2005 23:04:19 | More by smcolw
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
12 oz. bottle from Rogue,
A: Pours a very dark brown, looks black on the first pour, but as the beer is drunk, its true brown colour shines through. Solid light tan head, great retention, little lacing though.
S: Milk chocolate and roast predominately, lighter than what I would have expected from Rogue.
T: Tastes heavily of roasted malt, dark chocolate, some pine hops there as well. The bitterness is fast and direct, blunt, but inviting. A very bittersweet tasting beer, reminds me a lot of 70% cacao dark chocolate.
M: Smooth and crisp, for a porter, soft, heavy in carbonation, maybe a little too much so, but a minor flaw for me.
D: A good solid porter from Rogue. Would think it would go well with a nice burger or medium rare steak. A nice production overall, another good beer from Rogue.
10-27-2007 06:25:35 | More by Halcyondays
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured an almost black color with a tan head. Thick lacing developed on the glass. The aroma had coffee and roasted malt tones. The flavor was big on roasted malt and coffee, with a bitter chocolate tone lingering in the background. Some bitterness was detected with this porter.
Medium bodied, smooth with a slightly dry finish. The coffee and some burnt tones linger on the tongue. A decent porter that could have used a little boost on the chocolate front.
04-30-2004 19:15:08 | More by Gavage
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonic true pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are high given the style. Reviewed live.
A: Pours a two finger head of lovely cream lacing, good thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a solid ruby-black.
Sm: Light mocha and coffee, heavy cream, hints of chocolate, caramel, and light nuts. A moderate strength aroma, and a pleasant one.
T: Mocha throughout, with a bit too much coffee in the third act. Nicely creamy, especially on the open. It's well balanced and built. The roasted barley foundation is nice, but I almost wish this was a stout so it could be more pronounced. That's more just personal preference. The finish contains the caramelized malt alongside the emergence of naked coffee. When the coffee isn't concealed by the cream and mocha, it's too bitter, subtly affecting the balance in an undesirable way.
Mf: Biscuity, pretty thick, smooth, creamy, and wet. Suits the flavour, but as a stout fanatic I'd like to have more dryness and coarseness. Still, it's good as a porter.
Dr: This would be excellent on nitro-draught. I'd like to see the roast increased/improved. I'd have it again, but preferably not out of the bottle.
12-24-2011 23:27:51 | More by kojevergas
4/5 rDev +3.4%
12/16/04- Given to me from my fiancee as part of a winter warmer 10 pack purchased at Cost Plus in San Mateo, CA.
Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no expiration date. Poured into my Steinlager pint glass.
Appearance- A black and rather thick pour. Large head and average lacing.
Smell- Dark chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of bitterness...hops?
Taste- Huh? This is my first porter where I have tasted so many hops. Much more bitter than I expected and very dry going down. Lots of dark chocolate flavors milling around.
Mouthfeel- Decent carbonation. Reminds me of a stout mouthfeel.
Drinkability- One of the better porters I have had. The hops make it different and therefore a plus in my book. Will try again sometime soon.
12-17-2004 06:12:52 | More by GClarkage
3.35/5 rDev -13.4%
It looks good in the glass, nice head, darck and rich color.
Very pleasant smell, inviting to any hophead.
What can I say, it's a solid hoppy beer with coffee and a bit of chocolate, but its nothing terribly special. The taste wasn't as complex as I would have hoped. It was well balanced, but at the same time nothing much stood up past the hops and slight coffee note.
The carbonation feels just right in my mouth, however, I'm left with a slightly unpleasant dry taste that really detracts from the whole experenience.
Overall, a pretty good beer but nothing memorable about it. Its smooth like a good beer should be and hoppy like a good Am. Porter, but it doesnt go beyond any expectations and there are no surprises. Like I said, its good, and I'd drink it again, but its too bland a porter for me to buy anytime soon.
08-19-2005 04:12:14 | More by tempest
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
Poured a nice, dark black with a nice brown head. Nose was sligthly chocolate and mocha. Taste was mocha, very light, expecting more flavor on this. Taste increased as it warmed up. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth, a little roasty and the ABV was nice.
07-07-2009 01:00:34 | More by barleywinefiend
United Kingdom (England)
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
Revisiting this beer after my first encounter 15 months ago. Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 06. BB date??--no freshness info. printed on the bottle this time. Served cool (~12°C) in a straight imperial-pint glass.
A: very very dark mahogany hue, coming with a tightly frothy khaki head around 3.5cm thick... great retention with uneven lacing left as it slowly dissipates. Looing great!
S: honey, sweet dark chocolate-milk and assertively fruity+flowery US hops all blended together, very aromatic and delicious; somehow the hoppy edge is slightly more than necessary for this style; backed by a deeper layer of treacles, dried dates and dried longan-fruits, and a sweet edge of Chinese grass-jelly. Reasonably complex and very pleasant indeed.
T: effervescent-textured, mildly sweet toffee, chocolate milk and an intensifyingly bitter-sweet roasty tinge of black malts+roasted walnuts as well as a slightly tannic edge like black tea-leaves manifesting itself quietly and slowy towards an expanding herbal-bitter aftertaste; simultaneously the flowery hops play the lively yet harmonious second fiddle, intertwined with the malty theme so skilfully... The bitter finish is very deep yet not OTT, with incredible depth and length to prolong the enjoyment on the palate. But, "exactly what it says on the tin", the finishing touch is ever so refreshing and light, not heavy nor sticky at all.
M&D: to my hazy memory, this bottle tastes nicer than the last one last year with a creamy and soft carbonation to boot--maybe due to my increasing fondness of this style, or due to the serving condition (it's cooler than last time)... anyhow, this is a full-flavoured, fruity and profoundly roasty-malty porter pretty true to style. An absolutely delicious and quaffable porter by Rogue~~
09-02-2006 04:33:55 | More by wl0307
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
12 ounce bottle, nice rudy/brown color. Dark tan head, fluffy in character, leaves some lacing. Coffee nose with mild chocolate. Medium bodied. Rich malty flavors, chocolate, mocha, coffee, biscuits, smoke. Expresso with a kick. Tasta stuff. Another fine creation from the fine brewers of Rogue
07-04-2004 14:58:38 | More by Billolick
3.33/5 rDev -14%
Pours a murky dark brown with a thin head. Light malt in the aroma with a light touch of cocoa and a bit prickly with carbonation. The taste is dry, somewhat roasty, and fairly lightly flavored. The cocoa- which tastes a bit like Swiss Miss Cocoa Mix- makes an entrance just before the finish and the coffee is only evident at the very end. Mouthfeel seems a bit watery and prickly again. Not all that crisp and not at all creamy. Just okay.
04-22-2008 00:56:39 | More by Georgiabeer
3.89/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Pours an extremely dark brown (almost black in color) with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a finger + half tall medium sized cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large finger thick layer covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of coffee and bittersweet chocolate over the top of light aromas of roasted malts.
T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of bittersweet dark chocolate and a light amount of coffee. Hints of burnt malts towards the finish which all contribute to a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away slowly.
M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thin.
O: Easy to drink and definitely one you could have a couple in a session due to the lighter body and lower ABV. Enough complexity to keep you interested but not too bold in flavors/aromas.
06-06-2014 01:41:51 | More by dbrauneis
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a black opaque body with a light tan head that last and last. No sign of carbonation in that thick body.
S- The smell of dark malt with a sour note gives way to a faint green hop note that has an earthy quality to it.
T- A tart taste surrounds the taste of chocolate malt the blends with a black roasted malt flavor and a cream flavor that follows. The finish is a bright tart note and the dark malt hangs on the tongue after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel
D- There is to much tartness and it mask a lot of the nice malt flavors. It would be nice to have the malt flavors be the main focus with the cream notes supporting it instead of the tartness.
05-29-2006 16:45:10 | More by rhoadsrage
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured in my glass this is a clear dark brown beer that is quite close to black in color. The head is thick and light brown in color and almost overflows the glass.
The smell is slightly sweet and herbal with a strong coffee aroma. There is a slight flowery aroma here and the coffee hides any chocolate there.
The taste begins semi sweet and on the neutral side with a good coffee flavor. The coffee flavor gets stronger and the bitterness grows as you drink this. No chocolate flavor really this is very strong in patent malt flavor and a coffee beer.
The mouthfeel is OK.
An OK beer I guess but I can't see myself buying this again. An OK coffee beer but there are many better ones.
05-28-2007 03:36:35 | More by Zorro
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
From a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, on to the beer:
It's deep black in color with a big head that slowly drops. Smell of mocha in the beer's aroma. Very interesting, I thought I'd get something sweeter, and instead I got a coffee shop in my glass. Coffee, smoke, moderate roasted flavor, and of course subtle mocha. The bitterness on this brew is very mild, which won't hold back the drinkability. Nicely done.
09-16-2007 23:47:41 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.7/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours a nice dark golden brown color. A nice head that stays around, leaving some gorgeous lacing. Very Nice!
Smell is very light carmel, almost a smokey like smell going on (I am not very fond of it). Taste is a strong burnt carmel, along with some dark chocolate.
Not to much carbonation going on here. Drinkability, I would have to say is moderate. It isn't my favorite porter, and the bottles are quite big, seeing myself only having one at a time.
Overall, not to bad, definately worth a shot.
10-04-2008 22:42:34 | More by mothman
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
A - Pours a dark brown/black in color, some carbonation, nice small head, tons of lacing throughout the drink.
S - Scents of malts, toffee/caramel, and some slight yeast.
T - The taste is sweet and malty, with a nice flavor of coffee. Nice dry finish.
M - Medium body.
D - Very drinkable. This is an awesome little brew from Rogue, definitely will recommend to others.
06-30-2006 00:13:05 | More by Wasatch
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt with light hop presence; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, herbal, light pine, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good porter. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
03-08-2014 06:56:50 | More by superspak
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
A. About 1/2 inch head poured into a beer glass. Dark and opaque.
S. Hops are in the forefront with some roasted malt notes.
T. Toastey with a mocha coffee aftertaste. Very well balanced. Hops are subdued here. Great.
M. Robust yet slightly smooth.
D. Absolutely worthy of purchasing a case.
04-24-2008 00:18:22 | More by Stinkypuss
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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