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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,234 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2234
Reviews: 1302
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%


Brewed by:
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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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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brew but the faintest hint of light does get through. Very creamy brown head with depth and moderate retention. There is a thick chocolate aroma. Very much like mocha (surprise). I also get a nice roasted malt aroma on the nose. This is my kind of porter. I like a hoppy porter that also exhibits the chocolate and roast qualites without fail. This is it. Similar to the SN Porter. I thought this had a good hop load and indeed it does. I looked up the IBU and it is 54.5 using perle and centennial hops. But this really accentuates the great porter traits in my opinion. I still get great mocha, coffe, bitersweet chocolate and roasted malt tastes. Very good porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2002 21:46:18 | More by Bighuge
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 00:18:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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glid02

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cask at Deckard's American Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately roasted malts with good amounts of lightly tart dark fruits. Also present are slight amounts of dark chocolate aromas however no coffee is discernable.

Tastes worse than it smells. Chalky roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of dark fruit flavors that have turned, lightly tart raisins and pears. Midway through the sip hints of dark chocolate flavors attempt to salvage everything but fade out without being able to, finishing with a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is not good. I had a tough time finishing my glass and would not go after another.

Overall this was a big disappointment, especially considering how many of Rogue's beers have been close to home runs. I'd certainly try this again if I could get a taster to see if the problems were a one-time deal but I would hesitate immensely before spending money on another glass.

Serving type: cask

11-20-2010 19:55:06 | More by glid02
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a smallish head that fades somewhat quickly leaving little trace behind.

S: coffee, roasted malt. The coffee aroma is not as big as I had hoped for.

T: Again, the coffee is not nearly as grandiose as I would like. The roast flavor is also somewhat subdued. The flavors are indeed tasty but mild - too mild, in my opinion.

M: Smooth and easy to drink, for sure. The body is too thin.

D: A beer I enjoyed and wouldn't mind having again, though it is not one of my favorite coffee brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:38:10 | More by Huhzubendah
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Thirsty's - poured chilled into a dead guy ale glass.

A - A deep walnut brown with ruby accent and 1 inch light tan cap w/ rocky appearance. The lace clings in a ring and bead is of average size. The clarity is translucent and head retention is good

S - The smell brings esters of plum and pine from the hops w/ lots of sweet and roasty malt aromas which add to the fragrant toffee-like aroma

M - The balance of malt sweetness and bitter malt roasted astringency w/ a gentle hop bitterness is very good w/ moderate carbonation making this feel lighter in body and a dry toasty finish collects the texture concisely

T - The flavor has a brief raisin-like sweetness w/ earthy note that leads to mild roasted flavor, but no cocoa stands out, more caramel malt sweetness and mild pine hop flavor w/ gentle toasted and notes of roast remind of coffee as the name implies w/ light char note

D - A tasty porter, doesn't overwhelm the palate but meets its objective and is a solid beer, very easy to drink and keeps the style in mind

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 14:09:47 | More by Slatetank
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Gusler

Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark as midnight on the pour, the head is light chocolate, the lace thick sheets that cling to the very end of the glass. Nose is malt, semi-sweet chocolate, a tad coffeeish. Front is sweet, the top is medium, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, moderately acidic, and still a decent porter that ranks in my top 25 porters. Ranks #289 on my current 1000 beer master list.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 15:35:14 | More by Gusler
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz .. enjoyed from a shaker pint ... I asked Brenda to bring Porters.. she obliged.

short lasting 1" tan head... not alot of lacing.. dark brown with dark chesnut highlites.

Aroma is dark malts and chocolate with a smattering of PNW hops for good measure.

Lighter body than expected with bigger carbonation... big roasty without the malts to balance.. could use a big dose of dextrine.. for this much flavor.. it needs more body... a little watery.. metallic chocolate finish.. Hops are a little out of balance... even when mixed in with the dark malts.

I've tried to enjoy this brew over the years, but ultimately it is like many of Rogue's other 12's ... verging on Great.. but lacking so much body and complexity that it might as well be a poorly made homebrew.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 10:19:01 | More by JohnGalt1
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Brad007

Vermont

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a decent brown head. Aroma is rich and roasty with coffee undertones. Taste is much of the same except that the coffee kind of falls flat within the taste. It's very much a porter still. Coffee goes well with dark beers and this is just proof of that. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 02:39:29 | More by Brad007
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superspak

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 06:56:50 | More by superspak
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Nice foamy cocoa brown head sitting on a dark chestnut body. Head forms about two fingers in size and had some good retention. Fairly large sized bubbles too for the head.

Whipped creamy chocolate mousse on the nose, and a mix of balanced malt and small roast. Real nice here very enjoyable.

Chocolate smell does not seem to come as much on the taste. Palate fills with a good solid roast and hint of coffee more than chocolate. Good balance and body in the feel, finishing with dark malts but also a little bit of carbonation fizz.

OVerall pretty solid to go porter. Best and a personal favorite no, but you could do a lot worse. Good solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 02:13:32 | More by smakawhat
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 00:56:39 | More by Georgiabeer
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 22:42:34 | More by mothman
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another nicely painted bomber.

I had to pull out one of their chocolate stouts as well (for a side-by-side comparison).

A: Ruby-black with a tan head (neither as dark as the chocolate stout). Great retention, awesome lace.

S: Rich, chocolatey malt with a hint of fruity esters (a little more British than American).

T: Chocolate, chocolate & more chocolate. Though not actually as chocolatey as the stout. There seems to be a little more fruityness than usual (from their pacman yeast). There's not much hop flavour... this one's about the malt. Very chocolatey, with a little more roasted flavour than expected (from a porter). Pleasant roasted bitterness. A little dark caramel & raisin, mainly dark, bitter chocolate.

M: Moderately full, malty bod, slightly chalky, moderate carbonation. Not as thick (or chalky) as their chocolate stout, but certainly some substance for a porter!

D: Very approachable & drinkable... but it's a little heavy to pound back.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 22:39:43 | More by Derek
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

330ml bottle poured into a tulip july2 2010

A near black with a thumbs width of mocha colored head that falls to a thin film leaving several partial rings of lace

S mild coffee with a little chocolate milk

T a little better with some bakers chocolate and coffee but has a earthy smokiness working for it, decent beer gets better as it warms

M a little thin and it seems to fizz up a bit in your mouth but still fairly good

D solid beer that tastes pretty good and is quite easy to drink

I'd drink this again but I might hesitate to buy it in Alberta where its a 20$ 6er

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 03:16:56 | More by wordemupg
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ccrida

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draught at their PDX pub, poured into a Rogue pils glass, the Mocha Porter is a hazy, very dark amber with a very small, bone colored head that leaves heavy lace. Served too cold.

Smell is strong caramel malt, a bit more coffee as it warms, very clean.

Taste is very nice, a great mix of coffee and porter. This has always been a favorite homebrew combination of mine, yet most of the commercial versions our stouts, and I find the roasted malts overpower the coffee in all but the riches examples (e.g. Péché Mortel).

Mouthfeel is average, medium body and on the crisper side with the finish. Lots of burps, it wasn't the easiest on the belly.

Drinkability is good for me, as this is damn smooth and very tasty. Again, it's one of my favorite homebrew styles (coffee porter), and I'm not sure why I haven't had this before!!! Still, there's no denying the richness, I'm running out of time for my flight, will only be able to quickly slurp down one more beer, and this won't be it...as tasty as it is, I'll go with their new JLS pils, although I frankly didn't enjoy as much.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2008 05:15:43 | More by ccrida
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dirtylou

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle sitting around at Woodman's

appearance: pours a very dark brown, but not quite black...nice chocolate brown head forms with some nice lacing

smell: roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, a bit hoppy for a porter

taste: pretty tasty but I didnt really feel the hops. nice roasted coffee and smooth chocolate blend well together, hops have a bittering effect...overall rich smooth but bitter in the aftertaste

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, hop bitterness

drinkability: pretty drinkable as far as porters go for me


Pretty good porter but not my favorite, and definately not my favorite rogue

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 03:51:53 | More by dirtylou
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beertunes

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haven't had this in a few years, and realized that I hadn't reviewed it, so here goes.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly translucent deep brown, as porters should be, with over an inch of dark khaki head that dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing.

The coffee aromas are thankfully minimal, but a very pleasing chocolaty sweetness dominates the nose. Underlying are some subdued roasted tones. The evil coffee (I know, it's a coffee beer, but I hate coffee) shows up on the tongue more than the aroma leads you to expect. The other expected tastes, roast, malt and a touch of hops, are there in the expected proportions.

The body is on the thin side for the style and probably should have received a half point less than I gave it, but hell, it's the holidays. Drinkability is actually good, it's even better if you like coffee.

Overall, a decent, solid beer that you can be comfortable relying on as a go-to. It won't be so long again before I have my next one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2009 22:39:20 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown. 3/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight chocolate, hint of coffee, hint of roasted malt, hint of dark citrus, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonatin level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight coffee, chocolate, slight roasted malt, hint of dark citrus, and hops. Overall, good body, aroma, and blend. There was a slight acrid note that was off-putting, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 13:41:03 | More by Tone
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour a solid black color with a tan head. Aromas of caramel, coffee, and chocolate. A bit of the same in taste, caramel, coffee, and chocolate, in that order. A sweet dry aftertaste lingers for a couple of minutes. Big flavor, good for a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 16:27:29 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is black with a creamy tannish head, faded fast leaving tiny bits of lace. Smells dark and earthy of deep dark, blackened malt, notes of espresso & coffee. Taste echoes of the smell, earthy roasted malt thats very deep, dark, blackened, quite robust with a great dark bitterness of coffee, all very tolerable. Feel is pretty strong, heavy, and full with a nice deep coffee-like dryness. This porter is drinkable and packed with dark flavors, but some of the strength of the taste and body makes for intimidation in my book.
Had to take some time to finish it. But man its worth it, time well spent.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 12:34:14 | More by tavernjef
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This comes out of the tap an opaque sable with a thick, camel color finely-bubbled head. Strong aroma is like smoky coffee and has a firm tone of unsweetened chocolate and hints of molasses. Rich, satisfying flavor is like a mocha, fine roast coffee and chocolate, not sweet but not bitter either. Finish is smooth and sleek. Recommended to all porter and stout fans.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 00:26:42 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Chocolate dominated the smell, with some malt as well.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, malt, and a bit of coffee in the finish. A completely solid flavor. One of the better American Porter flavors out there.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This a good, solid, drinkable beer. If you like chocolate, try this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 12:09:48 | More by avalon07
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with a large head of foam that subsides after a w2hile leaving a nice solid layerwith lacing.

The smell is a nice mix of sweet caramel malt and coffee.

The taste is strong on the caramel, chocolate and coffee and they all hit you right up front. Tasty. The finish ends on the hoppy side with a nice bit of bitterness that yearns for another sip. Very smooth and it's a very good drinker. Yum.

Bottom line: A very tasty interpretation of an American Porter that has no apparent negative aspects. I recommend it.
Thanks to Wasatch for this sample!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 00:37:19 | More by Bitterbill
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with moderate carbonation and a light brown head that dissipates somewhat quickly into a foamy lace.

N: Fresh coffee and dark chocolate. It lives up to its name.

T: Delicious, creamy and smooth, with strong chocolate overtones. One of the best porters around.

M: Not as thick as you'd expect, and more carbonated than your average stout. Rogue has definitely captured the essence of a porter with this brew.

D: A versatile beer. You could savor this in a snifter, or drink it straight from the bottle with a group of friends; it's great either way.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 04:20:40 | More by largadeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a near-black color with a thick froth of tan head. Fades slow and leaves great lacing. If nothing else, Rogue usually masters the art of a good-looking beer.

Nose is roasty and cocoa with a surprising waft of smoke. Low on the fruit and has a decent amount of sweetness to it.

Taste is more muted than I expected, not quite sweet enough for me and lacks depth. Has some flashes of cocoa here and there, but nothing substantial to warrant the term 'Mocha'. Roastiness is decent, some coffee flavors come through. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, seems a little one-dimensional with just a bit of dark malt really showing anything worthwhile. I am glad I finally found this as a single, I have been avoiding a full sixer for years due to the absurd price and my lack of love for the house Pacman yeast. That appears to have been wise, as this beer really does not do much for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:57:41 | More by twiggamortis420
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