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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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gford217

Georgia

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

Pours dark mahogany with hints of ruby coming through the edges. The head dissipates quickly but stays as a cap throughout with the strong carbonation bubbling up.

The aroma is fairly sweet with chocolate and sweet malts but with a healthy dose of roasted character

The taste is a mixture of dark roasted malts and sweet chocolate and some coffee as well. Maybe a bit of smoke as well.

This mouthfeel is creamy but with generous carbonation that tingles the palate in the finish.

This is an extremely drinkable porter if not the most complex and tasty. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 20:08:53 | More by gford217
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A deep brown color with a light brown head. Two fingers of head yielded after it was poured into my 650ml Family Guy mug. Went from filmy foam to ring-o-foam at the end of the beer. The smell was a mix of hoppy coffee and baker's chocolate. Flavor was similar to the smell. With more of a bitter chocolate start, a smokey coffee middle, and a roasted mocha, vanilla, kona, hop finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 21:19:07 | More by scruffwhor
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee. Taste is of roasted malts, some coffee, a bit of hops are present, just a touch of sweetness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 14:38:27 | More by tone77
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flagmantho

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nearly black; no light passes through when held up to the light. Two finger nice tan head which leaves a good lace as it dissipates.

Smell: nice aroma with coffee and chocolate well intermingled. There is also a little astringent/tart aroma present of which I'm not a huge fan.

Taste: mocha-ness is not in your face. Again, coffee and chocolate are combined in nice proportions; I'm glad to say the tart quality in the aroma is not nearly as prominent in the flavor. The beer is nicely bitter and what hops are present are earthy in character; there's also a little bitterness imparted by the roast malts.

Mouthfeel: medium body, rather low carbonation. It is rather dry and astringent toward the finish. Not bad, but not my favorite.

Drinkability: a pretty good porter. I'm not a fan of some of the astringent qualities of this beer, so I don't think I would make a session of it, but one or two wouldn't be bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 19:59:09 | More by flagmantho
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bark

Sweden

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bottle, bought in Sweden, got an abv of 5.7%.

The colour is black with a tint of deep brown, the liquid is clear and the finger thick brown foam sinks slowly down to a ring with some lacing. An odd detail; the beer was completely silent while pouring.

The smell is sweet with burned/roasted notes. I found some creamy notes of diacetyl, dark chocolate and a mild touch of coffee candies. Overall, the smell was milder and softer than I had expected.

A pleasant roasted flavour dominates the taste: There are notes of black coffee, fruity discreet hops, some liquorice, cocoa, maybe even a little bit smoke. The long aftertaste got a creamy flavour with notes of coffee, aroma hops, mandarin orange and a slight passing bitterness.

The carbonation is very strong with small bubbles that are a bit sharp to the tongue att he start (but its getting better later)

A nice and very American porter, very suitable for Swedish meatballs.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 20:53:21 | More by bark
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red brown, nearly black. One finger dark tan head and lacing. Aroma of coffee and dark malt, light hops. All the porter flavors are there; dark malts, very light smoky malts, a bit of coffee. Nothing stands out. No off notes, but kinda boring.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 23:12:56 | More by LiquidAmber
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dgilks

Australia

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

Pours a deep brown-black with a luscious coffee coloured head. Head retention isn't great but lacing is okay.

Fruity aromas team up with hints of chocolate and coffee. Not great as it is a bit weak.

Tastes are light with good emphasis on the coffee and bits of chocolate. An okay malt backbone but overall it seems to be a little lacking.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but carbonation is good overall and it works reasonable well with this beer.

Overall a reasonably tasty brew with reasonable flavour but it lacks depth and intensity.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 07:37:58 | More by dgilks
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The deepest muddy brown possible. With a well-formed gray-brown head.
Aromas of roasted malts and light vanilla bean sweetness. Hops seemed toned down coming from Rogue. Curious.
Husky grain out of the gate, morphing into a more roasted form. Gives a partial impression of coffee, but never quite reaches it. Not much sweetness. Just a little burnt caramel with trace vanilla hints. Moderately hoppy finish.
On the light side of medium bodied. Smooth with a slightly coarse edge.
A nice tasting, tradtional porter coming from Rogue. Seemingly one of their tamer offerings, but that is not meant as a critcism in any way.
Not one that will be burned within the memory, nevertheless a template for a solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 22:25:41 | More by cokes
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big, rocky caramel colored head on top of totally black body. Very good head retention as well.

S - Hops, alcohol, and dark chocolate. Notes of plums and roasted grain with some citrus aromas coming from the hops.

T - Lots of coffee flavor and roasted bitterness with hop bitterness coming in to compete as well. Some hints of chocolate.

M - Thin body with moderate to light carbonation.

D - Pretty easily drinkable, especially if one were a coffee drinker already. The bitterness is a little much, and I think it would be better balanced if the body was somewhat heavier.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 01:14:48 | More by nickfl
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champ103

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/black. As the beer is held to the light, some ruby highlights can be seen. A large tannish head forms, but recedes to a ring with a bit of patchy lace.
S: Roasted malt up front with some coffee/mocha. A very rustic aroma comes next, kind of like oxidized metal.
T: Lots of roasted malt with a bit of coffee, not as much a the name would suggest though. Just a bit of hop bitterness A tad metallic.
M/D: Medium body, a bit watery and thin. Goes down smooth and easy. A nice sessionable beer.

A good American Porter. It does not compare to my favorites of the style, but it is still a nice beer. One I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 01:20:16 | More by champ103
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blackie

Virginia

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

bomber, Liquor Depot, Rock Springs, WY

a: from an always attractive rogue painted bomber into a stubby chalice, the mocha porter is a deep mahogany brown in color, slathered with a nice mocha head, eventually receding to a ring and island in a sea of ale

s: really enjoy the malt nose - biscuity pales underneath roasted bittersweet chocolate and toffee notes, dark breads, light coffee, wood, earthy hops a cross between pine and citrus peel, some glimpses of dark fruit - notably raisin, simply complex, complete porter aroma

m: carbonation around moderate and slightly fizzy, body around medium

t: a clean pale malt structure balances and supports frontward notes of deep roasted barley, toffee, dry bittersweet cocoa, barely hints at sweetness before drying out nicely, hops flavored of pine and citrus pith impart a moderate bitterness as roast lingers long into the finish, the bitterness growing with each sip

o: a lovely, classic porter from one of the founders of the scene, wonderful balance and play between roast, sugar, and hop...the aroma being the highlight for me - it’s been awhile since I’ve had a Rogue beer, but they shouldn’t be overlooked out of familiarity anymore, drinkability is high

side note - is it me or do the price complaints regarding the Rogue standard bombers not apply anymore, as the rest of the field has caught up and surpassed, making a $5 bomber fairly typical

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 03:51:47 | More by blackie
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Deep brown color, very dark. About 1-finger head, looked and smelled more like a stout than a porter.

The first taste is malty, with some burnt malt in the background. Not too thick, but still OK. The after-taste turns a little bitter. I could taste a little chocolate and maybe coffee.

Very nice porter. Maybe the best porter I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 13:56:49 | More by TurdFurgison
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chinchill

South Carolina

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

undated 12 oz. bottle served in pint glass.

pours a nearly black, opaque and (I think, although it is too dark to be sure) hazy liquid with 2 fingers of tan foam. The head has good retention.

A surprising level of hops, which actually dominate the aroma. Upon tasting, their bitterness is more evident than other hop flavors; and a hop-induced bitterness lingers in the finish. There's a strong roasted malt flavor mid-taste. Notes of expresso, burnt toast and dark chocolate. Overall, this definitely has more bitterness than malty sweetness, and is richly flavored even for the style.

M - creamy smooth with good carbonation; medium body

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 21:49:44 | More by chinchill
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francisweizen

Arizona

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

12 oz bottle, probably quite old. Dark black with bloody edges. A big tan head lasted quite a while and left some nice lacing to boot. Aromas are all chocolate, caramel, espresso, and smoke. The taste is smoky up front with some roasted malt notes in the middle and some big espresso notes in the finish. wow, maybe aging this has made it into more of a smoked porter, than a mocha one. The mouthfeel was creamy and just right and the drinkability was good as well. A cheaper, not as good, AKSmokedPorter!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 19:46:07 | More by francisweizen
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours an opaque black/brown colour with a very large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - chocolate, malts, coffee, hops, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a large amount of carbonation and most of the taste consists of chocolate, coffee and malts. There is also a surprising amount of hop taste and a smoky aspect as well. The beer finishes with a hoppy/chocolaty aftertaste.

Overall - Not as heavy as some of the other craft porters I've tried which makes is really drinkable. I could actually see this working some what well as a session beer. It would also be a good beer for people that are new to the style. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 18:53:55 | More by spinrsx
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 07/12/08. Bottle. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roast, sweet malt, coffee. Nice smooth palate. It is a pretty good porter.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20
3.6/5

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 19:39:00 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m picking up a casual hop aroma – strange for a porter, especially a mocha porter, but I can’t complain. The black lacquer body is full and silky and paints the glass with elegant lace. The alleged mocha property is either deliberately muted or merely implied. It’s certainly not a core, defining characteristic, which is instead derived from darkly roasted (if not charred) grains. The finish here is this beer’s most alluring asset. It is long and smoky and fades out gracefully like the closing scene of a Bogart movie.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2004 20:32:25 | More by RedDiamond
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler. Poured the color of cola with a frothy, half inch, khaki-colored head that was re-invigorated with each pour. Head eventually dissipates into a frothy, inconsistent skim. Thick bands of lacing were revealed as the brew was consumed. Nose was fairly mild - some dark malts, but not getting much else. Taste reveals dark malts, a little char and some chocolate/coffee notes which are overwhelmed by the char. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a light, background effervescence. Not much flavor here, but a good example of the style and fairly easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 21:36:41 | More by Jwale73
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cola-brown body with a dark tan head. Smells of sweet roasted chocolate barley, with little hop presence (especially for a rogue beer). Taste starts with sweet, dark chocolate up front, followed by roasted coffee. Finish is smoky, bitter, and appetizingly dry. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 04:01:19 | More by alexgash
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown body with a with a bit of a beigge head that left some wisps of lace on the sides.

Smell: Has some chocolate, bitter coffee and expresso, and richer toffee notes. Nothing exotic, but nothing to complain about

Taste: Coffee dominated, somewhat bitter, with lesser notes of unsweetened chocolate. Slight amount of grassy taste on the end for some reason..

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Wish this one had a bit more heft, not a favorite, would pass on it next time..

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 20:00:15 | More by AgentZero
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Brent

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very bold with tons of coffee/dark chocolate notes. Be sure to check for freshness, however, because this beer goes downill fast with age.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2001 09:30:51 | More by Brent
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GClarkage

California

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

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 06:12:52 | More by GClarkage
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

I"ve had several Rogues lately and have put this one off for a while. Mocha just doesn't sound right to me. Oh, well.
Pours a rich black with dark brown head, frothy. Nice presentation. Head lingered for a while, stayed a bit. Then faded to film. Nice look though.
Smell is a bit thin. Some coffee and rich chocolate. Anise and dried malt penetrate but not powerful. Black currant and fruits.
Taste is something like a chocolate stout, but without the intensity and hard bite. Sweetness in this brew is limited, mocha not really present. As an American Porter this is great, yet the label is misleading for me, anyway. A slight bite in the end livens it up. A solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 01:24:51 | More by Mebuzzard
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Brenden

Ohio

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

This is one of the best-looking beers I've ever poured. Black with deep brown hues in the light, the light brown head on this one is impressive and sticky lacing coats the glass.

The smell is malt, coffee and chocolate with an alcoholic tinge.

This one has a nice smoky flavor with that bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee. Some hops leave that well-balanced bitterness on the tongue and you can feel the alcohol.

There is good carbonation in a medium-bodied, smooth and creamy brew. A lingering slightly bitter finish leaves notes of hops with some sweetness on the tongue.

Overall an impressive brew. Not as strong on the coffee as some might like, but a great porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 22:42:22 | More by Brenden
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

A - dark brown with a reddish hue; huge thick, dense, brown head; great retention

S - roasted malt primarily, faint bittersweet chocolate; all very faint

T - roasted malt, bitter, faint chocolate

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

Such a simple porter. It's basic and almost one-dimensional. It's not bad by any means but there isn't really anything of note here.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 04:44:08 | More by tdm168
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,231 ratings.