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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,229 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2229
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:
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

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

A- Poured into my Guinness pint glass, the beer looked dark black with some ruby red tints towards the bottom of the glass. Head was a nice "mocha" tan type color. Big bubbles; very creamy. Looks like a great dark beer!

S- HUGE CHOCOLATE NOTES! That is followed up with a roasted coffee and cream smell. Very malty. Semi sweet from the chocolate. Inviting!

T- Huge chocolate, with the roasted coffee and cream notes from the nose. Those elements create a dessert type sweetness overall. I also detected some light toffee and caramel notes. Bitterness is a little high, but it's not a dominating flavor by any means.

*-When warmer, the bitterness kicks in harder and there is a bigger coffee/toffee caramel maltyness. At this point very little, if any, chocolate comes through. The beer tastes better cold to me.

M- Medium bodied, but so smooth. Mild carbination, but enough there to notice. It's not like Guinness where you can't even tell it's carbonated. Finish lingers for a bit. It finishes smooth and semi sweet. Just like dessert I tell yeah! Very pleasant drinking, especially when cold.

*Overall this is a great beer. My only complaint would have to be with the bitterness, but that's just if I had to pick something to complain about. I think the bitterness could be less in a beer like this. But overall this is outstanding! Looking forward to the rest!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 16:50:21 | More by ThomasMetal75
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All of the times I've had this beer and never pulled the trigger on a review, well today since I'm having it here goes:

Into a nonic:

A: dark brown close to black colored body with a one a and a half finger rocky white head that rises, holds for a good minute and dies at a gentle pace; lacing is actually kinda all over the place, I mean its there, its just sporadic and messy

S: mocha coffee up front with a nice dosing of cocoa to add a nice sweetness to it; slightly roasty yet sweet

T: bittersweet - combined nicely through the coffee and cocoa, and even as it warms it stays balanced and still has a nice roastiness to it; no aftertaste, dry finish

M: light to medium, semi-sessionable or as sessionable as any mocha porter can be; carbonation is nice and smooth with a nice effect of harshness tingling away on the roof of my mouth, good for the style and for me

O: glad to finally come back to it years later and as far as I remember its still the same, and worthy of coming back to again, just gotta pick it up more

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 19:52:26 | More by BeerKangaroo
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BastardKing24

Oregon

3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall this beer has impressed me in the past but it just doesnt do it for me at this point in time as there is a medicinal/metallic taste to it that is just too off putting.

Pours a dark brown with little head retention. , meh

Smell is cocoa and coffee with metallic notes, not what I had before with this...

Taste is the same with notes of bitter cocoa and coffee with, some hop bitterness, and a lingering metallic taste, odd , I know its rogue but , bleh...

mouthfeel is nice its robust and full, nice carb, just the damn after taste... ugh

I wish I didnt review this at this time, I thought I have had a better version of this. Hmm..

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 04:01:42 | More by BastardKing24
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

$2.49 single bottle poured into a pint glass. It's been awhile since I've had a Rogue beer.

Appearance: A slightly hazy black and dark ruby color. Two fingers of a mocha head that actually stays at one for quite awhile. Lacing's pretty good. The head itself is pretty creamy. Looks great.

Smell: Coffee. Dark chocolate. Some malty sweetness. Truthfully, all to be said about this beer -- and that's not a bad thing. Fits well with the style and name of the beer. Easier to pick up when the beer warms.

Taste: Semi-sweet mocha right at the start, and almost through to the end. The finish adds some roasted malts to the whole thing to keep it from being overly sweet. Not overly complex, but very enjoyable regardless. Gets a touch sweeter as it warms up, which is fine with me.

Feel: I think this is about perfect for a porter, as I know the style. It's got a medium body with a pretty creamy mouthfeel, but it's not as big as a stout is/should be. Somewhat prickly carbonation on the front of the tongue on the finish.

Suddenly one of my favorite porters, if not my favorite (Edmund Fitzgerald is up there as well). The one thing about this beer, while I enjoy it a bit more than Edmund Fitz (mostly because of the feel), it's also a dollar or two more expensive for a six pack... I'm not sure I like it THAT much more. Rogue Mocha Porter is a pleasant tasting, easy drinking, sessionable porter that I could gladly enjoy a few of. Definitely try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 16:50:37 | More by Alextricity
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Botulizard

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with almost no head, very much like a cola.

S: Malt roastiness with coffee and chocolate notes.

T: Bold roasted coffee with a nice balance of bitterness and chocolate sweetness. I'd have liked there to have been more chocolate present.

M: Way too thin and carbonated for a "porter". Much like the appearance, this aspect reminds me more of a cola than a beer.

O: It tastes pretty good, I'll give it that. Hell, maybe I'll drink it again sometime just for that. I do wish it tasted more distinctly of mocha. It seems to lack the characteristics that I'd expect from a porter, though. It loses a lot of points on that. It should be thicker and less carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:05:27 | More by Botulizard
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GarthT

Hong Kong

2.44/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep chocolate with dirty cream head

S: Medicinal, cough syrup, some coffee and roasted malt

T: Sweet and a bit sickly. Not flawed but not particularly pleasant.

M: Smooth though syrupy.

O: Not my style. Seems well enough made but there are lots of beers I look forward to drinking, this not being one of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 14:49:26 | More by GarthT
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Uniobrew31

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good porter with a nice mocha kick. Black with a nice tan head. Tastes very complex with an up front malty mocha kick and low hop bitterness. Drinkable and at under six percent you can have a few without losing all senses. this sits on your palate for a while after each sip so it should be savored. Mocha flavors intensify as it warms in the glass. At under 10 bucks a sixer this will be in my rotation as long as rogue keeps it in theirs.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 17:15:43 | More by Uniobrew31
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Jellopants356

Montana

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally i have gotten around to trying this brew from Rogue. Usually i opt for a cheaper beer because at almost $7 for 1.6 pt, this isn't cheap. It pours a little thinner than most porters with a nice mahogany color. Nice head retention and the carbonation looks right for the style. Mmmm, that's nice. The first wave is the coffee and mocha rush followed by a smooth almost toasted caramel/oats finish. I would almost swear this was made with oats and coffee. The mouthfeel is right on as well. Overall, totally worth the wait, and the money. I really think this is one of the best self-proclaimed coffee porters i've had in ages. Good on ya Rogue, you never let me down :)

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 03:53:06 | More by Jellopants356
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz bottle. Sampled on October 20, 2013.

This pours a handsome looking dark brown to nearly black with this fluffy tan head that really fills up the top of the glass.

The aroma does not express the mocha character much but there are plenty of dark malts and mild earthy hops in it.

The body is full and creamy.

The coffee/mocha rebounds in full fashion once I sip it. I get a lot more of it in the taste than on the nose. Mild sweetness and low bitterness. A nice Porter all in all.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 22:54:20 | More by puboflyons
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KLLG1021

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this live as we speak.

Appearance is a dark, black coffee and oily mud. Poured into a pint glass, produces a strong taupe head that lingers then settles down. Smell is a nice dark rich coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes just like the nose, but intensifies with the robust coffee flavors, yet balanced by malts. Mouthfeel is heavy, but not over the top. Sits around on the palate for a while, then slowly fades away. Overall a great beer. I would definitely grab this again

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 03:25:45 | More by KLLG1021
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

appearance - 4.0 - this is good looking beer, dark brown almost black, barely any head with basically no lacing.

smell - 4.25 - this beer smells like coffee, with a hint of chocolate, vanilla beans,roasted malt

taste - 4.25- this beer tastes like coffee,basically like if you mixed A mocha latte and a stout, coffee beans, espresso, dark Malts, roasted malts, vanilla, creamy milk

mouth feel - 4.25 - light mouth feel for a stout with medium-heavy carbonation, leaves a roasty coffee aftertaste which is light.

overall - 4.0 - a good moCha stout but more with respect to the English idea of what a stout is. Somewhat weak, one dimensional, and lacking a wow factor .

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:19:14 | More by ISmith87
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Taz_Michael

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bazzinga!

A: Dark, like cowboy chicory. Poured into an Imperial pint glass, the head is slightly less than a finger, with the perfect amount of lacing.

S: Mocha, coffee, caramel, hops, brown sugar

T: Prairie sludge: in a good way. Strong coffee flavor, with just the right amounts of porter and chocolate.

M: Creamy but not filling. The acidity of coffee hangs out with your buds for a few. The hops are well balanced, as a porter should be.

O: Drink, drank, drunk... gonna stock this one in my cooler trunk!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 23:40:08 | More by Taz_Michael
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Act25

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: silk screen bottle poured into a chalice named Leffe. Beautiful dark brown. Massive lacing left behind from a brown crown, that is thick and robust. A beauty.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a hop / java head who drinks 6+ java cups a day, usually half decaf, mostly brewed espresso style. This beer is heaven to someone like me. But it doesnt 'fake' being coffee or chocolate like - in my view.

S: All good reviewers agree: this is a porter that smells like hops. Hops, malt, chocolate syrup without any cloying bit. Outdoors, hay, grass, freshness. This beer smells great.

T: Chocolate and iced black coffee dominate. Flows into a hop bitter, dry finish, so without any cloying sweetness. A nice flavor arc & finish. This is good all-year round. Starts sweet, malty, then arcing to bitter and dry. Gets dryer and more herbal with warming (instead of sweeter, which is good!) Very good beer to serve at warmer temps.

Great food beer. Great after dinner beer.

F: Full - to - medium feel, but really just a medium weight. "How do they do that?" Excellent!

Mocha Porter is as good as any I have tried, and is moderate alcohol (Good) to boot. Highly, highly recommended, I'd drink this any time. A favorite!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:13:49 | More by Act25
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json83

Ohio

2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

153 calories per bottle at 5.1% ABV. Strong taste that is too bitter for my taste. I could sense the slight kick of mocha which didn't quite stand-out over the bitterness of the porter to make it desirable for me. I would not consider buying this again not being a strong bitter beer fan though I'd think this would be about average in that category.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:28:11 | More by json83
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Chessmaster

Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black, with ruby highlights against light. 1-2 fingers head which quickly dissipates.

S: Faint chocolate smell

T: Smooth roasted malt with hints of chocolate.

M: Medium body, light carbonation

O: Easily drinkable and pleasant porter. I could easily drink several of these in a row. The mocha aspects are not overpowering -- subtle.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 04:08:51 | More by Chessmaster
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dowen17

Alabama

3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a slight reddish tint when held to the light. Very large tan head with heavy lacing all the way down the glass.

The smell is slightly sweet with a coffee hint but also has a very off, pungent smell.

Taste is sweet with a strong espresso/coffee taste at the end. The hops are definitely there.

Slightly carbonated. Heavy feel. Dry on the way down and the beer seems to linger in your mouth. Very sticky.

Overall it's a good beer. I would drink again but don't know if I would buy.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 01:01:23 | More by dowen17
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TBoneJones

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep dark brown, with a dark red effect in places, when held to the light. Looks great. Large foamy tan head.
Smells like some light chocolaty coffee grinds, but there's an off-smell to me which at first i thought was like amaretto, but with more whiffs I just can't pin it. Borders on bitter anise and stale puke. Odd. Am I interpreting the hops negatively?
Tastes better than it smells. There's a vanilla cream flavor, on the sweet side, and it gives way to a pleasant bitter roasted flavor, feels somewhat thin and lightly carbonated. Any mocha or coffee tastes like it gets marginalized/ thinned-out by the hop presence. Pretty dry on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:53:28 | More by TBoneJones
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Ryan_Graham

Iowa

4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark Amber. Very Foamy. Retains head.

S: Chocolaty with a hint of something else. I can't really put my finger on it. A fruity kind of smell.

T: You can taste the coffee but it doesn't overpower you. It goes down surprisingly smooth for a chocolate tasting beer.

M: A light carbonation. Not too heavy. It hangs like syrup on the back of your tongue.

O: When I saw that this was a "Mocha" beer, my first thought was ehhh. I want my beer to taste like beer, not a cheap Starbucks latte. However, I was pleasantly surprised. It doesn't knock you over with the coffee taste. Very smooth. Great balance. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 04:21:36 | More by Ryan_Graham
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KYGunner

Kentucky

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

Very dark in appearance the ruby highlighted Porter is lost to this blacker than night addition. The head was creamy but not particularly stout.

Lots of dry chocolate malt hits the nose with hints of coffee and roasted malt. The taste follows suit with dry chocolate leading the way and roasted coffee holding after the taste. Velvety smooth on the tongue and dry in the mouth, the feel is much like the taste in its composition.

Overall, this is really tasty and a great experience but I missed the Mocha portion that is held in the name. No worries, as the flavorful stout-like presence is more than enough to get you through.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 03:19:08 | More by KYGunner
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Murrhey

Montana

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a mason jar in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger mocha head. Very active carbonation with large bubbles. Cola-colored body with low clarity.

S- Mocha, chocolate malts. Bitter aroma. Roasty and toasty smell. Kind of nice, but not complex in my opinion.

T- Chocolate, a slight coffee taste, roast malts and deep, dark tastes.

M- Grainy and thick.

O- Feel is the best part of this beer. Not bad, not exemplary. Like most Rogue beers I have.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 05:41:47 | More by Murrhey
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Mocha Porter pours a dark molasses brown color with a medium sized fluffy tan colored cap. A bit of nice lace dots the side of the glass.

The aroma is as expected - milk chocolate, roast coffee, with some roasted malt presence as well.

Each sip is smooth and consistent. The malt presence brings forth roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, and espresso. The flavor turns slowly bitter, and there are some dry coffee grounds and smokey notes toward the end. The finish has another bit of chocolate and is mostly bitter.

For a porter with this low of an ABV, the body is actually a little bit fuller than I would have expected. The carbonation is balanced between creamy and smooth, and there is a dryness to the texture that prevents this from getting too sweet or sticky.

Overall I generally find Rogue’s offerings to be nice but not to push any boundaries, and this fits that bill precisely.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:42:10 | More by KickInTheChalice
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.89/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rouge Mocha Porter has a very thick, beige head, a dark brown appearance, with red highlights, and impressive, heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of dark-roasted malt and chocolate powder. Flavor is of sweet, dark bread crust, cocoa powder, dark-roast coffee, astringent bitterness, and even a touch of sourness. Mouthfeel is on the lower side of medium, and Rogue Mocha Porter finishes semi-dry, refreshing on this hot day, somewhat rich, and drinkable. It’s a seriously wonderful beer, and I recommend it in the strongest terms.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 22:21:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£5.80):
Opaque chocolate brown. Thumb sized, tan brown, foamy head that leaves some nice lacing.

Strong chocolate aroma with roasted malts and a sweet cocoa aroma. There is some vanilla and sweet malts along with some darker chocolate notes and touches of light coffee.

Medium chocolate flavours to start with some mocha and a sweeter background taste from the sweet malts with hints of cocoa and vanilla. I could detect some coffee and a slightly smokey taste along with some roasted malts and a bittersweet finish.

Smooth with a medium body and good balance between flavours. There is a sweet base and the finish is a slightly bitter one with carbonation being mild to medium throughout.

Good porter taste with balance between the sweet notes and the roasted malt ones with more bitterness coming through towards the end. The taste seems to fade ever so slightly towards the end but not to a great extent and it is still an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 09:04:40 | More by flyingpig
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Chaney

District of Columbia

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

Served in a Stone IPA tulip.

A: Poured pretty much pitch black, with a sticky mocha head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Definitely got the signature Rogue profile along with a good bit of roast and ultra fresh malt. Very good.

T: Nice char and teeth-staining bitterness. A lot of care went into the design of this. Some Nestle's Quick in there as well.

M: Nice coffee (mocha) bitterness and great carbonation bill for this style. The lacing was substantial.

O: I dug this one a lot more than others, obviously. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 05:00:02 | More by Chaney
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Kearneytheking

Arkansas

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is mocha fudge in a glass. Such a nice, sweet porter. So well balanced with just a dash of hoppiness to give it a nice edge, but the aftertaste is a smooth coffee and cream with dark chocolate fudge at the back of the tongue. The brew is dark, and the head is a dark tan.

I'll be drinking this again. and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:47:26 | More by Kearneytheking
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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