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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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very good

1,337 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,337
Hads: 2,736
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 102
Gots: 307 | FT: 3
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Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Reviews: 1,337 | Hads: 2,736
Photo of brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: blackish brown with a tan half finger head that whittles down to big bubbles rather quickly. Significant lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, malts.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate blends with a heavy malt base. Light coffee backbeat. Smokey, burnt, but not overdone. A sweetness of caramel and toffee. Robust. Kookoo for cocoa.

M: Medium to heavy. Thick carbonation. Frothy on the tongue.

O: A very good porter. The cocoa aspect gives is a smooth swallow.

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Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep brown color, almost black. The beige head is a touch airy and puffy, slowly settling into a light cap.

The aroma starts off with a shot of powdered cocoa. Then there is a metallic note that you typcially see in most porters. Perhaps some light coffee but not much. Some caramel notes as well.

The taste is of the cocoa powder. There is some heavy roasted notes, woody almost burnt, that provide some anise flavors. Some weak stale coffee. The porter base provides some typical tea and metallic notes, very much like an english porter. Some burnt caramel.

Light to moderate feel, fizzy carbonation. Starts off sweet but ends with a good amount of roasted bitterness.

A very flavorful porter. There are some nice flavors but I don't get enough coffee. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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

Dark brown in color with a khaki head. Stale coffee, harsh roastiness, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee grounds. Not a fan of the aroma. The flavor is really no better. Quite bitter with tons of roasted malt and coffee ground flavors. Some bitter dark chocolate, a bit of earthiness, maybe some slight malty sweetness. Meh.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my money, this is the richest, best porter I've had to date. Despite its sort of flat appearance, the mocha smell and taste is strong and that's just what I wanted. It's a little creamier than some other popular porters, which is something else I appreciate. Last time I visited the Rogue alehouse I had the Hazelnut Brown and followed it up with this - tasted exactly like a chilled hazelnut coffee. Lovely!

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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.

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Photo of SteveMi
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark with good amount of carbonation. My first attempt at drinking this beer resulted in a somewhat flat pour. This second bottle left a good sized, short lived head and some lacing.

S - Mild chocolate smell with a bit of coffee thrown in. After a few seconds the aroma is no longer noticeable (due to mildness).

T - Dark chocolate and coffee/burnt chocolate combination with an expected bitter backing.

M - A bit creamy. By look I would have thought it to be a heavier drink but it comes across lighter than expected.

O - Quite good. At this point I'm 50/50 on the beer since my first attempt was flat but I will say getting a good fresh Mocha Porter is very tasty.

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Photo of estlinska
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker from the bottle. Deep brown color like french roast coffee with off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Creamy chocolate and roasted coffee on the nose. Smoky espresso taste with a bitterness that kind of sits on your tongue, out of place. Medium body with long bitter aftertaste. Felt like it was just missing...something I cant put a finger on.

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Photo of Beerevity
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a big, foamy, cream colored head. Lots of lacing.

S - Clean chocolate malt but not much else.

T - Chocolate and cream on the nose preceed the hop bitterness and a smidge of coffee. I'm not sure what's going on with this one but I am not picking up on much coffee at all.

M - Medium body, creamy and smooth. This along with a good level of carbonation make for an excellent mouthfeel.

O - This is a good beer but not great. I have to say that I was expecting a bit more, especially in the 'mocha' department. The mouthfeel and creaminess are wonderful but it's lacking in depth of flavor.

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Photo of Clones21
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer will catch you off guard. First off I suggest you don't smell this beer because it may stray you away at first...but don't let that fool you. Smell is a really sweet, but not that great of smell. The up front taste right when it hits your lips and tounge is really sweet and hoppy...AGAIN don't let that fool you..the after taste is crazy good. Very Mocha/coffee like. Lots of Chocolate too. This beer is pricey, but I recommend you give it a try if you are into dark beers.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle into a snifter

A - Dark as night, some mild activity, small head with very little lacing. The color is haunting.

S - A bit plastic like, some burnt malts, not totally appealing to me

T - Taste is better than the nose. Nice rich coffee and roasted malts. Very addictive, almost like a black iced coffee

M - Very light in body and surprisingly refreshing, definitely session-able

O - Very good, don't have much experience with they style but it is something I want to explore further. Very happy with the first dip!

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Photo of rangerred
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Arrived pitch black with a one finger tan head.

Aroma had plenty of roasted malt along with some milk chocolate and coffee.

The taste is black coffee and roasted malt lending even more coffee characteristics. There is some milk chocolate in there as well all ending with a light bitterness.

Overall, a decent porter although I though the mouthfeel was a bit watery. I would have it again, though.

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Photo of seydou
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cola brown color with tan foam that sticks around for a bit... the kind of foam that creates little valleys as some starts to dissipate.

I don't get any overwhelming smell, but nothing bad either.

Tastes good, even better after the drink. No weird chemical or artificial taste you get with some chocolate or coffee porters, and the chocolate taste is really nice and subdued.

A little too carbonated, and not quite heavy enough preventing it from an upper-echelon porter for me. But still good. Really balanced when drinking, full, nothing sticks out. Halfway through the glass, it's still easy to drink.

Paid $6 for a 650ml bottle.

Note on 4/23 -- drank this right after a Kona Pipeline (coffee porter), and this blows it away in smoothness.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is mainly made up of chocolate malt, but I also get a little bit of coffee and some chocolate thrown in. The flavor is a nice mix of chocolate and roasted malt, with quite a bit of pine flavor from the hops. There is also some bitterness from the hops which was unexpected. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice brew from the usually boring Rogue. Pours a dark brown with light khaki head. Smells like a cup of Joe. This one is very up front with the coffee, some roast, and a little bitter chocolate. Finishes with a nice bitterness that keeps this plenty light and easy drinking. Very good.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours an opaque black with rub highlights. Two-finger, tan head. Head is reduced to a ring of bubbles about two-thirds down the glass. Leaves behind a few splotches of lacing here and there.

S - A bit of roasted chocolate malt, crystal malt, earthy hops. Not too potent.

T - Burnt chocolate malt upfront. Body is very well balanced with earthy hops counteracting a very charred crystal and chocolate malt backbone. This gives rise to a pleasant chocolate mocha sensation. Earthy hops dominate as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, and slowly fade to a chocolate mocha finish.

M - Full bodied with plenty of carbonation too give the beer an exceptionally creamy mouthfeel. This beer expands in my mouth excellently, the way a great porter should.

The appearance and smell of this beer were disappointing considering the notoriety of this brew. However, the taste and mouthfeel more than made up for it. Unique chocolate mocha flavors and an exceptionally lively and creamy mouthfeel make me wish I had another in my fridge. Would make an excellent session beer during the winter or for camping in the summer. The only hindrance is that Rogue beers are somewhat rare in New Mexico and come with a hefty premium.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours an amber-brown, almost the color of cola, with a thick, 1" tan head that is quite slow to reduce.

Has a biscuity, coffee aroma, with notes of straw and dark chocolate. There's a mild nutty smell as well.

Taste oaty to start, with a healthy amount of black coffee, cream, and biscuit. Bitter chocolate and hops combine to finish this off. The oaty-quality is quite pronounced, giving this a taste like a lighter, hoppier oatmeal stout.

Medium-bodied, there's enough hops in this ale to dry the tongue and mouth and leave a slightly chalky after-feel.

A nice porter, the oat-malt flavor is a welcome taste usually only found in a stout. The mocha quality is not especially prominent; frankly, they could have called it an oat-porter and been both more descriptive and more original.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first American craft beer if I don't count Samuel Adams and I'm very interested to taste an American interpretation of an English classic.

APPEARANCE: Typical porter brownish black. Head looks like that of an expresso, kind of yellowish.

SMELL: Soft porter smell, not strong. I can sense a sweetness. Sucking the last drip from the rim of the bottle I get a taste of mocha coffee and even rose water.

TASTE: A typical smokey, tart porter flavour with a pleasant softness that creates an interesting balance. The coffee is subtle, adding a levelling mellowness to the brew. Ever so slightly hoppy too. There's a subtle sherbet flavour which provides a tingling sensation on the gums.

OVERALL: Both disappointed and impressed. I thought the coffee would be way more upfront but it only imparted a soft mellowing sweetness to the balance, which actually made for a nice tasting porter anyway. One of the best I've had, albeit I've never had a bad one.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice opaque brown, some minor ruby/shiny red in between, almost black. Thick creamy tan/light-brown head, bubbles showing. Very good retention.

Light sweet aromas of chocolate, dark caramel, coffee and slightly roasted barley. Very good rich dark brew smell, pleasant and inviting, yet subtle.

Mouth is consistent with the nose, some good roasted barley, coffee, chocolate and other dark brew flavors. Just enough taste to satisfy the dark brew drinker, but not as complex as others. Medium body, with a fairly medium level of carbonation.

A solid porter, and overall smooth session dark brew. Nothing super-wowing, but who cares. All that matters is the beer is tasty and enjoyable, which this is. A good session dark brew, which is what porters are. Good for any day, anytime of the year, hot or cold, morning, day or night.

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

12 ounce poured into a perfect pint glass.

A- Pours incredibly dark brown, almost black with red hints around the glass. This beer pours with a large tan head with good retention.
S- Definitely mocha dominant but thats not all. This brew has a nice chocolate tootsie roll aroma to it. Excellent bitterness in the smell. A burnt caramel character. A really nice smelling porter.
T- A good heap of refreshing bitterness up front keeps my tongue from getting bogged down. A medium body with lots of coffee based flavors and burnt grains. A good hop presence surprisingly.
M- This beer has a medium to light feel for a porter and has excellent drinkability. Good carbonation. A dry aftertaste of burnt flavors.
O- This is a great solid porter that I would love to have again. For me, its a little less intense and flavorful then I like so I am looking forward to trying their double mocha porter.

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Photo of karait95
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown color also brown head not very big but well formed dissipates slowly and leaves traces behind on the glass, carbonation cannot be appreciated easily due to the dark color but a permanent layer is always present

S: toasted malts manly the barley is detected, coffee seems to be present in the back not a complicated aroma but simple and well defined

T: flavor is intense, toasted malts, hops, coffee, just wondering if some sweet flavors are not missing

M: this one is a little to bitter maybe the extra hops overwhelm the general sensation something more balanced was expected

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a near black cola brown with a 2 finger tan head that fades in due time. Leaves a fine, sticky lacing.

Smell - Chocolate with faint coffee notes.

Taste - Strong, semi-sweet chocolate notes backed by a subtle coffee undertone. Also, a bit of hop bitterness. Finishes with a bit of caramel. Great balance, but a little more aggressiveness would be nice.

Mouthfeel - Wonderfully drinkable. Goes down with a velvet smoothness, and the carbonation has a nice tickling quality.

Overall - One of my favorites. While I have had stronger porters from a flavor standpoint, few match it's great balance and smoothness.

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Photo of neckbracesub
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 22 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass.

The aroma that this Mocha Porter gives off would lead you to believe that you were in for something more than what the end product actually is, which would be a so-so porter that leaves an aftertaste that is rather disappointing and on the biting side of town. It’s certainly not a terrible bottle of beer (I didn’t hate drinking it) but there really isn’t anything that positive to say otherwise.

I tried it once and probably never will again, given the several others of its kind that are superior.

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

a: aggressive two fingers worth of head appears rapidly and has moderate staying power. almost black with some dark amber and ruby hues.

s: caramel, dark chocolate, coffee.

t: coffee and chocolate bitterness is apparent. malt sweetness follows through and ends with a caramel taste on the tongue.

m: creamy yet dry.

o: I know that Rogue doesn't get a lot of love and admittedly I don't like many of their brews, BUT, this is a great beer. I'm a big fan of porters so I'm happy to see Rogue doing this style right.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The body is black, there is a half inch light tan head.

The aroma is chocolatey with a bit of coffee. Some vanilla is hinted at, but that might just be because I associate those flavors with each other.

The taste is mildly sweet, with more chocolate coming through than vanilla. There is a bit of a hoppy finish. This is nicely balanced, not too chocolatey or coffee filled with a nice malt base.

The mouthfeel is creamy, with a light body.

This is pretty good. I've had it before and was disappointed, maybe I have a fresher bottle here.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.