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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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very good

2,229 Ratings

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Ratings: 2229
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001)
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Photo of chilly460


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, tan head around 1 finger. Some minor lacing with little retention

S - Rich coffee aroma combines with milk chocolate. Some earthy hops to the finish.

T - Starts out with a nice chocolate and medium malty taste as expected. Solid taste of coffee, solid but not overwhelming.

M - Slick and velvety

O - It is exactly what you'd expect, well executed brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 02:12:32 | More by chilly460
Photo of hosehead83


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Dark brown in color, with a rather short head of tan foam.
Aroma-Cocoa and faint coffee note
Taste-Cocoa and black coffee,creamy with an underlying hop presence that leads to a reisinous bitter finish. Would be an excellent match for BBQ'd or grilled meats.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 19:48:33 | More by hosehead83
Photo of CowsCanBark


4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance; Pours a pitch-black with a two-finger tan head. Good amount of lacing left on the glass as I drink.

Smell: Chocolate nibs, roasty dark malts, coffee.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, dark malts and sugars, light spices and a milky/creamy attribute to it. Definitely delicious, definitely resembles a mocha.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a heavy body, definitely a sipper, but with how good it is I don't know if I can simply sip it!

Overall: An excellent mocha/coffee like beer. My favorite now, Used to be from Sammy Adams Black N Brew, but this one definitely reigns supreme.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 05:20:18 | More by CowsCanBark
Photo of kojevergas


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 23:27:51 | More by kojevergas
Photo of blakelive784


3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass:

A - Pours a dark brown/black color with a towering tan head. The retention is amazingly good and the head is creamy and inviting.

S - Roasted barley, cream, coffee, bitter chocolate make up the nose. It's surprisingly mild, but good nonetheless.

T - Opens smoothly to a bit of cream and roast, with a bit of coffee. Where's the mocha?? It's balanced quite well, with a good bit of bitterness throughout.

M - Very smooth and very wet. Works well.

D - A nice easy drinking porter, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 23:27:13 | More by blakelive784
Photo of denver10


3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice brown head, the thickness of a thumb, that dwindled down too a small coating of the surface. Beer was a nice, solid black color.

S: Some unexpected sweetness there paired with some roastiness.

T: Starts off with the bittersweet chocolate paired with some roasted malts. As the flavor develops the roastiness grows in its intensity and the espresso element starts to show itself in the flavor. Some burnt roastiness lingers. The opening flavor profile was my favorite component and I wish it wasn't so quick to exit.

M; Pretty smooth in texture but some carbonation is present. Medium bodied.

O: A decent porter that is dominated by the roasted malts. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy this one again, though I wouldn't be opposed to drinking it again. It has it's attributes I just think there are other beers I'd rather go to first.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 00:36:56 | More by denver10
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: 1 finger brown head. Molasses to black color. Carbonated.

S: Molasses, chocolate and licorice. Hint of alcohol.

T: Very chocolatey upfront. Tad bit molasses flavor and slight espresso finish.

M: thinner then expected although still slightly chewy and full bodied.

O: This is an ok beer. Tastes good but I'd pass on buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 02:24:47 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark cola colour with thin beige head. Bubbles are present (almost looks like cola in the glass).

Smell - Chocolate aromas are predominant with hints of lemon and caramel sweetness.

Taste - Bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee flavours. Bitterness is not too overpowering; bittersweetness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high amounts of carbonation, yet also some creaminess to this one.

Overall - Very nice mocha porter from Rogue. Was expecting more sweetness, but pleasantly surprised by the bittersweet chocolate flavours (as opposed to semi-sweet or milk chocolate taste). Would certainly buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:36:52 | More by leaddog
Photo of pettis


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

This is a very nice, classic American porter. Lots of great chocolate and roasted malt in the nose, with hints of coffee. With each sip a delicious roasted malt and chocolate flavor rolls through the mouth and ends with a pleasant crisp bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Can't say it's the best porter I've ever had, but there's certainly little to complain about. Very solid beer, very flavorful, and very drinkable at 5.0% abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 12:36:26 | More by pettis
Photo of Brewdacris


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

I have had most of Rogues other offerings and and have enjoyed every one of them, so I am excited to have the Mocha Porter.

Appearance- Pours a mildy hazy dark brown with a light tan, 1 finger head... Dissipates quickly

Smell- Possibly my favorite part of this beer. Dark roasted malts with coffee and chocolate present. Very arousing scents

Taste- Chocolatey malts and roasted barley make themselves extremely apparent. The mocha is present as well. Very tasty beer

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite Rogues, if not one of my favorite porters. A well-executed example of the style

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 01:52:03 | More by Brewdacris
Photo of JWU


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a straight sided pint glass

A- dark, dark brown. No light makes it through this brew. Big, fluffy tan head, and very sticky lacing down the glass. I don't see how a porter could look better.

S- Dark, sweet malt, heavy on the coffee aroma.

T-Roasty, sweet malts, with a coffee finish. Hints of chocolate, but you have to search for them. A tad bitter on the end.

M- Deceptively medium bodied (you'd think it's heavier from the looks of it) Carbonation on the lighter side of medium.

O- A good example of an American porter. I could use a bit more chocolate notes, and a tad less bitterness on the finish, but I'm honestly nit picking. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:47:44 | More by JWU
Photo of dorianmarley


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

Appearance is very dark brown, with a creamy, tan head and very sticky lacing.

Nose is sweet malt, light mocha aroma, and mild sourness.

Taste is predominately sweet malt. The mocha is mostly in the aftertaste. There is also some dark fruit, and biscuit throughout.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Smooth and coating, but very clean. Excellent drinkability.

Overall, it is straightforward; not exceptionally memorable. But the drinkability is superior. If I saw it on-tap somewhere, I would likely order it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 03:17:51 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of y2jrock60


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

A- Very dark black with a creamy light brown head. The head stayed put most of the way through leaving behind moderate lacing.

S- Mild roasted aroma with hints of coffee and a slight sweetness.

T- High presence of dark malt and coffee. It was dry upfront followed by a light sweetness and a lasting bitterness.

M- Heavy bodied with low carbonation. This was a pretty thick brew for a porter.

D- I could probably drink two of these before becoming tired.

Overall a decent porter. It was very thick, but I liked how this beer transitioned from dry to bittersweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 01:10:41 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of Microbrewtaster


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

A - A very dark brown pour with a glorious 2 finger head on a medium pour. The head is a beige color and dissipates at a moderate rate. has a moderate lacing.

S - The smell is that of coffee and chocolate and a hint of alcohol.

T - first is the expected coffee taste followed by a mixture of roasted coffee and some chocolate and a minimal amount of wood flavoring. this is a slightly bitter beer leaving a more coffee than chocolate after taste. Thoroughly enjoyable

M - thinner than expected but medium bodied and medium crispness to it.

O - I enjoyed this beer probaly not up for more than one of these at a time as it is rather strong in its flavoring. I think of this beer as more than adequate but not quite exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 00:24:22 | More by Microbrewtaster
Photo of doughanson78


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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black in color with the slightest amount of light coming through at the edges. Half finger light tan head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Roasted coffee and semi sweet chocolate. Not a huge aroma but nice.

T: Roastiness upfront. Followed my a decent blend of chocolate and coffee. Very light coffee bitterness. Roasted notes come back a tad in the finish.

M: Light bodied. Not very creamy. Medium high carbonation.

O: A good porter. Not up with the best of them but still good.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 23:02:02 | More by doughanson78
Photo of homebrew311


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown, a little bit of murkiness, thin color of brown head, minimal retention

S: nose is a deep roasted malt with plenty of coffee present, chocolate comes in the middle, roasted barley balances really well with the adjunct ingredients

T: the taste is malt forward in the form of roasted barley and chocolate malt, mocha qualities blend well with the base malts. The end result is very robust and flavorful.

MF: light body, medium carbonation

O: tasty, well balanced and easy drinking. Not a big fan of everything Rogue does, but this one is nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 07:33:55 | More by homebrew311
Photo of dbmernin83


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

Pours a burnt brown with a light khaki head, and great lacing.
Chunky sweet chocolate on the nose, coffee.
Sweet chocolate followed immediately by roasted coffee bitterness.
A lingering bittersweet finish sits on the tongue well after each sip
Well carbonated, medium bodied with a slightly chewy finish.
One of my favorite go-to porters. Once upon a time, this was one of the introductory dark beers in my beer education. This one will always hold a special place in my beer heart.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 09:25:54 | More by dbmernin83
Photo of BierStein711


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

Bottle poured into pint glass

This smooth porter was great from start to finish!

The aroma is of malt, coffee, and hints of chocolate. The taste is of coffee, hints of cocoa, and finally classic burnt malt characteristic of the style. As the beer warms you can feel more of the coffee.

This is truly a beer that may find its way to my fridge one day.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 02:28:10 | More by BierStein711
Photo of seesnow3


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

Shot glass-flight, originally reviewed 11/1/11

Pour-Some effervescence, light black with some brown tint, thick off white head, some lace sticks.

Nose-Huge coffee and some bittersweet chocolate, a lot of roasted aroma.

Palate-Hint of sweet at first, very bitter, moderately sour. Everything fades and chocolate covered espresso beans come forward, very roasted, nice complexity.

Body-Heavy, smooth, sort of dry finish, some effervescence on the tongue. Good stuff, highly recommended if you like a closer to burnt taste, yet not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 01:31:14 | More by seesnow3
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. A dark, almost tar black beer after it settles. A dark creamy head of froth sits on top that dissipates some, still leaving a pretty decent layer of head as the beer goes down. Sticky lacing. The beer smells of bitter chocolate and roasted malts. The taste of burnt malts and a bitter cocoa taste is present. Also a biter hop presence to finish. The mouthfeel is just abut right for a porter. Overall this beer doesn't stand out as exceptional, yet at the same time it's not overpowering from Rogue, which makes me like it. But for the price, it's unlikely I'll revisit this very often, if ever again.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 12:11:22 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of MEsoJD


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

[Poured into an generic tulip glass]

B: [12 FL OZ]The bottle doesn't do much for me, though it seems appropriate for a porter with it's black label. Little information, including an absence of abv%.

A: Very dark brown body with a red hue, beautiful large fluffy mocha head(moderate dissipation), and underwhelming lacing(spotty).

S: The usual smells you get from a stout/porter. Roasted sweet malt, chocolate/coffee/toffee notes.

T: Roasted sweet malt and toffee dominate, with faint bitterness. Others flavors would be caramel and vanilla.

M: Smooth and dry, med/light(watery) bodied, low/med carbonation, and decent alcohol presence(apparent, but doesn't intrude).

O: It was good, but one can do much better. The body hurts this the most with it's watery element. Defiantly a good beer, but not great. Worth a try and I defiantly wouldn't turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 03:44:00 | More by MEsoJD
Photo of tone77


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
Photo of barleyroad


3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance is dark brown to black, rich light brown foam. The smell is strong on the coffee side. The mouthfeel is ok while the beer is in your mouth. After the beer leaves your mouth there is a strong coffee taste on the back of the tongue, which is good if you like that. The taste is good as porters go, but we feel it falls short of the other great porters out there. Overall if you like strong coffee in your beer you will like this beer. This is a muffin beer. enjoy...BR

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 23:31:23 | More by barleyroad
Photo of IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with excellent ruby red highlights and a couple fingers of froathy beige head, retreats to a webbing. Good looking porter.

S - Nose is malty with chocolate and roasty coffee notes. Not the best part of the beer.

T - Very nice. Up front with some roasty chocolate and then some malt and bitter hops and leaving a lingering coffee/chocolate.

M - A bit thin for a porter and it can be a bit biting at times with the dark malt and hops.

O - It's pretty good, appearance and taste a highlight, and really what else do you want?

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 03:12:42 | More by IllNate
Photo of pBRale


3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 10-4-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Very dark brown to black pour with a nice 2-finger light tan head that has nice retention, replenished by a steady stream of bubbles. Leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Not too impressive--A nice toasty malt backbone and some coffee notes along with toffee to round out the nose.

Taste: Can taste some roasty malts with a strong coffee taste. The finish is crisp, bitter, and tastes strongly of coffee. Mostly just tastes like coffee. Bleh.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-thin body, high carbonation. Crisp finish, more wet than dry.

Overall: A decent beer but honestly it just tastes like a carbonated glass of cold coffee. The aftertaste tastes exactly like I just drank a cup of Joe (after each sip of the beer).

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 05:11:25 | More by pBRale
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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