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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,415 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,415
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 75
Gots: 114 | FT: 3
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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Imsothirsty

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours dark brown slightly red. A full finger of creamy brown head.

Smells a little bit like chocolate and a lot like coffee.

Taste: Coffee big time, some chocolate, some caramel, and just a tiny bit dark fruit. No alcohol, no yeast

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I expected, low/moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice porter, probably wont get it again though.

09-19-2011 02:16:20 | More by Imsothirsty
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rundocrun

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Two full fingers of fluffy, light brown head. Very fine bubbles. Color is very deep brown with hints of coppery red shining through the edges of the glass. Very good retention and thick sheets of foamy lace cling to the glass. Perfection.

S - Unsurprisingly, dark cocoa and coffee are the two most prominent aromas. Has a bit of a caramely-sweet character to it as well. Very mild herbal hop aromas are present in the background.

T - Up front I get a good dose of darkest cocoa bitterness paired with a prominent but smooth coffee flavor. I notice a bit of tanginess toward the middle. It just barely creeps in on the sides of my tongue and is suggestive of a classic irish stout or more simply, milk chocolate. A more acidic coffee flavor predominates through the finish with an aftertaste of bitter baker's chocolate and dry burnt grains.

M - Medium body with abundant carbonation. I could do for the carbonation to be a little less intense. I prefer my porters to be more or less smooth and drinkable and over-carbonation can hinder that. Somewhat dry finish.

09-18-2011 04:16:34 | More by rundocrun
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DavidST

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, like usual no bottled date.

This pours a pretty dark almost black with brown edges and a nice mocha head with good lacing. The smells are of roasted malts and lots of coffee. The taste is mostly of coffee and roasted malts, with a nice long roasted bitterness in the aftertaste. There are hints of the sweet mocha but its not very predominate (which is okay with me). The feel was medium. Overall this, like most rogues, was good but not amazing and there are better porters out there. (This wasn't mocha enough to be different than a standard porter).

09-12-2011 16:26:00 | More by DavidST
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bramsdell

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice dark brown, deep and rich, the way a good porter should look. Big head on this thing, but it's possible it was from the bottle (I fumbled it a little taking it out of the fridge). Anyway, the head recedes nicely to a thin light tan color with great retention on the sides of the glass.

S: Smells of coffee...unsurprising. It smells great. There's a good balance of aromas between dark-beer-scent and coffee-scent.

T: Pretty damn good. I find that sometimes porters lose too much of the true beer flavor when infused like this, but Rogue keeps a great balance. The taste is actually initially porter, dark and malty. As that flavor recedes, the roasted-ness of the malts cedes to a roasted coffee flavor, which then brings a wonderful sweetness along with it. The first few sips tasted more like a coffee porter, but as the beer continued, the sweetness of mocha revealed itself.

M: Again, no complaints. It's not the thick oil of a stout, but it certainly has a character of its own. The aftertaste is the most prevalent feature, as the subtle sweetness remains on the tongue for a pleasant feeling.

O: Nothing bad to say about this beer. It didn't blow my socks off, but I have nothing negative to say. Nice job, Rogue.

09-07-2011 23:36:59 | More by bramsdell
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GallowsThief

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Dark brown with ruby edges. One finger of light tan head that quickly recedes. Spotty lacing.

S – Vanilla, Mocha and light sweet chocolate.

T – First taste is almost a burnt roast with some bitter flavor from what tastes like dark chocolate. Trace hints of vanilla and mocha but does not make it sweet at all. Has a bit of smokiness.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slick on the palate.

O – Eh it was ok for me but nothing special. Tad thin and not much mocha.

09-06-2011 23:45:58 | More by GallowsThief
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%

A: Deep brown with a slight caramelish red glow. Carbon dioxide bubbles very prevalent: stuck all along the inside of the pint glass.

S: Faint coffee, chocolate and barley. Ok.

T: Fairly thin. The carbonation plays a lead role over any of the flavors. Hit of espresso bitterness midway and then ends watery and dry. Not sweet at all. Meh.

M: Very carbonated for the style. Didn't quite sit right. Seems unbalanced.

O: Nothing flashy here and you won't be overwhelmed by the coffee/espresso flavor by any means. That's all well and good, but even for a sessionable beer I think it fails. Nothing specifically off-putting with this one, though for me utter mediocrity is a more punishable sin than creating something strange or questionable. Wouldn't buy again.

09-03-2011 00:28:22 | More by olympicgatorade
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

1.68/5  rDev -56.6%

From 12 ounce bottle.

The first thing on opening the bottle is the sour smell that hits the nose!

The pour looks beautiful, deep brown/black liquid with frothy beige head that lasted well untill I took a taste!

I will not finish a brew that I do not like, so this was tossed after 2 mouthfuls! It tasted to me of rancid coffee and it left a nasty aftertaste that unfortunately lingered quite a while!

09-01-2011 19:55:09 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

22oz poured into perfect pint. Pours a dark dark brown that is noticable at the edges, a 2 finger head the is a very light tan. Smells rich, chocolate, molasses, roasted malts. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, a light smokey bbq flavor. Mouthfeel is what I have become used to with porters, light and thick at the same time, highly carbed making it drink easy. This is a good porter.

09-01-2011 14:35:15 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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charliedvrs

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a dark brown with streaks of amber sitting in the corners of the glass, leaves a ton of tan lacing down the side of the glass. My first thought when lowering my nose to the glass is freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. That light, bready, sweet chocolate aroma. A surprising amount of hops in the nose as well. The taste is more of that soft, sweet chocolate, backed by creamy coffee with a bit of cocoa. Bits of pine hops come through the heavy malt flavor. The body is full as it gets, with an almost buttery, yet bitter finish. A nice, thick beer with a lot of flavor.

08-26-2011 03:01:02 | More by charliedvrs
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StJamesGate

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Muddy with amber highlights and a tan head that trails. More coffee than chocolate on the nose and more than a bit of brown toast.
Thick honey on Irish brown soda, slight red currants, a roast sweet hit and hints of coffee sourness and Baker's chocolate.
Creme brulee ending and bitter hoppy linger. Light to medium, dry, crisp, lean, with some fizz.

Definitely on the Plain (as in Dry Irish) side of the style. Not much mocha. A knock-back porter.

08-23-2011 20:58:20 | More by StJamesGate
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Brittmb29

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

On tap at WOB last night, from notes

A- By the time i got it in a tumbler pint head was a thin almost soapy tan rim, black body not visible carbonation.

S- Bittersweet roasty chocolate, slight smokey very appealing.

T- Flavor follows nose, with roasty palate and actual mocha flavor. Dark chocolate w/ some hop bitter to make the coffee pop. smokey towards the finish and slight bitter in the after taste (like dark roast coffee).

M- Medium body due to carbonation somewhat creamy while dry, dry in the finish.

O- Would be a great beer in a series but i wouldn't want to drink this as a session. Really enjoyed it and plan on getting a 6 pack if i ever find it.

08-21-2011 20:52:17 | More by Brittmb29
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lurpy1

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a bomber into pint glass. Deep brown/black pour with abundant head. Smell is strongly coffee, roast, maybe a little bit of smoke. Taste is somewhat similar. Chocolate is advertised on the label. While this beer tastes fine, I can't pick up any chocolate, even bittersweet chocolate. Founds this a bit too fizzy for the style, possibly overcarbonated, possibly I don't know WTF I'm talking about.

Pretty good beer, but not a great triumph for truth in advertising.

08-21-2011 18:15:17 | More by lurpy1
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

08-21-2011 12:09:48 | More by avalon07
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Rogue Mocha Porter is delicious, natural-flavored, and rough-around-the-edges.

It poured black with a nice dark tan foamy head. It left only a moderate amount of lace. The smell and flavor were dominated by coffee and chocolate, as the name suggests, with a fantastic bitter dark chocolate finish that lingered like high-quality chocolate, with no artificial or sweet candy quality. Compared to the flavor, the smell was muted. The feel was rough, shredding the tongue a bit, rather than having the smooth texture of many coffee and chocolate stouts.

For the flavor alone, Rogue Mocha Porter is a keeper. It has great coffee and chocolate flsvor, without syrupy sweetness, and a strong bitter feel.

08-21-2011 01:32:35 | More by MetalHopHead6
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. No date on the bottle although there was a stamp on the very bottom of the bottle - not clear what it meant though.

Appearance: Slow pour yielded a black beer on the table with a persistent dense 1/8" tan head. Noted that sediment stayed behind in the bottle. Held up to the light the beer has some ruby red highlights mixed in with dark brown. Sheets and strands of persistent lacing noted the whole way down the glass. Good looking porter.

Smell: Burnt sugar, mild chocolate notes, quick hint of coffee in there.

Taste: A bit of piney hop flavor right at the beginning, and then a solid black coffee bitterness. The coffee flavor is that of an extra dark roast - reminds me of a french roast in a way. Malt is barely noticeable amongst the strong coffee and bitter flavors, but is in there enough so I don't feel like I'm getting a one-sided flavor here.

Mouthfeel: Quick carbonation on the tongue and then it's gone. Coffee-like thickness to it. Not creamy, not really thick and I can't think how else to describe it. Reminds me of the mouthfeel of cold coffee.

Overall / Drinkability: I was expecting a bit more of a richer coffee and chocolate combination here which was missing. I like black coffee though so I enjoyed this, but not as much as I was hoping due to the name. Still, a good porter, just not a great one. Maybe with the right meal I could have more, but for now, 1 12oz bottle is enough.

08-20-2011 22:26:36 | More by damndirtyape
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +9%

APPEARANCE: Poured almost more of a dark brown than a black in color with an off-white head. The head, by the way, was pretty solid for a porter. Decent lacing on the sides of the glass, but not much on the front or back.

SMELL: Mocha Porter is certainly the right name for this brew if the smell has anything to do with it. Strong smell of coffee beans and some woodiness as well.

TASTE: The chocolate part of the Mocha was not really present in the aroma, but it certainly is in the taste. In fact, it pushes the coffee flavor out of the way to dominate early in the sip, but the coffee fights back towards the end to help provide a nice, bitter finish. The woodiness of the nose translates into a smoky taste throughout the sip. I should also note that this is the first time I’ve had this beer poured into a glass. I served it at my old job and if I drank it, I drank it straight out of the bottle. I have to say the flavor is certainly enhanced by the aroma, using some glassware for this beer makes a big difference and it is more full and robust than it is straight from the bottle.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth, but with a touch of carbonation. It is a bit oily, but also dry and not mouthcoating in the least.

OVERALL: I am very happy I tried this beer in a pint glass rather than straight out of the bottle. It isn’t terribly exciting until you allow it to open up and let it let you take the aroma in. At that point it becomes a very strong, year-round standard for Rogue.

08-18-2011 20:36:08 | More by StoneTSR
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Eriktheipaman

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a dark brown, with large off-white head, and decent lacing.

The smell is chocolate and roast. Becomes much stronger as it warms up.

The taste is semi bitter from the malt or chocolate and has a ashy taste on the back. Not as much chocolate or coffee flavored roast you would expect but it still hits the spot for a Porter.

The body is great. A little heavier than most for the style (from the chocolate I assume) but it still maintains it's high drinkability.

08-16-2011 22:46:06 | More by Eriktheipaman
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Smells of sugary malts and dark brown sugar, along with thick molasses and heavily toasted/almost burnt grains.

On the tongue, the brew starts out deceptively light (for perhaps a half second), but quickly crescendos to a full palate of porter flavors: chocolate malts, toffees and caramels, toasted grains, perhaps even a light thread of tobacco at the very bottom. The hops seem to come through about mid-stream, delivering a light background fuzz of bitterness before fading off. The aftertaste is almost entirely heavily toasted chocolate malts, so the tongue buzzes with the flavor of almost burnt grains. What I do have a hard time finding, ironically, are notes of the mochas and *real* (i.e. not malt) chocolates; I get small hints of them every now and then, but only when I really look for them. In fact, did the title not specifically say "mocha," I would assume I was simply drinking a porter, and wouldn't think twice.

Overall, then, while I do think this is a good porter, I want at least a slight hint of the sugary chocolates mentioned in the brew's name, just so I have some gustatory confirmation that what I'm drinking is more than just standard porter fare.

08-13-2011 20:34:45 | More by jondeelee
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gestyr

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured into a shaker pint

A: Pours a deep brown with a thick, long lasting beige head that leaves lacing

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, malt, a hint of hops

T: First you taste the coffee and the malt followed by the chocolate which is complimented by the hops bitterness

M: On the higher side of medium bodied.

O: A good porter. It would go well with a dessert or by itself.

08-08-2011 00:48:02 | More by gestyr
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atr2605

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

A-pours extremely dark brown with a tan head with pretty good head retention
S-dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt
T- much more of the coffee flavor in the taste, with chocolate remaining on the palate as an after taste and the hops bitterness ties in with the roasted malt.
M-medium-full bodied, average carbonation
O-Great example of the style. Hits all of the main flavor profiles and has a nice slightly hoppy and rich taste.

08-07-2011 00:19:15 | More by atr2605
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gatorbreath

Fiji

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

dark brown with a tan head that retreats rapidly and doesn't leave much lacing, a bubbly head it is. a nose of malt, possibly some chocolate. taste is rich caramel chocolate and not so much malt, a different twist this one...the mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied, nice job rogue. will def swoop another one or 2 in the coming, cooler months..cant wait fer winter..

08-06-2011 21:59:37 | More by gatorbreath
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Pretty much as black as coffee with some red highlights on the edges. Decent size on the coffee-tan head, dissapating down to a thin sheet shortly after. Good retention, lacing. Smells of coffee and dark roasted malts mostly, with a small backing of milk chocolate. Nothing overly potent about the smell, but its pleasant.

Coffee is featured prominently in the taste, mouthfeel and aftertaste. In fact, if I didn't know better, I'd say I was drinking slightly carbonated iced coffee minus the ice. There is a light coffee bitterness on the front of the palate followed by some faint chocolate taste that accentuates the coffee, not sweetening it. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, dry in the end, but a nice pleasant coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a very easy beer to drink, as it feels so light in body, but at the same time somewhat full and creamy. The carbonation level is dead on for the type of beer this is. Overall very enjoyable, and if you like coffee, then you will like this too.

08-06-2011 04:12:07 | More by chodinheaven
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DUBinMIA

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +8%

served in a Heffe glass cause that's all that was clean... but it looked beautiful with all that extra head space!!! Dark brown nearly black color with almost 2 in of head that dissipates to a nice 1/2 in thick layer of frothy foam with lots and lots of lace.

chocolate malt with maybe a slight yeast profile... can't put my finger on it but finishes with light coffee and no noticeable hops. smell is very good in my opinion.

bitter chocolate and then malt right away. hops bring more to balance after malt flavor. light coffee taste but very faint possibly from the smell more than the flavor. pretty good

full bodied but not extreme thickness like some porters.

Overall very happy with the beer i will continue to enjoy it on a regular basis.

08-01-2011 01:36:59 | More by DUBinMIA
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eggodoom

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

poured into a pint glass this beer has the appearance of of a tall glass of coffee with some hints of red. The head dissapates rather quickly but was a finger tall. The head was tan and enticing. The smell is that of any coffee porter chocolate, coffee, and sweet. Mouthfeel is thick, not quite whole milk thick but 2% definately. Lacing is minimal. Taste sweet cocoa up front hint of coffee but a bitter finish that sticks for a few seconds. Not my favorite coffee porter but wouldn't dare turn it down.

07-30-2011 06:20:15 | More by eggodoom
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stckhndlr

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Dark brownish black with ruby highlights and a thick 2 finger seafoam head with awesome lacing.

Chocolate coffee malts. Smells like a mocha latte with creamy foam on top.

a smokey coffee flavor with chocolate notes

Creamy and smooth with low carbonation and a smokey slightly bitter finish.

Good tasting beer with big flavor.

07-28-2011 16:09:59 | More by stckhndlr
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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