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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,361 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,361
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 75
Gots: 100 | FT: 3
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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dkrusekontrol

Virginia

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

Poured out with a nice tan head that seems to hold. Dark. Looks like a porter should.

I love the smell. Then again I love coffee. A little bit of smoke, dark chocolate, and alcohol.

The taste is quite bitter. Think dark rather than milk chocolate. I found myself wishing there was a touch more creamy sweetness, but there's definitely some good stuff going on. I managed to find a little caramel. The coffee taste really hits after the initial bitterness.

I found my mouth to be a little sticky after swallowing. I enjoyed the brew. Thanks Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 01:42:27 | More by dkrusekontrol
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Duff27

Illinois

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

A- Solid half inch mocha head. Dark brown to black in color. Good head retention and some lacing left.

S- Dark chocolate.

T- Chocolate. Roasted malts. Not as much coffee notes as I usually notice in porters. "Tad smokey". Leaves the mouth watering for sure.

M- Smooth, creamy(!). Not unlike most porters.

D/O- Mmmm. Apparently this is the first Rogue beer I've reviewed. Would guess this would be near the top of the list as far as a craft drinkers first porter (it was one of mine back in the day)...and that's a good thing. Middle tier, nothing great but certainly above average. A few of these a happy camper would leave.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:45:05 | More by Duff27
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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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bishopdc0

Maine

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark dark brown pours and forms a head that nearly overflows my British pint. A huge head tan with lovely lacing. The bubbles are very dense and stay with a nice head to the end.

The aroma is nice smooth full of cocoa and a roasted maltyness to starts, then a sweet coffee and almost cream notes the end.

The taste starts with the carbonation up front. The carbonation subsides. The sweet malt comes in and finishes with a roasted almost burnt flavor. If your a coffee fan you might enjoy the end but it wasn't perhaps as full flavored as the aroma lead on.

The mouth feels pleasant with a nice amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 00:52:43 | More by bishopdc0
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SisuPride

Tennessee

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

Enjoyed a bottle of this at Nashville's Mellow Mushroom with a "White" pizza. This beer smells amaizing with coffee and chocolate dominating your sniffer. It had a small to non-existent head. Very dark. Honestly it had almost too much flavor - and it was more bitter than sweet and my beer tooth leans on the sweet side. Also, I prefer a creamery beer and the mouth feel on this brew was much lighter. If you are looking for something that packs the flavor this is the beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 14:33:14 | More by SisuPride
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Jinholic

Arizona

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

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance - Black with 2 finger head that dies down fast brown in color, good lacing.

Smell - Roasted Malts and coffee with hops in the back.

Taste - Roasted coffee and a slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body clean finish a bit dry, almost no after taste.

Overall - Not a very complicated beer (a bit mild) but I like it none the less.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 09:14:45 | More by Jinholic
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bayougutter

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours darkest brown almost black with a one finger light brown head that quickly went away. decent lacing.

S: roasted malt, coffee, hops, and a little smoke.

T: Taste like it smells only muted a bit. Hop bitterness at the end. I expected bolder taste.

M: Medium to thin body with a little too much carbination for me.

O: Overall just an OK porter, maybe I expected more from Rouge. At $11 per six, I can think of many brews better for the cash.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 17:58:11 | More by bayougutter
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a near-black color with a thick froth of tan head. Fades slow and leaves great lacing. If nothing else, Rogue usually masters the art of a good-looking beer.

Nose is roasty and cocoa with a surprising waft of smoke. Low on the fruit and has a decent amount of sweetness to it.

Taste is more muted than I expected, not quite sweet enough for me and lacks depth. Has some flashes of cocoa here and there, but nothing substantial to warrant the term 'Mocha'. Roastiness is decent, some coffee flavors come through. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, seems a little one-dimensional with just a bit of dark malt really showing anything worthwhile. I am glad I finally found this as a single, I have been avoiding a full sixer for years due to the absurd price and my lack of love for the house Pacman yeast. That appears to have been wise, as this beer really does not do much for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:57:41 | More by twiggamortis420
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz.

Pours opaque black with off-white lacing.

Smells of chocolate, hops and roasted barley.

Tastes like roasted barely and coffee with a bit of chocolate sweetness.

Feels on the fuller side of moderate with mild carbonation on the tongue and back of the throat.

Good tasty porter, dark and flavorful, and appropriately heavy. A great offering from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 17:04:37 | More by Cylinsier
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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours near black with a thin off-white head and quite a bit of lacing as it eventually moves down. The nose brings some very dryly-roasted malt plus a bit of faint chocolate with some bold coffee in the background. The flavor has some strong roast and nothing much more than that. Very, very small amount of chocolate there as well. With the finish, the espresso and coffee from the nose begin to take over. Finish is very dry and uncompromising; it's also quite bitter. Not a bad beer, but not something I'd go out of my way to get again.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:16:04 | More by Thorpe429
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mjurney

Texas

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

Dark brown color, some ruby red hue. Thick creamy head, light tan color.

Fresh coffee aroma, a little smokey.

Mixture of coffee and dark chocolate up front, a little hint of smokey. Hop bitterness at the end. I notice there some dark fruit in the taste. Finish off very dry, yet it's very smooth and drinkable. Medium-light bodied, a little silky.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 22:47:58 | More by mjurney
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

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

ST: 12 oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark almost black brown with a thick dingy (brownish) white head that sits upon the top like whip cream on top of a float. The head leaves thick lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Smoke, coffee, roasted malt, and bitter citrus from dry hops.

T: Some smoke from the roasted malt and bitterness from the mocha, but the hops are in control of this porter. The dry hops citrus combines with slight smoke on the finish and some bitterness from the mocha lingers on the back of the tongue

M: Medium to heavy and mostly dry.

D: Pleasantly dry with a decent ABV, this Mocha porter is balanced well enough and not very heavy; it is a good beer to enjoy in multiples.

Overall: Though it does not have a heavy aroma, Rogue's Mocha Porter does have nice flavor. Smoke and mocha take a background seat to dry hops, which add a bitter citrus to the beer. The beer is dry and pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:23:52 | More by ianjsullivan
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KajII

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a English pint]

Poured a very dark brown with a medium (1-2 fingers) sized creamy tan head that was mostly lasting and had fair lacing.

The aroma was moderately strong with the scent of roasted bread malts, mild resin hops and a dark leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses.

It tasted nice and malty with a hint of bitterness and a dose of coffee at first and finished with a strong bitter and a mild sweet flavor that had a hint of chocolate at the end. The flavor that was left did not nearly last long enough.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and a little watery yet a tad creamy in texture with a very soft carbonation.

Overall not a bad Porter, although it was rather tasty it could of had a little more body for my liking. With that said I enjoyed it totally and it is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 20:44:08 | More by KajII
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harrymel

Washington

1.98/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

From notes verbatim on 10/8/10

A: Deep brown, spotting sheet of cream over beer. No visible rays of light.

S: Spicy cascade hops (surprise), touch of cocoa over the hoppy porter backbone.

T: Reminds me of leftover espresso grain that has been left behind. Not good to me.

M: Wish it was creamier or less combative on my tongue. I almost want to add sugar.

D: I don't care for this as a mocha beer. Need to tone down the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 07:48:23 | More by harrymel
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billyzoom666

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Dark brown, caramel colored head. Excellent lacing

Smell-Awesome! Sweet fruit with a hint of coffee. Amazing!

Taste-Slight disappointment after the smell. Nothing ground breaking here. Average American Porter style. Smooth coffee flavor, was hoping for more of a fruit taste.

Mouthfeel-Nice heavy feeling on the tongue. You know this is a beer when you're drinking it.

Drinkability-Above average. I was surprised this had as low an ABV as it does, it feels like it would have more. All in all a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 01:59:55 | More by billyzoom666
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afogg0855

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll start off by saying I bought a 6-pack of Dead Guy Ale and was surprised when i got home to find that someone had swapped one of the bottles for a Mocha Porter at the grocerie store.

I'm not a big fan of Porter's and Stouts but I do enjoy them on occasion.

This particular brew pours a deep dark brown/black color with a coffee colored head that remains about 2 finger-widths for some time.

The scent of coffee grinds, malts, soil and chocolate are extremely identifiable.

The front end of the sip is rushed by a nice flavor of alcohol and a subtle sweetness. The back end leaves you with a stale coffee taste in your mouth. It's not my favorite beer in the world but I quite like it for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:32:47 | More by afogg0855
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From notes, Dec 2010.

Pours a deep coffee brown with a one-finger light-brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice little cap of bubbles. Smell is coffee and roasted malt, a good combo of coffee and porter. Taste is good, rich, with a great balance of coffee, roasted malt, anda a bit of hops to even it out. Nicely complex, balanced flavor. The main downside is mouthfeel, which is far too light and bubbly for this style of beer. Overall, a great beer, with solid flavor, but it doesn't quite feel right in the mouth for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 05:27:36 | More by zeledonia
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dare*Risk*Dream
For a microbrewery anywhere in the US these notions are true. Rogue slowly growing as a recognizable symbol of this craft brew movement, particularly in the Northwest, is an encouraging site to see in Winnipeg, let alone Canada - a near bereft craft brew 'market'. However this beer does not strike me as overly daring though I am encouraged by all of the ethics employed to make this beer which made it to my doorstep.

A: Deep nutty brown (described as ruddy) which I can get on board with. from a long pour, a fairly fizzy head forms. Not as creamy as I would expect.

S: Heavy on the malts in smell. Doesn't scream uniqueness right away, but very nutty.

T: I was expecting more here. Hazelnut in the nose and bittering hops in the rear. Reminds me of Fat Tire at first but changes quickly. However the thinness of the beer doesn't appeal to me for the style intended. Self proclaimed as "light and refreshing," I concur, but it doesn't mean that's how I want my porter.

M: The bittering quality is what grabs me as truly "rogue" especially for the style. It leaves one dry and thirsty, which is good that this comes in a 650ml.

D: Its lightness makes it drinkable, particularly since the alcohol content is not overwhelming! It goes down well, but not as deserty or warming as I would have liked.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:34:48 | More by BasementBer
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SQUIDPORT

California

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, color was almost black with 1 1/2 inch head.

S: You get that mocha roasted coffee scent right away.

T: Taste the same as it smells, mocha, coffee. With a bitter aftertaste and slight alcohol presence.

M: Bubbly, bitter on the palate. I just wish it was a little thicker, it's a bit thin for my taste.

D: Very drinkable but I'm still aspiring for the best Porter & Stout. Drink up!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:58:23 | More by SQUIDPORT
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bboelens

Florida

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

Poured from a bottle into a Guinness pint glass

A-Deep mahogany with faint flickers of dark amber, an aggressive pour yielded about 1.5" of a thick khaki head which lasted a decent amount of time and yielded great lacing.

S-It definitely smells like coffee, malt, and chocolate take a strong presence as well, slight hop smell in the background

T-A little flipped around from the smell, while the coffee malt and chocolate are definitely the stronger tastes, the hops come first as the beer hits the tongue leaving with a great mocha finish. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

M-Thick and creamy with slight carbonation

D-This is an excellent brew that I'll definitely try again, two went down incredibly smooth, this is an excellent after dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 15:05:57 | More by bboelens
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

having had this beer maybe 10 times it is always one of my favorites but i just never got around to reviewing it. served on tap at barelys and into a pint glass.

nice dark brown pour with a good inch and a half of dark tan head that hangs on top of the glass for what seems like forever before it falls back down to earth. very solid look i have to admit. aroma is deep coffee and sweet chocolate notes that just seem to layer themselves on top of each other. smooth, sweet, and lightly bitter it coats the tongue and offers such a smooth, and easy flavor it comes across simply great. touches of light vanilla and a lightly dry and sweet finish seal the deal for me.

overall one of the most solid and dependable beers that there are.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 23:34:32 | More by mikesgroove
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

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

Review adapted from notes taken 2/10/2010

Appearance: Dark dark brown with a thin tan head

Smell: Toasty, burnt malts and lots of coffee - some subtle chocolate in the background, but the smell is dominated by the coffee (not necessarily a bad thing)

Taste: Unexpectedly burnt and roasted for what is labeled a porter - nice balance between the coffee and the malts - some chocolate - overall, the flavor is good but not all that special

Mouthfeel: On the thin side given the roasted/burnt character, but with nice carbonation

Overall: Definitely drinkable - I actually would have guessed the ABV was higher

This is definitely a good beer but it's not something I need to buy more often. I really think I would enjoy it more if it were labeled a "coffee porter" rather than a "mocha porter." But now that I mention that, I've definitely had better coffee porters...

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 19:19:40 | More by angrybabboon
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mrmuskie

Illinois

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

This beer poured a black with burgandy highlights and a 1/4" tan head.
The smell was a roasty maple sweetness with a slight coffee aromma and maybe a touch of pine.
The taste wasnt the typical mocha flavor i was used to it had a sweet maltiness with good hop balance, i found the coffee flavor can through in the finish (very nice).
All and all i would say this is a very drinkable porter not the typical cloying sweet malt bomb.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 15:40:10 | More by mrmuskie
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at World of Beer.

Poured a medium-amber, hues of dark buckwheat honey, white head that faded quickly without a trace. I thought they had mistaken this for the Rogue Amber, which was on tap also, but a quick waft told me this was indeed the Mocha Porter. A light hazelnut/toasted almond aroma blended with less than assertive coffee beans and an almost bock-like malt character in the background. Faint earthiness as well. The mainstay of the flavor department is a nutty cocoa flavor than seems rather muted, giving more of the stage to the light brown sugar and caramel backbone. The coffee flavor just dies. Not really what I wanted from this. The body is rather thin for a porter. I feel like a porter should have a fairly robust body (ie Flagship Porter or Fuller's) but this is pretty weak. However, it makes for a highly drinkable beer. It's not bland, nor is it thick and settling in the stomach, which makes for good, easy drinking. I would love this beer with a Garbage Plate.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 05:50:17 | More by DmanGTR
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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