Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
Mocha PorterMocha Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,330 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,330
Hads: 2,709
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 99
Gots: 290 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Mocha Porter Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,330 | Hads: 2,709
Photo of zakery
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Creamy beige head that quickly dissipates. The body is dark brown-black.

Smell: Centennial hops is the only first impression. Looking beyond them there are dark roasted malts and some coffeish notes. Mocha? Not really.

Taste: Hoppy, coffeish, and even a bit of chocolate, in that order. Slightly burnt flavor from dark roasted malts that is spurred on by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation.

I bought a six-pack of this to try. At first I was a little disappointed in the, perhaps excessive, use of Cascade-like Centennial hops. They are too prominent and aromatic for the style in my taste and they are too readily available in the nose to allow any mocha aroma to come through (if there is any in there). As I've worked through the sixer I've learned to appriciate it for what it is though. Great accompaniment to a dessert such as an almond cake. (893 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Porter is made excellent by, maybe surprisingly, the hops. The roasted malt is very much akin to coffee, then add some chalky-chocolate. The hops are blended perfectly with the two. The bitterness is welcomed and the finish is dry and clean. Everything mentioned above really enables this beer to develop. Rogue’s Mocha Porter is darn tasty and highly drinkable!

The body is absolute black, dark tan head, lace from start to finish.

This Porter is flawless, I’d drink it again, and I’d recommend it too. (522 characters)

Photo of brakspear
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a porter for those that love the dark side of brewing. An obsidian body absorbs light like a black hole, but perched on top is a generous brown frothy head that lingers for awhile before it reduces to a nice thick collar on the inside of the glass. The smell alerts you to the alcohol hidden in the murky depths of this porter, with a nice rounded aroma of hops and roasted chocolates. The taste is sublime: rich with roasted malts, a sweet finish and well-balanced hop bitterness. The beer has some heft as well, making it a perfect porter for a long lingering drinking session once the weather turns chilly. (621 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark as midnight on the pour, the head is light chocolate, the lace thick sheets that cling to the very end of the glass. Nose is malt, semi-sweet chocolate, a tad coffeeish. Front is sweet, the top is medium, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, moderately acidic, and still a decent porter that ranks in my top 25 porters. Ranks #289 on my current 1000 beer master list. (369 characters)

Photo of BeerBob
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mocha Porter pours just about opaque... just about. I had to look three times for the filament of the torch before I at last found it dimly making its way through the blackness of onyx red. Head is massive, brown, and with small dense bubbles that are leaving a tapestry of foam rather than mere foam lace down the sides of my glass.

The nose of dry and fresh fruit and nut, that can be found in a most pleasant way. pecan, spicy pear, with dried fig, an analogy would be as if one where passing by a candy factory.

It is as I have feared... rather than I being the consumer of the fluid, this fluid is consuming me. I am over taken by the intensity, the shear power of all the flavors. Espresso, burnt malt, and a fruity citrus, followed by bitter chocolate. After glow from the alcohol is very apparent along with a drying from the pleasant bitter hops.

Rogue Mocha Porter is a Brew to seek out... but please use caution, as this Brew will try to seduce you! (969 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very, very dark brown... black! The light tan head needs a little coaxing to bring it up, then dies fairly readily but leaves a decent collar & surface foam as well as some lace. The aroma is hoppy, chocolatey, and roasty. The body is medium with a gentle carbonation and a silkiness in the mouth. The flavor is hoppy up-front, followed by dark bittersweet chocolate and some limited cocoa, then a flash of hop flavor and a solid roastiness which leads to a dry finish. There's some lingering roastiness and an earthy/mineral character (probably from hops), as well as a very slight astringency which doesn't seem bothersome. The balance is definitely more towards roasty bitterness than malty sweetness! This is a beer that's best enjoyed at cellar temperature where it's full character can be appreciated. Very nice, but not spectacular, with alot of character and a moderate complexity. Makes a good pub pint. (912 characters)

Photo of zerk
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very deep amber / brown, with a quickly dissapating tan foam. Bitter and malty, with coffee and dark chocolate notes, and a slightly sour bite at the finish. Medium bodied, and low carbonation. Smooth drinking, and very pleasant. (231 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark color, almost black and formed a nice huge medium tan sudsy head that left some nice lace as it subsided. It had an aroma of malt, coffee and lightly of chocolate. The flavor was of malt, coffee and some chocolate. The body was medium style and the finish was a touch astrigent with elements of the coffee. (338 characters)

Photo of BillyBrew
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Did I get a bad bottle? Black colour with an odd, jagged, tan, foamy head. A sharp floral/raw hop scent fills the nose. Very bitter and sharp, raw hop taste with a chocolate malt buried in the hops. Abrasive medium body.

Dry with a long, raw/oily aftertaste. A bad bottle? I hope so. (294 characters)

Photo of ryanocerus
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent thick tan head and black opacity, with some sediment. The aroma was sweet maltiness with a hint of chocolate. The roasted malt and hint of chocolate flavor were outstanding, and the roasted malt came through even more as it warmed. The flavor was long-lasting and the carbonation gives a full mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Not quite as good as the Shakespeare, yet an excellent offering from the folks at Rogue. (427 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just bought a six pack of the stuff, very tasty. I smelled that Rogue aroma from a mile away like a police drug dog sniffing for coke.

Great American porter, nice how they got so close with the chocolate and coffee flavours. I would not mind seeing this beer more often. (273 characters)

Photo of inebrius
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one of those brews that sit on the stout/porter line. Besides the intense roasted barleyness, Mocha Porter has a serious hop finish that shouts Rogue. Creamy, but not heavy, this beer is a drinker for sure. try it with breakfast. (237 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle. Dark brown body with ruby highlights. Huge, mountainous tan head. Coffee and chocolate with hint of hops hiding in back in an apt description of both the aroma and taste. Starts down smooth, but there is a hop tickle at the end, to be expected from Rogue. This is a great porter. I'll say good night and finish the bottle over a good book. (361 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On my 4th of six of these beauties and they keep getting better. Pours a dark bubly midnight black color with a soft pillowly tan head. I could smell the roasted coffee and subtle chocolate aroamas from across the room ! Taste was very rich roasted coffee, sweet chocolate undertones.Very crisp finish, leaves you wanting another taste. Very well carbonated and fresh tasting. Smooooooooth and silky feel. A really refreshing and tasty beer. Another winner from Rogue. How do they: 1. Ship it so far, 2. Sell it so cheap, and 3. Make it taste so good ? I will never know......... (580 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew looks great -- almost pitch black, perhaps a bit too dark for its style, though. The smell exudes nice coffee tones, and the taste certainly is that of coffee, roasted malt and hops. I definitely like a little bitterness in my porters. It is still a bit sweet for a porter, perhaps, but it still does the trick. As far as drinkability is concerned, it is pretty easy drinking. This is, in my opinion, another excellent offering from the folks at Rogue. (462 characters)

Photo of jreitman
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery and found it to be rather lacking in flavor. The beer had a pretty good carbonation which was apparent despite the fact that you could not see through the glass to the other side. Kind of surprised. Will try reviewing again at a later date. (274 characters)

Photo of ADR
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, with a little yeast chunkiness. Nice multi-size-bubbled head, 1/4 of an inch of persistent dark foam. A sweetened coffee aroma -- no surprise there. Nice multi-dimensional taste, a warble between the java flavor and alternate notes of caramel and toffee. Very nice (a little overdone) hop acidity also adds to the complexity and balances impressively. Quite a handful in the mouth despite not very full body. Very good Porter to my tongue. (450 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Virtually black in color, but when held to light this brew exhibits a deep garnet color and excellent clarity. The beige head is thick, rock and well retained. The combination of chocolate malt, dark caramel sweetness and toasty malt notes make the aroma quite appealing. A light citrusy hop nose is perceptible towards the end. The flavor is bittersweet overall. Caramel malt & residual sweetness hit the palette at first, but are ensued by mellow chocolate malt, a bit of deeply roasted black patent sharpness, and assertive but clean hop bitterness. The body is just a tad shy of providing a good foundation for the big flavors. It finishes w/ a strong roasted grain and hop bitterness, while a sugary sweetness lingers on the tip of the tongue. Mocha Porter is a unique and flavorful robust porter. (808 characters)

Photo of beernut7
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly highly hopped offering from Rogue, which is not atypical for the brewery. Nice thick body with complex malty flavor. Not bad, but not as smooth as some. (161 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These coffee style stouts/porters aren't my thing but this is a dandy....black with a tan lace that lines the glass...not a huge aroma but some nice sweeter type coffee notes...very creamy mouthfeel. A sweeter mocha style and thick...A heavy porter...Boy you catch the hop bitterness big-time on the long finish (Just as I prefer on this style)..immediate taste is a sweeter mocha taste, but followed by that deeper hop finish...a pretty amazing beer. Like I said, not my bag of tea(err coffee) but I must give props to an extremely well made beer. (550 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brew but the faintest hint of light does get through. Very creamy brown head with depth and moderate retention. There is a thick chocolate aroma. Very much like mocha (surprise). I also get a nice roasted malt aroma on the nose. This is my kind of porter. I like a hoppy porter that also exhibits the chocolate and roast qualites without fail. This is it. Similar to the SN Porter. I thought this had a good hop load and indeed it does. I looked up the IBU and it is 54.5 using perle and centennial hops. But this really accentuates the great porter traits in my opinion. I still get great mocha, coffe, bitersweet chocolate and roasted malt tastes. Very good porter. (690 characters)

Photo of aracauna
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This could easily pass for a stout, but as such wouldn't score as well. As a porter, it's incredible. Deep black with a tan head, it is well named with chocolate coffee tones. Good beer. (186 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour creates a very dark black color, with a very nice fluffy, creamy, foamy dark tan head. Notes of chocolate, mocha coffee, and hops in the aroma. The same can be found in the taste mocha, notes of chocolate, with nice hop balance. Overall I enjoyed this one very much! An excellent Porter! (296 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Not cask but a fresh keg. The head dissipated almost instantly. Mild and smooth with a tasty burnt undercoat, set askew by typical West Coast hop bite. Ends up tangy for a porter, with a thin mouthfeel. I found it sharp but definitely not fizzy. This is pretty good, but just shy of greatness in my book. Not as mocha-ey as I was expecting. (348 characters)

Photo of QXSTER1
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask and at cellar temperature this beer sported a huge, creamy, dark tan head that was like a dessert in itself. Thick and luscious with obvious coffee and chocolate notes it was hard to live up to my expectations when I finally got to the beer. Carbonation was mild and I didn't get the spritzy taste that others have commented on. Rogue's northwest hops cut through the dark roasted malts and left a subtly out of place bitterness on the palate. Temperature definitely mellowed this porter and brought out it's unique qualities. A very good porter, but different, true of most of Rogue's brews. (601 characters)

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,330 ratings.