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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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very good

1,341 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,341
Hads: 2,756
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 106
Gots: 320 | 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

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Reviews: 1,341 | Hads: 2,756
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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Photo of onewetpaw
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Slight coffee

A- Nearly black with slight reddish/garnet character at the edges.

F- Proper porter flavors with some nice chocolate notes. Minimal astrigency. The rogue house flavor is there gently reminding my of Dead Guy Ale. I'm sure this is from the PacMan Yeast.

M- Light and easily drinkable.

O- A really nice darker beer. I'm not a huge porter/stout drinker. This one works for me, probably because of the lack of astrigency. A perfect winter beer for someone how likes to have more than one at a sitting.

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Photo of RyanLigeia
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- 3 Very dark brown with a small head that fizzles away sort of quickly, could have had something to do with my pint glass.

Smell- 3 Pretty weak. Notes of chocolate and malts. Pretty average smell for a porter I'd say.

Taste- 4 MUCH better than the smell. Coffee, chocolate, malts. Lives up to the name "Mocha Porter" (may be a tiny bit too heavy of the coffee though).

MF- 3.5 Heavy body but a little too much carbonation for a porter.

Overall- 3.5 Not my favorite by rogue but still enjoyable for sure!!!

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At Rogue in SF. Reviewed from notes.

A: Rich mahogany color. Light head that quickly jets. Light lacing.

S: Dense coffee nose, with a light roasted malt backbone. I don't detect any hops.

T: Much like an English porter--there's a soapy theme throughout like a porter from across the pond. Lots of coffee, roasted malts toward the middle, and some wet hop tones in the finish and linger.

M: Light to medium body, with a soapy texture and some light carb.

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Photo of exodus1369
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice, brown and reddish, nice tan head. Malt, and mocha slight hint of chocolate, had to really get my nose in to it though. The taste very much reflects the smell but with more robustness. Goes down very well and has a nice crispness. Over all a very nice beer, great job again Mocha Porter.

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

Serving Type: bottle poured into clear glass beer mug.

Appearance: dark brown. not quite opaque. when held to the light there are hues of red. tan head that dissipates rapidly. some lacing.

Smell: sweet dark malty smell. hints of cocoa and mocha.

Taste: toasted malts with some cocoay bitterness. the toasted malt flavor is not all that robust. the cocoa bitterness is a persistent after taste.

Mouthfeel: a little carbonated prickliness on the tip of the tongue. semi-full-bodied.

Overall: not a bad porter, but not the best either. the after taste is good, but the initial impression is not great.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, reviewed 1/28.

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a dark clear brown with tawny and red transparent highlights...off-white/tannish head quickly retreats...minimal lace.

S: Roasted malts, bitterness, coffee right up front...almost a burnt character. Chocolate emerges as it warms. A touch of earthy bitter hops.

T: Follows in unison with the nose...a touch of bitter chocolate combined with all of the roasted malts and coffee. Good bitterness & light hopping; while the coffee and roasted characters aren't overwhelming, they are still pretty prominent.

MF: Medium body, and quite dry.

O: Really quite pleasant, a nice dry, roasty take of a porter and a good change of pace from sweeter beers.

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Photo of DanielBrett
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Very dark, almost black. a Ruby Brown color when put close to light. Had a creamy, tan, 1.5 finger head that lasted only a few minutes. Some decent lacing on side of glass

S: Not a strong smell, some roasted malt.

T: Malty sweetness, Notes of chocolate and coffee are evident.

M: Very Smooth, slick feeling in the mouth. Medium to heavy body and low carbonation.

O: A solid Porter, great beer for a winter night. Would purchase again for sure.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a perfect Porter/Stout, dark with a nice but not over the top creamy head.. It has a nice aroma, nothing too much, not hppy, not chocolate, not much of anything distinctive.
First sip was nice, but then I lost something. I was hoping for a bit more on the mocha or at least smokey flavors
It was hard to even find the mocha in this one.
I have a love/hate relationship with Rogue brews. There are so many that I rate at the top and then there a few that are not my favorites.
But I guess that is why we are taste and drink different beers

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with one-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Caramel malt and dark fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Coffee and chocolate. Nice roasted/charred finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Creamy.

O: Solid American porter. Above average in every way. Will try again.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Hoegaarden hex glass, this porter has very dark cola color that gets to a dark ruby around the edges. After a vigorous pour, the caramel colored head built up about three fingers or so before receding rather quickly. Minimal head retention and lacing, just little bits here and there.

The aroma is a mix of both bittersweet and milk chocolate, mild grassy hops, caramel, and subtle hints of coffee. While it's more or less in the middle, the sweetness just seems to grab my attention a bit more. The flavor starts out with creamy milk chocolate, caramel, and light coffee. Next, earthy/grassy hops that honestly seem a bit metallic in taste, give this beer a little bite. The hop flavor gets pushed back pretty easily by all the dark roasty malt flavor in the finish, leaving you with a creamy semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste.

Although this is a creamy mocha porter, it seems to be a little light in body, almost a little watery for the style. That being said, obviously this is going to be way heavier than a pilsner.

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Photo of Edwaka01
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into Chimay chalice.

A - Big, foamy, frothing cream-colored head, slow to recede.
Black until held to the light, brown-ruby shines through at bottom of glass

S - Getting a bit of caramel, a faint flavored-coffee aroma, and some dark, dried fruit.

T - really toasty, like liquid chocolate malt, some semi-bitter dark chocolate flavors - though the beer as a whole is not overly bitter. Coffee present in smell is not detectable here. Also missing is the "porterness" of this beer.

M - Somewhat coating, low in noticeable carbonation, despite implications set forth by the massive head.

O - Upon second inspection, the bottle says nothing of coffee specifically. Having been thrown by the name - Mocha implying chocolate coffee, I was at first let down by the lack of coffee flavor. Still a decent brew, although I thought not very characteristic of a porter. Good beer, terribly inaccurate name.

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

First had: on tap at Rogue, Portland, OR

Poured a dark brown-black with a small but cream tan head. Aroma of roasty malts, cocoa, coffee, and some herbal hops. While the flavor profile contains many elements of a typical coffee porter--roasted dark malts, coffee, cocoa--there was a definite herbal presence throughout, very reminiscent of a black tea, presumably from the hops used. This gave a dry and somewhat bitter finish. Medium body, nice balance, not too coffee-y, and pretty drinkable overall.

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Photo of phenomenologian
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening some smoke hovers at the neck. Upon pouring in a nice beer glass it pours a one to one and a half finger head. the color of the head is brownish tan. It retains really well and laces nicely. The body is opaque and jet brownish black. Looks like a nice porter.

It smells of coffee, some hops, and chocolate. the chocolate is kind of a faint subtle smell while some hops come out really nice in the aroma and the coffee is always there throughout the aroma.

the taste is of coffee, hops, and chocolate. Lingering aftertaste is of chocolate and coffee. This tastes really nice. I love the combination of coffee with hops plus the hints of chocolate here and there. Nice tasting porter.

It is very smooth and has a nice mouthfeel. It has the good feel to it that complements the taste that altogether makes it a nice beer.

Overall I really enjoy this beer and drinking it. I love stouts and porters and I drink Guinness extra stout a lot. I enjoy this porter a lot and will definitely buy it again and will maybe buy it regularly just like I buy the guinness stout even though this one is a bit more expensive than the guinness stout. If you like any stout or any porter give this one a try.

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Photo of LeRose
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle purchased on recommendation of the beer dude in local store.

Appearance was nice - I like the reddish tints in the dark, compact head that persisted until the end. Regular old pint glass.

Aroma was OK - a little coffee/chocolate/caramel, but I didn't think it much different or better than other beers in the category.

To me, the taste was a disappointment. There was no date of any kind on the bottle, so I don't know if it was fresh or had been in stock a while. The taste seemed pretty generic and reminded me mostly of Guiness. Got the coffee/toffee/chocolate flavors but I wouldn't say it was outstanding. Did not think it had the complexity and mouthfeel of the porters I have tried.

Good, not great IMHO. I'd drink it again, certainly not bad tasting or anything. But I wouldn't go out of my way to find it again.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, subtle brown head, moderate lacing.

Smell: a bit spicy, malty, sublte chocolate.

Taste: cinnamon, brown sugar, malty, spicy, sublt chocolate, hoppy.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

Overall: A good beer. The mocha is much more subtle than I expected, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a light tan head.

Smells of molasses and blackberries to create an odd irony fruitiness. Ground coffee finds its way in.

Taste is metallic and strangely bitter. Dark fruits and yeast flavors repel each other while coffee additions remain constant. Aftertaste is more unwelcomed bitterness and char.

Medium bodied with smooth even carbonation.

Not in line with most delicious porters.

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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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,341 ratings.