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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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2,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,618
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 92
Gots: 225 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark; black at the center with reddish brown highlights when held up to a light source. It has a nice, light brown head that leaves behind excellent lacing. Aroma wise, I mostly get the roasted malts with a hint of roasted barley. The mocha flavor is very potent and really dominates the flavor especially in the aftertaste, which is something that I really like in porters. It isn't too thick as to limit the drinkability and it goes down relatively quickly compared to other porters.

This will probably be a go to porter for me in the future. I really enjoyed this one!

Photo of drawbackwards
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The initial pur proved a wonderful head, with a very nice smell. After a few sniffs through the nose I couldn't wait to sample the obvious malt, coffee and chocolate smell. Such a smooth porter...I enjoyed this one so much and is a great hit from rogues. very tasty from start to finish, even as it warms up. a must try...smoooth is the operative word.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slighly heavy pour for a porter, pretty still though. dark tan head; a fingers. Ample lacing.

Definite roasted coffee, malts and over all roastiness.

Coffee hits you first. Roasted malts and moderate bitterness follow. Very flavourfull.

Medium body, slight silkyness, and really smooth.

This is a very good brew, and now one of my favorite Rouges.

Photo of BirdFlu
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is very RIS-like. Super dark with a dark tan/light brown head. Aroma is light coffee but not too present, certainly not as much as you would expect (unless the ABV being lower than your average coffee stout is accounted for). Taste is fairly light. A bit bitter, not much sweetness. Light black coffee flavor. Mouth is moderate in body with light carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. Overall a fairly nice drink. A bit heavy but not robust. So it might fill you up without being so satisfying.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola color with a thick tan head. The head lingers a while leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: Strong smell of roasted malts. Heavy on the chocolate and coffee notes as well.

Taste: Has the nice roasted flavor typical of most porters. Has a nice coffe flavor towards the finish as well. The coffee flavor is more subdued here than in some porters and stouts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a little chewy with a nice, dry finish.

Drinkability: A decent porter and another good beer by Rogue. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of kurp001
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle bought at Towson Wine & Liquor

Pours a deep brown, near black, with pretty much no highlights. This is actually one of the darkest beers I recall seeing in some time. About one finger of tan head recedes rather quickly, leaving no lacing behind.

A mocha aroma is the first thing that comes through on the aroma, along with a mild roasted barley character.

A thin coffee flavor is noticeable upfront, it seems to become more full midway as more of a roasty flavor pulls through. As the beer warms, a nutty flavor starts to come thtough, as well. A mild hop bitterness is apparent on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with ample carbonation, but the body just seems a little too watery to stand up to the robust flavors of the beer.

Good drinkability on this one, although I wish the mouthfeel was less watery. At the end of the day, though, this is definitely worth trying for the coffee fan.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with a thick, two-finger brown head. Leaves lots of foamy lace. Amber and brown colors come through where light can get in.

Smell: Roasted chocolate malt and coffee aromas, with the distinctive Rogue tea hints about it.

Taste: Starts with sweet caramel and chocolate notes, finishing with a roasted coffee-like bitterness. Pretty noticeable hops at the end, as well.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than expected, but with balanced carbonation and an expected dry finish.

Drinkability: Pretty good porter. Not the best, but I'd have it again for sure. However, I don't think it's quite worth $9.99 for a sixer.

Photo of ditch
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nearly impenetrable black with a thick 2 finger head of a caramel color. Nice lacing on the glass. Head hangs for the duration.

Smells of chocolate and only a slight hint of coffee. Also a bit smokey. You can almost smell the dryness.

Taste is sweet and chocolaty. Bitterness of coffee and pine in the finish. Definitely charred malts. Very dry finish. Kinda watered down a bit.

Mouthfeel is weak. Carbonation is light. Maybe could have used a bit more time on the shelf?

Drinkability is pretty good. I could definitely make this a session drinker if it was being served all night. Although I would not choose this on purpose.

I'm a bit disappointed with this one. I will try it again to see if I just got a bad bottle. No bottled on or best enjoyed by date to be found. I'm a fan of Rogue beers so I will actively see this beer to compare in the future.

Photo of jt31914
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle:

A: 1 finger of head with a dark brown (chocolate) color; no carbonation rising, head retention was fine.

S: Great smell, coffee and chocolate notes with a char flavor in the aroma.

T: Coffee chocolate flavor on the finish (that's probably the mocha part) with bitter coffee on the palate. A little watery maybe, but still very very good.

M: Carbonation is a bit strong but still very good beer.

D: Good beer, very drinkable.

Photo of Long813
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

G: Pint Glass

A: Dark brown almost black body. Minimal head, leaving some lacing.

S: Mild coffee, followed by bitter chocolate ans roasted malts.

T: Even blend of hops, chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium-light body, medium carbonation. Bitter chocolate and coffee finish.

D: Well rounded, but it tastes and feels watered down. The flavours and body could be stronger.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle at about 40 degrees.
Appearance - a dark brown with a light ruby tint. Also has a creamy light tan froth with great retention!
Smell - Dark/bitter chocolate, roasted malts, sharp/bitter espresso, and maybe a light vanilla bean.
Taste - roasted barley, espresso, dark chocolate, with a clear bitterness.
Drinkability - This is a great beer, but in moderation. Fantastic carbonation, but overly bitter. With a name like "Mocha" I expected a little more chocolate or sweetness....just not there, but, again, a great brew.

Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler. Poured the color of cola with a frothy, half inch, khaki-colored head that was re-invigorated with each pour. Head eventually dissipates into a frothy, inconsistent skim. Thick bands of lacing were revealed as the brew was consumed. Nose was fairly mild - some dark malts, but not getting much else. Taste reveals dark malts, a little char and some chocolate/coffee notes which are overwhelmed by the char. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a light, background effervescence. Not much flavor here, but a good example of the style and fairly easy drinking.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single from the State Liquor Store in Vernal, UT. Ridiculously marked up to $2.85 a bottle...still not happy about that...EDIT: I rechecked the receipt its only $2.30 a 12oz single...still incredibly high though.

A: Good deep brown color, verging on black, red/brown accents when held to the light. Cream colored head foamed up to about an inch or so and has receded to a film. Nice rings of lacing. not too bad.

S: Has a distinct coffee smell right up front, and some notes of chocolate syrup, roasted malt, and a vaint note of vanilla. Smells pretty nice. This smells like it is going to be ridiculously sweet.

T: Doesn't live up to the nose at all as far as intensity, many of the flavors are still there though. Chocolate hits initially but it is pretty light, while the coffee lingers way on the back of the tongue, actually a pretty nice lingering coffee flavor. Definitely a Rogue beer, has the distinct flavor of their yeast. A little bit of hop bitterness in there too but it's minimal. As the nose leads on, this is a pretty rich, sweet beer. Okay.

M: Feels about right in the mouth, medium thickness, medium low carbonation, hits those notes right.

D: Pretty fair, but just a little too rich and sweet to call this a session beer, has some nice flavors, but just falls a little short. Definitely not worth the money I paid for it, but still glad to try it.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours a deep, dark brown, with some garnet hues when held to light. The head on this fella was huge. It was a better than two finger head of pillowy tan foam that subsides to a lingering cap of foam and nice show of lace that lasts throughout.
The aroma is full of coffee and some chocolate, and a distinct Rogue aroma. I can't pinpoint it exactly, I just know it's Rogue. Must be the Oregon water or something...
The taste of this porter is delicious. It's full of coffee, roast, and bitter chocolate as well as a moderate hop bitterness. The finish has some astringincy and hint of bitter chocolate near the end. The mouthfeel is moderate in feel and carbonation.
I keep this on stock in my house. It's one of my favorite go-to beers. A wonderful offering from John Maier and Rogue.

Photo of david18
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another very good porter that i will definitely get again. It poured a very dark brown with a very good dark head. Aroma was an amazing combination of a good porter and the rogue house flavor/smell. Very good mouthfeel and the drinkability is also great.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ours a nice black color with a huge tan head that dies down to a nice cover and very, very nice lacing.

I detect chocolate and coffee in the nose. It has a very inviting smell.

The taste is exactly as the nose, but with a little hoppy bitterness. Very, very nice.

In the mouth it is creamy and the carbonation is unbotrusive.

Very drinkable. Now, away from the computer and off to let the beer drown whatever cold I seem to have caught.

Photo of Spineypanda
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite an enjoyable beer but in my opinion not as good as Rogues other beers. I wish that the mocha flavor was more prominent like Kona Brewerys Pipeline Porter. The subtle tones of mocha make this an appealing porter. I'd recommend this to any porter lover.

Photo of GRG1313
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark in glass; big bubble medium tan head that stays.

Light, unassertive dark chocolate nose that is simple with no complexities or layers.

Pleasant, though weak, simple brewed coffee with dark chocolate flavors in a medium to thin body with little character and no complexities.

Lasting coffee/chocolate finish, although simple-the finish is perhaps the only redeeming quality in this one; light fresh hop character is integrated. Pleasant in the most simple of ways; a "refreshing" porter if such a thing exists. Very bitter chocolate all around character but a relatively thin, somewhat weak and watery effort.

Another disappointing effort from Rogue in my opinion.

Photo of SteveS1
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to a mug-

Look: Dark brown, a bit of light shines red at the edges of the glass, small tan head

Smell: Strong roasted coffee, sweet dark chocolate

Taste: Not at all sweet, rich bitter coffee is present throughout. Bitter roasted flavors compliment the sweet smell.

Feel: Relatively light, fair amount of carbonation

Drink: Pretty drinkable. I wouldn't recommend it for the tasters or the sippers, as the flavor is pretty one-sided.

Photo of kahjdfh
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had my first taste of this beer on a cold day in Nov. Nice thick head after pour. Although not very carbonated. Nice dark color with a nice hint of chocolate and coffee and malty goodness. Very Good beer.

Thankfully in the privacy of my on home I don't have to worry about this being switched with a Pit Bull.

Photo of taxguyjase
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having a few Rogue beers in San Francisco and in the Burque, I had gained a real appreciation for this brewery. Now, in ABQ, these six packs ain't cheap (I think this one was $8.99/six pack), but they are tasty.

The beer was pretty dark - perhaps not as pitch black as the Chocolate Stout, but still pretty opaque. The head (as see in el picturo) has some color to it, which was nice. Unfortunately, the head disappeared pretty quick and that gave me a bit of sad face. The smell was great - you can really get the roasted malt and oat aroma, with a hint of coffee in there. I enjoyed the various flavors this beer had, which included malt, coffee and a bit of sharp alcohol. The flavor took a bit to kick in...so don't expect a real burst of flavor immediately. When the taste comes though, it's really smooth and subdued - no punch in the face here. I really enjoyed the flavor profile of the beer - I would definitely get it again and would rank it above the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, as the coffee seems to blend better with the beer than the vanilla does.

Appearance - 4.0/5.0 - Nice and dark with a great ebony head, which unfortunately disappeared a bit quickly.
Scent -4.5/5.0 - A wonderful blend of coffee, roasted oats and malt.
Taste - 4.0/5.0 - A smooth flavor with a blend of different tastes. The flavor takes a bit to kick in, but not overwhelming when it does.
Feel -4.5/5.0 - Smooth with a good lingering flavor, but no bite.
Drinkability - 4.5/5.0 - Would definitely drink again, put it above a number of other porters/stouts I've had.

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is an almost opaque dark brown with a large, creamy head. Retention is nice, and lacing is decent.

The nose is made of chocolate, coffee and the characteristic burnt malt aromas. The taste is more of the same, with the coffee and chocolate up front and the burnt taste coming in as more of an aftertaste. There is a very mild bitterness throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, but not too much as it is medium-bodied. Drinkability is decent; I could have a few.

Overall it's good, but the somewhat thin mouthfeel was unexpected. It could possibly be defined as "porter light".

Photo of Patrick999
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Yard House just now with the gorgonzola burger.

Kind of a thin head, but they never pour with much foam at all at this place. Deep brownish-red body.

Aroma is burnt malt, coffee, pretty standard.

No complaints here. Good bitter chocolate kick, some hop bite - not a ton of coffee in the taste. Solid.

Appropriate light-medium body.

Solid pairing with a burger. Failing that, throwing down a couple would be no problem at all.

Photo of Darkhorse09
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearly black. Just a slight touch of red when held to light. The head is about 3 fingers, large and thick. Disappears slowly, remaining to nearly the end of the glass. good lacing.

Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and yes, coffee. Pretty big nose, with the added surprise of some hops. Should be an interesting taste..

Hops do not, luckily, continue to the palate. Chocholate up front, but as the beer warms, the coffee really comes out. Some sweet dark roast malt add to the chocholate flavors. Nice medium body.

As always from Rogue, a great beer. Drinkablity is average. I think I should have let my beer warm up a little more...perhaps too cold to realize some of the complexity. Or it isn't that complex...Mouthfeel is good, slick on the tongue with just enough pricks from spot-on light carbonation.

I look forward to the rest of this 6 pack.

Photo of boatshoes
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My friends picked up a bomber of this at Total Wine and cracked it when they had me over for dinner. Not my first experience with the beer but thought I'd take notes on it this time for a review.

Appearance- A good pour yields a solid two finger tan head over the top of a nice deep brown, bordering on black body. Head retains for quite awhile before dying down to a ring. A good deal of sticky lacing left as I drink.

Smell- A solid does of burnt coffee backed up by huge amounts of roasted malts. A very aggressive nose but that's okay because I like what I'm smelling. Lots of coffee, lots of the dark malt, here I come.

Taste- Sweet roasted malt melded very well with coffee that leaves the slightest burnt aftertaste. Surprisingly sweet as well given the roastiness and burnt qualities of this brew, but in a pleasant way. Flavors are not as aggressive as the nose but prominent enough and blended well enough to make this a solid porter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The one real criticism I have of this beer is that I find the mouthfeel to be a bit on the thin side. Most of my porters get compared in my head to the Eddy Fitzgerald (as I'm originally from Ohio), which has a much chewier body. Not so thin as to kill this one for me, but I'd appreciate it a little on the heavier side. As such, the drinkability also suffers slightly for me given the thinness.

Overall, pretty solid porter and one of the better offerings from Rogue in my opinion. Given the price, I'd be sticking with the Eddy Fitz if I were in Ohio still, but certainly worth a try.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,618 ratings.