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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,421 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,421
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 76
Gots: 116 | 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.

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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Been meaning to get around to this one for a long while. Appearance is a very dark brown with a nice tan head that lives minimal lacing. Nose is pretty mild, but chocolate, light coffee and roasted malt, and a bit of dried fruit. Flavor is a lot more bitter than the nose: smoky, roasted malt right off the bat. Gets lightly into the slightly sweeter toffee malt later on, with a mild hoppy finish. Carbonation's a touch high, maybe masking the flavor just a touch. Overall, it's not bad at all, and Mocha Porter is a fairly fitting name for this highly coffee-esque brew.

06-25-2008 23:15:17 | More by soupyman10
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

12-ounce longneck sans freshness date with a picture of the brewer giving a Black Power-looking salute, poured into a shaker pint glass yields a thick, oily stream that builds a deep, dark reddish-brown body with amber highlights at the edges. The opaque drink is capped with two thick fingers of beige foam that retains at a fat ring and laces the glass in webby bands.

Smell is chocolatey with a winey note of French roasted coffee.

Taste is bittersweet-chocolatey with dark coffee and fruity liqueur riding in a big-bodied, frothy, creamy drink that feels almost fluffy in the mouth. There's caramel and chocolate-syrupy mouthfeel and sweetness, but the drink is well-balanced by bitter roasty and tangy notes of coffee, some nice dry, biscuity malt, and is the beneficiary of plenty of tiny bubbles. Thanks to its wonderful carbonation, a brew that would rationally seem to drink thick and heavy doesn't at all, instead finishing fairly clean and cocoa-powder dry with just the right amount of lip-smacking, savory bitterness.

Smooth and silky, this makes a very nice brunch or dessert drink.

06-22-2008 14:11:33 | More by cvstrickland
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

Deep chocolate brown color. Light tan colored head decent retention and lacing.

Dark choclate and coffee in the nose. Some roasted malt.

nice to see this flavor is a porter. I love it in a stout but the lighter crisper porter carries it well. Again chocolate and coffee play well together. Great roasted malt porter taste.

Creamy smooth mouth feel. Well carbonated, keeps from feeling heavy.

Very drinkable, not my favorite porter but good non the less.

06-22-2008 04:16:15 | More by kzoobrew
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bjoyce12

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Another reliable brew by Rogue. Not their best, but that's only becuase some of their other selections are so...damn...good. Their Chocolate Stout comes to mind, but I digress. I really like the Mocha Porter because it drinks and tastes like a stout but without the heaviness nor high ABV. Pours a dark brown, frothy head. Tastes much lighter than it looks. Thick with roasted malts and a slight chocolate aftertaste. Nice.

06-18-2008 21:06:05 | More by bjoyce12
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Thiestru

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +19.6%

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: This is one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. It has a hazy, deep reddish-brown color; it's very nearly black. I had to look at it in sunlight to tell that it's not. The head is beautiful: light brown, with a thickness of one finger that lasts for a lnog time. Eventually you get a nice, even covering, and excellent lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

Taste: Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. The coffee hides behind the malts a good bit. There's basically no bitterness here. Damn, is this refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy but not quite as thick as I'd expect. Actually, it reminds me a lot of a Guinnness Stout (not Extra Stout, mind), but with a bit more body, and more (better) flavor.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. Because it's not as thick as some similar beers, it's not extraordinarily filling, although still very hearty.

I'll be keeping this one around.

06-12-2008 17:05:09 | More by Thiestru
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ccrida

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

On draught at their PDX pub, poured into a Rogue pils glass, the Mocha Porter is a hazy, very dark amber with a very small, bone colored head that leaves heavy lace. Served too cold.

Smell is strong caramel malt, a bit more coffee as it warms, very clean.

Taste is very nice, a great mix of coffee and porter. This has always been a favorite homebrew combination of mine, yet most of the commercial versions our stouts, and I find the roasted malts overpower the coffee in all but the riches examples (e.g. Péché Mortel).

Mouthfeel is average, medium body and on the crisper side with the finish. Lots of burps, it wasn't the easiest on the belly.

Drinkability is good for me, as this is damn smooth and very tasty. Again, it's one of my favorite homebrew styles (coffee porter), and I'm not sure why I haven't had this before!!! Still, there's no denying the richness, I'm running out of time for my flight, will only be able to quickly slurp down one more beer, and this won't be it...as tasty as it is, I'll go with their new JLS pils, although I frankly didn't enjoy as much.

06-05-2008 05:15:43 | More by ccrida
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Contagion

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

When poured into the glass, it has a nice dark brown color to it. It's almost black. Light barely passes through and it's so dark you can't tell if there is any cloudiness to it at all. . It poured a three quarter inch tan head that faded to a film on the top of the glass. No lacing was noticeable.

The first thing you smell is a strong scent of hops. It is followed by a kind of sweet chocolate. The first thing you taste is bitter hops, but it turns to a dark chocolate flavor. There is a roasted malt accent that comes through as your drink it as well. It has a very dry finish. The after taste is a bit bitter.

This is a nice medium bodied beer. There is some creaminess to it. The carbonation isn't over done.

06-04-2008 22:52:10 | More by Contagion
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

appearance - Dark brown color with a nice brown head.

smell - Malt, chocolate,and coffee.

taste - Has a coffee taste to it. Taste of malt and chocolate here.

mouthfeel - Full body.

drinkability - Very good porter. I liked this a lot, a must try. Nice drinking beer to lay back.

05-24-2008 04:04:53 | More by auxiliary
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drxandy

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured from 12oz to standard pint glass, pours a thin but deep brown with some hints of red, nice tan head that fades

smells of chocolatey malts, smoky and roasty

tastes bitter upfront, followed by bakers chocolate, coffee, malts, roasty smokey earthiness, very much a porter, thinner to drink but very flavorful

mouthfeel was bitter and dry, easy to drink, a nice porter

05-21-2008 14:45:32 | More by drxandy
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

My 4th Rogue brew. I usually enjoy this brand very much

A- Transparent brown on the edges and black in the middle. Great mocha colored head with much lacing.

S- Smell is of much chocolate and some coffee and molasses

T- Tastes like bitter coffee balanced with chocolate. Good taste if you like coffee.

M- Feels very smooth with a medium-light body and ample carbonation

D- Drinks great with a light enough body to pound back easily.

05-19-2008 04:50:34 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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Tbn2

New York

4.45/5  rDev +15%

Poured bottle into pint glass

A-Very dark brown that you can't see through except for the very outer edges.

S-A deep breath give you a noise full of the coffee smell you would expect. There is a healthy presence of good dark malt and a slight hint of a caramel malt.

T-Hits you off the bat with the mocha and stays with you all the way through. A very light presence of hops that is a touch more prevalent at the end. The taste of the mocha fades at the end to more of a smoky taste. Leaves with a slightly dry taste probably due to the hops

M-Has a good feel. Not too heavy but certainly not light. Just a little course, but certainly does not hurt the beer.

Overall-This is a great mocha porter for those that like the style and enjoy coffee. It was obviously brewed with this in mind.

Cheers...

05-15-2008 01:10:40 | More by Tbn2
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SpecialK088

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a very deep espresso brown with about 1 finger head.
S-Very fragrent of rosted malt, esspresso, with hints or chocolate.
T-Rosted malts with hint of coffee and chocolate also seems to have a hint of carmel.
M-It is a little overly carbonated for a porter but overall pretty smooth.
D-Easy to drink could very easily be a dessert beer.

05-12-2008 14:50:48 | More by SpecialK088
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righlander

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%

pours really dark almost opaque from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. big foam head the dissipates rather quickly to to a half finger lace. um... it's got a bitter sweet taste that leaves a bitter hop malty flavor on the back of the tongue. it smells really good and portery. not my favorite porter. I like sierra nevada and anchor porter better than this. drinkability is poor for me ....I'm not too hot on the taste. But, i could drink it again. just not on a summer night in Florida.

05-10-2008 05:31:10 | More by righlander
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AmishT

Alabama

3.83/5  rDev -1%

Poured from bottle into a tumbler

A - Deep dark brown with a huge tan, creamy head. Fair retention; not much lacing

S - Bold roasty malt character and, as one would expect, mocha -- chocolate and coffee. I know there are hops in this porter, but I'm not picking them up in the nose, but that may just be my poor sense of smell

T - As one would expect from the nose, the roasted malts and coffee are very prominent right off the bat, along with a faint bittersweet chocolate flavor. The roasted malts are quickly overcome by a stout bitterness, as if I was drinking straight black hoppy coffee.

M&D - The bitterness coats the palate after swallowing. Sometimes when I breathed in, I could detect a smoked coffee flavor. Medium bodied. The mocha character is not very pronounced when the porter is held on my tongue; I really only get bitterness. The strong bitterness and medium body limit the drinkability for me, but it's what I would expect from an American Porter.

Definitely an American Porter I'll have to revisit in the future when I refine my palate some more

05-08-2008 01:23:14 | More by AmishT
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naterock

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a bottle into a dokel

A: pours dark and opaque with a two finger tan head.
S: very malty, DArk roasted barley, almost burnt
with a hint of coffee
T: tastes of chocolate an malt. fades to a very rich hoppy bitterness.
M: almost too carbonated, once the carbonation is aggravated the taste comes out further.
D: all around a decent Porter not my favorite but it certainly exhibits the name.

05-06-2008 22:49:22 | More by naterock
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msolar

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a pitch black with a tan head and light lacing. Smell isn't as strong as I would have expected (or liked), certainly not as predominant as something like BBC's Coffeehouse Porter. This beer tastes very delicious. It's a very balanced beer that didn't taste as bitter as I expected. It's lighter than I expected but a solid medium-to-heavy bodied with low carbonation and high drinkability. I prefer their Chocolate Stout but this is a great beer that I'd consider committing to in keg form.

05-05-2008 23:46:38 | More by msolar
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured a nice dark brown with practically no head.

The smell was really faint, I had to really put some effort into catching the tones of this scent. It came off as roasted malts and hops.

The taste, however, certainly made it's presence known. The hops and roasted malt where there in force, accompanying a nice chocolate/cofee taste. Really good.

Went down smooth. Very well balanced mouth feel, and a nice pleasant burnt hops after-taste.

05-01-2008 18:29:54 | More by donteatpoop
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deepsouth

Mississippi

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

i poured this beer directly into my 12oz pint glass and got about five fingers of head that stuck around a minute.

i'm not sure if my agressive pour killed the smell, but all i'm getting is faint chocolate covered espresso coffee beans.

the taste is good for a mocha porter. not very complex but certainly tasty.

the mouthfeel is a bit thinner than i would like.

overall, i could drink a few of these. it's a good offering from rogue, but not my favorite from them.

04-30-2008 17:12:39 | More by deepsouth
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A- A dark dark brown, almost ink black, with a 3/4" tan creamy looking head with a slight bit of lacing on the glass.
S-The smell definitely reflects the mocha. It smells like chocolate, coffee, and almost burnt malt.
T- The taste is similar with an almost burnt taste. Quite tasty with a chocolate/coffee taste immediately and then a late roasted malt taste with an aftertaste that is remeniscent of toast. Quite good. A good hop taste for a porter, particularly one that places such emphasis on chocolatiness.
M-Low carbonation. A lot lighter weight than I expected. Not quite watery, but thinner than I expected for a porter.
O-I really enjoyed the taste of this and it is light enough to drink a few but the coffee/chocolate taste of this one makes it a beer that I would limit to a couple per sitting.
Quite sessionable in comparison to other porter's.

04-27-2008 22:31:47 | More by jsprain1
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

A. About 1/2 inch head poured into a beer glass. Dark and opaque.

S. Hops are in the forefront with some roasted malt notes.

T. Toastey with a mocha coffee aftertaste. Very well balanced. Hops are subdued here. Great.

M. Robust yet slightly smooth.

D. Absolutely worthy of purchasing a case.

04-24-2008 00:18:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

A: Very similar to a stout with two finger width head dark chocolate brown in color.

S: Hoppy malty smells with a slight yeast smell. The big kicker in the nose was the coffee but unfortunately no chocolate where's the mocha people where is the mocha.

T: A full nutty and coffee flavor with a bit of an asphalt and smoked tobacco aftertaste.

M/D: Grainy and earthy that felt heavy and rich in the mouth. It has good drinkability without any extreme alcohol taste but strong flavors.

04-22-2008 02:34:36 | More by Kemmerlin
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -14%

Pours a murky dark brown with a thin head. Light malt in the aroma with a light touch of cocoa and a bit prickly with carbonation. The taste is dry, somewhat roasty, and fairly lightly flavored. The cocoa- which tastes a bit like Swiss Miss Cocoa Mix- makes an entrance just before the finish and the coffee is only evident at the very end. Mouthfeel seems a bit watery and prickly again. Not all that crisp and not at all creamy. Just okay.

04-22-2008 00:56:39 | More by Georgiabeer
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights--fairly standard for a porter. Head retained and settled nicely, but not as much lacing as one would hope for in a porter.

S: Mellow coffee malt with a passing chocolate malt notes, as well. Subdued, milder espresso notes emerge with time. Ever so slight hop smells emerge within the malt. Not an extremely robust nose, but still good.

T: Tastes almost entirely like coffee, but with much more of a bitter hop bite than one would expect from a porter. I like my porters with a roasted malt aftertaste, but this one is hoppy and bitter.

M: The body is much too light for a porter. Additionally, that hop bitterness lingers too long without much additional malt presence, so it's like having a little bit of really funky/bitter coffee stay behind long after any malt has come and gone.

D: I must say that I probably won't be getting this again. It's probably the worst craft porter I've had yet. Too much hop, not enough malt. If the body was a little heavier, it might support and balance the hop flavor, but the beer just washes straight down. I've had some other Rogue brews before, and this is my least favorite of the 3 or so I've had so far.

04-15-2008 05:16:34 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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Ig0r

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%

The pour gave a tall, smooth head that stuck around for a long while. The color is dark and almost totally opaque; when held up to light a very dark brown shows through.

The smell is burnt toast with a bit of spiciness. The feel is thick and coating with a bit of carbonation. Initial flavor is roasted coffee (not surprising) with a strong bitterness. The aftertaste is surprisingly strong, bready and charcoal.

The flavor is strong enough that there is no taste of alcohol at any time. In some ways the flavor is overpowering, but it's not out-of-place or unexpected.

04-14-2008 23:48:03 | More by Ig0r
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -16%

Had this one at a Ruby Tuesdays which, surprisingly enough, I have not been to before.

A: Very dark brown pour. Sticky, light brown head... a little short lived.

S: Roasted malts, some chocolate notes, a bit of oily hops come through. Something of a citrus scent, and maybe a little bit tinny.

T: Burnt malts, a bit of dark roasted coffeebean and more of a hoppy kind of bitterness than coffeebean or dark chocolate bitterness. It seemed a little intense, and wasn't really the nicest flavour. Not sure if something happened here, and they changed from something to another with dirty lines, but it was kind of unpleasant.

M: The carbonation seems a bit aggressive. Medium body, and carbonation becomes a bit fizzy as it goes.

D: Not one I think I'd get again, or at least I'd be wary getting it here. A little tough to finish (though not far enough to be a drainpour, I suppose), but between the flavour & mouthfeel, I was pretty disappointed.

It did get a little better as it warmed a bit, but not a great deal, and maybe it was me just learning to tolerate it. Either way, based on that, I could up the taste and drinkability up to an average score.

04-10-2008 22:34:20 | More by Proteus93
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,421 ratings.