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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,634 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,634
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 93
Gots: 242 | FT: 3
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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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Ratings: 2,634 | Reviews: 1,334
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.

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

Grabbed this delight from a create your own six-pack. Poured into a bottle (no freshness date on bottle) and noticed right away the great smell.. slight coco hints. Poured dark with very little head that quickly disappeared.

I didnt notice much of a mocha taste or smell other then slight chocolate hints. Yet very enjoyable and drinkable. I really enjoy a good Porter and I feel like that while this was not very thick I could drink all night.

Photo of nighthawk
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Pours an opaque, dark brown, with ruby-hued mahogany at the edges. Cap is off-white and yellowish, one finger for the first half of the beer and just a thin cap for the remainder, but does stick around until the finish. Plenty of lacing left around the glass.

Aromas of dark fruit, raisin and dark cherry, with plenty of dark chocolate and charred grains. Definitely on the sweet side.

Taste leans more toward the charred barley and bitter chocolate, with some pleasantly sweet milky sugars. Still some background raisin or currant flavour. Pleasant, but where's the mocha?

Mouthfeel is light-medium with plenty of carbonated fizz, and a slightly creamy feel. Finishes dry, with a lingering dark chocolatey taste that's just a touch astringent.

Pretty drinkable, goes down easily, tastes nice. Not sure it lives up to its name though. There's some chocolate and some charred flavour, but I'm not picking out anything that I would call coffee, so although it's a decent porter it doesn't seem much of a mocha porter.

Photo of dgilks
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown-black with a luscious coffee coloured head. Head retention isn't great but lacing is okay.

Fruity aromas team up with hints of chocolate and coffee. Not great as it is a bit weak.

Tastes are light with good emphasis on the coffee and bits of chocolate. An okay malt backbone but overall it seems to be a little lacking.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but carbonation is good overall and it works reasonable well with this beer.

Overall a reasonably tasty brew with reasonable flavour but it lacks depth and intensity.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A nice dark opaque brown with about two inches of tan head that retain and lace well.

S- Not getting too much here. Some sweet malt with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Smells sweet and clean.

T- Coffee, chocolate, pale malt in the background. A bit of a menthol-like cooling sensation as well (phenols?). Reminds me a bit of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Finish is a bit hoppy, while also sweet from the malt. Well-balanced and interesting.

M- A bit dry on the finish, wet and coating in the mouth. A bit thin, IMO.

D- Can move through this one pretty quick. A good and enjoyable porter.

Photo of donmonkey1
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours dark brown/black with a nice frothy tan head that has nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted toasted malt and nuts, caramel, touch of chocolate.

Taste: Just like the smell but not too sweet (which I like).

Mouthfeel: Nice astringent bite, watery.

Drinkability: Full of flavor but drinks as easy as water. There's no overwhelming hops or heaviness, it's not too sweet, and easy to drink as much of this great beer as you want.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seriously looks like there is tan colored whipped cream on top of this beer. Incredible retention. The entire inside of the glass if covered in fairly thick lace. The beer is a very dark brown and looks is opaque. I really don't even see lighter colors at the edges. Very, very dark.

Aroma is very light with slight mocha aroma.

Fairly dry flavor. When I think Mocha I think of a subtle sweetness melding the chocolate and coffee flavors. My first reaction was that there wasn't enough sweetness. Later the sweetness seemed to open up a bit, but there was still a real graininess to the flavor. The roasted flavor was nice and smooth. I'm not getting as much coffee flavor as I had thought. More of a straight roasted malt flavor.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and them smooth...

This is a pretty good porter, but one of the few beers that I wish had a hint more sweetness for balance.

Glad I tried it.

Photo of Shango42
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving type-bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Thin tan head that quickly dissapates. Dark complection with appearance of high carbonation.

S-Sweet coffee and chocolate, earthy.

T-Starts out more smokey sweet than I was expecting with burnt coffee beans on the forefront with bitterness from the dark chocolate. To me, the smokiness overpowers the coffee and doesn't provide for a very good balance. I was hoping for more coffee than this. There is a high amount of carbonation here.

M-Again, high carbonation makes this less enjoyable than it could be. Feels thin.

D-I'm disappointed with the balance and the overpowering smokiness. Just not my style of a porter.

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

A- Dark brown with a little bit of light squeezing through. Thin tan head, nice lacing.

S- Roasted malts, semi sweet chcocolate, coffee and carmel and molasses hints

T- Dark roasted malts, carmel, coffee, semi sweet chocolate and roasted nuts

M- Smooth and dcent carbonation. Could have been a little more creamy.

D- Enjoyable porter with some unique flavors.

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pazzo's in Lexington. 20oz draft.

A: Deep, opaque brown body with a thick, rocky, milk chocolate-colored head. Just the slightest bit of lacing attempts to cling to the sides.

S: A mild, roasted coffee aroma followd by some dark chocolate. Really, thats about all I got out of the nose. I was kinda underwhelmed, but we were in a restaurant/pub so there were alot of other things in the air - fresh baked pizza for example!

T: Mild roasted coffee followed by a dash of dark chocolate and a faint smoky flavor. Malt backbone holds firm throughout, with a mild sweetness and some residual roasted flavors. Really, I was expecting more mocha/chocolate flavors to be present - what was there just seemed really subdued to me. And this was my first beer of the evening, so I know it wasn't due to my palate not being fresh.

M: Medium carb that is prickly and lends an edge; otherwise, hard pressed to call this beer thick or thin - its right in the middle really.

D: Not hard to drink at all, but I think I would probably prefer a coffee or a chocolate stout (Young's Double Chocolate, anyone?) if I wanted to get a mocha or coffee fix from my beer.

Not bad, I was just kind of underwhelmed by this beer, and I really love and try to seek out most beers that feature prominent mocha, chocolate or coffee flavors. That being said, there are many others out there that have more vibrant flavor profiles IMO.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,634 ratings.