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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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2,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,490
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 81
Gots: 149 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001)
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Photo of erikm25
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a rich dark brown that borders on black. Head was a pillowing caramel color with toasted almond tinting. Impressive and long lasting retention. Lacing clung around the glass in chestnut hues. Overall the appearance is noteworthy.

S: Little bit of coffee mixed with figs, grapes, and hints of dark chocolate. Noticeable hop presence towards the back of the nose. Not quite as strong as the appearance lead me to believe though still solid.

T: Balance between nutty chocolate sweetness and smoky citrus zing. Tastes of raisins, morning coffee, caramel, and toffee. While there are heavy roasted qualities here there is still a bitter and pronounced hop taste. Very interesting fusion of flavors.

M: Seemed a little thin and not as creamy as my expectations.

D: Picked up a six for $6.99 and thought this was a great deal. Usually I only like my music tuned down but I would have liked to seen the hops taste tuned down a bit here as well.

erikm25, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of sliverX
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poored with very little head
tasted of coffee, chocolate, and a noticeable alcohol presence, a bitter hoppy presence as well... overall a good taste none the less
was very easy to drink a good introduction to the Rogue line which will lead to further "research"

sliverX, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of DoctorDog
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. No indication of bottling/freshness date.

A- Very dark brown, nearly opaque. Pours with <1 finger of tan head, which fades slightly, leaving a thin layer throughout the duration of consumption. Heavy lacing.

S- Moderate hoppy/earthy aroma. Sadly, I'm almost completely missing the coffee/chocolate undertones that I was anticipating.

T- Slight citrusy tinge on the front. Strong burnt/bitter hops and coffee overwhelms the flavor. Chocolate flavors only become apparent towards final 1/3 of my consumption. Balance/enjoyment clearly improves as it warms.

M- Medium/light carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D- Decent. Not too heavy. Again, overall drinkability improves dramatically as it warms.

Future outlook: Iffy. I probably won't seek it out again anytime soon, but I wouldn't reject it if it were offered to me, nor would I kick it out of my fridge were it to magically materialize there...

DoctorDog, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of Jeffo
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Bierkonig in Amsterdam had this in stock.

Bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Deep dark brown, nearly black, with a medium sized tan head. Decent retention and settles into a think film. Some lacing covers the glass and little carbonation is evident.

SMELL: Nose is slightly weak. Some roasted malt and dark fruits, raisins perhaps. Nice, but no real coffee or mocha like I'd expected.

TASTE: Dark fruits initially, perhaps raisins or prunes. Interestingly, the coffee / mocha comes out in style in the aftertaste, which lingers and fades away nicely. Like a nice surprise at the end. Nice transition. Well done.

PALATE: Smooth, creamy, and somewhat sticky on the palate. Medium-thick body and goes down smooth and pretty dry. Carbonation is there but not at the expense of the weight. Good job here as well.

OVERALL: A nice brew that I would definitely make a session beer, even if it is slightly above the ABV limit. The relatively disappointing nose hurt what was otherwise a very nice experience.

Jeffo, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of n00tz
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark creamy brown body, thin tan head, and undetectable carbonation.

S - Cocoa, coffee, and a thick grain like oats.

T - Roasted bitterness up front, cocoa, some coffee and a spicy bitter finish.

M - thick body and active carbonation that coats the tongue.

D - This is the porter for IPA lovers, it's not a thick coffee or cocoa infused porter. High drinkability, for all to try.

n00tz, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark solid brown that was completely opaque with a light brown foamy head. The head started as 2 fingers, and within a few minutes was just froth on top with a little clinging to the side. Aroma was sweet, brown sugar, chocolate, brown bread with a hint of coffee. Taste was sweet, like a Hershey's chocolate bar, with a touch of vanilla, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Coated very well in the mouth, not overly carbonated, just slightly watery in the throat. Very very easy to drink, drank was faster than I realized.

mountdew1, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark - almost opaque, but with some small floaties that's not terribly attractive.Tan head is creamy and stiff.

S - Burnt toasted grain. Lots of coffee, fruit, a hint of cocoa, and molasses.

T - Coffee and rich fruit withsome upfront acidity and lots of bitterness in the finish. More of a roasted bitterness rather than hops.

M - A little bit chewy mouthfeel. Neither dry nor sweet - kinda in the middle.

D - Very drinkable. Well balanced and not over the top. Strong coffee edge.

allergictomacros, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of schellsbeer
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok. As a teacher who has a love for the Porters and Stouts, I would give this a solid passing grade.

Very thick and smooth. As far as taste, average.

Pours a dark to almost black. Small head with very thin lacing.

Rogue is a good brewery with good beers. However, since they have become so popular, thier prices have gone sky high.

Don't get me wrong, this is a wonderful Porter but is there better? YES.

12 oz bottle which pours a dark brown to black color. Thin to no head. Average taste with some slight coffee overtones. Complex in tast...No. Could I drink more than one...Yes.

However, 2 is max for one night. I would be scrapping the fuzz off of my tongue in the morning if more than this were consumed.

schellsbeer, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense dark brown, reddish highlights when held to a light. Good size tan frothy head with some lacing. Head retention is about average.

Mild smell of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The coffee is not as pronounced as I expected it to be.

Flavor is good. Once again roasted malts with a little chocolate and coffee. Finish is a little bitter...nicely balanced.

Best part of this beer is the mouthfeel.. Very rich and creamy. The flavors all complement each other and go down very smooth. A nicely put together and highly drinkable beer. Ideal for a session or just to savor one... Very good!

JayQue, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark golden brown color. A nice head that stays around, leaving some gorgeous lacing. Very Nice!

Smell is very light carmel, almost a smokey like smell going on (I am not very fond of it). Taste is a strong burnt carmel, along with some dark chocolate.

Not to much carbonation going on here. Drinkability, I would have to say is moderate. It isn't my favorite porter, and the bottles are quite big, seeing myself only having one at a time.

Overall, not to bad, definately worth a shot.

mothman, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour is a dark brown/black with a ruby tint, medium size light tan head, some lacing.

smell is faint, cocoa, caramel, coffee, roasted nuts, and some figs.

taste is of dark chocolate, day old strong coffee, a bit sour, and ends bitter and slightly creamy.

froghop, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of SimplySinister
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Mud brown, nearly opaque. Above average amounts of carbonation with little lacing and a solid 1 finger head.

S - Faint smell of chocolate malt and coffee.

T - Definate coffee taste with hints of what could be considered mocha. This Mocha porter could be confused with a thin cappuccino or espresso stout. The taste isn't offensively bitter but it could be considered by some to be borderline harsh. The finish has a strange essence about it, evocative of some form of creamy caramel. The taste of alcohol is hidden somewhat well.

M - Clean and dry leaving little to no aftertaste. This brew seems a tad thin.

D - Drinkability is good; though, once again, Rouge brews are a little too expensive.

If it wasn't made by Rouge and was less expensive, this brew would have recieved higher marks. This is mainly because I feel that this beer is simply not up to par with their other products. All in all, the beer is good but not great.

SimplySinister, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of mhewes
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a dark brown with about a one finger tan head

S : Lots of coffee and chocolate. Some roasted malts also

T : Big on the coffee flavor. The chocolate and roasted malts are pretty subtle. There's a surprising hop bitterness on the finish.

M : Medium-bodied, good carbonation

D : Real easy to drink. Not quite what I was expecting (expected more coffee) but one worth ordering another round of.

mhewes, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew was not quite a dark as I was expecting, but still looked fetching enough. What I love about the MP is how creamy the mouthfeel is. It also has a rather creamy flavor. This brew just blends together so well that it doesn't have any rough spots - nothing out of whack that sticks out. That being said, at times I am left wishing it could be just a bit heartier.

HoppyMcStout, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Herrbrokt
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into bowl mug. Deep black brown with a fizzy tan head. Keeps a nice ring.

Smells of coffee and ripe fruits.

Taste is nice and full, but not really intricate. Chocolate and coffee yes, but there's an abundance of fruit that I had not expected. I thought the coffee and chocolate would have been isolated more considering the Mocha Porter label. Regardless, as a porter in general really well done.

No syrup sauce here. Nice bite at the end keeps this clean.

Doesn't get old. Go Cowboys

Herrbrokt, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tan, soapy two-finger head that dies slowly and leaves lace patches on top of an almost black body. Heavy coffee and chocolate malt smells, possibly some roasted malts along with toffee or other sweet malts. Smooth and creamy with a heavy blend of coffee and roasted malts with some chocolate tucked away. Let this beer warm and it becomes even creamier and sweeter. Finishes with a strong, biting dry backbite. I could session this bad boy while watching college football anytime.

clayrock81, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of ClavisAurea
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the bottle served in a snifter.

Appearance: black with a thin brown head

Smell: milk chocolate, coffee, cream

Taste/Mouthfeel: hop bite, spicy hops, very slight chocolate

I would have expected more chocolate out of something called "Mocha" Porter.

ClavisAurea, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of eweneek83
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours deep dark brown, not quite black though. Light fights to get through, and barley succeeds. A thin tan head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smell - Smells like a tasty porter, smokey and roasty malts... hints of a burnt coffee smell. quite pleasing.

Taste - The taste is balanced perfectly for this one. I thought it would be strong, but not so much. A Great smokey porter taste, no hint of mocha or anything coffeelike, besides the roasty-ness. Tastes plain good and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- A lingering aftertaste, lightly carbonated... still a little more-so than Guinness. Very light but still substantial.

Drinkability - is surprisingly high. I feel like I could drink many of these with a steak or spicy BWW's wings... not bad at all.

eweneek83, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of ectomorph
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown chocolate in color with a small tan head that leaves rings all the way down.

S - Caramel bread. Maybe a little coffee.

T - Sweet coffee and caramel, the carbonation is hidden in the darkness but there in bunches. Very nice indeed.

M - This has a big carbonation nose tickle and robust body feel.

D - High. I will be picking this one up again very soon.

ectomorph, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of dwpiercetx
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whole foods has massive amounts of beer...yeah! I bought this because of the curiosity factor of "mocha". I like the StarB's mocha fraps so I figured...why not.

A- Good solid porter look to it. Dark brown with tan head.

S- the smell isn't as aromatic as I thought it would be given it is a porter. It did have a nice roasted smell though.

T- Good taste. I can get the mocha out of it and the subtle bitterness was a plus. Not exceptional, but way above average.

M- A little carbonation mixed with creaminess. Could use more creaminess.

D- Good beer. 5.3% abv gets the most out of it.

Good beer..can't wait to try other Rogue stuff

dwpiercetx, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to northyorksammy for this excellent beer! Much appreciated.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a head that settles and leaves lacing on the side of the glass with every sip.

Smell is malty and mildly roasted with liquorice and molasses. Very complex with notes of tobacco and grain.

Taste is roasted with something earthy in there. Bitterness is great, it is a citric US hop bitterness, which combines wonderfully well with ythe roast. This beer is just very balanced and very drinkable.

Absumaster, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very deep brown, almost black color with only a thin head and a little lacing. Didn't detect a ton of mocha in the aroma, some but more caramel and malts. There is however a roasted chocolate, malty flavor, turning a bit tart and sour. A slight coffee presence as well. Something is missing in the mouthfeel but Porter's are not my favorite style. I find Rogue in general is solid but certainly not the greatest quality per dollar.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Lepley
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle
A: Poured thick syrupy-brown and was pitch black in the glass, allowing no light to penetrate. Lots of dark brown head and good lacing.
S: Sweet, roastiness, coffee.
T: Began sweet and light, then came on a strong coffee flavor with a bitter finish and aftertaste.
M: Thick and smooth.
D: This is a damn good porter.

Lepley, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. 08/24/08. Picked up a growler of this from the Rogue brewery during a trip to Oregon.

Pours a very dark brown color with about two fingers of tan head. The head receded slowly leaving lots of beautiful lacing around the glass. Aromas of toasted malt, lightly roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. Aromas are somewhat mild but still good.

Taste is very nice. Great lightly roasted coffee flavor with a subtle amount of dark chocolate. Lots of semi-sweet toasted malt is underneath. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Not a terribly complex flavor profile, but it works very well and tastes great.

Feel is a bit on the thin side, but still smooth and creamy. Enough carbonation to keep it lively. Very clean finish. Drinkability is great. The flavor is good and the alcohol is low enough to make it very sessionable.

This is one of my favorite porters. On tap it's simply amazing.

bkilpatr, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber bottle into a Ten Penny Ale glass.

A: Pours a nice black color with a pillow head of tan foam which clung down the sides of my glass to the final sip. Great sticky head of foam and rich looking body.

S: Smells of bittersweet cocoa powder, a bit of mocha latte and some sweet chocolate malts.

T: Taste is thinner than expected, but certainly flavorful. The rich flavors of cocoa, coffee, charcoal and other sweet roasted malts jump out at the tongue first. A thinning layer of toasted malts and a slight hop bitterness level things out before finishing very dry and burnt tasting.

M: Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied and really drinkable. This one went fast!

D: The flavors and nice and full, but the mouthfeel isn't too slick, full or cloying. This helps out big time, as the ABV is modest and flavors are complex yet controlled.

Don;t really know where the mocha comes into play, but coffee is a big part of this porter. A nice balance of flavors and great dessert beer or dessert companion. I paired mine with a couple of soft baked chocolate chip cookies. Result is splled with a string of "M's."

Gambrinus1184, Aug 24, 2008
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,490 ratings.