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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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very good

2,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,540
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 86
Gots: 164 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001)
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Photo of sgoodship
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Binny's in the South Loop, Chicago.

A: Nice 2 finger head. Dark brown - almost black. Quite a bit of red mahogany highlights on the edges. Craggy dark oatmeal head. Nice big spotty lacing.

S: Coffee - duh!. Big roasted malt. Yum.

T: Just as you would imagine. It has a great flavor but it dies too soon to a more diluted finish. Improved a bit when it warmed up and flattened. Lovely sweet espresso aftertaste. The aftertaste was my favorite part of the drink.

M: Medium carbonation livens things up but it maybe a little too much. It was much smoother during the last third of the drink but it still felt a little too thin.

D: Don't let my nit picking fool you. This is a very nice porter that I would be happy to drink anytime. A very simple coffee treat - very pleasurable.

sgoodship, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany with hints of ruby coming through the edges. The head dissipates quickly but stays as a cap throughout with the strong carbonation bubbling up.

The aroma is fairly sweet with chocolate and sweet malts but with a healthy dose of roasted character

The taste is a mixture of dark roasted malts and sweet chocolate and some coffee as well. Maybe a bit of smoke as well.

This mouthfeel is creamy but with generous carbonation that tingles the palate in the finish.

This is an extremely drinkable porter if not the most complex and tasty. A very good beer.

gford217, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of katan
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A - Extremely dark in color - thick looking. Chocolate colored head appears quickly and is well retained. Carbonation is hot strong in the appearance and little haze can be detected.

S - Muted nose from this beer. At best there is a chocolate undertone hiding in there somewhere.

T - Also very light in its flavor. Starts with a very light roasted malt flavor which is immediately balanced by some bitter mid-stream notes. The trademark pacman yeast is noticeable to me. Bitter aftertaste.

M - Not as thick and creamy as the appearance would say - almost lacking in body I would say. Watery. No carbonation bite.

D - Easy to drink - not filling. Flavors are not so potent that it would be a single in a session. Probably not a an extended session beer however due to its sweeter flavors.

A solid porter - but nothing spectacular.

katan, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of gabrielsyme
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz btl poured in a chalice.

Pours dark opaque brown, with little to no head. Taste/aroma are filled with coffee with some sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is particularly watery where I would expect a more full, creamy sensation. Pretty good when paired with pecan pie for my t-giving dessert!

gabrielsyme, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a dark chocolate brown color. Pours with a small, about 1/2 finger fizzy tan head. Head fades to a thick collar and leaves some traces of lacing.

S- Roasted chocolate malt. That's about all there is to it. A roasted coffee scent.

T- Roasted coffee flavors upfront provided by roasted dark malt. Flavor is consistent all the way through but the finish adds an extra hint of roasted malt bitterness.

M- Medium to high carbonation and body has medium consistency. What one would expect with a porter.

D- This is a decent porter and is exactly what the label describes. Would have liked to see some more complexity but this is good as it it. Probably won't have it again because I prefer other rogue offerings much more. Definately worth a try.

PittBeerGirl, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of irishtjb11
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a super dark color, completley opaque. nice tan off white head that sticks around, doesn't lace but forms a nice ring everytime it rests. the smell is a great combo of the barley, the sweetness from the chocolate, with a hunt of the coffee. would definitely say the chocolate is a bit stronger than the coffee. the taste is great, much like the typical porter but with such a more complex body to it. there are so many layers to this beer. starts off with the sweetness from the barley and chocolate but finishes with a real nice bitterness from the coffee. much like a hop after taste but bitterness has coffee tones. mouth feel is nice and smooth, i bet even better on tap. drinkablity is great, i could drink these all night. would totally session this, great brew.

irishtjb11, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy tan head, lots of little dimples in the foam. Color is chocolate brown. Opaque with light at the edges. The head flattens out but stays creamy.

Dual aromas of semi-sweet chocolate, as well as bitter burnt coffee beans. Great balance with dark grapes and raisins. A real smokyness. Excellent.

Hints of tobacco and licorice. Leathery, chalky flavor. Smooth mild chocolate taste. Coffee at the back end. Like a mocha coffee with alcohol. Nicely done.

The feel is creamy, chewy and chalky. For comparison's sake, has a consistency similar to a Guinness. It's a smoky, bittersweet beer. Chalky, substantial and very nice.

williamherbert, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, dark mahogany color with a large, fluffy tan head with great retention and lacing.

S: Roasted molasses and dark chocolate aromas, with hints of vanilla and caramel.

T: Big, burnt malt and dark chocolate flavor. Hop bitterness is present, but subdued. A ghostly lactic sweetness is also apparent in the background. Some smoky and coffeelike flavors are also here. Some faint dark fruit and alcohol is noticeable as the beer warms up to room temperature.

M: Quite creamy with a medium body. Finish is dry. There's a rather watery astringent feel to this one, however, despite the big flavor and fairly robust body.

D: This one looks fantastic and tastes great. The mouthfeel is a little weaker than I would have liked, and that knocks what would otherwise be a very high drinkability score down a bit.

Clydesdale, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Saunapoika
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very nice black pour with a single finger, thick, brown head. This one went into my Wisconsin Badger 1994 Rose Bowl Champion stoneware mug. Very stout handle on it for just this type of brew.

S: Very rich smelling like a piece of chocolate cake with warm chocolate syrup drizzled over the top. Mild hops deep into the aroma. Very inviting.

T: Sweetness up front with a building bitterness towards the finish. This had a suprisingly dry ending. Not quite the mocha experience I had in mind but very good nevertheless. There is a building bitterness as the beer warms.

M: Smooth and dry. Carbonation is right where I like it as it is creamy and thick.

D: The richness with this one would let me drink only one of these. Indeed, it's an after dinner brew while relaxing in your favorite chair. Very impressive brew overall.

Saunapoika, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown-black with a huge tan head and good amount of lacings.
Aroma is quite pronounced. Sweet mocha.
Taste is smooth mocha, cocoa, medium bitter hops. Medium dry finish.
Mouthfeel is just O.K. for the style.
Drinkability is good would like to try it on tap. Nice Porter.

Spikester, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of UDbeernut
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out of 12oz bottle into pint glass

a: very deep amber/ruby color with frothly 1/4" head that reduces to lacing

s: roasted mocha with hint of alchohol

t: chocolate and coffee, slightly bitter aftertaste

m&d: medium to light body, decent carbonation exceptional porter

Deff worth a try!!


UDbeernut, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of bjasvensk
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a rich taste, and if you like something dark w/a spot of mocha. It hits the spot. I'm a big fan of Rogue and what they brew. They are a big staple in Portland, adding to the rich history of micro brewing in beautiful Portland Oregon. Plus their Kobe Burger is delicious.

bjasvensk, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of chiefthreebeers
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Hearty, sweet and flavorful. I saw mocha porter and was worried about it being bitter and chalky. Not the case. Brilliant design and execution.

A- Dark

S- Roasted aromas

T- Chocolate and coffee notes are abundant.

M- Bitterness is offset perfectly with sweetness, a very well balanced beer in my humble opinion

D- I am nursing this one, not sure if it's a session beer. Probably better off for a after dinner beer

chiefthreebeers, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of becktone
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 10-3-08

Eye: Very dark brown in color, I'd say dark chocolate brown with some blood red/garnet highlights coming through when light makes it through this beer. Head has good formation and retention, a little over a finger's width. Color of the head is tan and texture is creamy. Lacing is pretty nice, leaving rings around the glass with some thin curtains between layers of rings.

Nose: Before the cap is even off, just after the seal is broken, I can smell sweet chocolate malty aromas. With the glass right up in my nose the chocolate aroma is prevalant. No coffee aromas here, no burnt aromas...really only that chocolate aroma....with a bit of time elapsed I am getting more dark malt aromas which give a deeper character to the chocolate aroma, mabe some dark fruits as well, just hints of plum or rasin, I can't tell which...hidden pretty damn good in the very back.

Tongue: My second impression of this one is lots of chocolate as the name implies; first impression is dark fruits, though I'm not sure which ones-definitely juicy though, right there on the front of the tongue. The chocolate flavor gives balance to the sweet fruitiness that hits right upfront. Some smokey flavor and definite bitterness of black malt. A slightly sour/tart impression upfront with the fruity tones give the beer an "authentic" English porter taste that melds and balances quite nicely with the big chocolate flavor that follows and is in turn followed by black malt bitterness. Maybe that fruitiness that accompanies the tartness is black cherry? At any rate I think that its the tartness that implies a dark fruit flavor. Not to say that its not there, but I think that the slight tartness is definitely implying a fruit flavor, causing my palate to perceive a dark fruit flavor that might not necessarily be in the beer, but is still tasted because it is implied by the tartness. Seems alot like modern logic if you ask me. At any rate this is a great porter.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium bodied in the mouth with small delicate and light carbonation that only compliments the beer. Finish is on the dry side which fits real nicely with the sharp bitterness of black malt. Kinda slick or oily on in the mouth....the beer itself is really smooth, velvety, like ribbons of slik toying round the tongue. This is a really nice porter, perfect for drinking on those cool autumn days. This is one I'll be adding to my "standards" list as far as porters go. Give it a whirl, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

becktone, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of ljbrisson
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this last night for dessert at a dinner party. Poured a cola brown into a pint glass, with a good-sized, rough sandy head that left a good amount of lacing throughout the drink, looked like a glass of Coke after it was poured. Aroma was chocolate, coffee, maybe a hint of sweet hops. Mouthfeel medium-bodied and carbonated perfectly, no slickness or chewiness to speak of. Taste was wood, coffee, burnt caramel, blueberry sweetness in the back with a touch of hops lingering but not overpowering in the finish.

Overall, this was quite good, and perfect for an after-dinner dessert beer, although not particularly sweet. I might choose this over other beers if I were at a friend's house; I wouldn't necessarily seek it out for my personal stock, however.

ljbrisson, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of kemoarps
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nuanced beer. It can reveal itself subtly. Or maybe it was because the first couple bottles I drank out of this six pack I had a wicked cold and just couldn't really taste much. Enh, whatevs.

It poured quite beautifully, I deep chestnut brown bordering on black. with a beautiful pillowy head that lasted and lasted.

The smell was a little underwhelming, to be honest. I think it's the grains I'm noticing.

It's tasty, though. rounded maltiness, finished with the very dry taste of bakers chocolate. That's what it really makes me think of every sip I take, is bakers chocolate. That bitter and dry baker's dark chocolate.

Overall it feels good in the mouth, though that finish I mention above leaves a very dry sensation. Kind of bizarre actually, but not necessarily in a bad way.

It's not overwhelmingly heavy or coating, and isn't overwhelmingly bitter; it's drinkable, just nothing outstanding.

Overall it's an enjoyable brew, from a reliable brewery. Go for it if you really want, but again, don't go way out of your way for it.

kemoarps, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz beer into a pint glass. Nice of these to be available outside of the traditional 22 oz bombers, particularly on the first try. Pours black with ruby hues and a tan fizzy head. Some lacing.

Smell is surprisingl mild. Whiff of roasted malt, bit of dark chocolate - I think.

Interesting porter. Rich coffee flavors offset by some chocolate. Hops are there as well, which is a nice touch -- another, but different type of bitter. Fairly clean finish -- some lingering flavors but nothing cloying.

A little on the thin side, and firm carbonation makes this a good drinkable one. Very decent porter, and a good one to return to.

OtherShoe2, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of olegv40
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice nearly black with a creamy brown head that laces all the way down the glass

S - Not too much aroma, but slightly hoppy, fresh scent with a hint alcohol

T - Slight coffee and chocolate flavor that is mildly bitter, but finishes very clean

M - Perfectly carbonated

D - Very drinkable, need to get some chocolate to go with this.

olegv40, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Deep dark brown with a thick light brown head that leaves a thick lace around the rim.

S - Smokey chocolate, very rich.

T - Good rich smokey flavor. Good bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great porter. I really like this beer.

jeffmonarch, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of AMoceri7
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Like a hella better Guinness Extra Stout

A: Looks great, guinness guinness guinna... you guessed it. Black with a brown hue to it. Translucent to say the least. Great head that dissipates through drinking and leaves a fine layer of lacing throughout.

S: Not much really. Far from being aromatic at all. Some hoppiness is noticeable but you might have a hard time guessing or believing it was a porter from the smell...that didnt really exist.

T: A bit weak. Smooth but weak. The coffee and chocolate flavors dont seep through until after it passes the back of the palate. The hops and what seems like roasted barley are the dominance here. But taking a weak approach to leadership they do. Nothing that hits the "o ya!" spot at all.

M: Maybe a little under carbed. Perfect for the style, extra stout all the way.

D: In all honesty, glad other patrons stole 2 from the 6 pack I was going to buy. Probably will be forcing my buddies to take it off my hands. Couldnt finish one.

O: Looking for a k(th)ick? This is probably not your go. But for its style, not too bad.

AMoceri7, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Rich deep opaque coloring, thick tan head with abundant lacing. Nice looking brew.

S: Strong chocolate tones exuding from beer. Very pleasant nose and stronger than typical porter.

T & M: First thing I notice after first sip is bitter finish which I really enjoyed. The mocha tones are there but do not overwhelm the brew. I really think that Rogue's porters and stouts are what they do best.

D: Highly drinkable, well done Rogue.

elniko, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of FleeVT
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Dark and dull brown with a thin white head. A heavy dose of carbonation keeps this beer active throughout the session. Bitter chocolate mixed with coffee and some burnt sugar dominate the nose. A brief raisiny sweetness finishes the nose with a mild dose of alcohol. The palate has a dry bitterness up front that gives way to the chocolate and toasted coffee beans. Light to medium body provided by the heavy carbonation. Pair this with desert, the bitterness should help cut through decadent chocolate finishers. Not bad from the bottle.

FleeVT, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of treble
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Each time tasting this beer, it was poured from the bottle into an unchilled pint mug. The coloring is pretty typical of this style of beer, a very dark rich brown, caramel hued when held up to the light, slightly reddish. The head built up beautifully, a fluffy off-white, a good couple fingers tall and didn't dissipate too quickly. Lacing on the glass is not exactly like, well, lace, it's more a creamy ring with bubbles in it at the top and then gradually becomes more openwork as it sheets down the glass.

Smells rich, raisins and slight dark chocolate, but also with a bit of alcohol, sour-ish but not offensive, robust.

I have a funny relationship with porters, i either like them very much, or i can't even bring myself to finish my beer. I liked the taste of this one very much, it didn't have that terrible bitterness i dread experiencing. I actually liked this beer closer to the room temp. than very cold. Very complex in its flavors, tastes slightly alcoholic, you really can taste hints of cocoa initially and then it quickly develops into a full hoppy coffee with burned sugar that starts at the back and puckers the tip of your tongue. Not unpleasantly bitter, nor can i say it's at all sweet, pretty nice development and balance. The bitterness it does have stays in your mouth long after your sip though, a drawback in my opinion.

Hm, mouthfeel, i can see why one of the reviewers said that a thicker mouthfeel was expected, it is very dark and flavorful and there is quite a bit of carbonation, which is why the head was so beautiful. This beer is by no means thin, though, just big bubbles. I think that maybe finer carbonation would be an improvement but it's pretty smooth regardless. Definitely a drinkable beer, i did have four of them, but i like dark beer...

treble, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of CampusCrew
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark, black, dark head

smell: pleasant with slight chocolate

taste: deep porter, full flavor, slight mocha

mouthfeel: very tasty and smooth

drinkability: very easy for a full flavor porter, dark chocolate goes great with it

Great overall beer, not my style but great for a porter

CampusCrew, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of BigJim5021
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue's Mocha Porter resembles Coke when it hits the glass, albeit with a darker head. Good retention on the lacing, too.

The smell is of darkly roasted chocolate malts and a hint of coffee to boot. Pretty nice.

Taste goes right back to the aroma, but with a big hit of coffee-like bitterness. This brew is more reminiscent of a stout than most porters I've had.

Mouthfeel is a step beyond medium bodied. It's not super-thick, but it's sure as hell not thin either.

Rogue has a pretty damn solid porter here.

BigJim5021, Oct 30, 2008
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,540 ratings.