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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,359 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,359
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 75
Gots: 100 | 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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TheTrevor

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up this beer on a whim at the local Beerporium.

It poured pitch black with about a two finger head that quickly dissipated to about a quarter-finger head. The smell is very characteristic of a porter with undertones of burnt coffee. The taste didn't really floor me, and the somewhat pleasant and almost sweet taste of the beer gives away to an aftertaste that was a little too bitter for my liking at first that seemed to become less bitter as the beer warmed. Overall, I ended up enjoying it quite a bit more than I thought I would when I took the first sip. I can see what some people like about this beer, but to me as a fairly new beer drinker it didn't seem to have the depth that something like Gonzo Imperial Porter or Southern Tier Porter. I couldn't imagine myself drinking more than one of these at a time, as it seems to sit a little heavy in me. I'd say it's a fairly respectable porter that I was able to find at a fairly cheap price of about $1.75 a bottle. Decent beer aside, I can't imagine picking it up again unless I'm short on money and really want myself a porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 01:26:00 | More by TheTrevor
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dogger6253

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty! Pitch black body, completely opaque with a nice, 1/4 of mocha head on top. The head falls to a film pretty quickly, but continues to hang on the side of the glass. This beer is a black hole, so dense it sucks me in. I cannot wait to drink this.

The nose is filled with traditional porter scents: burnt coffee being the major one, chocolate in a close second. There are hints of dark fruits such as raisins and dates, plums and then a note of alcohol tying it all together. Good as far as smell goes, but nothing extraordinary.

A little bit heavy on the alcohol flavor, kind of drowns out what would be an amazing flavor. Chocolate comes through a little more than the coffee, the whole thing balanced by a deep, roasted malt character. I taste a little bit of plum and molasses flavor, also noteworthy is a lingering hops flavor.

The mouth is thick and syrupy up front, but it finishes up as a light swallow with a dry finish. As far as porters go, this is a good one to turn someone on to the style, but at the same time a little heavy to be something one could easily start drinking. I'd like to pick up more of these in the future, but there are definite porters I would choose over this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 04:23:33 | More by dogger6253
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KI9A

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I'm trying to learn to like Porters & Stouts, but, not being a fan at all of coffee, it is a tough road to go.

Pours just like a Coke. Blackish, and brown-tan head. Great sheet of lace on the glass.

Smells of coffee, of course, with a bit of citrus.

Tastes of coffee, again, and a slight smack of hoppyness. Very bitter after taste, but, in a good way.

Mouthfeel is a bit oily, that finished with chocolate. So far, best Porter I have, which is not many..yet.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 01:43:51 | More by KI9A
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crizmo2352

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured an opaque deep brown shade with rust colored highlights and produced a nice thick tan colored head. The head subsided to a thin pad, leaving splotchy lacing about the glass. I was hoping for a bit more head retention...The initial aroma of the beer is hoppy - a mostly piney scent with subtle citrus tones. The spiceyness of the hops does not linger, however. The aroma is also rich with roasted malt and chocolate notes. Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate dominates the flavor, but there is also a hint of coffee. Burnt notes are also intermingled. The hops do not come through in the flavor quite as much as in the aroma, although the flavor is still pleasantly bitter and finishes dry and clean. Overall, the flavor profile is quite balanced. Solid medium-full bodied beer is almost a bit chewy. Maintained carbonation well but seems almost a bit more effervescent than should be for the style - although it does aid in smoothing out the body and bitterness. All in all, a good porter and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 23:02:31 | More by crizmo2352
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erosier

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into the glass, it is a nice, extremely dark colored porter with a light caramel colored head. Very smooth smelling with a hint of mocha. The taste is not much differemt. It is a very smooth porter with the hint of chocolate and coffe flavors. These mocha flavors really add to the underlying porter and enhance it even more. The lesser intense carbonation really helps the flavor and it is really smooth going down. If it wasn't so heavy, I could drink it all day.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 02:12:39 | More by erosier
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robg2251

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with a tan head that sits there quite a while.
Has a light chocolate caramel aroma to it.
Full and creamy on the palate, with lively carbonation. Has a mixture of chocolate, coffee and caramel taste to it. Very creamy.
This is a pretty good porter, but didn't surprise me with anything I haven't tasted before. Maybe a little too much carbonation for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 01:12:17 | More by robg2251
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ralree

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Murky brown, almost black, color. Tan head of 2 fingers, stays solid and laces beautifully. One of the best looking beers I've tried.

S: Very strong roasted coffee malt smell with a background of flowering hops and chocolate. A little skunky, but otherwise perfect.

T: Oh man, this is a delicious beer. Very sweet beginning with chocolate and coffee flavors dominant. Alcohol is undetectable. Second flavor is flowering hops, which are very good and consistent throughout the Rogue Brewery beers. There is coffee bitterness all throughout the aftertaste, but the chocolate sticks around as well. Slight breadyness in the end as well. Perfect.

M: Medium-heavy bodied. Slightly astringent, but not anything to complain about - it goes well with the coffee bitterness. Almost too carbonated for my taste, but still great.

D: I've already drank half of this, which is rare for me when I'm finishing a review. I could easily drink 2 or 3 of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 22:03:03 | More by ralree
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass. Black body with a nice bubbly head. No lace.

Aroma is big an intense. Bakers chocolate, sweet cream. Excellent nose to this beer.

Flavor meets the billing quite accurately. Bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Hints of hopping, nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 22:02:14 | More by HugoGrim
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burtonbe

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep, deep brown color. Almost black. Opaque. Powerful brown head of two fingers that persists.

Strong chocolate caramel aroma. Coffee-bean like. Deep, rich, very nice.

Very strong, deep chocolate flavor. Bitterness is apparent. Coffee, burnt, rich, powerful.

A bit thin for a porter. Carbonation is also a bit too high. Not bad, but I was expecting more.

For this style, I would say it is drinkable, but not highly drinkable. the taste forces you to drink very slowly. Hardy.

Overall I like this one. The taste stands out, but it lacks somewhat in other areas.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 20:54:51 | More by burtonbe
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just past mahogany, very nearly black if not for some brownish red highlights. Large brown head is very tight, with nice pitting and great retention. Lots of brown lace.

Pine hop aromas, with plenty of cocoa and roasted malt as well. The bitter flavor works very nicely with the chocolate malt, lightly sweetened, and then finishes quite dry with notes of roast and cocoa.

Impressive chocolate themed beer, Rogue's trademark hopping leaves it a cut above the rest. Enjoy at cellar/room temperature to really let the flavors emerge. Great for a cafe or pub.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 02:53:07 | More by BretSikkink
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DoubleJ

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, on to the beer:

It's deep black in color with a big head that slowly drops. Smell of mocha in the beer's aroma. Very interesting, I thought I'd get something sweeter, and instead I got a coffee shop in my glass. Coffee, smoke, moderate roasted flavor, and of course subtle mocha. The bitterness on this brew is very mild, which won't hold back the drinkability. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 23:47:41 | More by DoubleJ
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Floydster

California

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Took one of my dad's 12 ounce bottles from his six pack, sorry pops

Pour was very dark brown with an off white head about a half inch high

Smell was strictly coffee beans

Taste was deep and had a nice smokiness to go along with the java

Very drinkable for a porter, most dark beers are real heavy, but not this one

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 21:16:23 | More by Floydster
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Jmamay22

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last trip to the liquor store I was searching for some coffee influenced porters and stouts and came across this one.

Pours a very dark brown almost black with a thick creamy brown head. Very impressive head retention and creamy quality. Thick rings of lacing are left to the bottom of my glass.

This one smells fairly hoppy with a faint chocolate malt background. This smells similar to Sierra Nevada's stout, but with greater emphasis on hops.

Tastes too hoppy to begin with, but allowing this to warm up opens a wonderful bouquet of flavours. Starts out tasting chocolatey and moves into a roasted coffee flavour that gives way to a dry bitter hop finish. Very well rounded and balanced.

Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly full bodied given the 5.30% abv. Highly drinkable and enjoyable as the weather cools.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 01:09:25 | More by Jmamay22
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark, no light passing through at all. Starts out with a a caramel-tan head that thins out as it laces down the glass but stays enough to cover the body.

Smells malty with strong hints of chocolate and citrus, like bergamot. Not much coffee smell to it.

Has a very dark malty taste to it, similar to some Black Bavarian beers out there. Noticable citrus taste under a bitter dark chocolate. Almost like drinking a cup of earl grey after eating dark unsweetened chocolate. Leaves a strong aftertaste.

As dark as it is, it has a pretty thin feel to it. Mine had a higer carbonation to it. I was expecting a beer that needed a knife and fork to get through it by the first impression.

Very good beer, have to be in the mood for a dark complex beer that leaves a strong aftertaste in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 00:04:25 | More by Homerbag
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/black with a nice sized long lasting rocky tan head that leaves lacing on the surface and sides. Nice fresh aroma. A lot of west coast citrusy hops in the nose. Taste is dark roasted chocolate malt with some coffee notes. Surprisingly, given the name of this beer, the coffee flavor isn't all that strong. Significant citrus hops. Nicely balanced. Medium mouthfeel. Not too heavy. Fairly drinkable. Pretty good porter overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 23:49:41 | More by burnstar
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel that this is the weaker of the dark Rogue beers ( Shakes stout et al). The depth of flavour was not there and the mouthfeel lacked that real bigness that the chocolate stout had. It is a decent beer but not one of Rogue's best. A bigger flavour would be appreciated in this style>

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 02:21:00 | More by canucklehead
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a dark brown body with a large light brown head. Lots of lacing on this one. Aroma is mostly chocolate, with hints of pine hops and coffee. Medium body is well carbonated. Taste is chocolate, mild coffee, some bitter dark roast, pine cone hoppiness, and a pleasant vague fruitiness that seems like red apples. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 22:53:55 | More by merlin48
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livingregret

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type: Standard 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a lovely almost black beer where no light can shine through. A dark tan head that leaves to quickly and has almost no lacing

Smell: Maybe it's just this particular one that I have but I find that the smell is rather tame. Some Porters you can easily pick up the different traces spread throughout the beer but this one it takes a bit to get a good smell. I get a faint dark chocolate w/ roasted coffee.

Taste: Has a chocolate taste that is almost overpowered by the roasted coffee taste. A light molasses taste lingers throughout the end of the drink. The balance of the 3 flavours seems a little off as the beer is a bit bitter than what I expected from smelling it. The roasted coffee comes across really strong compared to the chocolate

Mouthfeel: Smooth yet a little thick. It lingers in the mouth w/ a dry feeling

Drinkability: A enjoyable dark porter that is a touch bitter but not altogether what I was expecting. The bitterness overshadows any expectations you may have from the name of the beer

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 19:39:18 | More by livingregret
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mocha porter pours a black as night with a head that stays only for a second or two.

The aroma of the porter is of chocolate and roasted malts.

The taste is real smooth and is balanced of chocolate, coffee and the roasted malts. Overall a refreshing porter either on a hot summer day or a lonely cold one in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 23:51:08 | More by cswhitehorse
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Brad007

Vermont

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a decent brown head. Aroma is rich and roasty with coffee undertones. Taste is much of the same except that the coffee kind of falls flat within the taste. It's very much a porter still. Coffee goes well with dark beers and this is just proof of that. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 02:39:29 | More by Brad007
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happygnome

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: dark brown almost black color with about a quarter to half inch of tannish head that dissapears slowly leaves a good amount of lace around the rim of the glass
s: sweet roasted malts, very coffeeish nice, a little chocolaty
t: sweet chocolaty flavor, nice roasted malt backbone, subtle hop bitterness
m: medium to full bdied beer with little carbonation

overall, wow i really enjoyed this one

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 21:05:21 | More by happygnome
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour a solid black color with a tan head. Aromas of caramel, coffee, and chocolate. A bit of the same in taste, caramel, coffee, and chocolate, in that order. A sweet dry aftertaste lingers for a couple of minutes. Big flavor, good for a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 16:27:29 | More by OWSLEY069
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kernalklink

Arizona

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good refreshing porter- nice dark pour with some sharp aromas- dark coffee beans, espresso, some bittersweet chocolate. Decent flavors, not as promising as the aromas but there- very dry dark cocolate and coffee flavors mingle with an almost sour character- like a gritty unripe grapeskin. Nice and clean but somewhat unrefined. Some mineral flavors in the aftertaste but nothing too detracting from the rest. Very decent brew, wish i could try it fresh on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 04:13:08 | More by kernalklink
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meechum

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black pour with highlights of red to the light and a fluffy, large pillowy tan head. Head retention was pretty good and then it laced nicely down the glass

S - Smell was of roasted malts and chocolate and of course mocha
had a good strong nose to it

T/M - Mouth was full and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation, taste was rich and full with a slight bite up front from the hops quickly mellowing into the signature mocha flavors with a finish of chocolate and fruitiness

D - I certainly could put back several of these in any given session and actually had several last night. A great beer for a night's relaxation.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 19:40:49 | More by meechum
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biggmike

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with tan head that didnt stay long. Medium body, mouthfeel was very pleasant. Aroma was very pleasant with chocolate and coffee notes. Taste was also of chocolate and coffee with a slight fruit finish. Drinkability was very good on this one as well. I liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 14:51:26 | More by biggmike
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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