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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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very good

2,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,399
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 75
Gots: 106 | FT: 3
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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 illidurit


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is dark brown with amber highlights. Cascading bubbles create a good sized head, however it is not very dense, resulting in subpar retention and zero lacing.

Cocoa powder and roastiness make up the aroma profile.

Taste is a bit watery, with some chocolate, a nice amount of roastiness, and a vague leafy hop bitterness in the finish. I kept expecting this to improve with warmth, but it never did.

Mouthfeel, again, is too watery. Carbonation is medium and on the fizzy side. Still a pretty smooth brew.

I have a feeling this is one of those beers that's significantly better on tap. Not one of Rogue's better efforts.

01-07-2008 20:12:42 | More by illidurit
Photo of jockstrappy


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours an opaque cola brown with a thin and creamy tan head. Aroma is fairly mild, with notes of caramel and chocolate, and a citric hop presence also. As for taste, this one hits the palate with a smooth roasted malt flavor...hints of caramel and coffee in there with a faint touch of chocolate and a surprising citrus hop flavor. Finish is a nice combination of hop, and roasted coffee flavors. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel, but not unpleasant at all. Complexity without the big ABV seems hard to come by, this brew accomplishes that nicely. Rogue is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

01-07-2008 00:11:49 | More by jockstrappy
Photo of gmfessen


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is jet black in the glass with a thin, brown-cream colored head. The smell is surprisingly hoppy (citrus), with hints of chocolate and roasted coffee. The hops are there in the taste as well, with a bitter, burnt coffee finish. Before the finish it is actually quite IPA like with the citrus/pine hop flavor. I think they should have just left the mocha outa this one, the hops are quite pleasant. The mouthfeel is a full-medium body with a creamy/foamy carbonation and a dry finish from the coffee. A drinkable beer for sure, not really getting the mocha porter that I expected but a good beer none the less.

01-03-2008 22:25:35 | More by gmfessen
Photo of Strix


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours very dark brown with a light brown head. Smell is vaguely of coffee and much like other Rogue brews I've had. Taste is dark, burnt and coffee. I'd like to see a little more going on with the complexity though, and it doesn't really develop. A slow slighly hoppy coffee finish that is nice. Wonderful smooth mouthfeel. I enjoyed this, but it's no Dead Guy.

01-03-2008 03:30:54 | More by Strix
Photo of BamaWorKs


4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

I bought this beer in a Micro sampler at Pazzo's Pizza Pub in Lexington, KY. Overall, I must say that out of the 4 I tried, this is most likely the best. You got the classic porter flavor, very tasty but the coffee flavor of this brew really stands out. It's almost like they brewed a fantastic porter and flavored it with coffee. Of course, this is not for those who dislike java. But I can guarantee I'll be buying more of this in the future.

01-03-2008 01:46:58 | More by BamaWorKs
Photo of baos


4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

My hundredth bottle of beer. Lets sing

Drinking while typing.

12 oz into Atlas mason jar.

A: Pours a dark dark brown with good clarity and a full hand of head that sticks about a while and laces all up and down my jar.

S: I smell those piny-citrusy beeswax honey hops that i often smell and need to look up so i know what they are. Maybe someone could drop a line and ej-a-ma-cate me.

T: Those hops again with a dark chocolate syrup flavor. Finishes with a nice bitter-dry coffee taste.

M: Light to medium bodied.

D: Good strong and bitter. A very flavorful beer. Drinkability is good.

If someone would like to tell me what kind(s) of hops I'm tasting here, I'd greatly appreciate it.

01-03-2008 01:16:45 | More by baos
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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz. bottle poured in a pint glass.

A - Dark, even for a porter with a creamy head, slowly fading retention.

S - Malt, coffee, chocolate and nutty

T - Roasted nuts, bitter dark chocolate, Coffee and light hops.

M - Thick cream and rich. Sweet coffee and light carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and sweet for a porter and very rich in flavor, not a watered down stout like some porters can be.

01-02-2008 19:46:10 | More by
Photo of thisisbigrob


3.25/5  rDev -16%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a dark black with a dense foamy brown-tinted head. The head receeded leaving significant lacing.

S: Tons of chocolate and a little coffee.

T: Tons of coffee and a little chocolate, not really tasting much in the way of hops. The taste if fairly disappointing compared to the smell.

M: While I can't taste the hops, I can definitely feel the bitterness on my tongue. While it's fairly smooth, it almost tastes a little thin.

D: Nothing special going on for me, I'd move on to something else after this one.

01-02-2008 00:51:58 | More by thisisbigrob
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours dark as can be with quickly receding head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Nose is sweet with a malty edge. Flavor starts off with a quick mild tone and then rapidly turns to a smoked flavor with a miniscule mocha edge. The tail is sweet and smooth and there is a lot of bubble on the tongue for the feel. If this is a style you can live with, it's definitely drinkable.

12-30-2007 05:45:01 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -23%

When you pay as much as you do for Rogue, you expect exceptional quality, and I really didn't find that for this sample... an average, run-of-the-mill porter in all respects, appearance was the best thing about this beer, an opaque color with a slight tan head... smell was somewhat bland and wasn't too appealing... taste was average in all respects, some burnt coffee and mocha present, but too bland to warrant a great review... wouldn't purchase this one again, copped it singly in a 12 oz... Dead Guy Ale was awesome, but this one wasn't up to par... not recommended but worth a try...

12-30-2007 00:50:27 | More by dsa7783
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.28/5  rDev -15.2%

12oz .. enjoyed from a shaker pint ... I asked Brenda to bring Porters.. she obliged.

short lasting 1" tan head... not alot of lacing.. dark brown with dark chesnut highlites.

Aroma is dark malts and chocolate with a smattering of PNW hops for good measure.

Lighter body than expected with bigger carbonation... big roasty without the malts to balance.. could use a big dose of dextrine.. for this much flavor.. it needs more body... a little watery.. metallic chocolate finish.. Hops are a little out of balance... even when mixed in with the dark malts.

I've tried to enjoy this brew over the years, but ultimately it is like many of Rogue's other 12's ... verging on Great.. but lacking so much body and complexity that it might as well be a poorly made homebrew.

12-22-2007 10:19:01 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Slynger


4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a dark brown with a minimal tan head
Smells heavily malty of unsweetened chocolate. Hints of coffee and cherry.
The taste enters lightly of cherry and morphs into roasted malty chocolate. A hoppy bitter coffee finish lingers on the palate.
This beer is light in body more so than the scent would indicate. It is low in carbonation and smooth.
Overall the taste was not as bold as I expected, yet very smooth and drinkable. An enjoyable Rogue offering.

12-21-2007 18:09:26 | More by Slynger
Photo of xpatriate

Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

poured one finger head into 20oz.pint glass.very dark brown almost black.zero light through the glass.chocolate in smell.taste was good and the chocolate comes out up and around the roof of my mouth.a little light when it came to mouthfeel.i could drink about three of these and that would be it.all in all a good beer with flavor.

12-21-2007 02:23:24 | More by xpatriate
Photo of jim102864


4/5  rDev +3.4%

Yet another nice offering from Rogue. Chocolate brown in appearance with a modest head that dissaptes as you go. The aroma is mild with nuts and perhaps a hint of bitter chocolate but somewhat difficult to detect. The taste is nutty with some bitterness. Mouthfeel is malty with a mild bitter bite in the finish. Overall an enjoyable beer and perhaps a session brew for some.

12-16-2007 12:14:22 | More by jim102864
Photo of orangemoustache


3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

A-pours dark brown,with a lt.brown creamy looking head,a little lacing

S-nutty,a little bit of sweetness(maybe the mocha coming thru)

T-roasted almonds, burnt coffee,almost an ashy taste on the finish,great bitterness

M-a medium body,with light carbonation,leaves a dry feeling on the toung(like my taste buds are being cloged with burnt ashy sediment),as strange as that sounds it is quite unique and enjoyable

D-for the style its very good,and for me two or three could be thrown back with the greatest of ease!

12-15-2007 05:52:35 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of adamks

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

appearance: dark brown with a slow-fading light tan head

smell: coffee, chocolate, very hoppy

taste: bitter coffee, hoppy porter, hints of chocolate. pretty much like is smells.

mouthfeel: medium body with good carbonation.

drinkability: maybe a little bitter for some, but great if you like hour-old gas station coffee, which many do. it's good, but other rogues are better.

12-13-2007 02:54:56 | More by adamks
Photo of SargeC


3.83/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Brown-black brew with a tan head.

Smell: Hops, coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Slight pine flavor with a coffee and chocolate base. Mineral flavors throughout with a semi sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Hearty and satisfying, medium-full body. Allows the subdued flavors to appear.

Drinkability: A tasty, yet standard, porter.

12-12-2007 07:51:43 | More by SargeC
Photo of BradLikesBrew


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness info.

a: Very dark brown with hints of red when held to the light. Off-white head with nice lacing.

s: Aroma is sweet malt and well...mocha.

t: Very similar to the smell, it really is as advertised, it tastes like mocha flavoring has been added to a porter. Chocolate, coffee, maybe toffee too. Slight bitterness in the finish.

m: Medium body, creamy feel.

d: An enjoyable beer i'd be happy to drink more of it it weren't so pricey, but hey, you get what you pay for.

12-11-2007 01:41:00 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours the darkest of browns,with a thin tan head. Decent retention,and lacing. Aroma is of malts, dark chocolate,and coffee. This is a medium bodied beer,with some carbonation. Taste is of roasted coffee,and dark chocolate. Light, but nice.I would drink it again.

12-10-2007 02:05:47 | More by riversider76
Photo of Traquairlover


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Very dark brown to black with small tan head that quickly dissipated with slight lacing.

S = Hint of chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts. Still a little understated.

T = Slightly bitter, coffee, roasted malt. Good. Expected more sweetness.

M = Relatively light body, small carbonation, coats mouth but not thickly.

D = A good porter (though I would have been tempted to claim it as a stout if I had brewed it). Worth another drink and could be a good regular standby dark to please even those who usually don't liek porters.

12-10-2007 01:15:49 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of noremorse1


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a dark-chocolate black with an off color head that dissipates quickly leaving a small amount of lace on the glass.

Smell is relatively simple. Malt, Coffee, and Chocolate. I am surprised at how mild the smell is. I thought it would have been a bit stronger.

Taste matches the smell... the malt is the strongest with a subtle coffee and chocolate flavor behind with a touch of bitterness close to that found in a cup of coffee sneaking in at the end. With second sip I detect some more sweetness close to a raisin flavor.

Mouth feel is light with a mild warming sensation after the swallow. The light body and flavor makes this beer easy and drinkable.

This IS a good beer, but I expected much more given my experience with some of their other beers. Maybe it is my own fault for having expectations. I would drink it again, but I prefer their Shakespeare Stout or Chocolate Stout.

12-09-2007 04:12:37 | More by noremorse1
Photo of atrus138


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a dark brown that looks a lot like a cola, with a small head that actually leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is great. Very powerful aromas of coffee and dark chocolate, though the coffee is definitely prominent. Taste is pretty bitter, as the name would suggest. I was expecting a little more sweetness, but this isn't bad at all. Definitely one to sit back and enjoy. Nothing spectacular, but still a very solid porter. I think it is actually a compliment to Rogue to say that this is one of their inferior brews. Glad I picked up a six pack of this.

12-06-2007 21:26:57 | More by atrus138
Photo of NitroGen


4/5  rDev +3.4%

P: 12 oz. longneck brown bottle.

A: Pours black as coal with an intense 2 finger light brown foam head that very slowly lowers to a thick cover and LACING.

S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted grains and sweetness

T: Carbonation brings in a very smooth roasted malt, sweet chocolate and a bitter coffee mix that roll around in the mouth and leave a very nice dry mix of aftertaste on the palate.

M: Surprised that this is not a smash mouth Rogue, rather a kinder and gentler Rogue that I really enjoy as it is very pleasing in all respects.

D: Will try to keep this on hand for guests and will not hesitate to recommend or order if I ever see it on tap.

12-03-2007 06:03:52 | More by NitroGen
Photo of cabsandking


3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

Dark black with some thin tan lacing and somewhat active. Aromas of dark caramel, bing cherry, espresso, and roasty sweet malts. Dry dark roasted espresso up front with a slight sour fruit in the back. Burnt grains, dark chocolate, and an assertive bitter and fruity hops adds to an interesting contrast but might be a little much. Nice full mouthfeel and an almost creaminess from this session beer. Good beer but doesn’t leave a lasting impression.

12-02-2007 16:43:31 | More by cabsandking
Photo of Biscuit033


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Dark as night with a fluffy tan heads that fades slowly.

S: Pine and citrus jump out first, then sweet malts, chocolate, butterscotch and toffee.

T: Pine hoppiness, tart fruit, a slight smokiness that reminds me of a dark, bitter coffee.

M: Good carbination and long finish.

D: Good winter session brew. I see more of these bombers in my future.

12-01-2007 03:58:14 | More by Biscuit033
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