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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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very good

2,324 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,324
Reviews: 1,304
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 70
Gots: 90 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001)
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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a nearly coal black color with a tan head that retains well and leaves lacing on the way down

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a very nicely balanced malt presence with flavors of coffee and chocolate; the bitterness kicks in mid-palate and continues to build through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Surprisingly hoppy for a porter but rather enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 01:16:46 | More by brentk56
Photo of Lnedrive14


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fairly bland brew, in my opinion. Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissipating head that leaves a tan ring through the length of the beverage consumption. Nose is of toffee and dark chocolate. Tastes like weak black coffee and bittersweet chocolate, lacking any added sweetener. Highly carbonated - tingles my tongue all the way down. Fairly drinkable, but only because there isnt much too it.

Frankly, I expected a more chewy, chocolatey brew, so I guess I was disapointed. It was very weak, not robust like many other porters. Also, I think the carbonation really detracted from the possibility of the beer betraying any of its subtleties.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 02:42:01 | More by Lnedrive14
Photo of shroompod


4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz into Dead Guy Ale pint glass
appearance : dark , brownish head dissipates quickly
smell: faint dark malt , very faint hop profile (I have a cold)
taste : dark roasted coffee/toffee with appropriate hoppiness
mouthfeel: Somewhat thin , nice carbonation ,
drinkability: I'm no porter expert , but I could drink these all night.

Overall:I'm partial to American Pale Ales , but I enjoy this smooth dark porter. I wouldn't know if it fits the style , but it intrigues me enough to try a few more porters.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 23:50:21 | More by shroompod
Photo of maek228


3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: If viewed from a distance, or poorly lit room, this would appear jet black. Upon closer inspection, there is a mahogany hiding behind the dark black.

Smell: Coffee, strong columbian coffee, is the scent that pervails. Overall, the smell could be described as robust.

Taste: Smell is a good indicator of taste, this beer is no exception. The initial flavor is a splash of fresh strong coffee, that is rounded out by hints of dark chocolate and tart fruit. It then mellows out into an aftertaste that is a mixture of mild hops and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Decieving in the sense that the tastes "big" but it's mouthfeel is thin. This is acceptable for the porter style

Drinkability: This beer has a bold taste, almost to a fault. Alittle of this beer goes a long way. I can't imagine drinking more than 2 in a sitting and still enjoying it as much as I enjoyed it at first.

Overall a decent porter. Certainly not one of the best

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 18:30:14 | More by maek228
Photo of MSchae1017


4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a Pint Glass from a Bottle.

This beer pours a dark almost opaque color wiht amber trim. The Head is tan and laces nicely. There is a sweet smell with undertones of guess what... chocolate and coffee. It tastes similar to its smell. Eating Chocolate helps bring out the coffee flavor . Good bitterness and very enjoyable. There is a good thickness adn good carbonation. This is overall a very enjoyable beer that I could drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 05:12:42 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of bark


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bottle, bought in Sweden, got an abv of 5.7%.

The colour is black with a tint of deep brown, the liquid is clear and the finger thick brown foam sinks slowly down to a ring with some lacing. An odd detail; the beer was completely silent while pouring.

The smell is sweet with burned/roasted notes. I found some creamy notes of diacetyl, dark chocolate and a mild touch of coffee candies. Overall, the smell was milder and softer than I had expected.

A pleasant roasted flavour dominates the taste: There are notes of black coffee, fruity discreet hops, some liquorice, cocoa, maybe even a little bit smoke. The long aftertaste got a creamy flavour with notes of coffee, aroma hops, mandarin orange and a slight passing bitterness.

The carbonation is very strong with small bubbles that are a bit sharp to the tongue att he start (but its getting better later)

A nice and very American porter, very suitable for Swedish meatballs.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 20:53:21 | More by bark
Photo of bahumutx


4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark brown with some amber highlights with about a one finger brown creamy head.

Smell: Picking out chocolate, roasted malt and slight coffee smell.

Taste: Starts out with roasted malt and then moves right into chocolate and coffee. Finishes with dry with a dark chocolate taste that leave a pleasant bitterness on the tongue. Also hints of a malt sweetness that balances with the coffee flavor great.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could definitely have a few of these in a sitting.

This is my first Rouge beer and I am very impressed. Can’t wait to try their other offerings. This is also a great example of a porter and one of the better porters that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 01:39:02 | More by bahumutx
Photo of Hibernator


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

Rogue Mocha Porter
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color. Appearance reminds me of a stout. Mini light brown color head that leaves webbed lacings all over the glass.

Light chocolate aroma with the distinctive Rogue yeast scent.

This is such a smooth and easy drinking porter. Milk chocolate with a touch of caramel sweetness. Dark roasted bitter malts with a flavorful coffee and chocolate combo. Nice hop presence to make this well balanced in flavor.

Solid porter and another good brew from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 23:54:33 | More by Hibernator
Photo of veggiemafia


4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely completely love this one.

Great coffee black color with a darkish brown sticky head just like an espresso.

Smell is really damn close to being as great as Edmund Fitz. Coffee and molasses and like the name implies, mocha and chocolate with a good malty thing happening and a little bit of hops.

Taste is similar with the start being sweet mocha and malt and finishing with an absolutely perfect amount of bitterness and hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth but still pretty lively, really good.

Could drink this all day, all night, and have it for breakfast in the morning.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 05:28:12 | More by veggiemafia
Photo of lordbrad1

New York

4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't say enough good things about this beer. I had it from a pint glass. The appearance was great. Nice and dark, with a solid mocha colored head. The taste was amazing. Every mouthful was full of flavor, and went down smooth. I could drink it all day...and have lol. Run out and get some today.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 14:06:47 | More by lordbrad1
Photo of barrelman

New York

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

Appearance is dark brown with red tones. Smell is malty and light with little of the tones associated with the porter's darker side of the grain bill.

Taste is lighter than expected with malty sweetness that finishes with more watery tones. Any of the patent malt I was looking for is not present. Mouthfeel was a little thin but finshed clean. Drinkability is good but there is not a whole lot of flavor to find here.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 01:04:38 | More by barrelman
Photo of pweis909


3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark beer, mocha-creme foam with good head retention and body.
The smell and taste of this brew is typical of porters, roasted malt, chocolate malt, but nothing stood out as unique. This one isn't bad, but it does not really inspire me as other porters do. Worth a try, I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 04:36:44 | More by pweis909
Photo of jasonpeckins32


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had a couple of these on-tap at a bar in Grand Rapids that I visited for some after-turkey brews on Thanksgiving. They had a special for the day, a pint of this stuff for $2. Needless to say, this was my proud selection.

Appearance was a very dark brown coffee color with a nice brown head that didnt last very long.

It was difficult to get a good whiff of the beer. The smoke in a bar always seems to put a hinder on that. I did notice some roasted scents and chocolate.

The taste was of roasted malts and chocolate. A touch of coffee flavors here and there. Nothing out of the ordinary.

The mouthfeel was scratching and fighting its way to the medium-bodied level. Probably didnt quite make it. A little chalky as well.

Drinkability was great. If they had this on special for $2 everyday, I'd probably buy an air mattress and move in.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2005 05:28:06 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of PBRstreetgang


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black and totally opaque. Rushing carbonation produces a dense and creamy tan head that fills the glass. The retention is superb, and sticky lacing coats the glass. The simple burnt aroma is strong, yet inviting. Charred chocolate malt and roasted barley flavors. Black patent and coffee provide a bitterness that balance the taste without any need for hops. The lack of hops also allows a strong residual sweetness that is well perceived in the finish. Smooth and rich mouthfeel, medium body and flat carbonation. The burnt flavor is a bit high for a porter, but it still manages a decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 03:56:20 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of Fugazme


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The look of this beer is pretty good. Dark, dark, deep brown... almost black, but not quite. Nice head retention. Creamy/off-white with lacing to boot.

Smell is floral and of hops at first. Then chocolate and coffee. Roasted malt.

Palate is good... a touch rough on the carbonation front, but not horrible.

Overall a nice choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 08:40:53 | More by Fugazme
Photo of waldowin


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark amber. Basically black at the center, with ruby highlights at the edges. Clumpy light brown head forms very quickly, and leaves a sheen of foam across the surface.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roast.

Tastes of smooth dark chocolate, hints of vanilla. Earthy roasted finish, with a nice edge of cedar hops to offset the sweetness up front.

Body is big, thick, and rough, with carbonation helping to thin it out a fair amount.

Rich, big, roasty, and slightly harsh, I think one bottle will do it for me. Tasty brew though.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 08:38:28 | More by waldowin
Photo of nlmartin


2.03/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured black but had a amber opaqueness to sunlight. The head was almost nonexistant.

Smell: I could smell toasty roasty coffee but nothing else.

Taste: The taste had a combination of coffee and chocolate no surprises.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Overall this beer strikes me as being thin and watery.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 14:03:35 | More by nlmartin
Photo of dirtylou


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle sitting around at Woodman's

appearance: pours a very dark brown, but not quite black...nice chocolate brown head forms with some nice lacing

smell: roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, a bit hoppy for a porter

taste: pretty tasty but I didnt really feel the hops. nice roasted coffee and smooth chocolate blend well together, hops have a bittering effect...overall rich smooth but bitter in the aftertaste

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, hop bitterness

drinkability: pretty drinkable as far as porters go for me

Pretty good porter but not my favorite, and definately not my favorite rogue

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 03:51:53 | More by dirtylou
Photo of babydoc


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

Poured into a pint glass- on the pour it sees hazy dark broan, but in the glass it is an opaque black-brown, letting not one bit of light through. The head is the color of frozen color, and fades away before the beer is gone, leaving little lace.

I was surprised at the hoppy nose, anticipating more molasses and coffee there. The taste? Ahh, there's the stuff I was looking for.. Sweet roasted malt with coffee, dark mocha, dark burnt/roasted malt. Sweetness is nicely offset by a piquant burst of hops that lasts into the finish, and keeps things from getting too sweet. Yummy. Don't drink it too cold or you'll miss out.

Dry, clean finish.

Is this a classic, quintessential porter? I don't think so, but I lke Rogue's treatment and will certainly have more!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 21:58:56 | More by babydoc
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Absolute opacity. The head foams and hangs for a short while, then becomes an afterthought, a bit of suds lace remains. It's almost purplish black. The predominant aroma is, surprisingly, piney hops. Scent of stone and earth and, perhaps celery, coffee and something vegetal as well. The taste begins with a mineral wash of pleasingly bitter hops. Cocoa, espresso, and a host of burnt flavors follow, malty and persistantly charred. It's medium to light bodied, and fills the mouth okay, but never approaches chewy. More like the consistency of an unsweetened espresso egg cream. Still there is a hint of sweetness which emerges after the hop bite subsides and just before the burnt malt takes over. Finish is dry and dusty, bitter and beautiful. Aftertaste is clean.

A wonderful, light and bitter brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 03:21:20 | More by horndecker
Photo of Holyterror


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

As a big fan of Rogue brews, it wasn't hard to convince myself to try this.

Pours a dark, murky brown with a creamy tan head. Looks good. Smells slightly malty, rather coffee-like. Big roasted malt flavors which recede into a burnt coffee flavor. Chocolate notes are present, but this isn't quite the little brother to Rogue's chocolate stout. Mouthfeel is dead-on for a good porter, and this makes an excellent substitute for an after-dinner coffee. A perfect brew for enjoying the coming cold season. Not a bad brew to enjoy a cigar with, either.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 22:36:06 | More by Holyterror
Photo of atigerlife


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


The appearance is dark, as a porter should be. Nice light brown head that disappeared rather quickly.
The smell was of roasted coffee with some malt hints. Slightly sweet.
The taste was quite distinctive. Immediately hit me with a bitter, malty chocolate taste that carried through to the end. Very consistent. Tangy. A dry finish that seems to linger.
The mouthfeel was of medium carbonation. Not a great porter. Not something that I would [or did] stick with all night. One was enough. For a porter, there are better choices.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 17:31:02 | More by atigerlife
Photo of CortexBomb


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out extremely dark with amber highlights. With a standard pour the head is about 1 mm thick and slightly off white. The smell reminds me of a stout...very roasty. Coffee tones are also present.

The taste starts off with a decent sweet rush, and then quickly settles down into a soft chocolate and roasted malt tone. The hops seem to lend a slightly bitey aspect to the beer and their subdued citrus is present on the aftertaste. An odd experience...the flavours on this are a mix between stouts, porters, and an IPA due to the hop presence.

Mouth...I didn't think it was much above average. Not macro thin, but not as thick as I would like...decent. Drinkability was good, an easy to drink beer with a flavour that has enough going on to be interesting, but not something that will overwhelm you either.

Overall, a solid, if unremarkable offering from the folks at Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 22:52:40 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of mitchfor3


4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, purchased in a sixer at BevMo for about $8.

This is a damn good porter. Smell hits you right out of the bottle, even before pouring. Rich flavor with strong coffee and more subtle chocolate.

Slightly over carbonated, meaning taste is a bit delayed - let this one sit in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing to savor the flavor.

Could have used a tad bit better head retention, but good lacing, and impressively thick body.

Overall a fantastic American porter - another outstanding ale from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 06:50:53 | More by mitchfor3
Photo of tekk9


4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the standard for which all Porters should be measured. I was very impressed with this Porter.

It poured a beautiful dark dark amber with a thin head that laced around my glass. I could pick out a faint coffee smell.

There is a slight coffee taste to the beer along with a nice maltiness. I really enjoyed the thcker mouthfeel. A lot of Porters seem to be to watery for me. The carbonation was perfect. Not too much nor too little. As I said before, a beer to judge others by.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2005 04:30:13 | More by tekk9
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,324 ratings.