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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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very good

2,636 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,636
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 93
Gots: 242 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Ratings: 2,636 | Reviews: 1,334
Photo of hyland24
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

It poured dark brown with a 2 finger tan head similar to a root-beer. The head dissipated quickly and there was thin lacing throughout the glass.

The smell was slightly smokey with hints of malt and coffee.

The taste was slightly bitter with burnt coffee, smoke, malt and a slightly metallic aftertaste. As it warmed up the mocha flavors became more prominent adding a nice sweetness.

It was more light bodied than I expected and had a good bit of carbonation.

Overall a good choice but definitely got better as the beer went on. I suggest waiting 15 minutes after taking it out of the fridge before drinking. Good choice and I would definitely have it again.

Photo of nasty15108
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown almost black with slight ruby hues when held up to the light. Thick and foamy tan head with a good amount of lacing and carbonation.

S - Malty with a slight smokey aroma. Subtle hints of strong espresso.

T - Slight degree of sweetness up front followed by a smokey and slightly bitter after taste. Hints of dark chocolate and alcohol throughout.

MF&D - Great porter character. Thick, flavorful and chewy. I'll have another!

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a big two finger espresso foam colored head that has excellent retention, and it leaves excellent lacing. Body is black. Beautiful to behold.

Smell - the nose is filled with rich aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and bitter pine resin. Mouthwatering.

Taste - exactly as promised by the smell. A big wash of bitter pine resin upfront, followed by rich flavors of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, and slightly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is excellent ale, and it is totally sessionable.

Photo of Mdog
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt, slight chocolate aroma.

Taste: Citric, bitter hop blast to start, before giving way to sweetened coffee and dark chocolate flavors, ends with coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Seems really bubbly, which is a little off-putting.

Drinkability: Other than the weird feel, probably could have a couple.

A decent porter, seems overly carbonated or something, but pretty tasty. But there's a ton of porters with just as good of flavor and no weird mouthfeel out there.

Photo of toolbrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark, opaque, with a frothy light brown head. Good head retention and some lacing. Can see a dark red color at the side of the glass.

The smell has hints of chocolate.

Chocolate in the taste as well, but not overwhelmingly so. More carbonation than I would expect from a beer this dark. And it seems a little more watery than expected.

Great mouthfeel. Doesn't coat the mouth like other porters I've had.

I could have a couple of these per sitting but wouldn't drink a six pack at one time. If it were on draft I think it would taste much better. In fact I've had it on draft before but it's been a while.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a snifter - I was at my grandparent's house, and they didn't have a great deal of appropriate glassware, but this seemed the most appropriate. This beer was completely opaque, with a creamy light brown head, great retention, and thick, foamy lacing. Very attractive, nice to look at.

Smell: Sweet caramel notes, buttery toffee, and lots of smoke! Alcohol is also rather prevalent, but not distractingly so. Very complex.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, and sweet caramels - so mild! Alcohol can hardly be detected. Toasted notes leave a slightly astringent/bitter taste in the finish (could be the hops, too), but it's a good bitterness, like a nice espresso.

Mouthfeel: SO smooth. Quite possibly one of the smoothest beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Very mellow and creamy, with a good carbonation profile. Near-perfect.

Drinkability: Most excellent, very smooth and complex, I could drink a sixer by myself. Much smoother and more mild than most porters I've had.

Photo of Drufus
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured jet black with a coffee colored inch high head.

Smelled faintly of chocolate, not near as much rogues chocolate bomb stout.

Taste was decent, coffee and chocolate notes. I could taste a tartness that seemed a little overpowering. I have had a few meals with the beer and for some reason when drank with food, this beer tastes a heck of a lot better. The tartness goes away, and i can even taste more chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a little bubbly. A little too bubbly for this style.

the tartness makes this a little tough to down more than one.

I recommend eating with the beer.

Photo of Darien
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark ruby with a small head with some nice lacing.

S-Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

T-Sweeter than I thought it would be, tastes like roasted coffee, very nice.

M-Nice full bodied beer, taste kinda lingers on the tongue.

D-A great tasting porter, I will definately have another one of these.

Photo of Rootdog316
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mocha Porter pours a clear coppery-amber, sprouting a dense tan head. You can really smell cocoa in the nose, though the coffee half of the mocha equation is far more muted; it's more a roasty aroma than anything resembling Starbucks. There's little else aside from a very slight sourness. The flavor switches the equation initially, producing a solid medium-roast coffee flavor and roasted barley to go with a complementary cocoalike second banana.Incidentally, the high hopping rate seems to do little until the finish. Apparently the beer is weighted heavily toward bittering hops (little aroma or flavor hops), as the sides of the mouth seem to be abuzz with this roughness without contributing much resiny flavor. The hops are surprisingly muted by the bitterness of the dark grains until the finish, where the hops finally come through and wind up dominating the finish.

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a mocha colored firm head that was pretty persistent.

S: dark roastedness, fresh chocolate, nuttiness and some pine hopping.

T: For flavor there was dark roasted coffee, and sweet chocolate. The flavor was nicely balanced between the coffee and chocolate. The roasted nature was very smooth, dry and robust with some dark mocha beans.

M: creamy and lightly carbonated with a smooth texture and slickness on the tongue.

D: Hearty porter with a very good drinkability and enjoyment.

Photo of daliandragon
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a near black color with a tiny reddish tint at the bottom. The lack of head is an issue, only a partial cap lasts after a minute or so. Smell is where this one shines, featuring heavy doses of sweet, chocolate draped coffee against a malt backing.

The expected maltiness is there but a surprising bitterness joins it in the second half of the sip. Dry, bittersweet finish. A little more cloying after a few sips.

This is a decent beer but a little too hop influenced for my taste. I understand the desire to add hops to everything but honestly think this brew would be more satisfying if the natural coffee malt was allowed to star on the stage alone.

Photo of Rayek
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The coffee makes this taste more like a Stout than a Porter in my mind, but still very good.

A: Great. Dark Walnut color. A thick and rocky tan head leaves behind lots of lace.

S: Smells of somewhat sweet chocolate, cinnamon and espresso. Very nice overall. Not super complex.

T: The sweet chocolate from the aroma is quickly displaced by a burnt malt taste as the beer hits the tongue. Strong coffee notes are followed by a very hoppy middle. Hops are quite bitter, but have a slight floral quality to them.. Beer fades into a dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body with a little too much carbonation.

D: If you are a coffee fanatic, this is a good bet. Not quite what I expect of a porter, but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of ajmoody76
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at a beer store. pick a six 12 ounce bottles. poured into an imperial pint glass. deep dark brown color. good clarity up to the light. thin light-brown head that stays pretty thin throughout. looks pretty good.

fruit hoppy nose with a subtle chocolate presence. the malt is mixed in behind the hops. some sweetness- maple. no off odors.

get chocolate with a nice hoppy crispness. good amount of sweetness. no bitterness until the aftertaste- bitter chocolate. good balance.

enough carbonation for me. full bodied beer. no lace. being called a mocha i would have expected more coffee. maybe i just cannot taste it. otherwise i dig this beer. i could get into some trouble with this beer. would like to pick up a whole six pack next time. american porter is one of my favorite categories. this is a good one.

Photo of nbrown
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown. Dark thick head.

S - Smells like coffee, chocolate, bittersweet malts.

T - Big coffee upfront with a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. I bought five cases on sale at the brewery and after two cases I'm still happy to be drinking it.

Photo of mwilbur
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Dark brown with relatively thick dark tan head.
S: Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate aromas.
T: Medium roast coffee with a dry finish. Not as smooth, dark, or complex as I was expecting. A slightly bitter aftertaste.
M: Medium body with hop bite. Taste barely lingers and unfortunately, the bitterness outlasts everything else.
D: An okay offering from Rogue, but was expecting better. There are better beers with coffee notes to them.

Photo of Greggy
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice fluffy 2 finger into the glass with some great lasting power.

Smell: Chocolate, Caramel, Coffee, Cocoa

Taste: I find this to taste quite a bit like a milk stout but with a touch less chocolate, and a bit more coffee. I was expecting a bit more coffee in the taste department but the great balance of chocolate, coffee and cream makes up for it.

Mouthfeel: I can really sense a hop bitterness/aroma in the mouthfeel department. It's smooth but the hops do leave a bit of bitterness in the back end that doesn't jive with the rest of the brew.

Photo of sjohansen
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chocolate brown, just shades short of black. A thin off white head disappears quickly and leaves very little on top except a ring around the brew. Leaves spotty lacing that climbs and crawls all over the glass.

It has a sweet nose of milk chocolate. As it warms the notes are overwhelmingly chocolate malts. Hint of maple syrup.

Sweet soft chocolate in the front. Strong roasted flavors in the middle. The transition is drastic, but welcome. Dry finish with a strong bitter hop characteristic; leaves you begging for another sip. Chocolate milk aftertaste that sticks around.

Silky mouthfeel in front giving way to excited carbonation.

The Rogue Mocha Porter is very thick. I don't think I'd be able to drink more then 1 or 2. The flavors are very complex and it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a solid brown color that won't let anylight through with a think creamy head that won't be around for long. The aroma is malty, sweet and chocolately with a light hop presence. The strongest flavor here is the roasted malt. There are caramel, coffee and chocoalte flavors alo which isn't ground breaking by any stretch of the imagination but it they are balanced nicely. This is an incredibly smooth brew to the mouth. Moderate to thick feel. Very drinkable. Nothing amazing but nice.

Photo of MisterClean
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz from total wine. Every city needs one, this place rocks.

A - Dark brown, firm mocha head, dissipates quickly, no lacing.

S - Milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee beans, plums, lightly roasted malts.

T - Lt chocolate, roasted malts, plums.

M - Slightly carbonated, but the smoothness and moistness of the beer is outstanding.

D - Definitely want another. Very refreshing for a porter.

Photo of DHGranstrand
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer! I think it is very well balanced for a chocolate porter.

The guys at Rogue consistently produce winners, beer after beer, style after style.

Nice creamy head at pour with good lace. Very dark.

Tastes great! The hoppiness comes through nicely, is not over-powering and it has a nice bittersweet chocolate finish.

Feels very velvety and smooth.

I could drink this all night. It is extremely well balanced and is just a very nice porter.

Photo of SMark
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured vigorously into an Imperial pint glass at 48° from a 12 ounce bottle. There was no date information. There were approximately 3 fingers of a nice off tan pillow foamy head which lasted over 4 minutes. Some foam stayed on the glass as the head dissipated. The beer was a dark brown being described as ruddy but it still looked dark brown to me. My mistake. I guess if you really look at it there is a red cast when held up to good light.

Hops were the first noticeable bouquet smelled from above the glass with malt detected later. I did not arrive at the malt aroma on my first experience a couple of days ago. The hops continued with the second and third attempt to notice anything additional. It seemed that I might be smelling sweetness but I will chalk that up to a hint of malt.

There was chocolate and coffee from the very start. The hops took a back seat to the tastes at the start but came on later. This was flavorful and enjoyable.

This beer delivered a bit of a smoky feeling as it lingered in the mouth. Bitterness on the tongue was enhanced by the malt, coffee and chocolate bouncing off the roof of the mouth.

A nice enjoyable beer from Rogue that had a bit of lacing as it was imbibed. The chocolate, coffee and hops all integrated well without one overpowering the other in the end. I had already decided to try more Rogue products and this just reinforces that decision.

Photo of turbine2475
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Timbro81 for this nice little addition to our trade.
A - Pours an opaque brown with a two finger caramel head that slowly disipates into a mild lace.
S - Antisipated hints of chocolate and coffee malts with a little bit of a nutty and hop bite that was a plesant suprise.
T - Hoppier than I thought it would be but that is not a bad thing. Lots of pine and juniper with those chocolate and mocha malts. Very nice.
M - Good carbonation with a thick twingy bite all over.
D - Good brew that I would love to have again, seems to a beer that would be best off a tap!

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of Rogue's Mocha Porter is a nice dark brew BUT not black. The head is a tan, 1/2 finger head with thick lacing. The taste is very...mocha! It dances on the tongue for a while, and the beer finishes with a creamy note. The mouthfeel is very fluid: ie its very smooth and creamy. Rogue has produced a nice drinkable brew with a rich mocha taste. Well done!

Overall, this is a good brew worthy of a taste.

Photo of bassmantin
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with medium tan/brown head. Smell is decent, roasted malts, some chocolate hints. The head lingers for quite a while.

Taste is excellent. It has all the typical roastiness, chocolate flavors of a great porter, with a unique mocha taste that pervades throughout, especially strong in the finish. I don't really know what mocha is, but if this is it, it's quite nice.

In general, I would prefer the taste to be a bit more intense, but that's a porter for you.

Overall: A very unique porter. Good for kicks.

Photo of TYE
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a tan head. Fair retention and a little smearing. Foam looks like malted shake. Looks sweet like liquid desert.
S - Roasted nut, chocolate, and hops. Good aroma. Very inviting.
T - Like a liquid pine tree. Hoppy biterness all over mouth with a clean finish. Not overwhelming, but strong.
M - Medium carbonation. Bites all over tongue. Full body.
D - I could only have one of these at a time. I would drink this again, but not one of my favorites.

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