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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,357 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,357
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 75
Gots: 98 | 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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thetachibro

New Jersey

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

A- Poured a dark black with a medium off white tan head. Head drizzeled down to a small ring and hung around for a while

S- Nothing too overpowering. Coffee and roasted nuts with a hint of chocolate and malts

T- Taste was malty and rich. Slightly bitter. You taste the coffee and chocolate. Mildly dry finish

M- Very nice medium body in the mouth. Crisp

D- Good drinkability. Not too sweet as some porters of this type are. Could be a session beer for me personally

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 18:56:56 | More by thetachibro
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

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

pours black with a little head.
the aroma of chocolate and malt with a hint of hops
the taste is bittersweet chocolate with some malt and coffee.
the beer is very creamy and goes down smooth expacitally in the cooler months.
use a brandy snifter to get the best aroma

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 02:00:42 | More by plaztikjezuz
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BRoberts914

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had anticipated trying this beer for quite some time. Finally got the chance last night. The appearance is what one would expect for the style--dark, with ruby highlights on the edges. The smell is pleasing with a healthy dose of dark malts, english hops, and a hint of roasted nuts. Unfortunately, the malts suggested by the aroma did not show up as prominently in the palate as I had expected. Maybe I'm being a little harsh here, but it seemed like the malt taste was too weak and gave way to the hoppy finish too quickly for a robust porter. The mouthfeel was very good--creamy, full bodied, but not overpowering. I could easily drink multiples of this beer, but I would probably go with an Anchor or a Sierra Nevada instead.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 22:32:11 | More by BRoberts914
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Ahhdball

Ohio

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

Dark brown, with hints of amber after hitting light. Foamy beige top with minmal lacing.
Coffee and chocolate aroma, roasted chestnuts followed.
Great blend of chocolate and coffee malts veering over to a nice hop bitterness in the middle, which smoothed for a clean silky finish.
I expected a little more coffee but I wasn't disappointed in the least. A complete porter with an extra creamy finish and over all good taste. I would love to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 16:09:18 | More by Ahhdball
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Iguana

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This tasty brew poured a nice black with brown hues and a very small head that reduced to some nice lacing.

Smell - The smell on this brew really nice, hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste - Taste on this one is quite interesting. Starts out as a nice chocolate that fades into what I can only describe as a cup of french roast with no sweetener which is really quite enjoyable. Coffee flavor really stays around for awhile.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel starts out right for me, goes from chocolate to coffee to a smoky taste. After this though a real strong bitterness comes out which I am kinda lukewarm on. A bit too bitter aftertaste for me.

Drinkability - This is a pretty good beer. Its got a nice flavor and goes down well.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 23:11:46 | More by Iguana
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DogFood11

California

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

Dark brown to black, decent head and lacing was admirable. Immediately during the pour I was overcome with large billowing layers of choclate and coffee aroma....Very interested.

Taste is a well organized party of flavor. The chocolate is rich and immediately mellowed by toasted bread and roasted coffee. The bite is even bigger than the bark. The only bitter touch was in the middle and it was well placed because the finish was all the malts/roasted/toasted/sweetness blended together for a long lasting flavor bomb.

Aftertaste lingers for a bit, welcomed for sure in such a fine brew. Actually turns a bit smokey the longer you can hold off on your next drink.

Notes: One complex porter that I'm sure I could dissect further if I could only find this on a regular basis. For now I'm just going to enjoy my last 3 in the sixer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 22:56:13 | More by DogFood11
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maddamish

Tennessee

4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ap: This beers color is a dark brown. I cannot see through it in my glass. It seems to pour out as thick as a stout. Medium sized head that turned into islands of lace.

Smell: Coffee and caramel notes with a hint of alcohol in the background.

Taste: Expresso and burnt chocolate malts with (again) a hint of alcohol in the background. Despite the mocha label this is not a sweet beer but one that tends toward the bitter side.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Lighter than a stout but heavier than your average porter. I would even classify this as an imperial porter.

Drinkability/Notes: Not a bad porter at all. One of the better one's out there as a matter of fact. This is not one to introduce to new Ba's but reserve it for the more mature beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 08:56:01 | More by maddamish
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

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

Nice American Porter. Pours out to a dark black color with a huge head of foam. Lace is abundant. Medium level of carbonation. Aroma is almost creamy, with lush scents of caramel and coffee. Flavor is well crafted; coffee and chocolate dominate, with a light backbone of roasted malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, like a cloud's fluff. Wonderful. Good drinkability. A solid offering from the guys at Rogue. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 00:37:51 | More by Frozensoul327
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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
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

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
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shroompod

Ohio

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
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maek228

Pennsylvania

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
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MSchae1017

Georgia

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
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bark

Sweden

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
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bahumutx

Michigan

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
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

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
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veggiemafia

Pennsylvania

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
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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
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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
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pweis909

Wisconsin

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
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

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
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

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
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Fugazme

Nebraska

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
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waldowin

Washington

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
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nlmartin

Ohio

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
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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