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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,593 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,593
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 91
Gots: 204 | 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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Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big, rocky caramel colored head on top of totally black body. Very good head retention as well.

S - Hops, alcohol, and dark chocolate. Notes of plums and roasted grain with some citrus aromas coming from the hops.

T - Lots of coffee flavor and roasted bitterness with hop bitterness coming in to compete as well. Some hints of chocolate.

M - Thin body with moderate to light carbonation.

D - Pretty easily drinkable, especially if one were a coffee drinker already. The bitterness is a little much, and I think it would be better balanced if the body was somewhat heavier.

Photo of buzzworthy
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Rogue is a beauty on the pour with a midnight black coffee body and delicate head that dissipates quickly, soon looking like froth on the top of an ice cream soda. A roasted malt smell predominates. The porter is full bodied with some hoppy bitterness. The finish has a strong french roast coffee flavor. I'm somewhat disappointed in getting almost no chocolate flavor - mocha is a misnomer with the lack of chocolate. I'm not complaining - thoroughly enjoyed the taste. Mouth feel is good but wouldn't want another to follow.

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

Ripe, tart fruit and rich, chocolate malt. Vanilla hints.

Dense, reddish brown – mostly opaque. Nice little short-lived brown head.

Rich-roast chocolate malt attack. Good tartness hits me jaw like a green apple. Powdery malt texture. Fresh, grassy hops.

As an amply tasty porter, this brew’s only shortcoming is that it does not display the level of mocha I would expect from a self-declared Mocha Porter; I would welcome a stronger influence of richer, denser, darker malt.

Photo of Bung
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite porters. Dark dark brown, a little more carboation than some porters I've had. Just enough hints of mocha and hops to differentiate it from English counterparts. It has a more herbal smell than leafy or grassy. The extra hops and slightly more carbonation give it a more lively mouth feel.
To me it is very drinkable, had a session for my 30th birthday.

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

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - deep, dark brown color with a good sized tan head that fell to a ring leaving spotty lace.

S - dark roasted coffee aroma mixed with some aroma of cocoa.

T - roasty malt and cocoa flavor with a little bit of a hoppy bite on the finish.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - a good tasting, drinkable porter.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Rogue,

A: Pours a very dark brown, looks black on the first pour, but as the beer is drunk, its true brown colour shines through. Solid light tan head, great retention, little lacing though.

S: Milk chocolate and roast predominately, lighter than what I would have expected from Rogue.

T: Tastes heavily of roasted malt, dark chocolate, some pine hops there as well. The bitterness is fast and direct, blunt, but inviting. A very bittersweet tasting beer, reminds me a lot of 70% cacao dark chocolate.

M: Smooth and crisp, for a porter, soft, heavy in carbonation, maybe a little too much so, but a minor flaw for me.

D: A good solid porter from Rogue. Would think it would go well with a nice burger or medium rare steak. A nice production overall, another good beer from Rogue.

Photo of reillybeer
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black color, dark amber when held up to light. Looks like coca cola. Frothy beige colored head, eighth inch high. Thin patchy lacing.

S - Mostly dark roasted coffee, tangy grapefruit hop undertones. Very sharp smelling.

T - Definitely lives up to its name as a mocha flavor dominates at first, then it segues into a bittersweet hoppy flavor.

M - Moderate carbonation. Light creaminess.

D - Surprisingly this is not a very heavy beer,which enhances its drinkability as its flavors are somewhat intense. This beer is tasty :)

Photo of tayner
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours black with red highlights when held up to the light, medium tan head that left quite quickly leaving a ring around the edge with slight lacing as i drink.

smelled strong of roasted malt, slight coffee, chocolate.... whiff of hops right off the top...

taste was immediately of hop bitterness, followed by bitter chocolate and barely a touch of coffee... i was hoping for more coffee flavor, a little bit less hops i guess, although i have noticed that most rogue beers i have tried seem to all be a little heavy on the hops (IMO)... as it warmed the chocolate flavor strengthened as did the hop flavor, still not as much mocha as i would have liked for a mocha porter...

the back end was dry with all the hops, leaving a clean palate that makes this beer drinkable. i finished it with no problems, but with so many other porters out there i dont know if i would choose this one again any time soon, but i wouldnt snub my nose at it if someone handed me a cold one!

Photo of Roguester
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz into a tulip style christoffel glass. I am usually not a porter or stout type of guy, but was amazed at how likable this beer is. Smells sweet and chocolately, not at all offensive. Taste is good also, somewhat dark and burnt tasting, very sweet as well. For a porter, very drinkable and smooth. I've had this beer before, but don't remember it being so nice. Will buy again, but probably not very often.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of dogger6253
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of KI9A
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of crizmo2352
3.85/5  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.

Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of robg2251
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of ralree
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of burtonbe
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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

Photo of Jmamay22
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Homerbag
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of burnstar
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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>

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,593 ratings.