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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,572 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,572
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 89
Gots: 178 | 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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Photo of xymyl
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is very dark reddish brown, almost black at the center of the glass.

Aroma: A little bit of coffee, dark and milk chocolate, everything you would expect, but multi-layered. A lot going on here in such a small beer.

Taste: coffee, dark chocolate, some lightly fruity sweetness, drying out and coming up coffee again. But it is more than that, there is a lot of dimension to this little masterpiece. Amazingly balanced all the way around.

This is really a perfect beer, light in body and refreshing while at the same time rich in flavor and complex.

Photo of hbis2gut
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, this beer is dark. Too dark for a porter in fact. IMO
The nose is roasty. The head on my latest was nearly non-existent. This beer should be much cleaner and blended for me to buy it regularly. The dominant flavor is far too reminiscent of mediocre homebrew for even a "micro" to say anything more.

Update!
I may have gotten an off batch of this. My earlier review was below a 3, but I've recently tried it again and was pleasantly surprised. It's tough to review beers that you don't have regularly. I recently had a case of SamAdams Boston Lager and if I'd have to review it on that particular case it would've gotten low marks. I think a lot of microbrew out there may not be getting the storage treatment it deserves. .

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

Appearance: Pours a fizzy black colour with a froathy brown cap that drops quickly to a thin lace.

Aroma: Some soap and herbs here. Not much coffee.

Taste: The coffee comes through with a bang along side very sweet chocolate. Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, easy drinking for a porter.

Final Statement: This was my first Rogue, not very impressed. I was expecting a lot from this brewery. This is an average specialty porter, worth a try, makes a good breakfast beer. I'll stick with my Garrison Khybeer Mokka.

Photo of edskirk3
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twenty-two ounce bomber. I bought it two weeks ago. There's no freshness info. I'm pouring into a stemmed Cognac glass.

It's very opaque, and it's not even a stout. Interesting. I don't see any ruby highlights or anything. Thick, creamy head of, well, mocha. Doesn't smell as coffeelike as I had anticipated. More of a "beery" aroma, i.e. the various malts used in the making of this ale which are all listed among the ingredients. Rogue always has the ingredients right on the bottle, which I like.

The palate is largely bittersweet, like raw coffee, with a more "finished" coffee taste coming in right at the end. Mouthfeel is lighter than you'd expect. Dry, sticky. Well done.

I'd certainly have a few more but that's about it.

Photo of kdoc8
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a bottle, but at the Rogue Brewery in Newport, OR.
It was deep brown and red in color, with not much of a head and no lacing. It had a sweet and airy smell, light - some chocolate and hints of coffee. The taste was the same - light tones of chocolate/coffee coming through, and then the later tastes and aftertaste was mainly of roasted malt.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definately a different label than the one in the window...12 oz bottle.

Pours a semi-viscous, opaque, dark brown colored stout with a thin tan head. Average head retention, no lacing. Smells very smoky, with ashy chocolate and coffee notes. Some spicey hops present too. Acrid & nutty, and a slight alcohol note pulls through as it warms.

Taste, as the aroma, has big smoky mocha chocolate notes. Malts and hops are fairly well balanced. Feels smooth and velvety upon hitting the palate, yet leaves a bite on the aftertaste...I like.
Despite the fact that I'm not a huge stout fan, this one grew on me. I definately enjoyed it and will be having it again. Nice job rogue.

Photo of zdk9
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours with a small head that sticks around for a while. The color is just this side of midnight, only showing a touch of brown on the top and impenetrable to light.

S- Smell is weaker than the taste (not really unexpected so I guess I mean it's weaker than I wish it was). Cocoa powder, raisins, and chocolate covered espresso beans form the primary scents

T- The cocoa and raisins are joined by a stronger coffee taste. Very faint hops which blends really well into the bitterness of the malt. Aftertaste is bitter, like I need some sugar in my coffee. But altogether a very comple taste.

M- Pretty smooth, but not at all heavy.

D- The strong aftertaste limits the drinkability of this beer a bit in my opinion, though the complexity of the flavor overcomes this for the most part.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a pretty good porter, and I really enjoyed it. It has lots of roastiness but is not tremendously different from other porters. Its mouthfeel is a bit thin.

This beer pours rather viscous, but is very, very dark. It has a plentiful off-white head. Aroma is lightly sweet coffee notes. Flavor is very roasty, with lots of "burnt pizza crust" character that I really enjoy. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, particularly for a beer of this style. All-in-all, I'd definitely recommend, but it is not among the top couple of beers in this style in my opinion (Edmund Fitzgerald, Anchor Porter, etc).

Photo of WAP
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a thick head that lingers, finally leaving billowy lacing. Smell is dark, roasted malts - almost a burnt aroma with a hint of sourness. No chocolate notes detected here. Taste is mild chocolate sweetness followed by burnt malt, almost coffeelike, and finishing sour with burnt malt notes on the tongue. Mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly creamy. This is a good beer but there is something in the bitter / sour finish that is not quite to my liking. This one will not make the regular porter rotation.

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

Executive Summary: I consider Rogue to have a solid lineup. I don't have any selections in my mind that are superstars, but each one delivers. Mocha Porter is no exception. It's a great porter and they've included the chocolate/coffee element quite nicely.

Appearance: Deep, deep mahogany with ruby accents when held up to the light. Coffee ice cream colored head, finger thick, reduces to a film. Minor lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, slight hop aroma. Very typical porter aroma - no hint of the titular (giggle) element.

Taste: Aha - there's the mocha! Wow. What a combination. Deep roasted malts up front followed by a distinct (but not overpowering) hop flavor, and finishes out with the mocha accents. It's a nice mix of coffee and chocolate, all against the background of a fine porter profile.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Light carbonation. Not thick at all, which is exactly the way I expect my porters to be - to me, a good porter should have the flavor boldness of a stout but isn't such an investment in the mouth and in the stomach. Very well done here.

Drinkability: Outstanding in this category. A smooth, pleasant flavor that isn't too overpowering to keep you from having a few. This is a great cool weather brew, and I'd easily kick back with several of these.

Photo of bradybeer
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Pours a dark rich brown with a thick tan head and light carbonation

Smell=Coffee, coffee-nice roasted coffee aroma-like a fresh brewed cup of coffee

Taste=medium coffee taste taste that lingers

Mouthfeel-good medium to heavy body.

Drinkability=Like chips how can one stop at just one? This beer is one of the smoothest I have had in some time

Photo of beeroclock
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark but not completely black. Light brown head that fades rather quickly. Smells slightly sweet and of nuts. Tastes of coffee and some roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate. Slightly carbonated but goes down smoothly, not much aftertaste. This beer goes well with food. I would imagine it would be good to cook with too.

Photo of RJLarse
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a couple of bottles of Rogue Mocha Porter at a specialty shop. Poured in to a punt tumbler.

Pours a black walnut color and is nearly opaque. There are some red hues around the edges of the galss when help to the light. A foamy tan finger and a half head forms, and is some what resilient.

The smell is faint for the style, with some coffee aromas.

The taste is coffee and unsweetened chocolate malt, perhaps with a little caramel flavor along side, and then a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a little cloying.

Drinkability is average. I've had better porters and this one seems a little bitter and one-dimensional. The coffee flavors may be a bit over done.

Photo of EStreet20
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a 16 ounce shaker glass.

A - Nice dark brown with some chestnut color when held to the light. Not quite a finger of tan head fizzes and bubbles.

S - Smell is of some chocolate malts with minor roastiness.

T - Taste is initially a bit sweet with some nice bitter coffee like notes rolling in. Finishes dry with no real aftertaste.

M - A nice medium bodied porter.

D - A nice session porter right here. Low ABV and some good flavors make it one you can sit and drink for a while.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours opaque black with a 1 finger creamy brown head.

S - Bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, hints of coffee grounds.

T - Dark chocolate with hints of roasted malt and coffee. It starts out slightly bitter and builds with each sip. It tastes like bitter dark chocolate but I can distinguish if it is the chocolate or the hops contributing the bitterness.

M - Medium to full bodied for a porter and nicely carbonated. The bitterness builds up to a very dry finish.

D - Great porter that is a little on the bitter side. Highly recommended for porter fans.

Photo of TheSarge
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with moderate amount of CO2 and makes for an inch thick dark tan head. Lasts a good long time and eventually leaves behind ample lacing. Burnt malt/coffee like aromas blended smoothly with chocolate. Tastes great... One of the best porters I've had in a while.

Photo of zymurgy4all
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another great one from Rogue. I got this in the bottle at Loco's in Auburn, AL, and I was immediately impressed. I am not a fan of porters, so all those out there who don't like the usual porter, try this one. It pours very dark, has a medium head, and has some chocolate overtones and balanced hoppiness that is just great. I highly recommend this brew. It leaves a residual flavor that can complement a steak, or other hearty meal. Keep it up Rogue--This one is a winner!

Photo of tcfishler
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with burnt amber highlights and an above-average head. Rich, roasty, malty aromas don't hold anything back. Even more concentrated flavors that tread the line between malty sweetness and dry roastedness. Exquisite combination of balance and intensity. If there's any weakness to this brew, it's the lack of real complexity, but that hardly bothers me given the other positive qualities.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick black viscous brew with a cascading four-plus finger head that leaves tons of sticky brown lace on the glass.

S - Coffee and smooth dark chocolate right up front, along with some roasty and woody notes. Chocolate covered expresso beans.

T - Woody, smokey, campfire flavors abound along with dark roasted coffee and a little bit of chocolate. I like how the major players are the porter flavors and not a big block of chocolate hitting you over the head. This is a bit like cooking chocolate or very dark and bitter chocolate candy.

M - Medium bodied and acidic. Pretty damn carbonated too. This is probably this brew's worst asset. It needs thickening up a bit IMO.

D - Good. A little rosty and bitter for all-out sessioning, but I could definitly drink two. This would stand up well to a big fat steak.

Photo of CU570M
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle i drank from was a similar label, but different. Almost a pitch black beer that pours with no head. On of the darkest beers i have ever seen. The theme starts off with a coffee color and continues in the same direction with the taste and smell. The smell is kind of like an iced coffee. I wanted to throw some cream and sugar in it. Taste is a coffee bitter, like a black coffee. Mouthfeel was good with an after taste just like coffee. This is a great porter. Glad Rogue is doing it like this.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Appears a dark brown with two fingers of creamy tan foam. Smell is of coffee, sweet dark fruits. Tastes of sweet roasted malts and coffee, cocoa powder, and a slight touch of caramel. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth on the tongue. Very drinkable, think I might have another...

Photo of umustdrink
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black color. Head is light brown and very fluffy, settles at an eighth inch. Strong Lace

S - Very dark coffee smell, bitter.

T - Taste is bitter malt at first sort of like cold stale coffee, aftertaste is rich black coffee. Aftertaste is the highlight here and is very long lasting.

M - Thin on the mouth just like coffee but definitely flavorful.

D - One of the most coffee like beers I've had. Very tasty, will have again.

Photo of goochpunch
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out almost completely black with some ruby hues on the fringes of the glass. Thick, solid, dimply 1" cafe au lait head lasts and lasts. Leaves lacing rings after sips. Smells very chocolatey with roasted and smoky malts along with some raisins, prunes, and a hint of molasses. Taste is up front of roasted malt that falls into a slightly chocolatey flavor. Palate is a bit thin. There is some molasses in there. Finishes smoky, slightly lactic, and with more roasted flavors. The lingering aftertaste is all astringent coffee and Pacman yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and almost to the point of being full, but just a little bit too thin for what I was hoping for. This would be a killer session porter.

Photo of harpo111
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark, with a thin head
s: carmel...slight chocolate
t: some bite..but nice and smooth...chocolate/mocha/coffee..with a nutty finish
m: not too thick
d: love it....nice with food...nice while just sipping....definate crowd pleaser
...i like this one...not as much as shakespeare stouts..but no slouch...

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

Bought a sixer of this last Friday to give it a try...

I poured the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I came up with a modest 1/2" head that didn't last too long. I was expecting it to be frothier (...is that a word?). The lacing was minimal as I drank it down. The appearance was thinner than I was expecting. It was quite dark. Not quite opaque... hints of red in the black and brown.

The smell was of coffee more than chocolate.

The first taste was mild with respect to what I was expecting.... very little hops. Flavors were coffee-like with a bit of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel was mild.... again little to no hop "bite" and a suitable amount of carbonation. The carbonation level suited the beer. I had very little aftertaste with this beer.

Drinkability was OK... not a knock your socks off kind of beer. Quite good and worth a few more tries. I will buy this again.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,572 ratings.