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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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2,592 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,592
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 Tuey13
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown (almost black) with a thick frothy tan head. Has a very nice aroma with coffee, chocolate, and caramel scents all melding together nicely. The taste is similar with a creamy sweet caramel taste followed by coffee and chocolate to finish. Very good sipping beer, especially on a cold night. This could almost be considered a light stout beer if it had just a little more body.

Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a thin off-white head.

The smell is of dark-roasted coffee with hints of chocolate.

The taste is of roasted black coffee. Bitter undertone takes balances out sweetness nicely. Dark graininess. Hints of sweet chocolate come through, especially as the drink progresses. Nicely balanced with a long, bittersweet finish.

Smooth - firm, but not heavy. Nice medium-body.

A good coffee-like porter.

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

Pours dark brown opaque with a frothy head.
Head didn't last long but even as it returned to its primordial lair it held to its sculpture and form. As the head's exposition waned it Gaffiti'ed the sides of my glass with a dull tan lace and scribble.
I consider a Porter to be a Stout wanna be- and this beer was as such. The Stout volume was set to four or five-- any higher and the bottle would have been mislabeled. Unmistakable traits of hops bitterness and tosted malt together with a cordial finish. The finish ended so nicely timed that I kept reaching for my glass in hopes of finding that illusive bottom or "red" on the drunk-o-meter.
Mouthfeel too was a cordial "compfy" glow of the beer's finish and its mild carbonation. Drinkability was superior as it's ABV was not such that my brain cells immediatley sought shelter and yet two pints back to back were a reality..

Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours black with tinges of purple at the bottom of my glass & a fluffy 3 fingers+ tan head. Some lacing & average head retention

S: Coffee & roasted grain notes

T: Roasred grain & coccoa (sic) up front, then dryness. Slight vanilla notes & iron to boot. Finishes roaty, chocolatey, & dry

MF: Medium bodied & sticky with low carbonation.

Drinks fairly easy, not one I'd session on all night, but a very nice porter

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

Presentation: Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into an Imperial pint glass. The paint-on label lists describes the beer as "ruddy-brown in color, a bittersweet balance of malt and hops, yet a surpisingly light and refreshing taste." Specs: 13 degrees Plato, 54.51 IBU, 73 AA, and 77 degrees L.

Appearance: Pours with a nice, 1 inch, creamy, tan head. This falls to just the thinnest of coatings. The beer itself is opaque and red-tinged around the edges.

Smell: Roasted malt with baker's/dark chocolate undertones. Slight sweetness.

Taste: What this beer lacks in smell, it makes up for in flavor. A decent level of bitterness upfront, followed by a lingering, mouth-filling, chocolate flavor. Not milk choclate, but a bitter dark chocolate flavor that blends well with the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly less than average carbonation. Decent body.

Drinkability; Much like the label says, a hoppy and flavorful drink that is still very drinkable. This one has been hard to find around, I'll have to pick up a few more bombers next time I stumble across it.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with a large head of foam that subsides after a w2hile leaving a nice solid layerwith lacing.

The smell is a nice mix of sweet caramel malt and coffee.

The taste is strong on the caramel, chocolate and coffee and they all hit you right up front. Tasty. The finish ends on the hoppy side with a nice bit of bitterness that yearns for another sip. Very smooth and it's a very good drinker. Yum.

Bottom line: A very tasty interpretation of an American Porter that has no apparent negative aspects. I recommend it.
Thanks to Wasatch for this sample!

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

Poured aggressively from a 12oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. A dark brown color with some beautiful deep amber when held up to light. Nice two finger tan head slowly settled to 1/2 finger or slow leaving significant lacing.

A light chocolaty aroma with hints of dark malts and no hops whatsoever. Taste is also surprisingly light, with hints of chocolate and malt. I get a lingering bitter and dry finish that is at one point almost metallic to me. I'm not sure where that is coming from but it's not terribly pleasant. It does not last long though, and is less prevalent as I drink on.

This porter does have a nice light, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

It's a drinkable beer, but I wouldn't have more than one myself. Nice to sip on and explore flavor-wise. The odd finish I am getting does not cost it too much points-wise as it may just be me. Updates to this review may be forthcoming.

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

Very dark black/brown, with an impressive, if short-lived, head. Decent lacing.

Somewhat reticent in the nose, but I like what's there. Black coffee, a hint of caramel, wood smoke.

Some roasted malt, with touches of bitter chocolate, espresso beans, and bitter citrus peel in the lingering finish. Well-balanced.

Medium body, with a bit too much carbonation for my palate. Nice creamy texture.

Very tasty, and easy to drink, especially after dinner.

Photo of Applesauce1
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: dark, almost black with a 1/2" white head
Smell: nuts, coffee
Taste: seems a little watered down, a sweet coffee flavor, nutty
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied
Drinkability: decent, didn't want another right away because the taste wasnt too impressive

I remember having this on-tap over the summer and it being a lot better; this is the first beer I've had from rogue that has not impressed me too much

Photo of brdc
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not sure if this one was not a bit too old on the shelf...
It is about time Rogue puts expiration dates, or at least bottling dates on its beers with ABV 7 or lower.
Anyway, it is a very dark, black beer with just a reddish hue when held against light.
Highly carbonated, with a bubbly brown head that dissipates leaving a nice lacing.
Smell is really faint, of roasted malts and coffee. As a matter of fact, alcohol is the most pronounced smell.
Taste is good, but again not very pronounced, with bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee that disappears in the mouth way too quickly, leaving only a little bit more hops than I like in a porter.
Medium body, not light enough for a session, but good enough for two in a row.
I would really love to know its bottling date, to take the doubt out of my mind - is this really just an OK beer or was it too old?

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

12 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown/black with a ruddy tone, contained under a big fluffy light brown head.

S: Coffee and chocolate...shocking.

T: Good coffee and malty quality, with a slight hint of roastedness.

M: Smoooth and creamy, rich but not overly heavy.

D: Slightly too heavy to be sessionable, but a few would be managable. Very tasty brew.

I like coffee and I like beer, so I kinda knew I would enjoy this offering. Leans towards the stout end of the spectrum, IMHO, but it doesn't really matter. It's grrreat!

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

This beer poured a black color with a thick tan head. The smell is sweet and a bit like caramel. It has hints of caramel, chocolate and coffee in the taste – which is quite delicious. The mouthfeel is thick and a bit chewy. For a heavy beer, this is delightful and not tiresome – drinkable within reason.

Photo of xoqx
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Mocha Porter arrived as a dark brown, nearly opaque brew. It had a tan head with very little retention or lacing. I didn't experience much in the nose except a non-descript malty scent. This beer is made with a veritable smorgasbord of malts: Northwest Harrington, Klages, Crystal, Beeston Chocolate, Black, Munich, and Carastan malts. I actually found its taste to be not particularly complex despite this extensive combination of malts. There were subtle chocolate, coffee and maybe slight vanilla tastes. The mouthfeel was creamy yet had the slightest astringency. This is a pleasant, drinkable porter.

Photo of Damian
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA

Poured a translucent, dark mahogany with a one-finger, foamy, mocha colored head. The head faded to a substantial film with a thick ring of lace.

Smell was exceptional. Intense, sweet, light chocolate with hints of vanilla. Very smooth. Some sweet cream/lactose also detectable.

Taste was rich and full as well yet not quite as sweet as the aromas. Malty (roasted malts) and coffee-like initially, as well as a bit smoky. Some dark chocolate was noticeable later along with some hoppy dryness. The aftertaste was quite hoppy as well and resonated long after the beer was done.

Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than expected but still decent.

Drinkability was quite good. This was a very pleasant, well balanced, easy drinking, after dinner/dessert porter.

Photo of Schwarzbart
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a small brownish-tan head.

Smell: The smell is not as strong coming from a bottle compared to having it on tap. Much of the coffee aroma is lost and replaced with a more smoky aroma with hints of nuts.

Taste: Taste is solid, but again not as much coffee flavor from a bottle. Still the flavor of smoked coffee malts is apparent. A nice smoky toasted flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Tight and bubbly.

Drinkability: A good porter that I could drink anytime, but much much better on tap when I had it at Klinger's.

Photo of mjc410
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a one finger dark tan head that leaves slippery lacing. The head falls pretty fast to a thin glass ring over a very dark brown/ruby body. The nose is lightly roasted, with some bare hints of coffee and perhaps some citrusy hops. The taste is quite forward in its coffee/chocolate character, within some strong roast. Hoppiness hits early, but gives way to a lasting roasted bitterness. Finishes quite dry. Too roasted and bitter, in my opinion. The mouth is very thick, with smooth carbonation. I should have reviewed this the first time, almost two years ago. I won't be coming back.

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

Presentation: 12oz bottle with rogue style artwork on it. There was no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep, dark black with a large toasted cream head that lasted throughout the brew.

Smell: A very roasted dark cocoa smell with a slightly burnt smell to it, but in a good way.

Taste: Very tasty with hints of coffee and delicious bitterness in a well balanced porter

Mouth-Feel: a distinctively toasty crisp feeling to the tongue that leaves the palate wanting more.

Drink-Ability: I picked this one up at my local brew store in a create your own six pack, At first I didn’t think I would enjoy this beer to much, but I was pleasantly surprised by this great beer.

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Rogue review, 12 oz into my Dirt Rag 10 Year Anniversary pint glass.

Dark brown almost black body with a slight creamy head, not a rambunctious pour, so its a tad small but still very appealing. Fades to a thin topping of foam with light, fine lacing.

Smell is sweet and roasty with hints of chocolate and coffee. Even may be a little hoppy, at least in the nose.

Taste is quite sweet and has the same malty sweetness the aroma had. A nice slight coffee taste in the finish though I'm not sure its _that_ prominent. Yet, this may be another coffee beer that doesn't quite live up to its name... The coffee here makes the malty sweetness of this beer finish with a nice bitterness. Notes of chocolate as well. Its tasty, I'm just found wishing for a little more coffee presence.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a nice filling character to it, though its not so heavy that it wouldn't be a good session beer, this is one I could have a few of.

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

I took this out of the fridge to let warm up a bit before drinking; a good decision. Poured thick black with a ruby-brown tint. Nice head to start, but didn't stay too long. Smells very sweet and roasted. It has a nice thick taste, though the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Very prominent chocolate flavor, with slight roasted coffee aftertaste. I couldn't drink much of these in a sitting, but I'm definitely going to buy a sixer to keep in the fridge.

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

This pours a beautiful black body with a slightly fizzy/foamy tan head. Nice amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is amazing – a burnt, chocolate-y, sweet aroma. The taste is also excellent – mocha is very present in the aftertaste. Bitter, yet smooth and drinkable. Perfect beer for the fall/winter, perfect to have as a session beer because of the overall smoothness.

Photo of dherling
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a dark dark dark dark dark brown, with a big ol thick cappuccino head, that eventually left lacing. Eventually because it took forever for the head to die down a bit. Nose was sweet with caramel and coffee, a little milk chocolate in the back and a bit of sour fruit. Taste is wonderful, starts fairly light, then goes a bit malty, to coffee, and then finally a little malty bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel, and a long coffee aftertaste.

Photo of wingman14
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark black with a dark tan head. The smell is mostly of hops which is a huge suprise, also has some sweet and malty undertones. The hops lead the flavor and linger for a time. The aftertaste is where you find the mocha and the malty characteristics of most porters. It is a sweet aftertaste that also has a small hint of that hoppyness. The mouthfeel is well balanced giving many different flavors that all contribute to a good beer. It is easy to drink, not as filling as the color would suggest. Another great beer from rogue. Enjoy.

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

Rogue- Mocha Porter

Appearance- Dark reddish brown with a huge tan head.
Smell- Strong dark cocoa powder.
Taste- Very strong bitter chocolate, like a dark cocoa truffle. Slight alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel- Smooth and warming. Big flavor up front.

Overall- A flavorful Porter and an excellent session beer for a cool evening.

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

Quality stuff here.

Pours a dark dark brown, dark to the point of nearly being black. The head is abundant and lingers throughout the duration of the glass, all the while leaving some persistent lace. Nice!

The scent is hoppier than normal for the style, with some nice malt and chocolate undertones balancing things out. Very enticing smelling beer indeed.

The taste is quite good really. Hops come to the forefront right at the start, you won't confuse this with the truly divine Shakesphere Stout from a hop standpoint, but like that beer is with stouts.... this is hoppier than the average every day porter.

There's still some malt as would be expected and a truly delicious chocolate taste as well. These two elements combine quite well with the hops and are pleasing to the palate.

All in all this is a very good, if not quite great beer. Would recommend it to others without question.

Photo of tweeder263
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a black beer with a tan 2 finger headthat dissipates but still lingers. Smell is very neutral not giving any hints of the goodness inside.Taste is good very balanced and its light. It doesnt kick you in the ass like a lot of porters.Nice balanced bitterness,,light roasty notes ,,not overpowering.mouthfeel ok not chunky not thin.all in all a nice porter that id love to have a case of for the winter.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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