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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,436 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,436
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 78
Gots: 123 | FT: 4
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 Litterbean
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours a dark, opaque brown with an off-white head about a finger thick that leaves nice lace down the glass.

Smells of fresh brewed coffee, caramel, sweet malts, and some blueberry. Very full aroma.

A nice tasting porter, not exactly good. It has a mild porter-esque taste, and it tastes very good at the beginning. The coffee and chocolate are present and make it very full bodied. Then, suddenly, it kind of thins out and I detect a hop taste that doesn't really fit. A little too leafy and bitter. It doesn't quite mesh well with the full, sweet malt character, and instead of balancing it out, it sort of counter-acts that and defeats it. Still, it goes down well, even though the flavor sort of dies out.

Good brew, just not great.

Litterbean, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of RocketWidget
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Mmmm, this is a good one. I think the best part of this beer is it's initial appearance, a ruby brown with a fantastic, really thick brown head, foamy with excellent lacing. Smell is sweet and chocolate-like. Taste is yummy, very stout-like obviously, carbonation is light. Very much like subtly bitter dark chocolate on the aftertaste. As always, a great brew from Rogue.

RocketWidget, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearence: Pours a dark brown with a creamy chocolate head.

Smell: The smell is of smoked meats and roasted nuts. A hint of chocolate backs it up ok.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a light fizzy but incredibly chocolatey coffe flavor, with a wonderful roasted quality to it. The aftertaste is a little rough, but not horrible. The mouthfeel is creamy but fizzy.

Drinkability and Overall: To me, Rogue is always a solid choice, but very rarely do they do something earth shattering. This beer is a good example of that. It's good, enjoyable, and high quality, but nothing about it really sets it off or makes it shine. But still, I enjoyed it.

santoslhalper, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

Good ol’ Rogue Mocha Porter. Was in a 650ml bottle with a teal colored guy in a cap on front (old bottle / new bottle?). But it still poured a clear mahogany brown with great tan head. Could only smell a little chocolate, but the taste was superb, well hopped and tangy doing down – nice blend of chocolate, plums? and coffee. Ran just a tad thin by the end of the bottle. A good dry porter, just a touch of sweetness - could have drunk this all night.

Vancer, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of Toddv29424
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

WOW! There is such a sweet taste in my mouth!
This beer pours black like most stouts, although there is little to no head. The smell is chocolaty, and unlike others I have head there are no other fragrances. When you first sip it, there is no taste that immediately jumps out at you...but once you hold it in your mouth for a few seconds it starts to tickle all of your taste buds with a rich chocolate-stout taste. After it has been swallowed, it lingers for a good long while until you take another sip and the process is repeated. A great beer for sipping, and for someone who is into stouts and would like to try a new take on them.

Toddv29424, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

22 oz. with no freshness date. Pours very dark with a light brown 2.5 finger head that leaves nice lacing and reduces to a nice thin blanket. Smell is earthy with chocolate, hops, and a bit of coffee. Could use a bit more aroma. Flavors are of coffee, chocolate, and earth with citric/floral hops that leave a fairly hefty bitterness. Notes of ruby red grapefruit come through in the middle. Lots of hops - good ol' Rogue. Slight mouth numbing/chest warming from the alcohol and the body is medium and smooth. Would make a nice session beer.

mmmbeer, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Black pour with two fingers of thick, foamy tan head that dissipates very slowly and leaves lots of sticky lace in the glass. Hops, chocolate, and dark malt are all in the nose. Really not all that aromatic for a Rogue brew. Taste is hoppier than I expect from a porter, but not in an off-putting way.. The chocolate undertones are in there, but you have to search for them. There's a nice malt flavor as well, but it's not overly sweet, which is nice. I like the relatively thick mouthfeel.

Overall: Maybe not my favorite beer for the price, but it's certainly worth trying. Plus, it looks just gorgeous sitting in a glass.

whartontallboy, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of ski271
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: Very dark (almost black) reddish-brown with a large, thick, light-brown, head that stuck around for a while. A decent amount of thick lacing.

Smell: True to its name, chocolate and coffee are strong along with a great dark malty aroma, and a little smoke.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee are present but not as strong as the aroma leads you to believe. Instead it’s more malty and smoky. After starting out a little on the sweet side, it soon takes an abrupt turn toward a strong, off-balance bitterness. Then it mellows on the lingering heavily coffee-flavored finish.

Mouthfeel: Silky texture, medium-full body, soft carbonation and a very slight chalkiness on the finish.

Drinkability: It was good, but there is something in there, some rogue (stop groaning) flavors that kind of run astray. Otherwise, it’s quite nice and drinkable, though I think they should call it Smoked Mocha Porter, since the smokiness plays just as big of a roll in this beer.

ski271, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%

This beer pours jet black has a brown 1/2 finger head with fair retention and average lacing for a porter. The aroma is of bakers chocolate and ground coffee. The taste is a rich smokey chocolate malt flavor which finishes bitter and coffee-like. This beer is medium bodied and smooth.

Reflection: I would take a stout from Rogue any time over this porter.

Kookiekwan, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

Super deep dark black pour with a hefty sticky two finger tan head resting firmly on top. Gobs of lacing stick to the side of the glass as the light fails to break through the darkness. Sweet baking cocoa along with roasted coffee beans and a smidge of molasses.

Bitter roasted coffee beans and cocoa powder mixed up in some toasty maltiness. An arid dryness flows across the palate along with just a smidge of piney hops on the way down. Nothing really jumps out at me here, although it's still a good porter overall.

Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation...the dry, chalky aspect is off putting. This is a pretty standard porter with more coffee notes....nothing too special in my book and there are plenty of other porters I'd turn to first.

orbitalr0x, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Dark brown, opaque, nearly black with glints of light in the bottom of the abyss. Scant collar of brown head cap leaving decent lattice lace.

Light cake batter scents.

First swigs: Porter scents of cocoa with some citrous lemon in the background. Toasted rye, banana and almond hints with smoked peat moss that reminds me of pumpernickel crusts. Lingering aftertaste of cocoa with a dry finish.

Full bodied and crisply carbonated. Flavorful, overall but a bit one dimensional.

Last swigs: Perfect blend of cocoa and roasted malt dark bread flavor. Excellent English porter interpretaion. Reminds me a bit of Guiness.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a wonderfully creamy head and lacing that just sits on the glass the whole time. quite dark (almost looks like a stout). Smells of malty coffee with little other complexities. so far, so good...now to the taste.

As the porter warms a bit, the subtle hops comes out with the mix of typical caramel, chocolate, and coffee. does not sting the tongue in any fashion and would be a bit hard to drink more than one.

Rogue Mocha Porter would be a fanastic compliment to a chocolate or creamy dessert. Enjoy.

Backer2004, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a dark brown with a moderately creamy tan head that collapses unevenly. Opaque. Aroam is roasty, almost (but not quite) smoky, slightly sweet, like semi-sweet to bitter dark chocolate. Smells heavy! Flavor begins coffee-malty, the coffee-style bitterness really shows through. Finishes with a solid bite of hops, moreso than many porters I've had. Mouthfeel is moderate, maybe slightly thin, with decent creaminess. Drikability is very good in the right occassion (a cool evening).

Dukeofearl, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

I wasn't really impressed by this selection from Rogue, which is quite rare. The beer pours a deep caramel color fading into a thick black as the glass fills, topped off by a beautiful chocolate head. Sadly enough, I didn't see any lacing whatsoever, and the head faded to nothing after less than 5 minutes. After the pour, things started to go a bit down hill. The smell was almost non-existent aside from an ever so slight roasted hop smell, or a nice chocolate smell if you really take a big 'ole whiff (but please don't try this in public or around others).

The taste was pretty good, but I can't seem to detect any tastes other than the roasted hops. I was expecting a chocolate and mocha character, but it wasn't anywhere to be found by my tastebuds. Perhaps I need to "warm up" to hoppy American brews again after a recent Belgian craze, but I wasn't impressed with this porter even though I quite enjoyed other porters I've had in the past.

neonbrown82, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of John1985
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Dark brown appearance with a modest, quickly dissipating head. Carmel malt nose with an initial bitter coffee/dark chocolate flavor that gives way to a nice roasty flavor with a refreshingly hopped finish. Body is smooth and silky but could have been beefed up some. Overall a very tasty porter but is a bit pricey @ $7.99/sixer.

John1985, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of Holden
4.22/5  rDev +9%

A dense head lingered for a couple of minutes on this nearly opaque porter. I noticed a soft, but not overpowering roasty cocoa aroma as I sniffed. I detected no hop aroma.

Upon taking a sip, it became obvious why this is called mocha. The blend of cocoa, coffee carried though to the end with a pleasing aftertaste that made me want to have more. The slight maltiness was balanced well with the hop bitterness and roasted malts. The flavor really came through as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel was pleasant and appropriate, improved as the beer warms, and carbonation dropped a bit. I really enjoyed this beer.

Holden, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.18/5  rDev +8%

12 fl. oz.
Shawan Liquors in Hunt Valley, MD

Appearance – Creamy, frothy, ample head of various sizes of bubbles; color is just about black with slight light permeability at the edges; adequate lacing
Smell – Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt
Taste – Mocha, chocolate, burnt flavors, hops balance with a zip of what seems to be a light grapefruit tinge near the end - Aftertaste is agreeable with roasted malt moving out and the hops and mocha remaining.
Mouthfeel – Smooth, rich and pleasant body
Drinkability – Smoothness ends with some dryness that sets me up for another sip. Tongue and beer get along very well here.

This is one slick porter. Although I’m not a massive coffee fan in the light of “I must have my morning coffee”, the mocha’s involvement is just right.

Wonka, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of Shiloh
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%

This porter should be enjoyed in front of a roaring fire, in a lodge in a complete relaxing mode.
Exellent.
Almost coal black with a firm tan crown combining later with a thick ring and pleasing glass cling.
Carbonation is undetermined due to the hue, but it sure feels more than adequate.
The scent is that of a burnt dark chocolate.
The taste exceptional...burried malts to accent the hop lead.
Coffee beans, dark chocolate, assortment of nuts and cream.
Hats off Rogue, you have done it again.

Shiloh, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%

This beer poured a nice black color with a finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was a nice full chocolate with slight roasted tones, a touch of sweet caramel as well. The flavor was chocolate upfront and in my face, moving to a well hopped coffee bitter finish. Very nice. The feel was thick and creamy, smooth and very drinkable. A very well built beer, with a really nice flavor. I enjoyed this beer a great deal.

kmpitz2, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of bruachan
4.18/5  rDev +8%

from arrowine

i liked the way this poured but it perhaps didn't seem style appropriate. it was a beautiful opaque black with garnet highlights at the edges and a fluffy darker-than-tan head that dropped down to a firm coating. from looking at the BJCP guidelines, i don't feel that a porter should be opaque black. i liked it, but perhaps out of style

the nose was subtle: dark, burnt chocolate

it took me some time to really get into the flavor of this brew, each mouthful tasting better than the last. at first i thought "wow, so hoppy for a porter," but it grew on me and i began to attribute some of the (dilectible) bitterness to grain. i don't drink coffee so i didn't expect to have much comment on the "mocha," but i definitely tasted something that reminds me of a smell i've encountered at coffee shops (if that makes sense). i really loved the deep chocolate and thought i might have sensed some dark fruit (figs? haven't had those in awhile). i know i caught a wisp of hop flower

RMP is real smooth. not chewy, but real smooth. when i let some linger around my tongue it just wanted to slipslide down my gullet. delicious

this stuff is tasty. my first rogue product. despite my limited experience i feel that this kinda crosses over into stout territory, which is certainly no complaint. mmm

bruachan, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12 oz bottle.

Pours out a deep, dark brown with a reddish tint. Big fluffy tan head. Lots of sticky lace.

Coffee and bitter chocolate aroma.

Flavor is roasty, grapey, bitter coffee with a slight hoppy finish.

Easy drinking session beer. I'm working thru a sixer now.

Padron4KM, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of wailingwench
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%

Eye Candy: Thick, pillowy tan haed over ink black. Deep, dark, mysterious, and inviting.

The Nose Knows: Initial sweet fruit, touch of caramel, all chocolate, slight hop to clear the nose.

Tongueland: Slightly creamy, but just a tad thin. Slight sweet fruit, touch of rich cocoa, finishes bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, lingering hop aftertaste.

Bender: Somehow reminds me of Harveys Christmas Ale mixed with a rich Porter. Another one to add to the usual list.

wailingwench, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Found this at the restaurant bar in the Inn at Versailles in the middle of nowhere Ohio.

Poured dark brown, decent carbonation thin brown head with spots of darker head. Very elegant.

The smell was fruity and coffee like, very complex and pleasant.

The taste was amazing. Smooth chocolate coffee flavors with a little hop and not a hint of harshness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was smooth and on the creamy side.

Drinkability was great.

masterbruewer, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of irishmoss
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured this into a large goblet with a deep dark chocolate color. With slightly reddish brown edges when held up to the light. A tan one finger head dissipates to a nice patchy covering that stays to the end of the glass, nice lacing as well. The aroma is very sweet to the nose with hints of alcohol and dark fruits. The sweetness is the taste is quickly covered up with bitter and burnt tones of chocolate, I like this bitterness. The mouthfeel is a medium to thin, but with good carbonation. At this low ABV, I think that it’s very drinkable. I’ll be purchasing more of this in the immediate future.

irishmoss, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +3.4%

12/16/04- Given to me from my fiancee as part of a winter warmer 10 pack purchased at Cost Plus in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no expiration date. Poured into my Steinlager pint glass.

Appearance- A black and rather thick pour. Large head and average lacing.

Smell- Dark chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of bitterness...hops?

Taste- Huh? This is my first porter where I have tasted so many hops. Much more bitter than I expected and very dry going down. Lots of dark chocolate flavors milling around.

Mouthfeel- Decent carbonation. Reminds me of a stout mouthfeel.

Drinkability- One of the better porters I have had. The hops make it different and therefore a plus in my book. Will try again sometime soon.

GClarkage, Dec 17, 2004
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,436 ratings.