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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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very good

2,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,632
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 93
Gots: 241 | 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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Ratings: 2,632 | Reviews: 1,332
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark black with some light seeping through the edges giving the glass a cola colored halo. The head is nothing more than sad little flecks of dark bubbles.

Smells strongly of coffee with a little sour cherry, cocoa and raisins.

Tastes of giant roasted coffee and light green grapes with a concealed alcohol sting, but no alcohol flavors. There’s a slight prune sweetness here as well and the coffee could also be construed as being much like red wine. The blend of espresso and red wine is very nice, but arguably overpowering.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with only a light carbonation. Compared to the powerful flavor, this seemed really flat and boring.

This one’s just too intense for it’s own good. I’m not quite sure when a good time to drink something like this would be.

Photo of terrabyte
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown beer with maybe a hint of red. Nice tall head.

I couldn't pick up any strong smells from this beer.

Very pleasing taste. You can taste the mocha flavor without even having to read the label of the beer (Mocha Porter). However, I wish the flavor was bigger. It barely lingers in the aftertaste, which was a bit of a disapointment.

I found this heavily carbonated, giving it a creamy or foamy swallow.

If I saw this on tap at a bar, I wouldn't hesitate in choosing it. The only negative I have is that it's not worth the prices I've seen at the store for any of their 6-packs. This may be the distributer's fault, I'm not sure.

Photo of jmbranum
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark black beer with a massive fluffy tan head

Aroma is rich with coffeeish notes and some hops, but not super strong either. The taste is nicely bitter, with quite a bit of coffee (but really not that much chocolate despite the name) and nice undertone of hops.

The mouthfeel is delightfully fluffy.

The alcohol content is deceptive. It doesn't seem that strong at first, but it really kicks in on the 2nd and 3rd bottle of this brew. It definitely seem stronger in ABV than most porters.

An excellent Porter. Not my favorite, but definitely a contender.

(I also drank this on tap in Portland, OR which was really a great experience)

Photo of auntfloyd
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

This beer is perfectly black, totally opaque, and sports a 1 finger tan head that falls slowly, but never fully disappears.

The nose is all coffee and roasted malts, a very fitting smell for this beer.

The flavor is pure bitter coffee with a smattering of bitter unsweetened chocolate, very dry and bitter through and through.

The mouthfeel is a bit too "fluffy" for me, not as smooth or creamy as a stout, and the bitter taste and aftertaste hurts the drinkability.

Overall, a decent beer, but I wouldn't go crazy over it. I've bought it several times, each time hoping that it will live up to its promise, but so far, it hasn't.

Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly black dark brown, topped by a half-inch of creamy tan head that hangs around for a while. Aroma of dark roasted malt and a distinct mocha quality, true to the name. Palate is rich - dark roasted malt, chocolate, mocha, and dark prunes. Body is rich and creamy, just great for a dark and robust porter. Thoroughly enjoyable, and I don't even drink coffee.

Photo of Atlas1
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown-black with some reddish tint at the base and the top; a nice porter color. The head dissolved rather quickly, though, and there was not much of a lace to note. To capture the fullness of the aroma, I poured it into a Belgian snifter-type glass, but was rather disappointed that there was not much aroma present. Hints of malted coffee rose to the top after a stir, but otherwise I didn't notice much. Could this have been my fault? Entirely possible, as I hope to give the aroma another shot in the future. Tasted nice. Strong coffee notes with chocolate and some wood. That bitter coffee finish was great, in my opinion. Sturdy mouthfeel and nice drinkability for a "mocha" porter. I will drink this again, even though it's not my favorite porter out there. A solid effor all around by Rogue.

Photo of rarevos
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass @ 45 degrees.

A: Dark brownish-black with ruby hints at the edges. 1 finger of tan head that quickly turns into a solid blanket, and no sticky trails.

S: Roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate, bit of smokiness and some sweet caramel. Not terribly assertive, but pleasant.

T/M: Smoky roastiness up front with some coffee and chocolate flavors toward the middle. Neither is really dominant, which is odd for a beer called "Mocha Porter." The mocha is very mild, very subdued, and defers to the smokiness and bitterness at either end of the sip. Finish is dry, crisp, and bitter with a long, creamy, burned tail. Mouthfeel is creamy. Nicely hopped.

D: I'm becoming a pretty big Rogue fan. This beer is really, really nice. Perhaps I haven't been trying the right porters, but I've always defined them as "watery stouts." This isn't as robust as a stout, obviously, but it's not a watery anything. Clean flavors, well-balanced, and a really nice abv. I can, and will, drink more of this beer.

Photo of sammy44
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer to me looked great but the taste could not compete. The beer poured a beautiful ruby black with a big pillowy tan head. The head had some real staying power.

The aroma was all coffee, chocolate, and hops and was immediately apparent the minute you cracked open the bottle.

The taste had more coffee bitterness than hop bitterness to me and I'm not a big coffee drinker. The chocolate was a very bitter chocolate taste. Kind of beyond dark chocolate and more like baker's chocolate. The hops were not as apparent to me in the taste as they were in the nose.

Mouthfeel was a big dissapointment as it was very thin. No body at all.

Fairly drinkable. This was a good change of pace from my usual diet of pale ales but not something I would really crave.

Photo of RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black with ruby highlights with a nice solid brown colored head, nice carbonation, and some lace. Aromas of "Chocolate covered hops". Big chocolate and espresso-like flavors with a nice hop balance; nicely bittersweet. Medium bodied and smooth which is not surprising considering the bold flavors.

Very nicely balanced bitterweet chocolate, espresso, and hop flavors - Excellent!

Per bottle:
13P. 73 AA. 54.51 IBU. 77 L.
Northwest Harrington and Klages; 135-165, 95-115, and 70-80 Crystal; Beeston Chocolate, Black, Munich and Carastan malts. Centennial and Perle hops.

($3.99 / 22 oz.)

Photo of tattooedtolley
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown/light black in color. Short lived head left little lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts and chocolate, pretty great aroma.

Taste: pretty much like it smells. Roasted malty goodness with some dark tasting chocolate and a hint of some exspresso. Great tasting porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body.

Drinkability: Sessionable, I typically do with this beer on colder evenings. It's strong enough in taste for me, I like a stronger porter, some just seem too mild for me. Its a great beer and one that is easy for us to find in my area.

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

With one of the best names for a brewery and some folk art stamped on their bottles you'd think the beer would mirror the container it comes in but not with this one. It is weak in all three categories: as a porter, as a chocolate beer and equally lacking as a coffee beer. Though the first sip (and the sediment of the last gulp) was strong, once my taste buds got acclimated to it it tasted watered down. Not that the flavoring of each wasn't a nice rich dollop from the bucket, it just wasn't nearly strong enough for my liking. Use a little less crayons on the bottling and add some malt and hops you cheap bastards.

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

Pours dark brown. Body is nearly opaque with some light showing through around the edges. Small tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate. Roasted coffee is main flavor along with some sweet caramel. Bitter coffee taste on the finish. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and smooth and leaves my mouth feeling dry. Another porter I really enjoy. The smooth bittersweetness makes it very drinkable.

Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance--nice and dirty black, gorgeous 1 inch frothy tan head.

Smell--Roased chocolaty malt goodness.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Wow. This is a beer of contradictions. Smooth, creamy, but with a nice bite moments later. Rich malts, chocolate tones, slightly toasted, but not smoky. Smooth on the palate. This is pretty good.

Drinkability--goes down easy enough, but I imagine it might get a bit heavy after a few.

Photo of jhollick
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one excellent looking porter. Most notable is the incredible lacing from the lingering creamy tan head. Smelling this beer, you know immediately that you're about to drink a Rogue. That being said, I was expecting an aggressively, perhaps even overly hoppy take on a traditional American Porter. I was surprised at the result; this porter was surprisingly true to the style. Granted, the flavors are a bit ramped up, this being Rogue and all, but this beer is well balanced. The roasted coffee, malts, hazelnuts, and mocha flavors all compliment each other nicely. The hops keep everything framed nicely, but they aren't a dominant or overbearing flavor. Mixed into the finish are some blackberries, plum, and some oatmeal flavors to provide some sweetness to offset the drying effect from the hops. On the drinkability front, two of these or one bomber would be enough for me, being that it is a porter.

Overall, an excellent take on the porter. It is hoppier than many, but retains its balance somehow. Double thumbs up for Rogue for resisting the temptation to turn this into a hop bomb.

Photo of wl0307
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Revisiting this beer after my first encounter 15 months ago. Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 06. BB date??--no freshness info. printed on the bottle this time. Served cool (~12°C) in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: very very dark mahogany hue, coming with a tightly frothy khaki head around 3.5cm thick... great retention with uneven lacing left as it slowly dissipates. Looing great!
S: honey, sweet dark chocolate-milk and assertively fruity+flowery US hops all blended together, very aromatic and delicious; somehow the hoppy edge is slightly more than necessary for this style; backed by a deeper layer of treacles, dried dates and dried longan-fruits, and a sweet edge of Chinese grass-jelly. Reasonably complex and very pleasant indeed.
T: effervescent-textured, mildly sweet toffee, chocolate milk and an intensifyingly bitter-sweet roasty tinge of black malts+roasted walnuts as well as a slightly tannic edge like black tea-leaves manifesting itself quietly and slowy towards an expanding herbal-bitter aftertaste; simultaneously the flowery hops play the lively yet harmonious second fiddle, intertwined with the malty theme so skilfully... The bitter finish is very deep yet not OTT, with incredible depth and length to prolong the enjoyment on the palate. But, "exactly what it says on the tin", the finishing touch is ever so refreshing and light, not heavy nor sticky at all.
M&D: to my hazy memory, this bottle tastes nicer than the last one last year with a creamy and soft carbonation to boot--maybe due to my increasing fondness of this style, or due to the serving condition (it's cooler than last time)... anyhow, this is a full-flavoured, fruity and profoundly roasty-malty porter pretty true to style. An absolutely delicious and quaffable porter by Rogue~~

Photo of cjgator3
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a creamy tan colored head that sticks to the glass after each sip. The aroma is roastey with some delicous chocolate notes and hops. There is some bitter chocolate in the taste along with some roastiness and hops. Overall, this is a great porter and another good quality brew from Rogue. I will be purchasing this again in the future.

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

A: Pours a deep chocolate brown with a reddish, almost portlike hue, very appealing

S: Dried fruits, chocolate, rum

T: Starts off very chocolaty, then gives way to strong coffee flavors, ending with a pleasent bitterness

M: When cold, quite biting, though not at all unpleasent, but becomes smoother as it warms up.

D: A very nice porter, I wouldn't mind a few more of these.

Enjoy this one with desert, or dark chocolate.

Photo of Deconstructionis
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich porter with strong coffee/chocolate overtones. (I'd like to try a Rogue porter without the mocha but have never seen one). It pours a deep brown with a frothy very light brown head, It smells like roasted malt and coffee; I don't notice any hops in the aroma.

Taste is rich and smooth the "mocha" is far less pronounced than in the Chocolate Stout (which also has coffee taste to me) but still upfront. Very mild bitterness. Velvety feel with medium/light body. Very drinkable and can be either a dessert beer or a session beer.

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

rich brown beer with a slow-forming head of tiny brown bubbles, laving a fine lace on the glass... scent is toasty and sweet, with a hint of coffee as expected.

taste is balanced and good, rich tones of chocolate. really dark roasted malts, slightly sweet. more stoutlike than i expected in a porter. feels smooth and nice, coats my mouth beautifully with an aftertaste of coffee and chocolate.

Photo of stephendr
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown hue–thick head fairly long lasting– spicy chocolate nose - harsh baking chocolate, a small bit of hops, and sweet prunes and roasted malt – medium body - aftertaste is long with chocolate coffee and maltsDark brown hue–thick head fairly long lasting– spicy chocolate nose - harsh baking chocolate, a small bit of hops, and sweet prunes and roasted malt – medium body - aftertaste is long with chocolate coffee and maltsDark brown hue–thick head fairly long lasting– spicy chocolate nose - harsh baking chocolate, a small bit of hops, and sweet prunes and roasted malt – medium body - aftertaste is long with chocolate coffee and malts

Photo of nortmand
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep red brown, with a dollop of fluffy dark tan head.

Coffee and caramel dominate the smell. A nice ruby red grapefruit hoppiness.

Sweet chocolate flavors up front, blend into an astringent roast flavor. Ends with a sharp bitter roast.

Full bodied, very nice beer. Easy to drink and full of flavor.

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

A - dark and opaque with a thick tan head, very enticing.
S - roasted and of course chocolate malts galore
T - strong coffee flavor accompanied loaded with chocolate and carmel flavors, just a supurb brew.
M - low carb and good body
D - delicious, don't pass this one up. I only wish I could brew something with this much flavor.

Photo of Drew966
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mocha Porter pours a dark brown with very little head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is pretty hoppy, particularly for a porter, chocolate and coffee notes are also present. Taste is very enjoyable, nice mix of hops with coffee and chocolate flavors. Always nice to revisit this one. Recommended.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown to a black color. When held up to the dim bar lights rubyish brown colors come through. A small head that dissipates. Smell is of sweet malt with roastiness and some chocolate flavors. Taste similar, but with a bit of hop flavor joining the party. The chocolate taste pulls through strong with a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel was right on medium. I had a couple of these and could have kept on going. Quite a tasty beer. I would think of it as desert

Photo of malcontent
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even for a porter, the Rogue Mocha pours a tremendously opaque brown, almost black. A thin, but uniformly solid tan head with minimal fragrances, mostly malt but with the faintest touch of cocoa also present.

The taste really built with every subsequent sip. The first provided a smooth, smokey, but otherwise unremarkable flavor. The second opened up the chocolate & the following drinks sustained these notes with the additional presence of tobacco & maltiness making for an exceptionally well-rounded porter.

The carbonation & thickness are just perfect as porters go, making for a supremely drinkable liquid. And as usual, the holywater used by Rogue prevents any lingering aftertaste to ruin the experience. A great beer.

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