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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,534 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,534
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 85
Gots: 161 | 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 waldowin
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark amber. Basically black at the center, with ruby highlights at the edges. Clumpy light brown head forms very quickly, and leaves a sheen of foam across the surface.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roast.

Tastes of smooth dark chocolate, hints of vanilla. Earthy roasted finish, with a nice edge of cedar hops to offset the sweetness up front.

Body is big, thick, and rough, with carbonation helping to thin it out a fair amount.

Rich, big, roasty, and slightly harsh, I think one bottle will do it for me. Tasty brew though.

waldowin, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of nlmartin
2.03/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured black but had a amber opaqueness to sunlight. The head was almost nonexistant.

Smell: I could smell toasty roasty coffee but nothing else.

Taste: The taste had a combination of coffee and chocolate no surprises.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Overall this beer strikes me as being thin and watery.

nlmartin, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle sitting around at Woodman's

appearance: pours a very dark brown, but not quite black...nice chocolate brown head forms with some nice lacing

smell: roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, a bit hoppy for a porter

taste: pretty tasty but I didnt really feel the hops. nice roasted coffee and smooth chocolate blend well together, hops have a bittering effect...overall rich smooth but bitter in the aftertaste

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, hop bitterness

drinkability: pretty drinkable as far as porters go for me


Pretty good porter but not my favorite, and definately not my favorite rogue

dirtylou, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of babydoc
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass- on the pour it sees hazy dark broan, but in the glass it is an opaque black-brown, letting not one bit of light through. The head is the color of frozen color, and fades away before the beer is gone, leaving little lace.

I was surprised at the hoppy nose, anticipating more molasses and coffee there. The taste? Ahh, there's the stuff I was looking for.. Sweet roasted malt with coffee, dark mocha, dark burnt/roasted malt. Sweetness is nicely offset by a piquant burst of hops that lasts into the finish, and keeps things from getting too sweet. Yummy. Don't drink it too cold or you'll miss out.

Dry, clean finish.

Is this a classic, quintessential porter? I don't think so, but I lke Rogue's treatment and will certainly have more!

babydoc, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of horndecker
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Absolute opacity. The head foams and hangs for a short while, then becomes an afterthought, a bit of suds lace remains. It's almost purplish black. The predominant aroma is, surprisingly, piney hops. Scent of stone and earth and, perhaps celery, coffee and something vegetal as well. The taste begins with a mineral wash of pleasingly bitter hops. Cocoa, espresso, and a host of burnt flavors follow, malty and persistantly charred. It's medium to light bodied, and fills the mouth okay, but never approaches chewy. More like the consistency of an unsweetened espresso egg cream. Still there is a hint of sweetness which emerges after the hop bite subsides and just before the burnt malt takes over. Finish is dry and dusty, bitter and beautiful. Aftertaste is clean.

A wonderful, light and bitter brew.

horndecker, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of Holyterror
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a big fan of Rogue brews, it wasn't hard to convince myself to try this.

Pours a dark, murky brown with a creamy tan head. Looks good. Smells slightly malty, rather coffee-like. Big roasted malt flavors which recede into a burnt coffee flavor. Chocolate notes are present, but this isn't quite the little brother to Rogue's chocolate stout. Mouthfeel is dead-on for a good porter, and this makes an excellent substitute for an after-dinner coffee. A perfect brew for enjoying the coming cold season. Not a bad brew to enjoy a cigar with, either.

Holyterror, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of atigerlife
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle.

The appearance is dark, as a porter should be. Nice light brown head that disappeared rather quickly.
The smell was of roasted coffee with some malt hints. Slightly sweet.
The taste was quite distinctive. Immediately hit me with a bitter, malty chocolate taste that carried through to the end. Very consistent. Tangy. A dry finish that seems to linger.
The mouthfeel was of medium carbonation. Not a great porter. Not something that I would [or did] stick with all night. One was enough. For a porter, there are better choices.

atigerlife, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of CortexBomb
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out extremely dark with amber highlights. With a standard pour the head is about 1 mm thick and slightly off white. The smell reminds me of a stout...very roasty. Coffee tones are also present.

The taste starts off with a decent sweet rush, and then quickly settles down into a soft chocolate and roasted malt tone. The hops seem to lend a slightly bitey aspect to the beer and their subdued citrus is present on the aftertaste. An odd experience...the flavours on this are a mix between stouts, porters, and an IPA due to the hop presence.

Mouth...I didn't think it was much above average. Not macro thin, but not as thick as I would like...decent. Drinkability was good, an easy to drink beer with a flavour that has enough going on to be interesting, but not something that will overwhelm you either.

Overall, a solid, if unremarkable offering from the folks at Rogue.

CortexBomb, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of mitchfor3
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, purchased in a sixer at BevMo for about $8.

This is a damn good porter. Smell hits you right out of the bottle, even before pouring. Rich flavor with strong coffee and more subtle chocolate.

Slightly over carbonated, meaning taste is a bit delayed - let this one sit in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing to savor the flavor.

Could have used a tad bit better head retention, but good lacing, and impressively thick body.

Overall a fantastic American porter - another outstanding ale from Rogue.

mitchfor3, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of tekk9
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the standard for which all Porters should be measured. I was very impressed with this Porter.

It poured a beautiful dark dark amber with a thin head that laced around my glass. I could pick out a faint coffee smell.

There is a slight coffee taste to the beer along with a nice maltiness. I really enjoyed the thcker mouthfeel. A lot of Porters seem to be to watery for me. The carbonation was perfect. Not too much nor too little. As I said before, a beer to judge others by.

tekk9, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of AltBock
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine was a 12oz. brown bottle with the picture of the truck driver type of guy holding a pitcher of beer and raising a fist with the other hand. A little bit different than the BA picture.

Appearance: It poured a deep dark chocolate brown color. At first it looked jet black, but a closer inspection shows a brown color. It had a small head of tan colored foam that left very little lace.

Smell: The smell was that of chocolate, malt, and burnt coffee. After it warms up, the sweet caramel aroma emerges from the burnt coffee background.

Taste: The taste was malty with sweet chocolate and with a dry roasted bitter burnt coffee bean taste in the background. They don't call it Mocha Porter for nothing.

Mouthfeel: It was smooth, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated.
What got me was that burnt, bitter, dry roasted coffee bean aftertaste lingered a while after you took a sip or drink the whole bottle.

Drinkability: This made a good beer for my first ever Rogue product. If you like burnt coffee beans, then this is your beer! Due to the strong aftertaste, I couldn't see myself drinking more than one in a day.

AltBock, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of BrewMaster
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Thin 1 cm tan head on top of a dark brown beer. The head gradually thins leaving nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Toasty malt nose with a bit of coffee and a sandy scent. Very malty with a gritty brown sugar scent.

Taste: Big coffee flavor up front with a sweet caramel top to it. Very roasty and toasty with a gritty coffee ground feel. This beer lives up to its name very well. It is sweet with toasty dark malts like a good porter. The coffee flavor enhances the malt instead of covering it or hiding a lousy beer. Well balanced sweetness with toasty malt and coffee round out a this lovely brew.

Mouthfeel: Gritty and raw and rich. The texture matches the brown sugar and coffee flavors very well.

Drinkability: Very tasty and well rounded. Lovely coffee flavor in a tasty sweet porter. Enjoyable if you like coffee...and I like coffee.

BrewMaster, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack at TJ's for $6.99.

Poured a nice black color with ruby understones. Head was good sized with thin bubbles, leaving a splotchy lacing behind. Nose is not as aromatic as hoped but is a good blend of chocolate and malts. Taste is a nice blend of mocha malts and a nice dry hopped coffee finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Overall drinkability is good, this is a well produced style of beer by a very good brewer.

arizcards, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this case up because my lovely Wife now loves dark Brews!
Can't go wrong with Rogues!!

Poured into pint glass, and first thing that impresses me is the cloudy black mud colour.The brown chunk sediment floating around the glass is inviting. On top stands an inch thick tan/gold foamy tight bubble head that sticks.

Really love the nose on this one. Sweet caramel with nice burnt coffee, and chocalate notes. Also pickin up a hickory toffee aroma thats vedy, vedy nice.

Impressive well balance of burnt toasted malts with a rich mocha flavour, and dry hops. Great lacing going down, and as the Beer warms, getting a sweet sour malt on the nose, and the palate which is great.

Throw in the med-heavy creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation, and this Brew wins me over.

I'v got alot more Rogue Beers to try, and their Brewpub looks awesome.

Great quality Porter.

BrinkyBeerBoy, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great full 2 1/2 finger head.A mild smell,but whats their is aromatic.you can defitnitly taste the mocha/coffee.No bad after taste like many porters.I can see myself having smoked ribs with this very easily!!!
Another great beer from a great brewery Rogue.

jmz62565, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of jaluria
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours dark dark brown; opaque with tremendous head. Foam stays untouched for quite awhile.
Smell - Instant hit of chocholate with a hidden nutty character.
Taste - First impression is the beer is very well balanced, sweet enough to be enticing and yet subtle enough to be refreshing and sustaining. Not as complex as other Rogue brews, but still enjoyable with it's smokey nature.
Mouthfeel - Dry and slightly bitter aftertaste; as if I just a few sips of coffee.
Drinkability - I could only get the 22 oz. bottle, so it was plenty for me in one sitting. I really don't see this beer as one to sit back and relax with because of it's strong character, so I wouldn't be able to have a few of these in one sitting.

jaluria, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark, dark brown almost black. Light doesn't penetrate the glass from the side, but I can get a little bit thought the edges. Nice fine tan colored head that hangs around for a few minutes with a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of malty dark chocolates. Tastes of intense bitter chocolate coffee. Very creamy, almost a coffee with cream flavor and feel. Silky, yet some effervescence keeps the tongue from falling asleep. Finishes with bitter chocolates in the back of the mouth. This is masterful and not at all what I expected.

Notes: My second sip, I came to the conclusion this would be great first thing in the morning instead of coffee.

this is a hearty brew for hearty foods. Not a great summer meal accompaniment. Something to be sip nice and slowly on a cold evening or better yet, a cold morning.

This one reminded me of my first Taddy Porter years ago. It was a great experience and one I thought I'd never relive. So for that I thank Rogue.

NiceGuyMike, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of Dubblebock
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Rogue Mocha Porter could easily become one of my favorite all-around porters. I really like these meaty, dense beers, and the dark coffee notes that dominate this offering definitely set it apart from it's peers. $8.99/sixer at Austin's Central Market.

The Mocha Porter started off with an impressive pour. A dark head of thickly compaced foam sits atop a thick, black body. Very opaque, not a photon of light coming through the viscous liquid. Nice. Decent nose, giving the strong impression of Colombian coffee with a tinge of Hershey bar in the background.

The taste virtually mirrors the scent. Think strong, black coffee tinted with dark chocolate. Good hop presence offsets the dense malt structure. Very complex and interesting. I really liked the way the Rogue combined the coffee and chocolate influences in this beer. Everything was balanced and understated. There was never a point where one flavor just dominated the rest, it all meshed to near perfection.

Good mouthfeel, good carbonation level. Very drinkable for the style. I'd pair this guy up with a nice red meat dinner, or serve it afterwards as a dessert beer. Excellent job.

Dubblebock, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of wcudwight
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark and rich. Nice head that last.
S: Smelled of morning coffee. Slight burnt smell.
T: Every Rogue I have tried has been incredibly solid. This keeps the streak going. Taste of mostly coffee some hints of chocolate with some bitterness at the end. Great Beer!
M: Not as thick as Rogue's Stouts.
D: Watch yourself with this one. It taste as good as Rogue's stouts but is thinner and has less bite. You could find yourself drinking a bunch of these.
Notes: In Morganton N.C. I have to drive an hour to Asheville to get Rogue's brews and all of them have been worth it.

wcudwight, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of Ego
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber bottle (new design), south plainfield NJ, Buy Rite (they have pretty much everything you can get from rogue in jersey)

eyes...
dark, like wesley snipes, nice frothy head, retreating tidal waves of foamy lacing accentuate the head which is off white to brown, if you are looking for a porter look, shazam (forgive me for using that word..), very solid.

nose...
starbucks. burnt choc and coffee with an underlying caramel tickle, sublte pine notes are there, I love it...

damn, gotta reboot my computer.. brb to finish this review...

back...
taste etc...
the choc flave is excellent and has a nice sweet finish, the body is just enough, this isnt fantastic but I would order this on tap anywhere I saw it cause it is solid in every category, even with the big head I got the carbonation is not in the way at all... this is tasty.

verdict?
like it, well balanced all around, the nice little kick of hops gives it some nice character without distracting too much... good stuff.

Ego, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of nickss
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Dark as night... pitch black with a huge tan foamy head. The head simply refuses to disipate in the least bit.

Smell:
Dark berries, chocolate, malt... reminiscent of Storm King's aroma, though not quite as hefty.

Taste:
Chocolate and coffee bitterness on the front end, strong mocha bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel:
A bit thin... leaves something to be desires in my mind.... then again, I know I prefer thicker beers, so for a porter, I suppose this isnt bad.

Drinkability:
Immensely drinkable and equally enjoyable... another good one from Rogue.

nickss, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of LucaBrasi
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is one of a opaque brown with a decent head which sticks around. It smells like coffee and burt malts. The taste is much like the smell. There are malts, hints of chocolate and a definite coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly oily and lightly carbonated. The bitter coffee taste is slightly stronger than I would like. An occasional beer.

LucaBrasi, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of brewbacca
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

S: Had this on cask in a 20oz nonik at the rogue ale house in san francisco, they even made me a beer float out of it, so good.

A: liquid black gold, great head, with good retention, amazing after all it was a cask, it looked soild black, and I barely let the light pass through the glass!!

S: I literally inhaled the head trying smelling this stuff, It was like crack, but better. the smell of your favorite coffee house hits your right away, a long with malty notes. there's some bittering hops notes as well but just barely though, just right amount.

T: oily, thick and rich. coffee flavors, area first on the palete, followed by the rich chocolate and roasted malt notes. It finishes up clean with nice bitter hoppy/black coffee notes in the after taste.


MF: very smooth and oily, since this was a cask, it lacked the really fizzy feeling of the regular draft, but it retained just the right amount for me, it was also perfect room temp. not to warm.

D: I could drink several a day, till I got sick of it. the only thing was after 3 you need to drink some water to rid your self of the acidic taste left over from the coffee. I don't drink coffee, but I love this stuff. If you happen to encounter either the draft or cask order it.

brewbacca, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of GnomeKing
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer tastes fairly dry for a porter. I detected more coffee than mocha (perhaps it's named after a mocha latte). Don't expect a sweet finish as is common with many other porters. It's deep black (whaddya expect?) with unimpressive head or lacing (that ya didn't expect, or at least I didn't). As I finished my pint, the coffee taste morphed into a slightly stale coffee taste. I liked my final sip less than my initial sip. It's a little thin and straightforward compared with other beers in this style.

GnomeKing, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It looks good in the glass, nice head, darck and rich color.

Very pleasant smell, inviting to any hophead.

What can I say, it's a solid hoppy beer with coffee and a bit of chocolate, but its nothing terribly special. The taste wasn't as complex as I would have hoped. It was well balanced, but at the same time nothing much stood up past the hops and slight coffee note.

The carbonation feels just right in my mouth, however, I'm left with a slightly unpleasant dry taste that really detracts from the whole experenience.

Overall, a pretty good beer but nothing memorable about it. Its smooth like a good beer should be and hoppy like a good Am. Porter, but it doesnt go beyond any expectations and there are no surprises. Like I said, its good, and I'd drink it again, but its too bland a porter for me to buy anytime soon.

tempest, Aug 19, 2005
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,534 ratings.