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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,537 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,537
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 86
Gots: 164 | 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 brewbacca
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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 -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 -13.4%
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
Photo of countrocula
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got home, poured the sucker into my pint glass (no tilt) and watched a formidable, thick head form. The top bits of the head seemed to fall off quickly, but the areas around the reservoir of beer remained thick and had that nitrogen infused quality with the dark striations cascading through the head all to return to the beer.

I brought the glass to my nose and immediately got some caramel, coffee, hint of chocolate and maltish tones that were reminiscent of a strange sherry.

The coloring is very opaque. I can only make out color by tipping the glass and observing a thin pool of the beer. The color is a wonderful, rich "burnt root beer" bark. A bit too red to say it equals a rich coffee brown. There were minute chalky particles floating around in my glass.

The first taste is rather inviting as you are greeted by a lively effervescence. Not seltzer carbonation here... dense, quickly expiring yet boisterous bubbles. The taste is rich and sweet. The aftertaste is tactfully bitter. The bitter moment is enjoyable and doesn't overstay its welcome.

I really did like this porter, but feel that it is definitely a "treat" type. Not because of price or ease of locating it, but because its a bit sweet and made me feel like I just pigged out an a quarter pound of Cadbury's Fruit and Nut.

countrocula, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of Dmann
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer! The Mocha Porter poured a very dark brown, almost black color with a nice creamy tan head. The smell lured me in and was full of chocolate and malt. The flavor was great and had a bit of sweetness from the chocolate and malt in the front and finnished with a slight hoppy/coffee like bitterness. I really liked the mouthfeel as well as it was not too thick and had just the right ammount of carbonation. If you like Porters, this one will rise to the top of your list.

Dmann, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of thechaacster
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ultra dark mahogany, damn near black, with a splendid two fingers of tan head. Really a beautiful beer. Roasty smell with a sharpness that is part hops and part astringency. Dry, roasted maltiness dominates, with the mocha hints leaning more heavily toward java than chocolate. Substantial hop bitterness comes in and makes for a lasting bitter finish. Surprisingly drinkable as well. Not my favorite porter but definitely worth recognition.

thechaacster, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in colour with an off white head. Slightly vinous aroma, along with roasted grains and bakers chocolate. The Rogue "house style" is very apparent in the flavor: signature yeast and munich malty. There’s some of the mocha chocolate thing going on in the flavor, but not as much as you’d expect from something named "mocha porter". Quite hoppy as well. A nice brew.

fisherman34, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of ChrisBowers
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours coca-cola dark brown/black with about a half inch head. Big, powerful, roasted malt/coffee nose. Taste is big on the coffee, chocolate, slight fruitiness but with a nice bittering bite at the end. Far too many of these american porters and stouts keep the intesne malty sweetness all the way through to the end, but this one does a nice job of adding just enough hop bite to pull it back from the edge. Keeps the beer nice and drinkable.

ChrisBowers, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of cooter
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer just exudes the essence of the word "majestic."

650 mL bottle served into my Czech Chodovar brewery mug (note that I feel inordinately proud that this mug cannot be obtained in the States), and it fit perfectly, stately and foamy and dark and creamy and head like mocha and bubbles big and firmy and small and dense; and the body, dark as dusk. I don't want to drink for fear of harming its beauty.

The scent is powerful, thick. Roast and dark chocolate and milk chocolate and espresso and nuts, with malt all over, smooth and subtle.

A smiling first draught tastes of berries, and charred malts with chocolate and that dryness that is precisely like whatever you call those Italian intense dark coffee shots, with fresh whipped cream. A peanutty texture, with cashews and walnuts in the taste. The intricacy of the coffee taste is incredible. The berries are nondescript, but sweet and tart.

That's all I have to say. A pleasure of a beer.

cooter, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of kmcnair
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Dark chocolate and coffee aroma. Pours a deep dark brown and makes a fluffy light brown head. Roasted mocha latte flavor is subdued by the strong and overpowering bittering hops. Medium/light on the palate, has an odd finish. A decent porter, but not my favorite.

kmcnair, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of Px2GrafX
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

presentation: 12oz bottle with a picture on the label of a guy in a blue shirt and hat with a beer mug in one hand and the other hand in a fist in the air. "dedicated to the rogue in each of us" is printed on the label. no abv is displayed.

appearance: pours jet black with very little accent browns around the edges of a stein mug. head is a light tan pillowy thick cap that is dedicated with sticking around 'til the very end. lacing and sticking is excellent. apperance is very much like that of a stout. bubbles are sneaking up to the top along the sides of the glass.

smell: chocolatey caramel. malt with a light alcohol aroma.

taste: earthy with coffee flavors dominating. chocolate isn't as apparent as in some other chocolate stouts, but becomes more evident as the brew warms. starts sweet and finishes with a balanced light bitterness. i detect very little alcohol flavors.

mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy and still has excellent acidity and carbonation.

drinkability: going, going, gone! very drinkable. a 6er could be dangerous.

overall: have never been much of a porter fan until now. very characteristic of many great stouts, but a little less complex and more drinkable. two thumbs!

Px2GrafX, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark beer, with a small head that doesn't stick around very long. Has a nice chocolate and coffee smell to it. Taste is pretty much the same, with mild hopiness in the finish. Medium bodied, and pretty smooth. This is a porter worth looking for.

RedHaze, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark black, nearly opaque in appearance save for some dark brownish ruby highlights when held to light. Thin light khaki head come up for a moment before disappearing into the darkness. Aroma is not shy. Big semi-sweet chocolate nose on this one. Citric hop smell peeks out from beneath the big roasted and mocha character. Carbonation is a little higher than expected, which breaks up an otherwise near oily mouthfeel that is not too far removed from old coffee. Chocolate flavor is more bitter than portended by the aroma. Coffee flavor is present as well, but I wouldn't necessarily call it a mocha flavor. Roasted grain comes through well. Finish is highly roasted with some bitter citrous hops coming through, leaving a lasting dry and bitter aftertaste. Interesting porter.

BeerFink, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black pour with chocolate edging. A nice tan head forms. I am disturbed by the yeast floaties that are moving throughout the body of this beer.

Smell: Roasted grains, bitter chocolate, a little creamed coffee on the nose as well.

Taste: Sweet coffee, burnt marshmallows, vanilla, a little oak, maybe a touch of chocolate, and french roasted coffee. A nice blend of coffee-chocolate-roast combinations that I've come to love in my porters. Definitely starts sweeter and there is a nice balance between coffee bitterness and the sweetness throughout the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry. Leaves a touch of a bitter finish.

Drinkability: Pretty good overall. Very interesting and not a challenge on the palate at all. No off flavors and makes for an enjoyable session. Recommended.

mattcrill, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of misterscooter
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As most porters tend to be, this one is dark with just a hint of light showing through the brown at the bottom. Definite sediment of some kind in the bottle. Thick, foamy brown head that works its way down at a good pace and allows for the aromas to come out. Just a bit of lace at the end of the head.

This one smells like candy, but not the ultra sweet sugary candy you find at carnivals. More subtle with caramel, cocoa, brown sugar and just a bit of a Sugar Daddy smell in there.

This is a malty porter with the taste of dry cocoa powder in there, although not bitter at all. The mocha flavor is in the aftertaste and seems to hang around enough to remind you that it really is there. Very nice and mellow and fills you up.

misterscooter, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-pack bought at Woodman's East in Madison. Seved in a pint glass.

Pours a jet black with a nice frothy tan head which has decent retention. Nose is strong roasted coffee and dark chocolate. So basically mocha, go figure. Taste is....*drumroll*....roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate, with a slight hop bite at the end. Overall very tasty, like a nice iced espresso with medium carbination. Medium body makes it fairly drinkable, I don't know about sessionable, but I could throw back a few. Not the best porter I've had, I recommend the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald and Great Dane's Black Earth Porter (both almost flawless) but this is a solid offering and much more widely available I'd imagine. Give it a try.

Golden2wenty1, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We're having a porter-off, featuring Rogue Mocha Porter, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Sierra Nevada Porter, Tyranena Chief BlackHawk, Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter, and Watch City Welcome Back Porter.

Black, with a tan head that's creamier than the rest. Smoother than the others except the Fitz. Nice burnt coffee grounds flavor that isn't too bitter and goes down easy, but with a very bitter aftertaste. Second-best porter I've had all night.

battlekow, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark black with an off-white head. The Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste follows the nose in this brew. There is an espresso flavor, chocolate, and roasted malt flavor. Good mouthfeel, smooth. Very drinkable. I highly recommend this beer. It's rogue, what else needs to be said.

Brian700, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of 1whiskey
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I tried this a long time ago and remembered liking it. So I thought I would try it again. I love coffee, I love beer (esp. porters). What could go wrong?

Pours a beautiful, nearly opaque black with a 1" tan head that quickly disappears. The smell is glorious...lovely malts, chocolate, sweetbread(?).

Taste is another beast. Yes, there is sweet malt here, but its overwhelmed by bad flavors. Burnt coffee (not in a good way), burnt bisquits, burnt everything. I like porters, but something is really wrong here. There is a odd chemical astringent taste, and it's overwhelming. Halfway through I have to eat some saltines just to continue. Something is out of whack here.

The mouthfeel is actually good, a medium body with good carbonation. It improves slightly as it warms, but this is not the beer I remember. Rogue is a good brewery and one that I respect, so I can only assume that I simply got a bad batch. I'll have to review this again some other time.

1whiskey, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of Naes
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and black with just the tiniest bit of light showing through. It has a tan head that starts off tall, but quickly fades to a thin layer that stays with you.

The aroma is sweet. Almost reminds me of brown sugar.

My expectations for taste (judging by the aroma) were blown away. It starts off slightly bitter then follows that up with many complex flavors. Roastedness followed by coffee flavors delight the palate.

Wonderfully carbonated and chewy.

This is a highly drinkable porter. If you like coffee style porters, give this one a try. Although its coffee taste is more subtle than others, it’s definitely worth a try.

Naes, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml Bottle bought in Sainsburys.

Pours quite a deep brown / nearly black colour. Head is quite thin and light brown in colour – doesn’t last very long…

Nice aroma of coffee and chocolate and also quite a lot of maltiness. Has just the right amount of tartness…

Smooth mouthfeel, nothing to heavy or cloying..

Quite a nice porter – very drinkable. There are much better examples out there though…

mdagnew, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained from the Sanctuary (Iowa City) in June 2005. pours a thin yet fine light brown head over a very dark mohoganey colored liquid. Smells roast, cherry sour, vanilla, coffee, and alcohol. I smell hops...they are there but I can't tell the particular character beneath the alcohol Citrusy, I think. Perhaps the hops are part of what I preceive to be alcohol on my nose. Taste is roast coffee with some chocolate and ends very roast at the end in the form of sour (black patent?). A caramel in the middle carries a nice transition as the initial roast settles and the sour roast rises. Md-thick mouthfeel and mild carbonation work well for this beer. It gets a sharp tangy carbonation on the tongue as the cherry sour comes in, but neither is so strong as to be lifted to an unpleasant level. Whatever that alcohol/hop smells is, it's a taste in the aftertaste that rises up through the throat and batters the back of my tongue. The chocolate gets stronger in both the smell and taste as the beer warms, which is good, as the roast was beginning to hang in the mouth.

mentor, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 1st Rogue offering. Its amazing how beers that pour opaque always have a hue or value to their impenditrable magic. This slick, thick ebony beer had a warm, burnt caramel quality to its darkness, with a nice 1" thick head of tight mocha hued foam that laced subtly as I drank. Nose is subtly sweet, wisps of burnt coffee, dark chocolates.

Its surprisingly crisper than I imagined, nice, a little sharp on the tongue with a pleasingly bitter quality like the last sip from your morning coffee. The pallete is a bit watery as the tastes disperse & mix, then a most pleasing old black coffee refrain on the throat. Alas, the aftertaste is filmy and bitter.

This is good, but its like drinking a weaker, less complex & enjoyable version of an Edmund Fitzgerald. I would certainly drink another, and would recommend it to try, but I'm not sure I would buy this again when there are others that are superior, IMHO.

BuckSpin, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber

Pours with a deep brown body, very little light penetration. Thick tan head head, creamy with good retention

Smell, little bit of smoke, some fresh american hops, chocolate, freshly made coffee

Taste, crisp hops, coffee and chocolate flavours coming through, nice roasted coffee bean and malt bitterness on the finish, little bit of turkish delight in there too

Mmmmm... a tasty porter, lots of flavour and immensely drinkable

cypressbob, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of Sigmund
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle, UK import, trade with maeib. ABV is 5.3%. Very dark opaque brown colour, nearly black. Pours with a large and thick tan head. Pleasant roasty aroma with strong coffee notes, also cigarbox, chocolate and leather. Flavour has strong coffee notes too, some tar and a slight smokiness. Roasty and hoppy bitterness in the long aftertaste. Maybe not the most complex beer in the world, but a very good one all the same!

Sigmund, Jun 13, 2005
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,537 ratings.