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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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2,621 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,621
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 92
Gots: 229 | 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 soulgrowl
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque, coffee black with a latte-colored head composed of fairly big bubbles. Adequate retention.

Smell: Hmm.. hoppier than most porters I've enjoyed. The hops are citric, herbal, and floral - my first guess was Cascade, but the Rogue website indicates that it's a mix of Perle and Centennial. Other than that, there are sweet, toasty, chocolatey malts with hints of s'mores, milk, and brown sugar.

Taste: Underwhelming, but good. Malts are pretty sweet, but balanced out with a burnt coffee flavor and citric hops. The mocha flavor is pleasantly subdued, with just a touch of cocoa coming through. There's also a roasted peanut taste. Finish is fairly light and full of peanuts and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, tingly in the middle and syrupy at the end.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable porter, but not the most flavorful. I recommend it, and could drink many more, but it's nothing to write home about.

Photo of tgbljb
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep braown color with creamy tannish head. Left beautiful lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is minimal with a light roasted note detected but littl else. Taste is of roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee present. Strong hop bitterness is a bit overpowering and the beer is not well balanced. Finishes very dry and bitter and am unable to detect malt. An OK beer , but there are better examples of the style.

Photo of Crosling
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Piney, grapefruit-hop like aroma, with hints of roasted malt, chocolate and espresso. Aromatically vibrant, but it's disappointly hop accented. Dark brown color, full creamy light brown head that lasts. Taste is possibly a bit overlyroasted and coffee-like. I know it's a Mocha Porter, but a few other common porter characteristics could have balanced it out. Massively hopped, overly so.

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

We seem to get a fair amount of Rogue offerings here in Maine, which is fine with me. This beer was a dark brown with a small coffee-colored head. It had a coffee, chocolate odor with a little roasted grain. I thought the taste was predominately coffee (like espresso) with a chocolate undertone along with some hops. A little bit on the light side, but still a nice beer.

Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent light brown head with dimples and BLACK body for the appearance.

Smell: Clean, portery?, bit sour, slight sweetness, french roast coffee- good

Taste: Very crisp, dark as hell, smooth, medium thin mouthfeel, bitter, sour. I like it.

Mouthfeel - just right - medium thin. Kinda creamy. Bitterness stays on the tongue for a while leaving soft of a grainy bite.

Drinkability- Very good - I imagine I would drink this all night if I was at a party and just wanted a dark, 'mystical' beer. Perfect compliment to trippy music.

LIke black hook by redhook but actually good. Right on the mark for a porter. It just seems like a damn good porter. This is now one of my two favorite porters. Definitely an equal to the other though.

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

A- pours a deep dark brown accompanied big a huge tan head that does not want to freakin go away. tan lace on glass, head get all fluffy like as it goes down

S- sweet smell mix of choclate, coffee, hint of caramel. Faint smell of roasted malts as well

T- Chocalte flavors come out first as the beer hit the palate, followed by a bitterness from burnt malts, roasted malt aftertaste. creamy and sweet throughout.

M- feels more like a stout than a porter being as creamy as it is. Medium body and very smooth.

D- probably the most sessionable porter I've come across. Great and interesting take on a porter. Gotta love what rogue does.

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

Pours a very dark brown with slight ruby hints around the edges, with a tight medium tan head that is moderately slow to dissipate and leaves some lacing. Smell is strong, with plenty of coffee and chocolate, and slight notes of caramel and roasted malts, with an interesting piney hop tone as well. Taste is bold coffee, with some bitter chocolate and hops filling out the profile. A little heavy on the coffee side, but still pretty well balanced. Mouthfeel is a shade thin, but still very nice, and drinkability is good. Great porter, with the classic Rogue feel.

Photo of sevineyes
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle featuring the Rogue guy on the label.

A: Very deep walnut brown. Poured with a good frothy tan head and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Almost a worty sweetness. Freeze-dried coffee. Some steamed milk. Milk chocolate shavings on the front and dark German chocolate on the back. After a while I pick up some refridgerated hops aroma.

T: Begins even with some bitterness interlaced with caramel sweet hits. Cappucino. Moves rather fast into a dry cold-coffee bitterness that lingers with other coffee and unsweetened coffee flavors.

M: Cream-like but not quite creamy. A bit of an annoyance by tip-of-the-tongue carbonation. Coating. Finishes a bit too dry for my porter tastes.

Overall: A pretty good porter. I'd say this is more of a beer-lover's "mocha" than a coffee lover's "mocha". Not unlike Rogue to throw a few challenges at the style. Carbonation really is a bit much. If you work some of the carbonation out I think it enhances the beer considerably but bringing more creaminess and richness to the body and allows some of the more subtle flavors to surface.

Photo of jettjon
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Appearance
Lows: None

Pours pitch brown with thick foam head: beautiful appearance. Nice thick and attractive head that slowly fades away. Nose is primarily of malt. Taste is a bittersweet coffee; pretty typical of the style. Mouth is watery, bubbly, and refreshing, definitely better than average. Finishes with an unobtrusive bitter note. Drinkability is a tad above average.

Overall: A solid porter, definitely recommended.

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

As black as you could hope a porter to be. The head is brown and sadly pretty small. I smell roasty malts, a faint sourness, and boom, coffee/chocolate galore. Taste is firstly smokey roasted malts, followed by a twang of citrus hops and then dominated by the coffee and chocolate. Not much sweetness which is good in my opinion. This to my novice tongue, seems to be right on the cusp of actually being a stout. Either way though, it tastes great and is one I will revisit. Mouthfeel is creamy and good. I consider this one a real treat.

Photo of BDTyre
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its not what I expected, but I'm certainly not disappointed. I feel I got my money's worth, but at the same time...where is the mocha in this?

This pours like a stout: thick, with a confident tan head that fluffs up and clings like crazy...sort of like O' Hanlon's Port Stout. Smell is so-so...neither porter nor stout. There are definitely roasted malt hints in there, but it smells bland and dry. I can't detect any coffee....

Taste is an improvement over the smell. Sweet roasted malts, faint traces of chocolate. However, there is a dry, slight bitter flavour that brings coffee to my mind. More of an espresso than a mocha though...not nearly enough chocolate to be a mocha. Wait...is this what Phillip's Espresso Stout should aspire to be? I think so.

Although this is not quite what I thought it would be, I was pleased regardless. A nice after-dinner/dessert beer that is easy to swallow.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice solid black with a very thin wafer of yellowish tan head which fades very quickly but leaves behind curves of sticky lacing. Little light makes its way through.

As it warms, rather intense dark coffee scents rise; Sweet milk chocolate and roasty burnt toffee are all noticeable in the nose. It's bitter and sweet at once, tempting in its roastiness.

Flavors begin to burst forth in a surprisingly sugary way - But not sweet or cloying, because they're balanced - At one point I had the surprising impression that I had a fruity hard candy melting in my mouth. The balancing is done by distinct mocha coffee flavors, and the whole package is surprisingly tasty and easy to drink.

Swishy, tight bubbles of carbonation sift and swirl and froth through the entire mouth.

Deliciously quaffable. Easily as good or better than I remember it on tap at Rogue's pub in Portland.

Photo of chakadrum
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark dark chocolate look to the beer. Just a hint of dark amber at the bottom of the glass where the beer lays thin. Head was fluffy but didn't last very long. Lacing is very wet and doesn't stick too well. Smell is surprisingly weak with just a hint of cocoa and coffee.

Taste is fairly balanced. Chocolate malts aren't overpowering. A little too carbonated for my liking on a porter. Too rough on the mouth. The after taste is just slightly of coffee.

As someone mentioned a few posts down, this should have been creamier and had more mocha going on. That would have really made it nice.

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

Handsome dark beer with a beautiful pour. Good head initially that settles to a heavy topcoat, good lacing. Good looking beer.

Lots of chocolate, coffee and malt in the nose, alongside a whiff of molasses. Solid and appetizing.

Slightly sweet up front, dry and bitter up the middle and to finish. Again, lots of chocolate and coffee, good hop presence. Slightly creamy, but also somewhat unexpectedly thin-bodied, touch of acidity to finish.

Overall an enjoyable beer with a number of interesting characteristcs. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of akajimmyd
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – 22oz bomber. Dark red/brown body, low head and some horizontal lacing.

Smell – Solid hop smell and some toasty malts.

Taste – Strong roasted malt flavor, fails to live up to its name on the mocha front, only the faintest bitter coffee finish.

Mouthfeel – Unfortunately a bit watery and thin, also, the hops did not quite live up to expectations either. I like a fuller, creamier body for the style.

Drinkability – Drinkable but I do not want another, there are better porters and even one's with stronger coffee malt flavors.

Photo of mclanem
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Has a nice chocolate black look with a nice and think/ brown head. could still see through it with a light.

Smell: hints of Coffee and malt with a little hops as well.

Taste: Has a good taste with hints coffee, chocolate, and malt, could taste the hops as well. The beer has a nice bitterness on the end. There is a lingering coffee taste mostly after you finish the beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a nice feel but the body is not as milky thick as I would like.

Drinkablity: This beer is very drinkable not to much of any one flavor to leave you bored.

Photo of clabaugh
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a jet black topped with an ominous, crawling head of sandy brown. Retention is fairly good. The epitome of lacing: layers tainted with brown all over the glass.

Smell: Delicious and complex. Truly a melange of different aromas. Coffee bean, caramel, toffee, chocolate. Toasty malts, with some piney hops in the background.

Taste: The name says it for sure. Intense mocha flavor. Tastes like you're chewing on a coffee bean. Biting hoppy finish and malty, chocolately accents throughout.

Mouthfeel: Nice and chewy with some fine carbonation. Wonderfully palatable.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Excellent complexity of flavors. Superb balance. Warming, satisfying. Leaves you craving another. Rogue suceeeds admirably.

Photo of bennetj17
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark, black color, tan head of 1/4 inch only, that dissolves speedily into a ring. The smell is light, with a milk chocolate sweetness and faint coffee aroma. The taste is much less sweet, a robust toasted malt flavor of dry coffee, with a nice moderate bitterness that arises after a few sips. Fairly thick in mouthfeel, very-well carbonated for a porter. It's a nice bitter porter, that could easily make a good session brew...

Photo of pbr85
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep black color with a half inch coffee head.
S: Coffee, chocolate...smells great.
T: Roasted barley and coffee with some bittering hops in the finish. Nothing stands out as much as I thought it would (i.e. coffee...).
M: Very smooth, a little thin for such a dark beer.
D: Very drinkable, mostly because there is nothing offensive and it is so smooth. A good porter to have around the house.

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

Appearance - very dark, no head leaves on side of glass, cannot see through the drink!

Smell - very oaky and chocolate in flavor.

Taste - delicious in flavor, great after dinner drink

Mouthfeel - opens up all the flavors in my mouth

Drinkability - will go back and purchase more for later.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - pretty much black and completely opaque. A tight tan head forms quickly, settles down, but hangs around the entire way. Some lacing, but not a ton.

S - roasted barley predominates. Some hopiness in there - grassy. Malty, smoky, roasty. Smells like coffee with an herbal twang.

T - roasty, coffee-ish. Surprisingly bitter for a beer called 'mocha' -- implying sweetness in my mind. Tart bitterness up front, more from the malt rather than the hops. Then some 'mocha' malty sweetness in the middle of your tongue. Very tasty American porter.

M - medium to medium/thick bodied, just as a porter should be. Average carbonation. Roastiness sticks around on your tongue.

D - one of my favorite porters. Would be easy to go through a six pack of these.

Photo of zjungleist
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with ruby highlights and a reasonable tan head. Smell was big and malty with a decent hop charecter. The taste obviously had some chocolate and coffee to it, but not nearly the amount I expected from the name. Hops were evident too and overall the flavor was rich. The mouthfeel was quite silky and rich as well, with a nice carbonation balance. I would probalby drink this again.

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

12oz bottle

Nice brown porter color with a nice bit of tan head. Orange tints on the side of the glass when held up to the light. Great looking beer.
I pulled Centennial hops when wafting it. When I stuck my nose into the glass it had a fairly rich barley smell. Pretty good smelling beer.
The taste was intriquing. I tasted the hop kick on the back of my throat before I was able to distinguish the roasted malts on the tip of my tongue. It was interesting, and I was pulling coffee in the aftertaste. Overall, it was a pleasurable experience. My only complaint is that it felt really thin for a porter. However, it did coat my tongue fairly nicely.
I really enjoyed this beer, even though I am not a huge porter fan. I will be drinking it again.

Photo of EmoBeerGuy
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a classic, dark porter with little head.

S - Hops on the nose, with rich malts.

T - Surprised by this beer, which I had not tried in quite some time. Much more hop driven than I had remembered. I have been drinking the chocolate stout tons these days and was exspecting something more along those lines, but this was more delicate and more "american". Still a nice crisp beer, not too overwhelming. Maybe a good beer to transition your non beer snob friends from guiness to something a bit more interesting.

Photo of jslot38
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle poured into an Irish Pint Glass.

Appearance: Absolutly magestic head. Glad I had the extra space from the non-13oz pint glass to fit this bad boy into. Near perfect black with slight brown shades, completely non-transparent. Head is beautifuly tanned and frothy. Lacing is great, near perfection.

Smell: Oh the sweet mixture of coffee and chocolate. Easily becoming my favorite smell in the world, and this porter nails it. Mocha in the name, and mocha in the game. Slight touches of caramel and toffee undertones.

Taste: Upfront slight note of earth ridden hopes but well overshadowed by the coffee and chocolate mixture. Sweet milk chocolate with touches of caramel. Unfortunately none of the flavours jump out at you, which holds this back.

Mouthfeel: Dances on the tongue, flavour lingers. Not much carbonation in this one.

Drinkability: At 5.3% this is both a pleasing beer and one that I could certainly down a few of.

Notes: As mentioned before nothing really stands out about this beer. That is, beyond its appearance. Beyond that it just seems to be your average porter. But could certainly make for a nice darker session brew as its fairly low in ABV and not filling at all. All in all, a decent brew that I would have again, but would not list at the top of the pantheon of porters.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,621 ratings.