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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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very good

2,592 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,592
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 91
Gots: 204 | 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 jakester
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. No friggin' date on the bottle or the label.

Pours a deep, dark garnet with brown edges. A one finger head of light brown foam forms on top, falls to small islands and a ring, with minimal lacing. Carbonation appears medium.

Aroma is strong chocolate, dark malts, fruits like plums, cherries, and dried pears, some herbal hops, slight coffee at the end.

Flavor is chocolatey, fruits like above, decent hop bittering, and faint herbal hops. It's fairly dry and cleansing. Coffee comes through late. Aftertaste is dark malts and dark, dry fruits.

Mouthfeel is low to medium bodied, with medium carbonation. The finish dries out at the end.

This is a good, if slightly underwhelming, porter. The flavors and aromas are good; it's chocolatey, roasty a little, fruity a little, with a clean, dry finish. I would drink another of these if offered.

Photo of Bcant
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Rogue is all about coffee and chocolate. It looks like French-pressed black coffee; glossy deep brown with frothy cream bubbles at the top. The nose is all (well almost all) dark chocolate – but not the 80% coca solids stuff, there is too much sweetness, more like the 55% coca solids. And the flavor, well it has some of that chocolate nose and a lot of coffee/roasted malt flavors. It finishes abruptly, but in a good way; it is not thin or bottomless, rather so round that it does not go on forever.

Photo of loving44
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer didn'r really excite me too much... poured a dark brown with a decent thick foamy head tha stuck around for a while

smell was or light coffee and chocolate... not very pronounced.

The taste was again of coffee and chocolate but very weak.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery.

I drank two 12 oz. before I was simply bored with this beer. It gets better as it warms... worth a shot.

Photo of hgrong
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml Btl. 2005

Beer pours dark brown but not black with a short tight head that fades to a thin film of carbonation and leaves a nice lacing. The nose is based on dark malts. It starts with roasted malts reminiscent of any porter but moves quickly to rich chocolate and coffee. There is little, if any, hops in the nose. Faint hints of caramel and sugar. The palate starts sweet and slightly dull. The malts come through beautifully. The main expression is roasted grains and coffee. As the malts fade there is a rather powerful hop bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malts. The hops do not last long however. They are quickly replaced by a strong aftertaste of pure chocolate that lingers for a minute of so. The mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp and clean for a beer as dark as this. It is highly carbonated which I believe makes the beer much more drinkable than the more syrupy dark beers.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I was expecting it to be cloyingly sweet and thick. I was happy to discover that it is well balanced and crisp. A very nice surprise.

Photo of akahn
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly opaque black with luxurious creamy brown head that lasts and forms lace. Good appearance for sure.

Pretty weak aroma -- some stale coffee in there.

Very modest flavor profile as well. Some roasty chocolate and old iced coffee. Some coffee bitterness in the finish.

Milky, soft mouthfeel. Too thin.

This beer didn't do it for me, really. I'd like it to be bigger, more robust.

Photo of Franchise
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love a nicely done porter and this one is not a dissappointment, pours a clear dark chocolate brown with a nice thick tan head. The nose of this brew is fantastic, espresso, chocolate, roasted cocoa beans, vanilla, just all the comfort your looking for in a brew. The taste is very pleasing to the palate starts with a slight bitterness followed by some sweet chocolate/caramel presence and finished with some carbonation and a watery feel on the palate. Not as strong in terms of the body as I expected but still was great.

Photo of babyhobbes
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark coffee color with a small tan head.

Smell is very slight and requires a good deep sniff to even notice. There's some chocolate malt scent, but again, hardly at all.

Taste is nice and pleasant. It's not overwhelming or too bold. You can taste the chocolate malt and a slight bit off coffee and some hopiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, bubbly and creamy. Not bad at all.

Drinkability is where this beer is at. This could easily be a good session beer.

There is nothing Earth-shattering about this brew but it is definitely one to try.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th beer reviewed.

A - Pours a small one finger tan head that rests over a very deep brown sea. No lacing, too bad.

S - A faint coffee odor with some very faint pine hops. Not much in the aroma department.

T - A coffee and very faint slightly sweet chocolate malt with only a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol was evident in the taste at higher temperatures. A nutty flavor also emerged.

M - Thinner than I expected, dissapointing in a way. Carbonation is high at first, it is refreshing though.

D - This is the beer's best point by far. It is so mild that it makes a fabulous session beer. It would go well with countless dishes. A very mild, but good porter.

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

Pours a dark drown/black with a good frothy bubbly tan head that turns to a film around the edges, and lacing that fades and falls down glass nicely. Smells nice, of chocolate and a great mocha aroma, and the roasty malts only slightly coming through. It really isn't that assertive an aroma, but get a good whiff of it and its really quite pleasant. Taste is really great, with lots of that mocha espresso taste coming out, and great chocolate-like malt undertones with a slightly bitter late middle, yet that coffee bitter mellows out and turns a little sweet even in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel seems mayble a little too agressive at first, at times distracted me from the important thing; taste. I wouldn't say its a fantastically drinkable beer, but it is very good, and enjoyable.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Deep brown color, very dark. About 1-finger head, looked and smelled more like a stout than a porter.

The first taste is malty, with some burnt malt in the background. Not too thick, but still OK. The after-taste turns a little bitter. I could taste a little chocolate and maybe coffee.

Very nice porter. Maybe the best porter I've tried.

Photo of thetachibro
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a dark black with a medium off white tan head. Head drizzeled down to a small ring and hung around for a while

S- Nothing too overpowering. Coffee and roasted nuts with a hint of chocolate and malts

T- Taste was malty and rich. Slightly bitter. You taste the coffee and chocolate. Mildly dry finish

M- Very nice medium body in the mouth. Crisp

D- Good drinkability. Not too sweet as some porters of this type are. Could be a session beer for me personally

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours black with a little head.
the aroma of chocolate and malt with a hint of hops
the taste is bittersweet chocolate with some malt and coffee.
the beer is very creamy and goes down smooth expacitally in the cooler months.
use a brandy snifter to get the best aroma

Photo of BRoberts914
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had anticipated trying this beer for quite some time. Finally got the chance last night. The appearance is what one would expect for the style--dark, with ruby highlights on the edges. The smell is pleasing with a healthy dose of dark malts, english hops, and a hint of roasted nuts. Unfortunately, the malts suggested by the aroma did not show up as prominently in the palate as I had expected. Maybe I'm being a little harsh here, but it seemed like the malt taste was too weak and gave way to the hoppy finish too quickly for a robust porter. The mouthfeel was very good--creamy, full bodied, but not overpowering. I could easily drink multiples of this beer, but I would probably go with an Anchor or a Sierra Nevada instead.

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

Dark brown, with hints of amber after hitting light. Foamy beige top with minmal lacing.
Coffee and chocolate aroma, roasted chestnuts followed.
Great blend of chocolate and coffee malts veering over to a nice hop bitterness in the middle, which smoothed for a clean silky finish.
I expected a little more coffee but I wasn't disappointed in the least. A complete porter with an extra creamy finish and over all good taste. I would love to have this again.

Photo of Iguana
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This tasty brew poured a nice black with brown hues and a very small head that reduced to some nice lacing.

Smell - The smell on this brew really nice, hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste - Taste on this one is quite interesting. Starts out as a nice chocolate that fades into what I can only describe as a cup of french roast with no sweetener which is really quite enjoyable. Coffee flavor really stays around for awhile.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel starts out right for me, goes from chocolate to coffee to a smoky taste. After this though a real strong bitterness comes out which I am kinda lukewarm on. A bit too bitter aftertaste for me.

Drinkability - This is a pretty good beer. Its got a nice flavor and goes down well.

Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black, decent head and lacing was admirable. Immediately during the pour I was overcome with large billowing layers of choclate and coffee aroma....Very interested.

Taste is a well organized party of flavor. The chocolate is rich and immediately mellowed by toasted bread and roasted coffee. The bite is even bigger than the bark. The only bitter touch was in the middle and it was well placed because the finish was all the malts/roasted/toasted/sweetness blended together for a long lasting flavor bomb.

Aftertaste lingers for a bit, welcomed for sure in such a fine brew. Actually turns a bit smokey the longer you can hold off on your next drink.

Notes: One complex porter that I'm sure I could dissect further if I could only find this on a regular basis. For now I'm just going to enjoy my last 3 in the sixer.

Photo of maddamish
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ap: This beers color is a dark brown. I cannot see through it in my glass. It seems to pour out as thick as a stout. Medium sized head that turned into islands of lace.

Smell: Coffee and caramel notes with a hint of alcohol in the background.

Taste: Expresso and burnt chocolate malts with (again) a hint of alcohol in the background. Despite the mocha label this is not a sweet beer but one that tends toward the bitter side.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Lighter than a stout but heavier than your average porter. I would even classify this as an imperial porter.

Drinkability/Notes: Not a bad porter at all. One of the better one's out there as a matter of fact. This is not one to introduce to new Ba's but reserve it for the more mature beer drinker.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice American Porter. Pours out to a dark black color with a huge head of foam. Lace is abundant. Medium level of carbonation. Aroma is almost creamy, with lush scents of caramel and coffee. Flavor is well crafted; coffee and chocolate dominate, with a light backbone of roasted malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, like a cloud's fluff. Wonderful. Good drinkability. A solid offering from the guys at Rogue. Recommended.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nearly coal black color with a tan head that retains well and leaves lacing on the way down

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a very nicely balanced malt presence with flavors of coffee and chocolate; the bitterness kicks in mid-palate and continues to build through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Surprisingly hoppy for a porter but rather enjoyable

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fairly bland brew, in my opinion. Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissipating head that leaves a tan ring through the length of the beverage consumption. Nose is of toffee and dark chocolate. Tastes like weak black coffee and bittersweet chocolate, lacking any added sweetener. Highly carbonated - tingles my tongue all the way down. Fairly drinkable, but only because there isnt much too it.

Frankly, I expected a more chewy, chocolatey brew, so I guess I was disapointed. It was very weak, not robust like many other porters. Also, I think the carbonation really detracted from the possibility of the beer betraying any of its subtleties.

Photo of shroompod
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz into Dead Guy Ale pint glass
appearance : dark , brownish head dissipates quickly
smell: faint dark malt , very faint hop profile (I have a cold)
taste : dark roasted coffee/toffee with appropriate hoppiness
mouthfeel: Somewhat thin , nice carbonation ,
drinkability: I'm no porter expert , but I could drink these all night.

Overall:I'm partial to American Pale Ales , but I enjoy this smooth dark porter. I wouldn't know if it fits the style , but it intrigues me enough to try a few more porters.

Photo of maek228
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: If viewed from a distance, or poorly lit room, this would appear jet black. Upon closer inspection, there is a mahogany hiding behind the dark black.

Smell: Coffee, strong columbian coffee, is the scent that pervails. Overall, the smell could be described as robust.

Taste: Smell is a good indicator of taste, this beer is no exception. The initial flavor is a splash of fresh strong coffee, that is rounded out by hints of dark chocolate and tart fruit. It then mellows out into an aftertaste that is a mixture of mild hops and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Decieving in the sense that the tastes "big" but it's mouthfeel is thin. This is acceptable for the porter style

Drinkability: This beer has a bold taste, almost to a fault. Alittle of this beer goes a long way. I can't imagine drinking more than 2 in a sitting and still enjoying it as much as I enjoyed it at first.

Overall a decent porter. Certainly not one of the best

Photo of MSchae1017
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a Pint Glass from a Bottle.

This beer pours a dark almost opaque color wiht amber trim. The Head is tan and laces nicely. There is a sweet smell with undertones of guess what... chocolate and coffee. It tastes similar to its smell. Eating Chocolate helps bring out the coffee flavor . Good bitterness and very enjoyable. There is a good thickness adn good carbonation. This is overall a very enjoyable beer that I could drink a lot of.

Photo of bark
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bottle, bought in Sweden, got an abv of 5.7%.

The colour is black with a tint of deep brown, the liquid is clear and the finger thick brown foam sinks slowly down to a ring with some lacing. An odd detail; the beer was completely silent while pouring.

The smell is sweet with burned/roasted notes. I found some creamy notes of diacetyl, dark chocolate and a mild touch of coffee candies. Overall, the smell was milder and softer than I had expected.

A pleasant roasted flavour dominates the taste: There are notes of black coffee, fruity discreet hops, some liquorice, cocoa, maybe even a little bit smoke. The long aftertaste got a creamy flavour with notes of coffee, aroma hops, mandarin orange and a slight passing bitterness.

The carbonation is very strong with small bubbles that are a bit sharp to the tongue att he start (but its getting better later)

A nice and very American porter, very suitable for Swedish meatballs.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark brown with some amber highlights with about a one finger brown creamy head.

Smell: Picking out chocolate, roasted malt and slight coffee smell.

Taste: Starts out with roasted malt and then moves right into chocolate and coffee. Finishes with dry with a dark chocolate taste that leave a pleasant bitterness on the tongue. Also hints of a malt sweetness that balances with the coffee flavor great.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could definitely have a few of these in a sitting.

This is my first Rouge beer and I am very impressed. Can’t wait to try their other offerings. This is also a great example of a porter and one of the better porters that I have tried.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,592 ratings.