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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,499 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,499
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 80
Gots: 151 | 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 Guinness4me
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think they should have called this Espresso Porter. If this had caffeine, I would have a reason to drink it.

The smell was to me the standard, Rogue hoppiness that I've found in nearly all of their which beers I've tried. I personally don't like hoppiness in a porter, but I went with it.

The taste was too hoppy for my like as well, with only a hint of mocha and a blast of bitter coffee. My hopes of the aftertaste bringing this beer around were dashed as well.

The mouthfeel was okay, just seemed a little flat.

Drinkablilty for me would be tough since I didn't enjoy the flavor.

Guinness4me, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of rugger
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer not the best but above average. It pours a nice black with very little ruby redness around the edges. The head was perfect and laces nicely. The smell comes from a nice roasted malt presence as does the taste. There is also a thick chocolate graininess there as well. Mouthfeel is nice and big, but more of an oval feel than a round feel. Drinkable for sure especially on a nice fall evening.

rugger, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet-black with a tiny bit of red if you don't mind sticking your eyeball to the glass. Chocolate brown head goes down faster than Paris Hilton in the Backstreet Boys' tour bus.

Prominent caramel malt and roasted coffee bean flavors, ixed with a bitter hoppy aftertaste. The finish is a bit tart and tongue-swelling, and the coffee presence is so strong it leaves the same film behind in your mought as a cup of java. Smooth but a bit watery, nice stuff but a too heavy on the coffee for me to be too drinkable, would have liked a bit more "mocha" in it.

PopeJonPaul, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having had this a few times, I went for it at the bar the other day and thought I ought to give it a review.

Apperance: The beer is a deep brown color, nearly opaque, and it is topped by an inch of clumpy tan head that has decent retention.

Smell: The smell is of roasted malt that melds with some agressive hop flavor into a piney, roasty bitterness.

Taste: The first sip is at once full and flavorful. There is a solid porter flavor, amped up to accentuate the flavors of this porter. The dark and chocolate malts contribute a coffee and chocolately flavor, not as clean as in their chocolate stout however. I feel the strong roasted bitterness of the porter cuts into these emerging flavors only to be overtaken by the strong dose of hops that comes on in the ending and aftertaste. I really like this one, and frequent it often for its bold flavors. If you're looking for a easier drinker, go for something English, like Fuller's.

Mouthfeel: Full and almost thick, this is better as it warms. Not overly viscous or cloying, but with more body than most other porters.

Drinkability: I seem to like this, and I've had more than one on more than one occasion. But, compared to other porters, this one isn't quite as weak and easily sessioned. I'd take this over a lot of others any day.

99bottles, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a finger of rocky, dark tan to chestnut head with bubbles of varying size that fades only slightly, holding up a good gridwork of lace. Beer is color of molasses with no real highlights and obviously no visible carbonation. Rich, smooth smells of roast barley, pumpernickel, and raisins covered in baking chocolate. Paradoxically, these aromas seem to sweeten with warmth. Not to blast anything about the smell, but where's the mocha? Coffee does seem to be more forthright in the taste... rich bitterness of plain black coffee abounds, with a finish like bitter greens left to caramelize too long... charred iron skillet flavors. Carbon. Flavors are integrated but lack development. Mouthfeel is firm and moderately sticky with tingling carbonation; persistent bitter aftertaste; heavy finish. Drinkable, but a bit too aggressive to be sessionable, and not quite curious enough to encourage exploration. Solid, yes. But also--at least for non-coffee drinkers like myself--one-dimensional.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, probably quite old. Dark black with bloody edges. A big tan head lasted quite a while and left some nice lacing to boot. Aromas are all chocolate, caramel, espresso, and smoke. The taste is smoky up front with some roasted malt notes in the middle and some big espresso notes in the finish. wow, maybe aging this has made it into more of a smoked porter, than a mocha one. The mouthfeel was creamy and just right and the drinkability was good as well. A cheaper, not as good, AKSmokedPorter!

francisweizen, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stout black color, wwith only a little light getting through at the botttom of the glass. Huge 2" head that is very bubbly and appears to be sticky. Smell is not very potent, only slight coffee and hop notes. Taste is about the driest thing I have ever had. Just like a cup of regular joe. Hops combine with the bitterness of the coffee to make an odd aftertaste. Not my favorite Rogue product, but good nonetheless.

TastyTaste, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m picking up a casual hop aroma – strange for a porter, especially a mocha porter, but I can’t complain. The black lacquer body is full and silky and paints the glass with elegant lace. The alleged mocha property is either deliberately muted or merely implied. It’s certainly not a core, defining characteristic, which is instead derived from darkly roasted (if not charred) grains. The finish here is this beer’s most alluring asset. It is long and smoky and fades out gracefully like the closing scene of a Bogart movie.

RedDiamond, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and dark brownish-black. Thin layer of persistent tan-colored lace speckles the glass nicely. Aromas are chocolate-covered caramel squares with a dash of bitterness. Flavor is thick and creamy, with lots of chocolate in there. There's also some coffee flavor as well. Finishes with a nicely-balanced dose of bitterness to match wits against the sweetness. Solid mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Rogue scores with anoter winner for me.

OldFrothingSlosh, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of Admiraldinty
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, but has ruby highlights when held up to light. Huge brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is malty, and roasted fruitiness, with a fair amount of hoppiness. Taste is roasted coffee, some chocolate, with malt, and bitter hopiness. Smooth and creamy, but slightly biting mouthfeel. This is a nice beer, not one of my favorite porters, but it'll do.

Admiraldinty, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of TongoRad
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque ebony color with a thick tan head (veering a bit too close to Stout territory).

Roasted malt and hops combine on the nose to give an inviting coffee-like aroma.

The mouthfeel is just wonderful with significant amounts of caramel to balance all that roast malt. It finishes dry with slight chocolate and raisin notes.

Just superb overall.

TongoRad, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of bigbubba
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great, easy drinking porter with lots of flavor. Almost black with a nice tan head. It had a fruity chocolate scent and a smokey chocolate flavor. The mouthfeel is good. This is a very drinkable beer. It is hitting the spot nicely on a hot humid Saturday afternoon.

bigbubba, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rogue Mocha Porter was served from a 12 paper labeled bottled. In a pint glass, the beer was nearly black (back-lighting revealed a deep ruby tone), and was topped by an ample and persistant light brown head that left excellent sheet lacing. The nose yielded a well developed mocha maltiness that was cut through by a cola-like sharpness. These notes were carried through into the taste, which offered an effervescent mocha-cola malt profile, which became more chochlatey in the transition to a nice choco-cola bittered finish which left long-lingering coffee notes. The body seemed a little thin for the character of the beer, and the carbonation was certainly over-fluffy....which would explain the nicely persistant head. Despite these flaws, Mocha Porter was a enjoyable beer, and would make a fine session brew.

HiroProtagonist, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of coasterfreak75
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was pitch black with a good, beige choppy three finger head that slowly dissapated and left a thick beige lace on top of the beer.

The smell was heavy in fruit. Raisons and figs were very prominent, somewhere in the back of the nose was hidden just a hint of hop spice.

The drink started with a thick kick of malt and coffee. The middle was a very quick hit of fruit. The finish was a lingering spice and coffee flavor. This beer was thick and chewy throughout the drink.

Well Rogue is growing on me. This is two in a row I've really enjoyed. This was, to me, just the way a porter should be. This one was quite drinkable and enjoyable.

coasterfreak75, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of MrNuggets
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served just below room temp.
Towering tan head is full and lasting. This beer seems very carbonated. I can see bubbles on the inside of my glass, gone now. Smells of unsweetened chocolate. Brown colour with ruby highlights. I get the choco taste to start with. Roasted malt dominates until the end. Coffee bitterness finishes the tasting experience. Light mouthfeel do to the high carbonation, this is not a bad thing at all. Suits the beer very well and makes it exceptionally drinkable.

MrNuggets, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of silenius
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The label appears to have changed from the one in the picture on this site. Now it contains the ubiquitous man with raised left fist with right hand clenching mug handle. This guy has light blue shirt and blue baseball cap.

Pours an incredibly dark brown with an espresso crema head that is vigourous at first and then settles to a thin layer. There is some lacing. Very dark for a porter.

Smell is light roasted malt with coffee notes with a light nutty background. Nothing special here.

Taste is more robust than the smell. Hits with a bit of a sharp coffee taste then segues into smoother coffee, toffee, and nuts. Finishes with a charcoal character that is a bit bitter like unsweetened chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a little aggressive. Some carbonic acid bite with some astringency. Not a big fan of this mouthfeel, but it does contain a creaminess that is nice.

One at a time is enough for me. A little too much burning acid in flavor and mouthfeel for me makes this a bit harsh and drinkability suffers.

silenius, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of sublimesipping
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting to drink a porter on this hot summer's day, but after a sample from the bartender, I had to have a pint of this. wonderful stuff! Beautiful coal black color with a creamy tan head. Excellent full robust body with wonderful chocolate and "woodsy" aroma. the taste throughout hints of licorice, cloves, horehound- wondeful balance and smoothness throughout the sip/gulp accounts fro a very high mouthfeel from me. thought that the taste packed a wallop of sophistication and complexity. this is an excellent beer the would hold a candle to any porter that I have recently had on tap. Kudos to all at Rogue ales!!

sublimesipping, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of jayb
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got a funky bottle from cost plus world market. the label was on crooked, but that obviously has nothing to do with whats inside. pours an ink black color as far as i could tell. i nice thick brownish/tan head that eventually lowered to a film. the head left an ok amount of lacing on the glass. smelled sweetly of coffee and a whif (just a whif) of chocolate. taste was about the same. roasted and bitter. a good bitter mind you. a creamy mouthfeel that is pleasing. if it were thicker i wouldnt mind, but delightful as is. as it warmed up, the coffee and chocolate taste come out nicely. This is a lovely beer that i would like to keep on hand. thanks Rogue.

jayb, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, nice rudy/brown color. Dark tan head, fluffy in character, leaves some lacing. Coffee nose with mild chocolate. Medium bodied. Rich malty flavors, chocolate, mocha, coffee, biscuits, smoke. Expresso with a kick. Tasta stuff. Another fine creation from the fine brewers of Rogue

Billolick, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of DPMomutant
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body black, head the color of chocolate milk. The head is medium-sized and creamy. It lasts a little while before eventually whittling down to about nothing. Some does lace to the side and a thin layer stays on top.

The smell is of dark cocoa and coffee, but is not very strong. A little bit of sweetness as well.

The taste begins with hint of fruit with dark chocolate, then ends with a coffee-like aftertaste.

A little carbonated in the beginning, but ends smooth and goes down pretty easily. The body is a bit on the watery side but not too badly.

This beer isn't particulary alcoholic or intense and is therefore pretty drinkable. I could (and just might) have another.

Overall, not the best Rogue I've had, but overall another good beer from a fine brewery.

DPMomutant, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown color with a reddish hue when held up to the light. A good-sized brown head formed and faded away slowly leaving a lacing around the glass. The aroma is thick with roasted coffee coming to the front and chocolate. The hops make themselves known as well but to a lesser degree. Tastes of smoky roasted malts with a heavier chocolate flavor as opposed to mocha or coffee. It has a pleasantly bitter aftertaste to balance out any sweetness. This is a very smooth and drinkable brew. Mouthfeel is good and with some of the other qualities it could be confused with a stout. This is pretty much another good beer from rogue.

meathookjones, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of benmiliron
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.50 for a single.

A good dark, black brew. Nice brown lacing. Heavy chocolate taste. A bit nutty. Not much coffee despite the title. Not too syrupy either. Bitter hops in the background. Decent alcohol bite to it. This is a solid above average porter. I would like to try on tap, but probably won't buy again - there's too much out there!

benmiliron, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of mobyfann
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $7.49 for a 6pk.

The appearence was very typical porter; deep dark brown base with a light-to-mid sized light brown head that keeps for a bit with a little lace. The smell is a very bold coffee presence as with chocolate and a good hop mix.

The taste is very robust with many things going on when drinking, average carbonation, mildly bitter, roast tasting, harsher porter than most - feels like a light stout despite the porter abv of 5.3%

The mouthfeel was the only thing that wasn't a 4/5, it felt a little bubbly in the mouth as a porter, but as drinkability goes, it does no harm.

Final Thought: I'll call this a heavy porter vs. a light stout, but regardless, well worth the money...

mobyfann, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of BadBadger
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one fine Porter. Pours deep and dark. There is a wonderful large and tan foamy head. Smell is good: mixture of coffee and chocolate, nicely mocha. Taste is very pleasant malty sweetness: fine, smooth mocha flavor. A very enjoyable treat. Enjoy.

BadBadger, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ahhh rogue, can you do no wrong? this pours out deep and rich, black and flat out heavy. nice medium sized brown head pops up and fades away leaving a very nice lace. dark roasted aroma, coffee and a light smokiness. good hop presence detected as well. the flavor mimics the nose with a big dose of hops, a healthy roasted character and a nice amount of bitter dark chocolates. good carbonation, full in the mouth, this is a fine beer for sure. a bit misleading for someone looking for a more traditional porter, this could be ranked as a stout in my book, and a fairly flavorful one. thumbs up.

DESTRO, Jun 01, 2004
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 2,499 ratings.