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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,591 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,591
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 91
Gots: 202 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of countrocula
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Dmann
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Photo of thechaacster
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of fisherman34
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of cooter
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of kmcnair
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Photo of RedHaze
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of BeerFink
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of mattcrill
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of misterscooter
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of battlekow
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of 1whiskey
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

Photo of Naes
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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…

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,591 ratings.