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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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2,527 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,527
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 82
Gots: 163 | FT: 3
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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 orbitalr0x
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super deep dark black pour with a hefty sticky two finger tan head resting firmly on top. Gobs of lacing stick to the side of the glass as the light fails to break through the darkness. Sweet baking cocoa along with roasted coffee beans and a smidge of molasses.

Bitter roasted coffee beans and cocoa powder mixed up in some toasty maltiness. An arid dryness flows across the palate along with just a smidge of piney hops on the way down. Nothing really jumps out at me here, although it's still a good porter overall.

Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation...the dry, chalky aspect is off putting. This is a pretty standard porter with more coffee notes....nothing too special in my book and there are plenty of other porters I'd turn to first.

orbitalr0x, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, opaque, nearly black with glints of light in the bottom of the abyss. Scant collar of brown head cap leaving decent lattice lace.

Light cake batter scents.

First swigs: Porter scents of cocoa with some citrous lemon in the background. Toasted rye, banana and almond hints with smoked peat moss that reminds me of pumpernickel crusts. Lingering aftertaste of cocoa with a dry finish.

Full bodied and crisply carbonated. Flavorful, overall but a bit one dimensional.

Last swigs: Perfect blend of cocoa and roasted malt dark bread flavor. Excellent English porter interpretaion. Reminds me a bit of Guiness.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wonderfully creamy head and lacing that just sits on the glass the whole time. quite dark (almost looks like a stout). Smells of malty coffee with little other complexities. so far, so good...now to the taste.

As the porter warms a bit, the subtle hops comes out with the mix of typical caramel, chocolate, and coffee. does not sting the tongue in any fashion and would be a bit hard to drink more than one.

Rogue Mocha Porter would be a fanastic compliment to a chocolate or creamy dessert. Enjoy.

Backer2004, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a moderately creamy tan head that collapses unevenly. Opaque. Aroam is roasty, almost (but not quite) smoky, slightly sweet, like semi-sweet to bitter dark chocolate. Smells heavy! Flavor begins coffee-malty, the coffee-style bitterness really shows through. Finishes with a solid bite of hops, moreso than many porters I've had. Mouthfeel is moderate, maybe slightly thin, with decent creaminess. Drikability is very good in the right occassion (a cool evening).

Dukeofearl, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't really impressed by this selection from Rogue, which is quite rare. The beer pours a deep caramel color fading into a thick black as the glass fills, topped off by a beautiful chocolate head. Sadly enough, I didn't see any lacing whatsoever, and the head faded to nothing after less than 5 minutes. After the pour, things started to go a bit down hill. The smell was almost non-existent aside from an ever so slight roasted hop smell, or a nice chocolate smell if you really take a big 'ole whiff (but please don't try this in public or around others).

The taste was pretty good, but I can't seem to detect any tastes other than the roasted hops. I was expecting a chocolate and mocha character, but it wasn't anywhere to be found by my tastebuds. Perhaps I need to "warm up" to hoppy American brews again after a recent Belgian craze, but I wasn't impressed with this porter even though I quite enjoyed other porters I've had in the past.

neonbrown82, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of John1985
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown appearance with a modest, quickly dissipating head. Carmel malt nose with an initial bitter coffee/dark chocolate flavor that gives way to a nice roasty flavor with a refreshingly hopped finish. Body is smooth and silky but could have been beefed up some. Overall a very tasty porter but is a bit pricey @ $7.99/sixer.

John1985, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of Holden
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dense head lingered for a couple of minutes on this nearly opaque porter. I noticed a soft, but not overpowering roasty cocoa aroma as I sniffed. I detected no hop aroma.

Upon taking a sip, it became obvious why this is called mocha. The blend of cocoa, coffee carried though to the end with a pleasing aftertaste that made me want to have more. The slight maltiness was balanced well with the hop bitterness and roasted malts. The flavor really came through as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel was pleasant and appropriate, improved as the beer warms, and carbonation dropped a bit. I really enjoyed this beer.

Holden, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz.
Shawan Liquors in Hunt Valley, MD

Appearance – Creamy, frothy, ample head of various sizes of bubbles; color is just about black with slight light permeability at the edges; adequate lacing
Smell – Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt
Taste – Mocha, chocolate, burnt flavors, hops balance with a zip of what seems to be a light grapefruit tinge near the end - Aftertaste is agreeable with roasted malt moving out and the hops and mocha remaining.
Mouthfeel – Smooth, rich and pleasant body
Drinkability – Smoothness ends with some dryness that sets me up for another sip. Tongue and beer get along very well here.

This is one slick porter. Although I’m not a massive coffee fan in the light of “I must have my morning coffee”, the mocha’s involvement is just right.

Wonka, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of Shiloh
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This porter should be enjoyed in front of a roaring fire, in a lodge in a complete relaxing mode.
Almost coal black with a firm tan crown combining later with a thick ring and pleasing glass cling.
Carbonation is undetermined due to the hue, but it sure feels more than adequate.
The scent is that of a burnt dark chocolate.
The taste exceptional...burried malts to accent the hop lead.
Coffee beans, dark chocolate, assortment of nuts and cream.
Hats off Rogue, you have done it again.

Shiloh, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice black color with a finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was a nice full chocolate with slight roasted tones, a touch of sweet caramel as well. The flavor was chocolate upfront and in my face, moving to a well hopped coffee bitter finish. Very nice. The feel was thick and creamy, smooth and very drinkable. A very well built beer, with a really nice flavor. I enjoyed this beer a great deal.

kmpitz2, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of bruachan
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from arrowine

i liked the way this poured but it perhaps didn't seem style appropriate. it was a beautiful opaque black with garnet highlights at the edges and a fluffy darker-than-tan head that dropped down to a firm coating. from looking at the BJCP guidelines, i don't feel that a porter should be opaque black. i liked it, but perhaps out of style

the nose was subtle: dark, burnt chocolate

it took me some time to really get into the flavor of this brew, each mouthful tasting better than the last. at first i thought "wow, so hoppy for a porter," but it grew on me and i began to attribute some of the (dilectible) bitterness to grain. i don't drink coffee so i didn't expect to have much comment on the "mocha," but i definitely tasted something that reminds me of a smell i've encountered at coffee shops (if that makes sense). i really loved the deep chocolate and thought i might have sensed some dark fruit (figs? haven't had those in awhile). i know i caught a wisp of hop flower

RMP is real smooth. not chewy, but real smooth. when i let some linger around my tongue it just wanted to slipslide down my gullet. delicious

this stuff is tasty. my first rogue product. despite my limited experience i feel that this kinda crosses over into stout territory, which is certainly no complaint. mmm

bruachan, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours out a deep, dark brown with a reddish tint. Big fluffy tan head. Lots of sticky lace.

Coffee and bitter chocolate aroma.

Flavor is roasty, grapey, bitter coffee with a slight hoppy finish.

Easy drinking session beer. I'm working thru a sixer now.

Padron4KM, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of wailingwench
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eye Candy: Thick, pillowy tan haed over ink black. Deep, dark, mysterious, and inviting.

The Nose Knows: Initial sweet fruit, touch of caramel, all chocolate, slight hop to clear the nose.

Tongueland: Slightly creamy, but just a tad thin. Slight sweet fruit, touch of rich cocoa, finishes bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, lingering hop aftertaste.

Bender: Somehow reminds me of Harveys Christmas Ale mixed with a rich Porter. Another one to add to the usual list.

wailingwench, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at the restaurant bar in the Inn at Versailles in the middle of nowhere Ohio.

Poured dark brown, decent carbonation thin brown head with spots of darker head. Very elegant.

The smell was fruity and coffee like, very complex and pleasant.

The taste was amazing. Smooth chocolate coffee flavors with a little hop and not a hint of harshness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was smooth and on the creamy side.

Drinkability was great.

masterbruewer, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of irishmoss
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a large goblet with a deep dark chocolate color. With slightly reddish brown edges when held up to the light. A tan one finger head dissipates to a nice patchy covering that stays to the end of the glass, nice lacing as well. The aroma is very sweet to the nose with hints of alcohol and dark fruits. The sweetness is the taste is quickly covered up with bitter and burnt tones of chocolate, I like this bitterness. The mouthfeel is a medium to thin, but with good carbonation. At this low ABV, I think that it’s very drinkable. I’ll be purchasing more of this in the immediate future.

irishmoss, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/16/04- Given to me from my fiancee as part of a winter warmer 10 pack purchased at Cost Plus in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no expiration date. Poured into my Steinlager pint glass.

Appearance- A black and rather thick pour. Large head and average lacing.

Smell- Dark chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of bitterness...hops?

Taste- Huh? This is my first porter where I have tasted so many hops. Much more bitter than I expected and very dry going down. Lots of dark chocolate flavors milling around.

Mouthfeel- Decent carbonation. Reminds me of a stout mouthfeel.

Drinkability- One of the better porters I have had. The hops make it different and therefore a plus in my book. Will try again sometime soon.

GClarkage, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of SBPCGuru
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine Rogue brew. 1/2 finger of head that quickly dissipates. Spotty tan colored lacng down the sides of the tulip glass. Presents itself a very dark brown color with medium to slightly high carbonation. Nice malty beginning, then the hops biterness shows, ending with a creamy aftertaste.Felt good in the mouth, but a little too carbonated. I could finish off a sixer of these boys while reading a good book in front of the winter fire.

SBPCGuru, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Procured in Johnson City, Tennessee and shipped by air to Moscow. Lots of ingredients listed, including chocolate malt. No freshness info.

Clear dark chocolate brown under a one finger beige head that fades ever so slowly but leaving only a few wisps of lace. Nice caramel and malt nose with a hint of flowery hops. Quite prickly and reasonably heavy, particularly from the sweetness. Nice feel to it, even after the liquid fades. Strong chocolate flavors to start, with a bit of smokiness. Espresso flavors emerge later, particularly as it warms. That dry bite lingers well in the aftertaste, creating a lovely blend of chocolate and coffee. Nice.

Globetrotter, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date. Pours a deep brown cloudy liquid, with only a bit of bronze highlights. Thick, tan creamy head. Head retention was very good. Excellent lace on the sides of the glass. Slight roasty smell, with some cocoa powder. Flavors again with a little roasty, followed by a nice chocolate/mocha flavor. Dry finish, very little bitterness. Low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. This beer has really nice flavor to it. Pretty drinkable. Excellent choice.

Bierguy5, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of Shaw
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color without much head. It is as dark as a stout.

The smell is of roasted malt with no hop aroma.

The roasted malt smell carries over as the main flavor. I also taste some chocolate and nut flavors.

The body is good and substantial enough for a porter.

The drinkability is above average, which is how I would describe this ale. I've had better porters. But maybe that's because I prefer a creamier porter. This is drier and more bitter. It's one of my least favorite brews from my favorite brewery.

Shaw, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of skybluewater
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep, almost black color, with a bit of reddish-brown at the edges. The smell is rather funky, almost pruney. Taste's a bit bitter, and I don't really like it at first, but it gets better as it warms. It tastes almost like a light imperial stout, with an underlying pruniness.

I don't know if I'd buy this beer again. It's not bad at all, just rather average, and not what I'm really looking for in a porter. But it'd do in a pinch.

skybluewater, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of ramrod666
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this porter pours a nice deep ruby- mohogany color with a short lived head that laces my goblet very nicely.smell is dark chocolate with coffee hints and hops. a delicious porter that goes down well with a nice medum-heavy mouthfeel. this will suit anyone who enjoys this style.

ramrod666, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of kindestcut
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rogue Mocha Porter poured a very dark brown, bordering on black. The beer gave up a thick tan head that lingered for a minute before slowly dying.

The aroma was very nice, dominated by roasted malt with a definite hoppiness that seems rather out of place in a porter. It makes for a mouthwatering smell, though.

The taste was reminiscent of a very dry stout/porter but with a hoppy bitterness. I know this is called a "mocha" porter but I found it more difficult to find the chocolate and coffee notes that everyone else seemed to taste right-off. They're there but in my mind, this is a beer dominated by its dry bitterness.

I believe this to be a decent beer. With a little less hops, I think it could be excellent.

kindestcut, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of Pegasus
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque deep brown, largely impenetrable to light, with a thick and creamy tan head, which persists well, and excellent heavy lacing.

Aroma: Rich and rather sweet aroma of chocolate and coffee, with dark malt notes as well. There are some relatively mild herbal hop notes, atypical for a porter, but they are understated and do not offend. I am made to think of a dark chocolate cake and dusted with cocoa, a quite seductive aroma.

Taste: Begins with a slightly sweet flourish of rich chocolate and coffee, later in the taste, dark roasted flavors appear. Finishes dry with distinct and lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quite full, very soft on the palate.

Drinkability/notes: An elegant dessert or winter beer, to be savored on a dark and cold day.

Pegasus, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So pretty. Little bits floating in it. Perfect head, large and tan.

Hoppy smell. It is a Rogue, after all. Very nice toffee and coffee mixture with an almost woody hint. Strange and nice.

Coffee up front, only sweet, like something that's coffee flavored. Sugar, toffee, and hop on the back. Nice. Very nice.

A bit of a thin mouthfeel, for a porter. Maybe Anchor just has me spoiled. It does go down nice and smooth, though. A little bit too bitter to drink too much of it at once.

mynie, Oct 22, 2004
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,527 ratings.