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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,404 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,404
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 75
Gots: 109 | 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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chaduvel

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz. Rogue. Slightly different pirate guy than usual with modern shades on. "come on buddy have a beer." is what he's telling me. Pours a deep brown, almost black, nice tan head. Nice roasted chocolate aroma, kind of nutty. Taste is a creamy burnt coffee flavor but not much in the way of malts. Lasting bitterness. There's an oily sheen to the beer once the head has disappeared. A very good porter and one I'd drink again and again.

08-22-2003 14:10:15 | More by chaduvel
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yankeeheel

Maine

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured a dark chocoalte brown with a large tan head. Smells of dark malts, choclate, and perhaps a little cherry?

Bursting with coffee/chocolate flavor from the moment it enters your mouth. Has a nice bitter peak to it and gently fades away. Mouthfeel is medium/thick as a good porter should be. Definitely not stout thick.

A very nice interpretation of a porter from a very good brewery. I look forward to checking out the rest of their lineup.

08-19-2003 12:27:43 | More by yankeeheel
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is dark brown, with good head. The smell is of roasted,coffee malt. The taste is very bittter, mostly of a heavily-brewed coffee, and I can slightly taste the mocha hints. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have another.

Not one of my favorite beers, a little too bitter, but certainly not bad. I was expecting more sweetness with the name, but now I know, and I could imagine having another one of these in the future.

08-17-2003 00:54:48 | More by beergeek279
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WesWes

New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick tan head . The aroma is awesome; an array of chocolate/mocha scents. There are a few dark specialty malts working here. The taste is a little bitter with a buttery finish. This beer has less chocolate flavor than the chocolate stout. The mouthfeel is good. It is perfectly carbonated with a heavy body and decent finish. The beer is a hard drinker. It's a little too bitter for me. One and done for me.

08-07-2003 21:37:07 | More by WesWes
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

ahh, rogue. need i say more? another winner from them. not my favourite rogue brew as i'm not a fan of coffee flavouring in general, but still made well enough for me to enjoy. pours a nice, deep brown. almost black. the head could have been a bit more substansive, but a minor, minor complaint at most. this beer looks great. smells primarily of a nice balance of coffee and chocolate, the two flavours which are obviously echoed in the taste as well. throw in a heathly dose of malt and you've got yourself an nice, flavourful porter. perhaps the wrong choce for a warm summer day, but i've been on a rogue kick of late and still enjoyed it anyway. recommended.

08-07-2003 03:22:58 | More by SixpointJMH
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BeerManDan

California

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

When visiting the brewery I tried this moca porter and thought it was just about average. This porter poured a dark brown with very little foam and some lace. The smell of malts and chocolate had an little less aroma than other chocolate porters. The taste was a bit to bitter for my taste for a chocolate porter that sort of took away the mocha taste. The bitterness was a little overpowering. Will try the bottle version later. The tap just wasn't what I expected!

08-05-2003 23:13:00 | More by BeerManDan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

Appears a deep ruby amber almost black but manages to let enough light through to show some ruby edges. Head forms full with a gentle pour a couple inches of moccha tan head form and as it fizzles down the lace begins to form in a thick collar on top of the body and continues to leave rings after each sip of this wonderful brew. Aromas that arise are deep chocolate malts that give off the moccha or coffe scented tones along with a mellowing sweetness overall very nice on the aroma not overbearing in anyway not any really hoppy aromatics going on uncharacteristic of Rogue I was personally expecting something more like Sierra Nevada Porter as far as hop profile goes. Flavors brought to the table are a creamy zing of coffe esque chocolate covered tones with a slight burnt finish nice porter maybe a little disappointed for not following the pattern of most west coast brewers with the hops. Solid all around brew with a silky smooth fuller bodied beer like this I could find my way to a sixer and put it down over a night of drinking beer without a problem.

07-31-2003 05:03:21 | More by WVbeergeek
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euskera

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours out chocolate brown. Smell is mild, with some coffee overtones with truffles in there. Taste is good, but a little sweet for my taste in porters. Flavors aren't that well developed and a bit shallow. Good, but not exceptional porter. I'll try it in the bottle next time to see if there's any difference..

07-31-2003 01:51:42 | More by euskera
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kevinl6

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Yet another winner from Rogue. I'm not the biggest porter fan in the world, but this one is nice. Pours as black as some stouts I've seen and smells of chocolate (not nearly as strong as the chocolate stout). It is very smooth and has a pretty nice overall mouthfeel. The taste is very good...chocolate, roasty, malty, coffee, and that Rogue bitterness that I have grown to love. As I said, I'm not usually a porter kind of guy, but this is a repurchase.

07-29-2003 03:53:41 | More by kevinl6
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TheDM

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

This brew pours a beautiful small dark brown head with bubbles of all sizes and a pitch black opaque body with some carbonation seen rising up the side of the mug. The receding head leaves behind a fair lacing. It has a mild malty/hoppy aroma with a slight coffee initial taste and a strong somewhat bitter coffee finish with a bite.

07-13-2003 08:48:29 | More by TheDM
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MJR

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance: Seemingly black, it shows reddish-brown highlights when held up to the light. A tan head starts out well and holds at a small, dense cap.

Smell: The aroma has a good dose of roasted coffee, along with a bit of chocolate. Sizable undercurrent of Centennial hops.

Taste: Starts out fairly bitter, with lots of Centennial hop flavor, then balances out with a rush of roasted and chocolate malts. There's a slight acidity towards the end, which pairs with a roasted grain bitterness, that makes for a lengthy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium in body, from their sugar-gobbling Pacman yeast. Finishes dry and bitter.

Drinkability: Damn good. This is close to being a dry stout, with it's roasted malts and bitterness.

While not quite outstanding, this is a well-made and highly enjoyable robust porter from a great brewery.

06-30-2003 12:32:47 | More by MJR
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.63/5  rDev -32%

Perhaps not as "big" as i was expecting. Some light roasted malt and chocolate malt, with a fair hit of citrusy hops towards the finish, and perhaps some light smokyness, fairly pleasant, if a bit uncomplex, not really what i was expecting, but fairly tasty, i don't think the flavours quite blended either.

06-28-2003 01:45:12 | More by rastaman
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TPoling

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

The Rogue Mocha Porter poured a deep black with little head, but left rings of lace like gingerbread all the way down the glass.

The smell was of chocolate and dark roasted coffee, which also were the dominant flavors on the palate. The strong coffee flavor lingered in the aftertaste.

06-16-2003 03:57:14 | More by TPoling
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Loki

North Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +27.9%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. A little to cold at first, as with most porters, stouts, etc much better server at 60 degrees plus, otherwise both the smells and tastes are a bit muted. But when this baby warms up, look out.

Poured a pitch black, can you say oil, black gold, Texas Tea, midnight. The used oil out of your car isn't this black. The pour creates an inch thick beige head that fades fairly quickly to leave a mountain range of lacing and a quick swirl recreates a small canopy head.

The nose of malt, cocoa, and coffee. Fresh roasted coffee beans anyone? You can smell this aroma train coming for miles.

Taste of coffe, semi-sweet chocolate, and roasted malt. Wonderful and complex. This is coffee and chocolate and wow. Truly magnificent. Rouge does it again, and again, and again.

06-10-2003 18:15:53 | More by Loki
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

This beer pours a very dark color with a moderate brown head and moderate lacing. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malts with some hops. Very promising. The taste is quite smooth and very full-bodied. The chocolate and the coffee are present in the flavor, but in a suble way. Strangely high hop presence for a porter, but this is from Rogue, so that's expected. This is a good brew and I wouldn't hesitate to have it again.

06-03-2003 20:28:28 | More by clvand0
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Indybeer

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a impressive tan head the recedes quickly, but still leaves a ring of lace on the glass. Aroma of chocolate and hops. For a Mocha Porter I expected more of a chocolatey taste, but all you get is the hop bitterness, with a little sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin. Still an enjoyable beer.

05-30-2003 19:16:51 | More by Indybeer
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dwarbi

New York

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a light brown head that provides excellent lacing. Rich, dark brown color. Smells like s'mores! Sweet, chocolatey, smoky, and slightly burnt (just like I like my s'mores) Charred taste. Dark chocolate - not too sweet. Very chalky mouthfeel. Bitter. A good beer for one pint. I'll get another sometime.

05-29-2003 17:01:05 | More by dwarbi
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MissOrch

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1%

This one poured dark and opaque with a light and fluffy head. I just had to poke my finger in it, causing the nice froth to deflate shortly after I did that.

It smelled like a smoky tootsie roll, with chocolate and malty notes. I also detected a nose of citrusy hops. When I first had a taste, the hops were pretty overpowering. Soon after, a chocolatey, coffee flavor came through, follower by a smoky flavor. At the finish of the beer, it was back to the bitterness of the hops again. Citrus, then mocha, then bitter. Pretty complex. This beer smells malty, but tastes hoppy to the last drop.

05-29-2003 12:19:11 | More by MissOrch
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BierReise

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

This one's black as night and I can see no light through the glass. Head is small and tan. Aroma reminds me of charred wood, chocolate and coffee. Very creamy and full bodied for a porter. A little on the bitter side as I'd prefer roasted malt to dominate in a porter. A craeamy porter but overall too bitter for me.

05-28-2003 12:59:32 | More by BierReise
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance: deep, dark black, showing no light anywhere, with a large, creamy, toasted tan head.
Aroma: soft, full of cocoa, roasted coffee, burnt notes.
A sizzling effect on the palate, a fine, fuzzy meeting with the tongue, a great, hoppy feeling, and it soon fizzles, but not without leaving a distinctly roasty feeling on the finish. Full-bodied as they get, with a rich taste, delicious bitterness in every sip, at first, but it's quickly matched by the rich, and sometimes sweet flavor.
Tasty, tasty, tasty! A smile rises on me with every swallow!
The chocolate character is felt, too, but it's light as a shadow. To be called a "mocha" porter, this ale would need a heartier helping of the cocoa bean. That's my main, and only, criticism.
For a plain porter, this one's got it all!

05-21-2003 02:14:39 | More by feloniousmonk
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Marty

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured an extremely dark brown with a surprisingly large, light brown head that left a sticky web on the inside of the glass. The chocolate and coffee in this porter is very noticeable and up-front, but it's tastefully done and does not overwhelm the palate. This was a very satisfying beer that woke up my taste buds and left me with an appetite for a good meal.

05-12-2003 17:22:06 | More by Marty
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

Color is black with a creamy tannish head, faded fast leaving tiny bits of lace. Smells dark and earthy of deep dark, blackened malt, notes of espresso & coffee. Taste echoes of the smell, earthy roasted malt thats very deep, dark, blackened, quite robust with a great dark bitterness of coffee, all very tolerable. Feel is pretty strong, heavy, and full with a nice deep coffee-like dryness. This porter is drinkable and packed with dark flavors, but some of the strength of the taste and body makes for intimidation in my book.
Had to take some time to finish it. But man its worth it, time well spent.

05-11-2003 12:34:14 | More by tavernjef
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

I had this beer in a 22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. There was about 1 finger of caramel colored head, with minimal lacing left down the glass as I drank. The smell is all chocolate, with just a hint of smokiness. The taste is a good mix of sweet chocolate and bitter hops. Good balance overall. The finish is where the chocolate really shines through. The mouthfeel is fairly strong. This isn't that much of a drinkable beer, but it does make a great dessert beer!

05-08-2003 07:36:05 | More by SheepNutz
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Naerhu

Japan

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: Small brown head on a jet black body
Aroma: fermented coffee aroma
Flavor: amazing forward bitterness. full dark coffee and charred malt flavor.
Mouth: Full bodied beer with a bitterness that rakes over the tongue.
Drinkability: The itensity of the bitterness gets in the way of the consuming this beauty as I otherwise would have liked to.

05-05-2003 09:08:11 | More by Naerhu
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

I picked up this six pack with a six pack of their bitter and well both were quite what you would expect from Rogue.. they were good solid beers. The porter starts with a cocoa nose that has a little hop sting to it. Dark black in color and opeque in appearance the beer pours with a nice dense tan head with good retention and lace in the glass. Full mouth. Original expresso taste with roast malt sweetness dominating the tongue as well. Slightly sweet on the finish.

04-30-2003 12:29:06 | More by frank4sail
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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