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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,487 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,487
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 81
Gots: 146 | 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 GuinnessSmurf
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep brown wth a rocky, bulbous beige head. This beer is nearly impenetrable to light.

Smell is hints of coffee, toffee and cocoa with alcohol.

The taste has a distinct coffee flavor - malts and dark sugars meet to sweeten the taste. This low carbonation (and high carbohydrate) beer is silky smooth and basically runs (funs) down the throat with great ease.

Good for repeat drinking.

GuinnessSmurf, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of Crotor
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With a lingering tan head and a dark (even for a porter) body, Rogue's Mocha Porter presents a very appealing appearance. The beer has a moderate, roasty smell, with no hint of hop aroma. Similarly, there is no significant hop taste, only hop bitterness masking whatever malitness there may be in this brew, combining with the strong roastiness of the malt to present a broad, outspoken, bitter taste profile, with lingering charcoal and coffee. The beer is dry, perhaps a little prickley, with no sweetness to speak of. The lack of hop taste and aroma fits with the traditional form of porters, but considering the revision of porters in the Northwest, I miss these features, and feel they could round out this beer, making interesting what is now a rather mundane beer.

Crotor, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of Edwin
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Kclinger's Publik House

Appearance - Pours out a thick black with some reddish hues inside. Looks very nice upon first pour. Head laces throughout.

Smell - Coffee, nuts, chocolate, and a lot of roasted malts are abundant. A good, albeit thinner aroma.

Taste - I loved the flavor of this one. Not as well rounded and full-bodied as the Chocolate Stout, but definitely up there.a lot of nuttiness mixed with the coffee and chocolate tastes. Could be tweaked a litle to give it a bit more balance. Not as sweet of a chocolate as the Stout, either.

Mouthfeel - A tad watery and thin for this one, but not so much that it would deter me from having more of these.

Drinkability - Definitely could cozy up with one of these more than once. not too high in the ABV, so can be consumed easy.

Overall - I reccommend it. Good brew from a great brewery. I will take the Chocolate Stout over this every time, but this is still a beer worthy of some looks.

Edwin, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of BeefyMee
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Almost perfect. It's black (or nearly black) with a delicious looking head that coats the sides of the glass with its frothy goodness.

Smell: Chocolate and more chocolate.

Taste: OK so the chocolate is definitely featured here but it's not what I expected. It seems a little subdued while some other aspects become more and more distracting. There is a burnt and somewhat metallic taste at first that turns into a bit of a smoky flavor by the end. Drastic improvements could be made with a few fixes.

Mouthfeel: Red flag! It's thin, watery, and just kind of icky on the tongue.

Drinkability: Well, despite what I've said, it's not a bad beer and I could surely drink a few. Though it wouldn't be my first choice.

Beef Notes: Mocha what? Is this really a porter? I guess after their Hazelnut and Chocolate Stout I might be expecting too much from this one, but I just know there's a better beer here somewhere.

BeefyMee, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of AbePhroman
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard that I should try it so I picked up a couple bottles of this. Poured a dark brown a a foamy tan head. Nice lacing. Has that distinctive Rogue smell. Tastes a little bitter with chocolate hints. Malts are very present and add to the aroma. Not disappointed. I wish I could find this one more readily.

AbePhroman, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark opaque brown with a creamy 1/4 inch tan head. Very lacy. Smells of roasted chocolate and coffee.

Taste is smoky chocolate malt blended nicely with coffee flavors. Nice coffee bitterness. Very well balanced. Full bodied and bitter coffee aftertaste. Very drinkable.

When you see the words "Mocha Porter", this beer delivers all the things you would want from a beer with that name.

ViveLaChouffe, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A different bottle than the picture shows. A listing of ingrediants, with some scary chemical. In your mouth carbonation and hops and bitterness with some mocah masking. Light and whipped Expresso Coffee and creamy but somewhat artificial. Reddish brown colour.

Sammy, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of Skidz
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark brown and looks a dark mahogony with bits of crimson red shining through all over. A nice dark tan head sits a top, but it soon gone, beautiful lacings on the sides.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and some light fruitiness, apples, maybe pears. Taste is initially fruity, but that only last for a brief moment as you are then thrown into a wide array of bitters. Roasted grains and coffee dominate, but the sweetness of chocolate malt is also present. A slight bit of woodiness appears near the finish, which is nice, yet sharply bitter.

Smooth in the mouth, but a bit high in carbonation, this beer works the bitter angle all over your tongue. Not the greatest body for a porter, but it's got some nice flavors to it. One of these 22oz bombers will do the trick, but I'll probably stop at that.

Skidz, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of stewart124
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black with burgundy hues and a thick brown head to top it off. Leaves behind a nice lacing. Rich smell of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of hops. Silky smooth body with a creamy feel that soothes the throat. A delicious porter that hits all areas of the palate. Full flavor of hops, chocolate, and coffee. Complex flavors that I would expect from Rogue. The aftertaste is earthy with burnt malts to back it up.

stewart124, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Incredible malty-chocolate flavor. The tase was rich and thick. Real heavy on the tongue and smooth to the palate. But that may work against it because you may get tired of the taste before you're tired of drinking. Excellent aroma which is enhanced even more after the first sip. Dark in color with a thin head and nice lace.

MuddyFeet, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown (almost black) with sepia highlights. The crown is pastel brown, large in size, stiff and pitting. It falls very slowly at the edges, leaving a large hump in the middle and a fair amount of lace in thick rings.

Whoa, a porter that smells like hops! I haven't been a big fan of hoppy porters and stouts, but that might be starting to change right here, right now. Plenty of dark maltiness keeps things style-accurate.

Mocha Porter isn't as hop flavorful as expected, though it is pleasantly bitter. Chocolate dominates, with a splash of cold coffee in the background. This may be the chocolatiest beer that I've had yet. Young's Double Chocolate Stout has nothing on this brew.

Each mouthful starts off sweet and malty, is well-balanced midway through, and becomes more bitter and dry late. Spruce-like hops are most noticed on the finish and become even more aggressive with warming. The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, which is just like I like 'em.

Mocha Porter isn't as good as my all-time favorites of the style, but it's still a quality brew that is exceptionally drinkable. Two thumbs up.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of Hagbard
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge, thick, creamy tan head that threatened to overflow from my pint glass. It is an impenetrable black, allowing no light in. The aroma is vaguely sweet, not overly powerful, with chocolate-mocha-coffee undertones. The taste starts with a chocolate malt base. As the beer sits in your mouth, the mocha really begins to come on strong. It has a very nice chocolatey taste. The aftertaste is just a subdued version of the mid-taste: chocolate malt. My glass was left with a nice residue of sediment at the bottom, which is impossible to detect during the pour because the beer is so dark.

This is a very tasty porter. It has a nice background of chocolate, without being over the top. Not cloying at all. I will definitely be back for more of this. Rogue never disappoints!

Hagbard, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of winomark
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a generous, frothy meduim tan head.

Wonderful hoppy tones. Centennial hops make a huge impact. Toasty dark malt also quite noticable. Very nice.

Lots of roasted malt, with coffee and chocolate tones throughout. Hops add a nice bitterness, with carbonation offering lift.

Flavorful, but not too heavy. Rich and coating throughout. Light, dry finish.

A good brew. The centennial hops add a great balance to the dark malts. Another Rogue winner.

winomark, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of jtfest
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark tar brown with a moderate creamy brown mocha head -- dissipating fairly quickly and leaving a coated lacing on the glass. Opaque in the glass, the aroma is of fresh cut grass and wet hay. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with just a tingle of carbonation. The taste is like burnt bitterness -- I couldn't detect anything that deserved the name "mocha." It was drinkable, but it would get old pretty quick, I think.

jtfest, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of dansteino
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found on tap at the Bulldog.

Pours very dark brown/black with a very good head. Pleasant roasted smell with woodsy hops present.

Taste is of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Some hop bitterness at the end reminds you that this is inded beer.

The beer is a little watery and could be thicker.

A very pleasnat beer to drink. I could drink this in the morning instead of coffee -- I just would not be very productive.

dansteino, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of johnrobe
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a deep, dark brown, nearly black with a thick tan head that sticks around. Very malty aroma with chocolate....smells like lactose, like a milk stout There's also just a tinge of sourness in the aroma (but not in a bad way) which comes from the generous use of PNW hops marrying with the dark roasted malts. SN Porter has that same quality in the nose. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and espresso in the flavor with a slightly mineral finish. An abundance of dark roasted flavors makes me think there's some roasted barley in there, but a quick check of the Rogue website proves me false. Still, medium-bodied and with a creamy mouthfeel, this brew is knocking on the door of stout territory.

johnrobe, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of Bang34
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark black, held it up to the light and there was not a hint of brown to be seen, just how I like it. Had a thick head to begin with but it faded after the first two sips and eft a bit of a lace on the glass.

The small was malty with a hint of coffee and chocolate, the taste was much the same, malty smooth with chocolate and coffee, however not too sweet.

Very drinkable. Took a sixer to my friend's superbowl party today and other's shyed away from this dark wonder, more for me! Now at the top of my porter's list.

Bang34, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of Elemental
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

oh man, a beautiful dark brown color with a thin head and no lace. it has a great coffee aroma with a light hop aroma. very robust and hearty earthy tasting. it has a slightly sweet taste but yet has a tart taste to finish. a great taste that that is mild on the coffee and heavy on the maltiness and slightly bitter. Overall a damn good beer!.

Elemental, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of hustlemuscle
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A porter that certainly looks like a porter. Dark, so dark that in the dim light of my 'office' at night no hint of color other than black. Giving it a swirl brings coffee and burnt hops to the nose. A mouthfull slowly enjoyed brings out a number of flavors, burnt hops, a little coffee, with a nice tang as is flows down the throat. Pretty easy to drink, and overall a pleasing brew.

hustlemuscle, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of MobBarley
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This exotic treat pours a dark, hearty red with a heroic, creamy tan head that sticks around till the bitter (and I do mean bitter) end. Smells of burnt toasty malts and dark coffee, followed by caramel sweetness and finally a creamy/bitter finish. The taste is certainly complex and lives up to this beer's moniker. Tall bitterness and roasty flavors hit first before mellowing out into a distinctive sweet creaminess that cooperates with a serious dose of tasty hops for a taste that lingers long. The mouthfeel is chewy and, in my estimation, perfect for a porter. What carbonation there is adds a nice dimension. The drinkability is fantastic, but this is certainly an indulgence for me. If any beer can be called "breakfast beer", this is the one.

MobBarley, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of beerman599
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i had this at Delaney's cafe in new haven last week and i couldn't stop drinking it. fresh pulled with creamy great head , malt - hop aroma, roast malt favor with hops in the finish. this is cask ale at it's finest .
half of the experience in cask ales is how there treated at the bar and Delaney's does it right.

beerman599, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Saucer. Deep brown color that permits the slightest amount of light to penetrate. Creamy, frothy brown head leaves lots of lacing.

Fresh coffee smell with roasted chocolate malts and hops that linger as well.

Malts all come through in the taste. The bitterness of the hops aren't too overpowering, but seem to rule the roost.Tastes like bittersweet baker's chocolate and cappuccino. They definitely named the beer correctly.

On the lighter side of a medium mouthfeel with carbonation ever present.

Better than the bottle, but either way not hard to put a few of these babies back.

WOLFGANG, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Mocha Porter pours an opaque black with a semi-creamy brownish head that quickly dissipated to a thin film and collar. It has a chocolate, coffee, roasted malt aroma. It has a nice malty initial taste that is heavy on coffee flavors. The finish is way too bitter for a porter though...kind of overwhelming. If not for that, this would be an excellent brew. As it is, it becomes very difficult to drink for me.

Beaver13, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of woemad
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane.

Poured an almost black shade of brown. Big, fluffy tan head that hung around for a while. Lots of lacing.

Aroma was of dark fruits dipped in chocolate. Still, not as "mocha-y" as I expected it to be.

Taste is of roasted malts, dark fruits and, lingering in the backgound, chocolate. I really expected the mocha aspects to be more pronounced than they were. Otherwise this is a very good porter, the taste is just nothing really exceptional.

The drinkability and mouthfeel are just as I would like them to be. If the drinker is fond of porters (as I am), they could happily quaff several of them, especially since the abv is only 5.3% per BA (there's no mention of abv on the botttle).

This is a very likeable porter, but I'm not sure the mocha warrants being in the title.

woemad, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark coffee color, small, light brown head, which doesn't stick around for long. Nice lace though.

Wow, this beer smells good. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee with just a hint of hops, not a single scent overpowers another, it is very easy to tell the difference.

Taste...very nice, very coffee like. Nice dry feeling in the mouth after it goes down with just a hint of hops.

As far as dark beers are concerned this is just great. This is the first of the Rogues I've tryed and I plan on trying more in the future.

LuckySevens82, Dec 31, 2003
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,487 ratings.