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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,491 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,491
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 81
Gots: 149 | 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 Loki
4.95/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Loki, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of clvand0
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

clvand0, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Indybeer, May 30, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

dwarbi, May 29, 2003
Photo of MissOrch
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

MissOrch, May 29, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BierReise, May 28, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

feloniousmonk, May 21, 2003
Photo of Marty
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Marty, May 12, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

tavernjef, May 11, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

SheepNutz, May 08, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Naerhu, May 05, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

frank4sail, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of far333
2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark mahogany brown, with a moderate sized tan head. Aroma has slight hints of chocolate, but no noticeable coffee. Flavor is mostly of chocolate with coffee highlights, and some roasted malt, but no hops. The surprising and overpowering sweetness of the flavor is offputting. Also, the mouthfeel is slick, greasy, and somewhat heavy. No need to come back to this one.

far333, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of dmarch
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a nice size tan head that leaves a nice lace as well. Pretty much as the name suggests. Mostly coffee, but with some chocolate in both the aroma and taste. Fairly thin and highly carbonated for the style so it's not the best porter as far as mouthfeel.

dmarch, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall not a bad drink. Almost completely black in color, a good looking fluffy tan colored head. Some great lacing down the sides of the glass. Its similar to some other coffee flavored beers that i have had in the past. Nothing special, but worth giving a try if you see it.

Tballz420, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber, poured a deep, dark brown with a sandy head. The head had decent but not great retention and leaves some lace. The aroma is of bittersweet chocolate and floral hops. The first sip is amazing, as seems the case with many chocolate porters and stouts. Very chocolatey at first, but it does lead into a bitterness that at first is not bad, but builds throughout the glass. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, very bubbly and light. Although the slight imbalances left something to be desired, this was still a refreshing, light, crisp brew that upholds Rogue's reputation for quality

nixhecks, Apr 07, 2003
Photo of PSUDREW
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow. While I must say I prefer the Shakespear stout, this is more then a comprable beverage. So light for a porter. I could drink 5 or so and not notice the weight in my tummy =). Smelled like choco-berries. The only flaw I could detect is that there is an after taste of choclate syrup. I mean when you have pure hershey's syrup in your mouth, thats the after taste, I almost need a galls of milk to kill it off. But, It is a great beer, and something everyone should have at least 15 times

PSUDREW, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of maestrotmbg
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle it ran, dark. The color of espresso with a head somewhat lighter in color and somewhat less uniform but thicker and much longer lasting. Alcohol barely noticable,the beer smelled unexpectedly and faintly of berries. Bitterness was the prevailing flavor that lasted to the bitter, dry end. This beer drank unexpectedly. It flouted its darkness yet went down like a much lighter beer. Thus, it drank easily as well, its bitterness overcome by its unusual lightness of body.

maestrotmbg, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of fattyre
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear very dark brownish red color with a moderate sized dark tan head. The mouthfeel is just moderate-thinner than I had hoped and just slightly disapointing. The smell is sweet and smokey with a very slight coffee aroma. The taste is smoky faint coffee with a crisp bitter finish and a mild alcohol flavor. Quite enjoyable.

fattyre, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with just a hint of red showing through. Instantly a thick, rich tan head presents itself, then fades down slowly, that leaves a thick, sticky lace on the glass. Aroma is chocked full of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate with mild hop undertones. Taste seems to mirror the smell exactly. There was a little bit too much of a bitter coffee-like aftertaste left. Other than the bitterness, this is a very smooth and creamy beer to drink.

Scooter77, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of Darkale
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown-black, with a thick tan head that settles down to a rim of foam around the glass. Moderate lacing. Aroma is of chocolate predominately, with coffee right behind it. Nicely carbonated. Chewy. Creamy at first, with a gritty aftertaste and mouthfeel. Long after the last sip, one tastes the mocha and coffee -- well named.

Darkale, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of beernbbq
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a word, Delicious! More "bodied-up" than the average porter, but not as dry as a stout. Pours a big brown head that stays the whole way (and I was "milking" this one as long as I could). Thoroughly enjoyable from the first sip to the last. I am going to hunt down more or order it from the Rogue website.

beernbbq, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of Denali
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12 ounce bottle with a blue picture of this macho dude wearing a hat and sunglasses and holding a beer. No freshness date, but I’ll trust the cool dude on the label.

Appearance: Dark as night with gorgeous super-thick tan head with tiny bubbles present when viewed from the side. The head laces mightily.

Smell: Strong berry aroma with hints of chocolate.

Taste: Berry flavor and sweet malt tastes upfront. Chocolate malt and bitter flavors appear next. Finally, a major coffee aftertaste emerges. The flavors do not all appear at once but are on a time delay, like a fireworks show.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation up front which fades away quickly. Very thick and chewy.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable.

Comments: It’s the Fourth of July in my mouth. The flavors explode all over the place. Glorious. Thanks to Keith (stegmakk) for this bottle.

Denali, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown almost black, with a great dark tan light brown thick head.

Aroma slight unsweetened slightly burnt chocolate, and roasted malt.

Flavor Coffee unsweetened chocolate and bitterness...very nice mixture...

creamy mouthfeel

I will definately pick more of this up...maybe next week...

stegmakk, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz amber bottle, no freshness date.

This porter poured a very dark brown (hints of red if held to light), with tall, rich, brown foam that left good lace on the glass. The modest aroma was of roasted malt, floral hops, and chicory. The taste was bitter coffee, with some slight sweetness from the malt, and floral hops in the background. There was a hint of unsweetened chocolate on the tongue. Very low sweetness. The mouthfeel was dry, full bodied, with a floral hop flavor in the finish. The drinkability was very good. A nice porter, though I expected more "mocha" flavor.

UncleJimbo, Feb 28, 2003
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,491 ratings.