Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,571 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,571
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 88
Gots: 176 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001)
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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost black color with a tan head. Thick lacing developed on the glass. The aroma had coffee and roasted malt tones. The flavor was big on roasted malt and coffee, with a bitter chocolate tone lingering in the background. Some bitterness was detected with this porter.

Medium bodied, smooth with a slightly dry finish. The coffee and some burnt tones linger on the tongue. A decent porter that could have used a little boost on the chocolate front.

Photo of FormatKid
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a single of this as part of a mixed six-pack arrangement from Riverside Beverage in Chattanooga. I’ve loved every single beer I’ve tried from Rogue so far so I’m sure this one will fall in suit.

This beer pours out a characteristic black with deep blood red tinges at the edges when held to light. The head rolls up titanically and is surprisingly white. The lacing is stoic and clings in chunky web like patterns down the glass.

The smell is magnificient. An ale fruitiness hovers about it. Underneath are tangy bitter aromas and playful hints of unsweetened cocoa and dark roasted coffee beans. I could sit here and sniff until it turned warm.

The taste is amazing! A four course meal streams over my tongue in one sip it seems. Soft, bitter cocoa notes lead off and blends slowly into mellow, roasty coffee flavors. Earthy bitterness from the hops snap about the back and edges of my tongue. A vaguely tart, fruitiness is evident in the middle as well. Mouthfeel is an even up medium I’d say, carbonation is light and playful.

This is just an amazing porter. It seems like Rogue will never let me down. I really wish I would’ve picked up a six of this sooner, as I would have no problem drinking them all in short notice.

Photo of HardTarget
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Dominant smell is of slightly burnt coffee, but a fresh hops smell also comes through. Mostly I just got the dark roasted malt of a good porter.
Appearance: Inky, with flashes of ruby with back lighting. A big brown chunky head formed, but quickly died down to a collar with a thin cover. Nice tide marked lace on the glass.
Flavor: A solid, but uninspired porter. I got a little of the chocolate malt, but hard to call it “mocha”.
Mouthfeel: A soft slightly heavy beer that frothed in my mouth a bit, leaving a carbonation prickle. Also left me sticky lips.
Overall Impression: A mild, well-brewed porter. Nothing said “mocha” to me, a touch of chocolate malt, a bit of a coffee smell, but overall, this was just a porter to me. I also found it a bit too carbonated. I’m a Rogue fan, and this is a good beer, it just didn’t put a smile on my face.

Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Chumley's in Lafayette.
The pour resulted in a deep brown body capped off bye a small creamy tan head. Smell is very malty, notes of coffee and chocolate are present as well. First taste alludes to some bitter chocolate along with a subtle smokiness. Mouthfeel is a little thin though. I think I would enjoy this more if it had the body of their Chocolate stout. Overall it's a decent offering from Rogue.

Photo of anders36
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown almost black colour into the glass. The head is cream colour but not big. It has a nice smell of chocolate. The taste is all about chocolate and licorice with a nice bitter aftertaste. This is a nice beer that i found in a small pub for students. How it got there I don't know, but i'm glad i found it.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour didn't rouse but a thin brown espresso crema head on this opaque, darkest brown beauty. It's a bit too cold to really get a good whiff of this yet, but the initial nostril returns reveal a hint of coffee and bitter chocolate, with a surprisingly light appeal.

In the mouth it goes, revealing a smooth, easy drinking porter with the expected mocha (coffee and bitter chocolate) flavors coming through on malt parade. Goes down awfully easy for such a dense brew, without detracting from the full, creamy mouthfeel.

This is pretty awesome stuff. Despite the fact that it's a porter (and with porters, one is about all I can usually handle), it'd make a great session beer, and may even rival Guinness for drinkability in a stout or porter.

I'm glad Erti recommended this, and glad I finally got around to drinking it.

Photo of necoadam
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle might have been a little outdated, but nevertheless it still lived up to it's Rogue name. Poured out a nice black color with quite a bit of carbonation that lasted all the way through. Aroma of chocolate with some coffee undertones. Taste is a lot of bittersweet chocolate with undertones of coffee flavors and roasted flavors with malts. A little complex and quite balanced as well. Solid porter from Rogue.

Photo of Southernbrew
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a nice brown head.

Aroma full of fruits, chocolate and brown sugar.

Full body, smooth. Begins with fruit flavors which quickly become chocolatey with a touch of bitterness. Roasted finish which leaves a nice coffee-like aftertaste.

Very nice porter, not excessively sweet and pretty hoppy.

Photo of MTMugs
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really liked the taste of this - bitter, coffee, chocolate. Who could ask for more! Poured nicely, dark brown, good tan head. The bittern aroma translates to bitterness on the tongue and lingers a little more than I'm used to in a porter but was a pleasant change. And a nice dry hoppy finish - all in all, a good drink (or 2 or 3!)

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.13/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Crotor
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of Edwin
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of BeefyMee
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of AbePhroman
4.13/5  rDev +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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Skidz
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of stewart124
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Hagbard
4.13/5  rDev +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!

Photo of winomark
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of jtfest
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of dansteino
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of johnrobe
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,571 ratings.