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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,357 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,357
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 75
Gots: 98 | 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.

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Wasatch

Utah

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown/black in color, some carbonation, nice small head, tons of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, toffee/caramel, and some slight yeast.

T - The taste is sweet and malty, with a nice flavor of coffee. Nice dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is an awesome little brew from Rogue, definitely will recommend to others.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 00:13:05 | More by Wasatch
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DoubleJ

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, on to the beer:

It's deep black in color with a big head that slowly drops. Smell of mocha in the beer's aroma. Very interesting, I thought I'd get something sweeter, and instead I got a coffee shop in my glass. Coffee, smoke, moderate roasted flavor, and of course subtle mocha. The bitterness on this brew is very mild, which won't hold back the drinkability. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 23:47:41 | More by DoubleJ
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Rogue has come to Alberta finally, and this Mocha Porter came in the 6-pack. The label is simple and typically ugly/lovely according to your preference. It shows the Rogue gentleman with his fist in the air and a mug of beer in his hand. Right from the get-go I could tell the head was around for a solid and full experience. A dense and light chocolate/red-coloured foam gathers on top of an intensely dark brew, near solid ebony with hints of sapphire edges when held to light. A dark brew, in both liquid and foam. The head became chunky and left viscous lacing that stuck tenaciously. I like what I see so far. A sturdy porter aroma: roasty, a little salty and with plenty of meatiness akin to beef or ham. The difference here between Mocha Porter and some other local styles I have had seems to be the malting: this is less sourish and less smoky. The dark malts hint at more creaminess, more coffee. Very dry with hints of hot dog aroma. Some hopping in the back, barely detectable. Beef, fresh ground coffee, soft black licorice and some charcoal. Very appetising, if not exceptional compared to most porters I have sampled. Solid, not outstanding. The first sip reveals a very firm and dry body, with medium carbonation. The first taste is creamy dark malt, bordering on tobacco or licorice, followed by a middle and finish that are extremely dry. The hopping combined with the roasty malts really dominates the aftertaste, leaving a puckering bitterness. The hops are there, but only in presence--the flavour of them is hard to discern behind those malts. Youch. Some of the bitterest malting I have had in a beer. A lovely array of flavours, but the coffee taste really DOES dominate this beer. This is like chewing a mouthful of coffee beans and then having a sip of water. Reminds me of Yukon Brewing's Espresso Stout, with more dryness. Dark chocolate and coffee and charcoal. Actually not overly complex, but definitely not dispassionate: the flavour is exactly what one would expect--full on coffee bitters and dark malts. A wonderful porter, though I'll say it again, porter is never my first choice. Drinkable...to a point. Gets a little dry after a couple. Nice to have available, and something I would pick up again. Rogueish charm.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 10:20:35 | More by Cwrw
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rkhaze

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a creamy tan head. Not much lacing. Roasted malt, cocoa, and espresso on the nose.
Nice roasted malt flavor upfront with coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a subdued (for Rogue) hop presence. The bitter/dry aftertaste really lingers on the finish.
For the style it seemed light bodied and almost over-carbonated. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 01:31:37 | More by rkhaze
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black body with a ruby hue to it when held upto light. The head comes on pretty strong and quickly releases to nothing more than a film. The aroma is nice and chocolaty an almost pine background. The taste is very well balanced with just the right amount of roasted barley and chocolate. The finish comes together very well and ends with a moderate burnt nut taste. This is a very nice porter from Rogue and is a very nice younger brother to the phenomenal Chocolate Stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 22:23:43 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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jayrod20

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with tan head that didnt stay long. Medium body, mouthfeel was very pleasant. Aroma was very pleasant with chocolate and coffee notes. Taste was also of chocolate and coffee with a slight fruit finish. Drinkability was very good on this one as well. I liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 03:39:53 | More by jayrod20
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DHGranstrand

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer! I think it is very well balanced for a chocolate porter.

The guys at Rogue consistently produce winners, beer after beer, style after style.

Nice creamy head at pour with good lace. Very dark.

Tastes great! The hoppiness comes through nicely, is not over-powering and it has a nice bittersweet chocolate finish.

Feels very velvety and smooth.

I could drink this all night. It is extremely well balanced and is just a very nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 04:06:41 | More by DHGranstrand
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz beer into a pint glass. Nice of these to be available outside of the traditional 22 oz bombers, particularly on the first try. Pours black with ruby hues and a tan fizzy head. Some lacing.

Smell is surprisingl mild. Whiff of roasted malt, bit of dark chocolate - I think.

Interesting porter. Rich coffee flavors offset by some chocolate. Hops are there as well, which is a nice touch -- another, but different type of bitter. Fairly clean finish -- some lingering flavors but nothing cloying.

A little on the thin side, and firm carbonation makes this a good drinkable one. Very decent porter, and a good one to return to.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 13:01:56 | More by OtherShoe2
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first review via CrackBerry...

Pours with a short tan head over a deep brown body... Not much retention or lacing.

Aromas of roasted malts - reminiscent of coffee beans, along with some burnt biscuit. Fairly rich aroma for a porter.

Flavors bring some nice citrus hoppiness to the field to play with the roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate in the middle. The bitterness is strong in the aftertaste, and there's a pretty strong film left on the palate.

Mouthfeel is great for the style - just enough carbonation, and decent bite that distinguishes the porter from the stout.

Drinkability is solid, and maybe just a touch less bitterness in the finish would take it further. Great overall example of the style.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2010 14:37:00 | More by BeerImmediately
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mjurney

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, some ruby red hue. Thick creamy head, light tan color.

Fresh coffee aroma, a little smokey.

Mixture of coffee and dark chocolate up front, a little hint of smokey. Hop bitterness at the end. I notice there some dark fruit in the taste. Finish off very dry, yet it's very smooth and drinkable. Medium-light bodied, a little silky.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 22:47:58 | More by mjurney
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 21:17:59 | More by UncleJimbo
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Papabear55


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 10 oz snifter from 22 oz bomber

A:Nice two finger dark brown head. Looks thicker than it actually is.

S: Coffee with a bit of burn malts.

T:All coffee with a nice malty backbone to keep it from being overwhelming.

M: Thicker than most porters I've had. Not much coating of the mouth with this one.

O: Rogue is my favorite brewery and for me this beer delivers. Good price and goes well with a breakfast style dinner.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 02:45:37 | More by Papabear55
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mentor

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained from the Sanctuary (Iowa City) in June 2005. pours a thin yet fine light brown head over a very dark mohoganey colored liquid. Smells roast, cherry sour, vanilla, coffee, and alcohol. I smell hops...they are there but I can't tell the particular character beneath the alcohol Citrusy, I think. Perhaps the hops are part of what I preceive to be alcohol on my nose. Taste is roast coffee with some chocolate and ends very roast at the end in the form of sour (black patent?). A caramel in the middle carries a nice transition as the initial roast settles and the sour roast rises. Md-thick mouthfeel and mild carbonation work well for this beer. It gets a sharp tangy carbonation on the tongue as the cherry sour comes in, but neither is so strong as to be lifted to an unpleasant level. Whatever that alcohol/hop smells is, it's a taste in the aftertaste that rises up through the throat and batters the back of my tongue. The chocolate gets stronger in both the smell and taste as the beer warms, which is good, as the roast was beginning to hang in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 04:50:00 | More by mentor
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a light-brown head.

Smells of roasted malts with just a little bitter coffee and chocolate. Slight hints of a brown sugar-like sweetness.

The taste is malty and slightly sweet up front. Coffee and bitter baking chocolate come through at the finish. The bitter malts linger pleasantly on the palate.

Smooth, creamy light/medium body.

Drinkability is great--there's a lot of flavor and the ABV isn't crazy making it easy to drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 04:04:12 | More by sidetracked
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into perfect pint. Pours a dark dark brown that is noticable at the edges, a 2 finger head the is a very light tan. Smells rich, chocolate, molasses, roasted malts. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, a light smokey bbq flavor. Mouthfeel is what I have become used to with porters, light and thick at the same time, highly carbed making it drink easy. This is a good porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 14:35:15 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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exodus1369

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice, brown and reddish, nice tan head. Malt, and mocha slight hint of chocolate, had to really get my nose in to it though. The taste very much reflects the smell but with more robustness. Goes down very well and has a nice crispness. Over all a very nice beer, great job again Mocha Porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 23:18:16 | More by exodus1369
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phichifiji00

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, subtle brown head, moderate lacing.

Smell: a bit spicy, malty, sublte chocolate.

Taste: cinnamon, brown sugar, malty, spicy, sublt chocolate, hoppy.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

Overall: A good beer. The mocha is much more subtle than I expected, but still very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 18:01:04 | More by phichifiji00
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trevorjn06

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter pours a dark brown with a very slight red hue. One finger of brown head forms and quickly recedes to a layer on the surface.

The aroma is dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee and burnt/bitter caramel. The hops come through with light grassy and "fresh" aromas.

Taste is moderate and fairly smooth roasted malt, caramel and hints of chocolate. Hop bitterness is well balanced with the bite from the dark malts. The finish is smooth with roasted coffee and chocolate flavors lingering.

Mouthfeel is a wee bit thick, not overly so. Moderate carbonation and fairly good coating of the mouth.

Overall this is a nicely flavored porter that is smooth and satisfying, though not overly chocolaty. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 05:11:34 | More by trevorjn06
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark, black color, tan head of 1/4 inch only, that dissolves speedily into a ring. The smell is light, with a milk chocolate sweetness and faint coffee aroma. The taste is much less sweet, a robust toasted malt flavor of dry coffee, with a nice moderate bitterness that arises after a few sips. Fairly thick in mouthfeel, very-well carbonated for a porter. It's a nice bitter porter, that could easily make a good session brew...

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 01:18:20 | More by bennetj17
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ksimons

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a dark chestnut with a thin layer of light tan head that quickly disappears to leave a bit of lace

S-nice mocha and slightly roasted malt backbone

T-taste does not have as much chocolate as the smell would suggest, much more coffee heavy. Roasted coffee, roasted malt, very light dark chocolate

M-thin to medium body, medium to high carbonation, slight dry roasted mouthfeel

Overall this is not the most amazing beer, but it is flavorful enough and easy to drink to make me get it again

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 23:34:36 | More by ksimons
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henrysunset

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich brown beer with a slow-forming head of tiny brown bubbles, laving a fine lace on the glass... scent is toasty and sweet, with a hint of coffee as expected.

taste is balanced and good, rich tones of chocolate. really dark roasted malts, slightly sweet. more stoutlike than i expected in a porter. feels smooth and nice, coats my mouth beautifully with an aftertaste of coffee and chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 00:47:04 | More by henrysunset
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Mocha Porter pours a dark molasses brown color with a medium sized fluffy tan colored cap. A bit of nice lace dots the side of the glass.

The aroma is as expected - milk chocolate, roast coffee, with some roasted malt presence as well.

Each sip is smooth and consistent. The malt presence brings forth roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, and espresso. The flavor turns slowly bitter, and there are some dry coffee grounds and smokey notes toward the end. The finish has another bit of chocolate and is mostly bitter.

For a porter with this low of an ABV, the body is actually a little bit fuller than I would have expected. The carbonation is balanced between creamy and smooth, and there is a dryness to the texture that prevents this from getting too sweet or sticky.

Overall I generally find Rogue’s offerings to be nice but not to push any boundaries, and this fits that bill precisely.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:42:10 | More by KickInTheChalice
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two fingers thick, bubbly and dark coffee colored head into a tumbler. left thick lace and light sheeting throughout. the body was an opaque black with red hints.
s - very faint smell and i was slightly disappointed in that. i've had noticed more in other rogue mocha porters, maybe this one wasn't a great batch or maybe it's the inch of pollen covering everything in alabama right now. i did pick up a little vanilla and roasted coffee in the finish.
t - vanilla, chocolate and roasted coffee.
m - medium and slightly bubbly mouthfeel.
d - solid brew if you're looking for a porter and want to drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 21:02:00 | More by GPHarris
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MVassar

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark black/brown, with an impressive, if short-lived, head. Decent lacing.

Somewhat reticent in the nose, but I like what's there. Black coffee, a hint of caramel, wood smoke.

Some roasted malt, with touches of bitter chocolate, espresso beans, and bitter citrus peel in the lingering finish. Well-balanced.

Medium body, with a bit too much carbonation for my palate. Nice creamy texture.

Very tasty, and easy to drink, especially after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 03:32:03 | More by MVassar
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adamette

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at Winking Lizard last night. Review from notes. Poured by me into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Dark Dark body with medium brown head. 4.0

S Nice strong porter with a coffee and chocolate background. Dark roasted sweet malt as well. Exactly as advertised and I appreciate that. 4.0

T Smell carries right over into the taste. Nice dark roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes with a nice sweetness that is nicely balanced by other tastes. 4.0

M A nice smoothness greets the taster while enjoying all of the tastes described above. This is a big beer overall though. 4.0

D One and done for me but I enjoyed every drop. 3.5

Notes: Nice, enjoyable beer that delivers exactly what is suggested by the name, style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 12:06:35 | More by adamette
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,357 ratings.