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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,619 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,619
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 92
Gots: 226 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is brown (dark) to black, carbonation is low, head is almost nonexistent, and there is no lacing.

The aroma is mostly roast, roasted malt and coffee. Second smell there may be some chocolate in there.

Beer tastes about as it smells. High roast, some chocolate bitterness and a little sweetness, coffee. Surprisingly, not a big aftertaste. Medium body, ok drinkability, good mouthfeel.

Photo of mattcrill
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black pour with chocolate edging. A nice tan head forms. I am disturbed by the yeast floaties that are moving throughout the body of this beer.

Smell: Roasted grains, bitter chocolate, a little creamed coffee on the nose as well.

Taste: Sweet coffee, burnt marshmallows, vanilla, a little oak, maybe a touch of chocolate, and french roasted coffee. A nice blend of coffee-chocolate-roast combinations that I've come to love in my porters. Definitely starts sweeter and there is a nice balance between coffee bitterness and the sweetness throughout the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry. Leaves a touch of a bitter finish.

Drinkability: Pretty good overall. Very interesting and not a challenge on the palate at all. No off flavors and makes for an enjoyable session. Recommended.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark - almost opaque, but with some small floaties that's not terribly attractive.Tan head is creamy and stiff.

S - Burnt toasted grain. Lots of coffee, fruit, a hint of cocoa, and molasses.

T - Coffee and rich fruit withsome upfront acidity and lots of bitterness in the finish. More of a roasted bitterness rather than hops.

M - A little bit chewy mouthfeel. Neither dry nor sweet - kinda in the middle.

D - Very drinkable. Well balanced and not over the top. Strong coffee edge.

Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My instinct tells me that this one was sitting on the shelf for a long time where I bought it but it smells fine, just not sure how it reflects the fresh batch (bottle dates would help). Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a two and a half finger head that looks pretty creamy on top but very bubbly around the sides. The head is a nice tan color and has better retention than most other beer. It leaves medium lacing around random spots of the glass. Smell has a lot of roasted coffee and malts in it but overall is kind of weak. Some chocolate is found also. Taste is big on the same things as smell. Lots of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, although not as much as an RIS. It is a nice lighter version of these flavors and much easier to drink. This beer definitely has the same cocoa flavor of the chocolate stout but not as big. All of the Rogue beers have a similar key flavor to them but I can't describe it, I just feel it once it hits the tongue. The beer tastes a bit watery at times but not overly. The mouthfeel is good on this beer as well. There is definitely some creaminess to it along with a good amount of carbonation. A nice roasty flavor is left on the tongue well after I take my sip. The body is medium but on the watery side of that, it's just hard for me to like coffee/chocolate beers with any watery feel to them. No warming at all hear to speak of. Drinkability is good, the beer tastes good, the price was not bad at all, there really are no off flavors or alcohol so this one could definitely be sessioned reasonably.

Photo of jmbranum
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark black beer with a massive fluffy tan head

Aroma is rich with coffeeish notes and some hops, but not super strong either. The taste is nicely bitter, with quite a bit of coffee (but really not that much chocolate despite the name) and nice undertone of hops.

The mouthfeel is delightfully fluffy.

The alcohol content is deceptive. It doesn't seem that strong at first, but it really kicks in on the 2nd and 3rd bottle of this brew. It definitely seem stronger in ABV than most porters.

An excellent Porter. Not my favorite, but definitely a contender.

(I also drank this on tap in Portland, OR which was really a great experience)

Photo of flyingpig
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£5.80):
Opaque chocolate brown. Thumb sized, tan brown, foamy head that leaves some nice lacing.

Strong chocolate aroma with roasted malts and a sweet cocoa aroma. There is some vanilla and sweet malts along with some darker chocolate notes and touches of light coffee.

Medium chocolate flavours to start with some mocha and a sweeter background taste from the sweet malts with hints of cocoa and vanilla. I could detect some coffee and a slightly smokey taste along with some roasted malts and a bittersweet finish.

Smooth with a medium body and good balance between flavours. There is a sweet base and the finish is a slightly bitter one with carbonation being mild to medium throughout.

Good porter taste with balance between the sweet notes and the roasted malt ones with more bitterness coming through towards the end. The taste seems to fade ever so slightly towards the end but not to a great extent and it is still an excellent beer.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Muddy, dark chocolate body with minimal transparency. Huge 2+ finger, fluffy, tan head on top. Head decays slowly and unevenly, dragging lots of soapy lacing behind it.

Smell: Malt, chocolate flakes, faint mocha, herbs, and piney hops.

Taste: Lots of malt upfront, accompanied by dark chocolate, roasted notes, possibly some dairy, and a generous dosage of bitter, woody, hops. Aftertaste is of roasted malt and hop bitterness. Not getting a whole lot of mocha, but definitely enjoying this one.

Mouthfeel: Cool and creamy with close to a milk-like consistency. Not too heavy, which is nice. Carbonation is right where it should be, and providing some nice excitement on the palate. Finishes oily, a bit chewy, and bitter. Nice.

Drinkability: Hoppier than your average, and better than your average porter. Unique, tasty, and refreshing. I'd have no problem drinking a couple more of these, and I may seek this one out again in the future.

Photo of LuukGx
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We seem to get a fair amount of Rogue offerings here in Maine, which is fine with me. This beer was a dark brown with a small coffee-colored head. It had a coffee, chocolate odor with a little roasted grain. I thought the taste was predominately coffee (like espresso) with a chocolate undertone along with some hops. A little bit on the light side, but still a nice beer.

Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown pour with a squatty tan head. Aroma of mocha, coffee, and roasty malt. Nice blend of malt and peppry and citrus hops in the flavor. This strangely blends well with the creamy coffee and semi-sweet chocolate giving this a pleasant sweet-and-sour combination.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my first Rogue, but was my first taste of a porter. Must say, I was not disappointed. Delightful brew. So happy to see something this good this far south. It poured a rich, ebony into my pint glass, with a creamy head floating atop. Brewer's lace lined the glass as the head dissipated, but it hung on for quite some time. Smell was of licorice, coffee and a slight yeastiness. Taste was really good. Thick, creamy, with a bite of espresso/coffee flavor afterwards. Sweet yet slightly bitter towards the swallow. Really well-balanced and enjoyable brew. Those guys at Rogue really know what they're doing. Great beer!

Photo of kpantz
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: I consider Rogue to have a solid lineup. I don't have any selections in my mind that are superstars, but each one delivers. Mocha Porter is no exception. It's a great porter and they've included the chocolate/coffee element quite nicely.

Appearance: Deep, deep mahogany with ruby accents when held up to the light. Coffee ice cream colored head, finger thick, reduces to a film. Minor lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, slight hop aroma. Very typical porter aroma - no hint of the titular (giggle) element.

Taste: Aha - there's the mocha! Wow. What a combination. Deep roasted malts up front followed by a distinct (but not overpowering) hop flavor, and finishes out with the mocha accents. It's a nice mix of coffee and chocolate, all against the background of a fine porter profile.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Light carbonation. Not thick at all, which is exactly the way I expect my porters to be - to me, a good porter should have the flavor boldness of a stout but isn't such an investment in the mouth and in the stomach. Very well done here.

Drinkability: Outstanding in this category. A smooth, pleasant flavor that isn't too overpowering to keep you from having a few. This is a great cool weather brew, and I'd easily kick back with several of these.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. A potential salve to this late season cold snap.

This beer pours a very dark charcoal brown hue, with minor mahogany highlights, and two fingers of puffy, rocky, and broadly bubbly beige head, which leaves a decent array of broken cloud lace around the glass as it quite slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity caramel malt, dry chocolate, lightly roasted, rather complex coffee, a bit of aromatic black fruit, and grassy, leafy hops. The taste is mildly grainy, gritty caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, cold black coffee, lightly sour orchard fruit, a somewhat acrid nuttiness, and earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, with only a wee bit of lingering effervescence, the body an adequate medium weight, which leaves us with a more or less smooth entity, one with a hint of creamy mouthfeel, maybe, though a bit of sassy hops do provide some drama late in the game. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, malty, chocolate essence pervading.

A pleasant enough, and even lovely at times, after-dinner quaffer, perhaps, fantastic with dessert, or even on its own, if your tastes run towards stag. My only quibble is the rather underwhelming coffee element, for a beer that proclaims it so front and center in its name.

Photo of fitzy84
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it in its bottle at Moan and Dove. The appearance of this beverage was great: very dark with a thin head. The smells of oak-like chocolate flavors were very unique to me especially by the balance of the sweetness and woody textures. However, the taste was radically not that mocha-like, but it was still quite good with subtle balances of bitter and sweet flavors. Its high carbonation made it really drinkable. This was not as sweet as one would expect but its crisp and thick body is worth drinking nonetheless.

Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown-black with a huge tan head and good amount of lacings.
Aroma is quite pronounced. Sweet mocha.
Taste is smooth mocha, cocoa, medium bitter hops. Medium dry finish.
Mouthfeel is just O.K. for the style.
Drinkability is good would like to try it on tap. Nice Porter.

Photo of gregshead
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/21/10, from notes:

A: Pours a nice brownish black w/ a half finger of head.

S: Mocha coffee/chocolate smell w/ the roasted grain.

T: Lots of bitter dark chocolate. Coffee taste is there but more faint than I would expect for a mocha porter. Finish is hard to describe, almost a dry/spicy finish and after taste.

M: Lots of carbonation with a strange feel to the carbonation, can't put my finger on it.

D: An enjoyable porter. Go Rogue. Would pick up a sixer of this.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark amber in color (near black) with a finger sized mocha head. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate bitter aromas of chocolate and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark roasted malts as well as bitter notes of chocolate and coffee. There are some lingering burnt flavors in the aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather thin on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to consume. I could easily have a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of gunnerman
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours that nice dark reddish color with a nice inch head that is very sticky and adds to the complexity of the brew. Smell is of chocolate with espresso and other coffee fragrance. Taste is of Bitter sweet malt with a mouthfeel of chocolate coffee. I prefer to drink this after a nice meal prefebly some type of meat.

Photo of meathookjones
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown color with a reddish hue when held up to the light. A good-sized brown head formed and faded away slowly leaving a lacing around the glass. The aroma is thick with roasted coffee coming to the front and chocolate. The hops make themselves known as well but to a lesser degree. Tastes of smoky roasted malts with a heavier chocolate flavor as opposed to mocha or coffee. It has a pleasantly bitter aftertaste to balance out any sweetness. This is a very smooth and drinkable brew. Mouthfeel is good and with some of the other qualities it could be confused with a stout. This is pretty much another good beer from rogue.

Photo of KoG
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice dark tint with hints of red if the light hits it just right. Created a nice head that took a while to leave with some lacing around the glass.

Smell was of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate with a touch of alcohol, overall pretty good.

Taste was good, nice and thick with a definate coffee background and a hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, not too thick to be in stout country but not as light as most porters I've had, just about right with a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability is a bit better than average as it does get a bit heavy but overall a good brew to have once in a while.

Photo of soupyman10
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been meaning to get around to this one for a long while. Appearance is a very dark brown with a nice tan head that lives minimal lacing. Nose is pretty mild, but chocolate, light coffee and roasted malt, and a bit of dried fruit. Flavor is a lot more bitter than the nose: smoky, roasted malt right off the bat. Gets lightly into the slightly sweeter toffee malt later on, with a mild hoppy finish. Carbonation's a touch high, maybe masking the flavor just a touch. Overall, it's not bad at all, and Mocha Porter is a fairly fitting name for this highly coffee-esque brew.

Photo of xoqx
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Mocha Porter arrived as a dark brown, nearly opaque brew. It had a tan head with very little retention or lacing. I didn't experience much in the nose except a non-descript malty scent. This beer is made with a veritable smorgasbord of malts: Northwest Harrington, Klages, Crystal, Beeston Chocolate, Black, Munich, and Carastan malts. I actually found its taste to be not particularly complex despite this extensive combination of malts. There were subtle chocolate, coffee and maybe slight vanilla tastes. The mouthfeel was creamy yet had the slightest astringency. This is a pleasant, drinkable porter.

Photo of kurp001
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle bought at Towson Wine & Liquor

Pours a deep brown, near black, with pretty much no highlights. This is actually one of the darkest beers I recall seeing in some time. About one finger of tan head recedes rather quickly, leaving no lacing behind.

A mocha aroma is the first thing that comes through on the aroma, along with a mild roasted barley character.

A thin coffee flavor is noticeable upfront, it seems to become more full midway as more of a roasty flavor pulls through. As the beer warms, a nutty flavor starts to come thtough, as well. A mild hop bitterness is apparent on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with ample carbonation, but the body just seems a little too watery to stand up to the robust flavors of the beer.

Good drinkability on this one, although I wish the mouthfeel was less watery. At the end of the day, though, this is definitely worth trying for the coffee fan.

Photo of mobyfann
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $7.49 for a 6pk.

The appearence was very typical porter; deep dark brown base with a light-to-mid sized light brown head that keeps for a bit with a little lace. The smell is a very bold coffee presence as with chocolate and a good hop mix.

The taste is very robust with many things going on when drinking, average carbonation, mildly bitter, roast tasting, harsher porter than most - feels like a light stout despite the porter abv of 5.3%

The mouthfeel was the only thing that wasn't a 4/5, it felt a little bubbly in the mouth as a porter, but as drinkability goes, it does no harm.

Final Thought: I'll call this a heavy porter vs. a light stout, but regardless, well worth the money...

Photo of karait95
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown color also brown head not very big but well formed dissipates slowly and leaves traces behind on the glass, carbonation cannot be appreciated easily due to the dark color but a permanent layer is always present

S: toasted malts manly the barley is detected, coffee seems to be present in the back not a complicated aroma but simple and well defined

T: flavor is intense, toasted malts, hops, coffee, just wondering if some sweet flavors are not missing

M: this one is a little to bitter maybe the extra hops overwhelm the general sensation something more balanced was expected

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,619 ratings.