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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,334 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 71
Gots: 92 | FT: 3
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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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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
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely dark brown (almost black in color) with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a finger + half tall medium sized cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large finger thick layer covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of coffee and bittersweet chocolate over the top of light aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of bittersweet dark chocolate and a light amount of coffee. Hints of burnt malts towards the finish which all contribute to a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away slowly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thin.

O: Easy to drink and definitely one you could have a couple in a session due to the lighter body and lower ABV. Enough complexity to keep you interested but not too bold in flavors/aromas.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2014 01:41:51 | More by dbrauneis
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness info poured straight down into a Guinness nonic.

Extremely dark brown, where it almost looks black, but I can see light through the bottom of the glass. A dark caramel-like glow shows through. The head was huge from the pour, some three inches or more. Tons of sticky lacing and rockiness of the head as it slowly fell. Looks damn lovely.

Roasty and lightly creamy in the nose. Picking up some of those dark mocha notes. Mostly black coffee. Light cocoa powder dustiness. Earthy aromas rise up into the nostrils along with some mild hop presence. A little milder than I would have liked, but still an agreeable aroma.

Dark roastiness with mocha and cocoa flavors that dry up the palate. Almost puckering with a solid bitterness aided by pithy hops that feature nuances of pine. Earthiness is here, too, following the nose. Represented by ashy malt char, soil minerality, and a distant medicinal quality. The finish is a bit long with lingering hop bitterness and dry burnt notes. The burps taste pretty good.

Medium-bodied with some decently lively carbonation. Drinks with good speed, and the beer is at session strength, so that's a big positive. Feels pretty good, if not just a tad too gassy.

A nice American Porter. It's good to know that I can turn to this, and more often. Not gushing with the mocha notes, as you'd might expect from the name, but still solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 00:50:55 | More by thecheapies
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Solid black with a decent dark head.

Smell – Roasted malt and dark chocolate form the backbone of this aroma. There’s also some good sweetness here; a combination of dark, ripe fruits and table sugar.

Taste – I was quite surprised with the stiff hop balance, although I shouldn’t have been because it’s a Rogue. The bitter hops though are a compliment to the main show – dark malt and chocolate. The sweetness fades a bit but is still noticeable.

Mouthfeel – Somewhat light in the mouth, more like the Anchor Porter than the Stone, but solid nevertheless. This porter is both creamy smooth and refreshingly dry.

Drinkability – There may be some die-hards complaining about the big hops, but I thought it was a very interesting rendition of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 02:27:24 | More by RoyalT
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shark262

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut brown with a thin layer of head and minimal apparent carbonation.

Smell of brown sugar, raisins, slight coffee roast, and some chocolate.

Very nice, rich-tasting tones of dark malts mixed with some roasted coffee and faint toffee. Fairly bitter bite, gentle warming alcohol sensation after each sip.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Perfect carbonation level rounds out the flavors.

Nice beer, well-rounded beer. Satisfying after only a couple.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 01:52:51 | More by shark262
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jakester

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. No friggin' date on the bottle or the label.

Pours a deep, dark garnet with brown edges. A one finger head of light brown foam forms on top, falls to small islands and a ring, with minimal lacing. Carbonation appears medium.

Aroma is strong chocolate, dark malts, fruits like plums, cherries, and dried pears, some herbal hops, slight coffee at the end.

Flavor is chocolatey, fruits like above, decent hop bittering, and faint herbal hops. It's fairly dry and cleansing. Coffee comes through late. Aftertaste is dark malts and dark, dry fruits.

Mouthfeel is low to medium bodied, with medium carbonation. The finish dries out at the end.

This is a good, if slightly underwhelming, porter. The flavors and aromas are good; it's chocolatey, roasty a little, fruity a little, with a clean, dry finish. I would drink another of these if offered.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 15:37:31 | More by jakester
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wonderfully creamy head and lacing that just sits on the glass the whole time. quite dark (almost looks like a stout). Smells of malty coffee with little other complexities. so far, so good...now to the taste.

As the porter warms a bit, the subtle hops comes out with the mix of typical caramel, chocolate, and coffee. does not sting the tongue in any fashion and would be a bit hard to drink more than one.

Rogue Mocha Porter would be a fanastic compliment to a chocolate or creamy dessert. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 02:32:54 | More by Backer2004
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark brown in color with minimal amber hues. Thick tan head pors two fingers thick. Decent retention. Thin and spotty lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Raw leaf. Soft pine scent. Toasted malts.

T: Roasted coffee bean and dark chocolate meld into a raw wet hop bitterenss that has a floral and pine taste. Burnt caramel malts give off an astringent tickle on the tongue. Muted tastes of wet earth and more coffee on the back end.

M: Creamy and smooth. Miniaml carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: This was one of my first true loves. It's always nice to return to something familiar. As time has passed I have had many better porters, but I will always come back to this one. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 02:25:01 | More by Tyrawlings
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Imsothirsty

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown slightly red. A full finger of creamy brown head.

Smells a little bit like chocolate and a lot like coffee.

Taste: Coffee big time, some chocolate, some caramel, and just a tiny bit dark fruit. No alcohol, no yeast

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I expected, low/moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice porter, probably wont get it again though.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:16:20 | More by Imsothirsty
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countrocula

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got home, poured the sucker into my pint glass (no tilt) and watched a formidable, thick head form. The top bits of the head seemed to fall off quickly, but the areas around the reservoir of beer remained thick and had that nitrogen infused quality with the dark striations cascading through the head all to return to the beer.

I brought the glass to my nose and immediately got some caramel, coffee, hint of chocolate and maltish tones that were reminiscent of a strange sherry.

The coloring is very opaque. I can only make out color by tipping the glass and observing a thin pool of the beer. The color is a wonderful, rich "burnt root beer" bark. A bit too red to say it equals a rich coffee brown. There were minute chalky particles floating around in my glass.

The first taste is rather inviting as you are greeted by a lively effervescence. Not seltzer carbonation here... dense, quickly expiring yet boisterous bubbles. The taste is rich and sweet. The aftertaste is tactfully bitter. The bitter moment is enjoyable and doesn't overstay its welcome.

I really did like this porter, but feel that it is definitely a "treat" type. Not because of price or ease of locating it, but because its a bit sweet and made me feel like I just pigged out an a quarter pound of Cadbury's Fruit and Nut.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 20:46:45 | More by countrocula
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Ahhdball

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, with hints of amber after hitting light. Foamy beige top with minmal lacing.
Coffee and chocolate aroma, roasted chestnuts followed.
Great blend of chocolate and coffee malts veering over to a nice hop bitterness in the middle, which smoothed for a clean silky finish.
I expected a little more coffee but I wasn't disappointed in the least. A complete porter with an extra creamy finish and over all good taste. I would love to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 16:09:18 | More by Ahhdball
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crizmo2352

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured an opaque deep brown shade with rust colored highlights and produced a nice thick tan colored head. The head subsided to a thin pad, leaving splotchy lacing about the glass. I was hoping for a bit more head retention...The initial aroma of the beer is hoppy - a mostly piney scent with subtle citrus tones. The spiceyness of the hops does not linger, however. The aroma is also rich with roasted malt and chocolate notes. Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate dominates the flavor, but there is also a hint of coffee. Burnt notes are also intermingled. The hops do not come through in the flavor quite as much as in the aroma, although the flavor is still pleasantly bitter and finishes dry and clean. Overall, the flavor profile is quite balanced. Solid medium-full bodied beer is almost a bit chewy. Maintained carbonation well but seems almost a bit more effervescent than should be for the style - although it does aid in smoothing out the body and bitterness. All in all, a good porter and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 23:02:31 | More by crizmo2352
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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