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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,533 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,533
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 84
Gots: 161 | 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 vette2006c5r
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue's Mocha Porter poured black, like most porters, and had a great creamy head. It had a chocolate and coffee smell to it, but it just wasnt strong enough for a porter. It again tasted heavy and with chocolate and coffee flavors, but its not the strongest flavor out of a porter, it tastes similar to the Sam Adams cream stout, just a lighter. It was easy to drink, espically for a heavy porter, overall its a good quality beer worth trying.

vette2006c5r, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Scooter77
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Natural510
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch-black with thick tan head; small amount of lacing on the glass.
Smells of roasted malts, coffee & chocolate, but not quite as strongly as I would've expected.
Rich coffee flavors, definitely more Starbucks than Folgers. A sweet cocoa runs through the brew as well. The roasted malts are quite apparent, with a very subtle hoppiness toward the end. Slightly dry finish.
Robust in the mouth, not quite as creamy as a stout. Not much of a reverberation as in other brews of the style.
All in all a nice take on a porter. Flavor-wise, it's about halfway between an American Porter and a Milk Stout.

Natural510, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of kevinl6
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another winner from Rogue. I'm not the biggest porter fan in the world, but this one is nice. Pours as black as some stouts I've seen and smells of chocolate (not nearly as strong as the chocolate stout). It is very smooth and has a pretty nice overall mouthfeel. The taste is very good...chocolate, roasty, malty, coffee, and that Rogue bitterness that I have grown to love. As I said, I'm not usually a porter kind of guy, but this is a repurchase.

kevinl6, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of BeerFink
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark black, nearly opaque in appearance save for some dark brownish ruby highlights when held to light. Thin light khaki head come up for a moment before disappearing into the darkness. Aroma is not shy. Big semi-sweet chocolate nose on this one. Citric hop smell peeks out from beneath the big roasted and mocha character. Carbonation is a little higher than expected, which breaks up an otherwise near oily mouthfeel that is not too far removed from old coffee. Chocolate flavor is more bitter than portended by the aroma. Coffee flavor is present as well, but I wouldn't necessarily call it a mocha flavor. Roasted grain comes through well. Finish is highly roasted with some bitter citrous hops coming through, leaving a lasting dry and bitter aftertaste. Interesting porter.

BeerFink, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of HochFliegen
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour was a thick and dark black with a nice creamy tan head.

Smell was of chocolate, toffee, carmel like and roasted coffee. Very inviting in the scent. Flavor is much the same sweet toffee and butter flavors with a tingle of chocolate and roasted malts with a coffee like taste. Very smooth with a compliment of hop bitter in there and leaves a dry semi-finish. Medium body with the carbonation. A very nice beer.

HochFliegen, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, amber black color with a head that diminishes fairly quick unless poured wrong. Love the lacing left after drinking.

A: Nearly black, tones of amber when looked at through light.

S: A very unique chocolate smell, the aroma is light but pronounced at the same time. A very dark coffee smell.

T: Taste is reminiscent of a chocolate stout, the porter taste comes late. Chocolate and coffee are overwhelming in a good way. After a sip, licking the lips tastes like maple syrup. Delicious, absolutely delicious.

M: Smooth as a babies bottom.

D: This beer is highly drinkable and I recommend you (yes you) try it. 40 bucks a case is a bargain for the flavor that this beer imparts on your tongue.

Go out and try this beer and other beers Rogue has to offer, you won't be disappointed.

kiddynamite920, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seriously looks like there is tan colored whipped cream on top of this beer. Incredible retention. The entire inside of the glass if covered in fairly thick lace. The beer is a very dark brown and looks is opaque. I really don't even see lighter colors at the edges. Very, very dark.

Aroma is very light with slight mocha aroma.

Fairly dry flavor. When I think Mocha I think of a subtle sweetness melding the chocolate and coffee flavors. My first reaction was that there wasn't enough sweetness. Later the sweetness seemed to open up a bit, but there was still a real graininess to the flavor. The roasted flavor was nice and smooth. I'm not getting as much coffee flavor as I had thought. More of a straight roasted malt flavor.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and them smooth...

This is a pretty good porter, but one of the few beers that I wish had a hint more sweetness for balance.

Glad I tried it.

Reagan1984, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of doughanson78
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black in color with the slightest amount of light coming through at the edges. Half finger light tan head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Roasted coffee and semi sweet chocolate. Not a huge aroma but nice.

T: Roastiness upfront. Followed my a decent blend of chocolate and coffee. Very light coffee bitterness. Roasted notes come back a tad in the finish.

M: Light bodied. Not very creamy. Medium high carbonation.

O: A good porter. Not up with the best of them but still good.

doughanson78, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Ego
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber bottle (new design), south plainfield NJ, Buy Rite (they have pretty much everything you can get from rogue in jersey)

eyes...
dark, like wesley snipes, nice frothy head, retreating tidal waves of foamy lacing accentuate the head which is off white to brown, if you are looking for a porter look, shazam (forgive me for using that word..), very solid.

nose...
starbucks. burnt choc and coffee with an underlying caramel tickle, sublte pine notes are there, I love it...

damn, gotta reboot my computer.. brb to finish this review...

back...
taste etc...
the choc flave is excellent and has a nice sweet finish, the body is just enough, this isnt fantastic but I would order this on tap anywhere I saw it cause it is solid in every category, even with the big head I got the carbonation is not in the way at all... this is tasty.

verdict?
like it, well balanced all around, the nice little kick of hops gives it some nice character without distracting too much... good stuff.

Ego, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown, near black colour, one finger of tan head, good amount of lace on the glass. Smell has tons of roast and coffee, bittersweet chocolate, big healping of earthy hops as well. Taste is full on burnt coffee and roasted malt, chocolatey, fairly high bitterness both from hops and coffee, floral hop and toasted malts in the finish. Light-medium carbonation, light-medium body though thin at points. A good roasty porter with tons of coffee and chocolate but still this has nothing on the Founders Porter, that being said I would still gladly drink this again.

peensteen, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of smibroncos
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a slightly hazy walnut, with a nice two finger, coffe color, diminishing head. good lacing on the glass.

S. Roasted malt, leaves, bittersweet chocolate

T. Nothing sweet here, starts with bitter roasted malt, then black coffee, finish is dry and bitter. Good duration.

M. Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D. A pretty good brew, coffe flavor is a little late to hit the palate but the duration is really good.

smibroncos, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of flyingpig
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

flyingpig, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of jondeelee
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells of sugary malts and dark brown sugar, along with thick molasses and heavily toasted/almost burnt grains.

On the tongue, the brew starts out deceptively light (for perhaps a half second), but quickly crescendos to a full palate of porter flavors: chocolate malts, toffees and caramels, toasted grains, perhaps even a light thread of tobacco at the very bottom. The hops seem to come through about mid-stream, delivering a light background fuzz of bitterness before fading off. The aftertaste is almost entirely heavily toasted chocolate malts, so the tongue buzzes with the flavor of almost burnt grains. What I do have a hard time finding, ironically, are notes of the mochas and *real* (i.e. not malt) chocolates; I get small hints of them every now and then, but only when I really look for them. In fact, did the title not specifically say "mocha," I would assume I was simply drinking a porter, and wouldn't think twice.

Overall, then, while I do think this is a good porter, I want at least a slight hint of the sugary chocolates mentioned in the brew's name, just so I have some gustatory confirmation that what I'm drinking is more than just standard porter fare.

jondeelee, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Magpie14
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: in a 12 oz bottle. Cream colored head bursted its way to the top of the glass with big foamy craters. Sporadic lacing was just as impressive. Rich oily brown color and active bubbles in the glass

S: dark roasted malts with a mild coffee/mocha presence, a kiss of hops

T: dark rich malts, stale coffee, burnt caramel sweetness. Touch of dryness in the finish as hops give a bitter snap. I was left with a pined hop, espresso, chocolate aftertaste. I must say that a faint and fresh smokiness flavor is in their as well

M: light creamy feel, good smoothness and easy on the tongue

D: I could see myself drinking these regularly for a porter. No doubt that I am a sucker for coffee based beers. This is a good one, I recommend it.

Magpie14, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Mavajo
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown color - nearly black, but not quite. Tall foamy tan head that hung around forever. I sipped this one pretty slowly and still had a good half-finger thick head at the end. Nice lacing.

Nose and taste are pretty as would be expected - chocolate, coffee, mocha. Mouthfeel is smooth, light carbonation, medium bodied. Quite drinkable. I found this brew quite smooth and enjoyable. It's not necessarily remarkable in any way, but it does everything well and puts it all together to produce a very nice brew.

Mavajo, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of dgallina
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Plenty of chunky tan head and thick lace with very good retention. Smells sweetly malty, with subdued roasted grains and fairly strong floral hop notes. Medium-bodied and creamy with surprisingly strong carbonation. Flavor begins with sweet graininess, builds into toasted bread, dry roasted coffee, and unsweetened cocoa. Finishes with a strong and puckering dry hop flourish.

A nice American porter rendition, if perhaps a bit over-hopped for the general style. Reminiscent of some dry stouts more than other porters.

dgallina, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of lurpy1
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into pint glass. Deep brown/black pour with abundant head. Smell is strongly coffee, roast, maybe a little bit of smoke. Taste is somewhat similar. Chocolate is advertised on the label. While this beer tastes fine, I can't pick up any chocolate, even bittersweet chocolate. Founds this a bit too fizzy for the style, possibly overcarbonated, possibly I don't know WTF I'm talking about.

Pretty good beer, but not a great triumph for truth in advertising.

lurpy1, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of buzzworthy
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Rogue is a beauty on the pour with a midnight black coffee body and delicate head that dissipates quickly, soon looking like froth on the top of an ice cream soda. A roasted malt smell predominates. The porter is full bodied with some hoppy bitterness. The finish has a strong french roast coffee flavor. I'm somewhat disappointed in getting almost no chocolate flavor - mocha is a misnomer with the lack of chocolate. I'm not complaining - thoroughly enjoyed the taste. Mouth feel is good but wouldn't want another to follow.

buzzworthy, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Reidrover
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok bought in the screen printed 22 oz brown bomber..label looks a lot different than the one displayed on the page.
Appearance is of deep dark, dark brown almost black beer..impenetrable to light..small frothy tan head..leaves nice lacing.
Smell for a Rogue is surprisingly weak..but I do detect some chocolate and hop hints.
Nice strong taste of the coffee and malts at first then the ubiquitous hops spring forth in ambush..very unusual and nice.
Nice on the palte pretty adventurous.
Nice drinkable porter..winter is here and im enjoying porters so much more again.

Reidrover, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice opaque brown, some minor ruby/shiny red in between, almost black. Thick creamy tan/light-brown head, bubbles showing. Very good retention.

Light sweet aromas of chocolate, dark caramel, coffee and slightly roasted barley. Very good rich dark brew smell, pleasant and inviting, yet subtle.

Mouth is consistent with the nose, some good roasted barley, coffee, chocolate and other dark brew flavors. Just enough taste to satisfy the dark brew drinker, but not as complex as others. Medium body, with a fairly medium level of carbonation.

A solid porter, and overall smooth session dark brew. Nothing super-wowing, but who cares. All that matters is the beer is tasty and enjoyable, which this is. A good session dark brew, which is what porters are. Good for any day, anytime of the year, hot or cold, morning, day or night.

happy4hoppybeer, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of battlekow
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We're having a porter-off, featuring Rogue Mocha Porter, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Sierra Nevada Porter, Tyranena Chief BlackHawk, Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter, and Watch City Welcome Back Porter.

Black, with a tan head that's creamier than the rest. Smoother than the others except the Fitz. Nice burnt coffee grounds flavor that isn't too bitter and goes down easy, but with a very bitter aftertaste. Second-best porter I've had all night.

battlekow, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours black with a little head.
the aroma of chocolate and malt with a hint of hops
the taste is bittersweet chocolate with some malt and coffee.
the beer is very creamy and goes down smooth expacitally in the cooler months.
use a brandy snifter to get the best aroma

plaztikjezuz, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Atlas1
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown-black with some reddish tint at the base and the top; a nice porter color. The head dissolved rather quickly, though, and there was not much of a lace to note. To capture the fullness of the aroma, I poured it into a Belgian snifter-type glass, but was rather disappointed that there was not much aroma present. Hints of malted coffee rose to the top after a stir, but otherwise I didn't notice much. Could this have been my fault? Entirely possible, as I hope to give the aroma another shot in the future. Tasted nice. Strong coffee notes with chocolate and some wood. That bitter coffee finish was great, in my opinion. Sturdy mouthfeel and nice drinkability for a "mocha" porter. I will drink this again, even though it's not my favorite porter out there. A solid effor all around by Rogue.

Atlas1, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of Bruiser81
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was solid black in my glass with a head that diminished fast but left a thin sheet of foam on top of the beer (could have been the pour). The aroma was all malt as far as I could tell, with a little chocolate mixed in. The taste was a bit sweet up front but that dissappeared quickly, followed by some chocolate flavors and a sharp bitter finish. This beer didn't go down as smooth as many other porters I've had but I would buy this one again.

Bruiser81, Feb 10, 2003
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,533 ratings.