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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,636 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,636
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 93
Gots: 242 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Ratings: 2,636 | Reviews: 1,334
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.

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.

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.

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

Poured from bomber into pint glass @ 45 degrees.

A: Dark brownish-black with ruby hints at the edges. 1 finger of tan head that quickly turns into a solid blanket, and no sticky trails.

S: Roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate, bit of smokiness and some sweet caramel. Not terribly assertive, but pleasant.

T/M: Smoky roastiness up front with some coffee and chocolate flavors toward the middle. Neither is really dominant, which is odd for a beer called "Mocha Porter." The mocha is very mild, very subdued, and defers to the smokiness and bitterness at either end of the sip. Finish is dry, crisp, and bitter with a long, creamy, burned tail. Mouthfeel is creamy. Nicely hopped.

D: I'm becoming a pretty big Rogue fan. This beer is really, really nice. Perhaps I haven't been trying the right porters, but I've always defined them as "watery stouts." This isn't as robust as a stout, obviously, but it's not a watery anything. Clean flavors, well-balanced, and a really nice abv. I can, and will, drink more of this beer.

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.

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.

Photo of Aleks_P
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours very, very dark brown. Could only tell it wasn't black when I held it really close to our kitchen ceiling light and could see the brown hues around the edges. Thin tan head, took a few seconds to appear and then disappeared quickly. After a sip or two just had very light lacing around the edges.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, charcoal. As advertised, seems promising based on aromas.

Taste: Not what I expected, more bitter than sweet. I taste the chocolate notes, but it is a bitter chocolate like baker's chocolate. Very much like a dark coffee flavor. After the initial flavors subside there is a really strange, almost tangy aftertaste that I do not care for, some kind of biting sour residual flavor.

Feel: Pretty dry beer, almost chalky. Carbonation very average, more of a creamy carbonation than anything. Bitterness remains after each sip, similar to a dry hoppy beer.

Overall: I'm disappointed by this beer, but I see it is rated pretty highly on BeerAdvocate. The look and smell are great but there is something really offputting about the second wave of tangy, sour flavor once I waded through the initial coffee and chocolate notes. Not sure if it's just the batch I got or whether that was part of the plan. I'll manage through the six pack I picked up but there are a lot of coffee or chocolate porters I prefer to this one, generally something a little sweeter.

Photo of KLLG1021
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this live as we speak.

Appearance is a dark, black coffee and oily mud. Poured into a pint glass, produces a strong taupe head that lingers then settles down. Smell is a nice dark rich coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes just like the nose, but intensifies with the robust coffee flavors, yet balanced by malts. Mouthfeel is heavy, but not over the top. Sits around on the palate for a while, then slowly fades away. Overall a great beer. I would definitely grab this again

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of malcontent
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even for a porter, the Rogue Mocha pours a tremendously opaque brown, almost black. A thin, but uniformly solid tan head with minimal fragrances, mostly malt but with the faintest touch of cocoa also present.

The taste really built with every subsequent sip. The first provided a smooth, smokey, but otherwise unremarkable flavor. The second opened up the chocolate & the following drinks sustained these notes with the additional presence of tobacco & maltiness making for an exceptionally well-rounded porter.

The carbonation & thickness are just perfect as porters go, making for a supremely drinkable liquid. And as usual, the holywater used by Rogue prevents any lingering aftertaste to ruin the experience. A great beer.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from bottle into a pint glass producing short foamy light brown head with short retention and about average lacing. Very dark brown and slightly syrupy.

S: Faint aroma of coffee malts.

T: Deep flavors of coffee and toffee with later hints of bitter chocolate. The heavy flavors don't cover the complex flavor combinations of the malts. A nice hop presence only enhances the bitter chocolate flavors.

M&D: Full heavy mouthfeel combines with a smoothness that has a bit of a snap at the swallow. Nice and chewy.

Great brew. Definitely not balanced but I say that in a good way. The heaviness is perfect with the malt/hop balance and it ties together for very smooth drink ability. Very good!

Photo of tweeder263
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a black beer with a tan 2 finger headthat dissipates but still lingers. Smell is very neutral not giving any hints of the goodness inside.Taste is good very balanced and its light. It doesnt kick you in the ass like a lot of porters.Nice balanced bitterness,,light roasty notes ,,not overpowering.mouthfeel ok not chunky not thin.all in all a nice porter that id love to have a case of for the winter.

Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle sitting around at Woodman's

appearance: pours a very dark brown, but not quite black...nice chocolate brown head forms with some nice lacing

smell: roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, a bit hoppy for a porter

taste: pretty tasty but I didnt really feel the hops. nice roasted coffee and smooth chocolate blend well together, hops have a bittering effect...overall rich smooth but bitter in the aftertaste

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, hop bitterness

drinkability: pretty drinkable as far as porters go for me


Pretty good porter but not my favorite, and definately not my favorite rogue

Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark chocolate color.

S- Smell of dark malts and settle hops in the background.

T- chocolate taste of the different types of malts.

M- smooth creamy texture to the pallet bitter malts of chocolate taste linger through out sip.

D- Very good drinking porter. Good session beer.

Cheers...

Photo of ritzkiss
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured a dark brown with little head and little retention.

Smell is chocolate and coffee, hints of hops and roasted malts, faint smokiness.

Taste mimics the smell but with a nice dry, bitter hop finish in the back of the mouth. A little more smokiness coming through. Still lots of coffee and chocolate. Slightly thin body.

Not a traditional porter and definitely more of a hops profile than the style would normally dictate but a nice drinker. At 5.3% this could easily be sessionable and is quite tasty.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of bens0n
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMoney575
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 1-25-09

Pours a dark brown color with a hint of red. A craggy head settles to a thin layer, with gigantic, foamy lacing.

Smell is sweet malt and subtle bitter coffee. Well balanced and enjoyable.

Taste is alot like the smell, subtle, with just a hint of coffee. The finish is bitter but not hoppy, with a smoky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, thin, but right for a porter.

Drinkability is very good, smooth light flavors with a sessionable abv.

Overall, one of my favorites from Rogue, and a solid choice.

Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense dark brown, reddish highlights when held to a light. Good size tan frothy head with some lacing. Head retention is about average.

Mild smell of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The coffee is not as pronounced as I expected it to be.

Flavor is good. Once again roasted malts with a little chocolate and coffee. Finish is a little bitter...nicely balanced.

Best part of this beer is the mouthfeel.. Very rich and creamy. The flavors all complement each other and go down very smooth. A nicely put together and highly drinkable beer. Ideal for a session or just to savor one... Very good!

Photo of Strix
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a light brown head. Smell is vaguely of coffee and much like other Rogue brews I've had. Taste is dark, burnt and coffee. I'd like to see a little more going on with the complexity though, and it doesn't really develop. A slow slighly hoppy coffee finish that is nice. Wonderful smooth mouthfeel. I enjoyed this, but it's no Dead Guy.

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.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty much as black as coffee with some red highlights on the edges. Decent size on the coffee-tan head, dissapating down to a thin sheet shortly after. Good retention, lacing. Smells of coffee and dark roasted malts mostly, with a small backing of milk chocolate. Nothing overly potent about the smell, but its pleasant.

Coffee is featured prominently in the taste, mouthfeel and aftertaste. In fact, if I didn't know better, I'd say I was drinking slightly carbonated iced coffee minus the ice. There is a light coffee bitterness on the front of the palate followed by some faint chocolate taste that accentuates the coffee, not sweetening it. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, dry in the end, but a nice pleasant coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a very easy beer to drink, as it feels so light in body, but at the same time somewhat full and creamy. The carbonation level is dead on for the type of beer this is. Overall very enjoyable, and if you like coffee, then you will like this too.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,636 ratings.