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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 bfields4
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a coca-colaish dark but transparent mocha brown. with a thin but nice head that leaves a lacy trail.

Smells intensely of coffee with subtle notes of chocolate and maybe a little dark fruits in the back.

Bitter dark chocolate and coffee are abundant and pleasant. A wee little hops also hits me here and there.

Very light and smooth almost coffeeish for the style instead of the rib sticking heavy experience of many american porters. Its very pleasant beer that I would never turn down.

bfields4, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness info.

a: Very dark brown with hints of red when held to the light. Off-white head with nice lacing.

s: Aroma is sweet malt and well...mocha.

t: Very similar to the smell, it really is as advertised, it tastes like mocha flavoring has been added to a porter. Chocolate, coffee, maybe toffee too. Slight bitterness in the finish.

m: Medium body, creamy feel.

d: An enjoyable beer i'd be happy to drink more of it it weren't so pricey, but hey, you get what you pay for.

BradLikesBrew, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of crwills
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber of this with my brother last weekend. Poured halfs into oversized wine glasses. Dark brown, almost black in colour, but not quite opaque. Almost no head (a bit too cold since we were in a hurry to get to dinner), but what's there is a light mocha colour (surprise).

Aroma is somewhat faint -- bitter chocolate, mild winey alcohol, some coffee, and a bit of Coca Cola.

Taste is great, really enjoyed it. Buttery chocolate that gives way to a dry bitter cocoa and burnt wood aftertaste. Some espresso notes, and a definite hop presence. Slick mouthfeel and great body.

crwills, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of viverlee
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don’t want to let it goad me, but I did just eat a Drumstick, courtesy of the eight pack picked up by my full-term and still-glowing wife this weekend. It shouldn’t affect this review, but, you know, there it is.

I’ve been telling a few confidants about this blog, which inevitably leads them to ask what my favorite beer is. Tough question, and I tend to answer more broadly, in styles – Belgians, DIPAs, Imperial Stouts. This decent brew, while none of the above, once again proves that there are qualities – and balance – in a softer, often-overlooked category.

STYLE: American Porter

ABV: 5.3%

LOOK: It takes a minute or so for the two-finger head to settle down. Dotted carbonation buttresses a puffy topper where the bubbles pop slowly, methodically. The color, purpley black.

NOSE: Hershey Bars, caramel, cream cheese, and red berries. Sweet smoke, seductive.

MOUTH: Iced coffee, mineral water, grill plates, garden dirt. All of which I mean in the best possible way. The lightly bitter wee bite is a nice counterpoint to the smokey sweet aroma. Balance is the key, with hops you can actually taste. An unusual but welcome addition to Porterland.

Beeradvocate Rating: 87

Hayward Abbey Rating: 88

viverlee, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of NEhophead
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense coffee colored head that finally settles to a pillowy sheet. Condensed and layered lacing with very good strength. Semi-opaque black in color with a mahogany hue.

Roasted chocolate malt with mocha and hazlenut aromatics. A bit of dark fruit: plum, dark cherry, and raisin.

Strong mocha, coffee, hazlenut, and even some light vanilla. A roasted malt base matched with an assertive hop bite at mid-sip. A hefty bitterness accompanies a very raw mocha and espresso aftertaste. A robust flavored porter.

Full bodied; the sweetness provides a nice smoothness to such a bold version of the style.

A bold porter with some aggressive flavors: exactly what I expect from Rogue. Heavy, yet drinkable at the same time.

NEhophead, May 20, 2005
Photo of Jmamay22
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last trip to the liquor store I was searching for some coffee influenced porters and stouts and came across this one.

Pours a very dark brown almost black with a thick creamy brown head. Very impressive head retention and creamy quality. Thick rings of lacing are left to the bottom of my glass.

This one smells fairly hoppy with a faint chocolate malt background. This smells similar to Sierra Nevada's stout, but with greater emphasis on hops.

Tastes too hoppy to begin with, but allowing this to warm up opens a wonderful bouquet of flavours. Starts out tasting chocolatey and moves into a roasted coffee flavour that gives way to a dry bitter hop finish. Very well rounded and balanced.

Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly full bodied given the 5.30% abv. Highly drinkable and enjoyable as the weather cools.

Jmamay22, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of andrewmartin
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep chocolate brown with a reddish, almost portlike hue, very appealing

S: Dried fruits, chocolate, rum

T: Starts off very chocolaty, then gives way to strong coffee flavors, ending with a pleasent bitterness

M: When cold, quite biting, though not at all unpleasent, but becomes smoother as it warms up.

D: A very nice porter, I wouldn't mind a few more of these.

Enjoy this one with desert, or dark chocolate.

andrewmartin, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of cagocubs
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown almost black. 1 inch tan foamy head. Head recedes slightly then lingers and laces.

S: Mocha/Espresso/Dark Fruits (maybe cherry)/Toasty malts and a nose full of caramel.

T: Creamy, bitter hops. Mocha and coffee present in every sip. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Nice creamy texture with good carbonation and mouth coating.

D: strong flavors make this one good, but in moderation

cagocubs, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Contagion
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into the glass, it has a nice dark brown color to it. It's almost black. Light barely passes through and it's so dark you can't tell if there is any cloudiness to it at all. . It poured a three quarter inch tan head that faded to a film on the top of the glass. No lacing was noticeable.

The first thing you smell is a strong scent of hops. It is followed by a kind of sweet chocolate. The first thing you taste is bitter hops, but it turns to a dark chocolate flavor. There is a roasted malt accent that comes through as your drink it as well. It has a very dry finish. The after taste is a bit bitter.

This is a nice medium bodied beer. There is some creaminess to it. The carbonation isn't over done.

Contagion, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of dragonbrew
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to give this one a whirl recently, since American Porters are one of my favorites.

It had a fairly typical look, considering it's porter nature, deep brown to black in appearance. My sample being of the bottle variety may have had something to do with the head retention being kind of disapointing. It didn't pour off and leave much of anything, but a bit of lacing around the edges.

I always say that this is the sense I'm least adept in. I didn't notice any off sents or particularly noticable characteristics. A bit of a malty-nutty nature not unlike an iced cappachino.

The taste however was solid, definitely had the malted coffee and chocolate nature that is intended in this style.

Mouthfeel was solid and a bit heavier, which was desirable and of course expected, but not so much that it was difficult to drink during a summer day.

I would definitely like to try this beer again on draft to see what the differences would be, but for me this beer is average. I liked it and I would have it again, but I've had other Porters that I enjoyed more.

dragonbrew, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: nearly balck with soft, brown sugar-colored head, 2 fingers, lots of pits and nice retention with respectable lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, mild dark fruit, ginger snap, and faint leafy hops in the nose.

T: Attention-getting without being overwhelming. Most sweet roasted malt flavor up front, some dark fruit and chocolate flavors through the center, with the bitter coffee, blackstrap molasses, and leafy hops flavors in the finish. A very full-flavored porter.

M: Smooth with some acridity and dryness in the finish and aftertaste.

D: A very drinkable porter with enough coffee, chocolate, and acrid burned malt and molasses flavors. A good beer for those new to porters as well as fans of the style.

argock, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of cbn
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An easy pour raises three quarters of an inch of froth that settles quickly to form several islands amid a hazy cloud of a head perched above a dark brown brew barely translucent around the edges.

Sweet roasted "mocha" aroma, hint of vanilla and alcohol, slightly woody.

Bitter dark chocolate, smooth dark roasted coffee, vanilla and a touch of brown sugar flavors.

Starts smooth and clean with fairly light yet consistent carbonation, tongue coating and sticky with a slightly dry finish.

A well made beer with plenty of complexity. Nice hoppy American porter. Probably not for session.

cbn, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of SSBrennan
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark caramel, slightly red around the edges with a thick tan head that falls slowly with good lacing.

The smell is relatively weak with dominant malt flavors and a little hop bitterness.

The taste is characterized by chocolate malt that gives way to the coffee before finishing with dry bitterness. Complex and dense.

The beer is smooth but slightly lighter than I expected.

A good beer but probably to be enjoyed only occasionally or the bitterness will overwhelm the other flavors.

SSBrennan, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew was not quite a dark as I was expecting, but still looked fetching enough. What I love about the MP is how creamy the mouthfeel is. It also has a rather creamy flavor. This brew just blends together so well that it doesn't have any rough spots - nothing out of whack that sticks out. That being said, at times I am left wishing it could be just a bit heartier.

HoppyMcStout, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Chugmonkey
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stunning looking beer - deep dark brown with gigmungus tan head. Powerful coffee and toffee aroma. Rich sweet malty flavor dominated by coffee and toffee. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel.

This is a pretty intensely flavored brew, with tons of coffee taste. If you are a coffee fiend, you will love it. If you are going to have just one beer, this is an excellent choice - very satisfying.

Chugmonkey, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of Roguester
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz into a tulip style christoffel glass. I am usually not a porter or stout type of guy, but was amazed at how likable this beer is. Smells sweet and chocolately, not at all offensive. Taste is good also, somewhat dark and burnt tasting, very sweet as well. For a porter, very drinkable and smooth. I've had this beer before, but don't remember it being so nice. Will buy again, but probably not very often.

Roguester, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of AltBock
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine was a 12oz. brown bottle with the picture of the truck driver type of guy holding a pitcher of beer and raising a fist with the other hand. A little bit different than the BA picture.

Appearance: It poured a deep dark chocolate brown color. At first it looked jet black, but a closer inspection shows a brown color. It had a small head of tan colored foam that left very little lace.

Smell: The smell was that of chocolate, malt, and burnt coffee. After it warms up, the sweet caramel aroma emerges from the burnt coffee background.

Taste: The taste was malty with sweet chocolate and with a dry roasted bitter burnt coffee bean taste in the background. They don't call it Mocha Porter for nothing.

Mouthfeel: It was smooth, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated.
What got me was that burnt, bitter, dry roasted coffee bean aftertaste lingered a while after you took a sip or drink the whole bottle.

Drinkability: This made a good beer for my first ever Rogue product. If you like burnt coffee beans, then this is your beer! Due to the strong aftertaste, I couldn't see myself drinking more than one in a day.

AltBock, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of earthboundagain
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes:

12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date.

A: Dark brown with a reddish hue. Big tan head that dissipates quickly some nice lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee is very noticeable.

T&M: The taste mirrors the smell very closely. But there is roast bitterness in the finish. Medium-light body that is well carbonated.

D: This is a well balanced brew that tastes like its name. I like this one with a good pot roast. I even make a nice marinade out of this beer and some other secret ingredients.

earthboundagain, May 13, 2009
Photo of mfavoino
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass on 18 Jan 13.

A: Rich dark brown with a tiny head that dissipates to a rim around the glass.

S: Coffee aroma is pronounced along with a big dark roasted malt backbone.

T: Some chocolate sweetness, a subtle coffee flavor, and a burnt roasted malt flavors as it finishes dry.

A: Felt a bit thin to me, average carbonation, and easy drinking.

O: Straightforward porter from Rogue that is above average.

mfavoino, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of TheBierBand
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this last Friday to give it a try...

I poured the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I came up with a modest 1/2" head that didn't last too long. I was expecting it to be frothier (...is that a word?). The lacing was minimal as I drank it down. The appearance was thinner than I was expecting. It was quite dark. Not quite opaque... hints of red in the black and brown.

The smell was of coffee more than chocolate.

The first taste was mild with respect to what I was expecting.... very little hops. Flavors were coffee-like with a bit of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel was mild.... again little to no hop "bite" and a suitable amount of carbonation. The carbonation level suited the beer. I had very little aftertaste with this beer.

Drinkability was OK... not a knock your socks off kind of beer. Quite good and worth a few more tries. I will buy this again.

TheBierBand, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of montageman
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this in my fridge and thought I'd give it a whirl. Pours a nice deep brown color that turns almost blood red when held up to the light. Smells like roasted malt and strong coffee - very nice, reminds me of my days at the coffeehouse. Taste is excellent - coffee, dark chocolate, and a nice crisp finish. Great stuff.

montageman, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of treble
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Each time tasting this beer, it was poured from the bottle into an unchilled pint mug. The coloring is pretty typical of this style of beer, a very dark rich brown, caramel hued when held up to the light, slightly reddish. The head built up beautifully, a fluffy off-white, a good couple fingers tall and didn't dissipate too quickly. Lacing on the glass is not exactly like, well, lace, it's more a creamy ring with bubbles in it at the top and then gradually becomes more openwork as it sheets down the glass.

Smells rich, raisins and slight dark chocolate, but also with a bit of alcohol, sour-ish but not offensive, robust.

I have a funny relationship with porters, i either like them very much, or i can't even bring myself to finish my beer. I liked the taste of this one very much, it didn't have that terrible bitterness i dread experiencing. I actually liked this beer closer to the room temp. than very cold. Very complex in its flavors, tastes slightly alcoholic, you really can taste hints of cocoa initially and then it quickly develops into a full hoppy coffee with burned sugar that starts at the back and puckers the tip of your tongue. Not unpleasantly bitter, nor can i say it's at all sweet, pretty nice development and balance. The bitterness it does have stays in your mouth long after your sip though, a drawback in my opinion.

Hm, mouthfeel, i can see why one of the reviewers said that a thicker mouthfeel was expected, it is very dark and flavorful and there is quite a bit of carbonation, which is why the head was so beautiful. This beer is by no means thin, though, just big bubbles. I think that maybe finer carbonation would be an improvement but it's pretty smooth regardless. Definitely a drinkable beer, i did have four of them, but i like dark beer...

treble, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of Fat_ninja
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

Fat_ninja, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of haddon
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark mahogany with a nice mocha brown head. lots of lacing down the glass.

chocolate malts and a hint of smoke on the nose. not much depth. a strange metallic smell present. I have noticed this in porters before but not sure what that is.

OK, much more depth and complexity in flavors. mocha, malts, & bitter chocolate. has that hoppy sourness on the aftertaste that tends to show up in chocolate porters. I'm wondering if this sour taste is not connected with the metallic smell?

medium to full body with a nice creamy feel. just right on the carbonation

this is a drinkable porter that has a good amount of flavor and feel for a 5% abv. would surely drink again.

haddon, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of BigJim5021
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue's Mocha Porter resembles Coke when it hits the glass, albeit with a darker head. Good retention on the lacing, too.

The smell is of darkly roasted chocolate malts and a hint of coffee to boot. Pretty nice.

Taste goes right back to the aroma, but with a big hit of coffee-like bitterness. This brew is more reminiscent of a stout than most porters I've had.

Mouthfeel is a step beyond medium bodied. It's not super-thick, but it's sure as hell not thin either.

Rogue has a pretty damn solid porter here.

BigJim5021, Oct 30, 2008
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,533 ratings.