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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,487 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,487
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 81
Gots: 146 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001)
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Photo of mfavoino
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +1.6%
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 +1.6%
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 +1.6%
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 haddon
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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
Photo of DESTRO
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ahhh rogue, can you do no wrong? this pours out deep and rich, black and flat out heavy. nice medium sized brown head pops up and fades away leaving a very nice lace. dark roasted aroma, coffee and a light smokiness. good hop presence detected as well. the flavor mimics the nose with a big dose of hops, a healthy roasted character and a nice amount of bitter dark chocolates. good carbonation, full in the mouth, this is a fine beer for sure. a bit misleading for someone looking for a more traditional porter, this could be ranked as a stout in my book, and a fairly flavorful one. thumbs up.

DESTRO, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of fitzy84
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

fitzy84, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of hustlemuscle
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A porter that certainly looks like a porter. Dark, so dark that in the dim light of my 'office' at night no hint of color other than black. Giving it a swirl brings coffee and burnt hops to the nose. A mouthfull slowly enjoyed brings out a number of flavors, burnt hops, a little coffee, with a nice tang as is flows down the throat. Pretty easy to drink, and overall a pleasing brew.

hustlemuscle, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of scottyshades
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ANOTHER great offering from Rogue. These guys have a great lineup of beers that really hit the spot
A: Pours a deep, rich black/dark brown color with a decent head that leaves a spotty lace

S: Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose, roasted malts are apparent

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and perhaps a sweet, dark fruit that I cannot identify

MF: Very smooth, clean aftertaste

D: High despite its style

scottyshades, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of bignick
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-pack of 12 oz bottles purchased at Reservoir Wine and Spirits in Brighton. Poured into a pint glass.

Jet-black, with a quickly receding head. The smell isn't that strong, but what's there is coffee with a little bit of yeast. The taste is chocolately, with some coffee. It is very smooth and drinkable, but the body is not as full as I would have liked. It is a pretty good offering.

bignick, May 11, 2006
Photo of nbrown
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown. Dark thick head.

S - Smells like coffee, chocolate, bittersweet malts.

T - Big coffee upfront with a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. I bought five cases on sale at the brewery and after two cases I'm still happy to be drinking it.

nbrown, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of gabrielsyme
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz btl poured in a chalice.

Pours dark opaque brown, with little to no head. Taste/aroma are filled with coffee with some sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is particularly watery where I would expect a more full, creamy sensation. Pretty good when paired with pecan pie for my t-giving dessert!

gabrielsyme, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of UDbeernut
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out of 12oz bottle into pint glass

a: very deep amber/ruby color with frothly 1/4" head that reduces to lacing

s: roasted mocha with hint of alchohol

t: chocolate and coffee, slightly bitter aftertaste

m&d: medium to light body, decent carbonation exceptional porter

Deff worth a try!!

Cheers!!

UDbeernut, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice fluffy 2 finger into the glass with some great lasting power.

Smell: Chocolate, Caramel, Coffee, Cocoa

Taste: I find this to taste quite a bit like a milk stout but with a touch less chocolate, and a bit more coffee. I was expecting a bit more coffee in the taste department but the great balance of chocolate, coffee and cream makes up for it.

Mouthfeel: I can really sense a hop bitterness/aroma in the mouthfeel department. It's smooth but the hops do leave a bit of bitterness in the back end that doesn't jive with the rest of the brew.

Greggy, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of fattire513
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I thought that it would have had more coffee and chocolate flavors to this one, but definitely a beer I could drink more often. I've had better porters, but this one is up there.

Only the second rogue beer I have tried; the other being a dead guy ale. I am not very impressed but like I said could drink more than just one. It doesn't leave a very strong taste on the palette which is kind of disappointing.

fattire513, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Moderate pour into a .4l pokal yields a very large tan-orange head over an opauq black body. Head fades to a lid fairly quickly, and leaves decent lacing.

Smell is espresso, bitter chocolate, and light note of pine-floral hops.

Taste follows the smell, with the coffee dominating the roasted chocolate malts. Intense sour-roasted bitterness. This tastes so much like coffee, I'm tempted to heat it in the microwave and put some sugar and cream in it. Aftertaste is coffee as well.

Mouthfeel seems a bit thin for a porter.

Very drinkable. Sessionable.

A fine porter, and definitely worth having on hand.

ColoradoBobs, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of iconoklaztor
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of Rogue's Mocha Porter is a nice dark brew BUT not black. The head is a tan, 1/2 finger head with thick lacing. The taste is very...mocha! It dances on the tongue for a while, and the beer finishes with a creamy note. The mouthfeel is very fluid: ie its very smooth and creamy. Rogue has produced a nice drinkable brew with a rich mocha taste. Well done!

Overall, this is a good brew worthy of a taste.

iconoklaztor, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of Sam-VW
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Sam-VW, Friday at 09:29 PM
Photo of gbarron
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - pretty much black and completely opaque. A tight tan head forms quickly, settles down, but hangs around the entire way. Some lacing, but not a ton.

S - roasted barley predominates. Some hopiness in there - grassy. Malty, smoky, roasty. Smells like coffee with an herbal twang.

T - roasty, coffee-ish. Surprisingly bitter for a beer called 'mocha' -- implying sweetness in my mind. Tart bitterness up front, more from the malt rather than the hops. Then some 'mocha' malty sweetness in the middle of your tongue. Very tasty American porter.

M - medium to medium/thick bodied, just as a porter should be. Average carbonation. Roastiness sticks around on your tongue.

D - one of my favorite porters. Would be easy to go through a six pack of these.

gbarron, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy with amber highlights and a tan head that trails. More coffee than chocolate on the nose and more than a bit of brown toast.
Thick honey on Irish brown soda, slight red currants, a roast sweet hit and hints of coffee sourness and Baker's chocolate.
Creme brulee ending and bitter hoppy linger. Light to medium, dry, crisp, lean, with some fizz.

Definitely on the Plain (as in Dry Irish) side of the style. Not much mocha. A knock-back porter.

StJamesGate, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown/black in color, some carbonation, nice small head, tons of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, toffee/caramel, and some slight yeast.

T - The taste is sweet and malty, with a nice flavor of coffee. Nice dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is an awesome little brew from Rogue, definitely will recommend to others.

Wasatch, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, on to the beer:

It's deep black in color with a big head that slowly drops. Smell of mocha in the beer's aroma. Very interesting, I thought I'd get something sweeter, and instead I got a coffee shop in my glass. Coffee, smoke, moderate roasted flavor, and of course subtle mocha. The bitterness on this brew is very mild, which won't hold back the drinkability. Nicely done.

DoubleJ, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of Cwrw
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Rogue has come to Alberta finally, and this Mocha Porter came in the 6-pack. The label is simple and typically ugly/lovely according to your preference. It shows the Rogue gentleman with his fist in the air and a mug of beer in his hand. Right from the get-go I could tell the head was around for a solid and full experience. A dense and light chocolate/red-coloured foam gathers on top of an intensely dark brew, near solid ebony with hints of sapphire edges when held to light. A dark brew, in both liquid and foam. The head became chunky and left viscous lacing that stuck tenaciously. I like what I see so far. A sturdy porter aroma: roasty, a little salty and with plenty of meatiness akin to beef or ham. The difference here between Mocha Porter and some other local styles I have had seems to be the malting: this is less sourish and less smoky. The dark malts hint at more creaminess, more coffee. Very dry with hints of hot dog aroma. Some hopping in the back, barely detectable. Beef, fresh ground coffee, soft black licorice and some charcoal. Very appetising, if not exceptional compared to most porters I have sampled. Solid, not outstanding. The first sip reveals a very firm and dry body, with medium carbonation. The first taste is creamy dark malt, bordering on tobacco or licorice, followed by a middle and finish that are extremely dry. The hopping combined with the roasty malts really dominates the aftertaste, leaving a puckering bitterness. The hops are there, but only in presence--the flavour of them is hard to discern behind those malts. Youch. Some of the bitterest malting I have had in a beer. A lovely array of flavours, but the coffee taste really DOES dominate this beer. This is like chewing a mouthful of coffee beans and then having a sip of water. Reminds me of Yukon Brewing's Espresso Stout, with more dryness. Dark chocolate and coffee and charcoal. Actually not overly complex, but definitely not dispassionate: the flavour is exactly what one would expect--full on coffee bitters and dark malts. A wonderful porter, though I'll say it again, porter is never my first choice. Drinkable...to a point. Gets a little dry after a couple. Nice to have available, and something I would pick up again. Rogueish charm.

Cwrw, May 03, 2006
Photo of rkhaze
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a creamy tan head. Not much lacing. Roasted malt, cocoa, and espresso on the nose.
Nice roasted malt flavor upfront with coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a subdued (for Rogue) hop presence. The bitter/dry aftertaste really lingers on the finish.
For the style it seemed light bodied and almost over-carbonated. Good drinkability.

rkhaze, Dec 02, 2003
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,487 ratings.