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Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good
1,352 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,352
Ratings:
2,819
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
16.8%
 
 
Wants:
119
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362
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Mocha PorterMocha Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Reviews: 1,352 | Ratings: 2,819
Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, nice rudy/brown color. Dark tan head, fluffy in character, leaves some lacing. Coffee nose with mild chocolate. Medium bodied. Rich malty flavors, chocolate, mocha, coffee, biscuits, smoke. Expresso with a kick. Tasta stuff. Another fine creation from the fine brewers of Rogue

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body black, head the color of chocolate milk. The head is medium-sized and creamy. It lasts a little while before eventually whittling down to about nothing. Some does lace to the side and a thin layer stays on top.

The smell is of dark cocoa and coffee, but is not very strong. A little bit of sweetness as well.

The taste begins with hint of fruit with dark chocolate, then ends with a coffee-like aftertaste.

A little carbonated in the beginning, but ends smooth and goes down pretty easily. The body is a bit on the watery side but not too badly.

This beer isn't particulary alcoholic or intense and is therefore pretty drinkable. I could (and just might) have another.

Overall, not the best Rogue I've had, but overall another good beer from a fine brewery.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown color with a reddish hue when held up to the light. A good-sized brown head formed and faded away slowly leaving a lacing around the glass. The aroma is thick with roasted coffee coming to the front and chocolate. The hops make themselves known as well but to a lesser degree. Tastes of smoky roasted malts with a heavier chocolate flavor as opposed to mocha or coffee. It has a pleasantly bitter aftertaste to balance out any sweetness. This is a very smooth and drinkable brew. Mouthfeel is good and with some of the other qualities it could be confused with a stout. This is pretty much another good beer from rogue.

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Photo of benmiliron
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.50 for a single.

A good dark, black brew. Nice brown lacing. Heavy chocolate taste. A bit nutty. Not much coffee despite the title. Not too syrupy either. Bitter hops in the background. Decent alcohol bite to it. This is a solid above average porter. I would like to try on tap, but probably won't buy again - there's too much out there!

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Photo of mobyfann
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $7.49 for a 6pk.

The appearence was very typical porter; deep dark brown base with a light-to-mid sized light brown head that keeps for a bit with a little lace. The smell is a very bold coffee presence as with chocolate and a good hop mix.

The taste is very robust with many things going on when drinking, average carbonation, mildly bitter, roast tasting, harsher porter than most - feels like a light stout despite the porter abv of 5.3%

The mouthfeel was the only thing that wasn't a 4/5, it felt a little bubbly in the mouth as a porter, but as drinkability goes, it does no harm.

Final Thought: I'll call this a heavy porter vs. a light stout, but regardless, well worth the money...

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Photo of BadBadger
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one fine Porter. Pours deep and dark. There is a wonderful large and tan foamy head. Smell is good: mixture of coffee and chocolate, nicely mocha. Taste is very pleasant malty sweetness: fine, smooth mocha flavor. A very enjoyable treat. Enjoy.

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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.

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Photo of andyo
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 oz. after a four and a half hour class tonight. Hoping this will be better than the last Rogue I had: yellow Snow Ale.

This one poured with lots of carbonation. Nice big brown/grey head that settled nicely. Not much to the aroma- smelled like wet coffee grounds, but not strong.

Taste was uneven at first. Couldn't really get any complex "jump out at ya" flavors. Lots of heavy roasty flavors, but a bit thin for me. However, as I drank this beer, it settled down a bit, and I was able to pick out some faint coffee, with a straw finish. Mouthfeel was sticky as all get out.

Not a bad beer, but definately not as smooth as the Shakesphere Stout.

Side note: I'm heading out to Hookahville tomorrow afternoon, and will be sampling some nice Bells, DFH, Bluegrass Brewing Company, and Founders to mention a few. Should be some good reviews coming out of that batch. Can't wait to get back to my midwest brews!

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Photo of kbub6f
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The head is very big, light brown, and collapses unevenly to a nice, doughy landscape. Sticky, swoopy lacing clings to the glass. The beer is black, dark red against the light. Nose shows plenty of tangy chocolate and coffee. It's a little sweet. Taste begins timidly, with faint tangy cocoa. Middle is light, with a somewhat watery chocolate. The finish is more where this one blooms for me: a nice coffee/toffee combo that's quite piney hoppy bitter. A good, solid beer.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large brown bomber with no freshness dating. I like all the information that Rouge puts on the labels.

Beer pours a opaque black with a large and I mean large fluffy light brown head. It looks like a black cow (root beer and vanilla ice-cream for you non-Midwesterners). Lots of lacing add to the visual appeal.

Beer smells like a tasty smoked sausage. Lots of roasted malt on the nose. Can also pick-up clear coffee notes.

Beer has that solid smoky flavor. Clear toasted/roasted malt at the first few sips. The taste turns slightly bitter, but it does not seem to a hop based bitterness. This adds to the enjoyment of the beer, as it almost reminds me of bakers chocolate.

Beer is very smooth and silky in the mouth. The beer may be slightly thin, but it is enjoyable. The low carbonation seems perfectly matched to the taste of this beer. The taste just stays put on your tongue, even after you are finished.

This is another great beer from a brewer that deserves the props it gets.

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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost black color with a tan head. Thick lacing developed on the glass. The aroma had coffee and roasted malt tones. The flavor was big on roasted malt and coffee, with a bitter chocolate tone lingering in the background. Some bitterness was detected with this porter.

Medium bodied, smooth with a slightly dry finish. The coffee and some burnt tones linger on the tongue. A decent porter that could have used a little boost on the chocolate front.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a single of this as part of a mixed six-pack arrangement from Riverside Beverage in Chattanooga. I’ve loved every single beer I’ve tried from Rogue so far so I’m sure this one will fall in suit.

This beer pours out a characteristic black with deep blood red tinges at the edges when held to light. The head rolls up titanically and is surprisingly white. The lacing is stoic and clings in chunky web like patterns down the glass.

The smell is magnificient. An ale fruitiness hovers about it. Underneath are tangy bitter aromas and playful hints of unsweetened cocoa and dark roasted coffee beans. I could sit here and sniff until it turned warm.

The taste is amazing! A four course meal streams over my tongue in one sip it seems. Soft, bitter cocoa notes lead off and blends slowly into mellow, roasty coffee flavors. Earthy bitterness from the hops snap about the back and edges of my tongue. A vaguely tart, fruitiness is evident in the middle as well. Mouthfeel is an even up medium I’d say, carbonation is light and playful.

This is just an amazing porter. It seems like Rogue will never let me down. I really wish I would’ve picked up a six of this sooner, as I would have no problem drinking them all in short notice.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Dominant smell is of slightly burnt coffee, but a fresh hops smell also comes through. Mostly I just got the dark roasted malt of a good porter.
Appearance: Inky, with flashes of ruby with back lighting. A big brown chunky head formed, but quickly died down to a collar with a thin cover. Nice tide marked lace on the glass.
Flavor: A solid, but uninspired porter. I got a little of the chocolate malt, but hard to call it “mocha”.
Mouthfeel: A soft slightly heavy beer that frothed in my mouth a bit, leaving a carbonation prickle. Also left me sticky lips.
Overall Impression: A mild, well-brewed porter. Nothing said “mocha” to me, a touch of chocolate malt, a bit of a coffee smell, but overall, this was just a porter to me. I also found it a bit too carbonated. I’m a Rogue fan, and this is a good beer, it just didn’t put a smile on my face.

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Photo of soper2000
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Chumley's in Lafayette.
The pour resulted in a deep brown body capped off bye a small creamy tan head. Smell is very malty, notes of coffee and chocolate are present as well. First taste alludes to some bitter chocolate along with a subtle smokiness. Mouthfeel is a little thin though. I think I would enjoy this more if it had the body of their Chocolate stout. Overall it's a decent offering from Rogue.

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Photo of anders36
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown almost black colour into the glass. The head is cream colour but not big. It has a nice smell of chocolate. The taste is all about chocolate and licorice with a nice bitter aftertaste. This is a nice beer that i found in a small pub for students. How it got there I don't know, but i'm glad i found it.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour didn't rouse but a thin brown espresso crema head on this opaque, darkest brown beauty. It's a bit too cold to really get a good whiff of this yet, but the initial nostril returns reveal a hint of coffee and bitter chocolate, with a surprisingly light appeal.

In the mouth it goes, revealing a smooth, easy drinking porter with the expected mocha (coffee and bitter chocolate) flavors coming through on malt parade. Goes down awfully easy for such a dense brew, without detracting from the full, creamy mouthfeel.

This is pretty awesome stuff. Despite the fact that it's a porter (and with porters, one is about all I can usually handle), it'd make a great session beer, and may even rival Guinness for drinkability in a stout or porter.

I'm glad Erti recommended this, and glad I finally got around to drinking it.

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Photo of necoadam
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle might have been a little outdated, but nevertheless it still lived up to it's Rogue name. Poured out a nice black color with quite a bit of carbonation that lasted all the way through. Aroma of chocolate with some coffee undertones. Taste is a lot of bittersweet chocolate with undertones of coffee flavors and roasted flavors with malts. A little complex and quite balanced as well. Solid porter from Rogue.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a nice brown head.

Aroma full of fruits, chocolate and brown sugar.

Full body, smooth. Begins with fruit flavors which quickly become chocolatey with a touch of bitterness. Roasted finish which leaves a nice coffee-like aftertaste.

Very nice porter, not excessively sweet and pretty hoppy.

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Photo of MTMugs
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really liked the taste of this - bitter, coffee, chocolate. Who could ask for more! Poured nicely, dark brown, good tan head. The bittern aroma translates to bitterness on the tongue and lingers a little more than I'm used to in a porter but was a pleasant change. And a nice dry hoppy finish - all in all, a good drink (or 2 or 3!)

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep brown wth a rocky, bulbous beige head. This beer is nearly impenetrable to light.

Smell is hints of coffee, toffee and cocoa with alcohol.

The taste has a distinct coffee flavor - malts and dark sugars meet to sweeten the taste. This low carbonation (and high carbohydrate) beer is silky smooth and basically runs (funs) down the throat with great ease.

Good for repeat drinking.

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Photo of Crotor
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With a lingering tan head and a dark (even for a porter) body, Rogue's Mocha Porter presents a very appealing appearance. The beer has a moderate, roasty smell, with no hint of hop aroma. Similarly, there is no significant hop taste, only hop bitterness masking whatever malitness there may be in this brew, combining with the strong roastiness of the malt to present a broad, outspoken, bitter taste profile, with lingering charcoal and coffee. The beer is dry, perhaps a little prickley, with no sweetness to speak of. The lack of hop taste and aroma fits with the traditional form of porters, but considering the revision of porters in the Northwest, I miss these features, and feel they could round out this beer, making interesting what is now a rather mundane beer.

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

Served on tap at Kclinger's Publik House

Appearance - Pours out a thick black with some reddish hues inside. Looks very nice upon first pour. Head laces throughout.

Smell - Coffee, nuts, chocolate, and a lot of roasted malts are abundant. A good, albeit thinner aroma.

Taste - I loved the flavor of this one. Not as well rounded and full-bodied as the Chocolate Stout, but definitely up there.a lot of nuttiness mixed with the coffee and chocolate tastes. Could be tweaked a litle to give it a bit more balance. Not as sweet of a chocolate as the Stout, either.

Mouthfeel - A tad watery and thin for this one, but not so much that it would deter me from having more of these.

Drinkability - Definitely could cozy up with one of these more than once. not too high in the ABV, so can be consumed easy.

Overall - I reccommend it. Good brew from a great brewery. I will take the Chocolate Stout over this every time, but this is still a beer worthy of some looks.

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Photo of BeefyMee
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Almost perfect. It's black (or nearly black) with a delicious looking head that coats the sides of the glass with its frothy goodness.

Smell: Chocolate and more chocolate.

Taste: OK so the chocolate is definitely featured here but it's not what I expected. It seems a little subdued while some other aspects become more and more distracting. There is a burnt and somewhat metallic taste at first that turns into a bit of a smoky flavor by the end. Drastic improvements could be made with a few fixes.

Mouthfeel: Red flag! It's thin, watery, and just kind of icky on the tongue.

Drinkability: Well, despite what I've said, it's not a bad beer and I could surely drink a few. Though it wouldn't be my first choice.

Beef Notes: Mocha what? Is this really a porter? I guess after their Hazelnut and Chocolate Stout I might be expecting too much from this one, but I just know there's a better beer here somewhere.

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Photo of AbePhroman
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard that I should try it so I picked up a couple bottles of this. Poured a dark brown a a foamy tan head. Nice lacing. Has that distinctive Rogue smell. Tastes a little bitter with chocolate hints. Malts are very present and add to the aroma. Not disappointed. I wish I could find this one more readily.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark opaque brown with a creamy 1/4 inch tan head. Very lacy. Smells of roasted chocolate and coffee.

Taste is smoky chocolate malt blended nicely with coffee flavors. Nice coffee bitterness. Very well balanced. Full bodied and bitter coffee aftertaste. Very drinkable.

When you see the words "Mocha Porter", this beer delivers all the things you would want from a beer with that name.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,352 ratings.