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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,336 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,336
Hads: 2,721
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 101
Gots: 301 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Reviews: 1,336 | Hads: 2,721
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ahh, rogue. need i say more? another winner from them. not my favourite rogue brew as i'm not a fan of coffee flavouring in general, but still made well enough for me to enjoy. pours a nice, deep brown. almost black. the head could have been a bit more substansive, but a minor, minor complaint at most. this beer looks great. smells primarily of a nice balance of coffee and chocolate, the two flavours which are obviously echoed in the taste as well. throw in a heathly dose of malt and you've got yourself an nice, flavourful porter. perhaps the wrong choce for a warm summer day, but i've been on a rogue kick of late and still enjoyed it anyway. recommended. (663 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When visiting the brewery I tried this moca porter and thought it was just about average. This porter poured a dark brown with very little foam and some lace. The smell of malts and chocolate had an little less aroma than other chocolate porters. The taste was a bit to bitter for my taste for a chocolate porter that sort of took away the mocha taste. The bitterness was a little overpowering. Will try the bottle version later. The tap just wasn't what I expected! (466 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep ruby amber almost black but manages to let enough light through to show some ruby edges. Head forms full with a gentle pour a couple inches of moccha tan head form and as it fizzles down the lace begins to form in a thick collar on top of the body and continues to leave rings after each sip of this wonderful brew. Aromas that arise are deep chocolate malts that give off the moccha or coffe scented tones along with a mellowing sweetness overall very nice on the aroma not overbearing in anyway not any really hoppy aromatics going on uncharacteristic of Rogue I was personally expecting something more like Sierra Nevada Porter as far as hop profile goes. Flavors brought to the table are a creamy zing of coffe esque chocolate covered tones with a slight burnt finish nice porter maybe a little disappointed for not following the pattern of most west coast brewers with the hops. Solid all around brew with a silky smooth fuller bodied beer like this I could find my way to a sixer and put it down over a night of drinking beer without a problem. (1,065 characters)

Photo of euskera
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out chocolate brown. Smell is mild, with some coffee overtones with truffles in there. Taste is good, but a little sweet for my taste in porters. Flavors aren't that well developed and a bit shallow. Good, but not exceptional porter. I'll try it in the bottle next time to see if there's any difference.. (310 characters)

Photo of kevinl6
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of TheDM
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a beautiful small dark brown head with bubbles of all sizes and a pitch black opaque body with some carbonation seen rising up the side of the mug. The receding head leaves behind a fair lacing. It has a mild malty/hoppy aroma with a slight coffee initial taste and a strong somewhat bitter coffee finish with a bite. (333 characters)

Photo of MJR
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Seemingly black, it shows reddish-brown highlights when held up to the light. A tan head starts out well and holds at a small, dense cap.

Smell: The aroma has a good dose of roasted coffee, along with a bit of chocolate. Sizable undercurrent of Centennial hops.

Taste: Starts out fairly bitter, with lots of Centennial hop flavor, then balances out with a rush of roasted and chocolate malts. There's a slight acidity towards the end, which pairs with a roasted grain bitterness, that makes for a lengthy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium in body, from their sugar-gobbling Pacman yeast. Finishes dry and bitter.

Drinkability: Damn good. This is close to being a dry stout, with it's roasted malts and bitterness.

While not quite outstanding, this is a well-made and highly enjoyable robust porter from a great brewery. (866 characters)

Photo of rastaman
2.64/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Perhaps not as "big" as i was expecting. Some light roasted malt and chocolate malt, with a fair hit of citrusy hops towards the finish, and perhaps some light smokyness, fairly pleasant, if a bit uncomplex, not really what i was expecting, but fairly tasty, i don't think the flavours quite blended either. (307 characters)

Photo of TPoling
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Rogue Mocha Porter poured a deep black with little head, but left rings of lace like gingerbread all the way down the glass.

The smell was of chocolate and dark roasted coffee, which also were the dominant flavors on the palate. The strong coffee flavor lingered in the aftertaste. (288 characters)

Photo of Loki
4.94/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. A little to cold at first, as with most porters, stouts, etc much better server at 60 degrees plus, otherwise both the smells and tastes are a bit muted. But when this baby warms up, look out.

Poured a pitch black, can you say oil, black gold, Texas Tea, midnight. The used oil out of your car isn't this black. The pour creates an inch thick beige head that fades fairly quickly to leave a mountain range of lacing and a quick swirl recreates a small canopy head.

The nose of malt, cocoa, and coffee. Fresh roasted coffee beans anyone? You can smell this aroma train coming for miles.

Taste of coffe, semi-sweet chocolate, and roasted malt. Wonderful and complex. This is coffee and chocolate and wow. Truly magnificent. Rouge does it again, and again, and again. (801 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark color with a moderate brown head and moderate lacing. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malts with some hops. Very promising. The taste is quite smooth and very full-bodied. The chocolate and the coffee are present in the flavor, but in a suble way. Strangely high hop presence for a porter, but this is from Rogue, so that's expected. This is a good brew and I wouldn't hesitate to have it again. (434 characters)

Photo of Indybeer
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a impressive tan head the recedes quickly, but still leaves a ring of lace on the glass. Aroma of chocolate and hops. For a Mocha Porter I expected more of a chocolatey taste, but all you get is the hop bitterness, with a little sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin. Still an enjoyable beer. (340 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown head that provides excellent lacing. Rich, dark brown color. Smells like s'mores! Sweet, chocolatey, smoky, and slightly burnt (just like I like my s'mores) Charred taste. Dark chocolate - not too sweet. Very chalky mouthfeel. Bitter. A good beer for one pint. I'll get another sometime. (307 characters)

Photo of MissOrch
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured dark and opaque with a light and fluffy head. I just had to poke my finger in it, causing the nice froth to deflate shortly after I did that.

It smelled like a smoky tootsie roll, with chocolate and malty notes. I also detected a nose of citrusy hops. When I first had a taste, the hops were pretty overpowering. Soon after, a chocolatey, coffee flavor came through, follower by a smoky flavor. At the finish of the beer, it was back to the bitterness of the hops again. Citrus, then mocha, then bitter. Pretty complex. This beer smells malty, but tastes hoppy to the last drop. (597 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one's black as night and I can see no light through the glass. Head is small and tan. Aroma reminds me of charred wood, chocolate and coffee. Very creamy and full bodied for a porter. A little on the bitter side as I'd prefer roasted malt to dominate in a porter. A craeamy porter but overall too bitter for me. (316 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep, dark black, showing no light anywhere, with a large, creamy, toasted tan head.
Aroma: soft, full of cocoa, roasted coffee, burnt notes.
A sizzling effect on the palate, a fine, fuzzy meeting with the tongue, a great, hoppy feeling, and it soon fizzles, but not without leaving a distinctly roasty feeling on the finish. Full-bodied as they get, with a rich taste, delicious bitterness in every sip, at first, but it's quickly matched by the rich, and sometimes sweet flavor.
Tasty, tasty, tasty! A smile rises on me with every swallow!
The chocolate character is felt, too, but it's light as a shadow. To be called a "mocha" porter, this ale would need a heartier helping of the cocoa bean. That's my main, and only, criticism.
For a plain porter, this one's got it all! (793 characters)

Photo of Marty
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an extremely dark brown with a surprisingly large, light brown head that left a sticky web on the inside of the glass. The chocolate and coffee in this porter is very noticeable and up-front, but it's tastefully done and does not overwhelm the palate. This was a very satisfying beer that woke up my taste buds and left me with an appetite for a good meal. (363 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is black with a creamy tannish head, faded fast leaving tiny bits of lace. Smells dark and earthy of deep dark, blackened malt, notes of espresso & coffee. Taste echoes of the smell, earthy roasted malt thats very deep, dark, blackened, quite robust with a great dark bitterness of coffee, all very tolerable. Feel is pretty strong, heavy, and full with a nice deep coffee-like dryness. This porter is drinkable and packed with dark flavors, but some of the strength of the taste and body makes for intimidation in my book.
Had to take some time to finish it. But man its worth it, time well spent. (605 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer in a 22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. There was about 1 finger of caramel colored head, with minimal lacing left down the glass as I drank. The smell is all chocolate, with just a hint of smokiness. The taste is a good mix of sweet chocolate and bitter hops. Good balance overall. The finish is where the chocolate really shines through. The mouthfeel is fairly strong. This isn't that much of a drinkable beer, but it does make a great dessert beer! (473 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Small brown head on a jet black body
Aroma: fermented coffee aroma
Flavor: amazing forward bitterness. full dark coffee and charred malt flavor.
Mouth: Full bodied beer with a bitterness that rakes over the tongue.
Drinkability: The itensity of the bitterness gets in the way of the consuming this beauty as I otherwise would have liked to. (356 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this six pack with a six pack of their bitter and well both were quite what you would expect from Rogue.. they were good solid beers. The porter starts with a cocoa nose that has a little hop sting to it. Dark black in color and opeque in appearance the beer pours with a nice dense tan head with good retention and lace in the glass. Full mouth. Original expresso taste with roast malt sweetness dominating the tongue as well. Slightly sweet on the finish. (469 characters)

Photo of far333
2.55/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark mahogany brown, with a moderate sized tan head. Aroma has slight hints of chocolate, but no noticeable coffee. Flavor is mostly of chocolate with coffee highlights, and some roasted malt, but no hops. The surprising and overpowering sweetness of the flavor is offputting. Also, the mouthfeel is slick, greasy, and somewhat heavy. No need to come back to this one. (368 characters)

Photo of dmarch
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a nice size tan head that leaves a nice lace as well. Pretty much as the name suggests. Mostly coffee, but with some chocolate in both the aroma and taste. Fairly thin and highly carbonated for the style so it's not the best porter as far as mouthfeel. (278 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall not a bad drink. Almost completely black in color, a good looking fluffy tan colored head. Some great lacing down the sides of the glass. Its similar to some other coffee flavored beers that i have had in the past. Nothing special, but worth giving a try if you see it. (277 characters)

Photo of nixhecks
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber, poured a deep, dark brown with a sandy head. The head had decent but not great retention and leaves some lace. The aroma is of bittersweet chocolate and floral hops. The first sip is amazing, as seems the case with many chocolate porters and stouts. Very chocolatey at first, but it does lead into a bitterness that at first is not bad, but builds throughout the glass. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, very bubbly and light. Although the slight imbalances left something to be desired, this was still a refreshing, light, crisp brew that upholds Rogue's reputation for quality (602 characters)

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.