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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,437 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,437
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 78
Gots: 124 | FT: 4
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 MissOrch
3.83/5  rDev -1%

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.

MissOrch, May 29, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

BierReise, May 28, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

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!

feloniousmonk, May 21, 2003
Photo of Marty
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

Marty, May 12, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

tavernjef, May 11, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

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!

SheepNutz, May 08, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Naerhu, May 05, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

frank4sail, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of far333
2.48/5  rDev -35.9%

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.

far333, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of dmarch
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

dmarch, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Tballz420, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
3.6/5  rDev -7%

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

nixhecks, Apr 07, 2003
Photo of PSUDREW
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Wow. While I must say I prefer the Shakespear stout, this is more then a comprable beverage. So light for a porter. I could drink 5 or so and not notice the weight in my tummy =). Smelled like choco-berries. The only flaw I could detect is that there is an after taste of choclate syrup. I mean when you have pure hershey's syrup in your mouth, thats the after taste, I almost need a galls of milk to kill it off. But, It is a great beer, and something everyone should have at least 15 times

PSUDREW, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of maestrotmbg
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%

Out of the bottle it ran, dark. The color of espresso with a head somewhat lighter in color and somewhat less uniform but thicker and much longer lasting. Alcohol barely noticable,the beer smelled unexpectedly and faintly of berries. Bitterness was the prevailing flavor that lasted to the bitter, dry end. This beer drank unexpectedly. It flouted its darkness yet went down like a much lighter beer. Thus, it drank easily as well, its bitterness overcome by its unusual lightness of body.

maestrotmbg, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of fattyre
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

This beer pours a clear very dark brownish red color with a moderate sized dark tan head. The mouthfeel is just moderate-thinner than I had hoped and just slightly disapointing. The smell is sweet and smokey with a very slight coffee aroma. The taste is smoky faint coffee with a crisp bitter finish and a mild alcohol flavor. Quite enjoyable.

fattyre, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a dark brown color with just a hint of red showing through. Instantly a thick, rich tan head presents itself, then fades down slowly, that leaves a thick, sticky lace on the glass. Aroma is chocked full of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate with mild hop undertones. Taste seems to mirror the smell exactly. There was a little bit too much of a bitter coffee-like aftertaste left. Other than the bitterness, this is a very smooth and creamy beer to drink.

Scooter77, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of Darkale
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

Dark brown-black, with a thick tan head that settles down to a rim of foam around the glass. Moderate lacing. Aroma is of chocolate predominately, with coffee right behind it. Nicely carbonated. Chewy. Creamy at first, with a gritty aftertaste and mouthfeel. Long after the last sip, one tastes the mocha and coffee -- well named.

Darkale, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of beernbbq
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

In a word, Delicious! More "bodied-up" than the average porter, but not as dry as a stout. Pours a big brown head that stays the whole way (and I was "milking" this one as long as I could). Thoroughly enjoyable from the first sip to the last. I am going to hunt down more or order it from the Rogue website.

beernbbq, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of Denali
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

Package: 12 ounce bottle with a blue picture of this macho dude wearing a hat and sunglasses and holding a beer. No freshness date, but I’ll trust the cool dude on the label.

Appearance: Dark as night with gorgeous super-thick tan head with tiny bubbles present when viewed from the side. The head laces mightily.

Smell: Strong berry aroma with hints of chocolate.

Taste: Berry flavor and sweet malt tastes upfront. Chocolate malt and bitter flavors appear next. Finally, a major coffee aftertaste emerges. The flavors do not all appear at once but are on a time delay, like a fireworks show.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation up front which fades away quickly. Very thick and chewy.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable.

Comments: It’s the Fourth of July in my mouth. The flavors explode all over the place. Glorious. Thanks to Keith (stegmakk) for this bottle.

Denali, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured dark brown almost black, with a great dark tan light brown thick head.

Aroma slight unsweetened slightly burnt chocolate, and roasted malt.

Flavor Coffee unsweetened chocolate and bitterness...very nice mixture...

creamy mouthfeel

I will definately pick more of this up...maybe next week...

stegmakk, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

12 oz amber bottle, no freshness date.

This porter poured a very dark brown (hints of red if held to light), with tall, rich, brown foam that left good lace on the glass. The modest aroma was of roasted malt, floral hops, and chicory. The taste was bitter coffee, with some slight sweetness from the malt, and floral hops in the background. There was a hint of unsweetened chocolate on the tongue. Very low sweetness. The mouthfeel was dry, full bodied, with a floral hop flavor in the finish. The drinkability was very good. A nice porter, though I expected more "mocha" flavor.

UncleJimbo, Feb 28, 2003
Photo of texascarl
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance = Black, opaque (held up to the light, nada comesthrough) creamy tan head, dissipated with light lacing. Light carbonation. Pretty as a speckled pup.

Nose = Mocha, just like the name implies. Coffee (dark roasted, no less) and bittersweet chocolate. Call me over when you plan to open a bottle, this one smells some kinda good.

Taste = Malt and coffee. Sweet with a medium slightly bitter 'burnt toast' finish, a creamy mouthfeel.

Good porter, going very well with a 'ploughman's lunch' for dinner. (Either I can't tell time or I'm an innovator.)

texascarl, Feb 28, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours out to a slightly cloudy dark brown-black with a tan, quickly thinning meringue-like head atop small to medium sized bubbles, with adequate lacing. Aroma is ripe with tons of fresh, fruity hops, some dark coffee and lots of dark, heavily roasted grains (Reminds me of a cross between Sierra Nevada Porter and Boonville Oatmeal Stout in aroma). Over-hopped for style, but good nonetheless. Taste starts out with an bright hop fruitiness and moderate bitterness, fading into sharp, dark coffees and some slight peppery alcohol. The finish is dry with roasted barley, a long and potent earthy hop finish, and a slightly sweet feel to the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is lightly harsh with a medium body.
With the name "Mocha Porter", I was hoping that this beer was made with chocolate and coffee, and coming from Rogue I expected a lot more. Sadly, neither the ingredients, nor much of a mocha taste is here, in contrast to their amazing chocolate stout. This porter would best many of the West Coast's drier stouts.

Made from Northwest Harrington, Klages, 135-165, 95-115, 70-80 Crystal; Beeston Chocolate, Black, Munich and Carastan malts; Perle and Centennial hops.
13 degrees Plato, IBU 54.5, Apparent Attenuation 73, Lovibond 77

Mitchster, Feb 21, 2003
Photo of Bunnyhop
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

A clear, very dark, brownish-red Porter with a moderate, dark tan head. The smell is malty and smokey. The taste is coffee and roasted with a slght bitter chocolate finish. It has a moderate to thin body in my mouth, but was thinner than expected. Overall, a nice porter with chocolate undertones.

The day I originally reviewed this was the day I signed up on Beer Advocate.

(source: Habersham Discount Beverage; Savannah, GA)

Bunnyhop, Feb 11, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours dark brown, pretty much black with a light brown head. This one leaves a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is roast and fruity; a citrus fruitiness from the hops. The citrus aroma reminds me more of an American pale ale. The flavor is somewhat roasty with hints of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is more fruity than anything. It has a dry hoppy finish. It is relatively smooth and easy drinking. Not really what I was expecting in a beer classified as a Robust Porter. Not too robust, but I did enjoy it none the less.

BeerBuilder, Feb 11, 2003
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,437 ratings.