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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,528 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,528
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 82
Gots: 163 | 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 homersimpson
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby with a rather dark tan lace.
Chocolate, coffee and sweet malt.
Smooth and dense, slippery on the tongue.
Roasted malts combine with a touch of chocolate, coffee, and a nice hop toward the end helps round things out. Very roasted finish that sticks around.
Good Stuff from the guys at Rogue!

homersimpson, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok bought in the screen printed 22 oz brown bomber..label looks a lot different than the one displayed on the page.
Appearance is of deep dark, dark brown almost black beer..impenetrable to light..small frothy tan head..leaves nice lacing.
Smell for a Rogue is surprisingly weak..but I do detect some chocolate and hop hints.
Nice strong taste of the coffee and malts at first then the ubiquitous hops spring forth in ambush..very unusual and nice.
Nice on the palte pretty adventurous.
Nice drinkable porter..winter is here and im enjoying porters so much more again.

Reidrover, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice porter that I decided to try with some chocolate brownies my wife had just baked. Good choice.

The body of this porter is very dark brown tending to black that had a very nice 3 finger beige head when poured. The head dropped back rather quickly but left a nice lacing layer to remind you that it had been there so recently.

The nose is all about chocolate and coffee, and mostly of the chocolate. The taste carries this as well but the coffee bitterness comes to the fore, especially when positioned against the sweetness of the brownies. Taken on its own the bitterness subsides a bit, but it is still prominent in the taste helping the brew finish a bit to the dry side..

The feel is medium and the finish fairly smart. Good drinkability from this lovely porter.

AtLagerHeads, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep opaque brown, with a light bubbly mocha-colored head, and a tad of stain and lace. Smelled of sweet chocolate, a little bit of smoke, and floral and bitter fruit hop scents. Tasted of great roasted barley on top of big dark malts. Palate was largely of very smooth chocolate notes that were unobtrusive and barely sweet. The end of profile brought on grapefruit bitterness, with a finish that was a nice balance of dark malt, coffee/chocolate bittersweet character, and a controlled version of the classic Rogue hoppiness.

Just about thin mouthfeel, this was a calm but tasty porter. The mocha notes were reminiscent of Rogue Chocolate Stout. Very easy to drink, this fits my tastes for a porter, albeit a flavored one.

nomad, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of Jables
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark almost black in appearance. Head is medium in size with a dark tan color.
Aroma is roasted malt with some coffee notes. The flavor is smooth with roasted malts and some nutty flavors, but it is nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth but not heavy.
This is by no means a big beer, but it is smooth, balanced and tasty. Today, this is just what the doctor ordered. Cheers.

Jables, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of DagFishHead
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark black-brown body. Light brown, whipped-creamy head with lots of staying power and lace all over the place. Small cloud islands in a sea of darkness... doesn't get any more inviting.
Smell: This is a substantial porter... earthy, bitter-sweet chocolate, espresso, dried fruits, slightly smoked. A joy to the nose.
Taste: Porter is a tough style to define... this just might be it. Chocolate notes from both chocolate and chocolate malt. Dry hop bitter finish... very nice, but a tad bitter or me.
Mouthfeel: Not as substantial as a stout, more so than a brown... how about: porter. Creamy, low-medium carbonation level on the tongue.
Drinkability: Fine example of of the style... yet another winner from Rogue.

DagFishHead, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Solid black with a decent dark head.

Smell – Roasted malt and dark chocolate form the backbone of this aroma. There’s also some good sweetness here; a combination of dark, ripe fruits and table sugar.

Taste – I was quite surprised with the stiff hop balance, although I shouldn’t have been because it’s a Rogue. The bitter hops though are a compliment to the main show – dark malt and chocolate. The sweetness fades a bit but is still noticeable.

Mouthfeel – Somewhat light in the mouth, more like the Anchor Porter than the Stone, but solid nevertheless. This porter is both creamy smooth and refreshingly dry.

Drinkability – There may be some die-hards complaining about the big hops, but I thought it was a very interesting rendition of the style.

RoyalT, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer all the way around for me but maybe a little to hoppy for a porter for me,pours a deep mocha color with a light stichy head,aroma is of powdered sugar and of course mocha.Taste like I said is a little hoppy for the style in my opinion but there is some nice chocolaty tones with some dried fruit tones as well.A nive earthy flavor hits in the finish to give this beer a decent taste grade.

oberon, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is a sweet dark malt with notes of coffee.
Clear, close to black. Firm tan head, medium height and lacing.
Strong dark malt, bitterness on tongue that lingers. Coffee tastes present. Full quality to the flavor. Rich without excess and little to no chocolate flavors noted. Some fruitiness appears as warms.
On the thinner side overall. Softness from carbonation, bitterness prevents smoothness.
Quite a sharp taste at cooler temperatures, but it eases as it warms. Lack of complexity keeps it only slightly beer than average.

garymuchow, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of tar
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark opaque black--some purple comes through when held in the light, with a thinnish tan colored head which persists as a very thin foamy layer. Smells very nicely of roasted malt and chocolate. A good malty, chocolatey taste with some coffee flavors present as well. Smooth, but feels quite thin in the mouth. A overall nice tasting and smelling beer which is fairly drinkable.

tar, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a monster tan head that last for a little while then reduces to a nice ring, leaving a track of lace like a slug on the sides of the glass.

Robust malts hit the nose like Mike Tyson. The hop aroma is pleasant as well.

Roasted malts with a kickass coffee flavor a strong on the tongue. Caramel also acompany the mochaness of this beer. Hop bitter is light and does not detur any from the beer.

Carbonation is a little strong but I like it very much so.

Prost

kunzbrew, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of Mustard
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "best by" or "bottled on" date; no ABV %; purchased as part of a ten beer "Winter Brew" (vel sim.) sampler pack for $14.99 from the Cost Plus on Westwood and Santa Monica.

Appearance: Completely opaque hue; thick, beautiful, cocoa-brown head; d-cup's worth of lace; fairly good head retention.

Aroma: Faintly of chocolate with hints of espresso and plum.

Taste: Assertive, disconcerting acidic twang upfront; thick, rolling, roasty bitterness in the finish; firm burnt grain flavor; faint, faint hint of residual sugars; medium bodied.

Notes: Disappointing; reminds me of bad coffee; found this to be simple, harsh and devoid of charm.

Mustard, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cola-brown body with a dark tan head. Smells of sweet roasted chocolate barley, with little hop presence (especially for a rogue beer). Taste starts with sweet, dark chocolate up front, followed by roasted coffee. Finish is smoky, bitter, and appetizingly dry. Delicious.

alexgash, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of edchicma
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate black in appearance with a nice head that leaves anice bit of laciness. Nice malty aroma, with a perfect blend of coffee and chocolate flavors. Good tartness from the roasted malt as a finishing touch. Smooth mouthfeel and extremely drinkable. Definitely one to put on your must try list.

edchicma, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of smitty1080
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is quite beautiful, pitch black with a tan head. Like others have said I was also surprised by the aroma and taste. The aroma is hoppy and toasty. The taste hoppy, burnt, and heavy. The mouth feel is great, thick and full. It finishes with a slight burnt orange.

smitty1080, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of steelreign
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown pour with one finger off white head. Coffee, chocolate and hops in the nose, some roasted malts as well.

Taste was roasted malt, coffee and hops...lots of hops. I was surprised by the amount of hop burst, but maybe I was expecting something along the lines of Anchor Porter or similar. All in all, a very nicely done porter that is different than the norm. Well rounded and balanced, and so easy to drink thanks to the relatively subdued carbonation. A very nice addition to the Rogue family.

steelreign, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of 86MonteSS
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To be honest, I expected a little more from this beer. As porters go, this one's pretty solid, but as Rogues go, it's incomplete. I expected it to be heavier and fuller-bodied. Upon pouring it I saw a bunch of happy little floaters, but was let down when I couldn't hear what the hell they were trying to tell me. It's a decent porter, but just a grunt in Rogue's guerilla legion.

86MonteSS, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Mocha Porter (22 oz., US3.99) rivals only Anchor Porter as the most impressive I've ever had. Many porters are sharp on the tongue, weak in body, and often unpleasant. Though Mocha Porter does nothing to remind me of mocha (I believe the term refers only to color), it achieves excellence perhaps previously unknown to porters.

It operates much like a stout but compensates for its necessary lack of unmalted barley bite with an equally satisfying bite from the Perle hops. The choice of hops -- Perle and Centennial -- is expert; they are local and (now) indispensable in any porter. The Perle hops give off a wonderful "authentic" flavor that makes me think what beer used to be like in the old days. Bitter, yet rich and flavorful. The Centennials are largely supressed; if you open the beer up by swishing it around in your mouth, the Cascade-like (think Sierra Nevada Pale) aromatics and sweetness reveal themselves from this wonderful flavoring hop. And, as opposed to Shakespeare Stout, the hops don't flood the nose. They are delicate and subdued.

This is also one of the few porters I've had that gets markedly better as you get closer to the bottom of the glass. It isn't a matter of temperature, I serve it warm from the start. Instead, there is a bit of sediment near the end that gives a little more body and develops the bittersweet/dark chocolate roast flavor into something a little sweeter; maybe it's the Crystal, I don't know. This beer is a learning experience.

Because of the slight hop focus, it is followed up nicely by any pale ales if you are having a session or tasting. There is a lot going on here and enough to satisfy many palettes in some way.

Considering all the malt that has gone into this beer, there is a wonderful symphony at play.

Welcome to Carnegie Hall. Quiet please; Rogue Mocha Porter takes the stage.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of shirfan
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very dark porter; only a small amount of light passes through the base of the glass. A thin tan layer of lace lingers on and on.

Aroma is predominently roasty malt, not especially strong.

Taste is big on bitter, oxidized malt, with a mildly mocha/coffee finish. Sour notes in the finish, and doesn't have an overly-burnt aspect. Just enough sweetness to balance things; any hops stay well in the background. Fairly one-dimensional, but it's a good dimension.

This strays well towards the stout side of things without going overboard...nicely done.

shirfan, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color, medium tannish foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Mildly hoppy, medium malts. Deeply roasted malts. Full flavor, mild taste. Mocha flavor evident. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Frothy tan head dissipated quickly which is surprising for a rogue brew. Aroma is light yet carries a dark roasted character and a scent of fresh coffee that is not bitter at all yet it has a faint citrussy hop accent. Taste is superb with a deep chocolate flavor that is clean and delicious. Follows with a malt sweetness that is not carmely but provides a perfect balance and it finishes with a bitter chocolate flavor that has a hoppiness blended into it in a way that i wish i could describe adequately. Mouthfeel is very good as well as it has a very smooth carbonation that lets the flavors roll around your mouth without having a carbonic bite. Very drinkable and as of now it is the best American style porter i have had.

RenoZymurgist, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of elmocoso
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark dark beer with a bitter, coffee smell. It came to the table with a tan blanket of head that was on the thin side, and a decent collar with pretty good lacing.

I couldnt get a good smell out of this one. There was the basics: Roasted and Chocolate smells, some hops. The taste was a good, well rounded and tasty.

an all around decent beer.

elmocoso, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of putnam
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black and everything.
Thick "mocha" colored head that recedes lazily...the smell is terrific.
Aromas of seasoned pine boards, charred and oozing all kinds of menthol and coffee sap...floral too...like piles of lilies tossed into a smoker.
In the mouth I witness tree-barky bitterness supplemented by chocolate and cigar smoke. Agile, cascades of silk, linen drapery and tangy black coffee grounds define the impressive texture. Bright on the tongue for such a bitter beer. Rogue did it again. This is how to create well-balanced Amcraft beer.

putnam, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color and poured a creamy full brown head that reduced in size, but maintained a good presence. The lace ringed the glass. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The taste is sweet, roasted, and chocolate with a real dry hop finish. The mouth feel was smooth and creamy with some carbonation. Not very complex, but offered a good balance of sweetness and a hop finish.

SeanChouffe, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Rogue. Slightly different pirate guy than usual with modern shades on. "come on buddy have a beer." is what he's telling me. Pours a deep brown, almost black, nice tan head. Nice roasted chocolate aroma, kind of nutty. Taste is a creamy burnt coffee flavor but not much in the way of malts. Lasting bitterness. There's an oily sheen to the beer once the head has disappeared. A very good porter and one I'd drink again and again.

chaduvel, Aug 22, 2003
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,528 ratings.