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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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very good

2,420 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,420
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 76
Gots: 116 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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 Quaffer


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: This beer is black. Period. No questions asked. It had a big, dark brown head that dissipated quickly and left a lot of pretty lace.

Smell: No surprises here. This beer smelled like it looked. Definitely bitter chocolate and coffee aromas. You can tell this bad boy is going to be bitter. Oh, yeah . . .

Mouthfeel: A little thin for me on the mouthfeel, and thinner than many other porters that I have had.

Taste: Once again, no surprises here. This was a powerful, bitter porter. It's hard for me to pick out individual flavors in beers with this much *umph*, so I won't even try. But trust me, it was good!

I've had it before and I will definitely have it again.

02-05-2003 17:37:44 | More by Quaffer
Photo of drabmuh


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is brown (dark) to black, carbonation is low, head is almost nonexistent, and there is no lacing.

The aroma is mostly roast, roasted malt and coffee. Second smell there may be some chocolate in there.

Beer tastes about as it smells. High roast, some chocolate bitterness and a little sweetness, coffee. Surprisingly, not a big aftertaste. Medium body, ok drinkability, good mouthfeel.

11-24-2009 20:02:19 | More by drabmuh
Photo of jubnat


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

I took this out of the fridge to let warm up a bit before drinking; a good decision. Poured thick black with a ruby-brown tint. Nice head to start, but didn't stay too long. Smells very sweet and roasted. It has a nice thick taste, though the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Very prominent chocolate flavor, with slight roasted coffee aftertaste. I couldn't drink much of these in a sitting, but I'm definitely going to buy a sixer to keep in the fridge.

11-10-2006 21:30:46 | More by jubnat
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Muddy, dark chocolate body with minimal transparency. Huge 2+ finger, fluffy, tan head on top. Head decays slowly and unevenly, dragging lots of soapy lacing behind it.

Smell: Malt, chocolate flakes, faint mocha, herbs, and piney hops.

Taste: Lots of malt upfront, accompanied by dark chocolate, roasted notes, possibly some dairy, and a generous dosage of bitter, woody, hops. Aftertaste is of roasted malt and hop bitterness. Not getting a whole lot of mocha, but definitely enjoying this one.

Mouthfeel: Cool and creamy with close to a milk-like consistency. Not too heavy, which is nice. Carbonation is right where it should be, and providing some nice excitement on the palate. Finishes oily, a bit chewy, and bitter. Nice.

Drinkability: Hoppier than your average, and better than your average porter. Unique, tasty, and refreshing. I'd have no problem drinking a couple more of these, and I may seek this one out again in the future.

02-23-2009 01:09:15 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of malcontent


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Even for a porter, the Rogue Mocha pours a tremendously opaque brown, almost black. A thin, but uniformly solid tan head with minimal fragrances, mostly malt but with the faintest touch of cocoa also present.

The taste really built with every subsequent sip. The first provided a smooth, smokey, but otherwise unremarkable flavor. The second opened up the chocolate & the following drinks sustained these notes with the additional presence of tobacco & maltiness making for an exceptionally well-rounded porter.

The carbonation & thickness are just perfect as porters go, making for a supremely drinkable liquid. And as usual, the holywater used by Rogue prevents any lingering aftertaste to ruin the experience. A great beer.

08-07-2006 02:17:08 | More by malcontent
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: Deep black pour with chocolate edging. A nice tan head forms. I am disturbed by the yeast floaties that are moving throughout the body of this beer.

Smell: Roasted grains, bitter chocolate, a little creamed coffee on the nose as well.

Taste: Sweet coffee, burnt marshmallows, vanilla, a little oak, maybe a touch of chocolate, and french roasted coffee. A nice blend of coffee-chocolate-roast combinations that I've come to love in my porters. Definitely starts sweeter and there is a nice balance between coffee bitterness and the sweetness throughout the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry. Leaves a touch of a bitter finish.

Drinkability: Pretty good overall. Very interesting and not a challenge on the palate at all. No off flavors and makes for an enjoyable session. Recommended.

07-17-2005 18:17:11 | More by mattcrill
Photo of rarevos

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from bomber into pint glass @ 45 degrees.

A: Dark brownish-black with ruby hints at the edges. 1 finger of tan head that quickly turns into a solid blanket, and no sticky trails.

S: Roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate, bit of smokiness and some sweet caramel. Not terribly assertive, but pleasant.

T/M: Smoky roastiness up front with some coffee and chocolate flavors toward the middle. Neither is really dominant, which is odd for a beer called "Mocha Porter." The mocha is very mild, very subdued, and defers to the smokiness and bitterness at either end of the sip. Finish is dry, crisp, and bitter with a long, creamy, burned tail. Mouthfeel is creamy. Nicely hopped.

D: I'm becoming a pretty big Rogue fan. This beer is really, really nice. Perhaps I haven't been trying the right porters, but I've always defined them as "watery stouts." This isn't as robust as a stout, obviously, but it's not a watery anything. Clean flavors, well-balanced, and a really nice abv. I can, and will, drink more of this beer.

09-22-2006 18:37:03 | More by rarevos
Photo of CharlatanSin


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Pint on tap at the wonderful Bronx Ale House.

Appearance: Dark brown, with a light tan one-finger head. I like the color contrast, but I don't like how quickly the head vanishes with no lacing.

Smell: Delicious. Roasted espresso beans dominate with notes of bitter chocolate. I like where this is going.

Taste: Extremely reminiscent of those dark chocolate-covered roasted espresso beans I popped to stay awake for big papers in school (hey, it beats Ritalin). It's pretty bitter on the way down, which I like.

Mouthfeel: Body's on the light side for a Porter, with low carbonation. Not doing a lot for me.

Drinkability/Overall: A very solid Porter. I'd have one in place of a post-dinner coffee. The mediocre mouthfeel stops it from being the best Mocha beer I've had recently (Southern Tier), but it gets the job done.

11-29-2009 19:30:50 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Handsome dark beer with a beautiful pour. Good head initially that settles to a heavy topcoat, good lacing. Good looking beer.

Lots of chocolate, coffee and malt in the nose, alongside a whiff of molasses. Solid and appetizing.

Slightly sweet up front, dry and bitter up the middle and to finish. Again, lots of chocolate and coffee, good hop presence. Slightly creamy, but also somewhat unexpectedly thin-bodied, touch of acidity to finish.

Overall an enjoyable beer with a number of interesting characteristcs. Definitely worth a try.

03-21-2006 19:18:30 | More by TerryW
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Very dark - almost opaque, but with some small floaties that's not terribly attractive.Tan head is creamy and stiff.

S - Burnt toasted grain. Lots of coffee, fruit, a hint of cocoa, and molasses.

T - Coffee and rich fruit withsome upfront acidity and lots of bitterness in the finish. More of a roasted bitterness rather than hops.

M - A little bit chewy mouthfeel. Neither dry nor sweet - kinda in the middle.

D - Very drinkable. Well balanced and not over the top. Strong coffee edge.

10-16-2008 23:49:22 | More by allergictomacros
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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%

I poured this from the bottle into a mug.

It looked great going in and had a good head, but it disappeared very quickly.

It smelled the part.

Upon first sip, I was a little disappointed. I picked up on a lot of carbonation and hardly any hint of mocha. I found it moderately bitter for a porter and not sweet at all, which is what I expected. However, I enjoyed it more as I drank it.

Could be a little creamier....I like a thick creamy beer.

Overall, it was a very good beer, and easy to finish, but if you really like porters but are looking for something a bit different, look elsewhere. This is just another good porter.

02-11-2013 00:25:10 | More by LuDookie
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-06-2013 21:28:23 | More by tbryan5
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-28-2014 00:26:35 | More by FadetoBock
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-10-2012 13:39:07 | More by mctizzz
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-01-2013 13:42:21 | More by KolbMarley
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-09-2014 02:55:08 | More by Meyers1023
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Deep and dark brownish-black. Thin layer of persistent tan-colored lace speckles the glass nicely. Aromas are chocolate-covered caramel squares with a dash of bitterness. Flavor is thick and creamy, with lots of chocolate in there. There's also some coffee flavor as well. Finishes with a nicely-balanced dose of bitterness to match wits against the sweetness. Solid mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Rogue scores with anoter winner for me.

08-16-2004 12:12:49 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-05-2014 23:23:50 | More by MNMike
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-15-2011 18:06:24 | More by bpfrush
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured a dark chocoalte brown with a large tan head. Smells of dark malts, choclate, and perhaps a little cherry?

Bursting with coffee/chocolate flavor from the moment it enters your mouth. Has a nice bitter peak to it and gently fades away. Mouthfeel is medium/thick as a good porter should be. Definitely not stout thick.

A very nice interpretation of a porter from a very good brewery. I look forward to checking out the rest of their lineup.

08-19-2003 12:27:43 | More by yankeeheel
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-19-2012 01:08:48 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-08-2012 00:51:21 | More by williamjbauer
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-08-2013 03:50:05 | More by Oelschlager
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-17-2012 16:05:41 | More by stereosforgeeks
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-20-2012 02:26:15 | More by jmponder
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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