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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,635 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,635
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 93
Gots: 242 | FT: 3
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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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Ratings: 2,635 | Reviews: 1,334
Photo of jampics2
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This beer looks really nice in the glass for an American Porter. Brown with black notes and some red highlights as well. It's not totally opaque and the minimal tan head recedes quickly without leaving too much lace behind.

I love the way this smells. The first thing I think of is Kahlua, which isn't a bad thing for a porter. The booze isn't there, but the sweet malt gives a chocolate, caramel, and, of course, coffee scent that is intoxicating. It's nothing new, just a good blend of different smells that makes this familiar and truly like a mocha.

Not enough flavor to back up such a great nose, unfortunately. There's the requisite coffee, chocolate, and some sweet malt and hoppy bitterness. The chocolate is pleasant and has some depth, both semi-sweet and milky. But it's just not as pronounced as I'd like to see, especially with regards to the coffee. There's some light bitterness while the sweet malt is working it's magic, then a medium to heavy bitterness that is both coffee and hoppy in nature. I'd like to have more of the roasty, chicory tastes from the coffee than just the bitter end.

The body is medium to full and the carbonation is creamy and soft. The only thing holding this back from being a best-in-class experience in my mouth is that darned lingering coffee and hop bitterness. I expect a beer to have that, especially a coffee porter, but I don't like the finish on this one. It's a bit slick feeling in my mouth. But this is good, probably one of the best Rogue beers out there. I would happily enjoy it again, but, if any American Porter is on the table, the excellent offerings from Founders and Great Lakes make this a bit pedestrian. Still worth a shot for the dark beer and coffee lover.

Photo of ski271
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark (almost black) reddish-brown with a large, thick, light-brown, head that stuck around for a while. A decent amount of thick lacing.

Smell: True to its name, chocolate and coffee are strong along with a great dark malty aroma, and a little smoke.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee are present but not as strong as the aroma leads you to believe. Instead it’s more malty and smoky. After starting out a little on the sweet side, it soon takes an abrupt turn toward a strong, off-balance bitterness. Then it mellows on the lingering heavily coffee-flavored finish.

Mouthfeel: Silky texture, medium-full body, soft carbonation and a very slight chalkiness on the finish.

Drinkability: It was good, but there is something in there, some rogue (stop groaning) flavors that kind of run astray. Otherwise, it’s quite nice and drinkable, though I think they should call it Smoked Mocha Porter, since the smokiness plays just as big of a roll in this beer.

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierBand
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this last Friday to give it a try...

I poured the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I came up with a modest 1/2" head that didn't last too long. I was expecting it to be frothier (...is that a word?). The lacing was minimal as I drank it down. The appearance was thinner than I was expecting. It was quite dark. Not quite opaque... hints of red in the black and brown.

The smell was of coffee more than chocolate.

The first taste was mild with respect to what I was expecting.... very little hops. Flavors were coffee-like with a bit of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel was mild.... again little to no hop "bite" and a suitable amount of carbonation. The carbonation level suited the beer. I had very little aftertaste with this beer.

Drinkability was OK... not a knock your socks off kind of beer. Quite good and worth a few more tries. I will buy this again.

Photo of ksimons
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a dark chestnut with a thin layer of light tan head that quickly disappears to leave a bit of lace

S-nice mocha and slightly roasted malt backbone

T-taste does not have as much chocolate as the smell would suggest, much more coffee heavy. Roasted coffee, roasted malt, very light dark chocolate

M-thin to medium body, medium to high carbonation, slight dry roasted mouthfeel

Overall this is not the most amazing beer, but it is flavorful enough and easy to drink to make me get it again

Photo of daledeee
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been on a stout and porter binge lately. Must be that time of year.

This beer poured with a nice tan head and a fine layer of bubbles stayed on the beer. Not a lot of lace on the glass though.

Nice coffee, malt and vanilla or ice cream nose.

Taste is bitter coffee and a chocolate in the background. Finish is pretty bitter. Not overly carbonated and a tad dry on the finish. Overall a finely done beer.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from bottle into a pint glass producing short foamy light brown head with short retention and about average lacing. Very dark brown and slightly syrupy.

S: Faint aroma of coffee malts.

T: Deep flavors of coffee and toffee with later hints of bitter chocolate. The heavy flavors don't cover the complex flavor combinations of the malts. A nice hop presence only enhances the bitter chocolate flavors.

M&D: Full heavy mouthfeel combines with a smoothness that has a bit of a snap at the swallow. Nice and chewy.

Great brew. Definitely not balanced but I say that in a good way. The heaviness is perfect with the malt/hop balance and it ties together for very smooth drink ability. Very good!

Photo of tweeder263
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a black beer with a tan 2 finger headthat dissipates but still lingers. Smell is very neutral not giving any hints of the goodness inside.Taste is good very balanced and its light. It doesnt kick you in the ass like a lot of porters.Nice balanced bitterness,,light roasty notes ,,not overpowering.mouthfeel ok not chunky not thin.all in all a nice porter that id love to have a case of for the winter.

Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle sitting around at Woodman's

appearance: pours a very dark brown, but not quite black...nice chocolate brown head forms with some nice lacing

smell: roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, a bit hoppy for a porter

taste: pretty tasty but I didnt really feel the hops. nice roasted coffee and smooth chocolate blend well together, hops have a bittering effect...overall rich smooth but bitter in the aftertaste

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, hop bitterness

drinkability: pretty drinkable as far as porters go for me


Pretty good porter but not my favorite, and definately not my favorite rogue

Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark chocolate color.

S- Smell of dark malts and settle hops in the background.

T- chocolate taste of the different types of malts.

M- smooth creamy texture to the pallet bitter malts of chocolate taste linger through out sip.

D- Very good drinking porter. Good session beer.

Cheers...

Photo of ritzkiss
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured a dark brown with little head and little retention.

Smell is chocolate and coffee, hints of hops and roasted malts, faint smokiness.

Taste mimics the smell but with a nice dry, bitter hop finish in the back of the mouth. A little more smokiness coming through. Still lots of coffee and chocolate. Slightly thin body.

Not a traditional porter and definitely more of a hops profile than the style would normally dictate but a nice drinker. At 5.3% this could easily be sessionable and is quite tasty.

Photo of lurpy1
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into pint glass. Deep brown/black pour with abundant head. Smell is strongly coffee, roast, maybe a little bit of smoke. Taste is somewhat similar. Chocolate is advertised on the label. While this beer tastes fine, I can't pick up any chocolate, even bittersweet chocolate. Founds this a bit too fizzy for the style, possibly overcarbonated, possibly I don't know WTF I'm talking about.

Pretty good beer, but not a great triumph for truth in advertising.

Photo of buzzworthy
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Rogue is a beauty on the pour with a midnight black coffee body and delicate head that dissipates quickly, soon looking like froth on the top of an ice cream soda. A roasted malt smell predominates. The porter is full bodied with some hoppy bitterness. The finish has a strong french roast coffee flavor. I'm somewhat disappointed in getting almost no chocolate flavor - mocha is a misnomer with the lack of chocolate. I'm not complaining - thoroughly enjoyed the taste. Mouth feel is good but wouldn't want another to follow.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice opaque brown, some minor ruby/shiny red in between, almost black. Thick creamy tan/light-brown head, bubbles showing. Very good retention.

Light sweet aromas of chocolate, dark caramel, coffee and slightly roasted barley. Very good rich dark brew smell, pleasant and inviting, yet subtle.

Mouth is consistent with the nose, some good roasted barley, coffee, chocolate and other dark brew flavors. Just enough taste to satisfy the dark brew drinker, but not as complex as others. Medium body, with a fairly medium level of carbonation.

A solid porter, and overall smooth session dark brew. Nothing super-wowing, but who cares. All that matters is the beer is tasty and enjoyable, which this is. A good session dark brew, which is what porters are. Good for any day, anytime of the year, hot or cold, morning, day or night.

Photo of bens0n
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMoney575
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 1-25-09

Pours a dark brown color with a hint of red. A craggy head settles to a thin layer, with gigantic, foamy lacing.

Smell is sweet malt and subtle bitter coffee. Well balanced and enjoyable.

Taste is alot like the smell, subtle, with just a hint of coffee. The finish is bitter but not hoppy, with a smoky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, thin, but right for a porter.

Drinkability is very good, smooth light flavors with a sessionable abv.

Overall, one of my favorites from Rogue, and a solid choice.

Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense dark brown, reddish highlights when held to a light. Good size tan frothy head with some lacing. Head retention is about average.

Mild smell of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The coffee is not as pronounced as I expected it to be.

Flavor is good. Once again roasted malts with a little chocolate and coffee. Finish is a little bitter...nicely balanced.

Best part of this beer is the mouthfeel.. Very rich and creamy. The flavors all complement each other and go down very smooth. A nicely put together and highly drinkable beer. Ideal for a session or just to savor one... Very good!

Photo of Strix
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a light brown head. Smell is vaguely of coffee and much like other Rogue brews I've had. Taste is dark, burnt and coffee. I'd like to see a little more going on with the complexity though, and it doesn't really develop. A slow slighly hoppy coffee finish that is nice. Wonderful smooth mouthfeel. I enjoyed this, but it's no Dead Guy.

Photo of Bruiser81
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was solid black in my glass with a head that diminished fast but left a thin sheet of foam on top of the beer (could have been the pour). The aroma was all malt as far as I could tell, with a little chocolate mixed in. The taste was a bit sweet up front but that dissappeared quickly, followed by some chocolate flavors and a sharp bitter finish. This beer didn't go down as smooth as many other porters I've had but I would buy this one again.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty much as black as coffee with some red highlights on the edges. Decent size on the coffee-tan head, dissapating down to a thin sheet shortly after. Good retention, lacing. Smells of coffee and dark roasted malts mostly, with a small backing of milk chocolate. Nothing overly potent about the smell, but its pleasant.

Coffee is featured prominently in the taste, mouthfeel and aftertaste. In fact, if I didn't know better, I'd say I was drinking slightly carbonated iced coffee minus the ice. There is a light coffee bitterness on the front of the palate followed by some faint chocolate taste that accentuates the coffee, not sweetening it. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, dry in the end, but a nice pleasant coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a very easy beer to drink, as it feels so light in body, but at the same time somewhat full and creamy. The carbonation level is dead on for the type of beer this is. Overall very enjoyable, and if you like coffee, then you will like this too.

Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany with hints of ruby coming through the edges. The head dissipates quickly but stays as a cap throughout with the strong carbonation bubbling up.

The aroma is fairly sweet with chocolate and sweet malts but with a healthy dose of roasted character

The taste is a mixture of dark roasted malts and sweet chocolate and some coffee as well. Maybe a bit of smoke as well.

This mouthfeel is creamy but with generous carbonation that tingles the palate in the finish.

This is an extremely drinkable porter if not the most complex and tasty. A very good beer.

Photo of andrewmartin
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep chocolate brown with a reddish, almost portlike hue, very appealing

S: Dried fruits, chocolate, rum

T: Starts off very chocolaty, then gives way to strong coffee flavors, ending with a pleasent bitterness

M: When cold, quite biting, though not at all unpleasent, but becomes smoother as it warms up.

D: A very nice porter, I wouldn't mind a few more of these.

Enjoy this one with desert, or dark chocolate.

Photo of cagocubs
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown almost black. 1 inch tan foamy head. Head recedes slightly then lingers and laces.

S: Mocha/Espresso/Dark Fruits (maybe cherry)/Toasty malts and a nose full of caramel.

T: Creamy, bitter hops. Mocha and coffee present in every sip. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Nice creamy texture with good carbonation and mouth coating.

D: strong flavors make this one good, but in moderation

Photo of Roguester
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz into a tulip style christoffel glass. I am usually not a porter or stout type of guy, but was amazed at how likable this beer is. Smells sweet and chocolately, not at all offensive. Taste is good also, somewhat dark and burnt tasting, very sweet as well. For a porter, very drinkable and smooth. I've had this beer before, but don't remember it being so nice. Will buy again, but probably not very often.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, amber black color with a head that diminishes fairly quick unless poured wrong. Love the lacing left after drinking.

A: Nearly black, tones of amber when looked at through light.

S: A very unique chocolate smell, the aroma is light but pronounced at the same time. A very dark coffee smell.

T: Taste is reminiscent of a chocolate stout, the porter taste comes late. Chocolate and coffee are overwhelming in a good way. After a sip, licking the lips tastes like maple syrup. Delicious, absolutely delicious.

M: Smooth as a babies bottom.

D: This beer is highly drinkable and I recommend you (yes you) try it. 40 bucks a case is a bargain for the flavor that this beer imparts on your tongue.

Go out and try this beer and other beers Rogue has to offer, you won't be disappointed.

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