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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Ratings: 2,635 | Reviews: 1,334
Photo of Aleks_P
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours very, very dark brown. Could only tell it wasn't black when I held it really close to our kitchen ceiling light and could see the brown hues around the edges. Thin tan head, took a few seconds to appear and then disappeared quickly. After a sip or two just had very light lacing around the edges.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, charcoal. As advertised, seems promising based on aromas.

Taste: Not what I expected, more bitter than sweet. I taste the chocolate notes, but it is a bitter chocolate like baker's chocolate. Very much like a dark coffee flavor. After the initial flavors subside there is a really strange, almost tangy aftertaste that I do not care for, some kind of biting sour residual flavor.

Feel: Pretty dry beer, almost chalky. Carbonation very average, more of a creamy carbonation than anything. Bitterness remains after each sip, similar to a dry hoppy beer.

Overall: I'm disappointed by this beer, but I see it is rated pretty highly on BeerAdvocate. The look and smell are great but there is something really offputting about the second wave of tangy, sour flavor once I waded through the initial coffee and chocolate notes. Not sure if it's just the batch I got or whether that was part of the plan. I'll manage through the six pack I picked up but there are a lot of coffee or chocolate porters I prefer to this one, generally something a little sweeter.

Photo of KLLG1021
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this live as we speak.

Appearance is a dark, black coffee and oily mud. Poured into a pint glass, produces a strong taupe head that lingers then settles down. Smell is a nice dark rich coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes just like the nose, but intensifies with the robust coffee flavors, yet balanced by malts. Mouthfeel is heavy, but not over the top. Sits around on the palate for a while, then slowly fades away. Overall a great beer. I would definitely grab this again

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue's Mocha Porter poured black, like most porters, and had a great creamy head. It had a chocolate and coffee smell to it, but it just wasnt strong enough for a porter. It again tasted heavy and with chocolate and coffee flavors, but its not the strongest flavor out of a porter, it tastes similar to the Sam Adams cream stout, just a lighter. It was easy to drink, espically for a heavy porter, overall its a good quality beer worth trying.

Photo of malcontent
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seriously looks like there is tan colored whipped cream on top of this beer. Incredible retention. The entire inside of the glass if covered in fairly thick lace. The beer is a very dark brown and looks is opaque. I really don't even see lighter colors at the edges. Very, very dark.

Aroma is very light with slight mocha aroma.

Fairly dry flavor. When I think Mocha I think of a subtle sweetness melding the chocolate and coffee flavors. My first reaction was that there wasn't enough sweetness. Later the sweetness seemed to open up a bit, but there was still a real graininess to the flavor. The roasted flavor was nice and smooth. I'm not getting as much coffee flavor as I had thought. More of a straight roasted malt flavor.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and them smooth...

This is a pretty good porter, but one of the few beers that I wish had a hint more sweetness for balance.

Glad I tried it.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We seem to get a fair amount of Rogue offerings here in Maine, which is fine with me. This beer was a dark brown with a small coffee-colored head. It had a coffee, chocolate odor with a little roasted grain. I thought the taste was predominately coffee (like espresso) with a chocolate undertone along with some hops. A little bit on the light side, but still a nice beer.

Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown pour with a squatty tan head. Aroma of mocha, coffee, and roasty malt. Nice blend of malt and peppry and citrus hops in the flavor. This strangely blends well with the creamy coffee and semi-sweet chocolate giving this a pleasant sweet-and-sour combination.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my first Rogue, but was my first taste of a porter. Must say, I was not disappointed. Delightful brew. So happy to see something this good this far south. It poured a rich, ebony into my pint glass, with a creamy head floating atop. Brewer's lace lined the glass as the head dissipated, but it hung on for quite some time. Smell was of licorice, coffee and a slight yeastiness. Taste was really good. Thick, creamy, with a bite of espresso/coffee flavor afterwards. Sweet yet slightly bitter towards the swallow. Really well-balanced and enjoyable brew. Those guys at Rogue really know what they're doing. Great beer!

Photo of kpantz
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: I consider Rogue to have a solid lineup. I don't have any selections in my mind that are superstars, but each one delivers. Mocha Porter is no exception. It's a great porter and they've included the chocolate/coffee element quite nicely.

Appearance: Deep, deep mahogany with ruby accents when held up to the light. Coffee ice cream colored head, finger thick, reduces to a film. Minor lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, slight hop aroma. Very typical porter aroma - no hint of the titular (giggle) element.

Taste: Aha - there's the mocha! Wow. What a combination. Deep roasted malts up front followed by a distinct (but not overpowering) hop flavor, and finishes out with the mocha accents. It's a nice mix of coffee and chocolate, all against the background of a fine porter profile.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Light carbonation. Not thick at all, which is exactly the way I expect my porters to be - to me, a good porter should have the flavor boldness of a stout but isn't such an investment in the mouth and in the stomach. Very well done here.

Drinkability: Outstanding in this category. A smooth, pleasant flavor that isn't too overpowering to keep you from having a few. This is a great cool weather brew, and I'd easily kick back with several of these.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. A potential salve to this late season cold snap.

This beer pours a very dark charcoal brown hue, with minor mahogany highlights, and two fingers of puffy, rocky, and broadly bubbly beige head, which leaves a decent array of broken cloud lace around the glass as it quite slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity caramel malt, dry chocolate, lightly roasted, rather complex coffee, a bit of aromatic black fruit, and grassy, leafy hops. The taste is mildly grainy, gritty caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, cold black coffee, lightly sour orchard fruit, a somewhat acrid nuttiness, and earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, with only a wee bit of lingering effervescence, the body an adequate medium weight, which leaves us with a more or less smooth entity, one with a hint of creamy mouthfeel, maybe, though a bit of sassy hops do provide some drama late in the game. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, malty, chocolate essence pervading.

A pleasant enough, and even lovely at times, after-dinner quaffer, perhaps, fantastic with dessert, or even on its own, if your tastes run towards stag. My only quibble is the rather underwhelming coffee element, for a beer that proclaims it so front and center in its name.

Photo of fitzy84
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it in its bottle at Moan and Dove. The appearance of this beverage was great: very dark with a thin head. The smells of oak-like chocolate flavors were very unique to me especially by the balance of the sweetness and woody textures. However, the taste was radically not that mocha-like, but it was still quite good with subtle balances of bitter and sweet flavors. Its high carbonation made it really drinkable. This was not as sweet as one would expect but its crisp and thick body is worth drinking nonetheless.

Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown-black with a huge tan head and good amount of lacings.
Aroma is quite pronounced. Sweet mocha.
Taste is smooth mocha, cocoa, medium bitter hops. Medium dry finish.
Mouthfeel is just O.K. for the style.
Drinkability is good would like to try it on tap. Nice Porter.

Photo of gregshead
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/21/10, from notes:

A: Pours a nice brownish black w/ a half finger of head.

S: Mocha coffee/chocolate smell w/ the roasted grain.

T: Lots of bitter dark chocolate. Coffee taste is there but more faint than I would expect for a mocha porter. Finish is hard to describe, almost a dry/spicy finish and after taste.

M: Lots of carbonation with a strange feel to the carbonation, can't put my finger on it.

D: An enjoyable porter. Go Rogue. Would pick up a sixer of this.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark amber in color (near black) with a finger sized mocha head. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate bitter aromas of chocolate and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark roasted malts as well as bitter notes of chocolate and coffee. There are some lingering burnt flavors in the aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather thin on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to consume. I could easily have a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of gunnerman
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours that nice dark reddish color with a nice inch head that is very sticky and adds to the complexity of the brew. Smell is of chocolate with espresso and other coffee fragrance. Taste is of Bitter sweet malt with a mouthfeel of chocolate coffee. I prefer to drink this after a nice meal prefebly some type of meat.

Photo of meathookjones
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown color with a reddish hue when held up to the light. A good-sized brown head formed and faded away slowly leaving a lacing around the glass. The aroma is thick with roasted coffee coming to the front and chocolate. The hops make themselves known as well but to a lesser degree. Tastes of smoky roasted malts with a heavier chocolate flavor as opposed to mocha or coffee. It has a pleasantly bitter aftertaste to balance out any sweetness. This is a very smooth and drinkable brew. Mouthfeel is good and with some of the other qualities it could be confused with a stout. This is pretty much another good beer from rogue.

Photo of KoG
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice dark tint with hints of red if the light hits it just right. Created a nice head that took a while to leave with some lacing around the glass.

Smell was of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate with a touch of alcohol, overall pretty good.

Taste was good, nice and thick with a definate coffee background and a hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, not too thick to be in stout country but not as light as most porters I've had, just about right with a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability is a bit better than average as it does get a bit heavy but overall a good brew to have once in a while.

Photo of soupyman10
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been meaning to get around to this one for a long while. Appearance is a very dark brown with a nice tan head that lives minimal lacing. Nose is pretty mild, but chocolate, light coffee and roasted malt, and a bit of dried fruit. Flavor is a lot more bitter than the nose: smoky, roasted malt right off the bat. Gets lightly into the slightly sweeter toffee malt later on, with a mild hoppy finish. Carbonation's a touch high, maybe masking the flavor just a touch. Overall, it's not bad at all, and Mocha Porter is a fairly fitting name for this highly coffee-esque brew.

Photo of xoqx
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Mocha Porter arrived as a dark brown, nearly opaque brew. It had a tan head with very little retention or lacing. I didn't experience much in the nose except a non-descript malty scent. This beer is made with a veritable smorgasbord of malts: Northwest Harrington, Klages, Crystal, Beeston Chocolate, Black, Munich, and Carastan malts. I actually found its taste to be not particularly complex despite this extensive combination of malts. There were subtle chocolate, coffee and maybe slight vanilla tastes. The mouthfeel was creamy yet had the slightest astringency. This is a pleasant, drinkable porter.

Photo of kurp001
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle bought at Towson Wine & Liquor

Pours a deep brown, near black, with pretty much no highlights. This is actually one of the darkest beers I recall seeing in some time. About one finger of tan head recedes rather quickly, leaving no lacing behind.

A mocha aroma is the first thing that comes through on the aroma, along with a mild roasted barley character.

A thin coffee flavor is noticeable upfront, it seems to become more full midway as more of a roasty flavor pulls through. As the beer warms, a nutty flavor starts to come thtough, as well. A mild hop bitterness is apparent on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with ample carbonation, but the body just seems a little too watery to stand up to the robust flavors of the beer.

Good drinkability on this one, although I wish the mouthfeel was less watery. At the end of the day, though, this is definitely worth trying for the coffee fan.

Photo of mobyfann
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $7.49 for a 6pk.

The appearence was very typical porter; deep dark brown base with a light-to-mid sized light brown head that keeps for a bit with a little lace. The smell is a very bold coffee presence as with chocolate and a good hop mix.

The taste is very robust with many things going on when drinking, average carbonation, mildly bitter, roast tasting, harsher porter than most - feels like a light stout despite the porter abv of 5.3%

The mouthfeel was the only thing that wasn't a 4/5, it felt a little bubbly in the mouth as a porter, but as drinkability goes, it does no harm.

Final Thought: I'll call this a heavy porter vs. a light stout, but regardless, well worth the money...

Photo of karait95
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown color also brown head not very big but well formed dissipates slowly and leaves traces behind on the glass, carbonation cannot be appreciated easily due to the dark color but a permanent layer is always present

S: toasted malts manly the barley is detected, coffee seems to be present in the back not a complicated aroma but simple and well defined

T: flavor is intense, toasted malts, hops, coffee, just wondering if some sweet flavors are not missing

M: this one is a little to bitter maybe the extra hops overwhelm the general sensation something more balanced was expected

Photo of cameraready
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark brown almost black. 1/2" gold colored head.

Smell: Malty with a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Malts are evident. Very little mocha flavor. No bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Heavy but smooth. No hint of carbonation.

Drinkability: Mild aftertaste but overall very drinkable.

Photo of Bunnyhop
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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)

Photo of TPoling
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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