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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,615 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,615
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 92
Gots: 223 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark drown/black with a good frothy bubbly tan head that turns to a film around the edges, and lacing that fades and falls down glass nicely. Smells nice, of chocolate and a great mocha aroma, and the roasty malts only slightly coming through. It really isn't that assertive an aroma, but get a good whiff of it and its really quite pleasant. Taste is really great, with lots of that mocha espresso taste coming out, and great chocolate-like malt undertones with a slightly bitter late middle, yet that coffee bitter mellows out and turns a little sweet even in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel seems mayble a little too agressive at first, at times distracted me from the important thing; taste. I wouldn't say its a fantastically drinkable beer, but it is very good, and enjoyable.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. About 1/2 inch head poured into a beer glass. Dark and opaque.

S. Hops are in the forefront with some roasted malt notes.

T. Toastey with a mocha coffee aftertaste. Very well balanced. Hops are subdued here. Great.

M. Robust yet slightly smooth.

D. Absolutely worthy of purchasing a case.

Photo of 99bottles
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having had this a few times, I went for it at the bar the other day and thought I ought to give it a review.

Apperance: The beer is a deep brown color, nearly opaque, and it is topped by an inch of clumpy tan head that has decent retention.

Smell: The smell is of roasted malt that melds with some agressive hop flavor into a piney, roasty bitterness.

Taste: The first sip is at once full and flavorful. There is a solid porter flavor, amped up to accentuate the flavors of this porter. The dark and chocolate malts contribute a coffee and chocolately flavor, not as clean as in their chocolate stout however. I feel the strong roasted bitterness of the porter cuts into these emerging flavors only to be overtaken by the strong dose of hops that comes on in the ending and aftertaste. I really like this one, and frequent it often for its bold flavors. If you're looking for a easier drinker, go for something English, like Fuller's.

Mouthfeel: Full and almost thick, this is better as it warms. Not overly viscous or cloying, but with more body than most other porters.

Drinkability: I seem to like this, and I've had more than one on more than one occasion. But, compared to other porters, this one isn't quite as weak and easily sessioned. I'd take this over a lot of others any day.

Photo of steelreign
4.32/5  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.

Photo of bjasvensk
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a rich taste, and if you like something dark w/a spot of mocha. It hits the spot. I'm a big fan of Rogue and what they brew. They are a big staple in Portland, adding to the rich history of micro brewing in beautiful Portland Oregon. Plus their Kobe Burger is delicious.

Photo of Toddv29424
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! There is such a sweet taste in my mouth!
This beer pours black like most stouts, although there is little to no head. The smell is chocolaty, and unlike others I have head there are no other fragrances. When you first sip it, there is no taste that immediately jumps out at you...but once you hold it in your mouth for a few seconds it starts to tickle all of your taste buds with a rich chocolate-stout taste. After it has been swallowed, it lingers for a good long while until you take another sip and the process is repeated. A great beer for sipping, and for someone who is into stouts and would like to try a new take on them.

Photo of rsgcwhite
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large head upon pour, medium thickness that degrades to a uniquely bubbly froth before fading. Deep chocolate brown color with amber highlights.

Aroma is dark roasted malts intermixed with coffee and vanilla cream. I don't capture anything close to an intense hoppy aroma, but it's there. Like someone brought a cup full of fresh hops into a coffee shop, set it down on the counter next to you, and stared you in the eyes. Creepy, to be sure, but surprising.

The initial sip was pure brewed bliss; coffee and mocha cream melting into a sweet (but not to sweet) malted sea. Further into the drink, you notice the distinct carbonation and hoppiness; the hoppiness seeps in, lingers on your tongue and enters just as the other flavors depart. The ending hop oil taste on top of this sweet malt monster is pleasant - it makes each sip gloriously fresh, like finishing your drink in a pine forest.

Mouthfeel is initially sweet, but the carbonation and hoppiness don't dry out this beer too much.

The coffee taste is present, but more subtle than many interpretations of this style; but the signature feature of this beer is the balance between the roasted coffee malts and the pine-like hop freshness. Whereas Berkshire Brewing Company's Coffeehouse Porter had that 'comfortable, Northeast coffee shop feel', this feels like a western pine forest beer - it's the kind of thing lumberjacks drink for breakfast.

Photo of aaronxsubaru
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, quite a tasty brew. i need to order this again sometime, as well as alot of rogue's other beers. All you need to know is that this has great flavor to it. Tastes just as the name implies. I was impressed at the drinkability of this for the amount of floavor it had. If you like porters, or chocolaty/coffee type beers you really need to drink this.

Photo of mhewes
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a dark brown with about a one finger tan head

S : Lots of coffee and chocolate. Some roasted malts also

T : Big on the coffee flavor. The chocolate and roasted malts are pretty subtle. There's a surprising hop bitterness on the finish.

M : Medium-bodied, good carbonation

D : Real easy to drink. Not quite what I was expecting (expected more coffee) but one worth ordering another round of.

Photo of kahjdfh
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had my first taste of this beer on a cold day in Nov. Nice thick head after pour. Although not very carbonated. Nice dark color with a nice hint of chocolate and coffee and malty goodness. Very Good beer.

Thankfully in the privacy of my on home I don't have to worry about this being switched with a Pit Bull.

Photo of MJR
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Seemingly black, it shows reddish-brown highlights when held up to the light. A tan head starts out well and holds at a small, dense cap.

Smell: The aroma has a good dose of roasted coffee, along with a bit of chocolate. Sizable undercurrent of Centennial hops.

Taste: Starts out fairly bitter, with lots of Centennial hop flavor, then balances out with a rush of roasted and chocolate malts. There's a slight acidity towards the end, which pairs with a roasted grain bitterness, that makes for a lengthy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium in body, from their sugar-gobbling Pacman yeast. Finishes dry and bitter.

Drinkability: Damn good. This is close to being a dry stout, with it's roasted malts and bitterness.

While not quite outstanding, this is a well-made and highly enjoyable robust porter from a great brewery.

Photo of hyuga
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, a brown-black color with a creamy tan head. Citrusy hops in the aroma, followed by chocolate and coffee. In the taste, a crisp, rind-like hop bite with a chocolate and roasted malt/coffee backbone. Medium body, but good character. Excellent mouthfeel, smooth and creamy despite the hop bitterness. Clean malty finish. Great porter! Another top-notch job from Rogue.

Photo of auxiliary
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark brown color with a nice brown head.

smell - Malt, chocolate,and coffee.

taste - Has a coffee taste to it. Taste of malt and chocolate here.

mouthfeel - Full body.

drinkability - Very good porter. I liked this a lot, a must try. Nice drinking beer to lay back.

Photo of clemtiger8202
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown and nearly opaque. Poured a thick brown head, the color of the foam on a cappuchino. Aroma was coffee and burnt toast. There was also something fruity, a dark fruit in the aroma but I couldn't put my finger on what exactly it was. The taste was sweet with malt up front giving way to a strong coffee bitterness that lingers for quite a while. I really liked this beer!

Photo of Wildman
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark color, almost black and formed a nice huge medium tan sudsy head that left some nice lace as it subsided. It had an aroma of malt, coffee and lightly of chocolate. The flavor was of malt, coffee and some chocolate. The body was medium style and the finish was a touch astrigent with elements of the coffee.

Photo of kunzbrew
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Photo of Hovellord
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as a moonless night, with a relatively thick head--creamy brown.
S: Burnt coffee
T: coffee with a dark-chocolate bitter aftertaste
M: creamy but with noticeable carbonation
D: Oh, yeah. . .

Tend to prefer porters and stouts and this one is no disappointment. A little steep in price compared to some decent competition, but worth a try and many returns.

Photo of Gehrig
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The deepest imaginable mahogany brown with three fingers of dense, durable mocha tan head; splendid appearance. Mocha, coffee, and dark chocolate emerge soon enough. Delicious, smooth taste with a hint of bitterness in the second half, lots of coffee, vanilla bean, molasses--very well done, very malty, very tasty. Smooth with fairly durable carbonation, Mocha Porter is a densely malted delight, one of the better porters I've had recently. Very good work.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown opaque with a frothy head.
Head didn't last long but even as it returned to its primordial lair it held to its sculpture and form. As the head's exposition waned it Gaffiti'ed the sides of my glass with a dull tan lace and scribble.
I consider a Porter to be a Stout wanna be- and this beer was as such. The Stout volume was set to four or five-- any higher and the bottle would have been mislabeled. Unmistakable traits of hops bitterness and tosted malt together with a cordial finish. The finish ended so nicely timed that I kept reaching for my glass in hopes of finding that illusive bottom or "red" on the drunk-o-meter.
Mouthfeel too was a cordial "compfy" glow of the beer's finish and its mild carbonation. Drinkability was superior as it's ABV was not such that my brain cells immediatley sought shelter and yet two pints back to back were a reality..

Photo of CardiacNP
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rogue Mocha Porter from Oregon 5.3%ABV

Aroma very roasty malty chocolate with coffee

Appearance dark brown to black pour with a creamy beige color head and average lacing

Taste roasty like the aroma, bittersweet chocolate and a mild bitter coffee finish

Mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated. Maybe a little more than most porters. Finishes a bit dry. Very pleasant

Overall a solid roasty porter with chocolate and coffee flavors. Don't drink it to cold so the aroma and flavors really open up. A nice evening desert beer while relaxing.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass. Black body with a nice bubbly head. No lace.

Aroma is big an intense. Bakers chocolate, sweet cream. Excellent nose to this beer.

Flavor meets the billing quite accurately. Bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Hints of hopping, nicely balanced.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour didn't rouse but a thin brown espresso crema head on this opaque, darkest brown beauty. It's a bit too cold to really get a good whiff of this yet, but the initial nostril returns reveal a hint of coffee and bitter chocolate, with a surprisingly light appeal.

In the mouth it goes, revealing a smooth, easy drinking porter with the expected mocha (coffee and bitter chocolate) flavors coming through on malt parade. Goes down awfully easy for such a dense brew, without detracting from the full, creamy mouthfeel.

This is pretty awesome stuff. Despite the fact that it's a porter (and with porters, one is about all I can usually handle), it'd make a great session beer, and may even rival Guinness for drinkability in a stout or porter.

I'm glad Erti recommended this, and glad I finally got around to drinking it.

Photo of Elemental
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

oh man, a beautiful dark brown color with a thin head and no lace. it has a great coffee aroma with a light hop aroma. very robust and hearty earthy tasting. it has a slightly sweet taste but yet has a tart taste to finish. a great taste that that is mild on the coffee and heavy on the maltiness and slightly bitter. Overall a damn good beer!.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown to a black color. When held up to the dim bar lights rubyish brown colors come through. A small head that dissipates. Smell is of sweet malt with roastiness and some chocolate flavors. Taste similar, but with a bit of hop flavor joining the party. The chocolate taste pulls through strong with a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel was right on medium. I had a couple of these and could have kept on going. Quite a tasty beer. I would think of it as desert

Photo of cbarrett4
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - inky black goodness with an oatmeal colored head
S - richly aromatic with smoke, coffee, bitter chocolate, and malt
T - A lot going on: mocha, anise, smoke, roasted nuts, espresso
M - full bodied with great texture, good grip, and tannins
D - Very robust but balanced and drinkable

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,615 ratings.