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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,620 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,620
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 92
Gots: 228 | FT: 3
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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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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

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

Pours a deep brown, with a caramel head. small but nice lacing.

Smells of bitter chocoalte and cofee. Hops detectable in the nose.

Flavor is well balanced, the malts are very flavorful, with the tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee on the lips. As the beer moves in the mouth the bitterness from the hops comes through. Neither flavor dominates the beer, and they complement each other beautifully.

Feels nice and thick on the mouth. Not much carbonation, so it goes down smooth.

Great beer. One of my new favorites.

Char

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

I managed to buy a case of 22oz bottles at one of their "garage sales".
A: This pours a dark thick black liquid with thick light brown foam.

S: The aroma of dark chocolate with later notes of malt.

T: The initial taste is of chocolate with burnt oak. Following the hops with a slight bitter mix.

M: A great balance of hops and woody character.

D: This has a pretty good finish with a nice dinner or dessert.

Elbows up,
Adam

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

In all my experience with porters, this one is one of the best I have ever tried. I wzs greated with a dark brown, almost stout colored appearance. It was topped off with very little head, but it did leave a nice lace effect. The smell was of coffee and chocolate (This might explain why it's called Mocha Porter). It had a taste that was very similar in many respects. A strong Coffee taste leading to a strong choclate taste. Fantastic. It was everything a Porter should be. Not too hoppy by any standards, but the malt head should realy enjoy this. Thank you MacGregor's for carrying this.

Photo of Darkhorse09
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearly black. Just a slight touch of red when held to light. The head is about 3 fingers, large and thick. Disappears slowly, remaining to nearly the end of the glass. good lacing.

Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and yes, coffee. Pretty big nose, with the added surprise of some hops. Should be an interesting taste..

Hops do not, luckily, continue to the palate. Chocholate up front, but as the beer warms, the coffee really comes out. Some sweet dark roast malt add to the chocholate flavors. Nice medium body.

As always from Rogue, a great beer. Drinkablity is average. I think I should have let my beer warm up a little more...perhaps too cold to realize some of the complexity. Or it isn't that complex...Mouthfeel is good, slick on the tongue with just enough pricks from spot-on light carbonation.

I look forward to the rest of this 6 pack.

Photo of RVigz
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has a nice nearly black body with a think dark one inch head.

Smell: I could not get my nose out of this beer as it had a profound chocolate smell that was both sweet and dark at the same time.

Taste: The taste was a lot like the smell. Sweet chocolate upfront that turns into a bitter dark chocolate/roasted coffee taste.

Mouthfeel: This was smooth but bitter and leaves a dry taste making you want another sip.

Overall: Overall a delicious porter that stands true to its name with a chocolatey and decadent body that finishes with a black roasted coffee taste.

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

Picked this up locally with a few bottles of other Rogue ales.

Poured into a nice dark brown color with a decent amount of head. Scent was of a roasted coffee. Taste included flavors of coffee, nuts and chocolate. Was smoother than I ever thought a porter could be. Extremely delicious, and something I could drink a whole lot more of.

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

This beer poured into the glass almost black. Only way to see color is to hold it up to the light bulb at approx. 4" away. Then you see the dark ruby color. Which surprised for this style, most porters I have had where not this dark. The head was a medium beige, tan color with a thick rich head and the lace was apparent, spotty but lasting. The aroma was bitter/sweet roasted malt, earthy, coffee, tobaco hints and some fruit hops and cocoa. The taste was bitter /sweet cocoa coffee. There were hints of roasted malts and bitter hops all through the flavors mixing. It finished on the bitter side with some slight after taste. I rather enjoyed the experience. A nice beer for the style.

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

I bought this beer in a Micro sampler at Pazzo's Pizza Pub in Lexington, KY. Overall, I must say that out of the 4 I tried, this is most likely the best. You got the classic porter flavor, very tasty but the coffee flavor of this brew really stands out. It's almost like they brewed a fantastic porter and flavored it with coffee. Of course, this is not for those who dislike java. But I can guarantee I'll be buying more of this in the future.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber bottle into a Ten Penny Ale glass.

A: Pours a nice black color with a pillow head of tan foam which clung down the sides of my glass to the final sip. Great sticky head of foam and rich looking body.

S: Smells of bittersweet cocoa powder, a bit of mocha latte and some sweet chocolate malts.

T: Taste is thinner than expected, but certainly flavorful. The rich flavors of cocoa, coffee, charcoal and other sweet roasted malts jump out at the tongue first. A thinning layer of toasted malts and a slight hop bitterness level things out before finishing very dry and burnt tasting.

M: Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied and really drinkable. This one went fast!

D: The flavors and nice and full, but the mouthfeel isn't too slick, full or cloying. This helps out big time, as the ABV is modest and flavors are complex yet controlled.

Don;t really know where the mocha comes into play, but coffee is a big part of this porter. A nice balance of flavors and great dessert beer or dessert companion. I paired mine with a couple of soft baked chocolate chip cookies. Result is splled with a string of "M's."

Photo of Dave1999
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pure black with a foamy tan coloured head.

The smell is sweet malts and roasted coffee.

The taste of this is very strong mocha coffee, chile, sweet malts and some bitterness.

This beer is full bodied, slightly creamy and with medium carbonation.

I really like this, would be good for a desert, certainly pack a punch in the flavour department. One is probably enough though.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a Pint Glass from a Bottle.

This beer pours a dark almost opaque color wiht amber trim. The Head is tan and laces nicely. There is a sweet smell with undertones of guess what... chocolate and coffee. It tastes similar to its smell. Eating Chocolate helps bring out the coffee flavor . Good bitterness and very enjoyable. There is a good thickness adn good carbonation. This is overall a very enjoyable beer that I could drink a lot of.

Photo of artcurtis
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium globe.
After a vigorous pour, it produced a really nice two finger head, but it didn't hang around for more than a few minutes. Very dark brown, near black. When I hold it up to light there is some slight dark amber coloring at the edges. There is no lacing to speak of.
Smell is definitely coffee forward, with some rich, roasty maltiness and maybe a hint of dark, bitter chocolate.
Taste is very coffee forward. Starts of with a strong coffee flavor, and quickly turns to a slightly bitter, roast maltiness. Mouth feel is fairly thin, but I think it really works well for this one.
Overall, an excellent porter, one of the best I've had. The coffee notes really work great. I will definitely be having this again. Thought it went great with Apple Pie!

Photo of 1759Girl
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance> Dark, lively. Big chocolate head and decent lacing. Looks great

Smell> bitter chocolate, coffee, sweet grain

Taste>Wow. Great. Perfect porter balance, but with an extra punch of bitter chocolate in the middle, and then a delightful coffee aftertaste.

Mouf> average

Drinkability> Great! More beers to add to the breakfast menu at my house.

Photo of ryanocerus
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent thick tan head and black opacity, with some sediment. The aroma was sweet maltiness with a hint of chocolate. The roasted malt and hint of chocolate flavor were outstanding, and the roasted malt came through even more as it warmed. The flavor was long-lasting and the carbonation gives a full mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Not quite as good as the Shakespeare, yet an excellent offering from the folks at Rogue.

Photo of mempath
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice thick but quick settling burnt toffee colored head with good lacing...very dark porter that swallows even summer sunlight

sweetish roasty/toasty malts prevail with dark dried fruit notes. will have to revisit this on a cool fall day

thought this is another near-record heatwave day here in the philly area, the storm has cooled things down a bit and this porter fits the bill. velvety roasted mocha notes are perfectly balanced with sweetness and the slight toastiness. a rather dry finish for the most part with a little residual aftertaste or bite.

very drinkable, but really not an all-seasonal sessioner!

Photo of OriginalHopHead
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really liked this IPA although it's much smoother compared to regular IPAs I drink. Definitely sweet undertones; like coffee and chocolate but not overwhelming at all.
I'm a visual person too and I like the bottling, labeling, etc. However, I bought a single bottle and had no information on the beer at all. Usually like seeing some IBU info on the bottle.

Photo of clabaugh
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a jet black topped with an ominous, crawling head of sandy brown. Retention is fairly good. The epitome of lacing: layers tainted with brown all over the glass.

Smell: Delicious and complex. Truly a melange of different aromas. Coffee bean, caramel, toffee, chocolate. Toasty malts, with some piney hops in the background.

Taste: The name says it for sure. Intense mocha flavor. Tastes like you're chewing on a coffee bean. Biting hoppy finish and malty, chocolately accents throughout.

Mouthfeel: Nice and chewy with some fine carbonation. Wonderfully palatable.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Excellent complexity of flavors. Superb balance. Warming, satisfying. Leaves you craving another. Rogue suceeeds admirably.

Photo of bahumutx
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark brown with some amber highlights with about a one finger brown creamy head.

Smell: Picking out chocolate, roasted malt and slight coffee smell.

Taste: Starts out with roasted malt and then moves right into chocolate and coffee. Finishes with dry with a dark chocolate taste that leave a pleasant bitterness on the tongue. Also hints of a malt sweetness that balances with the coffee flavor great.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could definitely have a few of these in a sitting.

This is my first Rouge beer and I am very impressed. Can’t wait to try their other offerings. This is also a great example of a porter and one of the better porters that I have tried.

Photo of tavernjef
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is black with a creamy tannish head, faded fast leaving tiny bits of lace. Smells dark and earthy of deep dark, blackened malt, notes of espresso & coffee. Taste echoes of the smell, earthy roasted malt thats very deep, dark, blackened, quite robust with a great dark bitterness of coffee, all very tolerable. Feel is pretty strong, heavy, and full with a nice deep coffee-like dryness. This porter is drinkable and packed with dark flavors, but some of the strength of the taste and body makes for intimidation in my book.
Had to take some time to finish it. But man its worth it, time well spent.

Photo of Pencible
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This had a very strong coffee flavor, with decent bitterness. It was a good porter, but it didn't have any chocolate flavor like "mocha" would indicate. (My notes from this beer didn't include anything regarding the appearance or smell, other than high numerical ratings.)

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,620 ratings.