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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,533 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,533
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 84
Gots: 161 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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 ReelBigwigFish
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Hoegaarden hex glass, this porter has very dark cola color that gets to a dark ruby around the edges. After a vigorous pour, the caramel colored head built up about three fingers or so before receding rather quickly. Minimal head retention and lacing, just little bits here and there.

The aroma is a mix of both bittersweet and milk chocolate, mild grassy hops, caramel, and subtle hints of coffee. While it's more or less in the middle, the sweetness just seems to grab my attention a bit more. The flavor starts out with creamy milk chocolate, caramel, and light coffee. Next, earthy/grassy hops that honestly seem a bit metallic in taste, give this beer a little bite. The hop flavor gets pushed back pretty easily by all the dark roasty malt flavor in the finish, leaving you with a creamy semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste.

Although this is a creamy mocha porter, it seems to be a little light in body, almost a little watery for the style. That being said, obviously this is going to be way heavier than a pilsner.

ReelBigwigFish, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Naamandroid
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Naamandroid, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

acurtis, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of BeerSingh
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

BeerSingh, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of mbabble
4/5  rDev +3.6%

mbabble, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of spkissane
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

spkissane, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of nmeiborg
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

nmeiborg, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Edwaka01
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into Chimay chalice.

A - Big, foamy, frothing cream-colored head, slow to recede.
Black until held to the light, brown-ruby shines through at bottom of glass

S - Getting a bit of caramel, a faint flavored-coffee aroma, and some dark, dried fruit.

T - really toasty, like liquid chocolate malt, some semi-bitter dark chocolate flavors - though the beer as a whole is not overly bitter. Coffee present in smell is not detectable here. Also missing is the "porterness" of this beer.

M - Somewhat coating, low in noticeable carbonation, despite implications set forth by the massive head.

O - Upon second inspection, the bottle says nothing of coffee specifically. Having been thrown by the name - Mocha implying chocolate coffee, I was at first let down by the lack of coffee flavor. Still a decent brew, although I thought not very characteristic of a porter. Good beer, terribly inaccurate name.

Edwaka01, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of FrankShirley
4/5  rDev +3.6%

FrankShirley, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of ZPB
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

ZPB, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Rlombardi75
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Rlombardi75, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Rogue, Portland, OR

Poured a dark brown-black with a small but cream tan head. Aroma of roasty malts, cocoa, coffee, and some herbal hops. While the flavor profile contains many elements of a typical coffee porter--roasted dark malts, coffee, cocoa--there was a definite herbal presence throughout, very reminiscent of a black tea, presumably from the hops used. This gave a dry and somewhat bitter finish. Medium body, nice balance, not too coffee-y, and pretty drinkable overall.

Rifugium, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4/5  rDev +3.6%

CWhite, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of phenomenologian
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening some smoke hovers at the neck. Upon pouring in a nice beer glass it pours a one to one and a half finger head. the color of the head is brownish tan. It retains really well and laces nicely. The body is opaque and jet brownish black. Looks like a nice porter.

It smells of coffee, some hops, and chocolate. the chocolate is kind of a faint subtle smell while some hops come out really nice in the aroma and the coffee is always there throughout the aroma.

the taste is of coffee, hops, and chocolate. Lingering aftertaste is of chocolate and coffee. This tastes really nice. I love the combination of coffee with hops plus the hints of chocolate here and there. Nice tasting porter.

It is very smooth and has a nice mouthfeel. It has the good feel to it that complements the taste that altogether makes it a nice beer.

Overall I really enjoy this beer and drinking it. I love stouts and porters and I drink Guinness extra stout a lot. I enjoy this porter a lot and will definitely buy it again and will maybe buy it regularly just like I buy the guinness stout even though this one is a bit more expensive than the guinness stout. If you like any stout or any porter give this one a try.

phenomenologian, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of LeRose
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle purchased on recommendation of the beer dude in local store.

Appearance was nice - I like the reddish tints in the dark, compact head that persisted until the end. Regular old pint glass.

Aroma was OK - a little coffee/chocolate/caramel, but I didn't think it much different or better than other beers in the category.

To me, the taste was a disappointment. There was no date of any kind on the bottle, so I don't know if it was fresh or had been in stock a while. The taste seemed pretty generic and reminded me mostly of Guiness. Got the coffee/toffee/chocolate flavors but I wouldn't say it was outstanding. Did not think it had the complexity and mouthfeel of the porters I have tried.

Good, not great IMHO. I'd drink it again, certainly not bad tasting or anything. But I wouldn't go out of my way to find it again.

LeRose, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of phichifiji00
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, subtle brown head, moderate lacing.

Smell: a bit spicy, malty, sublte chocolate.

Taste: cinnamon, brown sugar, malty, spicy, sublt chocolate, hoppy.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

Overall: A good beer. The mocha is much more subtle than I expected, but still very drinkable.

phichifiji00, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of RodSmith
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

RodSmith, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Stumpy29er
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Stumpy29er, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a light tan head.

Smells of molasses and blackberries to create an odd irony fruitiness. Ground coffee finds its way in.

Taste is metallic and strangely bitter. Dark fruits and yeast flavors repel each other while coffee additions remain constant. Aftertaste is more unwelcomed bitterness and char.

Medium bodied with smooth even carbonation.

Not in line with most delicious porters.

TheMultiYeast, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ScrimshawFan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ScrimshawFan, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Robeerto89, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Stoffel, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Bigbandito
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Bigbandito, Jan 06, 2012
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,533 ratings.