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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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2,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,399
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 75
Gots: 107 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours the color of slightly used motor oil. Thick foam head and great lacing.

Smells like toasted malts and some cocoa and vanillin.

Taste is refreshing but bold. All the flavors balance well and accent each other. Bitter hops balance with the malt, then the secondary flavors chime in with sweet caramel, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Leaves a pretty heavy bittersweet aftertaste. Great multi dimensional flavor.

Mouthfeel: it seems kind of in between cream and crisp. I'd prefer it to be one or the other.

Overall: Excellent brew. The flavor has been tuned to perfection.

10-14-2011 15:44:06 | More by CrystalShipMS3
Photo of azdback


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

Poured into a standard pint glass. Very black in color. Just a bit of light brown highlights at the bottom rim. Not much of a head at all. What was there was under a finger and mocha colored. Dissipated very quickly and leaves no lace at all.

Smell is of dark roasted malts. Coffee, chocolate and brown sugar. I am also pulling some hops. This kind of smells like a Black IPA.

Taste is kind of a wreck. There are some overly roasted coffee flavors that mix oddly with the bitter hops. It kind of tastes like a coffee dipped orange popsicle.

Mouth is very light and watery. This doesn't have a good porter mouthfeel at all. Kind of reminds me of a BMC attempt at the style.

Overall I was really let down by this. With so many great and sought after Rogue beers I picked this out because I didn't see how any brewery could screw up this style. I was wrong. Not the bottom of the style but if you can buy just one bottle it's worth a shot. If you have to buy the whole 6-pack.. not recommended.

10-14-2011 07:43:48 | More by azdback
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -26.4%

Bottle from kjyost, cheers. From notes.

A - Poured black with red edges, two fingers of brown, filmy head. Spotty lace and a finger of retention.

S - Chocolate was strong upon intial opening but calmed and moved to a touch of coffee and some roasted notes with a cocoa element too.

T - And here's that classic weak porter element! Bad cocoa powder, dusty, chalky, cola, and roasted notes.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body with a decent bitterness.

O/D - Not overly drinkable with that chalky, powdery feel. I can't understand the hype for low strength porters and stouts when they so commonly taste like this. Sorry, just didn't like it.

10-13-2011 01:42:13 | More by tbeckett
Photo of Slyjoker87


4/5  rDev +3.4%

A – Pours out very dark brown, almost black. The head isn't anything special at about an inch.

S – Heavy coffee (as you would expect) with a hint of light vanilla on the edges.

T – On the first sip you'll get a strong, coffee flavor - like a well roasted coffee brew. On the back end you get some of the chocolate and vanilla notes, but you have to actually look for them.

M - Not overwhelming on the tongue, nice carbonation, and a fair amount of body

O – This is a tasty coffee porter that delivers without complications. It's drinkable, but yet has enough complexity to keep you interested. The ABV is understandable, and you'll easily be able to drink a few of these without getting overwhelmed.

10-08-2011 20:19:34 | More by Slyjoker87
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3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

22 ounce “bomber” purchased at Jimmie Garant’s in Alpena, MI for $4.89. No bottling date was located. It was poured into a tulip glass.

An aggressive pour yields two fingers of impressively dark, mocha-colored head. The retention is not fantastic, but it is nice looking for a while. Thick lacing sticks to the glass where head has once been. The beer is pitch dark. For the style, it is a very impressive glass of beer to look at.

The aroma is earthy and fruity. It smells sweet with hints of licorice. Unfortunately, it also smells a bit like soy sauce. Regardless, one cannot deny that it is a very robust porter.

I’m getting the “mocha” right away in the flavor. It’s a sweet, Hershey’s syrup-like flavor paired with a light body. As it is not accompanied by any kind of creaminess that I normally associate with chocolate flavored beers, it is difficult to wrap my head around at first. Aside from the chocolate forward flavor, the beer is laden with subtle complexities. A few sips in, I’m getting used to the feel and I begin to notice nice earthy notes in the roasted malts. There is a small amount of snap pea flavor but not enough to be a turnoff. The finish is laced with a decent amount of hop bitterness, but well within proper balance of the preceding sweetness. I am quite intrigued by the seeming contradictions within and how they add up to something that works.

As previously stated, the beer is light bodied and contains very little carbonation; so it feels pretty watery. How they packed so much flavor into such a light package is beyond my understanding. Unfortunately it doesn’t make for a very exciting beer in the mouth. Call it blasphemy, but I think the feel of this porter would be much improved on nitro.

All of this adds up to an interesting experience that doesn’t bear repeating. It looks great, but the aroma and feel are underwhelming; and the taste, intriguing as it may be, doesn’t urge me to come back for more. Mocha Porter is only available on tap and in a bomber so if you want to take it home, you’re pretty much forced to buy 22 ounce servings. That is frustrating it itself, although to their credit, $5 for a bomber isn’t that bad. However, after the first tulip fill was finished I was ready for something else.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I don’t give a Schlitz for Mocha Porter. This beer has gone rogue for a reason.

10-04-2011 02:51:48 | More by weizenbob
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and some subdued coffee and chocolate aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt and dark chocolate covered roasted coffee beans. This has a medium amount of roasty/coffee bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and light bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good porter that has a somewhat bitter coffee flavor that I just don't care for.

10-04-2011 02:33:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Dark brown, slight haziness near the bottom, with a small, delicate 'suddy' head.

S - Mocha, sweet dark fruit, and in general quite sweet on the nose.

T - Dark malts, freshly ground coffee, dates, prunes, mocha, vanilla and a vigorous earthiness which holds it all together.

MF - Light to medium body, carbonation is kept to a minimum, maybe a tad on the watery side but nothing too lacking.

O - A strong all round mocha porter, one to pick up again and again.

10-01-2011 21:17:20 | More by Eramen
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2.93/5  rDev -24.3%

The appearance is typical, unfortunately somewhat lifeless,not much head,but a good lace. The smell is the worst of this beer,almost dirt -like or old soiled laundry..lol. The taste is much better and no after taste. The malt is a bit bitter or the mocha not sure which,and its a little dry. I apologize, my taste buds just are not high on porters. It reminds me of a dry dark wine.

10-01-2011 01:08:40 | More by K9AleingPiss
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3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

This beer is only okay. I am a big fan of Rogue beer--being from PDX and all--but this one really did not hit the spot. I think I may enjoy it more on tap, but it was just okay,

The smell was in line with the title, Mocha.

T: It was a let down. I was high on life when I first saw this out here in VA. But, it did not do it for me.

M: Meh, it was okay.

I would drink this Porter, but I would not go out of my way to buy it.

09-20-2011 03:26:54 | More by jellis00
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours dark brown slightly red. A full finger of creamy brown head.

Smells a little bit like chocolate and a lot like coffee.

Taste: Coffee big time, some chocolate, some caramel, and just a tiny bit dark fruit. No alcohol, no yeast

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I expected, low/moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice porter, probably wont get it again though.

09-19-2011 02:16:20 | More by Imsothirsty
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Two full fingers of fluffy, light brown head. Very fine bubbles. Color is very deep brown with hints of coppery red shining through the edges of the glass. Very good retention and thick sheets of foamy lace cling to the glass. Perfection.

S - Unsurprisingly, dark cocoa and coffee are the two most prominent aromas. Has a bit of a caramely-sweet character to it as well. Very mild herbal hop aromas are present in the background.

T - Up front I get a good dose of darkest cocoa bitterness paired with a prominent but smooth coffee flavor. I notice a bit of tanginess toward the middle. It just barely creeps in on the sides of my tongue and is suggestive of a classic irish stout or more simply, milk chocolate. A more acidic coffee flavor predominates through the finish with an aftertaste of bitter baker's chocolate and dry burnt grains.

M - Medium body with abundant carbonation. I could do for the carbonation to be a little less intense. I prefer my porters to be more or less smooth and drinkable and over-carbonation can hinder that. Somewhat dry finish.

09-18-2011 04:16:34 | More by rundocrun
Photo of DavidST


4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, like usual no bottled date.

This pours a pretty dark almost black with brown edges and a nice mocha head with good lacing. The smells are of roasted malts and lots of coffee. The taste is mostly of coffee and roasted malts, with a nice long roasted bitterness in the aftertaste. There are hints of the sweet mocha but its not very predominate (which is okay with me). The feel was medium. Overall this, like most rogues, was good but not amazing and there are better porters out there. (This wasn't mocha enough to be different than a standard porter).

09-12-2011 16:26:00 | More by DavidST
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice dark brown, deep and rich, the way a good porter should look. Big head on this thing, but it's possible it was from the bottle (I fumbled it a little taking it out of the fridge). Anyway, the head recedes nicely to a thin light tan color with great retention on the sides of the glass.

S: Smells of coffee...unsurprising. It smells great. There's a good balance of aromas between dark-beer-scent and coffee-scent.

T: Pretty damn good. I find that sometimes porters lose too much of the true beer flavor when infused like this, but Rogue keeps a great balance. The taste is actually initially porter, dark and malty. As that flavor recedes, the roasted-ness of the malts cedes to a roasted coffee flavor, which then brings a wonderful sweetness along with it. The first few sips tasted more like a coffee porter, but as the beer continued, the sweetness of mocha revealed itself.

M: Again, no complaints. It's not the thick oil of a stout, but it certainly has a character of its own. The aftertaste is the most prevalent feature, as the subtle sweetness remains on the tongue for a pleasant feeling.

O: Nothing bad to say about this beer. It didn't blow my socks off, but I have nothing negative to say. Nice job, Rogue.

09-07-2011 23:36:59 | More by bramsdell
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3.2/5  rDev -17.3%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Dark brown with ruby edges. One finger of light tan head that quickly recedes. Spotty lacing.

S – Vanilla, Mocha and light sweet chocolate.

T – First taste is almost a burnt roast with some bitter flavor from what tastes like dark chocolate. Trace hints of vanilla and mocha but does not make it sweet at all. Has a bit of smokiness.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slick on the palate.

O – Eh it was ok for me but nothing special. Tad thin and not much mocha.

09-06-2011 23:45:58 | More by GallowsThief
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New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%

A: Deep brown with a slight caramelish red glow. Carbon dioxide bubbles very prevalent: stuck all along the inside of the pint glass.

S: Faint coffee, chocolate and barley. Ok.

T: Fairly thin. The carbonation plays a lead role over any of the flavors. Hit of espresso bitterness midway and then ends watery and dry. Not sweet at all. Meh.

M: Very carbonated for the style. Didn't quite sit right. Seems unbalanced.

O: Nothing flashy here and you won't be overwhelmed by the coffee/espresso flavor by any means. That's all well and good, but even for a sessionable beer I think it fails. Nothing specifically off-putting with this one, though for me utter mediocrity is a more punishable sin than creating something strange or questionable. Wouldn't buy again.

09-03-2011 00:28:22 | More by olympicgatorade
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New York

1.68/5  rDev -56.6%

From 12 ounce bottle.

The first thing on opening the bottle is the sour smell that hits the nose!

The pour looks beautiful, deep brown/black liquid with frothy beige head that lasted well untill I took a taste!

I will not finish a brew that I do not like, so this was tossed after 2 mouthfuls! It tasted to me of rancid coffee and it left a nasty aftertaste that unfortunately lingered quite a while!

09-01-2011 19:55:09 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

22oz poured into perfect pint. Pours a dark dark brown that is noticable at the edges, a 2 finger head the is a very light tan. Smells rich, chocolate, molasses, roasted malts. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, a light smokey bbq flavor. Mouthfeel is what I have become used to with porters, light and thick at the same time, highly carbed making it drink easy. This is a good porter.

09-01-2011 14:35:15 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a dark brown with streaks of amber sitting in the corners of the glass, leaves a ton of tan lacing down the side of the glass. My first thought when lowering my nose to the glass is freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. That light, bready, sweet chocolate aroma. A surprising amount of hops in the nose as well. The taste is more of that soft, sweet chocolate, backed by creamy coffee with a bit of cocoa. Bits of pine hops come through the heavy malt flavor. The body is full as it gets, with an almost buttery, yet bitter finish. A nice, thick beer with a lot of flavor.

08-26-2011 03:01:02 | More by charliedvrs
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Muddy with amber highlights and a tan head that trails. More coffee than chocolate on the nose and more than a bit of brown toast.
Thick honey on Irish brown soda, slight red currants, a roast sweet hit and hints of coffee sourness and Baker's chocolate.
Creme brulee ending and bitter hoppy linger. Light to medium, dry, crisp, lean, with some fizz.

Definitely on the Plain (as in Dry Irish) side of the style. Not much mocha. A knock-back porter.

08-23-2011 20:58:20 | More by StJamesGate
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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

On tap at WOB last night, from notes

A- By the time i got it in a tumbler pint head was a thin almost soapy tan rim, black body not visible carbonation.

S- Bittersweet roasty chocolate, slight smokey very appealing.

T- Flavor follows nose, with roasty palate and actual mocha flavor. Dark chocolate w/ some hop bitter to make the coffee pop. smokey towards the finish and slight bitter in the after taste (like dark roast coffee).

M- Medium body due to carbonation somewhat creamy while dry, dry in the finish.

O- Would be a great beer in a series but i wouldn't want to drink this as a session. Really enjoyed it and plan on getting a 6 pack if i ever find it.

08-21-2011 20:52:17 | More by Brittmb29
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

08-21-2011 18:15:17 | More by lurpy1
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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Chocolate dominated the smell, with some malt as well.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, malt, and a bit of coffee in the finish. A completely solid flavor. One of the better American Porter flavors out there.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This a good, solid, drinkable beer. If you like chocolate, try this one.

08-21-2011 12:09:48 | More by avalon07
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Rogue Mocha Porter is delicious, natural-flavored, and rough-around-the-edges.

It poured black with a nice dark tan foamy head. It left only a moderate amount of lace. The smell and flavor were dominated by coffee and chocolate, as the name suggests, with a fantastic bitter dark chocolate finish that lingered like high-quality chocolate, with no artificial or sweet candy quality. Compared to the flavor, the smell was muted. The feel was rough, shredding the tongue a bit, rather than having the smooth texture of many coffee and chocolate stouts.

For the flavor alone, Rogue Mocha Porter is a keeper. It has great coffee and chocolate flsvor, without syrupy sweetness, and a strong bitter feel.

08-21-2011 01:32:35 | More by MetalHopHead6
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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. No date on the bottle although there was a stamp on the very bottom of the bottle - not clear what it meant though.

Appearance: Slow pour yielded a black beer on the table with a persistent dense 1/8" tan head. Noted that sediment stayed behind in the bottle. Held up to the light the beer has some ruby red highlights mixed in with dark brown. Sheets and strands of persistent lacing noted the whole way down the glass. Good looking porter.

Smell: Burnt sugar, mild chocolate notes, quick hint of coffee in there.

Taste: A bit of piney hop flavor right at the beginning, and then a solid black coffee bitterness. The coffee flavor is that of an extra dark roast - reminds me of a french roast in a way. Malt is barely noticeable amongst the strong coffee and bitter flavors, but is in there enough so I don't feel like I'm getting a one-sided flavor here.

Mouthfeel: Quick carbonation on the tongue and then it's gone. Coffee-like thickness to it. Not creamy, not really thick and I can't think how else to describe it. Reminds me of the mouthfeel of cold coffee.

Overall / Drinkability: I was expecting a bit more of a richer coffee and chocolate combination here which was missing. I like black coffee though so I enjoyed this, but not as much as I was hoping due to the name. Still, a good porter, just not a great one. Maybe with the right meal I could have more, but for now, 1 12oz bottle is enough.

08-20-2011 22:26:36 | More by damndirtyape
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4.22/5  rDev +9%

APPEARANCE: Poured almost more of a dark brown than a black in color with an off-white head. The head, by the way, was pretty solid for a porter. Decent lacing on the sides of the glass, but not much on the front or back.

SMELL: Mocha Porter is certainly the right name for this brew if the smell has anything to do with it. Strong smell of coffee beans and some woodiness as well.

TASTE: The chocolate part of the Mocha was not really present in the aroma, but it certainly is in the taste. In fact, it pushes the coffee flavor out of the way to dominate early in the sip, but the coffee fights back towards the end to help provide a nice, bitter finish. The woodiness of the nose translates into a smoky taste throughout the sip. I should also note that this is the first time I’ve had this beer poured into a glass. I served it at my old job and if I drank it, I drank it straight out of the bottle. I have to say the flavor is certainly enhanced by the aroma, using some glassware for this beer makes a big difference and it is more full and robust than it is straight from the bottle.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth, but with a touch of carbonation. It is a bit oily, but also dry and not mouthcoating in the least.

OVERALL: I am very happy I tried this beer in a pint glass rather than straight out of the bottle. It isn’t terribly exciting until you allow it to open up and let it let you take the aroma in. At that point it becomes a very strong, year-round standard for Rogue.

08-18-2011 20:36:08 | More by StoneTSR
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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