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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,348 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,348
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 74
Gots: 95 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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McNealc31

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel like the name is a little misleading. I think it would be better classified as a mocha stout. It has more of the roasted and bitter flavors that I associate with a stout rather than a porter. And while the mocha flavors and creamy texture are there, it's all in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 02:12:53 | More by McNealc31
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gabedivision

New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a 16 oz pint glass.

A- very nice opaque black witha firm brownish white head that cobwebs its self to the sides of the glass.

S- The smell is faint roasted coffee smell with strong bitter edge.

T- Tastes like an iced mocha, nutty and a tad bitter on the finish.

M- Stays in the mouth for awhile after sipped, the flavors of nuts chocolate and coffee stay around well after ingested.

D- This is a nice drinkable porter, i just couldn't get passed the smell. Although the taste more than makes up for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 04:15:29 | More by gabedivision
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Deep chocolate brown with a half finger, tan head

Smell. Coffee, bitter chocolate, a little orange peel.

Taste. Bitter dark chocolate, tobacco, coffee, burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel.Medium carbonation, quite dry and biter.

Drinkability. Good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 01:20:20 | More by Rutager
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep brown/black, slight head on top, average lacing.

S- chocolate, roasted, caramel, vanilla, malt.

T- nutty, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, roasted slightly bitter finish

M- med/heavy body, creamy smooth body.

D- amazing, smooth, easy to drink beer. check this great beer out.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 00:04:07 | More by BeerLover99
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep brown, almost black. Creamy tan head with nice retention and minimal lace.

S- Chocolate with caramel notes, coffee, and vanilla hints. Grassy hints.

T- Follows nose with chocolate, coffee, and caramel notes. Touch of vanilla and earthy, nutty characteristics.

M- Medium bodied, creamy, and smooth

D- Very easy to drink. Slightly bitter coffee tones, but nice balance between chocolate and coffee. The flavors are muted. Its nothing extra-ordinary, but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 03:51:51 | More by JayS2629
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NStLincoln

Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark chestnut brown with a tan head.

Taste is like if tootsie roll made a dark chocolate flavor and coated it in chalk. A little bit of a whole milk smell.

I get very little coffee on the palate for a beer that's "mocha." The aftertaste and the accompanying bitterness has definite coffee characteristics. Most of what I get is a nutty bitter chocolate. Yum.

Porters are the best because I can drink a 22 ouncer and not feel like I drank a milkshake. Like 1% milk on the tongue. Easy drinking and lots of awesome chocolate and coffee bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 22:39:58 | More by NStLincoln
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shand

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After the great Guinness disappointment, I was in the mood for a dark beer with some actual flavor. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet.

Pours an almost completely black color with a decent head. Head retains just a few clusters of bubbles, but retains well. The smell? Oh god, it smells like the Guinness. Coffee malts and chocolate. The taste fairs better than the Guinness though. It's bitter at first almost like black coffee, but not overwhelmingly so. Then, a bit of the chocolate character comes through, resolving the beer more sweetly. It's not bursting with flavor, but it's still pretty good. The flavor does come through more as it warms up, though.

The mouthfeel is great, it's just thick enough for the amount of flavor. The drinkability is very high, there's nothing offensive in this beer. Overall, this is a pretty decent porter. There's nothing here to amaze, but it's still very drinkable, and has it's place.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 05:32:57 | More by shand
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Schooner glass. Didn't see a best before date on the bottle.

A - dark brown, but not black. Slightly lighter than other porters with a bit of light actually passing through! Nice fluffy half inch head that hangs around and adds some nice lacing as I drink this beauty.

S - very slightly grass with big chocolate malt and caramel, and just a hint of coffee.

T - initially a little bitter with a bite resolving into a nice complex malt and coffee with just a bit of booziness.

M - nicely balanced between lightness and satisfying "weight" of a darker beer. Just a hint of bitterness at the back of the throat.

D - exceptionally drinkable, surprisingly so. Was expecting something heavier, but this goes down very well.

This is a great beer; heard good things about it, came with expectations and wasn't disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 04:05:40 | More by DoktorZee
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a finger thick, frothy, mocha colored head that slowly dissipates.

S: The nose is mainly that of roasted malts, which brings out a coffee scent in the beer. There is also hints of chocolate or cocoa.

T: The taste is just like the nose, major roasted malt/coffee bean taste throughout. There is also a subtle sweetness and a hint of hops. The finish is dry and the taste of the roasted malts is left in the palate,more of a smokey flavor.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation, finish is dry and smooth.

D: Overall this is a good beer. The roasted characteristics mesh well with the slight bitterness and sweetness and it goes down nice and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 01:09:44 | More by mavbrew
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pocwolf

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at my local pub. Black in color with a great coffee/chocolate smell. I am usually not a fan of the burnt flavor in porters but this beer was a great mix of the smoky, chocolate and coffee flavor. While I enjoyed it as a treat it wouldnt be something I could drink all night.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 01:09:15 | More by pocwolf
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BB1313

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a thin black color with little head and not much lacing going on. Picking up chocolate, coffee, and vanilla notes. Those flavors really come to life one you start drinking. This one has bittersweet characteristics, slightly roasty. Mouthfeel is light, thin, but creamy.. really nice for a porter. Drinkability is really good, flavors would lead me to drink this one all night.

I've always been a fan of this one. Definitely one of the better porters I've tried. Rogue really does a good job w/ these kind of beers.. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 17:21:06 | More by BB1313
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first review via CrackBerry...

Pours with a short tan head over a deep brown body... Not much retention or lacing.

Aromas of roasted malts - reminiscent of coffee beans, along with some burnt biscuit. Fairly rich aroma for a porter.

Flavors bring some nice citrus hoppiness to the field to play with the roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate in the middle. The bitterness is strong in the aftertaste, and there's a pretty strong film left on the palate.

Mouthfeel is great for the style - just enough carbonation, and decent bite that distinguishes the porter from the stout.

Drinkability is solid, and maybe just a touch less bitterness in the finish would take it further. Great overall example of the style.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2010 14:37:00 | More by BeerImmediately
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown to black from a 12 oz bottle with no ABV or freshness date on the label. Dark brown color when held against light.
Aroma is mostly roasted malts and coffee with hints of dark chocolate/cocoa.
Taste is a perfect blend of roasted malts and bitter coffee and chocolate. Very nice roasted/slightly burnt, bitter aftertaste that lingers for quite sometime. Chocolate flavor takes over slowly as the beer warms up.
Medium bodied, smooth porter with a very good mouthfeel. Not too much lacing along the glass.
Drinkability is very good, a smooth and solid porter that I would definitely have any time and would recommend to all porter lovers.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 03:15:17 | More by CaptDavyJones
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jfrank85

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my stolen cigar city snifter from a 12oz bottle. Looks pretty good, blackish dark brown with tan head that settles leaving small ring of bubbles around the sides of the glass. No lacing to be seen but thats ok. From opening this bottle i cought whiffs of chocolate milk and toffee. Once poured the coffee and dark chocolate seem more apparent. Taste is good, malty and semi sweet with toffee and coffee notes. Doesnt sit on the palate too long which could be good or bad depending on personal style preference. Doesnt leave a bad after taste or linger on flavor, a decent trade off i suppose. Honestly i could kick back with in front of the fish tank reading a magazine and drink this all night, its easy on the drinkability side.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:34:42 | More by jfrank85
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smibroncos

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a slightly hazy walnut, with a nice two finger, coffe color, diminishing head. good lacing on the glass.

S. Roasted malt, leaves, bittersweet chocolate

T. Nothing sweet here, starts with bitter roasted malt, then black coffee, finish is dry and bitter. Good duration.

M. Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D. A pretty good brew, coffe flavor is a little late to hit the palate but the duration is really good.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 01:45:27 | More by smibroncos
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Khazadum

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blind Beer #4! This seemed like such a good idea at just before 3 in the morning. I couldn't wait until tomorrow for another chance to taste something completely random from my favorite pint glass.

Vision
Well this is unusual. There was an explosion of head from the pour. Technique wasn't anything aggressive or destructive. It was a simple pour to create one and a half... no, two... wait... two and a half fingers! Uncanny... only problem is, it has low retention.

It quickly puffs, fizzles, and poofs its way down to a cotton ball appearance. It is as if three separate cotton balls of foam were plopped into my beer. Tan, almost toasted bread coloring to the froth. The lacing is sporadic, and when it exists it is...irregular and poofy much like the head, too many giant bubbles to look appealing in my book.

The body on this one is deep, but more on the level of soy sauce with apple juice somewhere in its family tree. Tons of carbonation beds apparent from the top down view to give hope for something delightful.

Bouquet
Caramel sweetness, slight, almost hidden chocolate love here. Definite presence of a chocolate smoke. I imagine this is what a chocolate cigarette might toss off from it's lit end, minus all the nasty polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Some roasted grain smokey flavors as well.

Flavor Profile
Opens sweet, very interesting. Caramels come through here, some chocolate... yes there is something chocolaty about this one. The middle is a weird generic flavor. Almost like a plasticizer leached into it, but that could be my imagination. Last dying breaths reveal a burnt flavor, like burnt toast, that is snuffed out by the finish. That finish would be a strong hop presence. Bitter with pine thoughts. I would have imagined it to be unusual for a beer this dark to have a strong hop finish.

Oral Sensations
Definitely crisp and bubbly. Loads of carbonation sizzle and splash across my orifice. Mild body with a thin presence. Lingers well enough with strong bitter notes. Same flavor exists as a residue around the inside of my cheeks and upon my teeth.

Conclusions
Chocolate hopped up porter? I have no clue... Who makes a hopped up porter in a twelve ounce anyway? It is not bad. Seems alright for the most part. Very happy to tick something unusual in this way. Wish it was a bit more clear in its bouquet and flavors, but I'm happy with how this one ended. I might try it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 09:13:20 | More by Khazadum
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JAZwara

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber bottle

A: excellent, very deep brown, nearly black; pours with a wonderful tan head that slowly dissipates; very nice lacing

S: mostly malty and chocolate, something slightly off about the chocolate notes

T: very quality porter, but difficult to pick up on the mocha; mocha is very residual, doesn't come out until slightly after a sip

M: good, nicely carbonated which brings out a little bite to balance against the malts

D: complexity of the mocha flavor requires a slow drink to really enjoy, makes for a nice nightcap

I'm usually partial to Bell's and Southern Tier porters and stouts, and this was the first Rogue porter I sat down to review while I drank; a pretty good beer, but not quite at the top of my rotation

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 02:40:25 | More by JAZwara
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midwestbrewers

Kansas

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle

A: Dark brown color with a little tan/brownish head. Light penetrates the beer only sightly on the edges.

S: Roasted malts with a very balanced characteristic. A little sweet with chocolate and with a small bit of hops at the end.

T: This beer is completely off the charts with the taste. Immediately your palette gets the roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate and a little coffee. Smooth finish with slight bitter notes at the end.

This is an exceptional beer. The taste is what wow's me the most. Every aspect of it seem to be like a puzzle that's perfect in design and completion. One of the smoothest porters I've had the privilege of reviewing. GREAT BEER ROGUE BREWERY!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 03:02:18 | More by midwestbrewers
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esv

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into the glass @ 38 F ... better as it warms up to upper 40's

A) Stiff pour, thin head, light tan, sticking to the sides. Dark, black beer.

S) Nice, light chocolate/coffee nose. A hint of vanilla. Great nose, very inviting. A definite graininess that beckons softly.

T) A bold, burnt chocolate. A slight, acrid bitterness. I can't detect any hops.

M) Medium mouthfeel.

I want every sip. Very good, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 23:44:37 | More by esv
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diamondc

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Fairly opaque, not much head, just a thin wisp of bubbles and foam.

S: Coffee and hints of vanilla and nutmeg. Graham crackers, too.

T: Coffee and dark chocolate overshadow everything. A bit of a dry, spicy bitterness at the end.

M/D: Kind of disappointing, too much acidity from the roastedness. I've had better coffee porters/stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 08:50:42 | More by diamondc
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catrone

Italy

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light don't easily pass through the glass as the beer is a very dark brown one.
After pouring, a small brownish head appears, leaving laces on the glass.

The smell is that of strong roasted malt, covering almost any other smell.

At the taste is very bitter, with aromas of malt and coffee, while the aftertaste has a lot of liquorice. Carbonation is mild but still noticeable while drinking.

Though not an easy beer, it's still quite drinkable and a good example of what porters should be.

Small notice about the (nice) bottle design: mine had a white background instead of the black one displayed on the picture.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 14:08:48 | More by catrone
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep darker brown almost black in color. One finger beige head shows medium retention that caps the beer. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of roasted malts in the front of this beer. Some hints of coffee and light vanilla notes come and go as well. The ending has some hints of bitter hops to it as well.

T- Roasted and coffee like malts in the front. A hint of vanilla gives off a light creamy feel in the front. The middle of this beer has most of the roasted malts fade into some caramel backbone middle. The ending of this has a sharp bitter hop bite with a light spicing to it it seems.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts with a hint of roasted coffee left on the palate. Aftertaste is coffee and warming alcohol. Medium drying on the palate from alcohol. Flavors were a little muted but blended well to give a good overall flavor. Clean tasting with no off flavors.

D- This beer is there but it's not. The flavor was muted a bit and could have been more. The ABV is light enough to make this a easy sixer although I would want more flavor from my beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 15:35:46 | More by alleykatking
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gregshead

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 03:18:32 | More by gregshead
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour an active beer of the darkest brown, with red highlights. From a relatively standard pour, a three finger beige colored head of massive bubbles, erupts. Foamy patterned lacing clings to the glass as the head slowly recedes. The aroma is bright with hops that borderline soapiness, but is otherwise wrought with roasted malts and a purposeful helping of raw coffee beans. There is the tiniest hint of dark chocolate, piggybacking somewhere towards the front of the nose. The taste kicks off with the marriage of heavy roasted malt and a subtle, creamy sweetness. Through the middle there is a crescendo of sweetness, which hides grainy notes of bittersweet chocolate. In the end these flavors fall away, as there is a dominance of earthy spice tones, and strongly bitter, grassy hops. The aftertaste is of these components, with a distinction of black coffee. The brew is smooth and crisp. The body is medium to full, the carbonation is low to medium, and there is a nice warming effect, despite the average abv. The mouth is moderately dry, but the beer, as you drink, is fairly creamy and coating. The drinkability is good, with the rate limiter being the bitter coffee bite.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the explosive look. When poured, the beer gave off an "active" vibe, but the aromas were a bit subdued. This was not the case, as much, with the flavors, and a strong mocha-coffee flavoring is palpable to the end. While there is much to love about this beer, where we are torn is with the bright earthy and grassy hop flavoring which, while appropriately balancing, certainly gives the drinker something to think about.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 23:56:51 | More by TheBrewo
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Weizenmensch

Japan

2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours nicely with a generous yellow tan head and black body, brown not red at the sides. Carbonation moderate, lacing plentiful.

First strong smell I get is chalky. Not sure why, but it's strong. Malty roast aroma, a hint of berry sweetness. Not overly complex, but pleasing.

Smooth in the mouth with a chaffy flavour and coffee aftertaste. A little sweet but nicely balanced. Not bad but doesn't stand out as a "mocha porter" - tastes like a decent homebrew stout. Mouthfeel is good though, not too heavy or slimy but not dry and quaffable either. I wouldn't have another of these though, because it's a bit boring - nice for a change but there isn't anything there that shocks you or really entices you to crack a second one. I'd follow this up with something zesty and tastebud-tickling, maybe a Hefeweizen or Wit.

Overall, decent, but could have been better.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 07:29:07 | More by Weizenmensch
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,348 ratings.