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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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very good

1,341 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,341
Hads: 2,755
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 106
Gots: 319 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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 TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

A:dark brown with thick creamy head (3/3)
S:medium strength coffee and dark malt smell (8/12)
T: coffee and dark malt dominate coffee, gets stronger on finish (15/20)
M: really creamy upfront but dry finish(5/5)
O: A very drinkable Porter flavor profile not too impressive but certainly tasty (7/10)

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Wonderful.
The taste has moderate chocolate sweetness, off-set by a moderate bitterness that builds through the profile. Finishes with a touch of milk.
The texture is softer and medium bodied.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma at first gives off lots of brown sugar with a prune-like fruitiness; there is also some caramel, bready malt, milk chocolate, and dark roast coffee. The head is dense and deep tan; the body is a very dark brown but garnet highlights come through against the light. The flavor includes roasted malt and dark coffee with some tart fruitiness; the bitterness is husky and resiny; there is an undertone of malt sweetness. The husky, bread crust-like finish lingers. The body is somewhat light with a sharp bite from the carbonation.

Smells great, but the flavor doesn't follow the nose very closely. It's still complex and intense with a resiny bitterness that provides an American hop character.

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Photo of hophugger
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very dark color. Aroma is of sweet malts and cocoa. Interesting, complex taste. Bitterness up front and then back and forth with creaminess and bitterness. pretty smooth, creamy finish. Very pleasant beer. Complex, slightly strong, yet very drinkable !

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Photo of fscottkey
2.89/5  rDev -25.3%

A: [3.25] Dark black body. There is a 1/2 finger head of small to medium tan bubbles. The bottle does not list ABV or IBU. There is a date code on the bottom - but it means nothing to me.

S: [2.75] Wafts of mocha and some metallic scent.

T: [3.00] Bitter coffee - when it is cold. When it warms up - the taste mellows but there is a slight reduction in bitterness

M: [2.75] Lots of "buzz" on the tip of the tongue. The beer is creamy - but there is a tingle of carbonation.

O: [2.75] I wanted to like this. I like stouts and porters. I really like coffee flavored stouts and porters but I do not like this one. The nose has a metallic hint. The mouthfeel has too much carbonation. The flavor is a single note that isn't executed too well. I won't buy this again. I would drink this again - but there are lots of porters I would go for first.

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Photo of Gear54
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A:Pour is a dark mahogany with light kaki head and wispy lace on the glass

S: the first smell is fantastic salted carmel with roasted malts in the background. Possibly some coffee as well

T: not as good as the smell. Mostly roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Totally disappointed that the carmel isn't in the flavor profile.

M: heavy almost chewy but not overwhelming.

O : really good. Might have been a new go to if the carmel was a bit more powerful.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. Deep dark brown with a .5 finger head when poured into a pint glass. Lacing on the glass is thin.

s. Coffee and malt.

t. Excellent balance with coffee and malt. Not finding the chocolate
side of the mocha, but who cares - taste is a notch above above outstanding (on this scale).

m. A bit dry on the finish, but good hidden carbonation.

o. A porter that is a step above most coffee porters. I find some coffee porters to be overwhelming - the mocha toned it down nicely.

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Photo of mrjez
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with reddish highlights, with a lasting tan head. The aroma is very nice, notes of coffee, roasted malt, some chocolate and caramel. Flavour has some coffee bitterness mixed with a little sweetness, perhaps from chocolate or dark fruit, something a bit smoky too. Really a pleasure in the feel, the coffee bitter transfers well into a lingering hop bitterness, it has a smooth finish. Great beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely dark brown (almost black in color) with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a finger + half tall medium sized cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large finger thick layer covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of coffee and bittersweet chocolate over the top of light aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of bittersweet dark chocolate and a light amount of coffee. Hints of burnt malts towards the finish which all contribute to a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away slowly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thin.

O: Easy to drink and definitely one you could have a couple in a session due to the lighter body and lower ABV. Enough complexity to keep you interested but not too bold in flavors/aromas.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark brown with a nice cream head that dissipates fairly quickly. Just a hint of chocolate moca aroma. Mostly a typical porter smell. Taste is not sweet at all and has a dry coco powder like finish that is also fairly bitter. Not a lot of thickness or flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. A very good beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy tan head that lingers.

Chocolate, coffee grounds, and nutty, toasted malt dominate the aroma. There's a slightly acrid character present.

Flavor is dominated by roast malt and dark chocolate, with bitter coffee grounds and char rounding out the finish. The early balance goes to cocoa, but the finish is definitely bitter and charred. An acrid character surfaces late.

Body is fairly full, with modest carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

The charred finish is slightly offputting, but mocha is well represented. Bitterness is more than I prefer, but the chocolate character makes up for it a bit.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with a small tan head. Sticky lacing around the glass.

Aroma is of roast and a little caramel. No hop aroma, not much mocha or chocolate in the nose.

Taste reminds me of a middle of the road porter. Quite a bit of roast, slightly bitter finish.

Medium body.

Overall an okay beer. I am not sure I would call it a mocha porter though. Not a whole lot of chocolate in the beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a huge billowy tan colored head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a roasted malt smell with some sweeter aromas of caramel and cola. Along with these smells are some notes of a dark chocolate smell as well as a bit of a coffee. Some grainy and grassy smells mingle with all the rest creating a somewhat odd blend of roasted, sweet and grass/grain.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat watery dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor with a sweetness of caramel and some vanilla. As the flavors advance the sweetness dwindles a bit with quite bitter and somewhat astringent flavors then hitting the tongue. Some bitter coffee begins developing in the middle of the taste, being accompanied by some grassy and hay like flavors. Along with these comes some light grainy flavors along with a flavor of char. While the caramel from the front fades toward the end, it is replaced by some cola like sweetness, where it mixed with the rest of the flavors to leave a rather off bitter, burnt coffee mocha flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin for a porter with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower to average side. The thinner body is good for the porter nature of the beer, but the body is way too thin, with it rather incapable of supporting the darker flavors of the brew.

Overall – Nothing too great here. Way too thin and weak in flavors with it lacking much balance. Not one I will come back to.

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Photo of vkv822
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Black, with a thick, foamy tan head with good retention.

Big roasty, espresso, cocoa malt notes. Really inviting. It has similar notes in the taste as well.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

Nothing particularly fancy, just a very well done, tasty porter.

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Photo of hops202
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stone snifter.

Looks very dark brown with hints of red. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, caramel and roastiness dominate. A bit of nutiness in there as well. Taste is weak with coffee and chocolate mainly, but nothing special. I would have expected more of this but truthfully Rogue has been letting me down recently - even with my desire to like their beers.


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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt with light hop presence; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, herbal, light pine, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good porter. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured reddish black opaque with mohagany hue. Thick soapy head that quickly dissapated, leaving slight tan skiff and foamy ring, Very slight oil slick on surface and moderate cabonation. Nice color, but would like to see creamier head that sustained.

Aroma: Faint coffee-like roast. No hops. Banana notes and a bit of chalk. Needs more.

Taste: Toffee, molasses and coffee bitterness. Slightly astringent and dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry and moderately thin. A bit of carbonation tingle.

Overall: Pretty non-descript for the style, but smooth and drinkable with good coffee character. The kind of dark ale that you can quaff on a hot day because the its relatively dry and the coffee is relatively mild.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The first few sips were amazing - lots of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. But as the beer started to warm up, these flavors became less prominent. Maybe it's because my palate became overwhelmed or the flavor just changes as it warms up. Anyways, still very tasty.

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Photo of RVigz
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of BWED
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Very deep brown, some dark red hues shine through against some light. Brown head is pretty creamy but isn't thick. Good lacing, however.

S- The mocha comes out, more on the chocolate side. Pretty sweet. Light on the coffee, but a gentle roast hits the nose.

T- Roast comes out more in the flavor, with the coffee and cocoa in the background. There a slight flavor of vanilla as well.

M- Rather light in body, but a slight creaminess. Very smooth and easy to drink. There's a bit of a roasty, dry finish as well.

O- One of the better Rogue's I've had. It has a nice flavor and drinks well.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark as night with a finger, beige head with decent retention and some decent lacing. Smell is sweet with some dark fruits, maybe a hint of coffee, a hint of chocolate but it is pretty sweet upfront. Taste is much more coffee -- I was hoping I was in there. Also taste all that was in the nose. Mouthfeel is nice with lots of carbonation for this low ABV Porter. Overall this isn't a bad beer but it really isn't anything I would go after again. The coffee just tastes a little off to me. I love coffee in beers but hate coffee. Possibly this is just a type of coffee that doesn't agree with me as much.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my Guinness pint glass, the beer looked dark black with some ruby red tints towards the bottom of the glass. Head was a nice "mocha" tan type color. Big bubbles; very creamy. Looks like a great dark beer!

S- HUGE CHOCOLATE NOTES! That is followed up with a roasted coffee and cream smell. Very malty. Semi sweet from the chocolate. Inviting!

T- Huge chocolate, with the roasted coffee and cream notes from the nose. Those elements create a dessert type sweetness overall. I also detected some light toffee and caramel notes. Bitterness is a little high, but it's not a dominating flavor by any means.

*-When warmer, the bitterness kicks in harder and there is a bigger coffee/toffee caramel maltyness. At this point very little, if any, chocolate comes through. The beer tastes better cold to me.

M- Medium bodied, but so smooth. Mild carbination, but enough there to notice. It's not like Guinness where you can't even tell it's carbonated. Finish lingers for a bit. It finishes smooth and semi sweet. Just like dessert I tell yeah! Very pleasant drinking, especially when cold.

*Overall this is a great beer. My only complaint would have to be with the bitterness, but that's just if I had to pick something to complain about. I think the bitterness could be less in a beer like this. But overall this is outstanding! Looking forward to the rest!!!!

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall this beer has impressed me in the past but it just doesnt do it for me at this point in time as there is a medicinal/metallic taste to it that is just too off putting.

Pours a dark brown with little head retention. , meh

Smell is cocoa and coffee with metallic notes, not what I had before with this...

Taste is the same with notes of bitter cocoa and coffee with, some hop bitterness, and a lingering metallic taste, odd , I know its rogue but , bleh...

mouthfeel is nice its robust and full, nice carb, just the damn after taste... ugh

I wish I didnt review this at this time, I thought I have had a better version of this. Hmm..

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

$2.49 single bottle poured into a pint glass. It's been awhile since I've had a Rogue beer.

Appearance: A slightly hazy black and dark ruby color. Two fingers of a mocha head that actually stays at one for quite awhile. Lacing's pretty good. The head itself is pretty creamy. Looks great.

Smell: Coffee. Dark chocolate. Some malty sweetness. Truthfully, all to be said about this beer -- and that's not a bad thing. Fits well with the style and name of the beer. Easier to pick up when the beer warms.

Taste: Semi-sweet mocha right at the start, and almost through to the end. The finish adds some roasted malts to the whole thing to keep it from being overly sweet. Not overly complex, but very enjoyable regardless. Gets a touch sweeter as it warms up, which is fine with me.

Feel: I think this is about perfect for a porter, as I know the style. It's got a medium body with a pretty creamy mouthfeel, but it's not as big as a stout is/should be. Somewhat prickly carbonation on the front of the tongue on the finish.

Suddenly one of my favorite porters, if not my favorite (Edmund Fitzgerald is up there as well). The one thing about this beer, while I enjoy it a bit more than Edmund Fitz (mostly because of the feel), it's also a dollar or two more expensive for a six pack... I'm not sure I like it THAT much more. Rogue Mocha Porter is a pleasant tasting, easy drinking, sessionable porter that I could gladly enjoy a few of. Definitely try this beer.

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Photo of Botulizard
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with almost no head, very much like a cola.

S: Malt roastiness with coffee and chocolate notes.

T: Bold roasted coffee with a nice balance of bitterness and chocolate sweetness. I'd have liked there to have been more chocolate present.

M: Way too thin and carbonated for a "porter". Much like the appearance, this aspect reminds me more of a cola than a beer.

O: It tastes pretty good, I'll give it that. Hell, maybe I'll drink it again sometime just for that. I do wish it tasted more distinctly of mocha. It seems to lack the characteristics that I'd expect from a porter, though. It loses a lot of points on that. It should be thicker and less carbonated.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,341 ratings.