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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,232 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2232
Reviews: 1302
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,232 | Reviews: 1,302 | Show All Ratings:
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beerman599

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i had this at Delaney's cafe in new haven last week and i couldn't stop drinking it. fresh pulled with creamy great head , malt - hop aroma, roast malt favor with hops in the finish. this is cask ale at it's finest .
half of the experience in cask ales is how there treated at the bar and Delaney's does it right.

Serving type: cask

01-22-2004 21:34:12 | More by beerman599
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

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

Had this on tap at the Saucer. Deep brown color that permits the slightest amount of light to penetrate. Creamy, frothy brown head leaves lots of lacing.

Fresh coffee smell with roasted chocolate malts and hops that linger as well.

Malts all come through in the taste. The bitterness of the hops aren't too overpowering, but seem to rule the roost.Tastes like bittersweet baker's chocolate and cappuccino. They definitely named the beer correctly.

On the lighter side of a medium mouthfeel with carbonation ever present.

Better than the bottle, but either way not hard to put a few of these babies back.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-21-2004 22:32:47 | More by WOLFGANG
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Mocha Porter pours an opaque black with a semi-creamy brownish head that quickly dissipated to a thin film and collar. It has a chocolate, coffee, roasted malt aroma. It has a nice malty initial taste that is heavy on coffee flavors. The finish is way too bitter for a porter though...kind of overwhelming. If not for that, this would be an excellent brew. As it is, it becomes very difficult to drink for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 05:33:36 | More by Beaver13
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woemad

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane.

Poured an almost black shade of brown. Big, fluffy tan head that hung around for a while. Lots of lacing.

Aroma was of dark fruits dipped in chocolate. Still, not as "mocha-y" as I expected it to be.

Taste is of roasted malts, dark fruits and, lingering in the backgound, chocolate. I really expected the mocha aspects to be more pronounced than they were. Otherwise this is a very good porter, the taste is just nothing really exceptional.

The drinkability and mouthfeel are just as I would like them to be. If the drinker is fond of porters (as I am), they could happily quaff several of them, especially since the abv is only 5.3% per BA (there's no mention of abv on the botttle).

This is a very likeable porter, but I'm not sure the mocha warrants being in the title.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 04:59:11 | More by woemad
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LuckySevens82

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark coffee color, small, light brown head, which doesn't stick around for long. Nice lace though.

Wow, this beer smells good. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee with just a hint of hops, not a single scent overpowers another, it is very easy to tell the difference.

Taste...very nice, very coffee like. Nice dry feeling in the mouth after it goes down with just a hint of hops.

As far as dark beers are concerned this is just great. This is the first of the Rogues I've tryed and I plan on trying more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 01:33:55 | More by LuckySevens82
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Charthepirate

New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 00:36:29 | More by Charthepirate
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was a light black pour with a small but thick dark tan head. The smell was chalky with some coffee notes. The taste was of the classic Rogue bittersweetness. Definitely chocolately but the chocolate seemed to want to be more prevalent and it wasn't. Coffee paired with the chocolate but it also seemed a little restrained. The carbonation combined with the medium thickness left for a good mouthfeel. Definitely hoppy in the finish. The hops were acidic and a little citrusy. Really balanced. Not bad but not the best either.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2003 20:19:12 | More by granger10
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avylover

Virginia

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

Pours out fairly black with a tan head. To be honest my wife is asleep so I can't turn the lights up to check the highlights...aahhh the life of a BA. Aroma of bitter coffee and some sweet milk chocolate, backed by a health dose of some rogue style hoppiness. Taste starts off sweet, with a malted milkshake and cappuccino taste. Suddenly, the hops take over like highjacking islam radicals. These are merciful radicals, as the creaminess seems to mesh with the hop presence and roasted malts in the aftertaste. The initial creamy taste is great but doesn't last long enough for my pallette. Carbonated yet slightly creamy in mouthfeel, and quite drinkable for a thick porter.

Not bad at all, pick this one up if you enjoy porters and hops

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 05:01:50 | More by avylover
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rkhaze

California

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

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a creamy tan head. Not much lacing. Roasted malt, cocoa, and espresso on the nose.
Nice roasted malt flavor upfront with coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a subdued (for Rogue) hop presence. The bitter/dry aftertaste really lingers on the finish.
For the style it seemed light bodied and almost over-carbonated. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 01:31:37 | More by rkhaze
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok bought in the screen printed 22 oz brown bomber..label looks a lot different than the one displayed on the page.
Appearance is of deep dark, dark brown almost black beer..impenetrable to light..small frothy tan head..leaves nice lacing.
Smell for a Rogue is surprisingly weak..but I do detect some chocolate and hop hints.
Nice strong taste of the coffee and malts at first then the ubiquitous hops spring forth in ambush..very unusual and nice.
Nice on the palte pretty adventurous.
Nice drinkable porter..winter is here and im enjoying porters so much more again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 04:45:23 | More by Reidrover
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

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

A very nice porter that I decided to try with some chocolate brownies my wife had just baked. Good choice.

The body of this porter is very dark brown tending to black that had a very nice 3 finger beige head when poured. The head dropped back rather quickly but left a nice lacing layer to remind you that it had been there so recently.

The nose is all about chocolate and coffee, and mostly of the chocolate. The taste carries this as well but the coffee bitterness comes to the fore, especially when positioned against the sweetness of the brownies. Taken on its own the bitterness subsides a bit, but it is still prominent in the taste helping the brew finish a bit to the dry side..

The feel is medium and the finish fairly smart. Good drinkability from this lovely porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 01:02:56 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Jables

Illinois

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

Dark almost black in appearance. Head is medium in size with a dark tan color.
Aroma is roasted malt with some coffee notes. The flavor is smooth with roasted malts and some nutty flavors, but it is nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth but not heavy.
This is by no means a big beer, but it is smooth, balanced and tasty. Today, this is just what the doctor ordered. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 00:15:11 | More by Jables
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DagFishHead

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark black-brown body. Light brown, whipped-creamy head with lots of staying power and lace all over the place. Small cloud islands in a sea of darkness... doesn't get any more inviting.
Smell: This is a substantial porter... earthy, bitter-sweet chocolate, espresso, dried fruits, slightly smoked. A joy to the nose.
Taste: Porter is a tough style to define... this just might be it. Chocolate notes from both chocolate and chocolate malt. Dry hop bitter finish... very nice, but a tad bitter or me.
Mouthfeel: Not as substantial as a stout, more so than a brown... how about: porter. Creamy, low-medium carbonation level on the tongue.
Drinkability: Fine example of of the style... yet another winner from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 20:27:32 | More by DagFishHead
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Solid black with a decent dark head.

Smell – Roasted malt and dark chocolate form the backbone of this aroma. There’s also some good sweetness here; a combination of dark, ripe fruits and table sugar.

Taste – I was quite surprised with the stiff hop balance, although I shouldn’t have been because it’s a Rogue. The bitter hops though are a compliment to the main show – dark malt and chocolate. The sweetness fades a bit but is still noticeable.

Mouthfeel – Somewhat light in the mouth, more like the Anchor Porter than the Stone, but solid nevertheless. This porter is both creamy smooth and refreshingly dry.

Drinkability – There may be some die-hards complaining about the big hops, but I thought it was a very interesting rendition of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 02:27:24 | More by RoyalT
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oberon

North Carolina

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

A solid beer all the way around for me but maybe a little to hoppy for a porter for me,pours a deep mocha color with a light stichy head,aroma is of powdered sugar and of course mocha.Taste like I said is a little hoppy for the style in my opinion but there is some nice chocolaty tones with some dried fruit tones as well.A nive earthy flavor hits in the finish to give this beer a decent taste grade.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 23:39:41 | More by oberon
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is a sweet dark malt with notes of coffee.
Clear, close to black. Firm tan head, medium height and lacing.
Strong dark malt, bitterness on tongue that lingers. Coffee tastes present. Full quality to the flavor. Rich without excess and little to no chocolate flavors noted. Some fruitiness appears as warms.
On the thinner side overall. Softness from carbonation, bitterness prevents smoothness.
Quite a sharp taste at cooler temperatures, but it eases as it warms. Lack of complexity keeps it only slightly beer than average.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 02:46:43 | More by garymuchow
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tar

Bahamas

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark opaque black--some purple comes through when held in the light, with a thinnish tan colored head which persists as a very thin foamy layer. Smells very nicely of roasted malt and chocolate. A good malty, chocolatey taste with some coffee flavors present as well. Smooth, but feels quite thin in the mouth. A overall nice tasting and smelling beer which is fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 22:08:24 | More by tar
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a monster tan head that last for a little while then reduces to a nice ring, leaving a track of lace like a slug on the sides of the glass.

Robust malts hit the nose like Mike Tyson. The hop aroma is pleasant as well.

Roasted malts with a kickass coffee flavor a strong on the tongue. Caramel also acompany the mochaness of this beer. Hop bitter is light and does not detur any from the beer.

Carbonation is a little strong but I like it very much so.

Prost

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 18:01:09 | More by kunzbrew
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Mustard

District of Columbia

2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "best by" or "bottled on" date; no ABV %; purchased as part of a ten beer "Winter Brew" (vel sim.) sampler pack for $14.99 from the Cost Plus on Westwood and Santa Monica.

Appearance: Completely opaque hue; thick, beautiful, cocoa-brown head; d-cup's worth of lace; fairly good head retention.

Aroma: Faintly of chocolate with hints of espresso and plum.

Taste: Assertive, disconcerting acidic twang upfront; thick, rolling, roasty bitterness in the finish; firm burnt grain flavor; faint, faint hint of residual sugars; medium bodied.

Notes: Disappointing; reminds me of bad coffee; found this to be simple, harsh and devoid of charm.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 05:57:33 | More by Mustard
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cola-brown body with a dark tan head. Smells of sweet roasted chocolate barley, with little hop presence (especially for a rogue beer). Taste starts with sweet, dark chocolate up front, followed by roasted coffee. Finish is smoky, bitter, and appetizingly dry. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 04:01:19 | More by alexgash
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate black in appearance with a nice head that leaves anice bit of laciness. Nice malty aroma, with a perfect blend of coffee and chocolate flavors. Good tartness from the roasted malt as a finishing touch. Smooth mouthfeel and extremely drinkable. Definitely one to put on your must try list.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 00:39:49 | More by edchicma
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steelreign

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown pour with one finger off white head. Coffee, chocolate and hops in the nose, some roasted malts as well.

Taste was roasted malt, coffee and hops...lots of hops. I was surprised by the amount of hop burst, but maybe I was expecting something along the lines of Anchor Porter or similar. All in all, a very nicely done porter that is different than the norm. Well rounded and balanced, and so easy to drink thanks to the relatively subdued carbonation. A very nice addition to the Rogue family.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 13:11:52 | More by steelreign
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86MonteSS

Connecticut

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

To be honest, I expected a little more from this beer. As porters go, this one's pretty solid, but as Rogues go, it's incomplete. I expected it to be heavier and fuller-bodied. Upon pouring it I saw a bunch of happy little floaters, but was let down when I couldn't hear what the hell they were trying to tell me. It's a decent porter, but just a grunt in Rogue's guerilla legion.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2003 02:07:06 | More by 86MonteSS
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ngandhi

Illinois

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

Rogue Mocha Porter (22 oz., US3.99) rivals only Anchor Porter as the most impressive I've ever had. Many porters are sharp on the tongue, weak in body, and often unpleasant. Though Mocha Porter does nothing to remind me of mocha (I believe the term refers only to color), it achieves excellence perhaps previously unknown to porters.

It operates much like a stout but compensates for its necessary lack of unmalted barley bite with an equally satisfying bite from the Perle hops. The choice of hops -- Perle and Centennial -- is expert; they are local and (now) indispensable in any porter. The Perle hops give off a wonderful "authentic" flavor that makes me think what beer used to be like in the old days. Bitter, yet rich and flavorful. The Centennials are largely supressed; if you open the beer up by swishing it around in your mouth, the Cascade-like (think Sierra Nevada Pale) aromatics and sweetness reveal themselves from this wonderful flavoring hop. And, as opposed to Shakespeare Stout, the hops don't flood the nose. They are delicate and subdued.

This is also one of the few porters I've had that gets markedly better as you get closer to the bottom of the glass. It isn't a matter of temperature, I serve it warm from the start. Instead, there is a bit of sediment near the end that gives a little more body and develops the bittersweet/dark chocolate roast flavor into something a little sweeter; maybe it's the Crystal, I don't know. This beer is a learning experience.

Because of the slight hop focus, it is followed up nicely by any pale ales if you are having a session or tasting. There is a lot going on here and enough to satisfy many palettes in some way.

Considering all the malt that has gone into this beer, there is a wonderful symphony at play.

Welcome to Carnegie Hall. Quiet please; Rogue Mocha Porter takes the stage.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 00:44:46 | More by ngandhi
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shirfan

New York

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

This is a very dark porter; only a small amount of light passes through the base of the glass. A thin tan layer of lace lingers on and on.

Aroma is predominently roasty malt, not especially strong.

Taste is big on bitter, oxidized malt, with a mildly mocha/coffee finish. Sour notes in the finish, and doesn't have an overly-burnt aspect. Just enough sweetness to balance things; any hops stay well in the background. Fairly one-dimensional, but it's a good dimension.

This strays well towards the stout side of things without going overboard...nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 17:03:39 | More by shirfan
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,232 ratings.