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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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1,337 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,337
Hads: 2,735
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 102
Gots: 307 | 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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Reviews: 1,337 | Hads: 2,735
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour didn't rouse but a thin brown espresso crema head on this opaque, darkest brown beauty. It's a bit too cold to really get a good whiff of this yet, but the initial nostril returns reveal a hint of coffee and bitter chocolate, with a surprisingly light appeal.

In the mouth it goes, revealing a smooth, easy drinking porter with the expected mocha (coffee and bitter chocolate) flavors coming through on malt parade. Goes down awfully easy for such a dense brew, without detracting from the full, creamy mouthfeel.

This is pretty awesome stuff. Despite the fact that it's a porter (and with porters, one is about all I can usually handle), it'd make a great session beer, and may even rival Guinness for drinkability in a stout or porter.

I'm glad Erti recommended this, and glad I finally got around to drinking it.

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

My bottle might have been a little outdated, but nevertheless it still lived up to it's Rogue name. Poured out a nice black color with quite a bit of carbonation that lasted all the way through. Aroma of chocolate with some coffee undertones. Taste is a lot of bittersweet chocolate with undertones of coffee flavors and roasted flavors with malts. A little complex and quite balanced as well. Solid porter from Rogue.

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

Very dark brown with a nice brown head.

Aroma full of fruits, chocolate and brown sugar.

Full body, smooth. Begins with fruit flavors which quickly become chocolatey with a touch of bitterness. Roasted finish which leaves a nice coffee-like aftertaste.

Very nice porter, not excessively sweet and pretty hoppy.

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Photo of MTMugs
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really liked the taste of this - bitter, coffee, chocolate. Who could ask for more! Poured nicely, dark brown, good tan head. The bittern aroma translates to bitterness on the tongue and lingers a little more than I'm used to in a porter but was a pleasant change. And a nice dry hoppy finish - all in all, a good drink (or 2 or 3!)

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

This beer pours a deep brown wth a rocky, bulbous beige head. This beer is nearly impenetrable to light.

Smell is hints of coffee, toffee and cocoa with alcohol.

The taste has a distinct coffee flavor - malts and dark sugars meet to sweeten the taste. This low carbonation (and high carbohydrate) beer is silky smooth and basically runs (funs) down the throat with great ease.

Good for repeat drinking.

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Photo of Crotor
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With a lingering tan head and a dark (even for a porter) body, Rogue's Mocha Porter presents a very appealing appearance. The beer has a moderate, roasty smell, with no hint of hop aroma. Similarly, there is no significant hop taste, only hop bitterness masking whatever malitness there may be in this brew, combining with the strong roastiness of the malt to present a broad, outspoken, bitter taste profile, with lingering charcoal and coffee. The beer is dry, perhaps a little prickley, with no sweetness to speak of. The lack of hop taste and aroma fits with the traditional form of porters, but considering the revision of porters in the Northwest, I miss these features, and feel they could round out this beer, making interesting what is now a rather mundane beer.

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Photo of Edwin
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Kclinger's Publik House

Appearance - Pours out a thick black with some reddish hues inside. Looks very nice upon first pour. Head laces throughout.

Smell - Coffee, nuts, chocolate, and a lot of roasted malts are abundant. A good, albeit thinner aroma.

Taste - I loved the flavor of this one. Not as well rounded and full-bodied as the Chocolate Stout, but definitely up there.a lot of nuttiness mixed with the coffee and chocolate tastes. Could be tweaked a litle to give it a bit more balance. Not as sweet of a chocolate as the Stout, either.

Mouthfeel - A tad watery and thin for this one, but not so much that it would deter me from having more of these.

Drinkability - Definitely could cozy up with one of these more than once. not too high in the ABV, so can be consumed easy.

Overall - I reccommend it. Good brew from a great brewery. I will take the Chocolate Stout over this every time, but this is still a beer worthy of some looks.

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Photo of BeefyMee
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Almost perfect. It's black (or nearly black) with a delicious looking head that coats the sides of the glass with its frothy goodness.

Smell: Chocolate and more chocolate.

Taste: OK so the chocolate is definitely featured here but it's not what I expected. It seems a little subdued while some other aspects become more and more distracting. There is a burnt and somewhat metallic taste at first that turns into a bit of a smoky flavor by the end. Drastic improvements could be made with a few fixes.

Mouthfeel: Red flag! It's thin, watery, and just kind of icky on the tongue.

Drinkability: Well, despite what I've said, it's not a bad beer and I could surely drink a few. Though it wouldn't be my first choice.

Beef Notes: Mocha what? Is this really a porter? I guess after their Hazelnut and Chocolate Stout I might be expecting too much from this one, but I just know there's a better beer here somewhere.

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

I heard that I should try it so I picked up a couple bottles of this. Poured a dark brown a a foamy tan head. Nice lacing. Has that distinctive Rogue smell. Tastes a little bitter with chocolate hints. Malts are very present and add to the aroma. Not disappointed. I wish I could find this one more readily.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark opaque brown with a creamy 1/4 inch tan head. Very lacy. Smells of roasted chocolate and coffee.

Taste is smoky chocolate malt blended nicely with coffee flavors. Nice coffee bitterness. Very well balanced. Full bodied and bitter coffee aftertaste. Very drinkable.

When you see the words "Mocha Porter", this beer delivers all the things you would want from a beer with that name.

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Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A different bottle than the picture shows. A listing of ingrediants, with some scary chemical. In your mouth carbonation and hops and bitterness with some mocah masking. Light and whipped Expresso Coffee and creamy but somewhat artificial. Reddish brown colour.

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Photo of Skidz
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark brown and looks a dark mahogony with bits of crimson red shining through all over. A nice dark tan head sits a top, but it soon gone, beautiful lacings on the sides.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and some light fruitiness, apples, maybe pears. Taste is initially fruity, but that only last for a brief moment as you are then thrown into a wide array of bitters. Roasted grains and coffee dominate, but the sweetness of chocolate malt is also present. A slight bit of woodiness appears near the finish, which is nice, yet sharply bitter.

Smooth in the mouth, but a bit high in carbonation, this beer works the bitter angle all over your tongue. Not the greatest body for a porter, but it's got some nice flavors to it. One of these 22oz bombers will do the trick, but I'll probably stop at that.

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Photo of stewart124
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black with burgundy hues and a thick brown head to top it off. Leaves behind a nice lacing. Rich smell of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of hops. Silky smooth body with a creamy feel that soothes the throat. A delicious porter that hits all areas of the palate. Full flavor of hops, chocolate, and coffee. Complex flavors that I would expect from Rogue. The aftertaste is earthy with burnt malts to back it up.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Incredible malty-chocolate flavor. The tase was rich and thick. Real heavy on the tongue and smooth to the palate. But that may work against it because you may get tired of the taste before you're tired of drinking. Excellent aroma which is enhanced even more after the first sip. Dark in color with a thin head and nice lace.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown (almost black) with sepia highlights. The crown is pastel brown, large in size, stiff and pitting. It falls very slowly at the edges, leaving a large hump in the middle and a fair amount of lace in thick rings.

Whoa, a porter that smells like hops! I haven't been a big fan of hoppy porters and stouts, but that might be starting to change right here, right now. Plenty of dark maltiness keeps things style-accurate.

Mocha Porter isn't as hop flavorful as expected, though it is pleasantly bitter. Chocolate dominates, with a splash of cold coffee in the background. This may be the chocolatiest beer that I've had yet. Young's Double Chocolate Stout has nothing on this brew.

Each mouthful starts off sweet and malty, is well-balanced midway through, and becomes more bitter and dry late. Spruce-like hops are most noticed on the finish and become even more aggressive with warming. The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, which is just like I like 'em.

Mocha Porter isn't as good as my all-time favorites of the style, but it's still a quality brew that is exceptionally drinkable. Two thumbs up.

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

Pours with a huge, thick, creamy tan head that threatened to overflow from my pint glass. It is an impenetrable black, allowing no light in. The aroma is vaguely sweet, not overly powerful, with chocolate-mocha-coffee undertones. The taste starts with a chocolate malt base. As the beer sits in your mouth, the mocha really begins to come on strong. It has a very nice chocolatey taste. The aftertaste is just a subdued version of the mid-taste: chocolate malt. My glass was left with a nice residue of sediment at the bottom, which is impossible to detect during the pour because the beer is so dark.

This is a very tasty porter. It has a nice background of chocolate, without being over the top. Not cloying at all. I will definitely be back for more of this. Rogue never disappoints!

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Photo of winomark
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a generous, frothy meduim tan head.

Wonderful hoppy tones. Centennial hops make a huge impact. Toasty dark malt also quite noticable. Very nice.

Lots of roasted malt, with coffee and chocolate tones throughout. Hops add a nice bitterness, with carbonation offering lift.

Flavorful, but not too heavy. Rich and coating throughout. Light, dry finish.

A good brew. The centennial hops add a great balance to the dark malts. Another Rogue winner.

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Photo of jtfest
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark tar brown with a moderate creamy brown mocha head -- dissipating fairly quickly and leaving a coated lacing on the glass. Opaque in the glass, the aroma is of fresh cut grass and wet hay. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with just a tingle of carbonation. The taste is like burnt bitterness -- I couldn't detect anything that deserved the name "mocha." It was drinkable, but it would get old pretty quick, I think.

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

Found on tap at the Bulldog.

Pours very dark brown/black with a very good head. Pleasant roasted smell with woodsy hops present.

Taste is of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Some hop bitterness at the end reminds you that this is inded beer.

The beer is a little watery and could be thicker.

A very pleasnat beer to drink. I could drink this in the morning instead of coffee -- I just would not be very productive.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a deep, dark brown, nearly black with a thick tan head that sticks around. Very malty aroma with chocolate....smells like lactose, like a milk stout There's also just a tinge of sourness in the aroma (but not in a bad way) which comes from the generous use of PNW hops marrying with the dark roasted malts. SN Porter has that same quality in the nose. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and espresso in the flavor with a slightly mineral finish. An abundance of dark roasted flavors makes me think there's some roasted barley in there, but a quick check of the Rogue website proves me false. Still, medium-bodied and with a creamy mouthfeel, this brew is knocking on the door of stout territory.

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Photo of Bang34
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark black, held it up to the light and there was not a hint of brown to be seen, just how I like it. Had a thick head to begin with but it faded after the first two sips and eft a bit of a lace on the glass.

The small was malty with a hint of coffee and chocolate, the taste was much the same, malty smooth with chocolate and coffee, however not too sweet.

Very drinkable. Took a sixer to my friend's superbowl party today and other's shyed away from this dark wonder, more for me! Now at the top of my porter's list.

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

oh man, a beautiful dark brown color with a thin head and no lace. it has a great coffee aroma with a light hop aroma. very robust and hearty earthy tasting. it has a slightly sweet taste but yet has a tart taste to finish. a great taste that that is mild on the coffee and heavy on the maltiness and slightly bitter. Overall a damn good beer!.

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

A porter that certainly looks like a porter. Dark, so dark that in the dim light of my 'office' at night no hint of color other than black. Giving it a swirl brings coffee and burnt hops to the nose. A mouthfull slowly enjoyed brings out a number of flavors, burnt hops, a little coffee, with a nice tang as is flows down the throat. Pretty easy to drink, and overall a pleasing brew.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This exotic treat pours a dark, hearty red with a heroic, creamy tan head that sticks around till the bitter (and I do mean bitter) end. Smells of burnt toasty malts and dark coffee, followed by caramel sweetness and finally a creamy/bitter finish. The taste is certainly complex and lives up to this beer's moniker. Tall bitterness and roasty flavors hit first before mellowing out into a distinctive sweet creaminess that cooperates with a serious dose of tasty hops for a taste that lingers long. The mouthfeel is chewy and, in my estimation, perfect for a porter. What carbonation there is adds a nice dimension. The drinkability is fantastic, but this is certainly an indulgence for me. If any beer can be called "breakfast beer", this is the one.

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Photo of beerman599
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.