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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,229 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2229
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)
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Ratings: 2,229 | Reviews: 1,302 | Show All Ratings:
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Viking

Indiana

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

Deep, dark brown, with a moderate-sized tan head. Head fades rather too quickly to lace. Smell full of barley malt, hints of fruit and coffee and chocolate. Bittersweet flavor - very hoppy - dominated by malt, but possessing quite a bit of coffee and chocolate flavors, especially in the oily finish. Very smooth brew. A very easy drinking, and interesting porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 07:24:14 | More by Viking
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oelergud

Virginia

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

Very dark beer with a light brown head that once it falls regains fast after a little swirling and stays well.
Strong smell, doesn't hide this is a porter with coffee flavors and maybe a hint of chocolate.
Taste great, the porter taste dominates but lets the coffee come through well, no masking of either which I think is a great accomplishment not easily done. After taste is deliciously bitter.
Body as full as a good stout and leaves your mouth slick.
A beer I will drink again no doubt.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 12:40:09 | More by oelergud
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cretemixer

Indiana

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

22 oz. bomber pours a deep chocolate brown with ruby hues. Caramel headiness that fades to a thin layer leaving little lace. Mochacciono aroma with a strong hoppy bite. What else would you expect from Rogue? Hoppy flavors are most prominent with coffee following right behind. Chocolate maltiness is overpowered by the hops. Thinner mouthfeel that I expected, but still adequate. Not my favorite style, but overall a pretty impressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 06:12:44 | More by cretemixer
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LarryKemp

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was struck by its red tint while pouring. The head was good but because of the 8.0% alcohol retention was poor. The choclate malt aroma was evident and I could not detect any hop aroma. The first taste was overpowered by a hoppy bitterness that lingered on the roof of my mouth long after the liquid was swallowed. Only after holding the beer in my mouth did the choclate come out. It had a moderately creamy mouthfeel. Overall I was disappointed by this beer and would recommend it only to Rogue Hop Heads.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2003 18:45:50 | More by LarryKemp
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After trying the Shakespeare Stout I was looking forward to this one. The head is a little less than creamy and dark brown fading to a cream colour. Rogue I have found is not one of the most talented group op Hop blenders I have tasted. And here it is proven. The hops are pleasant on the nose but the blend leaves something to be desired. There is a roughness to the finish that I just didn't like. The overall flavor is ok. I would say give it a try - but if you have other porters to choose from, then buy one of those instead. I was disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 09:16:39 | More by AtrumAnimus
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JISurfer

South Carolina

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

This is a very good brew! It has a very smooth taste to it and goes down smooth. Has a chocolate smell to it, with a tinge of alcohol. The color, is a dark brown, and the head is a reddish brown. The head started out thick, but dies out quickly to a very thin layer, almost nanometer-like. Anyways, the taste is almost like a espresso shot with chocolate undertones. The alcohol in the drink is evident, but not overbearing. There is some evidence of fruit in the initial taste. The after taste, is again just like espresso. All in all, this is a very good brew. I like this way better than the Santa's Reserve. But then again, they are nothing alike.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 19:09:32 | More by JISurfer
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ethosx19

Wisconsin

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

This is yet another Rogue beer that I enjoyed. The hops made the lighter mocha flavor more difficult to detect, but it still worked well. I'm glad the malt wasn't roasted any more, it seemed just right.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 16:35:48 | More by ethosx19
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Winter

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black with a light brown creamy head. Aroma consisted of rich semi-sweet chocolate, a touch of hops and a bit of caramel. Full bodied flavor. Mouthfeel was sharp from the carbonation. Bittersweet chocolate flavor up front with a burnt malt and coffee middle. Finish is a somewhat dry with a bitter hop blast that follows up with a return to the chocolate flavor. An extremely delicious treat and another fine Rogue product.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 18:45:12 | More by Winter
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured black, finished with a nice tan head. The head slowly gave way to a thin lace that stayed till the end.

Smell, The aroma was almost all roasted malt with a slight hint of chocolate. Very nice.

Taste: This porter was great! A nice malted flavor with a smooth roasted after taste and maybe a very small hint of hops.

Mouthfeel and drink ability was also a pleasant adventure. Another fine product from Rouge!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 04:47:01 | More by Stubbie1
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

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

This beer poured into the glass almost black. Only way to see color is to hold it up to the light bulb at approx. 4" away. Then you see the dark ruby color. Which surprised for this style, most porters I have had where not this dark. The head was a medium beige, tan color with a thick rich head and the lace was apparent, spotty but lasting. The aroma was bitter/sweet roasted malt, earthy, coffee, tobaco hints and some fruit hops and cocoa. The taste was bitter /sweet cocoa coffee. There were hints of roasted malts and bitter hops all through the flavors mixing. It finished on the bitter side with some slight after taste. I rather enjoyed the experience. A nice beer for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 09:06:49 | More by Jarod
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maxpower

Missouri

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

Deep murky brown color, big creamy head. Chocolate roasty aroma, coffee and burnt chocolate flavors. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, nice burnt bitterness in the finish. I have yet to find a rogue I don't like,

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2002 15:52:17 | More by maxpower
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

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

Traditional porter color and aroma. Wonderful roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee in the background, but not as much as the Mocha might lead you to think. The "mocha" simply being in the form of added complexity, not overpowering. Enough hops to balance the malt and finish with a bit of bitterness. A solid porter well worth the drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 22:42:06 | More by PhantomVodoo
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cokes

Wisconsin

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

The deepest muddy brown possible. With a well-formed gray-brown head.
Aromas of roasted malts and light vanilla bean sweetness. Hops seemed toned down coming from Rogue. Curious.
Husky grain out of the gate, morphing into a more roasted form. Gives a partial impression of coffee, but never quite reaches it. Not much sweetness. Just a little burnt caramel with trace vanilla hints. Moderately hoppy finish.
On the light side of medium bodied. Smooth with a slightly coarse edge.
A nice tasting, tradtional porter coming from Rogue. Seemingly one of their tamer offerings, but that is not meant as a critcism in any way.
Not one that will be burned within the memory, nevertheless a template for a solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 22:25:41 | More by cokes
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Lupe

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a reddish hue, thick coffee colored head, and nice lacing. Roasted aroma with hints of dark (bittersweet) chocolate and coffee. Could be fuller bodied, a little less on the tounge then expected. Different flavors hint you on the first sip, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, hop citrusness. Finishes dry with some hop bitterness and a nice aftertaste. Another quality brew from the boys and Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 12:39:50 | More by Lupe
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Kwak

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mocha Porter
The head was thick and tan full of flavor.
Color was dark brown with an almost redish tint.
Body was cloudy dark almost swamp like.
Taste was good kind of rosted malt with chocolat flavor.
A little too strong of mocha flavor for me!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2002 20:01:01 | More by Kwak
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Zraly

Virginia

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

A definate Porter that demands some consideration.

The color is a deep ebony with a tight, dark caramel head. It seems to be a bit darker than the Porters I am accustomed to...not that this is a bad thing. Just a point of interest.

This porter has a snappy, bitter, cocoa flavor. The complexity is really brought to the forefront when the bitterness of citrus and the cocoa flavors collide...now I can somewhat understand why people like orange chocolate. (I once thought that a private hell should be reserved for such enjoyment...heh)

However, it is a bit too far on the hoppy side for my personal liking...it's a bit on the side of "sensory overload". I enjoy it and it has a good quality to it...but if it was toned down just a notch, it would be excellent. The aftertaste hangs around a little bit too long. Maybe my judgement is a bit premature...I should probably have another one...:)

I think a nice food pairing with this brew would be something gamey. If not, hold off until the end of the night and have it to compliment a yummy slice of turtle cheesecake.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2002 23:44:10 | More by Zraly
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

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

Pours with an enormous head. So large that I could not pour the entire 12 oz bottle into a pint glass in one pour. After waiting a few minutes for the head to dissipate, I finished the pour. The head retention on this beer is great as well. I enjoyed the rocky, dark tan head for several minutes, and it left a very thick lace on the glass and kept a fairly thick ring around the edge of the glass througout the entire beer. The body of the beer is dark brown. The aroma is of sweet chocolate and some coffee notes mixed with a hint of hops aroma. The taste is a kaleidescope of flavors that seemed to change with every sip. From bitter hops, to dark chocolate, to coffee, to roasted malt, then sweet chocolate. This beer had very complex flavors that were extremely enjoyable. The mouthfeel was good, but not a thick as I think the beer deserves, as a thicker mouthfeel may complement the wide array of flavors better. The drinkability is also fairly good. This is an enjoyable brew, even considering the over agressive head I experienced on the pour (which often times can be frustrating).

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2002 19:42:47 | More by aaronh
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mzwolinski

California

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

Just about black with a creamy light tan head that starts at about two fingers and settles down to about a quarter of that.
Quite a nice aroma, dominated by coffee-like scents of roasted malt. In the mouth, this beer is quite chewy and full bodied, amooth and creamy malt flavors, with a bitter, burnt aftertaste. A very decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2002 14:26:17 | More by mzwolinski
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sinistersteve

Oregon

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

Brown and thick on the opening head. Hints of coffee and chocolate on emitted from the chalice of goodness. Awsome rich flavor. Kinda coffeeish, kinda chocolaty, mostly porterish. Once again, Rogue has a great beer at my fingertips.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2002 20:44:06 | More by sinistersteve
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hyuga

North Carolina

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

Very dark, a brown-black color with a creamy tan head. Citrusy hops in the aroma, followed by chocolate and coffee. In the taste, a crisp, rind-like hop bite with a chocolate and roasted malt/coffee backbone. Medium body, but good character. Excellent mouthfeel, smooth and creamy despite the hop bitterness. Clean malty finish. Great porter! Another top-notch job from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2002 02:34:06 | More by hyuga
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zakery

Ohio

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

Appearance: Creamy beige head that quickly dissipates. The body is dark brown-black.

Smell: Centennial hops is the only first impression. Looking beyond them there are dark roasted malts and some coffeish notes. Mocha? Not really.

Taste: Hoppy, coffeish, and even a bit of chocolate, in that order. Slightly burnt flavor from dark roasted malts that is spurred on by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation.

I bought a six-pack of this to try. At first I was a little disappointed in the, perhaps excessive, use of Cascade-like Centennial hops. They are too prominent and aromatic for the style in my taste and they are too readily available in the nose to allow any mocha aroma to come through (if there is any in there). As I've worked through the sixer I've learned to appriciate it for what it is though. Great accompaniment to a dessert such as an almond cake.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2002 17:07:13 | More by zakery
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Porter is made excellent by, maybe surprisingly, the hops. The roasted malt is very much akin to coffee, then add some chalky-chocolate. The hops are blended perfectly with the two. The bitterness is welcomed and the finish is dry and clean. Everything mentioned above really enables this beer to develop. Rogue’s Mocha Porter is darn tasty and highly drinkable!

The body is absolute black, dark tan head, lace from start to finish.

This Porter is flawless, I’d drink it again, and I’d recommend it too.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2002 15:26:22 | More by bditty187
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brakspear

Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a porter for those that love the dark side of brewing. An obsidian body absorbs light like a black hole, but perched on top is a generous brown frothy head that lingers for awhile before it reduces to a nice thick collar on the inside of the glass. The smell alerts you to the alcohol hidden in the murky depths of this porter, with a nice rounded aroma of hops and roasted chocolates. The taste is sublime: rich with roasted malts, a sweet finish and well-balanced hop bitterness. The beer has some heft as well, making it a perfect porter for a long lingering drinking session once the weather turns chilly.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2002 18:08:47 | More by brakspear
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Gusler

Arizona

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

Dark as midnight on the pour, the head is light chocolate, the lace thick sheets that cling to the very end of the glass. Nose is malt, semi-sweet chocolate, a tad coffeeish. Front is sweet, the top is medium, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, moderately acidic, and still a decent porter that ranks in my top 25 porters. Ranks #289 on my current 1000 beer master list.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 15:35:14 | More by Gusler
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BeerBob

Nebraska

4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mocha Porter pours just about opaque... just about. I had to look three times for the filament of the torch before I at last found it dimly making its way through the blackness of onyx red. Head is massive, brown, and with small dense bubbles that are leaving a tapestry of foam rather than mere foam lace down the sides of my glass.

The nose of dry and fresh fruit and nut, that can be found in a most pleasant way. pecan, spicy pear, with dried fig, an analogy would be as if one where passing by a candy factory.

It is as I have feared... rather than I being the consumer of the fluid, this fluid is consuming me. I am over taken by the intensity, the shear power of all the flavors. Espresso, burnt malt, and a fruity citrus, followed by bitter chocolate. After glow from the alcohol is very apparent along with a drying from the pleasant bitter hops.

Rogue Mocha Porter is a Brew to seek out... but please use caution, as this Brew will try to seduce you!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 20:44:41 | More by BeerBob
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,229 ratings.