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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:
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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001)
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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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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 01:29:29 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.89/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 02:41:03 | More by Darkmagus82
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vkv822

Oregon

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 07:57:39 | More by vkv822
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hops202

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Bouj.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:54:05 | More by hops202
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superspak

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 06:56:50 | More by superspak
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MrBoz21

Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 04:31:00 | More by MrBoz21
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iheartmyTHO

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 22:39:26 | More by iheartmyTHO
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RVigz

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-07-2014 03:19:51 | More by RVigz
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BWED

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 17:28:19 | More by BWED
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NeedBeerHere

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 22:39:47 | More by NeedBeerHere
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

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!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 16:50:21 | More by ThomasMetal75
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All of the times I've had this beer and never pulled the trigger on a review, well today since I'm having it here goes:

Into a nonic:

A: dark brown close to black colored body with a one a and a half finger rocky white head that rises, holds for a good minute and dies at a gentle pace; lacing is actually kinda all over the place, I mean its there, its just sporadic and messy

S: mocha coffee up front with a nice dosing of cocoa to add a nice sweetness to it; slightly roasty yet sweet

T: bittersweet - combined nicely through the coffee and cocoa, and even as it warms it stays balanced and still has a nice roastiness to it; no aftertaste, dry finish

M: light to medium, semi-sessionable or as sessionable as any mocha porter can be; carbonation is nice and smooth with a nice effect of harshness tingling away on the roof of my mouth, good for the style and for me

O: glad to finally come back to it years later and as far as I remember its still the same, and worthy of coming back to again, just gotta pick it up more

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 19:52:26 | More by BeerKangaroo
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BastardKing24

Oregon

3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
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..

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 04:01:42 | More by BastardKing24
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Alextricity

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 16:50:37 | More by Alextricity
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Botulizard

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:05:27 | More by Botulizard
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GarthT

Hong Kong

2.44/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep chocolate with dirty cream head

S: Medicinal, cough syrup, some coffee and roasted malt

T: Sweet and a bit sickly. Not flawed but not particularly pleasant.

M: Smooth though syrupy.

O: Not my style. Seems well enough made but there are lots of beers I look forward to drinking, this not being one of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 14:49:26 | More by GarthT
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Uniobrew31

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good porter with a nice mocha kick. Black with a nice tan head. Tastes very complex with an up front malty mocha kick and low hop bitterness. Drinkable and at under six percent you can have a few without losing all senses. this sits on your palate for a while after each sip so it should be savored. Mocha flavors intensify as it warms in the glass. At under 10 bucks a sixer this will be in my rotation as long as rogue keeps it in theirs.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 17:15:43 | More by Uniobrew31
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Jellopants356

Montana

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally i have gotten around to trying this brew from Rogue. Usually i opt for a cheaper beer because at almost $7 for 1.6 pt, this isn't cheap. It pours a little thinner than most porters with a nice mahogany color. Nice head retention and the carbonation looks right for the style. Mmmm, that's nice. The first wave is the coffee and mocha rush followed by a smooth almost toasted caramel/oats finish. I would almost swear this was made with oats and coffee. The mouthfeel is right on as well. Overall, totally worth the wait, and the money. I really think this is one of the best self-proclaimed coffee porters i've had in ages. Good on ya Rogue, you never let me down :)

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 03:53:06 | More by Jellopants356
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz bottle. Sampled on October 20, 2013.

This pours a handsome looking dark brown to nearly black with this fluffy tan head that really fills up the top of the glass.

The aroma does not express the mocha character much but there are plenty of dark malts and mild earthy hops in it.

The body is full and creamy.

The coffee/mocha rebounds in full fashion once I sip it. I get a lot more of it in the taste than on the nose. Mild sweetness and low bitterness. A nice Porter all in all.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 22:54:20 | More by puboflyons
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KLLG1021

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this live as we speak.

Appearance is a dark, black coffee and oily mud. Poured into a pint glass, produces a strong taupe head that lingers then settles down. Smell is a nice dark rich coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes just like the nose, but intensifies with the robust coffee flavors, yet balanced by malts. Mouthfeel is heavy, but not over the top. Sits around on the palate for a while, then slowly fades away. Overall a great beer. I would definitely grab this again

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 03:25:45 | More by KLLG1021
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

appearance - 4.0 - this is good looking beer, dark brown almost black, barely any head with basically no lacing.

smell - 4.25 - this beer smells like coffee, with a hint of chocolate, vanilla beans,roasted malt

taste - 4.25- this beer tastes like coffee,basically like if you mixed A mocha latte and a stout, coffee beans, espresso, dark Malts, roasted malts, vanilla, creamy milk

mouth feel - 4.25 - light mouth feel for a stout with medium-heavy carbonation, leaves a roasty coffee aftertaste which is light.

overall - 4.0 - a good moCha stout but more with respect to the English idea of what a stout is. Somewhat weak, one dimensional, and lacking a wow factor .

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:19:14 | More by ISmith87
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Taz_Michael

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bazzinga!

A: Dark, like cowboy chicory. Poured into an Imperial pint glass, the head is slightly less than a finger, with the perfect amount of lacing.

S: Mocha, coffee, caramel, hops, brown sugar

T: Prairie sludge: in a good way. Strong coffee flavor, with just the right amounts of porter and chocolate.

M: Creamy but not filling. The acidity of coffee hangs out with your buds for a few. The hops are well balanced, as a porter should be.

O: Drink, drank, drunk... gonna stock this one in my cooler trunk!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 23:40:08 | More by Taz_Michael
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Act25

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: silk screen bottle poured into a chalice named Leffe. Beautiful dark brown. Massive lacing left behind from a brown crown, that is thick and robust. A beauty.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a hop / java head who drinks 6+ java cups a day, usually half decaf, mostly brewed espresso style. This beer is heaven to someone like me. But it doesnt 'fake' being coffee or chocolate like - in my view.

S: All good reviewers agree: this is a porter that smells like hops. Hops, malt, chocolate syrup without any cloying bit. Outdoors, hay, grass, freshness. This beer smells great.

T: Chocolate and iced black coffee dominate. Flows into a hop bitter, dry finish, so without any cloying sweetness. A nice flavor arc & finish. This is good all-year round. Starts sweet, malty, then arcing to bitter and dry. Gets dryer and more herbal with warming (instead of sweeter, which is good!) Very good beer to serve at warmer temps.

Great food beer. Great after dinner beer.

F: Full - to - medium feel, but really just a medium weight. "How do they do that?" Excellent!

Mocha Porter is as good as any I have tried, and is moderate alcohol (Good) to boot. Highly, highly recommended, I'd drink this any time. A favorite!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:13:49 | More by Act25
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json83

Ohio

2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

153 calories per bottle at 5.1% ABV. Strong taste that is too bitter for my taste. I could sense the slight kick of mocha which didn't quite stand-out over the bitterness of the porter to make it desirable for me. I would not consider buying this again not being a strong bitter beer fan though I'd think this would be about average in that category.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:28:11 | More by json83
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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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