Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,330 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,330
Hads: 2,708
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 99
Gots: 289 | FT: 3
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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 Marraybay
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Interesting to note that I'd just had the Steelhead Porter from Mad River Brewing the night before tasting this offering from Rogue: Actually some similarity in fact in appearance/mouthfeel, although I found this one to have far less upfront and sustaining sweetness and a more prominent bitterness in the finish. As such, would definitely raise the hand of Mad River in a head to head, which was an easier drinking / more enjoyable pour for me at least. (456 characters)

Photo of GrinkoN
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Brown, tan head, some carbonation and head

S: Roasted coffee, chocolate, some hops

T/F: the slight bitterness is up front, slight coffee leads to chocolate. Much thinner then most stouts but maintains a medium body.

O: Was a decent brew, wish it was more balanced with malts, was good not great. would consider again but woudnt look it for it. (349 characters)

Photo of JHubner73
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When I first poured the Rogue Mocha Porter into my Irish pint I was a little worried as it appeared a little lighter than I like my porters. Once I took my first drink everything was set right. Very rich and smokey flavors came through, the aroma of barley and dark chocolate hit my nose. It has a full-bodied flavor as it coats the mouth. Going down the gullet it feels rich and complex.

Not as complex and bitter and Founders Porter, or even Bell's Porter, Rogue has still made a wonderful porter that tastes as sophisticated as it does delicious. (551 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is chocolate, nutty malts and some earthiness. The flavor is coffee, nutty malts, chocolate and a hint of fruit in but mostly a smooth finish otherwise. (159 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance : This beer pours a creamy, khaki colored head, about 3 fingers in height. When it recedes fully it lands at about 1/2 finger, and leaves faint and quickly disappearing lace on the sides. The body is chocolate brown, with some distinct muddiness like muddy water. It is 95% opaque.

Aroma : Chocolate animal cracker, graham, cacao, dirty dark roasted coffee bean faintly trailing behind. Hot fudge. Some spiciness from the hop also accommodates the smell.

Taste : Very hop forward, which was unexpected. Towards the middle-end, I'm getting some faint cacao and then coffee bean, manifesting itself in coffee breath. In the failing final whisps it bounces both unsweetened chocolate and bold coffee grounds together as it disappears and dries lightly.

Feel : Right off the bat it's frothy and creamy, providing a substantial body to the undercurrent of coffee and mild chocolate. I like this mouthfeel.

Overall : Too hop forward. I would have preferred more chocolate and more malts. This is a very coffee-forward beer, though, so if you're a fan of coffee beers, you'll like this one. (1,103 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, opaque except when held to light, 1 fingers width light tan head with good rendition before dissipating down and leaves a few small patches of lacing. 4

S: Roasty, subtle chocolate, cream. 3.75

T: Roasty, lots of herbaceous characters, some bitterness, faint chocolate. Meh 3.25

M/D: Lighter side of medium body, pretty heavy carbonation, drinkability is average. 3.5

O: Ok, probably wouldn’t get again though. 3.5 (440 characters)

Photo of jcbogantes
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer, nice coffee aroma, good head that gets thin but persist during the whole time leaving scant lacing.
Very good aggressive coffee flavor, some smokiness, the body is medium, overall it is a delicious nicely done beer. (227 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color between dark brown and black with a thick dark beige color with medium retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with predominant notes of coffee and chocolate, some hay, maybe vanilla and a bit of charcoal.
So far nice, but not extraordinary. Flavor is more interesting given realistic mocha roasted notes, pacman yeast, spicy and earthy hops, nuts, charcoal and resin. Not sweet and with a mild tangy sensation. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness and residual roasted notes.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Flavorful, but not a bomb numbing taste, so adequate for style and with a superior drinkability. Besides mocha notes, its spices and a nutty-tangy-earthy character made it very pleasant. I could suggest creating another beer, but I wouldn’t change a thing on this one. (793 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brownish red with a beige head. Smell was predominately the roasted malt. Coffee and roasted malt was the predominate flavor with a little bit of chocolate, but the flavors weren't very strong. It was also a little too thin and watery. Overall it was pretty ok. (280 characters)

Photo of Jtburns777
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Good, Not great porter. Dry nutty taste. Refreshing, but still moderately heavy, chewy mouthfeel. I didn't get much coffee or chocolate in the taste. Seems closer to an English style porter than a "Mocha" porter. Would repeat. (226 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasting notes: Big chocolate covered coffee bean flavor. Some peanut and raisin notes come on late and add complexity. Smooth. Recalls flat cola at times. Some citrus hops apparent. Slightly earthy. One of Rogue's better special ingredient offerings. (250 characters)

Photo of loubar
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from BevMo. Dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, toasted malts, a bit of caramel and coffee. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, toasted caramel and coffee grounds. Backed by a resiny hoppiness that comes through as slightly acidic. Medium bodied with a light texture, dry finish and slightly higher than average carbonation. Could have easily been richer but they kept it drinkable. Love the low ABV. (433 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled last night on 2/19/15. Comes in a '1 pint, 6 ounce', 22 ounce bottle (850ml) for around $7.00. Has a nice painted on label as do all their bottled beer does. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 20 ounce handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a very deep mahogany with some ruby-highlights. A good 3-finger foamy beige head is seen after the pour that lasts a good while before settling down to around 3-5mm. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the inside of the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts for the most part with a light hint of coffee I believe. More going on with the taste but the mocha is very light actually as I was expecting more of that flavor. Does have a light hint of nuts along with the coffee. The finish is slightly bitter and hangs around for a bit. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall it isn't a bad Porter as I had better for a cheaper price though. Had better though. (971 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was not a fan at all of this beer. Drank from a chilled bottle, it smelled like coffee and sugar, but was bitter, and the mocha gave it an awesome aftertaste. Maybe it's just not for me, but I did not enjoy this beer one bit and will not be drinking it again. (263 characters)

Photo of SFNC
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty good porter overall, but I'm not getting the Mocha part. Some coffee bitterness as it warms, but no hint of chocolate. Still it looked great after the pour and hit quite a few of the marks for a Porter. (213 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with a light brown foamy head with good retention and solid lacing.

Nose follows the name. Some roasted coffee notes, a bit of nuttiness. A lot of sweetness. Milk chocolate. Caramel malts.

Taste is sweet, milky chocolate, roasted coffee, some very lightly roasted nuts.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Super easy to drink. No carbonation. Definitely could drink 4 or 5 of these.

Overall, nothing sensational here. If you want a porter that you can down a six pack of in one sitting, I'd go with this one. (539 characters)

Photo of cyguyjg
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For those who like the taste of porter and the taste of mocha, this is the perfect marriage. Pours to a soft, creamy, golden head that doesn't last very long but that is not surprising for a black beer that has substantial body. All this capped off by just smidgen of hops (bitterness) in the aftertaste. (306 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a VERY deep, dark brown color. Light does shone through the edges of the glass. About a two finger head that slowly dissipates to just a thin layer.

Smell: Very malty with a hint of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. The smell is good, but seems weak.

Taste: Very roasted malt flavor. Only a small hint of mocha, or any kind of chocolate and coffee.

Feel: Smooth and creamy, with a medium body feel.

Overall: I expect it to be better. But it's a good, drinkable beer. (482 characters)

Photo of Aleks_P
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours very, very dark brown. Could only tell it wasn't black when I held it really close to our kitchen ceiling light and could see the brown hues around the edges. Thin tan head, took a few seconds to appear and then disappeared quickly. After a sip or two just had very light lacing around the edges.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, charcoal. As advertised, seems promising based on aromas.

Taste: Not what I expected, more bitter than sweet. I taste the chocolate notes, but it is a bitter chocolate like baker's chocolate. Very much like a dark coffee flavor. After the initial flavors subside there is a really strange, almost tangy aftertaste that I do not care for, some kind of biting sour residual flavor.

Feel: Pretty dry beer, almost chalky. Carbonation very average, more of a creamy carbonation than anything. Bitterness remains after each sip, similar to a dry hoppy beer.

Overall: I'm disappointed by this beer, but I see it is rated pretty highly on BeerAdvocate. The look and smell are great but there is something really offputting about the second wave of tangy, sour flavor once I waded through the initial coffee and chocolate notes. Not sure if it's just the batch I got or whether that was part of the plan. I'll manage through the six pack I picked up but there are a lot of coffee or chocolate porters I prefer to this one, generally something a little sweeter. (1,406 characters)

Photo of NEdward
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Massive head, persistent lacing

S: Sweetness, a mild scotch

T: First sip was refreshingly bitter and restrained. Sweetness eventually makes its way through, but doesn't overstay its welcome. Lingering dark chocolate aftertaste.

F: Surprisingly light, not sticky

O: Balanced, subtle, not overpowering, overall a good porter (329 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a Jet Black with a big brown 2 inch frothy head...beautiful beer.

Smell - Hop presence...earthyness/grassyness hit me first.. chocolate...espresso..coffee

Taste - wow..this beer is super well balanced.....get that mocha coffee and chocolate bomb...and the hops leave you in the end with the slightest bitterness to round the whole thing out making this an awesome, super drinkable porter......likin it a lot. may get tore apart for this but i feel as if its kind of like a black and tan..minus the hop presence.....whatever. haha.

The feel is nice....kind of creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation........

All in all. super drinkable.Super Balanced. Solid beer. if you like this try hazelnut brown nectar...that beer rules too. (752 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a dark brown with a light brown coffee colored head. The smell was full of coffee and mocha with some sweetness, almost a toffee scent coming through. The taste was very rich with coffee and dark chocolate before finishing with a surprising amount of hops to make a lighter finish to the beer. (299 characters)

Photo of chogm54
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, BB date of mid 2015. Poured into a flute glass.

A - very dark, almost black. Free of sediment. Pours a thin fizzy pale brown head than lingers as a 5mm lacing on the glass.

s - rich roasted malts, a huge smack of coffee, molasses and cocoa rich chocolate. Faint whiff of dates.

T - roasted malt, mild hop bitterness with a sour turkish coffee taste towards the finish. Dark chocolate overtones are muted at the beginning, until halfway through.

M - Texture is dry at first, but with a slight slickness to the aftertaste. Light bodied - feels a tad watery compared to other porters. High carbonation for style.

O - good, but does not distinguish itself from other porters. The coffee is more present in the aroma than the taste, but I did enjoy the sourness (being a mediterranean coffee lover). Hoppy bitterness, while present, isn't as noticable as other Rogue beers. (894 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one brew that has been sitting on my to-drink list for a while: Rogue Mocha Porter. Rogue do some pretty wild limited release brews (such as their Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale) but it is the year-round releases which are the bread and butter for any brewer worth their hops. Will it be up there with the mightiest of Stouts, i.e. Founders Breakfast Stout? Because really that is the one to beat for this and any Porter out there in the Beerosphere.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: A deep dark murky brown that no light shines through (checked it with my trusty petrol station LED flashlight) with a foamy 1cm mocha coloured head. 7/10.

S: Dark chocolate notes mingle with vanilla, brown sugar and hints of prune. Not getting any coffee characters in the aroma with this Mocha Porter, which is surprising given its name. 7/10.

T: Very much an American styled Porter with the above noted flavours, and a bitter herbal hop finish. The coffee comes in to play now with that distinct roasted bean touch towards the end. Another sip presents an even more espresso note. Hmmm, it starts out sweet and chocolaty, brings out some herbal cacao nib bitterness and the coffee flavours become more pronounced, nice. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a dense carbonation. 7/10.

D: It’s no FBS that’s for sure. However I did enjoy my time with RMP and if I wasn’t a Humulus lupulus lover (that’s hops people) I would have downgraded my score due to that hop note in the finish. This Porter does indeed fall short of the glory that is FBS for many reasons: flavour, mouthfeel, the aroma, etc... but sometimes a rare change from what you know and love is nice. 8/10.

Food match: This is a classic after dinner cigars and chocolate brew ;) (1,785 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

I'm a porter fan in general, and even though I'm not a coffee drinker, I enjoyed this mocha porter. The coffee flavor wasn't so strong as to make me think I was drinking that instead of beer, so that's a plus in my book. It's a bit on the dry side but nothing too intense, and it's pretty well balanced as a result. Good middle of the road porter. (350 characters)

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