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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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Bockrules

New Mexico

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours an opaque black with rub highlights. Two-finger, tan head. Head is reduced to a ring of bubbles about two-thirds down the glass. Leaves behind a few splotches of lacing here and there.

S - A bit of roasted chocolate malt, crystal malt, earthy hops. Not too potent.

T - Burnt chocolate malt upfront. Body is very well balanced with earthy hops counteracting a very charred crystal and chocolate malt backbone. This gives rise to a pleasant chocolate mocha sensation. Earthy hops dominate as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, and slowly fade to a chocolate mocha finish.

M - Full bodied with plenty of carbonation too give the beer an exceptionally creamy mouthfeel. This beer expands in my mouth excellently, the way a great porter should.

The appearance and smell of this beer were disappointing considering the notoriety of this brew. However, the taste and mouthfeel more than made up for it. Unique chocolate mocha flavors and an exceptionally lively and creamy mouthfeel make me wish I had another in my fridge. Would make an excellent session beer during the winter or for camping in the summer. The only hindrance is that Rogue beers are somewhat rare in New Mexico and come with a hefty premium.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 06:17:53 | More by Bockrules
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours an amber-brown, almost the color of cola, with a thick, 1" tan head that is quite slow to reduce.

Has a biscuity, coffee aroma, with notes of straw and dark chocolate. There's a mild nutty smell as well.

Taste oaty to start, with a healthy amount of black coffee, cream, and biscuit. Bitter chocolate and hops combine to finish this off. The oaty-quality is quite pronounced, giving this a taste like a lighter, hoppier oatmeal stout.

Medium-bodied, there's enough hops in this ale to dry the tongue and mouth and leave a slightly chalky after-feel.

A nice porter, the oat-malt flavor is a welcome taste usually only found in a stout. The mocha quality is not especially prominent; frankly, they could have called it an oat-porter and been both more descriptive and more original.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 00:41:53 | More by TheHoppiest
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first American craft beer if I don't count Samuel Adams and I'm very interested to taste an American interpretation of an English classic.

APPEARANCE: Typical porter brownish black. Head looks like that of an expresso, kind of yellowish.

SMELL: Soft porter smell, not strong. I can sense a sweetness. Sucking the last drip from the rim of the bottle I get a taste of mocha coffee and even rose water.

TASTE: A typical smokey, tart porter flavour with a pleasant softness that creates an interesting balance. The coffee is subtle, adding a levelling mellowness to the brew. Ever so slightly hoppy too. There's a subtle sherbet flavour which provides a tingling sensation on the gums.

OVERALL: Both disappointed and impressed. I thought the coffee would be way more upfront but it only imparted a soft mellowing sweetness to the balance, which actually made for a nice tasting porter anyway. One of the best I've had, albeit I've never had a bad one.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 08:48:22 | More by Hoppsbabo
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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice opaque brown, some minor ruby/shiny red in between, almost black. Thick creamy tan/light-brown head, bubbles showing. Very good retention.

Light sweet aromas of chocolate, dark caramel, coffee and slightly roasted barley. Very good rich dark brew smell, pleasant and inviting, yet subtle.

Mouth is consistent with the nose, some good roasted barley, coffee, chocolate and other dark brew flavors. Just enough taste to satisfy the dark brew drinker, but not as complex as others. Medium body, with a fairly medium level of carbonation.

A solid porter, and overall smooth session dark brew. Nothing super-wowing, but who cares. All that matters is the beer is tasty and enjoyable, which this is. A good session dark brew, which is what porters are. Good for any day, anytime of the year, hot or cold, morning, day or night.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 23:51:53 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

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

12 ounce poured into a perfect pint glass.

A- Pours incredibly dark brown, almost black with red hints around the glass. This beer pours with a large tan head with good retention.
S- Definitely mocha dominant but thats not all. This brew has a nice chocolate tootsie roll aroma to it. Excellent bitterness in the smell. A burnt caramel character. A really nice smelling porter.
T- A good heap of refreshing bitterness up front keeps my tongue from getting bogged down. A medium body with lots of coffee based flavors and burnt grains. A good hop presence surprisingly.
M- This beer has a medium to light feel for a porter and has excellent drinkability. Good carbonation. A dry aftertaste of burnt flavors.
O- This is a great solid porter that I would love to have again. For me, its a little less intense and flavorful then I like so I am looking forward to trying their double mocha porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 10:17:52 | More by TwelveOunces
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karait95

Mexico

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

A: very dark brown color also brown head not very big but well formed dissipates slowly and leaves traces behind on the glass, carbonation cannot be appreciated easily due to the dark color but a permanent layer is always present

S: toasted malts manly the barley is detected, coffee seems to be present in the back not a complicated aroma but simple and well defined

T: flavor is intense, toasted malts, hops, coffee, just wondering if some sweet flavors are not missing

M: this one is a little to bitter maybe the extra hops overwhelm the general sensation something more balanced was expected

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 04:05:20 | More by karait95
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TheSixthRing

California

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a near black cola brown with a 2 finger tan head that fades in due time. Leaves a fine, sticky lacing.

Smell - Chocolate with faint coffee notes.

Taste - Strong, semi-sweet chocolate notes backed by a subtle coffee undertone. Also, a bit of hop bitterness. Finishes with a bit of caramel. Great balance, but a little more aggressiveness would be nice.

Mouthfeel - Wonderfully drinkable. Goes down with a velvet smoothness, and the carbonation has a nice tickling quality.

Overall - One of my favorites. While I have had stronger porters from a flavor standpoint, few match it's great balance and smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:40:22 | More by TheSixthRing
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neckbracesub

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 22 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass.

The aroma that this Mocha Porter gives off would lead you to believe that you were in for something more than what the end product actually is, which would be a so-so porter that leaves an aftertaste that is rather disappointing and on the biting side of town. It’s certainly not a terrible bottle of beer (I didn’t hate drinking it) but there really isn’t anything that positive to say otherwise.

I tried it once and probably never will again, given the several others of its kind that are superior.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 23:44:52 | More by neckbracesub
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jlenik

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: aggressive two fingers worth of head appears rapidly and has moderate staying power. almost black with some dark amber and ruby hues.

s: caramel, dark chocolate, coffee.

t: coffee and chocolate bitterness is apparent. malt sweetness follows through and ends with a caramel taste on the tongue.

m: creamy yet dry.

o: I know that Rogue doesn't get a lot of love and admittedly I don't like many of their brews, BUT, this is a great beer. I'm a big fan of porters so I'm happy to see Rogue doing this style right.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 02:12:25 | More by jlenik
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The body is black, there is a half inch light tan head.

The aroma is chocolatey with a bit of coffee. Some vanilla is hinted at, but that might just be because I associate those flavors with each other.

The taste is mildly sweet, with more chocolate coming through than vanilla. There is a bit of a hoppy finish. This is nicely balanced, not too chocolatey or coffee filled with a nice malt base.

The mouthfeel is creamy, with a light body.

This is pretty good. I've had it before and was disappointed, maybe I have a fresher bottle here.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 04:55:42 | More by andrewinski1
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onewetpaw

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Slight coffee

A- Nearly black with slight reddish/garnet character at the edges.

F- Proper porter flavors with some nice chocolate notes. Minimal astrigency. The rogue house flavor is there gently reminding my of Dead Guy Ale. I'm sure this is from the PacMan Yeast.

M- Light and easily drinkable.

O- A really nice darker beer. I'm not a huge porter/stout drinker. This one works for me, probably because of the lack of astrigency. A perfect winter beer for someone how likes to have more than one at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 12:39:30 | More by onewetpaw
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RyanLigeia

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- 3 Very dark brown with a small head that fizzles away sort of quickly, could have had something to do with my pint glass.

Smell- 3 Pretty weak. Notes of chocolate and malts. Pretty average smell for a porter I'd say.

Taste- 4 MUCH better than the smell. Coffee, chocolate, malts. Lives up to the name "Mocha Porter" (may be a tiny bit too heavy of the coffee though).

MF- 3.5 Heavy body but a little too much carbonation for a porter.

Overall- 3.5 Not my favorite by rogue but still enjoyable for sure!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 16:32:13 | More by RyanLigeia
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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At Rogue in SF. Reviewed from notes.

A: Rich mahogany color. Light head that quickly jets. Light lacing.

S: Dense coffee nose, with a light roasted malt backbone. I don't detect any hops.

T: Much like an English porter--there's a soapy theme throughout like a porter from across the pond. Lots of coffee, roasted malts toward the middle, and some wet hop tones in the finish and linger.

M: Light to medium body, with a soapy texture and some light carb.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 00:21:15 | More by Heavenisbeer
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exodus1369

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice, brown and reddish, nice tan head. Malt, and mocha slight hint of chocolate, had to really get my nose in to it though. The taste very much reflects the smell but with more robustness. Goes down very well and has a nice crispness. Over all a very nice beer, great job again Mocha Porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 23:18:16 | More by exodus1369
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JohnTerrizzi

West Virginia

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

Serving Type: bottle poured into clear glass beer mug.

Appearance: dark brown. not quite opaque. when held to the light there are hues of red. tan head that dissipates rapidly. some lacing.

Smell: sweet dark malty smell. hints of cocoa and mocha.

Taste: toasted malts with some cocoay bitterness. the toasted malt flavor is not all that robust. the cocoa bitterness is a persistent after taste.

Mouthfeel: a little carbonated prickliness on the tip of the tongue. semi-full-bodied.

Overall: not a bad porter, but not the best either. the after taste is good, but the initial impression is not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:08:03 | More by JohnTerrizzi
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Scotchboy

Idaho

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

From notes, reviewed 1/28.

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a dark clear brown with tawny and red transparent highlights...off-white/tannish head quickly retreats...minimal lace.

S: Roasted malts, bitterness, coffee right up front...almost a burnt character. Chocolate emerges as it warms. A touch of earthy bitter hops.

T: Follows in unison with the nose...a touch of bitter chocolate combined with all of the roasted malts and coffee. Good bitterness & light hopping; while the coffee and roasted characters aren't overwhelming, they are still pretty prominent.

MF: Medium body, and quite dry.

O: Really quite pleasant, a nice dry, roasty take of a porter and a good change of pace from sweeter beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 15:27:04 | More by Scotchboy
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DanielBrett

Pennsylvania

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Very dark, almost black. a Ruby Brown color when put close to light. Had a creamy, tan, 1.5 finger head that lasted only a few minutes. Some decent lacing on side of glass

S: Not a strong smell, some roasted malt.

T: Malty sweetness, Notes of chocolate and coffee are evident.

M: Very Smooth, slick feeling in the mouth. Medium to heavy body and low carbonation.

O: A solid Porter, great beer for a winter night. Would purchase again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 01:57:56 | More by DanielBrett
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a perfect Porter/Stout, dark with a nice but not over the top creamy head.. It has a nice aroma, nothing too much, not hppy, not chocolate, not much of anything distinctive.
First sip was nice, but then I lost something. I was hoping for a bit more on the mocha or at least smokey flavors
It was hard to even find the mocha in this one.
I have a love/hate relationship with Rogue brews. There are so many that I rate at the top and then there a few that are not my favorites.
But I guess that is why we are taste and drink different beers

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:40:28 | More by rdilauro
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with one-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Caramel malt and dark fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Coffee and chocolate. Nice roasted/charred finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Creamy.

O: Solid American porter. Above average in every way. Will try again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 04:25:46 | More by SolipsismalCat
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ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Hoegaarden hex glass, this porter has very dark cola color that gets to a dark ruby around the edges. After a vigorous pour, the caramel colored head built up about three fingers or so before receding rather quickly. Minimal head retention and lacing, just little bits here and there.

The aroma is a mix of both bittersweet and milk chocolate, mild grassy hops, caramel, and subtle hints of coffee. While it's more or less in the middle, the sweetness just seems to grab my attention a bit more. The flavor starts out with creamy milk chocolate, caramel, and light coffee. Next, earthy/grassy hops that honestly seem a bit metallic in taste, give this beer a little bite. The hop flavor gets pushed back pretty easily by all the dark roasty malt flavor in the finish, leaving you with a creamy semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste.

Although this is a creamy mocha porter, it seems to be a little light in body, almost a little watery for the style. That being said, obviously this is going to be way heavier than a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 04:01:28 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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Edwaka01

New York

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into Chimay chalice.

A - Big, foamy, frothing cream-colored head, slow to recede.
Black until held to the light, brown-ruby shines through at bottom of glass

S - Getting a bit of caramel, a faint flavored-coffee aroma, and some dark, dried fruit.

T - really toasty, like liquid chocolate malt, some semi-bitter dark chocolate flavors - though the beer as a whole is not overly bitter. Coffee present in smell is not detectable here. Also missing is the "porterness" of this beer.

M - Somewhat coating, low in noticeable carbonation, despite implications set forth by the massive head.

O - Upon second inspection, the bottle says nothing of coffee specifically. Having been thrown by the name - Mocha implying chocolate coffee, I was at first let down by the lack of coffee flavor. Still a decent brew, although I thought not very characteristic of a porter. Good beer, terribly inaccurate name.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 18:41:13 | More by Edwaka01
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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

First had: on tap at Rogue, Portland, OR

Poured a dark brown-black with a small but cream tan head. Aroma of roasty malts, cocoa, coffee, and some herbal hops. While the flavor profile contains many elements of a typical coffee porter--roasted dark malts, coffee, cocoa--there was a definite herbal presence throughout, very reminiscent of a black tea, presumably from the hops used. This gave a dry and somewhat bitter finish. Medium body, nice balance, not too coffee-y, and pretty drinkable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 20:46:38 | More by Rifugium
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phenomenologian

Nebraska

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening some smoke hovers at the neck. Upon pouring in a nice beer glass it pours a one to one and a half finger head. the color of the head is brownish tan. It retains really well and laces nicely. The body is opaque and jet brownish black. Looks like a nice porter.

It smells of coffee, some hops, and chocolate. the chocolate is kind of a faint subtle smell while some hops come out really nice in the aroma and the coffee is always there throughout the aroma.

the taste is of coffee, hops, and chocolate. Lingering aftertaste is of chocolate and coffee. This tastes really nice. I love the combination of coffee with hops plus the hints of chocolate here and there. Nice tasting porter.

It is very smooth and has a nice mouthfeel. It has the good feel to it that complements the taste that altogether makes it a nice beer.

Overall I really enjoy this beer and drinking it. I love stouts and porters and I drink Guinness extra stout a lot. I enjoy this porter a lot and will definitely buy it again and will maybe buy it regularly just like I buy the guinness stout even though this one is a bit more expensive than the guinness stout. If you like any stout or any porter give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 06:12:09 | More by phenomenologian
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LeRose

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle purchased on recommendation of the beer dude in local store.

Appearance was nice - I like the reddish tints in the dark, compact head that persisted until the end. Regular old pint glass.

Aroma was OK - a little coffee/chocolate/caramel, but I didn't think it much different or better than other beers in the category.

To me, the taste was a disappointment. There was no date of any kind on the bottle, so I don't know if it was fresh or had been in stock a while. The taste seemed pretty generic and reminded me mostly of Guiness. Got the coffee/toffee/chocolate flavors but I wouldn't say it was outstanding. Did not think it had the complexity and mouthfeel of the porters I have tried.

Good, not great IMHO. I'd drink it again, certainly not bad tasting or anything. But I wouldn't go out of my way to find it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 19:51:20 | More by LeRose
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phichifiji00

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, subtle brown head, moderate lacing.

Smell: a bit spicy, malty, sublte chocolate.

Taste: cinnamon, brown sugar, malty, spicy, sublt chocolate, hoppy.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

Overall: A good beer. The mocha is much more subtle than I expected, but still very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 18:01:04 | More by phichifiji00
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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