Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,687 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,687
Reviews: 1,346
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 98
Gots: 276 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Photo of Bang34
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of Elemental
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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!.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of MobBarley
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Photo of beerman599
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.13/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Mocha Porter pours an opaque black with a semi-creamy brownish head that quickly dissipated to a thin film and collar. It has a chocolate, coffee, roasted malt aroma. It has a nice malty initial taste that is heavy on coffee flavors. The finish is way too bitter for a porter though...kind of overwhelming. If not for that, this would be an excellent brew. As it is, it becomes very difficult to drink for me.

Photo of woemad
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane.

Poured an almost black shade of brown. Big, fluffy tan head that hung around for a while. Lots of lacing.

Aroma was of dark fruits dipped in chocolate. Still, not as "mocha-y" as I expected it to be.

Taste is of roasted malts, dark fruits and, lingering in the backgound, chocolate. I really expected the mocha aspects to be more pronounced than they were. Otherwise this is a very good porter, the taste is just nothing really exceptional.

The drinkability and mouthfeel are just as I would like them to be. If the drinker is fond of porters (as I am), they could happily quaff several of them, especially since the abv is only 5.3% per BA (there's no mention of abv on the botttle).

This is a very likeable porter, but I'm not sure the mocha warrants being in the title.

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark coffee color, small, light brown head, which doesn't stick around for long. Nice lace though.

Wow, this beer smells good. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee with just a hint of hops, not a single scent overpowers another, it is very easy to tell the difference.

Taste...very nice, very coffee like. Nice dry feeling in the mouth after it goes down with just a hint of hops.

As far as dark beers are concerned this is just great. This is the first of the Rogues I've tryed and I plan on trying more in the future.

Photo of Charthepirate
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, with a caramel head. small but nice lacing.

Smells of bitter chocoalte and cofee. Hops detectable in the nose.

Flavor is well balanced, the malts are very flavorful, with the tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee on the lips. As the beer moves in the mouth the bitterness from the hops comes through. Neither flavor dominates the beer, and they complement each other beautifully.

Feels nice and thick on the mouth. Not much carbonation, so it goes down smooth.

Great beer. One of my new favorites.

Char

Photo of OatmattStout
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a realy nice rocky caramel colored head and great lacing. Great nose of what else, coffe and also some really nice toasted dark grain. Nice flavores of roatsed and even charred oats and grains. Nice coffe flavors with a nice bitter espresso hop bit.

Very nice porter.

Photo of Gump
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown head, dense and frothy; like a capit keeps the beer in the glass. Makes it appear thicker than it is.
Dark brown pour, like cola color. Great aroma, good earthy qualities and bit chocolaty.

Tastes like a bitter chocolate. The bitterness is pronounced in every sip, but that seems typical from the few Rogues I've had.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've become a big Rogue fan, and several of their beers are among my favorites. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. Not a bad beer by any means, but just to thin and dry for the style. Reminds me of Shakespeare, but thinner, almost watered down. Has a chocolate-expresso flavor, but the bitterness is more prominent. I am a big porter fan, but this is no Fuller's (or even Anchor or Samuel Smith). I would like to compare this to Sierra Nevada (which is the porter this reminds me of). (The "on tap" is a mistake. I had this in the bottle. I'll change it at some point).

Photo of CBFanWish
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In all my experience with porters, this one is one of the best I have ever tried. I wzs greated with a dark brown, almost stout colored appearance. It was topped off with very little head, but it did leave a nice lace effect. The smell was of coffee and chocolate (This might explain why it's called Mocha Porter). It had a taste that was very similar in many respects. A strong Coffee taste leading to a strong choclate taste. Fantastic. It was everything a Porter should be. Not too hoppy by any standards, but the malt head should realy enjoy this. Thank you MacGregor's for carrying this.

Photo of granger10
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was a light black pour with a small but thick dark tan head. The smell was chalky with some coffee notes. The taste was of the classic Rogue bittersweetness. Definitely chocolately but the chocolate seemed to want to be more prevalent and it wasn't. Coffee paired with the chocolate but it also seemed a little restrained. The carbonation combined with the medium thickness left for a good mouthfeel. Definitely hoppy in the finish. The hops were acidic and a little citrusy. Really balanced. Not bad but not the best either.

Photo of mschofield
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown-black with 3 finger brown head, settles to a small cap, and laces well in webs.
Coffee and alcohol esters in the aroma, a molasses type aroma develops with warming.
Chocolate and coffee tastes (mocha) with roasted malt.
Very smooth, slightly bitter in the back, thinner than it looks, only a light-medium body.
Good representation of the style, and very drinkable, had this after shoveling 2' of wet snow, and it was great to come inside for.

Photo of avylover
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out fairly black with a tan head. To be honest my wife is asleep so I can't turn the lights up to check the highlights...aahhh the life of a BA. Aroma of bitter coffee and some sweet milk chocolate, backed by a health dose of some rogue style hoppiness. Taste starts off sweet, with a malted milkshake and cappuccino taste. Suddenly, the hops take over like highjacking islam radicals. These are merciful radicals, as the creaminess seems to mesh with the hop presence and roasted malts in the aftertaste. The initial creamy taste is great but doesn't last long enough for my pallette. Carbonated yet slightly creamy in mouthfeel, and quite drinkable for a thick porter.

Not bad at all, pick this one up if you enjoy porters and hops

Photo of rkhaze
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a creamy tan head. Not much lacing. Roasted malt, cocoa, and espresso on the nose.
Nice roasted malt flavor upfront with coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a subdued (for Rogue) hop presence. The bitter/dry aftertaste really lingers on the finish.
For the style it seemed light bodied and almost over-carbonated. Good drinkability.

Photo of homersimpson
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby with a rather dark tan lace.
Chocolate, coffee and sweet malt.
Smooth and dense, slippery on the tongue.
Roasted malts combine with a touch of chocolate, coffee, and a nice hop toward the end helps round things out. Very roasted finish that sticks around.
Good Stuff from the guys at Rogue!

Photo of Reidrover
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok bought in the screen printed 22 oz brown bomber..label looks a lot different than the one displayed on the page.
Appearance is of deep dark, dark brown almost black beer..impenetrable to light..small frothy tan head..leaves nice lacing.
Smell for a Rogue is surprisingly weak..but I do detect some chocolate and hop hints.
Nice strong taste of the coffee and malts at first then the ubiquitous hops spring forth in ambush..very unusual and nice.
Nice on the palte pretty adventurous.
Nice drinkable porter..winter is here and im enjoying porters so much more again.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice porter that I decided to try with some chocolate brownies my wife had just baked. Good choice.

The body of this porter is very dark brown tending to black that had a very nice 3 finger beige head when poured. The head dropped back rather quickly but left a nice lacing layer to remind you that it had been there so recently.

The nose is all about chocolate and coffee, and mostly of the chocolate. The taste carries this as well but the coffee bitterness comes to the fore, especially when positioned against the sweetness of the brownies. Taken on its own the bitterness subsides a bit, but it is still prominent in the taste helping the brew finish a bit to the dry side..

The feel is medium and the finish fairly smart. Good drinkability from this lovely porter.

Photo of nomad
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep opaque brown, with a light bubbly mocha-colored head, and a tad of stain and lace. Smelled of sweet chocolate, a little bit of smoke, and floral and bitter fruit hop scents. Tasted of great roasted barley on top of big dark malts. Palate was largely of very smooth chocolate notes that were unobtrusive and barely sweet. The end of profile brought on grapefruit bitterness, with a finish that was a nice balance of dark malt, coffee/chocolate bittersweet character, and a controlled version of the classic Rogue hoppiness.

Just about thin mouthfeel, this was a calm but tasty porter. The mocha notes were reminiscent of Rogue Chocolate Stout. Very easy to drink, this fits my tastes for a porter, albeit a flavored one.

Photo of Jables
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark almost black in appearance. Head is medium in size with a dark tan color.
Aroma is roasted malt with some coffee notes. The flavor is smooth with roasted malts and some nutty flavors, but it is nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth but not heavy.
This is by no means a big beer, but it is smooth, balanced and tasty. Today, this is just what the doctor ordered. Cheers.

Photo of DagFishHead
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark black-brown body. Light brown, whipped-creamy head with lots of staying power and lace all over the place. Small cloud islands in a sea of darkness... doesn't get any more inviting.
Smell: This is a substantial porter... earthy, bitter-sweet chocolate, espresso, dried fruits, slightly smoked. A joy to the nose.
Taste: Porter is a tough style to define... this just might be it. Chocolate notes from both chocolate and chocolate malt. Dry hop bitter finish... very nice, but a tad bitter or me.
Mouthfeel: Not as substantial as a stout, more so than a brown... how about: porter. Creamy, low-medium carbonation level on the tongue.
Drinkability: Fine example of of the style... yet another winner from Rogue.

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Solid black with a decent dark head.

Smell – Roasted malt and dark chocolate form the backbone of this aroma. There’s also some good sweetness here; a combination of dark, ripe fruits and table sugar.

Taste – I was quite surprised with the stiff hop balance, although I shouldn’t have been because it’s a Rogue. The bitter hops though are a compliment to the main show – dark malt and chocolate. The sweetness fades a bit but is still noticeable.

Mouthfeel – Somewhat light in the mouth, more like the Anchor Porter than the Stone, but solid nevertheless. This porter is both creamy smooth and refreshingly dry.

Drinkability – There may be some die-hards complaining about the big hops, but I thought it was a very interesting rendition of the style.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,687 ratings.