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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,357 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,357
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 75
Gots: 98 | FT: 3
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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.

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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-very dark brown, almost black with a good amount of dark tan head. has some nice lacing as well.

S-smells like ground coffee but mostly malty. it has medium strength

T-it honestly tastes like dark roasted fresh ground coffee in liquid form. In and out it keeps this great taste. The after-taste is matching. Every part of this strong flavored and lacks any poor qualities. I don't care much for Rogue brews but I am honestly quite happy with this! this might be one of the best, full bodied porters that I've had.

M-this has a good creamy, medium carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

D-Well I'll definitely have this again and I'll definitely bring this up anytime porters are mentioned. I could drink this all night long. Well done Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 04:33:59 | More by AdamBear
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

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

A: Pours a very dark brown with 3 fingers of creamy tan head. Settles to a thick creamy cap and leaves tons of thick lacing all over the glass.

S: Coffee with some chocolate.

T: There's some coffee and chocolate flavors and it has a bit of a bitter finish with maybe tiny notes of hops.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a medium body.

D: This beer didn't blow me away but I wasn't disappointed. The taste was a little thin for my liking but everything else like appearance and the feel to it were great. I enjoyed drinking it but I'll probably seek out other beers before this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 18:16:30 | More by marty21
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lsrose

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle. This had a metallic taste and smell that I have seen in multiple porters. Starts with the hops and rounds out with the mocha and chocolate tastes. The more of it I drank the more the mocha came out and I started to like it. Overall not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 00:21:33 | More by lsrose
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a almost black, dark brown color with some reddish highlights around the edges of the glass. A creamy, dark tan head slowly faded away, leaving some thick lacing around the glass. The aroma was made up of dark chocolate, roasted malts, some light vanilla, and also some freshly ground coffee notes. The flavor included notes of mocha cappucino, light roasted malts, milk chocolate, followed up by a quick, hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was light to medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A very nice porter. Not too heavy on the palate, and quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 22:00:21 | More by CuriousMonk
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haddon

Kentucky

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

pours a dark mahogany with a nice mocha brown head. lots of lacing down the glass.

chocolate malts and a hint of smoke on the nose. not much depth. a strange metallic smell present. I have noticed this in porters before but not sure what that is.

OK, much more depth and complexity in flavors. mocha, malts, & bitter chocolate. has that hoppy sourness on the aftertaste that tends to show up in chocolate porters. I'm wondering if this sour taste is not connected with the metallic smell?

medium to full body with a nice creamy feel. just right on the carbonation

this is a drinkable porter that has a good amount of flavor and feel for a 5% abv. would surely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 02:51:05 | More by haddon
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Sneers

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with milk chocolate highlights that, although opaque in my snifter, looked somewhat hazy on the pour. A nice sandy head sits on top, and is pretty well-retained; there's some lacing too.

The aroma falls victim to one of my biggest qualms with American porters: the mixture of robust American hops and the coffee and chocolate flavors of the malts (and, in the case, from the "natural chocolate flavor").

The hops are the first thing to hit the palate, and are quickly accompanied by the dark malts. The addition of the chocolate was kept subtle enough to let the rest of the beer come through, which I appreciate; it adds a dry, powdery cocoa taste. On the other hand, it's not remarkably pronounced, and I probably wouldn't throw around the term "mocha" in describing it. The finish is dry and hangs on to that black coffee taste.

I was a little surprised how thin the mouthfeel is on this.

Overall, I'm fairly disappointed with this one. I don't buy Rogue beer often, but I had once heard Rogue brewmaster John describe this as "his baby," so I figured it would be a good offering to pick up to perhaps pique my interest. Sadly, it didn't quite do the job.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 05:13:41 | More by Sneers
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Pretty much an opaque black, maybe letting the faintest amount of light through. Small beige and khaki head that leaves little lacing.
Nose is pleasant-- big dose of chocolate that dominates over the coffee and roasted malt. Getting funny whiffs of marijuana as it warms.
Taste has decent piney bitterness that's complemented by the coffee and dark roasted malt. Milk chocolate rounds it all out a nice crisp finish.
A bit thin, decent carbonation silky/creamy body.
This would make for a great session porter if that's what you're looking for.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 06:39:01 | More by MattyV
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lstokes

Illinois

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

Dark brown, nearly black, with a light tan head and some reddish highlights, this smells like roasted barley and a touch of chocolate.

It strikes me that this is a very hoppy porter, with a lot of spruce and pine building on the tongue. There's a little bit of chocolate in the taste and a little bit of coffee, but this is dominated by roasted and bitter flavors, with a little bit of astringency at the end. It's still very drinkable, with a silky body and good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 03:18:36 | More by lstokes
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ggilman

Maine

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The fact that I'm writing this review on a Friday night after a long week at the office could result in a letter grade discrepancy!

Poured this eagerly into my favorite tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle.

A - A thick three finger head builds to the top of the glass, but settles quickly to a quarter inch of creamy toasted marshmallow colored foam. A solid black appearance, with a dark ruby highlight when held to the light.

S - Slight whiff of coffee grounds and molasses, very minimal nose.

T - Not tons of flavor, I'm really letting it linger try to pull subtle characteristics. There's some coffee flavor up front, with a bitter bakers chocolate finish.

M - Thinner than I expected, and crisper as well. The carbonation is biting into my tongue. I'm drinking slow to experience any mouthfeel or flavor changes as it warms. It reminds me of a root beer float once the last of the ice cream has melted.

D - Smooth and drinkable, almost to a fault. I wanted to take a bite out of this beer, but I couldn't sink my teeth into it.

An enjoyable, easy to drink porter. Didn't blow me away.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:12:01 | More by ggilman
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McNealc31

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel like the name is a little misleading. I think it would be better classified as a mocha stout. It has more of the roasted and bitter flavors that I associate with a stout rather than a porter. And while the mocha flavors and creamy texture are there, it's all in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 02:12:53 | More by McNealc31
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gabedivision

New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a 16 oz pint glass.

A- very nice opaque black witha firm brownish white head that cobwebs its self to the sides of the glass.

S- The smell is faint roasted coffee smell with strong bitter edge.

T- Tastes like an iced mocha, nutty and a tad bitter on the finish.

M- Stays in the mouth for awhile after sipped, the flavors of nuts chocolate and coffee stay around well after ingested.

D- This is a nice drinkable porter, i just couldn't get passed the smell. Although the taste more than makes up for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 04:15:29 | More by gabedivision
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Deep chocolate brown with a half finger, tan head

Smell. Coffee, bitter chocolate, a little orange peel.

Taste. Bitter dark chocolate, tobacco, coffee, burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel.Medium carbonation, quite dry and biter.

Drinkability. Good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 01:20:20 | More by Rutager
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BeerLover99

Illinois

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

A- deep brown/black, slight head on top, average lacing.

S- chocolate, roasted, caramel, vanilla, malt.

T- nutty, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, roasted slightly bitter finish

M- med/heavy body, creamy smooth body.

D- amazing, smooth, easy to drink beer. check this great beer out.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 00:04:07 | More by BeerLover99
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep brown, almost black. Creamy tan head with nice retention and minimal lace.

S- Chocolate with caramel notes, coffee, and vanilla hints. Grassy hints.

T- Follows nose with chocolate, coffee, and caramel notes. Touch of vanilla and earthy, nutty characteristics.

M- Medium bodied, creamy, and smooth

D- Very easy to drink. Slightly bitter coffee tones, but nice balance between chocolate and coffee. The flavors are muted. Its nothing extra-ordinary, but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 03:51:51 | More by JayS2629
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NStLincoln

Nebraska

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

Pours very dark chestnut brown with a tan head.

Taste is like if tootsie roll made a dark chocolate flavor and coated it in chalk. A little bit of a whole milk smell.

I get very little coffee on the palate for a beer that's "mocha." The aftertaste and the accompanying bitterness has definite coffee characteristics. Most of what I get is a nutty bitter chocolate. Yum.

Porters are the best because I can drink a 22 ouncer and not feel like I drank a milkshake. Like 1% milk on the tongue. Easy drinking and lots of awesome chocolate and coffee bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 22:39:58 | More by NStLincoln
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shand

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After the great Guinness disappointment, I was in the mood for a dark beer with some actual flavor. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet.

Pours an almost completely black color with a decent head. Head retains just a few clusters of bubbles, but retains well. The smell? Oh god, it smells like the Guinness. Coffee malts and chocolate. The taste fairs better than the Guinness though. It's bitter at first almost like black coffee, but not overwhelmingly so. Then, a bit of the chocolate character comes through, resolving the beer more sweetly. It's not bursting with flavor, but it's still pretty good. The flavor does come through more as it warms up, though.

The mouthfeel is great, it's just thick enough for the amount of flavor. The drinkability is very high, there's nothing offensive in this beer. Overall, this is a pretty decent porter. There's nothing here to amaze, but it's still very drinkable, and has it's place.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 05:32:57 | More by shand
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

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

Poured from a bottle into a Schooner glass. Didn't see a best before date on the bottle.

A - dark brown, but not black. Slightly lighter than other porters with a bit of light actually passing through! Nice fluffy half inch head that hangs around and adds some nice lacing as I drink this beauty.

S - very slightly grass with big chocolate malt and caramel, and just a hint of coffee.

T - initially a little bitter with a bite resolving into a nice complex malt and coffee with just a bit of booziness.

M - nicely balanced between lightness and satisfying "weight" of a darker beer. Just a hint of bitterness at the back of the throat.

D - exceptionally drinkable, surprisingly so. Was expecting something heavier, but this goes down very well.

This is a great beer; heard good things about it, came with expectations and wasn't disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 04:05:40 | More by DoktorZee
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

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

A: Pours a deep brown color with a finger thick, frothy, mocha colored head that slowly dissipates.

S: The nose is mainly that of roasted malts, which brings out a coffee scent in the beer. There is also hints of chocolate or cocoa.

T: The taste is just like the nose, major roasted malt/coffee bean taste throughout. There is also a subtle sweetness and a hint of hops. The finish is dry and the taste of the roasted malts is left in the palate,more of a smokey flavor.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation, finish is dry and smooth.

D: Overall this is a good beer. The roasted characteristics mesh well with the slight bitterness and sweetness and it goes down nice and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 01:09:44 | More by mavbrew
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pocwolf

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at my local pub. Black in color with a great coffee/chocolate smell. I am usually not a fan of the burnt flavor in porters but this beer was a great mix of the smoky, chocolate and coffee flavor. While I enjoyed it as a treat it wouldnt be something I could drink all night.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 01:09:15 | More by pocwolf
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BB1313

Ohio

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

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a thin black color with little head and not much lacing going on. Picking up chocolate, coffee, and vanilla notes. Those flavors really come to life one you start drinking. This one has bittersweet characteristics, slightly roasty. Mouthfeel is light, thin, but creamy.. really nice for a porter. Drinkability is really good, flavors would lead me to drink this one all night.

I've always been a fan of this one. Definitely one of the better porters I've tried. Rogue really does a good job w/ these kind of beers.. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 17:21:06 | More by BB1313
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first review via CrackBerry...

Pours with a short tan head over a deep brown body... Not much retention or lacing.

Aromas of roasted malts - reminiscent of coffee beans, along with some burnt biscuit. Fairly rich aroma for a porter.

Flavors bring some nice citrus hoppiness to the field to play with the roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate in the middle. The bitterness is strong in the aftertaste, and there's a pretty strong film left on the palate.

Mouthfeel is great for the style - just enough carbonation, and decent bite that distinguishes the porter from the stout.

Drinkability is solid, and maybe just a touch less bitterness in the finish would take it further. Great overall example of the style.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2010 14:37:00 | More by BeerImmediately
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown to black from a 12 oz bottle with no ABV or freshness date on the label. Dark brown color when held against light.
Aroma is mostly roasted malts and coffee with hints of dark chocolate/cocoa.
Taste is a perfect blend of roasted malts and bitter coffee and chocolate. Very nice roasted/slightly burnt, bitter aftertaste that lingers for quite sometime. Chocolate flavor takes over slowly as the beer warms up.
Medium bodied, smooth porter with a very good mouthfeel. Not too much lacing along the glass.
Drinkability is very good, a smooth and solid porter that I would definitely have any time and would recommend to all porter lovers.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 03:15:17 | More by CaptDavyJones
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jfrank85

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my stolen cigar city snifter from a 12oz bottle. Looks pretty good, blackish dark brown with tan head that settles leaving small ring of bubbles around the sides of the glass. No lacing to be seen but thats ok. From opening this bottle i cought whiffs of chocolate milk and toffee. Once poured the coffee and dark chocolate seem more apparent. Taste is good, malty and semi sweet with toffee and coffee notes. Doesnt sit on the palate too long which could be good or bad depending on personal style preference. Doesnt leave a bad after taste or linger on flavor, a decent trade off i suppose. Honestly i could kick back with in front of the fish tank reading a magazine and drink this all night, its easy on the drinkability side.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:34:42 | More by jfrank85
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smibroncos

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a slightly hazy walnut, with a nice two finger, coffe color, diminishing head. good lacing on the glass.

S. Roasted malt, leaves, bittersweet chocolate

T. Nothing sweet here, starts with bitter roasted malt, then black coffee, finish is dry and bitter. Good duration.

M. Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D. A pretty good brew, coffe flavor is a little late to hit the palate but the duration is really good.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 01:45:27 | More by smibroncos
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Khazadum

Illinois

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

Blind Beer #4! This seemed like such a good idea at just before 3 in the morning. I couldn't wait until tomorrow for another chance to taste something completely random from my favorite pint glass.

Vision
Well this is unusual. There was an explosion of head from the pour. Technique wasn't anything aggressive or destructive. It was a simple pour to create one and a half... no, two... wait... two and a half fingers! Uncanny... only problem is, it has low retention.

It quickly puffs, fizzles, and poofs its way down to a cotton ball appearance. It is as if three separate cotton balls of foam were plopped into my beer. Tan, almost toasted bread coloring to the froth. The lacing is sporadic, and when it exists it is...irregular and poofy much like the head, too many giant bubbles to look appealing in my book.

The body on this one is deep, but more on the level of soy sauce with apple juice somewhere in its family tree. Tons of carbonation beds apparent from the top down view to give hope for something delightful.

Bouquet
Caramel sweetness, slight, almost hidden chocolate love here. Definite presence of a chocolate smoke. I imagine this is what a chocolate cigarette might toss off from it's lit end, minus all the nasty polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Some roasted grain smokey flavors as well.

Flavor Profile
Opens sweet, very interesting. Caramels come through here, some chocolate... yes there is something chocolaty about this one. The middle is a weird generic flavor. Almost like a plasticizer leached into it, but that could be my imagination. Last dying breaths reveal a burnt flavor, like burnt toast, that is snuffed out by the finish. That finish would be a strong hop presence. Bitter with pine thoughts. I would have imagined it to be unusual for a beer this dark to have a strong hop finish.

Oral Sensations
Definitely crisp and bubbly. Loads of carbonation sizzle and splash across my orifice. Mild body with a thin presence. Lingers well enough with strong bitter notes. Same flavor exists as a residue around the inside of my cheeks and upon my teeth.

Conclusions
Chocolate hopped up porter? I have no clue... Who makes a hopped up porter in a twelve ounce anyway? It is not bad. Seems alright for the most part. Very happy to tick something unusual in this way. Wish it was a bit more clear in its bouquet and flavors, but I'm happy with how this one ended. I might try it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 09:13:20 | More by Khazadum
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,357 ratings.