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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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2,617 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,617
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 92
Gots: 223 | 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 mdagnew
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml Bottle bought in Sainsburys.

Pours quite a deep brown / nearly black colour. Head is quite thin and light brown in colour – doesn’t last very long…

Nice aroma of coffee and chocolate and also quite a lot of maltiness. Has just the right amount of tartness…

Smooth mouthfeel, nothing to heavy or cloying..

Quite a nice porter – very drinkable. There are much better examples out there though…

Photo of mentor
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained from the Sanctuary (Iowa City) in June 2005. pours a thin yet fine light brown head over a very dark mohoganey colored liquid. Smells roast, cherry sour, vanilla, coffee, and alcohol. I smell hops...they are there but I can't tell the particular character beneath the alcohol Citrusy, I think. Perhaps the hops are part of what I preceive to be alcohol on my nose. Taste is roast coffee with some chocolate and ends very roast at the end in the form of sour (black patent?). A caramel in the middle carries a nice transition as the initial roast settles and the sour roast rises. Md-thick mouthfeel and mild carbonation work well for this beer. It gets a sharp tangy carbonation on the tongue as the cherry sour comes in, but neither is so strong as to be lifted to an unpleasant level. Whatever that alcohol/hop smells is, it's a taste in the aftertaste that rises up through the throat and batters the back of my tongue. The chocolate gets stronger in both the smell and taste as the beer warms, which is good, as the roast was beginning to hang in the mouth.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 1st Rogue offering. Its amazing how beers that pour opaque always have a hue or value to their impenditrable magic. This slick, thick ebony beer had a warm, burnt caramel quality to its darkness, with a nice 1" thick head of tight mocha hued foam that laced subtly as I drank. Nose is subtly sweet, wisps of burnt coffee, dark chocolates.

Its surprisingly crisper than I imagined, nice, a little sharp on the tongue with a pleasingly bitter quality like the last sip from your morning coffee. The pallete is a bit watery as the tastes disperse & mix, then a most pleasing old black coffee refrain on the throat. Alas, the aftertaste is filmy and bitter.

This is good, but its like drinking a weaker, less complex & enjoyable version of an Edmund Fitzgerald. I would certainly drink another, and would recommend it to try, but I'm not sure I would buy this again when there are others that are superior, IMHO.

Photo of cypressbob
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber

Pours with a deep brown body, very little light penetration. Thick tan head head, creamy with good retention

Smell, little bit of smoke, some fresh american hops, chocolate, freshly made coffee

Taste, crisp hops, coffee and chocolate flavours coming through, nice roasted coffee bean and malt bitterness on the finish, little bit of turkish delight in there too

Mmmmm... a tasty porter, lots of flavour and immensely drinkable

Photo of Sigmund
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle, UK import, trade with maeib. ABV is 5.3%. Very dark opaque brown colour, nearly black. Pours with a large and thick tan head. Pleasant roasty aroma with strong coffee notes, also cigarbox, chocolate and leather. Flavour has strong coffee notes too, some tar and a slight smokiness. Roasty and hoppy bitterness in the long aftertaste. Maybe not the most complex beer in the world, but a very good one all the same!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Nice chocolate smell come through imediately. Bold roasted and coffee tones not far behind. A mild tartness shows that this beer has a little more than just malt.
Appearance: A little thicker and richer looking than the normal porter. A tan head pours to about 1" and remains firm and rocky. Opaque brownish to black. Laces well.
Taste: complex maltiness hits the toung. Bittersweet chocolate is pronounced imediately. Tartness of cherries and coffee round out in the body. Body is full and firm. Bittering follows through to the finish. Mouthfeel is firm and soothing.
Aftertaste: Bitter, tart, and sweet, much like a high quality coffee or tea. Does not leave the mouth too dry, but doesn't leave it too tacky either. Alcohol is barely detectable through it all.
Impression: terriffic beer. Must like porters, coffee, and chocolate in order to enjoy. Would make a great winter warmer.

Photo of ypsifly
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Damn near black with a tan head that is rather large and shows good retention for a porter. Nice lacing effect.

Smells of chocolate, good coffee, and mild hops. Has a slightly nutty aroma.

Tastes very smooth. Roasted malts andcaramel balanced with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Delicious!

Smooth, almost milky mouthfeel. I'm not much of a porter drinker, but I could session with this one for sure.

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

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Plenty of chunky tan head and thick lace with very good retention. Smells sweetly malty, with subdued roasted grains and fairly strong floral hop notes. Medium-bodied and creamy with surprisingly strong carbonation. Flavor begins with sweet graininess, builds into toasted bread, dry roasted coffee, and unsweetened cocoa. Finishes with a strong and puckering dry hop flourish.

A nice American porter rendition, if perhaps a bit over-hopped for the general style. Reminiscent of some dry stouts more than other porters.

Photo of danielharper
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a dark black color, completley opaque, from the 12oz bottle into the pint glass. A large brown head quickly forms, which dissipates until it is simply a small brown head -- the smaller head remains until the end of the beer. Heavy lacing around the glass for the length of the beer.

Has a nice smoky smell with hints of chocolate and coffee -- the hops presence that is usually so prevalent in Rogue beers is muted here, probably due to the strong aroma from the porter itself.

Taste is also really nice -- has a bitter coffee taste with a strong helping of chocolate. The dark chocolate taste balanced out the hops very nicely, so that I neither felt this beer was overly sweet, nor overly bitter. Very enjoyable, although the carbonation was a bit higher than I'd like -- it seems more difficult to drink these than I think was inteded by the brewer.

This is a bit thicker than other porters I've tried, more like a stout than anything else, but I'm not complaining. The beer isn't quite thick enough to be called "chewy", but it's pretty damn close -- overall, it's a very enjoyable mouthfeel that's only offset by the relatively high carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice, very drinkable beer. I enjoy it quite a bit, and will purchase it again next time I'm in the mood for something like this. At least it might hold me over until the Rogue Chocolate Stout is available in my area, or I can go back to Tennessee to get some more. Recommended.

Photo of baiser
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with ruby highlights, deep tan head, and excellent lacing. Aroma of dark chocolates, caramel, and fruit. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavours, nice burnt and toasty flavours but easily drinkable. Great alternative to the heavier stouts, packed with roasty flavours. Finishes dry, with a semi sour aftertaste.

Photo of allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark black color with a slight tan head. Chocolate aroma comes through clearly in the nose, as does quite a bit of grassy hops. Strong roasted malt flavor, with a slightly smoky touch, and a lot of bitterness for a porter. All are fairly well balanced, giving it a bitter dark chocolate sort of taste. Finish is somewhat coffee-like. Mouthfeel tends to be a bit watery, but isn't bad.

Photo of GreenCard
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep dark brown with reddish highlights, good clarity, big pillow of spongey tan foam, great head retention

Aroma: dark cocoa, malt, roast, passionfruity hops, resin, fresh wort, hint of molasses

Flavor: slight initial sweetness which is quickly subsumed by a chocolate/roast plume, leafy hop flavor and mild bitterness, finishes dry with an aftertaste of malt and coffee, lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine-beaded carbonation, slight creaminess

Other comments: When Rogue makes a balanced beer, it can be absolutely fabulous. This is one of those instances. The piny/passionfruity hops blend perfectly with the roast and chocolate.

I discovered that I had reviewed this beer already (about a year ago) and had not liked it as much. Perhaps my tastes have changed, I was in a different mood, or it was just a better batch. Who knows? The one I reviewed before was the small bottle, but this review is of the 22oz. There was sediment in the bottle, so perhaps it was bottle-conditioned. Maybe that's why it's better?

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

Dense coffee colored head that finally settles to a pillowy sheet. Condensed and layered lacing with very good strength. Semi-opaque black in color with a mahogany hue.

Roasted chocolate malt with mocha and hazlenut aromatics. A bit of dark fruit: plum, dark cherry, and raisin.

Strong mocha, coffee, hazlenut, and even some light vanilla. A roasted malt base matched with an assertive hop bite at mid-sip. A hefty bitterness accompanies a very raw mocha and espresso aftertaste. A robust flavored porter.

Full bodied; the sweetness provides a nice smoothness to such a bold version of the style.

A bold porter with some aggressive flavors: exactly what I expect from Rogue. Heavy, yet drinkable at the same time.

Photo of pentathlete
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, with a 1 inch beige head. Smell is toasted malts, some dark cocoa. Taste is sweet, with bitter dark chocolate and some hop bite. Finish is long with multiple flavors of resiny molasses and mild hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, but nothing terrible. No creaminess. Easy to quaff, great price. Another Rogue winner.

Photo of fingolfin72
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown color, but I didn't get any head out of it. The nose is subtle coffee/chocolate whiff with a hint of something that reminds me of wood chips. The palate is fairly big but restrained, and the bitterness (a big, smoky, dark toast mineral wall) might be just a tad much. It's quite good though; the brown sugar and chocolate notes are like ivy on that wall.

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cask conditioned at Sharp Edge Beer Emporium
A: Pours a brown so dark it's almost black. Opaque. Nice khaki~tan head with nice lacing.
S: Dark roasted malt aromas with a heady whiff of a strong bitter coffee smell. Sweet dark molasses. Wow.
T: Smooth malts perfectly balanced by a touch of hops and a strong coffee taste with just a hint of dark chocolate. Nicely lingering bitter aftertaste.
M: So smooth it should be a crime. Smooth and creamy with a heavenly mouthcoating feel. Alcohol is just wonderfully warming.
D&N: Cask conditioned beers are like heaven in a glass. This beer had it all, great smells, great flavors, unbelievable mouthfeel. Heaven in a glass.

Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid four-finger tan head from a 12 oz bottle! Ebony colored, no light shines through the glass.

Creamy cocoa aroma with a touch of hop. Less powerful than I would expect. The taste is dark chocolate followed by bitter hop in the swallow. Thick and rich, this beer is moderately carbonated. There is a slight chaulkiness. The aftertaste is very loooong lasting (bitter coffee and dark chocolate).

This is a dry porter with ground coffee aroma and flavor. I have never been a fan of coffee flavors, but this is a complex brew with a multitude of tastes and aromas.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Black coffee hue shot with brownish-red edges. A foamy, rather dense light beige head blossomed and hung around until the beer disappeared, leaving streaks of lace behind.
Smell: espresso beans, dark chocolate, roasted (damn near burnt) malts. Lesser notes of dark fruits.
Taste: cappacino-esque with burnt coffee bitterness and dark fruit sweetness. Singed malts and scorched bakers chocolate mid-palate. Decent hops bitterness in the finish.
Feel: medium body with rather high level of carbonation.
Overall, quite a drinkable porter. Damn tasty and worth trying out.

Photo of fretlessman71
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

BOTTLE: 12 oz. longneck

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Rogue beers have simply failed to disappoint me – they’re one of the breweries that consistently puts out brews that I think are outstanding. Even Odell Brewing, makers of my beloved 90 shilling, doesn’t fall into that category.

APPEARANCE: Black with cola brown highlights. Head is thick and tan, and leaves wonderful lacing on the sides of the glass as the head clears.

AROMA: Coffee and chocolate are strongest with a generous dose of hops. Somehow reminds me of Ovaltine and Frappucinos…

FLAVOR: Another rare beer that tastes just like it smells, but even more so. Cold coffee in front, malted chocolate milk on the sides, a little bitterness in the middle and a finish that is somehow both dry and sweet at the same time. Wonderful aftertaste; there’s something about it that reminds me of the way a breath mint makes your mouth feel after you’ve finished it. What a fun beer to drink!

MOUTHFEEL: Medium weight, good carbonation level.

DRINKABILITY: This is such an interesting beer to drink that I’d probably be happy if that’s all there was in the fridge for a week! Goes down waaay faster than I’d like.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Simple, elegant, balanced, flavorful, nothing cloying, nothing distracting, nothing to complain about… leaves me to wonder sometimes: Can Rogue do no wrong? KILLER brew, folks!

Photo of OatherS
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black label with a blue clothed figure drinking a beer tipping his hat.

Appearance: Half a finger head, that dissipates medium quickly. Pitch black in color. Smooth-liquidy appearance.

Smell: Mocha, coffee and chocolate aromas present.

Mouthfeel: Has the coffee/porter bite to it initially.

Taste/Drinkability: The chocolaty flavors I was expecting are not that present. More of a bitter flavor, which I guess is to be expected from the coffee portion of the moca equation.

Photo of OStrungT
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark brown. The head is brown, thick and creamy. It fades slowly leaving thick laces. There was quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass. It smells like chocolate, and very malty. It smells like plums and caramel also. I also smell molasses. It has a strong chocolate taste. The roasted malt flavor is quite apparant. . It tastes sweet. It also has a slight coffee taste. This beer is a medium bodied ale with decent carbonation. The flavor is not very aggressive. It leaves a milk chocolate taste on the palate. Due to the low alcohol content and the non aggressive taste, this beer would probably make a good session beer. I would probably drink this one again. It is a good Porter. If you see it, try it.

Photo of foamer
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour jet black with a slight ruby hue and a sticky, bubbly tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Some bittersweet chocolate notes in the nose along with some coffee and roasted malt. Not too overpowering as some coffee beers can be. A nice bitterness in the taste from the roasted malts and again the same chocolate and coffee notes from the nose come out, and again, nicely balanced with the coffee not overpowering and stealing the show. What a very nice beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth and full-bodied with a minimum of carbonation. This is quite drinkable. It's a shame Sainsbury's is getting these in for a limited time only. Rogue is such a special treat for me, but if I could I would drink this all night. Lovely.

Photo of sabrills70
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost jet black very dark ruby color. Has a 2 finger tan head and decent lace. Smells of roasted malts, but sweeter than expected. Some nice chocolate and coffe aromas as well. Tastes of a very nicely raosted malt but has and nice coffee bitterness to finish. The coffee is not overpowering at all, usually the coffee flavor dominates but it sits nicely in the background. Thick and chewey but not as much as you would think - still refreshing, as much as a porter can anyways. Another good solid brew from Rogue

Photo of silver0rlead
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a really a stand-out porter. I've had a great many lackluster porters, with overdone roasted malt or sweetness but this is really a spot-on, kick ass brew. It pours a jet black color with no light penetration whatsoever (the first sign this is an awesome brew) and with a 1.5 inch brow head that leaves intricate lacing all the way down the glass. The smell is roasted and chocolate malt along with some coffee and raisins. The taste- where to begin, this is a very complex and intriguing brew. Beginss with a roasted malt note, followed by a dark chocolate flavor that lead into the big coffee taste, very much like a mocha (albeit a very, very dark one) from a quality coffee shop. The coffee flavor, while prevalent doesnt overwhelm the brew as i've seen in previous cases and leads into a bitter roasted malt/hoppy finish that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy like a porter should be but slightly less so than a stout, also has a crisp carbonation thats just right for a porter. The drinkability is high for such a dark, complex brew. Awesome porter

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color beer with a nice foamy head with great retention. Aroma of roasted malt is dominating and seems to leave little place to the coffee aroma that I was expecting. Taste is dominated by bitterness and roasted malt and again I find little of the coffee/chocolate taste I was expecting. Overall, not bad but I’m a bit disappointed by this one.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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