Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,331 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 1,331
Hads: 2,713
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 99
Gots: 294 | 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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Reviews: 1,331 | Hads: 2,713
Photo of Gump
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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). (574 characters)

Photo of CBFanWish
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.61/5  rDev -7%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of avylover
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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 (742 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of homersimpson
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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! (304 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of Jables
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of DagFishHead
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer all the way around for me but maybe a little to hoppy for a porter for me,pours a deep mocha color with a light stichy head,aroma is of powdered sugar and of course mocha.Taste like I said is a little hoppy for the style in my opinion but there is some nice chocolaty tones with some dried fruit tones as well.A nive earthy flavor hits in the finish to give this beer a decent taste grade. (402 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is a sweet dark malt with notes of coffee.
Clear, close to black. Firm tan head, medium height and lacing.
Strong dark malt, bitterness on tongue that lingers. Coffee tastes present. Full quality to the flavor. Rich without excess and little to no chocolate flavors noted. Some fruitiness appears as warms.
On the thinner side overall. Softness from carbonation, bitterness prevents smoothness.
Quite a sharp taste at cooler temperatures, but it eases as it warms. Lack of complexity keeps it only slightly beer than average. (535 characters)

Photo of tar
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark opaque black--some purple comes through when held in the light, with a thinnish tan colored head which persists as a very thin foamy layer. Smells very nicely of roasted malt and chocolate. A good malty, chocolatey taste with some coffee flavors present as well. Smooth, but feels quite thin in the mouth. A overall nice tasting and smelling beer which is fairly drinkable. (391 characters)

Photo of kunzbrew
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a monster tan head that last for a little while then reduces to a nice ring, leaving a track of lace like a slug on the sides of the glass.

Robust malts hit the nose like Mike Tyson. The hop aroma is pleasant as well.

Roasted malts with a kickass coffee flavor a strong on the tongue. Caramel also acompany the mochaness of this beer. Hop bitter is light and does not detur any from the beer.

Carbonation is a little strong but I like it very much so.

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Photo of Mustard
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "best by" or "bottled on" date; no ABV %; purchased as part of a ten beer "Winter Brew" (vel sim.) sampler pack for $14.99 from the Cost Plus on Westwood and Santa Monica.

Appearance: Completely opaque hue; thick, beautiful, cocoa-brown head; d-cup's worth of lace; fairly good head retention.

Aroma: Faintly of chocolate with hints of espresso and plum.

Taste: Assertive, disconcerting acidic twang upfront; thick, rolling, roasty bitterness in the finish; firm burnt grain flavor; faint, faint hint of residual sugars; medium bodied.

Notes: Disappointing; reminds me of bad coffee; found this to be simple, harsh and devoid of charm. (684 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cola-brown body with a dark tan head. Smells of sweet roasted chocolate barley, with little hop presence (especially for a rogue beer). Taste starts with sweet, dark chocolate up front, followed by roasted coffee. Finish is smoky, bitter, and appetizingly dry. Delicious. (276 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate black in appearance with a nice head that leaves anice bit of laciness. Nice malty aroma, with a perfect blend of coffee and chocolate flavors. Good tartness from the roasted malt as a finishing touch. Smooth mouthfeel and extremely drinkable. Definitely one to put on your must try list. (298 characters)

Photo of smitty1080
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is quite beautiful, pitch black with a tan head. Like others have said I was also surprised by the aroma and taste. The aroma is hoppy and toasty. The taste hoppy, burnt, and heavy. The mouth feel is great, thick and full. It finishes with a slight burnt orange. (277 characters)

Photo of steelreign
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown pour with one finger off white head. Coffee, chocolate and hops in the nose, some roasted malts as well.

Taste was roasted malt, coffee and hops...lots of hops. I was surprised by the amount of hop burst, but maybe I was expecting something along the lines of Anchor Porter or similar. All in all, a very nicely done porter that is different than the norm. Well rounded and balanced, and so easy to drink thanks to the relatively subdued carbonation. A very nice addition to the Rogue family. (506 characters)

Photo of 86MonteSS
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To be honest, I expected a little more from this beer. As porters go, this one's pretty solid, but as Rogues go, it's incomplete. I expected it to be heavier and fuller-bodied. Upon pouring it I saw a bunch of happy little floaters, but was let down when I couldn't hear what the hell they were trying to tell me. It's a decent porter, but just a grunt in Rogue's guerilla legion. (380 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Mocha Porter (22 oz., US3.99) rivals only Anchor Porter as the most impressive I've ever had. Many porters are sharp on the tongue, weak in body, and often unpleasant. Though Mocha Porter does nothing to remind me of mocha (I believe the term refers only to color), it achieves excellence perhaps previously unknown to porters.

It operates much like a stout but compensates for its necessary lack of unmalted barley bite with an equally satisfying bite from the Perle hops. The choice of hops -- Perle and Centennial -- is expert; they are local and (now) indispensable in any porter. The Perle hops give off a wonderful "authentic" flavor that makes me think what beer used to be like in the old days. Bitter, yet rich and flavorful. The Centennials are largely supressed; if you open the beer up by swishing it around in your mouth, the Cascade-like (think Sierra Nevada Pale) aromatics and sweetness reveal themselves from this wonderful flavoring hop. And, as opposed to Shakespeare Stout, the hops don't flood the nose. They are delicate and subdued.

This is also one of the few porters I've had that gets markedly better as you get closer to the bottom of the glass. It isn't a matter of temperature, I serve it warm from the start. Instead, there is a bit of sediment near the end that gives a little more body and develops the bittersweet/dark chocolate roast flavor into something a little sweeter; maybe it's the Crystal, I don't know. This beer is a learning experience.

Because of the slight hop focus, it is followed up nicely by any pale ales if you are having a session or tasting. There is a lot going on here and enough to satisfy many palettes in some way.

Considering all the malt that has gone into this beer, there is a wonderful symphony at play.

Welcome to Carnegie Hall. Quiet please; Rogue Mocha Porter takes the stage.

Relax, relax.
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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.