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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,565 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,565
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 87
Gots: 172 | FT: 3
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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Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red brown, nearly black. One finger dark tan head and lacing. Aroma of coffee and dark malt, light hops. All the porter flavors are there; dark malts, very light smoky malts, a bit of coffee. Nothing stands out. No off notes, but kinda boring.

Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nearly black; no light passes through when held up to the light. Two finger nice tan head which leaves a good lace as it dissipates.

Smell: nice aroma with coffee and chocolate well intermingled. There is also a little astringent/tart aroma present of which I'm not a huge fan.

Taste: mocha-ness is not in your face. Again, coffee and chocolate are combined in nice proportions; I'm glad to say the tart quality in the aroma is not nearly as prominent in the flavor. The beer is nicely bitter and what hops are present are earthy in character; there's also a little bitterness imparted by the roast malts.

Mouthfeel: medium body, rather low carbonation. It is rather dry and astringent toward the finish. Not bad, but not my favorite.

Drinkability: a pretty good porter. I'm not a fan of some of the astringent qualities of this beer, so I don't think I would make a session of it, but one or two wouldn't be bad.

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

A - A nice deep brown colour. A little bit of head on the our that disappeared almost instantly.

S - Sweet; caramel and coffee. A hint of chocolate.

T - A bit weaker than expected. Definitely hints of coffee and chocolate. A bit of a burnt malt aftertaste. Was expecting more of a chocolate flavour.

M - average carbonation; lighter/thinner than expected.

D - Definitely a drinkable porter. Could have a couple of these no problem.

Photo of glid02
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cask at Deckard's American Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately roasted malts with good amounts of lightly tart dark fruits. Also present are slight amounts of dark chocolate aromas however no coffee is discernable.

Tastes worse than it smells. Chalky roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of dark fruit flavors that have turned, lightly tart raisins and pears. Midway through the sip hints of dark chocolate flavors attempt to salvage everything but fade out without being able to, finishing with a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is not good. I had a tough time finishing my glass and would not go after another.

Overall this was a big disappointment, especially considering how many of Rogue's beers have been close to home runs. I'd certainly try this again if I could get a taster to see if the problems were a one-time deal but I would hesitate immensely before spending money on another glass.

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

330ml bottle poured into a tulip july2 2010

A near black with a thumbs width of mocha colored head that falls to a thin film leaving several partial rings of lace

S mild coffee with a little chocolate milk

T a little better with some bakers chocolate and coffee but has a earthy smokiness working for it, decent beer gets better as it warms

M a little thin and it seems to fizz up a bit in your mouth but still fairly good

D solid beer that tastes pretty good and is quite easy to drink

I'd drink this again but I might hesitate to buy it in Alberta where its a 20$ 6er

Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a decent brown head. Aroma is rich and roasty with coffee undertones. Taste is much of the same except that the coffee kind of falls flat within the taste. It's very much a porter still. Coffee goes well with dark beers and this is just proof of that. I like it.

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

Dark as midnight on the pour, the head is light chocolate, the lace thick sheets that cling to the very end of the glass. Nose is malt, semi-sweet chocolate, a tad coffeeish. Front is sweet, the top is medium, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, moderately acidic, and still a decent porter that ranks in my top 25 porters. Ranks #289 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Deep brown color, very dark. About 1-finger head, looked and smelled more like a stout than a porter.

The first taste is malty, with some burnt malt in the background. Not too thick, but still OK. The after-taste turns a little bitter. I could taste a little chocolate and maybe coffee.

Very nice porter. Maybe the best porter I've tried.

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with a large head of foam that subsides after a w2hile leaving a nice solid layerwith lacing.

The smell is a nice mix of sweet caramel malt and coffee.

The taste is strong on the caramel, chocolate and coffee and they all hit you right up front. Tasty. The finish ends on the hoppy side with a nice bit of bitterness that yearns for another sip. Very smooth and it's a very good drinker. Yum.

Bottom line: A very tasty interpretation of an American Porter that has no apparent negative aspects. I recommend it.
Thanks to Wasatch for this sample!

Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle sitting around at Woodman's

appearance: pours a very dark brown, but not quite black...nice chocolate brown head forms with some nice lacing

smell: roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, a bit hoppy for a porter

taste: pretty tasty but I didnt really feel the hops. nice roasted coffee and smooth chocolate blend well together, hops have a bittering effect...overall rich smooth but bitter in the aftertaste

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, hop bitterness

drinkability: pretty drinkable as far as porters go for me


Pretty good porter but not my favorite, and definately not my favorite rogue

Photo of bark
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bottle, bought in Sweden, got an abv of 5.7%.

The colour is black with a tint of deep brown, the liquid is clear and the finger thick brown foam sinks slowly down to a ring with some lacing. An odd detail; the beer was completely silent while pouring.

The smell is sweet with burned/roasted notes. I found some creamy notes of diacetyl, dark chocolate and a mild touch of coffee candies. Overall, the smell was milder and softer than I had expected.

A pleasant roasted flavour dominates the taste: There are notes of black coffee, fruity discreet hops, some liquorice, cocoa, maybe even a little bit smoke. The long aftertaste got a creamy flavour with notes of coffee, aroma hops, mandarin orange and a slight passing bitterness.

The carbonation is very strong with small bubbles that are a bit sharp to the tongue att he start (but its getting better later)

A nice and very American porter, very suitable for Swedish meatballs.

Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A deep brown color with a light brown head. Two fingers of head yielded after it was poured into my 650ml Family Guy mug. Went from filmy foam to ring-o-foam at the end of the beer. The smell was a mix of hoppy coffee and baker's chocolate. Flavor was similar to the smell. With more of a bitter chocolate start, a smokey coffee middle, and a roasted mocha, vanilla, kona, hop finish.

Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee. Taste is of roasted malts, some coffee, a bit of hops are present, just a touch of sweetness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Chocolate dominated the smell, with some malt as well.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, malt, and a bit of coffee in the finish. A completely solid flavor. One of the better American Porter flavors out there.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This a good, solid, drinkable beer. If you like chocolate, try this one.

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ccrida
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draught at their PDX pub, poured into a Rogue pils glass, the Mocha Porter is a hazy, very dark amber with a very small, bone colored head that leaves heavy lace. Served too cold.

Smell is strong caramel malt, a bit more coffee as it warms, very clean.

Taste is very nice, a great mix of coffee and porter. This has always been a favorite homebrew combination of mine, yet most of the commercial versions our stouts, and I find the roasted malts overpower the coffee in all but the riches examples (e.g. Péché Mortel).

Mouthfeel is average, medium body and on the crisper side with the finish. Lots of burps, it wasn't the easiest on the belly.

Drinkability is good for me, as this is damn smooth and very tasty. Again, it's one of my favorite homebrew styles (coffee porter), and I'm not sure why I haven't had this before!!! Still, there's no denying the richness, I'm running out of time for my flight, will only be able to quickly slurp down one more beer, and this won't be it...as tasty as it is, I'll go with their new JLS pils, although I frankly didn't enjoy as much.

Photo of claspada
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a light bubbly tan head.

Roasty malt aroma with a fairly resiny hop scent coming in at the end, not too enjoyable if you ask me. Coffee aroma helps to balance the toasty malt.

Very smooth roasty/smoky malt flavor at the nose with added hop notes. Coffee malts really come through at the finish.

Fairly thin for such strong taste. Light carbonation tickles the tongue just as the hops come through. Silky coffee aftertaste is quite appreciated

Pretty darn good overall. I like a dark beer even if its not winter, so this is a great pick for me.

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

A: Deep brown color; ruby highlights on the edges with strong light. Poured a 1 finger creamy beige head with good retention. Sticky lacing in thick rings.

S: Big earthy toasted malt aroma; burnt toast, chocolate, bitter coffee.

T: Predominantly toasted malts; burnt toast lots of coffee and chocolate. More hopping than most porters give the beer a nice balance.

M: Shy of a full body; surprisingly light feel though for the style. Medium carbonation. Silky and smooth.

D: A session porter; not too filling and not too rich (or very much residual sugar. Bitter finish and moderate abv help too.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while since I tapped into a rogue beer!

A - Pitch black with little to no head
S - Very slight chocolate and coffee malt smell. Pretty good.
T - Mostly coffee but a really smooth porter. Little to no hop bite as expected in every rouge.
M - Somewhat creamy with a refreshing finish
D - May have this again but it really is a highly drinkable porter!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a good sized (about an inch) tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. It tastes the same way, but it's not really sweet at all, it's more of a coffee/bitter chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is medium, and the beer is smooth and creamy. Drinkability is good too, it goes down easy. This could become a session beer for me, it's good stuff.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,565 ratings.