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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,617 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,617
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 92
Gots: 223 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Photo of Metaltildeath
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dubmax
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

This brew looks great -- almost pitch black, perhaps a bit too dark for its style, though. The smell exudes nice coffee tones, and the taste certainly is that of coffee, roasted malt and hops. I definitely like a little bitterness in my porters. It is still a bit sweet for a porter, perhaps, but it still does the trick. As far as drinkability is concerned, it is pretty easy drinking. This is, in my opinion, another excellent offering from the folks at Rogue.

Photo of patpbr
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a head that dissipates but doesn't disappear. The smell is roast and coffee but not very strong. Taste of mild chocolate and coffee, dry fruit. Creamy with a mild bitterness. Thin feel, its smooth and easy to drink just to watery. Taste was similar to dropping a few ice cubes in a cup of coffee. A fine porter i just like mine more robust.

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MmmIPA
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown,almost black body with a brown head that fell pretty fast.Some lacing on the glass.

"Rogue" smell, I think its the pac man yeast.Some chocolate and coffee.

Chocolate taste ,pac man yeast.Dank taste on the top middle and sides of my tongue.I dont really taste the hops in this brew but the IBU is around 50.You can taste the malts in this one.

Sorda heavy on the carbonation but goes down smooth.

Does Rogue use there PMY in all there beers? It sure taste like it,I always wonder how these beers would taste if they never had that strain of yeast in them.I dont mind this beer but it wasnt the best porter ive had recently.I dont think I'll be coming back to this one.

Photo of vhmf1978
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of CMOrak
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

A: Pours a dark brown with red streaks. Tan head dissipates to a thin film, but nice lacing remains.

S: Faint smell of coffee and chocolate, but also an odd metallic odor.

T: Bitter coffee and chocolate, a little burnt. Nothing special here, the flavor is kind of underwhelming.

M: Feels incredibly thin, especially for a porter, pretty smooth overall.

D: It has a decent taste to it, worth trying and easy to put down. Nothing special.

Photo of mlklein27
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Rootdog316
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mocha Porter pours a clear coppery-amber, sprouting a dense tan head. You can really smell cocoa in the nose, though the coffee half of the mocha equation is far more muted; it's more a roasty aroma than anything resembling Starbucks. There's little else aside from a very slight sourness. The flavor switches the equation initially, producing a solid medium-roast coffee flavor and roasted barley to go with a complementary cocoalike second banana.Incidentally, the high hopping rate seems to do little until the finish. Apparently the beer is weighted heavily toward bittering hops (little aroma or flavor hops), as the sides of the mouth seem to be abuzz with this roughness without contributing much resiny flavor. The hops are surprisingly muted by the bitterness of the dark grains until the finish, where the hops finally come through and wind up dominating the finish.

Photo of Kingcurio
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of grayburn
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

She pours a nice reddy brown into the glass, with a heavy rocky head that stays for a while.
The smell is a bit subdued, there are coffee and chocolate notes, a bit of malt, and a lingering alcohol presence.
The taste is well rounded, it starts sweet and is balanced well by the bitterness from the hops and the chocolate.
The mouthfeel is a bit watered down, but the carbonation and bitterness are pretty nice.
I could drink quite a few of these, they go down easy and have a very pleasant aftertaste.

Photo of beb86
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 jaluria
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours dark dark brown; opaque with tremendous head. Foam stays untouched for quite awhile.
Smell - Instant hit of chocholate with a hidden nutty character.
Taste - First impression is the beer is very well balanced, sweet enough to be enticing and yet subtle enough to be refreshing and sustaining. Not as complex as other Rogue brews, but still enjoyable with it's smokey nature.
Mouthfeel - Dry and slightly bitter aftertaste; as if I just a few sips of coffee.
Drinkability - I could only get the 22 oz. bottle, so it was plenty for me in one sitting. I really don't see this beer as one to sit back and relax with because of it's strong character, so I wouldn't be able to have a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of nasty15108
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown almost black with slight ruby hues when held up to the light. Thick and foamy tan head with a good amount of lacing and carbonation.

S - Malty with a slight smokey aroma. Subtle hints of strong espresso.

T - Slight degree of sweetness up front followed by a smokey and slightly bitter after taste. Hints of dark chocolate and alcohol throughout.

MF&D - Great porter character. Thick, flavorful and chewy. I'll have another!

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

We're having a porter-off, featuring Rogue Mocha Porter, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Sierra Nevada Porter, Tyranena Chief BlackHawk, Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter, and Watch City Welcome Back Porter.

Black, with a tan head that's creamier than the rest. Smoother than the others except the Fitz. Nice burnt coffee grounds flavor that isn't too bitter and goes down easy, but with a very bitter aftertaste. Second-best porter I've had all night.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of astronautjones
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights--fairly standard for a porter. Head retained and settled nicely, but not as much lacing as one would hope for in a porter.

S: Mellow coffee malt with a passing chocolate malt notes, as well. Subdued, milder espresso notes emerge with time. Ever so slight hop smells emerge within the malt. Not an extremely robust nose, but still good.

T: Tastes almost entirely like coffee, but with much more of a bitter hop bite than one would expect from a porter. I like my porters with a roasted malt aftertaste, but this one is hoppy and bitter.

M: The body is much too light for a porter. Additionally, that hop bitterness lingers too long without much additional malt presence, so it's like having a little bit of really funky/bitter coffee stay behind long after any malt has come and gone.

D: I must say that I probably won't be getting this again. It's probably the worst craft porter I've had yet. Too much hop, not enough malt. If the body was a little heavier, it might support and balance the hop flavor, but the beer just washes straight down. I've had some other Rogue brews before, and this is my least favorite of the 3 or so I've had so far.

Photo of ATXRyan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark black with an off-white head. The Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste follows the nose in this brew. There is an espresso flavor, chocolate, and roasted malt flavor. Good mouthfeel, smooth. Very drinkable. I highly recommend this beer. It's rogue, what else needs to be said.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,617 ratings.