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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,437 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,437
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 78
Gots: 124 | FT: 4
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 boatshoes
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

My friends picked up a bomber of this at Total Wine and cracked it when they had me over for dinner. Not my first experience with the beer but thought I'd take notes on it this time for a review.

Appearance- A good pour yields a solid two finger tan head over the top of a nice deep brown, bordering on black body. Head retains for quite awhile before dying down to a ring. A good deal of sticky lacing left as I drink.

Smell- A solid does of burnt coffee backed up by huge amounts of roasted malts. A very aggressive nose but that's okay because I like what I'm smelling. Lots of coffee, lots of the dark malt, here I come.

Taste- Sweet roasted malt melded very well with coffee that leaves the slightest burnt aftertaste. Surprisingly sweet as well given the roastiness and burnt qualities of this brew, but in a pleasant way. Flavors are not as aggressive as the nose but prominent enough and blended well enough to make this a solid porter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The one real criticism I have of this beer is that I find the mouthfeel to be a bit on the thin side. Most of my porters get compared in my head to the Eddy Fitzgerald (as I'm originally from Ohio), which has a much chewier body. Not so thin as to kill this one for me, but I'd appreciate it a little on the heavier side. As such, the drinkability also suffers slightly for me given the thinness.

Overall, pretty solid porter and one of the better offerings from Rogue in my opinion. Given the price, I'd be sticking with the Eddy Fitz if I were in Ohio still, but certainly worth a try.

boatshoes, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of blackcompg
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - pours nearly 3 fingers of light mocha head, color is a murky opaque brown, with mahogany highlites. Leaves very nice lacing inside the entire glass after the session.

Smell - Rich black coffee, roasted malts, toasted grains, light minerals.

Taste - Starts out black coffee, then roasted malts (almost no sweetness), toasted breadcrust, light plum skins and minerals. Finishes with coffee grounds and hint of floral hops long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Definitely on the lighter side, seems a bit on the watery side. Carb is medium, and provide a crisp cleansing that yields a mineral flavor along with the crisp edges.

Overall - Not a bad beer, but seems a bit on the light and watery side. Good complexity and balance, and very sessionable with the lower abv. Worth a try.

blackcompg, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Leschber
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Leschber, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Well; dark brownish darkish with some red hues coming from the lights going through it.

Smell is of malts, roasted coffee, mocha, shy alcohol esters coming in to tickle the nose.

Well the mouthfeel is watery and overall it is a bitter dry beer. At first, the flavors of mocha, burnt coffee and chocolate comes in and tickles your palate then it goes away rapidly. Some hints of small fruits are perceived, but are cut right away by a sharp bitter end.

3Vandoo, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Rogue Mocha Porter is delicious, natural-flavored, and rough-around-the-edges.

It poured black with a nice dark tan foamy head. It left only a moderate amount of lace. The smell and flavor were dominated by coffee and chocolate, as the name suggests, with a fantastic bitter dark chocolate finish that lingered like high-quality chocolate, with no artificial or sweet candy quality. Compared to the flavor, the smell was muted. The feel was rough, shredding the tongue a bit, rather than having the smooth texture of many coffee and chocolate stouts.

For the flavor alone, Rogue Mocha Porter is a keeper. It has great coffee and chocolate flsvor, without syrupy sweetness, and a strong bitter feel.

MetalHopHead6, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of warmstorage
3.33/5  rDev -14%

12 ounce bottle, $9.99 for six pack at Gold Rush Liquors, Anchorage, AK.

Appearance: deep brown, nearly opaque, with limited medium brown head, minimal to no lacing. Appropriate for style, little else.

Aroma: limited, slightly flat, fruity, perhaps a little latex paint note?

Taste: I sense fruity esters, the plastic/latex note comes through. Limited to no roast, limited mocha/chocolate, even though I'm looking for it.

Mouth: crisp, somewhat prickly carbonation given the style.

Overall: drinkable, decent, but relatively unimpressive. Deeply average given what Rogue can do.

warmstorage, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Cwrw
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

The Rogue has come to Alberta finally, and this Mocha Porter came in the 6-pack. The label is simple and typically ugly/lovely according to your preference. It shows the Rogue gentleman with his fist in the air and a mug of beer in his hand. Right from the get-go I could tell the head was around for a solid and full experience. A dense and light chocolate/red-coloured foam gathers on top of an intensely dark brew, near solid ebony with hints of sapphire edges when held to light. A dark brew, in both liquid and foam. The head became chunky and left viscous lacing that stuck tenaciously. I like what I see so far. A sturdy porter aroma: roasty, a little salty and with plenty of meatiness akin to beef or ham. The difference here between Mocha Porter and some other local styles I have had seems to be the malting: this is less sourish and less smoky. The dark malts hint at more creaminess, more coffee. Very dry with hints of hot dog aroma. Some hopping in the back, barely detectable. Beef, fresh ground coffee, soft black licorice and some charcoal. Very appetising, if not exceptional compared to most porters I have sampled. Solid, not outstanding. The first sip reveals a very firm and dry body, with medium carbonation. The first taste is creamy dark malt, bordering on tobacco or licorice, followed by a middle and finish that are extremely dry. The hopping combined with the roasty malts really dominates the aftertaste, leaving a puckering bitterness. The hops are there, but only in presence--the flavour of them is hard to discern behind those malts. Youch. Some of the bitterest malting I have had in a beer. A lovely array of flavours, but the coffee taste really DOES dominate this beer. This is like chewing a mouthful of coffee beans and then having a sip of water. Reminds me of Yukon Brewing's Espresso Stout, with more dryness. Dark chocolate and coffee and charcoal. Actually not overly complex, but definitely not dispassionate: the flavour is exactly what one would expect--full on coffee bitters and dark malts. A wonderful porter, though I'll say it again, porter is never my first choice. Drinkable...to a point. Gets a little dry after a couple. Nice to have available, and something I would pick up again. Rogueish charm.

Cwrw, May 03, 2006
Photo of sonicdescent
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Beer poured into a pint glass a beautiful deep, dark black with a two finger light brown head. The head starts out more bubbly but settles into a thicker, creamier texture that, while it doesn't stay around for the duration of the drink., does leave a nice thick lace.

Smell is hints of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. A tiny biting scent at the end let's you know this is a beer and not an iced coffee.

Taste and mouthfool are slightly above average. For being called a mocha porter, nothing jumped out at me that would distinguish this from any above average porter. If there is a "mocha" flavor, it is very very light. That said, it is tasty and carbonation is present but pretty much spot on. Body is thin.

This is highly drinkable and though I probably wouldn't buy it again, I recommend it to porter fans.

sonicdescent, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of rabiddawg
4/5  rDev +3.4%

rabiddawg, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of circus_cat
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

circus_cat, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of modernartblues
4/5  rDev +3.4%

modernartblues, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Shnanign
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Shnanign, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

This is a pitch-black beer with a burnt caramel hu at the edges. It has a thick, chocolate-milk head.

Bitterness from hops cascades over the palate and slides into roastiness, and then a mellow coffee tone with sweet chocolate only at the very end. Cane syrup and nut tones emerge with warmth. Aftertaste is sticky and slightly smokey.

The beautiful thing about this beer is how many simple, un-muddled flavors are stacked neatly on top of one another. It has sweetness and depth but still manages to forefront a great bitterness that doesn't rely on harsh roasted or acrid, or pushy, out-of-place hops.

JudgeRoughneck, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of jharkins07
3/5  rDev -22.5%

jharkins07, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

nstroup, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of silenius
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

The label appears to have changed from the one in the picture on this site. Now it contains the ubiquitous man with raised left fist with right hand clenching mug handle. This guy has light blue shirt and blue baseball cap.

Pours an incredibly dark brown with an espresso crema head that is vigourous at first and then settles to a thin layer. There is some lacing. Very dark for a porter.

Smell is light roasted malt with coffee notes with a light nutty background. Nothing special here.

Taste is more robust than the smell. Hits with a bit of a sharp coffee taste then segues into smoother coffee, toffee, and nuts. Finishes with a charcoal character that is a bit bitter like unsweetened chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a little aggressive. Some carbonic acid bite with some astringency. Not a big fan of this mouthfeel, but it does contain a creaminess that is nice.

One at a time is enough for me. A little too much burning acid in flavor and mouthfeel for me makes this a bit harsh and drinkability suffers.

silenius, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of foureyedgeek
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

My first Rogue review, 12 oz into my Dirt Rag 10 Year Anniversary pint glass.

Dark brown almost black body with a slight creamy head, not a rambunctious pour, so its a tad small but still very appealing. Fades to a thin topping of foam with light, fine lacing.

Smell is sweet and roasty with hints of chocolate and coffee. Even may be a little hoppy, at least in the nose.

Taste is quite sweet and has the same malty sweetness the aroma had. A nice slight coffee taste in the finish though I'm not sure its _that_ prominent. Yet, this may be another coffee beer that doesn't quite live up to its name... The coffee here makes the malty sweetness of this beer finish with a nice bitterness. Notes of chocolate as well. Its tasty, I'm just found wishing for a little more coffee presence.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a nice filling character to it, though its not so heavy that it wouldn't be a good session beer, this is one I could have a few of.

foureyedgeek, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of MrDanno96
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

A: Pours quite dark with just the slightest hints of brown/amber at the bottom of the glass when held to light. A finger of light tan head sticks around for a while. lots of foamy lacing.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate. Pretty much what I expected based on this brew's name. I detect a little hoppy bitterness too.

T: Mocha porter? I think not. Dark roasted malts, and bitter espresso with maybe a hint of dark chocolate is what I get. Bitterness in the finish is probably from the good dose of hops they put in this one. As far as porters go it's decent, but I'm not really getting the "mocha" here. Note: I'm drinking this fairly warm too, so I don't think I'm missing any flavors due to cold temperature.

M: Medium to full body with the right amount of carbonation. Decently smooth.

D: A slightly above average porter, but that's really about it.

MrDanno96, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of flyingmick
3/5  rDev -22.5%

flyingmick, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of ISmith87
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%

appearance - 4.0 - this is good looking beer, dark brown almost black, barely any head with basically no lacing.

smell - 4.25 - this beer smells like coffee, with a hint of chocolate, vanilla beans,roasted malt

taste - 4.25- this beer tastes like coffee,basically like if you mixed A mocha latte and a stout, coffee beans, espresso, dark Malts, roasted malts, vanilla, creamy milk

mouth feel - 4.25 - light mouth feel for a stout with medium-heavy carbonation, leaves a roasty coffee aftertaste which is light.

overall - 4.0 - a good moCha stout but more with respect to the English idea of what a stout is. Somewhat weak, one dimensional, and lacking a wow factor .

ISmith87, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of rocklibster
4/5  rDev +3.4%

rocklibster, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of bkilpatr
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. 08/24/08. Picked up a growler of this from the Rogue brewery during a trip to Oregon.

Pours a very dark brown color with about two fingers of tan head. The head receded slowly leaving lots of beautiful lacing around the glass. Aromas of toasted malt, lightly roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. Aromas are somewhat mild but still good.

Taste is very nice. Great lightly roasted coffee flavor with a subtle amount of dark chocolate. Lots of semi-sweet toasted malt is underneath. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Not a terribly complex flavor profile, but it works very well and tastes great.

Feel is a bit on the thin side, but still smooth and creamy. Enough carbonation to keep it lively. Very clean finish. Drinkability is great. The flavor is good and the alcohol is low enough to make it very sessionable.

This is one of my favorite porters. On tap it's simply amazing.

bkilpatr, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of jstewart1130
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

jstewart1130, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of SamuelR
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

SamuelR, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Biscuit033
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Dark as night with a fluffy tan heads that fades slowly.

S: Pine and citrus jump out first, then sweet malts, chocolate, butterscotch and toffee.

T: Pine hoppiness, tart fruit, a slight smokiness that reminds me of a dark, bitter coffee.

M: Good carbination and long finish.

D: Good winter session brew. I see more of these bombers in my future.

Biscuit033, Dec 01, 2007
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,437 ratings.