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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,231 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2231
Reviews: 1302
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%


Brewed by:
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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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kahjdfh

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had my first taste of this beer on a cold day in Nov. Nice thick head after pour. Although not very carbonated. Nice dark color with a nice hint of chocolate and coffee and malty goodness. Very Good beer.

Thankfully in the privacy of my on home I don't have to worry about this being switched with a Pit Bull.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 14:13:43 | More by kahjdfh
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jrc64

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep black, but not motor oil black. Aromas are wonderful. Coffee? Chocolate? Yes...it's in there.

Taste is incredible. Very evident coffee and chocolate flavors. Very smooth for a porter style beer. Not bitter, very chewy and enjoyable.

This one is hard to find, but well worth purchasing if you can locate it.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 01:29:11 | More by jrc64
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afogg0855

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll start off by saying I bought a 6-pack of Dead Guy Ale and was surprised when i got home to find that someone had swapped one of the bottles for a Mocha Porter at the grocerie store.

I'm not a big fan of Porter's and Stouts but I do enjoy them on occasion.

This particular brew pours a deep dark brown/black color with a coffee colored head that remains about 2 finger-widths for some time.

The scent of coffee grinds, malts, soil and chocolate are extremely identifiable.

The front end of the sip is rushed by a nice flavor of alcohol and a subtle sweetness. The back end leaves you with a stale coffee taste in your mouth. It's not my favorite beer in the world but I quite like it for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:32:47 | More by afogg0855
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eggodoom

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass this beer has the appearance of of a tall glass of coffee with some hints of red. The head dissapates rather quickly but was a finger tall. The head was tan and enticing. The smell is that of any coffee porter chocolate, coffee, and sweet. Mouthfeel is thick, not quite whole milk thick but 2% definately. Lacing is minimal. Taste sweet cocoa up front hint of coffee but a bitter finish that sticks for a few seconds. Not my favorite coffee porter but wouldn't dare turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 06:20:15 | More by eggodoom
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Beerevity


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a big, foamy, cream colored head. Lots of lacing.

S - Clean chocolate malt but not much else.

T - Chocolate and cream on the nose preceed the hop bitterness and a smidge of coffee. I'm not sure what's going on with this one but I am not picking up on much coffee at all.

M - Medium body, creamy and smooth. This along with a good level of carbonation make for an excellent mouthfeel.

O - This is a good beer but not great. I have to say that I was expecting a bit more, especially in the 'mocha' department. The mouthfeel and creaminess are wonderful but it's lacking in depth of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 22:11:38 | More by Beerevity
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brother_rat

New York

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out a frothy, dirty tan head with the color and pitting of bubbling caramel. The beer is very dark, an opaque black, with only a faint redness at the ends of the glass when held up to a lamp. Deep and dark. The head fades quickly, after a few minutes, with very minimal lacing. 3.5/5

S: Pours tart, with dry, salty, smoky notes. Very pronounced sweet malts, minimal hops. 4/5

T: A very delicious balance, with many flavors poking out with each sip: tannins, chocolate, smoky hints, shaved wood, espresso, charcoal, and unripe fruit, etc. Hops in the background, well balanced. Finishes dry, with a mouthwatering creaminess. 4.5/5

M: Very drinkable, with a meaty, thick taste up front, which I love in a good porter, and yet it finishes dry and yet with a touch of lactose. Medium carbonation. 4/5

O: Not sure if there's lactose in this, or if it just tastes like there is; in any event, this is a fabulous porter: drinkable, dark and tannic but balanced and complex. The coffee/chocolate flavor is there but not slapping you in the face. I've had this many times (bottle & draught) and it's delicious by itself or paired. Tons of flavors that release as it warms up. 4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 04:58:28 | More by brother_rat
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2ndstage

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in Amarillo, Smooth porter a little light on the expected chocolate tones you would expect. Rich and bittersweet with most of the choc taste coming from the malt. Fairly mellow mouthfeel maybe thinner than I would like in a porter. Nice dark brown appearance with long lasting tan head.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 00:28:51 | More by 2ndstage
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crizmo2352

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured an opaque deep brown shade with rust colored highlights and produced a nice thick tan colored head. The head subsided to a thin pad, leaving splotchy lacing about the glass. I was hoping for a bit more head retention...The initial aroma of the beer is hoppy - a mostly piney scent with subtle citrus tones. The spiceyness of the hops does not linger, however. The aroma is also rich with roasted malt and chocolate notes. Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate dominates the flavor, but there is also a hint of coffee. Burnt notes are also intermingled. The hops do not come through in the flavor quite as much as in the aroma, although the flavor is still pleasantly bitter and finishes dry and clean. Overall, the flavor profile is quite balanced. Solid medium-full bodied beer is almost a bit chewy. Maintained carbonation well but seems almost a bit more effervescent than should be for the style - although it does aid in smoothing out the body and bitterness. All in all, a good porter and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 23:02:31 | More by crizmo2352
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xpatriate

Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured one finger head into 20oz.pint glass.very dark brown almost black.zero light through the glass.chocolate in smell.taste was good and the chocolate comes out up and around the roof of my mouth.a little light when it came to mouthfeel.i could drink about three of these and that would be it.all in all a good beer with flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 02:23:24 | More by xpatriate
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burkyburk

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a single bottle of this beer for sale. I'll definitely be going back for a six-pack in the future.

Almost two inches of head, reducing to beautiful lacing.
Such an amazing smell. I picked up on the coffee and chocolate right off the bat.
This beer is definitely worthy of the title "Mocha". Huge chocolatey presence.
The mouthfeel is a best of both worlds of sorts. Starts off sweet and smooth early and gets a bit bitter and "dark chocolate" reminiscent toward the end.
I'm impressed!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 20:49:06 | More by burkyburk
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ESeab

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour dark dark brown, close to black. Thin vanilla head with nice lacing

SMells rich dark chocolate/coffee

Tastes bitter dark coffee. A touch of dark fruit. Definitely more bitter and not sweetness much at all. Not very smooth and could be better balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice actually. I like a porter to be a bit thinner with a good amount of small bubbled carbonation.

Overall I'm happy I tried this. I'll drink this again but won't go out of my way to seek it out. There are better porters and stouts out there that aren't as bitter as this guy. I like the amount of flavor for the low abv though

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 23:58:39 | More by ESeab
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Kearneytheking

Arkansas

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is mocha fudge in a glass. Such a nice, sweet porter. So well balanced with just a dash of hoppiness to give it a nice edge, but the aftertaste is a smooth coffee and cream with dark chocolate fudge at the back of the tongue. The brew is dark, and the head is a dark tan.

I'll be drinking this again. and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:47:26 | More by Kearneytheking
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JAZwara

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber bottle

A: excellent, very deep brown, nearly black; pours with a wonderful tan head that slowly dissipates; very nice lacing

S: mostly malty and chocolate, something slightly off about the chocolate notes

T: very quality porter, but difficult to pick up on the mocha; mocha is very residual, doesn't come out until slightly after a sip

M: good, nicely carbonated which brings out a little bite to balance against the malts

D: complexity of the mocha flavor requires a slow drink to really enjoy, makes for a nice nightcap

I'm usually partial to Bell's and Southern Tier porters and stouts, and this was the first Rogue porter I sat down to review while I drank; a pretty good beer, but not quite at the top of my rotation

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 02:40:25 | More by JAZwara
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robg2251

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with a tan head that sits there quite a while.
Has a light chocolate caramel aroma to it.
Full and creamy on the palate, with lively carbonation. Has a mixture of chocolate, coffee and caramel taste to it. Very creamy.
This is a pretty good porter, but didn't surprise me with anything I haven't tasted before. Maybe a little too much carbonation for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 01:12:17 | More by robg2251
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erwin08

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a rich dark brown, almost black, with a tan creamy head.

S: smells of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T: nicely balanced flavor of chocolate and coffee.

M: Rich mouth feel but smooth and not overly heavy tasting.

D: Amazingly drinkable for a porter. Highly recommended!

Another great brew from the folks at Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 04:33:15 | More by erwin08
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jxhowell

Mississippi

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with traces of russett at the edges. A thin tan foamy head that laces well

Smell

roasty choocolate aromas dominate with slight vegetal undertones at the end

Taste

dark chocolate followed by roasted grain then the bitterness of the black malt takes over and gently leads you to the grassy, hoppy finish

Mouthfeel

Medium-full bodied that begins mid palate and quickly thins out to increase drinkability.

Overall, a very good beer that is dry enough to be enjoyed on a warm summer day yet roasty and full bodied enough to warm you up on winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 02:53:09 | More by jxhowell
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dedrick

New York

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

A- Creamy, ivory, thick head. about two inches (though I gave it somewhat of a vicious pour). Very dark golden brown. Golden Ruby when held to the light. Heavy lacing.

S- Wonderful coffee, nutty smell.

T- This beer has a great taste. The traditional porter style is there but with a slight bitter coffee spin. Warm, fairly dry flavor. You have to really search for the sweetness but it's there toward the end.

M- Good feel. Creamy and smooth. Not too watery or thick.

D- very.

This is a great beer. I'm very pleased with it. The after taste is wonderful also, like banana bread or something nutty.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 23:39:14 | More by dedrick
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DanielBrett

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Very dark, almost black. a Ruby Brown color when put close to light. Had a creamy, tan, 1.5 finger head that lasted only a few minutes. Some decent lacing on side of glass

S: Not a strong smell, some roasted malt.

T: Malty sweetness, Notes of chocolate and coffee are evident.

M: Very Smooth, slick feeling in the mouth. Medium to heavy body and low carbonation.

O: A solid Porter, great beer for a winter night. Would purchase again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 01:57:56 | More by DanielBrett
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JohnTerrizzi

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: bottle poured into clear glass beer mug.

Appearance: dark brown. not quite opaque. when held to the light there are hues of red. tan head that dissipates rapidly. some lacing.

Smell: sweet dark malty smell. hints of cocoa and mocha.

Taste: toasted malts with some cocoay bitterness. the toasted malt flavor is not all that robust. the cocoa bitterness is a persistent after taste.

Mouthfeel: a little carbonated prickliness on the tip of the tongue. semi-full-bodied.

Overall: not a bad porter, but not the best either. the after taste is good, but the initial impression is not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:08:03 | More by JohnTerrizzi
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LuDookie


3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured this from the bottle into a mug.

It looked great going in and had a good head, but it disappeared very quickly.

It smelled the part.

Upon first sip, I was a little disappointed. I picked up on a lot of carbonation and hardly any hint of mocha. I found it moderately bitter for a porter and not sweet at all, which is what I expected. However, I enjoyed it more as I drank it.

Could be a little creamier....I like a thick creamy beer.

Overall, it was a very good beer, and easy to finish, but if you really like porters but are looking for something a bit different, look elsewhere. This is just another good porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 00:25:10 | More by LuDookie
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Taz_Michael

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bazzinga!

A: Dark, like cowboy chicory. Poured into an Imperial pint glass, the head is slightly less than a finger, with the perfect amount of lacing.

S: Mocha, coffee, caramel, hops, brown sugar

T: Prairie sludge: in a good way. Strong coffee flavor, with just the right amounts of porter and chocolate.

M: Creamy but not filling. The acidity of coffee hangs out with your buds for a few. The hops are well balanced, as a porter should be.

O: Drink, drank, drunk... gonna stock this one in my cooler trunk!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 23:40:08 | More by Taz_Michael
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brewbacca

California

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

S: Had this on cask in a 20oz nonik at the rogue ale house in san francisco, they even made me a beer float out of it, so good.

A: liquid black gold, great head, with good retention, amazing after all it was a cask, it looked soild black, and I barely let the light pass through the glass!!

S: I literally inhaled the head trying smelling this stuff, It was like crack, but better. the smell of your favorite coffee house hits your right away, a long with malty notes. there's some bittering hops notes as well but just barely though, just right amount.

T: oily, thick and rich. coffee flavors, area first on the palete, followed by the rich chocolate and roasted malt notes. It finishes up clean with nice bitter hoppy/black coffee notes in the after taste.


MF: very smooth and oily, since this was a cask, it lacked the really fizzy feeling of the regular draft, but it retained just the right amount for me, it was also perfect room temp. not to warm.

D: I could drink several a day, till I got sick of it. the only thing was after 3 you need to drink some water to rid your self of the acidic taste left over from the coffee. I don't drink coffee, but I love this stuff. If you happen to encounter either the draft or cask order it.

Serving type: cask

08-24-2005 03:33:51 | More by brewbacca
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noremorse1

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-chocolate black with an off color head that dissipates quickly leaving a small amount of lace on the glass.

Smell is relatively simple. Malt, Coffee, and Chocolate. I am surprised at how mild the smell is. I thought it would have been a bit stronger.

Taste matches the smell... the malt is the strongest with a subtle coffee and chocolate flavor behind with a touch of bitterness close to that found in a cup of coffee sneaking in at the end. With second sip I detect some more sweetness close to a raisin flavor.

Mouth feel is light with a mild warming sensation after the swallow. The light body and flavor makes this beer easy and drinkable.

This IS a good beer, but I expected much more given my experience with some of their other beers. Maybe it is my own fault for having expectations. I would drink it again, but I prefer their Shakespeare Stout or Chocolate Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 04:12:37 | More by noremorse1
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Drufus

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured jet black with a coffee colored inch high head.

Smelled faintly of chocolate, not near as much rogues chocolate bomb stout.

Taste was decent, coffee and chocolate notes. I could taste a tartness that seemed a little overpowering. I have had a few meals with the beer and for some reason when drank with food, this beer tastes a heck of a lot better. The tartness goes away, and i can even taste more chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a little bubbly. A little too bubbly for this style.

the tartness makes this a little tough to down more than one.

I recommend eating with the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 22:53:21 | More by Drufus
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AleWynch

California

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured mildly chilled into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Dark brown, ruby at edges - nice 2 finger head - quickly dissipated into 1/4" head - limited lacing.

S: Picking up roasted malts, a bit of caramel malt...not much else.

T: Decent, but overly roasted. Bit astringent, husky on the finish... Needs a bit more backbone/body... Surprisingly one-dimensional - not really getting a lot of the chocolate/coffee flavor - just the roasted malt mainly.

M: Well carbonated, bit thin, overall not too bad, but nothing special.

D: Not a terrible porter, but not especially notable. Probably not a repeat purchase.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 04:12:19 | More by AleWynch
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