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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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very good

2,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,348
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 74
Gots: 95 | 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 sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lonely single 12oz bottle purchased from Wine Emporium in Boston with a sale sticker on it for $1.55, so I have no guesses as to the age of this one. It foams up upon opening, although it's been resting for a while. Poured in a few stages due to the big fluffy head. Pours essentially black, with a somewhat metallic malty aroma. First taste is pleasant, and gets better as time passes. It starts with a malty flavour, almost a bit light at first, before passing on to a pleasing aftertaste which leads to lingering coffee notes. A slightly metallic mouthfeel in the foretaste (is that a word?) detracts a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 03:23:57 | More by sstackho
Photo of Johnroby


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-15-2014 23:45:53 | More by Johnroby
Photo of 1759Girl


4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance> Dark, lively. Big chocolate head and decent lacing. Looks great

Smell> bitter chocolate, coffee, sweet grain

Taste>Wow. Great. Perfect porter balance, but with an extra punch of bitter chocolate in the middle, and then a delightful coffee aftertaste.

Mouf> average

Drinkability> Great! More beers to add to the breakfast menu at my house.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 06:00:47 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of Extrajoker00


4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-29-2013 00:15:36 | More by Extrajoker00
Photo of meltroha


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-08-2012 03:44:46 | More by meltroha
Photo of BeefyMee


2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Almost perfect. It's black (or nearly black) with a delicious looking head that coats the sides of the glass with its frothy goodness.

Smell: Chocolate and more chocolate.

Taste: OK so the chocolate is definitely featured here but it's not what I expected. It seems a little subdued while some other aspects become more and more distracting. There is a burnt and somewhat metallic taste at first that turns into a bit of a smoky flavor by the end. Drastic improvements could be made with a few fixes.

Mouthfeel: Red flag! It's thin, watery, and just kind of icky on the tongue.

Drinkability: Well, despite what I've said, it's not a bad beer and I could surely drink a few. Though it wouldn't be my first choice.

Beef Notes: Mocha what? Is this really a porter? I guess after their Hazelnut and Chocolate Stout I might be expecting too much from this one, but I just know there's a better beer here somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 02:10:17 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of EvilKeith


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the glass a deep dark brown color with ruby highlights. Head was a dense firm finger of tan colored foam. Lacing started thick and sticky.

Smell was sweet chocolate milk, rich caramel, dark roasted malts and buttery toffee.

Taste was a bittersweet mix of cocoa, coffee, dark toasted malt and a bit more hops than expected for the style. Bittering, dry finish.

Creamy milk-like mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation in a medium-heavy body.

It was drinkable, but a bit on the heavy side.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 00:41:44 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours an opaque black with rub highlights. Two-finger, tan head. Head is reduced to a ring of bubbles about two-thirds down the glass. Leaves behind a few splotches of lacing here and there.

S - A bit of roasted chocolate malt, crystal malt, earthy hops. Not too potent.

T - Burnt chocolate malt upfront. Body is very well balanced with earthy hops counteracting a very charred crystal and chocolate malt backbone. This gives rise to a pleasant chocolate mocha sensation. Earthy hops dominate as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, and slowly fade to a chocolate mocha finish.

M - Full bodied with plenty of carbonation too give the beer an exceptionally creamy mouthfeel. This beer expands in my mouth excellently, the way a great porter should.

The appearance and smell of this beer were disappointing considering the notoriety of this brew. However, the taste and mouthfeel more than made up for it. Unique chocolate mocha flavors and an exceptionally lively and creamy mouthfeel make me wish I had another in my fridge. Would make an excellent session beer during the winter or for camping in the summer. The only hindrance is that Rogue beers are somewhat rare in New Mexico and come with a hefty premium.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 06:17:53 | More by Bockrules
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-25-2013 18:02:41 | More by ImperatorScab
Photo of UncleFlip


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decided it would be good to go ahead and review this beer at the same time I used it to settle my nerves before game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. As I type, the NC Hurricanes are skating out onto the ice...

Poured into my Atlanta Brewing Company pint glass, it has an explosive tan head, shooting nearly to the top of the glass, then settling back. Progress slows at three fingers, but it's still going. Looks nice and black in the glass, but held to the lamp on my desk, it's a deep, rich burgundy colour.

(Hmmm...engineering student Holly Wilver is singing Oh, Canada... She makes me wish I'd gone into engineering. OK, hormones back in my pocket, let's get back to that beer...)

The smell is dark and sweet- molassases, yeast, almonds...a touch of hops...

(OK, faceoff...Carolina!)

The flavour right off is very smoky and chocolately. It fades at a decent rate, leaving a woody spiciness behind, which holds to the end. Rather pleasant.

Hearty liquid in the mouth, but a bit too carbonated for my taste. It's a high, loose carbonation.

(YAY! Carolina goal!!!)

Very drinkable. Maybe not the perfect mocha porter, but it goes down easily, and is complex enough to keep one interested. A good session beer, IMHO.

OK...now back to that game...I've seen the ratings on Stanley Cup in this market, and I may be one of two people watching....

Be well

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 00:28:20 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of terrabyte


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown beer with maybe a hint of red. Nice tall head.

I couldn't pick up any strong smells from this beer.

Very pleasing taste. You can taste the mocha flavor without even having to read the label of the beer (Mocha Porter). However, I wish the flavor was bigger. It barely lingers in the aftertaste, which was a bit of a disapointment.

I found this heavily carbonated, giving it a creamy or foamy swallow.

If I saw this on tap at a bar, I wouldn't hesitate in choosing it. The only negative I have is that it's not worth the prices I've seen at the store for any of their 6-packs. This may be the distributer's fault, I'm not sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 18:03:03 | More by terrabyte
Photo of chilly460


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

A - Very dark brown, tan head around 1 finger. Some minor lacing with little retention

S - Rich coffee aroma combines with milk chocolate. Some earthy hops to the finish.

T - Starts out with a nice chocolate and medium malty taste as expected. Solid taste of coffee, solid but not overwhelming.

M - Slick and velvety

O - It is exactly what you'd expect, well executed brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 02:12:32 | More by chilly460
Photo of phichifiji00


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, subtle brown head, moderate lacing.

Smell: a bit spicy, malty, sublte chocolate.

Taste: cinnamon, brown sugar, malty, spicy, sublt chocolate, hoppy.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

Overall: A good beer. The mocha is much more subtle than I expected, but still very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 18:01:04 | More by phichifiji00
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-03-2012 15:33:09 | More by BrewtalAlement
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-19-2012 00:47:09 | More by Cris4545
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-02-2012 05:00:30 | More by piconaut
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-20-2012 07:21:33 | More by DrunkenMonk
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-20-2012 03:52:09 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
Photo of gonzo000


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. Deep dark brown with a .5 finger head when poured into a pint glass. Lacing on the glass is thin.

s. Coffee and malt.

t. Excellent balance with coffee and malt. Not finding the chocolate
side of the mocha, but who cares - taste is a notch above above outstanding (on this scale).

m. A bit dry on the finish, but good hidden carbonation.

o. A porter that is a step above most coffee porters. I find some coffee porters to be overwhelming - the mocha toned it down nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 18:08:58 | More by gonzo000
Photo of MNMike


4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-05-2014 23:23:50 | More by MNMike
Photo of montageman


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this in my fridge and thought I'd give it a whirl. Pours a nice deep brown color that turns almost blood red when held up to the light. Smells like roasted malt and strong coffee - very nice, reminds me of my days at the coffeehouse. Taste is excellent - coffee, dark chocolate, and a nice crisp finish. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 02:34:55 | More by montageman
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan foamy head.

Head was gone pretty quick. Decent lacing.

Aroma is of Dark Chocolate, Roasted malts, Molasses and Espresso. Very strong and complex nose.

Taste is of mocha, molasses and cocoa nibs. Hops bite in the middle somewhere and add a bitterness to the finish.

Heavy, thick, chewy body.

Like a hybrid between a Stout and a Porter. Very very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 17:57:26 | More by natelocc787
Photo of BWED


3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Very deep brown, some dark red hues shine through against some light. Brown head is pretty creamy but isn't thick. Good lacing, however.

S- The mocha comes out, more on the chocolate side. Pretty sweet. Light on the coffee, but a gentle roast hits the nose.

T- Roast comes out more in the flavor, with the coffee and cocoa in the background. There a slight flavor of vanilla as well.

M- Rather light in body, but a slight creaminess. Very smooth and easy to drink. There's a bit of a roasty, dry finish as well.

O- One of the better Rogue's I've had. It has a nice flavor and drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 17:28:19 | More by BWED
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-31-2013 08:33:38 | More by Liondiscs
Photo of briman


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with some reddish hues around the edges. About a one inch brown head, retains well, settling into moderate lace.

Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malt.

Flavor is essentially the same. Bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, with a dry roasty finish. Hint of black malt bitterness into the aftertaste, but not overly acrid.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is fine, teetering on the edge of being a little thing. No real obvious hop presence. Overall a solid example of the style. Flavors much more pronounced after letting this one warm up a bit. Session candidate.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 01:58:29 | More by briman
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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