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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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very good

2,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,399
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 75
Gots: 107 | 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 AdmiralDiaz


4.22/5  rDev +9%

A: very dark brown that is borderline black. Creamy looking tan head that dissolves quickly.

S: it's hard to pick out much more than roasted malt and coffee scents.

T: coffee upfront with roasted malts and a bitter coffee/chocolate finish. I was surprised that it wasn't as chocolaty as I assumed from the title. I would have just called it coffee porter and let the drinker assume it has chocolate qualities as one expects a chocolate stout to contain hints of coffee.

Overall it was a little thin for me but that made for a highly drinkable beer that looks and tastes great. Always impressed by Rogue.

01-10-2009 07:11:40 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of McNealc31


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

I feel like the name is a little misleading. I think it would be better classified as a mocha stout. It has more of the roasted and bitter flavors that I associate with a stout rather than a porter. And while the mocha flavors and creamy texture are there, it's all in the finish.

01-21-2011 02:12:53 | More by McNealc31
Photo of gregshead


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Reviewed on 11/21/10, from notes:

A: Pours a nice brownish black w/ a half finger of head.

S: Mocha coffee/chocolate smell w/ the roasted grain.

T: Lots of bitter dark chocolate. Coffee taste is there but more faint than I would expect for a mocha porter. Finish is hard to describe, almost a dry/spicy finish and after taste.

M: Lots of carbonation with a strange feel to the carbonation, can't put my finger on it.

D: An enjoyable porter. Go Rogue. Would pick up a sixer of this.

12-06-2010 03:18:32 | More by gregshead
Photo of engagechad


3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

Purchased as a bottle from Capital Ale house in Glen Allen, VA - pint

Pours a dark brown with minimal to moderate head and not really any lacing. Smells like a mild porter. Not much coffee or chocolate to note. Taste follows. A basic porter with no real stand out characteristics.

Overall this is an overpriced, okay porter.

07-10-2011 18:21:00 | More by engagechad
Photo of Ahhdball


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Dark brown, with hints of amber after hitting light. Foamy beige top with minmal lacing.
Coffee and chocolate aroma, roasted chestnuts followed.
Great blend of chocolate and coffee malts veering over to a nice hop bitterness in the middle, which smoothed for a clean silky finish.
I expected a little more coffee but I wasn't disappointed in the least. A complete porter with an extra creamy finish and over all good taste. I would love to have this again.

12-28-2005 16:09:18 | More by Ahhdball
Photo of AHeaston8


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-31-2014 04:08:47 | More by AHeaston8
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

08-18-2008 03:23:57 | More by sstackho
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-25-2014 21:01:43 | More by RevCraig
Photo of 1759Girl


4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

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


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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


4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-16-2014 14:38:24 | More by cambabeer
Photo of BeefyMee


2.9/5  rDev -25.1%

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.

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


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

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

New Mexico

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

04-10-2012 06:17:53 | More by Bockrules
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-20-2012 07:21:33 | More by DrunkenMonk
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-07-2013 13:37:38 | More by fitz284
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

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

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


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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%

03-17-2012 04:31:32 | More by Leschber
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-02-2012 05:00:30 | More by piconaut
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-30-2014 01:36:35 | More by pep
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-20-2012 03:52:09 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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