Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales
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3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
650ml bottle. A potential salve to this late season cold snap.
This beer pours a very dark charcoal brown hue, with minor mahogany highlights, and two fingers of puffy, rocky, and broadly bubbly beige head, which leaves a decent array of broken cloud lace around the glass as it quite slowly abates.
It smells of semi-sweet biscuity caramel malt, dry chocolate, lightly roasted, rather complex coffee, a bit of aromatic black fruit, and grassy, leafy hops. The taste is mildly grainy, gritty caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, cold black coffee, lightly sour orchard fruit, a somewhat acrid nuttiness, and earthy, leafy hops.
The carbonation is on the low side, with only a wee bit of lingering effervescence, the body an adequate medium weight, which leaves us with a more or less smooth entity, one with a hint of creamy mouthfeel, maybe, though a bit of sassy hops do provide some drama late in the game. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, malty, chocolate essence pervading.
A pleasant enough, and even lovely at times, after-dinner quaffer, perhaps, fantastic with dessert, or even on its own, if your tastes run towards stag. My only quibble is the rather underwhelming coffee element, for a beer that proclaims it so front and center in its name.
04-09-2009 05:07:27 | More by biboergosum
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
Very, very dark brown... black! The light tan head needs a little coaxing to bring it up, then dies fairly readily but leaves a decent collar & surface foam as well as some lace. The aroma is hoppy, chocolatey, and roasty. The body is medium with a gentle carbonation and a silkiness in the mouth. The flavor is hoppy up-front, followed by dark bittersweet chocolate and some limited cocoa, then a flash of hop flavor and a solid roastiness which leads to a dry finish. There's some lingering roastiness and an earthy/mineral character (probably from hops), as well as a very slight astringency which doesn't seem bothersome. The balance is definitely more towards roasty bitterness than malty sweetness! This is a beer that's best enjoyed at cellar temperature where it's full character can be appreciated. Very nice, but not spectacular, with alot of character and a moderate complexity. Makes a good pub pint.
09-15-2002 18:13:30 | More by NeroFiddled
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours dark as can be with quickly receding head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Nose is sweet with a malty edge. Flavor starts off with a quick mild tone and then rapidly turns to a smoked flavor with a miniscule mocha edge. The tail is sweet and smooth and there is a lot of bubble on the tongue for the feel. If this is a style you can live with, it's definitely drinkable.
12-30-2007 05:45:01 | More by RblWthACoz
4.47/5 rDev +15.5%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark brown color with a short but thick tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: Strong roasted coffee & chocolate malt aroma, as the name implies, along with some smokiness and a little bit of hops.
T: The smoked flavor hits first, then the sweet, roasted mocha-coffee taste, followed by a bitter dark chocolate & hops combination. The smoky flavor is what sticks around in the after-taste. I definitely wasn’t expecting such complexity, which is a pleasant surprise.
M: Rich and very smooth, with medium carbonation, medium body and a clean finish. It doesn’t leave the sticky or oily film that some other beers in this style can.
D: It’s tasty, smooth and goes down easy. Normally I take my time drinking a beer as I review it, but I found myself down to the last sip well before I finished typing the review. I could certainly make short work of a sixer, too bad I just bought one bottle (which is the only downside to mixing a six-pack in those liquor stores that allow it). However, it does seem possible that as you move through a sixer, it may fill you up just a bit. An excellent beer from Rogue. In comparing it within the style, I liked it a bit more the Stone Smoked Porter and the others that I’ve tried. I don’t smoke, but I would image this beer would go well with a cigar too.
05-11-2006 03:24:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
A - Big, rocky caramel colored head on top of totally black body. Very good head retention as well.
S - Hops, alcohol, and dark chocolate. Notes of plums and roasted grain with some citrus aromas coming from the hops.
T - Lots of coffee flavor and roasted bitterness with hop bitterness coming in to compete as well. Some hints of chocolate.
M - Thin body with moderate to light carbonation.
D - Pretty easily drinkable, especially if one were a coffee drinker already. The bitterness is a little much, and I think it would be better balanced if the body was somewhat heavier.
11-13-2007 01:14:48 | More by nickfl
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
Just bought a six pack of the stuff, very tasty. I smelled that Rogue aroma from a mile away like a police drug dog sniffing for coke.
Great American porter, nice how they got so close with the chocolate and coffee flavours. I would not mind seeing this beer more often.
08-06-2002 20:24:18 | More by Jason
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
Appears a deep ruby amber almost black but manages to let enough light through to show some ruby edges. Head forms full with a gentle pour a couple inches of moccha tan head form and as it fizzles down the lace begins to form in a thick collar on top of the body and continues to leave rings after each sip of this wonderful brew. Aromas that arise are deep chocolate malts that give off the moccha or coffe scented tones along with a mellowing sweetness overall very nice on the aroma not overbearing in anyway not any really hoppy aromatics going on uncharacteristic of Rogue I was personally expecting something more like Sierra Nevada Porter as far as hop profile goes. Flavors brought to the table are a creamy zing of coffe esque chocolate covered tones with a slight burnt finish nice porter maybe a little disappointed for not following the pattern of most west coast brewers with the hops. Solid all around brew with a silky smooth fuller bodied beer like this I could find my way to a sixer and put it down over a night of drinking beer without a problem.
07-31-2003 05:03:21 | More by WVbeergeek
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
12 oz bottle pours black with tinges of purple at the bottom of my glass & a fluffy 3 fingers+ tan head. Some lacing & average head retention
S: Coffee & roasted grain notes
T: Roasred grain & coccoa (sic) up front, then dryness. Slight vanilla notes & iron to boot. Finishes roaty, chocolatey, & dry
MF: Medium bodied & sticky with low carbonation.
Drinks fairly easy, not one I'd session on all night, but a very nice porter
12-22-2006 06:09:49 | More by russpowell
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours an extremely dark amber/brown, with 2+ fingers of foamy mocha tan head. Retains with a thin layer of creamy foam, which stays rich and just drenches the sides of the glass with lace. Just like the name suggests, this has a nice mocha aroma to it. Almost latte like, with light roasted coffee accents mixing with some sweeter notes as well. There is also a sturdy underlying layer of roasted malts and a touch of floral hops, which gives this some extra presence in the nose.
That same coffee sweetness is much more subtle in the taste, instead taking a backseat to a pervasive combo of roasted smokey chocolate malts and hop character, which makes itself really known in the finish, lying a dry feel in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a relatively creamy carbonation up front, which then switches gears to a chewier layer underneath, giving the overall feel some crunch.
Not too bad. I wish that a bit more of the coffee character had carried over to the taste but the quality roastiness of this provided the sort of Porter character that I like. This is a quality staple beer from Rogue that is worth a look.
05-26-2009 16:33:07 | More by Kegatron
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
Appearance: deep, dark black, showing no light anywhere, with a large, creamy, toasted tan head.
Aroma: soft, full of cocoa, roasted coffee, burnt notes.
A sizzling effect on the palate, a fine, fuzzy meeting with the tongue, a great, hoppy feeling, and it soon fizzles, but not without leaving a distinctly roasty feeling on the finish. Full-bodied as they get, with a rich taste, delicious bitterness in every sip, at first, but it's quickly matched by the rich, and sometimes sweet flavor.
Tasty, tasty, tasty! A smile rises on me with every swallow!
The chocolate character is felt, too, but it's light as a shadow. To be called a "mocha" porter, this ale would need a heartier helping of the cocoa bean. That's my main, and only, criticism.
For a plain porter, this one's got it all!
05-21-2003 02:14:39 | More by feloniousmonk
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is brown (dark) to black, carbonation is low, head is almost nonexistent, and there is no lacing.
The aroma is mostly roast, roasted malt and coffee. Second smell there may be some chocolate in there.
Beer tastes about as it smells. High roast, some chocolate bitterness and a little sweetness, coffee. Surprisingly, not a big aftertaste. Medium body, ok drinkability, good mouthfeel.
11-24-2009 20:02:19 | More by drabmuh
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
I picked this up at Thirsty's - poured chilled into a dead guy ale glass.
A - A deep walnut brown with ruby accent and 1 inch light tan cap w/ rocky appearance. The lace clings in a ring and bead is of average size. The clarity is translucent and head retention is good
S - The smell brings esters of plum and pine from the hops w/ lots of sweet and roasty malt aromas which add to the fragrant toffee-like aroma
M - The balance of malt sweetness and bitter malt roasted astringency w/ a gentle hop bitterness is very good w/ moderate carbonation making this feel lighter in body and a dry toasty finish collects the texture concisely
T - The flavor has a brief raisin-like sweetness w/ earthy note that leads to mild roasted flavor, but no cocoa stands out, more caramel malt sweetness and mild pine hop flavor w/ gentle toasted and notes of roast remind of coffee as the name implies w/ light char note
D - A tasty porter, doesn't overwhelm the palate but meets its objective and is a solid beer, very easy to drink and keeps the style in mind
07-18-2010 14:09:47 | More by Slatetank
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
Pours a creamy thick large 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace but leaves tons of lacing, very dark black beer.
Nose starts with a blend of coffee grinds and cocoa powder, little baker's chocolate, cocoa powder and hint dark chocolate like, light roast with some burnt coffee grinds, and some light smoked malt in there as well, and a hint of vanilla somehow.
Taste starts with the light smoke actually, a little smoked meat and campfire, which is not what I was expecting. Then dark malts, light roast and black malt char, little burnt coffee grinds, then into a very light powdered cocoa and charred chocolate somehow. Bitterness comes with acrid roast, and hint of bitter earthy hops. The middle seems like it's missing something too despite all those contrasting sharp flavors. Finish is drier but a long lingering earthy roasted malt and charred slightly burnt like flavor lingering, and a little smoke.
Mouth is med to a little fuller bodied, nice carb.
Overall meh... doesn't really go where it should, barely mocha, too much acrid burnt flavors, the smoke is out of left field and tastes like it, bitterness is more from the dark malts than hops which are also meh, beer just doesn't seem to come through. This seems to sum up Rogue pretty well lately IMO. They just seem to throw a bunch of ingredients together and hope for the best, and not only that but a hodgepodge of different things to try that shouldn't be like that. This is a mocha porter, it should have more chocolate, more coffee, no burnt or acrid flavors, no smoke (although a little would be OK if it blended well which this doesn't), too many sharp not so great flavors that don't blend well, eh.
03-10-2013 03:49:23 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev +3.4%
a classic porter in my world. i love this beer. it pours what appears to be a nearly black color, but upon a hold up to the light, a faint crimson fire is burning at the bottom, nearly extinguished. big bubbled tan head rests atop. the nose is bitter dark malts and fresh coffee beans, unbrewed. the flavor is really roasty, malt first. the mocha element is complementary only, dark cocoa and black coffee. its a nice mix, nice balance. feel is perhaps a tad overcarbonated. i like my porters mellow, so this might be a personal thing, but its borderline soda pop. still, velvety medium body, not heavy for a porter, and a sessionable alcohol level. really nice stuff, especially in fall time. might use this in my chilli next time i make a pot.
10-27-2012 22:18:59 | More by StonedTrippin
3.7/5 rDev -4.4%
The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick tan head . The aroma is awesome; an array of chocolate/mocha scents. There are a few dark specialty malts working here. The taste is a little bitter with a buttery finish. This beer has less chocolate flavor than the chocolate stout. The mouthfeel is good. It is perfectly carbonated with a heavy body and decent finish. The beer is a hard drinker. It's a little too bitter for me. One and done for me.
08-07-2003 21:37:07 | More by WesWes
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
First had: on tap at Rogue, Portland, OR
Poured a dark brown-black with a small but cream tan head. Aroma of roasty malts, cocoa, coffee, and some herbal hops. While the flavor profile contains many elements of a typical coffee porter--roasted dark malts, coffee, cocoa--there was a definite herbal presence throughout, very reminiscent of a black tea, presumably from the hops used. This gave a dry and somewhat bitter finish. Medium body, nice balance, not too coffee-y, and pretty drinkable overall.
01-10-2012 20:46:38 | More by Rifugium
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is mainly made up of chocolate malt, but I also get a little bit of coffee and some chocolate thrown in. The flavor is a nice mix of chocolate and roasted malt, with quite a bit of pine flavor from the hops. There is also some bitterness from the hops which was unexpected. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-13-2012 02:53:29 | More by Mora2000
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
Pours almost black with a thin off-white head.
The smell is of dark-roasted coffee with hints of chocolate.
The taste is of roasted black coffee. Bitter undertone takes balances out sweetness nicely. Dark graininess. Hints of sweet chocolate come through, especially as the drink progresses. Nicely balanced with a long, bittersweet finish.
Smooth - firm, but not heavy. Nice medium-body.
A good coffee-like porter.
12-27-2006 22:41:28 | More by jwc215
3.83/5 rDev -1%
A solid four-finger tan head from a 12 oz bottle! Ebony colored, no light shines through the glass.
Creamy cocoa aroma with a touch of hop. Less powerful than I would expect. The taste is dark chocolate followed by bitter hop in the swallow. Thick and rich, this beer is moderately carbonated. There is a slight chaulkiness. The aftertaste is very loooong lasting (bitter coffee and dark chocolate).
This is a dry porter with ground coffee aroma and flavor. I have never been a fan of coffee flavors, but this is a complex brew with a multitude of tastes and aromas.
05-07-2005 23:04:19 | More by smcolw
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
12 oz. bottle from Rogue,
A: Pours a very dark brown, looks black on the first pour, but as the beer is drunk, its true brown colour shines through. Solid light tan head, great retention, little lacing though.
S: Milk chocolate and roast predominately, lighter than what I would have expected from Rogue.
T: Tastes heavily of roasted malt, dark chocolate, some pine hops there as well. The bitterness is fast and direct, blunt, but inviting. A very bittersweet tasting beer, reminds me a lot of 70% cacao dark chocolate.
M: Smooth and crisp, for a porter, soft, heavy in carbonation, maybe a little too much so, but a minor flaw for me.
D: A good solid porter from Rogue. Would think it would go well with a nice burger or medium rare steak. A nice production overall, another good beer from Rogue.
10-27-2007 06:25:35 | More by Halcyondays
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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