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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,440 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,440
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 78
Gots: 129 | 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 russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

russpowell, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

feloniousmonk, May 21, 2003
Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Slatetank, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

drabmuh, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

jlindros, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Rifugium, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

WesWes, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mora2000, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jwc215, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

smcolw, May 08, 2005
Photo of MarkyMOD
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +3.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Halcyondays, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonic true pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are high given the style. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of lovely cream lacing, good thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a solid ruby-black.

Sm: Light mocha and coffee, heavy cream, hints of chocolate, caramel, and light nuts. A moderate strength aroma, and a pleasant one.

T: Mocha throughout, with a bit too much coffee in the third act. Nicely creamy, especially on the open. It's well balanced and built. The roasted barley foundation is nice, but I almost wish this was a stout so it could be more pronounced. That's more just personal preference. The finish contains the caramelized malt alongside the emergence of naked coffee. When the coffee isn't concealed by the cream and mocha, it's too bitter, subtly affecting the balance in an undesirable way.

Mf: Biscuity, pretty thick, smooth, creamy, and wet. Suits the flavour, but as a stout fanatic I'd like to have more dryness and coarseness. Still, it's good as a porter.

Dr: This would be excellent on nitro-draught. I'd like to see the roast increased/improved. I'd have it again, but preferably not out of the bottle.

kojevergas, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost black color with a tan head. Thick lacing developed on the glass. The aroma had coffee and roasted malt tones. The flavor was big on roasted malt and coffee, with a bitter chocolate tone lingering in the background. Some bitterness was detected with this porter.

Medium bodied, smooth with a slightly dry finish. The coffee and some burnt tones linger on the tongue. A decent porter that could have used a little boost on the chocolate front.

Gavage, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/16/04- Given to me from my fiancee as part of a winter warmer 10 pack purchased at Cost Plus in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no expiration date. Poured into my Steinlager pint glass.

Appearance- A black and rather thick pour. Large head and average lacing.

Smell- Dark chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of bitterness...hops?

Taste- Huh? This is my first porter where I have tasted so many hops. Much more bitter than I expected and very dry going down. Lots of dark chocolate flavors milling around.

Mouthfeel- Decent carbonation. Reminds me of a stout mouthfeel.

Drinkability- One of the better porters I have had. The hops make it different and therefore a plus in my book. Will try again sometime soon.

GClarkage, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

oriolesfan4, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

orangesol, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It looks good in the glass, nice head, darck and rich color.

Very pleasant smell, inviting to any hophead.

What can I say, it's a solid hoppy beer with coffee and a bit of chocolate, but its nothing terribly special. The taste wasn't as complex as I would have hoped. It was well balanced, but at the same time nothing much stood up past the hops and slight coffee note.

The carbonation feels just right in my mouth, however, I'm left with a slightly unpleasant dry taste that really detracts from the whole experenience.

Overall, a pretty good beer but nothing memorable about it. Its smooth like a good beer should be and hoppy like a good Am. Porter, but it doesnt go beyond any expectations and there are no surprises. Like I said, its good, and I'd drink it again, but its too bland a porter for me to buy anytime soon.

tempest, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice, dark black with a nice brown head. Nose was sligthly chocolate and mocha. Taste was mocha, very light, expecting more flavor on this. Taste increased as it warmed up. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth, a little roasty and the ABV was nice.

barleywinefiend, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Revisiting this beer after my first encounter 15 months ago. Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 06. BB date??--no freshness info. printed on the bottle this time. Served cool (~12°C) in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: very very dark mahogany hue, coming with a tightly frothy khaki head around 3.5cm thick... great retention with uneven lacing left as it slowly dissipates. Looing great!
S: honey, sweet dark chocolate-milk and assertively fruity+flowery US hops all blended together, very aromatic and delicious; somehow the hoppy edge is slightly more than necessary for this style; backed by a deeper layer of treacles, dried dates and dried longan-fruits, and a sweet edge of Chinese grass-jelly. Reasonably complex and very pleasant indeed.
T: effervescent-textured, mildly sweet toffee, chocolate milk and an intensifyingly bitter-sweet roasty tinge of black malts+roasted walnuts as well as a slightly tannic edge like black tea-leaves manifesting itself quietly and slowy towards an expanding herbal-bitter aftertaste; simultaneously the flowery hops play the lively yet harmonious second fiddle, intertwined with the malty theme so skilfully... The bitter finish is very deep yet not OTT, with incredible depth and length to prolong the enjoyment on the palate. But, "exactly what it says on the tin", the finishing touch is ever so refreshing and light, not heavy nor sticky at all.
M&D: to my hazy memory, this bottle tastes nicer than the last one last year with a creamy and soft carbonation to boot--maybe due to my increasing fondness of this style, or due to the serving condition (it's cooler than last time)... anyhow, this is a full-flavoured, fruity and profoundly roasty-malty porter pretty true to style. An absolutely delicious and quaffable porter by Rogue~~

wl0307, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely dark brown (almost black in color) with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a finger + half tall medium sized cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large finger thick layer covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of coffee and bittersweet chocolate over the top of light aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of bittersweet dark chocolate and a light amount of coffee. Hints of burnt malts towards the finish which all contribute to a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away slowly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thin.

O: Easy to drink and definitely one you could have a couple in a session due to the lighter body and lower ABV. Enough complexity to keep you interested but not too bold in flavors/aromas.

dbrauneis, Jun 06, 2014
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,440 ratings.