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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,336 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,336
Hads: 2,721
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 101
Gots: 301 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. About 1/2 inch head poured into a beer glass. Dark and opaque.

S. Hops are in the forefront with some roasted malt notes.

T. Toastey with a mocha coffee aftertaste. Very well balanced. Hops are subdued here. Great.

M. Robust yet slightly smooth.

D. Absolutely worthy of purchasing a case. (295 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark brown with a thin head. Light malt in the aroma with a light touch of cocoa and a bit prickly with carbonation. The taste is dry, somewhat roasty, and fairly lightly flavored. The cocoa- which tastes a bit like Swiss Miss Cocoa Mix- makes an entrance just before the finish and the coffee is only evident at the very end. Mouthfeel seems a bit watery and prickly again. Not all that crisp and not at all creamy. Just okay. (441 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in my glass this is a clear dark brown beer that is quite close to black in color. The head is thick and light brown in color and almost overflows the glass.

The smell is slightly sweet and herbal with a strong coffee aroma. There is a slight flowery aroma here and the coffee hides any chocolate there.

The taste begins semi sweet and on the neutral side with a good coffee flavor. The coffee flavor gets stronger and the bitterness grows as you drink this. No chocolate flavor really this is very strong in patent malt flavor and a coffee beer.

The mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer I guess but I can't see myself buying this again. An OK coffee beer but there are many better ones. (697 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a lovely dark, dark brown, with a foamy, airy, light tan head on it of about an inch and a half. Very faint aromas of coffee and milk chocolate. On the initial sip, the beer is dry, with roasted coffee flavors, and a malt background that remains just present enough to balance the bitter flavors. In mouth, as said before, the beer is dry. Very crisp and light, which is surprising for a Porter. The aftertaste is all bitter coffee, and the finish is quick, with the slightest coffee linger on the mid-tongue. Pretty sessionable beer at the low ABV, but personally, I look for a little more body and a little more booze in my Porters. Decent beer, nonetheless. (712 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle pours shiny black, immediate head forms then immediately disappears (ok?) I first sighed at the site of the huge head that was forming from a slow, careful pour. But like a small child, it was uncontrollably hyper and then just flat out crashed. No lacing even. Nose is fairly hoppy, though slightly repressed for Rogue. Hops a saving grace for the mouthfeel, lending it a slight crisp, bitter roundness in the mouth. Aroma otherwise relatively flat in contrast to other highly reviewed porters I've recently had. Mouthfeel a little over carbonated in my opinion. Almost, but not quite creamy. Average finish. Flavour becomes more syrupy than anything as it warmed. Taste like some coffee was stirred in there, but doesn't seem to genuinely blend into the beer. You can find some malt in there if you look. Still a nice beer, but fell a little inferior to other big name American porters and not one of my favourite offerings from this great brewer. (968 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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~~ (1,788 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a black opaque body with a light tan head that last and last. No sign of carbonation in that thick body.

S- The smell of dark malt with a sour note gives way to a faint green hop note that has an earthy quality to it.

T- A tart taste surrounds the taste of chocolate malt the blends with a black roasted malt flavor and a cream flavor that follows. The finish is a bright tart note and the dark malt hangs on the tongue after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel

D- There is to much tartness and it mask a lot of the nice malt flavors. It would be nice to have the malt flavors be the main focus with the cream notes supporting it instead of the tartness. (734 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown/black in color, some carbonation, nice small head, tons of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, toffee/caramel, and some slight yeast.

T - The taste is sweet and malty, with a nice flavor of coffee. Nice dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is an awesome little brew from Rogue, definitely will recommend to others. (380 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice deep brown colour. A little bit of head on the our that disappeared almost instantly.

S - Sweet; caramel and coffee. A hint of chocolate.

T - A bit weaker than expected. Definitely hints of coffee and chocolate. A bit of a burnt malt aftertaste. Was expecting more of a chocolate flavour.

M - average carbonation; lighter/thinner than expected.

D - Definitely a drinkable porter. Could have a couple of these no problem. (438 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz .. enjoyed from a shaker pint ... I asked Brenda to bring Porters.. she obliged.

short lasting 1" tan head... not alot of lacing.. dark brown with dark chesnut highlites.

Aroma is dark malts and chocolate with a smattering of PNW hops for good measure.

Lighter body than expected with bigger carbonation... big roasty without the malts to balance.. could use a big dose of dextrine.. for this much flavor.. it needs more body... a little watery.. metallic chocolate finish.. Hops are a little out of balance... even when mixed in with the dark malts.

I've tried to enjoy this brew over the years, but ultimately it is like many of Rogue's other 12's ... verging on Great.. but lacking so much body and complexity that it might as well be a poorly made homebrew. (770 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Solid half inch mocha head. Dark brown to black in color. Good head retention and some lacing left.

S- Dark chocolate.

T- Chocolate. Roasted malts. Not as much coffee notes as I usually notice in porters. "Tad smokey". Leaves the mouth watering for sure.

M- Smooth, creamy(!). Not unlike most porters.

D/O- Mmmm. Apparently this is the first Rogue beer I've reviewed. Would guess this would be near the top of the list as far as a craft drinkers first porter (it was one of mine back in the day)...and that's a good thing. Middle tier, nothing great but certainly above average. A few of these a happy camper would leave. (628 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown. 3/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight chocolate, hint of coffee, hint of roasted malt, hint of dark citrus, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonatin level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight coffee, chocolate, slight roasted malt, hint of dark citrus, and hops. Overall, good body, aroma, and blend. There was a slight acrid note that was off-putting, though. (512 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red brown, nearly black. One finger dark tan head and lacing. Aroma of coffee and dark malt, light hops. All the porter flavors are there; dark malts, very light smoky malts, a bit of coffee. Nothing stands out. No off notes, but kinda boring. (321 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haven't had this in a few years, and realized that I hadn't reviewed it, so here goes.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly translucent deep brown, as porters should be, with over an inch of dark khaki head that dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing.

The coffee aromas are thankfully minimal, but a very pleasing chocolaty sweetness dominates the nose. Underlying are some subdued roasted tones. The evil coffee (I know, it's a coffee beer, but I hate coffee) shows up on the tongue more than the aroma leads you to expect. The other expected tastes, roast, malt and a touch of hops, are there in the expected proportions.

The body is on the thin side for the style and probably should have received a half point less than I gave it, but hell, it's the holidays. Drinkability is actually good, it's even better if you like coffee.

Overall, a decent, solid beer that you can be comfortable relying on as a go-to. It won't be so long again before I have my next one. (985 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a mocha colored firm head that was pretty persistent.

S: dark roastedness, fresh chocolate, nuttiness and some pine hopping.

T: For flavor there was dark roasted coffee, and sweet chocolate. The flavor was nicely balanced between the coffee and chocolate. The roasted nature was very smooth, dry and robust with some dark mocha beans.

M: creamy and lightly carbonated with a smooth texture and slickness on the tongue.

D: Hearty porter with a very good drinkability and enjoyment. (515 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nearly black; no light passes through when held up to the light. Two finger nice tan head which leaves a good lace as it dissipates.

Smell: nice aroma with coffee and chocolate well intermingled. There is also a little astringent/tart aroma present of which I'm not a huge fan.

Taste: mocha-ness is not in your face. Again, coffee and chocolate are combined in nice proportions; I'm glad to say the tart quality in the aroma is not nearly as prominent in the flavor. The beer is nicely bitter and what hops are present are earthy in character; there's also a little bitterness imparted by the roast malts.

Mouthfeel: medium body, rather low carbonation. It is rather dry and astringent toward the finish. Not bad, but not my favorite.

Drinkability: a pretty good porter. I'm not a fan of some of the astringent qualities of this beer, so I don't think I would make a session of it, but one or two wouldn't be bad. (973 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another nicely painted bomber.

I had to pull out one of their chocolate stouts as well (for a side-by-side comparison).

A: Ruby-black with a tan head (neither as dark as the chocolate stout). Great retention, awesome lace.

S: Rich, chocolatey malt with a hint of fruity esters (a little more British than American).

T: Chocolate, chocolate & more chocolate. Though not actually as chocolatey as the stout. There seems to be a little more fruityness than usual (from their pacman yeast). There's not much hop flavour... this one's about the malt. Very chocolatey, with a little more roasted flavour than expected (from a porter). Pleasant roasted bitterness. A little dark caramel & raisin, mainly dark, bitter chocolate.

M: Moderately full, malty bod, slightly chalky, moderate carbonation. Not as thick (or chalky) as their chocolate stout, but certainly some substance for a porter!

D: Very approachable & drinkable... but it's a little heavy to pound back. (977 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee. Taste is of roasted malts, some coffee, a bit of hops are present, just a touch of sweetness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer. (266 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a creamy tan colored head that sticks to the glass after each sip. The aroma is roastey with some delicous chocolate notes and hops. There is some bitter chocolate in the taste along with some roastiness and hops. Overall, this is a great porter and another good quality brew from Rogue. I will be purchasing this again in the future. (356 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with a large head of foam that subsides after a w2hile leaving a nice solid layerwith lacing.

The smell is a nice mix of sweet caramel malt and coffee.

The taste is strong on the caramel, chocolate and coffee and they all hit you right up front. Tasty. The finish ends on the hoppy side with a nice bit of bitterness that yearns for another sip. Very smooth and it's a very good drinker. Yum.

Bottom line: A very tasty interpretation of an American Porter that has no apparent negative aspects. I recommend it.
Thanks to Wasatch for this sample! (598 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brew but the faintest hint of light does get through. Very creamy brown head with depth and moderate retention. There is a thick chocolate aroma. Very much like mocha (surprise). I also get a nice roasted malt aroma on the nose. This is my kind of porter. I like a hoppy porter that also exhibits the chocolate and roast qualites without fail. This is it. Similar to the SN Porter. I thought this had a good hop load and indeed it does. I looked up the IBU and it is 54.5 using perle and centennial hops. But this really accentuates the great porter traits in my opinion. I still get great mocha, coffe, bitersweet chocolate and roasted malt tastes. Very good porter. (690 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown color; ruby highlights on the edges with strong light. Poured a 1 finger creamy beige head with good retention. Sticky lacing in thick rings.

S: Big earthy toasted malt aroma; burnt toast, chocolate, bitter coffee.

T: Predominantly toasted malts; burnt toast lots of coffee and chocolate. More hopping than most porters give the beer a nice balance.

M: Shy of a full body; surprisingly light feel though for the style. Medium carbonation. Silky and smooth.

D: A session porter; not too filling and not too rich (or very much residual sugar. Bitter finish and moderate abv help too. (599 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A solid effort from Rogue. Good brown beer, stiff on the thick side. Great aroma, chocolate, coffee etc. . .

Taste, the "mocha" I guess smoothes out the beer, would seem to be lacking a bitterness quality, but then you can taste the hop aspect of it, so I'm thinking the ibu's may be decent, but you don't notice it because of any addition of milk or whatever makes this a "mocha" porter.

Mouthfeel, diminished returns, drinkability suffers because of how dang expensive this is. If it was more reasonably priced, it would be much higher. (542 characters)

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.