Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,690 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,690
Reviews: 1,346
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 98
Gots: 282 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Ratings: 2,690 | Reviews: 1,346
Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a decent brown head. Aroma is rich and roasty with coffee undertones. Taste is much of the same except that the coffee kind of falls flat within the taste. It's very much a porter still. Coffee goes well with dark beers and this is just proof of that. I like it.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A deep brown color with a light brown head. Two fingers of head yielded after it was poured into my 650ml Family Guy mug. Went from filmy foam to ring-o-foam at the end of the beer. The smell was a mix of hoppy coffee and baker's chocolate. Flavor was similar to the smell. With more of a bitter chocolate start, a smokey coffee middle, and a roasted mocha, vanilla, kona, hop finish.

Photo of bark
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bottle, bought in Sweden, got an abv of 5.7%.

The colour is black with a tint of deep brown, the liquid is clear and the finger thick brown foam sinks slowly down to a ring with some lacing. An odd detail; the beer was completely silent while pouring.

The smell is sweet with burned/roasted notes. I found some creamy notes of diacetyl, dark chocolate and a mild touch of coffee candies. Overall, the smell was milder and softer than I had expected.

A pleasant roasted flavour dominates the taste: There are notes of black coffee, fruity discreet hops, some liquorice, cocoa, maybe even a little bit smoke. The long aftertaste got a creamy flavour with notes of coffee, aroma hops, mandarin orange and a slight passing bitterness.

The carbonation is very strong with small bubbles that are a bit sharp to the tongue att he start (but its getting better later)

A nice and very American porter, very suitable for Swedish meatballs.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cask at Deckard's American Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately roasted malts with good amounts of lightly tart dark fruits. Also present are slight amounts of dark chocolate aromas however no coffee is discernable.

Tastes worse than it smells. Chalky roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of dark fruit flavors that have turned, lightly tart raisins and pears. Midway through the sip hints of dark chocolate flavors attempt to salvage everything but fade out without being able to, finishing with a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is not good. I had a tough time finishing my glass and would not go after another.

Overall this was a big disappointment, especially considering how many of Rogue's beers have been close to home runs. I'd certainly try this again if I could get a taster to see if the problems were a one-time deal but I would hesitate immensely before spending money on another glass.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Deep brown color, very dark. About 1-finger head, looked and smelled more like a stout than a porter.

The first taste is malty, with some burnt malt in the background. Not too thick, but still OK. The after-taste turns a little bitter. I could taste a little chocolate and maybe coffee.

Very nice porter. Maybe the best porter I've tried.

Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz bottle. Sampled on October 20, 2013.

This pours a handsome looking dark brown to nearly black with this fluffy tan head that really fills up the top of the glass.

The aroma does not express the mocha character much but there are plenty of dark malts and mild earthy hops in it.

The body is full and creamy.

The coffee/mocha rebounds in full fashion once I sip it. I get a lot more of it in the taste than on the nose. Mild sweetness and low bitterness. A nice Porter all in all.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a good sized (about an inch) tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. It tastes the same way, but it's not really sweet at all, it's more of a coffee/bitter chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is medium, and the beer is smooth and creamy. Drinkability is good too, it goes down easy. This could become a session beer for me, it's good stuff.

Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark as midnight on the pour, the head is light chocolate, the lace thick sheets that cling to the very end of the glass. Nose is malt, semi-sweet chocolate, a tad coffeeish. Front is sweet, the top is medium, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, moderately acidic, and still a decent porter that ranks in my top 25 porters. Ranks #289 on my current 1000 beer master list.

Photo of claspada
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a light bubbly tan head.

Roasty malt aroma with a fairly resiny hop scent coming in at the end, not too enjoyable if you ask me. Coffee aroma helps to balance the toasty malt.

Very smooth roasty/smoky malt flavor at the nose with added hop notes. Coffee malts really come through at the finish.

Fairly thin for such strong taste. Light carbonation tickles the tongue just as the hops come through. Silky coffee aftertaste is quite appreciated

Pretty darn good overall. I like a dark beer even if its not winter, so this is a great pick for me.

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours an opaque black/brown colour with a very large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - chocolate, malts, coffee, hops, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a large amount of carbonation and most of the taste consists of chocolate, coffee and malts. There is also a surprising amount of hop taste and a smoky aspect as well. The beer finishes with a hoppy/chocolaty aftertaste.

Overall - Not as heavy as some of the other craft porters I've tried which makes is really drinkable. I could actually see this working some what well as a session beer. It would also be a good beer for people that are new to the style. Worth seeking out.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while since I tapped into a rogue beer!

A - Pitch black with little to no head
S - Very slight chocolate and coffee malt smell. Pretty good.
T - Mostly coffee but a really smooth porter. Little to no hop bite as expected in every rouge.
M - Somewhat creamy with a refreshing finish
D - May have this again but it really is a highly drinkable porter!

Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle sitting around at Woodman's

appearance: pours a very dark brown, but not quite black...nice chocolate brown head forms with some nice lacing

smell: roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, a bit hoppy for a porter

taste: pretty tasty but I didnt really feel the hops. nice roasted coffee and smooth chocolate blend well together, hops have a bittering effect...overall rich smooth but bitter in the aftertaste

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, hop bitterness

drinkability: pretty drinkable as far as porters go for me


Pretty good porter but not my favorite, and definately not my favorite rogue

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Chocolate dominated the smell, with some malt as well.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, malt, and a bit of coffee in the finish. A completely solid flavor. One of the better American Porter flavors out there.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This a good, solid, drinkable beer. If you like chocolate, try this one.

Photo of dgilks
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown-black with a luscious coffee coloured head. Head retention isn't great but lacing is okay.

Fruity aromas team up with hints of chocolate and coffee. Not great as it is a bit weak.

Tastes are light with good emphasis on the coffee and bits of chocolate. An okay malt backbone but overall it seems to be a little lacking.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but carbonation is good overall and it works reasonable well with this beer.

Overall a reasonably tasty brew with reasonable flavour but it lacks depth and intensity.

Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draught at their PDX pub, poured into a Rogue pils glass, the Mocha Porter is a hazy, very dark amber with a very small, bone colored head that leaves heavy lace. Served too cold.

Smell is strong caramel malt, a bit more coffee as it warms, very clean.

Taste is very nice, a great mix of coffee and porter. This has always been a favorite homebrew combination of mine, yet most of the commercial versions our stouts, and I find the roasted malts overpower the coffee in all but the riches examples (e.g. Péché Mortel).

Mouthfeel is average, medium body and on the crisper side with the finish. Lots of burps, it wasn't the easiest on the belly.

Drinkability is good for me, as this is damn smooth and very tasty. Again, it's one of my favorite homebrew styles (coffee porter), and I'm not sure why I haven't had this before!!! Still, there's no denying the richness, I'm running out of time for my flight, will only be able to quickly slurp down one more beer, and this won't be it...as tasty as it is, I'll go with their new JLS pils, although I frankly didn't enjoy as much.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This comes out of the tap an opaque sable with a thick, camel color finely-bubbled head. Strong aroma is like smoky coffee and has a firm tone of unsweetened chocolate and hints of molasses. Rich, satisfying flavor is like a mocha, fine roast coffee and chocolate, not sweet but not bitter either. Finish is smooth and sleek. Recommended to all porter and stout fans.

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Saucer. Deep brown color that permits the slightest amount of light to penetrate. Creamy, frothy brown head leaves lots of lacing.

Fresh coffee smell with roasted chocolate malts and hops that linger as well.

Malts all come through in the taste. The bitterness of the hops aren't too overpowering, but seem to rule the roost.Tastes like bittersweet baker's chocolate and cappuccino. They definitely named the beer correctly.

On the lighter side of a medium mouthfeel with carbonation ever present.

Better than the bottle, but either way not hard to put a few of these babies back.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tan, soapy two-finger head that dies slowly and leaves lace patches on top of an almost black body. Heavy coffee and chocolate malt smells, possibly some roasted malts along with toffee or other sweet malts. Smooth and creamy with a heavy blend of coffee and roasted malts with some chocolate tucked away. Let this beer warm and it becomes even creamier and sweeter. Finishes with a strong, biting dry backbite. I could session this bad boy while watching college football anytime.

Photo of tbeckett
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from kjyost, cheers. From notes.

A - Poured black with red edges, two fingers of brown, filmy head. Spotty lace and a finger of retention.

S - Chocolate was strong upon intial opening but calmed and moved to a touch of coffee and some roasted notes with a cocoa element too.

T - And here's that classic weak porter element! Bad cocoa powder, dusty, chalky, cola, and roasted notes.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body with a decent bitterness.

O/D - Not overly drinkable with that chalky, powdery feel. I can't understand the hype for low strength porters and stouts when they so commonly taste like this. Sorry, just didn't like it.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a near-black color with a thick froth of tan head. Fades slow and leaves great lacing. If nothing else, Rogue usually masters the art of a good-looking beer.

Nose is roasty and cocoa with a surprising waft of smoke. Low on the fruit and has a decent amount of sweetness to it.

Taste is more muted than I expected, not quite sweet enough for me and lacks depth. Has some flashes of cocoa here and there, but nothing substantial to warrant the term 'Mocha'. Roastiness is decent, some coffee flavors come through. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, seems a little one-dimensional with just a bit of dark malt really showing anything worthwhile. I am glad I finally found this as a single, I have been avoiding a full sixer for years due to the absurd price and my lack of love for the house Pacman yeast. That appears to have been wise, as this beer really does not do much for me.

Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler. Poured the color of cola with a frothy, half inch, khaki-colored head that was re-invigorated with each pour. Head eventually dissipates into a frothy, inconsistent skim. Thick bands of lacing were revealed as the brew was consumed. Nose was fairly mild - some dark malts, but not getting much else. Taste reveals dark malts, a little char and some chocolate/coffee notes which are overwhelmed by the char. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a light, background effervescence. Not much flavor here, but a good example of the style and fairly easy drinking.

Photo of champ103
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/black. As the beer is held to the light, some ruby highlights can be seen. A large tannish head forms, but recedes to a ring with a bit of patchy lace.
S: Roasted malt up front with some coffee/mocha. A very rustic aroma comes next, kind of like oxidized metal.
T: Lots of roasted malt with a bit of coffee, not as much a the name would suggest though. Just a bit of hop bitterness A tad metallic.
M/D: Medium body, a bit watery and thin. Goes down smooth and easy. A nice sessionable beer.

A good American Porter. It does not compare to my favorites of the style, but it is still a nice beer. One I would recommend.

Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best-looking beers I've ever poured. Black with deep brown hues in the light, the light brown head on this one is impressive and sticky lacing coats the glass.

The smell is malt, coffee and chocolate with an alcoholic tinge.

This one has a nice smoky flavor with that bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee. Some hops leave that well-balanced bitterness on the tongue and you can feel the alcohol.

There is good carbonation in a medium-bodied, smooth and creamy brew. A lingering slightly bitter finish leaves notes of hops with some sweetness on the tongue.

Overall an impressive brew. Not as strong on the coffee as some might like, but a great porter.

Photo of ZAP
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These coffee style stouts/porters aren't my thing but this is a dandy....black with a tan lace that lines the glass...not a huge aroma but some nice sweeter type coffee notes...very creamy mouthfeel. A sweeter mocha style and thick...A heavy porter...Boy you catch the hop bitterness big-time on the long finish (Just as I prefer on this style)..immediate taste is a sweeter mocha taste, but followed by that deeper hop finish...a pretty amazing beer. Like I said, not my bag of tea(err coffee) but I must give props to an extremely well made beer.

Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,690 ratings.