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Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,437 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,437
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 78
Gots: 126 | FT: 4
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

biegaman, May 14, 2006
Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Nice foamy cocoa brown head sitting on a dark chestnut body. Head forms about two fingers in size and had some good retention. Fairly large sized bubbles too for the head.

Whipped creamy chocolate mousse on the nose, and a mix of balanced malt and small roast. Real nice here very enjoyable.

Chocolate smell does not seem to come as much on the taste. Palate fills with a good solid roast and hint of coffee more than chocolate. Good balance and body in the feel, finishing with dark malts but also a little bit of carbonation fizz.

OVerall pretty solid to go porter. Best and a personal favorite no, but you could do a lot worse. Good solid beer.

smakawhat, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

LXIXME, May 21, 2013
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.4%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

beerthulhu, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown with a reddish hue; huge thick, dense, brown head; great retention

S - roasted malt primarily, faint bittersweet chocolate; all very faint

T - roasted malt, bitter, faint chocolate

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

Such a simple porter. It's basic and almost one-dimensional. It's not bad by any means but there isn't really anything of note here.

tdm168, Sep 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Kelp, Apr 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

sendbeer, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz. bottle served in pint glass.

pours a nearly black, opaque and (I think, although it is too dark to be sure) hazy liquid with 2 fingers of tan foam. The head has good retention.

A surprising level of hops, which actually dominate the aroma. Upon tasting, their bitterness is more evident than other hop flavors; and a hop-induced bitterness lingers in the finish. There's a strong roasted malt flavor mid-taste. Notes of expresso, burnt toast and dark chocolate. Overall, this definitely has more bitterness than malty sweetness, and is richly flavored even for the style.

M - creamy smooth with good carbonation; medium body

chinchill, Apr 10, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

Bighuge, Apr 12, 2002
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3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 23, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

dmorgan310, Mar 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Zaphog, Feb 13, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

JohnGalt1, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Tone, Aug 24, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -16%
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.

glid02, Nov 20, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

harpus, Mar 20, 2014
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3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

beertunes, Dec 11, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Derek, May 18, 2006
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3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

GarthDanielson, Feb 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Gusler, Sep 29, 2002
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3.6/5  rDev -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.

Brad007, Aug 25, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

TurdFurgison, Jan 08, 2006
Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 2,437 ratings.