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Double Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

Double Mocha PorterDouble Mocha Porter

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very good

290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Rogue calls this an 'Imperial Porter' on their website.

10 Ingredients:
Malts: C120, C150, Kiln Coffee, Black, Chocolate and Rogue Micro Barley Farm Risk™ malts.
Hops: Summit and Rogue Micro Hopyard Willamette.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

78 IBU
76 AA
133º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-26-2010)
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Photo of bobhits


2.17/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I was told this beer wasn’t going to wow me, but I decided to risk it. At 12.99 a bottle it certainly is priced to impress the hell out of me.
Pours a deep brown but not nearly black body. A tall head forms and dissipates almost as quickly as it formed. Doesn’t look overly thick but it is an imperial porter so I suppose that’s why this is a porter?
Nose has some roasted coffee, a hint of perhaps cocco, some vanilla, and surprisingly a LOT of hop character.
This just isn’t an “imperial” anything. I think other than a touch more abv than is needed there aren’t really any intense flavors here. The Shakespeare, oatmeal, and chocolate stouts all pack more flavor and cost less. You have some coffee, a lot of roasted malt flavors, plenty of hops for a porter, vanilla, and I suppose there are some chocolate notes somewhere in this. I’m not thinking mocha with this beer and I honestly do think that with their regular offering. Honestly, can I get some coffee flavor here?
Based on abv the body is about right though a touch thin. Based on the double rogue lable, it’s way too thin! The body really comes off medium for the stout/porter world. Almost watery for an imperial version. Alcohol is lower than most in these categories, but I can still taste it.
Lately I have been trying to give Rogue a chance. I mean they take up an insane amount of shelf space in a lot of places, and I know people buy their beer. The problem is they just make mediocre beer and charge absurd prices. They have less than 5 beers today worth what they charge for them. They choose the wrong format for most of their beers. They don’t bottle date. I’m sorry but Rogue seems hell bent on being a shitty brewer with great distribution.

FYI price was strongly factored into this review. This is a 36 dollar 6 pack equivalent which might be acceptable for a really world class beer. This is so far from it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 04:31:58 | More by bobhits
Photo of corylew


2.45/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One thing that bothers me about using the name Mocha, is that I get almost no coffee flavor from this beer. It's a very solid double porter with a misleading name. for being a double porter, it's pretty good. Heavy on the bittering hops, low on the aroma and flavor to bring out the malt flavors. Nose is dominated by malt and slight alcohol mixed with hops. Tasty, but like I said... where's the coffee?

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 04:02:01 | More by corylew
Photo of sweemzander


2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Produced a decent tan colored head. Some lace.

(S)- A very dry caramel and raisin profile. Some dark fruits and a mild roasted component.

(T)- Pretty similar to the smell. A dry toasted caramel with some dark fruits. Hints at a coffee character; very subtle though.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A bit bland and not what I expected considering the name. The flavor drops off the palate fairly quick. Its almost thin; more like a brown ale with what I am seeing in front of me.

(D)- Not bad, but maybe Rogue should go back to the drawing board on this one. Definitely was expecting it to taste a certain way due to its name, but this certainly threw me for a loop.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 00:33:17 | More by sweemzander
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 750 ml blue enamel bottle. Pours out a deep brown/black, some translucent highlights when held to light. Creamy dense beige head with lasting retention and spongy lacing.

Some sharp roasted and burnt grains rounded out with rich coffee comprises the majority of the aroma.

Flavour is an overload of coffee, abundant bitter coffee. Malt only seems used to colour this beer as none is present in the flavour. Overwhelming coffee and nothing else. Just lots of bitter and astringent coffee.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, starts thin but the texture fills out, moderate carbonation.

Yet another example of a once fine brewery resting on the laurels of their previous quality core of beers, but not following through or living up to it any more. This may have sounded good on paper or as a concept, but the final product does not deliver. Double Dead Guy stood on its own, but this has no depth or character beyond the original Mocha Porter at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 20:29:26 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of Kooz

New York

2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sorry for the stunted review, but until there's an app, it's going to be hard to review beers from bars and restaurants...

Poured very dark brown and left a sticky tan lacing on the pint glass. Looks good.

Smells malty and I can get the mocha (slightly). I expected a stronger nose.

I get the mocha taste, but it's more malt (like malted milk) than mocha. Slightly bitter, maybe too overly hopped.

The body is a little too watery for my preference. It is disappointing.

Overall, it's not bad, but it didn't blow me away.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2012 16:10:21 | More by Kooz
Photo of jesterx7769

2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

serving: poured into glass
Color: very dark, frothy mocha colored head, does not stick
Smell: very faint mocha/malt, not much smell. disappointing as I expected much more mocha. Not sure where people are getting the overload of smell from.
Taste: Light consistency for a dark beer, malt like in taste, not very strong mocha/chocolate taste. Leaves a nice mocha after taste. Slight bitterness not too much.Very easy to drink.

Solid beer but not worthy of a high rating IMO. Good entry level dark beer for someone who does not drink them but would like much more smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:46:41 | More by jesterx7769
Photo of Scotchboy


3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, shared and split into pint glasses.

A: Dark, with a one finger mocha head. Looks like a Porter should, maybe a little darker all around.

S: roasted malt bitterness. Maybe a hint of chocolate or something else sweet (milk, fruit) but its 99% roasted malt.

T: About the same as the smell. The roasted malt is pretty bitter in my opinion, a little like espresso beans. Very faint chocolate flavors. Bitterness dominates.

MF: Thick and full bodied, with some bite.

D: Fairly low for me; I wasn't impressed with this offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 20:51:04 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of Arbitrator


3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a pitch brown body, possibly black, with two fingers of light mocha head filling the remainder of the glass. The receding head is composed of dense, creamy-looking bubbles. The head leaves tons of sticky lace down the sides of the tulip, in all 3 pours.

S: It's grainy, with a roasted component to it; cocoa powder is noticed. I don't pick up much coffee in the nose. Some earthy, floral notes to it.

T: I pick up more coffee than I got in the smell; the cocoa is pronounced, too. The beer lives up to its name. The hops aren't too bitter; they produce a perfumey, earthy flavor that is kind of like fresh, grassy dirt. Grains are prominent in the finish, with a roastiness that imparts some bitterness and dryness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-plus bodied, with a shade under medium carbonation. Semi-dry, which is especially impressive for the ABV. The bubbles are fine and silky. It's quite good here.

D: A solid beer, though I find myself thinking that the regular Mocha Porter is a superior beer. It feels less heavy and seems to have a more complex flavor. I am also not thrilled about the $15 price tag (though I didn't pay it).

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 07:47:04 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

over active head just wants to jump out of the bottle, it audibly sizzles as it settles down from a rise of three full fingers, nearly opaque in hue this certainly has that porter look. lacing is good as is head retention, nice.

kind of a strange wet wood must odor... really unexpected, with some swirling it just becomes stronger, some chocolate is coming through underneath, some sweetness, when it is completely settled it has more of a cocoa powder aroma.

taste etc...
moderately thick mouthfeel, cocoa bitterness, very smooth with just a hint of what seemed like massive carbonation, the flavor though is lacking, it has some decent choco notes in the aftertaste but overall this remains rather bland, it's not bad and has a little more character further along the bomber but the best attribute is the subtle chocolate and bitterness that lingers momentarily in the after taste.

I was expecting more, especially with the "Double" moniker. not terrible, just not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 03:41:20 | More by Ego
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a tall, tan head beaming with pride and hinting at belligerence.

Smell: Roasty, espresso powder-scented malts with an insertion of dark chocolate and a bit of scorched heavy cream.

Taste: A rather roasty opening, which remains the predominate taste, as, unfortunately, the chocolate and cream accents from the aroma don't carry over particularly well into the final flavor. Only lightly sweet. A bit of black currant, black licorice, and a couple drops of Maggi liquid seasoning. Develops a true burnt maltiness as the hop bitterness emerges alongside a hint of scorched chopped garlic. Finishes about the same with some enduring acrid astringency beyond the finish reminiscent of a doubling-up of the ashen finish from the original.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: To be honest, I was never too terribly fond of the standard Mocha Porter, but was fully open to giving this a try. I thought its predecessor was merely alright, and, for me, this was, in essence, an 'imperialized' alright beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 20:14:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of cjacobsen


3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sits pitch black in the glass with a about a quarter inch light beige head. Ruby and brown copper colors around the edges when viewed in the light.

The smell is very earthy. There is a weak cocoa powder smell that is paired with an instant coffee. It's kind of odd. A little bit of dark fruits as it gets a bit warmer. If you try, you can get some hops in there, but there isn't much.

It drinks as though you had a strong brown ale and mixed it with some stout. The most dominant flavors are definitely the weak cocoa and coffee flavors, but they aren't very strong or as prevalent as I would have hoped or expected. The malt character goes a little beyond roasted and almost has a burned quality to it.

There isn't much in the mouthfeel. It's rather dull and almost chalky. Sits pretty dry.

This is an almost-there-beer for me. I was actually kind of disappointed with it. I had bigger expectations with the flavor and there really wasn't much there. I think this beer could be improved on and has potential to be so much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 13:33:18 | More by cjacobsen
Photo of WynnO


3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The name of this beer is inviting, but after going inside you realize its hype is *a bit* oversold.

Serving vessel is a Chimay goblet.

Looks fine. Dark brown. Head is nice and brown, and it has good hang time---a light sheen remains to the last sip.

Smell seems a little weak to me, not enough to complain, but I was hoping for a stronger aroma of everything. Still though, a big inhale reveals some good maltiness and chocolate notes.

Taste is a bit hot. At 8.2 I would think it could have been masked more. After your palette gets accustomed, it becomes more agreeable.

Mouthfeel is straight down the line porter---what you would expect.

Overall, not my favorite of this genre. It is drinkable, but I might select a Yeti or Southern Tier version before this. I would not turn it down though.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 22:46:54 | More by WynnO
Photo of Knapp85


3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a rich looking deep brown color. The head was a decent size and a light brown color. The aromas of this were chocolatey and had just a hint of hops in there. The taste was a little lighter than I expected from the aroms. I felt that the flavors were a little muted for some reason. I think the it could have been just a bit more mocha to it and it would have been much better. The mouthfeel was a too light also for a porter. The pour made it look like it was going to be thicker but it was a pretty good illusion.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:11:29 | More by Knapp85
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black body with khaki head.
Smells unimpressive for the style. I get abit of chocolate, some roasted barley and a little bit of wheat on the nose.
Taste is full bodied with mocha, chocolate, dark wheat, roasted barley and some caramel hints.
Very thick mouth feel and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 02:49:29 | More by chaz410
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – Midnight red-brown with mahogany and ruby highlights. The head is beautiful – tall with a dark khaki cascade.

S – Lighter than expected. Smoke, cedar hops. Touch of coffee.

T – Dark, smokey roast. There’s a distinct coffee bitterness but not much coffee flavor. Woody hop character. Fairly one note actually – which isn’t always a bad thing, but I would have liked the flavors to stand out a bit more. I felt like I was waiting for a crescendo, or a smooth transition to a new flavor, but neither really manifested to the degree I was hoping for.

M – Medium body that thins through the finish. Woody hop notes on the backend.

O – Very drinkable, but I’d say the flavor and mouthfeel were just average. I was really hoping for something more.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:34:28 | More by vfgccp
Photo of MDDMD


3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and some lacing

S-malty, coffee, hint of chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, minimal chocolate, some awkward bitterness

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nothing special, flavor just seems a little off and unbalanced

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 11:07:33 | More by MDDMD
Photo of SleepyMonk


3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled 10 Fl. Oz bottle with a funky blue enamel coating. No indication of bottling dates etc. Poured in to a half liter stein.

Pours a deep dark espresso coffee color with only a very slight cola hue when held to the light. The activity of the beer whilst pouring is also note worthy. During the pour the beer is behaves almost as if its flat however once its let to sit the brew generates a relatively huge mass of foamy tan head. Mine measured just on 3 fingers. The head fades away to a lumpy and rocky thick surface coating with plenty of sticky lace left behind to confirm the story.

The aroma swoons with roasted malt. Definite chocolate notes and mild hints of coffee.

Taste focuses initially on a sweet and syrupy coffee flavor. The mocha feature is definitely there and once again that taste of natural and unprocessed dark chocolate balances the palate out nicely. I should also note that the mocha and choc flavors in particular have an almost burnt quality to them.

Medium bodied with a very smooth, earthy and almost grainy mouthfeel. Low carbonation, even though it can generate a very thick and full mass of head. Rich textures and well balanced flavors.

Once again, as I usually add when discussing Stouts, Porters, Belgian Quads etc, this is great for those that appreciate the style. If you haven't had something like this before you are either going to love it and begin a new fascination in rich flavored Porters or you are going to hate this and spit it out.

For me though, this is a very good offering although not exactly top shelf.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 13:24:40 | More by SleepyMonk
Photo of augustgarage


3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Just about opaque seal brown liquid with a slight tint of auburn around the edges. A massive rocky fawn/tan head leaves a fist of ropey foam extending its tendrils of lace across the glass like a web.

Dark roast coffee/espresso, roast malt, chocolate malt, and mild hemp-like hops in the nose. The aroma grows stronger and a bit more complex as the beer warms up.

Heavy roast flavors suggest an almost metallic note on the palate. There is a grainy taste that suggests wet dog at times (weird). Toasted unsweetened chocolate, brazil nuts, and a decent amount of hops come through next - extending into the finish which radiates warmth from the alcohol.

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, but a little thin overall. The ABV isn't excessive, but nor is it well integrated.

Not a bad porter, but for the money I wish I'd picked up a couple bombers of their more standard offerings as this didn't live up to my expectations at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 02:13:04 | More by augustgarage
Photo of CaptainTripps


3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.
Served slightly chilled.

A: Deep-rich brown which I am having a hard time describing really. Liquid wood? Coca Cola? Pour came with 4 fingers worth of tan head. Left little lacing.

S: Coffee paired with bitter dark chocolate. A great deal of sweetness to the beer as well. Getting caramel notes along with vanilla and roasted malts. The nose became more flavorful as the beer warmed up.

T: Strong coffee and chocolate up front followed by vanilla, caramel and a slight hop character. There is a slight bitterness on the finish; different. Also quite a bit of booze coming through as well, which is strange for only a 8.2% beer.

M: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Strange booziness coming from beer that you would think wouldn't be a problem at only 8.2 ABV.

O: Its not a bad beer, but it isn't really memorable at all either. Alcohol could be toned down a little bit as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 11:57:10 | More by CaptainTripps
Photo of froghop


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a black with a red tint, a large khaki head, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, cocoa, and a little coffee.

taste is of cocoa, a little coffee, malt, and some nuts, ends nicely smooth with a touch of bitterness.

overall a very good imperial porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:01:32 | More by froghop
Photo of budgood1


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle.

pours out a nearly opaque chocolate brown colour with crimson edges when held up to a light. huge dark tan head the recedes ever so slowly to thick chunky lace. rogue yeast aroma with chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee and nougat nuances in the nose. plenty of herbal and pine hop notes wafting about. ripe fruit, a bit of sourness and some spice round things out. wow what a nose!! the taste is a bit more muted with lots of cocoa and dark chocolate notes backed up by some espresso and toffee. some chalkiness appears and a bit of booziness melds comfortably into the background as the slightly agressive hop profile digs in and asserts itself with some more spicy notes. pretty nice tasting. pretty full overall body with a mouthfeel that is half velvety half dry and chalky...just ok. drinkability is pretty good....but one might be enough to kill the curiousity.

well, for the price and expectations, i was disappointed in this offering. looked and smelled fantastic but tasted and felt less than fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 19:25:01 | More by budgood1
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Double Mocha was served to me in a Rogue Goblet. Damn that goblet is heavy. The head is brown, small, and large-bubbled. The body is somewhere between black and very dark brown. Overall, it looks a little bit like cola.

The aroma is strong coffee.

Powerful coffee. Black coffee and a bit of black malt. A touch of warmth and booze in the background, and more coffee. This beer is fine, but it is pretty one-dimensional. The finish does have a bit of fruity hops and some bitterness.

The carbonation is a little bit prickly, but the body has enough heft to it.

Lots of coffee. The coffee is well-done but not fantastic. If you like coffee beer, this is a probably one you want to try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 14:14:39 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of GarrettMD

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black, 2 fingers of tan head that doesn't fade much at all.

S - Chocolate, alcohol, dark fruits such as figs or dates. A bit of coffee. Mostly the chocolate/dark fruits.

T - Right off the bat, it's all booze and dark fruits, but changes almost immediately to sweet chocolate/mocha. Mostly chocolate, I don't get too much coffee along with it.

M - Heavy body, low carbonation, slick mouthfeel from the alcohol. Finish is wet and sweet with a lingering sweet chocolate taste.

O - Seemed a bit boozy, fairly well-balanced though. For a lower price, I would buy this more often, but it's always just way to expensive.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 22:55:55 | More by GarrettMD
Photo of barleywinefiend


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

Poured a black color with good carbonation and a small tannish head. Nose is rpasted malt minus "double mocha". Taste is more roasted malt some chocolate, hops and less mocha. This beer seemed to a murkey ness of lavor and all over the place. Not really balanced or out together well. I was never impressed with the Mocha Porter and the Imp version is no different. pass.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 00:27:20 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, faily decent tan color head.
Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, and roasted malt, not as much coffee/chocolate as expected. Fits the style of an Imperial American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an moderate carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness from either the hops or the coffee, I'm guessing the latter. Tastes of coffee, roasted malt, hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. An overall good beer for a sample but NOT at all worth the inflated pricetag. Not a signifigant enough improvement over the standard Mocha Porter. Maybe I drank it too young but I won't be investing anytime soon to confirm or deny that suspicion.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 17:28:13 | More by claspada
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Double Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.