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Double Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Double Mocha PorterDouble Mocha Porter

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very good

164 Reviews
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Reviews: 164
Hads: 309
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-26-2010

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
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Reviews: 164 | Hads: 309
Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Batdorf served a bit too cold in a pint glass. Color is dark brown with little to now powers of retension on the darkly tanned head. No lacing to be found on the glassware. Nose is a blend of citrus hops, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is bitter upfront with a seemingly powdery chocolate taste and feel the blends through the medium body to a bitter dark chocolate finish. The citrus hops are accented by the alcohol presence. Very light carbonation is a bit distracting. Overally not bad but a little more hoppy than what I am use to for a porter. Also, the chocolate/mocha seems supplimented by chocolate baking powder which makes the feel of this beer a little gritty and different along with the low carbonation. It is worth a try but not outstanding.

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Photo of superspak
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a 2 finger foamy tan head with very good retention that reduces to a cap. Some decent glass lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, with a bit of toast. Taste of sweet chocolate and coffee, with some bitterness on the finish that lingers. Medium carbonation and body with a bit of alcohol warming after the finish. Solid stuff!

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Photo of therica
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Smokin' Joe's Saloon, East Carson, Pittsburgh's South Side.

I suppose we were expecting more of the Mocha since it's featured in the title, so it was a bit disappointing but still a nice Porter worthy of Rogue.

A= very dark mahogany, modest tan head which dissipated quickly to some rim and lacing.

S= roasted toasted burnt malts, typical Rogue style hops, dry grass and burnt coffee.

T= burnt toasted malts with dry grassy notes and slightly fruity liquor. Some dry dark chocolate, dry coffee notes.

M= dry mixed with slight liquor and syrup. The mocha aftertaste seems more like stale instant coffee than a good mocha should have.

D= a bit too disjointed for my preferences but worth the try for maybe 1-2.

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Photo of adamette
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Live Review. Poured from the 750ML blue bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago for $10.99 into my Orval goblet. No observed "best by" date.
A Medium brown creamy head over an almost completely black body that I can see only a trace of deep, dark mahogany color in front of direct light. I really like this look which is not all that common for beers of this style. 4.5

S Distant chocolate, maybe some coffee but certainly a nice, soft smelling dark roast malt (not the harshness of an RIS but an approachable soft, coffee-with-cream dark roast malt smell). I am compelled to report that this smell reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout, only more smooth and approachable. To constrast the two beers, the smell of this beer is more distant than the, by comparison, pungeant FBS smell. 4.0

T/M Looks like I hit the smell right on the head in my description because this is like Founder's Breakfast Stout younger sibling. Coffee, distant chocolate and dark roast malt abound in this robust porter whose smell may have been softer (to me) than a stout but the taste is a lot closer to a stout than the smell suggested. This is a challenging porter full of huge tastes and a lingering dark roast malt robustness. The taste, in my opinion is at least good, but it actually comes across much heavier, bigger and more harsh to my taste buds than I would have liked. 4.0

D Due to the bigness, the harshness and the stated 8.2% ABV I have to say that this is not a particularly drinkable beer. Unfortunately the average example of this style can be quite drinkable so I will have to mark my score lower when compared to other examples of the style. 2.5

Notes: I was attracted by the bottle and I do appreciate a completely opaque bottle (lets no light in). It simply has to be more expensive to produce such a bottle and I appreciate that. I recommend this beer but just beware that it is much more harsh than many beers within its style.

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Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the Rogue Ale Beers that are in the coated bottles (clay coated?) all of which I like (the double ipa, double dead guy, etc.).

This one is as good as the others other than i don't think dark porter works in as many places (times, seasons, etc.).

Dark brown with a redish hue. Great mocha and dark malt aroma. Good flavor, great mouthfeel and a great beer to mix with pale ales or ipas.

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Photo of mcallister
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep brown nearing black with a small tan head.

Thick roasty aromas. With big chocolate and mocha. Caramel, vanilla dried blueberry and other dark fruits.

Thick, very roasty flavors, chocolate and mocha hide behind the bitter roast untill the finish, then really shine through. Black fruits throughout, nice and refreshing but slightly to bitter.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pilsner glass at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven, Conn.

A: Black with slight cherry-tinted edges beneath a thin, sticky cap of tan foam which leaves some nice, webby lace on the glass.

S: Quite roasted and herbal with a strong, bittersweet brewed coffee aroma and a bit of hazelnut.

T: Very sharp, bittersweet, roasted black malt flavors up front with loads of coffee and dark chocolate flavors melded in. A assertive, bitter charred malt, smoky tobacco leaf and herbal, earthy hop flavor race around to a bitter, lingering bittersweet chocolate and cappuccino aftertaste. Bitterness and chalky, sweet malts leave a resin of hops and some alcohol on the palate.

M: Full-bodied, slick, sharp and resinous on the palate, this brew would serve best as a digestive with a chocolate or raspberry dessert.

O: Surprised me with it's bittersweet, strong roasted character; guess I was expecting more of a chocolaty, coffee-like flavor. The 8.2% ABV is felt in the flavor a bit, as hop resins and alcohol detract from what little malt sweetness there is, but it's a solid, warming porter and could be dynamite with dessert.

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Photo of theghost3
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque mahogany with a 3-finger, frothy cafe au lait head. Medium lacing.

The smell is strong of roasted coffee malts, molasses, and there's a slight hint of herbal hops. The taste is burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel malts. This has quite a bitter flavor from the burnt malts and some herbal hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied, and the carbonation is very apparent.

This is a fairly drinkable porter that's beautiful to look at, but it's more bitter than I like for the style. The price is a bit steep, so I won't partake is this regularly.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a tan, convex head that makes my glass of beer look like a porter ice cream cone. Good retention and impressive branches of lace.

Wet, woody, slightly nutty aroma with a roasty underlayer. Doesn't smell like a double anything.

Tastes roastier than it smells. Expansive roast character that starts mild and finishes almost char-like. Monotone but nice. Rogue Pacman yeast body. Like the aroma, I ain't pickin' up no mocha.

Not as good as my memory of it, I remember this as a standout from the American Craft Beerfest. Doesn't taste, smell or feel like a big beer but I like it just the same.

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Photo of djaeon
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a frothy milk-chocolaty head. The head has good retention and leaves moderate lacing.

The first aroma that hits my nose is a hot alcohol scent, which is kinda surprising seeing as this is only 8.2%. There are also dark chocolate and espresso notes in there.

The flavors are all of a heavy roasted quality. Dark roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, dark roasted chocolate... kinda like a chocolate covered espresso bean. The hotness in the aroma isn't there in the flavor, which is a good thing.

It has a good amount of carbonation. Also has moderate bitterness in the finish.

This is fairly drinkable. Definitely not the best out there, especially for the price ($12.99/bomber), but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of Derek
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a tan head, excellent retention & lace.

S: Hop aroma is upfront, figgy, woodsy spicing with some light, steelie grass and rind, molasses and dark roasted coffee.

T: Dark roasted coffee is up front, black strap molasses, dark bakers chocolate, roasted nut, hints of soy sauce & licorice, figs, woodsy spicing, solid bitterness. I'm getting some onion flavour from the Summit hops, which just seems odd. The hopping is a little unbalanced.

M: Fairly full body is very smooth & creamy, with a light roasted acidity.

D: Decent, but the hopping just doesn't work.

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Photo of suspect
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a painted blue 22oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown color. Aggressive pour leads to a 3 finger light brown head that sticks and sticks and sticks. Lacing is strong and thick.

S: For something called a "Double Mocha Porter" I half expected there to be some chocolate in the nose. There is a touch of coffee, not a ton.

T: Actually, the flavor of this one is a lot nicer than the nose. The coffee shines through as does some of the chocolate, in the form of cocoa nibs. Nit a huge flavor, but not bad either.

M: Great porter mouthfeel, medium body, perfectly carbonated, just enough to lift flavors off the tongue.

O: Outside of the smell this is a really good beer. This is my second Rogue brew in the same week and I've been pleased with both, although not blown away. This one, is overpriced, though at $13/22oz.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A shade short of black, with an eighth-inch light tan head that slowly fades, but pretty much remains full. Good lacing as it goes down.
Smell is subdued, chocolatey malts, with some faint cocoa and caramel.
Taste is roasted malts, followed by some bitter hops. Faint dark chocolate joins in, with some caramel tones. The bitterness carries to the finish, along with some faint vanilla and toffee. Slightly roasty but un-malty aspect at the finish as well.
Mouthfeel is slightly crisp up front, becoming fairly smooth towards the finish. Moderate-to-low level of carbonation. Medium body.
Drinkability is good, though it falls a touch below expectation. Alcohol is fairly well-hidden, but it's not too impressive overall.

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Photo of blackc5
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a review from notes... received this as a gift, and loved the bottle. On to the beer:

A - Dark brown, near black with a decent tan head and good lacing. Fairly standard.

S - Enhanced version of the typical porter with lots of chocolate evident as expected from the name. Good amount of espresso coffee as well, and some additional caramel sweetness.

T - Hmm, was expecting a lot here perhaps because of the nice bottle and known premium price. Oh, and the great nose. But this really underwhelmed. A decent porter, but it falls short on backing up the nose with flavor. The expected cocoa and coffee are there, as well as a surprising amount of bittering from some herbal hops. I guess I have had nearly as much chocolate and coffee from just standard malts in other porters, without the additives...

M - Fairly smooth - creamy. Medium-bodied and a bit oily. Bitter aftertaste lingers a bit.

D - A decent brew, but not worth the premium price, and not really a top notch porter even. Falls a bit short for Rogue IMHO.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-11-10

Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, and almost completely opaque. A very pleasant tan head lasts in a thick layer.

Smell is all malt with a nice coffee edge. Slightly clean and soapy, with a tart hoppiness right at the end.

Taste is surprisingly clean, the malt is rather light and sharply bitter. The coffee is not as pronounced as I expected, with a boozy kick in the finish. Decent, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, but just slightly too thin. Still, fits the style and flavors well.

Drinkability is good, flavors are not overpowering and the alcohol fits nicely.

Overall, a good beer, but I think I'd prefer a regular mocha porter.

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Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap at Tops, poured into a shaker pint.

Like molten dark chocolate in the glass, though a hold to the light reveals a bit more clarity, with hints of burgundy liquid shining through. It’s topped with a frothy khaki-colored head about a finger thick that slowly collapses to a medium-sized ring. Thin vertical strings of lace.

Lots of toast, espresso and dark chocolate in the nose. It leans toward the burnt malts. Some sweet cocoa and peanut emerges as the beer warms up.

They should’ve named this Double Shot of Espresso — I get a ton of heavily roasted coffee beans at the start. Tangy dark chocolate and of bready malts emerge mid palate before a lingering acrid bitterness.

Medium-bodied, soft and creamy. Carbonation pokes the tongue lightly and breaks it apart in moderate fizz. Appropriately light on the palate to balance the heavy flavor.

These imperialized versions of Rogue’s regular beers are infinitely better than the originals. Double Mocha blows Mocha Porter away with roasty, caffeinated goodness.

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Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent, ruby-tinged mahogany with 2 fingers of, well...mocha colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Roasty malt, faint dark fruittyness & not much else

T: Roasty malt, a touch of coffee, cocoa & dryness up front, herbal & woody hops, plus some vanilla as well. Coffee & roastyness dominate as this warms, along with Baker's chocolate & more herbal hops. Finishes with herbal hops, roasty malt & dryness, almost pulled together for a 4.5...

MF: Smooth & creamy, medium bodied, fairly warming, great balance

Drinks pretty easy, the complexity & roastyness slow me down a bit. Was on the edge of greatness, didn't quite get there... I liked a the Mocha better, the sweetness/mocha factor worked better for me..

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Photo of robbrandes
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into tulip glassware.

pours extremely dark brown. nice, full head; lightly tanned, recedes a bit, excellent lacing.

smell is definitely the high point for me. wonderful earthy mix of chocolate, coffee, a little carmelized sugar, and just a whiff of that unmistakable pac-man yeast.

taste is initially a nice blend of the dark malts, pretty big coffee bomb and a bit of warm alcohol; however, the finish is too bitter. as with coffee, it's a fine line between dark roast and burnt. maybe it'll mellow with a year or two on it, but for now, i prefer the 'single' mocha porter from rogue.

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Photo of Buggies
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lot of reviewers stating heavy aromas with this one. I however do get a lot of big booming aromas. I get a slightly fruity nose. A little coffee and chocolate there with an ever so slight floral hops. The aromas are quite subtle for me.

Taste good though. Slightly fruity citrus start which is cut short by coffee and chocolate. The roasted malts are also noticeable. A nice sharp bitter finish that reminds me of bitter chocolate. The bitterness hangs on for quite some time.

Overall a nice beer. My only wish is that is had a little more smoother mouth feel to it. A little more creamy perhaps? Dunno... but a good beer worth a try.

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Photo of kwjd
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark borwn with tan head. It smells like chocolate more than coffee, but there is some coffee there too. Mild roasted malt smell. It tastes like an alcohol chocolate milkshake almost, since it is very creamy. I prefered the regular Mocha Porter though as this was a bit boozier than it needed to be.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a couple inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and some piney hops. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some vanilla. There's also a nice bitter hoppy finish at first, but eases up some as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel/body is medium, but seems a bit light at times. It's a bit coating, but also has high carbonation (which does settle down some after a while). Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's a good brew.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Props on the blue bottle. Much better than the ceramic stuff.
Poured black, no light penetrating at all. Moderate pour got a meringue like, dark brown sugar colored two finger head. Almost immediate lacing with the head settling down. Excellent head retention with the beer.

S-- Roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Nose is a little bit on the weak side though.

T-- Roasted malts and coffee. Not much chocolate in the taste at all. More like a strong coffee taste with some rolled malts and oats.

M-- Baking chocolate comes out in the mouth. Has that mocha feel to it. Coffee gets more bitter as it sits in the mouth. Has a bit of a lemony finish as well. Reminds me more of a Oatmeal Stout or a bad starbucks mocha with too much coffee.

D-- Superb drinkability. Well hidden 8.2% ABV. Gets a bit on the bitter side with the coffee but this is very drinkable and can finish off a 750 pretty easily. Negatives are the very bitter coffee taste and the lack of a nose but otherwise a good beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours of black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, hops, and roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of coffee, roasted malt, hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. Overall, a good blend, body, and appearance.

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Photo of BeersCriteria
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, almost black with a sienna colored head.

S- Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T- Bittersweet as in bittersweet chocolate with an espresso coffee bitterness. Full body and thick with some carbonation. Good porter overall.

Food Pairing- Beef stew or simply as a desert beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/6/10 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown with little head and cabronation evident.

s - Smells of coffee and chocolate mostly. Hints of hops and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and hops. Very bitter hoppy aftertaste to it.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Though this was a pretty decent porter. Had a nice bitter aftertaste that wasn't too overpowering and the alcohol was well hidden. I would definitely try it again.

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Double Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.