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Double Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Double Mocha PorterDouble Mocha Porter

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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 11
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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 BMoney575


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

06-11-2010 22:32:35 | More by BMoney575
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours a very nice dark brown with some reddish copper hues. There is a huge dark tan head that is 1.5 inches tall and very dense. The beer head recedes slowly and has some nice stickiness to it.

S - Delicious aroma! Starts of with nice sweet chocolate and some bitter dark chocolate as well that then turns into some roasted coffee notes that are still balanced with the chocolate. The aroma is absolutely delicious with nice malty aromas and finishes with some nice mild hop aroma.

T - The flavor starts off with nice roasted malt flavor that is perfect. Not overwhelming at all. There is a nice vanilla hint as well as the major chocolate sweetness and coffee like bitterness and roasted character. There is also a very nice mild hop bitterness and character that isnt too intense and goes well with all the malt.

M & D - Nice medium body with great CO2 and nice creamy feel. Great drinkability because of flavor. ABV on the higher side though.

06-10-2010 23:20:59 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +7%

Pours out looking like dark coffee with a well-sustained brown head that is very thick.

Roastie coffee with a shot of vanilla and brown sugar. Tangy-hot dark berry fruits, fudge brownies and ocean water. A very big and complex aroma overall.

A coffee and cream flavor hits first, subtle bitter chocolate edge that mutates into a dry, grahm cracker taste with bitter herbals. Slight rootbeer and dark wheat. Not even close to hot, the 8.2% abv is hardly noticable in this case until the very end. A playful full-bodied feel, crisp and clean with chalky, chunkiness to follow it up. The finish is long and dry, slightly bitter as the hops have the last word.

Complexity is good but this "double stout" seems more approachable than some of the other bigger beastie versions.

06-05-2010 22:53:19 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of alkemy


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

On tap into a snifter, the pour was very dark, nearly opaque, mahogany brown with a thin dark tan head. Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee on the nose. It does smell like something you'd find brewed in a coffee house. I really didn't notice much alcohol presence in the aroma. The taste is quite pleasant. The coffee is more of an espresso flavor. There's bitter chocolate, but also occasions where you get a hint of sweet chocolate. There's a nice piney hop presence lingering after the finish. This is a really good beer that I'll have to try in the bottle as well and compare.

06-01-2010 23:13:18 | More by alkemy
Photo of smcolw


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

Huge, rocky head that is slow to recede. I'm growing thirsty waiting for it to subside. Dark, dark brown color where no light shines through.

The aroma is as promised--mocha. Dark chocolate dominates any coffee present. Light hop in the background. Very attractive!

More coffee in the taste, but it is still a mostly dark chocolate brew. I like the hop in the background. Nicely complex and quite rich. Not as thick as most porters, perhaps the only pedestrian part of this beer. The aftertaste reminds me of swallowing unsweetened chocolate. And it lingers a very long time.

05-23-2010 21:31:38 | More by smcolw
Photo of ffejherb


4/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this 750ml bottle on 5/15/10.

A - Poured a deep espresso bean-colored liquid with half an inch of frothy beige head that reduced to a bubbly patch, leaving behind lots of spotted lacing. Head really flared up to a sponge-like consistency each time I swirled the glass.

S - Coffee dominates the nose, although some milky lactic notes are present, as well as cocoa powder and rice-like malt. The coffee aroma only became stronger and more potent as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Bitter chocolate and coffee notes are obvious up front, although both flavors subside a bit to make room for a nutty malt character in the middle with a fair amount of astringency. Finishes with an aggressive leafy, earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and lively carbonation. Bitterness builds to quite an intense level in the finish.

D - This porter answers the question, "How do you make a good beer even better?" Double everything, of course! Much hoppier and more coffee-forward than its predecessor, Rogue takes a fine beer and intensifies all of the flavors, yielding a very solid Imperial Porter.

05-20-2010 01:10:12 | More by ffejherb
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

Capped 750 ml bottle split with some friends.

Pours black out of the bottle, topped with a finger of smooth burnt mocha head. This retains with a VERY rich and frothy look, which leaves a big creamy cascade of foamy lacing behind. Well the mocha aspect of this definitley dominates the aroma, smelling like a straight-up black cup o' joe in the glass, that's mixed with some deeper roasted malt character to give the nose a burnt and bitter feel overall. A touch of chocolate and caramel malts adds some light sugary sweetness to this, while I swear I'm picking up just a smidge of citric hop activity as well.

The taste is just about as dark as the aroma was, being fairly bitter on the palate with a aggressive blend of roast, coffee, and hops. A deft touch of sweeter cocoa, caramel, and vanilla tones helps pull some of that sharpness back but this still finishes with a deeply burnt roasted and dry feel that really sticks around in the mouth for a good bit. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a very creamy carbonation and generally smooth feel in the mouth that belied the instense dark feel and 8% ABV on this.

Well, I think one's enjoyment of this is going to be determined on whether or not you like cream and sugar in your coffee. Just loads of java character and bitterness here, with only the bare minimum of sweetness being present to help balance it. I personally didn't mind this one bit but I could see how some others might.

05-19-2010 12:44:17 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Gobzilla


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

A: poured a very dark brown with a finger head and pretty good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: chocolate coffee aromas hit hard up front with some nice roasted malts blending well in the mixture.

T: good chocolate coffee flavors like the nose with a light backend sweetness and roasted malt notes as well.

M: medium body with decent carbonation and a frothy start on each sip.

D: good mocha beer overall and I'm not a big coffee fan. This is the second time I've had this beer and will try to get some more.

05-18-2010 04:07:19 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of TMoney2591


4/5  rDev +3.1%

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

"Double Mocha", eh? I'd better find all sorts o' coffee-ness in this brew, or else! (I know you can't see it, but I'm shaking my fist in the air.) Let's find out. It pours an opaque black-brown with a healthy dark creamy head that dissipates, but not completely, leaving a nice spread on the surface. Kinda coffee-like, right? Well, those roasted beans get the 'strils in a rush (and no one's head got made into a canoe...), joined by sympathetic notes of cocoa and maple syrup. It's always helpful to have friends, right? The tongue experiences the same posse attack, led by the Coffee Brothers (Wyatt, Morgan, and Virgil). A drunken Doc Chocolatey's got two guns, one fo' each of ya, and the Coffees' backs. A dusty, grainy mixture of molasses and syrup round out the group that hunts down tastebuds for vengeance. No one challenges the peace of the still liquid and gets away with it. They swear it! As they ride along the lingual prairie, they camp only shortly and don't overly disturb the natural surroundings, giving them the healthy reputation necessary to allow them a return if necessary. Hopefully the need is not there in the future, but, if it is, the posse is more than welcome back.

05-11-2010 04:46:30 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Tone


3.88/5  rDev 0%

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.

05-03-2010 21:22:55 | More by Tone
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

05-03-2010 03:41:20 | More by Ego
Photo of david18

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

05-02-2010 19:27:29 | More by david18
Photo of mgbickel


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

On Draft at Bocktown.

Poured into a small (not sure...maybe a thistle) glass. Very little head was formed, but the thin layer that did exist was dark tan/cocoa colored. The body is dark and thick looking...stout-esque.

Wow...great nose on this one! Lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Smells like something Starbucks may brew! Hints of vanilla beans and heavy cream in the background.

The flavoring is just as the nose would suggest. Deep, dark chocolate malts from start to finish. You get a little roasted punch of burnt malts in the middle that fades before the finish.

The mouth feel is medium-thick, creamy and mildly carbonated.

A very nice offering from Rogue! I would drink this more often if the price tag was lower!!!

04-23-2010 18:57:01 | More by mgbickel
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

A: Appeared black coffee in color in the glass with dark caramel and ruby chestnut highlights glistening around the edges from the light. A monstrous mocha colored head ,4 fingers and counting, rises to the occasion with a firm foam structure that displayed moderately good retention before lapsing to a full sheet band around the glass for a lacing.

S: Fresh pine, almost forest like, with some dried conifer underbrush set against a soft roasty nature. The nose was much softer then anticipated considering the name with hardly any strong roasty character or chocolate malting present. Sorry to say the aroma didn't lend any insight or incentive towards the drink coming off rather average with little regard.

T: What the nose lacked strength wise, the flavor sure made amends to with a huge roasty beginning along with dry piney hops. Freshly brewed coffee, almost of espresso nature, comes through but in a refined and smooth manner that combines with dark bitter chocolate malts really sets this flavor apart from most per style. A powdery coating of rich coffee beans settles on the tongue with rich and rewarding results. The finish finds a fresh roasty character of bitter proportions that was enough to satisfy the heartiest of coffee-beer fans.

M: Roasty feel with grainy coffee grounds smothering the tongue in a rich earthy dark coating. Ample effervesce provides both feel and texture with a medium fullness. After the swallow comes the big reward of a tongue smothering coating of residual coffee grounds that leaves a roasty fresh and bitter lacing long after its departure.

D: Drinkability was good, bitter, roasty but extremely smooth and easy to handle. A huge 2x coffee presence makes this stand out with a rewarding experience that cant be missed by fans of the style.

04-22-2010 23:17:13 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

I was thrilled to see this one on tap on Saturday. I was in desperate need of a night cap and this fit the bill perfectly. Served cold and in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/17/2010.

Huge dark black pour, no light could be seen through this one. A nice finger deep head of tan lacing then rose up from the bottom of the glass and rested across the top. Fading quickly it left behind a touch of light lacing and a nice and well rounded body. Aroma was deep chocolate and coffee notes. Lots of sweetness going on in here and it worked very, very well. Warming brought out decadent chocolate notes, hints of vanilla and molasses and a rich, and superbly delicate balance of light hops. Smooth, creamy, very full body lended itself perfectly to the flavor and the style, really amping it up quite nicely. Rich warming with each sip left me stuck between the rich chocolate and lightly bitter coffee notes. As I finished I started to pick up light notes of smoke, touches of roasted malts and a touch of sweet vanilla. Nice smooth finish was just about dead on.

Overall a very welcome and very well put together night cap. I would have no issue with trying this one again and really though it came off quite well. One of the better rogue offerings I have had as of late.

04-20-2010 23:28:54 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of loren01


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

A: Comes in a really cool blue bottle. Pours a dark black color, small tan head slight lace down the glass
S: Smell is very earthy and slight coffee scent
T: Earthy burnt roasted malts, slight chocolate taste. Finishes dry.
M: Medium to full bodied with a fairly decent amount of carbonation.
D: Not too bad but not worth the price really, I don't find its too much different from the regular Mocha Porter really.

04-19-2010 23:48:01 | More by loren01
Photo of stakem


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

04-16-2010 12:16:30 | More by stakem
Photo of brownbeer


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

Comes in an awesome blue painted 750ml bottle.

Opaque, black in the glass, with a frothy cappucino head.

Dusty, earthy, almost chalky, chocolaty nose. Roasty char, coffee bean, and a piney hop undertone that's apparent but not in the forefront by any means.

The first thing I notice is the high level of carbonation, almost too much for this style. The taste has big doses of earthy dark chocolate and slightly smoky coffee. It's finish turns to dry, bitter chocolate blended with just enough resinous hops.

It drinks more like a stout, a really well made stout, as there are some similarities to a stronger version of their Chocolate Stout. I'm anxious to see how Imperial Chocolate turns out. I'm noticing a certain "Rogue taste" with their dark beers.

04-14-2010 02:25:54 | More by brownbeer
Photo of Parrotbeak


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

04-14-2010 01:01:41 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of therica


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

04-12-2010 21:26:25 | More by therica
Photo of Proteus93


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Pours a deep brown, though it's essentially black in the glass. Head is a little bit modest, but creamy and long-lasting.

S: Roasted malts, perhaps a little bit of nuttiness, and a mild chocolate aroma. Coffee floats around, but the pour was perhaps a touch cold and it seems a little muted.

T: Coffee comes out more in the flavour, balancing the malt 'roastiness.' Nothing is overly intense, which is perhaps a bit surprising considering it's a bigger brew. Not the worst thing in the world, really... alcohol is certainly noted, at least towards the finish, but otherwise it is a nice and well-rounded flavour.

M + D: As per the comment above in regards to the lack of 'intensity,' it could almost be too easy to drink in some ways. It does improve as it warms, almost taking on a completely new identity, though. This alone is worth the wait, and makes the experience much more enjoyable.

04-12-2010 01:03:00 | More by Proteus93
Photo of jmalex


3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

Getting to try this long-awaited brew from Rogue on Masters Sunday 2010. Hopefully the beer is as good as the golf.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory willibecker deep brown to black with a huge, frothy, light brown head. It drops a bit initially but still holds on to its full, firm cap.

SMELL: Not a whole lot, but the main aroma is coffee unsurprisingly. There's a hint of some chocolate in the background, but that's about it.

TASTE: Big and balanced, but lacking some interesting character. The rich caramel and burnt malt character is equaled by a firm but nearly flavorless bitterness. Coffee dominates the finish and finally lends a luxurious quality to a beer that really wants it.

MOUTHFEEL: Big, thick, and full, and cut nicely by an actively higher carbonation. Somewhat unstandard, but it works.

DRINKABILITY: Just fine. Not something I'd want several pints of, but a 750 will do well for a long afternoon and evening.

Not bad, but not exceptional. The coffee isn't overdone, which is nice, but the rest of the beer could still come up and match it.

04-11-2010 21:05:30 | More by jmalex
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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

On-tap at Bully's in Columbia.
Dark chocolate in color, almost black. Small head with a little lacing. Smell is of coffee and chocolate with some roasted malts as well. Tastes of roasted malts with a noticeble alcohol finish. Has a fair amount of bitterness. Very small chocolate and coffee taste, but it is in there. Heavy on the tongue and coats the mouth well. Nice sipper for the cold winter months. Or in this case, a cool spring evening.

04-11-2010 16:16:05 | More by JunkYardJake
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from blue 750 ml bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Poured dark, almost black, slight reddish tint when held toward the light. It started with an enormous 4 finger tan head that fell quickly to a manageable cap that left decent lacing throughout the session.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on in the smell department. Some malt smells, not getting much mocha as I would have expected.

Taste: Much better than the smell led on. Deep roasty flavors of malt, coffee and chocolate. Slightly bitter and dry similar to a black coffee. No alcohol harshness at all. All in all, very good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium to full bodied, not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a double porter. It coats the inside of your mouth, not in an unpleasant way, but in a way that makes you want to take another sip, and before you know it you're looking for another bottle.

Overall a very good beer, I would love to have this on tap. I'm not over anxious to hunt down a case of this to hoard, but plan on having it again, possibly on a cool summer night by a fire.

04-09-2010 01:46:35 | More by Hoops4life511
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

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..

04-08-2010 03:13:07 | More by russpowell
Double Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.