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Double Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Double Mocha PorterDouble Mocha Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

301 Ratings
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | 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.

19º PLATO
78 IBU
76 AA
133º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-26-2010)
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Photo of therica
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

therica, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Proteus93, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of jmalex
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

jmalex, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

JunkYardJake, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Hoops4life511
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Hoops4life511, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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..

russpowell, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of MrStark
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is dark brown with a big tan/light brown head that dissipates down to about a two finger head. A pretty good looking brew.

Smell is somewhat light with some mild hints of malt, coffee and a very small hint of chocolate.

Taste is upfront a fairly bitter but light coffee flavor almost hoppy which is followed by a smoother mild malt and chocolate sweetness. The chocolate and coffee stand out more as it warms. Overall a nice balanced flavor.

Motuhfeel is full bodied ans smooth with a good amount of carbonation that lightens as it warms.

Drinkability is good. It is quite easy drinking as the abv, while not particularly high, doesn't seem to rear its head at all. A nice addition to the style. I would have another but probably not anytime soon just because of the price point and the size of the bottle. But Its certainly worth a try.

MrStark, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of Avagadro
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque with a mocha colored head. No noticeable lacing or haze.

S: Bouquet is quite muted, with only hints of chocolate and coffee coming through.

T: Semi-sweet, with heavy doses of baker's chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

M: Full bodied with little in the way of carbonation.

D: A well rounded coffee brew. Roasty, robust, and well rounded.

Avagadro, Apr 03, 2010
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.

froghop, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into my 12 oz snifter.

A- Body is a nearly opaque cola color that pours with a foamy 2-3 finger light brown colored head. Head has very good, near perfect retention at 1 finger. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. Very beautiful porter.

S-Nose is good, and as expected for the title of the beer-the nose is of moderate strength and the main character is roasted malt and, of course, mocha. Not really much else to it.

T- Flavor is much like the nose. A moderate amount of coffee and mocha flavors upfront. Some roasted malt comes through for the finish. This isn't sweet like other coffee porters I have had, and it isn't really bitter, big, or too roasted either. Alcohol isn't really a factor in the flavor.

M- Moderate to heavy tingly carbonation and a body that is moderate weight. Not crass but has the opportunity to be a lot more smooth and creamy but it just doesn't take the opportunity.

D-This is a decent imperial porter. The most impressive thing about it is the nearly undetectable ABV. It could be a lot smoother while keeping the light drinkability of a porter, and it could also be a lot more complex.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of chaz410
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

chaz410, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured the 750 mL into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Black with brown hues. It poured with a thick, dense, tan head that died to a thick lace and film.
S: There is a spectrum of chocolate! Combine this with charred vanilla cream aromas that come together almost like banana.
T: The creamy coffee chocolate comes in front of spicy alcohol, while charred flavors linger.
M: The mouthfeel is dense and creamy and frothy... and almost stout-like. Excellent.
D: Awesome for the strong flavors and high ABV.

ne0m00re, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

bluejacket74, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of mattpetti
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour produces a huge offwhite foam head with a nearly opaque body. Great head retention and lacing. Smells of roasted malts, slight caramel, bittersweet chocolate, and dunkin donuts coffee beans(not my fav coffee but oh well). Creamy body with ample carbonation. Soft roast, burnt coffee, not as much chocolate as the original (which i love) and heavy dose of resine willamette hops. The added hop presence takes away from its drinkability. All in all a good beer, 750ml worth is is not, but very drinkable for an 8.5% beer. This is the kinda a run of the mill offering from rogue that stopped me from repeat buys in the past.

mattpetti, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of hdofu
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A different beer then what I was expecting but not bad at all. Poured rich and black with a foamy jeweled looking head. Taste is like a bitter sweet baking cocoa with hints of dark coffee. The Smell is like dark chocolate cake. It's intensely thick to the tongue. It went down fast and had my hay fever not been going mad I'd have wanted another.

hdofu, Mar 24, 2010
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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ended the Warcraft 3 gaming extravaganza with this one. What a Sunday. Dual macbooks, leather couches, good beer, and pure unadulterated video gaming. We played from 5 - 10:30 with only a short break for Plan B. We had to celebrate with a special beer.

A - Dark brown body with a brown head that is very dark, very impressive.

S - Coffee. Chocolate, and a bit of vanilla.

T - Very nice coffee base with chocolate and vanilla mixed in nicely.

M - The flavors really jump out at you, yet everything is pretty smooth. Alcohol is barely even noticeable.

D - Very solid porter. Rogue has yet to let me down.

DNICE555, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool bomber: royal blue with red and white lettering. In a tulip the beer was black with a thick mocha head. A fair amount of lacing. Roasted malt aroma, some chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate taste, coffee, pretty good dose of hops. A strong, substantial beer with a nice dry finish. Very good.

lordofthewiens, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of mcallister
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

mcallister, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

mdfb79, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of canislupus88
4.9/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got the 1 pint 10 fl. oz/ 750 ml bottle which is colored blue.

poured black, the way a good porter should

smelled like dark chocolate with coffee just as anticipated. the smell didn't express the taste as well as i thought it could.

taste was predominately bitter chocolate with a slight middle sweetness, very slight, this is a bitter porter. the coffee is faint, it's in the after taste slightly. the beer sweetens more as it warms, i think it resembles a porter more as it gets warmer. i prefer it as it warms up slightly because the flavors are really present thoughout the palat.

the mouthfeel has slight amount of carbination but rather smooth, but not as smooth as a stout would be.

this beer is very easy to drink, the 8% alcohol is well hidden in this beer, but it can be slightly felt in the throat in the after taste. but for a large bottled beer i found it easy to drink the bottle, but i probably would try to drink another one in the same setting because it is such a large beer.

canislupus88, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml ceramic bottle for around $9.00

It pours a pitch black with over 2 finger's worth of tannish foam with excellent lacing. A great looking brew.

The smell is nice...coffee and roasted malt, not overpowering, just at very comfortable levels for my nosebuds.

And the taste takes it up a notch or 2. Nicely balanced notes of coffee and chocolate that bring the sweet, bring the bitter, and bring some nice beer enjoyment. The roasted malt is particularly well done here as it does a nice job in the finish. The alcohol is hidden pretty well to so I'm very pleased with this brew.

The mouthfeel is on the low end of medium and...the only quibble that I have is the carbonation. As in too darn much of it. Lots of tingling from the bubbles during the swallow. Calm it down a bit and it would be better suited to my tastes.

Drinkability? Other than the high carbo, this is a well made and tasty brew from Rogue and I'm glad to see the price more reasonable compared to the other 750ml bottles...

Bitterbill, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of JMC_TM
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer out of a 22oz bottle at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC

This Double Mocha Porter is one of the first in a new line of beers for Rogue Ales. It pours a deep, dark onyx with a reddish tint escaping as the light hits the sides of the glass with a rocky mocha colored head that leaves nice lacing as you sip on this bad boy. The chocolate comes through really well in the aroma along with some sweet, lightly roasted coffee. As you sip this beer you get a brilliant mix of chocolate, roasted malt, and fresh coffee. This beer goes down nice and smooth with some residual sweetness on the palate. It is nice and easy to drink despite having 8.2% abv

JMC_TM, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Bung
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Near black pour with a large rocky tan head. A slight amount of lacing.
Aroma has some roast malt, peat and light coffee with dark chocolate.
Taste is a little more robust. Solid earthy malt and mocha, not as much coffee roast as I thought their might be. The coffee is nice and complimenting, not harsh like some coffee porters I've had(looking at you Black Butte XXI). The mocha really comes through mid and the finish. Mochachino finish.
Not real heavy bodied, light/mid. Mouthfeel is ok also. No problems drinking the whole bottle. For $14, I will probably only be admiring this one again. Now that and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald has just been distributed down here in NC. I can get a sixer and 2 singles for that much.

This is pretty good, but the biggest thing holding it back is the pacman yeast. For the longest time I couldn't figure out what it was that was holding my opinion back on many of their brews. The thing that made their recent black lager outstanding was that they did not use it.

Bung, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a frothy tan head into my pint glass. Looks good for the style so far.

Aroma is full of coffee, cream and chocolate. Definitely more of an emphasis on the mocha part.

Taste has a slight amount of cream followed by mocha, coffee and just a hint of alcohol warmth. Clean, refreshing and certainly not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering flavors as mentioned above (mocha, coffee) and feels really easygoing. Nothing harsh.

Certainly very drinkable, even at 8.2%. No harsh flavors. If you enjoy porters, there's no reason why you couldn't enjoy this.

Brad007, Mar 01, 2010
Double Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.