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Double Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Double Mocha PorterDouble Mocha Porter

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 11
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 304 | Reviews: 164
Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of therica
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of jmalex
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Hoops4life511
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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..

Photo of MrStark
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Avagadro
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of chaz410
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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

Photo of ne0m00re
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of hdofu
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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.

Photo of DNICE555
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of canislupus88
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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...

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Double Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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