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Double Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

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Double Mocha PorterDouble Mocha Porter

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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 Heatwave33
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: A very dark brown with a milk chocolate head.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee hit me in the beginning. Followed by some toasted malts and earthy hops.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Mid-low carbonation, smooth with a medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: Full bodied with a nice subtle aroma and taste. Well balanced with the chocolate, coffee, malts and hops. Cheers.

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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 rogueleonardi
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured vigorously into a signature dogfish head glass.

A - Thick brown, almost syrup looking when poured, 2 fingers worth of chocolate brown head.

S - Nice coffee aroma, with some chocolate, and sweet aroma.

T - Good balanced flavor, no alcohol taste here at all, great balance of coffee and chocolate, would never guess this was 8.2% abv.

M - Has the viscosity of chocolate syrup, not much carbonation at all. The high viscosity leaves the taste in your mouth for what seems like forever.

O - This was a great beer. good aroma, great job of masking the alcohol. However this does taste like there's quit possibly a whole days worth of calories in this one 750ml bottle. Not something I would drink on a regular basis, but a nice treat to myself every once in awhile.

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Photo of MattU
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 year old bottle.

Appearance- Dark ruddy brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Poured into a snifter produces a one finger head that quickly falls to a light but consistent stream of bubbles. Leaves moderate lacing as it goes down.

Aroma - Perfumey/vinous alcohol, not hot or solventy. Slight coco-nib aroma followed by toasty malts.

Taste - Is pleasant but not what I was hoping for/expecting. Slightly sweet upfront, I have a feeling this is a function of the aging. Followed by luscious vinous characters and a slight alcohol bitterness. Ends on soft notes of chocolate, but I'm missing the coffee component (aging?)

Mouthfeel - Chewy and velvety with low carbonation. High alcohol keeps it from being sticky and allows for a clean finish.

Overall - A nice and interesting beer that did well with a year of age. I could stand for more of the coffee aspect of the "mocha" but still very interesting. Would pair well with some braise lamb saddles.


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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a light tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. It also left some lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The is a very easy beer to drink and makes for a good selection on a cold winter night.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressive into a 20 oz Duvel tulip glass. Pours close to pitch black, with a four inch fluffy dark tan head that, hangs around for awhile before it turns into a quarter inch of foam, plenty of lace. Smell coffee, dark chocolate, hint of smoke, and dark fruits. Taste is mainly mocha and smoke. The body is a little thinner than I expected, on the dry side, good amount carbonation, and very approachable for its abv. This is a good Porter, but was hoping for more for the fairly large price tag.

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Photo of DavidST
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, no date. This pours a very dark brown, almost pitch black with a large Mocha colored head. The smells are of roasted malts, dark chocolate. The feel is medium much thinner than I expected. The taste is good, lots of dark bitter roasted malts, dark chocolate (although gritty), overall not a bad porter/stout, but at this price there are many stout which are better.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/19/2011 at Dave’s Bar & Grill in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of coffee and milk chocolate followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but a little watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stronger porter to drink for a while but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this just prior to GABF 2011. I guess our area didn't get many and some stores stashed 'em for that week.
Looks pretty standard for the role. Brown/black, although it does have a bit more of a head than most, and the carbonation never fades. No issues here at all.
The nose is also par for the course for a bigger porter/stout. Heavily roasted malts, a little coffee and baker's chocolate. Like almost all Rogue beers, there are some unmistakably evident pacific NW hops in there, too.
The flavor profile (dare I say it) is more of the same. Par for the course, but no real wrinkles at all. Semi-sweet dark malts, with hints of mild dark chocolate. Piney bitter hops take over a little in the middle and fade into a roasty blend. The coffee character is milder than I expected and for that matter, the chocolate is too. I think you probably could’ve just called this a random big porter and nobody would have any idea that there was any coffee or cocoa in it.
There’s nothing wrong here, but it wasn’t cheap and it wasn’t really memorable either.
It’s certainly not a miss, but there’s just nothing outstanding about it. I’ve been pretty happy with the other Rogue big beers in this series, so I guess you just can’t win ‘em all.
Still absolutely worth drinking, but just not worth seeking out or paying a premium price for.

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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 corylew
2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
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?

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Photo of bobhits
2.22/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

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Photo of gerite
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. I usually go for the brown ales and this double porter is heavier than the brown ales, but lighter than the stouts. There were definite tastes of both coffee and chocolate with the chocolate winning out. In spite of the high ABV level, this was a very smooth beer that went down easily. The deep brown color and mocha aroma only added to the overall drinking experience. This is what a Double Mocha Porter should be!

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Photo of ahq514
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a near black color with a nice, latte colored frothy head. Some nice lacing occurs.

Smells of coffee and chocolate right off the bat. Some nice roasted character, complemented by some nice, subtle earthy hops.

Aroma matches the taste. Creamy chocolate and slight coffee right away (kinda disappointed on the coffee flavor). Some nice thick, milkshake like qualities. A little bit of roasted bitterness at the end.

Nice and full bodied. A little more carbonation than I would like. Nice bitter chocolate taste sticks around in my mouth.

Overall, this is a good beer, not great. Wish this was a little stronger on the coffee taste. Not overly complex or anything, just solid and straightforward. Pretty drinkable for just over 8%

Edit: This beer gets better as it warms up. Creamy malts really come through more, and enhance this beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown near black. Nice tan head slow to leave. Some cling apparent.

S - Roasty malt and chocolate. Chocolate chip cookies creeping in there.

T - Rich full porter, full of all the smell notes in taste. Bittering coffee notes finish.

M - Medium to full, good carb and fair balance.

D - I like this one.

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Photo of eggodoom
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Had a thick two finger dark brown head. Completely opaque maybea hint of deep brown tones if i hold it to the light. I smells like a malt/coffee dream. Smells almost as thich as the mouthfeel actually is. Mouthfeel is heavy and sticks with you with that faint coffee taste. Lacing wasn't heavy but definately apparent. Taste was that of a heavy coffee malt festival in my mouth. I like this for a mocha porter I didn't get much of the typical chocolate flavors, which I would have loved but I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours thick, with a heavy, creamy, milk chocolate colored head that starts out at a towering three inches, but settles into a dense half inch layer. Aromas of slight booze initially, with a decent balance of coffee and mild bitter chocolate, with a molasses type malt character. Flavors of heavy, dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate, with a remarkably light body to keep with the style. Bitterness prevails here, and it is delicious! Smooth, light, and creamy bodied, the beer leaves a roadmap of lacing along the glass. Fantastic bitter aftertaste, with a mouthful of coffee characteristics. The finish is a little dry and bitter, perfect for the brew. This is a fun, tasty brew. Will make a great winter warmer.

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Photo of Bucknutty24
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep dark brown almost black color. Has a nice thick tan colored head. The smell is mostly roasted malts and coffee. The taste is
chocolate and mocha coffee and small hints of hops. This was my first Porter brew. I didn't know what to expect really and found this beer to be a real nice surprise. The alcohol content is very high at 8.2 and it doesn't take long to notice it either. Warms you up quick. I will be drinking this again but more in the colder months of the year.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark mahogany / black, has some brown hues at the edges when held to light. Produces a really nice thick, creamy, dark tan head.

S- Coffee, a bit of chocolate, some hops in the background.

T- Starts out with lots of roasted malts, coffee, some dark chocolate, and alcohol. It's probably more alcoholic than you would expect, warming and with a touch of dark fruit. Finishes with a slightly sweet, caramelly, heavily roasted flavor. Hops do a great job of balancing the huge malts in this beer.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation keeps the beer pretty light, has a creamy, smooth feel. It's very drinkable but this a beer that you definitely want to drink slowly because of the huge flavors in it.

O- A nice beer, I'm not about to endorse the existence of an "Imperial Porter" style, but the name Rogue uses makes sense, this porter is aggressive, alcoholic, and packed with flavor. It's maybe a bit pricey but this is worth a shot.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of HoopTime
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Deep mahogany, completely opague, even when held up to an intense halogen desk lamp. The burly wood colored one-finger head quickly vanished, leaving some thick lacing around the edges of of the gobbler after pouring it from a 750 ml bomber.

S – Caramel, port, dark chocolate. There is a hint of banana on the backside. This smells rich and the aroma intensifies was the beer warmed a little.

T – Hits the tongue with a hint of barley wine and finishes with with dutch cocoa powder, deep and bitter. There seems to be a good amount of hops cutting the sweetness you might expect from a blend of six different malts. The label says Summit and Rogue Micro Hopyard Williamette Hops were used. The complexity you'd expect from a beer with that many flavor agents. It all comes from the malts and the hops – there is no added flavor – no coffee beans, cacao nibs or anything else commonly added to a big, dark beer. It has a nice traditional beer taste, only bigger. The flavor palate is very full.

M – This is one of those beers that would be good to offer that person who is scared of dark beers because they presume all dark beers are thick as oil. This has a nice medium feel. It is substantial. It makes you want to sip it slowly, But it is not stand a spoon in it, or even coat the back of the spoon thick. Close your eyes and you might never guess this is a dark colored brew.

D – It's 8.2 ABV, so it is probably good that this is not a beer you can drink a lot of.. The flavor is too intense to drink it fast anyhow. This would be a great beer after dinner before shifting to something more sessionable. Would also be nice in the evening by the beach, or late night by a fire. It's the kind of beer that demands and deserves your relaxed attention.

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Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a finger's width brown head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles. Some lacing left on glass.

S: Sweet roasted malt and chocolate. There is also a fruitiness to the aroma with a little hop.

T: It starts out sweet and milk chocolate and that gives way to a more roasted bitterness with the darker chocolate flavors. In the middle you can taste a little hop and dark fruit. Very nice.

M: Smooth, creamy, medium body.

O: This is a very good double porter. It has a great flavor and aroma. Even though the alcohol is high, it is hidden very well.

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