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Double Mocha Porter - Rogue Ales

Double Mocha PorterDouble Mocha Porter

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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%

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 CaptainTripps


3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 11:57:10 | More by CaptainTripps
Photo of HoopTime


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 02:14:05 | More by HoopTime
Photo of Kromes


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 23:14:43 | More by Kromes
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is dry/baker's chocolate. Very dry finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $12.95 for a 750ml blue bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 22:05:13 | More by jdhilt
Photo of robbrandes


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 05:24:21 | More by robbrandes
Photo of Buggies


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 00:21:39 | More by Buggies
Photo of BelgiumBill


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $11.99 for this 750ml at World Market as I recall for this.

Nice black with hints of brown and brick in the rim. I poured it aggressively into a Guinness pint glass which produced a 3 finder frothy heard producing nice gobs of lacing around the sides.

Smelled of a smoky peaty, and coffee concoction.

The flavors were the same but with more coffee. There were some light hops notes. The bottle says 78 IBUs but it seemed less. It was well balanced with the hops and the alcohol was not biting and again not seeming like 8.2%. This brew could have been better with a greater degree of complexity.

It was full bodied and thick in the mouth. Very drinkable and I had no trouble downing the 750ml.

This was very good and a great example of the style but I'm not sure it justified $12. I'd buy this again at $10 all day, but $12 seems a bit high.

To illustrate the dense flavors and full-bodied character, I followed this with the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter which was hard to taste as it was lighter that this Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 23:29:13 | More by BelgiumBill
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – Midnight red-brown with mahogany and ruby highlights. The head is beautiful – tall with a dark khaki cascade.

S – Lighter than expected. Smoke, cedar hops. Touch of coffee.

T – Dark, smokey roast. There’s a distinct coffee bitterness but not much coffee flavor. Woody hop character. Fairly one note actually – which isn’t always a bad thing, but I would have liked the flavors to stand out a bit more. I felt like I was waiting for a crescendo, or a smooth transition to a new flavor, but neither really manifested to the degree I was hoping for.

M – Medium body that thins through the finish. Woody hop notes on the backend.

O – Very drinkable, but I’d say the flavor and mouthfeel were just average. I was really hoping for something more.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:34:28 | More by vfgccp
Photo of YouSkeete


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark chocolate brown, black appearance. Two-finger bubbly head with some nice lacing.

S: Heavy coffee and espresso aroma, Bittersweet chocolate, chocolate malts, and some wine-like fruits. Deep and rich aroma.

T: Sweet chocolate and honey upfront, moves quickly to an extraordinarily smooth blend of dark and bitter chocolates and fresh coffee. The body is heavy, but luxuriously smooth. Mild hop bite and lingering chocolaty sweetness ends up in a mildly boozy yet flavor-rich aftertaste.

M: Mildly bitter, rich, and smooth. I wish it was a little less carbonated, but it doesn't disappoint. Medium carbonation with a very well balanced medium-sized body.

D: Amazing! One of my favorite Rogues! A great brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 01:02:54 | More by YouSkeete
Photo of cjacobsen


3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sits pitch black in the glass with a about a quarter inch light beige head. Ruby and brown copper colors around the edges when viewed in the light.

The smell is very earthy. There is a weak cocoa powder smell that is paired with an instant coffee. It's kind of odd. A little bit of dark fruits as it gets a bit warmer. If you try, you can get some hops in there, but there isn't much.

It drinks as though you had a strong brown ale and mixed it with some stout. The most dominant flavors are definitely the weak cocoa and coffee flavors, but they aren't very strong or as prevalent as I would have hoped or expected. The malt character goes a little beyond roasted and almost has a burned quality to it.

There isn't much in the mouthfeel. It's rather dull and almost chalky. Sits pretty dry.

This is an almost-there-beer for me. I was actually kind of disappointed with it. I had bigger expectations with the flavor and there really wasn't much there. I think this beer could be improved on and has potential to be so much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 13:33:18 | More by cjacobsen
Photo of Knapp85


3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a rich looking deep brown color. The head was a decent size and a light brown color. The aromas of this were chocolatey and had just a hint of hops in there. The taste was a little lighter than I expected from the aroms. I felt that the flavors were a little muted for some reason. I think the it could have been just a bit more mocha to it and it would have been much better. The mouthfeel was a too light also for a porter. The pour made it look like it was going to be thicker but it was a pretty good illusion.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:11:29 | More by Knapp85
Photo of clarkm04


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark beer. Certainly not midnight but a very dark mahogany color. The beer pours with a nice creamy light brown head retention. The retention does leave decent lacing on the glass.

S- Not as complex as I expected. There is a earthy hop aroma and I get some light coffee and chocolate notes but as far as smell goes, this beer is far from overpowering.

T- Very assertive upfront with a strong coffee/bitter note on the front of the beer. The beer does descend into a nice creamy back end. I get tons of chocolate, coffee, sweet malts that are balanced by bittering hops in the mid portion of the beer.

M- Medium carbonation. This beer is surprisingly light considering the heavy malts that make it up.

O- A solid beer. I probably won't seek it out again based on price but very solid. I enjoyed drinking it. As it warms, more of the creamy aspects of the beer take over. I'm definitely glad I tried it. I would recommend it, but I don't plan to purchase another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 21:02:31 | More by clarkm04
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours brown-black with two fingers of rocky, bubbly tan head that leaves some pretty sexy lacing.

Smell. Faint dark chocolate and even fainter coffee.

Taste. Grassy hops and strong coffee. Chocolate is there, but the coffee is pretty dominant. Nice lingering bitter, smokey coffee.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Great porter but pretty borderline as a double. Still, tasty and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 18:26:56 | More by Rutager
Photo of sweemzander


2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Produced a decent tan colored head. Some lace.

(S)- A very dry caramel and raisin profile. Some dark fruits and a mild roasted component.

(T)- Pretty similar to the smell. A dry toasted caramel with some dark fruits. Hints at a coffee character; very subtle though.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A bit bland and not what I expected considering the name. The flavor drops off the palate fairly quick. Its almost thin; more like a brown ale with what I am seeing in front of me.

(D)- Not bad, but maybe Rogue should go back to the drawing board on this one. Definitely was expecting it to taste a certain way due to its name, but this certainly threw me for a loop.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 00:33:17 | More by sweemzander
Photo of DoctorDog


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 1 pint 10 oz. bottle into a nonic. No indication of bottling/freshness date.

A- Very dark mahogany, nearly black. Pours with massive, creamy, light brown head, which necessitates a multi-stage pour. Head fades slowly, leaving heavy lacing.

S- Quite an earthy aroma hop aroma upon pouring. This fades fairly quickly and gives way to some bready notes, and roasty coffee/chocolate undertones.

T- Burnt, booze infused coffee overwhelms the flavor from the get go, with an edge of earthy hops. Chocolate and sweet malt notes provide some balance.

M- Moderate carbonation. Feel is medium, perhaps a touch light.

O- Decent. Nothing terribly wrong with anything, but all of the elements of this brew just didn't quite pull together well enough to make it a really great beer for my tastes.

Future outlook: File another one under the "decent beer, happy to have tried, but no need to seek out again" category for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:43:03 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, coffee, mocha, and sweet chocolate. In the taste, dry coffee and bitter chocolate. A small bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry coffee in the aftertaste. Nice big flavors of coffee and mocha, quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 17:25:49 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of LittleOtts


4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep burgundy almost black color. poured with a creamy head.
S- Very Roasty with huge hints of chocolate and coffee.
T- Espresso and malts right off the bat overwhelming any hop note that might be evident. Dry chocolatey finish with a coffee drink aftertaste.
M- Very smooth and low carbonation. Full Bodied
D- Excellant! This beer has high drinkability, the high alcohol has some describing as "Imperial Porter" But it's not boozy.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 21:26:10 | More by LittleOtts
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: First of all, the color of the head was... well... mocha - 1.5 inches thick even! The brew itself was an extremely dark brown, with a little bit of light passing around the edges when held up to a light source.

S: Fairly faint overall, but here I did manage to detect the signature Rogue Pac-Man yeast right away. Grainy and bready, with a slight hint of alka-seltzer.

T: Yummy.... I've heard a lot of people criticize Rogue's taste profile, but as for me... I really dig the whole Pac Man thing and find the taste of most of their beers (even the extreme ones) very refreshing. Nice imbedded coffee and high grade cocoa!

M: Very thick and creamy, with the carbonation on the low side, yet still prickly. The lacing left on the glass was somewhat insane.

O: I really dug this one: not too coffee-like, chocolate-like, or complex - just a nice pleasant, dessert drink. However, I do wish they would lower the price a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 23:00:33 | More by Chaney
Photo of erosier


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep brown.black color with a tall and thick tan colored head that fades slowly down the sides and leaves some nice lacing as it goes.
S: Smells of sweet malts, darker roasted malts, nice aromas of coffee and chocolate, caramel, and a hint of nuttiness in there as well.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, more darker roasted malts that give way to a sweet caramel, chocolate, and coffee flavor mixed with some nutty flavors and a hint of vanilla with a slight hop finish.
M: Smooth and rich, perfect amount of carbonation, medium to heavy bodied, warming.
D: Pretty drinkable, I liked it because it was a more subtle tasting double beer and really was pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 11:11:04 | More by erosier
Photo of FreshHawk


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Good looking dark mahogany with a slight ruby edge. Large, thick, frothy, creamy, meringue like, cafe colored head. Very good retention leaving a nice creamy lace.

S - Coffee and nutty aroma along with a touch of chocolate and earthiness. Some roasted malt is also present. Hints of the Pacman yeast also come out. It's just a little too faint to be great although as it warms it gets a little stronger.

T - Earthy coffee flavor dominates the flavor. Some dark chocolate and vanilla along with a strong showing of nuttiness. Slight bitterness and slight sweetness mixing in and out.

M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. A little thin and watery.

D - I easily finished the 750 mL and enjoyed it, but wasn't astounded by it. I liked it, but nothing made me want to go out and get it again.

Notes: Nothing about this really made me think it was a "double" anything. A little to thin and a little to faint in all aspects. Not bad, but nothing that I would actively seek out - especially given the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 05:04:50 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of DirtybeerguyRI

Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Dark as pitch with a dark tan head. A thick, sudsy mocha head with good lacing.

SMELL: A combination of smokey caramel and coffee along with a touch of chocolate. It's a very rich smelling beer with a strong nose.

TASTE: Malt and coffee leads the way with a hoppy finish. This is a very roasty beer that is not for the faint of heart. The smokiness of this porter lingers in the mouth at the finish (and beyond).

MOUTHFEEL: At 8.2% ABV, Rogue did a good job at lessening the alcohol bite (though there's certainly a nip, which works for me). There's a nice earthy warmth at the back of the tongue.

DRINKABILITY: For those well versed in Porter Kung Fu, this is a fine, leisurely session beer. It's brilliant with red meat, by the way. If you're more accustomed to beers that allow some sunlight to shine through, then this is a fine walk on the wild side, but you'll probably have just the one.

VERDICT: I'm a big fan of Rogue beers and this brew is no exception. I find it hard to walk past this beer when I see it on a shelf. It's a strong beer (both in taste profile and alcohol content), so if you're not already a porter/stout fan, then this beer will be more than a little startling. But if you love porters, then this beer will probably make you very happy.

John Harvey

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 01:16:15 | More by DirtybeerguyRI
Photo of djaeon


3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 00:54:34 | More by djaeon
Photo of mudbug


4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Oh-So-Blue bomber into a standard pint glass results in a very dark beer that isn't quite black, but isn't quite brown with a three inch tan head that slowly recedes to a medium thick cap with lots of sticky lacing. This looks wonderful!
Very upfront roasty aroma with a tinge of astringency, dark chocolate notes are present, like you just opened a bar of %60 cacao.
Taste is surprisingly bitter with bitter chocolate and espresso notes
super tight carbonation give it a creamy component, hardly any sweetness and alcohol is not evident at all
Much less of a pacman yeast presence than the regular Mocha Porter, for me this is a plus.
I'd rate this as one of my favorite porters.
Well done Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 23:46:51 | More by mudbug
Photo of Franz4


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured with a really nice cascade, dark tan head that was pretty durable.

S- powerful nose with chocolate, coffee, and smokiness

T- Toasted dark chocolate with a touch of nuttiness to it. Well balanced flavors.

M- feel is very soft, light carbonation, this goes down like a milkshake.

D- A very nice beer from Rogue they seemed to find the right blend of flavors and made this a bold selection... maybe try this one with ice cream?

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 20:15:19 | More by Franz4
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes
A - almost black, nice mocha head retained well with creamy lacing
S - bitter coffee, milk chocolate, and very roasty malt
T - dry cocoa, espresso, light cream, and very roasty malt
M - a chewy smooth that gets bitter and a little chaulky
D - all rich flavours with the alcohol very inconspicuous, very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 02:28:26 | More by joemcgrath27
Double Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.