Mocha Porter
Rogue Ales

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American Porter
Ranked #339
Ranked #15,085
3.88 | pDev: 11.6%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Mocha PorterMocha Porter
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Photo of Nass
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the bottle label artwork, great use of color. I do notice a bottled on date on top of the bottle. The pour is similar to black ink. The aroma is dark chocolate, some caramel, & toffee. The taste follows suit with the aroma along with some roasted malts & slight hint of some raisin. This is one of the best porters that i've had to date. Cheers! A-

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Deep dark brown. Was clear when poured through sunlight, but is impenetrable in the glass. Medium, light brown head with ok retention. Gently faded to a ring around the edges. Good lacing.

S---Rich with cocoa/dark chocolate. Faint hints of coffee.

T---Mocha, as advertised. It is rich with chocolate. A bit of a one hit wonder, not very complex.

F---Medium bodied with good carbonation. A dark beer that could be pounded.

O---A good effort by Rogue. It doesn't have a lot going on, but it's advertised as a mocha porter, and it hits on that.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(From old, undated notes)

Black liquid; no light passes.

Decent off-white head; strong lacing.

Medium mouthfeel.

Lactose sugar & raw oats in the flavor; hint of chocolate.

A milk stout vibe here.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep ruby brown with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malt, definitely some char, smokey, black coffee, a touch of dark baker's chocolate, earthy, slightly herbal, and a hint of dark fruit.

T: Roasty, some char and smoke, black coffee, a little baker's chocolate, earthy, faint herbal notes, hints of dark fruit, plum and cherry, and just a touch of toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Neither coffee nor chocolate really stand out. It mostly just comes off as earthy and charred with hints of other things going on. I was really hoping for more out of this one, so if I get the chance to retry it I will. Hopefully it makes a better second impression.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fizzy one finger head. Almost completely opaque. Dark nutty brown.

S: Deep rich coffee, cocoa, and creaminess. Slightly toasty. Something that abruptly cuts the smell at the end. Maybe hops? Not sure.

T: Dark chocolate, toasted bitterness throughout, smooth coffee. There's just a twinge of sourness there that keeps everything in check.

O: Alcohol is almost undetectable. Dark and smooth. Typically when breweries specifies a flavor in the name of a beer they go overboard with it, but this is legitimately a porter that highlights mocha flavors.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small, tan head - diminishing. Nice coffee and chocolate aroma. Malty sweet chocolate flavor. Burnt bitter flavor. Medium dry finish , long lasting. Silky and smooth. Good

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Photo of huthuty
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An interesting dark brown color light almost passes through, medium head
Aroma is sheer coffee burnt deliciousness
Taste is medium burnt and quite sweet and coffee like. Alcohol is a no show
Overall pretty good but some other beers in the genre dwarf it methinks

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out black with red hues when held to the light. The head is tan with good retention an lacing.
Nice coffee smell up front with some oats. There is a dark chocolate bitterness present. Ends with a spice like finish.
Light coffee and milk chocolate in the taste. Bitterness is easy and ends a tad sweet.
Light bodied mouthfeel with smooth carbonation. This is one drinkable porter.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black with a nice frothy mocha head which fades moderately slowly. Some fairly wet lacing remains while drinking. Aroma is mostly of chocolate & malt. Taste follows with some nice chocolate, coffee & nuttiness to go along with the sweet caramel/toffee malts. The body of the mouthfeel is full & smooth but the carbonation bites slightly, taking away somewhat overall. Each sip ends with a slight metallic hint which takes away from the taste overall, but still a pretty decent porter.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a random pick, and I think it might have been a random bottle, left over from who-knows-when. At least that was how it went over.

This thing pour beautifully, all black and foamy. The lacing continues to impress. The smell is a let down as it is just slightly roasty. Mocha? Maybe. The taste is similarly disappointingly bland. I wanted a bigger malty taste and it was just adequate. I found myself liking it more as I drank, and it would not offend if I had two to drink, but it might bore after that.

Not recommended. You can find a better porter without looking too hard.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.84/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rogue Mocha Porter
5.6% ABV. 54 IBU's American Porter
Look: Pitch black, inch. tan head that dissapates to a tiny ring, little lacing.
Smell: Coffee, dark malts, bread and cacao
Taste: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasty bitterness, goes down smooth and has a bitter aftertaste.
Feel: The feel is almost akin to a Guinness, but not as thin.
Overall: Whether, or not the coffee is added during the brewing process, it ends up being a really well balanced porter that feels more like a stout. I did not see any red hues to the ale even when held up to the light.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown close to black color and leaves the same colored body with a one and a half finger rocky white head that rises, holds for a good minute and dies at a gentle pace; lacing is actually kinda all over the place, I mean its there, its just sporadic and messy; the aroma has mocha coffee up front with a nice dosing of cocoa to add a nice sweetness to it; slightly roasty yet sweet; the taste is bittersweet - combined nicely through the coffee and cocoa, and even as it warms it stays balanced and still has a nice roastiness to it; no aftertaste, dry finish; its pretty easy on the palate and sessionable; overall, a porter well worthy of coming back to in the winter months.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

At Bierkraft. In pint glass. Lunch with Pedro, Miguel, David, Alberto && Miguel Angel Muñoz. With chicken casserole. Really pleasant coffee and chocolate notes with a vanilla sweet ending. Very smooth drinking and all packed in a low abv brew. Great

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, nearly black, body that seems disproportionately transparent at thinner amounts. A creamy but thin light tan heady forms only to disappear to wisps. The nose offers wet stone and a bit of chocolate; it's disappointingly mild. The flavor only gets worse: more wet stone, which itself isn't unpleasant but should work more as a supporting role, soap, very mild chocolate, and bitterness. No mocha, barely any porter. Body is good, with a medium-heavy weight and some creaminess but is a tad flat.
I was hoping for another genius beer like their Hazelnut Nectar, but I got stony creek water instead.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 02/23/17:

Reddish brown and clear in most of the pour itself, but in the glass it might as well be black. Very opaque with final pour with some fine tannish particles in suspension. Medium-brown, creamed-coffee looking head of pillowy fluff on top of fine albeit rocky foam. Great retention. Toast, medium-roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel to the nose. Even more coffee forward on palate, and quite dark chocolatey as well. Somewhat roasty and soily and tart but not quite as rich as others of similar style, making it seem almost smoky. Well-balanced with earthy, leathery, and herbal to nearly spicy hops for an overall pipe smoke sensation. Peppery, boozy, smoky retro-olfaction, somewhat strong and long-lasting. Medium-bodied, light to medium level of extra fine but sparse and tingly carbonation. Lower astringency and even acidity than expected from flavors.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Jet black color, one finger brown head, superb lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Mocha coffee, dark chocolate. Amazing aroma!

T: Coffee, dark coffee. Not nearly as good as the aroma. So sad!

F: Smooth, drinkable, light to medium bodied.

O: I was so hopeful from the aroma that I got disappointed by the taste. Really sad. It's not a bad beer, it's good. But I expected something like Vanilla Cake Fever from Sori Brewing. Not even close.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/ black with thin, foamy, tan head that doesn't last long.

Smells of roast malt, chocolate and coffee

Tastes bitter chocolate, roast malts, slight char and light coffee. Fades to a medium but finish with a lingering of lightly bitter coffee.

Medium body with higher side of medium carbonation

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Photo of KrissyKat6
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crisp and easy drinking for a dark beer. I get the bitterness of a dark chocolate without the chocolate or mocha flavors, though it's not bad by any means.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in December 2016. I did not see any brewed on or drink by dates on the bottle.

Appearance: Deep black with thick dark tan head. Beer is thick and not hazy. Head is thicker than average, with alot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with sweet malts and coffee, with some hops. Interesting variety and balance. Love the hops in the aroma.

Taste: There is a sweet and creamy porter, and tastes more like a Stout than a porter. There is some bitterness from the hops and some coffee and chocolate flavors to balance the hops. The hops were not as pronounced as they are in teh aroma. There is a moderate alcohol bite as well. This was done in a nice combination with the other flavors. There is a great variety of flavors in the aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium alcohol level, which confirms the 5.3% on the bottle. Maybe a little too much creaminess like a cream stout.

This is a very smooth, complex, and creamy porter. It is an interesting combination of flavors, especially with the coffee, chocolate, and a bitterness from the hops. I like this and would drink it again. One of my favorites from Rogue.

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Photo of Dakin
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark brown with little carbonation and a slight yellowish head.

Smell: Boozy, hops, slight coffee.

Taste: Hop forward, boozy.

Feel: Decent mouthfeel.

Overall: Was expecting to be better. I love their Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but this doesn't do it for me as far as porters go. There are better ones out there. 6/10.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A beautifully dark porter, but with a short-lived head and no lacing to speak of. The strong scent of chocolate is certainly distinct that comes with a light almost distance smell of porter. The mouthfeel was very up and down for me - in the end I just couldn't over look the carbonation and the tacky, distracting after taste. The taste was very good though, a solid porter with a slightly sweet, slightly tart chocolaty taste - distinctive and unique. Overall, though not as strongly flavored with chocolate as other's of its kind, it's definitely a great porter and I will look for more during the impending holidays.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nearly black and with mahogany tones. Modest mocha head recedes and leaves a thin cap.
The aroma consists of chocolate, burnt caramel, roasted malts, mocha and a whiff of alcohol. Very nice.
Smooth in the mouthfeel, almost creamy and mocha like. The carbonation is gentle but slightly tingly. There is a coating of sweetness from the malts; burnt caramel and chocolate. The roasted malt, mocha/coffee and hops bitterness. Slightly nutty and even some spice from the hops. Medium bodied and light for a Porter. Drinkable and even seasonable. I liked it overall.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite beer styles from a great brewery, so I have pretty high expectations for this one. This porter pours a very dark black, with a barely detectible red tint. There is a medium, frothy, light tan head. The smell is very pleasant, with some strong roasted grain notes, sweet chocolate mocha, and a light espresso. The taste is much the same. The roasted grain notes are very bold and come to the forefront, but there is a significant mocha presence as well, which is more sweet chocolate than coffee oriented, but not as much so as in smell. There is a measured bitterness in the aftertaste and a slight dryness as well. The body is heavy to a degree that is fitting for the style. This is a bold porter that lives up to my expectations for the most part. It lacks some polish to be sure, being a little overly carbonated and a little lacking in smoothness. However, I think it is definitely underrated. There are better, but it’s a very good porter in my opinion.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keg at The Barley Mow, Bristol - Pours jet black with a medium tanned head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. Taste - roasted coffee at the front with dark chocolate notes leading to a nice long bitter finish. Solid coffee based porter.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is pure black with a beige to brown head, just like an expresso's head. The beer appears to have some lacing but minor head retention.
S: The aroma is great. There's a hoppy accent, very smooth, on a pile of coffee and specially cocoa. This smells wonderfully good.
T: The taste is an extension of the aroma using the hoppiness as a base for the coffee and cocoa profiles. I was actually expecting the coffee to be more powerful than any other flavor but the cocoa is really strong here, specially because it's no milk chocolate variation or a very sweet one. Instead, it's a bitter almost 100% cocoa that's present in the beer and that makes this specific taste be over everything else.
M: The mouthfeel is very consistent, dense and smooth. It's actually more liquor-y than beer-y. :)
O: For a coffee induced beer, this is not the best experience available. I'd say that, besides the aroma, all other characteristics are almost average. But it's an always good to go beer when available.

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