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Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Reviews: 1,355 | Ratings: 2,842
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark black with some light seeping through the edges giving the glass a cola colored halo. The head is nothing more than sad little flecks of dark bubbles.

Smells strongly of coffee with a little sour cherry, cocoa and raisins.

Tastes of giant roasted coffee and light green grapes with a concealed alcohol sting, but no alcohol flavors. There’s a slight prune sweetness here as well and the coffee could also be construed as being much like red wine. The blend of espresso and red wine is very nice, but arguably overpowering.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with only a light carbonation. Compared to the powerful flavor, this seemed really flat and boring.

This one’s just too intense for it’s own good. I’m not quite sure when a good time to drink something like this would be.

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Photo of sstackho
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lonely single 12oz bottle purchased from Wine Emporium in Boston with a sale sticker on it for $1.55, so I have no guesses as to the age of this one. It foams up upon opening, although it's been resting for a while. Poured in a few stages due to the big fluffy head. Pours essentially black, with a somewhat metallic malty aroma. First taste is pleasant, and gets better as time passes. It starts with a malty flavour, almost a bit light at first, before passing on to a pleasing aftertaste which leads to lingering coffee notes. A slightly metallic mouthfeel in the foretaste (is that a word?) detracts a bit.

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Photo of babyhobbes
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark coffee color with a small tan head.

Smell is very slight and requires a good deep sniff to even notice. There's some chocolate malt scent, but again, hardly at all.

Taste is nice and pleasant. It's not overwhelming or too bold. You can taste the chocolate malt and a slight bit off coffee and some hopiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, bubbly and creamy. Not bad at all.

Drinkability is where this beer is at. This could easily be a good session beer.

There is nothing Earth-shattering about this brew but it is definitely one to try.

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3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass: from notes
A: Pours a deep brown body, with some red around the edges. The head is a foamy layer, that holds into a small layer. Lace is left in small patterns.
S: A subtle aroma that have a profile of bitterness and a malty note.
T/M: The front is expressed by a malt character that shows a bit of a grainy note. A dry mouthfeel, that holds an almost sour note. A bit of bitter chocolate, that I do not find very pleasing.
D: While not on the overly drinkable side, due to the explosion that are the shambled flavors. The overall beer is nice and easy to drink.

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Photo of WildTurkey
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into pint glass.

A: It pours reddish brown from bottle and then settles very dark in the glass with some reddish/amber hue near the edges. Thick and frothy head; Tan in color (I like) with mix of small and medium size bubbles. Looks pillowy, with but also a little creamy. Recedes in a about a minute.

S: Primary smell is coffee; and roasted malt. I didn't really pick up on mocha or chocolate till later; it seemed much more subdued.

T: Bitterness upfront - dryness. Hoppiness. And smokey, roasted malt flavor. With more coffee flavor than chocolate, in my opinion. The balance feels a bit more Hop-forward (for the style) than I was expecting -- which is good for me.

M: Medium body; dry mouthfeel. Carbonation is noticeable. Beer lingers a little after taking it down. Feels thinner than I would prefer.

D: It goes down well. You should be able to knock this back pretty easily. Nice flavors. Nice aroma. Not too challenging.

Not bad overall. I like the bitterness. I picked up the coffee notes but not really much in the chocolate department like it says on the bottle. There there, but subtle.

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Photo of ggilman
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The fact that I'm writing this review on a Friday night after a long week at the office could result in a letter grade discrepancy!

Poured this eagerly into my favorite tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle.

A - A thick three finger head builds to the top of the glass, but settles quickly to a quarter inch of creamy toasted marshmallow colored foam. A solid black appearance, with a dark ruby highlight when held to the light.

S - Slight whiff of coffee grounds and molasses, very minimal nose.

T - Not tons of flavor, I'm really letting it linger try to pull subtle characteristics. There's some coffee flavor up front, with a bitter bakers chocolate finish.

M - Thinner than I expected, and crisper as well. The carbonation is biting into my tongue. I'm drinking slow to experience any mouthfeel or flavor changes as it warms. It reminds me of a root beer float once the last of the ice cream has melted.

D - Smooth and drinkable, almost to a fault. I wanted to take a bite out of this beer, but I couldn't sink my teeth into it.

An enjoyable, easy to drink porter. Didn't blow me away.

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Photo of Edwaka01
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into Chimay chalice.

A - Big, foamy, frothing cream-colored head, slow to recede.
Black until held to the light, brown-ruby shines through at bottom of glass

S - Getting a bit of caramel, a faint flavored-coffee aroma, and some dark, dried fruit.

T - really toasty, like liquid chocolate malt, some semi-bitter dark chocolate flavors - though the beer as a whole is not overly bitter. Coffee present in smell is not detectable here. Also missing is the "porterness" of this beer.

M - Somewhat coating, low in noticeable carbonation, despite implications set forth by the massive head.

O - Upon second inspection, the bottle says nothing of coffee specifically. Having been thrown by the name - Mocha implying chocolate coffee, I was at first let down by the lack of coffee flavor. Still a decent brew, although I thought not very characteristic of a porter. Good beer, terribly inaccurate name.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler. Poured the color of cola with a frothy, half inch, khaki-colored head that was re-invigorated with each pour. Head eventually dissipates into a frothy, inconsistent skim. Thick bands of lacing were revealed as the brew was consumed. Nose was fairly mild - some dark malts, but not getting much else. Taste reveals dark malts, a little char and some chocolate/coffee notes which are overwhelmed by the char. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a light, background effervescence. Not much flavor here, but a good example of the style and fairly easy drinking.

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Photo of ditch
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nearly impenetrable black with a thick 2 finger head of a caramel color. Nice lacing on the glass. Head hangs for the duration.

Smells of chocolate and only a slight hint of coffee. Also a bit smokey. You can almost smell the dryness.

Taste is sweet and chocolaty. Bitterness of coffee and pine in the finish. Definitely charred malts. Very dry finish. Kinda watered down a bit.

Mouthfeel is weak. Carbonation is light. Maybe could have used a bit more time on the shelf?

Drinkability is pretty good. I could definitely make this a session drinker if it was being served all night. Although I would not choose this on purpose.

I'm a bit disappointed with this one. I will try it again to see if I just got a bad bottle. No bottled on or best enjoyed by date to be found. I'm a fan of Rogue beers so I will actively see this beer to compare in the future.

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Photo of akahn
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly opaque black with luxurious creamy brown head that lasts and forms lace. Good appearance for sure.

Pretty weak aroma -- some stale coffee in there.

Very modest flavor profile as well. Some roasty chocolate and old iced coffee. Some coffee bitterness in the finish.

Milky, soft mouthfeel. Too thin.

This beer didn't do it for me, really. I'd like it to be bigger, more robust.

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Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It looks good in the glass, nice head, darck and rich color.

Very pleasant smell, inviting to any hophead.

What can I say, it's a solid hoppy beer with coffee and a bit of chocolate, but its nothing terribly special. The taste wasn't as complex as I would have hoped. It was well balanced, but at the same time nothing much stood up past the hops and slight coffee note.

The carbonation feels just right in my mouth, however, I'm left with a slightly unpleasant dry taste that really detracts from the whole experenience.

Overall, a pretty good beer but nothing memorable about it. Its smooth like a good beer should be and hoppy like a good Am. Porter, but it doesnt go beyond any expectations and there are no surprises. Like I said, its good, and I'd drink it again, but its too bland a porter for me to buy anytime soon.

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Photo of SteveS1
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to a mug-

Look: Dark brown, a bit of light shines red at the edges of the glass, small tan head

Smell: Strong roasted coffee, sweet dark chocolate

Taste: Not at all sweet, rich bitter coffee is present throughout. Bitter roasted flavors compliment the sweet smell.

Feel: Relatively light, fair amount of carbonation

Drink: Pretty drinkable. I wouldn't recommend it for the tasters or the sippers, as the flavor is pretty one-sided.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: 1 finger brown head. Molasses to black color. Carbonated.

S: Molasses, chocolate and licorice. Hint of alcohol.

T: Very chocolatey upfront. Tad bit molasses flavor and slight espresso finish.

M: thinner then expected although still slightly chewy and full bodied.

O: This is an ok beer. Tastes good but I'd pass on buying it again.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a pretty good porter, and I really enjoyed it. It has lots of roastiness but is not tremendously different from other porters. Its mouthfeel is a bit thin.

This beer pours rather viscous, but is very, very dark. It has a plentiful off-white head. Aroma is lightly sweet coffee notes. Flavor is very roasty, with lots of "burnt pizza crust" character that I really enjoy. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, particularly for a beer of this style. All-in-all, I'd definitely recommend, but it is not among the top couple of beers in this style in my opinion (Edmund Fitzgerald, Anchor Porter, etc).

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Photo of azdback
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Very black in color. Just a bit of light brown highlights at the bottom rim. Not much of a head at all. What was there was under a finger and mocha colored. Dissipated very quickly and leaves no lace at all.

Smell is of dark roasted malts. Coffee, chocolate and brown sugar. I am also pulling some hops. This kind of smells like a Black IPA.

Taste is kind of a wreck. There are some overly roasted coffee flavors that mix oddly with the bitter hops. It kind of tastes like a coffee dipped orange popsicle.

Mouth is very light and watery. This doesn't have a good porter mouthfeel at all. Kind of reminds me of a BMC attempt at the style.

Overall I was really let down by this. With so many great and sought after Rogue beers I picked this out because I didn't see how any brewery could screw up this style. I was wrong. Not the bottom of the style but if you can buy just one bottle it's worth a shot. If you have to buy the whole 6-pack.. not recommended.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Dark brown with relatively thick dark tan head.
S: Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate aromas.
T: Medium roast coffee with a dry finish. Not as smooth, dark, or complex as I was expecting. A slightly bitter aftertaste.
M: Medium body with hop bite. Taste barely lingers and unfortunately, the bitterness outlasts everything else.
D: An okay offering from Rogue, but was expecting better. There are better beers with coffee notes to them.

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

This beer is perfectly black, totally opaque, and sports a 1 finger tan head that falls slowly, but never fully disappears.

The nose is all coffee and roasted malts, a very fitting smell for this beer.

The flavor is pure bitter coffee with a smattering of bitter unsweetened chocolate, very dry and bitter through and through.

The mouthfeel is a bit too "fluffy" for me, not as smooth or creamy as a stout, and the bitter taste and aftertaste hurts the drinkability.

Overall, a decent beer, but I wouldn't go crazy over it. I've bought it several times, each time hoping that it will live up to its promise, but so far, it hasn't.

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Photo of KI9A
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I'm trying to learn to like Porters & Stouts, but, not being a fan at all of coffee, it is a tough road to go.

Pours just like a Coke. Blackish, and brown-tan head. Great sheet of lace on the glass.

Smells of coffee, of course, with a bit of citrus.

Tastes of coffee, again, and a slight smack of hoppyness. Very bitter after taste, but, in a good way.

Mouthfeel is a bit oily, that finished with chocolate. So far, best Porter I have, which is not many..yet.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a dark brown to almost black with a tan head about an inch thick. Pretty nice looking. I picked up some fig-like scents in the smell, combined with some roasted malts. A coffee and slight cocoa flavor is up front in the taste, with some bitterness following. It's a pine/spruce bitterness, which I didn't much care for. Based on some other reviews, I was expecting a stronger chocolate taste, but the hops seemed to dominate the profile. Overall, it's pretty good, but there are other porters I liked more than this one.

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Photo of SteveMi
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark with good amount of carbonation. My first attempt at drinking this beer resulted in a somewhat flat pour. This second bottle left a good sized, short lived head and some lacing.

S - Mild chocolate smell with a bit of coffee thrown in. After a few seconds the aroma is no longer noticeable (due to mildness).

T - Dark chocolate and coffee/burnt chocolate combination with an expected bitter backing.

M - A bit creamy. By look I would have thought it to be a heavier drink but it comes across lighter than expected.

O - Quite good. At this point I'm 50/50 on the beer since my first attempt was flat but I will say getting a good fresh Mocha Porter is very tasty.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel like the name is a little misleading. I think it would be better classified as a mocha stout. It has more of the roasted and bitter flavors that I associate with a stout rather than a porter. And while the mocha flavors and creamy texture are there, it's all in the finish.

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Photo of pBRale
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 10-4-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Very dark brown to black pour with a nice 2-finger light tan head that has nice retention, replenished by a steady stream of bubbles. Leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Not too impressive--A nice toasty malt backbone and some coffee notes along with toffee to round out the nose.

Taste: Can taste some roasty malts with a strong coffee taste. The finish is crisp, bitter, and tastes strongly of coffee. Mostly just tastes like coffee. Bleh.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-thin body, high carbonation. Crisp finish, more wet than dry.

Overall: A decent beer but honestly it just tastes like a carbonated glass of cold coffee. The aftertaste tastes exactly like I just drank a cup of Joe (after each sip of the beer).

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Photo of blakelive784
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass:

A - Pours a dark brown/black color with a towering tan head. The retention is amazingly good and the head is creamy and inviting.

S - Roasted barley, cream, coffee, bitter chocolate make up the nose. It's surprisingly mild, but good nonetheless.

T - Opens smoothly to a bit of cream and roast, with a bit of coffee. Where's the mocha?? It's balanced quite well, with a good bit of bitterness throughout.

M - Very smooth and very wet. Works well.

D - A nice easy drinking porter, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a finger of rocky, dark tan to chestnut head with bubbles of varying size that fades only slightly, holding up a good gridwork of lace. Beer is color of molasses with no real highlights and obviously no visible carbonation. Rich, smooth smells of roast barley, pumpernickel, and raisins covered in baking chocolate. Paradoxically, these aromas seem to sweeten with warmth. Not to blast anything about the smell, but where's the mocha? Coffee does seem to be more forthright in the taste... rich bitterness of plain black coffee abounds, with a finish like bitter greens left to caramelize too long... charred iron skillet flavors. Carbon. Flavors are integrated but lack development. Mouthfeel is firm and moderately sticky with tingling carbonation; persistent bitter aftertaste; heavy finish. Drinkable, but a bit too aggressive to be sessionable, and not quite curious enough to encourage exploration. Solid, yes. But also--at least for non-coffee drinkers like myself--one-dimensional.

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Photo of Crotor
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With a lingering tan head and a dark (even for a porter) body, Rogue's Mocha Porter presents a very appealing appearance. The beer has a moderate, roasty smell, with no hint of hop aroma. Similarly, there is no significant hop taste, only hop bitterness masking whatever malitness there may be in this brew, combining with the strong roastiness of the malt to present a broad, outspoken, bitter taste profile, with lingering charcoal and coffee. The beer is dry, perhaps a little prickley, with no sweetness to speak of. The lack of hop taste and aroma fits with the traditional form of porters, but considering the revision of porters in the Northwest, I miss these features, and feel they could round out this beer, making interesting what is now a rather mundane beer.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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