Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

very good
2,884 Ratings
Mocha PorterMocha Porter

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep brown color, almost black. The beige head is a touch airy and puffy, slowly settling into a light cap.

The aroma starts off with a shot of powdered cocoa. Then there is a metallic note that you typcially see in most porters. Perhaps some light coffee but not much. Some caramel notes as well.

The taste is of the cocoa powder. There is some heavy roasted notes, woody almost burnt, that provide some anise flavors. Some weak stale coffee. The porter base provides some typical tea and metallic notes, very much like an english porter. Some burnt caramel.

Light to moderate feel, fizzy carbonation. Starts off sweet but ends with a good amount of roasted bitterness.

A very flavorful porter. There are some nice flavors but I don't get enough coffee. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of MissOrch
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured dark and opaque with a light and fluffy head. I just had to poke my finger in it, causing the nice froth to deflate shortly after I did that.

It smelled like a smoky tootsie roll, with chocolate and malty notes. I also detected a nose of citrusy hops. When I first had a taste, the hops were pretty overpowering. Soon after, a chocolatey, coffee flavor came through, follower by a smoky flavor. At the finish of the beer, it was back to the bitterness of the hops again. Citrus, then mocha, then bitter. Pretty complex. This beer smells malty, but tastes hoppy to the last drop.

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Photo of acevenom
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours very dark brown (almost black) with a three-finger length tan head and plentiful visible bubbles along the side of the glass. I detect aromas of dark roasted malts with coffee and chocolate. The taste directly follows the nose. I pick up those dark roasted malt notes as well as the coffee and the chocolate. It's a bit on the watery side. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is smooth and the drinkability is good. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of shaunb81
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured pretty black and had a nice 1", finger head accompanied by some beautiful lacing. Pretty average.

Smell - Roasted malts hit my nose first and were followed by amazing, burnt nuttiness. There was also some caramel notes and definite coffee aromas wafting from this glass.

Taste - Oh boy. Coffee and cocoa. That pretty much it. That's not a bad thing, though. There's also a little sweetness on the tip and minimal dry hops throughout.

Mouthfeel - Body was not too dense, but perfect. A little creamy and not too carbonated made this brew a good one.

Overall - This stuff is pretty good if you're not very daring, but want to be. It's safe, but it's super good. I will be having this again.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Gaslight in south orange NJ.

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, almost black with a minimal head. nice head retention for the little head it produced and medium lacing.

Smell: Smells like deep rich chocolate, caramel and coffee. Nutty and rich aromas.

Taste: The taste is a bit thinner than the aroma was. Slight bitterness on the back end and a decent caramel component that gives it a slight sweetness. Balanced but a bit thinner than i hoped for.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and feel on this one. Coats the palate well and gives a nice balanced feel to the palate.

Drinkability: This is a nice porter. There are better ones out there for sure, but its a good example. There is definately room for improvment though.

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Photo of mick303
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1 pint bottle. This is well after the best by date, arghhh, didn't realize when I pulled it out of the discount bin. See how it goes. Pours a nice frothy head of soft tan foam. Colour is a ruby black. leaves a really good lacing.

S- chocolate, cocoa powder, orange peel, roast malt, (over?)ripe apples. Some lactose sweetness. A bit of a hay/barn note. Strong dairy note.

Taste has a bitter coffee roastiness, slightly herbal with some smooth milk chocolate, bitterness is quite balanced and some mild citrus and earthy notes. Overall quite pleasant. Some milk chocolate sweetness, really easy drinking. Finish is lactic, dry. Quite well put together, interesting.

Mouthfeel has little carbonation, feels a bit shallow but really smooth. Really sessionable.

Gonna chalk up some of the negatives to the fact that this is a stale brew, little carbonation and a bit of sour lactic flavour. Didn't love this beer but I'm going to try to try it fresh. Certainly quite well put together and interesting, this seemed a bit unbalanced by this date.If I didnt know it was stale I probably would have been less critical, looking forward to trying it in its prime.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 12 oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark almost black brown with a thick dingy (brownish) white head that sits upon the top like whip cream on top of a float. The head leaves thick lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Smoke, coffee, roasted malt, and bitter citrus from dry hops.

T: Some smoke from the roasted malt and bitterness from the mocha, but the hops are in control of this porter. The dry hops citrus combines with slight smoke on the finish and some bitterness from the mocha lingers on the back of the tongue

M: Medium to heavy and mostly dry.

D: Pleasantly dry with a decent ABV, this Mocha porter is balanced well enough and not very heavy; it is a good beer to enjoy in multiples.

Overall: Though it does not have a heavy aroma, Rogue's Mocha Porter does have nice flavor. Smoke and mocha take a background seat to dry hops, which add a bitter citrus to the beer. The beer is dry and pleasing.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle>Mug

AP: Very dark brown, nearly black. 1/8" light mocha head.

Nose: Chocolaty, heady, rich malt with a slightly leafy hop scent.

Taste: Semi-sweet malted flavor turns to a mildly bitter chocolaty/caramel and coffee bean flavor with the traditional nuttiness.

MF: full body look, medium body feel, the livley carbonation makes it feel lighter than some porters but still has a mildly smooth and thick feel compared to some of the more common porters on the market.

DA: Flavorful and very easy to drink, I have a feeling this one is going to "grow" on me.

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Photo of Stigs
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Samuel Smith pint glass.

A - lots and lots of impressive cappucino foam. looks like its going to hang out with me the rest of the night and clinging all around. dark dark and nearly black.

S - mostly chocolate with some stale coffee. not trying to hard, just enough showiness. also some nuttyness present.

T - more roasty chocolate, missing the coffee (sadly). not really getting much "mocha" here, more of a less astringent version of their chocolate stout.

M - very good creaminess. decent nutty chocolate aftertaste.

D - going down a lot quicker than i thought, probably because of the impressive mouthfeel and texture. nothing harsh about it, wish the sweetness was toned down just a bit.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This style of beer gets many peoples mouths watering. A mocha porter. Yup, chocolate and coffee come together in a smooth and creamy beer known as porter. To be honest though, I am over the hype. I have had too many so called "mocha porters" that don't taste like mocha that I am now skeptical at best. To me, if you are going to put a flavor directly in the name than it better taste like that flavor.

That being said, this is the Rogue Brewery we are talking about here, not one of a thousand small town craft breweries trying to make a name for themselves. Rogue is one of the founding craft brewers in North America, and this Mocha Porter has been one of their staples for years now. So I do have some faith in the brewer. The stats here are nothing crazy, it is 5.3% abv and comes in both 355 and 650ml bottles. But there is also now a Double Mocha Porter at 8.2% abv - you can look for that review soon enough.

But right now we are concerned with the regular Mocha Porter. It gets very high acclaim on most beer geek websites, and is highly rated as well on most all beer rating sites. I try not to take this into account when evaluating a beer, and really, to be the best judge I would enjoy it blind, not knowing who brewed the beer - even just knowing that it is from Rogue influences me. But taking my most unbiased approach, I went in and poured a glass anyways.

I opened the Mocha Porter cool around 10C (50F) and emptied it into a snifter goblet. The pour was aggressive to start, erupting a mountain of airy light brown foam. I slowed the pour and it revealed a smoother more silky texture of beer building a dense and powerful head; one that stood a good 2 or so inches above the beer. It was laced with a variance of tight and loose carbonation and was capped of by a creamy and pillowy mocha brown foam. Below was a black beer with glowing browns and garnet golds peering in the sides. It looks pretty magnificent standing there in my glass. It was a wonderful contrast between a near pitch beer and a foamy head.

The nose is classically Rogue bursting out at me first with fresh west coast hops, then the smoother and more gentle aromas of malts. It shows a balance of roasted and pale malts with hints of cocoa, chocolate, char and mellow caramel. It is lively and vibrant, but not overly powerful. The earthy hops aromas are noticeable throughout the entire nose.

The first sip was smooth and mellow showing a balance of caramel malt sweetness, gentle roast, soft cocoa and pale malts. A subtle sugary sweet malt backbone appears, but quickly fades away to earthy hops and crisp roast bitterness. It is pretty gentle, at 5.3% you shouldn't expect anything to robust, but fresh hops certainly make their way in with light pine and herbal flavors.

The mouthfeel is gentle, and as the beer warms, even creamy. Now that it is warmer I am also getting smoother waves of cocoa and roast that glide in by way of your cheeks and finish off smoothly across the top of your mouth. Overall the Mocha Porter is pretty calm and gentle, but has clean and tasty notes of malt and hops. There are traces of coffee grinds and roast that mingle in with the malts, but I would still like to see a greater mocha character. I do expect that the Double Mocha Porter will provide that.

Nonetheless, as as a porter, this is a delicious beer. Soft, gentle roast with fresh herbal hops balance off clean malt sensations and a smooth body. I would suggest this beer with a meal and would go for roast beef, hamburgers, turkey dinner, chocolate cake, or soft elegant cheeses.

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Photo of
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured in a pint glass.

A - Dark, even for a porter with a creamy head, slowly fading retention.

S - Malt, coffee, chocolate and nutty

T - Roasted nuts, bitter dark chocolate, Coffee and light hops.

M - Thick cream and rich. Sweet coffee and light carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and sweet for a porter and very rich in flavor, not a watered down stout like some porters can be.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown in appearance. A finger head which diminishes quickly.

S- Chocalate, some dark fruit, Mild aroma.

T- chocolate, dark fruit, dark chocolate finish in a mild balanced way.
M- Mouthfeel is light, kind of watery.

D- Could drink this one again. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours jet black with a 2 finger tan colored head. Really nice lacing, all the way up the glass...I'd like a little bit of a darker head, but the lacing gives this some huge bonus points

S- coffee, with a decent bit of chocolate and roasted malts in there as well. Pretty decent aroma, though maybe a little weak

T- bitter chocolate and coffee, though the flavors aren't huge like you'd usually expect from a beer with these flavors. Its more mild and subdued...adds a lot to the drinkability. Taste wise, I'd like a little more..seems a tad bit muted.

M- good feel. Has a little bit of thickness to it, which I like in my porters. Not too thick though. Solid

D- real drinkable porter. The flavors aren't huge, but they let you know that they're there. Easy drinking

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Photo of kkubek
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours an amber-brown, almost the color of cola, with a thick, 1" tan head that is quite slow to reduce.

Has a biscuity, coffee aroma, with notes of straw and dark chocolate. There's a mild nutty smell as well.

Taste oaty to start, with a healthy amount of black coffee, cream, and biscuit. Bitter chocolate and hops combine to finish this off. The oaty-quality is quite pronounced, giving this a taste like a lighter, hoppier oatmeal stout.

Medium-bodied, there's enough hops in this ale to dry the tongue and mouth and leave a slightly chalky after-feel.

A nice porter, the oat-malt flavor is a welcome taste usually only found in a stout. The mocha quality is not especially prominent; frankly, they could have called it an oat-porter and been both more descriptive and more original.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Rogue, Portland, OR

Poured a dark brown-black with a small but cream tan head. Aroma of roasty malts, cocoa, coffee, and some herbal hops. While the flavor profile contains many elements of a typical coffee porter--roasted dark malts, coffee, cocoa--there was a definite herbal presence throughout, very reminiscent of a black tea, presumably from the hops used. This gave a dry and somewhat bitter finish. Medium body, nice balance, not too coffee-y, and pretty drinkable overall.

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Photo of vkv822
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Black, with a thick, foamy tan head with good retention.

Big roasty, espresso, cocoa malt notes. Really inviting. It has similar notes in the taste as well.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

Nothing particularly fancy, just a very well done, tasty porter.

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Photo of tgdigital
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another tasty offering from Rogue. Deep dark brown, almost black, light brown head. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the nose. Taste is bitter coffee notes with hints of chocolate and slight hop bitterness. Smooth in the mouth and finishes dry and bitter. Very easy to drink several in one session and at 5.3% it won't hurt you much at all.

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Photo of kkawachi
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jslot38
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle poured into an Irish Pint Glass.

Appearance: Absolutly magestic head. Glad I had the extra space from the non-13oz pint glass to fit this bad boy into. Near perfect black with slight brown shades, completely non-transparent. Head is beautifuly tanned and frothy. Lacing is great, near perfection.

Smell: Oh the sweet mixture of coffee and chocolate. Easily becoming my favorite smell in the world, and this porter nails it. Mocha in the name, and mocha in the game. Slight touches of caramel and toffee undertones.

Taste: Upfront slight note of earth ridden hopes but well overshadowed by the coffee and chocolate mixture. Sweet milk chocolate with touches of caramel. Unfortunately none of the flavours jump out at you, which holds this back.

Mouthfeel: Dances on the tongue, flavour lingers. Not much carbonation in this one.

Drinkability: At 5.3% this is both a pleasing beer and one that I could certainly down a few of.

Notes: As mentioned before nothing really stands out about this beer. That is, beyond its appearance. Beyond that it just seems to be your average porter. But could certainly make for a nice darker session brew as its fairly low in ABV and not filling at all. All in all, a decent brew that I would have again, but would not list at the top of the pantheon of porters.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a finger thick, frothy, mocha colored head that slowly dissipates.

S: The nose is mainly that of roasted malts, which brings out a coffee scent in the beer. There is also hints of chocolate or cocoa.

T: The taste is just like the nose, major roasted malt/coffee bean taste throughout. There is also a subtle sweetness and a hint of hops. The finish is dry and the taste of the roasted malts is left in the palate,more of a smokey flavor.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation, finish is dry and smooth.

D: Overall this is a good beer. The roasted characteristics mesh well with the slight bitterness and sweetness and it goes down nice and smooth.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Poured into an generic tulip glass]

B: [12 FL OZ]The bottle doesn't do much for me, though it seems appropriate for a porter with it's black label. Little information, including an absence of abv%.

A: Very dark brown body with a red hue, beautiful large fluffy mocha head(moderate dissipation), and underwhelming lacing(spotty).

S: The usual smells you get from a stout/porter. Roasted sweet malt, chocolate/coffee/toffee notes.

T: Roasted sweet malt and toffee dominate, with faint bitterness. Others flavors would be caramel and vanilla.

M: Smooth and dry, med/light(watery) bodied, low/med carbonation, and decent alcohol presence(apparent, but doesn't intrude).

O: It was good, but one can do much better. The body hurts this the most with it's watery element. Defiantly a good beer, but not great. Worth a try and I defiantly wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of swanmann
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12oz bottle into a snifter, with generous fluffy, tan head. It started to resemble hot chocolate. Smells of coffee, crema, dark chocolate. Intense coffee or even espresso comes through, with mild chocolatey sweetness. I would actually describe as medium bodied, as a porter. The carbonation is adequate to deliver an oily brew. Very tasty.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark black with a creamy light brown head. The head stayed put most of the way through leaving behind moderate lacing.

S- Mild roasted aroma with hints of coffee and a slight sweetness.

T- High presence of dark malt and coffee. It was dry upfront followed by a light sweetness and a lasting bitterness.

M- Heavy bodied with low carbonation. This was a pretty thick brew for a porter.

D- I could probably drink two of these before becoming tired.

Overall a decent porter. It was very thick, but I liked how this beer transitioned from dry to bittersweet.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with a thick, two-finger brown head. Leaves lots of foamy lace. Amber and brown colors come through where light can get in.

Smell: Roasted chocolate malt and coffee aromas, with the distinctive Rogue tea hints about it.

Taste: Starts with sweet caramel and chocolate notes, finishing with a roasted coffee-like bitterness. Pretty noticeable hops at the end, as well.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than expected, but with balanced carbonation and an expected dry finish.

Drinkability: Pretty good porter. Not the best, but I'd have it again for sure. However, I don't think it's quite worth $9.99 for a sixer.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,884 ratings.
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