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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): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Photo of StephenRich
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/10/06/tasting-the-rogue-mocha-porter/

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Photo of
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jslot38
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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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Photo of wordemupg
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip july2 2010

A near black with a thumbs width of mocha colored head that falls to a thin film leaving several partial rings of lace

S mild coffee with a little chocolate milk

T a little better with some bakers chocolate and coffee but has a earthy smokiness working for it, decent beer gets better as it warms

M a little thin and it seems to fizz up a bit in your mouth but still fairly good

D solid beer that tastes pretty good and is quite easy to drink

I'd drink this again but I might hesitate to buy it in Alberta where its a 20$ 6er

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Photo of hunteraw
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, but not quite opaque. Some ruby highlights are visible when held up to the light. Head is meager, but leaves some lace.

Smell: More hop character than typical for the style. Coffee as expected. Probably poured a little colder than I should have.

Taste: Roasty coffee and bitter chocolate flavors. Slightly burnt aftertaste. A little bit more on the burnt/bitter side than I prefer.

Mouthfeel: On the thicker side,carbonation seems a little high.

Drinkability: Good, not great.

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Photo of shirfan
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very dark porter; only a small amount of light passes through the base of the glass. A thin tan layer of lace lingers on and on.

Aroma is predominently roasty malt, not especially strong.

Taste is big on bitter, oxidized malt, with a mildly mocha/coffee finish. Sour notes in the finish, and doesn't have an overly-burnt aspect. Just enough sweetness to balance things; any hops stay well in the background. Fairly one-dimensional, but it's a good dimension.

This strays well towards the stout side of things without going overboard...nicely done.

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Photo of Johncnh
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jables
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark almost black in appearance. Head is medium in size with a dark tan color.
Aroma is roasted malt with some coffee notes. The flavor is smooth with roasted malts and some nutty flavors, but it is nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth but not heavy.
This is by no means a big beer, but it is smooth, balanced and tasty. Today, this is just what the doctor ordered. Cheers.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black, 1 finger of head which reduced. Good retention.

Smell - A little low on the usual malt odours, but surprisingly hoppy.

Taste - Strong roasted mocha flavour, as the name suggests. The malt and hops are well balanced, but there is not much sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, good carbonation level.

Drinkability - A little lower than I'd expect for a porter.

Overall - Still a very good beer, but not quite up with the best porters I've tried.

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Photo of Kwak
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mocha Porter
The head was thick and tan full of flavor.
Color was dark brown with an almost redish tint.
Body was cloudy dark almost swamp like.
Taste was good kind of rosted malt with chocolat flavor.
A little too strong of mocha flavor for me!

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy tan head that lingers.

Chocolate, coffee grounds, and nutty, toasted malt dominate the aroma. There's a slightly acrid character present.

Flavor is dominated by roast malt and dark chocolate, with bitter coffee grounds and char rounding out the finish. The early balance goes to cocoa, but the finish is definitely bitter and charred. An acrid character surfaces late.

Body is fairly full, with modest carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

The charred finish is slightly offputting, but mocha is well represented. Bitterness is more than I prefer, but the chocolate character makes up for it a bit.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep brown/black, slight head on top, average lacing.

S- chocolate, roasted, caramel, vanilla, malt.

T- nutty, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, roasted slightly bitter finish

M- med/heavy body, creamy smooth body.

D- amazing, smooth, easy to drink beer. check this great beer out.

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Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,906 ratings
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