Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter
BA SCORE
3.86/5
2,897 Ratings
Mocha PorterMocha Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,813
Reviews:
1,369
Ratings:
2,897
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
408
Trade:
3
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,897 |  Reviews: 1,369
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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Photo of DCLAguy11
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque dark brown liquid with a frothy tan head that recedes to a sticky lacing.

S: Faint coffee notes in the background, but roasted malt aromas dominate the nose on this beer. Some faint burnt caramel present as well.

T: Inverse of the nose. The coffee flavors and sweet caramel flavors dominate with a sturdy, but mild malt presence. A nice hop presence, surprisingly.

M: Moderate, typical of the style. Good carbonation adds some liveliness on the tongue, as well.

D: Given the style, I would say that this is a pretty drinkable brew. The pleasant flavors make you want to keep sipping and the low ABV doesn't punish you for doing so.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque black with just a bit of brown visible around the edges. There is a light tan head of maybe two fingers with excellent retention and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Smells of dark roasted and caramelized malt. There is a faint dry herbal smell.

T: There is a sweet malt flavor backed with a noticeable bitter taste from the hops. There are notes of chocolate, coffee and toffee. The aftertaste is dry, dark chocolate.

M: Fairly dry and smooth, a little bit creamy.

O: Chocolate and coffee dominate this beer with a notable hop bitterness.

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

poured into a pint glass this beer has the appearance of of a tall glass of coffee with some hints of red. The head dissapates rather quickly but was a finger tall. The head was tan and enticing. The smell is that of any coffee porter chocolate, coffee, and sweet. Mouthfeel is thick, not quite whole milk thick but 2% definately. Lacing is minimal. Taste sweet cocoa up front hint of coffee but a bitter finish that sticks for a few seconds. Not my favorite coffee porter but wouldn't dare turn it down.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown-black with some reddish tint at the base and the top; a nice porter color. The head dissolved rather quickly, though, and there was not much of a lace to note. To capture the fullness of the aroma, I poured it into a Belgian snifter-type glass, but was rather disappointed that there was not much aroma present. Hints of malted coffee rose to the top after a stir, but otherwise I didn't notice much. Could this have been my fault? Entirely possible, as I hope to give the aroma another shot in the future. Tasted nice. Strong coffee notes with chocolate and some wood. That bitter coffee finish was great, in my opinion. Sturdy mouthfeel and nice drinkability for a "mocha" porter. I will drink this again, even though it's not my favorite porter out there. A solid effor all around by Rogue.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite an enjoyable beer but in my opinion not as good as Rogues other beers. I wish that the mocha flavor was more prominent like Kona Brewerys Pipeline Porter. The subtle tones of mocha make this an appealing porter. I'd recommend this to any porter lover.

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Photo of datalager
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roman5150
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle into Duvel glass

appearance: black/really dark brown with 1 finger slightly off white head

smell: espresso, toffee, vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate

taste: very dark chocolate and mocha coffee oriented, with some minor hop bitterness and a thick roasted malt backbone, very well balanced.

mouthfeel: not super carbonated, medium to thin bodied

overall: A great breakfast beer, has a great balance of coffee and dark chocolate, with some tasty english roasted malts and a subtle earthy hoppiness.

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Photo of AMCPhD
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of toronadotornado
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Corner store - San Francisco, CA - 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

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Photo of Naerhu
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Small brown head on a jet black body
Aroma: fermented coffee aroma
Flavor: amazing forward bitterness. full dark coffee and charred malt flavor.
Mouth: Full bodied beer with a bitterness that rakes over the tongue.
Drinkability: The itensity of the bitterness gets in the way of the consuming this beauty as I otherwise would have liked to.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,897 ratings
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