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Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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3.86/5
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2,900 Ratings
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,208
Reviews:
1,369
Ratings:
2,900
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
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Ratings: 2,900 |  Reviews: 1,369
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Chocolate dominated the smell, with some malt as well.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, malt, and a bit of coffee in the finish. A completely solid flavor. One of the better American Porter flavors out there.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This a good, solid, drinkable beer. If you like chocolate, try this one.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Mocha Porter is delicious, natural-flavored, and rough-around-the-edges.

It poured black with a nice dark tan foamy head. It left only a moderate amount of lace. The smell and flavor were dominated by coffee and chocolate, as the name suggests, with a fantastic bitter dark chocolate finish that lingered like high-quality chocolate, with no artificial or sweet candy quality. Compared to the flavor, the smell was muted. The feel was rough, shredding the tongue a bit, rather than having the smooth texture of many coffee and chocolate stouts.

For the flavor alone, Rogue Mocha Porter is a keeper. It has great coffee and chocolate flsvor, without syrupy sweetness, and a strong bitter feel.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. No date on the bottle although there was a stamp on the very bottom of the bottle - not clear what it meant though.

Appearance: Slow pour yielded a black beer on the table with a persistent dense 1/8" tan head. Noted that sediment stayed behind in the bottle. Held up to the light the beer has some ruby red highlights mixed in with dark brown. Sheets and strands of persistent lacing noted the whole way down the glass. Good looking porter.

Smell: Burnt sugar, mild chocolate notes, quick hint of coffee in there.

Taste: A bit of piney hop flavor right at the beginning, and then a solid black coffee bitterness. The coffee flavor is that of an extra dark roast - reminds me of a french roast in a way. Malt is barely noticeable amongst the strong coffee and bitter flavors, but is in there enough so I don't feel like I'm getting a one-sided flavor here.

Mouthfeel: Quick carbonation on the tongue and then it's gone. Coffee-like thickness to it. Not creamy, not really thick and I can't think how else to describe it. Reminds me of the mouthfeel of cold coffee.

Overall / Drinkability: I was expecting a bit more of a richer coffee and chocolate combination here which was missing. I like black coffee though so I enjoyed this, but not as much as I was hoping due to the name. Still, a good porter, just not a great one. Maybe with the right meal I could have more, but for now, 1 12oz bottle is enough.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured almost more of a dark brown than a black in color with an off-white head. The head, by the way, was pretty solid for a porter. Decent lacing on the sides of the glass, but not much on the front or back.

SMELL: Mocha Porter is certainly the right name for this brew if the smell has anything to do with it. Strong smell of coffee beans and some woodiness as well.

TASTE: The chocolate part of the Mocha was not really present in the aroma, but it certainly is in the taste. In fact, it pushes the coffee flavor out of the way to dominate early in the sip, but the coffee fights back towards the end to help provide a nice, bitter finish. The woodiness of the nose translates into a smoky taste throughout the sip. I should also note that this is the first time I’ve had this beer poured into a glass. I served it at my old job and if I drank it, I drank it straight out of the bottle. I have to say the flavor is certainly enhanced by the aroma, using some glassware for this beer makes a big difference and it is more full and robust than it is straight from the bottle.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth, but with a touch of carbonation. It is a bit oily, but also dry and not mouthcoating in the least.

OVERALL: I am very happy I tried this beer in a pint glass rather than straight out of the bottle. It isn’t terribly exciting until you allow it to open up and let it let you take the aroma in. At that point it becomes a very strong, year-round standard for Rogue.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, with large off-white head, and decent lacing.

The smell is chocolate and roast. Becomes much stronger as it warms up.

The taste is semi bitter from the malt or chocolate and has a ashy taste on the back. Not as much chocolate or coffee flavored roast you would expect but it still hits the spot for a Porter.

The body is great. A little heavier than most for the style (from the chocolate I assume) but it still maintains it's high drinkability.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells of sugary malts and dark brown sugar, along with thick molasses and heavily toasted/almost burnt grains.

On the tongue, the brew starts out deceptively light (for perhaps a half second), but quickly crescendos to a full palate of porter flavors: chocolate malts, toffees and caramels, toasted grains, perhaps even a light thread of tobacco at the very bottom. The hops seem to come through about mid-stream, delivering a light background fuzz of bitterness before fading off. The aftertaste is almost entirely heavily toasted chocolate malts, so the tongue buzzes with the flavor of almost burnt grains. What I do have a hard time finding, ironically, are notes of the mochas and *real* (i.e. not malt) chocolates; I get small hints of them every now and then, but only when I really look for them. In fact, did the title not specifically say "mocha," I would assume I was simply drinking a porter, and wouldn't think twice.

Overall, then, while I do think this is a good porter, I want at least a slight hint of the sugary chocolates mentioned in the brew's name, just so I have some gustatory confirmation that what I'm drinking is more than just standard porter fare.

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Photo of gestyr
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint

A: Pours a deep brown with a thick, long lasting beige head that leaves lacing

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, malt, a hint of hops

T: First you taste the coffee and the malt followed by the chocolate which is complimented by the hops bitterness

M: On the higher side of medium bodied.

O: A good porter. It would go well with a dessert or by itself.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours extremely dark brown with a tan head with pretty good head retention
S-dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt
T- much more of the coffee flavor in the taste, with chocolate remaining on the palate as an after taste and the hops bitterness ties in with the roasted malt.
M-medium-full bodied, average carbonation
O-Great example of the style. Hits all of the main flavor profiles and has a nice slightly hoppy and rich taste.

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Photo of gatorbreath
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown with a tan head that retreats rapidly and doesn't leave much lacing, a bubbly head it is. a nose of malt, possibly some chocolate. taste is rich caramel chocolate and not so much malt, a different twist this one...the mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied, nice job rogue. will def swoop another one or 2 in the coming, cooler months..cant wait fer winter..

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Photo of Rschis16
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty much as black as coffee with some red highlights on the edges. Decent size on the coffee-tan head, dissapating down to a thin sheet shortly after. Good retention, lacing. Smells of coffee and dark roasted malts mostly, with a small backing of milk chocolate. Nothing overly potent about the smell, but its pleasant.

Coffee is featured prominently in the taste, mouthfeel and aftertaste. In fact, if I didn't know better, I'd say I was drinking slightly carbonated iced coffee minus the ice. There is a light coffee bitterness on the front of the palate followed by some faint chocolate taste that accentuates the coffee, not sweetening it. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, dry in the end, but a nice pleasant coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a very easy beer to drink, as it feels so light in body, but at the same time somewhat full and creamy. The carbonation level is dead on for the type of beer this is. Overall very enjoyable, and if you like coffee, then you will like this too.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a Heffe glass cause that's all that was clean... but it looked beautiful with all that extra head space!!! Dark brown nearly black color with almost 2 in of head that dissipates to a nice 1/2 in thick layer of frothy foam with lots and lots of lace.

chocolate malt with maybe a slight yeast profile... can't put my finger on it but finishes with light coffee and no noticeable hops. smell is very good in my opinion.

bitter chocolate and then malt right away. hops bring more to balance after malt flavor. light coffee taste but very faint possibly from the smell more than the flavor. pretty good

full bodied but not extreme thickness like some porters.

Overall very happy with the beer i will continue to enjoy it on a regular basis.

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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 stckhndlr
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brownish black with ruby highlights and a thick 2 finger seafoam head with awesome lacing.

Chocolate coffee malts. Smells like a mocha latte with creamy foam on top.

a smokey coffee flavor with chocolate notes

Creamy and smooth with low carbonation and a smokey slightly bitter finish.

Good tasting beer with big flavor.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark and well, non-descript.
Smell: kind of what I would expect in a mocha porter but watered down. Not bad, just not outstanding.
Taste: again, a watered down version of expectations.
Overall: grabbed a 6 hoping for something at least above average based on ratings and reviews. Frankly disappointed. Just not much happenin.

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Photo of JMad
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

It is dark brown with a foamy tan head that left tons of lacing. The smell is dominated by sweet milk chocolate with coffee and a slight earthy aroma. It tastes of bitter dark chocolate and coffee grinds with a piney hop aftertaste. It's medium bodied and smooth with a very dry/ lingering bitterness. This is a wonderful porter, very bitter and dry.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown body with a with a bit of a beigge head that left some wisps of lace on the sides.

Smell: Has some chocolate, bitter coffee and expresso, and richer toffee notes. Nothing exotic, but nothing to complain about

Taste: Coffee dominated, somewhat bitter, with lesser notes of unsweetened chocolate. Slight amount of grassy taste on the end for some reason..

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Wish this one had a bit more heft, not a favorite, would pass on it next time..

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Photo of janubio
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml. bottle. Very dark colour, with a big brown head, but it doesn't have much retention. And not much lace either. Smells of coffee, licorice, dark fruits and brown sugar. Honey and vanilla too, but never too strong. And... it's too thin in the palate, taste is very faint also, more chocolate than coffee, sweet, dark fruits. Easy to drink, but not the best I've had.

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Photo of fostachild
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very dark brown, slight tint of red around the edges of the glass. good amount of light tan head that lasts throughout.

smells of roasted beans, bit of chocolate. taste was nice - bitter, coffee/mocha and a nice balance of hops but the aftertaste kind of brought it down. second time trying it and overall it's a good porter.

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Photo of engagechad
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a bottle from Capital Ale house in Glen Allen, VA - pint

Pours a dark brown with minimal to moderate head and not really any lacing. Smells like a mild porter. Not much coffee or chocolate to note. Taste follows. A basic porter with no real stand out characteristics.

Overall this is an overpriced, okay porter.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at RFD in Washington, DC. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: An impressively dark brown, like a stout would have. It's basically opaque. The head is thin, tan, and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: Aroma of herbal hops is VERY strong and almost totally dominates the malt. Not what I expected at all.

Taste: The taste is more balanced than the smell -- the first notes and finish tends to be hoppier, while the middle is maltier. The roasty character communicates espresso and dark cocoa, but the flavors are not so intense as to overpower. The hops and malt, and the flavors within the malt, blend together very well. The grassy finish is elongated the slower you swallow. The booze is hidden well.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium body, but with a bit of slickness left over in the mouth. Carbonation is moderate, keeping within what's normal for a porter.

Overall: Well-deserved for its reputation as a good porter, although the malt could have been slightly bolder. (The restraint did make it easier to imagine having more than one, though.) I found the huge hoppy aroma off-putting, but that's my only major knock. No harm in trying this beer.

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Photo of Ruger
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brownish black with a tan head and thick lacing all around the glass.

S - Extremely sweet smelling, coffee then hops.

T - Tastes like coffee and then dark chocolate with a slight smoke feeling left in the mouth.

M - Extremely smooth light to medium carbonation very good mouthfeel.

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Photo of DCon
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 fl oz bottle of this from the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $4.50. Poured from the black bottle into a Pint Glass and has no sign of a Freshness Date (like always with Rogue).

Aroma- Very complexed malts used that have a roasted coffee aroma. This malt character is sweet and great for the style! Almost dead on.

Appearance- Pours 3 fingers of off white head that has Awesome retention! A deep, pitch black color body is present and has good lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Has a nice beginning taste of chocolate and then goes into the roasty, coffee, and espresso tastes. A medium, sweet bitterness is then introduced.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin bodied, Watery all the way through, and a lighter character on the finish. Leaves Coffee, good amount of Acidity in the finish.

Overall Impression- During the first couple sips, notes of this beer, I wasn't impressed, but sometimes you have to dig deeper and finish the whole pint to appreciate the beer for its style and what it calls for. This was an easy to drink porter and will be looking for it soon!

Overall Impression-

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Photo of imbibehour
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Nice foamy cocoa brown head sitting on a dark chestnut body. Head forms about two fingers in size and had some good retention. Fairly large sized bubbles too for the head.

Whipped creamy chocolate mousse on the nose, and a mix of balanced malt and small roast. Real nice here very enjoyable.

Chocolate smell does not seem to come as much on the taste. Palate fills with a good solid roast and hint of coffee more than chocolate. Good balance and body in the feel, finishing with dark malts but also a little bit of carbonation fizz.

OVerall pretty solid to go porter. Best and a personal favorite no, but you could do a lot worse. Good solid beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black, but is actually a relatively clear dark reddish-brown when held up to the light. The 1.5 finger head had some staying power and left nice lacing.

There's an obvious coffee and chocolate smell, along with plenty of roasted malts, and a touch of hops.

Taste wise it's a very smooth milk chocolate and latte combo, along with plenty of toasty, roasty malts. A light hops presence is there but faint.

It's well carbonated for a porter, medium bodied, and slightly slick going down, but relatively easy to drink.

Overall it's a tasty porter. If you like chocolate beer, this is an excellent choice.

IMO, Rogue's main problem is that the price of their sixers isn't commensurate with the level of quality (which is often equaled in similar styles, but at a considerably lower price with other breweries).

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer many times and it always fails to fully impress...I keep thinking it's gonna be a coffee stout or a porter with real mocha...

And it ain't! So why the name?

I mean it's kinda got the acidic backbone...nah not really...

It's a very gorgeous beer with little rivers of caramel soap floats more like rapids in the chocolate sea!

It's a good beer it's just that I was expecting chocolate coffee and it just ain't here. In name and all I guess but asking malt to do this blatantly without help is just too much.

THat said...I must say this beer beats the heck outta any poser porters made by the big three and all...and is a finely crafted porter with a nice enough hop profile that would beat on lesser beers. It's just that it doesn't have mocha in it...

Maybe I'm missing the point?

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,900 ratings
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