Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,365 Reviews
Mocha PorterMocha Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,365
Ratings:
2,875
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
399
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 1,365 | Ratings: 2,875
Photo of onewetpaw
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Slight coffee

A- Nearly black with slight reddish/garnet character at the edges.

F- Proper porter flavors with some nice chocolate notes. Minimal astrigency. The rogue house flavor is there gently reminding my of Dead Guy Ale. I'm sure this is from the PacMan Yeast.

M- Light and easily drinkable.

O- A really nice darker beer. I'm not a huge porter/stout drinker. This one works for me, probably because of the lack of astrigency. A perfect winter beer for someone how likes to have more than one at a sitting.

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Photo of bramsdell
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice dark brown, deep and rich, the way a good porter should look. Big head on this thing, but it's possible it was from the bottle (I fumbled it a little taking it out of the fridge). Anyway, the head recedes nicely to a thin light tan color with great retention on the sides of the glass.

S: Smells of coffee...unsurprising. It smells great. There's a good balance of aromas between dark-beer-scent and coffee-scent.

T: Pretty damn good. I find that sometimes porters lose too much of the true beer flavor when infused like this, but Rogue keeps a great balance. The taste is actually initially porter, dark and malty. As that flavor recedes, the roasted-ness of the malts cedes to a roasted coffee flavor, which then brings a wonderful sweetness along with it. The first few sips tasted more like a coffee porter, but as the beer continued, the sweetness of mocha revealed itself.

M: Again, no complaints. It's not the thick oil of a stout, but it certainly has a character of its own. The aftertaste is the most prevalent feature, as the subtle sweetness remains on the tongue for a pleasant feeling.

O: Nothing bad to say about this beer. It didn't blow my socks off, but I have nothing negative to say. Nice job, Rogue.

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Photo of kurp001
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle bought at Towson Wine & Liquor

Pours a deep brown, near black, with pretty much no highlights. This is actually one of the darkest beers I recall seeing in some time. About one finger of tan head recedes rather quickly, leaving no lacing behind.

A mocha aroma is the first thing that comes through on the aroma, along with a mild roasted barley character.

A thin coffee flavor is noticeable upfront, it seems to become more full midway as more of a roasty flavor pulls through. As the beer warms, a nutty flavor starts to come thtough, as well. A mild hop bitterness is apparent on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with ample carbonation, but the body just seems a little too watery to stand up to the robust flavors of the beer.

Good drinkability on this one, although I wish the mouthfeel was less watery. At the end of the day, though, this is definitely worth trying for the coffee fan.

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Photo of Aleks_P
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours very, very dark brown. Could only tell it wasn't black when I held it really close to our kitchen ceiling light and could see the brown hues around the edges. Thin tan head, took a few seconds to appear and then disappeared quickly. After a sip or two just had very light lacing around the edges.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, charcoal. As advertised, seems promising based on aromas.

Taste: Not what I expected, more bitter than sweet. I taste the chocolate notes, but it is a bitter chocolate like baker's chocolate. Very much like a dark coffee flavor. After the initial flavors subside there is a really strange, almost tangy aftertaste that I do not care for, some kind of biting sour residual flavor.

Feel: Pretty dry beer, almost chalky. Carbonation very average, more of a creamy carbonation than anything. Bitterness remains after each sip, similar to a dry hoppy beer.

Overall: I'm disappointed by this beer, but I see it is rated pretty highly on BeerAdvocate. The look and smell are great but there is something really offputting about the second wave of tangy, sour flavor once I waded through the initial coffee and chocolate notes. Not sure if it's just the batch I got or whether that was part of the plan. I'll manage through the six pack I picked up but there are a lot of coffee or chocolate porters I prefer to this one, generally something a little sweeter.

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Photo of Saunapoika
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very nice black pour with a single finger, thick, brown head. This one went into my Wisconsin Badger 1994 Rose Bowl Champion stoneware mug. Very stout handle on it for just this type of brew.

S: Very rich smelling like a piece of chocolate cake with warm chocolate syrup drizzled over the top. Mild hops deep into the aroma. Very inviting.

T: Sweetness up front with a building bitterness towards the finish. This had a suprisingly dry ending. Not quite the mocha experience I had in mind but very good nevertheless. There is a building bitterness as the beer warms.

M: Smooth and dry. Carbonation is right where I like it as it is creamy and thick.

D: The richness with this one would let me drink only one of these. Indeed, it's an after dinner brew while relaxing in your favorite chair. Very impressive brew overall.

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Photo of AMoceri7
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Like a hella better Guinness Extra Stout

A: Looks great, guinness guinness guinna... you guessed it. Black with a brown hue to it. Translucent to say the least. Great head that dissipates through drinking and leaves a fine layer of lacing throughout.

S: Not much really. Far from being aromatic at all. Some hoppiness is noticeable but you might have a hard time guessing or believing it was a porter from the smell...that didnt really exist.

T: A bit weak. Smooth but weak. The coffee and chocolate flavors dont seep through until after it passes the back of the palate. The hops and what seems like roasted barley are the dominance here. But taking a weak approach to leadership they do. Nothing that hits the "o ya!" spot at all.

M: Maybe a little under carbed. Perfect for the style, extra stout all the way.

D: In all honesty, glad other patrons stole 2 from the 6 pack I was going to buy. Probably will be forcing my buddies to take it off my hands. Couldnt finish one.

O: Looking for a k(th)ick? This is probably not your go. But for its style, not too bad.

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Photo of BrewIndy
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black.

S: Great smell. I love the way this beer smells. It doesn't get much better than this.

T: Good taste. I can't say it's the best porter I've ever had but it's not the worst. It's not offensive at all and it leaves me wanting more.

I could drink a few more of these. My guess is I'll be going back to this. You can't go wrong with a Rogue.

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Photo of andyo
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 oz. after a four and a half hour class tonight. Hoping this will be better than the last Rogue I had: yellow Snow Ale.

This one poured with lots of carbonation. Nice big brown/grey head that settled nicely. Not much to the aroma- smelled like wet coffee grounds, but not strong.

Taste was uneven at first. Couldn't really get any complex "jump out at ya" flavors. Lots of heavy roasty flavors, but a bit thin for me. However, as I drank this beer, it settled down a bit, and I was able to pick out some faint coffee, with a straw finish. Mouthfeel was sticky as all get out.

Not a bad beer, but definately not as smooth as the Shakesphere Stout.

Side note: I'm heading out to Hookahville tomorrow afternoon, and will be sampling some nice Bells, DFH, Bluegrass Brewing Company, and Founders to mention a few. Should be some good reviews coming out of that batch. Can't wait to get back to my midwest brews!

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Photo of exodus1369
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice, brown and reddish, nice tan head. Malt, and mocha slight hint of chocolate, had to really get my nose in to it though. The taste very much reflects the smell but with more robustness. Goes down very well and has a nice crispness. Over all a very nice beer, great job again Mocha Porter.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an almost opaque ebony with glimmers of ruby at the edges of the glass. A finger of thick, tan head slowly dissipates into tiny islands and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Mmmm, mocha. The combination of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans is immediately apparent to the nose. There's alot of toasted flavor throughout, even reaching the point of charred wood.

T: Chocolate, molasses, and black coffee are all over the front of the palate. Hints of dark fruit are present as well, though they are quickly swallowed up by a sturdy roasted bitterness. It hits all of the notes I was looking for without being overpowering one way or the other.

M: Commanding on the palate without being overwhelming. Medium bodied with a creamy texture and low carbonation, especially as it warms.

D: This is currently my favorite easy-access porter. It contains impressive complexity for being under 6% ABV but lacks the harshness that makes some porters hard to really enjoy. It's not necessarily sessionable since it is quite heavy, but it's highly enjoyable on its own. I have a an Anchor Porter in the fridge and look forward to comparing the two to see if it can dethrone the Rogue.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is typical, unfortunately somewhat lifeless,not much head,but a good lace. The smell is the worst of this beer,almost dirt -like or old soiled laundry..lol. The taste is much better and no after taste. The malt is a bit bitter or the mocha not sure which,and its a little dry. I apologize, my taste buds just are not high on porters. It reminds me of a dry dark wine.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Too bubbly and bitter for my taste. My opinion is that stouts and porters should be smooth and creamy, not hoppy. Some people might enjoy this, especially if you're a fan of IPAs.

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Photo of mitchfor3
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, purchased in a sixer at BevMo for about $8.

This is a damn good porter. Smell hits you right out of the bottle, even before pouring. Rich flavor with strong coffee and more subtle chocolate.

Slightly over carbonated, meaning taste is a bit delayed - let this one sit in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing to savor the flavor.

Could have used a tad bit better head retention, but good lacing, and impressively thick body.

Overall a fantastic American porter - another outstanding ale from Rogue.

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Photo of SSBrennan
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark caramel, slightly red around the edges with a thick tan head that falls slowly with good lacing.

The smell is relatively weak with dominant malt flavors and a little hop bitterness.

The taste is characterized by chocolate malt that gives way to the coffee before finishing with dry bitterness. Complex and dense.

The beer is smooth but slightly lighter than I expected.

A good beer but probably to be enjoyed only occasionally or the bitterness will overwhelm the other flavors.

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Photo of CardiacNP
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rogue Mocha Porter from Oregon 5.3%ABV

Aroma very roasty malty chocolate with coffee

Appearance dark brown to black pour with a creamy beige color head and average lacing

Taste roasty like the aroma, bittersweet chocolate and a mild bitter coffee finish

Mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated. Maybe a little more than most porters. Finishes a bit dry. Very pleasant

Overall a solid roasty porter with chocolate and coffee flavors. Don't drink it to cold so the aroma and flavors really open up. A nice evening desert beer while relaxing.

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Photo of seydou
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cola brown color with tan foam that sticks around for a bit... the kind of foam that creates little valleys as some starts to dissipate.

I don't get any overwhelming smell, but nothing bad either.

Tastes good, even better after the drink. No weird chemical or artificial taste you get with some chocolate or coffee porters, and the chocolate taste is really nice and subdued.

A little too carbonated, and not quite heavy enough preventing it from an upper-echelon porter for me. But still good. Really balanced when drinking, full, nothing sticks out. Halfway through the glass, it's still easy to drink.

Paid $6 for a 650ml bottle.

Note on 4/23 -- drank this right after a Kona Pipeline (coffee porter), and this blows it away in smoothness.

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Photo of MTMugs
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really liked the taste of this - bitter, coffee, chocolate. Who could ask for more! Poured nicely, dark brown, good tan head. The bittern aroma translates to bitterness on the tongue and lingers a little more than I'm used to in a porter but was a pleasant change. And a nice dry hoppy finish - all in all, a good drink (or 2 or 3!)

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Photo of olegv40
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice nearly black with a creamy brown head that laces all the way down the glass

S - Not too much aroma, but slightly hoppy, fresh scent with a hint alcohol

T - Slight coffee and chocolate flavor that is mildly bitter, but finishes very clean

M - Perfectly carbonated

D - Very drinkable, need to get some chocolate to go with this.

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Photo of pandashaver
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Black porterly body with 2 finger off-white head (though light was low). Retention was fantastic, as the head was more stout-like in it's complete foaminess.

S - Wow - chocolate, coffee, roasted, nuts, and definitely more. Smelled like a desert and was a great way to end the night.

T - It's everything you could want in a porter or stout, with a sweet dessert treat flawlessly incorporated into it. You get a dominant chocolate/cocoa presence with some notes of coffee and nuttiness and even some blackberry type flavors coming through. One I need to try again, probably multiple times more, to describe the entire flavor. Want to give a 5 here, but need to try again.

M - Very smooth and medium-thick. Great winter drink. Somewhat sticky, very creamy/buttery on the palate. Lingering roasty bitterness that lasts.

D - Since it's so rich, probably couldn't drink all night. But, having one I really wanted another and will probably pick up a 6-pack in the future.

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Photo of poluti
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Nice brown porter color with a nice bit of tan head. Orange tints on the side of the glass when held up to the light. Great looking beer.
I pulled Centennial hops when wafting it. When I stuck my nose into the glass it had a fairly rich barley smell. Pretty good smelling beer.
The taste was intriquing. I tasted the hop kick on the back of my throat before I was able to distinguish the roasted malts on the tip of my tongue. It was interesting, and I was pulling coffee in the aftertaste. Overall, it was a pleasurable experience. My only complaint is that it felt really thin for a porter. However, it did coat my tongue fairly nicely.
I really enjoyed this beer, even though I am not a huge porter fan. I will be drinking it again.

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Photo of Nibbley
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another outstanding offering from the Rogue brewery. Pours pitch black with small beige head that doesn't last long. Tastes of dark roast coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Nice tight carbonation that dances in your mouth. Good session brew, haven't found a food this one wont go with.

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Photo of Chessmaster
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black, with ruby highlights against light. 1-2 fingers head which quickly dissipates.

S: Faint chocolate smell

T: Smooth roasted malt with hints of chocolate.

M: Medium body, light carbonation

O: Easily drinkable and pleasant porter. I could easily drink several of these in a row. The mocha aspects are not overpowering -- subtle.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of rugger
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer not the best but above average. It pours a nice black with very little ruby redness around the edges. The head was perfect and laces nicely. The smell comes from a nice roasted malt presence as does the taste. There is also a thick chocolate graininess there as well. Mouthfeel is nice and big, but more of an oval feel than a round feel. Drinkable for sure especially on a nice fall evening.

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Photo of pettis
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice, classic American porter. Lots of great chocolate and roasted malt in the nose, with hints of coffee. With each sip a delicious roasted malt and chocolate flavor rolls through the mouth and ends with a pleasant crisp bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Can't say it's the best porter I've ever had, but there's certainly little to complain about. Very solid beer, very flavorful, and very drinkable at 5.0% abv.

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Photo of hike20
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Medium light tan head that really hangs on. Aroma of malt, nothing surprising there. Nicely balanced flavors, pleasant carbonation. Dark roast coffee with a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Overall one of the best tasting porters I've had.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,875 ratings.
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