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Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good
1,359 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:
1,359
Ratings:
2,855
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
16.8%
 
 
Wants:
121
Gots:
385
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 1,359 | Ratings: 2,855
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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Photo of SisuPride
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a bottle of this at Nashville's Mellow Mushroom with a "White" pizza. This beer smells amaizing with coffee and chocolate dominating your sniffer. It had a small to non-existent head. Very dark. Honestly it had almost too much flavor - and it was more bitter than sweet and my beer tooth leans on the sweet side. Also, I prefer a creamery beer and the mouth feel on this brew was much lighter. If you are looking for something that packs the flavor this is the beer for you.

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Photo of GrinkoN
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Brown, tan head, some carbonation and head

S: Roasted coffee, chocolate, some hops

T/F: the slight bitterness is up front, slight coffee leads to chocolate. Much thinner then most stouts but maintains a medium body.

O: Was a decent brew, wish it was more balanced with malts, was good not great. would consider again but woudnt look it for it.

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Photo of Amdahl
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown if not black. The tan head is nice and creamy, but leaves little to no lace. Aromas of chocolate and coffee are dominate. Little to no hops were noticeable. The taste was a little bitte for me. It tastes almost exactly like coffee (this is of little surprise to me as the beer is a MOCHA porter). This is a very full-bodied beer. I have trouble drinking more than one of these at a time. To me, this beer does not taste good enough to merit a higher score and the smell is a little to much on the coffee side. This is a rather average beer to me.

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Photo of mclanem
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Has a nice chocolate black look with a nice and think/ brown head. could still see through it with a light.

Smell: hints of Coffee and malt with a little hops as well.

Taste: Has a good taste with hints coffee, chocolate, and malt, could taste the hops as well. The beer has a nice bitterness on the end. There is a lingering coffee taste mostly after you finish the beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a nice feel but the body is not as milky thick as I would like.

Drinkablity: This beer is very drinkable not to much of any one flavor to leave you bored.

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Photo of TStandley13
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a nice fluffy and soft burnt white colored head. Not see-through at all.

S - Definite coffee smell upfront with a chocolate smell lingering in the background. A nice campfire smell.

T - Definetely coffee and chocolate taste. Very delicious and creamy tasting as well. I think the "mocha" title serves this beer correct.

M - Decent mouthfeel, goes down nice and smoothly. Carbonation seems to be on par. Definitely could be a little bit thicker, but not bad!

D - I could drink a few of these buit thats about it.

I am beginning to really enjoy what Rogue has been putting out, and this adds to my list of beers to buy again!

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Photo of tyanow
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am not a coffee drinker, so please keep that in mind when reading my notes.

A - dark brown thin but creamy head

S - roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with a burnt overtone

T - three flavors jump out at me in this order, burnt, coffee, roasted nuts

M - a little metallic, lighter body than I predicted, leaves a lingering burnt coffee taste.

D - To me this was below the line of acceptability in terms of drinkability.

Overall I'd say that this is an ambitious attempt from one of my very favorite breweries. Coffee drinkers might love it but I sure don't. Not of of Rogues gems, of which there are many.

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Photo of indy169
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mocha Porter pours a deep nutty brown with light brown lacing that hold up nicely throughout my drink. Nose is earthy and mild. Mouthfeel is rather tinny and could be toned down with a little less hopping. Malt is pretty dominant on the linger, but this porter does have an unsettling sour/bitter to it. I recently had the Rogue Chocolate Stout which I would definately opt for in favor of this one. Close but no cigar.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,855 ratings.
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