Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter
2,897 Ratings
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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Ratings: 2,897 |  Reviews: 1,369
Photo of Tupperwolf
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice solid black with a very thin wafer of yellowish tan head which fades very quickly but leaves behind curves of sticky lacing. Little light makes its way through.

As it warms, rather intense dark coffee scents rise; Sweet milk chocolate and roasty burnt toffee are all noticeable in the nose. It's bitter and sweet at once, tempting in its roastiness.

Flavors begin to burst forth in a surprisingly sugary way - But not sweet or cloying, because they're balanced - At one point I had the surprising impression that I had a fruity hard candy melting in my mouth. The balancing is done by distinct mocha coffee flavors, and the whole package is surprisingly tasty and easy to drink.

Swishy, tight bubbles of carbonation sift and swirl and froth through the entire mouth.

Deliciously quaffable. Easily as good or better than I remember it on tap at Rogue's pub in Portland.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good refreshing porter- nice dark pour with some sharp aromas- dark coffee beans, espresso, some bittersweet chocolate. Decent flavors, not as promising as the aromas but there- very dry dark cocolate and coffee flavors mingle with an almost sour character- like a gritty unripe grapeskin. Nice and clean but somewhat unrefined. Some mineral flavors in the aftertaste but nothing too detracting from the rest. Very decent brew, wish i could try it fresh on tap.

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

Pours jet black, but has ruby highlights when held up to light. Huge brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is malty, and roasted fruitiness, with a fair amount of hoppiness. Taste is roasted coffee, some chocolate, with malt, and bitter hopiness. Smooth and creamy, but slightly biting mouthfeel. This is a nice beer, not one of my favorite porters, but it'll do.

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Photo of SCproUA
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viking
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown, with a moderate-sized tan head. Head fades rather too quickly to lace. Smell full of barley malt, hints of fruit and coffee and chocolate. Bittersweet flavor - very hoppy - dominated by malt, but possessing quite a bit of coffee and chocolate flavors, especially in the oily finish. Very smooth brew. A very easy drinking, and interesting porter.

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Photo of marty21
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with 3 fingers of creamy tan head. Settles to a thick creamy cap and leaves tons of thick lacing all over the glass.

S: Coffee with some chocolate.

T: There's some coffee and chocolate flavors and it has a bit of a bitter finish with maybe tiny notes of hops.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a medium body.

D: This beer didn't blow me away but I wasn't disappointed. The taste was a little thin for my liking but everything else like appearance and the feel to it were great. I enjoyed drinking it but I'll probably seek out other beers before this one.

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Photo of karait95
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown color also brown head not very big but well formed dissipates slowly and leaves traces behind on the glass, carbonation cannot be appreciated easily due to the dark color but a permanent layer is always present

S: toasted malts manly the barley is detected, coffee seems to be present in the back not a complicated aroma but simple and well defined

T: flavor is intense, toasted malts, hops, coffee, just wondering if some sweet flavors are not missing

M: this one is a little to bitter maybe the extra hops overwhelm the general sensation something more balanced was expected

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Photo of MonkeyStain
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Illos
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ESeab
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour dark dark brown, close to black. Thin vanilla head with nice lacing

SMells rich dark chocolate/coffee

Tastes bitter dark coffee. A touch of dark fruit. Definitely more bitter and not sweetness much at all. Not very smooth and could be better balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice actually. I like a porter to be a bit thinner with a good amount of small bubbled carbonation.

Overall I'm happy I tried this. I'll drink this again but won't go out of my way to seek it out. There are better porters and stouts out there that aren't as bitter as this guy. I like the amount of flavor for the low abv though

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Photo of xxcarpxx
3/5  rDev -22.3%

3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of EvoRich
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a VERY deep, dark brown color. Light does shone through the edges of the glass. About a two finger head that slowly dissipates to just a thin layer.

Smell: Very malty with a hint of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. The smell is good, but seems weak.

Taste: Very roasted malt flavor. Only a small hint of mocha, or any kind of chocolate and coffee.

Feel: Smooth and creamy, with a medium body feel.

Overall: I expect it to be better. But it's a good, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fairly bland brew, in my opinion. Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissipating head that leaves a tan ring through the length of the beverage consumption. Nose is of toffee and dark chocolate. Tastes like weak black coffee and bittersweet chocolate, lacking any added sweetener. Highly carbonated - tingles my tongue all the way down. Fairly drinkable, but only because there isnt much too it.

Frankly, I expected a more chewy, chocolatey brew, so I guess I was disapointed. It was very weak, not robust like many other porters. Also, I think the carbonation really detracted from the possibility of the beer betraying any of its subtleties.

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

Pours a very dark brown with slight ruby hints around the edges, with a tight medium tan head that is moderately slow to dissipate and leaves some lacing. Smell is strong, with plenty of coffee and chocolate, and slight notes of caramel and roasted malts, with an interesting piney hop tone as well. Taste is bold coffee, with some bitter chocolate and hops filling out the profile. A little heavy on the coffee side, but still pretty well balanced. Mouthfeel is a shade thin, but still very nice, and drinkability is good. Great porter, with the classic Rogue feel.

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Photo of swinyeju
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Golden32
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was pitch black with a good, beige choppy three finger head that slowly dissapated and left a thick beige lace on top of the beer.

The smell was heavy in fruit. Raisons and figs were very prominent, somewhere in the back of the nose was hidden just a hint of hop spice.

The drink started with a thick kick of malt and coffee. The middle was a very quick hit of fruit. The finish was a lingering spice and coffee flavor. This beer was thick and chewy throughout the drink.

Well Rogue is growing on me. This is two in a row I've really enjoyed. This was, to me, just the way a porter should be. This one was quite drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Zachb4au
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of RTrain12
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MikeDre
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JustinWhipple
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jnoelani
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Dybasi
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BeerSingh
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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