Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

very good
1,365 Reviews
Mocha PorterMocha Porter

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Reviews: 1,365 | Ratings: 2,873
Photo of Shiloh
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This porter should be enjoyed in front of a roaring fire, in a lodge in a complete relaxing mode.
Almost coal black with a firm tan crown combining later with a thick ring and pleasing glass cling.
Carbonation is undetermined due to the hue, but it sure feels more than adequate.
The scent is that of a burnt dark chocolate.
The taste exceptional...burried malts to accent the hop lead.
Coffee beans, dark chocolate, assortment of nuts and cream.
Hats off Rogue, you have done it again.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice black color with a finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was a nice full chocolate with slight roasted tones, a touch of sweet caramel as well. The flavor was chocolate upfront and in my face, moving to a well hopped coffee bitter finish. Very nice. The feel was thick and creamy, smooth and very drinkable. A very well built beer, with a really nice flavor. I enjoyed this beer a great deal.

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

from arrowine

i liked the way this poured but it perhaps didn't seem style appropriate. it was a beautiful opaque black with garnet highlights at the edges and a fluffy darker-than-tan head that dropped down to a firm coating. from looking at the BJCP guidelines, i don't feel that a porter should be opaque black. i liked it, but perhaps out of style

the nose was subtle: dark, burnt chocolate

it took me some time to really get into the flavor of this brew, each mouthful tasting better than the last. at first i thought "wow, so hoppy for a porter," but it grew on me and i began to attribute some of the (dilectible) bitterness to grain. i don't drink coffee so i didn't expect to have much comment on the "mocha," but i definitely tasted something that reminds me of a smell i've encountered at coffee shops (if that makes sense). i really loved the deep chocolate and thought i might have sensed some dark fruit (figs? haven't had those in awhile). i know i caught a wisp of hop flower

RMP is real smooth. not chewy, but real smooth. when i let some linger around my tongue it just wanted to slipslide down my gullet. delicious

this stuff is tasty. my first rogue product. despite my limited experience i feel that this kinda crosses over into stout territory, which is certainly no complaint. mmm

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours out a deep, dark brown with a reddish tint. Big fluffy tan head. Lots of sticky lace.

Coffee and bitter chocolate aroma.

Flavor is roasty, grapey, bitter coffee with a slight hoppy finish.

Easy drinking session beer. I'm working thru a sixer now.

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Photo of wailingwench
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eye Candy: Thick, pillowy tan haed over ink black. Deep, dark, mysterious, and inviting.

The Nose Knows: Initial sweet fruit, touch of caramel, all chocolate, slight hop to clear the nose.

Tongueland: Slightly creamy, but just a tad thin. Slight sweet fruit, touch of rich cocoa, finishes bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, lingering hop aftertaste.

Bender: Somehow reminds me of Harveys Christmas Ale mixed with a rich Porter. Another one to add to the usual list.

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

Found this at the restaurant bar in the Inn at Versailles in the middle of nowhere Ohio.

Poured dark brown, decent carbonation thin brown head with spots of darker head. Very elegant.

The smell was fruity and coffee like, very complex and pleasant.

The taste was amazing. Smooth chocolate coffee flavors with a little hop and not a hint of harshness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was smooth and on the creamy side.

Drinkability was great.

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

Poured this into a large goblet with a deep dark chocolate color. With slightly reddish brown edges when held up to the light. A tan one finger head dissipates to a nice patchy covering that stays to the end of the glass, nice lacing as well. The aroma is very sweet to the nose with hints of alcohol and dark fruits. The sweetness is the taste is quickly covered up with bitter and burnt tones of chocolate, I like this bitterness. The mouthfeel is a medium to thin, but with good carbonation. At this low ABV, I think that it’s very drinkable. I’ll be purchasing more of this in the immediate future.

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

12/16/04- Given to me from my fiancee as part of a winter warmer 10 pack purchased at Cost Plus in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no expiration date. Poured into my Steinlager pint glass.

Appearance- A black and rather thick pour. Large head and average lacing.

Smell- Dark chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of bitterness...hops?

Taste- Huh? This is my first porter where I have tasted so many hops. Much more bitter than I expected and very dry going down. Lots of dark chocolate flavors milling around.

Mouthfeel- Decent carbonation. Reminds me of a stout mouthfeel.

Drinkability- One of the better porters I have had. The hops make it different and therefore a plus in my book. Will try again sometime soon.

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Photo of SBPCGuru
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine Rogue brew. 1/2 finger of head that quickly dissipates. Spotty tan colored lacng down the sides of the tulip glass. Presents itself a very dark brown color with medium to slightly high carbonation. Nice malty beginning, then the hops biterness shows, ending with a creamy aftertaste.Felt good in the mouth, but a little too carbonated. I could finish off a sixer of these boys while reading a good book in front of the winter fire.

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

Procured in Johnson City, Tennessee and shipped by air to Moscow. Lots of ingredients listed, including chocolate malt. No freshness info.

Clear dark chocolate brown under a one finger beige head that fades ever so slowly but leaving only a few wisps of lace. Nice caramel and malt nose with a hint of flowery hops. Quite prickly and reasonably heavy, particularly from the sweetness. Nice feel to it, even after the liquid fades. Strong chocolate flavors to start, with a bit of smokiness. Espresso flavors emerge later, particularly as it warms. That dry bite lingers well in the aftertaste, creating a lovely blend of chocolate and coffee. Nice.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date. Pours a deep brown cloudy liquid, with only a bit of bronze highlights. Thick, tan creamy head. Head retention was very good. Excellent lace on the sides of the glass. Slight roasty smell, with some cocoa powder. Flavors again with a little roasty, followed by a nice chocolate/mocha flavor. Dry finish, very little bitterness. Low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. This beer has really nice flavor to it. Pretty drinkable. Excellent choice.

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Photo of Shaw
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color without much head. It is as dark as a stout.

The smell is of roasted malt with no hop aroma.

The roasted malt smell carries over as the main flavor. I also taste some chocolate and nut flavors.

The body is good and substantial enough for a porter.

The drinkability is above average, which is how I would describe this ale. I've had better porters. But maybe that's because I prefer a creamier porter. This is drier and more bitter. It's one of my least favorite brews from my favorite brewery.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep, almost black color, with a bit of reddish-brown at the edges. The smell is rather funky, almost pruney. Taste's a bit bitter, and I don't really like it at first, but it gets better as it warms. It tastes almost like a light imperial stout, with an underlying pruniness.

I don't know if I'd buy this beer again. It's not bad at all, just rather average, and not what I'm really looking for in a porter. But it'd do in a pinch.

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Photo of ramrod666
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this porter pours a nice deep ruby- mohogany color with a short lived head that laces my goblet very nicely.smell is dark chocolate with coffee hints and hops. a delicious porter that goes down well with a nice medum-heavy mouthfeel. this will suit anyone who enjoys this style.

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Photo of kindestcut
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rogue Mocha Porter poured a very dark brown, bordering on black. The beer gave up a thick tan head that lingered for a minute before slowly dying.

The aroma was very nice, dominated by roasted malt with a definite hoppiness that seems rather out of place in a porter. It makes for a mouthwatering smell, though.

The taste was reminiscent of a very dry stout/porter but with a hoppy bitterness. I know this is called a "mocha" porter but I found it more difficult to find the chocolate and coffee notes that everyone else seemed to taste right-off. They're there but in my mind, this is a beer dominated by its dry bitterness.

I believe this to be a decent beer. With a little less hops, I think it could be excellent.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque deep brown, largely impenetrable to light, with a thick and creamy tan head, which persists well, and excellent heavy lacing.

Aroma: Rich and rather sweet aroma of chocolate and coffee, with dark malt notes as well. There are some relatively mild herbal hop notes, atypical for a porter, but they are understated and do not offend. I am made to think of a dark chocolate cake and dusted with cocoa, a quite seductive aroma.

Taste: Begins with a slightly sweet flourish of rich chocolate and coffee, later in the taste, dark roasted flavors appear. Finishes dry with distinct and lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quite full, very soft on the palate.

Drinkability/notes: An elegant dessert or winter beer, to be savored on a dark and cold day.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So pretty. Little bits floating in it. Perfect head, large and tan.

Hoppy smell. It is a Rogue, after all. Very nice toffee and coffee mixture with an almost woody hint. Strange and nice.

Coffee up front, only sweet, like something that's coffee flavored. Sugar, toffee, and hop on the back. Nice. Very nice.

A bit of a thin mouthfeel, for a porter. Maybe Anchor just has me spoiled. It does go down nice and smooth, though. A little bit too bitter to drink too much of it at once.

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Photo of KoG
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice dark tint with hints of red if the light hits it just right. Created a nice head that took a while to leave with some lacing around the glass.

Smell was of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate with a touch of alcohol, overall pretty good.

Taste was good, nice and thick with a definate coffee background and a hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, not too thick to be in stout country but not as light as most porters I've had, just about right with a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability is a bit better than average as it does get a bit heavy but overall a good brew to have once in a while.

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Photo of scriabin
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great porter for a crisp autumn night. Pours with a lovely dark chocolate hue and a coffee colored head. The taste is a great mix of chocolate, espresso, and barley. The carbonation level is a little on the high side, but tis a minor quibble. Cheers!

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

Nice black body with a ruby hue to it when held upto light. The head comes on pretty strong and quickly releases to nothing more than a film. The aroma is nice and chocolaty an almost pine background. The taste is very well balanced with just the right amount of roasted barley and chocolate. The finish comes together very well and ends with a moderate burnt nut taste. This is a very nice porter from Rogue and is a very nice younger brother to the phenomenal Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of Guinness4me
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think they should have called this Espresso Porter. If this had caffeine, I would have a reason to drink it.

The smell was to me the standard, Rogue hoppiness that I've found in nearly all of their which beers I've tried. I personally don't like hoppiness in a porter, but I went with it.

The taste was too hoppy for my like as well, with only a hint of mocha and a blast of bitter coffee. My hopes of the aftertaste bringing this beer around were dashed as well.

The mouthfeel was okay, just seemed a little flat.

Drinkablilty for me would be tough since I didn't enjoy the flavor.

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

Pours a jet-black with a tiny bit of red if you don't mind sticking your eyeball to the glass. Chocolate brown head goes down faster than Paris Hilton in the Backstreet Boys' tour bus.

Prominent caramel malt and roasted coffee bean flavors, ixed with a bitter hoppy aftertaste. The finish is a bit tart and tongue-swelling, and the coffee presence is so strong it leaves the same film behind in your mought as a cup of java. Smooth but a bit watery, nice stuff but a too heavy on the coffee for me to be too drinkable, would have liked a bit more "mocha" in it.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having had this a few times, I went for it at the bar the other day and thought I ought to give it a review.

Apperance: The beer is a deep brown color, nearly opaque, and it is topped by an inch of clumpy tan head that has decent retention.

Smell: The smell is of roasted malt that melds with some agressive hop flavor into a piney, roasty bitterness.

Taste: The first sip is at once full and flavorful. There is a solid porter flavor, amped up to accentuate the flavors of this porter. The dark and chocolate malts contribute a coffee and chocolately flavor, not as clean as in their chocolate stout however. I feel the strong roasted bitterness of the porter cuts into these emerging flavors only to be overtaken by the strong dose of hops that comes on in the ending and aftertaste. I really like this one, and frequent it often for its bold flavors. If you're looking for a easier drinker, go for something English, like Fuller's.

Mouthfeel: Full and almost thick, this is better as it warms. Not overly viscous or cloying, but with more body than most other porters.

Drinkability: I seem to like this, and I've had more than one on more than one occasion. But, compared to other porters, this one isn't quite as weak and easily sessioned. I'd take this over a lot of others any day.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a finger of rocky, dark tan to chestnut head with bubbles of varying size that fades only slightly, holding up a good gridwork of lace. Beer is color of molasses with no real highlights and obviously no visible carbonation. Rich, smooth smells of roast barley, pumpernickel, and raisins covered in baking chocolate. Paradoxically, these aromas seem to sweeten with warmth. Not to blast anything about the smell, but where's the mocha? Coffee does seem to be more forthright in the taste... rich bitterness of plain black coffee abounds, with a finish like bitter greens left to caramelize too long... charred iron skillet flavors. Carbon. Flavors are integrated but lack development. Mouthfeel is firm and moderately sticky with tingling carbonation; persistent bitter aftertaste; heavy finish. Drinkable, but a bit too aggressive to be sessionable, and not quite curious enough to encourage exploration. Solid, yes. But also--at least for non-coffee drinkers like myself--one-dimensional.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,873 ratings.
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