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Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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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: 1,355 | Ratings: 2,842
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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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, probably quite old. Dark black with bloody edges. A big tan head lasted quite a while and left some nice lacing to boot. Aromas are all chocolate, caramel, espresso, and smoke. The taste is smoky up front with some roasted malt notes in the middle and some big espresso notes in the finish. wow, maybe aging this has made it into more of a smoked porter, than a mocha one. The mouthfeel was creamy and just right and the drinkability was good as well. A cheaper, not as good, AKSmokedPorter!

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stout black color, wwith only a little light getting through at the botttom of the glass. Huge 2" head that is very bubbly and appears to be sticky. Smell is not very potent, only slight coffee and hop notes. Taste is about the driest thing I have ever had. Just like a cup of regular joe. Hops combine with the bitterness of the coffee to make an odd aftertaste. Not my favorite Rogue product, but good nonetheless.

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

I’m picking up a casual hop aroma – strange for a porter, especially a mocha porter, but I can’t complain. The black lacquer body is full and silky and paints the glass with elegant lace. The alleged mocha property is either deliberately muted or merely implied. It’s certainly not a core, defining characteristic, which is instead derived from darkly roasted (if not charred) grains. The finish here is this beer’s most alluring asset. It is long and smoky and fades out gracefully like the closing scene of a Bogart movie.

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

Deep and dark brownish-black. Thin layer of persistent tan-colored lace speckles the glass nicely. Aromas are chocolate-covered caramel squares with a dash of bitterness. Flavor is thick and creamy, with lots of chocolate in there. There's also some coffee flavor as well. Finishes with a nicely-balanced dose of bitterness to match wits against the sweetness. Solid mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Rogue scores with anoter winner for me.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 TongoRad
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque ebony color with a thick tan head (veering a bit too close to Stout territory).

Roasted malt and hops combine on the nose to give an inviting coffee-like aroma.

The mouthfeel is just wonderful with significant amounts of caramel to balance all that roast malt. It finishes dry with slight chocolate and raisin notes.

Just superb overall.

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

This is a great, easy drinking porter with lots of flavor. Almost black with a nice tan head. It had a fruity chocolate scent and a smokey chocolate flavor. The mouthfeel is good. This is a very drinkable beer. It is hitting the spot nicely on a hot humid Saturday afternoon.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rogue Mocha Porter was served from a 12 paper labeled bottled. In a pint glass, the beer was nearly black (back-lighting revealed a deep ruby tone), and was topped by an ample and persistant light brown head that left excellent sheet lacing. The nose yielded a well developed mocha maltiness that was cut through by a cola-like sharpness. These notes were carried through into the taste, which offered an effervescent mocha-cola malt profile, which became more chochlatey in the transition to a nice choco-cola bittered finish which left long-lingering coffee notes. The body seemed a little thin for the character of the beer, and the carbonation was certainly over-fluffy....which would explain the nicely persistant head. Despite these flaws, Mocha Porter was a enjoyable beer, and would make a fine session brew.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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 MrNuggets
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served just below room temp.
Towering tan head is full and lasting. This beer seems very carbonated. I can see bubbles on the inside of my glass, gone now. Smells of unsweetened chocolate. Brown colour with ruby highlights. I get the choco taste to start with. Roasted malt dominates until the end. Coffee bitterness finishes the tasting experience. Light mouthfeel do to the high carbonation, this is not a bad thing at all. Suits the beer very well and makes it exceptionally drinkable.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,842 ratings.
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