Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

very good
2,887 Ratings
Mocha PorterMocha Porter

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

having had this beer maybe 10 times it is always one of my favorites but i just never got around to reviewing it. served on tap at barelys and into a pint glass.

nice dark brown pour with a good inch and a half of dark tan head that hangs on top of the glass for what seems like forever before it falls back down to earth. very solid look i have to admit. aroma is deep coffee and sweet chocolate notes that just seem to layer themselves on top of each other. smooth, sweet, and lightly bitter it coats the tongue and offers such a smooth, and easy flavor it comes across simply great. touches of light vanilla and a lightly dry and sweet finish seal the deal for me.

overall one of the most solid and dependable beers that there are.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 2/10/2010

Appearance: Dark dark brown with a thin tan head

Smell: Toasty, burnt malts and lots of coffee - some subtle chocolate in the background, but the smell is dominated by the coffee (not necessarily a bad thing)

Taste: Unexpectedly burnt and roasted for what is labeled a porter - nice balance between the coffee and the malts - some chocolate - overall, the flavor is good but not all that special

Mouthfeel: On the thin side given the roasted/burnt character, but with nice carbonation

Overall: Definitely drinkable - I actually would have guessed the ABV was higher

This is definitely a good beer but it's not something I need to buy more often. I really think I would enjoy it more if it were labeled a "coffee porter" rather than a "mocha porter." But now that I mention that, I've definitely had better coffee porters...

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Photo of mrmuskie
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a black with burgandy highlights and a 1/4" tan head.
The smell was a roasty maple sweetness with a slight coffee aromma and maybe a touch of pine.
The taste wasnt the typical mocha flavor i was used to it had a sweet maltiness with good hop balance, i found the coffee flavor can through in the finish (very nice).
All and all i would say this is a very drinkable porter not the typical cloying sweet malt bomb.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at World of Beer.

Poured a medium-amber, hues of dark buckwheat honey, white head that faded quickly without a trace. I thought they had mistaken this for the Rogue Amber, which was on tap also, but a quick waft told me this was indeed the Mocha Porter. A light hazelnut/toasted almond aroma blended with less than assertive coffee beans and an almost bock-like malt character in the background. Faint earthiness as well. The mainstay of the flavor department is a nutty cocoa flavor than seems rather muted, giving more of the stage to the light brown sugar and caramel backbone. The coffee flavor just dies. Not really what I wanted from this. The body is rather thin for a porter. I feel like a porter should have a fairly robust body (ie Flagship Porter or Fuller's) but this is pretty weak. However, it makes for a highly drinkable beer. It's not bland, nor is it thick and settling in the stomach, which makes for good, easy drinking. I would love this beer with a Garbage Plate.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky froth of tan head over dark, cloudy brown beer. Body is cloudy with interesting swirls. Not sure where those come from, but it's fun! Aromas are acidic, milk chocolate, and mild breadiness. Flavors follow with bittersweet chocolate, dry roasted coffee, floral acidity. A bit cloying, but not so much that the beer is ruined. Medium mouth and the carbonation feels just right. Smooth and easily palatable. The bomber didn't last too long!

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well; dark brownish darkish with some red hues coming from the lights going through it.

Smell is of malts, roasted coffee, mocha, shy alcohol esters coming in to tickle the nose.

Well the mouthfeel is watery and overall it is a bitter dry beer. At first, the flavors of mocha, burnt coffee and chocolate comes in and tickles your palate then it goes away rapidly. Some hints of small fruits are perceived, but are cut right away by a sharp bitter end.

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Photo of SFrankBrew
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black, all but opaque. Moderate tan head with creamy, fine bead, moderately good retention, and some lacing. Smells like roasted malt, with notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark bread crusts. Very slight hint of chocolate. Perfect for the style-quite roasty, but doesn't cross over into burnt malt flavors. Up front, the roast is very coffee like, though on the back end, a pleasant chocolate note shows through. The flavor and aroma are quite good on this one, but it's the mouthfeel that makes this so damn drinkable. Silky smooth on the palate-it's the kind of beer that leaves you excited for the next sip.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a lovely dark, dark brown, with a foamy, airy, light tan head on it of about an inch and a half. Very faint aromas of coffee and milk chocolate. On the initial sip, the beer is dry, with roasted coffee flavors, and a malt background that remains just present enough to balance the bitter flavors. In mouth, as said before, the beer is dry. Very crisp and light, which is surprising for a Porter. The aftertaste is all bitter coffee, and the finish is quick, with the slightest coffee linger on the mid-tongue. Pretty sessionable beer at the low ABV, but personally, I look for a little more body and a little more booze in my Porters. Decent beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.66/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-very dark brown, almost black with a good amount of dark tan head. has some nice lacing as well.

S-smells like ground coffee but mostly malty. it has medium strength

T-it honestly tastes like dark roasted fresh ground coffee in liquid form. In and out it keeps this great taste. The after-taste is matching. Every part of this strong flavored and lacks any poor qualities. I don't care much for Rogue brews but I am honestly quite happy with this! this might be one of the best, full bodied porters that I've had.

M-this has a good creamy, medium carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

D-Well I'll definitely have this again and I'll definitely bring this up anytime porters are mentioned. I could drink this all night long. Well done Rogue!

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Photo of marty21
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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 lsrose
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle. This had a metallic taste and smell that I have seen in multiple porters. Starts with the hops and rounds out with the mocha and chocolate tastes. The more of it I drank the more the mocha came out and I started to like it. Overall not too bad.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a almost black, dark brown color with some reddish highlights around the edges of the glass. A creamy, dark tan head slowly faded away, leaving some thick lacing around the glass. The aroma was made up of dark chocolate, roasted malts, some light vanilla, and also some freshly ground coffee notes. The flavor included notes of mocha cappucino, light roasted malts, milk chocolate, followed up by a quick, hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was light to medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A very nice porter. Not too heavy on the palate, and quite sessionable.

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Photo of haddon
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark mahogany with a nice mocha brown head. lots of lacing down the glass.

chocolate malts and a hint of smoke on the nose. not much depth. a strange metallic smell present. I have noticed this in porters before but not sure what that is.

OK, much more depth and complexity in flavors. mocha, malts, & bitter chocolate. has that hoppy sourness on the aftertaste that tends to show up in chocolate porters. I'm wondering if this sour taste is not connected with the metallic smell?

medium to full body with a nice creamy feel. just right on the carbonation

this is a drinkable porter that has a good amount of flavor and feel for a 5% abv. would surely drink again.

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Photo of MattyV
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Pretty much an opaque black, maybe letting the faintest amount of light through. Small beige and khaki head that leaves little lacing.
Nose is pleasant-- big dose of chocolate that dominates over the coffee and roasted malt. Getting funny whiffs of marijuana as it warms.
Taste has decent piney bitterness that's complemented by the coffee and dark roasted malt. Milk chocolate rounds it all out a nice crisp finish.
A bit thin, decent carbonation silky/creamy body.
This would make for a great session porter if that's what you're looking for.

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Photo of lstokes
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, nearly black, with a light tan head and some reddish highlights, this smells like roasted barley and a touch of chocolate.

It strikes me that this is a very hoppy porter, with a lot of spruce and pine building on the tongue. There's a little bit of chocolate in the taste and a little bit of coffee, but this is dominated by roasted and bitter flavors, with a little bit of astringency at the end. It's still very drinkable, with a silky body and good carbonation.

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Photo of ggilman
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The fact that I'm writing this review on a Friday night after a long week at the office could result in a letter grade discrepancy!

Poured this eagerly into my favorite tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle.

A - A thick three finger head builds to the top of the glass, but settles quickly to a quarter inch of creamy toasted marshmallow colored foam. A solid black appearance, with a dark ruby highlight when held to the light.

S - Slight whiff of coffee grounds and molasses, very minimal nose.

T - Not tons of flavor, I'm really letting it linger try to pull subtle characteristics. There's some coffee flavor up front, with a bitter bakers chocolate finish.

M - Thinner than I expected, and crisper as well. The carbonation is biting into my tongue. I'm drinking slow to experience any mouthfeel or flavor changes as it warms. It reminds me of a root beer float once the last of the ice cream has melted.

D - Smooth and drinkable, almost to a fault. I wanted to take a bite out of this beer, but I couldn't sink my teeth into it.

An enjoyable, easy to drink porter. Didn't blow me away.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel like the name is a little misleading. I think it would be better classified as a mocha stout. It has more of the roasted and bitter flavors that I associate with a stout rather than a porter. And while the mocha flavors and creamy texture are there, it's all in the finish.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a 16 oz pint glass.

A- very nice opaque black witha firm brownish white head that cobwebs its self to the sides of the glass.

S- The smell is faint roasted coffee smell with strong bitter edge.

T- Tastes like an iced mocha, nutty and a tad bitter on the finish.

M- Stays in the mouth for awhile after sipped, the flavors of nuts chocolate and coffee stay around well after ingested.

D- This is a nice drinkable porter, i just couldn't get passed the smell. Although the taste more than makes up for it.

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Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Deep chocolate brown with a half finger, tan head

Smell. Coffee, bitter chocolate, a little orange peel.

Taste. Bitter dark chocolate, tobacco, coffee, burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel.Medium carbonation, quite dry and biter.

Drinkability. Good for the style.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep brown/black, slight head on top, average lacing.

S- chocolate, roasted, caramel, vanilla, malt.

T- nutty, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, roasted slightly bitter finish

M- med/heavy body, creamy smooth body.

D- amazing, smooth, easy to drink beer. check this great beer out.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep brown, almost black. Creamy tan head with nice retention and minimal lace.

S- Chocolate with caramel notes, coffee, and vanilla hints. Grassy hints.

T- Follows nose with chocolate, coffee, and caramel notes. Touch of vanilla and earthy, nutty characteristics.

M- Medium bodied, creamy, and smooth

D- Very easy to drink. Slightly bitter coffee tones, but nice balance between chocolate and coffee. The flavors are muted. Its nothing extra-ordinary, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of NStLincoln
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark chestnut brown with a tan head.

Taste is like if tootsie roll made a dark chocolate flavor and coated it in chalk. A little bit of a whole milk smell.

I get very little coffee on the palate for a beer that's "mocha." The aftertaste and the accompanying bitterness has definite coffee characteristics. Most of what I get is a nutty bitter chocolate. Yum.

Porters are the best because I can drink a 22 ouncer and not feel like I drank a milkshake. Like 1% milk on the tongue. Easy drinking and lots of awesome chocolate and coffee bitterness.

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Photo of shand
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After the great Guinness disappointment, I was in the mood for a dark beer with some actual flavor. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet.

Pours an almost completely black color with a decent head. Head retains just a few clusters of bubbles, but retains well. The smell? Oh god, it smells like the Guinness. Coffee malts and chocolate. The taste fairs better than the Guinness though. It's bitter at first almost like black coffee, but not overwhelmingly so. Then, a bit of the chocolate character comes through, resolving the beer more sweetly. It's not bursting with flavor, but it's still pretty good. The flavor does come through more as it warms up, though.

The mouthfeel is great, it's just thick enough for the amount of flavor. The drinkability is very high, there's nothing offensive in this beer. Overall, this is a pretty decent porter. There's nothing here to amaze, but it's still very drinkable, and has it's place.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Schooner glass. Didn't see a best before date on the bottle.

A - dark brown, but not black. Slightly lighter than other porters with a bit of light actually passing through! Nice fluffy half inch head that hangs around and adds some nice lacing as I drink this beauty.

S - very slightly grass with big chocolate malt and caramel, and just a hint of coffee.

T - initially a little bitter with a bite resolving into a nice complex malt and coffee with just a bit of booziness.

M - nicely balanced between lightness and satisfying "weight" of a darker beer. Just a hint of bitterness at the back of the throat.

D - exceptionally drinkable, surprisingly so. Was expecting something heavier, but this goes down very well.

This is a great beer; heard good things about it, came with expectations and wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a finger thick, frothy, mocha colored head that slowly dissipates.

S: The nose is mainly that of roasted malts, which brings out a coffee scent in the beer. There is also hints of chocolate or cocoa.

T: The taste is just like the nose, major roasted malt/coffee bean taste throughout. There is also a subtle sweetness and a hint of hops. The finish is dry and the taste of the roasted malts is left in the palate,more of a smokey flavor.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation, finish is dry and smooth.

D: Overall this is a good beer. The roasted characteristics mesh well with the slight bitterness and sweetness and it goes down nice and smooth.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,887 ratings.
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