Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

very good
2,889 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 claspada
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a light bubbly tan head.

Roasty malt aroma with a fairly resiny hop scent coming in at the end, not too enjoyable if you ask me. Coffee aroma helps to balance the toasty malt.

Very smooth roasty/smoky malt flavor at the nose with added hop notes. Coffee malts really come through at the finish.

Fairly thin for such strong taste. Light carbonation tickles the tongue just as the hops come through. Silky coffee aftertaste is quite appreciated

Pretty darn good overall. I like a dark beer even if its not winter, so this is a great pick for me.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark redish brown and black

Smell - I smell coffee (no surprize) smoke, dark chocolate, malts and nuts

Taste - With a name like mocha i expected a strong coffee flavor and i got it. Bitter sour coffee mixed with mild smokey porter. Im not the worlds biggest coffee drinker but this is still enjoyable. Small hint of nuts and chocolate give it a small sweet kick.

Mouthfeel - Its a little more bitter/sour then i was expecting. The aftertaste lasts awhile.

Drinkability - I was expecting more of a dessert beer, instead this would be fine with beef, sharp cheese etc. Its a solid beer. I wont go out of my way to drink this again since i guess im more of a traditional porter fan but, i wont have a problem finishing the 6-pack i have either

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown. 3/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight chocolate, hint of coffee, hint of roasted malt, hint of dark citrus, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonatin level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight coffee, chocolate, slight roasted malt, hint of dark citrus, and hops. Overall, good body, aroma, and blend. There was a slight acrid note that was off-putting, though.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Deep almost-opaque brown color with a very thick, creamy tan head that retained very well and decorated the glass. Similar to Guinness.

Smell: You can definitely smell the chocolate in it. Notes of caramel, toasted malts, a little bit of coffee, and some small hops.

Taste: The front end starts off with a delicious malty taste with a hint of vanilla. The middle is full of chocolatey goodness as well as a little bit of coffee, and finishes up with a light hop bite and faint alcohol warmth. A subtle smoky taste ties everything together.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full, rich, smooth, and creamy. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Glides down the throat in a velvety smooth way, very easy drinking. Rather rich and filling though.

Final Notes: A delicious dessert beer. Serve it up with a chocolatey dessert, cheesecake, or tiramisu. I'm half tempted to warm it up and drink it like hot chocolate sometime. I really liked it.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first noticeable thing about this porter that you notice is its pour. So smooth dark brown with a subtle aroma of mocha or cappuccino. When taking a closer whiff I notice bold malt holding this lovely beer together.
The perfect head that forms from pouring properly is reminiscent of a personal sized coffee cheesecake...lovely.

After taking first sips on this brew (while still cold) I definitely wish it were a bit warmer to have more of the aromas activated, but I suppose a beer like this i can take my time with.

This isn't the best coffee porter I've had, but it's a great attempt at it. Maybe in a cask around 52 degrees it would be that much better. That being said, you can rest assured in your purchase and will not be disappointed. Do not fear the bold flavors of nature coming together to make delicious treats for mankind.

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Photo of zhanson88
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark with tan head. Fairly minimal lacing, there was some that stuck around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Definite mocha and cocoa smell with some dark, roasted malts.

Taste: I loved this flavor. Very noticeable chocolate flavor hits first, followed by coffee, with maybe just a hint of vanilla at the end.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth finish. Not too heavy and very drinkable.

Overall: Pretty good porter. I would have it again, for sure.

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Photo of dayswonder
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This porter has a dark, chocolate appearance with a plentiful foamy head. The lacing is excellent as well.

You can smell a bit of the alcohol, but there is a definite burnt, nutty, cocoa bean kind of smell going on.

There are definitely a few dimensions of flavors when you take a sip of this porter. At first it tastes like a bitter brown ale, but then a roasted mocha flavor kicks in. As it finishes you crave more.

This porter is pretty smooth and almost feels like silk that finishes light.

A very drinkable porter. I am tasting this with my girlfriend and she is not a porter fan, but this may have changed her mind.

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Photo of cnally
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A porter on a night hotter 'n the devil's piss? I must be crazy.

This is a deep black color in the body, totally opaque, with a tan head that sticks to the glass.

Aroma is very smoky but maintains a little too much sour for me, not much depth and not much appealing.

Flavor is a big smoke bomb, burnt nuts, chocolate, and that naturally occurring briny flavor I find in porters, but is fairly accentuated in this one.

Creamy, frothy, delicious feel, thick and heavy.

Well, I just don't love porters...the sour ashy flavor is in this but not as bad as a lot of other porters I have had. Overall a decent American Porter in my estimation.

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Photo of Spider889
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured nearly black (but thin and dark ebony when held to the light) with a decent toffee head. Leaves minimal lacing but what it does is thick and viscous.

I am not smelling nearly as much as a beer of such a style would suggest. You get plenty of dark chocolate malt and a little of the coffee. There's a slight burst of hops followed by a mild sweet smell.

You definitely taste the coffee, it's only slightly sweet, and very roasted. Not as complex or enjoyable as I'd hoped but of the few coffee porters I've had this is the best so far.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. The beer itself is rather thin for me, but all the malts and coffee flavors make the beer extremely dry, leaving a cloying film on the tongue and roof of the mouth.

I don't think I'd want to drink more than one bottle in a night to be honest.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter pours a dark brown with a very slight red hue. One finger of brown head forms and quickly recedes to a layer on the surface.

The aroma is dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee and burnt/bitter caramel. The hops come through with light grassy and "fresh" aromas.

Taste is moderate and fairly smooth roasted malt, caramel and hints of chocolate. Hop bitterness is well balanced with the bite from the dark malts. The finish is smooth with roasted coffee and chocolate flavors lingering.

Mouthfeel is a wee bit thick, not overly so. Moderate carbonation and fairly good coating of the mouth.

Overall this is a nicely flavored porter that is smooth and satisfying, though not overly chocolaty. I would drink this again.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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 mempath
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice thick but quick settling burnt toffee colored head with good lacing...very dark porter that swallows even summer sunlight

sweetish roasty/toasty malts prevail with dark dried fruit notes. will have to revisit this on a cool fall day

thought this is another near-record heatwave day here in the philly area, the storm has cooled things down a bit and this porter fits the bill. velvety roasted mocha notes are perfectly balanced with sweetness and the slight toastiness. a rather dry finish for the most part with a little residual aftertaste or bite.

very drinkable, but really not an all-seasonal sessioner!

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Photo of sitarist
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #6 from the blind beer bif.

Pours a deep brown, maybe 85% opaque? It has a thick, dense, khaki tan head...two fingers takes its time rest at an 1/8", and leaves sheets of lacing.

I smell wet dog and powered sugar...the scents are faint...but pleasantly different.

It has a bitter-sweet flavor. Pecan, coco, star anise, this one is stumping me, I swear I taste mushroom gravy?

Medium bodied, and has a slight astringency to it...numbs my tongue.

Great beer but one at a time. Probably would be good with food.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Thirsty's - poured chilled into a dead guy ale glass.

A - A deep walnut brown with ruby accent and 1 inch light tan cap w/ rocky appearance. The lace clings in a ring and bead is of average size. The clarity is translucent and head retention is good

S - The smell brings esters of plum and pine from the hops w/ lots of sweet and roasty malt aromas which add to the fragrant toffee-like aroma

M - The balance of malt sweetness and bitter malt roasted astringency w/ a gentle hop bitterness is very good w/ moderate carbonation making this feel lighter in body and a dry toasty finish collects the texture concisely

T - The flavor has a brief raisin-like sweetness w/ earthy note that leads to mild roasted flavor, but no cocoa stands out, more caramel malt sweetness and mild pine hop flavor w/ gentle toasted and notes of roast remind of coffee as the name implies w/ light char note

D - A tasty porter, doesn't overwhelm the palate but meets its objective and is a solid beer, very easy to drink and keeps the style in mind

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Photo of RealityGrill
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial Pint Glass

A: Appears almost black, russet tones when held to light, massive light brown head that dissolves chunkily.

S: Mocha (surprisingly), quite sweet

T: Intense coffee and chocolate followed by rear-mouth bitterness, but after the first two sips I became slightly numbed to this

M: Slightly more watery than I expected, but this was after drinking a cream stout

D: The bitterness seemed to ruin my palate, but I would certainly buy this beer again another day

Rogue always gets points for style

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown, opaque with 1 finger fluffy beige head. Great head retention, great lacing.

S - Nice malty aroma, coffee and chocolate definitely there. Hops are also present, slight earthy aroma.

T - Mocha all the way. Chocolate and coffee working well with the roasted malts. Very sweet beer.

M - Medium bodied, not as heavy as most porter. Good level of carbonation. Finish is all mocha.

D - Very good drinkability despite its sweetness. Delicious porter easy to drink, goes very well with a nice steak as I'm enjoying it now.

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

330ml bottle poured into a tulip july2 2010

A near black with a thumbs width of mocha colored head that falls to a thin film leaving several partial rings of lace

S mild coffee with a little chocolate milk

T a little better with some bakers chocolate and coffee but has a earthy smokiness working for it, decent beer gets better as it warms

M a little thin and it seems to fizz up a bit in your mouth but still fairly good

D solid beer that tastes pretty good and is quite easy to drink

I'd drink this again but I might hesitate to buy it in Alberta where its a 20$ 6er

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Photo of JRed
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky brown with cinnamon head that goes quickly. Sweet aroma of mocha, cinnamon bread, malt. Slight sweets with real substance behind it: cinnamon, mocha, slight hops, toasted raisin bread with some butter, some tangy plum flavors toward the finish. Medium bodied brew with great drinkability. Not too heavy or light in flavor or body.

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Photo of ebby82
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with one finger of head into a pint glass.

Smells of mostly chocolate malts.

The taste is of roasted chocolate malt, with just the slightest hop presence. It's sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.

There is a medium bodied mouth feel, which is neither thick nor thin. Drinkability is good, I could easily drink a few of these at once.

I really enjoy this beer. It's a fine alternative to a heavier stout, and a good example of a delicious porter. It also manages to pack a lot of taste into a low abv.

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Photo of RickS95
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown, pushing black, with a touch of burgundy sitting below a cloudy tan head. The contrast between the body and head is extreme. Retention is moderate with a slight left behind, as well as a creamy top.

Mostly muted scents of malt with chocolate and caremal scents. Earthy hops are present as well.

Notes of roasted coffee and chocolate dominate, a bit of char here and there belies a smoky taste.

Not as creamy as some porters, a bit more carbonation and bitter. The sessionable alcohol level make it extremely easy to drink. Despite the dark color, it's only medium bodied.

A good medium-bodied beer that is pretty easy to drink. I wish some of the sweetness from the nose made it to the taste.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a very deep dark brown, a tall fluffy dark tan head that retained well and leaves a nice lace

S - chocolate and coffee hints along with roasty caramely malts and a smokiness

T - roasted and sweet malt flavours followed by light hints of chocolate, and finishing with a strong taste of bitter roasted coffee beans

M - a chewy feel, decently carbonated, and finishes with a lasting bitterness that I'm guessing is related to the coffee taste

D - really enjoyed the strong mocha flavours enough for a couple of glasses, a little heavy but it is a porter and is fairly balanced between sweet, bitter, and rich

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Photo of dtivp
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown almost black with a nice mocha head, with nice retention.
Aroma of chocolate and roasty malt
Taste of coffee and chocolate with a hint of the roasted malt at the end.
Medium body with a creamy feel.
Very nice porter in the Rogue's family of good beer.

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Photo of uustal
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate flavor is present up front. Semi-sweet roasted malts and a coffee flavor you have to search for. Finishes with a bit of dark hops and a little dry. The Mocha flavor is actually more present in the aftertaste. Light and drinkable porter, but a little left to be desired.

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Photo of artcurtis
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium globe.
After a vigorous pour, it produced a really nice two finger head, but it didn't hang around for more than a few minutes. Very dark brown, near black. When I hold it up to light there is some slight dark amber coloring at the edges. There is no lacing to speak of.
Smell is definitely coffee forward, with some rich, roasty maltiness and maybe a hint of dark, bitter chocolate.
Taste is very coffee forward. Starts of with a strong coffee flavor, and quickly turns to a slightly bitter, roast maltiness. Mouth feel is fairly thin, but I think it really works well for this one.
Overall, an excellent porter, one of the best I've had. The coffee notes really work great. I will definitely be having this again. Thought it went great with Apple Pie!

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark amber in color (near black) with a finger sized mocha head. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate bitter aromas of chocolate and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark roasted malts as well as bitter notes of chocolate and coffee. There are some lingering burnt flavors in the aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather thin on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to consume. I could easily have a few of these in one sitting.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,889 ratings.
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