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Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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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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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 +3.6%
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 +5.7%
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 -0.8%
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 +9.3%
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 +5.7%
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 -3.9%
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 +6.7%
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 +7.5%
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 -2.3%
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 +13%
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 +2.3%
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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Photo of laituegonflable
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolatey colour with pale beige head, sinks fairly quickly, leaving trails of lace and bubbles on the top. Could use more head, but nice porta colour, looks a bit thin in the glass.

Nose is pleasantly sweet with nice roasty espresso notes, a nice earthiness to it and yeah, mocha character. Nice dark chocolate with a nutty edge, hints of almonds and a lot of pleasant coffee grounds. Very nice porter, nice mocha character.

Taste is nicely roasty which verges on ashy and bitter. A lot of espresso ground roastiness throughout, hints of oak, some unsweetened chocolate on the mid but yeah, gets a mildly sour note towards the back, reaching for espresso bitterness but never quite reaching it. Just falls short of its potential but there's enough there to help me imagine what it could be. Just tastes a bit watered down on the finish and seems to trail off from the pleasant bitter coffee sensation on the front. Nice, but not mind-blowing.

Mouthfeel I think is where the watered-down sensation mostly manifests itself, a bit thin and lacking in the body. Dry on the back but just an underwhelming palate for the most part.

Still a pleasant after-dinner beer. It is roasty and there are no unpleasant lingering flavours, just never quite reaches its flavour potential.

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Photo of aquaphiliac
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 6-pack of this for $10.99 the other night.

A: standard porter color... not a whole lot of head at all, but the half centimeter that was there stayed there.

S: smells of coffee and chocolate... mocha, you might say. good and rich but not overpowering.

T: Doesn't taste like much to start off, maybe some toasted malt but the aftertaste or when it hits the back of your tongue is a great coffee and chocolate sensation. very pleasing indeed.

M: Not too rich so its pretty refreshing and feels medium bodied on the palate. I love that in a stout.

D: I only drank one but it went down very easily and pleasant. Very good drinking experience.

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Photo of bradleyp
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to the Market of Choice for having this beer in-stock. This beer pours a milk chocolate color and follows up with a nice foamy head. The smell of chocolate is very present from the first whiff, and there is a whole lot of choclate throughout the taste. This is a very tasty beer. Cheers to Rogue.

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Photo of SAtaMi
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3 solid inches of head. Thickest i have seen in a long time. Head lasts for days. Deep brown to black color. Awesome lacing from the top of my 22 1/2 oz glass to the bottom.

Smell - Nuts, Chocolate, with a background of smokey roasted malt.

Taste - Malty sweetness with some hops coming through for a great balance. The chocolate is not overbearing just a nice addition. The blend of sweet and bitter is again oh so nice.

Mouthfeel - Has a great feel to it creamy medium bodied smooth and delightful.

Drinkability - I wish id have bought a 6er or a 12 pack instead of a single. Oh my goodness i found my new favorite.

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Photo of BDJake
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark buby-reddish brown, not quite black, but with a somewhat disappointing layer of tan head

S- coffee and chocolate standing well above the roasted malts

T- much like a boozy, warming cup of coffee, with a good amount of dark chocolate as well- even some mild hops adding to the bitterness in this gem

M- medium to heavy, especially for it's modest abv, and well carbonated

D- i was disappointed in myself for only buying one 12 oz. bottle of it, as it didn't last me very long- i will definitely pick up some more soon

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A: Dark brown in color, 2 finger head with small bubbles

S: A moderate chocolate aroma with a hint of coffee

T: I get chocolate and some nice roasted barley.

M: It is thinner than expected with a flavor that gets more intense and bitter towards the back . Leaves a bit of a dry taste in my mouth.

D: For a porter its pretty drinkable, not amazing, but certainly serviceable. Not my favorite style, nor my favorite beer in the style. I could drink a pint, maybe two, but probably no more.

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Photo of Rguardian989
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber Bottle Opened on May 18 2010
Served into a River Horse tumbler
Paired with short ribs - a very good combination to taste although not so much for my keyboard

Appearance and Smell - Dark at first but actually dark ruby red when held up to the light. Head is tan to brown with a red hue to it. Smells like coffee chocolate and a surprising amount of hops

Taste and Mouthfeel - pretty significant chocolate in there as well as the coffee, both flavors are pretty balanced against eachother. Theres also a pretty good sized hop note in there which i actually like. the finish is very much coffee with a hint of chocolate, thus mocha with that dark bitterness in there. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side with pretty good carbonation.

Drink - This pint disappeared pretty quick and the rest of the bottle is very soon to follow. Very good but not the best

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer but i dont know very much about darker beers to offer a good opinion just yet so ill have to have it again when i develop that range of my palette.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a decent 2 finger tan head with fine bubbles. Color is dark brown with little to no light coming through on the sides.

Smell is dominated by dark roasted coffee, swirling brings out just a little of the citric hops, as the beer settles there is an intense mocha aroma, almost butter-like and nutty.

Mouthfeel is a little less than medium-bodied, very carbonated and moderately smooth.

Much like the smell the taste has lots of dark roasted, almost burnt coffee, toffee with hops muted but still carried throughout the beginning and finish. There is faint fruitiness, maybe plum. Finishes clean with only a small amount of lingering bitterness. Somewhat dry overall.

Drinkability is high because of it's lighter body and ABV but taste is not my favorite for a porter. There are a lot of very roasted dark malts in here that don't quite make this my ideal porter.

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

Glass - Pint

A - Dark brown with a bit of brown/red when held to light, as well as some yeast chunk floaties at the bottom of the glass. Produced a 2-3 finger tan head, retention seems very good. Left a ring or two of lace, pretty nice.

S - Roasted coffee upfront, like a Colombian roast. Burnt like notes, a touch of smoky & charcoal notes. Nothing sweet or robust here. A bit dry as well.

T - Rich roasted coffee upfront & throughout. A bit of charcoal, some smoky flavors that's very similar to the smell. Some citrus notes on the sides of the tongue are noticeable, there's a bit of roasted malt notes towards the finish, pretty simple flavor profile. Slight bit of lingering malt bitterness.

M - Smooth & creamy, soft bite of carbonation. Around medium bodied, very nice feel.

D - I'd enjoy a couple pints for sure, but not my favorite out of the style either. It's very good, it's called a Mocha Porter, and it is just that, a little one noted on it but not bad. I'd say give it a try, I'd have another but I'm not going to seek it out anytime soon.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish brown highlights to this black. Only half of the 12oz fit in my tulip because the rest was creamy beige head. Lacing looks, well, like lace. A nice crisscross design all around.

S- Smells of pink grapefruit hops and sour roasted malt.

T- Very hoppy and green. Not really a black IPA but sure reminds me of one. Cocoa bitterness in the finish. Not enough mocha... false advertising ( I kid, just being an asshole here). A little cookie.

M- Medium carbonation. Pretty gooey when the sugars present react with your saliva. Still not quite a full mouthfeel.

D- Maybe I had enough to drink these last few days but this feels awfully bloating.

Good beer. Ordinary porter. Not much more to say. Would drink it again if someone offered it and maybe even in a bar if there wasn't much else to drink.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boho in Hollywood, CA; poured into a pint glass.

Jet black body with scents of burnt sugar and lightly roasted coffee with a brown, mocha (hey whaddya know?) head. The head exhibits, ahem, am adhesive quality. In other words it is sticky as hell.

The first thing I noticed taste wise was the oily, creaminess of the beer followed by a sweet chocolate finish that ends dry. Like drinking a damn cafe latte. The aroma was subdued and maybe a pinch too one noted (coffee) but not bad by any means as some caramel and chocolate can be identified, albeit with much more palate searching. The flavor is dominated by coffee and isn't very interesting, except for what I thought was a hint of tart, dark cherries. A touch of light woody hops flavor precedes a faint bitterness that tingles on the tongue and it hangs around after the swallow.

A solid porter that it smack dab in the middle. Can't go wrong, but don't expect a surprise.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Blarney Stone in Philly last night. Poured a dark amber brown with thick cream colored head great retention and lacing. Smell was sweet and creamy with some chocolate, toffee and coffee. Taste was similar, sweet and creamy up front, roasty and then dry coffee in the finish. Well balanced, very good brew.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured blackish-brown with just a hint of red into a pint glass. Solid three fingers of creamy tan head that left some patchy lacing during its slow fade. Aroma of milk chocolate and brewed coffee, nothing too overpowering.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy but somewhat thin mouthfeel. Mild coffee up front mixed with cocoa and a gentle roasty bitterness on the finish.

Pleasant with a nice balance of cocoa/coffee, and depending on my mood the relative lightness could be considered a plus or a minus.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,901 ratings
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