Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

very good
2,880 Ratings
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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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -3.9%
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 +6.4%
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 -5.2%
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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Photo of dwilson01
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass. Generous amount of rich tan sandy colored head, small bubbles make it nice and creamy, clings well to the glass. Dark brew, looks thick and mysterious, somewhat reddish tinge when held to the light.

Smells of dark roasted barley and chocolate malts, gives off a distinctive coffee bean scent like fresh beans being ground.

Great flavors, I get roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate, some dark woody notes (oak and beech). The roast is prominent and combined with the wood it gives me a bit of a smokey aftertaste. Basic progression is sweet caramel toffee fading to a bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee, into a smokey wooded flavor in the end.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced, the thick porter style is apparent and gives it smoothness of tasting, the carbonation has a presence which brings a spicy livelihood to the brew. Well rounded flavors and probably used quite a few different kinds of malts in this brew, I'm impressed with what they came up with here.

Very drinkable and not as dangerous as you may think at a brew this dark looking, 5.3% it's a great session beer if your a fan o the night brews. Bottom line, if you like coffee you will like this beer, if you like coffee and chocolate you will love this beer, if you love beer, well what can I say?

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours into a pint glass as an opaque reddish brown. Dense khaki head.

The smells here are primarily of roasted grains, a sweet undertone of malts, dark roast coffee, and bitter chocolate.

The taste is similar to the nose, with the roasted flavor up front, and a sweetness just beneath the surface. Slight bitterness backed up with the coffee flavor.

Medium-bodied with a smooth and slick mouthfeel. Delicious beer, with great drinkability.

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Photo of MURF0320
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, but not opaque, with less than one finger off tan head that dissipated to nothing, no lacing.
Aroma is mostly roasted malt, expresso, and chocolate. Nice but boring.
All flavors in the taste are subtle. Roasted malt is predominant with notes of coffee beans, chocolate, and a grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is thin with medium/high carbonation. Finish is pretty dry.
The subtle flavors and thin mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer, a good session porter, but I'd prefer more flavor.

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Photo of larryi86
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- A very dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head.

S- Hints of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate.

T- The taste is much lighter than the smell. The coffee and chocolate hints are noticeable but do show up like the smell would suggest. The taste almost seems a little watered down.

M- Very light, but smooth.

D- This is not a bad drink at all but not one I would keep it around. I did enjoy the bottle and had no problem drinking it, but from the appearance and smell I thought that it would be a bigger beer than it is.

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Photo of markb33
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this recently. Delicious.

A--Bottle poured into a pint glass. Formed a light bubbly tan head two fingers tall. Quickly dissipated after the first sip, save for a bit of lacing and bubbles around the rim. Deep brown in color.

S--Toasty malt aroma with a resiny hop scent coming in at the end. Coffee aroma balances the toasty malt.

T--Very smooth smoky malt flavor at the nose. Balanced with light hop notes. Coffee malts really come through at the finish.

M--Fairly thin for such strong taste. Light carbonation tickles the tongue just as the hops come through. Silky coffee aftertaste is what does it for me though.

D--Just great. One upside to the thinner mouthfeel is that I could still drink this on a cool summer evening w/o it feeling too heavy. I like a dark beer even if its not winter, so this is a great pick for me.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hard pour yields ~2 fingers of thick, foamy tan head. It retains fairly well for the most part, and lacing is pretty good, too. The beer itself is colred extremely dark brown with a hint of read; its opaque composition doesn't allow you to see any carbonation.

The aroma is a combination of a sweet, burnt malt and mocha coffee beans. There really isn't much to say other than that. It basically smells exactly like what the label says it is - a mocha porter.

The flavor is balanced a bit differently than the nose would have you believe. Burnt malt is the most dominant aspect, but I detect a slight bit of hoppiness which is obscured by the overpowering burnt sensation. Mocha notes help control the burnt flavor; they become more apparent as the beer warms.

The body is a bit light for my liking, though it's not quite watery. The burnt flavor definately makes itself apparent, but it's subdued by the mocha which lingers after each sip. I find the sensation to be "drying."

The %ABV and body make this an excellent session brew. However, I find that Rogue went a bit overboard with the burnt character, so I'm not rating this as high as I would like to.

If you've made it this far, I'm sure that you can infer which word I would use to describe this beer if I was only allowed to use one. I'm putting this into my "good-but-not-great" category, as I feel that the burnt malts tend to overpower the other aspects of this beer. The saving graces are as follows: it looks good, it smells good, and the mocha is apparent if you wait long enough. I would drink this again, but I don't know if I would go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of drizzam
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful opaque black in color topped by a gorgeous fluffy tan head. Head retention was about as good as it gets and left a wonderful lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Dark roasted malts, with a slightly hoppy back end.

T & M - Dark chocolate makes itself beautifully known here, with those hops I smelled in the nose introducing themselves toward the end. The roasted malt body supports all of these flavors. This is a really tasty brew! Medium bodied, but it almost has a chewy mouthfeel to it.

D - This is one helluva brew that Rogue put out here! The low ABV keeps it sessionable but the flavors make this beer seem much bigger than it actually is. If you haven't tried this one, get out there and pick some up. I'll be recommending this one to my friends.

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

Poured from twelve ounce bottle to a glass. Pours very dark with a thick two finger foamy dark tan head. Has a wonderful spicy coffee and roasted malt aroma. Good roasted taste with just enough mocha flavor. The body is a little thin but that adds to the drinkability a bit. Has good spice and a little bit of a hop finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark cola color. dark amber light visible only faintly around the bottom edges when held to the light. nice creamy off white head, retains well.

in the smell I get rich chocolate and toasted caramel malts. smells good.

Taste is not too complex, it is mostly toasted malts as mentioned above with a fairly noticeable hop presence leaving bittering towards the end. I'm pretty disappointed here, and expected a more complex malt body.

Mouthfeel is very thin and more watery than it looks.
Some tingling from the hops and moderate carbonation.

It goes down easy, but I don't think i'll be revisiting it, as it is a bit pricey at a little over $2 for a single. Definitely worth trying, but not my favorite porter.

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Photo of dedrick
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

A- Creamy, ivory, thick head. about two inches (though I gave it somewhat of a vicious pour). Very dark golden brown. Golden Ruby when held to the light. Heavy lacing.

S- Wonderful coffee, nutty smell.

T- This beer has a great taste. The traditional porter style is there but with a slight bitter coffee spin. Warm, fairly dry flavor. You have to really search for the sweetness but it's there toward the end.

M- Good feel. Creamy and smooth. Not too watery or thick.

D- very.

This is a great beer. I'm very pleased with it. The after taste is wonderful also, like banana bread or something nutty.

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Photo of bwiechmann
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a decent head but minimal lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and some caramel maybe? No chocolate or mocha notes here.

A titch of coffee (not as much as expected), bitter and dry. A titch of vanilla and chocolate.

Medium body- a little thin- with some medium carbonation, drinkability is average for the style

Overall I was quite underwhelmed by this beer. Not terrible but there are a lot of more tasty offerings to be had. Not a repeat purchase, glad I only got one in my mix-a-six.

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Photo of Andreji
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once again, @ the stag's head, my fave bar in NYC.

i love it starting by the bottle, live the rogue labels. and the pour is black cloudy with a reddish translucency. head is short but enough for an american pint, tan and thick-bubbled disipating fairly quickly.

Smell is roasted malts by all means, with the bitterness apparently coming from them rather than the hops.

Taste is very pleasant. chocolate and roasted coffee to enter. a background oakey sensation; and a nice hoppy soft closure. full bodied in all.

This is a fine porter by all means, and sessionable.

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

First off not a bad beer to say least . but not a great beer iether
In appearance kinda dark chocolate like not black ,nice lingering head tho clings to the glass .

Not very much on smell sorta hopyish . Tast very hoppy also .

the taste stays with you as in a hoppy beer kinda not exspecting that in a porter.
Going to try to sample more Rogue brand beers in the future
as this is my first one of this brand .Heard double dead guy is very good as of now would recommend this to anyone experimenting beers

hope this helps anyone of you guys out there later

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

A: black with a lasting light brown head and nice lacing.
S: chocolate, coffee.
T: lightly sweet chocolatey malts, finishes dry and crisp mostly. some burnt caramel/molasses.
M: frothy, lively. light to medium body. a touch of astringency on the finish.
D: yes, lots of flavor at this abv, the dryish finish and good carbonation help in this regard.

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

Poured into a tumbler it produces a cm of head that has good retention and leaves fine lacing. The appearance is opaque dark brown with clear garnet highlights. The aroma is of citrus hops, French roast coffee, and caramalized malt. The taste is moderately bitter with some sweetness. The feel is medium bodied with the hops coming through in the finish.

This is a delicious and drinkable porter.

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Photo of AleWynch
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured mildly chilled into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Dark brown, ruby at edges - nice 2 finger head - quickly dissipated into 1/4" head - limited lacing.

S: Picking up roasted malts, a bit of caramel malt...not much else.

T: Decent, but overly roasted. Bit astringent, husky on the finish... Needs a bit more backbone/body... Surprisingly one-dimensional - not really getting a lot of the chocolate/coffee flavor - just the roasted malt mainly.

M: Well carbonated, bit thin, overall not too bad, but nothing special.

D: Not a terrible porter, but not especially notable. Probably not a repeat purchase.

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Photo of climax
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown, about the color of the bottle, head was tall and tan.

The aroma was more caramel than anything. A tart hop bill of citrus balances. Some roasty flavors lingered, but nothing to prominent. Not sure what makes this one mocha from the looks or the nose, perhaps the flavor?

Theres the roasted coffee I had been expecting in the flavor. Astringent, bitter, and dry, it tastes better than it smells. Some vanilla, dark chocolate, and a bit of resiny flavor round it out.

The body was about medium, as was the carbonation. Somewhat chalky feel lead to a dry finish. Not convinced this is Rogue's best brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while since I tapped into a rogue beer!

A - Pitch black with little to no head
S - Very slight chocolate and coffee malt smell. Pretty good.
T - Mostly coffee but a really smooth porter. Little to no hop bite as expected in every rouge.
M - Somewhat creamy with a refreshing finish
D - May have this again but it really is a highly drinkable porter!

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Photo of tjinohio
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass

Appearance: Nice dark chocolate brown. Thin head.

Smell: This area was a real disappointment. There was no discernible aroma from this porter. Now, I admittedly have a weak sense of smell, so I let my wife take a whiff. Her nose is hyper-sensitive. Again nothing.

Taste: Nice coffee and chocolate flavors, some hops, but the finish is weak.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a little over-carbonated with some nice chewiness.

Drinkability: Though the abv is slightly high (just over 5%), I would consider this a good session beer. It is easy on the palate and fairly well balanced.

Overall: I feel as though I needed a lot more time to let this beer warm up. It was entirely too cold and I feel as though much of the flavor may have been masked.

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

A - poured into a pint glass. Deep rich mahogany, amber fringes. Small but lively head.

S - rich cocoa, roasty malt, and coffee.

T - just like the smell. not much else. but what's there is nicely satisfying -- added mocha is well balanced -- doesn't turn the malts sweet/syrupy, yet doesn't impart an overly bitter finish either

M - fun foamy fizz on the tongue. reminds me of a stronger Baltic or Norse porter. body is closer to an standard ale -- not super sticky or creamy -- but the overall feel is just right for this style.

D - very. another? yes, please!

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance> Dark, lively. Big chocolate head and decent lacing. Looks great

Smell> bitter chocolate, coffee, sweet grain

Taste>Wow. Great. Perfect porter balance, but with an extra punch of bitter chocolate in the middle, and then a delightful coffee aftertaste.

Mouf> average

Drinkability> Great! More beers to add to the breakfast menu at my house.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,880 ratings.
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