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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Ratings: 2,887 |  Reviews: 1,368
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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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue's Mocha Porter poured black, like most porters, and had a great creamy head. It had a chocolate and coffee smell to it, but it just wasnt strong enough for a porter. It again tasted heavy and with chocolate and coffee flavors, but its not the strongest flavor out of a porter, it tastes similar to the Sam Adams cream stout, just a lighter. It was easy to drink, espically for a heavy porter, overall its a good quality beer worth trying.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Gaslight in south orange NJ.

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, almost black with a minimal head. nice head retention for the little head it produced and medium lacing.

Smell: Smells like deep rich chocolate, caramel and coffee. Nutty and rich aromas.

Taste: The taste is a bit thinner than the aroma was. Slight bitterness on the back end and a decent caramel component that gives it a slight sweetness. Balanced but a bit thinner than i hoped for.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and feel on this one. Coats the palate well and gives a nice balanced feel to the palate.

Drinkability: This is a nice porter. There are better ones out there for sure, but its a good example. There is definately room for improvment though.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark ruby brown color pour with a smalll tan head , quickly fading , leaving some nice lacing , light carbonation . Aroma is quite roasty with noticable hop notes , nice coffee ,nut and chocolate notes . Flavor is dark chocolate up front with rasins hops and coffee , a nice roast on the malt with a sour apple thing going on in the background , quite bitter medium body , watery mouthfeel , short dry coffee finish . Quite sessionable .

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours out black, only when it a small amount of liquid will it be dark brown. The beer produces a huge tan head that slowly goes away, but never really quits. It's a really good looking porter, really does this glass justice. The smell is very good, and probably could be great if it didn't have such an interesting mix and so much going on. It's the hops that actually stand out the most, but at the same time it's pretty malty. It almost smells like I would say coco more than mocha and even a bit of a coffee aroma to it as well. The taste is quite good, but a bit more bitter than I expected. It has more of a chocolaty (mocha) flavor than they aroma. Again, it has a big malty taste to it as well with dark coffee. The coffee flavor could also be espresso pairing with the hops, that would explain the bitterness which ends with a bit of an earthy taste. I think that some of the ingredients could have been measured a little different and the flavor would be outstanding, but it's still very good. The mouthfeel is good, as stated earlier just the slightest bit more bitter than I would have liked. Less bitter in the beginning when it was a bit colder, finishes dry and pretty full bodied. This is one extremely drinkable beer. Any beer drinker should be able to finish a 22oz bottle without problem.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A solid effort from Rogue. Good brown beer, stiff on the thick side. Great aroma, chocolate, coffee etc. . .

Taste, the "mocha" I guess smoothes out the beer, would seem to be lacking a bitterness quality, but then you can taste the hop aspect of it, so I'm thinking the ibu's may be decent, but you don't notice it because of any addition of milk or whatever makes this a "mocha" porter.

Mouthfeel, diminished returns, drinkability suffers because of how dang expensive this is. If it was more reasonably priced, it would be much higher.

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

A: Pours a dark brown with red streaks. Tan head dissipates to a thin film, but nice lacing remains.

S: Faint smell of coffee and chocolate, but also an odd metallic odor.

T: Bitter coffee and chocolate, a little burnt. Nothing special here, the flavor is kind of underwhelming.

M: Feels incredibly thin, especially for a porter, pretty smooth overall.

D: It has a decent taste to it, worth trying and easy to put down. Nothing special.

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Photo of gauchebag
2.01/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I don't know if I got an old bottle or something but this was very underwhelming. It looked good enough, dark and black, poured a decent head. No smell whatsoever. I see reviews saying that it smelled like coffee or chocolate, I just smell a very vague bitterness that has no real character.

The taste is extremely bland and very light. Again, no real character and to move on to mouthfeel, it's very very thin and there is basically no carbonation present.

It's somewhat drinkable because it's so inoffensive but that's not something I look for in a beer. I'll have to try this if I'm out in Oregon again but this time I was really not impressed at all.

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Photo of fattire513
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I thought that it would have had more coffee and chocolate flavors to this one, but definitely a beer I could drink more often. I've had better porters, but this one is up there.

Only the second rogue beer I have tried; the other being a dead guy ale. I am not very impressed but like I said could drink more than just one. It doesn't leave a very strong taste on the palette which is kind of disappointing.

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Photo of runner72
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very Drak Brown. Small head which laces the glass. Very inticing

S - Subtle chocolate and coffee tones. Very nice smell

T - Smooth and malty. You can taste a hint of coffee and chocolate. No burnt taste.

M - Smooth with good carbonation.

D - Very nice Porter. I would definitely get another. Not too heavy and nic balance

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

A: Black with a smallish head that fades somewhat quickly leaving little trace behind.

S: coffee, roasted malt. The coffee aroma is not as big as I had hoped for.

T: Again, the coffee is not nearly as grandiose as I would like. The roast flavor is also somewhat subdued. The flavors are indeed tasty but mild - too mild, in my opinion.

M: Smooth and easy to drink, for sure. The body is too thin.

D: A beer I enjoyed and wouldn't mind having again, though it is not one of my favorite coffee brews.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours quite dark with just the slightest hints of brown/amber at the bottom of the glass when held to light. A finger of light tan head sticks around for a while. lots of foamy lacing.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate. Pretty much what I expected based on this brew's name. I detect a little hoppy bitterness too.

T: Mocha porter? I think not. Dark roasted malts, and bitter espresso with maybe a hint of dark chocolate is what I get. Bitterness in the finish is probably from the good dose of hops they put in this one. As far as porters go it's decent, but I'm not really getting the "mocha" here. Note: I'm drinking this fairly warm too, so I don't think I'm missing any flavors due to cold temperature.

M: Medium to full body with the right amount of carbonation. Decently smooth.

D: A slightly above average porter, but that's really about it.

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

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a deep black color with no visible carbonation activity after the pour. There is a small one finger white head that quickly disipates after the pour. There is minimal cling to the glass as well.

S- I am picking up strong hints of coffee in the nose of the beer.

T- A strong coffee presence that hits you quickly in the beginning but fades away to a mellow finish. I am alos picking up some hop bitterness near the finish as well.

I got this as a beer from the Coffee BIF and it is tasting very well in the cold NC snow. A very nice tasting beer that definately has a strong coffee influence. A beer that I will consider again, especially when I am in the mood for a caffenine influenced brew.

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


Pours a dark brown, almost black color with traces of russett at the edges. A thin tan foamy head that laces well


roasty choocolate aromas dominate with slight vegetal undertones at the end


dark chocolate followed by roasted grain then the bitterness of the black malt takes over and gently leads you to the grassy, hoppy finish


Medium-full bodied that begins mid palate and quickly thins out to increase drinkability.

Overall, a very good beer that is dry enough to be enjoyed on a warm summer day yet roasty and full bodied enough to warm you up on winter nights.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a light-brown head.

Smells of roasted malts with just a little bitter coffee and chocolate. Slight hints of a brown sugar-like sweetness.

The taste is malty and slightly sweet up front. Coffee and bitter baking chocolate come through at the finish. The bitter malts linger pleasantly on the palate.

Smooth, creamy light/medium body.

Drinkability is great--there's a lot of flavor and the ABV isn't crazy making it easy to drink a few.

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

A - A nice deep brown colour. A little bit of head on the our that disappeared almost instantly.

S - Sweet; caramel and coffee. A hint of chocolate.

T - A bit weaker than expected. Definitely hints of coffee and chocolate. A bit of a burnt malt aftertaste. Was expecting more of a chocolate flavour.

M - average carbonation; lighter/thinner than expected.

D - Definitely a drinkable porter. Could have a couple of these no problem.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a deep, probably opaque black (I don't have a trusty lamp to test the glass). A thin, foamy, tan head developed and dissipated to leave a spotted lacing.

Smell: Lots of toasted coffee malts, and there's also dark chocolate mixed in. I think there's also a little bit of caramel. Mainly the smell is dominated by a toasted scent. That's it -- just toasted.

Taste: The initial taste starts off bitter with the toasted coffee malts, but ends smooth and balanced with the dark chocolate and hint of caramel from the smell. As it warms, something a little sweeter, almost sugary, comes into play, but I can't really pin it down. Plum, maybe.

Drinkability: Mocha Porter is a decent dark beer, but it's a little too much of a one-trick pony for me. Too much toasted malts and not enough variety for balance.

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

Pours a nice big 3 finger chocolate head. Body appears black but when held to light turns a very dark brown. Head retention and lacing were good

Smell is of sweet chocolate malt. Smoky roasted malt is also in there. Hops arent very noticeable. It has that chocolate syrup smell that I love in chocolate beers.

Taste is light and sweet. Roasted chocolate malt is the main flavor but as beer warms, a nice hop bitterness comes through. If I wouldnt have done some research on this beer I would have thought this beer was brewed with coffee beans. Combination of chocolate malt and hops create an illusion of roasted coffee.

Mouth feel is light. Body is on the thinner side, head didnt add any creaminess. Good amount of carbonation

Drink ability was good. Very sessionable porter, flavors werent mind blowing but pretty solid. Surprised by the amount of hops in this beer, never had a chocolate beer that was this hoppy. Would buy again

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

Looks nice. Black with a short head. Not too dark though. It has some paleness to it.

Has a slight hint of chocolate. Some dark roast. Also smells of grass and pine. Earthy.

Tastes good. Was expecting more flavor. Tastes like it smells but the flavors seem subdued. Tastes unusually grassy.

Very smooth and has a light body (light for a porter).

It's a good porter. But the chocolate/coffee taste could be stronger.

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