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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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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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Photo of ZorPrime
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Moniker for sending one bottle my way.

A: The beer is light dark color with some brownish/redish color on the edge. The head is brown but disappear rapidly.
S: Roasted malts with some notes of chocolate. Some hints of licorice.
T: Espresso taste like. The bitterness is one of the espresso types with some dark chocolate.
M: Very nice in the mouth, the taste lingers in the mouth.
D: So easy to drink.

Overall, an excellent Porter. Refreshing and tasty at the same time.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark brown with a one finger mocha head that leaves decent lacing. Looks nice.

S-Coffee, chocolate, malt, caramel. Nose isn't very strong.

T-A nice balance of coffee, chocolate and malt.

M-Nice medium body, not overly carbonated. Coats the palate nicely.

D-Very drinkable. Makes a good session beer.

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

Had on cask at Fatheads Pittsburgh

A: Pours a deep dark brown color, almost black. Not much light getting through. Provided a thick brown foam head with ample lacing.

S: Lots of dark coffee, espresso, milk and dark chocolate. Found this to be more prevalent on cask then from the bottle.

T: A complex but really balanced beer. Lots of espresso, nuts, dark chocolate and even anise are tasted.

M: Leaves a thick rich creamy chocolate flavor on the palate.

D: A low ABV beer, but a beer I would have with dessert, not really a session type beer for me.

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

Served in a white wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is about as dark brown as you can get without being actually black in color. The ΒΌ" light tan head recedes slowly to leave a ring and produces both rings of lacing on the glass and patches of small speckles of lacing. Later on sipping leaves a pattern of scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma has clearly got chocolate or cocoa in there along with some nice roasted coffee and a trace of dark roasted malt.

Taste: The flavor is predominantly bittersweet chocolate and dark coffee and is nicely balanced so that sometimes it seems bitter and sometimes it seems sweet. Its hard to tell if the bitterness is from hops or from the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with moderate, soft, smooth carbonation. The finish is moderately long. It begins in with the chocolate and coffee flavors and ends in dry, roasted bitterness.

Drinkability: I thought this was a good beer and one I'd be happy to have again. Those who were tasting it at the same time enjoyed it and were quite happy to have more.

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Photo of fastsrt
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle to sniffer, looks like weak drip brewed coffee, ok head that diminished to a lace that stayed till the beer was gone. Smelled of chocolate malts and coffee. the taste was that of black coffee with chocolate syrup added. i like this beer alot this is number five of six so drinkability is up there.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into chalice. Dark brown colored and fizzy, with smells of roasted malt and coffee. Taste is a smooth balance of coffee, Hershey's chocolate syrup and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is on the fizzy end. Very drinkable beer without any bite from the alcohol.. could be sessionable.

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Photo of Kromes
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a thick tannish colored head. Great lacing down the glass.

S: Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt with a little bit of a hop presence.

T: A nice sweet roasted malt and coffee flavor up front. As the beer passes over the tongue, the grassy hop flavor and bitterness comes through to balance out the sweetness of the malts. The finish is excellent as the chocolate flavors emerge and last quite a while.

M: Good feel too it. Not overly thin like some other porters.

D: Very tasty and well crafted beer. It has a light feel too it with full flavor. This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haven't had this in a few years, and realized that I hadn't reviewed it, so here goes.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly translucent deep brown, as porters should be, with over an inch of dark khaki head that dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing.

The coffee aromas are thankfully minimal, but a very pleasing chocolaty sweetness dominates the nose. Underlying are some subdued roasted tones. The evil coffee (I know, it's a coffee beer, but I hate coffee) shows up on the tongue more than the aroma leads you to expect. The other expected tastes, roast, malt and a touch of hops, are there in the expected proportions.

The body is on the thin side for the style and probably should have received a half point less than I gave it, but hell, it's the holidays. Drinkability is actually good, it's even better if you like coffee.

Overall, a decent, solid beer that you can be comfortable relying on as a go-to. It won't be so long again before I have my next one.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown almost black. 1 inch tan foamy head. Head recedes slightly then lingers and laces.

S: Mocha/Espresso/Dark Fruits (maybe cherry)/Toasty malts and a nose full of caramel.

T: Creamy, bitter hops. Mocha and coffee present in every sip. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Nice creamy texture with good carbonation and mouth coating.

D: strong flavors make this one good, but in moderation

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Photo of jcm8756
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Fat Heads in Pittsburgh and poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Solid black with a nicely colored tan head.

S: Smells like chocolate and coffee as one would expect with a brew called "Mocha Porter."

T: Tastes like burnt chocolate and coffee about how you would expect.

M: This is the weak point of this beer. Fairly weak to average mouthfeel for a porter. Almost feels to light or thin in my mouth.

D: Since the mouthfeel is very weak and the taste is very good, I could drink several of these in a sitting and not get sick of them. So overall drinkability is very high.

All in all, a fairly light porter that I would reccommend to anyone as a good entry-level porter.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint on tap at the wonderful Bronx Ale House.

Appearance: Dark brown, with a light tan one-finger head. I like the color contrast, but I don't like how quickly the head vanishes with no lacing.

Smell: Delicious. Roasted espresso beans dominate with notes of bitter chocolate. I like where this is going.

Taste: Extremely reminiscent of those dark chocolate-covered roasted espresso beans I popped to stay awake for big papers in school (hey, it beats Ritalin). It's pretty bitter on the way down, which I like.

Mouthfeel: Body's on the light side for a Porter, with low carbonation. Not doing a lot for me.

Drinkability/Overall: A very solid Porter. I'd have one in place of a post-dinner coffee. The mediocre mouthfeel stops it from being the best Mocha beer I've had recently (Southern Tier), but it gets the job done.

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Photo of Duxx
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Very very dark brown to black. Modest head about 1 finger. Head color was the same as the froth on a starbucks coffee. The head faded quickly, before the glass was half empty but there was some random lacing.

S: Some hop and malt aroma mixed with roasty notes.

T: Creamy and hoppy at the same time. Nutty and dark roast flavor. Good bitter finish with a lingering bitter taste in the throat.

M: Slightly thinner than I would have expected but not objectionable.

D: Good for a few but now that I've finished the first one there is still alot of hops in the back of my throat.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is brown (dark) to black, carbonation is low, head is almost nonexistent, and there is no lacing.

The aroma is mostly roast, roasted malt and coffee. Second smell there may be some chocolate in there.

Beer tastes about as it smells. High roast, some chocolate bitterness and a little sweetness, coffee. Surprisingly, not a big aftertaste. Medium body, ok drinkability, good mouthfeel.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nearly black; no light passes through when held up to the light. Two finger nice tan head which leaves a good lace as it dissipates.

Smell: nice aroma with coffee and chocolate well intermingled. There is also a little astringent/tart aroma present of which I'm not a huge fan.

Taste: mocha-ness is not in your face. Again, coffee and chocolate are combined in nice proportions; I'm glad to say the tart quality in the aroma is not nearly as prominent in the flavor. The beer is nicely bitter and what hops are present are earthy in character; there's also a little bitterness imparted by the roast malts.

Mouthfeel: medium body, rather low carbonation. It is rather dry and astringent toward the finish. Not bad, but not my favorite.

Drinkability: a pretty good porter. I'm not a fan of some of the astringent qualities of this beer, so I don't think I would make a session of it, but one or two wouldn't be bad.

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

A- Poured into a nucleated tumbler... has a nice semi creamy head that seems to be lingering around... beer is a murky chocolate brown color, with no light showing through when held up

S- Not super overpowering, but definate notes of chocolate and coffee or espresso beans

T- Starts upfront with definate mocha/chocolatey flavor, finishes with more of a dry toasted flavor

M- Fuller bodied with a tiny bit to much carbonation for me

D- Bit filling, but tasty and easy to drink. Not to sweet that it would get sickening after 1 or 2

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Photo of Mavajo
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown color - nearly black, but not quite. Tall foamy tan head that hung around forever. I sipped this one pretty slowly and still had a good half-finger thick head at the end. Nice lacing.

Nose and taste are pretty as would be expected - chocolate, coffee, mocha. Mouthfeel is smooth, light carbonation, medium bodied. Quite drinkable. I found this brew quite smooth and enjoyable. It's not necessarily remarkable in any way, but it does everything well and puts it all together to produce a very nice brew.

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Photo of Hovellord
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as a moonless night, with a relatively thick head--creamy brown.
S: Burnt coffee
T: coffee with a dark-chocolate bitter aftertaste
M: creamy but with noticeable carbonation
D: Oh, yeah. . .

Tend to prefer porters and stouts and this one is no disappointment. A little steep in price compared to some decent competition, but worth a try and many returns.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - inky black goodness with an oatmeal colored head
S - richly aromatic with smoke, coffee, bitter chocolate, and malt
T - A lot going on: mocha, anise, smoke, roasted nuts, espresso
M - full bodied with great texture, good grip, and tannins
D - Very robust but balanced and drinkable

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My instinct tells me that this one was sitting on the shelf for a long time where I bought it but it smells fine, just not sure how it reflects the fresh batch (bottle dates would help). Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a two and a half finger head that looks pretty creamy on top but very bubbly around the sides. The head is a nice tan color and has better retention than most other beer. It leaves medium lacing around random spots of the glass. Smell has a lot of roasted coffee and malts in it but overall is kind of weak. Some chocolate is found also. Taste is big on the same things as smell. Lots of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, although not as much as an RIS. It is a nice lighter version of these flavors and much easier to drink. This beer definitely has the same cocoa flavor of the chocolate stout but not as big. All of the Rogue beers have a similar key flavor to them but I can't describe it, I just feel it once it hits the tongue. The beer tastes a bit watery at times but not overly. The mouthfeel is good on this beer as well. There is definitely some creaminess to it along with a good amount of carbonation. A nice roasty flavor is left on the tongue well after I take my sip. The body is medium but on the watery side of that, it's just hard for me to like coffee/chocolate beers with any watery feel to them. No warming at all hear to speak of. Drinkability is good, the beer tastes good, the price was not bad at all, there really are no off flavors or alcohol so this one could definitely be sessioned reasonably.

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Photo of Stigs
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Samuel Smith pint glass.

A - lots and lots of impressive cappucino foam. looks like its going to hang out with me the rest of the night and clinging all around. dark dark and nearly black.

S - mostly chocolate with some stale coffee. not trying to hard, just enough showiness. also some nuttyness present.

T - more roasty chocolate, missing the coffee (sadly). not really getting much "mocha" here, more of a less astringent version of their chocolate stout.

M - very good creaminess. decent nutty chocolate aftertaste.

D - going down a lot quicker than i thought, probably because of the impressive mouthfeel and texture. nothing harsh about it, wish the sweetness was toned down just a bit.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark; black at the center with reddish brown highlights when held up to a light source. It has a nice, light brown head that leaves behind excellent lacing. Aroma wise, I mostly get the roasted malts with a hint of roasted barley. The mocha flavor is very potent and really dominates the flavor especially in the aftertaste, which is something that I really like in porters. It isn't too thick as to limit the drinkability and it goes down relatively quickly compared to other porters.

This will probably be a go to porter for me in the future. I really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of drawbackwards
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The initial pur proved a wonderful head, with a very nice smell. After a few sniffs through the nose I couldn't wait to sample the obvious malt, coffee and chocolate smell. Such a smooth porter...I enjoyed this one so much and is a great hit from rogues. very tasty from start to finish, even as it warms up. a must try...smoooth is the operative word.

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

Slighly heavy pour for a porter, pretty still though. dark tan head; a fingers. Ample lacing.

Definite roasted coffee, malts and over all roastiness.

Coffee hits you first. Roasted malts and moderate bitterness follow. Very flavourfull.

Medium body, slight silkyness, and really smooth.

This is a very good brew, and now one of my favorite Rouges.

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