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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Ratings: 2,905 |  Reviews: 1,369
Photo of jizdepski
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours very dark mahogany with deep red edges when held to light. nice frothy tan head that holds together fairly well. nice lacing. smells like roasted coffee beans, and just a tad fruity sweet (dates? prunes?). tastes coffee-like, malty and burnt caramel/chocolate....about as advertised. not bad, but nothing out of this world. mild carbonation and smooth mouthfeel, and fairly thick. not a bad beer at all, though not the best from rogue. i would recommend giving it a go, but one i probably won't be craving any time soon.

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Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark,ruddy,murky brown colour which is very well carbonated and leaves a nice three finger cappicino laced head that slowly dissapates to a nice frothy mound shape in the glass and leaves nice sticky lacing all down the glass,it has nice aromas of chocolate,coffee and sweet roasted malts,it has a full mouthfeel which gives you lots of coffee,chocolate tastes and has a nice bittersweet afterfinish i like it, a very nice beer indeed the use of such sweet malts and the hops they used is just perfect to make this beer not that sweet yet moreish definately one of my favourite beers from the rogue range.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass at a friend's house. She knows I generally don't care for Rogue, so she always makes a point of getting some when I visit. Damn it.

A: Pours a dark brown that is opaque in the center and lightly translucent at the edges of the glass. Has a couple of inches of tan head that retreat to half an inch. Retention is indefinite, and the head looks nice throughout the drink. Good lacing too.

S: Coffee, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, earth, and hops (pine).

T: Not quite as hoppy as I expected. I'm not a huge fan of hops in my stouts and porters. The coffee/dark chocolate blend is very forward, and it leans toward the bitter side. Caramel and roasted grains are noticeable while the beer is cold, as is an earthy finish, but it becomes more straightforward bitter chocolate / coffee / roast / with a pine hop and tea-like finish as the beer warms. I kind of prefer the cold flavor.

M: Medium-bodied, with high carbonation. The bubbles are a bit off-putting.

D: This is one of the better Rogue beers I've had. I could see myself getting a sixer down the line. Would not mind having it again.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, clear and nearly opaque. There's a moderate latte colored head that recedes into nice lace. Roasted barley in the aroma, what one would expect from a porter. You get a bite from the carbonation up front, a bit of alcohol in the middle and some sweetness and hints of burnt coffee in the finish. I've had this before and remember better.

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Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at Winking Lizard last night. Review from notes. Poured by me into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Dark Dark body with medium brown head. 4.0

S Nice strong porter with a coffee and chocolate background. Dark roasted sweet malt as well. Exactly as advertised and I appreciate that. 4.0

T Smell carries right over into the taste. Nice dark roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes with a nice sweetness that is nicely balanced by other tastes. 4.0

M A nice smoothness greets the taster while enjoying all of the tastes described above. This is a big beer overall though. 4.0

D One and done for me but I enjoyed every drop. 3.5

Notes: Nice, enjoyable beer that delivers exactly what is suggested by the name, style.

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Photo of ToddT
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep dark brown with a large tan head. Head lasts forever and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and an earthy undertone.

T- Malty and earthy, notes of coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a dry finish.

M- More than medium in body but not overly heavy. Decent carbonation, smooth and creamy feel with a lingering dry earthy finish.

D- Pretty drinkable and at 5.3% ABV the alcohol doesn't show through.

Unusual finish, left me thirsty for more.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice, dark black with a nice brown head. Nose was sligthly chocolate and mocha. Taste was mocha, very light, expecting more flavor on this. Taste increased as it warmed up. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth, a little roasty and the ABV was nice.

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Photo of aaronxsubaru
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, quite a tasty brew. i need to order this again sometime, as well as alot of rogue's other beers. All you need to know is that this has great flavor to it. Tastes just as the name implies. I was impressed at the drinkability of this for the amount of floavor it had. If you like porters, or chocolaty/coffee type beers you really need to drink this.

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Photo of hike20
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Medium light tan head that really hangs on. Aroma of malt, nothing surprising there. Nicely balanced flavors, pleasant carbonation. Dark roast coffee with a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Overall one of the best tasting porters I've had.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap into pint glass @ Birreria Paradiso in DC.

Pitch black with a one finger light brown head. Rings of solid lacing along the glass. Lots of roasted malts and some mocha coffee bean. Burnt malt in the flavor, along with some bitter chocolate. The mocha coffee makes a pretty strong presence. There is an overall creaminess to the beer in the background. Full bodied.

Quite an enjoyable porter, and the mocha is a nice touch. Probably the gold standard of mocha porters. Recommended.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm always interested on what Rogue has to offer.. so when I spotted a Rogue's Mocha Porter at a Whole Foods Market in Orlando I picked it up.

This one poured well. A dark amber black with a coffee colored head. The head recedes to a small ring of lacing to be found on the way down.

The smell is nice .. caramel sweetness, chocolate and coffee. My first few gulps had lots of chocolate but after that the taste is dominated by bitter coffee. There is some complexity but it's hard to find in all that bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the poor side.. heavily carbonated and rather uninteresting. I could see this being more drinkable in the winter but right now (prime summer).. it's just not in the cards.

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Photo of CarlP2
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my test mug

A- Dark brown, almost black. Very little light gets through. Fluffy tan head, disappears fairly quickly. Looks very inviting.

S- Smells like coffee, smoky malts, and a hint of chocolate. This is one I love to stick my nose in.

T- Taste follows the smell closely. Lots of coffee and a smoky/burnt taste. There is a hint of bitter chocolate in there too. Finishes with a taste of hops and a slight bitter aftertaste, just enough to balance the other flavors.

M- Very smooth, carbonation was a bit above medium. It felt just right for this beer.

D- This one didn't stay in the mug long. I would love to put a few of these away, and at 5.3% abv, it wouldn't knock me over. I'll definitely have to explore porters some more.

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Photo of abar22
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes...

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint

The head poured tan, 2 finger thick. Left alone to settle the head left impressive lacing with a thin but persistent cap. The beer itself was dark brown with hues of red.
The smell had hints of roasted coffee, mocha, floral hops, and something I can't quite put my finger on though I'm fairly sure I have smelt it in other Rogue beers. It almost has an ocean/ beach quality to it. The yeast perhaps?
The taste led off with a blast of carbonation followed by the mocha coffee malt backbone. The hops follow soon after and take you through to the dry finish. The aftertaste has a mocha hop resiny feeling to it.
The feel is a bit light though I wouldn't call it watery. Carbonation may be dialed up a hair too much but nothing serious. Like most porters they can be drank in pairs before it's time to move on.

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

A: Pours almost black with some dark ruby red highlights in the light. Nice dark head stays with you until the end.

S: Smell is of chocolate and coffee. Not a lot there... just enough to notice.

T: Chocolate and coffee is there as well... more coffee than anything. Very noticeable bitterness to this one. A dry finish with the bitterness sticking it out a little.

Overall a nice porter. I was hoping more for the mocha, but you mostly just get coffee. This would be perfect with just bit more chocolate and a creamier mouth feel.

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Photo of jackofclubs
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown not much light got through, light brow two finger head not much retention

S everything was kindof week faint coffee and dark malts

T enjoyable but lacking in a way i think i just like my beers overly flavorfull this was on the mellow side

M thin but creamy

D good might try it again but for now there are others i like more

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Photo of tgdigital
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another tasty offering from Rogue. Deep dark brown, almost black, light brown head. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the nose. Taste is bitter coffee notes with hints of chocolate and slight hop bitterness. Smooth in the mouth and finishes dry and bitter. Very easy to drink several in one session and at 5.3% it won't hurt you much at all.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to an inch and a half of light brown head. It has pretty good lacing. It smells quite heavenly. It has nice coffee, chocolate roasted malts. It tastes the same with just a hint of coffee, not over the top. I really enjoy this beer. I'm glad I picked this one out of the fridge this evening.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info so not sure the age. It was a dark brown almost black in color. It had a large tan head that very slowly settled into a foam. Great lacing.

The aroma was heavy on coffee with some roasted malt but I didn't get the chocolate that others described. Was good but some chocolate would have helped to offset the strong coffee presence. The taste was also dominated by the coffee. Again, it would have been helped by some chocolate or sweetness to offset the coffee bitterness. It's called Mocha Porter but Coffee Porter was more appropriate. Since no dating info, I don't know if this is an old bottle or just the way it is.

Overall, a good beer that could be great if the chocolate showed up. Since so many other reviews describe a good chocolate presence, I'll need to try again before making my final rotation call. Do recommend.


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Photo of gordavidson
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A deep, dark brown with only a bit of light getting through at the edges. A thick, light brown head forms.

S- Smells surprisingly aged with some caramel, coffee, and a bit of soy sauce.

T- Caramel, coffee, chocolate, and a tough of some agedness. Very enjoyable.

M- Very smooth with a nice carbonation level.

D- An enjoyable, unique porter that goes down smooth. I wish I knew how old with bottle was.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying this with some UFC in the background. Poured an extremely dark brown with little bit of beige head and almost no lacing. Smells of chocolate malt and coffee with some caramel notes. Tastes pretty much the same with the coffee dominating the chocolate. Pretty smooth, but just slightly overcarbonated. Could kick back a few.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown color; ruby highlights on the edges with strong light. Poured a 1 finger creamy beige head with good retention. Sticky lacing in thick rings.

S: Big earthy toasted malt aroma; burnt toast, chocolate, bitter coffee.

T: Predominantly toasted malts; burnt toast lots of coffee and chocolate. More hopping than most porters give the beer a nice balance.

M: Shy of a full body; surprisingly light feel though for the style. Medium carbonation. Silky and smooth.

D: A session porter; not too filling and not too rich (or very much residual sugar. Bitter finish and moderate abv help too.

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Photo of drcarver
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown/black body with a very small light brown head that fades quickly. Particles float in the body... should they?

S - Roasted malts, a bit of coffee and raisins

T - Coffee and roasted malts dominate with a bit of chocolate in the background

M - Full bodied with a nice bite

D - Goes down nicely for such a dark beer.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a deep dense brown that allows some light around the edges of glass with a finger of cocoa-colored head. Aroma is filled with sweet chocolate, tootsie rolls and a little bit of coffee. Flavor has more tootsie rolls, smoke and roasted malts with a slight bitterness that carries on. This is a light bodied beer, which doesn't help the flavors too much and makes them come across as watery. I really like the aroma but it needs a little more body to be a very good porter.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black/brown with a ruby tint, sport an inch and a half of medium/thick bodied light tan head.
Smells with coffee beans lightly and some roasted malts.
Taste has toast on the front with coffee beans coming through the middle blend.
Finish is crispish with with a definite uncreamed cold coffee bitter after-taste.
Drinks pretty well, but there is a minor coffee bitter that makes the sips drinks frequent.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a sniffer

poured a nice chocolaty brown with a nice head. amazing lacing that sticks around until the very last drop. smells of malt and hops mixed with chocolate, roasted mocha, and hits of sweetness. a full bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation. a nice beer, just slightly to bitter an after taste.

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