Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

very good
2,881 Ratings
Mocha PorterMocha Porter

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Ratings: 2,881 |  Reviews: 1,366
Photo of Seanstoppable
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up locally with a few bottles of other Rogue ales.

Poured into a nice dark brown color with a decent amount of head. Scent was of a roasted coffee. Taste included flavors of coffee, nuts and chocolate. Was smoother than I ever thought a porter could be. Extremely delicious, and something I could drink a whole lot more of.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ap. Very dark beer with a great tan head that lingers awhile. Nice lacing on the glass, too.
Sm. Toasted coffee/malt? and chocolate, too.
Ta. Very toasted/burnt coffe/malt. Smooth finish.
Mf. Very mellow and soft with a nice carbonation.
Dr. I am really sorry there was only one cold bottle in the fridge. Fabulous with a Harry and David's Dark Chocolate Truffle.

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

She pours a nice reddy brown into the glass, with a heavy rocky head that stays for a while.
The smell is a bit subdued, there are coffee and chocolate notes, a bit of malt, and a lingering alcohol presence.
The taste is well rounded, it starts sweet and is balanced well by the bitterness from the hops and the chocolate.
The mouthfeel is a bit watered down, but the carbonation and bitterness are pretty nice.
I could drink quite a few of these, they go down easy and have a very pleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of rwrk42
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown but not quite black. Nice tan head
Smell: Roasted malts chocolate and subtle hint of coffee
Taste. A very smooth Porter that goes down real nice. Roasted burnt malts, a bit of coffee and chocolate with just the right amount of hops to help the finish
A great porter which I highly recommend

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear glass stein.

A - A little more than a finger of dense, tan head with good retention and lots of lacing on the glass. Body is opaque, the color of black coffee, and only lets light through at the edges.

S - Aroma is roasted malt and coffee.

T - A bit like black coffee, with more alcohol and citrus in the finish than cream or sugar.

M - Medium body, little carbonation.

D - This beer smells nice and looks impressive, but the finish wasn't quite what I expected. I like the coffee, but there's a lot of citrus and acidity and maybe not enough roasted malt to balance. This porter is pretty drinkable, but I think the finish is lighter than I'd like it to be.

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Photo of birchstick
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours dark with a nice one-finger head

S - smells of sweet chocolate and malts with a hint of coffee

T - nice burnt malts / coffee dominate the palate. The name is well inspired. There is also some chocolate present in the taste.

M - thin but extremely smooth

D - 3.5 pretty good porter. Pretty coffee-ish, so if you are into coffee tasting beers I would recommend this.

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Photo of iamntbatman
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown. Light gets through only on the extreme edges. The thick, tan head quickly dissipates and leaves behind moderate lacing.

Smell: Coffee, coffee, and more coffee with hints of bitter chocolate and nuts (I'm thinking hazelnuts).

Taste: Coffee, burnt malt bitterness, chocolate is more slight and again a little bit of nuttiness. The hops poke their tiny head through in the background, which was lost in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Prickly and thin at first but sticks to the tongue nicely. This would be a bit better if it was thicker in the mouth.

Drinkability: Fairly high, but the strong flavor keeps it from being a real session beer.

This porter is closer to some of the more coffee-flavored stouts I've had than most other porters I've had. One of the best porters I've had for sure.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 9/21/2008 (bottle):

Pours a black dark dark brown colored body, with a tannish colored head, smallish but lasting. Has a sweet malty aroma, with some sweet coffeeness Maybe some dark fruit too. But overall, not a strong aroma. Chocolate, coffee taste. Malty.

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

Poured from the bottle an almost-black dark brown with a rich frothy tan head and tons of sticky lacing.

Mocha chocolate aroma with coffee, roasted caramel and dark ripe fruit.

Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, bitter hops, and a bit of dark ripe fruits. Deep coffee finish.

Medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

Full of flavor and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of everetends
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle I had at Cooter Browns tonight due to them being without taps for a while. Didn't realize I have never reviewed this beer, so why not? Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Well it pours a pretty dark brown color that looks damned near black. Held to the light, it is clear to see that this beer is brown. Held to the light you get a bit of brown and red hues at the top and bottom of the body. The head is a pretty decent tan in color and sits at a pretty nice finger. The retention is pretty good and long lasting. Lacing is spotty but there.

S: Smell is a bit on the subdued side. I mean I am getting some sugary malts with some chocolate, caramel and brown sugar. I really have to go searching though. The coffee is minute to put it best. There is a strange almost fruity smell that I think is coming from the hops area, its slightly bitter and tangy.

T: Not really doing it for me. The malts are there with some chocolate and caramel malts. The mocha quality is minimal with a slight sweet coffee flavor. There hops seem to come out a bit too much. Tastes a bit like some citrus WTF? hops in here that seem to be way to much for the style and the other flavors being kicked around here. It just really takes this beer to another area that isn't very appealing. Its just those creamy and sweet flavors bouncing around with those typical Rogue yeast and hops. Just doesn't work for me.

M: Really on the light side of medium in body. Doesn't have that weight you want from a porter. Carbonation seems a bit high for the style and seems to add to the thinness to this beer. It does somehow keep from being watery somehow. ABV is low and its noticable. Seems a bit weak on the palate. Aftertaste is that bitter, citrusy hops.

D: Uh, this beer seems like a mess to me. The flavors are just very distorted and all over the place. Best part of this beer is the look. This is probably the weakest of the Rogue beers I have had, and it seems like this beer has faltered since the last time I had it a few years ago. The beer is just a mess and rather disappointing.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the bottle into my Sam Adams sensory glass (hold the applause please...)

Dark brown with a 2 inch thick frothy tan head. Carbonation was visible and lively. Good lacing on the glass during the drinking period.

Interesting chocolate/citrus aroma. Aroma of dark chocolate at first, bread/yeast and hops.

Tasted almost like dark chocolate up front - the roasted malt flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste of toasted sourdough bread. Good and smooth.

Flavor hangs around the palate for a bit; medium-full bodied but the carbonation makes it feel thinner.

Good drinkability, easy to have more than one in a night, but I would like a little deeper flavor in this one. Good porter I look forward to having to again, but I wouldn't go out of my way just to get this one.

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

This porter pours nice and ebony brown into a pint glass. Abundant, long lasting mocha head leaves good lacing. Maybe the best looking porter I've seen.

Really good roasty aromas. Nutty, roasty malts and earthy hops. Good intensity, too. I find a lot of porters come kind of short on the nose, but this is the exception.

Really great, substantial flavors. Rogue just dialed the perfect combination of roasted coffee, toasted nuts and earthy, bitter hops. Flavors get even better with some warmth... I suggest letting this warm up at least half an hour out of the fridge before opening it. Medium-full body is well matched. It has a slick, mouth coating finish that keeps the flavors lingering on the good long finish.

Just about the only thing this excellent porter has going against it is it's pretty high price point. I wish Rogue was just a bit more affordable. It's hard for me to justify $11 a sixpack when I can often find Black Butte Porter for $7. It might be a notch better, but not usually worth the price different, which factors into my drinkability score.

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Photo of theghost3
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown, almost black with a cafe au lait, 2-finger head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is roasted malts with chocolate & coffee hints. The taste is really malty & bitter. The burnt coffee flavor overpowers the dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, slightly carbonated.

This is a drinkable porter, but it really seems more of a coffee porter than mocha.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One outstanding porter here, without a doubt. Pours a huge tan head and you cannot see through the glass as it laces. Better a bit warmer. Smells of roasted nuts, tastes the same, with warming chocolate and toasty coffee. A very dry, smooth finish. Tough to find a better porter out there.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the few Rogues that I can get in my area and I'm glad about that. This Pours a dark brown/black color with a thin tan head that fades fairly fast, decent amount of lacing down the glass. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and a little coffee in there also. Taste as it smells with a little Rogue-ish hop flavor in there. Medium to heavy bodied. Very tasty beer.

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

This is one of the best-looking beers I've ever poured. Black with deep brown hues in the light, the light brown head on this one is impressive and sticky lacing coats the glass.

The smell is malt, coffee and chocolate with an alcoholic tinge.

This one has a nice smoky flavor with that bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee. Some hops leave that well-balanced bitterness on the tongue and you can feel the alcohol.

There is good carbonation in a medium-bodied, smooth and creamy brew. A lingering slightly bitter finish leaves notes of hops with some sweetness on the tongue.

Overall an impressive brew. Not as strong on the coffee as some might like, but a great porter.

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Photo of cbn
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An easy pour raises three quarters of an inch of froth that settles quickly to form several islands amid a hazy cloud of a head perched above a dark brown brew barely translucent around the edges.

Sweet roasted "mocha" aroma, hint of vanilla and alcohol, slightly woody.

Bitter dark chocolate, smooth dark roasted coffee, vanilla and a touch of brown sugar flavors.

Starts smooth and clean with fairly light yet consistent carbonation, tongue coating and sticky with a slightly dry finish.

A well made beer with plenty of complexity. Nice hoppy American porter. Probably not for session.

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Photo of colts9016
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 48 degrees

Appearance: A dark dark brown color in the body of this beer. There is a one finger tan head that has some retention to it. The head is foamy and creamy. The clarity of the beer is mostly opaque, except for a few highlights in the bottom of the glass. There is a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich toasted malt with a subtle sweetness. There is some caramel and coffee for the aroma. In the background of the beer has a chocolate, fruity esters (not sure what), and creamy note.

Taste: A nice toasted malt with some caramel, coffee, light burnt flavor, and chocolate hints. There is hops in the beer and it is well rounded and placed.

Overall: The mouth feel is medium and a lot of carbonation. The finish is medium to full and slightly bitter. This is a good porter with a nice hoppy touch. To me the beer seemed a bit watered down. I was just looking for more robust flavor in the beer. The beer is good not great though.

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

I poured this 12oz bottle into a snifter, with generous fluffy, tan head. It started to resemble hot chocolate. Smells of coffee, crema, dark chocolate. Intense coffee or even espresso comes through, with mild chocolatey sweetness. I would actually describe as medium bodied, as a porter. The carbonation is adequate to deliver an oily brew. Very tasty.

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Photo of Shadman
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Let's just say if I waited for the head on this beer to receed I'd be writing this a week from now. Incredible. Looks like a well-done French Souffle'. Carbonation almost cascades like a nitro-keg. Usual nice Rogue lacing along with a very dark colour and we have a fiver in this cat.

S: I'm hoping the massive, foam-toffee head is inhibiting aroma b/c they are very muted here. Still, I can pull some smokiness along with some roasted chocolate.

T: Very, very nice balance between roasted coffe-like malt, dark chocolate, slight smoke, and hop bitterness. A great tasting porter for sure.

M: Carbonation, given how much head is produced is quite mellow. Coffee/hop bitterness for me ( as a dark roast coffee drinker) is bang on. Very smooth.

Oh to be able to live close to the brewery and get this for less than the $8 cdn i have to pay per bomber because it is a very drinkable porter.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Muddy, dark chocolate body with minimal transparency. Huge 2+ finger, fluffy, tan head on top. Head decays slowly and unevenly, dragging lots of soapy lacing behind it.

Smell: Malt, chocolate flakes, faint mocha, herbs, and piney hops.

Taste: Lots of malt upfront, accompanied by dark chocolate, roasted notes, possibly some dairy, and a generous dosage of bitter, woody, hops. Aftertaste is of roasted malt and hop bitterness. Not getting a whole lot of mocha, but definitely enjoying this one.

Mouthfeel: Cool and creamy with close to a milk-like consistency. Not too heavy, which is nice. Carbonation is right where it should be, and providing some nice excitement on the palate. Finishes oily, a bit chewy, and bitter. Nice.

Drinkability: Hoppier than your average, and better than your average porter. Unique, tasty, and refreshing. I'd have no problem drinking a couple more of these, and I may seek this one out again in the future.

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Photo of bmwats
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown. Medium light carbonation pours into a 1 finger, brown white, bubbly head. Settles fairly quickly leaving an insulating layer of foam. Leaves some nice beer ring lacing.

S: Dark roasted, bittersweet chocolate malt.

T: Dark roasted coffee, unsweetened chocolate, hearty malt.

M: Robust but has a weightless feel. The flavor coats the palette, and aftertaste disintegrates quickly. Does have a bit of a "musty" aftertaste though.

D: Good flavor and feel makes for really good drinkability.

Really good atmosphere. Nice solid appearance, and simple but healthy nose. Fairly basic, but full flavor, and still light on the palette. Really good quaff.

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Photo of slk22
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice mahogany to black color, lightly translucent, with a thin head and moderate lacing. The inviting aroma of chocolate comes through as does roasted malt with a hint of coffee. The taste follows the nose having a nice balance between roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Chocolate comes through a bit more on the finish with little aftertaste. Quite smooth. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, found this beer to be very nicely balanced and easy going down. Could definitely have another.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mocha Porter
Rogue Ales Brewery
Style: American Porter
ABV: 5.30 %

Reviewed @ home 12/16/08, bottle>dimpled mug
A 4.0 - deep opaque brown color, small frothy head, seems porter appropriate?
S 4.0 - roasty toasty malty notes
T 4.0 - roasty malt on palate, mocha in background, smooth taste
MF 3.5 - medium + body, medium carbonation, crisp finish
D 3.5 - respectable rep of a stout, try it if you like 'em, but not really my type of style

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

Black. Large, craggy beige head. Good retention that stayed until I finished and some foam splatter lace up top.

Smells of roast malt, dark roast coffee, rogue yeast, and faint bitter dark chocolate.

Tastes bittersweet. Roasted dark malt, coffee, and charcoal comprised the bitter whilst bitter baking chocolate, and burnt nut made up the sweet. The two tastes never really seamed to settle in together and this beer seemed confused as to what it was trying to do. Sour ash aftertaste and a light mouthfeel. The actual mocha aspect of the whole beer was played down which was a suprise; considering the name and all.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,881 ratings.
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