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Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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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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Ratings: 2,901 |  Reviews: 1,369
Photo of BrewIndy
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black.

S: Great smell. I love the way this beer smells. It doesn't get much better than this.

T: Good taste. I can't say it's the best porter I've ever had but it's not the worst. It's not offensive at all and it leaves me wanting more.

I could drink a few more of these. My guess is I'll be going back to this. You can't go wrong with a Rogue.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a hazelnut brown head. Slightly cloud like appearance.

Smells of burnt caramel, toasted and chocolate malt aromas too.

Tastes similar, but with a little bit of hop bittering in there too.

Medium mouthfeel, and a little sweet, but overall very enjoyable

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since this is a Rogue I was expecting the flavor to knock by tastebuds out and leave me weeping in the corner. Well it wasn't THAT strong but definately had some bite to it.

It poured black that had just a bit of brown visible on the lower edges of the glass topped with a 1/2 finger tan head. The aroma was lightly sweet. The flavor had cocoa and toffee components that mixed well. It had notable hops but was fairly smooth, with abody I would lable as heavy-medium. It finished with a slight cocoa aftertaste. This is definately a keeper in my favorites collection.

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Photo of damienblack
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cola black in appearance, pitch dark. Lots of nice foamy lacing and head, big and billowey. Lots of small bubbles. Smell is quite underwhelming, A bit of coffee, but hops are the overwhelming scent here. Taste is also a bit of a letdown. Doesn't really taste much like coffee at all. Very dry, but at the same time not roasty. Not much malt sweetness, just dry. A lot more hop bite than I would expect, too. Another user compared this to Guinness. It's not creamy like you'd expect Guinness canned to be, yet it also lacks the punch of Guinness Extra Stout. It's not terrible, definitely not offensive. But from Rogue, I would expect a lot more. Kind of watery, not much depth of flavor at all. Very drinkable, though. Methinks this one will be one and done for me.

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Photo of mwa423
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice dark brown colors with a finger and a half of slightly brown head. Can't even see through the beer, good

S - Roasty and chocolaty, but nothing special. Smell is a bit weak

T - No mocha at all, a weak porter (almost on par with the level of taste of Guinness) and far too much hop bite.

M - Average, nothing to write home about.

D - Not enjoying it, I was really looking forward to the style and I love dead guy and a lot of other Rogue stuff, but I was just flat unimpressed with this.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan foamy head.

Head was gone pretty quick. Decent lacing.

Aroma is of Dark Chocolate, Roasted malts, Molasses and Espresso. Very strong and complex nose.

Taste is of mocha, molasses and cocoa nibs. Hops bite in the middle somewhere and add a bitterness to the finish.

Heavy, thick, chewy body.

Like a hybrid between a Stout and a Porter. Very very good.

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Photo of degerbah
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured pitch black with a small amount of very thick head. The smell is malty, but not nearly as sweet as I expected, more bitter.

I really expected something different from this, not at all a strong coffee or malt flavor. I think that if a beer is packaged as a "mocha" porter then it should have more coffee taste than the average porter; I'm not getting this. This is a perfectly enjoyable beer, but with its thick taste, I think it is mor eof a stout than a porter.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes:

12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date.

A: Dark brown with a reddish hue. Big tan head that dissipates quickly some nice lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee is very noticeable.

T&M: The taste mirrors the smell very closely. But there is roast bitterness in the finish. Medium-light body that is well carbonated.

D: This is a well balanced brew that tastes like its name. I like this one with a good pot roast. I even make a nice marinade out of this beer and some other secret ingredients.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola black color with a 1 finger tan head that quickly subsides to a light ring

Smells mostly of roasted malt. Very light notes reminiscent of espresso but not a whole lot going on otherwise.

Taste again reveals lots of roasted malt with a nutty profile. Light notes of bitter coffee and chocolate become present, with a dry, somewhat smoky finish.

Smooth with a medium body.

The coffee aspect certainly isn't overdone so this goes down nice and easy. Pairs nicely with some chocolate, a good dessert beer.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Darkish, but brown around the outside. I'm sadly drinking from a solo cup, so I don't want to say too much on the color

S: Smells like roasted coffee, really. Which is disapointing. I was told that despite the name, it wasn't too coffee like. I'm not a fan really. has a bit of an alcohol scent as well.

T: tastes like it smells, roasted crisp malt. Less booze in the flavor than the nose though. Passes over the tongue without leaving too much taste though

M: A very good density and texture. Not by anymeans heavy, but proberly hearty.

D: Decent, but I take of points for the coffee.

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark color with a tiny brown head that didn't stick around for long

S: Hints of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and berries.

T: Very sour and roasty.

M: Fairly full bodied which is a good aspect to a brew this size.

D: Slightly above average due to the sour notes from the coffee flavours.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown to black with a reddish hue around the edges. Fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving moderate lacing.

N: Chocolate cake and roasty malt with a hint of raisins. Little to no hop aroma.

T: Chocolate cake and roasty malt mixed with grassy hops. Coffee is implied by the roastiness, but there aren't really any coffee flavors to speak of. Burnt roasty malt and grassy bitterness in the aftertaste. Straight forward, not very complex.

M: Medium-light bodied and moderately carbonated with a dry finish.

D: Not one of my favorites. It has a nice dry roastiness that I like, but there's nothing special about this beer that would make me buy it again.

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Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yields a dark brown-black color, with light ruby accents when held in the light. A lovely tan, milky head leaves some decent lacing, and a quite nice amount of carbonation is apparent in the glass.
Smells of bitter espresso, some nice 70% or so dark cocoa, milky malty sweetness, dark raisins, followed by a citrusy hoppiness. Casacade, Amarillo come in providing spiciness and lightness.
Flavor comes in a a nice repilca of the nose. Upfront a bit bitter cocoas, coffee, raisins, followed by a nice hoppy warmness. The cocoa comes back again o the finish to provide a full spectrum of cocoa upfront and in the evental finish.
Drinkablity is nice, tastes much bigger than a 5.3% brew, so makes a nice sipper, yet easy to drink down as a session brew. I actually liked this a bit better than the Chocolate stout. I will buy this one again.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured a dark brown with little head and little retention.

Smell is chocolate and coffee, hints of hops and roasted malts, faint smokiness.

Taste mimics the smell but with a nice dry, bitter hop finish in the back of the mouth. A little more smokiness coming through. Still lots of coffee and chocolate. Slightly thin body.

Not a traditional porter and definitely more of a hops profile than the style would normally dictate but a nice drinker. At 5.3% this could easily be sessionable and is quite tasty.

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Photo of brendan13
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass a very dark brown colour with 2.5cm beige head that hangs around for a while. Sporadic patchy lacing is left down the glass.
S - Chocolate and nutty aromas at first followed by some herbal and floral hop notes.
T - Chocolate and nutty also in the taste with quite a roasty quality. Some vauge dark fruit hints as well as the herbal and floral hops from the smell.
M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. A bit of a lingering roasty taste.
D - Nice enough and certainly a sessionable porter but there are others with a similar ABV% I'd go to before this.

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Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Rogue and they've only let me down once (damn you chipotle ale!!!). This one is pretty much what it says on the bottle - a nice porter with a chocolatey/mocha flavor. Nothing really overly complex with it, so you definitely know what you're getting. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown and a good sized two finger head that is almost a perfect tan. Nice retention and it leaves a fairly thick looking skim on the top as well as foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: A moderate chocolatey/mocha scent is very present, nice dark and malty.

Taste: More of a bitter burnt roastiness in the mouth, followed by a bittersweet chocolate (like baker's chocolate) in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, but not bad for a porter. Smooth and fairly light on the palate. It does leave a very slight sticky coating but it's very thin and doesn't stick around long. Pretty refreshing overall for a darker beer.

Drinkability: High. Tastes great and doesn't feel especially heavy. The ABV isn't outrageous either, so this is a pretty easy drinking beer.

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Photo of pants678
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got a half a finger head out of the pour that seemed more carbonated than I would've expected. The head recedes quickly into a thin lace. It's a full, deep mahogany brown, almost opaque but light is getting through at the top and bottom edges.

It smells of mocha and cinnamon, an overall roasted aroma, but not overly so.

Muddled but emphatic and tastes much like it smells. I'm not getting a lot of chocolate; potent mocha and coffee starts to stand out. Staining with it's sharper ends, but not off-putting. The finish is surprisingly clean.

There's a reason it's a porter and not a stout and the carbonation has much to do with that. A tough but rewarding dessert beer.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black in color, I would say it is the most comparable to a cola of any beer I have had as far as appearance is concerned. There is even a light tan foamy head that dissipates like a soft drink. Low carbonation when you look at it, but it is quite noticable in the mouth, so I guess there is quite a bit of carbonation hidden by the dark color. Roasted malt on the nose. The flavor starts out smooth and intensifies with the mocha (or at least the coffee portion of it) remaining in the mouth as aftertaste. I was hoping for better as I was quite excited when I purchased it.

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Photo of kmeves
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black topped by creamy medium head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet with coffee, cream, earthy hops and light bread. Flavor is coffee, woody, earthy and unsweetened chocolate bitter. Creamy texture, medium bodied. Overall a very good beer, perhaps a nod below other Rogue offerings.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. A potential salve to this late season cold snap.

This beer pours a very dark charcoal brown hue, with minor mahogany highlights, and two fingers of puffy, rocky, and broadly bubbly beige head, which leaves a decent array of broken cloud lace around the glass as it quite slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity caramel malt, dry chocolate, lightly roasted, rather complex coffee, a bit of aromatic black fruit, and grassy, leafy hops. The taste is mildly grainy, gritty caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, cold black coffee, lightly sour orchard fruit, a somewhat acrid nuttiness, and earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, with only a wee bit of lingering effervescence, the body an adequate medium weight, which leaves us with a more or less smooth entity, one with a hint of creamy mouthfeel, maybe, though a bit of sassy hops do provide some drama late in the game. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, malty, chocolate essence pervading.

A pleasant enough, and even lovely at times, after-dinner quaffer, perhaps, fantastic with dessert, or even on its own, if your tastes run towards stag. My only quibble is the rather underwhelming coffee element, for a beer that proclaims it so front and center in its name.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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 +15.8%
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 -2.1%
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 +7.5%
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 -3.4%
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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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,901 ratings
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