Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Ratings: 2,894 |  Reviews: 1,369
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Huge light-brown head retained strongly. Dark brown brew, relatively murky/opaque.

S-Coffee and roasted malts with some black character. Also, a degree of a choco-coffee aroma.

T-Again, coffee and roasted malts. The most prominent flavor is the roasted maltiness with a lingering chocolate. Hop character and bitterness was not perceptible.

M-Medium, smooth carbonation and a delightful moderate body.

D-Decent enough. Tasty brew with a nice drinkable feel and flavor.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 1-25-09

Pours a dark brown color with a hint of red. A craggy head settles to a thin layer, with gigantic, foamy lacing.

Smell is sweet malt and subtle bitter coffee. Well balanced and enjoyable.

Taste is alot like the smell, subtle, with just a hint of coffee. The finish is bitter but not hoppy, with a smoky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, thin, but right for a porter.

Drinkability is very good, smooth light flavors with a sessionable abv.

Overall, one of my favorites from Rogue, and a solid choice.

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Photo of MillRat
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served at Ben Pao Chinese restaurant in Chicago's River North area. Since this is part of the Lettuce Entertain You chain of upscale restaurants, it was particularly heartening to see Rogue featured here. Given that the other offerings were Heinie and BMC light lagers, and I had a ride home, this was going to be my session beer, whether it was meant to be one or not. Fortunately, this is a great session beer.

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, a firm dense cocoa head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Aroma is dominated by roastiness from both dark malts and espresso-ish coffee. Taste is true to the aroma, adding in a chunk of hop bitterness and just enough malt to keep it from being astringent. Body is rather light, which is a bit odd for a beer with this much going on, but it certainly puts this beer in an exclusive league of being both interesting and complex in flavor without swiftly wearing out its gastronomic welcome.

An exceptional beer for those who enjoy strong roastiness. If you must add cream or sugar to your coffee, this is probably not going to be one of your faves. If you like coffee that you must chew before you swallow it, this is good stuff!

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

At long last, it's time to review the brewer's own favorite beer (according to a video clip I have somewhere)... this will be poured a few degrees over fridge temperature in a traditional pint glass. 22oz. bomber purchased at Bottle King in Hillsdale for about $5.

Appearance- This beer pours a rich, brownish red color that elegantly supports a big three and a half finger head. It's the classic Rogue crown... thick and bubbly, stalwart and all foam. Gobs of lacing begin thick and stay that way, always present for the duration of the experience.

Smell- Massive chocolate, but not like fudge. It's lighter in aroma, more like milk chocolate rather than bitter or dark. Distinct in the world of porters, I don't think I could ever confuse this with another I've had before. The hops are quick and snappy on the nose, and perhaps the house yeast has something to do with that.

Taste- While the chocolate malts and other types that have been used are easily and readily available on the palate, the surprising bitterness of the hops along with their long finish is impressive.

Second pour, swirling in all yeast sediment:

The beer has a more roasty character now as opposed to before the yeast addition, and the hops have been countered even more (and better) by the malts, which have really come together nicely.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The beer stays active for its entire stay in the mouth, which is outstanding because the flavors and ensuing bitterness go on forever. This is one rare example of a beer that builds up to a crescendo and stays there, not giving up until the swallow itself. A very enjoyable brew from Rogue, one that I would sample again with food... hmmm, I've got to make that happen while the weather is still cool...

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Photo of Reaper16
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass

Pours a deep red/brown with a smallish, one-finger creme head. It doesn't last long, but the lacing manages to be abundant and attractive.

Predictable, coffee hits the nose first. Chocolate, sweet smelling malt, and some hops all find the nose, too. There is a twinge of something metallic, like copper.

Tasty beer. The coffee flavors are strong, but they match well with the generous hop profile. The roasted malts aren't washed out by the coffee, even if they are clearly dominated by it. Its sort of a one-trick pony, but it sure is a good trick.

Loads of carbonation make up for a relative thinness in the mouth. Its combination of feel and good flavors make this a good candidate to have multiples of.

I'm always happy to find a good porter, and this certainly qualifies as such. Rogue always seems to impress me with their dark beers.

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Photo of farrago
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish head comprised of micro-bubbles, black color with minimal lightening at rims and glass bottom, if the foam didn't disappear so swiftly could pass for a stout. Lean and focused nose of burnt coffee, caramelized brown sugar and dry mocha powder, the hoppy graininess a large element, not strikingly sweet, choice few words. Light to medium-bodied, curiously bitter attack with the hops front and center. The dryness impedes the spreading wide of chocolate powder and roasted coffee bean flavors. However, the grain and oatmeal draws out a hint of black fruits. Carbonation could stand to be lower, forces things forward before you're ready. Which then results in a shortened finish. Porter for hopheads?

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Photo of LeftonJackman
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Rouge!

From the bottle, poured into a pint glass the dark brown/near black American Porter pours rich and tops off with a nice head of light brown. As it reclines around the edges it leaves a delicate lace. The head stays billowed in the pillowed in the middle and just begs of mocha goodness!

What a lovely marriage of hops and mocha. Your nose wont have to look too hard for dark chocolate, full bodied coffee and hops.

As formidable in the nose, it is in the mouth (that's what she said). Fantastic mocha porter with just the right wash of bitterness you might expect.

Not a bad way to end a work day!

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Photo of wnh
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Schlafly pint glass.

Pours a deep, opaque brown, with a finger's worth of creamy light tan head that dissipates into a thin creamy film that sticks around. Slight lacing.

Nose is roasted malt and coffee. Flavors of coffee, with accompanying bitterness, with hints of dark chocolate that turn into a sweetness reminiscent of milk chocolate. Has an overall creamy flavor/feel, with a pretty short finish. Moderate amount of carbonation, but overall the beer is a little thin. I'd like it more if there was some chewiness to it.

A good beer that grew on me as I worked my way through the six-pack. The first four were good, but the last two were great. Recommended.

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Photo of beerman21
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker glass. Coler near black with a light fluffy cinnnimon brown head. Smell is predmonitly cocco powder nothing really sticks out. Taste of coffee, cream and choclate malt, bitter hop background quickly comes and goes. All of which are subtle. mouthful very creamy i really think of this more of a cream stout not a porter. Highly drinkable brew but nothing really all that special about it. I don't know if id buy this again. Average cream stout in my opinion.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very dark brown that is borderline black. Creamy looking tan head that dissolves quickly.

S: it's hard to pick out much more than roasted malt and coffee scents.

T: coffee upfront with roasted malts and a bitter coffee/chocolate finish. I was surprised that it wasn't as chocolaty as I assumed from the title. I would have just called it coffee porter and let the drinker assume it has chocolate qualities as one expects a chocolate stout to contain hints of coffee.

Overall it was a little thin for me but that made for a highly drinkable beer that looks and tastes great. Always impressed by Rogue.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Poured dark brown, almost black, with a thin off-white head that dissipated quickly. Very little lacing.

Smell: Smells like lactose, with hints of coffee.

Taste: Coffee is the predominant flavor, with hints of chocolate in the background. Bitter aftertaste from the coffee. Not too much else to this one.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but a little thin. If this was thicker, I think it would have allowed more of the 'beer' flavors to come through.

Drinkability: It's thin, which makes is easy to drink, despite it being a darker beer. It's a good session beer. A solid offering from Rogue.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Head tension noticeable. Smells of chocolate and mild roast coffee present. Gulp. Nice bite, smooth and warming. The Mocha in the title is not a lie, it plays very will in the finished product on this one.

Been trying several Rogue beers in recent times. This is a perfect example of a chocolate infused porter. This beer makes for a great end of dinner drink and a better night cap.

Recommend: Yes, for my friends and myself. Foes not included.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Super dark brown. Basically black. Two-fingers of chocolate tan colored foamy head. Good retention and quite good lacing.

Sweet barley malts. Chocolate milk. Butterscotch. Vanilla toffee. Toasted nuts. General earthiness. Light coffee notes. Smells very dessert like.

Burnt milk chocolate covered caramels. Roasted coffee beans. Touch of vanilla. Sweet maltiness takes the backseat. Mild earthy hops.
Not as good as the nose would have me believe, but still tasty.

Nice creamy and medium bodied. Carbonation is a touch too sharp, but easy enough to get around. A touch thin, but still enjoyable.

Great session beer. Less than 6%ABV and there is enough going on in this bottle to keep you interested, yet not enough to overwhelm you. Smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of brow1901
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 22oz bomber into a glass
Pours a dark brown to mahogany color with a light brown almost white head. Great head retention and some lacing.
Smells mostly of roasted malts with faint coffee smell, couldn't find the chocolate smell like I could with the chocolate stout.
Taste has a great malty sweetness and finishes mostly with coffee hints the chocolate does show up but it's not as pronounced as I expected.
Mouthfeel is light and delicious some slickness on the tounge
Drinkability is exceptional this beer will be a regular in the fridge however I prefer the chocolate stout out of all the rogue beers I've had.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque dark brown liquid with a frothy tan head that recedes to a sticky lacing.

S: Faint coffee notes in the background, but roasted malt aromas dominate the nose on this beer. Some faint burnt caramel present as well.

T: Inverse of the nose. The coffee flavors and sweet caramel flavors dominate with a sturdy, but mild malt presence. A nice hop presence, surprisingly.

M: Moderate, typical of the style. Good carbonation adds some liveliness on the tongue, as well.

D: Given the style, I would say that this is a pretty drinkable brew. The pleasant flavors make you want to keep sipping and the low ABV doesn't punish you for doing so.

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Photo of thain709
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful dark brown color...a one finger tan head...light lacing left around the glass

S - some toasted malts

T - The malts stick out first...kind of a chocolate flavor...which all leads to a nice coffee tasting finish

M - Medium bodied...creamy

D - A very drinkable's not too heavy...and it's very tasty...especially if you like coffee

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Photo of eagles22
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: ebony color with white head and alot of carbonation

Smell: lots of roasted malts and heavy coffee scent

Taste: lots of coffee flavor and earthy hops but nothing exceptional

Mouthfeel: is very nice and moist...not thin at all

Drinkability: great session beer

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Photo of Chugmonkey
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stunning looking beer - deep dark brown with gigmungus tan head. Powerful coffee and toffee aroma. Rich sweet malty flavor dominated by coffee and toffee. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel.

This is a pretty intensely flavored brew, with tons of coffee taste. If you are a coffee fiend, you will love it. If you are going to have just one beer, this is an excellent choice - very satisfying.

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a pint glass a beautiful deep, dark black with a two finger light brown head. The head starts out more bubbly but settles into a thicker, creamier texture that, while it doesn't stay around for the duration of the drink., does leave a nice thick lace.

Smell is hints of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. A tiny biting scent at the end let's you know this is a beer and not an iced coffee.

Taste and mouthfool are slightly above average. For being called a mocha porter, nothing jumped out at me that would distinguish this from any above average porter. If there is a "mocha" flavor, it is very very light. That said, it is tasty and carbonation is present but pretty much spot on. Body is thin.

This is highly drinkable and though I probably wouldn't buy it again, I recommend it to porter fans.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 07/12/08. Bottle. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roast, sweet malt, coffee. Nice smooth palate. It is a pretty good porter.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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Photo of yesyouam
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Mocha Porter is a rich dark brown ale with a fluffy, light caramel colored head. The aroma is of sweet caramel, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and maybe vanilla. It is full bodied and fluffy; very smooth with a clean finish. The flavor is well balanced with notes of coffee, licorice or fennel, and chocolate. There is a short aftertaste of licorice. Not as 'mocha' as I expected, but an excellent porter-- one that I will buy again!
(rated Jun 26, 2008)

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Photo of daledeee
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been on a stout and porter binge lately. Must be that time of year.

This beer poured with a nice tan head and a fine layer of bubbles stayed on the beer. Not a lot of lace on the glass though.

Nice coffee, malt and vanilla or ice cream nose.

Taste is bitter coffee and a chocolate in the background. Finish is pretty bitter. Not overly carbonated and a tad dry on the finish. Overall a finely done beer.

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Photo of Philly82785
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown in color with a small fine beige head. The nose is malt and chocolate. This comes across the palate as notes of coffee and chocolate; however the coffee malt isn't quite as distinguished as the chocolate malt. The malts dissipate off the palate and finishes as a light bodied porter.

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Photo of mcsquint
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass
A - Dark brown with ruby tinges. Quickly diminishing 2 finger tan head. Thin lacing on glass.
S - Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.
T - Toasty malt with more coffee than the smell would indicate; bittersweet chocolate. Slight floral and citrus on finish.
M - Medium with a somewhat crisp carbonation. Well balanced, doesn't linger like some porters.
D - One of my favorite American Porters. The ABV is @5%, so I'm having another!

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

Clear dark brown pour with a squatty tan head. Aroma of mocha, coffee, and roasty malt. Nice blend of malt and peppry and citrus hops in the flavor. This strangely blends well with the creamy coffee and semi-sweet chocolate giving this a pleasant sweet-and-sour combination.

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