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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Photo of Lepley
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle
A: Poured thick syrupy-brown and was pitch black in the glass, allowing no light to penetrate. Lots of dark brown head and good lacing.
S: Sweet, roastiness, coffee.
T: Began sweet and light, then came on a strong coffee flavor with a bitter finish and aftertaste.
M: Thick and smooth.
D: This is a damn good porter.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. 08/24/08. Picked up a growler of this from the Rogue brewery during a trip to Oregon.

Pours a very dark brown color with about two fingers of tan head. The head receded slowly leaving lots of beautiful lacing around the glass. Aromas of toasted malt, lightly roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. Aromas are somewhat mild but still good.

Taste is very nice. Great lightly roasted coffee flavor with a subtle amount of dark chocolate. Lots of semi-sweet toasted malt is underneath. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Not a terribly complex flavor profile, but it works very well and tastes great.

Feel is a bit on the thin side, but still smooth and creamy. Enough carbonation to keep it lively. Very clean finish. Drinkability is great. The flavor is good and the alcohol is low enough to make it very sessionable.

This is one of my favorite porters. On tap it's simply amazing.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber bottle into a Ten Penny Ale glass.

A: Pours a nice black color with a pillow head of tan foam which clung down the sides of my glass to the final sip. Great sticky head of foam and rich looking body.

S: Smells of bittersweet cocoa powder, a bit of mocha latte and some sweet chocolate malts.

T: Taste is thinner than expected, but certainly flavorful. The rich flavors of cocoa, coffee, charcoal and other sweet roasted malts jump out at the tongue first. A thinning layer of toasted malts and a slight hop bitterness level things out before finishing very dry and burnt tasting.

M: Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied and really drinkable. This one went fast!

D: The flavors and nice and full, but the mouthfeel isn't too slick, full or cloying. This helps out big time, as the ABV is modest and flavors are complex yet controlled.

Don;t really know where the mocha comes into play, but coffee is a big part of this porter. A nice balance of flavors and great dessert beer or dessert companion. I paired mine with a couple of soft baked chocolate chip cookies. Result is splled with a string of "M's."

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

12 oz bottle.

A.Black but not opaque, not as thick as I had expected, one and a half finger head with an aggressive pour.
S.Mocha, (coffee, chocolate).
T.Mocha, but not as much as I would have liked, not near as flavorful as I had hoped.
M.Rather flat, and thin, quite disappointing.
D.I could drink two maybe three, but since I did not enjoy this beer very much probably just one.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The deepest imaginable mahogany brown with three fingers of dense, durable mocha tan head; splendid appearance. Mocha, coffee, and dark chocolate emerge soon enough. Delicious, smooth taste with a hint of bitterness in the second half, lots of coffee, vanilla bean, molasses--very well done, very malty, very tasty. Smooth with fairly durable carbonation, Mocha Porter is a densely malted delight, one of the better porters I've had recently. Very good work.

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Photo of sstackho
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lonely single 12oz bottle purchased from Wine Emporium in Boston with a sale sticker on it for $1.55, so I have no guesses as to the age of this one. It foams up upon opening, although it's been resting for a while. Poured in a few stages due to the big fluffy head. Pours essentially black, with a somewhat metallic malty aroma. First taste is pleasant, and gets better as time passes. It starts with a malty flavour, almost a bit light at first, before passing on to a pleasing aftertaste which leads to lingering coffee notes. A slightly metallic mouthfeel in the foretaste (is that a word?) detracts a bit.

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Photo of briman
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with some reddish hues around the edges. About a one inch brown head, retains well, settling into moderate lace.

Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malt.

Flavor is essentially the same. Bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, with a dry roasty finish. Hint of black malt bitterness into the aftertaste, but not overly acrid.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is fine, teetering on the edge of being a little thing. No real obvious hop presence. Overall a solid example of the style. Flavors much more pronounced after letting this one warm up a bit. Session candidate.

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

Pours a very dark brown, black from a distance. A large 2 inch tan head forms on top and lingers with decent retention leaving nice lacing behind.

Aroma is decent. A good chocolatey note followed by coffee. It's mocha alright. Slightly floral too.

Taste is fine. Chocolate dominates leaving a slight bitterness. The coffee is apparent on the finish. Again, slightly floral.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Definitely sessionable. Decent flavor, making an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of daythree16
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Almost black in color, but the light around the edges shows it to be a very, very dark brown. 1.5 finger tan head that doesn't stick around for too long.

The aroma is a good balance of chocolate and caramel malts. Taste is mild sweet caramel up front with hints of chocolate and a dark roast coffee finish.

The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and almost a bit thinner than I would expect, but overall, this on is pretty delicious. It's an old favorite that really piqued my interest in craft beer.

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Photo of jmalex
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, going back to the beers that got me interested in craft beer to begin with. It's interesting to see how my tastes have changed.

APPEARANCE: Pours into an English-style pub glass black with red-amber highlights. A one-finger, light tan head forms on top and slowly drops to a full collar with some patchy haze.

SMELL: It runs the porter gamut from caramel to chocolate to a touch of black malt. Coffee is there as well, though you have to do a little searching. It adds another layer onto this beer but is held in check enough to keep the roastiness at a minimum.

TASTE: Up front, it's mostly black malt and coffee without any of the middling caramels. Only toward the finish does the beer sweeten up any, but it goes a bit far. A little hop flavor comes on toward the end to balance any sweetness out. But some caramel and a touch of diacetyl linger on through what is otherwise an empty finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Much thinner than I like and pretty thin even for most people. Carbonation is actually slightly high.

DRINKABILITY: The thin body does help here (I'll give it that), but I'd prefer something more dessert-like, especially when there's coffee involved too. I could have a pint or 2, but there are better examples for sure.

Ah well, some things aren't like you remember them. Or maybe they are and I've just come to expect more. Either way, give Mocha Porter a shot and decide for yourself. Maybe you didn't like it long ago, but your tastes could change too.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue's Mocha Porter pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. A light tan head sits on top. The nose is pretty light, with sweet chocolate notes. There are also a bit of grassy hops and just a hint of coffee.

The taste starts with some nice, creamy chocolate flavors. This is followed by a good amount of hop bitterness, much more than I expected. The finish is a bit of a let-down, mainly consisting of grainy and astringent flavors. The mouthfeel is nice and think, with a medium amount of carbonation.

Though the finish seemed a bit disappointing to me, this is, overall, a really good porter.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, amber black color with a head that diminishes fairly quick unless poured wrong. Love the lacing left after drinking.

A: Nearly black, tones of amber when looked at through light.

S: A very unique chocolate smell, the aroma is light but pronounced at the same time. A very dark coffee smell.

T: Taste is reminiscent of a chocolate stout, the porter taste comes late. Chocolate and coffee are overwhelming in a good way. After a sip, licking the lips tastes like maple syrup. Delicious, absolutely delicious.

M: Smooth as a babies bottom.

D: This beer is highly drinkable and I recommend you (yes you) try it. 40 bucks a case is a bargain for the flavor that this beer imparts on your tongue.

Go out and try this beer and other beers Rogue has to offer, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of argock
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: nearly balck with soft, brown sugar-colored head, 2 fingers, lots of pits and nice retention with respectable lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, mild dark fruit, ginger snap, and faint leafy hops in the nose.

T: Attention-getting without being overwhelming. Most sweet roasted malt flavor up front, some dark fruit and chocolate flavors through the center, with the bitter coffee, blackstrap molasses, and leafy hops flavors in the finish. A very full-flavored porter.

M: Smooth with some acridity and dryness in the finish and aftertaste.

D: A very drinkable porter with enough coffee, chocolate, and acrid burned malt and molasses flavors. A good beer for those new to porters as well as fans of the style.

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Photo of Natural510
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch-black with thick tan head; small amount of lacing on the glass.
Smells of roasted malts, coffee & chocolate, but not quite as strongly as I would've expected.
Rich coffee flavors, definitely more Starbucks than Folgers. A sweet cocoa runs through the brew as well. The roasted malts are quite apparent, with a very subtle hoppiness toward the end. Slightly dry finish.
Robust in the mouth, not quite as creamy as a stout. Not much of a reverberation as in other brews of the style.
All in all a nice take on a porter. Flavor-wise, it's about halfway between an American Porter and a Milk Stout.

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

A: Dark brown, almost black, with deep garnet red undertones. Practically opaque. Pours with an epic caramel colored head that dissipates slowly and leaves substantial lacing behind. The head never dissipates entirely. This is kind of what I base my standards for porter appearance on.

S: Lots of roasted coffee goodness. Also lots of chocolate and roasted malts; relatively strong aroma.

T: Again, lots of coffee and bitter chocolate, with roasted malts being another predominant flavor. Very... porter-y.

M: Creamy and smooth; medium- to full-bodied.

D: Despite being a relatively heavy beer, this manages to be pretty drinkable. I have long used this as a go-to beer, as it is a great session porter.

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Photo of chuckd123
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've now had this one a handful of times, but until last night, only out of a bomber. Plan B in West Hartford, CT has it on tap this week. First time I've ever thought a beer tasted better poured from a bottle. The coffee and chocolate flavors were very faint in this pour -- I swear I remember them being more powerful the times I've had it from a bottle. The overall aroma and taste is still roasted-coffee-chocolate-esque, but this time it was more of a generic roasted maltiness, and I remember the chocolate standing out more in the past. Still a very good porter overall. The color is a very (very) dark brown only if held up to light -- appears nearly solid black otherwise, with about a 1/2" very light tan head. Drinkability is good, but it's a relatively heavy brew, so I probably wouldn't put back more than 2 or 3 at a time. Overall, a very good but not excellent porter and worth a try.

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

ANOTHER great offering from Rogue. These guys have a great lineup of beers that really hit the spot
A: Pours a deep, rich black/dark brown color with a decent head that leaves a spotty lace

S: Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose, roasted malts are apparent

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and perhaps a sweet, dark fruit that I cannot identify

MF: Very smooth, clean aftertaste

D: High despite its style

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Photo of schanker21
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark brown into my pint glass. Looks black until held up to the light, where it is a barely translucent and very dark brown. At first I thought I could only see light through the edges of my glass, but my friend pointed out that I wasn't holding it at a good angle and that you could indeed see a small amount of light through the whole thing. I got a little over a two finger, tan head that left very heavy lacing throughout.

Smells like an excellent porter. Roasted flavors coming through with a hint of coffee at the end.

Taste is also roasted, with a coffee and chocolate finish. Excellent, excellent taste. This is the best porter I've had in quite some time. Definitely one to keep handy whenever possible.

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Photo of matty
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown colored porter with a strong coffee aroma.Taste is coffee,chocolate and roasted malt.This was not as good as I was expecting it to be,especially for how they charge you for it.Overall not bad,I will drink it again as long as I don't have to pay for it!!

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is pitch black with a nice centimeter for its head. The head stays really well. There isn't much nose in this beer, but it has some hints of chocolate and sweetness. When drinking the beer the coffee/chocolate malts come out with the chocolate out staying everything else. The chocolate coffee mix is quite nice because it has more chocolate than coffee. A sweetness does pop in there quite a bit, maybe a bit of licorice? The mouthfeel is creamy and a bit thick. This beer is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of shark262
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut brown with a thin layer of head and minimal apparent carbonation.

Smell of brown sugar, raisins, slight coffee roast, and some chocolate.

Very nice, rich-tasting tones of dark malts mixed with some roasted coffee and faint toffee. Fairly bitter bite, gentle warming alcohol sensation after each sip.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Perfect carbonation level rounds out the flavors.

Nice beer, well-rounded beer. Satisfying after only a couple.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very tall head standing three to four inches on the tap of a black body. The body allows a purple light to get through at its base. The head is foamy and a light brown color.

S - I could smell this as I began to pour. Long roasted malt bringing out dark fruit and chocolate scents. The sublte note of alcohol can also be picked up.

T - It begins with a malt flavor moving into some dark chocolate. It ends with a nice coffee finish.

M - Starts out light an airy. The middle gets abrasive across most mouth surfaces and then it oddly finishes very wet.

~ I do like this beer and will try it again. I hope to travel out west in the next couple years to visit friends moving to Seattle. I'd really like to sample this from a tap.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been meaning to get around to this one for a long while. Appearance is a very dark brown with a nice tan head that lives minimal lacing. Nose is pretty mild, but chocolate, light coffee and roasted malt, and a bit of dried fruit. Flavor is a lot more bitter than the nose: smoky, roasted malt right off the bat. Gets lightly into the slightly sweeter toffee malt later on, with a mild hoppy finish. Carbonation's a touch high, maybe masking the flavor just a touch. Overall, it's not bad at all, and Mocha Porter is a fairly fitting name for this highly coffee-esque brew.

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

12-ounce longneck sans freshness date with a picture of the brewer giving a Black Power-looking salute, poured into a shaker pint glass yields a thick, oily stream that builds a deep, dark reddish-brown body with amber highlights at the edges. The opaque drink is capped with two thick fingers of beige foam that retains at a fat ring and laces the glass in webby bands.

Smell is chocolatey with a winey note of French roasted coffee.

Taste is bittersweet-chocolatey with dark coffee and fruity liqueur riding in a big-bodied, frothy, creamy drink that feels almost fluffy in the mouth. There's caramel and chocolate-syrupy mouthfeel and sweetness, but the drink is well-balanced by bitter roasty and tangy notes of coffee, some nice dry, biscuity malt, and is the beneficiary of plenty of tiny bubbles. Thanks to its wonderful carbonation, a brew that would rationally seem to drink thick and heavy doesn't at all, instead finishing fairly clean and cocoa-powder dry with just the right amount of lip-smacking, savory bitterness.

Smooth and silky, this makes a very nice brunch or dessert drink.

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

Deep chocolate brown color. Light tan colored head decent retention and lacing.

Dark choclate and coffee in the nose. Some roasted malt.

nice to see this flavor is a porter. I love it in a stout but the lighter crisper porter carries it well. Again chocolate and coffee play well together. Great roasted malt porter taste.

Creamy smooth mouth feel. Well carbonated, keeps from feeling heavy.

Very drinkable, not my favorite porter but good non the less.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,918 ratings