Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,889 Ratings
Mocha PorterMocha Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,889
Reviews:
1,368
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
404
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 2,889 |  Reviews: 1,368
Photo of auxiliary
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark brown color with a nice brown head.

smell - Malt, chocolate,and coffee.

taste - Has a coffee taste to it. Taste of malt and chocolate here.

mouthfeel - Full body.

drinkability - Very good porter. I liked this a lot, a must try. Nice drinking beer to lay back.

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Photo of drxandy
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz to standard pint glass, pours a thin but deep brown with some hints of red, nice tan head that fades

smells of chocolatey malts, smoky and roasty

tastes bitter upfront, followed by bakers chocolate, coffee, malts, roasty smokey earthiness, very much a porter, thinner to drink but very flavorful

mouthfeel was bitter and dry, easy to drink, a nice porter

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 4th Rogue brew. I usually enjoy this brand very much

A- Transparent brown on the edges and black in the middle. Great mocha colored head with much lacing.

S- Smell is of much chocolate and some coffee and molasses

T- Tastes like bitter coffee balanced with chocolate. Good taste if you like coffee.

M- Feels very smooth with a medium-light body and ample carbonation

D- Drinks great with a light enough body to pound back easily.

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Photo of Tbn2
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass

A-Very dark brown that you can't see through except for the very outer edges.

S-A deep breath give you a noise full of the coffee smell you would expect. There is a healthy presence of good dark malt and a slight hint of a caramel malt.

T-Hits you off the bat with the mocha and stays with you all the way through. A very light presence of hops that is a touch more prevalent at the end. The taste of the mocha fades at the end to more of a smoky taste. Leaves with a slightly dry taste probably due to the hops

M-Has a good feel. Not too heavy but certainly not light. Just a little course, but certainly does not hurt the beer.

Overall-This is a great mocha porter for those that like the style and enjoy coffee. It was obviously brewed with this in mind.

Cheers...

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a very deep espresso brown with about 1 finger head.
S-Very fragrent of rosted malt, esspresso, with hints or chocolate.
T-Rosted malts with hint of coffee and chocolate also seems to have a hint of carmel.
M-It is a little overly carbonated for a porter but overall pretty smooth.
D-Easy to drink could very easily be a dessert beer.

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Photo of righlander
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours really dark almost opaque from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. big foam head the dissipates rather quickly to to a half finger lace. um... it's got a bitter sweet taste that leaves a bitter hop malty flavor on the back of the tongue. it smells really good and portery. not my favorite porter. I like sierra nevada and anchor porter better than this. drinkability is poor for me ....I'm not too hot on the taste. But, i could drink it again. just not on a summer night in Florida.

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Photo of AmishT
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a tumbler

A - Deep dark brown with a huge tan, creamy head. Fair retention; not much lacing

S - Bold roasty malt character and, as one would expect, mocha -- chocolate and coffee. I know there are hops in this porter, but I'm not picking them up in the nose, but that may just be my poor sense of smell

T - As one would expect from the nose, the roasted malts and coffee are very prominent right off the bat, along with a faint bittersweet chocolate flavor. The roasted malts are quickly overcome by a stout bitterness, as if I was drinking straight black hoppy coffee.

M&D - The bitterness coats the palate after swallowing. Sometimes when I breathed in, I could detect a smoked coffee flavor. Medium bodied. The mocha character is not very pronounced when the porter is held on my tongue; I really only get bitterness. The strong bitterness and medium body limit the drinkability for me, but it's what I would expect from an American Porter.

Definitely an American Porter I'll have to revisit in the future when I refine my palate some more

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Photo of naterock
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dokel

A: pours dark and opaque with a two finger tan head.
S: very malty, DArk roasted barley, almost burnt
with a hint of coffee
T: tastes of chocolate an malt. fades to a very rich hoppy bitterness.
M: almost too carbonated, once the carbonation is aggravated the taste comes out further.
D: all around a decent Porter not my favorite but it certainly exhibits the name.

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Photo of msolar
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a tan head and light lacing. Smell isn't as strong as I would have expected (or liked), certainly not as predominant as something like BBC's Coffeehouse Porter. This beer tastes very delicious. It's a very balanced beer that didn't taste as bitter as I expected. It's lighter than I expected but a solid medium-to-heavy bodied with low carbonation and high drinkability. I prefer their Chocolate Stout but this is a great beer that I'd consider committing to in keg form.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark brown with practically no head.

The smell was really faint, I had to really put some effort into catching the tones of this scent. It came off as roasted malts and hops.

The taste, however, certainly made it's presence known. The hops and roasted malt where there in force, accompanying a nice chocolate/cofee taste. Really good.

Went down smooth. Very well balanced mouth feel, and a nice pleasant burnt hops after-taste.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i poured this beer directly into my 12oz pint glass and got about five fingers of head that stuck around a minute.

i'm not sure if my agressive pour killed the smell, but all i'm getting is faint chocolate covered espresso coffee beans.

the taste is good for a mocha porter. not very complex but certainly tasty.

the mouthfeel is a bit thinner than i would like.

overall, i could drink a few of these. it's a good offering from rogue, but not my favorite from them.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A- A dark dark brown, almost ink black, with a 3/4" tan creamy looking head with a slight bit of lacing on the glass.
S-The smell definitely reflects the mocha. It smells like chocolate, coffee, and almost burnt malt.
T- The taste is similar with an almost burnt taste. Quite tasty with a chocolate/coffee taste immediately and then a late roasted malt taste with an aftertaste that is remeniscent of toast. Quite good. A good hop taste for a porter, particularly one that places such emphasis on chocolatiness.
M-Low carbonation. A lot lighter weight than I expected. Not quite watery, but thinner than I expected for a porter.
O-I really enjoyed the taste of this and it is light enough to drink a few but the coffee/chocolate taste of this one makes it a beer that I would limit to a couple per sitting.
Quite sessionable in comparison to other porter's.

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

A. About 1/2 inch head poured into a beer glass. Dark and opaque.

S. Hops are in the forefront with some roasted malt notes.

T. Toastey with a mocha coffee aftertaste. Very well balanced. Hops are subdued here. Great.

M. Robust yet slightly smooth.

D. Absolutely worthy of purchasing a case.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very similar to a stout with two finger width head dark chocolate brown in color.

S: Hoppy malty smells with a slight yeast smell. The big kicker in the nose was the coffee but unfortunately no chocolate where's the mocha people where is the mocha.

T: A full nutty and coffee flavor with a bit of an asphalt and smoked tobacco aftertaste.

M/D: Grainy and earthy that felt heavy and rich in the mouth. It has good drinkability without any extreme alcohol taste but strong flavors.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark brown with a thin head. Light malt in the aroma with a light touch of cocoa and a bit prickly with carbonation. The taste is dry, somewhat roasty, and fairly lightly flavored. The cocoa- which tastes a bit like Swiss Miss Cocoa Mix- makes an entrance just before the finish and the coffee is only evident at the very end. Mouthfeel seems a bit watery and prickly again. Not all that crisp and not at all creamy. Just okay.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights--fairly standard for a porter. Head retained and settled nicely, but not as much lacing as one would hope for in a porter.

S: Mellow coffee malt with a passing chocolate malt notes, as well. Subdued, milder espresso notes emerge with time. Ever so slight hop smells emerge within the malt. Not an extremely robust nose, but still good.

T: Tastes almost entirely like coffee, but with much more of a bitter hop bite than one would expect from a porter. I like my porters with a roasted malt aftertaste, but this one is hoppy and bitter.

M: The body is much too light for a porter. Additionally, that hop bitterness lingers too long without much additional malt presence, so it's like having a little bit of really funky/bitter coffee stay behind long after any malt has come and gone.

D: I must say that I probably won't be getting this again. It's probably the worst craft porter I've had yet. Too much hop, not enough malt. If the body was a little heavier, it might support and balance the hop flavor, but the beer just washes straight down. I've had some other Rogue brews before, and this is my least favorite of the 3 or so I've had so far.

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Photo of Ig0r
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour gave a tall, smooth head that stuck around for a long while. The color is dark and almost totally opaque; when held up to light a very dark brown shows through.

The smell is burnt toast with a bit of spiciness. The feel is thick and coating with a bit of carbonation. Initial flavor is roasted coffee (not surprising) with a strong bitterness. The aftertaste is surprisingly strong, bready and charcoal.

The flavor is strong enough that there is no taste of alcohol at any time. In some ways the flavor is overpowering, but it's not out-of-place or unexpected.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one at a Ruby Tuesdays which, surprisingly enough, I have not been to before.

A: Very dark brown pour. Sticky, light brown head... a little short lived.

S: Roasted malts, some chocolate notes, a bit of oily hops come through. Something of a citrus scent, and maybe a little bit tinny.

T: Burnt malts, a bit of dark roasted coffeebean and more of a hoppy kind of bitterness than coffeebean or dark chocolate bitterness. It seemed a little intense, and wasn't really the nicest flavour. Not sure if something happened here, and they changed from something to another with dirty lines, but it was kind of unpleasant.

M: The carbonation seems a bit aggressive. Medium body, and carbonation becomes a bit fizzy as it goes.

D: Not one I think I'd get again, or at least I'd be wary getting it here. A little tough to finish (though not far enough to be a drainpour, I suppose), but between the flavour & mouthfeel, I was pretty disappointed.

It did get a little better as it warmed a bit, but not a great deal, and maybe it was me just learning to tolerate it. Either way, based on that, I could up the taste and drinkability up to an average score.

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Photo of champ103
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/black. As the beer is held to the light, some ruby highlights can be seen. A large tannish head forms, but recedes to a ring with a bit of patchy lace.
S: Roasted malt up front with some coffee/mocha. A very rustic aroma comes next, kind of like oxidized metal.
T: Lots of roasted malt with a bit of coffee, not as much a the name would suggest though. Just a bit of hop bitterness A tad metallic.
M/D: Medium body, a bit watery and thin. Goes down smooth and easy. A nice sessionable beer.

A good American Porter. It does not compare to my favorites of the style, but it is still a nice beer. One I would recommend.

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Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black... Pours with a nice head with disipates to an inviting lace... Looks elegant and smooth...

S - Intoxicating blend of malt, dark cocoa, and a hint of espresso...

T - Solid... A little less malt and chocolate on the palette then expected... Instead hints of coffee and hops...

M - Bold and dry... Slightly complex and sophisticated...

D - Potential session beer if you're looking to sip and enjoy something dark... A very solid porter...

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

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a dark chocolate brown (almost black) with a couple fingers of brown tight head.

aroma is malty, with a smooth profile and notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. somewhat restrained overall, but with a solid character.

taste is stronger on the coffee, with the same notes of chocolate and roasted malt. a distant note of dark fruit makes this one a great brew.

mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy, with a smooth finish. excellent texture.

drinkability is great. this is a rich and flavorful brew with a smooth character and great finish. an excellent porter. cheers!

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Photo of jayrod20
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with tan head that didnt stay long. Medium body, mouthfeel was very pleasant. Aroma was very pleasant with chocolate and coffee notes. Taste was also of chocolate and coffee with a slight fruit finish. Drinkability was very good on this one as well. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my first Rogue, but was my first taste of a porter. Must say, I was not disappointed. Delightful brew. So happy to see something this good this far south. It poured a rich, ebony into my pint glass, with a creamy head floating atop. Brewer's lace lined the glass as the head dissipated, but it hung on for quite some time. Smell was of licorice, coffee and a slight yeastiness. Taste was really good. Thick, creamy, with a bite of espresso/coffee flavor afterwards. Sweet yet slightly bitter towards the swallow. Really well-balanced and enjoyable brew. Those guys at Rogue really know what they're doing. Great beer!

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Photo of cookin420
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Almost black in color with a pretty ruby glow when the light hits the glass. big head but it doesn't stick around. The lacing is not overly impressive.

Smell is bit sweet mostly made up of died dark fruits, only a very faint caramel aroma is present. Burnt dark chocolate adds a bitter-roasted smell to the mix.

Taste is unsweetened chocolate and heavily roasted barley.
Slightly astringent in the finish and a little to burnt throughout, I quickly cut some cheese. Some very aged Irish cheddar made with porter to be more specific, and it did wonders for the brew. Hops are muted and I believe they should be. This beer could easily be too "all over the place" with a more prominent hop profile. There is a not so subtle smokey character to this beer as well.

Higher carbonation that I would've expected but it works well. Thin on the tongue but substantial in flavor leaves me wanting something a bit more viscous to stand up to it all.

With the addition of the cheese I could have had several of these. I think alone, not so much.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance = Very dark brown, almost black, with a little dark red showing on the edges of the glass. One finger of light tan head that goes down to a thin lace. Some lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell = Nice sweet malt smell, with chocolate and maybe dark cherries.

Taste = Noticeable oily hops, a bitter coffee finish, and less malty sweetness than the smell would indicate. There's a slight dark chocolate flavor in there. Some floral and grassy notes are found in the background.

Mouthfeel = Fairly smooth. Medium body with a medium-to-low level of carbonation. A little dry in the finish. A bit of hoppy bitterness coats, and stays in, the mouth.

Drinkability = It's a good beer, but not one that I'd go out of my way to get. For my personal taste, I didn't like the way the hoppy bitterness coats the mouth and I was hoping for a bit more sweetness for better balance.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,889 ratings.
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