Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter
2,897 Ratings
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: 2,897 |  Reviews: 1,369
Photo of Proteus93
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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 -5.2%
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 -5.4%
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 +4.9%
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 +1%
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 +2.3%
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 -10.1%
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 -9.3%
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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Photo of Jayli
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am generally a big fan of the Rogue beers. This beer poured a nice dark brown. The taste was decent. It didn't have much of a mocha taste. There was more of a coffee feel/taste to it. There is a slight after taste to it, which isn't unpleasant but it does stick with you. Overall all, the Rogue Mocha Porter is a drinkable beer

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Photo of Pencible
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This had a very strong coffee flavor, with decent bitterness. It was a good porter, but it didn't have any chocolate flavor like "mocha" would indicate. (My notes from this beer didn't include anything regarding the appearance or smell, other than high numerical ratings.)

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at Fatheads last week. Poured black into a mug with a nice fluffy light-brown head. The smell of roasted malts hits the nose up front followed by the scent of coffee and hints of baker's chocolate. The taste follows the scent. A nice roasted malt backbone followed by the taste of coffee and bitter chocolate. A very smooth and solid brew. I'm very happy that I got to enjoy this as my first cask beer. I could drink it every day if Fatheads didn't rotate casks.

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Photo of hyland24
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

It poured dark brown with a 2 finger tan head similar to a root-beer. The head dissipated quickly and there was thin lacing throughout the glass.

The smell was slightly smokey with hints of malt and coffee.

The taste was slightly bitter with burnt coffee, smoke, malt and a slightly metallic aftertaste. As it warmed up the mocha flavors became more prominent adding a nice sweetness.

It was more light bodied than I expected and had a good bit of carbonation.

Overall a good choice but definitely got better as the beer went on. I suggest waiting 15 minutes after taking it out of the fridge before drinking. Good choice and I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown almost black with slight ruby hues when held up to the light. Thick and foamy tan head with a good amount of lacing and carbonation.

S - Malty with a slight smokey aroma. Subtle hints of strong espresso.

T - Slight degree of sweetness up front followed by a smokey and slightly bitter after taste. Hints of dark chocolate and alcohol throughout.

MF&D - Great porter character. Thick, flavorful and chewy. I'll have another!

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a big two finger espresso foam colored head that has excellent retention, and it leaves excellent lacing. Body is black. Beautiful to behold.

Smell - the nose is filled with rich aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and bitter pine resin. Mouthwatering.

Taste - exactly as promised by the smell. A big wash of bitter pine resin upfront, followed by rich flavors of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, and slightly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is excellent ale, and it is totally sessionable.

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

Appearance: Very dark brown, tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt, slight chocolate aroma.

Taste: Citric, bitter hop blast to start, before giving way to sweetened coffee and dark chocolate flavors, ends with coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Seems really bubbly, which is a little off-putting.

Drinkability: Other than the weird feel, probably could have a couple.

A decent porter, seems overly carbonated or something, but pretty tasty. But there's a ton of porters with just as good of flavor and no weird mouthfeel out there.

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

Poured dark, opaque, with a frothy light brown head. Good head retention and some lacing. Can see a dark red color at the side of the glass.

The smell has hints of chocolate.

Chocolate in the taste as well, but not overwhelmingly so. More carbonation than I would expect from a beer this dark. And it seems a little more watery than expected.

Great mouthfeel. Doesn't coat the mouth like other porters I've had.

I could have a couple of these per sitting but wouldn't drink a six pack at one time. If it were on draft I think it would taste much better. In fact I've had it on draft before but it's been a while.

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

Appearance: Poured into a snifter - I was at my grandparent's house, and they didn't have a great deal of appropriate glassware, but this seemed the most appropriate. This beer was completely opaque, with a creamy light brown head, great retention, and thick, foamy lacing. Very attractive, nice to look at.

Smell: Sweet caramel notes, buttery toffee, and lots of smoke! Alcohol is also rather prevalent, but not distractingly so. Very complex.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, and sweet caramels - so mild! Alcohol can hardly be detected. Toasted notes leave a slightly astringent/bitter taste in the finish (could be the hops, too), but it's a good bitterness, like a nice espresso.

Mouthfeel: SO smooth. Quite possibly one of the smoothest beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Very mellow and creamy, with a good carbonation profile. Near-perfect.

Drinkability: Most excellent, very smooth and complex, I could drink a sixer by myself. Much smoother and more mild than most porters I've had.

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Photo of Drufus
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured jet black with a coffee colored inch high head.

Smelled faintly of chocolate, not near as much rogues chocolate bomb stout.

Taste was decent, coffee and chocolate notes. I could taste a tartness that seemed a little overpowering. I have had a few meals with the beer and for some reason when drank with food, this beer tastes a heck of a lot better. The tartness goes away, and i can even taste more chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a little bubbly. A little too bubbly for this style.

the tartness makes this a little tough to down more than one.

I recommend eating with the beer.

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

A-Dark ruby with a small head with some nice lacing.

S-Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

T-Sweeter than I thought it would be, tastes like roasted coffee, very nice.

M-Nice full bodied beer, taste kinda lingers on the tongue.

D-A great tasting porter, I will definately have another one of these.

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Photo of Rootdog316
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mocha Porter pours a clear coppery-amber, sprouting a dense tan head. You can really smell cocoa in the nose, though the coffee half of the mocha equation is far more muted; it's more a roasty aroma than anything resembling Starbucks. There's little else aside from a very slight sourness. The flavor switches the equation initially, producing a solid medium-roast coffee flavor and roasted barley to go with a complementary cocoalike second banana.Incidentally, the high hopping rate seems to do little until the finish. Apparently the beer is weighted heavily toward bittering hops (little aroma or flavor hops), as the sides of the mouth seem to be abuzz with this roughness without contributing much resiny flavor. The hops are surprisingly muted by the bitterness of the dark grains until the finish, where the hops finally come through and wind up dominating the finish.

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

A: Pours a dark brown with a mocha colored firm head that was pretty persistent.

S: dark roastedness, fresh chocolate, nuttiness and some pine hopping.

T: For flavor there was dark roasted coffee, and sweet chocolate. The flavor was nicely balanced between the coffee and chocolate. The roasted nature was very smooth, dry and robust with some dark mocha beans.

M: creamy and lightly carbonated with a smooth texture and slickness on the tongue.

D: Hearty porter with a very good drinkability and enjoyment.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a near black color with a tiny reddish tint at the bottom. The lack of head is an issue, only a partial cap lasts after a minute or so. Smell is where this one shines, featuring heavy doses of sweet, chocolate draped coffee against a malt backing.

The expected maltiness is there but a surprising bitterness joins it in the second half of the sip. Dry, bittersweet finish. A little more cloying after a few sips.

This is a decent beer but a little too hop influenced for my taste. I understand the desire to add hops to everything but honestly think this brew would be more satisfying if the natural coffee malt was allowed to star on the stage alone.

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Photo of Rayek
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The coffee makes this taste more like a Stout than a Porter in my mind, but still very good.

A: Great. Dark Walnut color. A thick and rocky tan head leaves behind lots of lace.

S: Smells of somewhat sweet chocolate, cinnamon and espresso. Very nice overall. Not super complex.

T: The sweet chocolate from the aroma is quickly displaced by a burnt malt taste as the beer hits the tongue. Strong coffee notes are followed by a very hoppy middle. Hops are quite bitter, but have a slight floral quality to them.. Beer fades into a dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body with a little too much carbonation.

D: If you are a coffee fanatic, this is a good bet. Not quite what I expect of a porter, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at a beer store. pick a six 12 ounce bottles. poured into an imperial pint glass. deep dark brown color. good clarity up to the light. thin light-brown head that stays pretty thin throughout. looks pretty good.

fruit hoppy nose with a subtle chocolate presence. the malt is mixed in behind the hops. some sweetness- maple. no off odors.

get chocolate with a nice hoppy crispness. good amount of sweetness. no bitterness until the aftertaste- bitter chocolate. good balance.

enough carbonation for me. full bodied beer. no lace. being called a mocha i would have expected more coffee. maybe i just cannot taste it. otherwise i dig this beer. i could get into some trouble with this beer. would like to pick up a whole six pack next time. american porter is one of my favorite categories. this is a good one.

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Photo of nbrown
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown. Dark thick head.

S - Smells like coffee, chocolate, bittersweet malts.

T - Big coffee upfront with a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. I bought five cases on sale at the brewery and after two cases I'm still happy to be drinking it.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,897 ratings
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