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: 2,912 |  Reviews: 1,369
Photo of TYE
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a tan head. Fair retention and a little smearing. Foam looks like malted shake. Looks sweet like liquid desert.
S - Roasted nut, chocolate, and hops. Good aroma. Very inviting.
T - Like a liquid pine tree. Hoppy biterness all over mouth with a clean finish. Not overwhelming, but strong.
M - Medium carbonation. Bites all over tongue. Full body.
D - I could only have one of these at a time. I would drink this again, but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of erwin08
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a rich dark brown, almost black, with a tan creamy head.

S: smells of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T: nicely balanced flavor of chocolate and coffee.

M: Rich mouth feel but smooth and not overly heavy tasting.

D: Amazingly drinkable for a porter. Highly recommended!

Another great brew from the folks at Rogue!

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from bottle into a pint glass producing short foamy light brown head with short retention and about average lacing. Very dark brown and slightly syrupy.

S: Faint aroma of coffee malts.

T: Deep flavors of coffee and toffee with later hints of bitter chocolate. The heavy flavors don't cover the complex flavor combinations of the malts. A nice hop presence only enhances the bitter chocolate flavors.

M&D: Full heavy mouthfeel combines with a smoothness that has a bit of a snap at the swallow. Nice and chewy.

Great brew. Definitely not balanced but I say that in a good way. The heaviness is perfect with the malt/hop balance and it ties together for very smooth drink ability. Very good!

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

A - A very dark brown, almost black with a fluffy foamy two finger head. Lacing was present and lasted 3/4 of the way down.

S - Nutty and chocolaty up front with nice dark roasted malt with a smidge of hops that lingered.

T - Smooth and satisfying. Sweet at all the right times. Very balanced but a little average at the same time.

M - Rich and full, a bit syrupy but overall very nice.

D - A sweet porter that I though was very drinkable. ABV is in the session range but one or two is perfect.

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Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black pour with a creamy medium lasting tan head. Smells like it will be bitter, dark and roasty. Not too much coffee smells if any coming in yet. Taste is roasted coffee like, with some definite chalky bitterness, and burnt taste. Very creamy nice, thick, almost oily, moutfeel, though that I really like. Got better as it warmed, and towards the end of the beer. This is a decent porter. Not one I'd crave again, but it's certainly not bad if you like porters. Not as much of a coffee flavor as Fuller's London Porter though, I'd say, if that is something you really are looking for.

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Photo of Nibbley
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another outstanding offering from the Rogue brewery. Pours pitch black with small beige head that doesn't last long. Tastes of dark roast coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Nice tight carbonation that dances in your mouth. Good session brew, haven't found a food this one wont go with.

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

Pours very dark, ruby hues when held up to the light, decent tan head with lacing.

For a porter, it's surprisingly hoppy instead of malt. There is a malt presence but the hops took me by surprise, slight coffee aroma, good roasted smell.

Slightly sweet taste from the roasted malt but is quickly followed up by the bitterness of coffee and the hop balance. Pretty smooth taste.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't found a Rogue brew that I'm a huge fan of yet. I saw this one and wanted to give it a shot.

Pours nice and dark just like a porter should.

Smells nice and dark and roasty.

Actually tastes really good except for the finish which ends up in a metallic tasting mess. It was pleasant up until this point.

Not horrible, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of dnichols
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I shared a pitcher at Brick House Pizza in West Richland, WA with three friends. It was served with frosted mugs.

A: It poured a thick black body with a nice robust chocolate colored head consisting of big sticky bubbles. The head lingered before receding into an even modest blanket covering the surface and supporting a layered dense curtain.

S: It smelled of sweet roasted malts and bakers chocolate.

T: It started with a semi-sweet chocolate complemented by bitterness from the burnt malts and hops. The alcohol was well hidden and insufficient to clean the palate resulting in a bitter, sweet aftertaste.

M: It was a creamy, smooth and full bodied brew with a bitter sweet aftertaste. A bit higher ABV might have been nice but not required.

D: Nice balance of roasted sweet malts and robust hops. Easy smooth full bodied brew that may not do so well as a summer session beer but hit the spot with a spicy thick pizza on a winter afternoon.

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Photo of timbro81
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with a very slight amber that tries to escape the edges when held against a light. Head is nothing extraordinary. Nose is a little timid, chocolate coffee with a nice bitterness to it. Taste is much more complex. Its hard to say which of the three previously mentioned stand out above the rest. Nice silkyness too it. Finishes a bit dry and bitter, in a good way. I like this beer very much and could sip it on many a cold night next to a fire. As it warms the mocha becomes more obvious. I like!

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

Sampler at San Francisco Rogue Public House. Extremely dark brown body with a bubbly tan head. Chocolate and coffee predominate in the nose. Nice roasted malt flavour, with a smooth coffee-accented finish, and a big old hit of chocolate. Medium bodied and sessionable.

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

Appearance: Pours a near-black color with tan head that sticks around for a bit.

Smell: Sweet and roasted malts with notes of chocolate. Also seems to have a hop presence.

Taste: Roasted malts jump out early, balanced out a little by a hop bitterness towards the back end of the tasting. Subtle but present notes of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Seems to be a little on the light side.

Drinkability: Pretty good drinkability, but based on its unique character, not sure if I would have more than one in a given session.

Overall: I'm not a big fan of coffee-like products (espresso, et al), but this is a tasty brew for those seeking such flavors. Well-crafted.

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

An excellent beer. Pours a great dark brown/black color with great tan head (almost too much) and decent lacing. Nice dark porter scent, deep and rich with a bit more coffee aroma than usual (of course). Good clean taste, a very good porter, with a bit of nice bitterness, along with nice mocha/coffee strains. Goes down very smoothly. A good porter anyway, but very nice if you want something a little different.

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Photo of illidurit
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is dark brown with amber highlights. Cascading bubbles create a good sized head, however it is not very dense, resulting in subpar retention and zero lacing.

Cocoa powder and roastiness make up the aroma profile.

Taste is a bit watery, with some chocolate, a nice amount of roastiness, and a vague leafy hop bitterness in the finish. I kept expecting this to improve with warmth, but it never did.

Mouthfeel, again, is too watery. Carbonation is medium and on the fizzy side. Still a pretty smooth brew.

I have a feeling this is one of those beers that's significantly better on tap. Not one of Rogue's better efforts.

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Photo of jockstrappy
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque cola brown with a thin and creamy tan head. Aroma is fairly mild, with notes of caramel and chocolate, and a citric hop presence also. As for taste, this one hits the palate with a smooth roasted malt flavor...hints of caramel and coffee in there with a faint touch of chocolate and a surprising citrus hop flavor. Finish is a nice combination of hop, and roasted coffee flavors. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel, but not unpleasant at all. Complexity without the big ABV seems hard to come by, this brew accomplishes that nicely. Rogue is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is jet black in the glass with a thin, brown-cream colored head. The smell is surprisingly hoppy (citrus), with hints of chocolate and roasted coffee. The hops are there in the taste as well, with a bitter, burnt coffee finish. Before the finish it is actually quite IPA like with the citrus/pine hop flavor. I think they should have just left the mocha outa this one, the hops are quite pleasant. The mouthfeel is a full-medium body with a creamy/foamy carbonation and a dry finish from the coffee. A drinkable beer for sure, not really getting the mocha porter that I expected but a good beer none the less.

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

Pours very dark brown with a light brown head. Smell is vaguely of coffee and much like other Rogue brews I've had. Taste is dark, burnt and coffee. I'd like to see a little more going on with the complexity though, and it doesn't really develop. A slow slighly hoppy coffee finish that is nice. Wonderful smooth mouthfeel. I enjoyed this, but it's no Dead Guy.

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

I bought this beer in a Micro sampler at Pazzo's Pizza Pub in Lexington, KY. Overall, I must say that out of the 4 I tried, this is most likely the best. You got the classic porter flavor, very tasty but the coffee flavor of this brew really stands out. It's almost like they brewed a fantastic porter and flavored it with coffee. Of course, this is not for those who dislike java. But I can guarantee I'll be buying more of this in the future.

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Photo of baos
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My hundredth bottle of beer. Lets sing

Drinking while typing.

12 oz into Atlas mason jar.

A: Pours a dark dark brown with good clarity and a full hand of head that sticks about a while and laces all up and down my jar.

S: I smell those piny-citrusy beeswax honey hops that i often smell and need to look up so i know what they are. Maybe someone could drop a line and ej-a-ma-cate me.

T: Those hops again with a dark chocolate syrup flavor. Finishes with a nice bitter-dry coffee taste.

M: Light to medium bodied.

D: Good strong and bitter. A very flavorful beer. Drinkability is good.

If someone would like to tell me what kind(s) of hops I'm tasting here, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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

12oz. bottle poured in a pint glass.

A - Dark, even for a porter with a creamy head, slowly fading retention.

S - Malt, coffee, chocolate and nutty

T - Roasted nuts, bitter dark chocolate, Coffee and light hops.

M - Thick cream and rich. Sweet coffee and light carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and sweet for a porter and very rich in flavor, not a watered down stout like some porters can be.

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Photo of thisisbigrob
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a dark black with a dense foamy brown-tinted head. The head receeded leaving significant lacing.

S: Tons of chocolate and a little coffee.

T: Tons of coffee and a little chocolate, not really tasting much in the way of hops. The taste if fairly disappointing compared to the smell.

M: While I can't taste the hops, I can definitely feel the bitterness on my tongue. While it's fairly smooth, it almost tastes a little thin.

D: Nothing special going on for me, I'd move on to something else after this one.

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

Pours dark as can be with quickly receding head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Nose is sweet with a malty edge. Flavor starts off with a quick mild tone and then rapidly turns to a smoked flavor with a miniscule mocha edge. The tail is sweet and smooth and there is a lot of bubble on the tongue for the feel. If this is a style you can live with, it's definitely drinkable.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When you pay as much as you do for Rogue, you expect exceptional quality, and I really didn't find that for this sample... an average, run-of-the-mill porter in all respects, appearance was the best thing about this beer, an opaque color with a slight tan head... smell was somewhat bland and wasn't too appealing... taste was average in all respects, some burnt coffee and mocha present, but too bland to warrant a great review... wouldn't purchase this one again, copped it singly in a 12 oz... Dead Guy Ale was awesome, but this one wasn't up to par... not recommended but worth a try...

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz .. enjoyed from a shaker pint ... I asked Brenda to bring Porters.. she obliged.

short lasting 1" tan head... not alot of lacing.. dark brown with dark chesnut highlites.

Aroma is dark malts and chocolate with a smattering of PNW hops for good measure.

Lighter body than expected with bigger carbonation... big roasty without the malts to balance.. could use a big dose of dextrine.. for this much flavor.. it needs more body... a little watery.. metallic chocolate finish.. Hops are a little out of balance... even when mixed in with the dark malts.

I've tried to enjoy this brew over the years, but ultimately it is like many of Rogue's other 12's ... verging on Great.. but lacking so much body and complexity that it might as well be a poorly made homebrew.

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

Pours a dark brown with a minimal tan head
Smells heavily malty of unsweetened chocolate. Hints of coffee and cherry.
The taste enters lightly of cherry and morphs into roasted malty chocolate. A hoppy bitter coffee finish lingers on the palate.
This beer is light in body more so than the scent would indicate. It is low in carbonation and smooth.
Overall the taste was not as bold as I expected, yet very smooth and drinkable. An enjoyable Rogue offering.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,912 ratings
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