Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,887 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:
2,887
Reviews:
1,368
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
404
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,887 |  Reviews: 1,368
Photo of xpatriate
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured one finger head into 20oz.pint glass.very dark brown almost black.zero light through the glass.chocolate in smell.taste was good and the chocolate comes out up and around the roof of my mouth.a little light when it came to mouthfeel.i could drink about three of these and that would be it.all in all a good beer with flavor.

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Photo of jim102864
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another nice offering from Rogue. Chocolate brown in appearance with a modest head that dissaptes as you go. The aroma is mild with nuts and perhaps a hint of bitter chocolate but somewhat difficult to detect. The taste is nutty with some bitterness. Mouthfeel is malty with a mild bitter bite in the finish. Overall an enjoyable beer and perhaps a session brew for some.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours dark brown,with a lt.brown creamy looking head,a little lacing

S-nutty,a little bit of sweetness(maybe the mocha coming thru)

T-roasted almonds, burnt coffee,almost an ashy taste on the finish,great bitterness

M-a medium body,with light carbonation,leaves a dry feeling on the toung(like my taste buds are being cloged with burnt ashy sediment),as strange as that sounds it is quite unique and enjoyable

D-for the style its very good,and for me two or three could be thrown back with the greatest of ease!

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Photo of adamks
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark brown with a slow-fading light tan head

smell: coffee, chocolate, very hoppy

taste: bitter coffee, hoppy porter, hints of chocolate. pretty much like is smells.

mouthfeel: medium body with good carbonation.

drinkability: maybe a little bitter for some, but great if you like hour-old gas station coffee, which many do. it's good, but other rogues are better.

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Photo of SargeC
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown-black brew with a tan head.

Smell: Hops, coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Slight pine flavor with a coffee and chocolate base. Mineral flavors throughout with a semi sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Hearty and satisfying, medium-full body. Allows the subdued flavors to appear.

Drinkability: A tasty, yet standard, porter.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness info.

a: Very dark brown with hints of red when held to the light. Off-white head with nice lacing.

s: Aroma is sweet malt and well...mocha.

t: Very similar to the smell, it really is as advertised, it tastes like mocha flavoring has been added to a porter. Chocolate, coffee, maybe toffee too. Slight bitterness in the finish.

m: Medium body, creamy feel.

d: An enjoyable beer i'd be happy to drink more of it it weren't so pricey, but hey, you get what you pay for.

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns,with a thin tan head. Decent retention,and lacing. Aroma is of malts, dark chocolate,and coffee. This is a medium bodied beer,with some carbonation. Taste is of roasted coffee,and dark chocolate. Light, but nice.I would drink it again.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Very dark brown to black with small tan head that quickly dissipated with slight lacing.

S = Hint of chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts. Still a little understated.

T = Slightly bitter, coffee, roasted malt. Good. Expected more sweetness.

M = Relatively light body, small carbonation, coats mouth but not thickly.

D = A good porter (though I would have been tempted to claim it as a stout if I had brewed it). Worth another drink and could be a good regular standby dark to please even those who usually don't liek porters.

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Photo of noremorse1
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-chocolate black with an off color head that dissipates quickly leaving a small amount of lace on the glass.

Smell is relatively simple. Malt, Coffee, and Chocolate. I am surprised at how mild the smell is. I thought it would have been a bit stronger.

Taste matches the smell... the malt is the strongest with a subtle coffee and chocolate flavor behind with a touch of bitterness close to that found in a cup of coffee sneaking in at the end. With second sip I detect some more sweetness close to a raisin flavor.

Mouth feel is light with a mild warming sensation after the swallow. The light body and flavor makes this beer easy and drinkable.

This IS a good beer, but I expected much more given my experience with some of their other beers. Maybe it is my own fault for having expectations. I would drink it again, but I prefer their Shakespeare Stout or Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of atrus138
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that looks a lot like a cola, with a small head that actually leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is great. Very powerful aromas of coffee and dark chocolate, though the coffee is definitely prominent. Taste is pretty bitter, as the name would suggest. I was expecting a little more sweetness, but this isn't bad at all. Definitely one to sit back and enjoy. Nothing spectacular, but still a very solid porter. I think it is actually a compliment to Rogue to say that this is one of their inferior brews. Glad I picked up a six pack of this.

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Photo of NitroGen
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz. longneck brown bottle.

A: Pours black as coal with an intense 2 finger light brown foam head that very slowly lowers to a thick cover and LACING.

S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted grains and sweetness

T: Carbonation brings in a very smooth roasted malt, sweet chocolate and a bitter coffee mix that roll around in the mouth and leave a very nice dry mix of aftertaste on the palate.

M: Surprised that this is not a smash mouth Rogue, rather a kinder and gentler Rogue that I really enjoy as it is very pleasing in all respects.

D: Will try to keep this on hand for guests and will not hesitate to recommend or order if I ever see it on tap.

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Photo of cabsandking
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black with some thin tan lacing and somewhat active. Aromas of dark caramel, bing cherry, espresso, and roasty sweet malts. Dry dark roasted espresso up front with a slight sour fruit in the back. Burnt grains, dark chocolate, and an assertive bitter and fruity hops adds to an interesting contrast but might be a little much. Nice full mouthfeel and an almost creaminess from this session beer. Good beer but doesn’t leave a lasting impression.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark as night with a fluffy tan heads that fades slowly.

S: Pine and citrus jump out first, then sweet malts, chocolate, butterscotch and toffee.

T: Pine hoppiness, tart fruit, a slight smokiness that reminds me of a dark, bitter coffee.

M: Good carbination and long finish.

D: Good winter session brew. I see more of these bombers in my future.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, $9.99 for six pack at Gold Rush Liquors, Anchorage, AK.

Appearance: deep brown, nearly opaque, with limited medium brown head, minimal to no lacing. Appropriate for style, little else.

Aroma: limited, slightly flat, fruity, perhaps a little latex paint note?

Taste: I sense fruity esters, the plastic/latex note comes through. Limited to no roast, limited mocha/chocolate, even though I'm looking for it.

Mouth: crisp, somewhat prickly carbonation given the style.

Overall: drinkable, decent, but relatively unimpressive. Deeply average given what Rogue can do.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it in its bottle at Moan and Dove. The appearance of this beverage was great: very dark with a thin head. The smells of oak-like chocolate flavors were very unique to me especially by the balance of the sweetness and woody textures. However, the taste was radically not that mocha-like, but it was still quite good with subtle balances of bitter and sweet flavors. Its high carbonation made it really drinkable. This was not as sweet as one would expect but its crisp and thick body is worth drinking nonetheless.

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Photo of thartman
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to a semi-local pub and with about a fifteen beers on tap and I went for the Rogue handle. The current Rogue selection was the Mocha Porter.

The porter served up dark brown with a thin head and some lacings. The smell was sweet and chocolatey and malty. The taste was exceptional and satisfying ... delicious.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, and it and so easy to drink, that I ordered a second. This beer fills up the belly, and would be great as a main course in itself, or nice as a desert beer.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass. Thick frothy head and a nice dark brown color. Lacing is great.

I could smell that signature Rogue aroma as I was pouring the beer. Nice chocolate and caramel notes come out. I am liking this mocha porter so far and I haven't even tasted it yet.

Taste is sweet and the malting is thick. Nice chocolate and caramel malts balanced by a chocolate flavor. Hops provide a compliment to cut the sweetness. I taste a little undertone of tofee.

Mouthfeel has a slight creaminess and a moderate carbonation. Finishes a little dry. I would like a tiny bit less carbonation to bring out the creamienss more.

I often get confused as to what beer I'm having if I am doing a blind tasting, but somehow rogue has such a unique signature on its beers that I can always recognize it as a rogue beer. I wish they sold this beer in lubbock, but I doubt they ever will because the rogue stock we do have is old and never gets rotated. I would buy the shit of it but I know it will be horrible.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, no visible freshness/bottling date. Pours a very dark mahogany color, thin tan head settles fairly quickly. Aroma is roasted malt, with hints of fruit, some cocoa. The expected mocha shows up a bit in the flavor department, but is more mellow than i expected. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, a bit creamy as are most rogue brews. Very drinkable. Mocha flavor is not too in your face, and the abv is rather low, so i would bet it'd be rather easy to put back a few pints of this.

*Edit* : A second, more vigorous pour into the glass resulted in a thick creamy head, much like a root beer float would have.

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Photo of drseamus
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I am very pleased to see that this beer isn't jet black. A lot of porters are tending toward jet black bodies but this one is does not fall in that group. It is dark dark mahogany with a frothy mocha colored head. It has ruby notes at the edges when held to the light.

S: The aroma has a bunch of dark malt with a good amount of roast. I don't get much coffee from the aroma which seems strange for a mocha porter.

T: There is a good amount of roasted malt in this beer. There is a decent coffee flavor that lasts well into the aftertaste but it's mostly a bitter flavor.

M: This is a nice creamy medium-heavy body but it ends rather thinly.

D: Not a bad porter at all. It's on the robust end of the spectrum and I don't get much chocolate in the flavor, but it's still tasty.

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Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big, rocky caramel colored head on top of totally black body. Very good head retention as well.

S - Hops, alcohol, and dark chocolate. Notes of plums and roasted grain with some citrus aromas coming from the hops.

T - Lots of coffee flavor and roasted bitterness with hop bitterness coming in to compete as well. Some hints of chocolate.

M - Thin body with moderate to light carbonation.

D - Pretty easily drinkable, especially if one were a coffee drinker already. The bitterness is a little much, and I think it would be better balanced if the body was somewhat heavier.

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Photo of buzzworthy
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Rogue is a beauty on the pour with a midnight black coffee body and delicate head that dissipates quickly, soon looking like froth on the top of an ice cream soda. A roasted malt smell predominates. The porter is full bodied with some hoppy bitterness. The finish has a strong french roast coffee flavor. I'm somewhat disappointed in getting almost no chocolate flavor - mocha is a misnomer with the lack of chocolate. I'm not complaining - thoroughly enjoyed the taste. Mouth feel is good but wouldn't want another to follow.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ripe, tart fruit and rich, chocolate malt. Vanilla hints.

Dense, reddish brown – mostly opaque. Nice little short-lived brown head.

Rich-roast chocolate malt attack. Good tartness hits me jaw like a green apple. Powdery malt texture. Fresh, grassy hops.

As an amply tasty porter, this brew’s only shortcoming is that it does not display the level of mocha I would expect from a self-declared Mocha Porter; I would welcome a stronger influence of richer, denser, darker malt.

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Photo of Bung
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite porters. Dark dark brown, a little more carboation than some porters I've had. Just enough hints of mocha and hops to differentiate it from English counterparts. It has a more herbal smell than leafy or grassy. The extra hops and slightly more carbonation give it a more lively mouth feel.
To me it is very drinkable, had a session for my 30th birthday.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - deep, dark brown color with a good sized tan head that fell to a ring leaving spotty lace.

S - dark roasted coffee aroma mixed with some aroma of cocoa.

T - roasty malt and cocoa flavor with a little bit of a hoppy bite on the finish.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - a good tasting, drinkable porter.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Rogue,

A: Pours a very dark brown, looks black on the first pour, but as the beer is drunk, its true brown colour shines through. Solid light tan head, great retention, little lacing though.

S: Milk chocolate and roast predominately, lighter than what I would have expected from Rogue.

T: Tastes heavily of roasted malt, dark chocolate, some pine hops there as well. The bitterness is fast and direct, blunt, but inviting. A very bittersweet tasting beer, reminds me a lot of 70% cacao dark chocolate.

M: Smooth and crisp, for a porter, soft, heavy in carbonation, maybe a little too much so, but a minor flaw for me.

D: A good solid porter from Rogue. Would think it would go well with a nice burger or medium rare steak. A nice production overall, another good beer from Rogue.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,887 ratings.
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