Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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3.86/5
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,872
Reviews:
1,371
Ratings:
2,919
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
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Ratings: 2,919 |  Reviews: 1,371
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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Photo of xpatriate
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 -5.2%
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 -2.1%
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 -1.6%
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 +1.6%
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 -4.7%
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 -3.4%
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 -2.8%
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 +6.7%
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 +3.6%
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%
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 +4.4%
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 -14.5%
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 +2.3%
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 +21%
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 +10.1%
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 +6.2%
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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