Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

very good
2,880 Ratings
Mocha PorterMocha Porter

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Ratings: 2,880 |  Reviews: 1,366
Photo of tcfishler
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with burnt amber highlights and an above-average head. Rich, roasty, malty aromas don't hold anything back. Even more concentrated flavors that tread the line between malty sweetness and dry roastedness. Exquisite combination of balance and intensity. If there's any weakness to this brew, it's the lack of real complexity, but that hardly bothers me given the other positive qualities.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick black viscous brew with a cascading four-plus finger head that leaves tons of sticky brown lace on the glass.

S - Coffee and smooth dark chocolate right up front, along with some roasty and woody notes. Chocolate covered expresso beans.

T - Woody, smokey, campfire flavors abound along with dark roasted coffee and a little bit of chocolate. I like how the major players are the porter flavors and not a big block of chocolate hitting you over the head. This is a bit like cooking chocolate or very dark and bitter chocolate candy.

M - Medium bodied and acidic. Pretty damn carbonated too. This is probably this brew's worst asset. It needs thickening up a bit IMO.

D - Good. A little rosty and bitter for all-out sessioning, but I could definitly drink two. This would stand up well to a big fat steak.

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Photo of CU570M
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle i drank from was a similar label, but different. Almost a pitch black beer that pours with no head. On of the darkest beers i have ever seen. The theme starts off with a coffee color and continues in the same direction with the taste and smell. The smell is kind of like an iced coffee. I wanted to throw some cream and sugar in it. Taste is a coffee bitter, like a black coffee. Mouthfeel was good with an after taste just like coffee. This is a great porter. Glad Rogue is doing it like this.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Appears a dark brown with two fingers of creamy tan foam. Smell is of coffee, sweet dark fruits. Tastes of sweet roasted malts and coffee, cocoa powder, and a slight touch of caramel. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth on the tongue. Very drinkable, think I might have another...

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Photo of umustdrink
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black color. Head is light brown and very fluffy, settles at an eighth inch. Strong Lace

S - Very dark coffee smell, bitter.

T - Taste is bitter malt at first sort of like cold stale coffee, aftertaste is rich black coffee. Aftertaste is the highlight here and is very long lasting.

M - Thin on the mouth just like coffee but definitely flavorful.

D - One of the most coffee like beers I've had. Very tasty, will have again.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out almost completely black with some ruby hues on the fringes of the glass. Thick, solid, dimply 1" cafe au lait head lasts and lasts. Leaves lacing rings after sips. Smells very chocolatey with roasted and smoky malts along with some raisins, prunes, and a hint of molasses. Taste is up front of roasted malt that falls into a slightly chocolatey flavor. Palate is a bit thin. There is some molasses in there. Finishes smoky, slightly lactic, and with more roasted flavors. The lingering aftertaste is all astringent coffee and Pacman yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and almost to the point of being full, but just a little bit too thin for what I was hoping for. This would be a killer session porter.

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Photo of harpo111
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark, with a thin head
s: carmel...slight chocolate
t: some bite..but nice and smooth...chocolate/mocha/coffee..with a nutty finish
m: not too thick
d: love it....nice with food...nice while just sipping....definate crowd pleaser
...i like this one...not as much as shakespeare stouts..but no slouch...

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

Bought a sixer of this last Friday to give it a try...

I poured the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I came up with a modest 1/2" head that didn't last too long. I was expecting it to be frothier ( that a word?). The lacing was minimal as I drank it down. The appearance was thinner than I was expecting. It was quite dark. Not quite opaque... hints of red in the black and brown.

The smell was of coffee more than chocolate.

The first taste was mild with respect to what I was expecting.... very little hops. Flavors were coffee-like with a bit of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel was mild.... again little to no hop "bite" and a suitable amount of carbonation. The carbonation level suited the beer. I had very little aftertaste with this beer.

Drinkability was OK... not a knock your socks off kind of beer. Quite good and worth a few more tries. I will buy this again.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 oz bottle with no discernible freshness date. The bottle was a bit cold since it had been in my fridge for two days, but I allowed it to slowly warm to room temperature while I drank it. Poured a coal black with a thin, off-white head. Very little retention. Smells of light chocolate, burnt sugar/caramel, sweet toasted barley. Tastes much of the same; ends with a dark chocolate bitterness. Few traces of any hops. Mouthfeel is decent, but a little watery for porter. Overall, another good offering from Rogue, although not my favorite of theirs or my favorite porter.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees.

A - Pours a deep black, topped by a beige/tan head with good retention.

S - Beautiful smell of mild-roast coffee, cocoa, and roasted grain/malt.

T - Unsweetened cocoa with a lingering bitterness dominates the flavors up front. Flavors roll with the creamy body and finish with a roasted cocoa/grain taste. Taste is more of chocolate and less of coffee, which was pleasant.

M - Creamy finish with a medium body; little carbonation.

D - I'm glad I finally got to try this one. The cocoa-bitterness is very enjoyable...I was expecting more of a sweet tone to it.

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Photo of beeragent
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, forming a dark 1/4 inch head, leaving light lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium for a porter. Not as good as I was expecting. Rogue ales have long been a favorite of mine, but I felt a little let down by this one. Still a good beer, just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a good sized (about an inch) tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. It tastes the same way, but it's not really sweet at all, it's more of a coffee/bitter chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is medium, and the beer is smooth and creamy. Drinkability is good too, it goes down easy. This could become a session beer for me, it's good stuff.

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Photo of MmmIPA
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown,almost black body with a brown head that fell pretty fast.Some lacing on the glass.

"Rogue" smell, I think its the pac man yeast.Some chocolate and coffee.

Chocolate taste ,pac man yeast.Dank taste on the top middle and sides of my tongue.I dont really taste the hops in this brew but the IBU is around 50.You can taste the malts in this one.

Sorda heavy on the carbonation but goes down smooth.

Does Rogue use there PMY in all there beers? It sure taste like it,I always wonder how these beers would taste if they never had that strain of yeast in them.I dont mind this beer but it wasnt the best porter ive had recently.I dont think I'll be coming back to this one.

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Photo of Tuey13
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown (almost black) with a thick frothy tan head. Has a very nice aroma with coffee, chocolate, and caramel scents all melding together nicely. The taste is similar with a creamy sweet caramel taste followed by coffee and chocolate to finish. Very good sipping beer, especially on a cold night. This could almost be considered a light stout beer if it had just a little more body.

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Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a thin off-white head.

The smell is of dark-roasted coffee with hints of chocolate.

The taste is of roasted black coffee. Bitter undertone takes balances out sweetness nicely. Dark graininess. Hints of sweet chocolate come through, especially as the drink progresses. Nicely balanced with a long, bittersweet finish.

Smooth - firm, but not heavy. Nice medium-body.

A good coffee-like porter.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown opaque with a frothy head.
Head didn't last long but even as it returned to its primordial lair it held to its sculpture and form. As the head's exposition waned it Gaffiti'ed the sides of my glass with a dull tan lace and scribble.
I consider a Porter to be a Stout wanna be- and this beer was as such. The Stout volume was set to four or five-- any higher and the bottle would have been mislabeled. Unmistakable traits of hops bitterness and tosted malt together with a cordial finish. The finish ended so nicely timed that I kept reaching for my glass in hopes of finding that illusive bottom or "red" on the drunk-o-meter.
Mouthfeel too was a cordial "compfy" glow of the beer's finish and its mild carbonation. Drinkability was superior as it's ABV was not such that my brain cells immediatley sought shelter and yet two pints back to back were a reality..

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

12 oz bottle pours black with tinges of purple at the bottom of my glass & a fluffy 3 fingers+ tan head. Some lacing & average head retention

S: Coffee & roasted grain notes

T: Roasred grain & coccoa (sic) up front, then dryness. Slight vanilla notes & iron to boot. Finishes roaty, chocolatey, & dry

MF: Medium bodied & sticky with low carbonation.

Drinks fairly easy, not one I'd session on all night, but a very nice porter

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Photo of beveritt
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into an Imperial pint glass. The paint-on label lists describes the beer as "ruddy-brown in color, a bittersweet balance of malt and hops, yet a surpisingly light and refreshing taste." Specs: 13 degrees Plato, 54.51 IBU, 73 AA, and 77 degrees L.

Appearance: Pours with a nice, 1 inch, creamy, tan head. This falls to just the thinnest of coatings. The beer itself is opaque and red-tinged around the edges.

Smell: Roasted malt with baker's/dark chocolate undertones. Slight sweetness.

Taste: What this beer lacks in smell, it makes up for in flavor. A decent level of bitterness upfront, followed by a lingering, mouth-filling, chocolate flavor. Not milk choclate, but a bitter dark chocolate flavor that blends well with the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly less than average carbonation. Decent body.

Drinkability; Much like the label says, a hoppy and flavorful drink that is still very drinkable. This one has been hard to find around, I'll have to pick up a few more bombers next time I stumble across it.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with a large head of foam that subsides after a w2hile leaving a nice solid layerwith lacing.

The smell is a nice mix of sweet caramel malt and coffee.

The taste is strong on the caramel, chocolate and coffee and they all hit you right up front. Tasty. The finish ends on the hoppy side with a nice bit of bitterness that yearns for another sip. Very smooth and it's a very good drinker. Yum.

Bottom line: A very tasty interpretation of an American Porter that has no apparent negative aspects. I recommend it.
Thanks to Wasatch for this sample!

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

Poured aggressively from a 12oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. A dark brown color with some beautiful deep amber when held up to light. Nice two finger tan head slowly settled to 1/2 finger or slow leaving significant lacing.

A light chocolaty aroma with hints of dark malts and no hops whatsoever. Taste is also surprisingly light, with hints of chocolate and malt. I get a lingering bitter and dry finish that is at one point almost metallic to me. I'm not sure where that is coming from but it's not terribly pleasant. It does not last long though, and is less prevalent as I drink on.

This porter does have a nice light, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

It's a drinkable beer, but I wouldn't have more than one myself. Nice to sip on and explore flavor-wise. The odd finish I am getting does not cost it too much points-wise as it may just be me. Updates to this review may be forthcoming.

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Photo of MVassar
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark black/brown, with an impressive, if short-lived, head. Decent lacing.

Somewhat reticent in the nose, but I like what's there. Black coffee, a hint of caramel, wood smoke.

Some roasted malt, with touches of bitter chocolate, espresso beans, and bitter citrus peel in the lingering finish. Well-balanced.

Medium body, with a bit too much carbonation for my palate. Nice creamy texture.

Very tasty, and easy to drink, especially after dinner.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: dark, almost black with a 1/2" white head
Smell: nuts, coffee
Taste: seems a little watered down, a sweet coffee flavor, nutty
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied
Drinkability: decent, didn't want another right away because the taste wasnt too impressive

I remember having this on-tap over the summer and it being a lot better; this is the first beer I've had from rogue that has not impressed me too much

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Photo of brdc
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not sure if this one was not a bit too old on the shelf...
It is about time Rogue puts expiration dates, or at least bottling dates on its beers with ABV 7 or lower.
Anyway, it is a very dark, black beer with just a reddish hue when held against light.
Highly carbonated, with a bubbly brown head that dissipates leaving a nice lacing.
Smell is really faint, of roasted malts and coffee. As a matter of fact, alcohol is the most pronounced smell.
Taste is good, but again not very pronounced, with bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee that disappears in the mouth way too quickly, leaving only a little bit more hops than I like in a porter.
Medium body, not light enough for a session, but good enough for two in a row.
I would really love to know its bottling date, to take the doubt out of my mind - is this really just an OK beer or was it too old?

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

12 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown/black with a ruddy tone, contained under a big fluffy light brown head.

S: Coffee and chocolate...shocking.

T: Good coffee and malty quality, with a slight hint of roastedness.

M: Smoooth and creamy, rich but not overly heavy.

D: Slightly too heavy to be sessionable, but a few would be managable. Very tasty brew.

I like coffee and I like beer, so I kinda knew I would enjoy this offering. Leans towards the stout end of the spectrum, IMHO, but it doesn't really matter. It's grrreat!

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a black color with a thick tan head. The smell is sweet and a bit like caramel. It has hints of caramel, chocolate and coffee in the taste – which is quite delicious. The mouthfeel is thick and a bit chewy. For a heavy beer, this is delightful and not tiresome – drinkable within reason.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,880 ratings.
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