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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: 2,905 |  Reviews: 1,369
Photo of Illinick
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bomber
A: Dark, opaque no cream added coffee in color with a slightly dark tan head that develops nicely and retains as a thin layer. Good lacing.
S: The first thing that comes to mind (actually the second and third also) is a toned down Brooklyn Black Chocolate. Dark chocolate covered coffee beans, burnt coffee, and some burnt oaky scents in there.
T: Again with the BBC - Very noticeable parallel to Brooklyn, albeit quite toned down. Burnt/roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate up front, slight hoppy offset in the middle and chocolate covered beans in the back. After the first sip give it a minute and you'll get quite a delcious chocolate/mocha covered coffee bean aftertaste. It's actually quite enjoyable.
MF: Way too thin!
Overall: An above average porter that has a nice flavor profile. Does nothing to seperate itself from the other hoards of high quality porters out there. Seems to be trying to imitate at times. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Stimack
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gave this brew a try last evening for the first time which is a little surprising to me since Porters are probably my favorite beer type and most of the other Rogue offerings have been very good. The brew’s pour was very nice, with a color of either dark-dark brown or black as it was not letting much of any light through. It had a nice sized large bubble tan head that had very good retention and left lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is a little different than I was expecting as it did not remind me as much of coffee as I was thinking but more of chocolate, roasted grain scent with hops mixed in. Over all a good smelling brew just not what I was completely expecting. The hop flavor is noticeable very quickly with a break to a roasted to slightly burnt grain taste. The one thing that I notice is a slight acidic feel and I would imagine that would be from the hops and slightly burnt grain flavors mixing together? The finish is a little dry which goes well with this offering. Thinking about it, I wonder if what I was figuring as being bitterness from the hops was more from the malt grain. Either way it is a solid brew from Rogue, probably middle of the road. I would definitely get it again in the future as it is one of my favorite types. It is not as good as the Shakespeare stout and will have to try the Chocolate Stout over the next few weeks to see how it compares; I know the style is different but... Again, a very good brew, interesting flavors with nice character.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pitch-black beer with a burnt caramel hu at the edges. It has a thick, chocolate-milk head.

Bitterness from hops cascades over the palate and slides into roastiness, and then a mellow coffee tone with sweet chocolate only at the very end. Cane syrup and nut tones emerge with warmth. Aftertaste is sticky and slightly smokey.

The beautiful thing about this beer is how many simple, un-muddled flavors are stacked neatly on top of one another. It has sweetness and depth but still manages to forefront a great bitterness that doesn't rely on harsh roasted or acrid, or pushy, out-of-place hops.

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Photo of mntlover
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a black with red showing thru a big mocha head that leaves some lace behind. Nice looking porter.

Aroma is subdued, light roasted character , some hints of light chocolate. Over all a disappointment especially for a Rouge.

Taste is light roasted, black patent malts hints of light chocolate notes blend with some light coffee flavors. Also a light hop profile is noted that leave some lingering bitterness and blend with the coffee. Overall its ok(avg) but nothing to make you want to revisit this one at all.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium, with mellow carbonation almost a watery feel in the finish.

Drinkability is avg. nothing exciting going on here many porters are lot more exciting to the taste buds.

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

12oz brown bottle

Rogue Mocha Porter was dark brown (nearly black) in color with a tan head. The head was quickly retreated to a thin layer that stuck around and left some lace behind. The aroma chocolate and coffee with some hops thrown in. The taste was chocolate and roasted grain with a firm bitterness and dry finish. It was just over medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkabilty was good. It's a solid porter that I recommend.

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

a - poured a two fingers thick, bubbly and dark coffee colored head into a tumbler. left thick lace and light sheeting throughout. the body was an opaque black with red hints.
s - very faint smell and i was slightly disappointed in that. i've had noticed more in other rogue mocha porters, maybe this one wasn't a great batch or maybe it's the inch of pollen covering everything in alabama right now. i did pick up a little vanilla and roasted coffee in the finish.
t - vanilla, chocolate and roasted coffee.
m - medium and slightly bubbly mouthfeel.
d - solid brew if you're looking for a porter and want to drink a few.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a very dark brown with a creamy tan head that thins, but maintains. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is nice and roasty with a mild chocolate overtone. Light hints of coffee are also present.

A nice blend of roasted malt and chocolate hits all at once. Hints of coffee become presentas does a very mild bitterness. Finishes with the same tasty blend of roasted malt and chocolate.

Medium body, smooth texture. Solid carbonation.

This has been a regular in my fridge for years, just happened to realize I had never written a review. Always a good choice when thirsty for a porter and easy to drink a few in one sitting.

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

peruvian fields
grow delightful elixirs
coffee and cocoa

This one is solid. The MP has a great taste, a chocolatey but not sickeningly so, taste with an espresso back fortification. I'd highly recommend this one to anyone who loves the chocolate/coffee beers that are out there.

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Photo of xymyl
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is very dark reddish brown, almost black at the center of the glass.

Aroma: A little bit of coffee, dark and milk chocolate, everything you would expect, but multi-layered. A lot going on here in such a small beer.

Taste: coffee, dark chocolate, some lightly fruity sweetness, drying out and coming up coffee again. But it is more than that, there is a lot of dimension to this little masterpiece. Amazingly balanced all the way around.

This is really a perfect beer, light in body and refreshing while at the same time rich in flavor and complex.

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Photo of hbis2gut
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, this beer is dark. Too dark for a porter in fact. IMO
The nose is roasty. The head on my latest was nearly non-existent. This beer should be much cleaner and blended for me to buy it regularly. The dominant flavor is far too reminiscent of mediocre homebrew for even a "micro" to say anything more.

I may have gotten an off batch of this. My earlier review was below a 3, but I've recently tried it again and was pleasantly surprised. It's tough to review beers that you don't have regularly. I recently had a case of SamAdams Boston Lager and if I'd have to review it on that particular case it would've gotten low marks. I think a lot of microbrew out there may not be getting the storage treatment it deserves. .

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Photo of MMansfield
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fizzy black colour with a froathy brown cap that drops quickly to a thin lace.

Aroma: Some soap and herbs here. Not much coffee.

Taste: The coffee comes through with a bang along side very sweet chocolate. Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, easy drinking for a porter.

Final Statement: This was my first Rogue, not very impressed. I was expecting a lot from this brewery. This is an average specialty porter, worth a try, makes a good breakfast beer. I'll stick with my Garrison Khybeer Mokka.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twenty-two ounce bomber. I bought it two weeks ago. There's no freshness info. I'm pouring into a stemmed Cognac glass.

It's very opaque, and it's not even a stout. Interesting. I don't see any ruby highlights or anything. Thick, creamy head of, well, mocha. Doesn't smell as coffeelike as I had anticipated. More of a "beery" aroma, i.e. the various malts used in the making of this ale which are all listed among the ingredients. Rogue always has the ingredients right on the bottle, which I like.

The palate is largely bittersweet, like raw coffee, with a more "finished" coffee taste coming in right at the end. Mouthfeel is lighter than you'd expect. Dry, sticky. Well done.

I'd certainly have a few more but that's about it.

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Photo of kdoc8
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a bottle, but at the Rogue Brewery in Newport, OR.
It was deep brown and red in color, with not much of a head and no lacing. It had a sweet and airy smell, light - some chocolate and hints of coffee. The taste was the same - light tones of chocolate/coffee coming through, and then the later tastes and aftertaste was mainly of roasted malt.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definately a different label than the one in the window...12 oz bottle.

Pours a semi-viscous, opaque, dark brown colored stout with a thin tan head. Average head retention, no lacing. Smells very smoky, with ashy chocolate and coffee notes. Some spicey hops present too. Acrid & nutty, and a slight alcohol note pulls through as it warms.

Taste, as the aroma, has big smoky mocha chocolate notes. Malts and hops are fairly well balanced. Feels smooth and velvety upon hitting the palate, yet leaves a bite on the aftertaste...I like.
Despite the fact that I'm not a huge stout fan, this one grew on me. I definately enjoyed it and will be having it again. Nice job rogue.

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Photo of zdk9
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours with a small head that sticks around for a while. The color is just this side of midnight, only showing a touch of brown on the top and impenetrable to light.

S- Smell is weaker than the taste (not really unexpected so I guess I mean it's weaker than I wish it was). Cocoa powder, raisins, and chocolate covered espresso beans form the primary scents

T- The cocoa and raisins are joined by a stronger coffee taste. Very faint hops which blends really well into the bitterness of the malt. Aftertaste is bitter, like I need some sugar in my coffee. But altogether a very comple taste.

M- Pretty smooth, but not at all heavy.

D- The strong aftertaste limits the drinkability of this beer a bit in my opinion, though the complexity of the flavor overcomes this for the most part.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a pretty good porter, and I really enjoyed it. It has lots of roastiness but is not tremendously different from other porters. Its mouthfeel is a bit thin.

This beer pours rather viscous, but is very, very dark. It has a plentiful off-white head. Aroma is lightly sweet coffee notes. Flavor is very roasty, with lots of "burnt pizza crust" character that I really enjoy. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, particularly for a beer of this style. All-in-all, I'd definitely recommend, but it is not among the top couple of beers in this style in my opinion (Edmund Fitzgerald, Anchor Porter, etc).

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Photo of WAP
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a thick head that lingers, finally leaving billowy lacing. Smell is dark, roasted malts - almost a burnt aroma with a hint of sourness. No chocolate notes detected here. Taste is mild chocolate sweetness followed by burnt malt, almost coffeelike, and finishing sour with burnt malt notes on the tongue. Mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly creamy. This is a good beer but there is something in the bitter / sour finish that is not quite to my liking. This one will not make the regular porter rotation.

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Photo of kpantz
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: I consider Rogue to have a solid lineup. I don't have any selections in my mind that are superstars, but each one delivers. Mocha Porter is no exception. It's a great porter and they've included the chocolate/coffee element quite nicely.

Appearance: Deep, deep mahogany with ruby accents when held up to the light. Coffee ice cream colored head, finger thick, reduces to a film. Minor lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, slight hop aroma. Very typical porter aroma - no hint of the titular (giggle) element.

Taste: Aha - there's the mocha! Wow. What a combination. Deep roasted malts up front followed by a distinct (but not overpowering) hop flavor, and finishes out with the mocha accents. It's a nice mix of coffee and chocolate, all against the background of a fine porter profile.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Light carbonation. Not thick at all, which is exactly the way I expect my porters to be - to me, a good porter should have the flavor boldness of a stout but isn't such an investment in the mouth and in the stomach. Very well done here.

Drinkability: Outstanding in this category. A smooth, pleasant flavor that isn't too overpowering to keep you from having a few. This is a great cool weather brew, and I'd easily kick back with several of these.

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

A=Pours a dark rich brown with a thick tan head and light carbonation

Smell=Coffee, coffee-nice roasted coffee aroma-like a fresh brewed cup of coffee

Taste=medium coffee taste taste that lingers

Mouthfeel-good medium to heavy body.

Drinkability=Like chips how can one stop at just one? This beer is one of the smoothest I have had in some time

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Photo of beeroclock
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark but not completely black. Light brown head that fades rather quickly. Smells slightly sweet and of nuts. Tastes of coffee and some roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate. Slightly carbonated but goes down smoothly, not much aftertaste. This beer goes well with food. I would imagine it would be good to cook with too.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a couple of bottles of Rogue Mocha Porter at a specialty shop. Poured in to a punt tumbler.

Pours a black walnut color and is nearly opaque. There are some red hues around the edges of the galss when help to the light. A foamy tan finger and a half head forms, and is some what resilient.

The smell is faint for the style, with some coffee aromas.

The taste is coffee and unsweetened chocolate malt, perhaps with a little caramel flavor along side, and then a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a little cloying.

Drinkability is average. I've had better porters and this one seems a little bitter and one-dimensional. The coffee flavors may be a bit over done.

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Photo of EStreet20
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a 16 ounce shaker glass.

A - Nice dark brown with some chestnut color when held to the light. Not quite a finger of tan head fizzes and bubbles.

S - Smell is of some chocolate malts with minor roastiness.

T - Taste is initially a bit sweet with some nice bitter coffee like notes rolling in. Finishes dry with no real aftertaste.

M - A nice medium bodied porter.

D - A nice session porter right here. Low ABV and some good flavors make it one you can sit and drink for a while.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours opaque black with a 1 finger creamy brown head.

S - Bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, hints of coffee grounds.

T - Dark chocolate with hints of roasted malt and coffee. It starts out slightly bitter and builds with each sip. It tastes like bitter dark chocolate but I can distinguish if it is the chocolate or the hops contributing the bitterness.

M - Medium to full bodied for a porter and nicely carbonated. The bitterness builds up to a very dry finish.

D - Great porter that is a little on the bitter side. Highly recommended for porter fans.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with moderate amount of CO2 and makes for an inch thick dark tan head. Lasts a good long time and eventually leaves behind ample lacing. Burnt malt/coffee like aromas blended smoothly with chocolate. Tastes great... One of the best porters I've had in a while.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another great one from Rogue. I got this in the bottle at Loco's in Auburn, AL, and I was immediately impressed. I am not a fan of porters, so all those out there who don't like the usual porter, try this one. It pours very dark, has a medium head, and has some chocolate overtones and balanced hoppiness that is just great. I highly recommend this brew. It leaves a residual flavor that can complement a steak, or other hearty meal. Keep it up Rogue--This one is a winner!

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,905 ratings
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