Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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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: 2,922 |  Reviews: 1,372
Photo of beerphan
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> pint
no date

Pours back with a small quickly receding tan head, that leaves behind clumpy cliffs of lace. Some visible steady robust carbonation.

Nose: Milk cocoa, touches of dark fruit,

Smooth, sweet stout like velvety mouth feel. Burnt coffee grinds, chalky cocoa and some caramel malt. Finishes with a little astringency behind some mild bitterness. Drying.

A good desert beer that wants to be a stout.

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Photo of Night
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with crimson flecks. Huge, chunky, light brown head leaves medium to thick lacing. Aroma is mild with espresso and some caramel notes; vague hops underneath. Light-medium body with a mildly effervescent mouthfeel; a touch of dryness. Flavor hits with roasted malts, earth, and a sour-grassy background. Strong dark chocolate in the finish, along with some spice. Bittersweet and lightly sour aftertaste.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug from the 12 oz bottle. Appearance is very dark, with some light coming throught the bottom revealing some ruby notes, but not a lot. Pours with a good foamy head that sticks around for a while. Inviting.

Smell is faint chocolate with hops a bit of the coffe comes through, but that might just be me anticipating the taste...

Taste is very strong coffee, especially in the finish. The taste dominates this beer - very good, but seems to be missing something. I don't quite know what though. Solid taste all around however. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation dies down after about 2 or so seconds, allowing you to fully absorb the taste if wanted. Surprisingly thin in my opinion... not the strongest part of this beer but pretty good.

Drinkablility: An interesting beer that turned me off at first, but after drinking it for a little while I really started to like it. I'd probably go for another...

Notes: Very good as a kick-back-after-dinner beer. If you like coffee this is right up your alley, but if not it doesn't offend. I might pick up a sixer of these in the future, but there are so many better beers out there right now for me to go out and get one that's just so-so in my eyes. A solid attempt by Rogue.

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. No information on the label at all - come on Rogue, how about a date?

Appearance: Very dark brown/black, with just a bit of ruby around the edges. Nice dark tan colored head, great retention and lacing.

Smell: Bitter chocolate, a bit of roasted flavor, and some piney hop.

Taste: Lots of coffee bitterness, with some chocolate flavors, and a fair amount of hops too.

Overall impression: Nice example of an American porter - lots of different flavors. Still maintains a nice drinkability.

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

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark brown in color with minimal amber hues. Thick tan head pors two fingers thick. Decent retention. Thin and spotty lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Raw leaf. Soft pine scent. Toasted malts.

T: Roasted coffee bean and dark chocolate meld into a raw wet hop bitterenss that has a floral and pine taste. Burnt caramel malts give off an astringent tickle on the tongue. Muted tastes of wet earth and more coffee on the back end.

M: Creamy and smooth. Miniaml carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: This was one of my first true loves. It's always nice to return to something familiar. As time has passed I have had many better porters, but I will always come back to this one. Recommended.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22 oz. bomber a dark, opague, almost black color, with a little more than one finger's worth of creamy tan head, that has good retention, with some lacing. Aroma is of sweet dark chocolate, a bit of roasted malt, and a suprisingly (well, maybe not for a Rogue beer) high level of hops, Centennial and Perle according to the bottle.

Hops are the first thing noticeable upon entering the palate, but they give way to bittersweet chocoalte and some fresh roasted coffee. Finish is a little dry, and mouthfeel is pretty smooth and medium bodied. Pretty drinkable porter, although I prefer my porters with less hop character. Overall, a pretty solid brew, from a brewer that I am yet to have a bad beer from.

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Photo of Zorro
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in my glass this is a clear dark brown beer that is quite close to black in color. The head is thick and light brown in color and almost overflows the glass.

The smell is slightly sweet and herbal with a strong coffee aroma. There is a slight flowery aroma here and the coffee hides any chocolate there.

The taste begins semi sweet and on the neutral side with a good coffee flavor. The coffee flavor gets stronger and the bitterness grows as you drink this. No chocolate flavor really this is very strong in patent malt flavor and a coffee beer.

The mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer I guess but I can't see myself buying this again. An OK coffee beer but there are many better ones.

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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It is very dark and opaque with a large frothy head that is well retained. It has very nice lacing. The scent has a very roasted malt character with a slight hoppiness similar to a robust porter. Rich roasted malt dominates the flavor with a distinct hop character common to robust porters. The 'mocha' taste is mostly on the finish but not very distinct from the roasted grain character. It has a smooth medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, it's a good robust porter, very tasty.

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

Appearance: It's dark brown when held to the light, nearly black when it's not. Modest, creamy tan one finger head sat on top. Retention was short and lacing was light.

Smell: Sweet dark chocolate and espresso aromas are the main features. Sweet toffee malts and molasses are readily apparent. It's very sweet smelling.

Taste: Tastes every bit as good as it smells. Initially it has a bit of a bitter espresso taste, but it's mixed with a sweet dark chocolate flavor. Toffee malts and molasses really add to the mix. This is a very good porter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, extremely well carbonated, and the abv is absolutely perfect. Overall, this is a fine beer. I could take two bombers pretty easily. It's very good. You must try it.

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Photo of theopholis
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown/black with a thick lasting head and a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma- Lots of roasted malt and coffee bean with a hint of dark chocolate. Very enticing.

Taste - Nice blend of roasted malts, coffee, and bittering hops. Just a hint of chocolate. Some malt sweetness in the middle, but you have to look for it.

Mouthfeel - Agressive body. A tad overcarbonated. It actually taste quite a bt better if you let it go slightly flat.

Drinkability - Pretty good. Just barely sessionable, but a very good overall beer.

I would definitely drink this again.

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

I was very surprised with this one! I am continually 'let down' by Rogue's products, as I feel that they are very sensationalised and average at best. This, however, was very, very good! $4 pint at Charlie Mopps on Roswell Rd. Poured absolutely black as ink with dark red edges and khaki coloured head that vanished in 45 seconds or so. Smell was candy sweet with enormous caramel, chocolate, and sweet espresso. Taste was all sweet malts and caramel with a fairly dry roasted cereal finish. Mouthfeel was perfect for the style and very light in the way of CO2. I was very impressed with this offering from Rogue and will likely get it again. Nice.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I"ve had several Rogues lately and have put this one off for a while. Mocha just doesn't sound right to me. Oh, well.
Pours a rich black with dark brown head, frothy. Nice presentation. Head lingered for a while, stayed a bit. Then faded to film. Nice look though.
Smell is a bit thin. Some coffee and rich chocolate. Anise and dried malt penetrate but not powerful. Black currant and fruits.
Taste is something like a chocolate stout, but without the intensity and hard bite. Sweetness in this brew is limited, mocha not really present. As an American Porter this is great, yet the label is misleading for me, anyway. A slight bite in the end livens it up. A solid porter.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a black hue with reddish hints and a tan, one-finger head. Good head retention and left long trails of lace.

S - It smelled of dark chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Tasted of bitter chocolate and malt. Also, a bready quality.

M - A soft and creamy mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good porter. The name had me expecting something coffee-like but that wasn't the case. Still it was quite good.

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Photo of atsprings
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep almost opaque black with a thin tan head that diminished to a ring. The aroma was just as advertised, mocha, like a good deep stout without the roasted barley. Exactly the same can be said about the taste. Very good coffee and chocolate tastes shine through with little to overpower them. The beer is a medium bodied and a very tuned to cold weather. Even so, on a mild spring night, this is still an enjoyable beer.

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

Rogue's Mocha Porter is a nice alternative to the heavier, more bitter chocolate stouts. It's not that complex, but rather simply well made and well rounded. This makes it very easy to drink more than one or two, as well as more palatable to people who might shy away from bitterness.

The great thing about the flavor is that it is rich without being overly sweet and syrupy. This is what often separates good beer from bad beer. The name Mocha Porter pretty much says it all.

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Photo of Caesar1pup
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a must try for those of us that enjoy the chocolate stouts, mocha porters etc. A burst of coffee and chocolate without being overpowering.
Dark and seductive yet oh so enticing make the strongest among us ask for more. Seriously, I can hold this up to the sun and not get any light to shine through. Solid!

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend got me this in a mixed six pack, and I poured into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a deep deep black with a couple fingers of tan head. The head had large bubbles with below average retention but left lots of lacing.
Smell: A solid malted aroma, not much depth, but not overpowering either.
Taste: Good, well balanced. An awsome malt backbone and without losing the porter character a tinge of hop, just to spice things up.
Mouthfeel: Since the pour was very syrupy, I guess it is not suppirising that this was very smooth.
Drinkability: Awsome porter.
Don't drink and review.

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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

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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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