Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,363 Reviews
Mocha PorterMocha Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,363
Ratings:
2,867
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
123
Gots:
395
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 1,363 | Ratings: 2,867
Photo of KI9A
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I'm trying to learn to like Porters & Stouts, but, not being a fan at all of coffee, it is a tough road to go.

Pours just like a Coke. Blackish, and brown-tan head. Great sheet of lace on the glass.

Smells of coffee, of course, with a bit of citrus.

Tastes of coffee, again, and a slight smack of hoppyness. Very bitter after taste, but, in a good way.

Mouthfeel is a bit oily, that finished with chocolate. So far, best Porter I have, which is not many..yet.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a dark brown to almost black with a tan head about an inch thick. Pretty nice looking. I picked up some fig-like scents in the smell, combined with some roasted malts. A coffee and slight cocoa flavor is up front in the taste, with some bitterness following. It's a pine/spruce bitterness, which I didn't much care for. Based on some other reviews, I was expecting a stronger chocolate taste, but the hops seemed to dominate the profile. Overall, it's pretty good, but there are other porters I liked more than this one.

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Photo of SteveMi
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark with good amount of carbonation. My first attempt at drinking this beer resulted in a somewhat flat pour. This second bottle left a good sized, short lived head and some lacing.

S - Mild chocolate smell with a bit of coffee thrown in. After a few seconds the aroma is no longer noticeable (due to mildness).

T - Dark chocolate and coffee/burnt chocolate combination with an expected bitter backing.

M - A bit creamy. By look I would have thought it to be a heavier drink but it comes across lighter than expected.

O - Quite good. At this point I'm 50/50 on the beer since my first attempt was flat but I will say getting a good fresh Mocha Porter is very tasty.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel like the name is a little misleading. I think it would be better classified as a mocha stout. It has more of the roasted and bitter flavors that I associate with a stout rather than a porter. And while the mocha flavors and creamy texture are there, it's all in the finish.

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Photo of pBRale
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 10-4-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Very dark brown to black pour with a nice 2-finger light tan head that has nice retention, replenished by a steady stream of bubbles. Leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Not too impressive--A nice toasty malt backbone and some coffee notes along with toffee to round out the nose.

Taste: Can taste some roasty malts with a strong coffee taste. The finish is crisp, bitter, and tastes strongly of coffee. Mostly just tastes like coffee. Bleh.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-thin body, high carbonation. Crisp finish, more wet than dry.

Overall: A decent beer but honestly it just tastes like a carbonated glass of cold coffee. The aftertaste tastes exactly like I just drank a cup of Joe (after each sip of the beer).

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Photo of blakelive784
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass:

A - Pours a dark brown/black color with a towering tan head. The retention is amazingly good and the head is creamy and inviting.

S - Roasted barley, cream, coffee, bitter chocolate make up the nose. It's surprisingly mild, but good nonetheless.

T - Opens smoothly to a bit of cream and roast, with a bit of coffee. Where's the mocha?? It's balanced quite well, with a good bit of bitterness throughout.

M - Very smooth and very wet. Works well.

D - A nice easy drinking porter, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a finger of rocky, dark tan to chestnut head with bubbles of varying size that fades only slightly, holding up a good gridwork of lace. Beer is color of molasses with no real highlights and obviously no visible carbonation. Rich, smooth smells of roast barley, pumpernickel, and raisins covered in baking chocolate. Paradoxically, these aromas seem to sweeten with warmth. Not to blast anything about the smell, but where's the mocha? Coffee does seem to be more forthright in the taste... rich bitterness of plain black coffee abounds, with a finish like bitter greens left to caramelize too long... charred iron skillet flavors. Carbon. Flavors are integrated but lack development. Mouthfeel is firm and moderately sticky with tingling carbonation; persistent bitter aftertaste; heavy finish. Drinkable, but a bit too aggressive to be sessionable, and not quite curious enough to encourage exploration. Solid, yes. But also--at least for non-coffee drinkers like myself--one-dimensional.

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Photo of Crotor
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With a lingering tan head and a dark (even for a porter) body, Rogue's Mocha Porter presents a very appealing appearance. The beer has a moderate, roasty smell, with no hint of hop aroma. Similarly, there is no significant hop taste, only hop bitterness masking whatever malitness there may be in this brew, combining with the strong roastiness of the malt to present a broad, outspoken, bitter taste profile, with lingering charcoal and coffee. The beer is dry, perhaps a little prickley, with no sweetness to speak of. The lack of hop taste and aroma fits with the traditional form of porters, but considering the revision of porters in the Northwest, I miss these features, and feel they could round out this beer, making interesting what is now a rather mundane beer.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dare*Risk*Dream
For a microbrewery anywhere in the US these notions are true. Rogue slowly growing as a recognizable symbol of this craft brew movement, particularly in the Northwest, is an encouraging site to see in Winnipeg, let alone Canada - a near bereft craft brew 'market'. However this beer does not strike me as overly daring though I am encouraged by all of the ethics employed to make this beer which made it to my doorstep.

A: Deep nutty brown (described as ruddy) which I can get on board with. from a long pour, a fairly fizzy head forms. Not as creamy as I would expect.

S: Heavy on the malts in smell. Doesn't scream uniqueness right away, but very nutty.

T: I was expecting more here. Hazelnut in the nose and bittering hops in the rear. Reminds me of Fat Tire at first but changes quickly. However the thinness of the beer doesn't appeal to me for the style intended. Self proclaimed as "light and refreshing," I concur, but it doesn't mean that's how I want my porter.

M: The bittering quality is what grabs me as truly "rogue" especially for the style. It leaves one dry and thirsty, which is good that this comes in a 650ml.

D: Its lightness makes it drinkable, particularly since the alcohol content is not overwhelming! It goes down well, but not as deserty or warming as I would have liked.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

**
02/05/12
Bottle to pint glass.
Coffee aroma, but not much else. Dark black pour, small head.Slight bitterness. Great coffee / cocoa flavor.Low viscosity.
**

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Photo of olympicgatorade
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown with a slight caramelish red glow. Carbon dioxide bubbles very prevalent: stuck all along the inside of the pint glass.

S: Faint coffee, chocolate and barley. Ok.

T: Fairly thin. The carbonation plays a lead role over any of the flavors. Hit of espresso bitterness midway and then ends watery and dry. Not sweet at all. Meh.

M: Very carbonated for the style. Didn't quite sit right. Seems unbalanced.

O: Nothing flashy here and you won't be overwhelmed by the coffee/espresso flavor by any means. That's all well and good, but even for a sessionable beer I think it fails. Nothing specifically off-putting with this one, though for me utter mediocrity is a more punishable sin than creating something strange or questionable. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights--fairly standard for a porter. Head retained and settled nicely, but not as much lacing as one would hope for in a porter.

S: Mellow coffee malt with a passing chocolate malt notes, as well. Subdued, milder espresso notes emerge with time. Ever so slight hop smells emerge within the malt. Not an extremely robust nose, but still good.

T: Tastes almost entirely like coffee, but with much more of a bitter hop bite than one would expect from a porter. I like my porters with a roasted malt aftertaste, but this one is hoppy and bitter.

M: The body is much too light for a porter. Additionally, that hop bitterness lingers too long without much additional malt presence, so it's like having a little bit of really funky/bitter coffee stay behind long after any malt has come and gone.

D: I must say that I probably won't be getting this again. It's probably the worst craft porter I've had yet. Too much hop, not enough malt. If the body was a little heavier, it might support and balance the hop flavor, but the beer just washes straight down. I've had some other Rogue brews before, and this is my least favorite of the 3 or so I've had so far.

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Photo of RavynX
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black color, pours with a half-inch tan head which disappears quickly. Lacing clings down the side of the glass.

Smell: Malty & roasty with hints of dark chocolate and caramel.

Taste: Light carbonation, medium body,

Mouthfeel: Nice aroma of espresso and nuttiness lingers for a while. Nothing much of any mocha or chocolate as the name implies. The finish is dry but creamy.

Overall
The mocha name is a little misleading as I was hoping it would be in the taste. It's slightly on the too-hoppy side of how I like porters but not nearly as bad as an Anchor.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black in color, I would say it is the most comparable to a cola of any beer I have had as far as appearance is concerned. There is even a light tan foamy head that dissipates like a soft drink. Low carbonation when you look at it, but it is quite noticable in the mouth, so I guess there is quite a bit of carbonation hidden by the dark color. Roasted malt on the nose. The flavor starts out smooth and intensifies with the mocha (or at least the coffee portion of it) remaining in the mouth as aftertaste. I was hoping for better as I was quite excited when I purchased it.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good refreshing porter- nice dark pour with some sharp aromas- dark coffee beans, espresso, some bittersweet chocolate. Decent flavors, not as promising as the aromas but there- very dry dark cocolate and coffee flavors mingle with an almost sour character- like a gritty unripe grapeskin. Nice and clean but somewhat unrefined. Some mineral flavors in the aftertaste but nothing too detracting from the rest. Very decent brew, wish i could try it fresh on tap.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a black color. The head is very large for a porter, tan in color, and lasts forever. The aroma is of coffee and cream. Coffee is the first impression the taste gives, but it is quickly overpowered by a strong bitterness. This bitterness is too much for a porter for my liking. The mouthfeel is oily and medium bodied. Overall, I don't think I will be having this beer again as all of its elements are working agains each other instead of in harmony with each other.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- The tawny head is a thick two fingers that falls quickly. There is some residual soapy lace on the side of the glass, but it does not stay. It is very slick as it pours and settles into a dark chocolate and opaque body.

Smell- Coffee roast bread malts, and even the slight bite of grassy hops. It is a mocha porter smell, but not that interesting.

Taste- Well, it is all mocha. I mean, coffee all the way down. It overwhelms the flavor and finishes with a strong bitterness. The bread malt does give it a little sweetness.

Mouth feel- It has a medium body and it is a little bubbly, warming helps smooth this thing out. That bitter coffee finish interferes immensely.

Overall- Mocha porters are probably not something I will really be pursuing again. This type of beer is a little too bitter and overwhelming for my tastes. To Rogue's credit, they have a product that is exactly as advertised.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Whoa!? Am I drinking a porter or an IPA? It says porter which it has hints of but this is more an IPA style than porter for sure. It's not a bad beer but it is misleading.

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Photo of barrelman
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark brown with red tones. Smell is malty and light with little of the tones associated with the porter's darker side of the grain bill.

Taste is lighter than expected with malty sweetness that finishes with more watery tones. Any of the patent malt I was looking for is not present. Mouthfeel was a little thin but finshed clean. Drinkability is good but there is not a whole lot of flavor to find here.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bar Louie in Foxborough. Served in a pint glass. Mud brown color. Not much head. Didn't get much from the smell, which surprised me. Taste was good but not great. I sensed some of the mocha there but it seemed very diluted. And the usual porter flavors were not really jumping out either. No real roasted flavors at all. Somewhat thin body also. As far a Rogue beers are concerned, this one falls towards the bottom of my list.

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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 doesnÂ’t leave a lasting impression.

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Photo of changeup45
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very deep brown, almost black color with only a thin head and a little lacing. Didn't detect a ton of mocha in the aroma, some but more caramel and malts. There is however a roasted chocolate, malty flavor, turning a bit tart and sour. A slight coffee presence as well. Something is missing in the mouthfeel but Porter's are not my favorite style. I find Rogue in general is solid but certainly not the greatest quality per dollar.

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

Pours a murky dark brown with a thin head. Light malt in the aroma with a light touch of cocoa and a bit prickly with carbonation. The taste is dry, somewhat roasty, and fairly lightly flavored. The cocoa- which tastes a bit like Swiss Miss Cocoa Mix- makes an entrance just before the finish and the coffee is only evident at the very end. Mouthfeel seems a bit watery and prickly again. Not all that crisp and not at all creamy. Just okay.

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Photo of denver10
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice brown head, the thickness of a thumb, that dwindled down too a small coating of the surface. Beer was a nice, solid black color.

S: Some unexpected sweetness there paired with some roastiness.

T: Starts off with the bittersweet chocolate paired with some roasted malts. As the flavor develops the roastiness grows in its intensity and the espresso element starts to show itself in the flavor. Some burnt roastiness lingers. The opening flavor profile was my favorite component and I wish it wasn't so quick to exit.

M; Pretty smooth in texture but some carbonation is present. Medium bodied.

O: A decent porter that is dominated by the roasted malts. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy this one again, though I wouldn't be opposed to drinking it again. It has it's attributes I just think there are other beers I'd rather go to first.

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Photo of bwiechmann
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a decent head but minimal lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and some caramel maybe? No chocolate or mocha notes here.

A titch of coffee (not as much as expected), bitter and dry. A titch of vanilla and chocolate.

Medium body- a little thin- with some medium carbonation, drinkability is average for the style

Overall I was quite underwhelmed by this beer. Not terrible but there are a lot of more tasty offerings to be had. Not a repeat purchase, glad I only got one in my mix-a-six.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,867 ratings.
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