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Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good
1,359 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:
1,359
Ratings:
2,855
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
16.8%
 
 
Wants:
121
Gots:
384
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 1,359 | Ratings: 2,855
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Incredible malty-chocolate flavor. The tase was rich and thick. Real heavy on the tongue and smooth to the palate. But that may work against it because you may get tired of the taste before you're tired of drinking. Excellent aroma which is enhanced even more after the first sip. Dark in color with a thin head and nice lace.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown (almost black) with sepia highlights. The crown is pastel brown, large in size, stiff and pitting. It falls very slowly at the edges, leaving a large hump in the middle and a fair amount of lace in thick rings.

Whoa, a porter that smells like hops! I haven't been a big fan of hoppy porters and stouts, but that might be starting to change right here, right now. Plenty of dark maltiness keeps things style-accurate.

Mocha Porter isn't as hop flavorful as expected, though it is pleasantly bitter. Chocolate dominates, with a splash of cold coffee in the background. This may be the chocolatiest beer that I've had yet. Young's Double Chocolate Stout has nothing on this brew.

Each mouthful starts off sweet and malty, is well-balanced midway through, and becomes more bitter and dry late. Spruce-like hops are most noticed on the finish and become even more aggressive with warming. The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, which is just like I like 'em.

Mocha Porter isn't as good as my all-time favorites of the style, but it's still a quality brew that is exceptionally drinkable. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of Hagbard
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge, thick, creamy tan head that threatened to overflow from my pint glass. It is an impenetrable black, allowing no light in. The aroma is vaguely sweet, not overly powerful, with chocolate-mocha-coffee undertones. The taste starts with a chocolate malt base. As the beer sits in your mouth, the mocha really begins to come on strong. It has a very nice chocolatey taste. The aftertaste is just a subdued version of the mid-taste: chocolate malt. My glass was left with a nice residue of sediment at the bottom, which is impossible to detect during the pour because the beer is so dark.

This is a very tasty porter. It has a nice background of chocolate, without being over the top. Not cloying at all. I will definitely be back for more of this. Rogue never disappoints!

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Photo of winomark
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a generous, frothy meduim tan head.

Wonderful hoppy tones. Centennial hops make a huge impact. Toasty dark malt also quite noticable. Very nice.

Lots of roasted malt, with coffee and chocolate tones throughout. Hops add a nice bitterness, with carbonation offering lift.

Flavorful, but not too heavy. Rich and coating throughout. Light, dry finish.

A good brew. The centennial hops add a great balance to the dark malts. Another Rogue winner.

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Photo of jtfest
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark tar brown with a moderate creamy brown mocha head -- dissipating fairly quickly and leaving a coated lacing on the glass. Opaque in the glass, the aroma is of fresh cut grass and wet hay. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with just a tingle of carbonation. The taste is like burnt bitterness -- I couldn't detect anything that deserved the name "mocha." It was drinkable, but it would get old pretty quick, I think.

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Photo of dansteino
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found on tap at the Bulldog.

Pours very dark brown/black with a very good head. Pleasant roasted smell with woodsy hops present.

Taste is of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Some hop bitterness at the end reminds you that this is inded beer.

The beer is a little watery and could be thicker.

A very pleasnat beer to drink. I could drink this in the morning instead of coffee -- I just would not be very productive.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a deep, dark brown, nearly black with a thick tan head that sticks around. Very malty aroma with chocolate....smells like lactose, like a milk stout There's also just a tinge of sourness in the aroma (but not in a bad way) which comes from the generous use of PNW hops marrying with the dark roasted malts. SN Porter has that same quality in the nose. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and espresso in the flavor with a slightly mineral finish. An abundance of dark roasted flavors makes me think there's some roasted barley in there, but a quick check of the Rogue website proves me false. Still, medium-bodied and with a creamy mouthfeel, this brew is knocking on the door of stout territory.

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Photo of Bang34
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark black, held it up to the light and there was not a hint of brown to be seen, just how I like it. Had a thick head to begin with but it faded after the first two sips and eft a bit of a lace on the glass.

The small was malty with a hint of coffee and chocolate, the taste was much the same, malty smooth with chocolate and coffee, however not too sweet.

Very drinkable. Took a sixer to my friend's superbowl party today and other's shyed away from this dark wonder, more for me! Now at the top of my porter's list.

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Photo of Elemental
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

oh man, a beautiful dark brown color with a thin head and no lace. it has a great coffee aroma with a light hop aroma. very robust and hearty earthy tasting. it has a slightly sweet taste but yet has a tart taste to finish. a great taste that that is mild on the coffee and heavy on the maltiness and slightly bitter. Overall a damn good beer!.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A porter that certainly looks like a porter. Dark, so dark that in the dim light of my 'office' at night no hint of color other than black. Giving it a swirl brings coffee and burnt hops to the nose. A mouthfull slowly enjoyed brings out a number of flavors, burnt hops, a little coffee, with a nice tang as is flows down the throat. Pretty easy to drink, and overall a pleasing brew.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This exotic treat pours a dark, hearty red with a heroic, creamy tan head that sticks around till the bitter (and I do mean bitter) end. Smells of burnt toasty malts and dark coffee, followed by caramel sweetness and finally a creamy/bitter finish. The taste is certainly complex and lives up to this beer's moniker. Tall bitterness and roasty flavors hit first before mellowing out into a distinctive sweet creaminess that cooperates with a serious dose of tasty hops for a taste that lingers long. The mouthfeel is chewy and, in my estimation, perfect for a porter. What carbonation there is adds a nice dimension. The drinkability is fantastic, but this is certainly an indulgence for me. If any beer can be called "breakfast beer", this is the one.

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Photo of beerman599
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i had this at Delaney's cafe in new haven last week and i couldn't stop drinking it. fresh pulled with creamy great head , malt - hop aroma, roast malt favor with hops in the finish. this is cask ale at it's finest .
half of the experience in cask ales is how there treated at the bar and Delaney's does it right.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Saucer. Deep brown color that permits the slightest amount of light to penetrate. Creamy, frothy brown head leaves lots of lacing.

Fresh coffee smell with roasted chocolate malts and hops that linger as well.

Malts all come through in the taste. The bitterness of the hops aren't too overpowering, but seem to rule the roost.Tastes like bittersweet baker's chocolate and cappuccino. They definitely named the beer correctly.

On the lighter side of a medium mouthfeel with carbonation ever present.

Better than the bottle, but either way not hard to put a few of these babies back.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Mocha Porter pours an opaque black with a semi-creamy brownish head that quickly dissipated to a thin film and collar. It has a chocolate, coffee, roasted malt aroma. It has a nice malty initial taste that is heavy on coffee flavors. The finish is way too bitter for a porter though...kind of overwhelming. If not for that, this would be an excellent brew. As it is, it becomes very difficult to drink for me.

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Photo of woemad
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane.

Poured an almost black shade of brown. Big, fluffy tan head that hung around for a while. Lots of lacing.

Aroma was of dark fruits dipped in chocolate. Still, not as "mocha-y" as I expected it to be.

Taste is of roasted malts, dark fruits and, lingering in the backgound, chocolate. I really expected the mocha aspects to be more pronounced than they were. Otherwise this is a very good porter, the taste is just nothing really exceptional.

The drinkability and mouthfeel are just as I would like them to be. If the drinker is fond of porters (as I am), they could happily quaff several of them, especially since the abv is only 5.3% per BA (there's no mention of abv on the botttle).

This is a very likeable porter, but I'm not sure the mocha warrants being in the title.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark coffee color, small, light brown head, which doesn't stick around for long. Nice lace though.

Wow, this beer smells good. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee with just a hint of hops, not a single scent overpowers another, it is very easy to tell the difference.

Taste...very nice, very coffee like. Nice dry feeling in the mouth after it goes down with just a hint of hops.

As far as dark beers are concerned this is just great. This is the first of the Rogues I've tryed and I plan on trying more in the future.

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Photo of Charthepirate
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, with a caramel head. small but nice lacing.

Smells of bitter chocoalte and cofee. Hops detectable in the nose.

Flavor is well balanced, the malts are very flavorful, with the tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee on the lips. As the beer moves in the mouth the bitterness from the hops comes through. Neither flavor dominates the beer, and they complement each other beautifully.

Feels nice and thick on the mouth. Not much carbonation, so it goes down smooth.

Great beer. One of my new favorites.

Char

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a realy nice rocky caramel colored head and great lacing. Great nose of what else, coffe and also some really nice toasted dark grain. Nice flavores of roatsed and even charred oats and grains. Nice coffe flavors with a nice bitter espresso hop bit.

Very nice porter.

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Photo of Gump
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown head, dense and frothy; like a capit keeps the beer in the glass. Makes it appear thicker than it is.
Dark brown pour, like cola color. Great aroma, good earthy qualities and bit chocolaty.

Tastes like a bitter chocolate. The bitterness is pronounced in every sip, but that seems typical from the few Rogues I've had.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've become a big Rogue fan, and several of their beers are among my favorites. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. Not a bad beer by any means, but just to thin and dry for the style. Reminds me of Shakespeare, but thinner, almost watered down. Has a chocolate-expresso flavor, but the bitterness is more prominent. I am a big porter fan, but this is no Fuller's (or even Anchor or Samuel Smith). I would like to compare this to Sierra Nevada (which is the porter this reminds me of). (The "on tap" is a mistake. I had this in the bottle. I'll change it at some point).

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In all my experience with porters, this one is one of the best I have ever tried. I wzs greated with a dark brown, almost stout colored appearance. It was topped off with very little head, but it did leave a nice lace effect. The smell was of coffee and chocolate (This might explain why it's called Mocha Porter). It had a taste that was very similar in many respects. A strong Coffee taste leading to a strong choclate taste. Fantastic. It was everything a Porter should be. Not too hoppy by any standards, but the malt head should realy enjoy this. Thank you MacGregor's for carrying this.

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Photo of granger10
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was a light black pour with a small but thick dark tan head. The smell was chalky with some coffee notes. The taste was of the classic Rogue bittersweetness. Definitely chocolately but the chocolate seemed to want to be more prevalent and it wasn't. Coffee paired with the chocolate but it also seemed a little restrained. The carbonation combined with the medium thickness left for a good mouthfeel. Definitely hoppy in the finish. The hops were acidic and a little citrusy. Really balanced. Not bad but not the best either.

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Photo of mschofield
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown-black with 3 finger brown head, settles to a small cap, and laces well in webs.
Coffee and alcohol esters in the aroma, a molasses type aroma develops with warming.
Chocolate and coffee tastes (mocha) with roasted malt.
Very smooth, slightly bitter in the back, thinner than it looks, only a light-medium body.
Good representation of the style, and very drinkable, had this after shoveling 2' of wet snow, and it was great to come inside for.

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Photo of avylover
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out fairly black with a tan head. To be honest my wife is asleep so I can't turn the lights up to check the highlights...aahhh the life of a BA. Aroma of bitter coffee and some sweet milk chocolate, backed by a health dose of some rogue style hoppiness. Taste starts off sweet, with a malted milkshake and cappuccino taste. Suddenly, the hops take over like highjacking islam radicals. These are merciful radicals, as the creaminess seems to mesh with the hop presence and roasted malts in the aftertaste. The initial creamy taste is great but doesn't last long enough for my pallette. Carbonated yet slightly creamy in mouthfeel, and quite drinkable for a thick porter.

Not bad at all, pick this one up if you enjoy porters and hops

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Photo of rkhaze
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a creamy tan head. Not much lacing. Roasted malt, cocoa, and espresso on the nose.
Nice roasted malt flavor upfront with coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a subdued (for Rogue) hop presence. The bitter/dry aftertaste really lingers on the finish.
For the style it seemed light bodied and almost over-carbonated. Good drinkability.

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