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: 2,914 |  Reviews: 1,369
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

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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