Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

very good
2,889 Ratings
Mocha PorterMocha Porter

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Photo of WAP
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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 +1.8%
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 +3.9%
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 -5.4%
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 -6.4%
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 +3.1%
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 +8.8%
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 -5.2%
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 +13.4%
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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Photo of tcfishler
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with burnt amber highlights and an above-average head. Rich, roasty, malty aromas don't hold anything back. Even more concentrated flavors that tread the line between malty sweetness and dry roastedness. Exquisite combination of balance and intensity. If there's any weakness to this brew, it's the lack of real complexity, but that hardly bothers me given the other positive qualities.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick black viscous brew with a cascading four-plus finger head that leaves tons of sticky brown lace on the glass.

S - Coffee and smooth dark chocolate right up front, along with some roasty and woody notes. Chocolate covered expresso beans.

T - Woody, smokey, campfire flavors abound along with dark roasted coffee and a little bit of chocolate. I like how the major players are the porter flavors and not a big block of chocolate hitting you over the head. This is a bit like cooking chocolate or very dark and bitter chocolate candy.

M - Medium bodied and acidic. Pretty damn carbonated too. This is probably this brew's worst asset. It needs thickening up a bit IMO.

D - Good. A little rosty and bitter for all-out sessioning, but I could definitly drink two. This would stand up well to a big fat steak.

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Photo of CU570M
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle i drank from was a similar label, but different. Almost a pitch black beer that pours with no head. On of the darkest beers i have ever seen. The theme starts off with a coffee color and continues in the same direction with the taste and smell. The smell is kind of like an iced coffee. I wanted to throw some cream and sugar in it. Taste is a coffee bitter, like a black coffee. Mouthfeel was good with an after taste just like coffee. This is a great porter. Glad Rogue is doing it like this.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Appears a dark brown with two fingers of creamy tan foam. Smell is of coffee, sweet dark fruits. Tastes of sweet roasted malts and coffee, cocoa powder, and a slight touch of caramel. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth on the tongue. Very drinkable, think I might have another...

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Photo of umustdrink
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black color. Head is light brown and very fluffy, settles at an eighth inch. Strong Lace

S - Very dark coffee smell, bitter.

T - Taste is bitter malt at first sort of like cold stale coffee, aftertaste is rich black coffee. Aftertaste is the highlight here and is very long lasting.

M - Thin on the mouth just like coffee but definitely flavorful.

D - One of the most coffee like beers I've had. Very tasty, will have again.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out almost completely black with some ruby hues on the fringes of the glass. Thick, solid, dimply 1" cafe au lait head lasts and lasts. Leaves lacing rings after sips. Smells very chocolatey with roasted and smoky malts along with some raisins, prunes, and a hint of molasses. Taste is up front of roasted malt that falls into a slightly chocolatey flavor. Palate is a bit thin. There is some molasses in there. Finishes smoky, slightly lactic, and with more roasted flavors. The lingering aftertaste is all astringent coffee and Pacman yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and almost to the point of being full, but just a little bit too thin for what I was hoping for. This would be a killer session porter.

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Photo of harpo111
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark, with a thin head
s: carmel...slight chocolate
t: some bite..but nice and smooth...chocolate/mocha/coffee..with a nutty finish
m: not too thick
d: love it....nice with food...nice while just sipping....definate crowd pleaser
...i like this one...not as much as shakespeare stouts..but no slouch...

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this last Friday to give it a try...

I poured the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I came up with a modest 1/2" head that didn't last too long. I was expecting it to be frothier ( that a word?). The lacing was minimal as I drank it down. The appearance was thinner than I was expecting. It was quite dark. Not quite opaque... hints of red in the black and brown.

The smell was of coffee more than chocolate.

The first taste was mild with respect to what I was expecting.... very little hops. Flavors were coffee-like with a bit of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel was mild.... again little to no hop "bite" and a suitable amount of carbonation. The carbonation level suited the beer. I had very little aftertaste with this beer.

Drinkability was OK... not a knock your socks off kind of beer. Quite good and worth a few more tries. I will buy this again.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 oz bottle with no discernible freshness date. The bottle was a bit cold since it had been in my fridge for two days, but I allowed it to slowly warm to room temperature while I drank it. Poured a coal black with a thin, off-white head. Very little retention. Smells of light chocolate, burnt sugar/caramel, sweet toasted barley. Tastes much of the same; ends with a dark chocolate bitterness. Few traces of any hops. Mouthfeel is decent, but a little watery for porter. Overall, another good offering from Rogue, although not my favorite of theirs or my favorite porter.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees.

A - Pours a deep black, topped by a beige/tan head with good retention.

S - Beautiful smell of mild-roast coffee, cocoa, and roasted grain/malt.

T - Unsweetened cocoa with a lingering bitterness dominates the flavors up front. Flavors roll with the creamy body and finish with a roasted cocoa/grain taste. Taste is more of chocolate and less of coffee, which was pleasant.

M - Creamy finish with a medium body; little carbonation.

D - I'm glad I finally got to try this one. The cocoa-bitterness is very enjoyable...I was expecting more of a sweet tone to it.

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Photo of beeragent
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, forming a dark 1/4 inch head, leaving light lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium for a porter. Not as good as I was expecting. Rogue ales have long been a favorite of mine, but I felt a little let down by this one. Still a good beer, just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a good sized (about an inch) tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. It tastes the same way, but it's not really sweet at all, it's more of a coffee/bitter chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is medium, and the beer is smooth and creamy. Drinkability is good too, it goes down easy. This could become a session beer for me, it's good stuff.

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Photo of MmmIPA
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown,almost black body with a brown head that fell pretty fast.Some lacing on the glass.

"Rogue" smell, I think its the pac man yeast.Some chocolate and coffee.

Chocolate taste ,pac man yeast.Dank taste on the top middle and sides of my tongue.I dont really taste the hops in this brew but the IBU is around 50.You can taste the malts in this one.

Sorda heavy on the carbonation but goes down smooth.

Does Rogue use there PMY in all there beers? It sure taste like it,I always wonder how these beers would taste if they never had that strain of yeast in them.I dont mind this beer but it wasnt the best porter ive had recently.I dont think I'll be coming back to this one.

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Photo of Tuey13
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown (almost black) with a thick frothy tan head. Has a very nice aroma with coffee, chocolate, and caramel scents all melding together nicely. The taste is similar with a creamy sweet caramel taste followed by coffee and chocolate to finish. Very good sipping beer, especially on a cold night. This could almost be considered a light stout beer if it had just a little more body.

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Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a thin off-white head.

The smell is of dark-roasted coffee with hints of chocolate.

The taste is of roasted black coffee. Bitter undertone takes balances out sweetness nicely. Dark graininess. Hints of sweet chocolate come through, especially as the drink progresses. Nicely balanced with a long, bittersweet finish.

Smooth - firm, but not heavy. Nice medium-body.

A good coffee-like porter.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown opaque with a frothy head.
Head didn't last long but even as it returned to its primordial lair it held to its sculpture and form. As the head's exposition waned it Gaffiti'ed the sides of my glass with a dull tan lace and scribble.
I consider a Porter to be a Stout wanna be- and this beer was as such. The Stout volume was set to four or five-- any higher and the bottle would have been mislabeled. Unmistakable traits of hops bitterness and tosted malt together with a cordial finish. The finish ended so nicely timed that I kept reaching for my glass in hopes of finding that illusive bottom or "red" on the drunk-o-meter.
Mouthfeel too was a cordial "compfy" glow of the beer's finish and its mild carbonation. Drinkability was superior as it's ABV was not such that my brain cells immediatley sought shelter and yet two pints back to back were a reality..

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,889 ratings.
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