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Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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87
very good
1,354 Reviews
Mocha PorterMocha Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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:
1,354
Ratings:
2,829
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
16.8%
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
367
For Trade:
3
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Photo of cooter
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer just exudes the essence of the word "majestic."

650 mL bottle served into my Czech Chodovar brewery mug (note that I feel inordinately proud that this mug cannot be obtained in the States), and it fit perfectly, stately and foamy and dark and creamy and head like mocha and bubbles big and firmy and small and dense; and the body, dark as dusk. I don't want to drink for fear of harming its beauty.

The scent is powerful, thick. Roast and dark chocolate and milk chocolate and espresso and nuts, with malt all over, smooth and subtle.

A smiling first draught tastes of berries, and charred malts with chocolate and that dryness that is precisely like whatever you call those Italian intense dark coffee shots, with fresh whipped cream. A peanutty texture, with cashews and walnuts in the taste. The intricacy of the coffee taste is incredible. The berries are nondescript, but sweet and tart.

That's all I have to say. A pleasure of a beer.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

presentation: 12oz bottle with a picture on the label of a guy in a blue shirt and hat with a beer mug in one hand and the other hand in a fist in the air. "dedicated to the rogue in each of us" is printed on the label. no abv is displayed.

appearance: pours jet black with very little accent browns around the edges of a stein mug. head is a light tan pillowy thick cap that is dedicated with sticking around 'til the very end. lacing and sticking is excellent. apperance is very much like that of a stout. bubbles are sneaking up to the top along the sides of the glass.

smell: chocolatey caramel. malt with a light alcohol aroma.

taste: earthy with coffee flavors dominating. chocolate isn't as apparent as in some other chocolate stouts, but becomes more evident as the brew warms. starts sweet and finishes with a balanced light bitterness. i detect very little alcohol flavors.

mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy and still has excellent acidity and carbonation.

drinkability: going, going, gone! very drinkable. a 6er could be dangerous.

overall: have never been much of a porter fan until now. very characteristic of many great stouts, but a little less complex and more drinkable. two thumbs!

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Photo of daythree16
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Almost black in color, but the light around the edges shows it to be a very, very dark brown. 1.5 finger tan head that doesn't stick around for too long.

The aroma is a good balance of chocolate and caramel malts. Taste is mild sweet caramel up front with hints of chocolate and a dark roast coffee finish.

The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and almost a bit thinner than I would expect, but overall, this on is pretty delicious. It's an old favorite that really piqued my interest in craft beer.

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Photo of stewart124
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black with burgundy hues and a thick brown head to top it off. Leaves behind a nice lacing. Rich smell of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of hops. Silky smooth body with a creamy feel that soothes the throat. A delicious porter that hits all areas of the palate. Full flavor of hops, chocolate, and coffee. Complex flavors that I would expect from Rogue. The aftertaste is earthy with burnt malts to back it up.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Deep almost-opaque brown color with a very thick, creamy tan head that retained very well and decorated the glass. Similar to Guinness.

Smell: You can definitely smell the chocolate in it. Notes of caramel, toasted malts, a little bit of coffee, and some small hops.

Taste: The front end starts off with a delicious malty taste with a hint of vanilla. The middle is full of chocolatey goodness as well as a little bit of coffee, and finishes up with a light hop bite and faint alcohol warmth. A subtle smoky taste ties everything together.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full, rich, smooth, and creamy. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Glides down the throat in a velvety smooth way, very easy drinking. Rather rich and filling though.

Final Notes: A delicious dessert beer. Serve it up with a chocolatey dessert, cheesecake, or tiramisu. I'm half tempted to warm it up and drink it like hot chocolate sometime. I really liked it.

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Photo of gestyr
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint

A: Pours a deep brown with a thick, long lasting beige head that leaves lacing

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, malt, a hint of hops

T: First you taste the coffee and the malt followed by the chocolate which is complimented by the hops bitterness

M: On the higher side of medium bodied.

O: A good porter. It would go well with a dessert or by itself.

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Photo of wl0307
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Revisiting this beer after my first encounter 15 months ago. Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 06. BB date??--no freshness info. printed on the bottle this time. Served cool (~12°C) in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: very very dark mahogany hue, coming with a tightly frothy khaki head around 3.5cm thick... great retention with uneven lacing left as it slowly dissipates. Looing great!
S: honey, sweet dark chocolate-milk and assertively fruity+flowery US hops all blended together, very aromatic and delicious; somehow the hoppy edge is slightly more than necessary for this style; backed by a deeper layer of treacles, dried dates and dried longan-fruits, and a sweet edge of Chinese grass-jelly. Reasonably complex and very pleasant indeed.
T: effervescent-textured, mildly sweet toffee, chocolate milk and an intensifyingly bitter-sweet roasty tinge of black malts+roasted walnuts as well as a slightly tannic edge like black tea-leaves manifesting itself quietly and slowy towards an expanding herbal-bitter aftertaste; simultaneously the flowery hops play the lively yet harmonious second fiddle, intertwined with the malty theme so skilfully... The bitter finish is very deep yet not OTT, with incredible depth and length to prolong the enjoyment on the palate. But, "exactly what it says on the tin", the finishing touch is ever so refreshing and light, not heavy nor sticky at all.
M&D: to my hazy memory, this bottle tastes nicer than the last one last year with a creamy and soft carbonation to boot--maybe due to my increasing fondness of this style, or due to the serving condition (it's cooler than last time)... anyhow, this is a full-flavoured, fruity and profoundly roasty-malty porter pretty true to style. An absolutely delicious and quaffable porter by Rogue~~

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Photo of dayswonder
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This porter has a dark, chocolate appearance with a plentiful foamy head. The lacing is excellent as well.

You can smell a bit of the alcohol, but there is a definite burnt, nutty, cocoa bean kind of smell going on.

There are definitely a few dimensions of flavors when you take a sip of this porter. At first it tastes like a bitter brown ale, but then a roasted mocha flavor kicks in. As it finishes you crave more.

This porter is pretty smooth and almost feels like silk that finishes light.

A very drinkable porter. I am tasting this with my girlfriend and she is not a porter fan, but this may have changed her mind.

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served just below room temp.
Towering tan head is full and lasting. This beer seems very carbonated. I can see bubbles on the inside of my glass, gone now. Smells of unsweetened chocolate. Brown colour with ruby highlights. I get the choco taste to start with. Roasted malt dominates until the end. Coffee bitterness finishes the tasting experience. Light mouthfeel do to the high carbonation, this is not a bad thing at all. Suits the beer very well and makes it exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of aquaphiliac
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 6-pack of this for $10.99 the other night.

A: standard porter color... not a whole lot of head at all, but the half centimeter that was there stayed there.

S: smells of coffee and chocolate... mocha, you might say. good and rich but not overpowering.

T: Doesn't taste like much to start off, maybe some toasted malt but the aftertaste or when it hits the back of your tongue is a great coffee and chocolate sensation. very pleasing indeed.

M: Not too rich so its pretty refreshing and feels medium bodied on the palate. I love that in a stout.

D: I only drank one but it went down very easily and pleasant. Very good drinking experience.

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Photo of JHubner73
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When I first poured the Rogue Mocha Porter into my Irish pint I was a little worried as it appeared a little lighter than I like my porters. Once I took my first drink everything was set right. Very rich and smokey flavors came through, the aroma of barley and dark chocolate hit my nose. It has a full-bodied flavor as it coats the mouth. Going down the gullet it feels rich and complex.

Not as complex and bitter and Founders Porter, or even Bell's Porter, Rogue has still made a wonderful porter that tastes as sophisticated as it does delicious.

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Photo of scap
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like Rogue beers, (with the exception of the chipotle ale), and this is no exception. While this isn't my favorite Rouge beer, that title goes to the Shakespeare Stout, it is very well done and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Caesar1pup
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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 edchicma
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate black in appearance with a nice head that leaves anice bit of laciness. Nice malty aroma, with a perfect blend of coffee and chocolate flavors. Good tartness from the roasted malt as a finishing touch. Smooth mouthfeel and extremely drinkable. Definitely one to put on your must try list.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown almost black color with a huge 3 finger head as thick as a foam pillow. The retention is amazing! Super heavy lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts and dark chocolate

Taste: Smooth and soft on the front end. As it enters the mouth it is easy malty and light but the flavors build quickly. The mid is very roasty and has strong suggestions of coffee, mocha, and mint (hop character) the finish is a dark bitter\sweet burnt chocolate espresso flavor that is very large; then it has an almost minty mocha aftertaste. Terrific! Makes me want my favorite ice cream, Mint Chocolate Chip.

Mouthfeel: Creamy creamy creamy!

Drinkability: I love this beer. I could drink it every day if only I could get it in 12ozers. This is the second one I bought and the first I reviewed. The last one disappeared quickly ;) Obviously it is a drinkable beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of marc77
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Virtually black in color, but when held to light this brew exhibits a deep garnet color and excellent clarity. The beige head is thick, rock and well retained. The combination of chocolate malt, dark caramel sweetness and toasty malt notes make the aroma quite appealing. A light citrusy hop nose is perceptible towards the end. The flavor is bittersweet overall. Caramel malt & residual sweetness hit the palette at first, but are ensued by mellow chocolate malt, a bit of deeply roasted black patent sharpness, and assertive but clean hop bitterness. The body is just a tad shy of providing a good foundation for the big flavors. It finishes w/ a strong roasted grain and hop bitterness, while a sugary sweetness lingers on the tip of the tongue. Mocha Porter is a unique and flavorful robust porter.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm....Roooooogue. I love the Rogue 22 oz. bottles. And the brews within are always phenomenal, and this one is no exception. Black, not really ruddy-brown in color as the bottle suggests, with a nice tan head atop. The nose has the signature Rogue hop aroma, with a mild dark chocolate scent as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with a slight hint of carbonation. Coffee and dark chocolate flavors run rampant, but balance well with the strong bittersweet hop finish. A kick-ass porter, one of the best I have ever tasted.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber

Pours with a deep brown body, very little light penetration. Thick tan head head, creamy with good retention

Smell, little bit of smoke, some fresh american hops, chocolate, freshly made coffee

Taste, crisp hops, coffee and chocolate flavours coming through, nice roasted coffee bean and malt bitterness on the finish, little bit of turkish delight in there too

Mmmmm... a tasty porter, lots of flavour and immensely drinkable

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Photo of Fuller
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown. Body is nearly opaque with some light showing through around the edges. Small tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate. Roasted coffee is main flavor along with some sweet caramel. Bitter coffee taste on the finish. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and smooth and leaves my mouth feeling dry. Another porter I really enjoy. The smooth bittersweetness makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown chocolate in color with a small tan head that leaves rings all the way down.

S - Caramel bread. Maybe a little coffee.

T - Sweet coffee and caramel, the carbonation is hidden in the darkness but there in bunches. Very nice indeed.

M - This has a big carbonation nose tickle and robust body feel.

D - High. I will be picking this one up again very soon.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice solid black with nice head that stays for a while and is brown. Strong coffee and chocolate overtones plus nice malt smell. Very nice coffee taste and some dark chocolate aftertaste and bitterness very enjoyable dark roasted porter. Very full mouth feel but goes down smooth.

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Photo of xymyl
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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 dwpiercetx
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whole foods has massive amounts of beer...yeah! I bought this because of the curiosity factor of "mocha". I like the StarB's mocha fraps so I figured...why not.

A- Good solid porter look to it. Dark brown with tan head.

S- the smell isn't as aromatic as I thought it would be given it is a porter. It did have a nice roasted smell though.

T- Good taste. I can get the mocha out of it and the subtle bitterness was a plus. Not exceptional, but way above average.

M- A little carbonation mixed with creaminess. Could use more creaminess.

D- Good beer. 5.3% abv gets the most out of it.

Good beer..can't wait to try other Rogue stuff

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Photo of Schwarzbart
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a small brownish-tan head.

Smell: The smell is not as strong coming from a bottle compared to having it on tap. Much of the coffee aroma is lost and replaced with a more smoky aroma with hints of nuts.

Taste: Taste is solid, but again not as much coffee flavor from a bottle. Still the flavor of smoked coffee malts is apparent. A nice smoky toasted flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Tight and bubbly.

Drinkability: A good porter that I could drink anytime, but much much better on tap when I had it at Klinger's.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,354 ratings.
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