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 foureyedgeek
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Rogue review, 12 oz into my Dirt Rag 10 Year Anniversary pint glass.

Dark brown almost black body with a slight creamy head, not a rambunctious pour, so its a tad small but still very appealing. Fades to a thin topping of foam with light, fine lacing.

Smell is sweet and roasty with hints of chocolate and coffee. Even may be a little hoppy, at least in the nose.

Taste is quite sweet and has the same malty sweetness the aroma had. A nice slight coffee taste in the finish though I'm not sure its _that_ prominent. Yet, this may be another coffee beer that doesn't quite live up to its name... The coffee here makes the malty sweetness of this beer finish with a nice bitterness. Notes of chocolate as well. Its tasty, I'm just found wishing for a little more coffee presence.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a nice filling character to it, though its not so heavy that it wouldn't be a good session beer, this is one I could have a few of.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt with light hop presence; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, herbal, light pine, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good porter. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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 euskera
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out chocolate brown. Smell is mild, with some coffee overtones with truffles in there. Taste is good, but a little sweet for my taste in porters. Flavors aren't that well developed and a bit shallow. Good, but not exceptional porter. I'll try it in the bottle next time to see if there's any difference..

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Photo of necoadam
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle might have been a little outdated, but nevertheless it still lived up to it's Rogue name. Poured out a nice black color with quite a bit of carbonation that lasted all the way through. Aroma of chocolate with some coffee undertones. Taste is a lot of bittersweet chocolate with undertones of coffee flavors and roasted flavors with malts. A little complex and quite balanced as well. Solid porter from Rogue.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a decent 2 finger tan head with fine bubbles. Color is dark brown with little to no light coming through on the sides.

Smell is dominated by dark roasted coffee, swirling brings out just a little of the citric hops, as the beer settles there is an intense mocha aroma, almost butter-like and nutty.

Mouthfeel is a little less than medium-bodied, very carbonated and moderately smooth.

Much like the smell the taste has lots of dark roasted, almost burnt coffee, toffee with hops muted but still carried throughout the beginning and finish. There is faint fruitiness, maybe plum. Finishes clean with only a small amount of lingering bitterness. Somewhat dry overall.

Drinkability is high because of it's lighter body and ABV but taste is not my favorite for a porter. There are a lot of very roasted dark malts in here that don't quite make this my ideal porter.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 02/23/17:

Reddish brown and clear in most of the pour itself, but in the glass it might as well be black. Very opaque with final pour with some fine tannish particles in suspension. Medium-brown, creamed-coffee looking head of pillowy fluff on top of fine albeit rocky foam. Great retention. Toast, medium-roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel to the nose. Even more coffee forward on palate, and quite dark chocolatey as well. Somewhat roasty and soily and tart but not quite as rich as others of similar style, making it seem almost smoky. Well-balanced with earthy, leathery, and herbal to nearly spicy hops for an overall pipe smoke sensation. Peppery, boozy, smoky retro-olfaction, somewhat strong and long-lasting. Medium-bodied, light to medium level of extra fine but sparse and tingly carbonation. Lower astringency and even acidity than expected from flavors.

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Photo of chuckd123
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've now had this one a handful of times, but until last night, only out of a bomber. Plan B in West Hartford, CT has it on tap this week. First time I've ever thought a beer tasted better poured from a bottle. The coffee and chocolate flavors were very faint in this pour -- I swear I remember them being more powerful the times I've had it from a bottle. The overall aroma and taste is still roasted-coffee-chocolate-esque, but this time it was more of a generic roasted maltiness, and I remember the chocolate standing out more in the past. Still a very good porter overall. The color is a very (very) dark brown only if held up to light -- appears nearly solid black otherwise, with about a 1/2" very light tan head. Drinkability is good, but it's a relatively heavy brew, so I probably wouldn't put back more than 2 or 3 at a time. Overall, a very good but not excellent porter and worth a try.

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Photo of Jamie_Newman
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chogm54
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, BB date of mid 2015. Poured into a flute glass.

A - very dark, almost black. Free of sediment. Pours a thin fizzy pale brown head than lingers as a 5mm lacing on the glass.

s - rich roasted malts, a huge smack of coffee, molasses and cocoa rich chocolate. Faint whiff of dates.

T - roasted malt, mild hop bitterness with a sour turkish coffee taste towards the finish. Dark chocolate overtones are muted at the beginning, until halfway through.

M - Texture is dry at first, but with a slight slickness to the aftertaste. Light bodied - feels a tad watery compared to other porters. High carbonation for style.

O - good, but does not distinguish itself from other porters. The coffee is more present in the aroma than the taste, but I did enjoy the sourness (being a mediterranean coffee lover). Hoppy bitterness, while present, isn't as noticable as other Rogue beers.

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Photo of colts9016
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 48 degrees

Appearance: A dark dark brown color in the body of this beer. There is a one finger tan head that has some retention to it. The head is foamy and creamy. The clarity of the beer is mostly opaque, except for a few highlights in the bottom of the glass. There is a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich toasted malt with a subtle sweetness. There is some caramel and coffee for the aroma. In the background of the beer has a chocolate, fruity esters (not sure what), and creamy note.

Taste: A nice toasted malt with some caramel, coffee, light burnt flavor, and chocolate hints. There is hops in the beer and it is well rounded and placed.

Overall: The mouth feel is medium and a lot of carbonation. The finish is medium to full and slightly bitter. This is a good porter with a nice hoppy touch. To me the beer seemed a bit watered down. I was just looking for more robust flavor in the beer. The beer is good not great though.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: blackish brown with a tan half finger head that whittles down to big bubbles rather quickly. Significant lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, malts.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate blends with a heavy malt base. Light coffee backbeat. Smokey, burnt, but not overdone. A sweetness of caramel and toffee. Robust. Kookoo for cocoa.

M: Medium to heavy. Thick carbonation. Frothy on the tongue.

O: A very good porter. The cocoa aspect gives is a smooth swallow.

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Photo of shabbtastic
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very dark brown, almost black with a fluffy foamy two finger head. Lacing was present and lasted 3/4 of the way down.

S - Nutty and chocolaty up front with nice dark roasted malt with a smidge of hops that lingered.

T - Smooth and satisfying. Sweet at all the right times. Very balanced but a little average at the same time.

M - Rich and full, a bit syrupy but overall very nice.

D - A sweet porter that I though was very drinkable. ABV is in the session range but one or two is perfect.

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Photo of SargeC
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown-black brew with a tan head.

Smell: Hops, coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Slight pine flavor with a coffee and chocolate base. Mineral flavors throughout with a semi sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Hearty and satisfying, medium-full body. Allows the subdued flavors to appear.

Drinkability: A tasty, yet standard, porter.

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

A:dark brown with thick creamy head (3/3)
S:medium strength coffee and dark malt smell (8/12)
T: coffee and dark malt dominate coffee, gets stronger on finish (15/20)
M: really creamy upfront but dry finish(5/5)
O: A very drinkable Porter flavor profile not too impressive but certainly tasty (7/10)

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Photo of fisherman34
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in colour with an off white head. Slightly vinous aroma, along with roasted grains and bakers chocolate. The Rogue "house style" is very apparent in the flavor: signature yeast and munich malty. There’s some of the mocha chocolate thing going on in the flavor, but not as much as you’d expect from something named "mocha porter". Quite hoppy as well. A nice brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A different bottle than the picture shows. A listing of ingrediants, with some scary chemical. In your mouth carbonation and hops and bitterness with some mocah masking. Light and whipped Expresso Coffee and creamy but somewhat artificial. Reddish brown colour.

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Photo of seydou
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cola brown color with tan foam that sticks around for a bit... the kind of foam that creates little valleys as some starts to dissipate.

I don't get any overwhelming smell, but nothing bad either.

Tastes good, even better after the drink. No weird chemical or artificial taste you get with some chocolate or coffee porters, and the chocolate taste is really nice and subdued.

A little too carbonated, and not quite heavy enough preventing it from an upper-echelon porter for me. But still good. Really balanced when drinking, full, nothing sticks out. Halfway through the glass, it's still easy to drink.

Paid $6 for a 650ml bottle.

Note on 4/23 -- drank this right after a Kona Pipeline (coffee porter), and this blows it away in smoothness.

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Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid four-finger tan head from a 12 oz bottle! Ebony colored, no light shines through the glass.

Creamy cocoa aroma with a touch of hop. Less powerful than I would expect. The taste is dark chocolate followed by bitter hop in the swallow. Thick and rich, this beer is moderately carbonated. There is a slight chaulkiness. The aftertaste is very loooong lasting (bitter coffee and dark chocolate).

This is a dry porter with ground coffee aroma and flavor. I have never been a fan of coffee flavors, but this is a complex brew with a multitude of tastes and aromas.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown beer with maybe a hint of red. Nice tall head.

I couldn't pick up any strong smells from this beer.

Very pleasing taste. You can taste the mocha flavor without even having to read the label of the beer (Mocha Porter). However, I wish the flavor was bigger. It barely lingers in the aftertaste, which was a bit of a disapointment.

I found this heavily carbonated, giving it a creamy or foamy swallow.

If I saw this on tap at a bar, I wouldn't hesitate in choosing it. The only negative I have is that it's not worth the prices I've seen at the store for any of their 6-packs. This may be the distributer's fault, I'm not sure.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A nice dark opaque brown with about two inches of tan head that retain and lace well.

S- Not getting too much here. Some sweet malt with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Smells sweet and clean.

T- Coffee, chocolate, pale malt in the background. A bit of a menthol-like cooling sensation as well (phenols?). Reminds me a bit of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Finish is a bit hoppy, while also sweet from the malt. Well-balanced and interesting.

M- A bit dry on the finish, wet and coating in the mouth. A bit thin, IMO.

D- Can move through this one pretty quick. A good and enjoyable porter.

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Photo of BrewsBr0ther
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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