Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,365 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:
1,365
Ratings:
2,875
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
399
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 1,365 | Ratings: 2,875
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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Photo of beerman207
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking at this one for a while but never seem to buy a single. I'm glad that I finally bought one of these. This is a very good porter.

A- Very inviting on the pour - dark with a tan head about 2 fingers high that doesn't stick around long leaving some nice lace on the glas

s-Smell is very good - smells of chocolate, maybe some coffee in there, as well as some serious malt.

t-The malt is dominant in this and the chocolate comes through in the finish. Very nice.

m-Mouthfeel is very good for this as it has medium carbonation and doesn't have much bitterness to it.

d- I have to rate the drinkability quite high for this beer. If I had more than one, I'm fairly certain this would be my go to beer tonight.

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Photo of KrissyKat6
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crisp and easy drinking for a dark beer. I get the bitterness of a dark chocolate without the chocolate or mocha flavors, though it's not bad by any means.

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Photo of Chessmaster
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black, with ruby highlights against light. 1-2 fingers head which quickly dissipates.

S: Faint chocolate smell

T: Smooth roasted malt with hints of chocolate.

M: Medium body, light carbonation

O: Easily drinkable and pleasant porter. I could easily drink several of these in a row. The mocha aspects are not overpowering -- subtle.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Brewdacris
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had most of Rogues other offerings and and have enjoyed every one of them, so I am excited to have the Mocha Porter.

Appearance- Pours a mildy hazy dark brown with a light tan, 1 finger head... Dissipates quickly

Smell- Possibly my favorite part of this beer. Dark roasted malts with coffee and chocolate present. Very arousing scents

Taste- Chocolatey malts and roasted barley make themselves extremely apparent. The mocha is present as well. Very tasty beer

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite Rogues, if not one of my favorite porters. A well-executed example of the style

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown/light black in color. Short lived head left little lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts and chocolate, pretty great aroma.

Taste: pretty much like it smells. Roasted malty goodness with some dark tasting chocolate and a hint of some exspresso. Great tasting porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body.

Drinkability: Sessionable, I typically do with this beer on colder evenings. It's strong enough in taste for me, I like a stronger porter, some just seem too mild for me. Its a great beer and one that is easy for us to find in my area.

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Photo of Deconstructionis
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich porter with strong coffee/chocolate overtones. (I'd like to try a Rogue porter without the mocha but have never seen one). It pours a deep brown with a frothy very light brown head, It smells like roasted malt and coffee; I don't notice any hops in the aroma.

Taste is rich and smooth the "mocha" is far less pronounced than in the Chocolate Stout (which also has coffee taste to me) but still upfront. Very mild bitterness. Velvety feel with medium/light body. Very drinkable and can be either a dessert beer or a session beer.

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Photo of iamntbatman
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown. Light gets through only on the extreme edges. The thick, tan head quickly dissipates and leaves behind moderate lacing.

Smell: Coffee, coffee, and more coffee with hints of bitter chocolate and nuts (I'm thinking hazelnuts).

Taste: Coffee, burnt malt bitterness, chocolate is more slight and again a little bit of nuttiness. The hops poke their tiny head through in the background, which was lost in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Prickly and thin at first but sticks to the tongue nicely. This would be a bit better if it was thicker in the mouth.

Drinkability: Fairly high, but the strong flavor keeps it from being a real session beer.

This porter is closer to some of the more coffee-flavored stouts I've had than most other porters I've had. One of the best porters I've had for sure.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to northyorksammy for this excellent beer! Much appreciated.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a head that settles and leaves lacing on the side of the glass with every sip.

Smell is malty and mildly roasted with liquorice and molasses. Very complex with notes of tobacco and grain.

Taste is roasted with something earthy in there. Bitterness is great, it is a citric US hop bitterness, which combines wonderfully well with ythe roast. This beer is just very balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark drown/black with a good frothy bubbly tan head that turns to a film around the edges, and lacing that fades and falls down glass nicely. Smells nice, of chocolate and a great mocha aroma, and the roasty malts only slightly coming through. It really isn't that assertive an aroma, but get a good whiff of it and its really quite pleasant. Taste is really great, with lots of that mocha espresso taste coming out, and great chocolate-like malt undertones with a slightly bitter late middle, yet that coffee bitter mellows out and turns a little sweet even in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel seems mayble a little too agressive at first, at times distracted me from the important thing; taste. I wouldn't say its a fantastically drinkable beer, but it is very good, and enjoyable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. About 1/2 inch head poured into a beer glass. Dark and opaque.

S. Hops are in the forefront with some roasted malt notes.

T. Toastey with a mocha coffee aftertaste. Very well balanced. Hops are subdued here. Great.

M. Robust yet slightly smooth.

D. Absolutely worthy of purchasing a case.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having had this a few times, I went for it at the bar the other day and thought I ought to give it a review.

Apperance: The beer is a deep brown color, nearly opaque, and it is topped by an inch of clumpy tan head that has decent retention.

Smell: The smell is of roasted malt that melds with some agressive hop flavor into a piney, roasty bitterness.

Taste: The first sip is at once full and flavorful. There is a solid porter flavor, amped up to accentuate the flavors of this porter. The dark and chocolate malts contribute a coffee and chocolately flavor, not as clean as in their chocolate stout however. I feel the strong roasted bitterness of the porter cuts into these emerging flavors only to be overtaken by the strong dose of hops that comes on in the ending and aftertaste. I really like this one, and frequent it often for its bold flavors. If you're looking for a easier drinker, go for something English, like Fuller's.

Mouthfeel: Full and almost thick, this is better as it warms. Not overly viscous or cloying, but with more body than most other porters.

Drinkability: I seem to like this, and I've had more than one on more than one occasion. But, compared to other porters, this one isn't quite as weak and easily sessioned. I'd take this over a lot of others any day.

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Photo of steelreign
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown pour with one finger off white head. Coffee, chocolate and hops in the nose, some roasted malts as well.

Taste was roasted malt, coffee and hops...lots of hops. I was surprised by the amount of hop burst, but maybe I was expecting something along the lines of Anchor Porter or similar. All in all, a very nicely done porter that is different than the norm. Well rounded and balanced, and so easy to drink thanks to the relatively subdued carbonation. A very nice addition to the Rogue family.

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Photo of bjasvensk
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a rich taste, and if you like something dark w/a spot of mocha. It hits the spot. I'm a big fan of Rogue and what they brew. They are a big staple in Portland, adding to the rich history of micro brewing in beautiful Portland Oregon. Plus their Kobe Burger is delicious.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! There is such a sweet taste in my mouth!
This beer pours black like most stouts, although there is little to no head. The smell is chocolaty, and unlike others I have head there are no other fragrances. When you first sip it, there is no taste that immediately jumps out at you...but once you hold it in your mouth for a few seconds it starts to tickle all of your taste buds with a rich chocolate-stout taste. After it has been swallowed, it lingers for a good long while until you take another sip and the process is repeated. A great beer for sipping, and for someone who is into stouts and would like to try a new take on them.

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Photo of rsgcwhite
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large head upon pour, medium thickness that degrades to a uniquely bubbly froth before fading. Deep chocolate brown color with amber highlights.

Aroma is dark roasted malts intermixed with coffee and vanilla cream. I don't capture anything close to an intense hoppy aroma, but it's there. Like someone brought a cup full of fresh hops into a coffee shop, set it down on the counter next to you, and stared you in the eyes. Creepy, to be sure, but surprising.

The initial sip was pure brewed bliss; coffee and mocha cream melting into a sweet (but not to sweet) malted sea. Further into the drink, you notice the distinct carbonation and hoppiness; the hoppiness seeps in, lingers on your tongue and enters just as the other flavors depart. The ending hop oil taste on top of this sweet malt monster is pleasant - it makes each sip gloriously fresh, like finishing your drink in a pine forest.

Mouthfeel is initially sweet, but the carbonation and hoppiness don't dry out this beer too much.

The coffee taste is present, but more subtle than many interpretations of this style; but the signature feature of this beer is the balance between the roasted coffee malts and the pine-like hop freshness. Whereas Berkshire Brewing Company's Coffeehouse Porter had that 'comfortable, Northeast coffee shop feel', this feels like a western pine forest beer - it's the kind of thing lumberjacks drink for breakfast.

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Photo of aaronxsubaru
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, quite a tasty brew. i need to order this again sometime, as well as alot of rogue's other beers. All you need to know is that this has great flavor to it. Tastes just as the name implies. I was impressed at the drinkability of this for the amount of floavor it had. If you like porters, or chocolaty/coffee type beers you really need to drink this.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,875 ratings.
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