Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter
2,898 Ratings
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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Photo of fisherman34
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -1.3%
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 -1.3%
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 -1.3%
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 -1.3%
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 -1.3%
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 BenBreeg
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewsBr0ther
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle into a snifter

A - Dark as night, some mild activity, small head with very little lacing. The color is haunting.

S - A bit plastic like, some burnt malts, not totally appealing to me

T - Taste is better than the nose. Nice rich coffee and roasted malts. Very addictive, almost like a black iced coffee

M - Very light in body and surprisingly refreshing, definitely session-able

O - Very good, don't have much experience with they style but it is something I want to explore further. Very happy with the first dip!

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Photo of imfinished
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eweneek83
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours deep dark brown, not quite black though. Light fights to get through, and barley succeeds. A thin tan head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smell - Smells like a tasty porter, smokey and roasty malts... hints of a burnt coffee smell. quite pleasing.

Taste - The taste is balanced perfectly for this one. I thought it would be strong, but not so much. A Great smokey porter taste, no hint of mocha or anything coffeelike, besides the roasty-ness. Tastes plain good and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- A lingering aftertaste, lightly carbonated... still a little more-so than Guinness. Very light but still substantial.

Drinkability - is surprisingly high. I feel like I could drink many of these with a steak or spicy BWW's wings... not bad at all.

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Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep brown color, almost black. The beige head is a touch airy and puffy, slowly settling into a light cap.

The aroma starts off with a shot of powdered cocoa. Then there is a metallic note that you typcially see in most porters. Perhaps some light coffee but not much. Some caramel notes as well.

The taste is of the cocoa powder. There is some heavy roasted notes, woody almost burnt, that provide some anise flavors. Some weak stale coffee. The porter base provides some typical tea and metallic notes, very much like an english porter. Some burnt caramel.

Light to moderate feel, fizzy carbonation. Starts off sweet but ends with a good amount of roasted bitterness.

A very flavorful porter. There are some nice flavors but I don't get enough coffee. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of MissOrch
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured dark and opaque with a light and fluffy head. I just had to poke my finger in it, causing the nice froth to deflate shortly after I did that.

It smelled like a smoky tootsie roll, with chocolate and malty notes. I also detected a nose of citrusy hops. When I first had a taste, the hops were pretty overpowering. Soon after, a chocolatey, coffee flavor came through, follower by a smoky flavor. At the finish of the beer, it was back to the bitterness of the hops again. Citrus, then mocha, then bitter. Pretty complex. This beer smells malty, but tastes hoppy to the last drop.

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Photo of acevenom
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours very dark brown (almost black) with a three-finger length tan head and plentiful visible bubbles along the side of the glass. I detect aromas of dark roasted malts with coffee and chocolate. The taste directly follows the nose. I pick up those dark roasted malt notes as well as the coffee and the chocolate. It's a bit on the watery side. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is smooth and the drinkability is good. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of shaunb81
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured pretty black and had a nice 1", finger head accompanied by some beautiful lacing. Pretty average.

Smell - Roasted malts hit my nose first and were followed by amazing, burnt nuttiness. There was also some caramel notes and definite coffee aromas wafting from this glass.

Taste - Oh boy. Coffee and cocoa. That pretty much it. That's not a bad thing, though. There's also a little sweetness on the tip and minimal dry hops throughout.

Mouthfeel - Body was not too dense, but perfect. A little creamy and not too carbonated made this brew a good one.

Overall - This stuff is pretty good if you're not very daring, but want to be. It's safe, but it's super good. I will be having this again.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Gaslight in south orange NJ.

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, almost black with a minimal head. nice head retention for the little head it produced and medium lacing.

Smell: Smells like deep rich chocolate, caramel and coffee. Nutty and rich aromas.

Taste: The taste is a bit thinner than the aroma was. Slight bitterness on the back end and a decent caramel component that gives it a slight sweetness. Balanced but a bit thinner than i hoped for.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and feel on this one. Coats the palate well and gives a nice balanced feel to the palate.

Drinkability: This is a nice porter. There are better ones out there for sure, but its a good example. There is definately room for improvment though.

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Photo of mick303
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1 pint bottle. This is well after the best by date, arghhh, didn't realize when I pulled it out of the discount bin. See how it goes. Pours a nice frothy head of soft tan foam. Colour is a ruby black. leaves a really good lacing.

S- chocolate, cocoa powder, orange peel, roast malt, (over?)ripe apples. Some lactose sweetness. A bit of a hay/barn note. Strong dairy note.

Taste has a bitter coffee roastiness, slightly herbal with some smooth milk chocolate, bitterness is quite balanced and some mild citrus and earthy notes. Overall quite pleasant. Some milk chocolate sweetness, really easy drinking. Finish is lactic, dry. Quite well put together, interesting.

Mouthfeel has little carbonation, feels a bit shallow but really smooth. Really sessionable.

Gonna chalk up some of the negatives to the fact that this is a stale brew, little carbonation and a bit of sour lactic flavour. Didn't love this beer but I'm going to try to try it fresh. Certainly quite well put together and interesting, this seemed a bit unbalanced by this date.If I didnt know it was stale I probably would have been less critical, looking forward to trying it in its prime.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 12 oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark almost black brown with a thick dingy (brownish) white head that sits upon the top like whip cream on top of a float. The head leaves thick lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Smoke, coffee, roasted malt, and bitter citrus from dry hops.

T: Some smoke from the roasted malt and bitterness from the mocha, but the hops are in control of this porter. The dry hops citrus combines with slight smoke on the finish and some bitterness from the mocha lingers on the back of the tongue

M: Medium to heavy and mostly dry.

D: Pleasantly dry with a decent ABV, this Mocha porter is balanced well enough and not very heavy; it is a good beer to enjoy in multiples.

Overall: Though it does not have a heavy aroma, Rogue's Mocha Porter does have nice flavor. Smoke and mocha take a background seat to dry hops, which add a bitter citrus to the beer. The beer is dry and pleasing.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle>Mug

AP: Very dark brown, nearly black. 1/8" light mocha head.

Nose: Chocolaty, heady, rich malt with a slightly leafy hop scent.

Taste: Semi-sweet malted flavor turns to a mildly bitter chocolaty/caramel and coffee bean flavor with the traditional nuttiness.

MF: full body look, medium body feel, the livley carbonation makes it feel lighter than some porters but still has a mildly smooth and thick feel compared to some of the more common porters on the market.

DA: Flavorful and very easy to drink, I have a feeling this one is going to "grow" on me.

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Photo of Stigs
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Samuel Smith pint glass.

A - lots and lots of impressive cappucino foam. looks like its going to hang out with me the rest of the night and clinging all around. dark dark and nearly black.

S - mostly chocolate with some stale coffee. not trying to hard, just enough showiness. also some nuttyness present.

T - more roasty chocolate, missing the coffee (sadly). not really getting much "mocha" here, more of a less astringent version of their chocolate stout.

M - very good creaminess. decent nutty chocolate aftertaste.

D - going down a lot quicker than i thought, probably because of the impressive mouthfeel and texture. nothing harsh about it, wish the sweetness was toned down just a bit.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This style of beer gets many peoples mouths watering. A mocha porter. Yup, chocolate and coffee come together in a smooth and creamy beer known as porter. To be honest though, I am over the hype. I have had too many so called "mocha porters" that don't taste like mocha that I am now skeptical at best. To me, if you are going to put a flavor directly in the name than it better taste like that flavor.

That being said, this is the Rogue Brewery we are talking about here, not one of a thousand small town craft breweries trying to make a name for themselves. Rogue is one of the founding craft brewers in North America, and this Mocha Porter has been one of their staples for years now. So I do have some faith in the brewer. The stats here are nothing crazy, it is 5.3% abv and comes in both 355 and 650ml bottles. But there is also now a Double Mocha Porter at 8.2% abv - you can look for that review soon enough.

But right now we are concerned with the regular Mocha Porter. It gets very high acclaim on most beer geek websites, and is highly rated as well on most all beer rating sites. I try not to take this into account when evaluating a beer, and really, to be the best judge I would enjoy it blind, not knowing who brewed the beer - even just knowing that it is from Rogue influences me. But taking my most unbiased approach, I went in and poured a glass anyways.

I opened the Mocha Porter cool around 10C (50F) and emptied it into a snifter goblet. The pour was aggressive to start, erupting a mountain of airy light brown foam. I slowed the pour and it revealed a smoother more silky texture of beer building a dense and powerful head; one that stood a good 2 or so inches above the beer. It was laced with a variance of tight and loose carbonation and was capped of by a creamy and pillowy mocha brown foam. Below was a black beer with glowing browns and garnet golds peering in the sides. It looks pretty magnificent standing there in my glass. It was a wonderful contrast between a near pitch beer and a foamy head.

The nose is classically Rogue bursting out at me first with fresh west coast hops, then the smoother and more gentle aromas of malts. It shows a balance of roasted and pale malts with hints of cocoa, chocolate, char and mellow caramel. It is lively and vibrant, but not overly powerful. The earthy hops aromas are noticeable throughout the entire nose.

The first sip was smooth and mellow showing a balance of caramel malt sweetness, gentle roast, soft cocoa and pale malts. A subtle sugary sweet malt backbone appears, but quickly fades away to earthy hops and crisp roast bitterness. It is pretty gentle, at 5.3% you shouldn't expect anything to robust, but fresh hops certainly make their way in with light pine and herbal flavors.

The mouthfeel is gentle, and as the beer warms, even creamy. Now that it is warmer I am also getting smoother waves of cocoa and roast that glide in by way of your cheeks and finish off smoothly across the top of your mouth. Overall the Mocha Porter is pretty calm and gentle, but has clean and tasty notes of malt and hops. There are traces of coffee grinds and roast that mingle in with the malts, but I would still like to see a greater mocha character. I do expect that the Double Mocha Porter will provide that.

Nonetheless, as as a porter, this is a delicious beer. Soft, gentle roast with fresh herbal hops balance off clean malt sensations and a smooth body. I would suggest this beer with a meal and would go for roast beef, hamburgers, turkey dinner, chocolate cake, or soft elegant cheeses.

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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured in a pint glass.

A - Dark, even for a porter with a creamy head, slowly fading retention.

S - Malt, coffee, chocolate and nutty

T - Roasted nuts, bitter dark chocolate, Coffee and light hops.

M - Thick cream and rich. Sweet coffee and light carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and sweet for a porter and very rich in flavor, not a watered down stout like some porters can be.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown in appearance. A finger head which diminishes quickly.

S- Chocalate, some dark fruit, Mild aroma.

T- chocolate, dark fruit, dark chocolate finish in a mild balanced way.
M- Mouthfeel is light, kind of watery.

D- Could drink this one again. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours jet black with a 2 finger tan colored head. Really nice lacing, all the way up the glass...I'd like a little bit of a darker head, but the lacing gives this some huge bonus points

S- coffee, with a decent bit of chocolate and roasted malts in there as well. Pretty decent aroma, though maybe a little weak

T- bitter chocolate and coffee, though the flavors aren't huge like you'd usually expect from a beer with these flavors. Its more mild and subdued...adds a lot to the drinkability. Taste wise, I'd like a little more..seems a tad bit muted.

M- good feel. Has a little bit of thickness to it, which I like in my porters. Not too thick though. Solid

D- real drinkable porter. The flavors aren't huge, but they let you know that they're there. Easy drinking

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,898 ratings
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