Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

Mocha PorterMocha Porter
BA SCORE
70.1%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 2,895 ratings
Mocha PorterMocha Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,650
Reviews:
1,369
Ratings:
2,895
Liked:
2,029
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
11.66%
Alströms:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
407
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 2,895 |  Reviews: 1,369
Photo of fattire513
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I thought that it would have had more coffee and chocolate flavors to this one, but definitely a beer I could drink more often. I've had better porters, but this one is up there.

Only the second rogue beer I have tried; the other being a dead guy ale. I am not very impressed but like I said could drink more than just one. It doesn't leave a very strong taste on the palette which is kind of disappointing.

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Photo of sitarist
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #6 from the blind beer bif.

Pours a deep brown, maybe 85% opaque? It has a thick, dense, khaki tan head...two fingers thick...it takes its time receding...it rest at an 1/8", and leaves sheets of lacing.

I smell wet dog and powered sugar...the scents are faint...but pleasantly different.

It has a bitter-sweet flavor. Pecan, coco, star anise, this one is stumping me, I swear I taste mushroom gravy?

Medium bodied, and dry...it has a slight astringency to it...numbs my tongue.

Great beer but one at a time. Probably would be good with food.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of Rogue's Mocha Porter is a nice dark brew BUT not black. The head is a tan, 1/2 finger head with thick lacing. The taste is very...mocha! It dances on the tongue for a while, and the beer finishes with a creamy note. The mouthfeel is very fluid: ie its very smooth and creamy. Rogue has produced a nice drinkable brew with a rich mocha taste. Well done!

Overall, this is a good brew worthy of a taste.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark, no light passing through at all. Starts out with a a caramel-tan head that thins out as it laces down the glass but stays enough to cover the body.

Smells malty with strong hints of chocolate and citrus, like bergamot. Not much coffee smell to it.

Has a very dark malty taste to it, similar to some Black Bavarian beers out there. Noticable citrus taste under a bitter dark chocolate. Almost like drinking a cup of earl grey after eating dark unsweetened chocolate. Leaves a strong aftertaste.

As dark as it is, it has a pretty thin feel to it. Mine had a higer carbonation to it. I was expecting a beer that needed a knife and fork to get through it by the first impression.

Very good beer, have to be in the mood for a dark complex beer that leaves a strong aftertaste in your mouth.

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Photo of sposter4
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gbarron
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - pretty much black and completely opaque. A tight tan head forms quickly, settles down, but hangs around the entire way. Some lacing, but not a ton.

S - roasted barley predominates. Some hopiness in there - grassy. Malty, smoky, roasty. Smells like coffee with an herbal twang.

T - roasty, coffee-ish. Surprisingly bitter for a beer called 'mocha' -- implying sweetness in my mind. Tart bitterness up front, more from the malt rather than the hops. Then some 'mocha' malty sweetness in the middle of your tongue. Very tasty American porter.

M - medium to medium/thick bodied, just as a porter should be. Average carbonation. Roastiness sticks around on your tongue.

D - one of my favorite porters. Would be easy to go through a six pack of these.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy with amber highlights and a tan head that trails. More coffee than chocolate on the nose and more than a bit of brown toast.
Thick honey on Irish brown soda, slight red currants, a roast sweet hit and hints of coffee sourness and Baker's chocolate.
Creme brulee ending and bitter hoppy linger. Light to medium, dry, crisp, lean, with some fizz.

Definitely on the Plain (as in Dry Irish) side of the style. Not much mocha. A knock-back porter.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown/black in color, some carbonation, nice small head, tons of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, toffee/caramel, and some slight yeast.

T - The taste is sweet and malty, with a nice flavor of coffee. Nice dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is an awesome little brew from Rogue, definitely will recommend to others.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, on to the beer:

It's deep black in color with a big head that slowly drops. Smell of mocha in the beer's aroma. Very interesting, I thought I'd get something sweeter, and instead I got a coffee shop in my glass. Coffee, smoke, moderate roasted flavor, and of course subtle mocha. The bitterness on this brew is very mild, which won't hold back the drinkability. Nicely done.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Rogue has come to Alberta finally, and this Mocha Porter came in the 6-pack. The label is simple and typically ugly/lovely according to your preference. It shows the Rogue gentleman with his fist in the air and a mug of beer in his hand. Right from the get-go I could tell the head was around for a solid and full experience. A dense and light chocolate/red-coloured foam gathers on top of an intensely dark brew, near solid ebony with hints of sapphire edges when held to light. A dark brew, in both liquid and foam. The head became chunky and left viscous lacing that stuck tenaciously. I like what I see so far. A sturdy porter aroma: roasty, a little salty and with plenty of meatiness akin to beef or ham. The difference here between Mocha Porter and some other local styles I have had seems to be the malting: this is less sourish and less smoky. The dark malts hint at more creaminess, more coffee. Very dry with hints of hot dog aroma. Some hopping in the back, barely detectable. Beef, fresh ground coffee, soft black licorice and some charcoal. Very appetising, if not exceptional compared to most porters I have sampled. Solid, not outstanding. The first sip reveals a very firm and dry body, with medium carbonation. The first taste is creamy dark malt, bordering on tobacco or licorice, followed by a middle and finish that are extremely dry. The hopping combined with the roasty malts really dominates the aftertaste, leaving a puckering bitterness. The hops are there, but only in presence--the flavour of them is hard to discern behind those malts. Youch. Some of the bitterest malting I have had in a beer. A lovely array of flavours, but the coffee taste really DOES dominate this beer. This is like chewing a mouthful of coffee beans and then having a sip of water. Reminds me of Yukon Brewing's Espresso Stout, with more dryness. Dark chocolate and coffee and charcoal. Actually not overly complex, but definitely not dispassionate: the flavour is exactly what one would expect--full on coffee bitters and dark malts. A wonderful porter, though I'll say it again, porter is never my first choice. Drinkable...to a point. Gets a little dry after a couple. Nice to have available, and something I would pick up again. Rogueish charm.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black body with a ruby hue to it when held upto light. The head comes on pretty strong and quickly releases to nothing more than a film. The aroma is nice and chocolaty an almost pine background. The taste is very well balanced with just the right amount of roasted barley and chocolate. The finish comes together very well and ends with a moderate burnt nut taste. This is a very nice porter from Rogue and is a very nice younger brother to the phenomenal Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brownish red with a beige head. Smell was predominately the roasted malt. Coffee and roasted malt was the predominate flavor with a little bit of chocolate, but the flavors weren't very strong. It was also a little too thin and watery. Overall it was pretty ok.

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Photo of ToddT
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep dark brown with a large tan head. Head lasts forever and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and an earthy undertone.

T- Malty and earthy, notes of coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a dry finish.

M- More than medium in body but not overly heavy. Decent carbonation, smooth and creamy feel with a lingering dry earthy finish.

D- Pretty drinkable and at 5.3% ABV the alcohol doesn't show through.

Unusual finish, left me thirsty for more.

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Photo of DHGranstrand
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer! I think it is very well balanced for a chocolate porter.

The guys at Rogue consistently produce winners, beer after beer, style after style.

Nice creamy head at pour with good lace. Very dark.

Tastes great! The hoppiness comes through nicely, is not over-powering and it has a nice bittersweet chocolate finish.

Feels very velvety and smooth.

I could drink this all night. It is extremely well balanced and is just a very nice porter.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz beer into a pint glass. Nice of these to be available outside of the traditional 22 oz bombers, particularly on the first try. Pours black with ruby hues and a tan fizzy head. Some lacing.

Smell is surprisingl mild. Whiff of roasted malt, bit of dark chocolate - I think.

Interesting porter. Rich coffee flavors offset by some chocolate. Hops are there as well, which is a nice touch -- another, but different type of bitter. Fairly clean finish -- some lingering flavors but nothing cloying.

A little on the thin side, and firm carbonation makes this a good drinkable one. Very decent porter, and a good one to return to.

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Photo of A-Sox
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of corywalston
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mjurney
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, some ruby red hue. Thick creamy head, light tan color.

Fresh coffee aroma, a little smokey.

Mixture of coffee and dark chocolate up front, a little hint of smokey. Hop bitterness at the end. I notice there some dark fruit in the taste. Finish off very dry, yet it's very smooth and drinkable. Medium-light bodied, a little silky.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz amber bottle, no freshness date.

This porter poured a very dark brown (hints of red if held to light), with tall, rich, brown foam that left good lace on the glass. The modest aroma was of roasted malt, floral hops, and chicory. The taste was bitter coffee, with some slight sweetness from the malt, and floral hops in the background. There was a hint of unsweetened chocolate on the tongue. Very low sweetness. The mouthfeel was dry, full bodied, with a floral hop flavor in the finish. The drinkability was very good. A nice porter, though I expected more "mocha" flavor.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the bottle into my Sam Adams sensory glass (hold the applause please...)

Dark brown with a 2 inch thick frothy tan head. Carbonation was visible and lively. Good lacing on the glass during the drinking period.

Interesting chocolate/citrus aroma. Aroma of dark chocolate at first, bread/yeast and hops.

Tasted almost like dark chocolate up front - the roasted malt flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste of toasted sourdough bread. Good and smooth.

Flavor hangs around the palate for a bit; medium-full bodied but the carbonation makes it feel thinner.

Good drinkability, easy to have more than one in a night, but I would like a little deeper flavor in this one. Good porter I look forward to having to again, but I wouldn't go out of my way just to get this one.

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Photo of SSBrennan
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark caramel, slightly red around the edges with a thick tan head that falls slowly with good lacing.

The smell is relatively weak with dominant malt flavors and a little hop bitterness.

The taste is characterized by chocolate malt that gives way to the coffee before finishing with dry bitterness. Complex and dense.

The beer is smooth but slightly lighter than I expected.

A good beer but probably to be enjoyed only occasionally or the bitterness will overwhelm the other flavors.

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Photo of TylerSeitz52
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mentor
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained from the Sanctuary (Iowa City) in June 2005. pours a thin yet fine light brown head over a very dark mohoganey colored liquid. Smells roast, cherry sour, vanilla, coffee, and alcohol. I smell hops...they are there but I can't tell the particular character beneath the alcohol Citrusy, I think. Perhaps the hops are part of what I preceive to be alcohol on my nose. Taste is roast coffee with some chocolate and ends very roast at the end in the form of sour (black patent?). A caramel in the middle carries a nice transition as the initial roast settles and the sour roast rises. Md-thick mouthfeel and mild carbonation work well for this beer. It gets a sharp tangy carbonation on the tongue as the cherry sour comes in, but neither is so strong as to be lifted to an unpleasant level. Whatever that alcohol/hop smells is, it's a taste in the aftertaste that rises up through the throat and batters the back of my tongue. The chocolate gets stronger in both the smell and taste as the beer warms, which is good, as the roast was beginning to hang in the mouth.

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Photo of 10Crumra
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into perfect pint. Pours a dark dark brown that is noticable at the edges, a 2 finger head the is a very light tan. Smells rich, chocolate, molasses, roasted malts. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, a light smokey bbq flavor. Mouthfeel is what I have become used to with porters, light and thick at the same time, highly carbed making it drink easy. This is a good porter.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 70.1% out of 100 with 2,895 ratings
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