Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,887 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,887
Reviews:
1,368
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
404
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 2,887 |  Reviews: 1,368
Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of corywalston
3.88/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mjurney
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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%
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%
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%
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%

Photo of mentor
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Rayek
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The coffee makes this taste more like a Stout than a Porter in my mind, but still very good.

A: Great. Dark Walnut color. A thick and rocky tan head leaves behind lots of lace.

S: Smells of somewhat sweet chocolate, cinnamon and espresso. Very nice overall. Not super complex.

T: The sweet chocolate from the aroma is quickly displaced by a burnt malt taste as the beer hits the tongue. Strong coffee notes are followed by a very hoppy middle. Hops are quite bitter, but have a slight floral quality to them.. Beer fades into a dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body with a little too much carbonation.

D: If you are a coffee fanatic, this is a good bet. Not quite what I expect of a porter, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is an almost opaque dark brown with a large, creamy head. Retention is nice, and lacing is decent.

The nose is made of chocolate, coffee and the characteristic burnt malt aromas. The taste is more of the same, with the coffee and chocolate up front and the burnt taste coming in as more of an aftertaste. There is a very mild bitterness throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, but not too much as it is medium-bodied. Drinkability is decent; I could have a few.

Overall it's good, but the somewhat thin mouthfeel was unexpected. It could possibly be defined as "porter light".

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Photo of SawDog505
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of exodus1369
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice, brown and reddish, nice tan head. Malt, and mocha slight hint of chocolate, had to really get my nose in to it though. The taste very much reflects the smell but with more robustness. Goes down very well and has a nice crispness. Over all a very nice beer, great job again Mocha Porter.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, subtle brown head, moderate lacing.

Smell: a bit spicy, malty, sublte chocolate.

Taste: cinnamon, brown sugar, malty, spicy, sublt chocolate, hoppy.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

Overall: A good beer. The mocha is much more subtle than I expected, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter pours a dark brown with a very slight red hue. One finger of brown head forms and quickly recedes to a layer on the surface.

The aroma is dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee and burnt/bitter caramel. The hops come through with light grassy and "fresh" aromas.

Taste is moderate and fairly smooth roasted malt, caramel and hints of chocolate. Hop bitterness is well balanced with the bite from the dark malts. The finish is smooth with roasted coffee and chocolate flavors lingering.

Mouthfeel is a wee bit thick, not overly so. Moderate carbonation and fairly good coating of the mouth.

Overall this is a nicely flavored porter that is smooth and satisfying, though not overly chocolaty. I would drink this again.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,887 ratings.
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