Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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Mocha PorterMocha Porter

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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 Kearneytheking
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is mocha fudge in a glass. Such a nice, sweet porter. So well balanced with just a dash of hoppiness to give it a nice edge, but the aftertaste is a smooth coffee and cream with dark chocolate fudge at the back of the tongue. The brew is dark, and the head is a dark tan.

I'll be drinking this again. and again.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Mocha Porter (22 oz., US3.99) rivals only Anchor Porter as the most impressive I've ever had. Many porters are sharp on the tongue, weak in body, and often unpleasant. Though Mocha Porter does nothing to remind me of mocha (I believe the term refers only to color), it achieves excellence perhaps previously unknown to porters.

It operates much like a stout but compensates for its necessary lack of unmalted barley bite with an equally satisfying bite from the Perle hops. The choice of hops -- Perle and Centennial -- is expert; they are local and (now) indispensable in any porter. The Perle hops give off a wonderful "authentic" flavor that makes me think what beer used to be like in the old days. Bitter, yet rich and flavorful. The Centennials are largely supressed; if you open the beer up by swishing it around in your mouth, the Cascade-like (think Sierra Nevada Pale) aromatics and sweetness reveal themselves from this wonderful flavoring hop. And, as opposed to Shakespeare Stout, the hops don't flood the nose. They are delicate and subdued.

This is also one of the few porters I've had that gets markedly better as you get closer to the bottom of the glass. It isn't a matter of temperature, I serve it warm from the start. Instead, there is a bit of sediment near the end that gives a little more body and develops the bittersweet/dark chocolate roast flavor into something a little sweeter; maybe it's the Crystal, I don't know. This beer is a learning experience.

Because of the slight hop focus, it is followed up nicely by any pale ales if you are having a session or tasting. There is a lot going on here and enough to satisfy many palettes in some way.

Considering all the malt that has gone into this beer, there is a wonderful symphony at play.

Welcome to Carnegie Hall. Quiet please; Rogue Mocha Porter takes the stage.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of arini10
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jnowak
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bkilpatr
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. 08/24/08. Picked up a growler of this from the Rogue brewery during a trip to Oregon.

Pours a very dark brown color with about two fingers of tan head. The head receded slowly leaving lots of beautiful lacing around the glass. Aromas of toasted malt, lightly roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. Aromas are somewhat mild but still good.

Taste is very nice. Great lightly roasted coffee flavor with a subtle amount of dark chocolate. Lots of semi-sweet toasted malt is underneath. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Not a terribly complex flavor profile, but it works very well and tastes great.

Feel is a bit on the thin side, but still smooth and creamy. Enough carbonation to keep it lively. Very clean finish. Drinkability is great. The flavor is good and the alcohol is low enough to make it very sessionable.

This is one of my favorite porters. On tap it's simply amazing.

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Photo of SMark
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured vigorously into an Imperial pint glass at 48° from a 12 ounce bottle. There was no date information. There were approximately 3 fingers of a nice off tan pillow foamy head which lasted over 4 minutes. Some foam stayed on the glass as the head dissipated. The beer was a dark brown being described as ruddy but it still looked dark brown to me. My mistake. I guess if you really look at it there is a red cast when held up to good light.

Hops were the first noticeable bouquet smelled from above the glass with malt detected later. I did not arrive at the malt aroma on my first experience a couple of days ago. The hops continued with the second and third attempt to notice anything additional. It seemed that I might be smelling sweetness but I will chalk that up to a hint of malt.

There was chocolate and coffee from the very start. The hops took a back seat to the tastes at the start but came on later. This was flavorful and enjoyable.

This beer delivered a bit of a smoky feeling as it lingered in the mouth. Bitterness on the tongue was enhanced by the malt, coffee and chocolate bouncing off the roof of the mouth.

A nice enjoyable beer from Rogue that had a bit of lacing as it was imbibed. The chocolate, coffee and hops all integrated well without one overpowering the other in the end. I had already decided to try more Rogue products and this just reinforces that decision.

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Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours black with tinges of purple at the bottom of my glass & a fluffy 3 fingers+ tan head. Some lacing & average head retention

S: Coffee & roasted grain notes

T: Roasred grain & coccoa (sic) up front, then dryness. Slight vanilla notes & iron to boot. Finishes roaty, chocolatey, & dry

MF: Medium bodied & sticky with low carbonation.

Drinks fairly easy, not one I'd session on all night, but a very nice porter

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a very deep espresso brown with about 1 finger head.
S-Very fragrent of rosted malt, esspresso, with hints or chocolate.
T-Rosted malts with hint of coffee and chocolate also seems to have a hint of carmel.
M-It is a little overly carbonated for a porter but overall pretty smooth.
D-Easy to drink could very easily be a dessert beer.

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Photo of wingman14
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark black with a dark tan head. The smell is mostly of hops which is a huge suprise, also has some sweet and malty undertones. The hops lead the flavor and linger for a time. The aftertaste is where you find the mocha and the malty characteristics of most porters. It is a sweet aftertaste that also has a small hint of that hoppyness. The mouthfeel is well balanced giving many different flavors that all contribute to a good beer. It is easy to drink, not as filling as the color would suggest. Another great beer from rogue. Enjoy.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours into a pint glass as an opaque reddish brown. Dense khaki head.

The smells here are primarily of roasted grains, a sweet undertone of malts, dark roast coffee, and bitter chocolate.

The taste is similar to the nose, with the roasted flavor up front, and a sweetness just beneath the surface. Slight bitterness backed up with the coffee flavor.

Medium-bodied with a smooth and slick mouthfeel. Delicious beer, with great drinkability.

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Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a thin off-white head.

The smell is of dark-roasted coffee with hints of chocolate.

The taste is of roasted black coffee. Bitter undertone takes balances out sweetness nicely. Dark graininess. Hints of sweet chocolate come through, especially as the drink progresses. Nicely balanced with a long, bittersweet finish.

Smooth - firm, but not heavy. Nice medium-body.

A good coffee-like porter.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a single of this as part of a mixed six-pack arrangement from Riverside Beverage in Chattanooga. I’ve loved every single beer I’ve tried from Rogue so far so I’m sure this one will fall in suit.

This beer pours out a characteristic black with deep blood red tinges at the edges when held to light. The head rolls up titanically and is surprisingly white. The lacing is stoic and clings in chunky web like patterns down the glass.

The smell is magnificient. An ale fruitiness hovers about it. Underneath are tangy bitter aromas and playful hints of unsweetened cocoa and dark roasted coffee beans. I could sit here and sniff until it turned warm.

The taste is amazing! A four course meal streams over my tongue in one sip it seems. Soft, bitter cocoa notes lead off and blends slowly into mellow, roasty coffee flavors. Earthy bitterness from the hops snap about the back and edges of my tongue. A vaguely tart, fruitiness is evident in the middle as well. Mouthfeel is an even up medium I’d say, carbonation is light and playful.

This is just an amazing porter. It seems like Rogue will never let me down. I really wish I would’ve picked up a six of this sooner, as I would have no problem drinking them all in short notice.

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Photo of BrutisDestructus
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dawg
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the cask into a faceted mug. Poured at the correct temperature however the barkeep wasted quite a bit of beer with the pour. Overall the final pour did end up with a mighty fine looking serving of a porter. There was about a finger of creamy tan head. This was exactly what I was seeking.

Had a nice chocolate aroma. Hints of bananna and other non-cirtus tropical fruits (perhaps mango). Tasted awesome. Really could taste the meduim roasted malts, some cocoa, and some yeast. The hops used in this one probably in combination with the proper serving temperature balanced the sweetness well.

Felt medium to light bodied with the nice thick head leaving a mustache. Very drinkable, after sampling a few other beers, I had another RMP.

Maybe the best Rogue experience I've had to date.

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Photo of Act25
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: silk screen bottle poured into a chalice named Leffe. Beautiful dark brown. Massive lacing left behind from a brown crown, that is thick and robust. A beauty.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a hop / java head who drinks 6+ java cups a day, usually half decaf, mostly brewed espresso style. This beer is heaven to someone like me. But it doesnt 'fake' being coffee or chocolate like - in my view.

S: All good reviewers agree: this is a porter that smells like hops. Hops, malt, chocolate syrup without any cloying bit. Outdoors, hay, grass, freshness. This beer smells great.

T: Chocolate and iced black coffee dominate. Flows into a hop bitter, dry finish, so without any cloying sweetness. A nice flavor arc & finish. This is good all-year round. Starts sweet, malty, then arcing to bitter and dry. Gets dryer and more herbal with warming (instead of sweeter, which is good!) Very good beer to serve at warmer temps.

Great food beer. Great after dinner beer.

F: Full - to - medium feel, but really just a medium weight. "How do they do that?" Excellent!

Mocha Porter is as good as any I have tried, and is moderate alcohol (Good) to boot. Highly, highly recommended, I'd drink this any time. A favorite!

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Photo of hgrong
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml Btl. 2005

Beer pours dark brown but not black with a short tight head that fades to a thin film of carbonation and leaves a nice lacing. The nose is based on dark malts. It starts with roasted malts reminiscent of any porter but moves quickly to rich chocolate and coffee. There is little, if any, hops in the nose. Faint hints of caramel and sugar. The palate starts sweet and slightly dull. The malts come through beautifully. The main expression is roasted grains and coffee. As the malts fade there is a rather powerful hop bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malts. The hops do not last long however. They are quickly replaced by a strong aftertaste of pure chocolate that lingers for a minute of so. The mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp and clean for a beer as dark as this. It is highly carbonated which I believe makes the beer much more drinkable than the more syrupy dark beers.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I was expecting it to be cloyingly sweet and thick. I was happy to discover that it is well balanced and crisp. A very nice surprise.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a near black cola brown with a 2 finger tan head that fades in due time. Leaves a fine, sticky lacing.

Smell - Chocolate with faint coffee notes.

Taste - Strong, semi-sweet chocolate notes backed by a subtle coffee undertone. Also, a bit of hop bitterness. Finishes with a bit of caramel. Great balance, but a little more aggressiveness would be nice.

Mouthfeel - Wonderfully drinkable. Goes down with a velvet smoothness, and the carbonation has a nice tickling quality.

Overall - One of my favorites. While I have had stronger porters from a flavor standpoint, few match it's great balance and smoothness.

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Photo of Orrshow
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer is extremely dark, almost black, with slightly red shades around the edges of the glass when held to light. The head is tan and frothy. It leaves some lacing around the glass.

Smell – The smell is dominated by coffee and chocolate with the addition of roasted malt. Aromas aren’t as strong as I would have expected or liked though.

Taste – This beer reminds me of chocolate covered coffee beans. I used to love eating those as a kid. Espresso is all over the place here and it’s good. The roasted malts kick in strongly towards the end and are accompanied by a nice bitterness from the hops. Very pleasurable.

Mouthfeel – Carbonation was right and the body was somewhat creamy but at the same time could have used a little more viscosity. Good feel all in all though.

Drinkability – For a guy who likes coffee flavors this one is easy. Very smooth with pleasant flavors all around.

Glad I picked this up. It’s a solid Porter and makes me look forward to more from Rogue Brewing.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Black coffee hue shot with brownish-red edges. A foamy, rather dense light beige head blossomed and hung around until the beer disappeared, leaving streaks of lace behind.
Smell: espresso beans, dark chocolate, roasted (damn near burnt) malts. Lesser notes of dark fruits.
Taste: cappacino-esque with burnt coffee bitterness and dark fruit sweetness. Singed malts and scorched bakers chocolate mid-palate. Decent hops bitterness in the finish.
Feel: medium body with rather high level of carbonation.
Overall, quite a drinkable porter. Damn tasty and worth trying out.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slighly heavy pour for a porter, pretty still though. dark tan head; a fingers. Ample lacing.

Definite roasted coffee, malts and over all roastiness.

Coffee hits you first. Roasted malts and moderate bitterness follow. Very flavourfull.

Medium body, slight silkyness, and really smooth.

This is a very good brew, and now one of my favorite Rouges.

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Photo of EliottJW
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a rogue tumbler, this is a VERY appetizing looking porter. with a 1 finger head that slowly recedes to a thin layer, leaving a sporadic lace down the side of the glass, the body of the beer looks formidable and delightful. all of this beer's color stays true to both the mocha and the porter. the head is mocha in color and holding it up to a light, just a shade of dark reddish brown shows through in the thinnest parts of the glass.

smells nice and light. roasted malts, brown sugar and the slightest hint of chocolate. all of which give way to a wonderful taste of all of the above with a bitter coffee bite to finish things out. the "mocha" in this is not at all overbearing, as some may think about rogue's chocolate stout. it's really a nice balance!

mouthfeel for me is just a BIT off. this is definitely a bit more creamy than I would have liked. it's not bad necessarily, just a bit much for me.

definitely a very drinkable porter overall. almost a desert beer, but not quite. I could drink plenty as the ABV is entirely tolerable.

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Photo of reillybeer
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black color, dark amber when held up to light. Looks like coca cola. Frothy beige colored head, eighth inch high. Thin patchy lacing.

S - Mostly dark roasted coffee, tangy grapefruit hop undertones. Very sharp smelling.

T - Definitely lives up to its name as a mocha flavor dominates at first, then it segues into a bittersweet hoppy flavor.

M - Moderate carbonation. Light creaminess.

D - Surprisingly this is not a very heavy beer,which enhances its drinkability as its flavors are somewhat intense. This beer is tasty :)

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Photo of SAtaMi
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3 solid inches of head. Thickest i have seen in a long time. Head lasts for days. Deep brown to black color. Awesome lacing from the top of my 22 1/2 oz glass to the bottom.

Smell - Nuts, Chocolate, with a background of smokey roasted malt.

Taste - Malty sweetness with some hops coming through for a great balance. The chocolate is not overbearing just a nice addition. The blend of sweet and bitter is again oh so nice.

Mouthfeel - Has a great feel to it creamy medium bodied smooth and delightful.

Drinkability - I wish id have bought a 6er or a 12 pack instead of a single. Oh my goodness i found my new favorite.

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Photo of markb33
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this recently. Delicious.

A--Bottle poured into a pint glass. Formed a light bubbly tan head two fingers tall. Quickly dissipated after the first sip, save for a bit of lacing and bubbles around the rim. Deep brown in color.

S--Toasty malt aroma with a resiny hop scent coming in at the end. Coffee aroma balances the toasty malt.

T--Very smooth smoky malt flavor at the nose. Balanced with light hop notes. Coffee malts really come through at the finish.

M--Fairly thin for such strong taste. Light carbonation tickles the tongue just as the hops come through. Silky coffee aftertaste is what does it for me though.

D--Just great. One upside to the thinner mouthfeel is that I could still drink this on a cool summer evening w/o it feeling too heavy. I like a dark beer even if its not winter, so this is a great pick for me.

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Photo of ZAP
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These coffee style stouts/porters aren't my thing but this is a with a tan lace that lines the glass...not a huge aroma but some nice sweeter type coffee notes...very creamy mouthfeel. A sweeter mocha style and thick...A heavy porter...Boy you catch the hop bitterness big-time on the long finish (Just as I prefer on this style)..immediate taste is a sweeter mocha taste, but followed by that deeper hop finish...a pretty amazing beer. Like I said, not my bag of tea(err coffee) but I must give props to an extremely well made beer.

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