Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

very good
1,365 Reviews
Mocha PorterMocha Porter

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Reviews: 1,365 | Ratings: 2,875
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, probably quite old. Dark black with bloody edges. A big tan head lasted quite a while and left some nice lacing to boot. Aromas are all chocolate, caramel, espresso, and smoke. The taste is smoky up front with some roasted malt notes in the middle and some big espresso notes in the finish. wow, maybe aging this has made it into more of a smoked porter, than a mocha one. The mouthfeel was creamy and just right and the drinkability was good as well. A cheaper, not as good, AKSmokedPorter!

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stout black color, wwith only a little light getting through at the botttom of the glass. Huge 2" head that is very bubbly and appears to be sticky. Smell is not very potent, only slight coffee and hop notes. Taste is about the driest thing I have ever had. Just like a cup of regular joe. Hops combine with the bitterness of the coffee to make an odd aftertaste. Not my favorite Rogue product, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m picking up a casual hop aroma – strange for a porter, especially a mocha porter, but I can’t complain. The black lacquer body is full and silky and paints the glass with elegant lace. The alleged mocha property is either deliberately muted or merely implied. It’s certainly not a core, defining characteristic, which is instead derived from darkly roasted (if not charred) grains. The finish here is this beer’s most alluring asset. It is long and smoky and fades out gracefully like the closing scene of a Bogart movie.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and dark brownish-black. Thin layer of persistent tan-colored lace speckles the glass nicely. Aromas are chocolate-covered caramel squares with a dash of bitterness. Flavor is thick and creamy, with lots of chocolate in there. There's also some coffee flavor as well. Finishes with a nicely-balanced dose of bitterness to match wits against the sweetness. Solid mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Rogue scores with anoter winner for me.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, but has ruby highlights when held up to light. Huge brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is malty, and roasted fruitiness, with a fair amount of hoppiness. Taste is roasted coffee, some chocolate, with malt, and bitter hopiness. Smooth and creamy, but slightly biting mouthfeel. This is a nice beer, not one of my favorite porters, but it'll do.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque ebony color with a thick tan head (veering a bit too close to Stout territory).

Roasted malt and hops combine on the nose to give an inviting coffee-like aroma.

The mouthfeel is just wonderful with significant amounts of caramel to balance all that roast malt. It finishes dry with slight chocolate and raisin notes.

Just superb overall.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great, easy drinking porter with lots of flavor. Almost black with a nice tan head. It had a fruity chocolate scent and a smokey chocolate flavor. The mouthfeel is good. This is a very drinkable beer. It is hitting the spot nicely on a hot humid Saturday afternoon.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rogue Mocha Porter was served from a 12 paper labeled bottled. In a pint glass, the beer was nearly black (back-lighting revealed a deep ruby tone), and was topped by an ample and persistant light brown head that left excellent sheet lacing. The nose yielded a well developed mocha maltiness that was cut through by a cola-like sharpness. These notes were carried through into the taste, which offered an effervescent mocha-cola malt profile, which became more chochlatey in the transition to a nice choco-cola bittered finish which left long-lingering coffee notes. The body seemed a little thin for the character of the beer, and the carbonation was certainly over-fluffy....which would explain the nicely persistant head. Despite these flaws, Mocha Porter was a enjoyable beer, and would make a fine session brew.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was pitch black with a good, beige choppy three finger head that slowly dissapated and left a thick beige lace on top of the beer.

The smell was heavy in fruit. Raisons and figs were very prominent, somewhere in the back of the nose was hidden just a hint of hop spice.

The drink started with a thick kick of malt and coffee. The middle was a very quick hit of fruit. The finish was a lingering spice and coffee flavor. This beer was thick and chewy throughout the drink.

Well Rogue is growing on me. This is two in a row I've really enjoyed. This was, to me, just the way a porter should be. This one was quite drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served just below room temp.
Towering tan head is full and lasting. This beer seems very carbonated. I can see bubbles on the inside of my glass, gone now. Smells of unsweetened chocolate. Brown colour with ruby highlights. I get the choco taste to start with. Roasted malt dominates until the end. Coffee bitterness finishes the tasting experience. Light mouthfeel do to the high carbonation, this is not a bad thing at all. Suits the beer very well and makes it exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of silenius
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The label appears to have changed from the one in the picture on this site. Now it contains the ubiquitous man with raised left fist with right hand clenching mug handle. This guy has light blue shirt and blue baseball cap.

Pours an incredibly dark brown with an espresso crema head that is vigourous at first and then settles to a thin layer. There is some lacing. Very dark for a porter.

Smell is light roasted malt with coffee notes with a light nutty background. Nothing special here.

Taste is more robust than the smell. Hits with a bit of a sharp coffee taste then segues into smoother coffee, toffee, and nuts. Finishes with a charcoal character that is a bit bitter like unsweetened chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a little aggressive. Some carbonic acid bite with some astringency. Not a big fan of this mouthfeel, but it does contain a creaminess that is nice.

One at a time is enough for me. A little too much burning acid in flavor and mouthfeel for me makes this a bit harsh and drinkability suffers.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting to drink a porter on this hot summer's day, but after a sample from the bartender, I had to have a pint of this. wonderful stuff! Beautiful coal black color with a creamy tan head. Excellent full robust body with wonderful chocolate and "woodsy" aroma. the taste throughout hints of licorice, cloves, horehound- wondeful balance and smoothness throughout the sip/gulp accounts fro a very high mouthfeel from me. thought that the taste packed a wallop of sophistication and complexity. this is an excellent beer the would hold a candle to any porter that I have recently had on tap. Kudos to all at Rogue ales!!

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Photo of jayb
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got a funky bottle from cost plus world market. the label was on crooked, but that obviously has nothing to do with whats inside. pours an ink black color as far as i could tell. i nice thick brownish/tan head that eventually lowered to a film. the head left an ok amount of lacing on the glass. smelled sweetly of coffee and a whif (just a whif) of chocolate. taste was about the same. roasted and bitter. a good bitter mind you. a creamy mouthfeel that is pleasing. if it were thicker i wouldnt mind, but delightful as is. as it warmed up, the coffee and chocolate taste come out nicely. This is a lovely beer that i would like to keep on hand. thanks Rogue.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, nice rudy/brown color. Dark tan head, fluffy in character, leaves some lacing. Coffee nose with mild chocolate. Medium bodied. Rich malty flavors, chocolate, mocha, coffee, biscuits, smoke. Expresso with a kick. Tasta stuff. Another fine creation from the fine brewers of Rogue

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body black, head the color of chocolate milk. The head is medium-sized and creamy. It lasts a little while before eventually whittling down to about nothing. Some does lace to the side and a thin layer stays on top.

The smell is of dark cocoa and coffee, but is not very strong. A little bit of sweetness as well.

The taste begins with hint of fruit with dark chocolate, then ends with a coffee-like aftertaste.

A little carbonated in the beginning, but ends smooth and goes down pretty easily. The body is a bit on the watery side but not too badly.

This beer isn't particulary alcoholic or intense and is therefore pretty drinkable. I could (and just might) have another.

Overall, not the best Rogue I've had, but overall another good beer from a fine brewery.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown color with a reddish hue when held up to the light. A good-sized brown head formed and faded away slowly leaving a lacing around the glass. The aroma is thick with roasted coffee coming to the front and chocolate. The hops make themselves known as well but to a lesser degree. Tastes of smoky roasted malts with a heavier chocolate flavor as opposed to mocha or coffee. It has a pleasantly bitter aftertaste to balance out any sweetness. This is a very smooth and drinkable brew. Mouthfeel is good and with some of the other qualities it could be confused with a stout. This is pretty much another good beer from rogue.

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Photo of benmiliron
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.50 for a single.

A good dark, black brew. Nice brown lacing. Heavy chocolate taste. A bit nutty. Not much coffee despite the title. Not too syrupy either. Bitter hops in the background. Decent alcohol bite to it. This is a solid above average porter. I would like to try on tap, but probably won't buy again - there's too much out there!

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Photo of mobyfann
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $7.49 for a 6pk.

The appearence was very typical porter; deep dark brown base with a light-to-mid sized light brown head that keeps for a bit with a little lace. The smell is a very bold coffee presence as with chocolate and a good hop mix.

The taste is very robust with many things going on when drinking, average carbonation, mildly bitter, roast tasting, harsher porter than most - feels like a light stout despite the porter abv of 5.3%

The mouthfeel was the only thing that wasn't a 4/5, it felt a little bubbly in the mouth as a porter, but as drinkability goes, it does no harm.

Final Thought: I'll call this a heavy porter vs. a light stout, but regardless, well worth the money...

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Photo of BadBadger
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one fine Porter. Pours deep and dark. There is a wonderful large and tan foamy head. Smell is good: mixture of coffee and chocolate, nicely mocha. Taste is very pleasant malty sweetness: fine, smooth mocha flavor. A very enjoyable treat. Enjoy.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ahhh rogue, can you do no wrong? this pours out deep and rich, black and flat out heavy. nice medium sized brown head pops up and fades away leaving a very nice lace. dark roasted aroma, coffee and a light smokiness. good hop presence detected as well. the flavor mimics the nose with a big dose of hops, a healthy roasted character and a nice amount of bitter dark chocolates. good carbonation, full in the mouth, this is a fine beer for sure. a bit misleading for someone looking for a more traditional porter, this could be ranked as a stout in my book, and a fairly flavorful one. thumbs up.

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Photo of andyo
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 oz. after a four and a half hour class tonight. Hoping this will be better than the last Rogue I had: yellow Snow Ale.

This one poured with lots of carbonation. Nice big brown/grey head that settled nicely. Not much to the aroma- smelled like wet coffee grounds, but not strong.

Taste was uneven at first. Couldn't really get any complex "jump out at ya" flavors. Lots of heavy roasty flavors, but a bit thin for me. However, as I drank this beer, it settled down a bit, and I was able to pick out some faint coffee, with a straw finish. Mouthfeel was sticky as all get out.

Not a bad beer, but definately not as smooth as the Shakesphere Stout.

Side note: I'm heading out to Hookahville tomorrow afternoon, and will be sampling some nice Bells, DFH, Bluegrass Brewing Company, and Founders to mention a few. Should be some good reviews coming out of that batch. Can't wait to get back to my midwest brews!

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Photo of kbub6f
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The head is very big, light brown, and collapses unevenly to a nice, doughy landscape. Sticky, swoopy lacing clings to the glass. The beer is black, dark red against the light. Nose shows plenty of tangy chocolate and coffee. It's a little sweet. Taste begins timidly, with faint tangy cocoa. Middle is light, with a somewhat watery chocolate. The finish is more where this one blooms for me: a nice coffee/toffee combo that's quite piney hoppy bitter. A good, solid beer.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large brown bomber with no freshness dating. I like all the information that Rouge puts on the labels.

Beer pours a opaque black with a large and I mean large fluffy light brown head. It looks like a black cow (root beer and vanilla ice-cream for you non-Midwesterners). Lots of lacing add to the visual appeal.

Beer smells like a tasty smoked sausage. Lots of roasted malt on the nose. Can also pick-up clear coffee notes.

Beer has that solid smoky flavor. Clear toasted/roasted malt at the first few sips. The taste turns slightly bitter, but it does not seem to a hop based bitterness. This adds to the enjoyment of the beer, as it almost reminds me of bakers chocolate.

Beer is very smooth and silky in the mouth. The beer may be slightly thin, but it is enjoyable. The low carbonation seems perfectly matched to the taste of this beer. The taste just stays put on your tongue, even after you are finished.

This is another great beer from a brewer that deserves the props it gets.

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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost black color with a tan head. Thick lacing developed on the glass. The aroma had coffee and roasted malt tones. The flavor was big on roasted malt and coffee, with a bitter chocolate tone lingering in the background. Some bitterness was detected with this porter.

Medium bodied, smooth with a slightly dry finish. The coffee and some burnt tones linger on the tongue. A decent porter that could have used a little boost on the chocolate front.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,875 ratings.
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