Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,880 Ratings
Mocha PorterMocha Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,880
Reviews:
1,366
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
399
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 2,880 |  Reviews: 1,366
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Moderate pour into a .4l pokal yields a very large tan-orange head over an opauq black body. Head fades to a lid fairly quickly, and leaves decent lacing.

Smell is espresso, bitter chocolate, and light note of pine-floral hops.

Taste follows the smell, with the coffee dominating the roasted chocolate malts. Intense sour-roasted bitterness. This tastes so much like coffee, I'm tempted to heat it in the microwave and put some sugar and cream in it. Aftertaste is coffee as well.

Mouthfeel seems a bit thin for a porter.

Very drinkable. Sessionable.

A fine porter, and definitely worth having on hand.

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Photo of jayfarley3
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass pours very dark with a good sized frothy tan head. smells of roasted malt, coffee and slightly chocolatey. tastes of coffee and roasted malts with a nice hoppy bitterness, this is a very tasty brew. mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied and a very smooth, this is a very drinkable beer, i would highly recommend it.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a creamy off-white head. Scents of sweet glazed molasses and freshly brewed coffee. Deep dark roasted malts solidify the base of the beer, with fringes of chocolate, and light caramel. Mocha is present with a semi-sweet fringe, yet regains it's balance and neutrality. This is a very good Porter, lots of flavor and depth.

Recommended.

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Photo of blackheartbilly
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you like coffee and dark malty beer, try this one! I loved it....

12 Ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearence: Pours dark, with a medium to small tan head.

Smell: Heavy malt aroma, coffee bean presence, didn't really notice any hop presence in the smell. As someone else said unsweeted chocolate.

Taste: I wanted a coffee porter and Rogue delivered exactly what I wanted. I found the taste to be exceptional, this being one of my most favorite styles. Heavy coffee after-taste, and roasted malty sweetness. Slight bittering hops presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, crisp.

Drinkability: I went through the six pack and was craving more.

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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 Pinto21
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A friend picked up a case to share at our friends going away party, a long with the many other cases that were brought. Out of all of them this was my favorite. For a porter it was hoppy up front, which at first I thought was just me, but then someone else said something out of the blue. Anyway the hops melded to roasted chocolaty malty goodness.

well anyway this beer wasnt spectacular but it was by no means bad, a nice beer for the cool summer night around the fire saying goodbye to a good friend. So what if i may be a little prejudice due to it

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Photo of YankChef
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle with no sign of freshness date of any sort poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Completely opaque black with a 1 inch thick creamy thick off white head.

Smell: Smells like rogue! All they're dark beer have this odor that just is like hey its rogue! besides that we have some very strong roasty malt aromas as well as espresso. Dark chocolate as well as some subtle apple and cherry.

Taste: Not as full flavored as i expected, strong roasted malt upfront with all of the formentioned characteristics carrying over the the flavor. The malt upfront fades to a sharp and crisp hop bite that slightly lingers, but still a relatively shirt finish. Vanilla, Toffee, Cherry, Coffee and chocolate of course.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, much more so than i was expecting, almost as light bodied as guiness. Carbonation is relatively low but the beer does not taste flat at all, very smooth.

Overall: Certainly a good beer and an interesting american interpretation of a porter. I don't know if i would buy more of this beer since im not a big porter fan in the first place but i felt this one was pretty good. Give it a shot if you havent yet.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark (dark) brown body with a wispy, thinning beige head.

Smell: Fairly delicate, Kahlua-ish aroma of bittersweet chocolate and breakfast blend coffee.

Taste: Mildy bitter coffee flavor dominates, with lesser notes of unsweetened chocolate. Roasty, ashen dryness on the finish that bears a bit of grassiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Its nice enough, but a bit too thin for me, both in depth of flavor and body.

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Photo of beerphan
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> pint
no date

Pours back with a small quickly receding tan head, that leaves behind clumpy cliffs of lace. Some visible steady robust carbonation.

Nose: Milk cocoa, touches of dark fruit,

Smooth, sweet stout like velvety mouth feel. Burnt coffee grinds, chalky cocoa and some caramel malt. Finishes with a little astringency behind some mild bitterness. Drying.

A good desert beer that wants to be a stout.

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Photo of Night
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with crimson flecks. Huge, chunky, light brown head leaves medium to thick lacing. Aroma is mild with espresso and some caramel notes; vague hops underneath. Light-medium body with a mildly effervescent mouthfeel; a touch of dryness. Flavor hits with roasted malts, earth, and a sour-grassy background. Strong dark chocolate in the finish, along with some spice. Bittersweet and lightly sour aftertaste.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug from the 12 oz bottle. Appearance is very dark, with some light coming throught the bottom revealing some ruby notes, but not a lot. Pours with a good foamy head that sticks around for a while. Inviting.

Smell is faint chocolate with hops a bit of the coffe comes through, but that might just be me anticipating the taste...

Taste is very strong coffee, especially in the finish. The taste dominates this beer - very good, but seems to be missing something. I don't quite know what though. Solid taste all around however. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation dies down after about 2 or so seconds, allowing you to fully absorb the taste if wanted. Surprisingly thin in my opinion... not the strongest part of this beer but pretty good.

Drinkablility: An interesting beer that turned me off at first, but after drinking it for a little while I really started to like it. I'd probably go for another...

Notes: Very good as a kick-back-after-dinner beer. If you like coffee this is right up your alley, but if not it doesn't offend. I might pick up a sixer of these in the future, but there are so many better beers out there right now for me to go out and get one that's just so-so in my eyes. A solid attempt by Rogue.

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Photo of rowew
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. No information on the label at all - come on Rogue, how about a date?

Appearance: Very dark brown/black, with just a bit of ruby around the edges. Nice dark tan colored head, great retention and lacing.

Smell: Bitter chocolate, a bit of roasted flavor, and some piney hop.

Taste: Lots of coffee bitterness, with some chocolate flavors, and a fair amount of hops too.

Overall impression: Nice example of an American porter - lots of different flavors. Still maintains a nice drinkability.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark brown in color with minimal amber hues. Thick tan head pors two fingers thick. Decent retention. Thin and spotty lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Raw leaf. Soft pine scent. Toasted malts.

T: Roasted coffee bean and dark chocolate meld into a raw wet hop bitterenss that has a floral and pine taste. Burnt caramel malts give off an astringent tickle on the tongue. Muted tastes of wet earth and more coffee on the back end.

M: Creamy and smooth. Miniaml carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: This was one of my first true loves. It's always nice to return to something familiar. As time has passed I have had many better porters, but I will always come back to this one. Recommended.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22 oz. bomber a dark, opague, almost black color, with a little more than one finger's worth of creamy tan head, that has good retention, with some lacing. Aroma is of sweet dark chocolate, a bit of roasted malt, and a suprisingly (well, maybe not for a Rogue beer) high level of hops, Centennial and Perle according to the bottle.

Hops are the first thing noticeable upon entering the palate, but they give way to bittersweet chocoalte and some fresh roasted coffee. Finish is a little dry, and mouthfeel is pretty smooth and medium bodied. Pretty drinkable porter, although I prefer my porters with less hop character. Overall, a pretty solid brew, from a brewer that I am yet to have a bad beer from.

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Photo of Zorro
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in my glass this is a clear dark brown beer that is quite close to black in color. The head is thick and light brown in color and almost overflows the glass.

The smell is slightly sweet and herbal with a strong coffee aroma. There is a slight flowery aroma here and the coffee hides any chocolate there.

The taste begins semi sweet and on the neutral side with a good coffee flavor. The coffee flavor gets stronger and the bitterness grows as you drink this. No chocolate flavor really this is very strong in patent malt flavor and a coffee beer.

The mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer I guess but I can't see myself buying this again. An OK coffee beer but there are many better ones.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It is very dark and opaque with a large frothy head that is well retained. It has very nice lacing. The scent has a very roasted malt character with a slight hoppiness similar to a robust porter. Rich roasted malt dominates the flavor with a distinct hop character common to robust porters. The 'mocha' taste is mostly on the finish but not very distinct from the roasted grain character. It has a smooth medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, it's a good robust porter, very tasty.

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Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's dark brown when held to the light, nearly black when it's not. Modest, creamy tan one finger head sat on top. Retention was short and lacing was light.

Smell: Sweet dark chocolate and espresso aromas are the main features. Sweet toffee malts and molasses are readily apparent. It's very sweet smelling.

Taste: Tastes every bit as good as it smells. Initially it has a bit of a bitter espresso taste, but it's mixed with a sweet dark chocolate flavor. Toffee malts and molasses really add to the mix. This is a very good porter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, extremely well carbonated, and the abv is absolutely perfect. Overall, this is a fine beer. I could take two bombers pretty easily. It's very good. You must try it.

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Photo of theopholis
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown/black with a thick lasting head and a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma- Lots of roasted malt and coffee bean with a hint of dark chocolate. Very enticing.

Taste - Nice blend of roasted malts, coffee, and bittering hops. Just a hint of chocolate. Some malt sweetness in the middle, but you have to look for it.

Mouthfeel - Agressive body. A tad overcarbonated. It actually taste quite a bt better if you let it go slightly flat.

Drinkability - Pretty good. Just barely sessionable, but a very good overall beer.

I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very surprised with this one! I am continually 'let down' by Rogue's products, as I feel that they are very sensationalised and average at best. This, however, was very, very good! $4 pint at Charlie Mopps on Roswell Rd. Poured absolutely black as ink with dark red edges and khaki coloured head that vanished in 45 seconds or so. Smell was candy sweet with enormous caramel, chocolate, and sweet espresso. Taste was all sweet malts and caramel with a fairly dry roasted cereal finish. Mouthfeel was perfect for the style and very light in the way of CO2. I was very impressed with this offering from Rogue and will likely get it again. Nice.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I"ve had several Rogues lately and have put this one off for a while. Mocha just doesn't sound right to me. Oh, well.
Pours a rich black with dark brown head, frothy. Nice presentation. Head lingered for a while, stayed a bit. Then faded to film. Nice look though.
Smell is a bit thin. Some coffee and rich chocolate. Anise and dried malt penetrate but not powerful. Black currant and fruits.
Taste is something like a chocolate stout, but without the intensity and hard bite. Sweetness in this brew is limited, mocha not really present. As an American Porter this is great, yet the label is misleading for me, anyway. A slight bite in the end livens it up. A solid porter.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a black hue with reddish hints and a tan, one-finger head. Good head retention and left long trails of lace.

S - It smelled of dark chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Tasted of bitter chocolate and malt. Also, a bready quality.

M - A soft and creamy mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good porter. The name had me expecting something coffee-like but that wasn't the case. Still it was quite good.

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Photo of atsprings
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep almost opaque black with a thin tan head that diminished to a ring. The aroma was just as advertised, mocha, like a good deep stout without the roasted barley. Exactly the same can be said about the taste. Very good coffee and chocolate tastes shine through with little to overpower them. The beer is a medium bodied and a very tuned to cold weather. Even so, on a mild spring night, this is still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Contra
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue's Mocha Porter is a nice alternative to the heavier, more bitter chocolate stouts. It's not that complex, but rather simply well made and well rounded. This makes it very easy to drink more than one or two, as well as more palatable to people who might shy away from bitterness.

The great thing about the flavor is that it is rich without being overly sweet and syrupy. This is what often separates good beer from bad beer. The name Mocha Porter pretty much says it all.

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Photo of Caesar1pup
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a must try for those of us that enjoy the chocolate stouts, mocha porters etc. A burst of coffee and chocolate without being overpowering.
Dark and seductive yet oh so enticing make the strongest among us ask for more. Seriously, I can hold this up to the sun and not get any light to shine through. Solid!

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend got me this in a mixed six pack, and I poured into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a deep deep black with a couple fingers of tan head. The head had large bubbles with below average retention but left lots of lacing.
Smell: A solid malted aroma, not much depth, but not overpowering either.
Taste: Good, well balanced. An awsome malt backbone and without losing the porter character a tinge of hop, just to spice things up.
Mouthfeel: Since the pour was very syrupy, I guess it is not suppirising that this was very smooth.
Drinkability: Awsome porter.
Don't drink and review.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,880 ratings.
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