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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2001

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Reviews: 1,365 | Ratings: 2,875
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, nearly black, body that seems disproportionately transparent at thinner amounts. A creamy but thin light tan heady forms only to disappear to wisps. The nose offers wet stone and a bit of chocolate; it's disappointingly mild. The flavor only gets worse: more wet stone, which itself isn't unpleasant but should work more as a supporting role, soap, very mild chocolate, and bitterness. No mocha, barely any porter. Body is good, with a medium-heavy weight and some creaminess but is a tad flat.
I was hoping for another genius beer like their Hazelnut Nectar, but I got stony creek water instead.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 02/23/17:

Reddish brown and clear in most of the pour itself, but in the glass it might as well be black. Very opaque with final pour with some fine tannish particles in suspension. Medium-brown, creamed-coffee looking head of pillowy fluff on top of fine albeit rocky foam. Great retention. Toast, medium-roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel to the nose. Even more coffee forward on palate, and quite dark chocolatey as well. Somewhat roasty and soily and tart but not quite as rich as others of similar style, making it seem almost smoky. Well-balanced with earthy, leathery, and herbal to nearly spicy hops for an overall pipe smoke sensation. Peppery, boozy, smoky retro-olfaction, somewhat strong and long-lasting. Medium-bodied, light to medium level of extra fine but sparse and tingly carbonation. Lower astringency and even acidity than expected from flavors.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Jet black color, one finger brown head, superb lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Mocha coffee, dark chocolate. Amazing aroma!

T: Coffee, dark coffee. Not nearly as good as the aroma. So sad!

F: Smooth, drinkable, light to medium bodied.

O: I was so hopeful from the aroma that I got disappointed by the taste. Really sad. It's not a bad beer, it's good. But I expected something like Vanilla Cake Fever from Sori Brewing. Not even close.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/ black with thin, foamy, tan head that doesn't last long.

Smells of roast malt, chocolate and coffee

Tastes bitter chocolate, roast malts, slight char and light coffee. Fades to a medium but finish with a lingering of lightly bitter coffee.

Medium body with higher side of medium carbonation

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Photo of KrissyKat6
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crisp and easy drinking for a dark beer. I get the bitterness of a dark chocolate without the chocolate or mocha flavors, though it's not bad by any means.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in December 2016. I did not see any brewed on or drink by dates on the bottle.

Appearance: Deep black with thick dark tan head. Beer is thick and not hazy. Head is thicker than average, with alot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with sweet malts and coffee, with some hops. Interesting variety and balance. Love the hops in the aroma.

Taste: There is a sweet and creamy porter, and tastes more like a Stout than a porter. There is some bitterness from the hops and some coffee and chocolate flavors to balance the hops. The hops were not as pronounced as they are in teh aroma. There is a moderate alcohol bite as well. This was done in a nice combination with the other flavors. There is a great variety of flavors in the aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium alcohol level, which confirms the 5.3% on the bottle. Maybe a little too much creaminess like a cream stout.

This is a very smooth, complex, and creamy porter. It is an interesting combination of flavors, especially with the coffee, chocolate, and a bitterness from the hops. I like this and would drink it again. One of my favorites from Rogue.

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Photo of Dakin
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark brown with little carbonation and a slight yellowish head.

Smell: Boozy, hops, slight coffee.

Taste: Hop forward, boozy.

Feel: Decent mouthfeel.

Overall: Was expecting to be better. I love their Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but this doesn't do it for me as far as porters go. There are better ones out there. 6/10.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A beautifully dark porter, but with a short-lived head and no lacing to speak of. The strong scent of chocolate is certainly distinct that comes with a light almost distance smell of porter. The mouthfeel was very up and down for me - in the end I just couldn't over look the carbonation and the tacky, distracting after taste. The taste was very good though, a solid porter with a slightly sweet, slightly tart chocolaty taste - distinctive and unique. Overall, though not as strongly flavored with chocolate as other's of its kind, it's definitely a great porter and I will look for more during the impending holidays.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nearly black and with mahogany tones. Modest mocha head recedes and leaves a thin cap.
The aroma consists of chocolate, burnt caramel, roasted malts, mocha and a whiff of alcohol. Very nice.
Smooth in the mouthfeel, almost creamy and mocha like. The carbonation is gentle but slightly tingly. There is a coating of sweetness from the malts; burnt caramel and chocolate. The roasted malt, mocha/coffee and hops bitterness. Slightly nutty and even some spice from the hops. Medium bodied and light for a Porter. Drinkable and even seasonable. I liked it overall.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite beer styles from a great brewery, so I have pretty high expectations for this one. This porter pours a very dark black, with a barely detectible red tint. There is a medium, frothy, light tan head. The smell is very pleasant, with some strong roasted grain notes, sweet chocolate mocha, and a light espresso. The taste is much the same. The roasted grain notes are very bold and come to the forefront, but there is a significant mocha presence as well, which is more sweet chocolate than coffee oriented, but not as much so as in smell. There is a measured bitterness in the aftertaste and a slight dryness as well. The body is heavy to a degree that is fitting for the style. This is a bold porter that lives up to my expectations for the most part. It lacks some polish to be sure, being a little overly carbonated and a little lacking in smoothness. However, I think it is definitely underrated. There are better, but it’s a very good porter in my opinion.

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

Keg at The Barley Mow, Bristol - Pours jet black with a medium tanned head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. Taste - roasted coffee at the front with dark chocolate notes leading to a nice long bitter finish. Solid coffee based porter.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is pure black with a beige to brown head, just like an expresso's head. The beer appears to have some lacing but minor head retention.
S: The aroma is great. There's a hoppy accent, very smooth, on a pile of coffee and specially cocoa. This smells wonderfully good.
T: The taste is an extension of the aroma using the hoppiness as a base for the coffee and cocoa profiles. I was actually expecting the coffee to be more powerful than any other flavor but the cocoa is really strong here, specially because it's no milk chocolate variation or a very sweet one. Instead, it's a bitter almost 100% cocoa that's present in the beer and that makes this specific taste be over everything else.
M: The mouthfeel is very consistent, dense and smooth. It's actually more liquor-y than beer-y. :)
O: For a coffee induced beer, this is not the best experience available. I'd say that, besides the aroma, all other characteristics are almost average. But it's an always good to go beer when available.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Stiff brown pour, 3/4" tan head. Aroma drops mocha coffee notes, some chocolate and brown malt.

Not overly hoppy or bitter, this one goes for more of the coffee roasted notes, smoothed out hence the mocha aspect I would surmise. This is one of those straightforward beers Rogue makes that shows they can make good to even great (dbl choc stout) stuff when they aren't trying to totally Dogfish Head up their stuff.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown. Smells of roasted coffee and malt. Sharp up front with tastes of bitter chocolate and coffee followed by tangy fig. Chocolate flavors in the aftertaste. It's sufficently carbonated and bubbly though I may prefer it just a but more bubbly.

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Photo of gshak
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a single 12 Oz bottle from Total Wine; not sure if there was a bottled on date, didn't look closely enough.
A- extremely carbonated. I vigorous pour yielded about a palms width of head, with a combination of tight small and large bubbles. The head receded slowly leaving an impressive lacing.
S- not sure if coffee was one of the ingredients, but I did get a whiff of coffee on the nose. Very nice Porter from the smell of it.
T - excellent Porter through and through. Coffee starts off the taste, sweetness follows with roast and balancing hop bitterness. Very tasty brew.
O - a very enjoyable brew that is both widely available and reasonably priced.

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Photo of CraftBeerCellar-SpaCity
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

You can always count on Rogue ales for a good brew. Here you have a dark beer that pours with a thin foamy head. Aroma is roasty with hints of mocha. Taste is rich with roasted malt. Overall, this isn't my favorite of Rogue's lineup, but it is pretty awesome, nonetheless.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-Pours a dark brown color with a small frothy head that bubbles and hugs the side of the glass. Interesting appearance.
S-The smell is very mellow, yet with this mellow aroma I get quite a bit of notes of coffee. After the first initial draws I get a faint aroma of banana as well.
T-I taste bitterness from the roasted hops and it follows greatly with the slight flavor of coffee. The flavor really follows the nose. As the beer warms the flavor gets more complex.
F-Medium bodied. Frothy and full in the beginning. Hearty feel.
O-Everything about this porter is very good and I enjoyed drinking it! It is extremely complex and may be one of the most solid porters I've ever tried. Delicious coffee flavor mixed with unique bitterness makes this porter stand out. You will like it for sure.

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Photo of scap
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like Rogue beers, (with the exception of the chipotle ale), and this is no exception. While this isn't my favorite Rouge beer, that title goes to the Shakespeare Stout, it is very well done and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Some coffee aroma. Pours dark, creamy looking. Drinks pretty easy. Coffee, malts, a little hop, chocolate taste. Nice light body. Pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Whoa!? Am I drinking a porter or an IPA? It says porter which it has hints of but this is more an IPA style than porter for sure. It's not a bad beer but it is misleading.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass.
Coffee aroma, but not much else. Dark black pour, small head.Slight bitterness. Great coffee / cocoa flavor.Low viscosity.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Love the masculine bottle with the bold font and picture...the brew itself pours a heavy dark brown with caramel/tan colored foam on the head that dissipates quickly, however it remains dense and creamy in appearance. The carbonation looks to be fine and lacing is stringy and oily on the side of the glass....good overall!

S- Upon the initial pour, there were strong hints of booze laced chocolate covered ripe banana, but this subsides more into a dry coffee/dark chocolate aroma, with mild sweetness and dry unmalted grains, along with black and toasty malts...perhaps some coffee smells blended into the mix.

T- Heavy and dry in the sense of dense high cocoa content chocolate, black coffee, heavily roasted dark malts, hints of molasses sweetness, nutty richness and a well blended vanilla finish that lingers after the swallow....a well balanced and flavorful dry porter!

M/O- This is light in body but heavy and creamy in texture....the carbonation is fairly aggressive and the beer maintains its complexity throughout the experience....i don't find it changes much as it warms, which I kind of like....I would put this with the best porters out there and would buy again! It is highly drinkable and would pair well with a chocolate cake as an example....recommended!

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Photo of AleMan66
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The best porter I've ever had. The smell is wonderful; a blend of coffee, chocolate, and beer. Almost perfect taste. I' would give it a 5 for taste but then my search is over. Slightly under carbonated.

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Photo of RavynX
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black color, pours with a half-inch tan head which disappears quickly. Lacing clings down the side of the glass.

Smell: Malty & roasty with hints of dark chocolate and caramel.

Taste: Light carbonation, medium body,

Mouthfeel: Nice aroma of espresso and nuttiness lingers for a while. Nothing much of any mocha or chocolate as the name implies. The finish is dry but creamy.

The mocha name is a little misleading as I was hoping it would be in the taste. It's slightly on the too-hoppy side of how I like porters but not nearly as bad as an Anchor.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown pour with almost no head. Aroma is malty and roasted, with a hint of cocoa. Flavor is somewhat light, with barely a trace of chocolate, and only coffee notes in the dry finish. Not a bad beer, but needs more of the mocha all around.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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