Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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1,355 Reviews
Mocha PorterMocha Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,355
Ratings:
2,839
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
17.05%
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
377
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 1,355 | Ratings: 2,839
Photo of Jellopants356
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally i have gotten around to trying this brew from Rogue. Usually i opt for a cheaper beer because at almost $7 for 1.6 pt, this isn't cheap. It pours a little thinner than most porters with a nice mahogany color. Nice head retention and the carbonation looks right for the style. Mmmm, that's nice. The first wave is the coffee and mocha rush followed by a smooth almost toasted caramel/oats finish. I would almost swear this was made with oats and coffee. The mouthfeel is right on as well. Overall, totally worth the wait, and the money. I really think this is one of the best self-proclaimed coffee porters i've had in ages. Good on ya Rogue, you never let me down :)

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Photo of Jtburns777
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Good, Not great porter. Dry nutty taste. Refreshing, but still moderately heavy, chewy mouthfeel. I didn't get much coffee or chocolate in the taste. Seems closer to an English style porter than a "Mocha" porter. Would repeat.

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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 aaronxsubaru
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, quite a tasty brew. i need to order this again sometime, as well as alot of rogue's other beers. All you need to know is that this has great flavor to it. Tastes just as the name implies. I was impressed at the drinkability of this for the amount of floavor it had. If you like porters, or chocolaty/coffee type beers you really need to drink this.

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Photo of lovetranquillity
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown, tanish head, tiny bit of lacing.

Coffee, Chocolate, Roasted Malt, Caramel, Vanilla

Coffee, Chocolate, Roasted Malt, Caramel, Vanilla, bread, some hints of cherry in the finish.

It feels very thin in the mouth, close to water. Has a decent level of carbonation

Very easy to drink. It is a good porter and very approachable for new people.

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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 Guzzler78
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, some red hues if held up to light. Not much of a head, a tan colored head that leaves some long lasting lace.
Smell of roasted malts and coffee, some chocolate as well.
Tastes of cold coffee some mocha/chocolate flavors.
Medium body and carbonation.
A pleasant beer. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of PhoenixShredds
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Guinness Pub Pint glass.

A: Pours a thick, deep brown, near black. Under light it shows a hint of amber. Thin 1/2 finger head of mocha color which dissipates quickly.
S: Roasty with apparent coffee and chocolate character. Medium hops seem to add some earthiness.
T: Strong coffee-chocolate flavors, but also with a touch of oats-flavor. Med-hop bitterness balances the roasted malts and keeps it more complex.
M: Medium to full bodied with low-medium carbonation. It drinks fairly robust and a bit of a creamy tail.
O: A hearty porter with strong coffee and chocolate character. The Mocha in the name leads you expecting a bit more chocolate and sweetness, but still an enjoyable and robust beer. Plenty of roasted flavors were apparent, but the oat after-taste was a nice surprise and seemed to hint of unroasted malts, even if not actually present. I would drink this again, but not at the top of the list in this style.

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Photo of Caesar1pup
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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 SFrankBrew
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black, all but opaque. Moderate tan head with creamy, fine bead, moderately good retention, and some lacing. Smells like roasted malt, with notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark bread crusts. Very slight hint of chocolate. Perfect for the style-quite roasty, but doesn't cross over into burnt malt flavors. Up front, the roast is very coffee like, though on the back end, a pleasant chocolate note shows through. The flavor and aroma are quite good on this one, but it's the mouthfeel that makes this so damn drinkable. Silky smooth on the palate-it's the kind of beer that leaves you excited for the next sip.

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Photo of clemtiger8202
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown and nearly opaque. Poured a thick brown head, the color of the foam on a cappuchino. Aroma was coffee and burnt toast. There was also something fruity, a dark fruit in the aroma but I couldn't put my finger on what exactly it was. The taste was sweet with malt up front giving way to a strong coffee bitterness that lingers for quite a while. I really liked this beer!

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Photo of rsgcwhite
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large head upon pour, medium thickness that degrades to a uniquely bubbly froth before fading. Deep chocolate brown color with amber highlights.

Aroma is dark roasted malts intermixed with coffee and vanilla cream. I don't capture anything close to an intense hoppy aroma, but it's there. Like someone brought a cup full of fresh hops into a coffee shop, set it down on the counter next to you, and stared you in the eyes. Creepy, to be sure, but surprising.

The initial sip was pure brewed bliss; coffee and mocha cream melting into a sweet (but not to sweet) malted sea. Further into the drink, you notice the distinct carbonation and hoppiness; the hoppiness seeps in, lingers on your tongue and enters just as the other flavors depart. The ending hop oil taste on top of this sweet malt monster is pleasant - it makes each sip gloriously fresh, like finishing your drink in a pine forest.

Mouthfeel is initially sweet, but the carbonation and hoppiness don't dry out this beer too much.

The coffee taste is present, but more subtle than many interpretations of this style; but the signature feature of this beer is the balance between the roasted coffee malts and the pine-like hop freshness. Whereas Berkshire Brewing Company's Coffeehouse Porter had that 'comfortable, Northeast coffee shop feel', this feels like a western pine forest beer - it's the kind of thing lumberjacks drink for breakfast.

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Photo of NEdward
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Massive head, persistent lacing

S: Sweetness, a mild scotch

T: First sip was refreshingly bitter and restrained. Sweetness eventually makes its way through, but doesn't overstay its welcome. Lingering dark chocolate aftertaste.

F: Surprisingly light, not sticky

O: Balanced, subtle, not overpowering, overall a good porter

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Photo of lsrose
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle. This had a metallic taste and smell that I have seen in multiple porters. Starts with the hops and rounds out with the mocha and chocolate tastes. The more of it I drank the more the mocha came out and I started to like it. Overall not too bad.

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Photo of SteveMi
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark with good amount of carbonation. My first attempt at drinking this beer resulted in a somewhat flat pour. This second bottle left a good sized, short lived head and some lacing.

S - Mild chocolate smell with a bit of coffee thrown in. After a few seconds the aroma is no longer noticeable (due to mildness).

T - Dark chocolate and coffee/burnt chocolate combination with an expected bitter backing.

M - A bit creamy. By look I would have thought it to be a heavier drink but it comes across lighter than expected.

O - Quite good. At this point I'm 50/50 on the beer since my first attempt was flat but I will say getting a good fresh Mocha Porter is very tasty.

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Photo of OriginalHopHead
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really liked this IPA although it's much smoother compared to regular IPAs I drink. Definitely sweet undertones; like coffee and chocolate but not overwhelming at all.
I'm a visual person too and I like the bottling, labeling, etc. However, I bought a single bottle and had no information on the beer at all. Usually like seeing some IBU info on the bottle.

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Photo of phrimplepoot
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting beer. I've never had a mocha porter, so maybe it's just new to me. Much drier than I'm accustomed to in a porter. Overall came together higher than individual ratings. As a result of being slightly drier the chocolate takes on a cocoa powder property. Unique.

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Photo of hbis2gut
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, this beer is dark. Too dark for a porter in fact. IMO
The nose is roasty. The head on my latest was nearly non-existent. This beer should be much cleaner and blended for me to buy it regularly. The dominant flavor is far too reminiscent of mediocre homebrew for even a "micro" to say anything more.

Update!
I may have gotten an off batch of this. My earlier review was below a 3, but I've recently tried it again and was pleasantly surprised. It's tough to review beers that you don't have regularly. I recently had a case of SamAdams Boston Lager and if I'd have to review it on that particular case it would've gotten low marks. I think a lot of microbrew out there may not be getting the storage treatment it deserves. .

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Photo of beerman599
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i had this at Delaney's cafe in new haven last week and i couldn't stop drinking it. fresh pulled with creamy great head , malt - hop aroma, roast malt favor with hops in the finish. this is cask ale at it's finest .
half of the experience in cask ales is how there treated at the bar and Delaney's does it right.

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Photo of kevinl6
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another winner from Rogue. I'm not the biggest porter fan in the world, but this one is nice. Pours as black as some stouts I've seen and smells of chocolate (not nearly as strong as the chocolate stout). It is very smooth and has a pretty nice overall mouthfeel. The taste is very good...chocolate, roasty, malty, coffee, and that Rogue bitterness that I have grown to love. As I said, I'm not usually a porter kind of guy, but this is a repurchase.

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Photo of jaycount
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, a very opaque black. Very little dark milk chocolate head. Not a very strong smell but I can sense out some hops and coffee. Taste is typical of a stout, alot of hops. Alot of coffee taste. The aftertaste is where the "mocha" part of this brew kicks in. Really good. Mouthfeel is thin, silky, not alot of carbonation.

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Photo of MURF0320
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, but not opaque, with less than one finger off tan head that dissipated to nothing, no lacing.
Aroma is mostly roasted malt, expresso, and chocolate. Nice but boring.
All flavors in the taste are subtle. Roasted malt is predominant with notes of coffee beans, chocolate, and a grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is thin with medium/high carbonation. Finish is pretty dry.
The subtle flavors and thin mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer, a good session porter, but I'd prefer more flavor.

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Photo of Slyjoker87
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Pours out very dark brown, almost black. The head isn't anything special at about an inch.

S – Heavy coffee (as you would expect) with a hint of light vanilla on the edges.

T – On the first sip you'll get a strong, coffee flavor - like a well roasted coffee brew. On the back end you get some of the chocolate and vanilla notes, but you have to actually look for them.

M - Not overwhelming on the tongue, nice carbonation, and a fair amount of body

O – This is a tasty coffee porter that delivers without complications. It's drinkable, but yet has enough complexity to keep you interested. The ABV is understandable, and you'll easily be able to drink a few of these without getting overwhelmed.

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Photo of Jekster
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer pours a deep dark brown that borders on black to the enter. There is only a slight light brown head that dissipates to a nice covering film.

Smell: This beer is a bit tight on the nose. It has a faint roasted aroma that hides behind some rich caramel and very slight chocolate notes.

Taste: This beer is forward with a roasted / burnt caramel flavor. It taste slightly of chard meat with, again, an extremely faint chocolate flavor to in the mid palette. The beer finishes with a slight bitter roast aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This beer is rather medium light to light in body with a medium to medium high carbonation. This overall makes for a beer that seems a bit light for a porter.

Drinkability: The thin nature of this beer makes it easy to drink. I could quaff back quite a few of these with a meal as it tends to feel not overly heavy.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: For a porter I expect something with a more bold mouth feel and flavors. I was disappointed in the nose of this beer as well as its accompanying flavors. The light body, again, does not make this feel light a porter but instead more of a dark brown ale. I think the fact that this beer is dubbed a "Mocha" porter makes it even more disappointing due to the lack of chocolate flavors and aromas. I think this beer would pair nicely with spicy foods, but would not choose it as a stand alone beer to drink. Even with the food pairing at nearly $10.00 a six pack I would spend my money on other porters in the future.

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Photo of Bang34
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark black, held it up to the light and there was not a hint of brown to be seen, just how I like it. Had a thick head to begin with but it faded after the first two sips and eft a bit of a lace on the glass.

The small was malty with a hint of coffee and chocolate, the taste was much the same, malty smooth with chocolate and coffee, however not too sweet.

Very drinkable. Took a sixer to my friend's superbowl party today and other's shyed away from this dark wonder, more for me! Now at the top of my porter's list.

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