Double Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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Double Mocha PorterDouble Mocha Porter

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rogue calls this an 'Imperial Porter' on their website.

10 Ingredients:
Malts: C120, C150, Kiln Coffee, Black, Chocolate and Rogue Micro Barley Farm Risk™ malts.
Hops: Summit and Rogue Micro Hopyard Willamette.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

78 IBU
76 AA
133º Lovibond

Added by Bitterbill on 02-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 312 |  Reviews: 165
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Photo of BeersCriteria
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, almost black with a sienna colored head.

S- Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T- Bittersweet as in bittersweet chocolate with an espresso coffee bitterness. Full body and thick with some carbonation. Good porter overall.

Food Pairing- Beef stew or simply as a desert beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the new "Double" series by Rogue.It has a nice fancy blue bottle,maybe thats why it has such a high price tag.Poured a deep near jet black except for a little reddish brown tint,a large fluffy light mocha colored head atop.Big chocolate tones in the aroma,along French Roast coffee,and raw earth.A great mix of rich chocolate,roast,and earth on the palate,starting out sweetish than melding into more of a roasty,raw finish, at 78IBU's the big earthiness really shines.A very nice new offering from Rogue,it has alot of good stuff going on.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes in an awesome blue painted 750ml bottle.

Opaque, black in the glass, with a frothy cappucino head.

Dusty, earthy, almost chalky, chocolaty nose. Roasty char, coffee bean, and a piney hop undertone that's apparent but not in the forefront by any means.

The first thing I notice is the high level of carbonation, almost too much for this style. The taste has big doses of earthy dark chocolate and slightly smoky coffee. It's finish turns to dry, bitter chocolate blended with just enough resinous hops.

It drinks more like a stout, a really well made stout, as there are some similarities to a stronger version of their Chocolate Stout. I'm anxious to see how Imperial Chocolate turns out. I'm noticing a certain "Rogue taste" with their dark beers.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool bomber: royal blue with red and white lettering. In a tulip the beer was black with a thick mocha head. A fair amount of lacing. Roasted malt aroma, some chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate taste, coffee, pretty good dose of hops. A strong, substantial beer with a nice dry finish. Very good.

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Photo of Hoops4life511
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from blue 750 ml bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Poured dark, almost black, slight reddish tint when held toward the light. It started with an enormous 4 finger tan head that fell quickly to a manageable cap that left decent lacing throughout the session.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on in the smell department. Some malt smells, not getting much mocha as I would have expected.

Taste: Much better than the smell led on. Deep roasty flavors of malt, coffee and chocolate. Slightly bitter and dry similar to a black coffee. No alcohol harshness at all. All in all, very good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium to full bodied, not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a double porter. It coats the inside of your mouth, not in an unpleasant way, but in a way that makes you want to take another sip, and before you know it you're looking for another bottle.

Overall a very good beer, I would love to have this on tap. I'm not over anxious to hunt down a case of this to hoard, but plan on having it again, possibly on a cool summer night by a fire.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Basically sniped from my wife's sixteen ounce pour, who does a pint pour of this beer? I won't go there...pours a deep dark chocolate black hue with tan mocca head that deserves recognition for it's beauty and circumstance. I'm in love with the milky cream chocolate coffee infused head this beer has going shouldn't be able to interrogate this beer. Flavorwise it's full on dessert mode, with full luscious layers of creamy dark chocolate and hints of coffeee malt, a touch of toffee, caramelized espresso and dark chocolate malt content. Mouthfeel equates to a big brusin' ale that I'm sure I will have to throw down with eventuallly in the mean time this full bodied masterpiece has been working everyone's go to beer list. Overall impression is love at first sight and I'm glad I got a glimpse of what's to come in the beer world.

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Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml Blue Man-style painted bomber...

This beer pours a very dark, opaque chocolate brown, with no visible edges, and two fingers of thin foamy beige head, which leaves some inconsistent cirrus lace around the glass as it quickly settles. It smells of big toasted, nutty malt, dry cocoa and coffee, and some acrid citrusy, earthy hops. The taste is a tart, zingy, fairly non-denominational hop assault up front, that hangs on stiffly through the challenge of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee grounds. There is a tiny bit of booze warming, more as it warms. A tight zippy edge represents the carbonation, and the body is medium in weight, and not quite smooth enough given the astringent overall nature. It finishes like stepping off of a cliff - the sweetness drops away, leaving only the still substantial various bitter notes.

The sour-ish character of old-school porters has been revived by Rogue in this West Coast 'doubling' effort. Of course, that means an amplification of all things, and the bitterness seems the most affected. Interesting, but bitterness without an associated flavour enhancement kind of tires quickly, so it's good, but my palate is starting to ache, halfway through the bottle.

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Photo of DirtybeerguyRI
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Dark as pitch with a dark tan head. A thick, sudsy mocha head with good lacing.

SMELL: A combination of smokey caramel and coffee along with a touch of chocolate. It's a very rich smelling beer with a strong nose.

TASTE: Malt and coffee leads the way with a hoppy finish. This is a very roasty beer that is not for the faint of heart. The smokiness of this porter lingers in the mouth at the finish (and beyond).

MOUTHFEEL: At 8.2% ABV, Rogue did a good job at lessening the alcohol bite (though there's certainly a nip, which works for me). There's a nice earthy warmth at the back of the tongue.

DRINKABILITY: For those well versed in Porter Kung Fu, this is a fine, leisurely session beer. It's brilliant with red meat, by the way. If you're more accustomed to beers that allow some sunlight to shine through, then this is a fine walk on the wild side, but you'll probably have just the one.

VERDICT: I'm a big fan of Rogue beers and this brew is no exception. I find it hard to walk past this beer when I see it on a shelf. It's a strong beer (both in taste profile and alcohol content), so if you're not already a porter/stout fan, then this beer will be more than a little startling. But if you love porters, then this beer will probably make you very happy.

John Harvey

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Photo of mudbug
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Oh-So-Blue bomber into a standard pint glass results in a very dark beer that isn't quite black, but isn't quite brown with a three inch tan head that slowly recedes to a medium thick cap with lots of sticky lacing. This looks wonderful!
Very upfront roasty aroma with a tinge of astringency, dark chocolate notes are present, like you just opened a bar of %60 cacao.
Taste is surprisingly bitter with bitter chocolate and espresso notes
super tight carbonation give it a creamy component, hardly any sweetness and alcohol is not evident at all
Much less of a pacman yeast presence than the regular Mocha Porter, for me this is a plus.
I'd rate this as one of my favorite porters.
Well done Rogue!

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Photo of Garrett82
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out looking like dark coffee with a well-sustained brown head that is very thick.

Roastie coffee with a shot of vanilla and brown sugar. Tangy-hot dark berry fruits, fudge brownies and ocean water. A very big and complex aroma overall.

A coffee and cream flavor hits first, subtle bitter chocolate edge that mutates into a dry, grahm cracker taste with bitter herbals. Slight rootbeer and dark wheat. Not even close to hot, the 8.2% abv is hardly noticable in this case until the very end. A playful full-bodied feel, crisp and clean with chalky, chunkiness to follow it up. The finish is long and dry, slightly bitter as the hops have the last word.

Complexity is good but this "double stout" seems more approachable than some of the other bigger beastie versions.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creamy porter with significant roast, thanks for bringing this costly one Jason. Black with a bubbly head shows up nicely. Cerbonation is right there, along with lactose, but a good mouthfeel. Fair amount of chocolate, nicely balanced. A decent beer but not my favourite IP. Number 4500.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Just about opaque seal brown liquid with a slight tint of auburn around the edges. A massive rocky fawn/tan head leaves a fist of ropey foam extending its tendrils of lace across the glass like a web.

Dark roast coffee/espresso, roast malt, chocolate malt, and mild hemp-like hops in the nose. The aroma grows stronger and a bit more complex as the beer warms up.

Heavy roast flavors suggest an almost metallic note on the palate. There is a grainy taste that suggests wet dog at times (weird). Toasted unsweetened chocolate, brazil nuts, and a decent amount of hops come through next - extending into the finish which radiates warmth from the alcohol.

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, but a little thin overall. The ABV isn't excessive, but nor is it well integrated.

Not a bad porter, but for the money I wish I'd picked up a couple bombers of their more standard offerings as this didn't live up to my expectations at all.

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Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of RickS95
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's what beer is supposed to look like. It's a black hole in a glass. Completely pitch black with equal parts beer and head in the glass. The bubbles are around for a good period of time and cover the glass as they dissipate.

The nose is filled with roastly flavors of malt, coffee, chocolate and cola.

Can't explain how good it tastes. Your palate will pick up the same notes as your nose...roasty, coffee, chocolate and even some smoke.

The mouthfeel is about as good as it gets. It's creamy from beginning to end. There's a touch of sweetness early on and just a notch of bitter in the end but the creaminess is always there and balances everything.

This is such a smooth beer there's really nothing wrong with it. It's smooth and creamy and yummy and it just goes down easy. It's got good alcohol, but you never know it because there's no heat. As good a beer as I've ever had.

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Photo of Uzarnayme
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Heatwave33
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: A very dark brown with a milk chocolate head.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee hit me in the beginning. Followed by some toasted malts and earthy hops.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Mid-low carbonation, smooth with a medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: Full bodied with a nice subtle aroma and taste. Well balanced with the chocolate, coffee, malts and hops. Cheers.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sits pitch black in the glass with a about a quarter inch light beige head. Ruby and brown copper colors around the edges when viewed in the light.

The smell is very earthy. There is a weak cocoa powder smell that is paired with an instant coffee. It's kind of odd. A little bit of dark fruits as it gets a bit warmer. If you try, you can get some hops in there, but there isn't much.

It drinks as though you had a strong brown ale and mixed it with some stout. The most dominant flavors are definitely the weak cocoa and coffee flavors, but they aren't very strong or as prevalent as I would have hoped or expected. The malt character goes a little beyond roasted and almost has a burned quality to it.

There isn't much in the mouthfeel. It's rather dull and almost chalky. Sits pretty dry.

This is an almost-there-beer for me. I was actually kind of disappointed with it. I had bigger expectations with the flavor and there really wasn't much there. I think this beer could be improved on and has potential to be so much better.

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Photo of bradleyp
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 16oz snifter at Eugene City Brewery. You're the man Ted for recommending this beer.

A very dark beer, but not quite black. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. The alcohol aroma hits the nose very nicely right before you take a sip.

Tasted like a good coffee but a lot of alcohol. I only had one because I stopped in the brewery for just one beer, but I felt I could've drank another. The bike ride home was quite fun.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent, ruby-tinged mahogany with 2 fingers of, well...mocha colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Roasty malt, faint dark fruittyness & not much else

T: Roasty malt, a touch of coffee, cocoa & dryness up front, herbal & woody hops, plus some vanilla as well. Coffee & roastyness dominate as this warms, along with Baker's chocolate & more herbal hops. Finishes with herbal hops, roasty malt & dryness, almost pulled together for a 4.5...

MF: Smooth & creamy, medium bodied, fairly warming, great balance

Drinks pretty easy, the complexity & roastyness slow me down a bit. Was on the edge of greatness, didn't quite get there... I liked a the Mocha better, the sweetness/mocha factor worked better for me..

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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped 750 ml bottle split with some friends.

Pours black out of the bottle, topped with a finger of smooth burnt mocha head. This retains with a VERY rich and frothy look, which leaves a big creamy cascade of foamy lacing behind. Well the mocha aspect of this definitley dominates the aroma, smelling like a straight-up black cup o' joe in the glass, that's mixed with some deeper roasted malt character to give the nose a burnt and bitter feel overall. A touch of chocolate and caramel malts adds some light sugary sweetness to this, while I swear I'm picking up just a smidge of citric hop activity as well.

The taste is just about as dark as the aroma was, being fairly bitter on the palate with a aggressive blend of roast, coffee, and hops. A deft touch of sweeter cocoa, caramel, and vanilla tones helps pull some of that sharpness back but this still finishes with a deeply burnt roasted and dry feel that really sticks around in the mouth for a good bit. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a very creamy carbonation and generally smooth feel in the mouth that belied the instense dark feel and 8% ABV on this.

Well, I think one's enjoyment of this is going to be determined on whether or not you like cream and sugar in your coffee. Just loads of java character and bitterness here, with only the bare minimum of sweetness being present to help balance it. I personally didn't mind this one bit but I could see how some others might.

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Double Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 312 ratings