Double Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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Double Mocha PorterDouble Mocha Porter

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American 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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Photo of canislupus88
4.88/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got the 1 pint 10 fl. oz/ 750 ml bottle which is colored blue.

poured black, the way a good porter should

smelled like dark chocolate with coffee just as anticipated. the smell didn't express the taste as well as i thought it could.

taste was predominately bitter chocolate with a slight middle sweetness, very slight, this is a bitter porter. the coffee is faint, it's in the after taste slightly. the beer sweetens more as it warms, i think it resembles a porter more as it gets warmer. i prefer it as it warms up slightly because the flavors are really present thoughout the palat.

the mouthfeel has slight amount of carbination but rather smooth, but not as smooth as a stout would be.

this beer is very easy to drink, the 8% alcohol is well hidden in this beer, but it can be slightly felt in the throat in the after taste. but for a large bottled beer i found it easy to drink the bottle, but i probably would try to drink another one in the same setting because it is such a large beer.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ML bottle that was poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The bottle is kind of cool. It's either painted or some type of sand blasted blue. Good idea I guess, protects it from the light. It pours out as close to black as it can while still being dark brown. No real highlights, but the edges slightly glow when you hold it up to the light. Big tan, light-brown head, good lacing.

Smell is good. Big malts, primarily dark/bitter chocolate. Little bit of grain. Noticeable hop presence while maintaining a good malt/hop balance. At the very end of every sniff your nose warms with the slight touch of alcohol.

The taste is top notch. Much like the smell, chocolate is a dominant feature with the taste, but there are some differences. It starts with dark bitter chocolate favors, then fades to a milk chocolate, than back to a bitter chocolate. Good overall, here's where the "Double Mocha" comes in. Obviously a good malt presence, caramelized, roasted, and even a little burned. Hops are also noticeable in the taste at the end. A big/bad/bold porter that attacks your taste buds.

Mouthfeel is great, smooth and full bodied. It's almost triple layered. It is bitter, sweet, then finishes bitter. The drinkability is outstanding. It could be a sipper is you want it to be, or go at your own pace.

I was a big fan of the Mocha Porter, one of the first beers I ever had from Rogue. I didn't get the "Double" part of the name until a little way through it. The flavor is certainly a double portion and the smell is increased as well. I've always been a huge porter fan and this is a favorite, very good. This and Long Trails Imperial Porter are at the top in my opinion. If more porters this big come up maybe the style "Imperial" or "Double" Porter will come into existence. That's a good world to be in.

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Photo of DirtybeerguyRI
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
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 murphyzd
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: wow. a nice looking beer with a dark brown pour and a light head. nice amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma includes a strong, almost powerful front og chocolate coffee that is followed by nice hint of toasted malt.

T: The taste is true to the aroma offered by this gem. Strong chocolate/coffee flavors balanced well by hints of the roasted malts sweetness

M: medium body, good carbonation

D: Seriously enjoyed this Brew. I'm not huge on double porters, but I really liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of LittleOtts
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep burgundy almost black color. poured with a creamy head.
S- Very Roasty with huge hints of chocolate and coffee.
T- Espresso and malts right off the bat overwhelming any hop note that might be evident. Dry chocolatey finish with a coffee drink aftertaste.
M- Very smooth and low carbonation. Full Bodied
D- Excellant! This beer has high drinkability, the high alcohol has some describing as "Imperial Porter" But it's not boozy.

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Photo of rogueleonardi
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured vigorously into a signature dogfish head glass.

A - Thick brown, almost syrup looking when poured, 2 fingers worth of chocolate brown head.

S - Nice coffee aroma, with some chocolate, and sweet aroma.

T - Good balanced flavor, no alcohol taste here at all, great balance of coffee and chocolate, would never guess this was 8.2% abv.

M - Has the viscosity of chocolate syrup, not much carbonation at all. The high viscosity leaves the taste in your mouth for what seems like forever.

O - This was a great beer. good aroma, great job of masking the alcohol. However this does taste like there's quit possibly a whole days worth of calories in this one 750ml bottle. Not something I would drink on a regular basis, but a nice treat to myself every once in awhile.

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Photo of gerite
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. I usually go for the brown ales and this double porter is heavier than the brown ales, but lighter than the stouts. There were definite tastes of both coffee and chocolate with the chocolate winning out. In spite of the high ABV level, this was a very smooth beer that went down easily. The deep brown color and mocha aroma only added to the overall drinking experience. This is what a Double Mocha Porter should be!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours thick, with a heavy, creamy, milk chocolate colored head that starts out at a towering three inches, but settles into a dense half inch layer. Aromas of slight booze initially, with a decent balance of coffee and mild bitter chocolate, with a molasses type malt character. Flavors of heavy, dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate, with a remarkably light body to keep with the style. Bitterness prevails here, and it is delicious! Smooth, light, and creamy bodied, the beer leaves a roadmap of lacing along the glass. Fantastic bitter aftertaste, with a mouthful of coffee characteristics. The finish is a little dry and bitter, perfect for the brew. This is a fun, tasty brew. Will make a great winter warmer.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Double Mocha Porter is a dark brown ale that's on the edge of black. It has a huge, fluffy, soft light brown head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a hoppy and roasty aroma with notes of coffee, chocolate and green leaves. It's very smooth and very full bodied with a clean, dry finish. It's full flavored and well balanced with notes of coffee, chocolate and ash. There is juniper and chocolate in the bitter finish. I love beer like this!

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Photo of biegaman
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cole's, in Buffalo.

A mossy brown foam extends across the surface like coral. Beneath the reef lies a pitch black liquid, dark and opaque as the deepest parts of the ocean. All in all, it looks, as you'd expect, a lot like coffee (I even note some coffee bean brown colouring around the edges). The lacing it leaves looks like it'd be durable enough to use as packaging film.

May I offer you an espresso? How about a chocolate? The aroma is almost too eager and generous, like a neurotic, overly insistent dinner party host trying to force more food on her guests. I feel like saying: "No, really, Double Mocha Porter, I'm fine, you've put out enough rich, smoky decadence for five noses to smell! I don't have room for any more."

But I'll damn well make room. You know why? Because this is among the most rich and satisfying coffee and chocolate flavours I may have ever tasted in beer. It's like Africa's best and darkest dark chocolate mixed with Italy's best and strongest espresso. There's even a delicious hazelnut-like nuttiness (a subtle, but needed, source of sweetness).

I could *smell* the bitterness for Pete's sake, so I'm not surprised to find it stacked shoulder high in the mouthfeel. I struggle to think of two things more bitter than chocolate and coffee. And then add Rogue's usual trigger-friendly level of hopping; sweetness has about as much a chance surviving in this environment as a penguin does the Sahara.

But bitterness is not a bad thing. Especially not since it's accompanied by a distinct chalkiness - a fatty, filling, strong texture - like that you get in the darkest, unrefined chocolate. It feels like someone is using a feather to brush my palate with melted cocoa butter. But a whipping booze-laden, black licorice finish jerks me out of that fantasy.

All you need to know about Double Mocha Porter is right there in the name: the richest (and darkest) chocolate paired with the richest (and strongest) coffee. I sipped it slowly on a bloated stomach after a big lunch and, wouldn't ya know it, I left the table feeling fully digested and freshly invigorated... that was, of course, until the alcohol caught up with me. In other words: consider it a great drink for post-meal (or pre-nap)!

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Photo of RickS95
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a burgundy hue through the dark beer. Three fingers of light mocha, stiff and rocky after a minute. A nice array of lacing; some high water ribbons up top, sticky splotches and patches below that.

Aroma - nice smelling roasty aroma with some coffee bean accents. Nothing too complex but solid.

Taste - malty, rather smoky grain. Excellent coffee influence at mid-palate. Any hops are kind of mitigated by some light char on the swallow. Ends dry but not bitter, just a big roasted grain aftertaste. Ends with an agreeable abv warmth, mellow and toasty.

Mouthfeel - creamy smooth, carbonation has difficulty fighting through the big body. Excellent feel in all aspects.

Drinkability - kind of an 'imperial' porter of sorts. Tasty, disappears alarmingly fast. Yum.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap during happy hour at Smokin Joes in the south side

A - Pours dark black with a full cocoa head that poured a bit on the table meaning a lot of carbonation.

S - Mostly dark roasted coffee with slight chocolate to the nose. The roasted malts play well on the nose.

T - Really smooth. I enjoyed the sharp coffee taste more than Founder Breakfast. The bitter finish was toned down a bit as it warms. Very enjoyable.

M - Heavy roasted bitterness with medium body as expected for a imperial porter.

D - Wow I think I liked this more than the Rogue chocolate stout! Very good and balance coffee flavor that delivers. If they brew it again I would defiantly order another pint.

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Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, rocky head that is slow to recede. I'm growing thirsty waiting for it to subside. Dark, dark brown color where no light shines through.

The aroma is as promised--mocha. Dark chocolate dominates any coffee present. Light hop in the background. Very attractive!

More coffee in the taste, but it is still a mostly dark chocolate brew. I like the hop in the background. Nicely complex and quite rich. Not as thick as most porters, perhaps the only pedestrian part of this beer. The aftertaste reminds me of swallowing unsweetened chocolate. And it lingers a very long time.

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer out of a 22oz bottle at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC

This Double Mocha Porter is one of the first in a new line of beers for Rogue Ales. It pours a deep, dark onyx with a reddish tint escaping as the light hits the sides of the glass with a rocky mocha colored head that leaves nice lacing as you sip on this bad boy. The chocolate comes through really well in the aroma along with some sweet, lightly roasted coffee. As you sip this beer you get a brilliant mix of chocolate, roasted malt, and fresh coffee. This beer goes down nice and smooth with some residual sweetness on the palate. It is nice and easy to drink despite having 8.2% abv

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Photo of mgbickel
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Draft at Bocktown.

Poured into a small (not sure...maybe a thistle) glass. Very little head was formed, but the thin layer that did exist was dark tan/cocoa colored. The body is dark and thick looking...stout-esque.

Wow...great nose on this one! Lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Smells like something Starbucks may brew! Hints of vanilla beans and heavy cream in the background.

The flavoring is just as the nose would suggest. Deep, dark chocolate malts from start to finish. You get a little roasted punch of burnt malts in the middle that fades before the finish.

The mouth feel is medium-thick, creamy and mildly carbonated.

A very nice offering from Rogue! I would drink this more often if the price tag was lower!!!

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Photo of mynie
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark and black chocolately. Looks, tastes, and smells like dark barley--no burn, no ash or peat, just loads of mocha, sweetened coffee, and bitterspicy willamette. Also delicious pacman. Good lord, if you go a few months without drinking one of Rogue's stouts, you forget how fantastic that yeast tastes against dark barley and dry hops. Things get a little pleasantly rough in the back end, but it's not sour or earthen; more like the last couple sips of a cup of French press coffee.

So... is this the regular mocha porter? It's been so long since I had that--really if you just poured this in a glass and told me it was a 5.5%ish coffee stout I'd have believed you. The only place where this beer seems Big is in the aftertaste, which is a prolonged node of the aforementioned coffee craziness.

Glad I poured this into a pint glass, instead of a snifter. Every little bit about it belies its strength: it's a great, smooth session porter that just happens to have over 8% ABV.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $11.99 for this 750ml at World Market as I recall for this.

Nice black with hints of brown and brick in the rim. I poured it aggressively into a Guinness pint glass which produced a 3 finder frothy heard producing nice gobs of lacing around the sides.

Smelled of a smoky peaty, and coffee concoction.

The flavors were the same but with more coffee. There were some light hops notes. The bottle says 78 IBUs but it seemed less. It was well balanced with the hops and the alcohol was not biting and again not seeming like 8.2%. This brew could have been better with a greater degree of complexity.

It was full bodied and thick in the mouth. Very drinkable and I had no trouble downing the 750ml.

This was very good and a great example of the style but I'm not sure it justified $12. I'd buy this again at $10 all day, but $12 seems a bit high.

To illustrate the dense flavors and full-bodied character, I followed this with the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter which was hard to taste as it was lighter that this Rogue.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured the 750 mL into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Black with brown hues. It poured with a thick, dense, tan head that died to a thick lace and film.
S: There is a spectrum of chocolate! Combine this with charred vanilla cream aromas that come together almost like banana.
T: The creamy coffee chocolate comes in front of spicy alcohol, while charred flavors linger.
M: The mouthfeel is dense and creamy and frothy... and almost stout-like. Excellent.
D: Awesome for the strong flavors and high ABV.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle painted blue. I guess this is the 2009 release, but no date. poured into nonic pint glass

pitch black in color, with a nice creamy tan head that stays throughout drinking. leaves great lacing. as expected, the aroma is coffee and chocolate.

taste is a nice mellow balance of roasty malts, coffee and chocolate. flavors are blended well adn not overpowering. mild carbonation, super creamy body, smooth.
very drinkable. no hint of the increased ABV. no problem downing the whole big bottle myself.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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 alkemy
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a snifter, the pour was very dark, nearly opaque, mahogany brown with a thin dark tan head. Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee on the nose. It does smell like something you'd find brewed in a coffee house. I really didn't notice much alcohol presence in the aroma. The taste is quite pleasant. The coffee is more of an espresso flavor. There's bitter chocolate, but also occasions where you get a hint of sweet chocolate. There's a nice piney hop presence lingering after the finish. This is a really good beer that I'll have to try in the bottle as well and compare.

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Photo of wampahoofus
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep and dark with a short creamy brown head. Lots of lacing.

S - Lot of vanilla and caramel to the nose. Quite a bit of sweetness.

T - The beer has a strong malty backbone with hints of vanilla and chocolate. The flavors are bold. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish.

M - The beer has a thick and rich feeling on the palate. The flavors tend to linger and cling to the tongue.

Overall - This is a solid porter with deep satisfying flavors. I am sure having it on tap was a big help to bringing out these qualities. Drinkers of stouts, porters and brown ales will go for this.

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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark chocolate with a tan head. Bubbly cloud like head that shrinks down to a decent ring.

S chocolately toasty and a little big of alcohol

T clean rich chocolate. Not overnpowering. Lacks any huge coffee notes

M medium bodied and clean finish

D very drinkable for 8.2%

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Photo of Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a frothy tan head into my pint glass. Looks good for the style so far.

Aroma is full of coffee, cream and chocolate. Definitely more of an emphasis on the mocha part.

Taste has a slight amount of cream followed by mocha, coffee and just a hint of alcohol warmth. Clean, refreshing and certainly not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering flavors as mentioned above (mocha, coffee) and feels really easygoing. Nothing harsh.

Certainly very drinkable, even at 8.2%. No harsh flavors. If you enjoy porters, there's no reason why you couldn't enjoy this.

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