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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Ratings: 312 |  Reviews: 165
Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of froghop
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a black with a red tint, a large khaki head, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, cocoa, and a little coffee.

taste is of cocoa, a little coffee, malt, and some nuts, ends nicely smooth with a touch of bitterness.

overall a very good imperial porter.

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Photo of FuturePilot
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of truthcontortion
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Rons35
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Double Mocha was served to me in a Rogue Goblet. Damn that goblet is heavy. The head is brown, small, and large-bubbled. The body is somewhere between black and very dark brown. Overall, it looks a little bit like cola.

The aroma is strong coffee.

Powerful coffee. Black coffee and a bit of black malt. A touch of warmth and booze in the background, and more coffee. This beer is fine, but it is pretty one-dimensional. The finish does have a bit of fruity hops and some bitterness.

The carbonation is a little bit prickly, but the body has enough heft to it.

Lots of coffee. The coffee is well-done but not fantastic. If you like coffee beer, this is a probably one you want to try.

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Photo of ejw127
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of caljrjr
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ineva
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mpayne5
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is dry/baker's chocolate. Very dry finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $12.95 for a 750ml blue bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, nicely browned, tan colored head. The beer is a dark chocolate brown color that shows ruby red hue when held up to the light. The head has lots of staying power and leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma mixes notes of fruit and a more dominant notes of city roast coffee. Other notes of chocolate, richly toasted, dark leaning malt and the finish has notes of roasted nuttiness all of which are contributed by the malt.

After the dessert i just had, the beer tastes only lightly sweet and has a nice toasted, nutty, malt character. as my palate adjusts it picks up more sweetness, though it never gets overly sweet, especially considering its strength. Sweet chocolate notes mix with city roast coffee flavors quite nicely and really does remind me of mocha java coffee. the texture of this is somewhat soft and creamy, though not richly so; some of this is likely due to the fact that this has lost a fair amount of carbonation since it was first opened (the voluminous head produced made this seem overly carbonated and likely knocked out much of the excess carbonation). This is quite a quaffable brew given how strong it is. Speaking of which, this beer hides its strength pretty well; there is a touch of alcohol warming here in the finish but even that is fairly soft.

A fresh pour yields a bunch more head and a texture that is way to fizzy; luckily some vigorous swirling gets rid of the excess. Not a bad beer, I wasn't expecting too much from this and it hasn't disappointed.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black color with good carbonation and a small tannish head. Nose is rpasted malt minus "double mocha". Taste is more roasted malt some chocolate, hops and less mocha. This beer seemed to a murkey ness of lavor and all over the place. Not really balanced or out together well. I was never impressed with the Mocha Porter and the Imp version is no different. pass.

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Photo of claspada
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, faily decent tan color head.
Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, and roasted malt, not as much coffee/chocolate as expected. Fits the style of an Imperial American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an moderate carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness from either the hops or the coffee, I'm guessing the latter. Tastes of coffee, roasted malt, hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. An overall good beer for a sample but NOT at all worth the inflated pricetag. Not a signifigant enough improvement over the standard Mocha Porter. Maybe I drank it too young but I won't be investing anytime soon to confirm or deny that suspicion.

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Photo of loren01
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Comes in a really cool blue bottle. Pours a dark black color, small tan head slight lace down the glass
S: Smell is very earthy and slight coffee scent
T: Earthy burnt roasted malts, slight chocolate taste. Finishes dry.
M: Medium to full bodied with a fairly decent amount of carbonation.
D: Not too bad but not worth the price really, I don't find its too much different from the regular Mocha Porter really.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressive into a 20 oz Duvel tulip glass. Pours close to pitch black, with a four inch fluffy dark tan head that, hangs around for awhile before it turns into a quarter inch of foam, plenty of lace. Smell coffee, dark chocolate, hint of smoke, and dark fruits. Taste is mainly mocha and smoke. The body is a little thinner than I expected, on the dry side, good amount carbonation, and very approachable for its abv. This is a good Porter, but was hoping for more for the fairly large price tag.

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Photo of budgood1
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle.

pours out a nearly opaque chocolate brown colour with crimson edges when held up to a light. huge dark tan head the recedes ever so slowly to thick chunky lace. rogue yeast aroma with chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee and nougat nuances in the nose. plenty of herbal and pine hop notes wafting about. ripe fruit, a bit of sourness and some spice round things out. wow what a nose!! the taste is a bit more muted with lots of cocoa and dark chocolate notes backed up by some espresso and toffee. some chalkiness appears and a bit of booziness melds comfortably into the background as the slightly agressive hop profile digs in and asserts itself with some more spicy notes. pretty nice tasting. pretty full overall body with a mouthfeel that is half velvety half dry and chalky...just ok. drinkability is pretty good....but one might be enough to kill the curiousity.

well, for the price and expectations, i was disappointed in this offering. looked and smelled fantastic but tasted and felt less than fantastic.

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Photo of MattU
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 year old bottle.

Appearance- Dark ruddy brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Poured into a snifter produces a one finger head that quickly falls to a light but consistent stream of bubbles. Leaves moderate lacing as it goes down.

Aroma - Perfumey/vinous alcohol, not hot or solventy. Slight coco-nib aroma followed by toasty malts.

Taste - Is pleasant but not what I was hoping for/expecting. Slightly sweet upfront, I have a feeling this is a function of the aging. Followed by luscious vinous characters and a slight alcohol bitterness. Ends on soft notes of chocolate, but I'm missing the coffee component (aging?)

Mouthfeel - Chewy and velvety with low carbonation. High alcohol keeps it from being sticky and allows for a clean finish.

Overall - A nice and interesting beer that did well with a year of age. I could stand for more of the coffee aspect of the "mocha" but still very interesting. Would pair well with some braise lamb saddles.


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Photo of DavidST
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, no date. This pours a very dark brown, almost pitch black with a large Mocha colored head. The smells are of roasted malts, dark chocolate. The feel is medium much thinner than I expected. The taste is good, lots of dark bitter roasted malts, dark chocolate (although gritty), overall not a bad porter/stout, but at this price there are many stout which are better.

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Photo of Bucknutty24
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep dark brown almost black color. Has a nice thick tan colored head. The smell is mostly roasted malts and coffee. The taste is
chocolate and mocha coffee and small hints of hops. This was my first Porter brew. I didn't know what to expect really and found this beer to be a real nice surprise. The alcohol content is very high at 8.2 and it doesn't take long to notice it either. Warms you up quick. I will be drinking this again but more in the colder months of the year.

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Photo of shangwang
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

This beer was full of surprises for me; right off the bat I was caught off guard with the head following the pour- at least three fingers and very frothy.
Chocolate was the dominant smell; also the strong presence of coffee, smoked wood, and a faint scent of cherry.
This beer is light in the mouth, not as creamy as I expected, but not unlike other porters and stouts.
The taste was the next surprise; despite the word Mocha in the name I didn't taste much coffee at all. Definitely an earthy chocolate taste with a sort of smoky, peppery, bitter charcoal taste. Slightly sweet at first with a strong bitter finish.
On a sidenote, I enjoyed this beer more when it was at a warmer temperature. A solid offering, but it didn't rock my world. Nevertheless, as with most Rogue offerings a pleasant brew.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is smoky with molasses and fishy tones. It pours a deep sable with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, pale tan head. Flavor has tones of molasses and coffee, with a fairly strong alcohol bite. Texture is quite fizzy, not quite as thick as most porters, and leaves a fizzy and bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Domingo
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this just prior to GABF 2011. I guess our area didn't get many and some stores stashed 'em for that week.
Looks pretty standard for the role. Brown/black, although it does have a bit more of a head than most, and the carbonation never fades. No issues here at all.
The nose is also par for the course for a bigger porter/stout. Heavily roasted malts, a little coffee and baker's chocolate. Like almost all Rogue beers, there are some unmistakably evident pacific NW hops in there, too.
The flavor profile (dare I say it) is more of the same. Par for the course, but no real wrinkles at all. Semi-sweet dark malts, with hints of mild dark chocolate. Piney bitter hops take over a little in the middle and fade into a roasty blend. The coffee character is milder than I expected and for that matter, the chocolate is too. I think you probably could’ve just called this a random big porter and nobody would have any idea that there was any coffee or cocoa in it.
There’s nothing wrong here, but it wasn’t cheap and it wasn’t really memorable either.
It’s certainly not a miss, but there’s just nothing outstanding about it. I’ve been pretty happy with the other Rogue big beers in this series, so I guess you just can’t win ‘em all.
Still absolutely worth drinking, but just not worth seeking out or paying a premium price for.

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