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 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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a rich looking deep brown color. The head was a decent size and a light brown color. The aromas of this were chocolatey and had just a hint of hops in there. The taste was a little lighter than I expected from the aroms. I felt that the flavors were a little muted for some reason. I think the it could have been just a bit more mocha to it and it would have been much better. The mouthfeel was a too light also for a porter. The pour made it look like it was going to be thicker but it was a pretty good illusion.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a light tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. It also left some lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The is a very easy beer to drink and makes for a good selection on a cold winter night.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With all the acclaim and delicacy of Rogue's standard Mocha Porter, the Double Mocha can't go wrong, can't it?

Strong brown colors are represented in the glass, definately a bold Porter or Stout. Sturdy head formation holds it's own against a thick and cream pour. Mild chocolaty haze gives visual weight to the unfiltered pour.

Aromas of heavy toast, light roast, coffee, and cocoa powder gives a deep and savory scent to the malt-forward beer. Straight forward and strong, the beer makes head way agianst more timid Porters and Stouts.

Flavors of cocoa, French roast coffee, walnuts, heavy cream and vanilla round out for a bold and bitter taste that exhibits great balance and strenght but sarifices in richness, sweetness, and complexity. Hop bitterness weaves into subtle hop bite in the finish for a cocoa-dry finish despite such body and sweet start.

Creamy and moderate up front despit being a 'Double' anything, the beer's quick transition into a malty-dry and powdery cocoa finish makes this beer palatable and drinkable but leaving me wanting much more rich flavor and feel in the end.

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Photo of superspak
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a 2 finger foamy tan head with very good retention that reduces to a cap. Some decent glass lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, with a bit of toast. Taste of sweet chocolate and coffee, with some bitterness on the finish that lingers. Medium carbonation and body with a bit of alcohol warming after the finish. Solid stuff!

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Photo of vfgccp
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – Midnight red-brown with mahogany and ruby highlights. The head is beautiful – tall with a dark khaki cascade.

S – Lighter than expected. Smoke, cedar hops. Touch of coffee.

T – Dark, smokey roast. There’s a distinct coffee bitterness but not much coffee flavor. Woody hop character. Fairly one note actually – which isn’t always a bad thing, but I would have liked the flavors to stand out a bit more. I felt like I was waiting for a crescendo, or a smooth transition to a new flavor, but neither really manifested to the degree I was hoping for.

M – Medium body that thins through the finish. Woody hop notes on the backend.

O – Very drinkable, but I’d say the flavor and mouthfeel were just average. I was really hoping for something more.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/19/2011 at Dave’s Bar & Grill in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of coffee and milk chocolate followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but a little watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stronger porter to drink for a while but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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 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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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 ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a tall, tan head beaming with pride and hinting at belligerence.

Smell: Roasty, espresso powder-scented malts with an insertion of dark chocolate and a bit of scorched heavy cream.

Taste: A rather roasty opening, which remains the predominate taste, as, unfortunately, the chocolate and cream accents from the aroma don't carry over particularly well into the final flavor. Only lightly sweet. A bit of black currant, black licorice, and a couple drops of Maggi liquid seasoning. Develops a true burnt maltiness as the hop bitterness emerges alongside a hint of scorched chopped garlic. Finishes about the same with some enduring acrid astringency beyond the finish reminiscent of a doubling-up of the ashen finish from the original.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: To be honest, I was never too terribly fond of the standard Mocha Porter, but was fully open to giving this a try. I thought its predecessor was merely alright, and, for me, this was, in essence, an 'imperialized' alright beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/6/10 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown with little head and cabronation evident.

s - Smells of coffee and chocolate mostly. Hints of hops and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and hops. Very bitter hoppy aftertaste to it.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Though this was a pretty decent porter. Had a nice bitter aftertaste that wasn't too overpowering and the alcohol was well hidden. I would definitely try it again.

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

"Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow."

--Swedish proverb

Polished pumpernickel with somewhat generous edges of cherry and tangerine. In other words, not a black hole... no sin in an Imperial porter. More than half the pint glass is currently filled with carmal nougat colored foam that has a moonscape surface and is beginning to lay down streamers of sudsy lace.

The nose features the usual elements of dark caramel, dark chocolate and coffee beans. Hops are having their say as well, which suggests good things to come on the palate. So far, Double Mocha Porter is not appreciably better than Single Mocha Porter.

Tasty beer... which is no surprise when it says Rogue on the bottle. Probably not worth $10.99, but that's another discussion for another time. Oddly enough, this brew doesn't taste, feel or drink Imperial. That could be either a positive or a negative, depending on your preferences and your point of view.

Malt flavor leads the way, as it should, while hop flavor rushes in at the end to tighten the finish and ready the palate for the next mouthful. Specific flavors include toasted brown bread, dark chocolate shavings, flecks of roasted coffee bean, and a tea leaf bitterness that is gaining confidence as the middle of the bottle approaches.

Excellent job with respect to burying the alcohol. The mouthfeel, while not massive, is big enough and silky smooth enough to be considered good. It also aids (ease of) drinkability, which is beginning to catch up to me. Time to slow down a little.

Double Mocha Porter is yet another well-crafted Rogue beer that borders on impulsively drinkable. Having said that, it isn't head-and-shoulders better than its more available and less expensive smaller brother. Bottom line: if you're a fan of this brewery, you'll be a fan of this beer.

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

I was thrilled to see this one on tap on Saturday. I was in desperate need of a night cap and this fit the bill perfectly. Served cold and in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/17/2010.

Huge dark black pour, no light could be seen through this one. A nice finger deep head of tan lacing then rose up from the bottom of the glass and rested across the top. Fading quickly it left behind a touch of light lacing and a nice and well rounded body. Aroma was deep chocolate and coffee notes. Lots of sweetness going on in here and it worked very, very well. Warming brought out decadent chocolate notes, hints of vanilla and molasses and a rich, and superbly delicate balance of light hops. Smooth, creamy, very full body lended itself perfectly to the flavor and the style, really amping it up quite nicely. Rich warming with each sip left me stuck between the rich chocolate and lightly bitter coffee notes. As I finished I started to pick up light notes of smoke, touches of roasted malts and a touch of sweet vanilla. Nice smooth finish was just about dead on.

Overall a very welcome and very well put together night cap. I would have no issue with trying this one again and really though it came off quite well. One of the better rogue offerings I have had as of late.

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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Batdorf served a bit too cold in a pint glass. Color is dark brown with little to now powers of retension on the darkly tanned head. No lacing to be found on the glassware. Nose is a blend of citrus hops, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is bitter upfront with a seemingly powdery chocolate taste and feel the blends through the medium body to a bitter dark chocolate finish. The citrus hops are accented by the alcohol presence. Very light carbonation is a bit distracting. Overally not bad but a little more hoppy than what I am use to for a porter. Also, the chocolate/mocha seems supplimented by chocolate baking powder which makes the feel of this beer a little gritty and different along with the low carbonation. It is worth a try but not outstanding.

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Double Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
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