Double Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

Double Mocha PorterDouble Mocha Porter
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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: 311 |  Reviews: 164
Photo of blackc5
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a review from notes... received this as a gift, and loved the bottle. On to the beer:

A - Dark brown, near black with a decent tan head and good lacing. Fairly standard.

S - Enhanced version of the typical porter with lots of chocolate evident as expected from the name. Good amount of espresso coffee as well, and some additional caramel sweetness.

T - Hmm, was expecting a lot here perhaps because of the nice bottle and known premium price. Oh, and the great nose. But this really underwhelmed. A decent porter, but it falls short on backing up the nose with flavor. The expected cocoa and coffee are there, as well as a surprising amount of bittering from some herbal hops. I guess I have had nearly as much chocolate and coffee from just standard malts in other porters, without the additives...

M - Fairly smooth - creamy. Medium-bodied and a bit oily. Bitter aftertaste lingers a bit.

D - A decent brew, but not worth the premium price, and not really a top notch porter even. Falls a bit short for Rogue IMHO.

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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 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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Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's Taproom, PDX, 7.15.2010, $4.00 for 12 oz, poured into small generic snifter.

Medium tan head, 1/2 finger, medium dissipation with some lacing. Dark dark brown opaque body, no visible carbonation. Nose features significant amount of chocolate notes, some roasted malt, floral hops. Taste has a pretty big tobacco presence, some smokiness, and significant hoppiness in addition to the above aromas. Mouthfeel is medium light, a bit bittersweet, with decent effervescence. Good drinkability, a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours exceptionally well with three fingers of chocolaty looking head and a pitch black body with reddish hues on the edges of the glass. The retention of the head is just plain awesome!

The aroma is mostly of coffee and a hint of smoke. Surprisingly not much in the way of chocolate.

In the taste it is a medley of flavors that just twist and twist around between the sweetness of chocolate and toasty coffee characteristics.

Mouth feel wise it is certainly full in body, lots of carbonation and not as powdery as most Rogue beers.

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Photo of kwjd
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark borwn with tan head. It smells like chocolate more than coffee, but there is some coffee there too. Mild roasted malt smell. It tastes like an alcohol chocolate milkshake almost, since it is very creamy. I prefered the regular Mocha Porter though as this was a bit boozier than it needed to be.

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Photo of shivtim
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the ale house in Portland.
It's a deep brown/black ale. Very slight latte head. Thick, dense looking beer. Seems more stout-like.
Nose is heavy dark chocolate. Strong roasted malts, powdered cocoa and nibs. Fantastic.
Taste is sweet dry chocolate. Nicely toasted malts.
Very solid mouthfeel and drinkability. Great beer!

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

Visual... Standard high gravity Rogue, not a lot of bubbles, way to dark to see through, nice and black. All the things you'd expect from a "double porter".

Aromatics... Layer upon layer of caramel, cocoa, coffee, slight citris/berry, whisps of yeast, toffy, and a little creamy.

Flavor... Hops aren't as prevelant in the flavor. Has the standard "Rogue" character, ie good solid crystal and chocolate malt, bready, sweet, ect. It's like a less roasted heavier shakespear stout.

Mouthfeel... is a little lighter than what you'd expect in a beer this big. A little more carbonation would be nice, it seems a little watery for a big beer.

Drinkability... Even on a 90 degree TN afternoon it was still pleasent. I could have had another one if they didn't cost 14 dollars a bottle.

Overall... I liked it. If you want a big beer that won't make you feel like you just ate a whole birthday cake it's great. I am not however planning on spending another 14 bucks on one.

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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 Arbitrator
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a pitch brown body, possibly black, with two fingers of light mocha head filling the remainder of the glass. The receding head is composed of dense, creamy-looking bubbles. The head leaves tons of sticky lace down the sides of the tulip, in all 3 pours.

S: It's grainy, with a roasted component to it; cocoa powder is noticed. I don't pick up much coffee in the nose. Some earthy, floral notes to it.

T: I pick up more coffee than I got in the smell; the cocoa is pronounced, too. The beer lives up to its name. The hops aren't too bitter; they produce a perfumey, earthy flavor that is kind of like fresh, grassy dirt. Grains are prominent in the finish, with a roastiness that imparts some bitterness and dryness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-plus bodied, with a shade under medium carbonation. Semi-dry, which is especially impressive for the ABV. The bubbles are fine and silky. It's quite good here.

D: A solid beer, though I find myself thinking that the regular Mocha Porter is a superior beer. It feels less heavy and seems to have a more complex flavor. I am also not thrilled about the $15 price tag (though I didn't pay it).

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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 cdkrenz
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown body with an amber hue when held to light. The head is tall and think with great stamina in a cloak of big-bubbled, frothy light brown.

S - Slight chocolate and much malt make up the aroma.

T - Definite sharp coffee flavors accompanying dark chocolate and long roasted well-baked malts.

M - Slight coarse texture in medium bodied, sticky porter. This is a good feel for the style.

~ This makes for a great desert brew. The coffee, chocolate and malt really make for a great wind-down beer. The high abv (well, high for a porter) assists in the wind-down mentality. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on one of these bombers I suggest you do so. Then, save the bottle for a nice after dinner drink to share with another who appreciates quality beer.

Another thing, BA indicates this beer is not recommended for cellaring. I would say that may be a mistake considering the sharp coffee flavors. My guess is that after a year or two the coffee flavors would ease back a bit and maybe let some of the chocolate malts shine through. I bet this beer would be great after two years, and at 8.2% I'm sure it could handle being cellared.

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Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown to black with a rich tan head that holds up well. Scattered lacing sticks down the glass.

The smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate with Rogue's signature Pac-man yeast. There's a slight perfumy hop touch in the back (Willamette hops).

The taste is of deep-roasted coffee with chocolate. Alcohol is well-incorporated. There's a hop touch in the background. Well-balanced with a strong aftertaste.

It just reaches full-bodied with ample carbonation that lands it more silky than harsh.

A strong version of the Mocha Porter, as it should be. If you liked the mocha porter, and want a stronger version, this is one you should certainly seek out!

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Photo of theghost3
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque mahogany with a 3-finger, frothy cafe au lait head. Medium lacing.

The smell is strong of roasted coffee malts, molasses, and there's a slight hint of herbal hops. The taste is burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel malts. This has quite a bitter flavor from the burnt malts and some herbal hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied, and the carbonation is very apparent.

This is a fairly drinkable porter that's beautiful to look at, but it's more bitter than I like for the style. The price is a bit steep, so I won't partake is this regularly.

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Photo of murphyzd
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
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 gordavidson
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, dark leathery brown with a creamy brown head that has some excellent retention.

S- Coffee, cocoa powder, and some associated roastiness. Smells rich and reminds me of Rogue Chocolate Stout. A little simple, but enjoyable.

T- Surprisingly bitter with some noticeable alcohol. The chocolate and coffee aspect is present, but is not the front and center like it is in the aroma.

M- A nice amount of carbonation keeps the liquid smooth, but the hoppiness provides a long lasting bitterness that is a bit odd.

D- An interesting beer that doesn't drink extraordinarly well for the alcohol content; but that is not to say that it is overly boozy. For the price ($13 for the bomber), I wouldn't seek this out again.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-11-10

Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, and almost completely opaque. A very pleasant tan head lasts in a thick layer.

Smell is all malt with a nice coffee edge. Slightly clean and soapy, with a tart hoppiness right at the end.

Taste is surprisingly clean, the malt is rather light and sharply bitter. The coffee is not as pronounced as I expected, with a boozy kick in the finish. Decent, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, but just slightly too thin. Still, fits the style and flavors well.

Drinkability is good, flavors are not overpowering and the alcohol fits nicely.

Overall, a good beer, but I think I'd prefer a regular mocha porter.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours a very nice dark brown with some reddish copper hues. There is a huge dark tan head that is 1.5 inches tall and very dense. The beer head recedes slowly and has some nice stickiness to it.

S - Delicious aroma! Starts of with nice sweet chocolate and some bitter dark chocolate as well that then turns into some roasted coffee notes that are still balanced with the chocolate. The aroma is absolutely delicious with nice malty aromas and finishes with some nice mild hop aroma.

T - The flavor starts off with nice roasted malt flavor that is perfect. Not overwhelming at all. There is a nice vanilla hint as well as the major chocolate sweetness and coffee like bitterness and roasted character. There is also a very nice mild hop bitterness and character that isnt too intense and goes well with all the malt.

M & D - Nice medium body with great CO2 and nice creamy feel. Great drinkability because of flavor. ABV on the higher side though.

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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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Photo of alkemy
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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 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 ffejherb
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this 750ml bottle on 5/15/10.

A - Poured a deep espresso bean-colored liquid with half an inch of frothy beige head that reduced to a bubbly patch, leaving behind lots of spotted lacing. Head really flared up to a sponge-like consistency each time I swirled the glass.

S - Coffee dominates the nose, although some milky lactic notes are present, as well as cocoa powder and rice-like malt. The coffee aroma only became stronger and more potent as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Bitter chocolate and coffee notes are obvious up front, although both flavors subside a bit to make room for a nutty malt character in the middle with a fair amount of astringency. Finishes with an aggressive leafy, earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and lively carbonation. Bitterness builds to quite an intense level in the finish.

D - This porter answers the question, "How do you make a good beer even better?" Double everything, of course! Much hoppier and more coffee-forward than its predecessor, Rogue takes a fine beer and intensifies all of the flavors, yielding a very solid Imperial Porter.

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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 Gobzilla
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown with a finger head and pretty good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: chocolate coffee aromas hit hard up front with some nice roasted malts blending well in the mixture.

T: good chocolate coffee flavors like the nose with a light backend sweetness and roasted malt notes as well.

M: medium body with decent carbonation and a frothy start on each sip.

D: good mocha beer overall and I'm not a big coffee fan. This is the second time I've had this beer and will try to get some more.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

"Double Mocha", eh? I'd better find all sorts o' coffee-ness in this brew, or else! (I know you can't see it, but I'm shaking my fist in the air.) Let's find out. It pours an opaque black-brown with a healthy dark creamy head that dissipates, but not completely, leaving a nice spread on the surface. Kinda coffee-like, right? Well, those roasted beans get the 'strils in a rush (and no one's head got made into a canoe...), joined by sympathetic notes of cocoa and maple syrup. It's always helpful to have friends, right? The tongue experiences the same posse attack, led by the Coffee Brothers (Wyatt, Morgan, and Virgil). A drunken Doc Chocolatey's got two guns, one fo' each of ya, and the Coffees' backs. A dusty, grainy mixture of molasses and syrup round out the group that hunts down tastebuds for vengeance. No one challenges the peace of the still liquid and gets away with it. They swear it! As they ride along the lingual prairie, they camp only shortly and don't overly disturb the natural surroundings, giving them the healthy reputation necessary to allow them a return if necessary. Hopefully the need is not there in the future, but, if it is, the posse is more than welcome back.

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Double Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 69.8% out of 100 with 311 ratings
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