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 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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Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours of black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, hops, and roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of coffee, roasted malt, hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. Overall, a good blend, body, and appearance.

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Photo of Ego
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

over active head just wants to jump out of the bottle, it audibly sizzles as it settles down from a rise of three full fingers, nearly opaque in hue this certainly has that porter look. lacing is good as is head retention, nice.

kind of a strange wet wood must odor... really unexpected, with some swirling it just becomes stronger, some chocolate is coming through underneath, some sweetness, when it is completely settled it has more of a cocoa powder aroma.

taste etc...
moderately thick mouthfeel, cocoa bitterness, very smooth with just a hint of what seemed like massive carbonation, the flavor though is lacking, it has some decent choco notes in the aftertaste but overall this remains rather bland, it's not bad and has a little more character further along the bomber but the best attribute is the subtle chocolate and bitterness that lingers momentarily in the after taste.

I was expecting more, especially with the "Double" moniker. not terrible, just not great.

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Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the Rogue Ale Beers that are in the coated bottles (clay coated?) all of which I like (the double ipa, double dead guy, etc.).

This one is as good as the others other than i don't think dark porter works in as many places (times, seasons, etc.).

Dark brown with a redish hue. Great mocha and dark malt aroma. Good flavor, great mouthfeel and a great beer to mix with pale ales or ipas.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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 beerthulhu
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Appeared black coffee in color in the glass with dark caramel and ruby chestnut highlights glistening around the edges from the light. A monstrous mocha colored head ,4 fingers and counting, rises to the occasion with a firm foam structure that displayed moderately good retention before lapsing to a full sheet band around the glass for a lacing.

S: Fresh pine, almost forest like, with some dried conifer underbrush set against a soft roasty nature. The nose was much softer then anticipated considering the name with hardly any strong roasty character or chocolate malting present. Sorry to say the aroma didn't lend any insight or incentive towards the drink coming off rather average with little regard.

T: What the nose lacked strength wise, the flavor sure made amends to with a huge roasty beginning along with dry piney hops. Freshly brewed coffee, almost of espresso nature, comes through but in a refined and smooth manner that combines with dark bitter chocolate malts really sets this flavor apart from most per style. A powdery coating of rich coffee beans settles on the tongue with rich and rewarding results. The finish finds a fresh roasty character of bitter proportions that was enough to satisfy the heartiest of coffee-beer fans.

M: Roasty feel with grainy coffee grounds smothering the tongue in a rich earthy dark coating. Ample effervesce provides both feel and texture with a medium fullness. After the swallow comes the big reward of a tongue smothering coating of residual coffee grounds that leaves a roasty fresh and bitter lacing long after its departure.

D: Drinkability was good, bitter, roasty but extremely smooth and easy to handle. A huge 2x coffee presence makes this stand out with a rewarding experience that cant be missed by fans of the style.

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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 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 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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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 Parrotbeak
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A shade short of black, with an eighth-inch light tan head that slowly fades, but pretty much remains full. Good lacing as it goes down.
Smell is subdued, chocolatey malts, with some faint cocoa and caramel.
Taste is roasted malts, followed by some bitter hops. Faint dark chocolate joins in, with some caramel tones. The bitterness carries to the finish, along with some faint vanilla and toffee. Slightly roasty but un-malty aspect at the finish as well.
Mouthfeel is slightly crisp up front, becoming fairly smooth towards the finish. Moderate-to-low level of carbonation. Medium body.
Drinkability is good, though it falls a touch below expectation. Alcohol is fairly well-hidden, but it's not too impressive overall.

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

On-tap at Smokin' Joe's Saloon, East Carson, Pittsburgh's South Side.

I suppose we were expecting more of the Mocha since it's featured in the title, so it was a bit disappointing but still a nice Porter worthy of Rogue.

A= very dark mahogany, modest tan head which dissipated quickly to some rim and lacing.

S= roasted toasted burnt malts, typical Rogue style hops, dry grass and burnt coffee.

T= burnt toasted malts with dry grassy notes and slightly fruity liquor. Some dry dark chocolate, dry coffee notes.

M= dry mixed with slight liquor and syrup. The mocha aftertaste seems more like stale instant coffee than a good mocha should have.

D= a bit too disjointed for my preferences but worth the try for maybe 1-2.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown, though it's essentially black in the glass. Head is a little bit modest, but creamy and long-lasting.

S: Roasted malts, perhaps a little bit of nuttiness, and a mild chocolate aroma. Coffee floats around, but the pour was perhaps a touch cold and it seems a little muted.

T: Coffee comes out more in the flavour, balancing the malt 'roastiness.' Nothing is overly intense, which is perhaps a bit surprising considering it's a bigger brew. Not the worst thing in the world, really... alcohol is certainly noted, at least towards the finish, but otherwise it is a nice and well-rounded flavour.

M + D: As per the comment above in regards to the lack of 'intensity,' it could almost be too easy to drink in some ways. It does improve as it warms, almost taking on a completely new identity, though. This alone is worth the wait, and makes the experience much more enjoyable.

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Photo of jmalex
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting to try this long-awaited brew from Rogue on Masters Sunday 2010. Hopefully the beer is as good as the golf.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory willibecker deep brown to black with a huge, frothy, light brown head. It drops a bit initially but still holds on to its full, firm cap.

SMELL: Not a whole lot, but the main aroma is coffee unsurprisingly. There's a hint of some chocolate in the background, but that's about it.

TASTE: Big and balanced, but lacking some interesting character. The rich caramel and burnt malt character is equaled by a firm but nearly flavorless bitterness. Coffee dominates the finish and finally lends a luxurious quality to a beer that really wants it.

MOUTHFEEL: Big, thick, and full, and cut nicely by an actively higher carbonation. Somewhat unstandard, but it works.

DRINKABILITY: Just fine. Not something I'd want several pints of, but a 750 will do well for a long afternoon and evening.

Not bad, but not exceptional. The coffee isn't overdone, which is nice, but the rest of the beer could still come up and match it.

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

On-tap at Bully's in Columbia.
Dark chocolate in color, almost black. Small head with a little lacing. Smell is of coffee and chocolate with some roasted malts as well. Tastes of roasted malts with a noticeble alcohol finish. Has a fair amount of bitterness. Very small chocolate and coffee taste, but it is in there. Heavy on the tongue and coats the mouth well. Nice sipper for the cold winter months. Or in this case, a cool spring evening.

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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 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 MrStark
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance is dark brown with a big tan/light brown head that dissipates down to about a two finger head. A pretty good looking brew.

Smell is somewhat light with some mild hints of malt, coffee and a very small hint of chocolate.

Taste is upfront a fairly bitter but light coffee flavor almost hoppy which is followed by a smoother mild malt and chocolate sweetness. The chocolate and coffee stand out more as it warms. Overall a nice balanced flavor.

Motuhfeel is full bodied ans smooth with a good amount of carbonation that lightens as it warms.

Drinkability is good. It is quite easy drinking as the abv, while not particularly high, doesn't seem to rear its head at all. A nice addition to the style. I would have another but probably not anytime soon just because of the price point and the size of the bottle. But Its certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque with a mocha colored head. No noticeable lacing or haze.

S: Bouquet is quite muted, with only hints of chocolate and coffee coming through.

T: Semi-sweet, with heavy doses of baker's chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

M: Full bodied with little in the way of carbonation.

D: A well rounded coffee brew. Roasty, robust, and well rounded.

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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 PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into my 12 oz snifter.

A- Body is a nearly opaque cola color that pours with a foamy 2-3 finger light brown colored head. Head has very good, near perfect retention at 1 finger. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. Very beautiful porter.

S-Nose is good, and as expected for the title of the beer-the nose is of moderate strength and the main character is roasted malt and, of course, mocha. Not really much else to it.

T- Flavor is much like the nose. A moderate amount of coffee and mocha flavors upfront. Some roasted malt comes through for the finish. This isn't sweet like other coffee porters I have had, and it isn't really bitter, big, or too roasted either. Alcohol isn't really a factor in the flavor.

M- Moderate to heavy tingly carbonation and a body that is moderate weight. Not crass but has the opportunity to be a lot more smooth and creamy but it just doesn't take the opportunity.

D-This is a decent imperial porter. The most impressive thing about it is the nearly undetectable ABV. It could be a lot smoother while keeping the light drinkability of a porter, and it could also be a lot more complex.

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Photo of chaz410
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black body with khaki head.
Smells unimpressive for the style. I get abit of chocolate, some roasted barley and a little bit of wheat on the nose.
Taste is full bodied with mocha, chocolate, dark wheat, roasted barley and some caramel hints.
Very thick mouth feel and easy to drink

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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 bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a couple inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and some piney hops. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some vanilla. There's also a nice bitter hoppy finish at first, but eases up some as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel/body is medium, but seems a bit light at times. It's a bit coating, but also has high carbonation (which does settle down some after a while). Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's a good brew.

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Photo of mattpetti
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour produces a huge offwhite foam head with a nearly opaque body. Great head retention and lacing. Smells of roasted malts, slight caramel, bittersweet chocolate, and dunkin donuts coffee beans(not my fav coffee but oh well). Creamy body with ample carbonation. Soft roast, burnt coffee, not as much chocolate as the original (which i love) and heavy dose of resine willamette hops. The added hop presence takes away from its drinkability. All in all a good beer, 750ml worth is is not, but very drinkable for an 8.5% beer. This is the kinda a run of the mill offering from rogue that stopped me from repeat buys in the past.

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