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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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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 311
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pilsner glass at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven, Conn.

A: Black with slight cherry-tinted edges beneath a thin, sticky cap of tan foam which leaves some nice, webby lace on the glass.

S: Quite roasted and herbal with a strong, bittersweet brewed coffee aroma and a bit of hazelnut.

T: Very sharp, bittersweet, roasted black malt flavors up front with loads of coffee and dark chocolate flavors melded in. A assertive, bitter charred malt, smoky tobacco leaf and herbal, earthy hop flavor race around to a bitter, lingering bittersweet chocolate and cappuccino aftertaste. Bitterness and chalky, sweet malts leave a resin of hops and some alcohol on the palate.

M: Full-bodied, slick, sharp and resinous on the palate, this brew would serve best as a digestive with a chocolate or raspberry dessert.

O: Surprised me with it's bittersweet, strong roasted character; guess I was expecting more of a chocolaty, coffee-like flavor. The 8.2% ABV is felt in the flavor a bit, as hop resins and alcohol detract from what little malt sweetness there is, but it's a solid, warming porter and could be dynamite with dessert.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.59/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Produced a decent tan colored head. Some lace.

(S)- A very dry caramel and raisin profile. Some dark fruits and a mild roasted component.

(T)- Pretty similar to the smell. A dry toasted caramel with some dark fruits. Hints at a coffee character; very subtle though.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A bit bland and not what I expected considering the name. The flavor drops off the palate fairly quick. Its almost thin; more like a brown ale with what I am seeing in front of me.

(D)- Not bad, but maybe Rogue should go back to the drawing board on this one. Definitely was expecting it to taste a certain way due to its name, but this certainly threw me for a loop.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 1 pint 10 oz. bottle into a nonic. No indication of bottling/freshness date.

A- Very dark mahogany, nearly black. Pours with massive, creamy, light brown head, which necessitates a multi-stage pour. Head fades slowly, leaving heavy lacing.

S- Quite an earthy aroma hop aroma upon pouring. This fades fairly quickly and gives way to some bready notes, and roasty coffee/chocolate undertones.

T- Burnt, booze infused coffee overwhelms the flavor from the get go, with an edge of earthy hops. Chocolate and sweet malt notes provide some balance.

M- Moderate carbonation. Feel is medium, perhaps a touch light.

O- Decent. Nothing terribly wrong with anything, but all of the elements of this brew just didn't quite pull together well enough to make it a really great beer for my tastes.

Future outlook: File another one under the "decent beer, happy to have tried, but no need to seek out again" category for me.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, coffee, mocha, and sweet chocolate. In the taste, dry coffee and bitter chocolate. A small bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry coffee in the aftertaste. Nice big flavors of coffee and mocha, quite nice.

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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 Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Double Mocha Porter
Pours a deep brown, light brown mocha cream head forms and leaves little in the way of lace. Aroma is malty, some espresso and roasted qualities. Almost smells like a good coffee that was left sitting at room temperature. In the flavor, moderate bitter coffee notes, unsweetened chocolate and an even bitterness. Nice roasted flavors, tastes like good quality coffee and porter blended, or is that what it is? Pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth and well carbonated. Overall, I liked this beer and would recommend it to any fans of porter.

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Photo of Chaney
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: First of all, the color of the head was... well... mocha - 1.5 inches thick even! The brew itself was an extremely dark brown, with a little bit of light passing around the edges when held up to a light source.

S: Fairly faint overall, but here I did manage to detect the signature Rogue Pac-Man yeast right away. Grainy and bready, with a slight hint of alka-seltzer.

T: Yummy.... I've heard a lot of people criticize Rogue's taste profile, but as for me... I really dig the whole Pac Man thing and find the taste of most of their beers (even the extreme ones) very refreshing. Nice imbedded coffee and high grade cocoa!

M: Very thick and creamy, with the carbonation on the low side, yet still prickly. The lacing left on the glass was somewhat insane.

O: I really dug this one: not too coffee-like, chocolate-like, or complex - just a nice pleasant, dessert drink. However, I do wish they would lower the price a bit.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Basically sniped from my wife's sixteen ounce pour, who does a pint pour of this beer? I won't go there...pours a deep dark chocolate black hue with tan mocca head that deserves recognition for it's beauty and circumstance. I'm in love with the milky cream chocolate coffee infused head this beer has going shouldn't be able to interrogate this beer. Flavorwise it's full on dessert mode, with full luscious layers of creamy dark chocolate and hints of coffeee malt, a touch of toffee, caramelized espresso and dark chocolate malt content. Mouthfeel equates to a big brusin' ale that I'm sure I will have to throw down with eventuallly in the mean time this full bodied masterpiece has been working everyone's go to beer list. Overall impression is love at first sight and I'm glad I got a glimpse of what's to come in the beer world.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep color with a tall and thick tan colored head that fades slowly down the sides and leaves some nice lacing as it goes.
S: Smells of sweet malts, darker roasted malts, nice aromas of coffee and chocolate, caramel, and a hint of nuttiness in there as well.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, more darker roasted malts that give way to a sweet caramel, chocolate, and coffee flavor mixed with some nutty flavors and a hint of vanilla with a slight hop finish.
M: Smooth and rich, perfect amount of carbonation, medium to heavy bodied, warming.
D: Pretty drinkable, I liked it because it was a more subtle tasting double beer and really was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Good looking dark mahogany with a slight ruby edge. Large, thick, frothy, creamy, meringue like, cafe colored head. Very good retention leaving a nice creamy lace.

S - Coffee and nutty aroma along with a touch of chocolate and earthiness. Some roasted malt is also present. Hints of the Pacman yeast also come out. It's just a little too faint to be great although as it warms it gets a little stronger.

T - Earthy coffee flavor dominates the flavor. Some dark chocolate and vanilla along with a strong showing of nuttiness. Slight bitterness and slight sweetness mixing in and out.

M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. A little thin and watery.

D - I easily finished the 750 mL and enjoyed it, but wasn't astounded by it. I liked it, but nothing made me want to go out and get it again.

Notes: Nothing about this really made me think it was a "double" anything. A little to thin and a little to faint in all aspects. Not bad, but nothing that I would actively seek out - especially given the price.

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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 NickMunford
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a frothy milk-chocolaty head. The head has good retention and leaves moderate lacing.

The first aroma that hits my nose is a hot alcohol scent, which is kinda surprising seeing as this is only 8.2%. There are also dark chocolate and espresso notes in there.

The flavors are all of a heavy roasted quality. Dark roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, dark roasted chocolate... kinda like a chocolate covered espresso bean. The hotness in the aroma isn't there in the flavor, which is a good thing.

It has a good amount of carbonation. Also has moderate bitterness in the finish.

This is fairly drinkable. Definitely not the best out there, especially for the price ($12.99/bomber), but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of mudbug
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Oh-So-Blue bomber into a standard pint glass results in a very dark beer that isn't quite black, but isn't quite brown with a three inch tan head that slowly recedes to a medium thick cap with lots of sticky lacing. This looks wonderful!
Very upfront roasty aroma with a tinge of astringency, dark chocolate notes are present, like you just opened a bar of %60 cacao.
Taste is surprisingly bitter with bitter chocolate and espresso notes
super tight carbonation give it a creamy component, hardly any sweetness and alcohol is not evident at all
Much less of a pacman yeast presence than the regular Mocha Porter, for me this is a plus.
I'd rate this as one of my favorite porters.
Well done Rogue!

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Photo of Franz4
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured with a really nice cascade, dark tan head that was pretty durable.

S- powerful nose with chocolate, coffee, and smokiness

T- Toasted dark chocolate with a touch of nuttiness to it. Well balanced flavors.

M- feel is very soft, light carbonation, this goes down like a milkshake.

D- A very nice beer from Rogue they seemed to find the right blend of flavors and made this a bold selection... maybe try this one with ice cream?

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Photo of Frothboss
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark brown color with fantnaztic lacing! Smells choclotly with coffee. Tastes even and thick with cocoa sweet caramel flavors continuing thru. Good for its class this porter represents well, its much better than its younger brother. would drink again.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes
A - almost black, nice mocha head retained well with creamy lacing
S - bitter coffee, milk chocolate, and very roasty malt
T - dry cocoa, espresso, light cream, and very roasty malt
M - a chewy smooth that gets bitter and a little chaulky
D - all rich flavours with the alcohol very inconspicuous, very drinkable

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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 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 biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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 uustal
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a two-finger light brown head. Solid lacing and retention. Very roasty aroma. Both coffee beans and roasted chocolate. Flavor follows. Good roasted, bitter coffee notes and an underlying chocolate sweetness. Coffee and chocolate flavors equally control the beer. A little more bitter coffee to end it.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled 10 Fl. Oz bottle with a funky blue enamel coating. No indication of bottling dates etc. Poured in to a half liter stein.

Pours a deep dark espresso coffee color with only a very slight cola hue when held to the light. The activity of the beer whilst pouring is also note worthy. During the pour the beer is behaves almost as if its flat however once its let to sit the brew generates a relatively huge mass of foamy tan head. Mine measured just on 3 fingers. The head fades away to a lumpy and rocky thick surface coating with plenty of sticky lace left behind to confirm the story.

The aroma swoons with roasted malt. Definite chocolate notes and mild hints of coffee.

Taste focuses initially on a sweet and syrupy coffee flavor. The mocha feature is definitely there and once again that taste of natural and unprocessed dark chocolate balances the palate out nicely. I should also note that the mocha and choc flavors in particular have an almost burnt quality to them.

Medium bodied with a very smooth, earthy and almost grainy mouthfeel. Low carbonation, even though it can generate a very thick and full mass of head. Rich textures and well balanced flavors.

Once again, as I usually add when discussing Stouts, Porters, Belgian Quads etc, this is great for those that appreciate the style. If you haven't had something like this before you are either going to love it and begin a new fascination in rich flavored Porters or you are going to hate this and spit it out.

For me though, this is a very good offering although not exactly top shelf.

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Photo of dgilks
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, inky black colour with a thick, creamy milk chocolate head. Good head retention.

Rich milk chocolate and cocoa, mild coffee, light citrussy, earthy hops with the distinct character of Willamette coming through.

Bitter chocolate on the palate with a slight fruitiness. Mild coffee in the background. Noticeable hoppiness.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation.

A solid effort from Rogue but there's just a bit too much hop character.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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 WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is excellent. It has a dry, roasted scent along with a mild mocha and caramel malt sweetness. The taste is good. It's smooth as hell with a nice mocha character. It's dry with an earthy, coffee-like feel as well as a mild chocolate/caramel malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a terrific beer. It's much like the original; smooth and dessert-like, but with a bit more of everything.

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Photo of adamette
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Live Review. Poured from the 750ML blue bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago for $10.99 into my Orval goblet. No observed "best by" date.
A Medium brown creamy head over an almost completely black body that I can see only a trace of deep, dark mahogany color in front of direct light. I really like this look which is not all that common for beers of this style. 4.5

S Distant chocolate, maybe some coffee but certainly a nice, soft smelling dark roast malt (not the harshness of an RIS but an approachable soft, coffee-with-cream dark roast malt smell). I am compelled to report that this smell reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout, only more smooth and approachable. To constrast the two beers, the smell of this beer is more distant than the, by comparison, pungeant FBS smell. 4.0

T/M Looks like I hit the smell right on the head in my description because this is like Founder's Breakfast Stout younger sibling. Coffee, distant chocolate and dark roast malt abound in this robust porter whose smell may have been softer (to me) than a stout but the taste is a lot closer to a stout than the smell suggested. This is a challenging porter full of huge tastes and a lingering dark roast malt robustness. The taste, in my opinion is at least good, but it actually comes across much heavier, bigger and more harsh to my taste buds than I would have liked. 4.0

D Due to the bigness, the harshness and the stated 8.2% ABV I have to say that this is not a particularly drinkable beer. Unfortunately the average example of this style can be quite drinkable so I will have to mark my score lower when compared to other examples of the style. 2.5

Notes: I was attracted by the bottle and I do appreciate a completely opaque bottle (lets no light in). It simply has to be more expensive to produce such a bottle and I appreciate that. I recommend this beer but just beware that it is much more harsh than many beers within its style.

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Double Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.89 out of 5 based on 311 ratings.
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