Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rogue Mocha Porter

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (672) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Judging by the name of Rogue Mocha Porter you’d expect a porter with significant chocolate and coffee notes. I don’t get much of either in this beer, although there is a little more bitterness and creaminess to the body than your average porter. Nothing bad about it per se, but not as amazing as the name sounds.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Opaque dark brown color body. Forms a large, tan, frothy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Similar to a milk stout with a noticeable dairy scent, dark malt, and a hint of coffee.

Taste: I was expecting Rogue Mocha Porter to be a liquid dessert judging by the name, but it’s actually more of a standard, sessionable porter with subtle coffee in the aftertaste. It begins lightly sweet, with the taste of a dairy aisle, followed quickly by dark maltiness, but nothing overtly roasty or bitter like a stronger beer. There’s a speckled bitterness around the tongue - a slightly dry sensation that you’d have after drinking coffee, but no actual coffee taste. Chocolate is absent, though - perhaps it’s there but you really have to look for it and drink it very warm.

Not that this is a bad beer. As a porter it’s doing exactly what you expect a beer of the style to do. It’s even missing some of the "cough medicine" notes I tend to get in other porters (and I mean that as a compliment). But to label the beer "Mocha Porter" is a misnomer. Rogue’s website has the complete ingredients list and there’s nothing indicating this beer is brewed with real chocolate or coffee (chocolate malts don’t count). I can appreciate it as a solid porter and I think most craft beer enthusiasts can too. Although I’m sure many will be disappointed.

Drinkability: Since Rogue Mocha Porter is a fairly standard, even light porter by American standards at only 5.1% ABV, it’s not a challenge to drink at all. The body is medium with a low, but noticeable, level of carbonation. It goes down extremely smooth and a coffee aftertaste lingers momentarily, but eventually fades away completely. It’s not overly sweet so it would be easy to drink multiple servings without wearing out the palate.

Grade: 7/10