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
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.