Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to 123456Green for this brew! I’m suprised I couldn’t get there where I live, but oh well. Pours the same color as all Poters, but the head is somewhat bubbly, but pretty well lasting. Aroma is Espresso, frappucino, bitter chocolate, malt, somewhat roasty. Very chocolatey, and a very present espresso aftertaste. Pretty complex for a porter, it would be nice to have this barrell aged, but I doubt that will ever happen. Palate wasn’t smooth enough though.
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yip, this is good. Dark, with a nice, thick head. Flavor is quite prounounced and somewhat typical of the style. What distinguishes this beer, in my mind, is the sweet backbone in the finish. Will have to try again.
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very black color with a slight reddish brown tint and a big fluffy tan head. the aroma is of chocolate and coffe with a little caramel fruitiness. this beer has a nice mouth feel and is very smooth. strong roasted coffee flavors up front. sweet and chocolated. some citrusy/grapefruit ups on the end. there is a long lingering coffee aftertaste. this a a very good drinkable beer.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured ruby black with a thick tan head...aroma of bakers chocolate, day old coffee, maybe some sort of berry...body much thinner than I would have expected...bitter chocolatey finish, but not smooth bitter like regular porter, over hopped bitter, like a Rogue over the top porter...
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color and poured a creamy full brown head that reduced in size, but maintained a good presence. The lace ringed the glass. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The taste is sweet, roasted, and chocolate with a real dry hop finish. The mouth feel was smooth and creamy with some carbonation. Not very complex, but offered a good balance of sweetness and a hop finish.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black with a tan head. Not much aroma, with coffee and malt dominating. Very nice, with the chocolate understated and pleasantly bitter. The palate was very smooth and velvet, with a nice finish.
raymow (985) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very good porter, I’d rank this up with Anchor and Stegmaier Porters as some of the best that I’ve had to date. Does Rogue make a bad beer?
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black color with a medium tan head. Strong roasted coffee and grapefruit hops aroma. Very sweet malt, bitter grapefruit hops, and roasted coffee flavors. Nice medium thick feel with a slightly dry hops finish.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle form pioneer 74th street NYC,
great black color with a thick head,
aroma is of coffee, toffee. flava is good hints of coffee chocolate, malts.almost too sweet.
ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep chocolate roasted malt aroma. Chalky. Opaque with small tan head. Not much lace. After attending the Great Taste of the Midwest and sampling some really big flavorful beers, I have come to the conclusion that even notworthy brewers like Rogue dumb down some of their beers for a wider audience, when they could be so much more. Case in point with the Mocha Porter. It is a savory brew, but I expected more flavor from Rogue and really didn’t enjoy it much at all.