ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle; Pitch black with rocky tan head. No aroma. Flavor of licorice and roast malt. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick, almost gravylike. Tasty, but a bit weird.
desurfer (1290) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a jet black with a rocky brown head. Aroma of slight bitter coffee and sweet chocolate. Flavor is lighter than the body suggests, a delicate mix of chocolate and roasted malts, some coffee and hops in there as well. Pretty nice.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, almost black. Thich, creamy light brown head. Crackers, mocha, cookies and dark chocolate in aroma. Coffee, cookies and dark chocolate with a small hint of mocha. Quite short bitter aftertaste from black chocolate.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, deep color. Looks great at the pour. Nice creaminess up top. I don’t taste any of the mocha elements, just heavily roasted malt and hops. Too much hops. Hoppy porters may be in style, but the bitterness that they bring to the table offset the creaminess that I like in these types of ale.
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(650ml bottle) Pours almost completely black with quite a bit of head that leaves much lacing. All I smell is fruit and maybe alcohol. (weird) Coffee, chocolate, and raisins rule the flavor. Very creamy mouthfeel and finish. I like this one but could have done without the hops.
spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredibly delicious milk chocolate nose. Pours a dark, cola brown with a tannish head. Flavor is all malt, milk chocolate and coffee. Finishes crisply and mellows out quickly to a soft roll around the back of mouth. Very impressive. Would definitely buy again.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok aroma, lots of malts, deep brown with a thin tan head that faded right away. Flavor was not what I was expecting from something called Mocha Porter...I didn’t really get alot of the mocha effect. Overall, the taste was pleasurable, but nothing outstanding. The aftertaste was a little too hoppy for what i like in my porters. This was my first Rogue, and I am hoping they improve as I get a few more varieties.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cola-brown pour with beige head. Coffee flavor came out better than any other coffee-flavored beer I’ve had (sorry, brocker, I liked it!) Aroma wasn’t much to speak of, a muted roasty bitter choc. Coffee was mellow guatemalan without the sanka decaf nose that most brews wield as "coffee." Creamy body and bright finish. Well done.
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - FEB 14, 2005
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Easily one of the worst porters I have ever had.
Looks great off the pour. Deep, dark brown. Fat tan head.
Smells very sour, with a hint of chocolate and hops.
Tastes equally as sour as it smells, which is awful. Finishes with a tiny hop bite. Seems kind of flat.
Tastes like a bad batch of homebrew.
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 This is a great porter. Vanilla bean, nutty, creamy aromas, a nice dark tan head. Chocolate/Coffee flavors bombard the taste buds, and the effervescent body balances it perfectly.
Re-Rate...this beer seems to vary quite a bit from different batches (or maybe it’s just me). The last time I had this, I thought it was God’s gift to porters...this time, it just seems like a decent porter. Still very good, but not the show-stopper I had last time.