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 (1525) - Arlington, Texas, 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 (1166) - 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 (2328) - 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.
2ndstage (4) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2004 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in Amarillo, Smooth porter a little light on the expected chocolate tones you would expect. Fairly mellow mouthfeel maybe thinner than I would like in a porter. Nice dark brown appearance with long lasting tan head.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 May 24th 2007 Re-rate
Chocoff. Has a bit of brown ale nutty notes and some creamy cocoa. The body is black with a massive three finger thick mocha head that fades slowly. sweet coffee/cocoa/chcolate/roasted malt fore. Maybe the one Rogue beer that isn’t hopped beyond all pleasure. Has some creamp frappachino like notes and ends sweet and roasty.
Original Rating was a 4
From a bottle at yeoman’s Road Pub in Tampa. Fantastic. Hoppy and malty. Sweet and bitter. Has a little bit of everything while still being very drinkable.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown color, opague. Brown frothy head. A slight mocha coffee aroma with a big nose of hoppiness. A little thin, but with loads of flavor. Black currant, roasted malt, espresso coffee and a little bitter chocolate. Long toasty bitter hops and chocolate finish. A nice beer that reminds me of the "Old Cove Porter" we make on our stove top.