ElGaucho (2391) - 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.
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of roated malt, and a sour hops aroma too. Very dark pour, I’m a big fan, with a thin off white head. Nice roasted malt flavor(s), sweet, with a bitter finish. Heavy, and tasting pretty nice on this cool night.
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown with a tan head. Good lacing. Roasted malts and coffee aroma. Balanced hop and malt combo with mild coffee and chocolate flavor with some caramel notes. Mildly sweet palate with a creamy mouthfeel. A little bitter aftertaste but not bad. Overall...fair. Worth more than a try. A good occasional beer.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOTTLE.. poured black with med. head.
roasty coffee taste ...sweet..this was good but not the best.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich blacl with a khaki head, gives great lacing down the glass. Aroma is sweet chocolate and coffe notes. Flavor is smooth baker’s chocolate, mild coffee, and mellow grassy hops. Fairly sweet and tangy. A decent porter, to say the least.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great porter. All flavors of chocolate, coffee and malty are evenly balanced. Great finish, maybe I have a good batch based on other posts.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a medium tan head. Aroma is hoppy and roasty. Doesn’t have the strong chocolate taste found in many porters. The finish on this beer is very bitter and hoppy. Malty with a creamy mouthful. Instead of letting the flavors develop at the end the bitter ending of the beer quickly hits the reset button.