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Monday, December 12, 2011

Mocha Porter

Mocha Porter is a Robust Porter by Rogue Ales of Oregon. Mocha Porter was first called New Porter in honor of Newport, Oregon. It has won numerous awards over the years, including "World's Best Stout & Porter" at the World Beer Awards.

It has an ABV of 5.3%.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a small, but fluffy off-white head. The aroma has strong whiffs of roasted malts, with hints of coffee, and coco. The taste has the sweet chocolate malts and toffee up front followed by the bitter roasted malts and coffee flavor. There is a lingering strong, bitter coffee taste. The mouthfeel is lighter than you'd think with a good amount of carbonation, smooth overall.

I enjoyed this beer, with the caveat that I like coffee. I can see how someone might be put off by the coffeeness. But, if you're looking to answer the question, "How much coffee flavor can be put into one porter?" You might have found the answer here. There are more coffee-oriented beers hitting the market and this is one of the originals. It's basically a good, standard porter with amped up coffee flavor. Other coffee porters I've had try to layer in other flavors, but this keeps it straight forward. There are I suggest you Try It. If you're a fan of coffee beers, this is a must have.

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