Total Score: 7.2/10
This is one brew that has been sitting on my to-drink list for a while: Rogue Mocha Porter. Rogue do some pretty wild limited release brews (such as their Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale) but it is the year-round releases which are the bread and butter for any brewer worth their hops. Will it be up there with the mightiest of Stouts, i.e. Founders Breakfast Stout? Because really that is the one to beat for this and any Porter out there in the Beerosphere.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: A deep dark murky brown that no light shines through (checked it with my trusty petrol station LED flashlight) with a foamy 1cm mocha coloured head. 7/10.
S: Dark chocolate notes mingle with vanilla, brown sugar and hints of prune. Not getting any coffee characters in the aroma with this Mocha Porter, which is surprising given its name. 7/10.
T: Very much an American styled Porter with the above noted flavours, and a bitter herbal hop finish. The coffee comes in to play now with that distinct roasted bean touch towards the end. Another sip presents an even more espresso note. Hmmm, it starts out sweet and chocolaty, brings out some herbal cacao nib bitterness and the coffee flavours become more pronounced, nice. 7/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with a dense carbonation. 7/10.
D: It’s no FBS that’s for sure. However I did enjoy my time with RMP and if I wasn’t a Humulus lupulus lover (that’s hops people) I would have downgraded my score due to that hop note in the finish. This Porter does indeed fall short of the glory that is FBS for many reasons: flavour, mouthfeel, the aroma, etc… but sometimes a rare change from what you know and love is nice. 8/10.
Food match: This is a classic after dinner cigars and chocolate brew 😉