Friday, September 17, 2010
Rogue Mocha Porter
Oregon's Rogue Brewery makes some interesting and, volume-wise, large products. I have already tried their Smoke Ale (not on here yet), and have a Dead Guy Ale waiting in the basement. Tonight, I thought I would try their Mocha Porter.
Rogue's Mocha Porter is a deep, dark, chestnut-brown... only hints of light gleam through at the bottom of the glass. It has a nice tan head, about three thick fingers tall, that doesn't last too long, but leaves lots of lacing on the way down.
Its smell has a bit of alcohol, which gets mixed up with the sweetness of chocolate, cherry, and molasses. Also, of course, is the coffee and dark chocolate, and some rye bread. A pretty nice balance of hops and malt.
The taste, at the start, is mostly of coffee. There is some sweet chocolate, almost like a ganache. A bit of bitterness and sweet taste from the hops gets stronger about halfway through the drink as it warms up. Near the end, the mocha flavour dominates.
The feel is a little watery, but that may help to make the large bottle (or more than that) more easily drinkable. The finish is slightly sticky/chewy, and a bit dry.
Overall, an easy-to-drink dark beer, with some nice traits.