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Beer #102 – April 15, 2010: Rogue Mocha Porter

May 10, 2010

Beer: Rogue Mocha Porter

Brewery: Rogue Ales Brewery, Newport, Oregon

Style: American Porter

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $10.99 / six-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 5.3% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: A very savory, roasted brew… a beer for coffee lovers, though there is no actual coffee in the recipe.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep opaque walnut hue with a medium frothy tan head.

Aroma: A “dark” malty aroma with notes of fresh roasted coffee beans.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a prominent fizzy carbonation.

Taste: An initial mild brown sugar sweetness melds into a roasted earthy middle, with a slightly bitter over-roasted coffee bean flavor (think Starbucks).  The roast builds into a slightly charred finish.  However, in this brew, the middle truly dominates, with flavors evolving of coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee, though overall much more savory than sweet.

Pairing: Chocolate might overwhelm this beer, so stick to pairings that might go well with coffee, like oatmeal cookies.

Trivia: Rogue uses their own “house” ale yeast for all their brews, known as “Pacman” yeast.  Working my way through Rogue’s lineup of beers, it is amazing the variety of styles they can brew using only one type of yeast.

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