Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rogue Mocha Porter

Beer is a very popular beverage, and rightly so. This popularity benefits the consumer by allowing him or her access to an almost limitless variety of different beers to try and enjoy. However, this popularity can also detriment the consumer by allowing him or her access to an almost limitless variety of different beers to try and enjoy. The huge market variety available in the world of beers insures that the consumer will always be able to try something new and fresh, but it also insures that some very good beers will be surpassed unknowingly for less favorable alternatives, and many beers will be missed altogether, never to be discovered by many potential enthusiasts. It can, for the discerning beverage enthusiast, be a distressing dichotomy. But it is the natural economic result of any market saturated with what are largely substitute goods, and it is certainly hard to complain when the resulting selection of tastes is so vast and interesting.

Rogue Mocha Porter is one of the aforementioned beers that I probably never would have tried of my own accord. It is a bit on the expensive side (not crazy expensive, just a bit high for my current budget), and I likely would have just overlooked it forever had I not found a six-pack on clearance at a local grocery store. I'm glad that I got a chance to try this one after all, because it's pretty good. It's a very dark, malty beer with heavy hints of bittersweet chocolate mixed into the brew. The beer has a very natural cocoa taste, and aromas of very dark chocolate linger in the olfactory throughout the experience. Overall the taste is good, and is definitely interesting.

Although the taste is deep and appealing, Rogue's Mocha Porter is a very heavy beer. I am, in general, a big fan of stouts and dark ales, but this one was almost too much even for me. I usually enjoy the taste until a little bit more than halfway through the bottle, at which point finishing the beverage becomes quite a daunting task. I typically have to take this one in two sittings. This is definitely not a beer for those who shy away from heavier flavors, but it is otherwise a great one to try at least once, especially if you are able to arrange small portions or split it with someone. I don't know that I would recommend Rogue Mocha Porter to everyone or even buy it again myself, but it was definitely worth trying out at half price.  

Verdict: Worth a try

Purchased: Bi-Lo [Greenwood, SC]
Size: 12 fl. oz. [355 mL]
Price: $5.99 [Discounted from $11.99]

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