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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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3,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,575
Reviews: 1,839
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 257
Gots: 222 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
12 Ingredients:
Great Western 2-Row, Crystal 135- 165, Chocolate & Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM & RiskTM Malts; Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Rebel Hops, Rolled Oats, Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavoring, Free Range Coastal Waters & Pacman Yeast.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Reviews by Dantes:
Photo of Dantes

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Package: 22oz. crowned bottle, labeled 69 IBU and 15º Plato. Short description, ingredients list, and dedication.

Cost: $3.49 at Bottle King

Presentation: ~11oz. (1/2 bottle) in a pint glass at 45º.

Appearance: Typical, unremarkable opaque, black body with brown edges. Formed a decent, chocolate-milk colored head of moderate life-span.

Smell: I was disappointed by the lack of outright chocolate sensation. It was much more of a smoky, malty, coffee-like nose with a hint of hops.

Taste: Again, disappointing in the chocolate department. I’m a huge chocolate fan (REAL, DARK, chocolate) and was expecting a lot from this. Although present, the chocolate flavor was somewhat weak, and did not mesh well with the hops. I think that the oats help carry the flavor and round out the brew, but there is still too much in the way of burnt coffee, tannins, and hops. In this respect, I think the Young’s is superior. Maybe Rogue should get in touch with Scharffenberger Chocolates. Nevertheless, this stout offers a great deal of flavor and complexity. Similar in taste to the Shakespeare Stout, with a smoother, earthy, minutely sweeter finish.

Mouthfeel: Refined and smooth on the palate. Despite the strong, “burnt” astringency; this is creamy and full.

Drinkability: Smoothly drinkable, and in some ways more drinkable than the Shakespeare Stout. I had no problem finishing the bottle, and would argue that this is a perfect example of why 22oz. bombers seem an awkward size to me. Too small for two perfect pints, and too much if you’re interested in indulging in a few different beers in one sitting.

This beer really puzzles me. I like it, but don’t really see it as a “flavored” stout. It doesn’t seem any more “chocolatey” than Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout or even Bell’s Double Cream and Expedition Stouts which seemed very chocolatey without having any chocolate added. Rather, it seemed more like a supercharged oatmeal stout.

Bottom Line: Another fine example of Rogue’s constant innovation.

05-08-2003 13:36:16 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Wow what a appetizing beer,poures a ddep brown color with an off-white creamy head,the aroma is of biiter chocolate and powdered sugar.Flavor is malty sweet and of course...chocolaty nice and creamy tasting with a nice sweet finish.One of the better stouts I have had in some time.

07-20-2003 23:16:45 | More by oberon
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Black pout, huge broze head. The nose was chocolatey but not sweet. The taste was heavenly. Rich with cholcolate, both dark and unsweetened. A nice bitterness but not so much that it takes away from the chocolatley treat. Somewhat creamy. A nice rich finish that lingers long after. This is what a chocolate stout should be! A true classic of the style and of the overall beer world!

05-25-2003 16:22:44 | More by Popsinc
Photo of mojohawk21


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

11-15-2013 03:12:59 | More by mojohawk21
Photo of RoyalT


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Appearance – This was hands down the most awesome-looking beer that I have rated to date. The body is a gorgeous, thick black and the head was to die for. It was gigantic, spilling all over the place, then settling down into a slow receding pattern that seemed to last forever. It left a film an eighth of an inch thick on the inside of my glass.

Smell – Cowabunga! This smells like a Hershey’s bar. The chocolate is very refined and laced with artificial sugars. It’s actually more of a dark chocolate, almost like a baking chocolate. Either way, it’s great.

There’s also a nice malt base and the threat of hops at the tongue, but let’s not kid ourselves. This one lives up to its name.

Taste – The hops fight their way out at the taste, but the bittersweet chocolate flavors dominate.They call on a bit of coffee for sure, but the bitter coca and refined sugars carry the show.

Mouthfeel – Not as smooth as I had hoped from the nose, but this is bordering on full-bodied and is very bitter at the mouth.

Drinkability – A perfect nightcap. This would go well with burnt crème or crème brulee.

12-20-2003 04:57:19 | More by RoyalT
Photo of aszatk01


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

10-19-2013 15:39:19 | More by aszatk01
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Dry Chocolate!

Pours black as a new moon night under a cloudy, starless sky. Thick chocolate head with an average lifespan.

Smells like milk chocolate.

Tastes chocolatey with a bit of coffee. The milk-sweet chocolate is lost in the taste leaving only bittersweet baker’s chocolate.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Dry as chocolate coyote’s thirsty mouth in the chocolate Atacama. Bitter and dry.

Drinkability: Very good.

12-02-2005 04:05:18 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of DanGeo


3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

04-26-2014 11:00:17 | More by DanGeo
Photo of ricke


3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

A: Pitch black with a surprisingly big, brown head that settles into great looking lacings.

S: Basically just sweet chocolate mixed with distinct yet not overly powerful roasted malts. Some chocolate syrup, chocolate powder and a faint milky note. Not bad, but certainly not very complex.

T: Very distinct flavor of sweet chocolate from start to finish. The chocolate flavors aren't that luxurious though, they taste more like cheep dark chocolate, milk chocolate and chocolate syrup. Some dark toffee. Just a hint of dark fruits (plums?). Plenty of roasted malts, not very powerful though and they certainly are overshadowed by the chocolate. In the finish coffee flavors make a fairly good attempt at balancing the sweet chocolate flavors and gives the beer somewhat of a mochaccino edge to it. Some very gentle chocolate bitterness and mild grassy hops in the finish as well, and of course more chocolate. Unfortunately, the finish came out a bit short and boring to me, nothing really takes the lead and the taste just fades away too quickly.

M Medium body, actually thinner than I had expected. Quite a lot of carbonation. However, it seems like some time in the snifter serves this one well since it gets a little rounder and and the mouthfeel gets somewhat smoother after a while.

D: A good beer, but I don't think it managed to live up to my expectations. Indeed, there is a lot of sweet chocolate flavors going on here and that's the way it should be, but it would have been nice with a little more complexity and a bigger body. Still recommended, though.

06-20-2009 23:32:50 | More by ricke
Photo of jono0101


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-09-2014 20:25:10 | More by jono0101
Photo of brownbeer


4.2/5  rDev +1%

22oz bomber into a Sam Smith imperial glass.

A- Ideal appearance for a stout; pitch black with a thick mocha head.

S- Chocolate truffles waft up as you pour, very inviting. Some sweet chocolate, some is dark with deeply roasted grain character. Hot fudge, cookie, subtle coffee.

T- Has a slight fruitiness akin to a well made dark chocolate while maintaining a pleasant sweetness. A touch of hops on the finish, slightly bitter.

M- Improves as it warms. Medium/full bodied with a well rounded carbonation.

D- Quaffable and will pair extraordinarily with cherry or raspberry desserts. A happy medium between Young's and Southern Tier.

10-05-2009 17:49:52 | More by brownbeer
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


4.45/5  rDev +7%

Pitch black pour with a beautifully tanned head. The flow off of draft looks sturdy and oil rich. The frothy cap grew and grew until it grew out of my glass. The cap stayed for the full term and was left in the bottom of the glass. This brew has a great cocoa flavor with a nice bitter finish that is complimentary to the initial sweetness. This is a great chocolate and coffee representation in the aroma. This brew is missing a little of the toasty nuttiness in the flavor that I was expecting from the aroma. The mouth feel isn't as hearty as I had expected from the pour but far from thin and still properly bodied. The bitterness of the cocoa persists throughout jumping up and down on the pallet. This is no subtle brew and once you start don't plan on moving on, this one owns the pallet for quite a while.

11-22-2009 00:21:12 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of Stevejc52


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

06-14-2014 00:53:44 | More by Stevejc52
Photo of GameOfBeers


4.56/5  rDev +9.6%

08-18-2014 17:49:42 | More by GameOfBeers
Photo of Breen


4/5  rDev -3.8%

Pour/Appearance: A black pour without much change in light; velvety tan, 1 finger, head that dissipates slowly with moderate glass lacing.

Smell: Strong smell of milky chocolate pretty much overpowers any other notes. I initially perceived some cherries, but think it was the chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: A creamy and smooth stout that isn't too heavy, yet retains a full-bodied character.

Taste: The chocolate flavor is evident, and it is balanced with a bitter finish from the hops and subtle spicy notes in-between.

Overall: This is an excellent stout overall. It's a bit too bitter of a finish for my liking, but still quite drinkable nonetheless.

10-08-2012 22:22:37 | More by Breen
Photo of SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-15-2013 20:04:58 | More by SkiBum22
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

A - Pour black with a huge tan head that kept rising after the pour. Moderate carbonation that can only be seen if you tilt the glass in bright light.

S - Whoa! There is some major chocolate smell in there! Also some roasted malts but the chocolate completely dominates.

T - Whoa! There is some major chocolate flavor in there! It hits you right off the bat, continues through the middle, and you get a tart dark chocolate after taste. Got some toasted malts on the finish and there is a decent level of bitterness. This is just too much chocolate for me. I am not the biggest chocolate fan and really only like it is small doses and this is no small dose. Completely overwhelms the beer for me. Tastes like a great stout that someone put a bunch of cocoa powder in.

M - Very nice, exactly what I think a stout should be. A bit creamy, but not too thick, not flat but not too much carbonation. Finishes nice and smooth.

D - One bomber and I am done, feels too much like I am drinking strong chocolate milk rather than beer.

Overall, I really appreciate what Rogue has done here. They have pushed the limit and not just made a chocolate stout but an über one. Unfortunately, this just doesn't work for me. I can why so many people like it so much and it does taste like a good beer...with just too much chocolate.

07-16-2009 23:58:37 | More by steelerguy
Photo of Dmann


4.88/5  rDev +17.3%

This is dessert in a bottle! It poured a jet black color with a dark brown head that settled into a pillow of foam after about 1 min. The smell was all chocolate, just like sniffing the inside of a truffle. The taste was just amazing with a great chocolate sweetness and just enough hops to balance out the flavor. This is one that could be enjoyed with cake or ice cream or just by its self. What a beer!

01-14-2004 07:06:38 | More by Dmann
Photo of newk340


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A: a thick black pour with a quicly receding thin tan head.

S: melted milk chocolate overwhelms the nose.

T: a simple stout consisting of sweet chocolates and dark malts with an aftertaste of oats.

MF/D: a silky smooth sip with a simple medium-bodied mouthfeel, too much could lead to chocolate overload due to its sweetness.

09-15-2010 01:16:37 | More by newk340
Photo of skybluewater


3.55/5  rDev -14.7%

Pours a pitch-black color. Smells like a big chunk of chocolate. Tastes of (what else) chocolate, but is also quite hoppy, as per usual with a Rogue brew.

Overall, not a bad beer, just waaay too much to drink in one sitting (I'd settle for 6 or 7 oz once in a while). I doubt I'd buy again, unless I have someone to share with (which isn't likely...).

11-30-2004 04:45:57 | More by skybluewater
Photo of MikeC144

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

05-18-2014 01:41:59 | More by MikeC144
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours from the bomber a beautiful black with a nice dark tan head. I can't see through this and holding it up to the light doesn't help much. This is as dark as night. The smell is of roasted, burnt malts with a healthy dose of chocolate on the nose. Hops are subdued in the mix..smells like some freshly baked brownies. This is my dessert after a nice dinner.

The first taste is quite complex. A nice mix of floral hops and roasted, nutty malts intertwines with what I would say is the perfect amount of bitersweet chocolate flavor. Damn..this is one tasty brew. Almost tastes like some fine dark chocolate to me, maybe a hint of coffee in there as well. This is quite well balanced and easy to drink. Sweetness is there but is counteracted with a nice does of biterness.

The mouthfeel is good and it goes down smoothly. Drinkability is right up there as well. It tates so good I just want to keep downing it. Forget the cake, pie, cookies or anything else...after a fine meal serve some Rogue Chocolate Stout instead.

09-28-2004 01:48:55 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of blitz134


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Black hole colored if I must say so with no light transmission. I do believe light is actually being sucked into this beer. There was ample brown head to begin with which reduced to barely a coating. Aroma was of toffee with hits of tootsie rolls and expresso. Flavors of ample toasted malts and a touch of smoke. Chocolate is definately a major player in this beer. There was also an unexpected touch of slightly citrus hops coming through. Almost like that orange flavored chocolate you get around the holidays. And at the very end was a tiny amount of coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, not really heavy at all. This is a good after-dinner beer that I'd gladly have a couple of and will revist again.

02-08-2005 04:40:06 | More by blitz134
Photo of sabitu


3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

03-25-2012 17:14:07 | More by sabitu
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-19-2013 13:32:30 | More by supa0525
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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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