Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
Picked this up recently because it's on the top 100 U.S. beer list here and it just *sounded* good from reading the bottle and the ingredients that went into this. Sure enough, this beer lived up to the hype and just may be the best one I've had in quite a long time. Winter has been hellish here in the northeast this year but thankfully, this made one of the cold nights much easier to get through!
Sure enough, this pours like a liquid dark chocolate bar and the frothiness is like a nice milkshake on top to boot. The lacing is moderate and the aroma is just like the taste - smooth, fairly strong, with some hops and a soft, rich dark chocolate back to it. No espresso, bitter chocolate, or alkali to be found here. The best way of describing this is taking a Ghirardelli bar and just having some west coast hoppy fun with it. This is very well balanced and not strong enough in the taste or alcohol department; in other words, I could have easily enjoyed this whole bottle even though I split it with a friend that night.
It seems like a lot of the top Stouts on here are involved in an "Arms race" of sorts as they attempt to be more strong and extreme. This is on the other end of the shock scale. Nothing complex about this but one look at the list of what went into this on the side of the bottle and you'll know that this is well crafted as any bomber on your local retailer's shelf. For any beer or chocolate aficionado, this is certainly not to be missed!
02-25-2010 02:01:49 | More by JerzDevl2000
More User Reviews:
4.34/5 rDev +4.3%
A pretty dark stout color with a strong mocha colored head. The lace thin but very strong and stained the glass big time as I drank the brew down. Very nice to look at. Nose was (guess) chocolate, candied sugar, caramel nougat, and a little rum-like ester. All were appetizing to smell, but none were presented or combined in an impressive way. Taste was (guess) chocolate and candied sugar. Had a dry hoppy finish but of the bitter sort you'd find in good chocolate. Even better was its almost fruity espresso flavors in the middle of its flavor profile. The mouthfeel was thin with a fizz that came from the head and hops. A very straightforward beer but by no means boring and one of the better stouts out of the six famous and beeradvocate highly-ranked ones I've had recently. Simple and simply edible, this is a tasty stout I am welcome to return to. With a way too easy mouthfeel, and skilled brewing, its a beer version of milk chocolate.
08-03-2014 03:21:56 | More by WoodBrew
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Pitch black pour with a creamy two finger beige head with good retention and great lacing. The nose is huge and really lives up to the name. Tons of cocoa and dark chocolate along with hints of milk chocolate, oats, and vanilla. The taste follows suit with the chocolate again dominating, but with a distinct bitterness. Hints of cocoa, caramel, leather, vanilla, oats, and roasty coffee. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with medium carbonation and a dry, bittersweet finish. Overall, this surprised me as I was expecting a sweet and syrupy artificial mess, but instead got a much more natural tasting chocolate stout.
08-19-2014 16:11:30 | More by beerdrifter
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Very dark brown, opaque. At the very edge of the glass a slight brown/ruby color can be seen. Soft, creamy looking head that dissipates nearly entirely, but clings to the edge of the glass. Left little to no lacing on my glass.
Thick, and heavy with the smell of chocolate. Not a coco smell, but the smell of chocolate syrup. No hop aroma at all.
Light, roasted barley with a slight crispness. Flavor is clean and free of esters. The chocolate flavor is not as overwhelming as the aroma would suggest. Carbonation is on the smoother side, pleasant, and not too abrasive. Has a smooth, creamy finish, and the roasted chocolaty flavors finish well with a pleasant slightly bitter aftertaste. Could have slightly more body in the flavor and mouthfeel, and perhaps just a hint of acidity or sourness to balance the bittersweet chocolate flavor.
Overall Style 4.375/5
07-07-2014 00:39:16 | More by salvadorwill
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
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
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 Hersheys bar. The chocolate is very refined and laced with artificial sugars. Its actually more of a dark chocolate, almost like a baking chocolate. Either way, its great.
Theres also a nice malt base and the threat of hops at the tongue, but lets 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
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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 bakers chocolate.
Mouthfeel is wonderful. Dry as chocolate coyotes thirsty mouth in the chocolate Atacama. Bitter and dry.
Drinkability: Very good.
12-02-2005 04:05:18 | More by DaPeculierDane
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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