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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,920 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,920
Reviews: 1,878
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 341
Gots: 421 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Ratings: 3,920 | Reviews: 1,878
Reviews by mdwalsh:
Photo of mdwalsh
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome, big stout that is delicious, and really, it's fun to drink. I wish the smell was a little sweeter, maybe let some more malt come through with the chocolate, but it's hard to complain too much about this beer.

This is one that is great for introducing people to beer, or at least helping them realize how diverse beer can be. It is also a great food beer, pairing well with chocolate, but also Ice Cream!

More User Reviews:
Photo of WoodBrew
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Photo of salvadorwill
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance
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.
4/5

Aroma
Thick, and heavy with the smell of chocolate. Not a coco smell, but the smell of chocolate syrup. No hop aroma at all.
4/5

Flavor
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.
4/5

BJCP Style
Aroma 5/5
Appearance 4.5/5
Flavor 4/5
Mouthfeel 4/5
Overall Style 4.375/5

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Popsinc
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of RoyalT
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ricke
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Breen
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of steelerguy
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of newk340
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of skybluewater
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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...).

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of blitz134
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The only chocolate stout I've had that comes close to Rogue is Young's. I might even prefer this one.

A fantastic-smelling and tasting chocolate stout. The aroma is like waltzing into a fine chocolatier's shop. The taste, and enjoyment, is akin to being offered a dozen free samples of chocolates by said chocolatier. Pure dark-chocolate ecstasy with a bitter finish.

The only tip I could offer for improvement on this beer would be a smoother mouthfeel - possibly a little less bite? It is not a big deal, and not overpowering, but something a bit mellower would be nice.

Photo of JasonA
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - She's got a nice look goin on. Dark, full, lots and lots of mocha colored lacing. especially for a stout.

S - Weve got chocolate. Nice aroma to it. Somewhat sweet, most cocoa. Something else sweet in there. Is that birchbeer?

T - Cocoalicious. Very potent, absolutely yummy. Not sweet at all, very flavorful. Some hops, little bitter, though a dry bitter. Not hops aroma which is desirable. Malt almost tastes porterish.

M - Sits well. Above aveage, tantilizing beer molecules. Aftertaste sour bitter very enjoyable. Not thick at all.

D - Id love to have one of these frequently. Pricetag isnt horrible at $6US per bomber.

Overall a very very nice beer. One of my highly rated for sure. I gave the taste a 5 since the chocolate flavor is some of the best additive flavor ive tasted in a beer.

Photo of sellmeagod
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah, the chocolate stout. The classic dilemma of whether to go with the beer or just stick to an average chocolate bar and a shot of liquor.

But Rogue, obviously, doesn't think that this should be the case and instead provides an excellent alternative, if a bit safe.

Sure the chocolate smells, tastes, feel, and look are all over, but when it tastes like a thick stout with the texture of chocolate you don't hardly mind that this is such a weak (6.0) abv. I would drink again, and the moderate price makes this seem possible as a common beer for the festive season.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a very dark brown, almost black with a substantial cafe au lait head. It had a sweet, chocolate odor. The taste was a little off-putting. It was very sweet, almost too sweet for me, and had a pronounced chocolate taste, It felt very carbonated in my mouth, and wasn't as substantial as I expected.

Photo of Todd
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap @ Bukowski's in Boston.

Appearance: Pitch black with a milky coffee head -- thick, creamy and invincible!

Smell: Major chocolate aromas. Soft. Milky.

Taste: Creamy, smooth, full-bodied, but not overly rich. Burnt around the edges of the palate. Touch of bitterness that blends with some smoke characters. Loads of real chocolate flavour, which dominates the entire tasting. Dry. Very little sweetness, but what is there is date-like with hints of black-strap molasses. Surprisingly light going down, given its rich name and appearance.

Notes: Chocolate!! The only thing you can think of is ... chocolate. And, you should as unlike other "chocolate" labeled beers that use chocolate malts to achieve the flavour, this beer is brewed with natural chocolate flavour, and chocolate malts.

Truly an exceptional beer, and it makes for a perfect dessert on its own, or pair it with one.

Photo of dill
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. (the remainder was then used for a beer float which was also quite tasty)

A - deep black white a thin, creamy head.

S - smells of chocolate and malt.

T - a bit of coffee at first while cold then the chocolate became more pronounced. as it warmed the chocolate came forward a bit more and started to stand out. this is on of the first chocolate stouts i've had where i felt the chocolate presence was this strong.

M - creamy and rich. very nice.

D - i probably wouldn't have more than one as it is quite rich, but what a great beer this is, especially to share with a friend.

Photo of SamuraiJack
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is a chocolate stout in the true and literal sense of the word!!
On first pour it is truly and deeply dark black - with a head that is deep, creamy tan foam. Aroma is overwhelmingly chocolate malt with some light coffee touchs.
Initial taste is strong dark chocolate with very little milk flavours, very smooth and creamy while still a little dry. The chocolate flavours dominate and, in fact, are nearly overwhelming (the one real weakness of the beer). Mouthfeel is less creamy than most chocolate stouts. It goes down smoothly, leaving little in the way of aftertaste.
I like the beer - but I don't know if I could recommend it given that it's the kind of beer some might really dislike. The chocolate flavours are SO strong that it's almost not even a beer but rather some sort of chocolate desert malt beverage.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,920 ratings.