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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,347 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3347
Reviews: 1826
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%


Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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John

New York

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, when Rogue says chocolate, they mean it. Spectacular brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2001 17:09:44 | More by John
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inebrius

Michigan

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I feel like Augustus Gloop sticking my nose in a river of chocolate, but I survive to take a draught of this rich and chewy brew and find myself in a world of balanced perfection. Pours Siberian new moon black with a gluey, frothy cocoa puff head. Like eating chocolate cupcakes on a cocoa plantation. It's sweet, no, it's bitter, no, hoppy? Oh no. How can a beer be so luscious and drinkable at the same time? A feast for the senses. Majestic!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 08:41:40 | More by inebrius
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MrNuggets

Oregon

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Blacks as night with a thick head with a deep brown colour. Heafty brown lace around my glass. Smells of sweet malty chocolate. Blasted with sweet chocolate, then malt. Leaves me with a bitter chocolate taste. Very chewy, like taking a bite of a top notch chocolate bar. I could drink this everyday, all day, for the rest of my life. A 5 Star brew from rogue.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 06:44:12 | More by MrNuggets
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PudTinkler

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy sweet mother of God...this is the finest beer I've had.
The color is borderline black..deep and beautiful. The head is caramel-colored but doesn't last long...the scent is a fantastic combo of chocolate with the slightest hint of coffee (or toffee?)...
The taste is what blows me away....sweet, yet still has the strong "stout" feel to it. I give this beer the highest ratings I possibly can.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2004 16:45:35 | More by PudTinkler
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goochpunch

Texas

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out black with a brown head that, before settling down, looks much like that whipped marshmallow stuff that comes in a jar. Nice lacing. Smells of really high quality hot chocolate, not that Swiss Miss shit, earthy and sweet in the nose.

Delicious. There really isn't much else to say. Very rich chocolate flavors with an earthy bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel is like velvet that leaves behind an ever so slightly prickly carbonation as it goes over the tongue. I have to keep myself from downing this bottle so quickly. So enjoyable to drink.

With a name like Chocolate Stout, I was expecting this to be way to sweet. Rogue did an excellent job. The bitterness in the end is perfectly done in contrast to the chocolate flavors, making this like a liquified block of dark chocolate. I really don't see how this beer can be improved. Flawless.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 05:53:58 | More by goochpunch
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philberinghele

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

take a trip with me
gluttony is a virtue
in winter stout warms

As good as a chocolate stout is going to get. Not as thick as Youngs, but with a more authentic and more embedded chocolate taste. This is easily the most decadent beer I have drank and also among the most drinkable. This is Rogue's best.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 00:21:51 | More by philberinghele
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yesyouam

New York

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rogue Chocolate Stout is a black ale with a foamy, light brown head that exhibits great retention. It has a strong roasted chocolate malt aroma. It is sweet, dark and a bit fruity. It is smooth and full bodied; soft with a snappy finish. It is a very full flavor: pretty sweet and quite bitter. It's like dark chocolate with a touch of citrus. The flavor is well balanced. This beer is almost like a liqueur. Damn. I can find no fault with this beer. I think it's the best beer I've ever had.
(rated May 22, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 03:15:40 | More by yesyouam
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mcsquint

Missouri

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into pint glass.
A - Opaque brown in color. Huge creamy tan head that refuses to budge. Thick lacing on glass.
S - Roasty malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, bit of perfumy hops.
T - I don't know where to start. Roasty malt with notes of very high end chocolate, and espresso followed by a nicely balanced, slightly floralperfumy hops. Extremely pleasant aftertaste of Belgian chocolate.
M - Full, thick and velvety. Lightly carbonated.
D - This is the first brew to which I've given straight 5's. Everything about it is spot on. Perfect balance of malt, hops and chocolate flavor. What makes it even better is that it's very affordable. I paid less that $5.00 for the bottle. Try it!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 21:37:13 | More by mcsquint
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taxguyjase

New Mexico

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Rogue Chocolate Stout is probably one of the best beers I've ever had. From first glance, the beer has a dark, rich color and the head is a frothy, creamy light chocolate brown (see the picture). The head sticks around for a while too, so you don't have to worry about blinking and it's gone. The cocoa, coffee and malt smell is really appetizing and nothing overpowers any of the scents. The best part is the taste, which has a rich dark chocolate (not really sweet) and truffle flavor. The strongest taste hits in the middle of the tongue, but it's smooth and robust at the same time. The entire beer is extremely well balanced and versitile, as a number of different types of beer drinkers would enjoy this beer. The Chocolate Stout has 69 IBUs, which surprised me as the beer wasn't all that bitter.

Oh and this beer was only $4.99 for the bomber. I ended up seeing it at Whole Paycheck Market for $5.99 and Kelly's Liquors for $6.99 (yikes!). So, if you want this beer, check it out at Quarters and save yourself a few bucks.

Appearance - 5.0/5.0 - Rich, dark color with a tasty, frothy, creamy chocolate tan head.
Smell - 5.0/5.0 - Scents of cocoa, coffee, malt - rich aroma, with a little hint of alcohol
Taste - 5.0/5.0 - Wow! Rich, roasted chocolate, truffle flavor; Smooth but robust flavor; Aftertaste a little bitter, almost dark chocolate tasting, everything extremely well blended
Feel - 5.0/5.0 - smooth, hangs out with a nice mellow aftertaste
Drinkability 5.0/5.0 - Would drink this anytime and a number of different types of beer drinkers would enjoy it too.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 15:43:35 | More by taxguyjase
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HopsNPot

Nebraska

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- black as night with a dark brown head.
S- Deep chocalte smell. hints of coffee and malt.
T- WOW!!! the chocalate is impressive, intense, and perfectly balanced with a subtle bitter hop taste.
MF- all incompasing, palatte coating, chocalate blast.
d- utterly drinkable. it is like dessert in a bottle.

This is a beautiful brew that taste amazing. ive never had a beer with this much well balanced chocalate flavor. im not even a chocalate fan generally, but this brew is amazing. i fell in love with this the first time i had one, and i continue to buy this brew. no matter what your into, please try this brew, it is a classic! My personal favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:35:30 | More by HopsNPot
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Gilly1980

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque black with a syrupy appearance. About 1/2" of mocha colored head. Dominant smell is chocolate but is balanced with hops. Taste is well balanced with toasted malts sweetness and spicy malts up front and delicious cholocate aftertaste. Mouthfeel is best described as chewy, with a tingly feel left behind in the mouth. With a 6% ABV I could drink a few of these but at approximately $5.00 a bomber this beer will remain a treat for special occassions. Absolutely outstanding beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 04:16:51 | More by Gilly1980
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RichScherle

Florida

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - as black as a moonless night in BFE country. beige luxurious head that bubbles like a witches cauldron

S - Massive chocolate notes on the nose. Roasty barley, citrus hops in the background.

T - Wow, is this exceptional. This chocolate stout nails it on the head for me. Its so chocolaty but in a totally natural and not-cloying way. Its also got a nice roasted malt component but not so much to where it begins to make the brew harsh. It simply complements the general theme adding a bittersweet note. this is like mainlining pure dark chocolate but in a way that's pleasurable and not overthetop sweet. Rather dry and a hop bitterness is featured surprisingly strongly thoughout the mid and backend - but very refined and nicely (think orange zest mixed with the finest quality cocoa). Superb. Makes my heart giddy.

M - awesome texture - relatively full bodied with the right amount of booze and everything else to make this texturally phenomenal as well as delicious on taste. the tastes become richer and more intriguing with every additional sip you take.

D - awesome. I really could drink this and not be overwhelmed at all.

Overall, a solid brew and my favorite stout (and beer)from rogues

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 22:21:31 | More by RichScherle
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enzocc

Florida

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown, black color. Creamy, sticky head, with a beige color. More beautiful than that it cant be posible.

S - Chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, and gianduia aromas all over. The main character of smell on this beer is the cacao, the chocolate. Beautiful introduction to the beer that makes you watery your mouth.

T - Gianduia icecream. Dark chocolate flavors. Very low in hops flavors. A lot of sweetness, but you can catch a bitter touch somewhere. THE TASTE is only chocolate, it can be more perfect.

M - Creamy, smooth, a little bit sticky creating a dessert style beer. The smoothness on this beer is perfect. You can ask for more.

Chocolate Stout by Rogue. A beer that i didn't think that would be like this. A perfect chocolaty, sweet and bitter. A beer that takes you from all the chocolates that have you taste to any chocolate beer that have you try. This beer is the BEST CHOCOLATE BEER on the market.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 18:27:40 | More by enzocc
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Greenjack


5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stouts are my style of choice. Being a home brewer, I thought I would try a few 22 oz. bottled brews this weekend for a couple of reasons. First, try something new. Second, invest in some larger bottles for home brew that will cut down on my bottling time.
I have tried some of the other Rogue styles in the past and have not been overly impressed but when I tried the Rogue Chocolate Stout I was blown away. In review, I do not know how this brew can be improved. I have purposely stayed away from some of the other Rogue styles in the past but chocolate stout is a home run.
Rogue, you have changed my mind. Now my quest to emulate this brew at home begins.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 20:07:20 | More by Greenjack
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this 22-ounce beer in a Belgian glass. It pours out a solid black with a dark mocha head that is gone in seconds. A darker head than usual, looks like serious stuff. No lacing, but some impressive oily sheeting action, more indicative of an Imperial than a regular stout. Not sure how proper that is for the style, but it's nice enough looking, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt score-wise. As I was getting near the end of this sampling, I thought I noticed dregs in the glass, so I gently enjoyed my last sips with an eye on the bottom to see. Sure enough, there is a tiny bit of sediment in the glass, chocolate solids I suppose.

The aroma is hot fudge, Hershey's syrup, a sheer joy to sniff. And sniff, and sniff. *Man* that's good!

The taste involves a great range of chocolate effects. Initially, the malty sweetness creates more of a milk chocolate taste, but only briefly. As the carbonation kicks in, so does some bitterness, and the taste transforms to bittersweet chocolate, even baking chocolate. As the swallow ensues, some of the more standard porter properties emerge - dark roastiness, charcoal taste, and a lingering bitterness. The chocolate never quite goes away, however, you just get new and different aspects of how it combines with the other ingredients as the taste develops and then winds down. The aftertaste is bitterness in the back, chocolate in the middle. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel is heavy, smooth and silky, fairly oily, and right on to make this chocolate stout near edible. Wonderfully coating like a layer of chocolate frosting for the mouth!

Drinkability - I enjoy fine chocolate as it is, Valrhona Noir Amer being one of my favorites, and Callebaut. This beer is so deliciously chocolaty I could sip it all night long. It's just too good to stay away from!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 11:29:49 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am really careful to ever label a beer as being perfect, but the beer gods allowed me to taste the nectar of heaven. This beer is phenomenal is every aspect of the sense. The 22oz bomber is a godsend. This poured out a beautiful pitch black with fluffy tan head that resembled that of a root-beer float. The smell had definate hints of chocolate that just teased the senses. That first sip got my motor-neurons running 100 mph. The sweet taste of chocolate was followed by a little burnt taste and the combinate was spectacular. This truly is the finest beer that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 00:49:59 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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Schwarzbart

Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours black and thick. It almost looks syrupy as it cuts through the one finger head. The head is brownish tan in color and provides good lacing. The lacing continued to stick for the entire beer which surprised me. Aroma is clearly chocolate. Just like a bag of Hershey's Cocoa powder. The malts are also a little toasty smelling, but mostly hidden by the sweet smell of chocolate. Taste is outstanding and actually has good balance between the sweet chocolate malts and hops, which became more noticeable as I drank the beer. Hops have a grassy quality. Creamy, but finishes a little dry and surprisingly crisp. One word can sum this one up. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 00:47:31 | More by Schwarzbart
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wanker

Texas

4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The nectar of the gods. Manna from heaven.

The most amazing beer I've ever tasted. Rich chocolate aroma and oh, the finish. The finish is pure bittersweet chocolate powder. Just sweet enough. I suppose it is possible for a beer to be better than this, but it would be darn tough.

This beer leaves Young's Double Chocolate in the dust, and Young's ain't chump change.

The only downside is that availability is poor in the Dallas area.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 22:00:58 | More by wanker
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YankChef

Louisiana

4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber with no freshness date

Appearance: deep dark black with brown hues and a creamy tan head.

Smell: CHOCOLATE, scent of sweet chocolate, vanilla and even a little coffee.

Taste: From start to finish its a refreshing taste of sweet milk chocolate and dark chocolate. This beer has the most natural chocolate flavor of any i have had. Hops are certainly there to round the beer out but the 69 IBU's certainly don't come across as bitter at all.

Drinkability: After ever sip you just want more and more. Alcohol is not really picked up on the palate. This beer is just so damn smooth and so damn tasty.

Overall: This beer was truely love at first taste, my favorite stout by far and one of, if not my favorite beer. Find it. Drink it. Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 23:45:08 | More by YankChef
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Michelle1069

Minnesota

4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chocolate + Beer, does it get any better than that! This beer is easy to drink, very smooth. For me there was no bitter after taste. By the end of the beer it did get warm and was not as tasty as it was first opened, nice and cold. I do like Stouts a little heavier than this one. But all in all I very much enjoyed it and would buy it anytime!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 14:31:51 | More by Michelle1069
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MobBarley

Oregon

4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled most recently on 1/15/04. Transcribed from notes.
Oh my! Simply put it doesn't get much better than this (from a bottle anyhow). Pours black as an accountant's soul with a burnt umber shard at the bottom. A luxurious, frothy cacao colored head that is tenaciously stubborn tops the brew and gives it a regal look. The smell is initially sweet like hot chocolate before moving onto more bitter, toasted notes of chocolate and creamed coffee. The taste is outlandishly appealing. Chocolate upon chocolate with the hops and alcohol more apparent when warmed. It is sweeter and more complex, not to mention more enjoyable, when allowed to warm a bit. It has a unique finish which is both green and creamy. Mouthfeel is great. Chewy, complex and mildly carbonated...perhaps slightly thin for the style. There is a lot going on here. Drinkability is perhaps a little too good. More?

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 21:45:12 | More by MobBarley
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in an imperial pint glass from a 22 oz bomber with a picture of a lady on the front that eerily resembles my mother...

Pours an opaque black color with a perfectly fluffy and fronthy cappucino head that stays around the whole time and leaves lacing all up and down the glass. Perfect appearance in my opinion.

Smells of Hershey kisses or a big Hershey bar. Wonderful. Not much in the way of hops. Notes of caramel and even vanilla as well. Smells like a chocolate cake in a glass. Wonderful.

Exceptional taste. The chocolate flavor is the predominant flavor in this stout. Wonderful, creamy chocolate taste. Tastes like a mix of a dark chocolate and milk chocolate thrown into a barrel of quality stout. There is actually a bit of hoppines in there as well. A tiny hop bite hits the back of the tongue as the tasty beverage flows down the gullet. I really cant think of a better dessert beer. I am enjoying this heavenly brew with a Reese's cup and boy is it tasty!!

Slight points detracted for the lingering bitterness in the end. Nothing bad, but the mouthfeel is just slighlty too bitter. However, I cant remember a better beer I have ever had. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 19:43:18 | More by SaCkErZ9
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NolanGTI

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yep, this may be one of my highest rated beers according to style right now. In effect, this beer is the wonderful Shakespear stout with additional chocolate mixed in. I have gone through a case of bombers this winter and could not have been more pleased.

Color- wonderful rich blackness with a nice brown 1 fingerred head
Taste - literally Shakespear witht he chocolate turned up
Smell - did I mention the chocolate, purely seductive with hints of roasted malt and coffee

This could easily be a gateway beer for chocolate lovers. A truly wonderful stout that is just beautifully crafted and will consistently bring a smile to your face with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 23:56:44 | More by NolanGTI
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metallistout

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown to black color with a dark tan head that thickens and rises quite a bit after the pour.

Smells of sweet chocolate and malt. A hint of spice

Taste is a deep chocolate and roasted malt. Follows up with a gingerbread taste. It's like a chocolate-gingerbread-coffee cookie.

I have to say that is one hell of a brew. It has a lot of complexity to it. Definitely not for the average joe.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 00:03:32 | More by metallistout
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Tawnos

Washington

4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cannot think of enough good things to say about this beer. After I first had it, I spent another year looking for it again (it was a one-off shipment to my hometown, and they haven't had it in, since). Now that whole foods up here in Bellevue has it, I'm a very happy man.

This beer is everything a chocolate stout should be - it's dark, pillowy-headed, richly flavored, with just the right mix of beer and chocolate. Not too little or too much alcohol. Perfection in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 07:46:31 | More by Tawnos
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