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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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1,885 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,885
Hads: 4,043
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 392
Gots: 521 | FT: 6
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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Reviews: 1,885 | Hads: 4,043
Photo of cracgor
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark velvety black beer with a dark tan, barely red in it, head. Pours out thick. Smells hoppy. More sweet and mild than a hop bomb. Nothing bad, just not too remarkable. The aftertaste is a lot like semisweet or bitter chocolate morsels. Up front it is a lot fruitier and hoppy. It would be nicer if the chocolate could come out more at the front. Thick and like a stout should be. I could drink this fine, and it's not a bad beer. Maybe it's just how I feel right now, but I would prefer a lot of beers to this one.

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Photo of kinger
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich floral aroma with a dark bitter chocolate scent. Black pour with a 3/4" head that settles down to a solid 1/4", but no lacing ouch. Mouthfeel is much thinner than anticipated, finish is primarily bitter. Flavor is decent, the chocolate doesn't come through as much as in the aroma and the bittering hops seem to have a tight grasp on the taste. Overall this is not one of my top picks, kind of bummed out. The regular Shakespeare is much better. I'll be using what's left in the bomber to make a black and tan, Cheers!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Giant head off pour with five fingers of nice light cocoa brown head. Dark brown body off the pour, body is almost a dark reddish brown. Head has lots of retention. Looks like a big beer no fooling. Some sticky lacing.

Smell is primarily chocolate of a nice almost dark in store chocolate counter. Very good quality chocolate it smells like. Nothing much else though. Strangely enough that primary chocolate smell is completely gone after you have a few sips of the beer. This beer needs aeration and a big pour to get the chocolate out, it wont come otherwise.

Taste makes you think a big sweet thing is coming but it's anything but. Hop bitters, and a wet body contribute to a sharp taste that is a little jarring, and also lacking some roast character. Not carbonated either. Very well hidden abv.

I am not exactly blown away by this, but maybe just a little disappointed. However, it does seem right for the style so I can't say this is something I wouldn't drink again or would even pan. It does some things quite well.

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Photo of erwin08
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brownish to black color with thick chocolate moose looking head. slowly disapates and leaves slight lacing.

S: smells more coffee like than chocolate to me with a faint alcohol sent to it.

T: tastes of coffee and chocolate but has a weird finish or after taste, almost an alcohol burn.

M: smooth and rich mouth feel but leaves mouth with a dry alcohol feel.

D: has the delicious chocolatey taste but leaves an alcohol taste in my mouth. not the finest Rogue i've had.

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Photo of glazeman
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a New Holland pint glass

A: The beer pours black in color and has a 2.5 finger mocha colored head. The head has tremendous retention and lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate on the nose. Perhaps more than in any other beer I've had. Although, this is to be somewhat expected as this is one of the first purely "chocolate" stouts that I have had.

T: Bitter chocolate up front is the defining characteristic of this beer for me, but the most surprising feature is the hoppiness at the finish. Actually, as this beer warms, the bitter finish becomes much more prominent than the chocolate. I was a little disappointed with the taste of this after the great smell.

M: Probably the weakest point of this beer in my opinion. Very thin and not much left on the tongue after each sip. This also has a bit too much carbonation for me.

D: This beer goes down easy enough, but is not very substantive and lacks complexity. I would recommend this beer to someone who may just be getting into craft beer, but probably will not try it again.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 poured into a tall sniffer.

A - starts out with tall head of tiny bubbles, dies down to thin film, pretty nice lacing

S- when cool, a bit of sweetness and chocolate

T - cool, a very pleasing chocolate. I like this. As it warms, it seems to lose the sweetness I was enjoying and gained some bitterness; not necessarily a bad bitter, but it threw me off a bit after the initial sweetness

M - smooth when cool, a bit dry when warm

O - not a bad one, though I'm not sure I cared for how much it changed as it warmed up. I think it's not one to sip slowly.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz painted bown pop-top, no date; love how Rogue puts their ingredients on the bottle

Appearance: Black beer; cola-hues around the edges; big dark tan cap, good retention and some lace

Smell: Man, talk about chocolate! This has a BIG aroma of old-fashioned chocolate creme soda. Other than that, there's just a bit of minerality. Not a ton going on, but pleasant.

Taste: Not as much chocolate as in the aroma; it's not sickeningly sweet, which I was afraid it might be. Bitter chocolate, burnt caramel, and tons of burnt grains. Pretty bitter; it seems like more than the 65 IBUs listed. Some lightly citric hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Not a bad stout at all, but not (IMO) up to the hype. Fairly tasty, but probably wouldn't buy it again. If I'm gonna drink a chocolate stout, I think I'd take Young's every time.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch black stout with a medium brownish head with better then average retention. I was quite surprised at the hoppy aroma with light chocolate/ roasted coffee notes. I guess my expectation (because of the name) were to find real discernable chocolate taste, instead I feel that the overabundance of hops covered the chocolate with a lingering bitterness. A bit more sweet and chocolate taste would have been a better representation of what to expect of a chocolate stout. Nonetheless, this is a very good stout.

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Photo of theghost3
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is very dark brown with a thick, brown head. It has a rather strong chocolate smell with toasty malts. It doesn't taste as strong of chocolate as it smells. There's a distinct roasted malt flavor that's buttery with a hint of coffee. It has a rather strong aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very thick without much carbonation. This beer is drinkable, but very thick and rich with powerful flavors, so I wouldn't recommend planning to drink something different afterwards.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with a creamy head that settles pretty quickly.

Smell of pure chocolate, some supporting dark malts, which add a light roastiness.

Taste is sweet and has strong unsweetened chocolate flavors. Supported by a medium sweet malty body, the chocolate is flattened out and fits the beer. The chocolate flavor has some artificial edges but I get used to that. Some mild roasted malts are present, but it never gets sharp or burned. There is a sweet malt base, but the body is a bit thin.

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Photo of Thunderball
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured midnight black into a mug. The smell was of chocolate milk, and coffee. Taste was chocolate up front with a campfire type coffee with chicory. A smokey, bitter finish. No one could say that this is not a well crafted brew, its just not my bag. Too much of a good thing that my palate grew tired of quite quickly. I will probably not be revisiting this offering again anytime in the future.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two pours from a 22 oz bottle. Mmmm, chocolate.

A: Black with a half-inch of very dark brown head. Foam clings to the glass in ribbons as the beer recedes.

S: Dark cocoa and chocolate syrup. Slightly sweet.

T: Dark chocolate and chocolate malts into a heavy cocoa bitterness, which lingers long after a sip. Roastiness of the malts becomes more pronounced as it warms, and a hint of cereal grain aftertaste arrives late. Sweetness is noticeable but not pronounced.

M: Medium bodied and slightly chalky, kind of like chocolate milk. A little dry.

O: Only the second chocolate beer I've ever tried. I like Sam Adams's Chocolate Bock better, but then, I like bocks better than stouts to begin with.

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Photo of engagechad
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was purchased as a single from Corks and Kegs in Richmond, VA - poured into a Victory tulip

This beer poured great with an incredible head and rocky foam. Lacing was sticky. Smelled of faint chocolate, I'm not getting the overwhelming amount of chocolate like others have. Head comes back after agitation. The aromas get sweeter as the beer warms closer to room temp but still very mild in my opinion.

Feels great. Smooth without feeling too thick. Quite drinkable but not amazing.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black with a frothy two finger creamy tan head. Lots of lace. Very good head retention on this one. A great looking pint of stout.

S: Milk chocolate, notes of roast, pleasant and soothing.

T: Big roasted malt flavour. Very dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate of the nose. Bitter, lightly hoppy finish.

M: Light/medium-bodied actually. A bit acrid.

D: I remember this being sweeter in the past and I liked it a bit more then, but it was nice to return to a classic brew.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a nice two-finger, dense, tan head. Lots of rich dark chocolate aroma with just a hint of roasted malts. Flavor is also mostly dark chocolate with some coffee and bitter roastiness on the finish. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep brown, nearly black, but with some visibility through the very edges. Head grows to about one and a half fingers and appears a beautiful mocha color.

S - Chocolate, like tootsie rolls, but it doesn't linger. A very "brief" aroma. On second thought, I am best reminded of chocolate milk when I take a whiff.

T - Strong chocolate flavor with a clean grainy finish. The finish has a "chemical" component that is off putting. I liken this to Southern Tier's Choklat, but with a less sweet and much more bitter chocolate flavor. Also, it isn't as strongly flavorful or as tasty as that beer. This makes since, as that is an imperial take on the chocolate stout and this is not, but I am left wanting a bit more. The beer is not balanced at all, it is simply chocolate with the weird aftertaste of chemical laced cocoa. Color me a bit disappointed.

M - Medium body and a surprising amount of carbonation. Slightly dry like a dark chocolate bar.

O - Overall this is an average chocolate stout in my mind. It has much more intense flavor than most American Stouts, but the flavor is too tightly focused and honestly not too exciting because of it. A fine beer, but I certainly won't pay the 6-7 dollars it costs to get a bomber of it here. Perhaps if I lived in Portland again I could give it another shot.

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Photo of beerman207
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This review comes from a bomber bottle. I have to start out by saying I was somewhat disappointed with the bottle versus having this on draft. My first experience with this brew was on draft where I didn't take notes on the beer but my recollection was that the beer was amazing. The bottle was a little less impnressive.

Pour resulted in a nice two fingers of head with very nice lacing. The smell of chocolate was good but not as good as the draft. The taste was bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee? This beer is as dark as the night sky which is quite impressive. Overall a really good beer but I have to recommmend the draft over the bottle.

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Photo of ricke
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of WildTurkey
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber bottle to snifter.

A: Very dark to black color. No visible amber around edges. Thick tan head - creamy looking. Some carbonation is visible along the tapered side of the glass.

S: Definitely a good amount of chocolate in there - upfront. Followed by the usual roasted malt character of a stout.

T: Roasted malt and some coffee. Some hoppy bitterness also. Chocolate is in there as well, but I didn't think it really stood out.

M: Medium body. Pretty smooth. Not exactly creamy but close to it. Okay mouth coating. Some carbonation, as well as some dryness.

D: Very drinkable. Nice blend of flavors. Excellent aroma in my opinion. Slugging it back.

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Photo of Andreji
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at whole foods in union square.

Poured into a pint glass. very dark toned and opaque, brown-to-black coloured. The head is ephemeral, but leaves behind a brownish chocolatey lacing and thin film topping the beer.

The smell is nice, dark chocolatey and with an underlying congnac-key feel making it sort of truffle-ish. some hoppiness can be felt but the smell is certainly sweeter.

The taste however wasn't so pleasant. It was a bit too dry for my taste, rather having a very simple grainy sensation at first which is quickly and clearly taken over by the bitter feel. At a point it feels smokey and somewhat like some seriously barrel aged scotch. it's not bad but there's much less of a sweet, chocolate sensation than one would expect. it is also quite alcoholicky, or at least feels so as it goes down the throat. It is also fairly full bodied, making it hard to go much further than 1 or 2 pints.

Overall not a bad beer but doesn't stand much chance against nicer chocolate stouts such as convict hill.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more disappointing Rogue brews I've tried. The taste on this beer is just not on mark for such a proud name. The slightly thin body provides a flavor that is just weak and quite short of stout strength. Dark as night, this beer had a small nondescript head and little lace effect. Truly short of chocolate sense as well, but long on a thin malt sense.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a while ago at Binnys. Finally got around to it. Served in a Pisgah pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of dark mocha foam that dissipates fairly quickly to a thickish cap. There are a few tiny specks of lace. Body is a super dark brown that is only a tiny bit lighter with a touch of reddish glow at the fringes.

S - Huge cocoa smell - reminds me of Hershey's chocolate syrup. There's also a nice amount of roastiness and some floral hops, but milk chocolate is incredibly intense and just takes over. I don't even know if I'd be able to tell if this was beer if you gave it to me blind. It's a little mono-dimensional, but it doers exactly what it sets out to do.

T - The taste is a big step down - light cocoa, roasted malts, and a strange earthy and slightly unpleasant aftertaste. I'm not sure if that's what Rogue describes as "chocolate truffle finish", but it tastes like dirt to me. The initial taste is more of a 3.5/4.0 but the aftertaste drags it down.

M - Higher carbonation than I'd expect - tingles a little and burns a touch at the back end. Medium body that is fairly smooth once the carbonation dies down. Lots of residual stickiness that unfortunately carries that weird aftertaste with it (although I'm not going to punish the mouthfeel for the taste).

D - The ABV is low and well-hidden, and the carbonation, while higher, isn't bloaty. I just can't deal with that weird aftertaste, although it dissipates quickly enough that the beer is still fairly drinkable (and you can always drink more to cover it up!).

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is gorgeous! Poured black with only the slightest red highlight visible when held up to light. The head is massive and foamy AND frothy. This head is one of the brownest i have seen to date maybe only lighter to TEN fidy. Nice vertical streaks of lacing. Aroma to me is mostly reminiscent of tootsie rolls. It dominates! Milk chocolate and super malty flavors are also strong. In the taste, the milk chocolate flavor becomes dry and more like a bitter belgian chocolate. There is alot of hop bitterness up front also that i didn't smell at all in the nose.
Roasted malt flavor is also detectable. Feel is creamy to the touch but overall the body is a tad light. There is a crispiness from the carbonation.

Overall this tastes like a tootsie roll; a candy I am not fond of. I do enjoy the beer but as a chocolate stout it isn't one of my top faves.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While this is rated 'Outstanding", I still prefer Chocolate stouts who come by their flavors "naturally"...from the malts rather than the addition of flavors.

Pours a very black with a beautiful 2 finger milk chocolate colored head that leaves sticky mapping on the glass as you drain it.

Aroma is definitely chocolate...milk chocolate with carob aromas.

Taste is again definitely chocolate...powdered milk chocolate, carob, roasted to burnt malt, artificial vanilla tastes, lightly hopped for finishing.

Aftertaste is powdery and artificial vanilla.

Mouthfeel is too thin for what tries to come across in the flavor.
Good chocolate stout, but still artificial and disappointing to me.

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Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.29.

A: Beautiful Nearly black with milk chocolate brown edges and a baking German chocolate cake head, 2-3 fingers, with prodigious amounts of lace.

S: Delicious bittersweet chocolate aromas, floral hops, dark malts, and molasses.

T: Unfortunately the taste is heavier on the acrid, molasses end of the scale and less on the sweet chocolate end of the spectrum. While the acridness isn't overly harsh, it dominates the flavor from start to end and pushes out the more enjoyable flavors of bittersweet dark chocolate, floral, C-type hops, and roasted Dark malts. I get very little sense of oatmeal in the flavor. The acrid, overly bitter, under-sweet aftertaste of damp paper is not very enjoyable.

M: The feel is pretty chewy in the long-run, but feels surprisingly light to the risk of being thin. The carbonation is good.

D: An up-and-down beer with good looks but not a balanced enough flavor which could be served by more body and a toned down acrid character. A let-down overall.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,885 ratings.