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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,892 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,892
Hads: 4,084
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 405
Gots: 546 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 5.80% 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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Reviews: 1,892 | Hads: 4,084
Photo of ncvbc
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just about black with a cocoa head that has some decent staying power. Lower carbonation and just a good stout appearance. Smell is of rich milk chocolate with the slightest hint of spicy hops. Taste is decent but a little too sweet for me. I do enjoy beers with chocolate taste but this one seems to go in the wrong direction for me. Mouthfeel is about medium and silky with a hop bite in the finish. Pretty easy to drink, just not much to it and definitely not on of my favorites when it comes to a Stout.

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Photo of hopmonkey
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolatey, dry and chalky. Some hints of complexity, but never really opened up to reveal more than the mocha/chocolate notes. Bitter on the finish, but clean. Very nice with something sweet. I would not describe the taste as thin, but certainly one-dimensional. It may be decent for what it is, but I do not feel the need to return.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown/black color with a tan fluffy 2 finger head. The aroma is pretty subdued with slight notes of chocolate, dark roast coffee, and slight leather. Medium mouthfeel. Light roast notes are the first thing I notice followed by sweet bitter dark chocolate flavors. Ends pretty cleanly. Minimal lace. Overall, not too bad but no as good as some other chocolate beers.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz Bomber ingredients listed but no freshness date.

Appearance: Black with a coffee head.

Smell: Baking cocoa powder.

Taste and Mouth Feel: While it is full bodied, it is very smooth. Very chocolate in flavor, but it is an unsweetened baking powder chocolate that has a touch of bitterness. This brew is very dry and has almost no sweetness.

Notes: This beer was not what I was expecting, but what ever is. While the natural chocolate flavor shines through, I was not overly impressed with the brew. I will note that this brew did get better as it warmed up, and I may have just gotten a bottle that was old or not well shipped. I will have to try it a few more times, and then update.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
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...).

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Photo of Long813
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Pint Glass

A: Two fingers of mocha tan head which retained much throughout leaving stellar lacing with each drink. Black opaque body.

S: Mild roasted coffee and a mix of bitter and milk chocolate.

T: Sweet chocolate accompanied by coffee, roasted malts and oats.

M: Medium-high body, medium-low carbonation. Slight bitter chocolate after taste

D: Well made beer. Nice blend of flavours here, but I was expecting something thicker and fuller. Either way it's a great drink.

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Photo of Brunite
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a giant mug.

A: Dark black. Aggressive pour yielded one of the best heads to date. Nitro looking with the carbonation going on.

S: Decent smelling stout. Chocolate and roasted malts.

T: Subdued chocolate. Not bad but was expecting more, considering the rep here. This is my second go around with this beer hoping I would get more chocolate next time. Does not come close to the chocolate notes in last night's Old Raspy.

M: Light for a stout. Not much as far as body or chewiness.

D: Easy to drink but rather pedestrian to my tastes. Something shy of World Class IMHO.

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Photo of missingsense
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottled into Victorian pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Black with a thick mocha-colored head that doesn't budge for a while. Sturdy foam lacing plants itself to the side of the glass. I'm looking forward to this.

S: Milk chocolate & dark chocolate. First whiff does not smell like beer at all. I'm expecting to taste a milkshake. A cafe au lait aroma becomes evident as it warms.

T: A taste that develops itself for quite some time. Chocolate flavoring is obvious upfront, along with a roasted malt character. An initial touch of oats is present as well. The milk chocolate flavor turns to dark chocolate as it lingers on the taste buds. The hops slowly reveal themselves in the aftertaste with a faint tingling which grows to become a little more bitter than I would have expected. There's a bit of chalkiness, like powdered chocolate in the end, too. It's bitter-sweet, to be sure, but a little to much of each for my tastes.

M: Relatively thin mouthfeel for a stout, but a good amount of carbonation.

D: The addition of natural chocolate flavorings is a nice touch, but feels unnecessary. I do have a sweet tooth, but I can't imagine pairing this with a dessert (like the bottle suggests)... that would just be sweetness overload. This a beer best enjoyed by itself. I would actually be happy splitting the bomber with someone else. However, those that like very bold, assertive beers will be pleased.

Not my favorite stout, or Rogue beer for that matter, but I have deep respect for Rogue for always taking risks and being creative with their brews.

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Photo of dmatsui
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Going a bit outside of my comfort zone with this one; not exactly my style.

Color is deep rich brown/black with a nice 4 finger head of dark khaki, off brown. No light getting through.

Nose is definitely dark chocolate and coder up front with a slight underlying dark fruitiness. Definitely some molasses and earth notes. Really nice smelling stuff.

Big hit of dark bitter cacao up front supported by bitter earthy hops then accentuated by a nice creamy and milky mouthfeel. There's still a nice hint if fruity esters and a nutty quality. Chocolate dominates as it finished quite dry.

Overall a really nice beer. It's not as heavy as I thought and the drinkability was really nice.

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Photo of chaz01
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into a tulip glass from a 22 ounce bottle that I found in my cellar. No date on the bottle, but I'm guessing it's older than a year, but less than 3 years.

A: Dark opaque black, with a huge foamy light brown head that produces small amounts of lacing on the glass.

S: Subtle chocolate aroma

T: Chocolate cocoa and burnt malt flavors and a bit of charcoal. Originally, I picked up a bit of unpleasant bitterness that seems to have disappeared as the beer warms to room temperature.

M: Medium bodied, not as full bodied as I would have expected for a rich stout. Lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Nice sipping beer to have sitting on the patio on a cool spring evening. Would also pair well with a chocolate desert.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 5/9/08, at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is all chocolate with some roasted malts in there.

T: The taste is a strong mixture of milk and dark chocolate. It's very malty and bitter-sweet. A very mild hops presence comes in after a while but for the most part this beer tastes like a melted chocolate bar leaving that thick cloying sweetness in the after-taste.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-heavy body, light-medium carbonation, finish is very sticky.

D: Tasty if you like the intense chocolate, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I've had some chocolaty stouts before but I think this one overdoes it.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was very dark, obviously being a chocolate stout. It had a fairly small head, but it lingered. I have to admit this was my first Rogue beer (also first chocolate) so I wasn't sure what to expect. There was a nice chocolate taste to the beer, but there was also a very strong after taste which was almost bitter. I'm sure this beer is worth a taste if you like chocolate flavored beers or if you're a fan of Rogue in general.

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Photo of trouserbat
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deepest black, with noticable bubbles and a thin but persistent, lusciously brown head.

Smell: Dark and heavy malt, chocolate. Not a significant amount of hops, "just" dark chocolate.

Taste: The chocolate dominates everything else. There's some maltiness, certainly, and while there are certainly some bittering hops (69 IBU worth, according to the bottle), I don't taste much hop flavor in the citrusy / piney register. The malt and hops support the chocolate, rather than complement it. Other reviews mention some spices (especially comparing it to Mexican drinking chocolate), but I don't taste them.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not smotheringly malty. Rather drinkable, actually, a bit thick but not satiating.

Overall: Definately worth trying. The chocolate flavor is good, though it did come off a little one-dimensional. Nonetheless, highly drinkable.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/18/12

Appearance: Dark dark brown, almost black - minimal, off white head, fades to nothing, leaves some steaks of lacing

Smell: Lightly roasty, lightly burnt, with chocolate, as the name would imply - both chocolate malts and cocoa - typical Rogue yeast as well

Taste: Yup, chocolate - dark, roasty chocolate malts and dark chocolate - sweet chocolate, too, like Tootsie Rolls - mildly bitter - malt base is a bit one dimensional and oddly mild - some weak coffee notes

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, on the thin side for a stout, but nicely carbonated and drinkable

Overall: Yeah, it has chocolate but not much else

This is a decent offering from Rogue, but not their best, and not outstanding overall. It's a nice use of chocolate, not too sweet. But the overall body could be more interesting.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Pours pitch black with a two finger mocha head that sticks around for a bit and doesn't leave any lacing

Smell - Nose starts with coffee rinds and makes its transition to dark chocolate with the usual fill of roasted malts and a touch meaty.

Taste - The chocolate starts and remains as the star player with some coffee bits.

Feel - Creamy without being too thin. No carbonation.

Overall - Good beer that hits the mark, but at $7.59 a bomber I'll pass next time.

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Photo of nflmvp
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4/13/06 from a 22 ounce bottle.

Poured near black with a two inch mocha head. Smell is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate and even more chocolate. Oddly enough, taste is chocolate too...both sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel is thick and coating. Drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola colored head was solid. The beer was dark as hell, light absorbing and whatnot. It reaked of chocolate, like a bottle of chocolate syrup. The body was middle of the road which is good because I didn't feel like actually drinking a bottle of syrup. The taste was all stout, not nearly as much chocolate as in the aroma, and a little bit of roasted malt. A good beer, very drinkable. I just thought the chocolate in the aroma was overbearing and a little artificial.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Unknown date, 6-12 months old.

Pours very dark brown/black with a large brown head that leaves globs of lacing and reduces to a rocky island and ring.

Aroma features layers of chocolate, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, chocolate syrup, chocolate milk. There is a bit of earthy hops, coffee, roasted malt and bread underneath all that chocolate. Sometimes there is a bit of a sour milk and smoke characteristic on the nose.

Flavor is quite chocolaty, not as strong as the nose, fair amount of bitterness, some caramel, roasted malt, a bit acidic.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but soft, low carbonation.

Good for a chocolate fix.

Original Rating July 7, 2007.
22oz bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that doesn't last long. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate dominates the aroma and flavor...big surprise. The most chocolaty beer I've had to date. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Very smooth. I'm a fan of stouts and this one is quite nice...would definitely buy again.
Aroma 8/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 17/20.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was dark black as stouts usually are. The head was a light coffee color. The smell was just a hint of dark chocolate. The taste was also dark chocolate but not very strong. i was actually expecting a stronger flavor since flavoring was added. This beer was decent and probably one of the better Rogue beers I have had.

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Photo of Atron67
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a clear black body with a heavy brown head that quickly rose up and then fell pretty quickly to a thin film. clear body light lacing left by the head

S- loads of chocolate, the roasted charachter takes a back seat and the malt is almost hidden, tons of chocolate again, low malt pretty sweet body

T- starts off really malty, then the roasted and chocolated flavors come intogether, after that the chocolate pretty much takes over and you get the different phases of chocolate as it fades off your tongue. a little too sweet, maybne im less of a chocolate fan but its too much chocolate

M- pretty full body

D- little sweet for me

little dissapoints but not a bad idea

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Photo of TrickKnee
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well i was a little worried this was going to just taste like sam adams choclate boch but let me tell ya the taste was completely different---in a good way. Made from real chocolate you can really taste it. Almost a hot chocolate taste and mouthfeel, except it was cold and and alcohol, can you say mmm mmm good!!!

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Photo of beerguy101
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eclipse black color. Large foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, touch of cardboard (but in a good way). A medium bodied stout. Malts are chocolate. Touch of vanilla and coffee. Hops are slightly spicy. Hops are slightly spicy. A nicely balanced sweet stout. The chocolate flavors predominate. Etched/painted beer bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of gameface23
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ebony with a fluffy tan head. Nose of chocolate/cocoa powder and some toasted malt. Taste was bitter, similar to 90% dark chocolate. I was hoping for a thicker mouthfeel and more depth, but it didn't deliver. Drinkability is good, but you have to pick the right time of year for it.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely opaque black color, with a tenacious tan head that sticks to the side of the glass. Aromas of dry, almost dusty chocolate flavors -- it reminds me of baker's chocolate. There is a milky, creamy backing to the aroma -- maybe due to the oats? On the palate, some stout sourness first off, medium carbonation and some juicy acidity. The chocolate flavor is quite dry, not sweet, and the finish is a bit short. Overall, I was disappointed by this. The chocolate flavor was a bit flat, almost subdued, and there's not much else going on in this beer to make up for it. Mouthfeel is too thin, and the staying power of this beer is kind of lacking. What's a mellifluous term for "enh"?

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Photo of LikeAFishSince56
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer bought from a draft pub, looks like a stout. It is black with a half inch enduring head in a pint glass. The body is clear but opaque, and there is foamy lacing left as you drink it. The aromas are chocolatey and hoppy, but the taste and result is not really a stout. This beer is really an IPA in stout's clothing. A chocolate IPA I should think, not so much a chocolate stout. The finish is long and bitter, which is just fine if you enjoy IPAs as I do. The mouthfeel is a little weak, the alcohol punch substantial, and I don't feel like I've actually just drunk my thrice daily bread. I still prefer my Guinness.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,892 ratings.