Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,874 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,874
Hads: 3,980
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 367
Gots: 465 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 1,874 | Hads: 3,980
Photo of JISurfer
3.26/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I think I got a bad bottle or something, cause I got no choclate in this whole beer. The most I got was a heavy bite from hops, which I don't care for too much. I have had the Brooklyn Chocolate Stout and that blows this one away, as far as balanced out malts and hops, as well as taste. This one was way too hoppy for me and had little balance. I got very little malts in it at all, which was a huge let down. The best thing about this brew, for me, was the apperance. This is simply one of the best looking beers you will ever see. Nice head retention and super dark color. The color was so beautiful, I couldn't see through it, so that's a plus in my book. Other than that, this was below average, as far as chocolate stouts go. I couldn't finish the bomber, and that says a lot to me. (788 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ebony black with a three finger brown head.
Very chocolate filled aroma, like a Lindt dark chocolate truffle, perfectly chocolaty.
Roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate impressions in the taste. Very bitter from the chocolate malt
Creamy smooth, full feel, very robust, some hop earthyness and a large amount of hop bitterness.
Very easy to drink, the only problem is I think I'd burn out on the chocolate after awhile. (428 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer. Poured pitch black with a captivating dark tan head. Nice lacing throughout the session and nice head retention as well.

Awesome aroma. Truly smelled like a chocolate covered truffle. Absolutely fantastic!

Chocolate! Chocolate! The best chocolate stout I have ever had. Really does a favor to the style! Bittersweet chocolate destroys the hops that are fighting for survival. Some suddle coffee and toffee as well, but mainly just chocolate. This is a perfect dessert beer. Smooth and silky with a nice bitter finish.

Not a fault. (560 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of DagFishHead
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: So black it was sucking the light out of the room, Generous creamy chocolate/espresso milkshake head with great retention and sheets of creamy lace.
Smell: Powdered/sweetened hot cocoa, espresso, sweet roasted malts, earthy, hints of dark cherries.
Taste: Semi-sweet malt/cocoa start, middle is full with dark fruits and minimal fizz, dry-hop/bitter-chocolate finish with lingering dry bitter aftertaste of cocoa and roasted malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied malt, appropriate low level carbonation.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable... Willy Shakes gone Swiss Miss. Rivals Young's Double Chocolate, but a tad more bitter and not as silky smooth. (661 characters)

Photo of DESTRO
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ive been looking for this forever, the day has come, my panties are creamed, and here she is in all her glory. pitch black baby. small bubbly brown head that dies down to a ring, leaves a nice lace. huge cocoa smell, dark chocolates, just damn wonderful. taste? huge chocolate everywhere, dark chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, roasted/burnt malt, a decent amount of bitterness from the hops, the aftertase is pure joy, leaving the sense that you just had an iced expresso. a little creamy and really smooth, but it finishes crisp and a bit dry. interesting mouthfeel indeed. a down right awesome brew. just like the name says, its a chocolate beast, so dont expect anything different. this one gets a goat thrown \m/. a head bang AND an "ace of spades" dedication.

$3.49 a bomber. (780 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black motor oil stout with a huge rocky head that lasts for days. Huge chocolate aroma with a good hop backbone. The flavor is chocolate and coffee with hop bitterness behind. The finish is bitter chocolate and dry. Full body beer with good drinkability (253 characters)

Photo of Realale
1.92/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Opaque black. No highlights. Small dark brown head.

Sweet, low-quality milk chocolate on the nose (someone at the blind tasting said Whitman's buttercreams and they were right). Definitely buttery as well. Quite nutty too. Cloying and gross.

Surprisingly light on the palate. Lots of bitterness, and a touch of burnt malt flavor. Needs body badly. Mouthfeel is OK, length is, unfortunately, average.

Tasted blind at the 12/14/03 St. Louis BA tasting. (459 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of winomark
2.63/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with a quite thick light brown head.

Aroma: Mild chocolate tones dominate. All other aromas are quite muted.

Taste: Lots of carbonation takes away from the chocolate(which is detectable) and any other flavors that might be present.

Mouthfeel: Unimpressive, IMO. Too much carbonation creates an unwanted, flavorless void.

Drinkability: Not at all excited about this one. Doesn't live up to the hype IMO. Won't try again. (467 characters)

Photo of bewley
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber that has a fanciful lady painted on it, holding an overflowing mug in one hand, and what appears to be a piece of chocolate in the other.

Oh my . . . Oh yes!

This black, viscous liquid clings to the glass like an auspicious cloud. A four sip belch emitted hints of cocoa, English toffee, wild blackberry and charred smoked casks that have been preserved in castor oil.

This is mighty good stuff!

We tried this with a piece of "Death by Chocolate" cake from Greg's Restaurant in Providence, RI--making for a great combination. This stout definitely deserves its high ranking. (599 characters)

Photo of AbePhroman
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a bomber of this for $3.49. I enjoy Rogue brews alot but never had this stout. As of yet I hadn't had many chocolate stouts, except Young's Double Chocolate. Poured it into a pint glass. Dark, syrupy brown. Nice tan head, not too big. Good lacing. Smelled very strong of chocolate. Little bit of a hops aroma too.
Tastes exceptional. Not sure what the abv is on this but it seemed like a very drinkable beer. I will surely pick up a few more of these in the coming weeks. (479 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So, last night my wife and I had just put my son to bed and she asks me if I have any beer she might like. I check the fridge and there sat my bomber of Rogue’s Chocolate Stout, virtually begging to be chosen. Since my wife already is a fan of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, she was willing to try Rogue’s offering.
This brew had a uniform ebony hue that looked like it was sucking the light out of the room. A firm, bubbly, one-finger brown head perched atop the beer. As the beer disappeared, a solid layer of sheet lace was left behind. The rich chocolate aroma came pouring off the top well before I got my nose close to the glass. Some roasted malt notes were also present but the overwhelming aroma was chocolate. The taste was redolent of dark chocolate, amazing in its richness. It reminded me of the Swiss dark chocolate my brother gave me on his last visit back to the States. Some light oatmeal and gentle coffee flavor rounded out the taste profile. The feel was medium-bodied at first but built up in thickness as it warmed. Not quite as velvety smooth as Young’s, however.
I’m astounded at how much chocolate flavor and aroma is crammed into this beer. It’s not a beer; it’s like a dark chocolate mousse that got liquified. Unbelievably drinkable; try to restrain yourself from guzzling it all before it has a chance to warm up some. (1,357 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ebony just barely letting any ruby highlights through at the edges when held up to the light, seems viscous with the pour and forms a nice sized milk chocolate colored brown head leves behind beautiful uniformed webbed lacing. Aroma: Hints of roasted marshmallows, deep milky chocolate, toasted nuts just one heavenly aroma barely letting some floral notes of hops. Taste: Ladies and gents what a beer, this one is definitely worthy of the Best of BA, with dark roasts blending with hop bitterness in the finish upfront the beer is full of toasted nuts and chocolate pleasure. Nothing compares to this one just awesome I like Brooklyn's Luxury Double Chocolate and Young's as well but this one kicks up a notch in the right direction. Mouthfeel: Full bodied almost chewy definitely pours like motor oil this is one big brew, awesome. Drinkability: Limit yourself to bomber this stuff is flavorful and full in body as lucious as they come an experience that I am going to enjoy for the next 30 to 60 minutes just sipping on it. (1,038 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Very dark in color, with a creamy and lasting espresso-colored head. Smells of chocolate, nice and rich. Taste is full of milky chocolate, well-rounded and very, very good. Nice touch of hops, too, and their bitterness makes for a dry, almost dark chocolate like finish. Easy to drink, and prettty much wonderful. I'm a big fan.

This was a great dessert on Thanksgiving, too. (395 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black body. Magnificent tan head is creamy and uneven on the top and large-bubbled on the bottom. Yeasty aroma with a deep noseful of chocolate.

Burning, thin, and raspy in the mouth, with just a slice of cool creaminess coming through before you swallow. Interesting mixture of sensations. I would prefer a bit more thickness in the mouth, but I cannot find it in me to condemn this beer because of that wonderful mixture of raspiness and cream.

This is definitely a beer that you will not want to serve too cold. It just got better and better as it warmed. (571 characters)

Photo of NickLovesBeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Stout pours pitch black in color with a huge tan head and great lacing. It smells of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Very rich, creamy, and absolutely delicious. When I first tasted this beer I was amazed how they could pack so much chocolate into one beer. An utter joy. (290 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the tap this beer poured out an amazingly rich and dark brown color with a huge creamy tan head. The aroma is rich with roasted tones and what else? …chocolate. There’s no mistaking it. This beer incorporates the chocolate flavor into the beer perfectly. Sweet cocoa comes through along side a semi-sweet body of malts. There’s a hop bitterness hiding in there, also. This is a special beer. (399 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black in appearance with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocoalate liquor. Taste is of dark chocolate, not overly sweet. A bit of a roasty quality reminds you that yes this is a stout you're drinking and not dessert. Thick, silky mouthfeel. Get's better as it warms. Excellent use of chocolate. (294 characters)

Photo of grynder33
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a somewhat substantial chocolate soda head for a stout.Had a chocolately malt aroma a chocolate frosting first taste, with a pleasant not supersweet aftertaste.Mouthfeel was thick but not chewy got thicker and bolder as it warmed. For what it is its top notch, but to one dimensional to be placed amongst the top world beers. (337 characters)

Photo of HossMcGraw
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick and black with a generous tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts, hops, and dark chocolate. Taste is great, and basically the same as the aroma.
The mouthfeel is too thin for my liking, but I'll live. Drinkability: I'm pretty sure I could polish off two or three of these in a night. Good, but not as good as Shakespeare. But then again, what is? Rogue set themselves an impossible standard with that one. (437 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Compared to the draft version (see my review), the differences I notice in the bottled version are 1)There is a hint of nutmeg or ginger towards the middle...it's slightly spicier but in a herbal fashion, 2)The chocolate flavor and aroma is more subdued, 3) The mouthfeel is a little denser, silken and smooth, but not quite as soft. This is still my favorite chocolate stout, however the draft was a pure pint of heaven. (421 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Hops, and dark chocolate. First smell was the stout style maltiness, then came some of the aggressive hop, now, all I can smell is the deep dark chocolate.
Appearance: Jet-black, even with back lighting. A fluffy tan head retreated to a light coat and laced
Flavor: Backbone of classic stout roasted malt, nice hop bitter at the end, all of which is covered with a coffee chocolate coating. The chocolate taste seems to melt away to expose the slightly bitter, refreshing finish. A chocolate covered hop?
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice creamy consistency, and a bitter tingle at the end
Overall Impression: A smooth clean tasting beer with a chocolate twist. The chocolate is present, but not overwhelming, a nice counterpoint to a typically (for Rogue) delicious stout. There is more of the chocolate in the nose than the taste, but it’s all good. Makes me want to try more chocolate in my homebrews. Drinkability is great; I had trouble writing the review between sips, the nice dry finish invites another mouthful. Recommended, I’ll be getting more of this for dinner party desserts. (1,115 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

rogue hits the nail on the head again. this is a damn fine brew. pours black as hell with a dark tan, foamy head that is oh so creamy looking. there is an obvious sweet chocolate smell that dominates with a bit of maltiness as well. it smells (and tastes) a bit like chocolate milk. the chocolate is more dominant in the flavour than the smell, which was maybe the only drawback for me with this beer...it was a bit too sweet at times. if that was toned down a bit, this would be that much better of a beer. very creamy and smooth, and just enjoyable all around. (562 characters)

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
94 out of 100 based on 1,874 ratings.