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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,827 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,827
Reviews: 1,862
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 322
Gots: 342 | FT: 3
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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With some brews, Rogue is overpriced. But a $7 bomber? That doesn’t seem too bad for a pretty big beer. I hope it has the quality of other $0.30/ounce beers I’ve had, at least. Let’s find out…

A: Deep, rich brown with a silky, oily chestnut head. The body is opaque, but looks light and a tad shiny. Possibly due to the fizzy nature of the retention, the bottom of the head looks darker than the top; it’s as if the head is a soft piece of bread, with a soggy darkening on half of it after it’s been dipped into soup. Lacing is here-and-there, webbed and chunky.

S: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, and just the way I had hoped: no waxy, chalky cocoa powder, just rich brownie fudge, chocolate pie filling, and German milk chocolate (Kinder bars come to mind). Hazelnut, caramel, and toffee ooze from the malts, whose sweetness is only put off by a slight crisp aroma of oat. Smells a lot like a chocolate/hazelnut wafer (like Knoppers, overall, going back to German candy).

T: Familiar Rogue malts are right up front, showing their light spice and mouthfuls of grain. The chocolate is just like the nose: palpably sweet, but not chalky at all. It grounds the palate in earthiness, but not in a sugary, overwhelming way. The hops are like nothing I’ve ever had: they come off as lemon-rind bitterness and some cools bitter, like peppermint. Thank you Rogue Micro Hopyard for the new flavors! They work well in this palate. It finishes with more hazelnut and chocolate syrup, and even a smoky hint of mocha. Smooth flavors all around.

M: Mouth-coating, but not to an obnoxious extent. It still has that wateriness of a 6% brew, which does well to keep it drinkable. Very little fizz to be found.

O: This is one of the best uses of chocolate in a beer I’ve had, especially in the nose. Though light and smooth, this stout is as rich and filling as ever. $0.30/ounce? I’d say that’s the perfect price for beer like this.

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3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pilsner glass.

A: Pours a jet black with a hue on the bottom where light barely gets through of the darkest brown possible. there is a 2 finger foamy/bubbly head that goes down after about a minute or two but does retain a small half finger of bubbly head for a few more minutes. Minimal lacing, but some circulated throughout the glass.

S: Sweet chocolate, like sticking your nose in a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Rather pleasant.

T: Dark chocolate. Sweet but a tad bitter, like dark chocolate. It is a nice tasting stout that is dominant in the chocolate taste of course, but tastes like a stout nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: pretty full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth like a stout should be but heavier than anything i would call medium bodied.

O: I am not overly impressed with the stout. It is a nice chocolate stout, a sweet smell and dark chocolate taste provides some complexity and uniqueness, but it lacks something that I can't quite put my finger on. I just didn't love it and I would consider it a tad overrated given the scores on this site, but I would recommend giving it a try for sure.

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

I don't often drink Rogue beers. I'm...not really sure why. Maybe because they're just a tad more expensive than other beers and I've had most of what they've had to offer. However, I've not had their Chocolate Stout. All of Rogue's stouts are rated very highly. I found their Shakespeare Stout to be fantastic. It's Fat Tuesday so I will indulge myself in something chocolate. Now it's time to see how this beer fares.

This beer pours out the darkest of brown. Only when held up to the light can you make out the faintest of transparency and a slight ruby color. The head forms slowly and thick, about three fingers high. It's creamy and a light brown. Though it fizzes out pretty quickly, it does leave some good lacing.

This smells delicious. Rich chocolate, like smelling a bag of cocoa powder almost. It's definitely on the milk chocolate side, however, instead of a cocoa-rich dark chocolate smell. Oats and some coffee bitterness make themselves known as well. Sugary sweet chocolate. Honestly, this is just straight up chocolate. Chocolate bomb! The smell isn't complex...but damn does it smell awesome.

This is definitely a beer that tastes much better when let warm a bit. At first mostly what I got was cocoa and coffee bitterness, but now all of the flavors have showed up for the chocolate party. First to the tongue is the sugary sweetness and luxurious chocolate flavors. There's some noticeable hoppiness that adds some bitterness but it's not too strong. Following the milk chocolate goodness, although I wouldn't say this beer has a lactose taste to it, is cocoa and coffee that bring more of a full flavor and bitterness of their own. In the end roasted oats show up that lingers well with the cocoa and chocolate.

This is on the heavier side of medium-bodied...or on the lighter side of full-bodied with medium carbonation. Although I wish it had a bit more body, it's exceptionally smooth and creamy as well as drinkable. It's a bit dry overall but I'd say it's just a tad sticky from the sweetness.

If you like chocolate then this is an obvious choice for a beer to drink. It's so chocolatey that it's almost like drinking some milk chocolate, though without the lactose taste. This beer just screams, "Delicious chocolate!" I do prefer stouts to have more body and more complexity in smell and taste but in this case the Chocolate Stout excels so well in being a CHOCOLATE stout.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, second time tasting it but first time reviewing.

A - Completely dark, as you cannot see any light through it. Pours a little dark brown head with no lace afterwards.

S - Delicious chocolate, like smelling a freshly unwrapped bar of fine chocolate. Sweet chocolate, raisins and dark fruits.

T - Coffee, toffee, dark chocolate (unlike the chocolate you can smell, it may be kind of surprising it tastes like dark chocolate), roasted malts and smoked flavors.

M - Carbonation is the first thing that comes to my mind, then the bitterness in the back of your mouth and tongue. Nonetheless, it also feels smooth.

Overall, an excellent stout with the kind of chocolate taste I like: Smooth and quite a complete body while not being too complex. I would have it again and again, but it's still not the top on my list.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On recommendation from JdoubleA, I picked up a bomber of this fine beverage - poured it into a Samichlaus tulip glass.

A: Inky black body wearing a massive mocha-crown hat & superglue-sticky lacing.

S: Straight up coco - malted milk ball, y'all.

T: Ex-wife bitter coco explosion, good bit of roasted malt as well but the coco dominates, think of the bitterness of powdered hot coco.

M: Rogue brews all seem a little thin to me - this one is no exception, but the classic dry stout mouthfeel takes over quickly and pretty much makes up for it.

O: A damn good chocolate stout.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, pours a massive, creamy head.

Aroma: Chocolate, unsurprisingly. Malt, light toasty notes. And some more chocolate!

Taste: Well, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I taste some chocolate… It’s a rather milky combination of chocolate and malt though, rather than the very dark, roasted chocolate flavour that you get with some Chocolate Stouts (I have Young’s Double Chocolate Stout in mind in particular). The beer supposedly packs a lot of hops as well, but I can’t really taste them, the chocolate and malt are overwhelming. Perhaps there is a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste, but that as well is dominated by notes of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full and quite soupy.

Overall: This is my first sampling of the Chocolate Stout, and I was expecting not to be disappointed — I wasn’t! The beer is rated extremely highly, but there are some very valid competitors in this category...

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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