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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,579 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,579
Reviews: 1,839
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 260
Gots: 224 | FT: 4
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

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nitro0292

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured an opaque black with an ample inch or so of beige colored head of tight bubbles. Retention is fair with excellent lacing. Looks very inviting.

Smell is similarly appealing with roasted grains and ample notes of bitter dark chocolate. No booze is evident in the smell, which is quite nice.

Taste is great. Actually tastes like bitter, dark chocolate with just enough residual sweetness balanced by bitterness. The roasted malts produce plenty of chocolate flavor, without booze or overly roasted overtones - especially as it begins to warm. Very good.

Mouthfeel is typical for the style. Smooth, with a tough of both water and thick syrup (as oxymoronic as that sounds).

Definitely worth seeking out. One of the better Chocolate Stouts available. This is the definition of the style, if a bit strong on the ABV given the BJCP guidelines.

11-12-2011 04:03:23 | More by nitro0292
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UA8

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

A- Pours a deep and rich and dark brown, with a light brown head.

S- Kicks in with a huge Swiss Miss hot chocolate scent. There's a slight backing of yeast notes and dark roasted malts.

T- Lead with big hot cocoa taste, moves on to rich toasted, and finished with bitter herbal hops.

M- Moderate viscosity, could be quite a bit more dense. Carbonation is low with a fine texture.

D- A very nice chocolate stout, which if it were just a touch more viscous could be great.

03-25-2009 05:39:37 | More by UA8
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Redrover

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Brown Bomber. This beer pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Very good lacing.

The smell is wonderful!! Chocolate and roasted malt. The chocolate tones remind me of hersheys syrup.

This is a great tasting beer. The chocolate is very evident but does not overpower the malts. The hops seem to be just evident enough to keep the beer balanced. Wonderful mouthfeel, this beer just slides down. Great carbonation for style.

The beer is a little sweet to drink all night, but I think of this as almost a celebration beer. You know the one you have to celebrate little things like a football win, the end of the week, etc.

I really like this beer and I think most people will agree with me!

03-14-2003 17:07:59 | More by Redrover
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

I grabbed this at State Line a couple of weeks back. This is the first beer I've had in about 4 days, thanks to a sickeningly awful cold, but hey, if I'm good enough to function, I'm good enough to drink, right?

Rogue was one of the first breweries I got into as a n00b, and their marketing did play a big part in my choices. In the past couple of years, apart from the infrequent glass at a bar, I haven't had too many beers from them, and I'm now going to attempt to work my way through their catalog.

Chocolate Stout pours, as expected, black with a very dark brown head with great retention and nice lacing. The nose is excellent in so many ways. Up front, I get some aggressive roasted malt character, almost bordering on a burnt grain aroma, but a brief swirl brings out a decadent blend of chocolate and oatmeal. That combination is so intense, it's almost like a cookie, and the moderate fruitiness further amplifies that comparison. The chocolate isn't particularly dark or intense, rather milk chocolate like, and has a sweetened cocoa character. Hops? absent for all intents and purposes. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens with an intense cocoa character, very Hershey's cocoa like with a noticeable undercurrent of sweetness. The level of cocoa here is pretty darned perfect, balancing beautifully the roasted malt character that comes through on the mid-palate. Not as fruity as the nose would suggest, though there's just a touch of raisin present here. The oatmeal does present a little smoothness on the mid-palate, but the carbonation does take away a little bit from that aspect. Sweetness is almost entirely cocoa-derived without a noticeable caramel or brown sugar component present. The finish is quite excellent with flavors of burnt grain, cocoa and a little sweetness. However, there's also just a touch of a nut-like bitterness present. The other aspects of the mouthfeel are excellent too. Medium in body with a rather smooth, silky feel, the carbonation is a little high for my liking. Drinkability is definitely up there, by keeping the sweetness and alcohol low, this is almost as drinkable as water. I've drunk half my bomber in about 10 minutes. Excellent stuff, I'd LOVE to try this on cask.

11-12-2010 01:39:31 | More by DefenCorps
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ndekke39

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Drank this from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a tulip glass. Pours a thick, opaque black - no light getting through. Big, reddish-brown head. Great retention - lots of lacing. Smell is dominated by a sweet, dark chocolate. Hints of toasted grain, too. Tastes of the chocolate, too. Little bit of bitterness, like dark chocolate or roasted coffee. Good balance between the sweet and bitter of the tastes. Medium mouthfeel - perfect for this type of stout, although I wouldn't mind it being thicker. Overall, a wonderfully drinkable stout. Nice use of the chocolate without being too one-dimensional. Another strong offering from Rogue.

06-14-2007 02:10:46 | More by ndekke39
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david131

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

A- Looks great served in a 25 oz. mug. There is a very nice brown head that settles to a thin sheet. It does not stick around after a few sips are taken and turns into just a little ring where the liquid meets the glass. The beer is black and not much light gets through on the edges.

S- Chocolate hits at first then some coffee and more hops than expected. The chocolate smells like a chocolate powder like Nes Quick or something.

T- Not as sweet as I was expecting. The chocolate is the flavor that sticks out most in this- big surprise. There is a good earthiness to the beer as well. The hops blend really well with the chocolate.

M- Creamy, but not overly done.

D- It seems like this could be a hard beer to get as right as Rogue did. The best part about this beer is how well balanced everything is. Went great with a big cheeseburger.

02-17-2007 19:10:00 | More by david131
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Matthew

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours out of the bottle jet black with a nice bubbly dark tan head. The head settles and leaves a nice coating over the top of the beer.
The aroma is predominately of roasted malt with hop background that is almost overshadowed by the big malt aromas. There is a sweetness to the aroma that mixes into the roasted character in this brew.
I expected a bigger roasted/coffee type flavor but the roasted flavors are blended nicely with a sweet chocolate character. The more I drink this the sweeter it tastes. There is a nice hoppiness that you can pick up as the brew goes down. I drank this beer with some unsweetened chocolate and that may have effected my perception of some of the flavors. I'm a big fan of chocolate stouts and this is better than I expected. The mouthfeel is slightly less heavy than most stouts and almost sticky.
This is worth picking up. I will be grabbing a few more of these in the very near future.

11-26-2005 00:41:50 | More by Matthew
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jahred

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a dark black color with a medium-sized, beautifully tan-brown (chocolate-milk colored?) head that quickly disappears, leaving nice lace on my goblet.

The scent is of sweet, malty chocolate milk, with perhaps a hint of caramel as well (this scent got stronger as the beer warmed).

The initial taste is of bitter chocolate at the front, followed by burnt malts and a burnt, creamy, slightly hoppy aftertaste. After a few sips, I wasn't incredibly impressed - the chocolate was a bit more subtle than I expected. But as the beer warmed a bit, it got easier to drink, with the chocolate tastes devevloping even more and mixing wonderfully with the burnt, sludgy malts. The mouthfeel isn't overly thick, but enjoyable nevertheless.

I enjoyed my last few sips with a few hershey kisses lying around here - what a fantastic combination! Or maybe the taste developed because of the alcohol - I'm still not sure how much was in the bottle.

02-08-2004 01:46:02 | More by jahred
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

This was once one of my top stouts...times have changed over 10 years!

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Split with my wife (as this was part of her Valentine's Day present!). The aggressive pour yielded a large, 2 finger, milk chocolate colored head. Some lacing present as the foam dissipated. The body is solid and black. I tried to force light through...not happening.

The nose is what you would expect from a chocolate stout...lots of cocoa aromas dominate. You can also pick up some roasted malts and a subtle, milky-cream aroma.

The flavors are right in line with the nose. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Hints of bitter coffee toward the finish. Really good flavor, but everything is a little on the weak/subdued side...

The mouth feel is on the thinner side (especially for a stout), slightly watery and moderately carbonated.

This is very drinkable. Like I mentioned above...was one of my favorites before I developed a taste for bigger, stronger stouts. I will always keep this in my cooler though!

05-26-2010 14:49:39 | More by mgbickel
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a pitch black, with a medium light brown head. This is one of the darkest beers Ive had, even shining a flashlight through it, it is almost completely opaque. Smells of chocolate and a hint of herbal hops. Tastes of dark chocolate truffles, with coffee, citrus, and hops as well. Bitterness is excellent and balances out the malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and rich, good carbonation levels. Due to all of the above, this is quite a drinkable beer. One of the best stouts I've had, as the chocolate adds a great flavor to this Ale.

02-03-2008 02:30:43 | More by tronester
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JordonHoltzman

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

had this on tap at the Bulldog on magazine st. new orleans
review is from quick notes.

poured a black body with a brown finger thick head.
smells beautifully of chocolate, seems like a mix of sweet and bitter chocolate smells, along with some caramel malt
Big chocolate taste, with coffee and caramel malts in there too.
the beer is smooth and silky, carbonation is just right
its a very drinkable beer. what a perfect dessert beer, can be a dessert on its own.

added note: now that i think of it, back about two years ago, i was introduced to craft brews for the first time by a future tulane track and field teammate. and he took me to a mix-a-six place. he told me to grab this. and this was the first craft brew to really get me into the world of craft beer. two years later, and almost a year as a BA, i finally revisit rogue chocolate stout and review it.

03-23-2010 04:58:12 | More by JordonHoltzman
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lifeboyq

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

22 oz bomber, poured into a duvel chalice. Smells of chocolate, the almost black beer appearance and tan head are slightly thin but almost appropriate for the style. Head retention is decent and lacing is apparent. Smell is sweet of faint chocolate. Taste is pretty darn good, its semi sweet not too much chocolate with a nice hit of hops, but really solid balance. Not very complex, but right now i dont care as the balance of this beer to the style is solid. A joke that its ranked top 50 beers in the world, but there are a lot of beers that are very wrongly classified. Whats important is that this is a well done beer and nothing to be scoffed at. An excellent example of an American Stout, and one of my favorite commercial examples.

10-09-2007 05:19:47 | More by lifeboyq
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mphopkins99

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Thanks to mugglesandhops for trading this one.

A - Poured a nice dark black, little to no head or lacing

S- The cocoa smell is right up front. A little hint of coffee as well.

T - Excellent, a really robust dark chocolate flavor.

M - Really smooth, light carbonation. 6% ABV doesn't hurt

D - A little heavy for a session beer, but this was a very drinkable stout. I really enjoyed this one and plan on hunting down some more.

12-01-2008 01:09:23 | More by mphopkins99
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GNWBC

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

SUPER TASTY STOUT!!!

P: pours a think dark chocolate brown with a tan head that leaves decent lacing

S: chocolate, toffee, carmel, malt.

T: total chocolate blast, followed by some carmel malt and nice residual sweetness hangs around.

M: is nice and think just how i like my stout.

O: super awesome stout. love the chocolate blast!

01-18-2012 23:43:37 | More by GNWBC
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Lukafer

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours extremely dark brown/black with a thin, dark tan head.  Smells like cocoa, roasted malts, slight coffee.  Tastes like a hot chocolate packet, sweet and chocolately with a slight bitter finish.  Mouthfeel is medium, drinkability is kinda low, maybe one 12 oz glass but that's all. Overall a pretty damn good brew.

12-08-2010 05:48:12 | More by Lukafer
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jt31914

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

22 oz. bottle

A: 1 finger of head with a dark chocolate color; little to no carbonation rising, head retains well.

S: Chocolate cream smell with a mild char aroma - very pleasant.

T: Char chocolate taste with a bitter yet creamy finish. Cocoa and cream flavor on the palate - this beer also has a unique roasted flavor. The tastes meld well and this is an enjoyable brew.

M: Average mouthfeel, little bit fizzy on the palate but very nice smooth finish.

D: Pretty drinkable, gets better as it warms.

10-26-2009 17:22:21 | More by jt31914
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sdderek

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

22oz bottle poured into my Cigar City tulip

A: Solid jet black with a perfect head

S: Whoa Cocoa Powder!

T: Heavy roasted malt flavors with serious cocoa powder finish.

M: Thick bodied. Very creamy and smooth as well.

D: The cocoa is so intense in this beer. Reminds me of drinking chocolate milk as a kid.

Overall I'm digging this although I don't think it's the best American Stout I've ever had. I would recommend and I would drink again.

02-05-2011 01:46:24 | More by sdderek
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse US Beer SpecTapular.

Pours a deep, almost opaque black brown, jus with hints of lightness at the corners - looks like melted chocolate with blackberry syrup. Head is thick, heavy and big. Delicious. Lacing sublime. Hell yes, this is a beer!

Delicious cocoa nibs on the nose, sweet and dusty and rich. That's it, you have to admit, but god it's good.

Nice huge roasty chiocolate character on the palate too. Not very sweet, but the roasted rich bittersweet character of true dark cocoa-rich chocolate. Even a light resin peeping through. Very good.

Mouthfeel very suitable: creamy and smooth. Not terrible thick, but very good.

A very smooth, drinkable and delectable beer. Thankyou Local Taphouse for bringing it to our shores. It was better on tap here than in bottles in the US.

07-12-2009 05:33:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Ragedman

Idaho

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a dark brown, nearly black. The bottle calls it an 'ebony'. For a chocolate stout I find it as dark as it should be.

Smells like chocolate, chocolate, and dark chocolate.

Taste is not quite as chocolate but still there is chocolate. Hops and some malts. 90% chocolate, 9% hops, and the 1% rest. A nice overall pleasing taste, tastes much like Deschutes Brewery Obsidian Stout.

Solid mouthfeel; perhaps just a tiny bit over carbonated but it must suffice and the mouthfeel is still great.

Nearly to easy to drink. Could easily finish off two bombers in an hour. This is a nice strong brew.

05-26-2010 00:32:18 | More by Ragedman
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allengarvin

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

An oversight, me never getting around to reviewing this beer. It pours a jet-black color with a big, smooth, and creamy head of foam. Nose is excellent, full of notes of dark, semibitter chocolate, lightly roasted, rich and appetizing... this is how my ideal hot chocolate smells on a cold wintry night. Taste is superbly chocolatey, though bordering on the too-sweet, balanced by moderately low hoppiness and a medium malt roast. Bittersweet finish.

09-03-2007 20:44:13 | More by allengarvin
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armock

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a light brown head that leaves lacing

S - Is of nice roasted malt with lots fudge chocolate scents

T - The roasted malt comes out more in the taste with along with the chocolate goodness

M - This is a creamy smooth beer but the carbonation is a little more than I like in a stout

D - This is a very good beer looks everything about it is very good its very easy to drink it would be a very good dessert beer worth trying sometime

07-12-2008 02:46:57 | More by armock
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tommy78

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance - Very dark, with minimal head. The head disappeared quickly after pour, which had a caramel colour.

Smell - Quite sweet with the cocoa mixed in.

Taste - The best feature of the beer is the taste. Very smooth, not too hoppy and not too sweet. A nice finish...easily on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Uncomplicated; simple and to the point.

Drinkability - Before I finished this review, I was 2/3 finished with the beer. It went down easy, and I would have 2-3 pints in one sitting if it were the case.

10-30-2007 00:37:50 | More by tommy78
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a cocoa colored brown with thin white head. Aroma dominated by chcolate malts roasted coffee and tostie rolls. Flavor once again dominated by chocolate and chocolate malts. Nice roasted character and hops provide a tasty bitter dry finish. Very Good!

11-27-2008 08:11:08 | More by corby112
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Served in the 22 oz. bomber. The color is black, with a foamy tan head. The smell is like powdered cocoa. The taste starts with the sweet chocolate taste, and then the malt takes over, and the aftertaste is a bitter chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability-wise, could have a few.

An interesting chocolate offering from Rogue, especially for those who appreciate a more dry chocolate taste. This is something I'd likely have again. Smells simply fantastic!

02-08-2004 02:52:48 | More by beergeek279
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a deep dark SOLID black. Has a big foamy brown head. What do I smell?? Milk Chocolate, dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate...Yeah Chocolate. OK if you don't taste chocolate drinking this beer then go see a doctor imediately. Again all the different characters of chocolate are folwing thru this beer, milk dark, bittersweet. All finishing in a nice roasted malt bitterness.
Note: if you don't like the smell or taste of chocolate you most likely not enjoy this great brew.

02-01-2006 22:49:30 | More by ybnorml
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