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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,866 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,866
Reviews: 1,869
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 330
Gots: 376 | 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:
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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Photo of BigMike
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pure black. I see no light or color coming through. The head is almost three fingers and looks somewhat soapy. Big bubbles popping and leave a nice lacing on my Guinness tulip pint glass.

Smell is pure hershey's syrup. Good grief this smells delicious. Dive in deeper and i get some major hops hidden initially by the chocolate. Some floral notes.

This beer is pretty much chocolate hops. Lot's of chocolate sweetness as one would expect but the finish is nice a bitter and hoppy. The hops balance it out nicely or the chocolate might be too out of control.

Smooth and silky. Nice mouthfeel just a bit of carbonation present. I would call this medium to heavy bodied.

Drinkability is good. Slightly heavy so i could only drink one bomber. But it is delicious and great for dessert.

Overall this is a really good beer and a really good chocolate. I really dont have any other chocolate stouts to compare it to. I would recommend this one definitely.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours nearly perfect black. Light barely penetrates the beer's furthest edges. Dark khaki head is minimal in stature but adds and extra piece of attraction to the overall look.

S-Smells like liquified milk chocolate. Behind the chocolate fondue aroma is light roast. They really nailed the chocolate here. So pure and intense.

T-Literally tastes like a Hershey bar melted to pure liquid. In the liquid chocolate seems to be a quick but generous pour of coffee. The taste is pretty awesome. It is one-sided but it is supposed to be. Really cool

M-Full feel with mellow carbonation. Feel and flavor match well and complement one another.

O/D-This is a chocolate explosion in a glass. I truly enjoyed this brew. I liked it a lot more that Southern Tier's Choklat. I found this one to be more of a pure chocolate flavor. Really nice but one glass is enough because it is very rich.

Photo of admiral
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable beer - full of milk chocolate goodness

aroma: not surprisingly, strong milk chocolate predominates - very nice!

taste: creamy milk chocolate with spice, oats and coffee/roasted barley notes. Also has a hint of citrus from the hops and I also detected slight vegemite. Aftertaste has a slight bitterness with chocolate mixed in.

A beer that is great by itself but I think it would excel paired with a dessert.

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice. Pours jet black with a huge tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate - also sweet malts. First taste that hits is slightly burnt malts, then some bitterness. So much chocolate. Dry with very little actual sweetness. Extremely smooth mouthfeel with just a bit of crispness. Somewhat oatmeal stout-like. All in all this is a great brew.

Photo of rawfish
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jampics2
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Fat Heads. Although they make their own chocolate stout, I had to go with a better option.

Arrived in a pint glass. A black beer with cappuchino head lies waiting within.

Smells of bakers chocolate, cocoa. Mild hops as well, but they're just barely there.

Taste follows. Really nice powdered cocoa taste. Sweet without being too sweet. Really nice.

Mouthfeel was odd. Creamy but thin. Could use a bit more milkshake.

Nice beer overall, good drinkability and very enjoyable!

Photo of MURF0320
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap
Opaque black body with creamy tan head, excellent retension and thick lacing at every sip. Smells like a gourmet desert, melted dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. Naturally the taste is dominated by chocolate. Starts with pure rich chocolate and roasted chocolate malt and finishes with a nice bitterness. Mouthfeel was soft and creamy, although slightly thinner than expected. Enjoyable drinkability sustained itself throughout the pint.

Photo of ikantspel
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served into a mug

pours a dark brown with a monstrous creamy head

if leinenkugels is the fruity pebbles beer, this one is cocoa pebbles. cocoa, dark chocolate, and some roasty toasty malts in the nose

taste hits you with a chocolate jab, followed by a chocolate straight, and finished off by a chocolate right hook.

pretty damn crisp and and sweet but not too overpowering

Photo of akajimmyd
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at McGrady’s in Bethlehem

Chocolate. Smells like it. Tastes like it. Looks like it. Pours thick and black with a nice mocha head. The chocolate is the dominant flavor but also has some smoky and malty characters. Hops were not too evident. Really smooth to drink, unfortunately it was on special by the pitcher and even with pawning some off on my skeptical friends I was overwhelmed after two pints. It really s quite bittersweet. Very enjoyable for a pint or two.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

O.K., lets just start by getting a couple of the cliché's out of the way, since they are so appropriate. The Color is of dark chocolate, very dark brown but not quite black. A light brown sticky creamy head forms atop the beer and sticks around for a short time. Afterwards a sticky light brown ring remains around the edge of the glass. This ring contributes to some lacing as the beer is consumed.

The aroma is of cocoa powder, fresh baked brownies and roasted goodness.

The taste is wonderful and begins as unsweetened chocolate then adds a very subtle fruitiness. After this the taste begins to fade and you are left with a roasted, chocolate bitterness. I am a huge chocolate fan, so I like this. It really reminds me of unsweetened baking chocolate, which I can never resist trying when I bake. It also has the dry almost astringent finish that comes with unsweetened chocolate.

The mouth feel is actually lighter than I had expected and a bit less than I would prefer. I'd like this to feel as big as it tastes.

Drinkability is quite nice and this is one that needs to be served at cellar temperature to really be enjoyed. As I slowly enjoyed this, I really noticed more flavors popping up as the beer warmed slightly.

This is a really nice stout, but I have to admit that I prefer Young's Double Chocolate Stout which combines that great flavor with a more appropriate/creamy mouth feel.

Having said that, you should also be sure not to miss this beer.

I am becoming a big Rogue fan!

Photo of jobyone
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black with large brown head. The aroma is the best thing about this beer. It is full of sweetness. The chocolate smells definately come through but also some coffe and maltiness. THe mouthfeel is big and rich. The taste is a bit to much bitterness without much balance. A good beer I am happy to drink when available but not the best.

Photo of 86sportster883
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rouge's Chocolate Stout is a very unique and enjoyable beer, but one that you will either love or hate.

It pours inpenetrable black with a big brown head that gives off rich aromas that remind me of chocolate milk and malt balls. Full bodied with moderate carbonation, dark malt flavors and hop bitterness overpower an unsweetened dark chocolate background. Finishes dry and increasingly bitter as you approach the end of the bottle.

This is a substantial beer with a singular profile that's a standout.

Photo of Jimmys
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black body. opaque. frothy light brown head is pretty to look at and follows up with some good retention. good lacing as well.

S: aroma is blatantly chocolate milk. i cant even sense anything else. very unique and very inviting.

T: a bustling lactose riddled with smooth sweet chocolate. a touch of roast works its way into the finish turning it slightly dry.

M: creamy and medium/full bodied. just perfect for the style.

D: sort of one-note with all the chocolate, but it is still a very tasty, unique brew. not complaining about the note it's singing at all. after having their hazelnut and chocolate, im looking forward to just about anything else from rogue.

Photo of zebulon
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this from a 22 oz bottle.

Opened the bottle and the chocolate aroma hit me. It drank this slowly and the aroma didn't disapate. The taste had the complexity and variety that you find in good dark chocolate. I kept thinking this was a premium chocolate bar in a bottle.

The color was ebony with a tan somewhat coffee colored head that lasted and tasted creamy. The inch + head eventually went down, but each time I swished the glass it can back somewhat.

As I said the taste mirrored the aroma chocolate and bitter hops, dry on the tongue, not unpleasant, maybe a little malt not sweet, but balancing the bitterness. It had some fizziness which also mitigated the bitterness.

Concidering the bitterness it was surprisingly light on the tongue. All in all a good job of balancing.

I am not sure how to rate the drinkability. The taste stayed with me for quite a while. Not unpleasant. A drinkable chocolate bar and I like chocolate. It is just that I got satiated on this, it is not a beer that I can drink more that one of.

Photo of ashleyshalyn
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap in a pint glass

A: Dark Brown black with a creamy coffee colored 2 finger head with great retention.

S: Deep chocolate and coffee malt. A bit of hop is noticeable as well in the background.

T: Low on the hop and high on bittersweet chocolate! Also the coffee taste is much more evident on tap than in the bottle, which surprised me. DO not expect a sweet chocolate with this! In fact, the first time I had this we ate 70% cocoa chocolates along with it and MAN did it really bring that flavor out in the beer… simply amazing!

M: Chewy with low carbonation, but it isn’t too too heavy.

D: A personal favorite I could drink this every day if it wouldn’t make me gain 5 billion pounds!

Cheers to Rogue! This is a fabulous beer on-tap and out of the bottle... I have had both, but this review is for the tap. I'll get around to writing a bottle review when I drink it next time ;) I can’t wait to try a black and tan made with Rogue Choc Stout and Rogue Juniper Pale Ale. I think it would be fab!

Photo of bparishlsu
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Rdc376
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of shirfan
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Completely opaque, pitch black, with a thick and long-lasting layer of fine tan bubbles. "Lacing" is an understatement, this leaves an entire sheet along the inside of the glass.

Aroma: Leather, dark chocolate, ice cream parlor, hershey's syrup, old books.

Taste: More dark chocolate, chocolate syrup chocolate, chewy dark malt without a burnt aspect. Frothy latte notes before a not-overdone amount of citric hops takes over. Balanced well; no one flavor tries to outmuscle the others. Not a trace of alcohol burn.

Smooth mouthfeel...it's tempting to think it's on the thin side, but actually just subtle and well-crafted.

In the hypothetical "If you could choose only one beer" game, this would be a contender; it manages to be completely inoffensive and flavor-rich at the same time.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark, murkey black color with a small head that falls to a very generous ring over top of the brew. I don't know if a stout can look any better. The nose is just like cooled down hot chocolate. Huge milk-chocolate just nails me in the nose. Its almost like sniffing the concentrated powder before adding liquid. This truely is a chocolate stout. The flavor is very chocolate, but with a backbone of deep roasted to burnt malt. I enjoy it. The feel is where this brew falters. Its moderate at best. I would really like to see a nice healthy thickness on the feel. It really deserves it. Overall, not a bad brew. I find it easy drinking. The flavor is pretty darn nice. Head to head with a Brooklyn Black Chocolate, it would falter, but it is definately doing the trick for me right now.

Photo of Vogt52
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of brendaniel
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an espresso brown with a dark rich head. Aromas were strong - especially the bitter chocolate. Flavors were rich dark malts, more bitter chocolate and subtle wood flavors. Full bodied flavors with a finish that lasts - this was a great one. Terrific dessert beer!

Photo of Rguardian989
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a shaker glass

Appearance and Smell - black body with a very slight hint of ruby around the bottom edge with a very tan to light brown head that is pretty pillowy and lasts a while. smell is very strong of chocolate with roasted malt in there.

Taste and Mouth - chocolate is easily the most dominate flavor here. it has a nice roasty bitter finish. i personally like my stouts on the thicker side and this is thin for what i expected. carbonation is good for a stout.

Drinkability - very good i go back sip after sip. this is defintely a good dessert beer.

Notes - over all i really like this beer. i wish there was more of a thick, oatmeal type mouthfeel but thats just my personal preference when it comes to stout.

Photo of Converge
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark cola hue with slight red highlights while going into the glass, but once in there it looks completely black. Big billowy dark tan head of large bubbles. Excellent head retention and sticky chunks of foam cling to the glass on all sides.

S - Certainly a chocolate stout! Cocoa nibs, bittersweet and inviting give it a big chocolatey character, with hints of caramel malt and vanilla in the background. Not quite as rich or complex as I had anticipated, and there are some crisp hops that feel a tad out of place. The roast is there, but mild, and certainly doesn't hint to 70 IBU. Still, this is a nose to behold, with as much chocolate character as any beer I've had before.

T - Well, there were definitely some IBUs hiding in there somewhere after all. Profile starts of with lots of chocolate, cocoa, and a hint of vanilla at the front of the palate, then soon gives way to a more robust, bitter mid-palate and finish. Roasted barley, charred malt, and coffee roast all come through and last into the finish, along with some subtle, earthy hops. Not quite the chocolate punch the nose had me believe, but a great, well-rounded and balanced brew.

M - Body is medium weight and lively with carbonation, a little too lively for my liking in fact. The bubbles feel overly large, detracting from the smoothness. Typically if a stout is going to have this much carbonation, I like to see finer bubbles to keep the texture smooth and creamy.

D - Enjoyable chocolate stout, but probably not my first choice for the style. Overall it was certainly worth trying, but I'd still put it below DDC's Aphrodisiaque. Another solid beer from the folks at Rogue; good stuff.

Photo of danonsaylor
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of SamuraiJack
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is a chocolate stout in the true and literal sense of the word!!
On first pour it is truly and deeply dark black - with a head that is deep, creamy tan foam. Aroma is overwhelmingly chocolate malt with some light coffee touchs.
Initial taste is strong dark chocolate with very little milk flavours, very smooth and creamy while still a little dry. The chocolate flavours dominate and, in fact, are nearly overwhelming (the one real weakness of the beer). Mouthfeel is less creamy than most chocolate stouts. It goes down smoothly, leaving little in the way of aftertaste.
I like the beer - but I don't know if I could recommend it given that it's the kind of beer some might really dislike. The chocolate flavours are SO strong that it's almost not even a beer but rather some sort of chocolate desert malt beverage.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,866 ratings.