Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,960
Reviews: 1,890
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 353
Gots: 447 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of MmmIPA
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber

A-Thick brown head and very dark,almost black body.1 1/2 head and real thick and fluffy.I cant see throught the beer at all.The head stays with the beer for a while.

S-Chocolate smell and malts.

T-Very strong,chocolate taste and roasted nuts.

M-Very easy tasting and easy going down.Not as thick as it looks,nice aftertaste.I think its carbony.

D-Im glad I bought it.It taste real good.I could have gone for some more.I reccomend to beer lovers.I was a bit skeptical about this,since im not a big fan over stouts but this one is real good.Another great beer from the Rogue guys!


***UPDATE***05-02-07

I decided to try this beer again when my palate has gotten more accustemed to taste's of good beer.Poured into a tulip glass.

A-BIG thick brown head and a nice very dark blackish/brown body.Some nice lacing is left on the glass as the head goes down.

S-I smell some sweet chocolate.Some fruityness is there,hops im assuming.

M-Mouthful is a bit thick and the carbonation is a little more then I like to a stout beer but not enough to make you cry.

D-Once again,Good stuff.I enjoyed this the first time I had it and the 2nd time is no exception.If I remember correctly,the choclate has tamed down a bit since I last had it.I have heard people aging this.I may have to jump on the band wagon and try it myselfI would reccomend this to anyone who wants a great beer and a great chocolate stout.

T-Some sweet chocolate taste then leads to some bittering.

Photo of peabody
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, lots of drak brown suds here and even backlit, you can't peer through it. The smell is Chocolate ( who would of guessed?)
Can't really smell much else here. Mabey some malt.
First taste is only chocolate. Other tastings reveal some fruity flavors like green apples hidden wonderfully by the sweet to semi-sweet chocolate.
Mouthfeel is constant all the way through this bottle and the clean feel followed by a chocolate coating of the tounge is very nice.
Drinkability is determined if you love chocolate or not. I do and I could have this over and over. For a cheap looking bottle, this was a suprise of a drink. Chocolate lovers, get your fix here.

Photo of MrBen
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate.

Chocolate.

Chocolate malts.

Chocolate.

Chocolate in the brew.

Chocolate.

Chocolate.

Big (chocolate), full-flavored (chocolate), balanced nicely with carbonation (chocolate), enjoyable mouthfeel (chocolate), and a great change of pace (chocolate).

Chocolate.

Chocolate.

Photo of bens0n
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours jet black, not even a tinge of amber; 100% opaque with a nice amount of creamy tan head that leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass with every sip.

There is an incredibly tantalizing chocolate aroma that surges out of this brew coupled with a subtle coffee smell.

The unsweetened chocolate takes control of the almost roasty flavor. It has a bitterness to it that is very well complemented by the chocolaty flavor. There are some subtle coffee flavors that are pretty minor in comparison to the chocolate goodness.

It is thick and creamy, but has a little more carbonation than I prefer. Leaves a nice aftertaste in your mouth after every sip.

Definitely a drinkable beer, and without a doubt my favorite beer at this point in time (Just passed up Young's double chocolate stout)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle into a pint glass

A: 100% pitch black, though it looks like a little bit of a brown tone. Pours a huge dark beige head.

S: Dutch process cocoa, coffee, and a light cigar smoke aroma. Sweet chocolate syrup.

T: Brilliant. Light hop bitter finishes off what I can only describe as perfection. Toasty chocolate and nice malty depth. Flavor=perfect.

M: Rich but not overwhelmingly thick.

D: Nearly 100% perfect. Right there with Surly Coffee Bender and Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat.

Photo of brdc
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle, capped.
Very dark brew with an almost "oily" appearance and a vigorous creamy head production. Good retention, followed by nice, sticky lacing coating the sides of the glass.
The aroma is, well, chocolate. Milk chocolate for starters, powdered cocoa, then the sweetness of it leaves way to a more subdued, coffe/tofee like- aroma, and at points even some earth-like smells.
This beer is quite firm on the palate, interestignly starting somewhat bitter, even lightly hopped, followed coffee and earthy flavors, and then obviously layers and layers of chocolate. Sweetish throughout most of it, but not cloying, and the aftertaste is like bittersweet chocolate.
Big, bold, but not overpowering or cloying, this one went down amazingly easy with chocolate truffles.
Indeed a masterpiece; great dessert beer with chocolates or on its own.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black color, as expected, with a foamy tan head that settles fairly quickly. Smell is all chocolate. Not really able to detect anything else, but that's okay. I love chocolate! Taste is also as expected heavy on the chocolate flavor, almost like they added chocolate syrup or copious amounts of cocoa to the beer. The cocoa flavor is very nice, gives it a kind of bakers chocolate flavor, without any noticeable roasted coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, possibly due to the oats used in the recipe, possibly due in part to Rogue's proprietary yeast. Whatever the cause, it is quite enjoyable. Drinkability is extremely high, unless you are just against chocolate flavor. Try it with ice cream as a float. It's delicious. Also, i've had the chance to try it on nitro before this, and i must say i prefer it from the bottle. Easily my new favorite beer!

Photo of soulfly967
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Smokin' Joes in Pittsburgh. This is one top notch beer. Poured a beautiful black with awesome cascading action, a brown head that stuck around to the very end and left awesome lacing. The smell is of dark chocolate, roasted malts and some hops. The taste, AMAZING. Dark chocolate and toasted malts, with the aftertaste of a chocolate truffel. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy, just as expected. It was so good I had to have another. Very drinkable, yet another awesome brew from our friends at Rogue!

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found my new favorite. It was served in a 22 ounce bottle. I purposely poured it to get a nice thick head on it. It was pure, sweet chocolate brown in color. Took a while for the head to go away, so I sipped the foam. Tasted like dark chocolate toffee. A spotty lace sticks to the sides of the glass. The taste of the beer is deep, earthy malts, dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee undertones. The finish is superb with the chocolate rising up through the nose. This is my frist 5 ever!

Photo of chaduvel
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome. Pours out like a can of motor oil. Two inch dark brown head not unlike the top of a chocolate milk shake. Is this a chocolate milkshake...besides the chocolate aroma the touch of hops and strong malts tell me that this is in fact a beer. Taste is incredibly smooth. Big malts up front with a pronounced hop bitterness in the middle with a finish of sweet chocolate goodness. Overall flavor is almost of baking chocolate. This is the best chocolate beer I've had yet, and one of the best stout's to boot.

Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW, where do I start. My favorite stout on the planet right now. Out of a 22oz bomber is a creamy blackness producing a nice creamy brown head. Smells like chocolate to me, lol. Not the cheap stuff either. I was surprised when I tasted it. The chocolate flavor is definatly overpowering like most stouts with chocolate. It's very well balanced. Mouthfeel is that of the shakespeare stout. Very creamy. #1 in my fridge, even though you can only have 1 or 2 at a time.

Photo of ADZA
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well what can i say this is has got to be one of my most favourite American microbreweries even though i havnt had access to alot of other American microbrews this was definately my first intro into nice quality American brews and if i had to say one thing about Rogue it would be their consistency to produce top quality brews anyways enough of my spiel onto the brew it pours a dark murky cola hue with really decent carbonation that leaves a rapid rising two finger creamy head off a gentle pour and a frothy ring of lacing,the aroma is like you have just opened up a tasty rich belgian chocolate easter egg it is a very lucious chocolate aroma thats sweetness is balanced out by a fruity,hoppy undertone and just from the smell itself you can tell this brew is gonna be something else,and yes i am right the taste of this brew is something to be savoured it starts off with a smooth,creamy full mouthfeel but yet finishes nice and light like a light pale ale and if i was in charge of naming this beer i would of called it Bittersweet as it starts off like a full chocolate flavoured desert beer but finishes like a bitter IPA with chocolate in it,basically they really got the balance right in this brew and please dont be put off by the fact its a chocolate stout as it really is a nice combination of flavours and will always have a place in my fridge/cellar.

Photo of Gritsak
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- extremely dark brown. nice frothy tan head with great retention. no visible light even when held up directly.

S- sweet carmel, roasted grains, malt, toffee, and of course chocolate.

T- roasted chocolate flavor is dominate, accompanied by a faint sweetness and very light hop tingle. a nice roasted, smokey flavor is left lingering on the palate. easily the most balanced stout ive had.

M- suprisingly solid medium body. I expected it to have a much thicker feel. extremely smooth and actually refreshing, not something you see to often with a stout.

D- the easiest drinking stout ive ever had.

overall- i cant believe its taken me so long to try this beer. Its hands down the best stout ive ever had. Extreme smoothness coupled with a suprisingly refreshing feel that you dont expect from a stout. simply put, this is an excellent beer.

edit: as i finish off the 22oz, i think this is probably the most enjoyment ive ever got from drinking a beer.

rogue, please put this stuff in a 6pack.

Photo of MisterStout
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown color with a tan, extremely creamy-looking head that starts about 1.5-2.0" thick and sticks around awhile.

S: Light odor of coffee with hints of alcohol, but overwhelmingly like powdered cocoa (in a good way).

T: So, so smooth. It drinks like Luvel chocolate milk, except not sugary and with a most welcome flavor of hops and a slight coffee intro. Delicious bittersweet finish.

M: Excellent. As I said before, it's akin to drinking bittersweet, beer-flavored chocolate milk.

D: Very high drinkability. Could easily enjoy this all night long.

I appreciate stouts ranging from the kick-in-the-nuts of a RIS like Old Rasputin to the creamy drinkability of Guinness draft. This offering from Rogue is just about a perfect combination of complexity of taste and repeat-drinkability. Will definitely order again...and again.

Photo of charlottebeerguy
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type 22oz brown bottle. This beer simply put is amazing . Pours a deep chocolate color with a ruby lining. A small tan head that disappears pretty quickly. Smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate. A bit of hop bitterness in the front, but by the finish you would swear you are drinking a chocolate shake just not quite as thick. One of the best chocolate beers Ive ever had.

Photo of itcomesnpints
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An expansive gloomy head with great retention over an ebony vacuum. The scent is of tantalizing Dutch dark chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is absolutely unbelievable. Rich chocolate cake with a warm swirl of alcohol, topped with a taste of cascade hops to add to the bittersweet cocoa finish. Medium to heavy, very balanced mouthfeel. One bomber was not enough to satisfy. Need more. Many more. The bar has been raised. Hats way off to this one.

Photo of RyanPB
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Magnificent. Simply fantastic. Pours a nice dark chocolate brownish-black with a small, dark tan head. The nose hints at the forthcoming chocolate. The taste is tremendous. If you like chocolate, Southern Tier's Imperial Choklat is the only thing I've had in the neighborhood. In terms of mouthfeel, it was pleasantly bubbly without turning into champagne. As for drinkability, I had to fight off friends to whom I offered a taste. I will buy this each time I see it.

Photo of colts9016
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark pour with a creamy tan head that fades away very slowly. Chocolate aroma with a hint of hops coffee and roasted malt. . Very good mouthfeel and very smooth going down. I got the chocolate taste throughout the beer. The finish was deep smoky chocolate but very subtle. Will drink again and again

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A mighty stout, and mighty, mighty delicious! Black as the dark night, she is, with a thick, prodigious, bubbly brown head. With a little stirring, it reminds me of Quik cocoa mix, which adequately describes the aroma and the taste!
Aroma is dry and earthy, loaded with cocoa,plus hints of anise and rum. It all gets richer, the more I drink in the nose...so pull it out, and drink already!
Smooth, very smooth, and tasty. Chocolate taste is not shy, and lingers in the mouth.
Goodness gravy, this is delicious!
Oh, yummy...
Any technical knowledge I can pretend to fails me, and with a very good reason. This was the third, and largest, sample in my trio of chocolate stout tastings. I may have gone overboard...

Photo of ritzkiss
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle deep and black like the starless night. Two fingers of malty head. Whoah, this looks great!

Nothing jumps out on the smell, malts, a hint of chocolate like you would expect.

Taste is great, it just sings in your mouth. Lots of roasted malts and even more chocolate, oats, a hint of espresso. Good carbonation helps it spring through the mouth giving you a wide array of flavors. As it warm, it mellows out and the smooth chocolate gives way.

Wow, this is some beer. Super drinkable, complex as the best women always are, at 6% you could have a couple. I have got to go get a couple more of these.

Photo of dgallina
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with mahogany highlights and thick tan head which leaves good lace along the glass. Smells of very strong coffee malts, chocolate malts, and actual chocolate backed with hop spice. Flavor is a lovely balance of coffee malts, bitter-sweet chocolate, and cascade hops. Mouth-feel is soft and chewy, but relatively drinkable for a beer this heavy. Extremely appetizing as a desert beer.

Photo of drumstik
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick black with a chocolate brown head. Even when held right up to a lamp no light is coming through this bad boy.

Smells like chocolate! Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! No suprise here. Just a hint of roasted malt.

Taste starts off with a tiny burnt/roasted malt bitter bite followed by a very silky chocolate taste. Almost like a hot coco powder but more towards the dark chocolate side. Not overly sweet or heavy. The best part is that it tastes like real chocolate unlike some beers that have the chocolate name in their label.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and milk like with just a hint of carbonation. Suprisingly light as it sits in your belly which is great because I could sip this all night long.

As far as chocolate beers go, this is the best I have had. Makes an excellent dessert by itself but I am sure it would go excellent with a slice of chocolate cake (perhaps it would even make a good cake!). Go out and find one if you haven't because this is what a chocolate beer should be!

Photo of Ragingbull
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful dark brown color and nice smell. A remarkable beer. I have never had a chocolate stout or porter that resonated with so much chocolate. Extremely drinkable and pleasant although I can see some "traditionalists" potentially turning their nose up at its distinct flavor. I could give this no grade other than an A on my scale and there aren't many beers I can say that about. Anything I say won't do it justice.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Served in a pint glass at Frisco's in Columbia. Deep opaque black brew with limited dark tan head. Had light retention and carbonation, but very nice lacing.

Dark malts and chocolate on the aroma is complimented extremely well in the flavor category. This is a big, creamy and smooth brew. Not too much in any category that would slow you down. Deep dark milk chocolate runs the show, with a hint of smokiness, bitterness, and coffee in the background. Very rich brew, being creamy and sugary goodness without sticking to your mouth. Most brands would throw in a bunch of bitterness just for bitterness. This one amazingly does not, making it even better. This went down like a double chocolate tort after a hearty steak. Yeah, you shouldn't have room, but somehow, it disappeared.

Desert in a bottle, this would be paired excellently with just about any desert on the planet. Frisco's plans on adding it to whipped cream, Frambroise reduction and vanilla ice cream. Yum.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the single most delicious stout on the planet, and I can't believe I had almost forgotten about it. I knew there was some reason why it was the darker beers that finally made me cross over to better beers for good, even though they were never really a preferred style. This beer is very exceptional, though.

The appearance is what one would expect from any stout. Black to the very core, not even showing a ruby highlight when held up to the light also accompanied by a chocolatey foam cap which quickly recedes to a ring. The smell is typical stout, but one thing is different: chocolate (obviously). It smells like a cup of hot cocoa after a long snow shoveling session. I never thought I would catch myself saying this as spring is just now underway, but if only it were winter again... just for this very moment. The taste is very chocolatey as well, and supported by a nice roasted barley flavor. Back when I used to drink this religiously, my palate was not developed enough to truly appreciate this beer. My tastebuds are now worthy of such a fine brew, and I will once again be picking this up regularly.

edit: I ended up mixing the second half of this bomber with the second half of the Rogue Chipotle Ale I just reviewed as well for a Molé Black & Tan. It was good, but I think I liked this beer better on its own, as the smokiness of the chipotle ale tends to overpower the chocolate.

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93 out of 100 based on 3,960 ratings.