Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,874
Hads: 3,980
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 365
Gots: 464 | 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 itcomesnpints
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of RyanPB
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of colts9016
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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 (299 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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... (718 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of dgallina
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of drumstik
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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! (1,016 characters)

Photo of Ragingbull
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (1,410 characters)

Photo of wrb357
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass.

There's no way around it: Rogue Chocolate Stout is chocolate in a glass. It looks like really thick chocolate syrup poured into a glass with some light carbonation addd. It smells of roasted malts and chocolate. It tastes like a stout and a porter had a baby. It's creamy, but has some decent carbonation. The tast is very rich and malty, and at first you don't get the chocolate. But then that chocolate backbone hits you and immediately you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The taste lingers too, so you enjoy it even more as time goes on.

This is a heavy beer, but the flavor is so pleasing that it's very easy to drink. You really forget that you're drinking beer. After all 22oz are done you feel warmed and relaxed, like having a mug of cocoa, only this is beer, so you're sort of drunk. Easily one of my top stouts. (861 characters)

Photo of methtlcai
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I waited so long to try this! Pours a jet black with a gorgeous mocha head (2 fingers thick)- the lacing was pretty sweet but retention could have been a little bit better. Such an awesomely powerful aroma- I kept sniffing this beer all the way through the 22nd oz. Smells like slightly bitter dark chocolate with just a tinge of roastiness. Taste is less bitter and more milky, thick and rich without being choking. Tastes just like milk chocolate, not like beer at all- definitely hides the alcohol. At least a top 3 stout if not the best (imperials not included)! (582 characters)

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout was served from a 22 oz. silkscreened bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was black, and was topped by an ample brown head that eventually receeded, leaving pools of shimmering obsidian-like blackness. Rich aromas of cocoa-chocolate, cola, and creamy sasparilla wafted from the glass, integrated with a superb and intriguing roasty smoky earthiness. This stout delivered divine flavors...beginning with a dark chocolate-cola roasty maltiness that opened up with an excellent earthy cocoa bitterness and perfectly subtle non-descript esters. The finish was cocoa dry and cola-like with cherry esters, leaving lingering bitter chocolate notes. Yes I could tell there is some real chocolate in there. The body was richly full and smooth: perfect for the flavors and character of the beer. I was very impressed with the Chocolate Stout, enjoying it immensely, in contrast to the Shakespeare, which I think is a bit unrefined and out-of-wack with its esters. Being a lover of both stouts and super dark chocolate, I highly recommend this one to other like-minded individuals. Perhaps my favorite from Rogue. (1,122 characters)

Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving temp: 50F Serving glass: Pint glass

Appearance: Very opaque black with a dark tan head that dissipates rather quickly, but hangs on as a thin film throughout drink. Pretty good lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts hit me first. Then, the chocolate. This is the first sweet smelling chocolate beer I've ever had, similar smell to a good hot chocolate, along with other aromas. Faint coffee smell. Slight bit of citrusy hop notes.

Taste: Not nearly as sweet tasting as the smell, but the chocolate is defintely there. More bittersweet in the taste, though. And just as well, I wasn't expecting a milkshake. Sweetness now comes in the form of raisens & figs. Hoppy bitterness with a little bit of citrus fruit is pretty big in the taste from what I was expecting after smelling it.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied & creamy. Not chewy or anything, but it coats the mouth very well and leaves sticky residue allover my lips. YUM! Ever just stick a half a teaspoon or so of cocoa powder in your mouth and chow down? That's the feeling this brew leaves you with. Well, not quite as *dry* as that, but if you've tasted pure cocoa, you know.

Drinkability: This is a fabulous brew, replacing Youngs Double Chocolate as my favorite chocolate beer. The sweet aroma & contrasting bitterness is balanced so well. And the finish just makes me want to have more. Hmm.. I think I will. (1,377 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a mug

Appearance - dark brown, almost black colour with mocha colored head

smell - delicious milk chocolate, roasted malts, chocolate candy bar

taste - taste is similar to the nose, milk chocolate is most prominent, hops, expresso, malt

mouthfeel - medium bodied (almost thin), low carbonation, sweetness of the chocolate is upfront, balanced by the bitterness of the hops, easy to drink

overall - This was a good beer, definetly lived up to its namesake, my only gripe is that the mouthfeel is a bit thin, but otherwise, this is a good stout that I enjoyed

Price Point - $5.49/22oz bottle (619 characters)

Photo of timmos1
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh...my....God. Ive never tasted a chocolate stout like this. The first taste. Incredible. Beautiful tasty chewy. It doesnt get any better. Great head clings all the way through. Beautiful color. A beer milk shake! Great for dessert or just drinking by itself. Ample 22oz bottle presents well like all rogue products. Hops low but present enough to counteract chocolate. Fantastic! I want more! (394 characters)

Photo of ShawnMN
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite stouts! Creamy caremelly head. Smell of chocolate and dark roasted malts. Great feel on the pallet with just enough carbonation to give it a little kick and ehance the chocolatey dark roasted malty flavor. Little hint of a caramelized malt stickiness to the taste as well. Man what a great brew ! (315 characters)

Photo of StLThrash
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. No dates on bottle.

A - What a wonderful looking beer. Very dark beer with a beautiful 2 finger tan, foamy head. Had a nice cap that lasted throughout. Nice lacing.

S - One of the best. Beautiful bouquet of aromas! Dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, rich roasted malts. I even had to have my kids smell it and they thought it smelled amazing too.

T & M - Rich, medium-bodied, full taste. Quite simply the best chocolate beer I've had. Someone else described it as a beer chocolate milk shake and that sums it up. Just enough hop bitterness to equal out the chocolate sweetness.

D - I had 2 glasses and finished the bomber. Wish I had another. I will go out tomorrow and pick some more up. Excellent drinkability.

Try this beer - you won't be disappointed. (806 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an Imperial pint glass. The label has the standard Rogue theme of someone holding a beer up. In addition, it has the always useful information about the beer ingredients and specifications. This one is 15 degrees Plato, 69 IBU, 77 AA, and 135.45 degrees L.

Appearance: Pours with a dark tan, 1 inch head. This settles slowly, leaving some lacing on the glass, a thin coat of foam, and a few random islands spread throughout the top. The beer itself is dark, black except for a little hint of ruby/brown around the edges.

Smell: Sweet chocolate, with a strong undertone of roasted barley. The smell is an amazing blend of sweet and bitter.

Taste: This beer has many complex layers of chocolate and stout flavor. Initially, you pick up what I would term bitter, baker's chocolate, this blends well with the bitterness from the roasted barley. Next, there is a subtle hop, flavor, lightly citrus with a hint of bitterness, Finally, a sweet chocolate aftertaste, without being to sweet or cloying.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation with a decent bite. Helps to blend the varying flavors well. God body.

Drinkability: In a world of so many Imperial this and double that, it is nice to find a full bodied and flavorful stout that only clocks in a 6% alcohol. This is a great drink and one that you can have a few of. Plenty of complexity, while still demonstrating the fine art of restraint. (1,442 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle. Loud glug, glug, glug pour. Beautiful nearly black to dark brown body. Fluffy, bubbly, thick, carmel colored head. Perfect appearance.
Nice rich chocolate smell. Full chocolate cake with hershey syrup. Touch of hops present. Taste is rich full on chocolate goodness. Thick oatmeal stout feel and touch of oatmeal taste. Beyond smooth and creamy, into another level. Full bodied, rich chocolate flavors and a snap of hop bitterness, make it taste like bittersweet chocolate chips. One of the best beers I have had to date. Just plain incredible ! (568 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, 1/2 inch of head beginning with and shrinks to thin head, and already with lacing down the glass, and has nice streaks and blobs of lacing all the way down. Smells of chocolate, dark and malty. Simply, lovely, though a bit too understated, which is about the only complaint I have for this beer. Taste is heavenly. Have I had a better chocolate stout? Perhaps, but this is up there. And as it warms, I only become more impressed. The great thing is, the chocolate taste doesn't overpower the beer taste, nor visa versa, that is, the chocalate and malts are balance each other almost perfectly. As far as mouthfeel goes, its interesting, because it gives you a little phiz in the beginning, is smooth through the middle, then gives you some tingle during the aftertaste with choclaty goodness to leave you wanting more. This might be the highest beer rating I've given, because this is one of the best beers I've ever had. (940 characters)

Photo of dauss
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful and pitch black color. Fairly large dark tan head with good staying power and good lacing. Smells faintly like dark chocolate. Smooth and almost creamy. Lots of roasted malts and hoppiness. A very tasty stout thats full of chocolate flavor. Another wonderful brew from Rogue. (293 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this on accident while eating at a favorite fondue restaurant. It poured a dark, velvety chocolate brown. The head was equally as velvety smooth, caramel color. Tastes like a dessert beer first and foremost. Malt, chocolate, and a slight, lingering hop are the noticeable flavors. Strongly recommend this beer with your chocolate fondue! Or red meat.. (359 characters)

Photo of Drufus
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured this lovely concoction into a pint glass. Dark chocolate black with a small head that looked like the foam that would be on top of an expresso.

The smell was a deep dark chocolate. As i drank more the glass allowed the odors to concentrate in the glass. Smells of caramel, chocolate and pecan started to develop. I love pecan pie, and these scents really stood out to me. (the next time i drink this beer i will do so from a tulip, or only fill the glass 1/2 full in order to get the full effect).

Taste was like a dessert in a bottle. Rich and chocolaty, with some hops bite in the swallow.

Mouthfeel was world class. Smooth and velvety. I found myself swishing this one around.

Good drinkability, but i think this beer is better savored than guzzled, so this area doesn't really apply to me.

All in a all an outstanding beverage that is truly a dessert in a bottle. (884 characters)

Photo of bigalgochu
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Was a little hesitant about this one as it is the first chocolate stout I have tried.

Keen on trying a few more now!

This is a great beer.

Pours very dark with a tan head that dissipates

Smells something like ovaltine.. nice and sweet

Tastes hoppy at first with a lingering dark chocolate flavour

Excellent beer .. going to have to have a go at brewing a chocolate stout now (381 characters)

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