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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,524 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,524
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 250
Gots: 200 | FT: 4
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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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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ass 650ml bottle from either Huckleberry's in Spokane for $4.99

Poured what appears to be pretty much midnight black, with a moderate, mocha colored head. Mocha colored lace drips dowh the glass.

Smell is very chocolaty, as one might expect. More chocolaty than the Young's Double Chocolate Stout I had the other night at The Viking. It almost seems too sweet.

Fortunately, in the taste the hops come through to keep the beer firmly grounded and not floating off into cloying land. The cohcolate comes in first, and is rather rich tasting. The hops enter the proceedings partly through, and provide a balancing dry note at the swallow. It keeps this beer in the realm of dessert beer without being too sweet. This would be great after a nice meal.

This is a relatively thick stout, somewhat viscous in the mouthfeel. I have no problem with that, but someone used to watery beers would probably be overcome.

This is an outstanding dessert beer. I feel like I should have a nice cigar around, though my bronchitis keeps that from being an option (haven't had a cigar in 4 months - no longer smoke anything else at all, yet I get bronchitis from f-ing allgergies. Doh!). This is way too sweet to have several pints, but as a one bottle per session beer, it's quite nice. This will have to serve as my New Beer Sunday beer, as I'm off to Wenatchee for several days and, coincidentally, don't anticipate anything new (or, frankly, good) for several days.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 21:19:57 | More by woemad
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LucaBrasi

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High Quality. The appearance is a solid brown which lets no light though. This beer pours with a nice brownish tan head, which laces the glass. The smell is of chocolate and the taste of course is of...chocolate. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated with a nice chocolate taste, which turns with a slight bitterness. A drinkable beer. But because of the richness I couldn’t drink too many. Like I first stated, high quality.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 04:23:08 | More by LucaBrasi
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dmamiano

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a bomber of this split with a friend.
Poured a nice, dark brown with a big head of tan foam and laced abundantly.
Smell and taste were both in a word, awesome. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate dominates both the nose and the palate.
Only complaint with this beer is it wasnt as thick in the mouth as I would have liked, but otherwise, great

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 00:45:45 | More by dmamiano
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Roguester

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells faintly of chocolate, and pours a very dark brown with milky brownish head. Initial taste is a bit harsh, complex combination of quite bitter chocolate and hops. Following the beer is a great mouthfeel, something like chocolate cake. Perfect drink for after dinner with a desert, or as a desert.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 03:35:48 | More by Roguester
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrived with a one finger dark tan head. Clear dark brown.

Smells of cocoa and maybe a touch of roasted malt. The cocoa really dominates.

The taste is also dominated by chocolate. There is a slight roastiness detectable but it is upstaged by the cocoa. A moderate bitterness comes in at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky.

This is one of the better chocolate stouts I have had. I would definitely get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 21:55:43 | More by rangerred
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is everything I was expecting and more. It poured a very dark, rich brown and left a thick, soapy, caramel coloured head that seems to be hanging around for sometime. Laced the edges of the glass nicely. Smells like milk chocolate. I mean, it actually smells like a chocolate Easter bunny. Amazing. Taste is good and chocolatey, as well, but there is almost a spiciness present. Like a nutmeg-cinnamon-clove kind of spiciness. Bizarre. Very much enjoyable, but bizarre, nonetheless. Has a bit of bitterness on the finish, which is a bit dry, as well. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth in the mouth with little or no carbonation sting. This is a fabulous stout. I'm glad I took the time to try it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 05:14:51 | More by SilentSabre
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SimplySinister

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Good head, moderate carbonation, and terrific lacing. This is a pretty stout.

S - Chocolate and malt.

T - This beer is aptly named "chocolate stout" for its intense chocolate flavor. The chocolate quite obviously contains a high percentage of pure cacao (bakers chocolate) giving the beer a bitter taste. In some ways, this stout is reminiscent of a more bitter Young's Double Chocolate Stout and a much less sweet version of Mackeson Triple XXX Stout. All in all, it is rather one-dimensional, but it is all it claims to be; which earns extra points in my book.

M - Dry, clean, and light.

D - This stout would definitely take serious points here if and only if Rouge came down on the price quite a bit. This beer is just *way* too expensive at $6 per pint.

I may complain about the price, but this beer is world class.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 02:43:39 | More by SimplySinister
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drxandy

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz to tulip glass, pours a deep dark opaque blackish brown, creamy brown head retains nicely then fades

smells of roasty chocolate bitterness, oats, slight hops, nice chocolate scent

taste is roasty bitter hops blending with smooth chocolate malts and chocolate, niiice - reminds me of a lesser version of southern tier's choklat but hopped heavier, nice smoothness from the oats, easy drinking, loads of flavor - excellent!

mouthfeel is bitterly creamy, oat-y smoothness, and very very chocolatey - a great stout from rogue, would love to get 6 packs of this instead of bombers but quality comes at a price, very nice

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 04:16:47 | More by drxandy
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark chocolate brown, with a finger and a half of head which is nice and foamy. A very thick foam which is nice and bubbly leaving a fine lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Let me just say, wow. This beer smells amazing. Smells like a very smooth chocolate with milky notes and a faint floral hoppiness. There is also a very slight note of coffee in the aroma.

T: To be honest, I was a little disappointed by the taste after being so delighted by the nose. The tastes are the same as the nose, but seemed to be a slightly watered down version of the aroma. Chocolate-y notes with again a floral hoppiness that is moderately apparent.

M: Feels good on the tongue, not overly smooth, medium to light carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, I will easily finish this bomber and then promptly wish I had another. As other reviewers have noted, this would probably make an excellent beer to combine with some ice cream to make a nice float.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 23:51:59 | More by Daktyls
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uustal

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a brown head. Decent lacing and head retention throughout. Aroma is dominated by the scent of sweet chocolate. Big unsweetened chocolate malt flavor, some roasted notes. Nice touch of hops as well give the beer some balance and a little bitterness. Sweetness intensifies as you get further into the beer. Flavors aren't too intense like some chocolate stouts. Nice drinkability as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 04:12:46 | More by uustal
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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes earlier this week. I will only post what I can remember with certainty. This was a 22 oz. bottle poured into a Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Dark as Coca-Cola without ice, almost black. Opaque as a wall. Pours a two-finger light brown bubbly head, darker than Guinness.

Smell: A blast of sweet chocolate right off the bat, with darker chocolate and some oats detectable as well. A little bit of hops.

Taste: This is INTENSE; the flavors are very, very dark. Burnt coffee is the lead flavor, with baker's chocolate trailing behind. (It's like an extra-strength Dominion Oak Barrel Stout, if that helps.) The hops finish is very light, which is a relief in light of the bitterness of the malt! The bottle says this thing is 69 IBUs, which I easily believe. It's a "sweet" stout only in that it's got added flavor, but this thing is way more powerful than any Irish Dry I've ever tried.

I do like dark and roasty stouts, but the effect over time from drinking this beer is a mild metallic character. That's the only objective drawback.

Mouthfeel: Unfortunately, I don't recall the level of carbonation, which means it was probably unremarkable. I found the body to be light-to-medium.

Overall: This is a special-occasion beer. And by that I mean it's for when you want something really dark and hearty. (Also, it's not cheap.) But when you're in that mood, this thing will NOT disappoint. A very bold beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 05:57:08 | More by fountainofyouth
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful black pour with a nice tan head atop this fine stout. you get a great smell of coffee, chocolate, and a little caramel .

the beer is extremely rich and smooth with a wonderful full body and full flavor. dark malts and coffee flavors take over in the taste of this beer. you will get chocolate kicks here and there, but nowhere near what i had expected. i will say that let me down a little bit. the beer was excellent, but i want more chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2002 06:54:08 | More by ElGuapo
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I hate explaining the look of a stout. It's deep dark brown/black, opaque, and there's gasp a tan head. Lots of lacing and I'll give you that this looks a bit thicker than expected in a 6% beer.

The nose is that of coco and American hops. An interesting experience with chocolate (not just a burn malt aroma that gives off a dark chocolate like smell) and citrus American hops. I recall seeing chocolate and orange flavored candies in the past and thinking they were pretty awful, but this somehow seems to work. The chocolate aroma starts strong, but swirling the beer in the glass gives way to far stronger hops. There's a bit of a vanilla/buttery like aroma at the finish as well.

Chocolate rushes in to start, hops take over, buttery notes, and the finishing with a bitter chocolate finish. An amazingly amount of flavor and complexity and at 6%...just wow. For a brewer I often think of primarily for absurd prices and below average beers this one is just over priced.

I need more from a beer with this much flavor and complexity. I want a bit more cream, or oil, or something to have the mouth feel match the rest of the beer. That said it's nice to open a bomber I know won't leave me intoxicated.

I really need to find this on tap as I expect it to be rather reasonably priced. That said this is exceptional beer. While I miss the intense power and weight of the double chocolate, but the hop flavors here are just exceptional and really add a lot of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 22:28:40 | More by bobhits
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ahoverton

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is dark black with a nice brown head.
S: You can immediately smell the chocolate with some roasted malt.
T: It tastes like roasted malt and chocolate. It's not too sweet like some other chocolate beers and not very hoppy.
M: It's not too thick and syrupy like you might expect after pouring it. It has a pleasant medium body and good carbonation.
D: This beer is easy to drink as long as you like chocolate. It's not all that strong either so if you like stouts this is a good one to drink. It would be great with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 22:48:13 | More by ahoverton
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 16:00:38 | More by Mantooth
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Greywulfken

New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Center pour into tulip produced a shiny, inky black body with dark tan foam a finger thick that trailed lacing as it receded

S: very mellow, smooth espresso and subtle chocolate malts

T: roastiness of barley and smooth mellowness of chocolate malts; moderate espresso coffee flavors; nicely bittered with a little bite on the finish, which made the beer vibe classy; roasty burnt taste on the mid-palate; dry bittersweet chocolate

M: medium-to-full bodied, slick across the tongue; some bitter tingle; gentle chocolate malt/roasty aftertaste

O: a very distinguished-tasting beer - forward in approach, embracing the style with a simple elegance.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 01:17:31 | More by Greywulfken
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KingSlayer

California

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle poured into a beer pint.
poured a jet black untranslucent liquid, nice creamy dense tan 3 fingers persistent head, lots of lacing.
nose smells good but isnt that intense, composed of roasted malts, milk chocolate cocoa powder, and hint of aromatic hops.
intense palate of dark chocolate, dark roasted malty sweetness, bitter cocoa powder, surprisingly bitter (but not in a bad way) because i expected it to be very sweet.
full silky creamy body, lots of carbonation, alcohol well masked.
overall a very pleasant stout to drink, is heavy and creamy, the bitter cocoa powder flavor is marked and lasts in your mouth like a heavy mocha coffee. goes down easily, alcohol barely noticeable. this opens up as reaching towards room temp.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 00:26:07 | More by KingSlayer
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Drinkerofales

California

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black beer, with brown and red on the edges, no light passes. A dense medium mocha head leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell is as advertised, milk chocolate up front and bitter chocolate in the end.

Tastes of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, with a hint of the sweet in the middle. Well balanced.

Feels creamy and smooth, with a touch of bite on the tongue.

Very up front about the chocolate, and it delivers. Nice beer, I am planning a cake to be made from this stuff.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 02:56:29 | More by Drinkerofales
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This beer pours black with one and a half fingers of dark khaki colored head. The foam takes awhile to settle, leaving decent lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is Vanilla, milk chocolate, and a touch of marshmallow. Smells great.

T: This beer is nice and sweet. I get milk chocolate and vanilla right up front, but it's not overpowering. Sweet, but not too sweet. As it moves to the middle I get some roast and bitters on the back end. It's well balanced.

M: Full bodied beer. It's smooth, coating, but not too sticky. The sweetness hits the palate first but it transitions wonderfully into bitters as it fades.

O: Very nice beer. I didn't have a lot of expectations for this beer, so I am pretty darn impressed. The flavors are great, it's sweet but not overpowering, it's a great dessert beer. I would drink this again, and would recommend it to someone looking for a milder version of Southern Tier's Choklat.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 12:57:16 | More by trxxpaxxs
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a small tan head and slight lacing

S-dark malt, chocolate, hints of bitterness

T-roasted barley, chocolate, nice bitter notes

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-delicious! Nice for sipping with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 16:23:59 | More by MDDMD
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black as coal and yielding no light there's a ton of carbonation that creates a frothy soapy brown head.

The scent has pure milk chocolate, creamy and sweet, but I'm reminded of hot cocoa with a layer of marshmallows floating atop. Bits of caramel or toffee with a graham crackery, marshmallow aroma fill the nose.

The taste is dry, chocolatey with a strong burnt maltiness. Touches of coffee mix with the chocolate and present an espresso creaminess. There's some watery tones that end with a metal like feel at the aftertaste but its not so off-putting as to keep one from enjoying a really good stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 23:37:51 | More by KYGunner
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, rich dark red brown almost black with a large dark tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: big chocolate nose, sweet, brown sugar, dark malt

T: cocoa, vanilla, cinnnamon, bitter chocolate taste up front that quickly fades into a malty middle, slight bitter hop on the finish

M: silky with lower carbonation and a lingering finish

O: the chocolate presence is there but more with flavors of cocoa than a candy bar, the dose of hops adds an interesting twist to the finish

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 02:26:55 | More by M_C_Hampton
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

10-19-2013 15:39:19 | More by aszatk01
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jono0101

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-09-2014 20:25:10 | More by jono0101
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,524 ratings.