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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,756 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,756
Reviews: 1,855
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 289
Gots: 287 | FT: 3
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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Photo of Flounder57
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Super sweet powdery milk chocolate, roasted, bready malts, and a little earthiness.

Taste: Definitely like the aroma. Chocolate up front with some chewy malts, roastiness, bitterness, earth, and a char.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat light to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, a little chewy, and a little bitterness in the rear.

Overall: Pretty solid American Stout. Now I why it has been rated the most for this style.

Flounder57, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of vtfan77
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty much black, I don't see much light getting through this one. Big tan head with a nice lacing. Looks like a stout should look.

S- Rich chocolate and coffee aromas, smells like a cafe mocha from Starbucks (or wherever). As the beer warms the chocolate aroma becomes more pronounced and takes on more of a Hershey's syrup smell. Roasted malt is always there in the background to remind you that this is, indeed, a beer.

T- Chocolate and coffee flavors abound. Espresso and baker's chocolate are the highlights with a burnt toast flavor in the finish. Surprisingly little sweetness, as the aroma indicated that this would be a fairly sweet beer. Finishes dry and fairly bitter with a lingering mocha aftertaste.

M- Smooth and velvety, very nice.

D- This beer isn't extremely alcoholic, but it does pack a bit of a punch at 6%. It's also very rich and filling, so I really wouldn't want to have more than one. One of these as a dessert beer is all I want.

Very good beer, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's worth buying this beer for the smell alone. Great for dessert. I'm not even a huge stout fan and I loved this beer. Highly recommended.

vtfan77, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of abrand
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into SN imperial pint glass. I dug this bottle out of the back of the DBF, so not sure how fresh it is.

Appearance is a deep cola syrup black with plenty of creamy tan head that lines the tumber. Nose is dominately chocolate with hints of the smell of baileys irish cream, bitter hops, and the usualy coffee stout aroma. Lots of bitter dark chocolate hits the palate. Malts and dark roasted coffee linger. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Very good chocolate stout from an always dependable brewery.

abrand, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of PatronWizard
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to glass...

Black fluid with thick cream tan head. Love the creamy heads. Great looking beer.

Smell reminds me of Easter. Rich milk chocolate. Can almost smell the creaminess. Can also smell some dark chocolate. Maybe some coffee.

Taste of bitter and burnt chocolate. Good, but the nose is better in this case. Coffee flavor is present. As are a trace of hops way late in the game.

Thick for sure but not as creamy on the tongue as I expected (or hoped). Seems to have a teeny tiny bit more carbonation than is called for.

Far, far too easy to drink. I find myself taking gulps instead of sips. Good thing? Bad thing? I've had some stouts I wouldn't dare gulp.

As I was trying to figure out why it's so easy to drink, the wife tells me "it's the alcohol." So I checks it out and sure enough, 6% ABV, which is incredibly light for me. No big deal, just means I can drink a few!

As it turns out, this is a very tasty, very easy to drink beer. In my pathetic opinion, all craft beer drinkers should keep one of these in their collection for the buddy who stops by. Tremendous potential as a gateway beer.

Overall: great beer

PatronWizard, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour appears to be a cola brown with slight reddish tint. The body settles in a black with only slivers of ruby highlights gleaming through the thinnest edges. Cocoa tinged head stands two fingers tall and recedes ever so slowly. Very full sheet of lacing surrounds the perimeter of the glass.

The chocolate is undeniable and expected to be strong in the nose. The underlying rich roasted malt aroma is the difference between good and great. A toasted caramel scent is subtle sitting behind the much deeper stronger smells adds another layer for the nose to discern.

The flavor matches the nose step for step. Chocolate is the focus though once again the deep roasted malt is not to be denied. Chocolate is primarily bittersweet though has a touch of a more raw cocoa flavor meandering about. Light citric flavor and bitterness contributed from the hops.

The mouthfeel is medium to full. Very smooth and creamy. Viscosity is very much in line with the style. I often forget a stout does not need to be overly thick to be enjoyable. While my preference is for a more full bodied brew I cannot mark this down simply based on personal preference.

Very enjoyable and easily drinkable. There is absolutely nothing offensives about this brew. Though Rogue can be hit or miss with me when considering their entire line up, Chocolate Stout is definitely on the top tier of Rogue offerings.

kzoobrew, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of ashleyshalyn
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

ashleyshalyn, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of sommersb
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 02-15-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Big, creamy tan head on a black and opaque beer. Head retention is excellent and lacing is good.

S: Chocolate malts and sweet aromas of milk chocolate, plus vanilla. The smells open up as the beer warms.

T: Milk chocolate sweetness is balanced nicely by the earthy hops. Other flavors are toasted malt, dark breads, vanilla and some woodiness.

M: Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The finish is balanced with sweet chocolate malts and the bitterness in the hops and roasted grains.

O: Excellent stout here from Rogue; solid on all fronts.

Thanks to Kirk for this one!

sommersb, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Sam Smith imperial glass.

A- Ideal appearance for a stout; pitch black with a thick mocha head.

S- Chocolate truffles waft up as you pour, very inviting. Some sweet chocolate, some is dark with deeply roasted grain character. Hot fudge, cookie, subtle coffee.

T- Has a slight fruitiness akin to a well made dark chocolate while maintaining a pleasant sweetness. A touch of hops on the finish, slightly bitter.

M- Improves as it warms. Medium/full bodied with a well rounded carbonation.

D- Quaffable and will pair extraordinarily with cherry or raspberry desserts. A happy medium between Young's and Southern Tier.

brownbeer, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of Aaron420
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Aaron420, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of ebby82
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light black into a snifter. Head is minimal. The smell is of roasted malt, with an abundance of cocoa. It smells like when you tour the Hershey's chocolate factory, or like really good hot chocolate. The taste is more understated than other chocolate stouts I've had. It is definitely chocolaty, but also malty with a hint of nuttiness. The mouth feel is medium bodied, and never too thick nor sweet. It is very drinkable.

Overall, I really like this beer, although Brooklyn's chocolate stout is still my favorite.

ebby82, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black with a mocha brown head that dissipates to a layer of foam. Not a lot of lacing but it might be my new glass. The first aroma is chocolate, not chocolate malt but chocolate bar chocolate. Who doesn’t like that aroma? Tastes like chocolate and oats with a wonderfully hoppy bitter finish. Myself, I don’t detect the citrus aroma of the cascade hops that I know (from reading the label) are in there. Bitterness - yes ; citrus – no. Mouthfeel is thin and clean with enough carbonation to be refreshing. Overall a great beer, if you haven’t tried yet and intend to, you are in for a treat.

CDBeerDisappear, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of jsanford
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours dark black with a 1 inch mocha-colored head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring and haze. Leaves some sticky lacing.
S - Sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, and coffee beans.
T - I'm surprised by this, I expected it to be much sweeter then it actually is. Granted, I get a lot of sweet chocolate, but there's a good amount of roasty malt, coffee, and a bit of smokiness present that really smooths and balances this one out, along with a pleasant hop bitterness. Really nice.
M - Very smooth, with a medium-heavy body and pleasant "tingly" carbonation.
D - Surprisingly great drinkability. I really expected this to be overly sweet, but it's a very well-balanced beer that goes down easily and has a good amount of depth. Kudos to Rogue!

jsanford, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Proteus93
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black and viscuous... a creamy, and slightly foamy head - light golden brown.

S: A rich cocolate aroma, over a roasted malt scent. Some soft coffee aromas subtly mixed into things. Very nice.

T: Closer to baker's chocolate, with unsweetened notes of bitterness. Maltiness and a hint of hoppiness for balance.

M: Quite a sharp and assertive carbonation into a slightly thinner mouthfeel. More creaminess would be great, and it could be excellent on cask.

D: Not cloying, which is a big plus for a beer with such added flavours - at least in this style. With some more body, it would be an even better evening sipper.

Proteus93, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of bignick
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TPH 4/14/06 for $5. Served in a pint glass.

This is a chocolate lover's chocolate stout. It is a beautiful beer: black with a creamy, slightly brown head that just invited the lucky drinker to imbibe. The taste is sweet for a beer, with an overwhelming chocolate taste. It is almost like drinking dark chocolate, with a nice hop undertone playing with the semi-sweet roastiness of the malt. A little slow going down due to its body, this is a very nice offering from Rogue.

bignick, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of TheCondor
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

This was the last of the beers I picked up at the liquor store the other day on my super special beer run. I drink Coors on a day to day basis, but drink the good stuff like this when the mood strikes me. Needless to say, I was sad this was the last one I had. Side poured with mild aggression from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful deep brown color with a magnificent, two finger caramel color head that lasts a few minutes and actually leaves a little lacing. Standard Rogue packaging, which is always good. Beautiful looking presentation.

Smell - Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, deliciousness, vanilla, and sweetness. The smell is right up front, no deception here.

Taste - Almost like an alcoholic chocolate milk. The delicious roasted malts and chocolate balance each other out nicely, keeping the sweetness from getting too out of control. Other flavors such as vanilla play bit roles on the palate, but the malts and chocolate are primary. And they are delicious

Mouthfeel - Smooth, rich, and thick. The same qualities I like in a woman I like in a beer, and this has it.

Overall - Drink this beer immediately, preferably with your buddies or by yourself in front of a fire on a cold night. It is excellent.

TheCondor, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of ommegoose
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$6.00 bomber from Evanston First Liquors.

Looks great. Pours out a viscous dark black, more than lots of impy stouts, with a full dark head. Impressive color on the head. Full 360 degree lacing. At the end the sediment doesn't look too nice, and is not expected in this style.

Milky chocolately aroma. Smells nice, Tootsie Roll like. It's not terribly complex. Sweetness covers up roasty or bitter notes.

There's a lot of interest out there in chocolate stouts, it seems, and this one is named often. After just a few sips, it's easy to see why. Plenty of flavor for a beer that is not that big in terms of abv. Whereas the nose was pretty one-dimensional, there's plenty going on on the palate. The suggestion of chocolate in the nose leads you to find that right away, but there's a smooth foundation of roasted oats and barley, followed by a generous amount of hop bitterness. I found it a bit much initially, but I got used to it after a few sips. The chocolate flavor is nice, and the clear focus over coffee or roasty notes. Finishes a bit on the bitter side, with lingering dark chocolate.

I was looking for something fuller in the mouthfeel. Seems to dissolve in the mouth, when I'm looking for it to be heavier and just sit there.

Drinkability is hurt a little by a lack of crispness and a finish so long that you always feel like you just took a sip. This is a very solid beer, but to be honest, it gets a little boring near the end of the bomber. I don't know if I'll purchase again anytime soon, but I still recommend it to stout lovers. Of course you already know that it's good anyway. Still doesn't beat the mighty Choklat in my book.

ommegoose, May 23, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly black color with a creamy light brown head that fades surprisingly quick to a nice collar and sheen.

Mmmmm, chocolate. Impressively, I get milk chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa powder out of here. Maybe a smattering of dark fruit and hops, but not much.

Hops are much more discernable in the taste, definitely west coasty. Chocolate takes on more dark unsweetened and cocoa characteristics and the dark fruits come out to play a bit more on the palate. Much more complex than I remember this one tasting, or even smelling for that matter. Just enough variety to keep it interesting all the way through a bomber and not too full or over the top to make it tough sledding.

A finely crafted ale, for sure.

twiggamortis420, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark mahogany, close to black color. Thick, creamy beige head. Decent retention with a good amount of lacing left.

S - Earthy dark chocolate dominates the nose. A bit of a grain and bread smell.

T - Good amount of roasted malts and oats. Dark bread and grain taste taste upfront first. Then loads of dark and milk chocolate that gives a bitter and some sweet taste. A little bit of a cherry flavor. Decent amount of hops giving a slight citrus taste. Starts off somewhat sweet and progresses to finish somewhat bitter.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy but it is a little thinner than what I was expecting.

D - Pretty good. Not too sweet or bitter. Lots of chocolate, but it is well balanced as are the malts and hops. Goes down easy but it would have been better if it were slightly thicker.

Notes: Loads of chocolate with lots of flavor. Chocolate provides slightly more bitterness than sweetness (same goes for the overall taste), but that may be just because the finish is bitter and it stays on the tongue for awhile.

FreshHawk, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle with freshness date of 11/2009 into a snifter glass. ABV stated as 6.5%.

Starkly black and opaque with a rich and creamy light tan head of foam that falls away a little more quickly than anticipated but settling into a nice halo that leaves behind a few touches of lace.

Aroma screams one thing only: CHOCOLATE. Rich, delicious, delicate powdered cocoa and creamy lightly bitter dark chocolate. Dreamy.

Medium-full and velvety smooth on the palate with a lightly roasty entry into a rather bitter hoppy middle that moves forward into bittersweet dark chocolate toward the back.

Altogether balanced and producing a creamy, dessert-like quality that would serve well as the base of an ice cream float, with rich truffles, dark berries, or as a wonderful after dinner piece on its own. Not too heavy, either, and alcohol content is low enough to keep a full bottle from knocking one out for the night. Top-notch and a wonderfully well-made example of a chocolate beer. Superb.

superdedooperboy, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of BB1313
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black, w/ decent head and lacing. Lots of chocolate up front, nice nose. I'm picking up lots of malty aromas as well. Tastes great, once again alot of chocolate. Lots of burnt and roasty characteristics. There's a nice bitterness in the flavors, but remains pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated and smooth; full-bodied. Drinkability isn't bad, great flavors, but the sweetness can become redundant. Nice beer to enjoy or have for dessert. Very bold beer!

Great offering from Rogue, I've always enjoyed this one. If you're looking for a chocolate bomb, this is a perfect place to start. Recommended!

BB1313, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been staring at the rows of Rogues staring at me every week as I peruse through the local beer distributor. The artwork of the different people on the bottles is really cool but some of them kind of freak me out a little. At any rate, I decided to take a break from the English ale shelves tonight and give Rogue a shot.
Pours evenly into a pint glass, displaying a perfect black color and modest but thick chocolate foam. I'd love to see a little more head but I'm already being knocked out by the smell. Deep, rich, milk chocolate hits my nose, with backup from dark roasted malt and hops. A slightly sour note is also present but strangely a perfect mesh with all the chocolate.
The taste is surprisingly dry and pleasantly bitter. Lots of delicious malt but without much of the usual sweetness. Coffee and raisins are two familiar flavors I can identify. The texture is smooth without being silky and the mouthfeel lasts long after the beer is down the gullet.
Overall, this beer is delicious, smells amazing, and is very well made but seems to fall just short of true stout greatness for me. Still, definitely worth a $3.99 flier every once in a while in the winter.

daliandragon, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of soupyman10
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a mug. Pours beautiful. Insanely huge light brown head that takes about an hour and a half to disappear (I didn't wait). Frothy and billowy, great looking. Color is dead black, with just a hint of brown along the seams of the glass. Basically the best looking beer I've ever seen. Nose is almost all the way coffee, some alcohol hints, and a good amount of sweet chocolately mocha. Taste is intense, to say the least. Lots of roasted malt and coffee bitterness up front. Nice citrus comes in too, but not too much. Them comes the sweeter chocolate on the tip of the tongue. Ends with a nice mix of hoppy bitterness and malty sweet; doesn't overwhelm with bitterness like the Shakespeare. Feel is creamy and full-bodied, although with solid carbonation for such a heavy stout.

soupyman10, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of OneEye78
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

OneEye78, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of salvadorwill
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance
Very dark brown, opaque. At the very edge of the glass a slight brown/ruby color can be seen. Soft, creamy looking head that dissipates nearly entirely, but clings to the edge of the glass. Left little to no lacing on my glass.
4/5

Aroma
Thick, and heavy with the smell of chocolate. Not a coco smell, but the smell of chocolate syrup. No hop aroma at all.
4/5

Flavor
Light, roasted barley with a slight crispness. Flavor is clean and free of esters. The chocolate flavor is not as overwhelming as the aroma would suggest. Carbonation is on the smoother side, pleasant, and not too abrasive. Has a smooth, creamy finish, and the roasted chocolaty flavors finish well with a pleasant slightly bitter aftertaste. Could have slightly more body in the flavor and mouthfeel, and perhaps just a hint of acidity or sourness to balance the bittersweet chocolate flavor.
4/5

BJCP Style
Aroma 5/5
Appearance 4.5/5
Flavor 4/5
Mouthfeel 4/5
Overall Style 4.375/5

salvadorwill, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of jar2574
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful looking pour. Nice thick tan head that sticks around forever. Excellent lacing. Very dark beer. Smells and tastes of chocolate and some roasted malts. Creamy, milky. Very well balanced, nothing overpowering. A great session beer or one to enjoy for dessert.

jar2574, Mar 01, 2011
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,756 ratings.