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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,786 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,786
Reviews: 1,856
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 295
Gots: 299 | FT: 3
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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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of OneEye78
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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

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.

Photo of Tolann
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured super black into my globe glass. I didn't get much of a head out of the pour, but it was an almost coffee roast color. Not even a glow is getting though the darkness of this beer.

S - Real chocolate! Some bitter notes. Sweet and not a fake chocolate wanna be. Some dark fruit sweetness and brown sugar. Big time chocolate like a double chocolate cake fresh out of the oven.

T - Sweet and bitterness in the sip. Chocolate hangs on your breath for you to relish in. Bitter chocolate really lingers. Not overly sweet that it would sour your stomach, but something you can really enjoy and you want to sip again.

M - Some sharper carbonation and a little lighter feel than I was anticipating but still a medium mouth feel. I really like the bit of aftertaste. I think that and the nose is where the biggest characteristics shine.

D - I'm not sharing this bottle! I'm not sure why I haven't had this one more often. Very good chocolate stout. What a treat!

Photo of Hopswagger
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Dark black body with brown amber edges crowned with thick chocolate milk head that fades fast. 

S:  The nose comes through with rich chocolate silk pie aroma, bittersweet dark cocoa and milk chocolate. Oreos, non dairy creamer, no bake cookies, and roasted barley. 

T/M:  Medium-full body that is sticky and has a sting of carbonation on the tip of the tongue. The taste is more bitter chocolate than the sweet creamy nose.  The roasted barley, and rolled oats welcome the dark cocoa bitterness, while room temp coffee layers the roof of my mouth. The barley may actually be overpowering the cocoa. The finish is dry and after some time leaves a faint cinnamon biscotti presence. 

O:  Rogue has created a nice chocolate stout that I could smell all day. The upsetting part is that it is not transferred to the taste so much. Heavy roasted barley fades the rich cocoa flavor. This does not create a total loss however for this stout is still rather tasty. This would be a great stout to have around Christmas time next to a crackling fire. 

Photo of notchucknorris
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick brown with a nice dark brown foamy head that sticks around forever and leaves great lacing.

S: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Powdered cocoa smell is unbelievable.

T: Not as sweet as the smell suggests. Bittersweet chocolate with a slight hoppiness coming through the middle. A hard finish of bittersweet chocolate works well. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth.

Photo of archyquaffer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into an 8 ounce sampling glass. The label states that the beer is made with imported chocolate. Rolled oats are also an ingredient. No freshness date is apparent. A moderate pour produces a 1/2 inch, light brown head that reduces quickly, leaving some marbly lacing that sticks a little to the glass. The beer is a very dark brown which almost lets no light escape...

You can really smell the chocolate, and possibly also hazel nuts- the beer reminds me of this brewery's brown ale, which is excellent. The hops are not real apparent in the aroma, but show up well in the taste and aftertaste, and seem to mesh perfectly with the chocolate flavor without overpowering anything. This was somewhat surprising, given the high number of IBUs (69). Despite the rather aggressive flavors/aromas, a hearty dose of roasted malt flavors and textures shine through. The beer is fairly dense in body but not as dense as one might expect, based on the color and other qualities.

I tend to balk at spending over 5 dollars for a bomber of beer, but I've never been disappointed with a Rogue product, and consider the money as well-spent.

Photo of dmarch
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black in appearance with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocoalate liquor. Taste is of dark chocolate, not overly sweet. A bit of a roasty quality reminds you that yes this is a stout you're drinking and not dessert. Thick, silky mouthfeel. Get's better as it warms. Excellent use of chocolate.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into my Sam Smith pint glass. Pours jet black with a chocolate-brown head. Black beers always look delicious.

Smell is malty & chocolaty.

Taste is is sweet with malty chocolate taste that lingers. Only drawback is that the beer is almost too sweet. Still very tasty.

Very smooth beer overall. Very tasty beer.

Photo of bark
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is jet black; the three finger head is uneven, brown and compact. It sinks very slowly, leaving some lacing.

The smell is sweet and luxurious with elegant flavours of milk chocolate and cocoa beans. Mild hints of pumpernickel and a touch of bitter hops.

The taste is a very well balanced blend of a dry and quite bitter stout and mellow smooth chocolate flavours. Lots of roasted (almost burned) malty flavours, a robust sour-bitter flavour and a slowly descending bitterness. The body is a little thin, though. The aftertaste is dry with notes of coffee, chocolate bars, some herbs and a mild clean bitterness.

The carbonation is mild, the few bubbles are fresh. The liquid is smooth.

The best smelling chocolate stout I have had. Though I miss some body, it felt a bit thin at times.

Photo of gbarron
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint on tap from the Flying Saucer, Columbia, SC.

A - dark, dark tawny brown. Not quite opaque around the edges, but can't see through the middle. Very little if any head to speak of.

S - strong aroma of dark, bitter chocolate. Slight earthy, spicy, grassy hop aromas, but predominant smell is chocolate, roasted barley.

T - amazing flavor of deep, dark, bitter chocolate. Not sweet, but bitter chcolate flavor. Roasted barley, chocolate, toffee, strong brewed coffee. Some earthy hop notes in there as well. Very malty, but not sweet, except a little in the aftertaste. Exceptionally unique chocolate flavor.

M - medium thick. Low carbonation. Bitterness tingles the tongue a bit.

D - extremely tasty brew, get a bomber of this and try it. The only reason I knock off points for drinkability is because I think eventually I would get tired of the chocolate flavor and the alcohol content of this beer would prohibit extended drinking sessions.

Photo of surfer4life
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Thick and dense, black as night with a two finger head of chocolatey brown foam. Minimal Lacing.

S - Dark chocolate obviously! More milk chocolate than bakers or dark though. I bit of coffee in there with some raisin undertones. A bit of some flowery notes but a great deal of sweetness.

D - The taste is dark chocolate through and through, with some great hop balance. I detect a bit of oatmeal in the mix as well which only adds to the complexity of this beer.

M - Medium to heavy body with high carbonation, nice alcohol warming effect with a very crisp and dry finish. Great beer.

D - Very drinkable, I'd go so far as to say this is my favorite rogue beer.

Photo of Ppuech
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,786 ratings.