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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,878 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,878
Hads: 3,998
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 375
Gots: 478 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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: 1,878 | Hads: 3,998
Photo of Mandrake
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black and completely opaque, with a fairly dark brown head that dissipates reasonably slowly, and leaves a thick ring and good lacing. Smell is laced with thick, sweet chocolate, and has a slightly burnt overtone. The smell just gets stronger and sweeter as the beer warms, until it is like a freshly unwrapped chocolate bar. The taste is of dark, roasted malts with plenty of chocolate coming through. Again, the chocolate becomes more palpable as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but still has enough body to satisfy, and the drinkability is remarkable for a stout. This goes down easier than the macro lager I was given at a party last night. Nearly perfect, this is destined to be an all-time favourite. (730 characters)

Photo of SpencerSauce
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an awsome stout. Worth the price.

A-Totally black. Brown head, opaque. Thick head.

S- milk chocolate. roasted malts. sweet.

T- milk chocolate. coffee. espresso.

M- thick, coats the mouth, heavy.

D- pretty easy, deff not hard.

rogue is an great beer. (264 characters)

Photo of Franchise
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! As I open this bottle man the aromas of milk chocolate sweetness, floural hop, brown butter, vanilla, Cadbury milk chocolate. This beer pours a jet black and leaves a silky brown head that looks like you poured too much vanilla in your whipped cream. As I smell this beer all the aromas I talked about milk chocolate, brown butter(butterscotch), coffee, floural hops, caramel, sugar, vanilla, are all on display in this beer. The taste of this beer just explodes on your palate. It starts with a vanilla chocolate sweetness then moves to a bitter hop kick followed by a coffee essence and finally finishes with a silky smooth butterscotch aftertaste. This is a fantastic stout I'm sad I took this long to get to it, I will not make that mistake again. (756 characters)

Photo of kyleec
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Deep black, nearly opaque with a burnt tan head that hangs around a little while.

S: Smeels of cacao, chocolate malts, roasted barley, maybe a little toffee.

T: Carbonation at first, but once it settles in the glass, fine dark chocolate, roasted grains, toffee and caramel, bitter with just enough sweetness to balance it out. Bitterness comes from the chocolate as much as the hops, which are present but subtle. Nice creamy finish.

M: Carbonation and cream.

D: Easy to drink one, but not two.

Overall: So far my favorite chocolate stout. Seems like it would go equally well with a uicy pok roast or a sweet dessert. Everything in this brew is so well-balanced. Top notch stout. (728 characters)

Photo of JasonCoop
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark black with nice brown head.

smells like a chocolate milk or something. very creamy strong chocolate. malty and robust

taste is great. sweet chocolate with a very mellow body. slightly roasty and nice and malty tasting. very smooth, sweet and satisfying. the aftertaste is delicious.

mouthfeel is creamy and pretty heavy, but its delicious flavor makes it smooth. drinkability is excellent. only drawback is its price, but its worth the luxury once in a while. one of my favorites for the winter season. (524 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ebony black with a three finger brown head.
Very chocolate filled aroma, like a Lindt dark chocolate truffle, perfectly chocolaty.
Roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate impressions in the taste. Very bitter from the chocolate malt
Creamy smooth, full feel, very robust, some hop earthyness and a large amount of hop bitterness.
Very easy to drink, the only problem is I think I'd burn out on the chocolate after awhile. (428 characters)

Photo of beernut7
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When they say "chocolate", they don't lie. This dark brown, heavy bodied stout was like drinking cold, hopped chocolate syrup. It was awesome. Probably the best desert I have ever tasted. (190 characters)

Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice creamy, big brown head that lasts for a good amount of time. Minimal lacing left on sides of glass. It's a beautiful dark, dark brown almost black.

the aroma screams Hershey's chocolate kiss...a wonderful chocolate bouqet, not much for floral hoppiness though.

Taste is coffee, chocolate like a gourmet caffe mocha. Some nice roasted and chocolate malts come through with just a mild hop finish.

Nice thick bodied stout, with excellent carbonation level, just right for a bottled stout.

This beer continues to be one of my all time favs. (567 characters)

Photo of Jarod
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me a black color that when held to the light the edges glowed a burnt red. The head was tan in color, that was somewhat thin but what was there was creamy. The aroma was quite simply put - chocolate milk. Semi-sweet in nature but all I got was 96% chocolate milk and 4 percent malt. The taste was also mostly creamy chocolate milk with hints of dark malt and some bitter chocolate. Full the whole way through and left a creamy feeling at the finish. A beer for all times of the day.
Simply put.....EXCELLENT....I need not say more. (551 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black as night with a thin bubbly layer of light mocha head. The lacing on this brew is clinging all over when swirled around

S- Wow. I haven't smelled such a prominent chocolate scent in a brew. Sweet chocolate all over the place. Let's hope it tastes like what it smells like!

T- Again, Wow. The sweet and bitter chocolates flow great together. This brew is creamy with a great balance of roasty malts. There is a faint booziness to the aftertaste along with a light amount of carbonation. Quite possibly one of the most enjoyable stouts I have come across

M- Full mouthfeel the covers the palate and runs down the back of your throat with grace and ease

D- Ill drink this stout until I pass out. Nuff said (716 characters)

Photo of Chadbrew
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a beautiful espresso colored beer that only has hints of ruby around the margins of the glass when it's held up to the light. There was about a half a finger of brownish-tan head that diminishes to little islands of fluff.
Really great chocolate and roasted malts, maybe a hint of cherry or plum in there too.
Wow! Like the smell there is a lot of roasted malts and chocolate but with a nice hoppy bitterness and a sweet finish.
The mouthfeel is great. A big thick body, it's like I'm eating a chocolate coffee cake.
The drinkability is nice, a 22 oz bomber is perfect for this one. (599 characters)

Photo of inacht10
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty amazing beer.
Nice pour, nice color, great smell. Tastes great. Great great great etc etc
I'm not sure how many of these I'd want to have in one sitting, but this is really one of the be(tter?)(est?) stouts I've had.
They're not kidding about the chocolate taste, btw. I've had lots of stouts that were labeled as chocolate but tasted overwhelmingly like coffee. Not so with this one. As a lover of both chocolate and stouts, this one is right up my alley.
Excellent beer (479 characters)

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just like having a little taste of heaven in your mouth. Very sweet but not nauseatingly so, with a nice alcohol background to ground it back into reality. So smooth and delightful that I want to drink this thing like it's delicious chocolate milk! (256 characters)

Photo of montageman
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Wow, this is one dark beer - pitch black with a sturdy and creamy tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing once gone. The smell is dominated by (what else) chocolate, but it is a sweet, milk chocolate smell with hints of vanilla. This smells better than some chocolate baked goods I've smelled. The taste follows suit - big dark chocolate flavor with a nice roasted oat finish, absolutely delicious. There is a some carbonation here, which I think could be toned down a little bit. This beer could use a bit more creaminess. I returned from Easter brunch a poured this for dessert & boy, I wish I had a couple more. This is one helluva beer - excellent stuff. Highest recommendation. (713 characters)

Photo of techdiver
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque black with a nice two finger caramel-colored head that dissipates slowly. Chocolate is evident in the smell, as it is in the taste. Just a fantastic experience. Creamy, smooth taste and the feel is lighter than one might expect, not dense by any stretch of the imagination. Totally drinkable and enjoyable. (322 characters)

Photo of logelinjl
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first starting drinking the Rogue after I moved in with my roomate and he collection the Rogue bottles and I have always wanted to try them after reading the describitions on the bottles. Its a great stout, its dark, creamy head, can seriously tatse the chocolate. Could drink it again and again. (298 characters)

Photo of zakyj
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Excellent 3 Finger head, light brown/caramel color. Dark opaque black appearance. This is what a stout should look like.

S - Rich Chocolate malt, slight caramel hint as well.

T - Wow. Just how it should be. sweet dark chocolate taste accompanied by subtle hop bitterness. this beer really stands out of the competition.

M - Creamy goodness. light carbonation makes it impressively smooth and coats the pallet well.

O - I have had better stouts. but as far as a chocolate stout, this is coming up first. the amount of chocolate used was perfect and allowed the beer stay true to what a stout is all about.

Bottle poured into pint glass. (645 characters)

Photo of Alkey
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured very dark black (unable to see my fingers through the glass) with a large brown head that left lots of sticky lacing all over the glass. Smells of chocolate are pretty dominating. Lots of biter sweet chocolate in the taste with an equal balance of Cascade hops. A very nice blend not to sweet and a nice bite to it. Mouth feel is very rich and creamy. This offering from Rogue is very easy to drink and one my favorite chocolate stouts. (455 characters)

Photo of steven9000
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pure black body with a brown mocha color head. About 2 finger head.

S- chocolate, roasted malts, Cigar tobacco and i also get some hops. FANTASTIC smell

T- dark Chocolate, coffee, tobacco,roasted malts,hops on the back end that gives it a nice bitter finish. Best chocolate beer ive had to date.

M- Medium to full mouth-feel

D- I must say this beer is exceptional. Very good and its a good price for what it is. This beer is very drinkable and tasty. This beer would definitely go fantastic with a streak or have it on its own for dessert or better yet pair it with chocolate cake. (590 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a perfect tan head that has great retention and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet chocolate as one would expect but there is also a strong roasted malt aroma. Taste is slightly fruity up front quickly followed up with a big dose of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt, there is also a subtle hopiness in the back. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and finishes pretty dry. Drinkability is great. I hadn't seen this beer on the shelf for a long time around here and when I did I jumped at the chance to pick this beer back up. Another great beer from Rogue. (582 characters)

Photo of Clowerweb
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. No visible date on the bottle.

After just having two Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stouts and an entire Stone Double Bastard bomber, I don't know how well the palate is holding up tonight. Let's give this badboy a shot.

A: Black. Black as midnight. Hold it up to the light, still BLACK. Put a flashlight under it, BLACK! I like it! HUGE five finger ebony brown head with respectable retention that stays throughout the whole session, and an amazing sticky lacing spiraling down the glass.

S: Has an indisputable chocolate coffee scent. Sweet caramelized sugar. Not too weak or too strong either. Very slight hint of booze, hops and bittersweet cocoa.

T: Chocolate, dark roasted coffee, roasted malts, some subtly bitter cooking chocolate and hops laced throughout, earthy with a light hint of floral citrus, oats and buttered bread. Finishes sweet with that chocolate coffee goodness and leaves a perfectly subtle bitter hops and cooking cocoa aftertaste. Not too sweet, not too bitter, nice bold flavor and amazing balance. Couldn't ask for better!

M: Nice and full, moderate (perfect) carbonation tickles the tongue, slightly sticky and chewy, sticks to the tongue and walls of the mouth, never dry despite the bitter bite in the finish.

O: This leaves me speechless. It's perfect. It's almost like a dessert. I've been reviewing top beers according to reviews here, and buying what's available at the local stores around my area. I saw this one on the shelf and I'm glad I picked it up.

This stood up against tastings of Stone's Double Bastard and Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout today, and came out the best of these three titans of great beer today. A new favorite. I hope to experience many more times to come. I will buy this again and again. This will be nigh impossible to beat according to this palate. (1,855 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black and thick as crude oil with a foamy walnut head. No light gets through this pour. Nose is thickly malted, winey in character and slightly sweet with rich chocolate. Nice lacing.

Taste is rich, bold, full-bodied and bitter. Most of the chocolate flavors are either in the aroma or very high on the palate, since the taste is roasty, dry and malty as a quality stout should be. A bit nutty, a little bit of espresso, nutmeg, oats, some Imperial flavors as well, a mild hop bite. This ain't the oversweet Hershey's but some kind of fine silky Eurochocolate instead -- a very good choice.

Low carbonation, pleasant dark chocolate aftertaste. A wonderful pairing of the stout and the chocolate, with neither overpowering the other. One of the few beers here I feel is truly underrated. (799 characters)

Photo of Shrews629
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Extremely dark brown/black color. Extremely opaque. Just a small thin showing of ruby at the very bottom. A very creamy tan/brown/khaki colored head that has great lacing and retention. Poured thick. Looks tremendous. The lacing was the best I've ever seen.

Smell - Smells of roasted chocolate, cocoa and whole milk. Very well balanced. Pleasant on the nose. Not overly sweet, but almost perfect. The roasted barley comes through as a nice balancing act to tame the chocolate a bit.

Taste - Taste presents a wonderful flood of roasted, sweet chocolate. Some bitter tinges at the back end and on the sides of the tongue. The chocolate tastes more like cocoa, chocolate milk or a liquid chocolate candy bar. The bitterness starts to fade after each sip. Amazing!!!! I loved the taste!!!!

Mouthfeel - Medium to full mouthfeel. Smooth, dry and good. Coats the palate exceptionally. Only got a very small, tiny bit of "chalkiness", but nothing to deter the taste or feel of the this beer. This brew is filling and comforting.

Drinkability - This beer is truly outstanding. this is the best "all around" beer I've ever had in my life. There could be better ones out there, but as for right now, this has no competition in my eye. Easily drinkable. I would love to have a keg of this set up in my house. I may have just found my new favorite. Without a doubt, worth a try. I took my time drinking this because I didn't want to finish. I didn't want it to end. I could talk about this beer all day. Incredible!!!! (1,524 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber for $4.99 and was waiting for the right, relaxed night to crack it open and sip it for over an hour. It was certainly worth the wait; even with all the hype, this is a kickass stout.

Appearance: Opaque of course, nice thick mocha-colored head. However, there wasn't much sticky lacing, which I expected (could be the glass). Also, the head dissipated quickly too (also could be the glass). Though I DID think the glass was clean. Still nice looking though, despite the absent trails of frothy goodness.

Smell: What I had hoped for. My thing with other chocolate stouts has (usually) been (though as my reviews show, some I still love) a beer that's too hoppy, or else not as balanced with creamy aromas of the many kinds of malts and sweeter ingredients. But this was totally creamy: dark and milky chocolate, real chocolate and chocolate malt mixing well, a sweet smell of powdered chocolate, slight coffee (though with cream and sugar, not bitter black coffee). Perfectly balanced and wonderful to get your nose in.

Taste: Chocolate insanity -- amazingly done. The coffee with cream and sugar aromas certainly come through, which adds an interesting twist to the powerful chocolate aromas. Not much hops flavor, though somehow it's handled without being too sweet or too overbearing. I don't see how a chocolate stout could get any better.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, medium carbonation, not too thick of a body. Awesome.

Drinkability: I have to say, I wouldn't want this all the time. I would, however, like to try it with a dessert next time, as pairing this with many different things would probably make some amazing texture and flavor combinations. I'm going to get another one ASAP and save it again for another night, sipping for as long as possible. (1,791 characters)

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 22oz. bomber with rogue's typical graphics. screen printed white, red and brown. sebbie buhler holds up a stein of rogue chocolate stout while holding a piece of chocolate in her other hand. "made with imported chocolate" on front. ingredients are printed on the back of the bottle. "dedicated to sebbie buhler, a rogue original" on back. also, there's rogues interpretation of their own stout along with brewing specs, (gravity, temp., ibu's, etc)

appearance: pours opaque black with a dark tan almost brown pancake batter-like head. head is about 1 inch and drops to a capper after a few minutes. laces ok.

smell: huge chocolate aromas. some alcohol and sweet roasted caramelly sugars. mostly chocolate, but some earthy hops sneak in. sweet chocolate aromas while sipping almost wash over you.

taste: very chocolatey bready malts with a good bitter balance. roasted flavors as well as some dark fruits. maybe plums or black cherries. just bitter enough with some earthy hop flavors. finishes bittersweet chocolate and very dry and clean. aftertaste is lightly hoppy and again, bittersweet. alcohol becomes warming, but not apparent in flavor towards the end of the bomber.

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth medium body. good carbonation and nice swallow. crisp and clean with the dry finish. very nice mouthfeel, and i've given 5s for less.

drinkability: what do you have when a beer quenches it's own dry-bitter finish and aftertaste with an aromatic creamy-smooth dose of sweet chocolate? a viscious cycle that forced me to finish this bomber way too quickly.

overall: very, very nice. for so long, shakespeare stout was my favorite rogue brew, and it pained me to rate this slightly higher, but it's got the goods. right now, right this second, without having the shakespeare in a glass to compare, i'd say this is a hair better. i can only imagine what this would have rated with a chocolate dessert to pair this with.

edit (10.24.05): not so fast! did a vertical with the shakespeare and the chocolate stouts. these are both equally impressive in almost every way, but are slightly different. i just can't accurately say which i like better and which i'd rank higher. if i had a gun to my head, the shakespeare might have to get the nod. (2,278 characters)

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
94 out of 100 based on 1,878 ratings.