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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,900 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,900
Reviews: 1,874
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 337
Gots: 403 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 3,900 | Reviews: 1,874
Photo of walterk
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from large Rogue bottle into 2 pint glasses. Appearance was so good, dark brown chocolate color with chocolate milk looking foam on top.

Taste was OK, but not as outstanding as the visual. Tasted a little light, not as chocolatey as expected. Kind of similar to Rogue mocha porter for me, in that I expected more based on the name and previous reviews.

Photo of CityBoy1986
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber.

The pour is almost black with two fingers' worth of brown head. Retention is nice, as is lacing.

The nose is (as expected) mostly chocolate with some hints of mocha and dark fruits. The taste is more of the same, and there is a bit of burntness present in the aftertaste. Some mild bitterness is there throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a bit of carbonation, maybe a little too much. Drinkability was good. I can see the rating rising with food.

This is a very solid stout that is worth a visit every once in a while.

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pitch black brew with a dark tannish brown head that is about a finger thick and very creamy. THe head has good retention, and eventually settles at a half-finger velvet head on top of the brew. Lacing here and there on the glass on the way down.

Smell - Major chocolate aromas up front, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Buttery caramel and molasses brings a wonderful sweetness to the smell. There are some hops bitterness just behind the sweet and chocolate aromas. Rich roasted and bready (pudding-like) malt character ties it all together. Very little alcohol aroma, if any.

Taste - An equal mix of super oily hops bitterness mixed with dark and bitter chocolate flavors. A butter sweetness comes through second and helps to balance the initial bitterness from the hops and dark chocolate. Very thickly rich roasted malt character with some earthiness and creamy chocolate finish after this. The aftertaste brings back some oily hops bitterness, but is mainly creamy chocolate and some malt. Again, almost no noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and very smooth, but a tad over-carbonated in my opinion. The carbonation kind of has that foaming effect in your mouth that detracts from an otherwise solidly smooth and full mouthfeel. Still superb, though, but not perfect.

Drinkability - As per the style, this stuff is rich and strong, and as a result the drinkability must suffer.

A wonderful chocolate stout. I'm never surprised at the quality brews that Rogue brews. This stout is not disgustingly chocolatey, but right on the money. It has a nice mix of bitterness and buttery sweetness, set on a rich roasted malt canvas. Highly recommended.

Photo of Shaw
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've given a more detailed review to Rogue Chocolate Stout in its draft version below, but wanted to make a short note about the 22-ounce bottled version, which I've had more of than the draft. (I even paid a friend $60 to bring a case back from Oregon to Florida.)

The bottled version is still excellent (in my top ten), but it's just not quite as good as the draft. The chocolate aroma and taste is more muted in the bottle than when you have it draft. But that may be because I've had it draft right at the brewery, while the bottles are usually a bit older?

This bottled beer is one that I could drink exclusively for the rest of my life. And the draft is even better.

Photo of msolar
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was anxious to try this beer, but it wasn’t quite what I expected. Maybe an A- (rather than the expected A). Very dark, inc. a dark tan head. Less chocolate & more vanilla than I expected. Good mouthful, really good taste. Rogue Chocolate is probably one of my top 5-10 stouts. I’d also recommend trying Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and especially Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious black color with a thick dark beige head. Nice lacing as well. Aroma of chocolate and malt. Medium-bodied with a nice bitter dark chocolate taste throughout, along with malt and caramel. The finish is lightly hopped, but has a sweet aspect as well. I am surprised it took me so long to try this.

Photo of naterock
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, Deep black and opaque. Thick head to begin with and slowly dissapates to a thin but lasting head. Quite sexy

smell is rich chocolate and a strong malt sweetness. a Lingering hop is way in the background.

Taste is incredibly sweet malt but bitter chocolate. The finish is bitter but the approach is smooth and creamy. the hops are even present but very faint.

mouth is smooth and creamy and a bit oily. finishes bitter and leaves me wanting more. Drinks very slow but easy. Good and one of the best chocolate stouts around.

Photo of mbunje
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

A - Nice dark brown color. Big full tan head, more than expected. Opaque, can't see through this one. Even the edges are brown, no red or other color.

S - Best part of this beer. It does smell like roasted bitter chocolate. Very well done. A bit a sharpness which is surprising at 6%

T - Also well done. A nice bitterness to it, like bittersweet chocolate. Has a very mild soapy aftertaste (Oatmeal?)

MF - I have to say, a bit disappointed here. This needed to be a thicker, more full bodied experience. It is medium bodied.

D - Price is right at less than $5 for a choco stout. The medium bodied nature and relatively low ABV make this very drinkable...if you want to drink a LOT of chocolate stout.

Overall a very nice effort. Smell is really great. Taste is up there, just needs a little more substance in the body

Photo of KBlodorn
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gbarron
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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 FogDishHead
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baggio
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Monks Cafe!

A: Dark brown with a thin lightbrown lace.

S: Milk chocolate all over the place.

T: Chocolate, liqorice, dark bread.

M: Silky smooth with medium carbonation and medium sized bubbles.

Fantastic brew. It reminds me of Youngs double chocolate stout but
with a more complex and fuller body. Recommended!

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

Black pout, huge broze head. The nose was chocolatey but not sweet. The taste was heavenly. Rich with cholcolate, both dark and unsweetened. A nice bitterness but not so much that it takes away from the chocolatley treat. Somewhat creamy. A nice rich finish that lingers long after. This is what a chocolate stout should be! A true classic of the style and of the overall beer world!

Photo of blitz134
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black hole colored if I must say so with no light transmission. I do believe light is actually being sucked into this beer. There was ample brown head to begin with which reduced to barely a coating. Aroma was of toffee with hits of tootsie rolls and expresso. Flavors of ample toasted malts and a touch of smoke. Chocolate is definately a major player in this beer. There was also an unexpected touch of slightly citrus hops coming through. Almost like that orange flavored chocolate you get around the holidays. And at the very end was a tiny amount of coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, not really heavy at all. This is a good after-dinner beer that I'd gladly have a couple of and will revist again.

Photo of Aaron420
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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

A: This beer pours a dark, solid dark brown. Immediately you can smell the chocolate, but more on that in a minute. Once poured the head is a nice hazelnut color which seems to stay throughout the whole drink.

S: The chocolate smell is absolutely wonderful to catch wafting from the newly opened bottle. After the initial blast of chocolate, which, seems to be the perfect amount, comes the delicious smell of the hops, and the warm smell of the roasted barely. The overall aroma is very warm, and brings back good memories of chocolate as a kid.

T: The taste, is by far one of my favorites in my beer explorations. Leaps and bounds above some of the other stouts that I've had, it blasts your tongue with chocolate and just like the aroma, finishes off nice and smooth with an almost bitter taste, which leaves you wanting more.

M: This totally coats your mouth with a delicious taste, and doesn't feel overly heavy like most stouts. Completely impressed by this beer's feel.

D: If I could rate this beer low in any category, it'd be the drinkability. It's not that I don't think I could drink this beer often, it's just that I don't think I can drink this beer every day, and that's how I judge my drinkability. However, that's just my opinion, but still, a 4 is still darn high.

Overall, this beer is by far one of my favorites, and I'd recommend it to you and any of my friends. I wish you the best of luck on your beer endeavors and as always, Cheers.

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

Smells just like a cup of hot cocoa. Seriously. If you put this in a cup and had someone do a blindfolded smelling session, they'd identify this as hot cocoa. With maybe just a touch of chocolate liqueur thrown in.

On the tongue, the chocolate taste is *very* apparent--more so than perhaps any other chocolate stout I've tried. In fact, the brew tastes, in many ways, like sucking on a Tootsie Pop while sipping on, say, Godiva's chocolate liqueur. Which is not to say that it's bad in any way; in fact, it's quite good. And I don't normally like chocolate stouts. There are, of course, other flavors in the beer as well: some nice chocolate malts that give a lovely almost-burnt-grain taste; some deep caramels; and just at the edge, perhaps a hint of dark fruit esters. Hops are kept to a minimum, and are just enough to add a nice bitterness that takes the edge off of the sweetness of the chocolate. But make no mistake: chocolate is the primary flavor. It's the first thing you'll taste, and the flavor that will linger on your tongue the longest.

Photo of Mantooth
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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

This stout pours a deep dark color. The head is a tan color and disappointingly minimal in both size and duration (but this really does not distract from how wonderful tasty this beverage is). The smell is of fine mocha and sweet malts. The taste is rather complex, being sweet, with a strong chocolate flavor. There is an occasional bitter finish to the taste which is not overly distracting. Certainly a descent stout worth searching out and enjoying.

Photo of slk22
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black color with a thick light-brown head showing good retention. Strong chocolate and caramel malt aroma jumps right out of the glass. Nice, but not complex. Taste begins with a nice balance of roasted and sweet malt flavor. Then a bit of hop bitterness comes out along with a sort of baker's chocolate bitterness that lingers a bit with a dry finish. Very nicely balanced for a chocolate stout in my opinion. Mouthfeel is smooth although body (light to medium) is a bit lighter than expected and carbonation is higher than expected. Overall, a very tasty beer that I could have several of.

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

This is a bomber of Chocolate Stout purchased at Barnyard Spirits and served chilled in a Great Lakes tumbler.

A: The ale is black with a whitish-brown head.

S: Sweet milk chocolate dominates the nose.

T: The stout runs the gamut of flavors. Up front, sweet chocolate notes hit the tongue, followed by a mid-strength hop flavor then closing with a long-finishing roasted malt flavor.

M: The mix of sweet and bitter flavors give the beer an interesting mouthfeel.

D: The ale is very drinkable with a decent hop flavor that underscores a decadent chocolate taste.

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

Picked up a bomber at Pauls in McCall, Idaho and it's a frigid 48 degrees outside in August. Good thing I have this tasty stout and a nice fire.

A. The darkest of brown with a nice light brown head that leaves good lacing.

S. Chocolate, Chocolate, and some malt

T. Nice initial chocolate taste with a good burnt malty body with some delicious coffee flavor and the chocolate comes back strong in the aftertaste.

M. Nice medium mouthfeel, maybe a little thin. Pretty good carbonation for a stout.

D. Surprisingly smooth and very drinkable. A must try if you enjoy chocolate and beer

Photo of nataku00
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with reddish brown highlights at the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Initial finger and a half of chocolate milk colored creamy head that dissipates fairly quick, leaving some light lacing that sticks to the glass for a long time. Swirling lightly, the beers clings in sheets to the edge of the glass as it slides down. Some carbonation visible right at the edge of the glass, small bubbles and active.

As the name implies, strong bittersweet chocolate aroma, with a bit of roasted and caramel malts in there. Chocolaty sweetness is definitely apparent.

Taking a sip, lactic acid sourness initially, but nice bittersweet chocolate sweeps onto your tongue. Some coffee mid tongue and more lactic acid and malty finish. Nice creamy body with ample gentle and small bubble carbonation, bordering on nitro like.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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