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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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3,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 3352
Reviews: 1826
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%

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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of Fatehunter


3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich chocolate, a little coffee, and roasted malt.
The taste is nice and chocolaty with some mild coffee bitterness in the background to balance it out.
The texture is crisp with some smoothness on the side and moderate carbonation.
Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 04:51:24 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of Mojo


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter

A - pours up jet black with a foamy two inch head that is a rich mocha color. Retention is pretty good and lacing is outstanding.

S - the aroma of chocolate, sweet and beautiful to the nose.

T - Definite caramel malt notes with some toffee and licorice thrown in, big chocolate flavor and a coffee roasted nut finish.

M - thick and chewy with a bit of a lingering aftertaste

O - I didn't expect much as Rogue produces mostly okay but unspectacular offerings. I thought this one was the bomb diggety. Loved it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 03:44:36 | More by Mojo
Photo of safaricook


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thick beige head, very stable. Body is black and clear. A beauty.
I smell milk chocolate, really sweet, not much else
Some sourness first, hop bitter, sometimes a bit metallic aftertaste, lingering dark milk chocolate, not sweet as nose suggested, only little roasted barley
Medium to heavy body, smooth, little but noticable fine carbonation
This is a good beer. It is well crafted. The nose is pure chocolate and the taste is nicely complex. The main problem I have is that the nose suggest something sweet and what you get at first is sour and bitter. I also miss roasted barley that is typical for the style. Anyway, will definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 19:33:32 | More by safaricook
Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber


3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into a small plastic cup (unfortunately all that I had at the time).

1.5 finger head over a solid black-brown body. Head settled to a thin layer that stayed around a while. Lacing on the side of the glass.

Chocolatey scent over the head, as advertised. Not much else.

Taste: Bittersweet dark chocolate. More on the bitter side than the sweet side. Not too bad. The bottle label says 69 IBU.

Moderately strong carbonation.

Overall, perhaps a little too tart for my tastes, but it's not so extreme that I don't want to finish it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 06:59:49 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
Photo of admiral


3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable beer - full of milk chocolate goodness

aroma: not surprisingly, strong milk chocolate predominates - very nice!

taste: creamy milk chocolate with spice, oats and coffee/roasted barley notes. Also has a hint of citrus from the hops and I also detected slight vegemite. Aftertaste has a slight bitterness with chocolate mixed in.

A beer that is great by itself but I think it would excel paired with a dessert.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 09:20:49 | More by admiral
Photo of BierJager89


4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a medium brown head.

S: Tons and tons of sweet milk chocolate in the nose, with some sweet cream, a touch of coffee. A bit like a latte or a mocha.

T: Taste is more like dark chocolate with a little roasted malt and a decent amount of coffee.

M: Full bodied and a bit creamy and kind of smooth.

O: Smells better than it tastes, but it's still a really good chocolate stout. Their double chocolate stout is better.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 21:51:18 | More by BierJager89
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this a while back, just getting to putting up a review now.

Poured from a bomber.

Dark pour, mostly chocolate in aroma and flavor. Nice, not too rich. Easy to drink for sure. Wish there were more flavor profiles but they did nail the chocolate part. Good but not a stand out for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 14:13:29 | More by papat444
Photo of Thehuntmaster

South Africa

2.78/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

650ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a snifter and a wine glass.
No Bottle date.

Appearance: Rogue Chocolate stout appears pitch black in the glass , with a strong backlight only revealing a little deep red along the edges of the glass (this stuff is pretty dark for the Abv.). A standard pour yields a massive dark tan coloured head. The head displays fantastic retention and leaves beautiful rings of lacing clinging to the glass as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Given all the great reviews, the nose is actually quite disappointing. There is a fair amount of chocolate, but it seems somewhat fake and more like chocolate flavour than actual chocolate. Other notes include: Oats, toasted malt and some creamy caramel.

Taste: As with the nose the flavour is rather disappointing. There isn't a ton of flavour and the beer comes across as somewhat watery. There is a fair amount of (fake) chocolate flavour, some roasted malt, a toasty character and a pleasant bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Blegh, this doesn't work at all, the body is thin and watery. The carbonation is okayish at a medium-high level but it is a little harsh.

Overall: Another shitty beer from Rogue, I can't see I'll be buying anything more from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 22:07:39 | More by Thehuntmaster
Photo of Weston19


4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Black, dark latte colored head. Looks gorgeous in a glass.

S: Definitely chocolate, like a bitter sweet kind of chocolate so something like unsweetened dark chocolate, some grassy notes, and you get the hops. Very nicely balanced.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted barley, nice hop kick to it, has a beautiful dark chocolate aftertaste. Awesome beer.

M: Full bodied, good carbonation which is great so you won't feel full. Has an oily finish.

O: Super tasty chocolate stout that's not overly sweet. Many different flavors come out and all have their fair share of presence in your mouth. Go out and buy this!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 01:32:09 | More by Weston19
Photo of chefcurtlee

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was impressed by the rich espresso color of this stout. It had a perfect mouthfeel. I could pick up on the chocolate flavor without it being overpowering. Is was smooth and creamy with just the perfect level of carbonation and a pleasantly bitter finish. It may sound crazy but it had the after taste of a tootsie roll. I have not had a lot of chocolate stouts, but after this one, I will be seeking them out.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 04:19:32 | More by chefcurtlee
Photo of BradT

New York

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Popped the cap, smells of chocolate milkshake come to mind. Pours jet black with a one finger milk chocolate colored head. Taste is good, not quite as rich as I'd hoped for so looking forward to trying the Double Chocolate Stout. Honestly, this tastes like a Hershey's kiss, I just wish it had more of an alcohol zip the the Southern Tier Creme brûlée. Great beer though my wife likes, would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 00:57:25 | More by BradT
Photo of Gambelli


4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Lots of technical brewing info
printed onto the painted label bottle, but no ABV.

A- Pitch black, semi-sweet chocolate color. No light gets through this one. 1/2" light brown
head, dissipating into a fine layered cap. Carbonation level undetectable due to the dark color.

S- Chocolate and more chocolate nose. Maybe a hint of roasted grain. No, wait, that's more chocolate. A bit of marshmallow cream in there too.

T- Roasted grain bitterness up front, washed away by sweet creamy chocolate, dark chocolate, and other exotic chocolate flavors, along with a touch of mocha/coffee on the back. Familiar Rogue PacMan yeast there too.

M- Creamy smooth to start, with grain and a little hop bitterness, passing into a coffee-like

O- Not one of my favorite styles, but a great representation of it. Exactly what the label declares, Chocolate Stout. Good balance, creamy mouthfeel, plenty of chocolate. Well done beer by Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 16:30:24 | More by Gambelli
Photo of TownDunkel


4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this chocolate stout is one of the best I've had. Its a lovely be chocolate brown and the head is a beautiful mocha brown it smells vaguely of chocolate in roasted malts the taste is the deep malts roasting notes and of course in some chocolate. The mouth feel is also very very well done and the carbonation is perfect score. overall awesome beer

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 00:12:43 | More by TownDunkel
Photo of 3sheets2wind


1.7/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

This is a poor beer. I do not understand the love for it on this site. The beer has little flavor. I don't get a lot of chocolate flavor. The poorest aspect of this is the mouthfeel. So thin. Nothing redeeming about this beer that I can tell. I used to like Rogue Shakespeare Stout and I'd heard that this was better. I hesitate to even try old Billy Shakes if this is better.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 23:25:53 | More by 3sheets2wind
Photo of shigg85


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Did a tasting from two bombers, the older 12-ingredient version and the new 9-ingredient one with real chocolate and less hop. Basically, that was the difference, and I thought the previous 12 ingredient version was better, more unique. The new version definitely has a smoother, more delicious chocolate flavor, but without that hop background, it tastes just like any other quality chocolate stout. The original 12-ingredient had something special in that combination.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 15:20:58 | More by shigg85
Photo of gtcastle


3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Jet Black with a nice one and a half finger high dark khaki/cappuccino colored head.
Smell: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.
Taste: Chocolate, bitter coffee, and more chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not at thick as it's dark color would suggest. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A good beer, one that I will be buying again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 22:32:15 | More by gtcastle
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance - very black, some evident carbonation sneaking up the side of the glass. Thick, creamy mocha head. Lacing is decent.
Smell - chocolate brownie, vanilla, some caramel!
Taste - Coffee, bitter chocolate, creamy espresso latte.
Feel - dry, medium body with a mild bitter chocolate finish.
Overall - solid offering; worth the try. A bit pricey and starts out strong but slowly declines.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 02:08:33 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of Furlinator


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with one inch of tan head that settles to a thin film on top and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is primarily dark cocoa and faint vanilla.

Taste is dark chocolate, black coffee, creamy vanilla with slight hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy with medium carbonation.

A delicious stout that approaches the threshold of being too sweet. A nice dessert stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 06:46:35 | More by Furlinator
Photo of dmatsui


3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Going a bit outside of my comfort zone with this one; not exactly my style.

Color is deep rich brown/black with a nice 4 finger head of dark khaki, off brown. No light getting through.

Nose is definitely dark chocolate and coder up front with a slight underlying dark fruitiness. Definitely some molasses and earth notes. Really nice smelling stuff.

Big hit of dark bitter cacao up front supported by bitter earthy hops then accentuated by a nice creamy and milky mouthfeel. There's still a nice hint if fruity esters and a nutty quality. Chocolate dominates as it finished quite dry.

Overall a really nice beer. It's not as heavy as I thought and the drinkability was really nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 02:37:35 | More by dmatsui
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A. It is pure black with a dark brown head with some lacing to it.
S. a cherry and chocolate scent to it.
T/M. Very very chocolatey and extremely smooth. Full bodied with some burnt malt. Thick.
O. This is by far the most rich chocolate beer I've ever had. It is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:09:09 | More by Amalak
Photo of joe1510


4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber
Health Mart

Finally getting around to trying this. It's been on my list to pick up many times but I always seem to pass it by, since it's always available, in favor of seasonals or special releases. Poured black with a big 3 finger brown, creamy, ruddy head. I can't see a thing through this beer. Leaves spotty lacing throughout the entire drink.

This stuff smells amazing. Big notes of chocolate and cream. Mildly roasted barley and a small hint of coffee beans. Smells like dessert in a bottle. Fantastic!

Flavor has all the qualities of the aroma with a little extra. Starts off with the creamy milk chocolate. Roasted malts and coffee grounds come through mid-palate as the chocolate starts to fall back. On the swallow there's a mild hop spiciness and coffee ground bitterness.

Medium bodied and somewhat creamy. Lively in the back of the throat. My only complaint, and it's a very small one, is the mouthfeel could stand to be a little more creamy. Still very nice though.

This chocolate stout is an easy one to put back. Wonderful flavor and aromas make it a pleasure to drink.

I'm surprised at how good this stout really is. I wasn't sure if it could live to the hype or not. I wish I would have picked this up sooner. Another great beer from Rogue.

Reviewed: 2/25/07

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:46:58 | More by joe1510
Photo of Lemke10


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Split a 22oz bottle with a friend. This pours a dark brown color with a fluffy brown head. The aroma is mixture of cocoa and malts. I was expecting a heavy, dense, volume with this but instead its rather light and creamy. The most obvious taste being the unsweetened chocolate and malts. I was expecting a little something more and different from this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 15:14:43 | More by Lemke10
Photo of cleve00


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this very much for a stout. Liked it so much its now on my list of favorites and I bought a second bottle for the immediate future.

Color: dark black, light tan head was 1.5 to 2 fingers that didn't last more than a few minutes, (hey I'm thirsty).

Smell: deep chocolate x2,with very mild and pleasant fruit tone,raisin? Again more chocolate..

Taste: chocolate syrupy feel as wash over my tongue with a light carbonation and succulent bitterness, (enough too make my mouth water for a second sip,) at mid tongue and the finish is warm and mellow. ABV at 6% but this larger bottle was very fulfilling to me. I would definitely not share this bottle with anyone unless she looked like Penelope Cruz.

Definitely on my nice list!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 17:44:03 | More by cleve00
Photo of kojevergas


3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed live. Reviewed as an American Stout because it self-identifies as a chocolate stout and it's American. Okay label art. "Made with imported chocolate." 69 IBU. 15 degrees plato. 650ml brown glass bottle with standard branded pry-off cap acquired at a local Vons grocery in Santa Monica for $3.99 and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are above average since it's on the beers of fame.

Served chilled, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Little lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is well above average - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable solid opaque black; dark but not a jet black per se. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Standard fare for the style. Not unique or special. No obvious flaws.

Sm: Cocoa powder/dust, chocolate malt, dark malts, caramel, buried light roast. Not getting any coffee, vanilla, or molasses. Hop character is present yet generic; hopping is primarily preservative here. Sweet. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. An above average to mild strength aroma.

T: Dark malts and chocolate malts dominate, but there is a slight hint of roast just before the climax that dies almost immediately. Definitely on the sweeter end of the sweet/bitter spectrum. Stale cocoa dust. Oats. Fairly balanced, but there's room for improvement. Would definitely benefit from more complexity and subtlety. I do like it in a general sense. By no means mind-blowing. The chocolate itself isn't particularly rich or evocative; sort of a generic crumbly milk chocolate with heavy cocoa powder notes.

No coffee or vanilla. Lacks flavour diversity, depth, and intensity. Flavour duration is good.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and slightly soft. Good thickness. Nice creaminess for what it is. Good carbonation. Not biting, harsh, gushed, or oily. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Not syrupy. Decent body.

The soft texture is a highlight.

Dr: Very drinkable; I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle. Fairly priced at $4.00 USD per bottle; I'd definitely get it on-draught at this price. For a beer of fame though, it's not horribly impressive. A pretty decent offering from Rogue, but it's far from mind blowing. I wouldn't want more than one in any given night. Tasty but forgettable. Rogue makes better beers. Hides its ABV well.

High C+

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 04:43:54 | More by kojevergas
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is jet black with a small cocoa-coloured head. Head fades fairly quickly but not entirely.

Nose contains chocolate- surprise, surprise. Roast malt. Nothing else, but a nice smell.

Like the smell, the taste contains chocolate and roast malt. A bit of a hoppy flavour, slight citrus. Almost tastes like bitter orange. Fairly bitter finish. Taste a bit thin.

Medium bodied, thinner than expected. Strongly carbonated, a bit too much.

Overall, not bad, but not as good as I had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 00:05:29 | More by jrenihan
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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,352 ratings.