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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,352 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 3,352 | Reviews: 1,826 | Show All Ratings:
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours an impressive brooding black color with a creamy, coffee colored head. There is good head retention and lacing, and as already noted, the beer looks impressive. The nose is pretty complex on this beer, with obvious chocolate, but with some underlying citrusy bitterness. The beer really doesn't smell very malty and/or sweet, and as it turned out, it wasn't. On the palate this beer is pretty intriguing. On the initial taste the chocolate flavor is really in your face, but after that I didn't notice it so much. The chocolate, along with what sweetness there is, can be tasted on the front palate, but then the hops come on strong, leading to a very dry, somewhat citrusy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, though it doesn't have the plush creaminess of Stone RIS, KBS or Dark Lord, to name a few. The beer finishes very nicely, and given the relatively low alcohol, I found the beer to be pretty drinkable. There is a touch of licorise and burnt toast at the very end, which is really the only detraction in this otherwise very impressive beer from Rogue.

Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2008 21:36:52 | More by johnmichaelsen
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DoubleJ

California

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a tulip during my visit at the Sunset Grill & Tap, on to the beer:

I got very little head in my glass and little lacing, but the body is pitch black and intiminating. The smell is extremely inviting, lots of sweet milk chocolate. From the aroma, I was guessing I would be drinking a chocolate shake, but my minor complaint is you can only taste the chocolate towards the end of the sip. It starts out like a stout, roasted bitterness and coffee, before you get to the gold, which is the chocolate. Despite the thick appearance, it goes down easy. I can't say I was dissapointed, I just was expected a different journey in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2007 17:05:51 | More by DoubleJ
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Squaretooth

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of rich chocolate. Tastes every bit as good. Pours rich, dark thick, with a nice tan foamy head and very nice even lacing.

I had this in a bottle as well as on tap. Either way you can’t go wrong, but if you can find this on tap anywhere, that is the preferred way to go. Just an awesome beer and one I can drink over and over again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2007 18:47:58 | More by Squaretooth
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pershan

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD

A: Black, with a dark creamy head. Nice good lacing down the glass.

S: A very discernable, actual chocolate aroma! Very cool.

T: Chocolately, roasted barley flavor with a nicely subdued hop bitterness in the background.

M: Creamy and thick, with the roasted barley aftertaste dominating.

D: An excellent stout. Maybe not quite as good as the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, but a close second. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2007 19:45:07 | More by pershan
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to biegaman and Hog Town Harry for making the trek to Buffalo today, I got to try this growler tonight. Pours very dark black, tan head one to two fingers with stayng power and great lacing. Smells of coffee, shaved dark chocolate, tiramisu. Taste is malted milk, more coffee, dark chocolate almonds, chocolate cheesecake ... very, very tasty. The mouthfeel is smooth, just enough richness to make it irresistable with a medium body. I found this had a mildly bitter finish with a lingering choco-nutty aftertaste, what a treat, thanks Jan.

Serving type: growler

12-01-2007 04:42:14 | More by ThatWineGuy
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deanhead

Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep dark coffee color, The head quickly dissipated and all that was left were tiny bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Although this beer was sufficiently carbed, it did lack a good head, which very well may have been a result of the glass not being cleaned well enough.

Smell- Sweet coffee & cacao, with plenty of chocolate. slightly biscuity. Smells like dessert.

Taste-Rich chocolaty taste with hints of biscuit and toffee tones. If there were such a thing as a beer milkshake, this would be it, only with beer. This beer is fabulous. The chocolate is everywhere on my palate. It is a superbly balanced beer.

Mouthfeel- nice medium bodied beer, very smooth Mouthfeel. The beer was adequately carbonated.

Drinkability- Surprisingly easy drinker. It could be a very dangerous beer. Addictive.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2007 16:45:55 | More by deanhead
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bjoyce12

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hands down, the single best chocolate stout of the several I've tried. A great dessert beer. Definite chocolate in appearance and aroma and taste. It's closest to Hershey bar chocolate. We're not talking Godiva or Ghiradelli here, but a good, overriding chocolate taste.

Separately, on tap is better than in the bottle if you get the choice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2007 02:54:17 | More by bjoyce12
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mhaugan

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Tempe Great Arizona Beer Festival

I had previously stayed away from chocolate stouts. Not sure why. The color was very dark black with a nice thick head. Smell is chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Taste is creamy chocolate with just a hint of bitterness and alcohol. Mouthfeeel was almost slightly grainy. This might have been a function of the tasting environment. I can't wait to try this with a nice slice of plain cheesecake. Will pick up a bottle to have the next time cheesecake is on the menu.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2007 16:28:41 | More by mhaugan
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Redbones Barbecue, Somerville, MA

Poured an opaque brown/black with a one-finger, cocoa-colored, creamy head that slowly faded to a thick ring. Tiny droplets of lacing clung to the sides of the glass and lasted through most of the drink.

The aroma was pure hot fudge from beginning to end. I tried looking for indications of other aromas but soon discovered this was futile.

The taste was a terrificly balanced blend of sweet and bitter flavors. The beer started malty rich, chocolatey (sweet, dark chocolate) and creamy up front with hints of vanilla. Deep, roasted malts and black coffee came through mid-palate. The long-lasting finish was surprising hoppy, espresso-like and quite dry with a rich, chocolatey aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was thick, creamy and silky smooth with a fine, moderate carbonation that brought out the best of the flavors.

Despite its overall lack of complexity, this was an outstanding beer. I sampled it both on-tap and in a bottle and I found the tap version to be richer, smoother, more chocolatey and, overall, far superior. It could pair perfectly with a variety of chocolate desserts but I would recommend savoring it on its own.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2007 03:58:07 | More by Damian
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tpd975

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this brew in the bomber and most recently on draft.

A: Deep black brew with a nice espresso type head.

S: Chocolate, Chocolate, and more Chocolate did I order a Swiss Miss, pass the Marshmellow please.

T: Boy does the Chocolate stand front and center here, at this point I am begging for the marshmellows. So much chocolate with a great background of malt and a hint of hop.

M: It is pretty heavy, average body for a stout.

D: It goes down as good as it tastes. Due to the overpowering chocolate one pint or bomber is enough for me.

Overall its another good beer by Rogue. I love how they have brought the chocolate into the foreground in this brew while muting the coffee. The coffee is there, but the chocolate is the real star here. This would be a good beer to lay on someone who is wanting to come over to the dark side. It is not too overpowering, and has they nice warming chocolatelyness that will win their heart over. It's a winner in my book!

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2007 18:37:10 | More by tpd975
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cichief

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a creamy brown head.

S- Sweet smell of chocolate, can't believe it is this sweet.

T- Sweet, but not as sweet as the smell advertised. All around a balanced beer, strng chocolate taste present.

M- Smooth, creamy, not too thick.

D- A bit too sweet, chocolaty for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2007 02:14:10 | More by cichief
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. On tap at the Crescent Moon in Omaha.

Inky black, viscous liquid, dark tan head. Good retention pretty sweet lacing as well.

Baker's chocolate in the malt; a little sweet and a little bitter, but not overly roasted. I noted a little sting of alcohol in the nose as well.

The flavor is very balanced, sweet malt with a good earthy hop presence. Mostly coffee and chocolate flavors, with some dark fruit as well.

Full mouthfeel, good carbonation keeps things light but properly thick. A little bitter afterflavor, nothing to draw away from the admirable qualities of this sweet stout. Dry finish.

Very natural sort of chocolate flavor that runs throughout. This is an amazing stout, a one-off Shakespeare that does it right: no fake choco syrup or additives. Awesome brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2007 20:07:03 | More by BretSikkink
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - received the ale cold in a standard pint glass
Thick black body with thin sandstone tan shade head.

S - Bittersweet chocolate and chocolate malt aromas coplimented with sublte citrus odors that lingers with a faint hop aroma. The smell is similar to chocolate cereal.

M - Creamy tip of the tongue sweetness tantalizes. The full body and dry chocolate sweetness finishes with a slight bitterness.

T - Chocolate, the bittersweet variety similar to baking chocolate and cocoa flavors. Nutty and roasty malt with a subtle dry texture. Sweet mixes with bitter or spicy hop tinges toward the end.

D - Decent amount of chocolate in the aroma keeps you coming back. The Cocoa and bittersweet cocoa tastes are the primary flavor with a citric hop quality and a dry stout finish. It is a decent chocolate stout, but not the best chocolate ale overall.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2007 15:05:10 | More by Slatetank
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Ralelen

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice and dark, think creamy brown head that stays.

S-Wow! Chocolate, a tad roasty with a slight hop bitterness.

T-Nice full body, I can really taste the chocolate, as above a tad roasty.

What a great stout, the first few are very drinkable, after that I start getting a tad full. It was a realy treat to find this on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2007 00:37:34 | More by Ralelen
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kdoc8

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this from a bottle at the Rogue Brewery in Newport, OR. It poured a deep dark brown-black color, not a large or foamy head. It had a mild aroma of chocolate and malt, but not overwhelming. The taste was surprisingly thin and watery for a stout, not full-bodied at all and the flavor of chocoalte wasn't very strong.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2007 23:16:02 | More by kdoc8
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BusyNinja

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was on nitro-tap. What the hell was my favorite beer bar thinking? Talk about almost ruining a great beer. This isn't Guiness so don't make the mistake of treating it like Guiness.

Appearance - dark as a no-star night in Maine. So dark you can't find your way through the forest.

Smell - I swear nitro-refrigeration affects the aroma, even if it's only in my mind. Overly cooled brew, no hints of chocolate, cara, or coffee. No hop aroma (not surpising). Just a little bit of bland malty aroma.

Taste - A touch of chocolate. My guess is that due to the nitro-pour, no way this brew was ever going to warm up to a decent temp and consistency in my life time. Bottled is way better. Hops, however light, seemed murdered by the nitro.

Mouthfeel - a little thin

Drinkability - just okay, didn't get a second, which is unusual. Too cold, too bland.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-04-2007 02:38:15 | More by BusyNinja
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lawrence76

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft at bukowski's -2/19/2007 on a cold night.

Appears very dark in the glass, red when held up to the light. A deep, tan head formed and left exquisite lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of chocolate and heady malts.

Hop bitterness becomes apparent upon the first sip. Excellent body to this beer. A certain grittiness is evident, likely from the use of flaked barley or un-malted oats; simply wonderful on the pallette. More deep malts & some caramelized aspects are present, and a subtle hop aroma which compliments rather than distracts.

A wonderful stout to have on a cold winter night.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2007 13:36:41 | More by lawrence76
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david131

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks great served in a 25 oz. mug. There is a very nice brown head that settles to a thin sheet. It does not stick around after a few sips are taken and turns into just a little ring where the liquid meets the glass. The beer is black and not much light gets through on the edges.

S- Chocolate hits at first then some coffee and more hops than expected. The chocolate smells like a chocolate powder like Nes Quick or something.

T- Not as sweet as I was expecting. The chocolate is the flavor that sticks out most in this- big surprise. There is a good earthiness to the beer as well. The hops blend really well with the chocolate.

M- Creamy, but not overly done.

D- It seems like this could be a hard beer to get as right as Rogue did. The best part about this beer is how well balanced everything is. Went great with a big cheeseburger.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2007 19:10:00 | More by david131
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ccrida

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft, the Chocolate Stout is a deep, dark reddish black, with a thick, 2 finger, creamy, medium-dark tan head. Sadly, the head didn't stick around to long and only left slight lace. Very nice, rich but not oily, especially with that head.
The aroma, yummm, thats great! All chocolate, sweet, but like coco, not sugar.
The taste follows suit, it is fantastic, very chocolaty, some oats and a bit of cola. You can really taste the difference between stouts with chocolate malt and ones like this that also use the real thing, very nice. There's also a fairly assertive hop presence, particularly on the finish, which is probably the main differentiator between this and Young's Double Chocolate, which is similarly fantastic real chocolate goodness.
The mouthfeel is fantastic, super creamy, but supple and light, almost like a nitro, but with more carbonation.
Whoa, this is super drinkable. I could have these all night!

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2007 17:59:30 | More by ccrida
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GPHarris

Alabama

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick dark brown head into a tumbler. head is creamy and leaves decent retention and lace. body is dark black.
s - dark and sweet chocolate.
t - this seems to have a one-track mind of chocolate but some roasted coffee and piney hops begin to come through in the middle. chocolate is still the dominant flavor.
m - smooth and medium on the tongue.
d - easily drinkable but after a couple of glasses it becomes almost too sweet. but it is a nice change of pace and my girlfriend really loves this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2007 14:41:58 | More by GPHarris
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Dubbercody

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a real treat to have this on tap. I can honestly say there is a huge difference between the tap and bottle experience.

All of the great things about the bottle just come alive in fantastic ways in the draft version of this brew. The chocolate aroma and flavor just come out to greet you and taste great. Many a non-dark beer drinker will change their tune after having one of these.

It's a dessert in it's own right, but I recently had the experience of tasting this with Ice cream in it, and while not for everyone, is freaking fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2007 23:08:16 | More by Dubbercody
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thagens

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably one of my all time favorite stouts.
A: Poured a dark brown/black with a half inch of mocha colored head.
S: Really nice. Chocolate, oats, dark roasted malts, a little bit of hoppiness.
T: Chocolate, lots of chocolate, bittersweet malt, and some hoppy flavor from the cascades. (kind of reminded me of a toned down IPA.)
M: Feels good. Nice carbonation and a smooth creamy feeling to it.
D: One would be plenty, but I could go for another.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2006 17:36:30 | More by thagens
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good beer, but hard to compare when Shakespeare is there as well. Light tan head drops very thin. Giant chocolate in nose. Competely black through and through. It's like drinking a dark chocolate bar that there's so much chocolate in the nose and taste. One dimensional as a beer, but good and I could see where it could be a chocoholics favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2006 01:01:30 | More by FightingEntropy
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint pour with a bit of espresso/chocolate truffle at Pix Patisserie in Portland, OR. (Happy Birthday to my mother-in-law!) Have had this beer once or twice before, but it's been a while...

A: Rich deep brown with a lingering creamy tan-colored head. Very nice lacing.
S: Initial cocoa and toasted malt are sweet, a deeper more bittersweet (emphasis on 'bitter') dark chocolate follows. Delicious, enticing aromas.
T: Upfront bitterness of the deepest, richest chocolate - quite roasted & bittered by hops. Mellows to a sweeter cocoa with a softer malty/grainy smoothness.
M: Full mouthfeel & body. A wonderful cream consistency, slightly carbonated, with a nice lengthy bittersweet finish.
D: A fine porter, balanced well, though a tad on the bitter side. It's got 'chocolate' without being overbearing. A very nice pint to enjoy alone or with dessert. The Rogue Chocolate Stout Float is a dessert drink I have yet to try, but plan to do so in the near future (they serve them at Rogue and at Pix - supposedly 'invented' by local beer writer Fred Eckhardt, I think...).

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2006 15:49:05 | More by msubulldog25
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Osiris9588

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's an opaque black, topped with a creamy, milk-chocolate head--solid retention and decent lacing.

The smell consists of toasted malt, coco, and chocolate. It tastes like a big glass of chocolate milk, except better. Oats, roasted malt, coco, cream, and just a touch of bitterness from the hops, results in a tasty treat of a brew.

The mouth is mellow and creamy on the front, and the dryness of the malt and coco, followed by the assertion of hops, results in a delightfully bittersweet finish. A truly enjoyable stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2006 00:35:05 | More by Osiris9588
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