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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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3,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 3344
Reviews: 1825
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%

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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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

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

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

On tap at the Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington New Jersey.

Appearance: Pours an earthy brown with red corners and an off whilte 1 finger crown that shows a touch of retention and lace.

Smell: Impressive amount of chocolate coupled with a bready toasty malt.

Taste: You know most chocolate beers have a dark chocolate flavor with a mild amount of bitterness. Those same beers are very similar to coffee stouts that have that same dark roast bitter quality. This brew tastes more like milk chocolate with absolutely no bitterness. Just chocolate and malt here folks. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied....seems a touch thin to me.

Drinkability: Goes down like liquid candy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2009 23:19:06 | More by koopa
Photo of atremains


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet on tap at the dirty truth in western mass. Modest head with less than modest lacing. Smell is very chocclatey. Almost like syrup. Similiar to choklat. Taste is chocolately malty and a bit of hops at the end. Mouth is a little heavy on the carb but this shouldn't be too much of a problem for most. Thanks to CButova for affording me ths beer since I am penniless.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2009 05:15:15 | More by atremains
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black into a goblet with a one finger tan head with alright retention, medium lacing is left on the glass. Smells of pure chocolate with some malts, follows the name. Tastes of chocolate, chocolate some more, some toast malts and a hoppy aftertaste balance. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation for the style, no off flavors or alcohol badness. Drinkability is great for the taste, no off flavors, price is within reason, will buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2009 05:05:31 | More by cbutova
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4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They have this on tap at Taco Mac in Roswell, GA. It 's a great stand alone beer but I usually have one at the end of the night after I have a good IPA or porter. The aroma is is the first to hit you and then the taste is very smooth. They also have it in a large bottle but the draft is better.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2009 01:03:25 | More by patjrooney
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, lets in some light. Nice, brown head, decent lacing.

S- Roasted malts, milk chocolate.

T- Roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Almost tootsie roll like. Not super complex, but very good.

M- Full bodied, maybe a little too much carbonation.

D- Goes down easy. Could have more than one in a session.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 18:55:35 | More by rfgetz
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse US Beer SpecTapular.

Pours a deep, almost opaque black brown, jus with hints of lightness at the corners - looks like melted chocolate with blackberry syrup. Head is thick, heavy and big. Delicious. Lacing sublime. Hell yes, this is a beer!

Delicious cocoa nibs on the nose, sweet and dusty and rich. That's it, you have to admit, but god it's good.

Nice huge roasty chiocolate character on the palate too. Not very sweet, but the roasted rich bittersweet character of true dark cocoa-rich chocolate. Even a light resin peeping through. Very good.

Mouthfeel very suitable: creamy and smooth. Not terrible thick, but very good.

A very smooth, drinkable and delectable beer. Thankyou Local Taphouse for bringing it to our shores. It was better on tap here than in bottles in the US.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2009 05:33:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very imperial-level dark colour, with brown mocha head, slight tinge of brown at the very bottom of the tulip, but otherwise pitch black. Head retains to a medium crown and lacing is to die for. That is a fucking king Henry shit of a beer.

Nose is insanely chocolatey. I mean, that smells like cocoa, if I'm honest. It dominates quite comprehensively. There is a dustiness to it, or a dryness, that makes me feel like cocoa powder should be coming up my nose. Maybe a hint of bourbon as well, but what an amazing smell.

Taste is a strong, rich, bitter cocoa experience, hints of milky chocolate in the front, then a bitter, roasty cocoa character on the mid that extends its mechanical claws in my mouth to expand its deliciousness. I almost heard it say "Go go gadget chocolate deliciousness". There is a slight bitter roasty espresso character on the back and maybe even some hops, of all things? Hops in a beer?? That stop it from being too sweet. Instead it's just fuck hot delicious.

That is very, very, very nice. So well built. Full of flavour, just pleasant. Mouthfeel is slick, nicely full. Great and suits it so well.

I'm a big fan indeed. What a fantastic beer. I could drink that for the rest of my life.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2009 04:09:58 | More by laituegonflable
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer I tried last night is awesome.
I believe it is only sold on draft in my state of Alabama.
It is nearly a black beer but a slight brown hue in the light.
The smell was very nice. true chocolate smell with a hint of coffee. The taste was also very drinkable. I knocked this one out fairly quick. Sweet with just the amount of bitterness to kill off alcohol taste. warm loving mouthfeel to it. I dont think texture in a brew can get much better. again this beer is very drinkable smooth finishing beer loved it.
Beau of Bama

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2009 22:40:41 | More by LestatSabastian
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes...

Poured black (bar lighting makes this tough) with a 4 finger creamy head that left tons of lacing. The cap stayed throughout.
The nose was dominated by chocolate. I could have confused this for a spiked chocolate milkshake. Hints of roasted coffee also came through.
The taste picked up where the smell left off. Super chocolaty with hints of roasted coffee. The chocolate mixed with the smoothness of the malt makes you think you just took a sip of a milkshake or chocolate milk but before you know it the hops pop up to remind you this is a beer.
Super creamy mouthfeel makes this a great dessert beer. One is easy to down because it is so damn good but I got the feeling it was time to move on after it was gone.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2009 00:24:23 | More by abar22
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Chocolate Stout

Quick review - dark and heavy stout with all the flavor, body, and uniquness you could ask for.

Color - in the light of the bar, this stuff is dark as the night. I have a feeling it's still a dark, dark brown in the light of day. I re-poured it to get a glimpse of the head. ALL of the head. Light brown, leaving more lace than clean glass on the walls of my pint glass as the head dissipated to about 1/4".

Smell - a roastedness that makes me think of faded coffee with some fruit behind it (wtf?). I am expecting chocolate, but what I smell isn't the chocolate I'm expecting. Maybe I'm thinking like hot chocolate/milk chocolate.

Taste - like nothing else. It's like a rather dry coffee with added cocoa powder and something with a bitter finish that complements the chocolate perfectly, but is likely the hops. I can't taste fruit discernably, but the smoke here has clogged my nose a bit. If I take a sip with some air, I get a bit of fruit with it: maybe cherry. Cherry would be fitting.

Mouthfeel - this beer is surprisingly light in the mouth. I'd call it a medium thick at best, but I'd expect molten chocolate by the looks. A swish in the mouth lightens it up a lot, not sure if it's th CO2 or the alcohol.

Sessionable? Maybe if you're sasquatch.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2009 12:11:08 | More by TeeCee
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very, very dark brown and the tannish head looked good and the chocolate smell was awesome. Taste was roasted malts and hersheys chocolate upfront, beginning to end. Mouthfeel is amazing, cocoa, roastiness and a slight coffee hint but very minimal. I can drink this all day long.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2009 15:19:34 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught at The Red in Santa Cruz. Black with a dense tan head. The aroma is super chocolate powered; leaning a little toward the dark side, but still milky and creamy. The flavor takes that and adds in a roasted bitterness that doesn't completely blend, but works out alright. The body is a little thin, but pretty smooth. This is a really nice smelling beer, with a pretty good flavor to back it up, but the chocolate and roasted malt don't seem to gel as well as they could

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2009 23:28:44 | More by bulletrain76
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Sits a very dark, burgundy-tinted brown with a chocolatey brown head that showed decent retention. Didn't leave as much lace as expected.

A: Bittersweet chocolate reigns supreme in the nose. Followed by roasted malts and a citrusy hop aroma deep within the aroma.

T: Nice base of roasted malts act like a springboard for the chocolatey goodness to showcase itself. It's like a milkshake, with creamy chocolate permeating throughout my skull. Nice, citrusy hop flavor gives this a west-coast feel and some much needed depth to this brew. Perfect dessert beer!

M: Medium-full bodied with a rich, somewhat slick texture to the smooth natured experience.

Notes: This would be a good chocolate stout to introduce as a gateway beer for those just getting into darker beers. Not overly sweet, but does deliver satisfaction to the sweet tooth, and also a picky craft beer drinker. Recommended

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2009 11:24:21 | More by sweetbrew82
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at J Clyde in Birmingham, AL.

A: Pours a dark black with a couple fingers of khaki colored head that settles down after awhile to one finger or less, lots of frothy lacing on the glass.

S: literally smells like a chocolate milkshake, I try to pick out other scents and it says don't bother! Such a great nose treat.

T: very chocolatey flavor but it's more dark chocolate than milk chocolate. Can taste a slight amount of roasted malts/roast coffee once I get used to the chocolate.

M: feels full in the mouth but slightly thin/watery on the finish - I bet on a nitro tap this would be KILLER

D: easy to drink, solid flavor and no alcohol taste, so I'd say high although for me it would be higher if this were sweeter or more milk chocolate in flavor

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2009 21:56:18 | More by dukedevil0
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was presented to me at cobblestones in a sampler glass(about 7oz.). beautiful dark body with a thick tan head. I'm not into chocolate stouts but this was exceptional. you can smell the chocolate. very good rich taste. I will be back for a pint or two sometime in the near future.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 06:32:56 | More by daveGsus
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4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding! Had many chocolate stouts and this one takes the cake. Rich, black color with 2 finger lasting head. Creamy mouthfeel and very chocolaty taste. The only negative was a somewhat weak smell, but as far as stouts go, the smell is pleasant. Could drink this one all day.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2009 02:00:30 | More by WDorning
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District of Columbia

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

on tap at Canal St in Reading

Pours a dark, opaque milk chocolate color with a creamy, dark tan head that leaves sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is rich and sweet like cocoa, milk chocolate, maybe a little coffee. Like aroma, huge sweet milk chocolate taste, cocoa powder, etc. Slight roast bitterness in finish. Medium bodied, but very creamy. A very nice dessert beer, and very pleasant with the low alcohol (comparable to other stouts). Chocolate is the most dominant flavor, but never out of control or overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2009 22:14:23 | More by yourefragile
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Was a very nice and typical black with a creamy head. Reduced down quickly to a very thin fingernail.

S: Smelled like coffee, chocolate, and cloves.

T: Really strong chocolate - very bitter. Mild coffee flavor, weak on the malts. The bitter chocolate was very over-powering and kinda killed the normally yummy malts.

M: Was good mouthfeel for a stout. I liked the thickness of it.

D: Was pretty good with food. Wasn't that fantastic by itself.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 06:11:41 | More by HatTrick
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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, opaque, chocolaty brown with a thick tan head. Rich aroma is chocolaty and has just a hint of smoke or roast coffee. Flavor is mainly of unsweetened chocolate and has coffee, hoppy and nutty hints; and is slightly bitter. Silky smooth texture leaves a nice aftertaste of unsweet chocolate.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2009 02:27:14 | More by Cyberkedi
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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great stout.
Pours nearly black. 1.5 finger brown head reduces quickly but allows for lacing in the glass.
Aroma is pure dutch process cocoa powder. Smooth, slightly sweet. Malt hints come thru as well. Flavor starts cocoa--rich, just like the powder. In the middle malts are present, nice roasted flavors, some hints of smoke. Slightly nutty. Finish is similar to a 70% dark chocolate bar. Bitter but not harsh. There is a slight hint of hops which helps to clean the palate. Slightly dry. Not overly carbonated, very full flavors.
Medium on the edge of full body overall. Excellent brew. True chocolate taste that is niether overly sweet, nor artificial. 6% abv makes this easy to enjoy more than a pint. or 2.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2009 23:05:45 | More by LunaChick
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1.65/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

What is all of the hype for? I see the Bros. reviewed this in 02, maybe it has changed? Maybe I drank from a bad keg? Maybe... I don't know.

A: Dark black, weak thin brown head, ,looks OK, nothing special.

S: Definite smells of chocolate, not in a good way, almost like a Hershey Kiss or some other mass produced chocolate. I'm partial to belgians and small batch delights.

T: 1st impression, yuck! Waste of $5, i'll never finish it. Tastes like some artificial chocolate added to some watered down generic stout. This chocolate is all overpowering.

M: Watery, mildly carbonated, somewhat smooth I suppose, again nothing special.

D: I managed to finish the glass (almost), the brew is not bitter, that is the best thing I can say about it.

I would imagine that many non craft drinkers would enjoy this for a change of pace from Bud or Miller. But after experiencing some of the chewy, creamy, full bodied mouth explosion varieties of the style, this one is not in the same class (for me)

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2009 00:41:05 | More by jstilwell
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been drinking this for a while, it was one of my first Rogues, but this is the first time I have had it on tap and fitting enough it was at the Rogue brewery in Newport.

A- Very dark brown closer to black than brown, 1 1/2 finger thick creamy brown head, lacing all the way down the glass showing every drink I took

S- Huge chocolate smell, a roasted coffee bean aroma this beer smells delicious.

T- Pretty much taste like it smells but 10 fold. Huge chocolate taste up from with a little roasted coffee bitterness in the end.

M- Thick and creamy, heavy bodied for sure

D- A little thick for something like a session beer but I could definitely have more than 1 in a sitting.

I drank around 40 different beers while I was in Portland and Newport and after The Abyss on tap this was my second favorite beer I drank.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2008 21:17:04 | More by mugglesandhops
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Creamy, thick, dark tan head with a near-black body.
S: Candy-store sugary--a sweetness kind of like being in a chocolatier.
T: Sweet, dark chocolate and caramel.
M: Creamy, but still somewhat thin.
D: For a stout pretty good, but still a bit too sweet to have too many.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 09:03:14 | More by lhaqq
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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Stout's Irish Pub in Atlanta.

The glass was opaque black with a light brown head. It looks delicious. Lacing sticks around but isn't that sticky.

The smell is great - smells like someone just opened a dark chocolate bar. There's also the slightest amount of coffee.

The taste is also very good. It's mostly chocolate, with a bit of coffee taste that diminishes as the beer warms. There's some hop bitterness near the end which I also like.

The mouthfeel is absurdly smooth and creamy. The carbonation is just enough to release the flavors. Really great.

This beer is very drinkable. Everything about the beer is awesome, I docked half a point just because the chocolate taste could be overpowering after a while.

Definitely recommend this beer. Nothing else I can really say.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2008 19:11:17 | More by glid02
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appeared dark black with a filmy coffee colored head. Have to revisit this one to properly rate its appearance due to the fact that I had it on tap in an 8 ounce plastic cup on $1 draft night. However I had a few and there's plenty to talk about.
Smells extremely chocolatey, I mean like real cocoa, not just chocolate malts. A discernable hop presence fights its way through.
Flavor is rich and chocolatey, but not sweet. Actually very dry and powdery, like powdered bakers chocolate. Finish fades into a sharp and potent hop bitterness that hangs on the tongue until your next sip. This is a very dry beer, but intensley flavorful.
Full bodied and creamy.
Don't expect to quench your thirst with this one, but do expect an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 20:45:39 | More by Hoagie1973
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