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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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3,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 3351
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 Klym


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

A: Watched the bartender pour this one from the tap and it came out like mud in comparison to the other beers he poured. Classic frothy nitro head. Beer is very dark-- really surprised this isn't an imperial stout.

S: Sweet chocolate, roasted nuts, grains, slightly curdled vanilla milk and a strong oatmeal character. Again really surprised this is a single stout, lots of aroma flowing from this.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose but less vanilla and the chocolate was a little more bitter than expected, which was actually welcome. Solid taste.

M: Like most nitros I kind of get torn because the head is so creamy it's hard for the body to match. Despite it being a common problem I really felt the beer itself was too watery for the taste and the head, it was really mismatching. Otherwise I thought the tastes spread well and it was pleasant to have in the mouth.

O: I honestly haven't enjoyed the vast majority of rogue beers I've had before but this one caught me off guard. It's not mind blowing, had some small flaws, and none of the tastes were entirely unfamiliar, but for a non-imperial stout I give this high marks.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-08-2011 05:39:26 | More by Klym
Photo of ryantaussig

New York

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

Good beer and even better on the nitro tap. Looks absolutely beautiful with a dark brown 1 inch head. The nitro adds a certain amount to the aroma and gives it a wonderfully smooth texture. Lots of chocolatey flavor and aroma. A solid stout that goes down easy and is just lovely.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-20-2011 18:18:41 | More by ryantaussig
Photo of Deuane


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

A-Deep, dark blackish brown body with a huge, nitro creamy tan head that held on strong and left copious, thick lace.

S-Like an espresso covered Tootsie Roll! Rich cocoa powder and chocolate syrup poke out from a roasted coffee bitterness.

T-Mmm, mmm, super creamy sweet chocolate meld with bitter sharp espresso and dark chocolate. A bit of earthy hoppiness in the roasty, dry finish.

M-Medium bodied, super smooth with a nice lingering bitterness.

D-Simply great! Full of flavour with a wonderful aroma. I feel the nitro delivery added wonders to this brew. Plenty of hop/roasted malt bitterness with just enough sweetness to smooth things out. Masterful!

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-13-2010 13:06:37 | More by Deuane
Photo of MURF0320


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

On nitro-tap
Opaque black body with creamy tan head, excellent retension and thick lacing at every sip. Smells like a gourmet desert, melted dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. Naturally the taste is dominated by chocolate. Starts with pure rich chocolate and roasted chocolate malt and finishes with a nice bitterness. Mouthfeel was soft and creamy, although slightly thinner than expected. Enjoyable drinkability sustained itself throughout the pint.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-21-2010 21:29:54 | More by MURF0320
Photo of EgadBananas


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

Had this on tap at Lagers in Metairie, LA.

Deep and dark, pretty much opaque. Bright caramel head Looks so tasty.

Smells tasty. Some fruits come through, definite chocolate, a little smokiness. Smelling this beer is very satisfying. It took me a minute to get to that first sip.

Wonderfull. The initial sip was great stout flavors, roasted malts, and such. Then the chocolate hits you at the end after you swallow.

It's very rich and heavy, finished clean and sweet. Chewy goodness.

The beers greatness makes the drinkability soar. It's not too strong, so sit back and enjoy a few.

Ive had this in the big bottles, but it doesnt compare to having it on tap. If you get a choice, tap all the way.


Serving type: nitro-tap

09-20-2009 01:03:37 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of DIM


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a bottle some time ago and I wasn't a big fan.

a: Very dark brown color, served to me with a lovely, creamy, dark mocha colored head.

s: Chocolate dominates here. Hershey's syrup with an edge of roastiness to it.

t: Mirrors the smell, as advertised. This is much better than the bottle I had. The chocolate flavors are gentle, complimenting the slightly bitter, roasty malts. There was a little licorice here as well.

m: I'm a sucker for nitro, I love a creamy stout.

d: The bottle was probably old, time for a deletion. Dangerously drinkable and delicious.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-28-2009 20:43:13 | More by DIM
Photo of ffejherb


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

On nitro-tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/20/09.

A - Dark chocolate brown body with a massive three-finger dense, creamy tan head that retained exceptionally well and left thick swatches of foam on the glass.

S - Rich, potent cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate syrup aroma that pretty much dominates the nose. A hint of caramel and toffee malt appeared as it warmed up a bit, but the aroma is essentially chocolate through and through.

T - Sweet and malty chocolate flavor that quickly segues into a more bitter character reminiscent of cocoa nibbs. A touch of earthy hop bitterness appears during the finish, but the flavor is all about decadent yet delectable chocolate.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and soft nitro mouthfeel. Bitterness is steadfast and lingers on the palate for the duration.

D - This is easily one of the best smelling chocolate stouts I've come across, and this also has a pretty aggressive bitterness to boot! The nitro pour gave it a pleasantly soft and smooth mouthfeel as well. Excellent stuff from Rogue!

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-21-2009 11:58:30 | More by ffejherb
Photo of MeanGene


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

An extremely good chocolate stout.

Lucky enough to find it on Nitro-tap at Elmer Sudd's in Wilkes-Barre, PA. I've had it out of the 22oz bottle as well. Pours midnight black with a good-sized tannish head. Smells like pure milk chocolate...unreal! Mouthfeel and taste are exactly how the good Lord envisioned...very noticeable coffee and milk chocolate overtones.

I am a big fan of Rogue and this is unquestionably one of their best offerings...Definitely worth a try!

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-22-2008 18:32:18 | More by MeanGene
Photo of 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
Photo of artusory


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft at Friscos. Served on Nitro as Rogue Nitro Stout. Black body with a small, tan head. Mostly lasting. The aroma is heavy with dark chocolates. The flavor is milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolates, some coffee. Medium body with a slightly bitter, tanic finish.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-09-2006 03:07:02 | More by artusory
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

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

Mmmm, nitro-tap (Homer Simpson drool). I have to say, a fresh nitro-tap is the only way to enjoy this stout of stouts!
-Pours pitch black with the most fantastic, creamy head imaginable. Lacing goes beyong what I consider normal, there are actually multiple layers of lace-rings that cling till' the end-spectacular!
-Aroma bursting with sweet, roasty choc. malt, cappucino, faint plum, and piney hops.
-Tastes soooo much better that bottled version. Huge bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes followed by carmalized sweetness and a lingering piney hop bite. Like a big, creamy glass of chocolate cake. The hop flavor is much more pronounced than in the bottled version.
-Lush, creamy mouthfeel. Full-bodied with silk-like carbonation. Finishes with a balance of chocolate malt flavors and bright, sprucey hops.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-14-2004 17:07:54 | More by AlexJ
Photo of soulfly967


4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Smokin' Joes in Pittsburgh. This is one top notch beer. Poured a beautiful black with awesome cascading action, a brown head that stuck around to the very end and left awesome lacing. The smell is of dark chocolate, roasted malts and some hops. The taste, AMAZING. Dark chocolate and toasted malts, with the aftertaste of a chocolate truffel. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy, just as expected. It was so good I had to have another. Very drinkable, yet another awesome brew from our friends at Rogue!

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-10-2004 15:08:09 | More by soulfly967
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
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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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