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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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tavernjef

Minnesota

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

Color of dark black chocolate; how fitting... a tight spongy one finger high head of light brown broken chocolate that faded fast and leaves lots of incredible finely stitched lacing leaving rings and layers.

Smells like chocolate milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips, rich, sweet, and very chocolatey, yum!

Taste is fluffy semi-sweet chocolate and chocolate milk with sweet soda like carbonation with a nice chocolatey sweet twinge, trace of hops, breadish in the finish thats tangy with a light thinning dryness. Favorable to chocolate milk with coco-puffs cereal. What a treat!

Feel starts thin, middle favors mildly smooth texture, medium body, and a milky thinning finish of breadish quality. This is one fun drinkable brew. The milk chocolate aspect and character of it is amazing. I'm koo-koo for Rogue Choco-Stout!

Thanks to weefisheads for the bottles.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 21:42:54 | More by tavernjef
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

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

I had this one in a 22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black with 1 finger of dark tan head. There is just minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is rich in cocoa and molasses. There is a hint of hop aroma also. The taste is full of chocolate with some coffee and toffee undertones. It is exceptionally smooth also. The mouthfeel is nice and heavy, and just a little bubbly. The drinkability is also fairly good for this fine dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 15:58:26 | More by SheepNutz
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Morris729

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ink black with a tall pillowy tan colored head that very slowly dissipates leaving spider webs of lace across the sides of the glass. Nose is milk chocolate and fresh cocoa and is very inviting. Full in body with a very creamy mouth feel. Taste is sweet roasted malts and dark fruit followed by tons of bittersweet chocolate with notes of unsweetened dark chocolate in the aftertaste. A marvelous brew and a perfect choice as a dessert drink. Thanks to Loki for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2003 00:46:54 | More by Morris729
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euskera

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this last night with a friend (converted from shyte beer to a BA)..

Black as molasses in appearance. Chocolate is evident on the nose, with a profoundly charming malt presence. The taste is complex; I got coffee at first, then malt with a touch of hoppy character with a velvety smooth, embracing mouthfeel. Then, just as you start to swallow, and for a fleeting moment, the delightful taste of chocolate truffle.

Truly a masterpiece of the brewer's art. A fantastic dessert beer, but seeing that I'm a BA and a choc-a-holic, I could drink this delightful concoction any time, anywhere..

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 06:51:29 | More by euskera
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MJR

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Boston the weekend of the AoBF...

Appearance: Pours an inky black with brown highlights. It's completely opaque, with zero light entering or leaving. A creamy, dark brown head starts out thick and creamy, then shrinks to a steady cap. Great lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is rich and inviting with a hefty dose of chocolate on top of a backbone of roasted malt. There's a faint suggestion of green hops, as well as a touch of licorice. Oh baby...

Taste: Starts out creamy and chocolately with notes of coffee and roasted malts. The chocolate isn't overpowering at all...it's just another facet of the flavor profile. After the rich beginning of malt and chocolate, the Cascade hops assert themselves with a firm bitterness and green freshness. The aftertaste shifts the focus back to the chocolate, with a hint of bitterness from the roasted barley. Very delicious!

Mouthfeel: Velvety and smooth with a medium thickness. The finish is a bit on the dry side.

Drinkability: While some may hold this one until dessert, I could enjoy it anytime. The chocolate flavor is well balanced and integrated. More please!

This black, deep brew is a fantastic accompaniment to Johnny Cash-American IV: The Man Comes Around.

Double your pleasure, Double your Black!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 20:07:02 | More by MJR
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 16:22:44 | More by Popsinc
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Loki

North Carolina

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

Sampled in a 650 mL bottle with a lovely lady on the front and great ingredient and other info printed on the bottle.

Smelled exactly like chocolate whoppers candy. That's all I got, whoppers candy through and through.

Tastes of dark chocolate, malt, and oats. Exactly like whoppers candy, the label says chocolate truffles, but I've never had chocolate truffles so I say whoppers candies. Also had tastes of oatmeal and hops.

Medium-high body with decent, but not great mouthfeel. A beautiful chocolate stout and a chocolate lovers wet dream.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 17:54:33 | More by Loki
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far333

Connecticut

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

Inky black liquid with a small, but dark mahogany colored head. The head doesn't stick around too long, but leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is distinctly of chocolate, with hints of vanilla and toffee. The chocolate flavor is just right - slightly understated, not overdone or overpowering at all, and it doesn't fight with the fine hop bitterness. Smooth and well-rounded mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 03:40:29 | More by far333
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StevieW

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle. Loud glug, glug, glug pour. Beautiful nearly black to dark brown body. Fluffy, bubbly, thick, carmel colored head. Perfect appearance.
Nice rich chocolate smell. Full chocolate cake with hershey syrup. Touch of hops present. Taste is rich full on chocolate goodness. Thick oatmeal stout feel and touch of oatmeal taste. Beyond smooth and creamy, into another level. Full bodied, rich chocolate flavors and a snap of hop bitterness, make it taste like bittersweet chocolate chips. One of the best beers I have had to date. Just plain incredible !

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 19:29:02 | More by StevieW
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BierReise

Florida

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

Dark Godiva chocolate brown and thick with a dark froth. Aroma is distinctly chocolate, roasted malt and a little earthy. Very smooth like most good stouts and creamy as well. Hop flavors are present but in the background and flavor is full. This is a very good stout and I'm continually impressed by the high quality brews from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2003 15:20:54 | More by BierReise
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Dantes

New Jersey

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

Package: 22oz. crowned bottle, labeled 69 IBU and 15º Plato. Short description, ingredients list, and dedication.

Cost: $3.49 at Bottle King

Presentation: ~11oz. (1/2 bottle) in a pint glass at 45º.

Appearance: Typical, unremarkable opaque, black body with brown edges. Formed a decent, chocolate-milk colored head of moderate life-span.

Smell: I was disappointed by the lack of outright chocolate sensation. It was much more of a smoky, malty, coffee-like nose with a hint of hops.

Taste: Again, disappointing in the chocolate department. I’m a huge chocolate fan (REAL, DARK, chocolate) and was expecting a lot from this. Although present, the chocolate flavor was somewhat weak, and did not mesh well with the hops. I think that the oats help carry the flavor and round out the brew, but there is still too much in the way of burnt coffee, tannins, and hops. In this respect, I think the Young’s is superior. Maybe Rogue should get in touch with Scharffenberger Chocolates. Nevertheless, this stout offers a great deal of flavor and complexity. Similar in taste to the Shakespeare Stout, with a smoother, earthy, minutely sweeter finish.

Mouthfeel: Refined and smooth on the palate. Despite the strong, “burnt” astringency; this is creamy and full.

Drinkability: Smoothly drinkable, and in some ways more drinkable than the Shakespeare Stout. I had no problem finishing the bottle, and would argue that this is a perfect example of why 22oz. bombers seem an awkward size to me. Too small for two perfect pints, and too much if you’re interested in indulging in a few different beers in one sitting.

This beer really puzzles me. I like it, but don’t really see it as a “flavored” stout. It doesn’t seem any more “chocolatey” than Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout or even Bell’s Double Cream and Expedition Stouts which seemed very chocolatey without having any chocolate added. Rather, it seemed more like a supercharged oatmeal stout.

Bottom Line: Another fine example of Rogue’s constant innovation.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2003 13:36:16 | More by Dantes
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Ahhdball

Ohio

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

I bought this at my favorite grocrey shopping mega-plex, Jungle Jims. I waited a little while to try it with someone but he never came around (Rick!), ahh well, more for me.

It poured slowly and full of chocolate and coffee hints. The hint of the chocolate was stronger than the coffee but not overpowering. It left good lace around my glass as one drink led to another.

Better than most Chocolate Stouts but I am still having a tough time getting Chocolate and Coffee to taste good together. Don't get me wrong I liked this beer but I like a bit more stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2003 11:05:42 | More by Ahhdball
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is fairly rich in flavor, but not thick in flow. Easy to drink, and it has a distinct hint of chocolate, but it is slightly tart as though there are grapes or something hidden in the shaddows. Very enjoyable beer, but the aftertaste is very undesireable.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2003 20:41:00 | More by clvand0
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a an opaque black with a nice size rich creamy head that last a little awhile and leaves a nice silky sexy lace in its tracks. The sweet smell of chocolate milk fill my nose and bring me back to when I was a child. THis is making me want that little nestle quik rabbit. The aroma of roated malts also fill the nose.

The first sip is very rewarding, the chocolate is wonderful and the toasted malts are very flavorful. The hop flavor is low but that is ok, it doesn't make a difference.

This is a kick ass beer from a kick brewery.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 18:07:46 | More by kunzbrew
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

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

Opaque dark brown to black in color with minimal brown head.
Aroma dominated by chocolate. Roasted malt and citrus hops come into play as well.

Smooth. Chocolate and roasted malt. Hops balance this beer nicely. Bittersweet chocolate lingers a bit on the palate.

Good, creamy mouthfeel.
Good to very good drinkability.

If you want chocolate, this is the beer. Quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2003 21:05:22 | More by PhantomVodoo
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goz

Massachusetts

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

Pours a deep opaque black, with a quickly diminishing small creamy tan head which leaves a minimum of lacing. Aroma is nice and full of dark bakers chocolate. Flavor is similar, with dark (maybe a semi-sweet) bakers chocolate being dominant, and a hint of hops bitterness in the end. Body is smooth, creamy, and slick. Goes down quite easy, great with desert, or maybe by itself for desert.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2003 08:37:57 | More by goz
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francisweizen

Arizona

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

Opaque black with a huge tan-nish, brown head. Aromas are of
bitter, dark chocolate (duh!), roasted coffee, hops, malts, caramel, and other things. Taste is more of the same. Very chocolate-y, a bit bitter, and very malty with some hops in the finish. This beer is very similar to their Shakespeare stout, which is what the recipe is based on anyway. The mouthfeel is very creamy and solid and the drinkability is very good as well.
Another killer beer from Rogue!
Cheers!
-F

Cheers to Sakaroo for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2003 04:36:59 | More by francisweizen
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mickeymac

California

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's inky-black with a nice tan head that leaves lace down the glass. As soon as the smell hits the nose, you know you're in for a treat. Chocolate and oats with a fair dose of hops blend together very nicely, leaving you in serious anticipation of the first drink. As a chocolate lover, I'm certainly biased, but the flavor is fantastic. The chocolate is more akin to semi-sweet baking chololate than the milk chocolate commonly used in desserts. However, it does make a wonderful dessert beer. I enjoyed this after a big plate of spaghetti with Italian sausage and was ready to loosen my belt and take a nap. Chocolate and beer in almost perfect combination--this is life as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 16:02:38 | More by mickeymac
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marburg

Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Goddamn I love this beer. I used to take three of the 22oz bottles to keg parties in college so I could avoid The Beast and use the chocolate taste to pick up chicks.

I was lame; what can I say?

But since that time, I've gotten a job, gotten responsible, and gotten engaged -- and I still love this brew. Simply amazing.

Smells like freshly baked chocolate cake served with a glass of chocolate millk finished off with a Hershey's chocolate bar for dessert.

Flavor starts with an intense sweetness driven primarily by CHOCOLATE. It's balanced on the back end by some roasted malt and palate-cleansing hop flavor.

Just awesome in every way.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 18:43:16 | More by marburg
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 07:28:51 | More by Dogbrick
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

A mighty stout, and mighty, mighty delicious! Black as the dark night, she is, with a thick, prodigious, bubbly brown head. With a little stirring, it reminds me of Quik cocoa mix, which adequately describes the aroma and the taste!
Aroma is dry and earthy, loaded with cocoa,plus hints of anise and rum. It all gets richer, the more I drink in the nose...so pull it out, and drink already!
Smooth, very smooth, and tasty. Chocolate taste is not shy, and lingers in the mouth.
Goodness gravy, this is delicious!
Oh, yummy...
Any technical knowledge I can pretend to fails me, and with a very good reason. This was the third, and largest, sample in my trio of chocolate stout tastings. I may have gone overboard...

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 16:29:43 | More by feloniousmonk
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Tballz420

Minnesota

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

Damn this is good. A large dark brown head on the pour, and the beer itself is black a coal, even when head up to the light there is no color change. As implied by the name, there is a nice taste of chocolate in this drink. Ive never had a chocolate beer before, so i cant compare to others, but if you run across this in the store i would definately recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 19:28:28 | More by Tballz420
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marc77

California

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque jet black. Brown, slowly settling fluffy head leaves spotty lace. Buttery, pure milk chocolate sweetness hits the nose at first, then is ceded by notes of carob and suggestions of chocolate covered candied orange peel along with coffeeish, borderline burnt roasted barley. Real chocolate never wavers in aroma, remaining constant and assertive. A joy to inhale. Snap of dark caramel sweetness is superceded by drying, pronounced hop bitterness and notes of unsweetened cocoa. Real chocolate is less assertive in flavor as the aroma would indicate, but persists throughout to underlay a smoothly bittersweet undertone. Roasted malted barley eeks in mid palate, lending a subtle smoky, carbonaceous charcoal impression. Overshadowed citrusy hop flavor struggles to add complexity. A touch light in body, with a thinnish, over attenuated mouthfeel saved by the oat glucans. Finishes with surprisingly pronounced notes of dark roast coffee and cream widening into a lingering hop bitterness. Rogue Chocolate is a delicious, rich stout. I prefer my Willy Shakes unadulterated, since the chocolate character muted the hop and roasted grain profile. A highly enjoyable treat nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 19:30:33 | More by marc77
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Redrover

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown Bomber. This beer pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Very good lacing.

The smell is wonderful!! Chocolate and roasted malt. The chocolate tones remind me of hersheys syrup.

This is a great tasting beer. The chocolate is very evident but does not overpower the malts. The hops seem to be just evident enough to keep the beer balanced. Wonderful mouthfeel, this beer just slides down. Great carbonation for style.

The beer is a little sweet to drink all night, but I think of this as almost a celebration beer. You know the one you have to celebrate little things like a football win, the end of the week, etc.

I really like this beer and I think most people will agree with me!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 17:07:59 | More by Redrover
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nomad

Kansas

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty dark stout color with a strong mocha colored head. The lace thin but very strong and stained the glass big time as I drank the brew down. Very nice to look at. Nose was (guess) chocolate, candied sugar, caramel nougat, and a little rum-like ester. All were appetizing to smell, but none were presented or combined in an impressive way. Taste was (guess) chocolate and candied sugar. Had a dry hoppy finish but of the bitter sort you'd find in good chocolate. Even better was its almost fruity espresso flavors in the middle of its flavor profile. The mouthfeel was thin with a fizz that came from the head and hops. A very straightforward beer but by no means boring and one of the better stouts out of the six famous and beeradvocate highly-ranked ones I've had recently. Simple and simply edible, this is a tasty stout I am welcome to return to. With a way too easy mouthfeel, and skilled brewing, its a beer version of milk chocolate.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2003 07:14:15 | More by nomad
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