Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,964 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,964
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 353
Gots: 453 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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
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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22oz. bomber. Typical Rogue screened images on the bottle.

Appearance: Inky black in appearance. The thinnest shaft of light is able to barely squeeze around the edges when held up to the light. A veritable "black hole" of beer. Thick and creamy deep tan-colored head spouts forth during the pour, only to quickly retreat to the edges of the glass, where it built a patchwork quilt of lace down the glass.

Smell: Open a chocolate candy bar. Inhale. Repeat. Dominated by chocolate, this beast of a brew barely lets anything else into the nostrils. Only the faintest scents of choclate and roasted nuts are detected before being overwhelmed in a chocolate avalanche. Far and away the most amazing beer I've ever smelled. How in the world do they get this to smell so incredibly chocolatey?

Taste: Remeber the kid (Augustus Gloop) in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" who threw himself into the river of chocolate? That's me with this beer. I could jump in and swim in it all day long. The flavor is incredible. It teases you in the beginning with just a taste of chocolate, only to follow with a 5-alarm fire of chocolate flavor that lasts until the very end, where the dark and bittersweet chocolate plays upon your palate for what seems like an eternity. Amazing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and so very creamy.

Drinkability: Way, way up there. One to sip and savor over many minutes. This would be awesome with some vanilla ice cream...though it doesjust fine on its own.

Another spectacular beer from Rogue!

Photo of Shaw
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've given a more detailed review to Rogue Chocolate Stout in its draft version below, but wanted to make a short note about the 22-ounce bottled version, which I've had more of than the draft. (I even paid a friend $60 to bring a case back from Oregon to Florida.)

The bottled version is still excellent (in my top ten), but it's just not quite as good as the draft. The chocolate aroma and taste is more muted in the bottle than when you have it draft. But that may be because I've had it draft right at the brewery, while the bottles are usually a bit older?

This bottled beer is one that I could drink exclusively for the rest of my life. And the draft is even better.

Photo of aaronh
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color with reddish highights, topped by a nice brown head that shows good retention as it slowly fades to a rocky layer of foam. Aroma is sweet, with roasted notes and good chocolate scents, but there's also a good hop component as well. The taste is very good, with sweet malt and dark chocloate notes surrounding a slightly fruity note. Then a great coffee flavor sweeps in accompanied by a blast of bitterness on the finish. The lingering aftertaste is a lot like eating dark chocolate cake with raspberries and then chasing it with an irish coffee. It surprising how much the chocolate flavors show through, as this is not a one dimensional beer at all. Much more chocolate than Youngs double Chocolate, and a heck of a lot more of everything else as well. This is one of those beers that I had passed by a few times, not wanting to pay the PA premium. But I'm glad I finally got a bottle last month. This is a great beer, truly deserving of its praise. Now if I could only get this much chocolate taste in a beer without the complimenting (and great) bitterness, maybe I could get my wife to have a brew. A must buy, worth the price you pay.

Photo of Indybeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Poured a pitch black, with a massive chocolate head that sticks around, and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops is there along with the roasted malt and coffee. Taste is Chocolatey good, lots of good roasted coffee flavor in there as well. This is one very good drinking beer. I could very easily sit and drink this all night! Rogue does it again!

Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick brown head that lasts. The aroma is rich and sweet. It smells like a chocolate bar. There is a heavy presence of dark malts, mostly chocolate. The taste is good, but a little too rich. There is a taste of roasted barley and chocolate malts. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a heavy bodied beer. It's well carbonated and very smooth. This beer drinks very well. Definately a good sessions beer.

Photo of kevinl6
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best beers period, in my opinion. A must try for any stout lover. It is pretty much true to its name, but I'll describe my thoughts of the brew anyway: This one pours thick, and is a black hole of a brew. A nice thin, light brown head caps it off. Smell is chocolate and roasty, and...oh yeah, chocolate. Taste is exceptional.....very chocolaty, perhaps slight hints of coffee...but mainly chocolate, and more chocolate! A thick and smooth mouthfeel, easy on the palate. This one is a little thick to drink too many, but that's a good thing in my book. Nonetheless, I usually limit myself to one of these at a 'sitting'..........a delicious brew.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery this stout poured a very dark brown, almost black, with a creamy tan head. The smell of chocolate is wat I can discribe as being outstanding. The taste was of a bitter/sweet nature and the chocolate flavor filled the mouth and palate. The finish was bitter, but, "Oh So Good" and very pleasant!

Photo of jcalabre
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 3 February 2003. I am writng this review from my notes.
Appearance: This pours Jet black w/ a tan head.
Mouthfeel: My initial sips brought some unpleasant bite to the roof of my mouth, but those ceased after a few minutes. It is Definitely loaded with a lot of chocolate flavor.
Those initial unpleasant flavors lowered this review for me. I'll have to try it again in the future

Photo of Stingray5
2.11/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

22oz bomber pours a deep brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is immediately milk chocolate, dried fruit, cinnamon and nutmeg, some hops. Prominent, but not entirely to my liking. Above average carbonation for a stout. Taste is of solid milk chocolate easter bunny, with some nutty, spicy notes. Quite complex, but the chocolate is WAY too overpowering. More bitter spiciness and nutmeg in the finish. Chocolate strays to bitter as it warms. Seems to be a quality brew, but to me this stuff is foul.

Granted this is a chocolate stout, but the chocolate is way too overpowering. A complex, well crafted brew, but the over the top chocolate and spices just aren't for me. It was like trying to drink a melted Hershey bar. I couldn't finish it.

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a appetizing beer,poures a ddep brown color with an off-white creamy head,the aroma is of biiter chocolate and powdered sugar.Flavor is malty sweet and of course...chocolaty nice and creamy tasting with a nice sweet finish.One of the better stouts I have had in some time.

Photo of daledeee
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like chocolate, smells like chocolate, tastes like chocolate. I almost forgot this is beer. This is good beer. Pours a beautiful opaque with very brown high head. The head even tastes like chocolate. Not sure if the taste is bitter chocolate bar or cocoa right out of the can!! I drank this at about 50-55F. Somewhat dry finish, yet creamy. The taste sticks around. No need to hurry. Enjoy.The only thing that held the score down was a momentary different taste right when you take a sip. Also readily available. Rogue Brewery is one of the top brewrys in the U.S.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this 22-ounce beer in a Belgian glass. It pours out a solid black with a dark mocha head that is gone in seconds. A darker head than usual, looks like serious stuff. No lacing, but some impressive oily sheeting action, more indicative of an Imperial than a regular stout. Not sure how proper that is for the style, but it's nice enough looking, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt score-wise. As I was getting near the end of this sampling, I thought I noticed dregs in the glass, so I gently enjoyed my last sips with an eye on the bottom to see. Sure enough, there is a tiny bit of sediment in the glass, chocolate solids I suppose.

The aroma is hot fudge, Hershey's syrup, a sheer joy to sniff. And sniff, and sniff. *Man* that's good!

The taste involves a great range of chocolate effects. Initially, the malty sweetness creates more of a milk chocolate taste, but only briefly. As the carbonation kicks in, so does some bitterness, and the taste transforms to bittersweet chocolate, even baking chocolate. As the swallow ensues, some of the more standard porter properties emerge - dark roastiness, charcoal taste, and a lingering bitterness. The chocolate never quite goes away, however, you just get new and different aspects of how it combines with the other ingredients as the taste develops and then winds down. The aftertaste is bitterness in the back, chocolate in the middle. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel is heavy, smooth and silky, fairly oily, and right on to make this chocolate stout near edible. Wonderfully coating like a layer of chocolate frosting for the mouth!

Drinkability - I enjoy fine chocolate as it is, Valrhona Noir Amer being one of my favorites, and Callebaut. This beer is so deliciously chocolaty I could sip it all night long. It's just too good to stay away from!

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber
This is the desert beer. so sweet, but it retained all its stout like qualities and was never overwhelmed by the chocolate. Poured stout black with a ruddy tan head. The smell was initially dominated by sweet chocolates and was rounded out by mollasses and brown sugar. The taste was tons of meaty, deep smooth chocolates and caramel with a malty middle and a huge Rogue like hop finish with plenty of bitterness. Kind of like Shakespeare stout with chocolate.

Photo of Nytemare
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This brew poured a dark, dark brown with a beautiful tan head that took quite some time to dissipate.

Smell: Sticking my nose over the rim of this glass was a pleasure. I got a nose full of roasted malt and nice dark chocolate. Delightful.

Taste: Even better than it smelled. A nice front of hops followed by an exceptional roasted malt and chocolate flavor that lingered for while. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Seemed full bodied compared to most beers I drink. Was smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: As I told my wife, I could drink this quite often. Easy to drink.

Overall I was impressed. I've had several Rogue beers now and have liked all of them, including the Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Dead Guy, but this one blew me away. Definately a beer first, but the chocolate flavor is definately there. Thanx to Liquid Solutions for this one, had to order it because I can't find it anywhere around me. I'll keep an eye out for it though.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent. As much as a chocolate flavor as any other, and a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. This may be the best Rogue I've had. For once, the hops don't dominate. Nice body, appearance is as it should be. Good head retention, lacing throughout. Tastes like a Hershey bar. Had it along with Young's Double Chocolate, and I would give Rogue the nod.

Photo of tavernjef
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.37/5  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.

Photo of Morris729
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Photo of euskera
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
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..

Photo of MJR
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Photo of Popsinc
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

Photo of Loki
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of StevieW
4.73/5  rDev +14%
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 !

Photo of BierReise
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,964 ratings.