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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,892 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,892
Hads: 4,086
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 405
Gots: 546 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 5.80% 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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Reviews: 1,892 | Hads: 4,086
Photo of Benjo87
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - jet black in the glass. Beautiful 3 finger tanned head.

Smell - bakers chocolate on the nose. Smells absolutely amazing.

Taste - Follows the smell. Not too sweet like a lot of chocolate stouts. It's real chocolate, not the sugary synthetic stuff. The hops are there on the back end. Nice bitter finish. This is still a beer drinkers beer. It doesn't lose any integrity with the chocolate. Might be the best non imperial chocolate stout.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, no date but has an illegible number stamp below the label. Pours dark brown with a large sized khaki head. Smells of hops, oats, and cocoa; good intensity. The taste is lots of earthy hops followed by cocoa, oats, and scorched malt. Very bitter and drying, comparable to a RIS. The carbonation is below average and body is above average. Overall, it doesn't fit with other American Stouts, but has a great smell and taste, if you're expecting a dry beverage. Reminds me of a less tasty version of Southern Tier Choklat.

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Photo of Danny_Brewstein
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a year plus old bottle.
Nice dark tan head.
Chocolate on the nose. Chocolate flavor and something that reminds me of raspberries. Got slightly bitter as it warmed up.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW. What an experience. I have had a lot of good stouts but this is definitely one of my favorites. Great chocolate flavor with a little bit of roasted malt taste. I would recommend this stout to anyone.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with dark brown edges and a huge brown head that left good lacing on the glass and persisted through the session. Smell is strongly of milk chocolate, almost Hershey's chocolate syrup. Flavor is chocolatey with notes of roast and a hint of caramel/toffee. Very good American Stout.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber, drank from a seidel.

Appearance: Intense dark brown in colour, absolutely opaque. Frothy light brown aggressive head that leaves plenty of thick and intricate lacing down the sides. Visually edifying.

Smell: Semi-sweet chocolate is the most prominent scent, just like a glass of homemade Hershey's chocolate milk, followed after by moderately roasted barley. Hint of mocha, but overall balanced bitterness/sweetness.

Taste: Like a Hershey's chocolate milk mixed with a deeply bitter, roasted stout. Completely what someone might expect from the name. I think this is what I had hoped a Guinness would taste like when I was too young to drink beer. Really rich and grainy, and one of the most bitter stouts I've tried, but pairs well with the sweetness of the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Has a rich malty sweetness that lingers on every surface of your mouth after you've swallowed it, pairing with the intense bitterness that is left as an aftertaste. Thick, richly satisfying mouthfeel, loudly broadcasts its heartiness. Low enough ABV to keep the boozy mouthfeel away, unlike darker, more evil imperial stouts.

Overall Notes: One of the best stouts I've come across: it's rich, chocolatey, bitter enough to balance the sweetness, and profoundly satisfying to drink. The chocolate can get a bit much once you've had a lot, but it's fantastic otherwise.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night color, with a small dirty-white head. Looks the part.

Taste was bitter, and while chocolate was undoubtedly present, it was not as dominant as it often is in chocolate-branded beers. Also felt some raisins, licorice and coffee.

The initial taste is of roasted chocolate, a taste which retains for quite some time. While the roasted chocolate stays, coffee, sweetness and bitterness comes and goes throughout the experience. A well-nuanced taste!

Carbonation is low, and body is medium-light. Very drinkable.

Bough a 650ml bottle for $7. Good beer for a good price

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a black color with a one finger off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace leaving some clingy lacing on the glass and then sliding into the beer.
The smell had a nice roasty to bitter coffee bean up front then a nice sweet fairly thick chocolate base rounding it out.
The taste was mainly sweet with the touch of the roast and the bitter gliding into the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice for the style and for me.
Overall, this was a nice American stout that I think I could have again.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a khaki head. Smells of faint chocolate and char. Tastes like roasted chocolate malts. Feels slightly thin with moderate carbonation. Overall a decent stout, but I was hoping for more chocolate in this one.

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Photo of LikeAFishSince56
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer bought from a draft pub, looks like a stout. It is black with a half inch enduring head in a pint glass. The body is clear but opaque, and there is foamy lacing left as you drink it. The aromas are chocolatey and hoppy, but the taste and result is not really a stout. This beer is really an IPA in stout's clothing. A chocolate IPA I should think, not so much a chocolate stout. The finish is long and bitter, which is just fine if you enjoy IPAs as I do. The mouthfeel is a little weak, the alcohol punch substantial, and I don't feel like I've actually just drunk my thrice daily bread. I still prefer my Guinness.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great initial aroma, with a strong chocolate presence. Fortunately it doesn't overplay its hand in the flavor, and keeps it mild enough to let the stout characteristics shine through, and be accentuated by the chocolate. Exemplary.

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Photo of Sunsetlane_guy
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I just had Sam Smiths organic chocolate stout. Spoiled me right off. This beer has much less chocolate flavour. Pours thicker. Good head. But I much prefer the Sam Smiths. Not bad otherwise. I would buy it again.

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Photo of L0ne
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From backlog. 22oz bottle, April 2015.

Nearly black pour with a foamy tan head. Very chocolatey, quite sweet at first, then the hops and roastiness come through. Result is totally delicious. Not quite as thick or creamy as I would like, but the flavor makes up for it.

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Photo of Tony_Qmass
2.36/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a big bottle of bitter stout without any chocolate that I noticed. I tasted maybe a hint of coffee.
What I look for in a chocolate stout is chocolate and stout. If you're looking for the same, you'd probably be disappointed. Some very chocolate beers are Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout and Lucky Girl Chocolate Dopplebock.

I surmise they used some very bitter dark chocolate in this brew.

Conclusion:
Big bottle of awful.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking brown color with a beautiful and long lasting white to off white foamy head. Lacing is thick and foamy.
The smell had a huge amount of chocolate running into roasted nuts, and light coffee.
The taste is mainly sweet through the chocolate. Light amounts of roasty nuttiness and bitter coffee helps to balance.
The mouthfeel sat about medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation is light allowing the chocolate be the body.
Overall, why look elsewhere for a chocolate stout. Sure the hops are low for the "American style" but when you drink this as a sipper in the winter, there's nothing like it.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a solid 2-inch thick brownish head which lingers and leaves sticky lace. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malts. More chocolate flavor with the roasty malts. Mildly sweet and full bodied with creamy finish.

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Photo of Anacross
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Brown with a beautiful and long lasting foam on top.
S: Roasted nuts, coffee and chocolate.
T: Chocolate reigns supreme. Delicious. Little to no carbonation
F: Thick and creamy, well balanced and superbly made. Carbonation is minimal. Very pleasant.
O:The perfect chocolate stout for any day. Enjoy!

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant deep dark brown with a 1” tan foam cap
S: The nose is chocolate and roast – big chocolate
T: big chocolate on the palate, with some bitter on the finish and lingering chocolate aftertastes. The beer has a nutty undertone. The hops balance the chocolate just right giving it a dark chocolate taste.
F: Very creamy, the alcohol is not noticeable. Medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: One of the better chocolate stouts – well balanced and not cloying.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful black pour with a sticky three-finger head which left tons of lacing as it slowly died down. Smell is pure hot chocolate powder. Both were the highlights of this beer. The taste certainly did not disappoint, but it wasn't quite as engaging as I thought it would be. Still, it's a great desert beer that also improves as it warms, so my taste rating might be a little higher, as I may have started this one too cold.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been forever since i had a stout & my wife got me one for my birthday a little while back & i'm sippin' on it now...watchin' phish live in brooklyn 2004 dvd & chillin' on a sunday with no rain for a change...this stout rocks!...very drinkable w/little cringe factor at all(for a stout with this much power)...wife took a sip and said she got goosebumps from it..can't be all that bad then,right? Cheers Rogue Ales!

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Pours pitch black with a two finger mocha head that sticks around for a bit and doesn't leave any lacing

Smell - Nose starts with coffee rinds and makes its transition to dark chocolate with the usual fill of roasted malts and a touch meaty.

Taste - The chocolate starts and remains as the star player with some coffee bits.

Feel - Creamy without being too thin. No carbonation.

Overall - Good beer that hits the mark, but at $7.59 a bomber I'll pass next time.

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Photo of ShawnMN
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite stouts! Creamy caremelly head. Smell of chocolate and dark roasted malts. Great feel on the pallet with just enough carbonation to give it a little kick and ehance the chocolatey dark roasted malty flavor. Little hint of a caramelized malt stickiness to the taste as well. Man what a great brew !

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Photo of T_Mob
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a thick, rich liquid that's more impenetrably blackish brown than any other beer I've seen. Brownish head is not much but extremely dense and slow to dissipate

Smell: Chocolate hits at the forefront but it's right alongside some slight oatmeal/coffee smells like those that are common with porters.

Taste: Absolutely amazing taste from the very second it hits your lips. Immense mouthfeel, and generally just one of the richest taste profiles I've ever had in a chocolate stout. It's chocolatey beyond belief but also balanced with just about everything I love about stouts/porters being at least slightly involved in the mix here. A bit of coffee, a bit of oatmeal, a bit of caramel, but still chocolate is at the center here. Everything else plays a huge role though, and it just feels creamy and rich as anything here. It's very powerful in its level of chocolate, the density and power of its taste, the chocolate taste, the way the other flavors influence but never overwhelm... I seriously just want to keep taking huge gulps of this. It's insane. There's not much to be said about the flavor changing much throughout the swallow, it's pretty much just a richly accented chocolate stout through and through, but the chocolate flavor definitely does develop from biting cocoa to chocolate milk to dark chocolate bitterness throughout its mouthful, and there's a slight coffee taste that shows up and lingers on the back-end. I personally think it's an all-around perfect beer, but I feel like the taste and mouthfeel at least are undeniably perfect for a stout.

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Photo of Spiff
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark Chocolate - with understandable choco bitterness on end - one of our tasters thought the chocolate was more like cough syrup - but he is old. 2 out of three liked it - the third (the old man) walked out and we haven't seen him since.

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Photo of Myotus
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1pt 6oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a half fingers worth of a light brown foam that dissipates to a thin line within 20 seconds. No visible bubbles. Black in color with brown tint. A few small white particles can be seen casted throughout the brew. Very srong aromas of chocolate with mild aromas of roasted barley and earthy tones. Flavor reciprocates the aroma (except that roasted barley flavors are strong instead of mild) with all flavors entering the palate simultaneously. Previously undetected by the nose, mild hops enter the palate after intial flavors to create a splendid balance. Full-bodied, extremely creamy, incredidbly smooth, with little carbonation combine to create a near perfect mouthfeel.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,892 ratings.