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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,882 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,882
Hads: 4,023
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 383
Gots: 501 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Reviews: 1,882 | Hads: 4,023
Photo of kmcnair
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a deep black motor oil color and leaves a thin brownish head. Leaves a moderate lacing down my glass during consumption. Looks rather good, though the head was a bit thin.

Smell is delicious, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate.

Taste is quite good, more bittersweet chocolate and roasty character. The hops are there as this one is rather spicy.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and warming as it goes down. Leaves a thick coating on the throat.

This is a tasty brew, definitely drinkable, near perfect for after dinner. Rogue did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as motor oil with a big beautiful brown soapy head, 2 fingers high. Just looking at makes me thirsty.

Strong chocolate odor, very, very sweet, like cocoa. Slight roasted aroma as well.

Beautiful thick body with a smooth mouthfeel, excellent. This is what a stout should be like. Delicious chocolate taste with the slightest bitterness, perfect. Leaves a very nice roasted aftertaste.

This is an awesome stout that I will definitely buy again. TRY IT!

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
2.42/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a fan of this beer. I don't like the overt chocolate flavor. I don't think chocolate belongs in beer...except Young's Double chocolate which seems to be much less overt in the chocolate department but I know they add chocolate to that beer. In the Rogue beer they add chocolate flavoring...tastes and smells like Nestlea Quik to me actually. Really quite an artificial tasting beer to me. The mouthfeel is quite thin too. Not quite sure how this is top ranked...#19???? better than Thomas Hardy's? Hennepin??? Celebration? Man...crazyness in my opinion.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber served at cellarish temperatures in a pint glass.

Appearance: Jet black topped by a huge thick brown head. An omnipresent small layer of bubbles remained all throughout consumption. Decent-sized globules of foam were left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Rich smell of a dark milk chocolate (but not one with high cocoa content). Strong vanilla aromas and mild whiffs of light roasted coffee. A hint of sprucy hops at the end. Nice.

Taste: Rich roasted malt and oatmeal sweetness. Light mocha flavors. A lingering bitter hop finish. Not as chocolately as I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel: Full and hearty. Very robust, nice and chewy, like a stout oughta be.

Drinkability: A rather delicious taste treat. Very smooth, but a stronger chocolate presence would be nice.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, almost black liquid, with a tan foamy, almost creamy head. What a great smell of bitter chocolate, and roasted dark malt. Immediate taste is of the roasted malt, with good bitterness. Then it hits, this may be the best finish of a beer I have ever had. The finish is of a cocoa powder and milk chocolate flavor. Wow! This beer has just about anything you could ask for in a chocolate stout. Good mouthfeel, maybe not a great session beer. This is a good, special occasion beer. Another winner from Rogue.

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Photo of jtfest
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chocolate-black, opaque in the glass, with a 1" frothy coffee-mocha head. Chocolate and chicory form the aroma. Not to be redundant, but the flavor is chocolate, with a nice bitter finish reminiscent of bittersweet chocolate. Even the mouthfeel is thick and creamy, like melted (say it with me) chocolate. All of this, however, is contained within the context of a very satisfying stout. You like chocolate? You like stouts? You'll love this. You probably wouldn't want to drink it all night, but as a treat or a desert beer, it's really good.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 22 oz. bomber. The color is black, with a foamy tan head. The smell is like powdered cocoa. The taste starts with the sweet chocolate taste, and then the malt takes over, and the aftertaste is a bitter chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability-wise, could have a few.

An interesting chocolate offering from Rogue, especially for those who appreciate a more dry chocolate taste. This is something I'd likely have again. Smells simply fantastic!

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Photo of jahred
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a medium-sized, beautifully tan-brown (chocolate-milk colored?) head that quickly disappears, leaving nice lace on my goblet.

The scent is of sweet, malty chocolate milk, with perhaps a hint of caramel as well (this scent got stronger as the beer warmed).

The initial taste is of bitter chocolate at the front, followed by burnt malts and a burnt, creamy, slightly hoppy aftertaste. After a few sips, I wasn't incredibly impressed - the chocolate was a bit more subtle than I expected. But as the beer warmed a bit, it got easier to drink, with the chocolate tastes devevloping even more and mixing wonderfully with the burnt, sludgy malts. The mouthfeel isn't overly thick, but enjoyable nevertheless.

I enjoyed my last few sips with a few hershey kisses lying around here - what a fantastic combination! Or maybe the taste developed because of the alcohol - I'm still not sure how much was in the bottle.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel like Homer Simpson right now. Mmm.... Chocolate. The first smell after opening the 22 oz bottle was a bit hoppy with a hint of coffee, similar to the Shakespeare Stout. A deeper breath and the smell of Chocolate broke through quite clearly. When poured in a pint glass, it looked the part with an opaque brown body topped with a rough brown head. The taste is dominated by the presence of chocolate. Because of the strong flavoring, other tastes are a bit hard to distinguish. I can detect a bit of coffee, and burnt toast. Quite dry and a tad too harsh in the mouthfeel department, I think. It left me wishing for more maltyness and a smoother and sweeter body. This is definitely not to be chugged, but sipped and allowed to coat your throat and tongue as it goes down.

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Photo of pheurton
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at isaac newton's: inky black with an increidibly dark brown bubbling head, that retreated for the most part. on the nose...oh man, what a nose...this had to be one of the best smelling flavored stouts i've ever come across....deep dark milk chocolate covered roasted barley smell. i can't stress enough how good this beer smells. a tad bit too much carbonation thins out medium body. hints of chocolate and smoke at first sip, followed by a massive roasted flavor and quite strong (for the style) leafy hop flavor. this beer smells alot more chocolatey than it tastes. a great sippin' brew, though i don't think that i'd want more than one in a sitting. a must try.

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Photo of chaduvel
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome. Pours out like a can of motor oil. Two inch dark brown head not unlike the top of a chocolate milk shake. Is this a chocolate milkshake...besides the chocolate aroma the touch of hops and strong malts tell me that this is in fact a beer. Taste is incredibly smooth. Big malts up front with a pronounced hop bitterness in the middle with a finish of sweet chocolate goodness. Overall flavor is almost of baking chocolate. This is the best chocolate beer I've had yet, and one of the best stout's to boot.

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Photo of sparkydoyle
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color, with a velvety dark brown head. Even the head tastes like chocolate. Nose is chocolate, and discernable well-roasted barley notes. Flavor is intense--chocolate and chocolate malt notes dominate with counterpoint of floral hops, and a cherrylike fruity note. No sweetness or sourness in the profile. Highly drinkable--mouthfeel is not thick, low carbonation.

Having had it many times over a few years, I find it amazing how consistant this beer is, regardless of whether it is served on tap or bottle. There is really nothing that the brewer could do with it to make it any more enjoyable. Great with a big slab of chocolate cake for dessert.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled most recently on 1/15/04. Transcribed from notes.
Oh my! Simply put it doesn't get much better than this (from a bottle anyhow). Pours black as an accountant's soul with a burnt umber shard at the bottom. A luxurious, frothy cacao colored head that is tenaciously stubborn tops the brew and gives it a regal look. The smell is initially sweet like hot chocolate before moving onto more bitter, toasted notes of chocolate and creamed coffee. The taste is outlandishly appealing. Chocolate upon chocolate with the hops and alcohol more apparent when warmed. It is sweeter and more complex, not to mention more enjoyable, when allowed to warm a bit. It has a unique finish which is both green and creamy. Mouthfeel is great. Chewy, complex and mildly carbonated...perhaps slightly thin for the style. There is a lot going on here. Drinkability is perhaps a little too good. More?

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a brilliant pitch black with a beautiful brown head. Good lacing sheets the glass.

Aroma - delightful milk chocolate and sugar greet the nose along with the Cascade hops.

Taste - Delicious chocolate and hops dance in the mouth in a sensory experience that is surprising and fun. This is a great tasting beer that is not too sweet but wonderfully chocolate and hoppy.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as I would have liked. I was expecting a little more body from this beer. This was the only disappointing feature of this otherwise spectacular beer.

Drinkability - A truly drinkable beer that has changed my mind about stouts. The chocolate and hop balance make this one of the better beers I have sampled lately. The creativeness of this wonderful brew makes me proud to be a beer drinker.

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Photo of byrd
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I’m not sure if a stout can look ant better that this when pouring into the glass. Pitch black in color with a large frothy tan head that has a slight cascading effect as it builds above the rim of the glass into a perfect dome shape. The head lasts a long time, slowly receding to a thick frothy lace. Lots of chocolate notes on the nose with a good amount of hops that seem earthy in nature. Some roasted and coffee notes also play in, but are intertwined with the chocolate character. This brew is huge in the flavor department and really hits my palate the right way. Roasted notes are far more apparent on the pallet then on the nose. There’s a subtle, slightly smooth start of semi sweet dark chocolate that is followed shortly after by coffee and roasted notes. A slight hint of milk chocolate comes in towards the middle, followed by and soft prickly carbonation. Good hop finish that is again a bit earthy, brings a nice balance. Roasted and coffee notes come back in the aftertaste and last forever, forcing me to draw the glass back up for another sip. Towards the end of the bottle, white sediment is noticeable as it collects on the bottom of the glass. The overall mouth feel is medium and is smooth, yet not quite so smooth due to the roasted notes. Despite this, the brew is incredibly drinkable. I’m sorry to see the bottom of the glass, and I’m even more sorry that I only bought two bottles.

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Photo of edchicma
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An outstanding brew....Exceptional appearance...black, choclolate creamy head, chunky and leving a beautiful lace. Smell...hops, chocolate, malt, a hint of coffee...all in their...definitely invites you to drink. Taste was initially slightly sweet, leveling off at mid palate and ending in anice hoppy burst. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and dry, almost astingent in the finish. A delight for malt, chocolate and hops lovers. Highly revommend.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another pint at Rogue's Pub on the Newport dockside.
Very good beer in appearance a dark brown, dark cooking chocolate brown ale. Small tan head.
Smells of good copoking chocolate ( Ghiardelli)..malty and great.
Beautiful full dark chocolate taste..not too sweet yet a nice bitterness is present..especially in the aftertatse.
Very nice on the palate..smooth and rich.
A most drinkable stout..nice

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Photo of kbub6f
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick pour; opaque, black beer. The head is dark tan/brown and crusty. Nice. Spotty lacing. The nose shows off plenty of dark chocolate but no possibility of hiding the Cascades. Yum. But the hops are almost confined to the aroma. The beer starts with sweet chocolate, travels through a thick, malty, chocolate base to a bitter, dark chocolate finish. This is a very tasty chocolate drink. The Cascades in the nose offset the chocolate a little, but I wouldn't take offense if somebody called this beer "a bit one-dimensional".

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a nice, 22oz bomber, damm skippy. Pours a black gold, a classical stout look with a good, meaty head. Smell is of malt and what else but chocolate. Taste is straight up solid. Much less of a burnt taste is there, though still quite active, this is the best brew to ever hit the chocolate nail on the head. Bold and very drinkable, one of the best chocolate stouts out there.

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Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is dessert in a bottle! It poured a jet black color with a dark brown head that settled into a pillow of foam after about 1 min. The smell was all chocolate, just like sniffing the inside of a truffle. The taste was just amazing with a great chocolate sweetness and just enough hops to balance out the flavor. This is one that could be enjoyed with cake or ice cream or just by its self. What a beer!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What the hell was I drinking? Is this beer? Who cares? It was dark, with a chocolate head. It tasted like a good chocolate truffle, not a cheap one, but like a dark chocolate Lindt. It was so yummy, the perfect dessert! I find myself crazing this over cake or ice cream. Masterfull.

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Photo of counselor
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle pours black as pitch with a thick, dark, tan head. The aromas are all chocolate, not the syrupy sweet milk chocolate, but a real good bitter dark baking chocolate. The taste is roasted malts and chocolate with a keen dry hop finish. The the cold mouthfeel contrasted nicely with the warm chocolate stout flavors. Dryness increased as the beer warmed. Good stuff, but couldn't see doing more than the one bomber.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark pitck black. It's like looking into the nightmares of a child. Even the head is a dark tan color. But then it all becomes a dream. The everlasting chocolate smell brings me back to my childhood. It's like unwrapping a Symphony dark chocolate bar and getting that magnificent odor. The taste is purely chocolate also. you can feel it melt on your tongue as it goes down. No beer has ever brought me back to my preteen years, except Colt .45, but that is a different story. Another A for rogue. Good times.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice. Pours jet black with a huge tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate - also sweet malts. First taste that hits is slightly burnt malts, then some bitterness. So much chocolate. Dry with very little actual sweetness. Extremely smooth mouthfeel with just a bit of crispness. Somewhat oatmeal stout-like. All in all this is a great brew.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the colour of night with a light mocha head which sat and lingered like froth on a cappucino. Smell is of roasted malts and Chocolate almost like an Ovaltine gone Adult. The taste is of Roasted malts at first then the chocolate slides in and dominates, just enough hops come in to dry out the palate and keep everything in line. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with the flavours lingering around long enough to keep the smile on your face. Drinkability is good although they could fill you up quick. Overall a killer Chocolate beer. I give it the edge over the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock because the chocolate character is more subtle and refined.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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