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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,632 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,632
Reviews: 1,842
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 270
Gots: 244 | FT: 3
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)
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Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark and thick, very roasty. Not in aroma, but certainly in solid and smooth stout. Rolled oats provide body and sweetness to otherwise semi-bitter chocolate.. Very drinkable. Very natural and well rounded, not sweet nor bitter. Nicely hopped. RIch medium-full mouthfeel.

Sammy, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of chocolate malt, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, and milk chocolate aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, char, unsweetened dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and raw cocoa nibs. There is a high level of roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavor just doesn't match up to how good this one smells.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.8%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a sightly-browned creamy head.

S: Lots of chocolate going on and definitely some milk characteristics as well.

T: Lots of chocolate flavor, and nothing artificial--this tastes like real chocolate. The flavor isn't overly sweet, and has a nice balance.

M: Fairly-full bodied and somewhat dry. Quite nice.

D: Good toward the beginning, although a full bomber is definitely a little too much given the character of this beer. Definitely suggest splitting this one amongst two or three others!

Thorpe429, May 01, 2009
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

nmann08, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

acurtis, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (only some traces of amber are visible when the glass is held up to the light) and poured with a two finger high mocha head that slowly dies down.
S: There are moderate aromas of semisweet chocolate in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of chocolate dominate the overall taste, which also has some sweetness and hints of roasted malts and bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and slightly creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink and goes down very smoothly.

metter98, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly obsidian color, with enough dark brown to make it look like a melted dark chocolate bar; the billowy tan head leaves sheets of lacing around

Smell: Lots of melted dark chocalate, with vague hints of grain amd citrus

Taste: Starts out with a black bread character that becomes extremely chocolatey by mid-palate, when the expected bitterness of a west coast stout arrives; there is some cherry cordial in the flavor profile, too, but just a hint; after the swallow, the tongue is battered with dark chocolate, although the finish is surprisingly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While I would like a slightly fuller mouthfeel, this beer is top notch all around

brentk56, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darkest mahogany. I would call it ebony but I get the sense that there's a reddish tint when the glass is held up to bright sunlight. The generous head is toasted cocoa brown in color, tight-bubbled and semi-firm. It looks like it might be an impressive lacer, but despite maintaining a thick creamy disk, there isn't a lot of glass coverage. A short collar and a few small scraps is it.

There's an undercurrent of dark, roasted malt and citric hops, but the nose is dominated by an enticing, liqueur-like, bittersweet chocolatiness. It smells like an entire bottle of Hershey's syrup was added to the bomber. This is, without question, the most chocolatey nose of any beer that I've ever had. Wow, a beer milkshake!

My impressions after tasting are nearly identical to my impressions after smelling. Sure, you have your roasted black malt and your trademark Rogue hoppiness (Cascade in this case), but man oh man, the sweet, silky, liquid chocolate goodness is exploding over my tongue and is lingering seemingly forever.

The carbonation is under the radar stealthy, which only improves the smooth, impossibly creamy texture. It isn't full and chewy like an Imperial stout, but it really doesn't need to be for maximum enjoyability. This is one amazing beer.

When I saw that Rogue added natural chocolate flavoring (the front of the silk-screened bottle says "made with imported chocolate") I was all set to put on my beer snob hat, invoke purity laws and say things like 'why couldn't they make it taste like chocolate using only roasted malt, etc.' That was before I tasted it.

I don't care what they added to make it taste this delicious, I just hope they keep on brewing it. If ever there was a chocolate beershake, this is it. If that strikes some as heresy then I'll gladly consume their share. Rogue Chocolate Stout is, in my opinion, the definitive chocolate stout and the one by which all others will now be measured. Tremendous stuff!

BuckeyeNation, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch black stout with a medium brownish head with better then average retention. I was quite surprised at the hoppy aroma with light chocolate/ roasted coffee notes. I guess my expectation (because of the name) were to find real discernable chocolate taste, instead I feel that the overabundance of hops covered the chocolate with a lingering bitterness. A bit more sweet and chocolate taste would have been a better representation of what to expect of a chocolate stout. Nonetheless, this is a very good stout.

Phyl21ca, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a long due subatical from this beer, it's time I sit down with a bomber to assess, or re-assess.

Boy, those initial aromas are succulent, inviting, and to a large extent- irresistable. The fresh baked brownie aromas wrap around the roasted coffee malts and caramelized barley to promise deep, rich flavors of bitter sweet gormet chocolates and coffee truffles. No fruitiness, not hops, not phenols, nothing to interfere with the cocoa and coffee focus.

Even before the aromas are realized, the beer takes on a look as fitting as the aroma. Very dark and opaque brown colors ride just below a heavily tanned head, much lacing, and a creamy, froathy foamstand. So far, a perfect beer.

Deep, roasty, toasty flavors of wood-fired malts provide the base for the Stout-worthy beer. Strong cocoa and milk chocolate flavors dare to compete, but never dominate. Instead the choco-flavors are religated to compliment the beer and provide a secondary, yet complex role for the heavily roasted coffee-like malts. These work in harmony to complete a perfect beer. ...but then there are the hops. In Rogue fashion, the hops that shows no role in the aroma or initial taste, show up at mid palate with a grassy flavor that begins, and continues to detract from the harmony created from the Stout-like coffee and added cocoa flavors.

Sharp, bitter, and with a slight aggresion that outplays the delicacy of the malts and chocolates, the hop seem to play the part of the 'bull in a china shop'. Beyond the creaminess and softness of the beer, the grassy piney character becomes a distraction to the mouthfeel and interferres with the finish, aftertaste, and secondary taste. Still, the textures have more to say beyond the hops; the beer remains creamy, smooth, and chocolatey otherwise.

Everything about this beer sings 'delicacy'. But those bullying hops, I could do without.

It's like chocolate milk for the beer dependent. Plops viscously into the glass. Raises a 1/2" solid tan-brown head, laces well. Opaque brown - black in color. Smells boldly of cocoa, roasted grains, and a twinge of lactic acid. Tastes thick and rich of bittersweet chocolate, barley malt, and dark grains. Nice blend of alcohol warms into the body and thins the beer toward the finish. Lingers of chocolate and roasted grains. A slight hop bite remains in the back of the throat. A very good beer. Not a whole lot of different flavors, just 2 or 3 that are seriously bold. Now, I need to find a cookie and some ice cream.

BEERchitect, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this fine Rogue. Poured deep black as night witha big creamy colored, and audibly fizzing head that quickly faded leaving behind a half and inch of thick bubbles that laste almost to the end. Deep thick brown lace dripped down the glass. Very full looking. Smell was off course dark german chocolate, roasted or smoked smells wafted through as well. Roasted coffee and chocolate mousse as it warmed delighted the senses. Rich, smells like a chocolate dessert, very strong. Tastes followed suit well. Strong roasted chocolate, soo much chocolate, incredible, tasted like smoked pudding, Very nice. Carbonation made it very lively, and a dry finish capped it off very well. This is a big dessert bear, easily the most filling beer I have ever tried. I actually felt bloated after this. No real alcohol at all detected in this, and at a low ABV I wouldn't expect one. Suge huge bold flavors in such a low ABV are a welcome treat and make this very drinkable. The smooth, creamy, full flavor and texture and overall chocolate overload make this the perfect night cap, very well done.

mikesgroove, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -27.9%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very, very dark brown with a thin tan head.

S: Tons of chocolate, a nice nuttiness, chocolate, some coffee, oh and chocolate.

T: As you would hope and expect, chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. A nice blend of bitter and sweeter chocolate tastes.

M: Great body, very smooth.

D: Incredible for a stout, such incredible chocolate flavor. Truly one of the best stouts I've had.

womencantsail, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

ygtbsm94, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.A: 1.5 finger head with tons of circumferential lacing on a jet black body.

S: excellent chocolate aroma, one of the best. Vanilla notes

T: lots of chocolate and vanilla on a roasted malt background.

M: full body, smooth, light to modErate carbonation.

Overall one of the best chocolate stouts I have had. Very drinkable and very smooth.

kylehay2004, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours black with brown highlights and a sizeable cappuccino head, which while it's initially rather pillowly, doesn't last for very long.

Smell: I haven't had one of these in awhile, but friends, I can tell you quite categorically... it smelled exactly as I remembered.

Largely black roasted malts blended with toasted caramel, a rich earthiness, and just the merest amount of hops.

Taste: Sweeping chocolate taste (as in a baker's chocolate, not the overly sweet chocolate you'd get at Easter as a kid), with a dash of espresso and a hint of almond. The finish is slightly bitter and plentiful, reminiscent of a fresh espresso or a fine cocoa powder.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin; a bit lighter than I would prefer. Thankfully, it's not overly fizzy, keeping it creamier on the tongue.

Drinkability: Phenomenally well-balanced, and very drinkable. A good stout is tough to beat, that's for sure.

Still though, you put a gun to my head and say "name your #1"? I dunno. Gotta go, like, double stout. Or strong ale. Or a nice lambic. Or a good juicy IPA.

Or a barleywine!

Yes, maybe it's that.

Maybe it's a barleywine.

Still though, this is a darned good stout!

ChainGangGuy, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a pretty nice looking dark brown color. The head was mocha colored and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The smell of this beer was actually pretty nice, It gave off a pleasant sweet milk chocolate aroma with a touch of roasted malts in there too. The flavor was pretty good, I enjoyed the slight bitterness it had in the back end after all the sweetness faded. The mouthfeel like most Rogue ales to me seemed a little on the thin side. Overall it's not a terrible brew but could have used a little more body I think.

Knapp85, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  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.

oberon, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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