Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,966 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,966
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 352
Gots: 454 | FT: 4
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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Ratings: 3,966 | Reviews: 1,891
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from large Rogue bottle into 2 pint glasses. Appearance was so good, dark brown chocolate color with chocolate milk looking foam on top.

Taste was OK, but not as outstanding as the visual. Tasted a little light, not as chocolatey as expected. Kind of similar to Rogue mocha porter for me, in that I expected more based on the name and previous reviews.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours very, very dark brown with about an inch tan head. By far the primary aroma is chocolate, but I can smell some roasted malt and a bit of coffee too. At first the chocolate sweetness takes over, and then finishes bitter. There's just a slight bitter aftertaste at first, but the longer I drink the beer, the stronger the aftertaste gets. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. It's full bodied and it's pretty drinkable. I don't think it's quite as good as Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but the Rogue Chocolate Stout is still a pretty good beer.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is pitch black with a light-brown head that is incredably thick and creamy. The aroma is of dark baker's chocolate with a nice bit of roastiness thrown in as well. The taste is of an incredably rich, sweet chocolate flavor with a mild roast flavor. The dark chocolate flavors also provide a moderate bitterness that accenuate the incredable chocolatey flavor. A hint of hops gives the flavor a little bit of an edge and reminds you that you're drinking a Rogue product. Anyway, this is world class.

Photo of Gusler
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah that magical pour of a well made stout, well “heck the worst I ever drank was pert near good”. Deep brown to black beauty with a gargantuan head that leaves a latticework of lace behind, the color a magnificent chocolate brown, with a creamy texture. Nose is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, and black patent malts, quite a “Sniffer”. Front is malt, lightly sweet, the top thick-bodied, the finish, joyously hopped, joyfully acidic, with a bittersweet chocolate dry aftertaste, la bière est magnifique. Ranks #70 on my current 1000 beer master list.

Photo of claspada
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, creamy medium brown head over a very dark body that lets in only a bit of light when held in front of the light.

Aromas is deinite chocolate up front. It's a nice, full milk chocolate smell that is inviting and interesting. I do not smell much of the dark roast malt that I might have expected.

Glorious, direct dark roast malt with chocolate. The hops play an appropriate supporting role. Really dont need to say anything else.

Thinner than I originally expected but it makes sense once I figured out it has a quite low ABV.

Good for the style, which tends to include such huge beers, some which are way too over the top and hard to finish.

A perfect chocolate stout to blend with your favorite fruit beer for an amazing dessert beer.

Photo of spinrsx
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a huge size fizzy and frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and it feels very lively on the tongue - yet still creamy. I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/smoke taste. It ends with a chocolatey aftertaste with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall – One of the better chocolate beers I've had so far. The burnt/bitter aftertaste adds a nice dynamic to the beer. Worth seeking out in my opinion.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Very lovely black color with about an inch of mocha head.
S - Slight chocolate but mostly hops in the backround.
T - Perfect balance of chocolate and toffee malt with a slight bitter kick of hops.
M - Sort of heavy but smooth.
D - Man I had my doubts before but I am glad I tried this again. The most affordable chocolate flavored beer I ever had in a bomber.

Photo of jrallen34
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 22 oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer is black with a light to medium tan head rising about 2 fingers and falling to quickly. There is great lacing.

The aroma is awesome with tons of light better chocolate on the front, its like smelling a chocolate cake. At the end before being overwhelmed with just sweetness you get a nice bitter hoppiness.

The taste is all chocolate. There front is sweet chocolate but then it fades it bitter chocolate all the way. The taste is too much bitter chocolate and one note for me to be great. Its a nice change of pace.

The feel is decent not terribly drinkable.

Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 1/27/2011

A: chocolate and not much else

Ap: black with a 2 finger tan head, dissipates quickly to a flat layer

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth on the tongue

Af: chocolate, bitter, lingers fairly well, had a brief metallic taste, but just for a moment

O: chocolate lovers dream in liquid form

Cheers!
The CPJ

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100 degree temperatures faded into stout night...This was the 3rd in line after highland black mocha stout and youngs double chocolate.

appearance: dark, chocolate brown, foamy tan head.

smell: strong aromas of very sweet chocolate, earthy, underlying strong malts are apparent

taste: sweet and dark chocolate, cocoa powder, quite malty, slightly bitter but mostly sweet

mouthfeel: creamy, moderately heavy

drinkability: very drinkable

Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a huge, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A fantastic-looking stout.

S: A very chocolatey smell here, with traces of malt and hops as well.

T: The advertised chocolate (dark chocolate, precisely) certainly isn't overhyped It's front and center. Also had some malt, hops and an oaty, grainy quality. A solid flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This is a very drinkable, easy to like beer.

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

Rich milk chocolate aroma with hints of roast and a mild orangey hop character. Very sweet but well suited to what the brewer is trying to achieve.

Very dark brown/black colour with a smooth, foamy long lasting tan head. Nice.

I'm impressed with the balance here. Lots of chocolate flavour teams with a nice dose of roast that helps to dry it out and adds a great bitterness. A hint of frutiness suggests a touch of hops. Nice dry finish which is completely different from the aroma. Very good.

Medium-low body with moderately high carbonation. it works but I would like it a little thicker.

A really good beer with a lot going for it. One of Rogue's better attempts.

Photo of ccrida
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft, the Chocolate Stout is a deep, dark reddish black, with a thick, 2 finger, creamy, medium-dark tan head. Sadly, the head didn't stick around to long and only left slight lace. Very nice, rich but not oily, especially with that head.
The aroma, yummm, thats great! All chocolate, sweet, but like coco, not sugar.
The taste follows suit, it is fantastic, very chocolaty, some oats and a bit of cola. You can really taste the difference between stouts with chocolate malt and ones like this that also use the real thing, very nice. There's also a fairly assertive hop presence, particularly on the finish, which is probably the main differentiator between this and Young's Double Chocolate, which is similarly fantastic real chocolate goodness.
The mouthfeel is fantastic, super creamy, but supple and light, almost like a nitro, but with more carbonation.
Whoa, this is super drinkable. I could have these all night!

Photo of xnicknj
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours a shrouded dark brown, almost black color. Crop of beige head retains with a filmy residue, leaving some patches of lacing on the glass.

A nice aroma filled with baker's chocolate, cocoa, and slight chalkiness. Some sweetness, milky and creamy.

Slight note of hops up front, quickly brushed away by a deep chocolatey base. Milk and cream mixed with cocoa powder followed by roasted malts. A bit chalky and nutty. Finishes with soft sweetness and dry malt.

Thinner medium body, decent carbonation, a bit sticky and lingering on the palate. A drinkable, well flavored chocolate stout, but not necessarily a favorite of mine.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at State Line a couple of weeks back. This is the first beer I've had in about 4 days, thanks to a sickeningly awful cold, but hey, if I'm good enough to function, I'm good enough to drink, right?

Rogue was one of the first breweries I got into as a n00b, and their marketing did play a big part in my choices. In the past couple of years, apart from the infrequent glass at a bar, I haven't had too many beers from them, and I'm now going to attempt to work my way through their catalog.

Chocolate Stout pours, as expected, black with a very dark brown head with great retention and nice lacing. The nose is excellent in so many ways. Up front, I get some aggressive roasted malt character, almost bordering on a burnt grain aroma, but a brief swirl brings out a decadent blend of chocolate and oatmeal. That combination is so intense, it's almost like a cookie, and the moderate fruitiness further amplifies that comparison. The chocolate isn't particularly dark or intense, rather milk chocolate like, and has a sweetened cocoa character. Hops? absent for all intents and purposes. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens with an intense cocoa character, very Hershey's cocoa like with a noticeable undercurrent of sweetness. The level of cocoa here is pretty darned perfect, balancing beautifully the roasted malt character that comes through on the mid-palate. Not as fruity as the nose would suggest, though there's just a touch of raisin present here. The oatmeal does present a little smoothness on the mid-palate, but the carbonation does take away a little bit from that aspect. Sweetness is almost entirely cocoa-derived without a noticeable caramel or brown sugar component present. The finish is quite excellent with flavors of burnt grain, cocoa and a little sweetness. However, there's also just a touch of a nut-like bitterness present. The other aspects of the mouthfeel are excellent too. Medium in body with a rather smooth, silky feel, the carbonation is a little high for my liking. Drinkability is definitely up there, by keeping the sweetness and alcohol low, this is almost as drinkable as water. I've drunk half my bomber in about 10 minutes. Excellent stuff, I'd LOVE to try this on cask.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. Ingredients, 15 degrees Plato, 69 IBU, 77 AA, 135.45 degrees Lovibond, no date.

Thanks to OneNote81 for sending a second bottle of this beer to me after it broke in the first box! What a crazy story...

A - A tall pour creates totally huge cascading that ends in a three+ finger head with awesome retention. The dark mocha foam left rings and rings of lace white dropping slowly. The beer itself is black as midnight.

S - This beer smells like it's got chocolate chunks floating in it! Rich milk chocolate all over the nose. Tons of roasted malts to back it up. A touch of milky cream in there too with a caramel-cube sweetness. Just a rich, bold, thick aroma. A small hop aroma comes across on the finish.

T - Unfortunately the flavor doesn't live up to the hyped nose but it's close. A bit too much hops come out and really draw away from the bold roasted malts and thick milk chocolate. The flavor just ends up being thinner than anticipated.

M - Medium-full bodied and smooth with a roasty and hoppy bitter, dry finish. Not as rich as I would have liked to have had in the mouthfeel.

D - Not as drinkable as I anticipated from both the name and the aroma. A little too thin, much drier, and hoppier than I wanted. Don't get me wrong, it's still awesome but not as chocolaty as he name and smell let on.

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

Pours a dark, opaque, chocolaty brown with a thick tan head. Rich aroma is chocolaty and has just a hint of smoke or roast coffee. Flavor is mainly of unsweetened chocolate and has coffee, hoppy and nutty hints; and is slightly bitter. Silky smooth texture leaves a nice aftertaste of unsweet chocolate.

Photo of Durge
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with good tan head and big blotchy lace. A barbeque and light chocolate-malt aroma. Chocolate malt flavor as well, like a milkshake with apple caramel background, a little toffee/coffee. Bitter highlights but generally mild and easy drinking. Sweet, pleasant, but not over the top. Smooth. A beauty.

Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured the bomber bottle into my mug and received a one-finger frothy head that slowly died, leaving small lacings. This sat on what was essentially a black body that you could barely see through when held up to the light. Not to be redundant, but the smell is chocolatey. I mean, there are hints of other malts in there and hops, but putting my nose in my glass was akin to unwrapping a chocolate bar and smelling it. Not only does the beer have a very pronounced chocolate taste, but it has a dryer feel to it, as if there were coffee and/or roasted malts in it. A smooth beer overall with some hop catching you on the backbite. I detected mild fruit flavors, but that could be my imagination. I just wish Rogue would sell this in six-pack form rather than just the bomber bottle.

Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, pours jet black with a milk chocolatey head that holds good retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Aromas are cocoa, chocolate Twizzlers, kind of musty, with hot chocolate powder. Tastes are chocolatey again, with molasses, oatmeal cookie, chocolate Twizzler again, with some hop on the finish that prickles the tongue. Mouth-feel is full-bodied, smooth and creamy, with a slight dryness on the finish with some dark cocoa powder. Overall, I have wanted to try this for years, but never did. It's good, but I'm not big on the artificial chocolate flavors I'm picking up here. Luckily it has so many other things going for it, that they can be ignored to a degree.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly black color with a creamy light brown head that fades surprisingly quick to a nice collar and sheen.

Mmmmm, chocolate. Impressively, I get milk chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa powder out of here. Maybe a smattering of dark fruit and hops, but not much.

Hops are much more discernable in the taste, definitely west coasty. Chocolate takes on more dark unsweetened and cocoa characteristics and the dark fruits come out to play a bit more on the palate. Much more complex than I remember this one tasting, or even smelling for that matter. Just enough variety to keep it interesting all the way through a bomber and not too full or over the top to make it tough sledding.

A finely crafted ale, for sure.

Photo of Jwale73
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet. Inky black, opaque appearance with a light coffee-colored head that dissipated quickly; subtle lacing clung to the side of the glass during the entire tasting. Smell presented with hints of espresso and malt. As soon as the beer touched the front of my tongue, flavors of dark chocolate and roasted/burnt coffee wafted through my sinuses; however, the smell was much more intense than the flavor. Mouthfeel was thin and watery with a little too much carbonation for this style. Drinkability was somewhat less than I expected due to the amount of carbonation and the burnt taste at the finish.

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

Almost black, some dark brown edges. A finger of a compact beige head.
In the smell: chocolate, strong, and vanilla. Definitely soft, smooth and pleasant. Under that, some toasted malt, fruit, but the chocolate is dominant.
In the smell some more bitterness, but still it is very smooth, with a dominant note of chocolate, and oat for the softness. Balanced. Vanilla.
Quite light in body.
Chocolate, hazelnut in the aftertaste. And a very long bitterness.

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

A-Pours nearly perfect black. Light barely penetrates the beer's furthest edges. Dark khaki head is minimal in stature but adds and extra piece of attraction to the overall look.

S-Smells like liquified milk chocolate. Behind the chocolate fondue aroma is light roast. They really nailed the chocolate here. So pure and intense.

T-Literally tastes like a Hershey bar melted to pure liquid. In the liquid chocolate seems to be a quick but generous pour of coffee. The taste is pretty awesome. It is one-sided but it is supposed to be. Really cool

M-Full feel with mellow carbonation. Feel and flavor match well and complement one another.

O/D-This is a chocolate explosion in a glass. I truly enjoyed this brew. I liked it a lot more that Southern Tier's Choklat. I found this one to be more of a pure chocolate flavor. Really nice but one glass is enough because it is very rich.

Photo of champ103
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a viscous pitch black color. A nice two finger head forms and leaves some nice lace.
S: A milky and chocolaty aroma is huge up front. As the aroma lingers, some roasted malt come through and way in the back is some hop bitterness.
T: Soooo chocolaty. Chocolate dominates, but some coffee and roasted malt. An ever so slight bitterness towards the end. A truly decadent tasting beer.
M/D: Rich, smooth, creamy. Mouthfeel wise, everything you want in a beer. So easy to drink. I could drink this all day.

A great beer. Silky smooth and an amazing taste. the people that pass this up are fools.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,966 ratings.