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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
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3,897 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,897
Reviews: 1,874
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 337
Gots: 401 | 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: 3,897 | Reviews: 1,874
Photo of sacfly
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz
Pours an opaque black color. Large bubbles make up a think dark tan head. Aroma is of semisweet chocolate, but with a bit of biscuit. Almost like chocolate chip cookies.

Taste is similar to the aroma. A little more sweet and burnt malts come out in the flavor over just chocolate. Wonderfully creamy mouthfeel. Burnt grains linger into the aftertaste.

Very nice. Not something to drink more than one of, but would be great to go along with desert or as desert itself.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a cocoa colored head. Aroma is straight up chocolate. It smells like hot cocoa, only more chocolaty. This is one of those beers where all the malt and hops aromas are so hard to pick up I can't really comment on them. The flavor here has a lot more than just chocolate though. The first thing you will notice naturally is the chocolate because of the aroma. The flavors are a bit more complex, with dark malts coming through and a touch of hops in the back. Some coffee flavors also come through. I would prefer just a bit more bitterness either from hops or dark bitter malts. Mouthfeel is great, it leaves some flavor on the finish, making you want another sip, leading to great drinkability. Aroma is a bit strong which lowers the drinkability just a bit, but its still really nice.

Overall this is a great chocolate stout. After having both ST Choklat and Harpoon chocolate stout, this one is much better than both and fits perfectly between both. It isn't "imperial" and it doesn't have to be. It has complexity without being too strong. The price is a bit high here, of course since its Rogue.

Photo of grayburn
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

a- just as expected, dark as night, nice tan ring that lingers around the glass for the drinking session...do not pour this beer too aggressively or it will turn on you (personal experience).

s- chocolate....smmmooottthhh. could not be improved upon period

t- wow chocolate milk with a touch of baileys thrown in...this beer will make even a novice fall in love with stout...another tongue-job from rogue...thanks guys...

m- smooth as a brazilian wax...very nice high five

d- i could drink these through a divorce, then again through alimony...thank you rogue...a nice session stout.

Photo of danipp
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of BuckSpin
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: c.2005 vintage 22oz bottle, cellared for approximately 18 months, in a classic conical pint glass

While retrieving this beer, I could not help but notice a solid 3/16" of packed sediment on the bottom of the glass.

Well, its nice (and a bit of a relief to be honest) to hear a decent amount of carbonation as I pour. It pours thick, viscious, yet steadily & softly cracklin' with life.

Nose is insanely deep, making me work at it, like trying to smell a shadow. Deep, rich, mysterious, rich yet subtle stone fruits (black cherry, fig), oily black Cajun coffee, deep roasted malt hues are abundant yet fleeting. Bitter baking chocolate is present, subtle charred wood, charcoal dust. As it warms the chocolate quality rises & grows, as do some wood tones. Head was a nice, lively pinky's worth of loose mocha stained foam, cola like in agitation and song. It sang for a minute, then disappered leaving nary a trace...nada....nothing. Color is the blackest umber imaginable (as I have become fond of saying its "black in a good mood"), no light getting thru this one.

Hmmm, well that sediment could not have been cocoa! Wonderfully smooth, wet, velvety, rich with milk chocolate. Burnt malts add a pleasing bitter counterweight but are not overpowering. Oh, this is smoooth on the tongue. Caramel qualities rise over the milk chocolate hues, I'm just gonna sit back, relax, and let this baby drive me home taking the long, lazy scenic route! Time has certainly not hurt this. There is a pleasing, eye closing, inhale deeply and sssllooowwly savory exhale quality to the chocolate & caramel tongue feel. I find myself rolling it over & over & over in my mouth, ironically like a candy or piece of chocolate. This is indulgent.

Any subsequent refills of the pint from the 22oz bottle stir a head activity, and each one last longer than the previous, this one leaving a floating sheen and a glass edge ring. Still no lacing.

It evens out on the palate with a milky sweetness rising up, some caramel echoes add to the sweet quality. Malts finally take a stand against all this chocolate and are noticable with a lukewarm, black coffee flatness. It finishes nicely bitter, slightly dry, with a hop kick and some alcohol warmth, which I find a welcome change from all these pleasantries to this point.

I saved a small Hershey's Special Dark bar to try with the last few sips to see what it would do as a trigger. Amazingly the oils in the chocolate made the chocolate & caramel qualities in the stout vanish, making what was a luscious, wet chocolately stout rather dry...interesting.

This was a wonderful, luxurious experience. Can't say I've had a stout like this. I have certainly tasted similar qualities in other stouts, but never like this. I can definitely vouch for this Rogue offering as a cellaring candidate. If you have a chance, put one away for a year or so and taste for yourself.

Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. brown painted bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pitch black with a creamy tan head. Large bubbles make up the lace work that cling nicely to the glass.

S - Malty, sweet chocolate aroma with slight hints of spice and ripe fruit.

T - Sweet and chocolaty up front, followed by a smokey slightly bitter and somewhat metallic finish. The taste of this stout became more pronounced as it warmed up.

MF&D - Medium/Full bodied stout. Sticky and chewy mouthfeel. Not a beer to be sessioned, but I could see this one going great with a chocolate dessert or on its own.

Photo of Scott_McCool
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

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

I work at Total Wine, Beer, Spirits and More in Fort Myers. Our beer section is considered "the home spot." When I started there is February of this year I noticed a full case (24 loose bottles) were on a shelf under the title "Great Brews." I figured we had just gotten it in. Months and months went past and not a single bottle was sold but still I thought nothing of it. Finally in late August I decided to make a move and buy the first bottle off the shelf. It turned out to be an outstanding, rich chocolate stout. I first took a few sips directly from the bottle and took in the aroma. I then poured the rest into a glass and noted any taste or smell change once it got a chance to breath. It had a slightly flat taste, probably from sitting on the shelf for so long. It was a dark cocao brown. Strong bittersweet chocolate flavor filled my mouth which reminded me of biting into a Hershey bar. I'd have it for dessert anytime.

Photo of bulletrain76
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught at The Red in Santa Cruz. Black with a dense tan head. The aroma is super chocolate powered; leaning a little toward the dark side, but still milky and creamy. The flavor takes that and adds in a roasted bitterness that doesn't completely blend, but works out alright. The body is a little thin, but pretty smooth. This is a really nice smelling beer, with a pretty good flavor to back it up, but the chocolate and roasted malt don't seem to gel as well as they could

Photo of Jstark5150
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of LouDogg114
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BrewmanCapote
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of KolbMarley
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on reserve for sometime now. Not a chocolate lover at all. However, I do enjoy a sweet blast once in a while. I had very high expectations for this one. It does have a hot chocolate flavor to it, almost like a powdered chocolate. The most distinguished characteristic is its dry aftertaste, I have yet to find this in a stout. Unfortunately I think it taste artificial, good, but fake.

If you like chocolate this is the one for you. A nice one off for me.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a thick brown relentless head thats there to stay. Exceptional lacing. Smells like espresso with chocolate undertones. Like drinking cold dark coffee no sugar no cream. Bitter like 72% dark chocolate. It does have a little sweetness to it. Excellent mouthfeel. So smooth. Im now in love with this beer. One of the best American Stouts Ive had in awhile.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with leathery edges. A large cocoa colored head settles slowly and chaotically to a nice creamy cap, leaving some initial rings and sheets of lace.

S: Woah, strong bittersweet chocolate with a faint toasted malt aroma and some citrus hops. Absolutely fantastic aroma.

T&M: Sweet chocolate, citrus hops, and toasted black malt all make their appearance. Finish is long and lingering with all three primary flavor components, though a bit stronger on the roasted malt and chocolate. A medium/full body with slight amount of carbonation--helps those chocolate flavors stay smooth.

D: With so much flavor, it has to be drinkable. A smooth, creamy feel also adds enjoyability to the experience. Chocolate stout is one of the most unique beers I've ever drank, and would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in beer.

Photo of ATXRyan
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brian700
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours black with brown head. The head stuck around for a little while but slowly faded into a ring around my glass. The nose is amazing. It smells like chocolate mixed with maple syrup. The flavor is also very chocolatey with sort of a maple flavor thing going on in there as well. I also detect some coffee flavor. This is the best stout I have had in a long time. Great mouthfeel. Nice and creamy with a full body. Very drinkable beer. A must try.

Photo of AudioGilz
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle...
The immediate smell as soon as I popped the cap off was bakers chocolate. It poured with a medium sized chocolate milk colored head.

Appearance is super dark like an imperial stout. A stout's appearance doesn't get any better in my opinion.

First taste and yummy! The chocolate taste is coupled along with a slight bitterness and it's very candylike. The chocolate didn't last long in the aftertaste, but the bitterness did without being overwhelming. I pretty much think it tastes like Shakespeare with added chocolate, simple as that. I wasn't much for Shakespeare Stout so I definitely like the smooth chocolatey taste of this one.

The mouthfeel is enjoyable but not quite what I look for in a stout, something like creamy and syrupy it lacks a little bit.

I enjoy the stronger chocolate taste than say Young's Double Chocolate where I thought it wasn't strong enough.

Photo of chugamugofsud
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours dark with a little dark creamy head. The smell is amazing, perhaps the best part of the stout, it is very chocolatey with a roasted malt sneaking in behind. The beer is tasty and isn't too grainy from the chocolate but becomes hard to drink. Have one but plan on sharing the bottle with a friend or two so that you don't have to drink so much chocolate.

Photo of mater
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Arborescence
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, pours a massive, creamy head.

Aroma: Chocolate, unsurprisingly. Malt, light toasty notes. And some more chocolate!

Taste: Well, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I taste some chocolate… It’s a rather milky combination of chocolate and malt though, rather than the very dark, roasted chocolate flavour that you get with some Chocolate Stouts (I have Young’s Double Chocolate Stout in mind in particular). The beer supposedly packs a lot of hops as well, but I can’t really taste them, the chocolate and malt are overwhelming. Perhaps there is a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste, but that as well is dominated by notes of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full and quite soupy.

Overall: This is my first sampling of the Chocolate Stout, and I was expecting not to be disappointed — I wasn’t! The beer is rated extremely highly, but there are some very valid competitors in this category...

Photo of cclark67789
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of artemh
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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