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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,885 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,885
Hads: 4,041
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 391
Gots: 519 | FT: 6
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: 1,885 | Hads: 4,041
Photo of mightymoksha
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in pint glass.

Pours pitch black, with a thick, creamy mocha head. Retention is excellent with very thick lacing.

Hints of rich, smooth dark chocolate are immediately discernible, followed by hints of carob and raw cacao.

Roasty, smoky dark chocolate flavors are most prominent. A sweet, powdery cocoa-like flavor backs up the darker chocolate. Subtle notes of coffee and fig are also present. Smooth, slightly dry, clean finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and very smooth, with mild carbonation. Delicious on the palate. A heartier presence was expected.

Very delicious. I imagine, with chocolate cheesecake or chocolate brulee, it would make for a most decadent dessert.

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Photo of missingsense
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottled into Victorian pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Black with a thick mocha-colored head that doesn't budge for a while. Sturdy foam lacing plants itself to the side of the glass. I'm looking forward to this.

S: Milk chocolate & dark chocolate. First whiff does not smell like beer at all. I'm expecting to taste a milkshake. A cafe au lait aroma becomes evident as it warms.

T: A taste that develops itself for quite some time. Chocolate flavoring is obvious upfront, along with a roasted malt character. An initial touch of oats is present as well. The milk chocolate flavor turns to dark chocolate as it lingers on the taste buds. The hops slowly reveal themselves in the aftertaste with a faint tingling which grows to become a little more bitter than I would have expected. There's a bit of chalkiness, like powdered chocolate in the end, too. It's bitter-sweet, to be sure, but a little to much of each for my tastes.

M: Relatively thin mouthfeel for a stout, but a good amount of carbonation.

D: The addition of natural chocolate flavorings is a nice touch, but feels unnecessary. I do have a sweet tooth, but I can't imagine pairing this with a dessert (like the bottle suggests)... that would just be sweetness overload. This a beer best enjoyed by itself. I would actually be happy splitting the bomber with someone else. However, those that like very bold, assertive beers will be pleased.

Not my favorite stout, or Rogue beer for that matter, but I have deep respect for Rogue for always taking risks and being creative with their brews.

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Photo of EricHeff
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Theres not much to say about this beer except DELICIOUS!
Chocolaty goodness in every part of this beer. Great smell, easy to drink, and quite a treat for dessert.
I shared this with a friend, but next time I think I'll get a bottle just for myself!

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

Saw this on tap at a local restaurant, and had never tried it. Sampled it beforehand so I didn't have to commit fully, but I am certainly glad I did. Came out almost black, with a tan 2 finger head. As soon as I picked up the pint glass I smelled the chocolate--very sweet smelling. After tasting, however, i was pleasantly surprised at the taste--more of a bittersweet chocolate. I only had one, as it was a quick meal, but it certainly could have been more--the alcohol was barely noticeable, and it was not nearly as heavy as other stouts. Next time, I'll try to pair it more appropriately with food (pizza was an odd choice), but I am guessing that will not be too far in the future.

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Photo of Buddha22
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice dark color with good one finger head that is nice tan color. It fades a little, but remains throughout the sipping which is very pleasant.

S: The chocolate is the first thing you smell and it may be a little overpowering by covering up the hop aroma , but overall is very good.

T: Very Chocolaty which is nice at first, but as I continue to drink can make the beer a little to sweet, but i still truly enjoy it.

D: This beer is very drinkable nice and smooth and goes down with ease.

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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 mzingie
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beatiful head and dark black color. Smells extremely hippy for a stout. Taste matches the smell. The chocolate character is a bit overwhelmed by the happiness and makes it hard to distinguish. Mouthfeel is fitting for the taste, perfectly smooth. This one is just too hippy and light for what I'm looking for when I want a chocolate stout. Still a good beer and I will buy it again if I am looking for a stout with bold hop flavor. I would be interested to see what it would taste like aged.

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

Bottle to pint glass. Pitch black with a thick tan head that lasts. S: Milk chocolate up front and roasted malts. T: Malts up front with a dark chocolate presence. Was hoping for a little more up front chocolate like the smell F: it is thin but i feel it matches the flavor profile and that it would feel "off" if it was thicker. Wish it had a touch less carbonation O: Very solid!! Will definitely buy again. Just wish it had more chocolate presence in the taste

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Photo of adamhdv
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a VERY nice pitch black color with great 1.5 finger head.

Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate, really noticeable. Maybe even a mix of cocoa in there.

Nice cocoa/roasted coffee flavor...noticeable rich chocolate. Wish this was a little more creamy, slightly chocolate milk constancy.

Went down smooth and was full of flavor, great chocolate stout.
For under $5 a bomber, I will always keep these in stock!

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Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was my first american stout and its superb. This is one of rogues best all around brews. IMO

Let it out on a pint glass, it pours a dark brown brew with a thick chocolately rich full crown. The aromas are very inviting with a twist of roasted malts, dark coffe, sweet chocolate and dark cocolate as well. Full bodied brew that taste as it smells. The party on the palate starts up with dark roasted chocolate working towards the nice roasted coffe on the middle and rounding it up some sweet cocoa beans to mellow the brew and give it a great aftertaste. Very refreshing and great drinkability

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

Pours a rich black with large brown head. The aroma is the best thing about this beer. It is full of sweetness. The chocolate smells definately come through but also some coffe and maltiness. THe mouthfeel is big and rich. The taste is a bit to much bitterness without much balance. A good beer I am happy to drink when available but not the best.

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Photo of timmah427
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a brownish, creamy head that soon sinks down. Aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is at first dominated by roasted malt flavors, but gives way to milk chocolate flavors. An overall delicious, perfectly balanced chocolate stout.

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Photo of Sticket
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- a 22oz brown bomber bottle.

A- pours a black coffee color with little to no light penetration. Creamy tan colored head holds long and lacing lasts through the end.

S- roasted barley, molasses, sweet dark chocolate.

T- well balanced roasted grains, dark chocolates and coffee, and a mild finish of hops.

M- creamy medium body that is moderately carbonated.

D- a great stout overall.

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Photo of JeepCop
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a 2008 KU National Championship pint glass :)

A: The epitome of how a stout should look! It pours a jet black body with a 2+ finger head. The head is tan in color and it appears dense enough to walk on.

S: Chocolate is predominant in the nose with a hint of roasted coffee. Really looking forward to this stout!

T: As expected, Chocolate is the dominating force here. I must admit, I was expecting a sweeter chocolate than what was offered. The chocolate has a distinct bitterness to it that works very well. The more you drink this stout, the more the bitterness turns to a semi-sweet chocolate. This is most likely a product of your palate adjusting to the bitterness. The finish is dry and lingering.

M: Minimal carbonation in this medium bodied stout. I fear the low carbonation is from sitting on a shelf too long, so I will definitely needs a 2nd offering from another store to confirm.

D: This is a VERY drinkable stout! The initial bitterness fades away as you drink and semi-sweet chocolate is a wonderful parting gift. A very enjoyable stout indeed!

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Photo of nihiloexnihil
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle to snifter, 54 degrees.

A. Beautiful foamy head, cream-colored, fizzes with a swirl. Strong legs. Good lacing.

S. Milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, roasted mocha.

T. Chocolaty goodness. Sweet, caramelized sugars, very little alcohol burn (which makes sense at 6%). There's some coffee-bean bitterness on the finish but it is extremely mellow.

M. Smooth, sweet, coats the palate. Great mouth feel. It does have relatively strong carbonation, but it is not overwhelming. Creamy without being syrupy.

D. Highly drinkable. Not sure if I'd go so far as to say "sessionable," but more than one may be had without problem. It's a great beer.

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Photo of SDbrewerJake
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer had a nice scent to it... Not sure if cocoa nibs was used or just the chocolate malt but either way i couldnt get the scent right. Taste had a overpowering smoked flavor that had a alcohol finish. I wanted more chocolate but overall not a bad stout... Just not their best. I would stick with their oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Sudmissle
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I thought Young's Chocolate Stout was top dog in this class until I tried this. This has a dark brown color, a thick head, as with the Rogue Shakespeare Stout. I find the Chocolate flavor to be ideal, strong enough to know it's chocolate, but without tasting artificial or being overbearing as to ruin the stout taste. A thick, hanging, tongue-coating mouthfeel with an aftertaste that follows the initial coffee and chocolate flavors through. It is somewhat pricey, but after drinking many good stouts, this one is very memorable with the ideal amount of chocolate. Unlike flavored coffees that taste gimmicky or artificial, this is an ideal blend of stout and chocolate flavors.

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Photo of PCaravan
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It is as black as any beer I've poured and the head is definitely the darkest I've seen though it does not stick around. It's intense color gives pretence to what is to come.

Smell: The smell is not intense but is rich in dark chocolate and malt.

taste: There's no beer that taste as much like a bar of dark chocolate as this one. Would be great as an after dinner dessert. This beer actually has a generic description of ingredients on the side of the bottle. I lost a little respect for the beer when I saw it at 'chocolate flavoring' even it was imported. It works really well but I would have been much more impressed if the flavor profile was achieved with malt and traditional adjuncts (like roasted barley) alone.

mouthfeel: It was a little over carbonated for my taste for a stout but it was smooth and silky... like an oatmeal stout, really cool.

drinkability: This is definitely an enjoyable brew from start to finish and would buy it again. Would work exceptionally well as an after dinner drink in smaller portions. It's not something you'd want to quaff several glasses of unless you're really into chocolate. Too bad I've only seen Rogue Chocolate Stout in 650ML bottles.

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Photo of HopsHops
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5



This is absolutely outstanding...
I didnt know chocolate stout could actually taste so much like actual chocolate.

Pair this with some chocolate ice cream. I dare ya!!! Thats what i have done and i am astounded.

Smell was a bit faint but the rich chocolate flavor and the drinkablity wow ...mouth feel was just right as well...Nice dark rich color
I should have got 2 of these...

Excellent work....

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Photo of jfrank85
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was decent with minimal head and very little lacing. Color was dark, not black, more dark brown. Smell was wonderful, chocolate malts that almost smelled smoked come to mind. Taste was also great with a strong emphasis on blending the chocolate and beer taste to its best potiental. I could definatly drink one of these on a hot day or even as a desert after diner.

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Photo of lawrence76
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft at bukowski's -2/19/2007 on a cold night.

Appears very dark in the glass, red when held up to the light. A deep, tan head formed and left exquisite lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of chocolate and heady malts.

Hop bitterness becomes apparent upon the first sip. Excellent body to this beer. A certain grittiness is evident, likely from the use of flaked barley or un-malted oats; simply wonderful on the pallette. More deep malts & some caramelized aspects are present, and a subtle hop aroma which compliments rather than distracts.

A wonderful stout to have on a cold winter night.

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Photo of BeforeNoon
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into Smuttynose Big Beer Series tulip

A: opaque with 1 finger tan head

S: cocoa powder

T: chocolate syrup, roasted malt

M: medium carbonation, malty and chocolate backbone, slight bitter finish

O: The first taste of this beer was all chocolate. As I drank more I picked up more on the roasted malt flavors towards the back with a slight bitterness at the end. The chocolate flavor lasts throughout. Very enjoyable and very drinkable chocolate stout.

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Photo of RichScherle
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - as black as a moonless night in BFE country. beige luxurious head that bubbles like a witches cauldron

S - Massive chocolate notes on the nose. Roasty barley, citrus hops in the background.

T - Wow, is this exceptional. This chocolate stout nails it on the head for me. Its so chocolaty but in a totally natural and not-cloying way. Its also got a nice roasted malt component but not so much to where it begins to make the brew harsh. It simply complements the general theme adding a bittersweet note. this is like mainlining pure dark chocolate but in a way that's pleasurable and not overthetop sweet. Rather dry and a hop bitterness is featured surprisingly strongly thoughout the mid and backend - but very refined and nicely (think orange zest mixed with the finest quality cocoa). Superb. Makes my heart giddy.

M - awesome texture - relatively full bodied with the right amount of booze and everything else to make this texturally phenomenal as well as delicious on taste. the tastes become richer and more intriguing with every additional sip you take.

D - awesome. I really could drink this and not be overwhelmed at all.

Overall, a solid brew and my favorite stout (and beer)from rogues

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Photo of GardenWaters
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a dimpled mug.

A: Pours dark and heavy with a big, dense, tan head. Some lacing present, but nothing overly impressive.

S: Wow, this brew smells absolutely delicious! Big bursts of chocolate rounded off by toasted malts and finishes with a faint, but noticable, hoppy presence.

T: Chocolate, toasted oats, more chocolate, and vanilla with a hint of hazelnut. This beer is not nearly as sweet as I anticipated, which made it all the more appealing. This brew really hides it alcohol well, and is probably the best-balanced stout I've ever tasted.

M: Medium-full bodied with the creaminess that is characteristic of the style. This stout is much more pleasing on the palate than many of the other stouts I've recently had, being it's not over-carbonated and maintains it's depth.

O: This beer feels good and goes down smooth. I would definitely buy it again. Hats off to Rogue on this perfectly-balanced brew!

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Photo of xboxhueg
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours pitch black, no light getting through whatsoever . BIG chocolate and roasted smell. Taste is drier than the smell led me to believe, but that is nice since this is so rich. Mouthfeel is heavy as $^!@, super thick like a shake. Thick, dense, creaming head that sticks around forever and coats the entire glass as you drink. This is a great chocolate stout, around the same enjoyment as Samuel Smith's for me.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,885 ratings.