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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,684 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,684
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 275
Gots: 259 | 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 RockyTopHeel
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Very dark in color, with a creamy and lasting espresso-colored head. Smells of chocolate, nice and rich. Taste is full of milky chocolate, well-rounded and very, very good. Nice touch of hops, too, and their bitterness makes for a dry, almost dark chocolate like finish. Easy to drink, and prettty much wonderful. I'm a big fan.

This was a great dessert on Thanksgiving, too.

RockyTopHeel, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of artemh
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

artemh, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of yankeeheel
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, beautiful, ink black with a rather active espresso colored head. Maximal lacing and good retention. Smells overtly of chocolate and coffee. This is shaping up nicely. Taste wise it is a home run. Huge waves of coffee, slightly burnt, and chocolate malt enbalm your mouth. This stuff is desert and that's just how I'm having it. Finshes slightly dry with a nice sweetly astringent quality to it. Mouthfeel is rather big but quite enjoyable. God help me if I ever find this on tap.

yankeeheel, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of diverite
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

diverite, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of jhhollier
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jhhollier, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of quine
5/5  rDev +20.5%

quine, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Dbot
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Dbot, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Dools9
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint...

A: Dark black in color, produces a creamy two finger light brown head. Leaves patchy lacing and retains very well.

S: Milk chocoalte, roasty malts, slightest coffee smell but predominantly sugary chocoalte. Smell is more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: Bittersweet bakers chocolate, roasted malts, hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Extremly smooth and creamy.
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O: Wonderful tasting beer. Drinks more like a desert. A bit filling but very, very tasty. Definitely reccommended if you like your stouts

Dools9, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Shnanign
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Shnanign, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Benvarine
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Benvarine, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of goz
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep opaque black, with a quickly diminishing small creamy tan head which leaves a minimum of lacing. Aroma is nice and full of dark bakers chocolate. Flavor is similar, with dark (maybe a semi-sweet) bakers chocolate being dominant, and a hint of hops bitterness in the end. Body is smooth, creamy, and slick. Goes down quite easy, great with desert, or maybe by itself for desert.

goz, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of Buggies
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can you say about this one really. Smells like chocolate and tastes like chocolate. With that being said, nothing is really over the top. It also has other features that make it great.

It has the nice typical bitter punch from the highly roasted grains in a stout. Yet, there is an underlying earthiness that this beer has. It gives it a little extra special something between the upfront chocolate and the ending bitter bite.

The flavors get back a little as it warms. But could can wait for it to warm?

Buggies, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of BA_Berto
4/5  rDev -3.6%

BA_Berto, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of northstar23
4/5  rDev -3.6%

northstar23, May 23, 2014
Photo of Stubbie1
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As all stouts do this one also pours a dark coffee color. A tan head meets the top of the glass and hangs for a spell then leaves no trace. Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate is dominate nothing more and nothing less. The taste was a surprise, I thought it would be over done as some other chocolate type brews but this was well balanced with the chocolate flavor. It was not as sick sweet but a bitter sweet. Maybe the malt and hops used blended this well. Bottom line …enjoyable but too much chocolate could drive me nuts after awhile so I couldn’t put this as a session brew but definitely in the desert category. If you have had other chocolate brews and did not care for them…try this one from Rogue, it may change your mind.

Stubbie1, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, $5.99/bomber and 6% ABV. OK priced, a little high. Pours a nice, opaque ultra-dark brown to black. Wonderful head, about 4 fingers high, springs up and persists, leaving excellent lacing. Aroma is oaded, almost too much so, with chocolate. Actually, once it settles and warms a touch, it smells like hot chocolate. Some faint espresso notes and also a touch of hops in there, but dominated, almost to a fault, by hot chocolate. Maybe a little cinnamon hint also.

Flavor is a confusing mix of hot chocolate and tangy chocolate malt. At first it wants to be malty, then the initial tang burst gives way, one-two punch-like, to a rich chocoalte flavor. This then washes away and is replaced by the tanginess of the malt and some nice hop bitterness. Not too sweet, but there is some in there. Finish is super long and bitter from both the hops and, I think, the chocolate flavoring used. Kind of a jumble and sort of a mess. Not worth the price but it is unique.

What I like most: The beautiful pour.

What I like least: The confused flavor profile.

Verdict: Unique and robust, but not worth the price. Novelty only.

SolomonGrundy, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of neorunner
2/5  rDev -51.8%

neorunner, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of umustdrink
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black color, completely opaque. Light brown head retains at an eighth inch.

S - RICH coffee and chocolate. Very fragrant. Just like a mocha.

T - Bitter black coffee, nice milk chocolately aftertaste.

M - Slight carbonation, otherwise smooth.

D - This is a really good stout. The best "chocolate stout" I've ever had.

umustdrink, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of buzzedup
4/5  rDev -3.6%

buzzedup, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of johunnic
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

johunnic, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of sinistrsam
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This nice-looking stout pours thick and creamy, with a medium-sized dark-tan head that is populated by large bubbles. It dies off quickly, leaving almost no lacing. It looks completely opaque, even when held to the light.
I took one whiff and immediately fell in love; almost completely chocolate, but smooth milk-chocolate, not overpowering. A very light malty nose, with hints of hazelnut and coffee. I was excited to try it and hoped the sweet smell didn’t leave me disappointed.
I hate to say it, folks. I was. I’ve come to expect great thins from Rogue, and everyone else seems to be in that boat. The sweet, chocolaty smell led me to believe it would be a bit sweeter than it was. I know, I know it’s a stout, and should be treated as such, but the first thing I noticed was the bitter and highly carbonated mouthfeel. It was dry, smoky, with less chocolate than I was expecting. It most closely resembled chewing on a coffee bean; more bitter than anything. The feel wasn’t flat, but rather the taste. I thought I must have served it too cold so I waited a few minutes. And waited. And waited….and still, an even slight sweetness wasn’t there. I suppose it got slightly sweeter after a few minutes, but it was more or less flat tastes of bitter cocoa, oat, alcohol and coffee. It wasn’t very rich.
I’m not writing off Rogue by any means. It could be a bad bottle; I might have served it incorrectly. I don’t know, but I have to admit I was hoping for a little bit more drinkable beer.

sinistrsam, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of UA8
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep and rich and dark brown, with a light brown head.

S- Kicks in with a huge Swiss Miss hot chocolate scent. There's a slight backing of yeast notes and dark roasted malts.

T- Lead with big hot cocoa taste, moves on to rich toasted, and finished with bitter herbal hops.

M- Moderate viscosity, could be quite a bit more dense. Carbonation is low with a fine texture.

D- A very nice chocolate stout, which if it were just a touch more viscous could be great.

UA8, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a ruby-red-tinted black, opaque, with significant highlights when held up to the light. Topped by a large foamy and creamy tan head.

Mouthwatering aroma of chocolate truffles dominates the nose, to the point that it's difficult to get much of anything else out of it. But the chocolate aroma is so good, I don't care. Very minimal roast; color of the beer is about the only thing telling me this is a stout.

Chocolate, of course, on the palate, with a touch of minerality hinting at a dry Irish stout. Finishes with a light bitterness closely associated with cold hour-old medium-roast coffee. Sweet on the whole, but thankfully not cloying. Thinnish in body, but not watery; somehow, the thinness seems associated with the "natural chocolate flavoring added," but I can't specify why that is. Very drinkable, regardless. Indeed, doesn't taste like a beer with natural flavor added.

Not the best chocolate-infused stout I've had, but a solid offering, especially since this isn't an imperial.

wnh, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of elcrawl
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

elcrawl, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of crowbar540
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

crowbar540, Jan 05, 2014
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,684 ratings.