Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,874
Hads: 3,978
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 365
Gots: 463 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of timmah427
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of Sticket
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of nihiloexnihil
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of SDbrewerJake
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of Sudmissle
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of PCaravan
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (1,209 characters)

Photo of HopsHops
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WHOA!!!

CHOCOLATE STOUT

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.... (428 characters)

Photo of jfrank85
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of lawrence76
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of JeepCop
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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! (1,091 characters)

Photo of BeforeNoon
4.42/5  rDev +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. (474 characters)

Photo of RichScherle
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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 (1,207 characters)

Photo of GardenWaters
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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! (941 characters)

Photo of xboxhueg
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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. (413 characters)

Photo of Bonzo
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (466 characters)

Photo of NickLovesBeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Stout pours pitch black in color with a huge tan head and great lacing. It smells of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Very rich, creamy, and absolutely delicious. When I first tasted this beer I was amazed how they could pack so much chocolate into one beer. An utter joy. (290 characters)

Photo of hopmonkey
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolatey, dry and chalky. Some hints of complexity, but never really opened up to reveal more than the mocha/chocolate notes. Bitter on the finish, but clean. Very nice with something sweet. I would not describe the taste as thin, but certainly one-dimensional. It may be decent for what it is, but I do not feel the need to return. (334 characters)

Photo of Breen
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour/Appearance: A black pour without much change in light; velvety tan, 1 finger, head that dissipates slowly with moderate glass lacing.

Smell: Strong smell of milky chocolate pretty much overpowers any other notes. I initially perceived some cherries, but think it was the chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: A creamy and smooth stout that isn't too heavy, yet retains a full-bodied character.

Taste: The chocolate flavor is evident, and it is balanced with a bitter finish from the hops and subtle spicy notes in-between.

Overall: This is an excellent stout overall. It's a bit too bitter of a finish for my liking, but still quite drinkable nonetheless. (653 characters)

Photo of JFCLACK
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hate to defend from the brothers. I'm disappointed. Mouthfeel thin chocolate faint and bitterness dominates finish. I love everything Oregon but this not up to snuff (167 characters)

Photo of andebrice
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black, with a tan two finger head that didn't stick around very long. Good color for the style. Smells of sweet chocolates with hints of vanilla and caramel. Very Very sweet smell. This smells really good cold, I will have to let this warm up a bit and then smell it too. I would have to rate this as one the best smelling ,for the style, that I have ever smelled. Doesn't seem to taste as sweet as I would have expected. Has a nice dark, very bitter chocolate fell through most of the drink, finishes with a burnt toast or kind of an oatmeal stout character, with just a hint of vanilla. This is a very full brew with minimal carbonation, perfect for the style. I may just add this to my regular drinking list. I should also note that if beers were rated on smellability this would rate a 5. I could smell this brew all day long. (843 characters)

Photo of JayDub
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Extremely dark brown, only a hint of light at extreme edges. A dense, tightly packed, caramel colored head that settles to a nice sheet, and leaves a sticky lace all the way down.

S - Toasted malts, mollases, toffee, and obviously rich dark chocolate. It's a wonderfully inviting aroma.

T - More roasted malts, unsweetened dark chocolate, a hint of hop spiciness, and some dark fruit.

M - A creamy, medium-thick body that goes down with ease. A surpisingly clean and dry finish given the chocolate content. A fairly low level of carbonation brings just the right amount of bite.

D - Well, I drained the bomber in short time. I thought the chocolate content would slow me down, but not so. I'm not quite gonna call it sessionable, but it was a joy to drink. I will definately do this one again. (840 characters)

Photo of Bootscraper
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This received the most votes in a thread about chocolate stout in another online forum, so I had to pick this up as soon as I discovered my local super market actually carried this.
Served at about 50 degrees F in pint glass listening to Cattle Decapitation's "The Harvest Floor".
This beer is motor oil black, and completely opaque. The pour created a pillowy light-brown head about 2 inches thick that did not disappear until I was halfway down the glass. There was a adequate amount of very sticky lacing as well. Also, on the pour path in my bottle and in the bottom of my glass, there actually was powdery chocolate residue left over.
The smell was very robust of cocoa or dark chocolate. Very inviting! This was backed in larger whiffs by a slight "steely" scent of hops & hint of alcohol.
The flavor started off kinda malty sweet (which surprised me for being a Stout and all), and blended right into a pure dark chocolate taste that snow-balled in momentum towards the finish, and peaked in a moderately-lengthy aftertaste. There was also flavors of tangy hops (this was especially present in burps that served as pleasant interruptions to all that chocolate).
It was medium-bodied. And again, this surprisingly was not your typical dry-ass stout... the fact that is was just a bit malty lent some sticky properties to the mouth-feel, which I enjoyed. Low-carbonation levels too, this kicked ass.
I highly recommend this beer to anyone who loves really dark chocolate. I am not one of said people though, so I personally will not be purchasing this again, but this beer definitely hits what it aims for. (1,612 characters)

Photo of Gambelli
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Lots of technical brewing info
printed onto the painted label bottle, but no ABV.

A- Pitch black, semi-sweet chocolate color. No light gets through this one. 1/2" light brown
head, dissipating into a fine layered cap. Carbonation level undetectable due to the dark color.

S- Chocolate and more chocolate nose. Maybe a hint of roasted grain. No, wait, that's more chocolate. A bit of marshmallow cream in there too.

T- Roasted grain bitterness up front, washed away by sweet creamy chocolate, dark chocolate, and other exotic chocolate flavors, along with a touch of mocha/coffee on the back. Familiar Rogue PacMan yeast there too.

M- Creamy smooth to start, with grain and a little hop bitterness, passing into a coffee-like
tang.

O- Not one of my favorite styles, but a great representation of it. Exactly what the label declares, Chocolate Stout. Good balance, creamy mouthfeel, plenty of chocolate. Well done beer by Rogue. (990 characters)

Photo of biggietattoos
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Chocolate kicked off my evening of beers and I was definitely pleased with my choice (as I usually am with Rogue)

Poured a nice deeeppp blackish brown with a minimal mocha colored head.

definitely gave off an aroma of cocoa, nutty, coffee notes, Not overly malty.

Definitely gives a nice hint of chocolate flavor also a little bit of a mocha coffee taste, slight bit of malts on the back end that quickly dissipates.

Nice and smooth mouthfeel. Not overly thick and syrupy very drinkable stout.

Definitely will pick this one up again (543 characters)

Photo of mvforegonian
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz into a Rogue pint glass!

This beer is made with Harrington, Klages, Cascades and Crystal hops. Imported chocolate and rolled oats creates a beyond wonderful flavor. Ebony on color with a rich creamy head. An earthy flavor of oats and hops that gives way to a rich chocolate truffle-ish finish. The flavor changes with the temperature to develop from more chocolate to more malts. Yum! This is a go-to beer. (427 characters)

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