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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,629 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,629
Reviews: 1,842
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 270
Gots: 244 | 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 rabiddawg
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

rabiddawg, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of headyhopzhead
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

headyhopzhead, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of julian
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black, with a thick pillowy brown head from an deep pour. Almost solid foam lacing on the opposite side of the glass I've been drinking from and dotted lacing on the side I have been drinking from.

S: Mildly roasted, dark chocolate aroma, slightly bitter, yet sweet at the same time. notes of caramel, and toffee and maybe even some coffee beans in there too.

T: Taste is rich with chocolate. Tastes like dark baker's chocolate, in that it's slightly dry and bitter. It also has a mild roasted feel about it which was prevalent in the aroma too. Taste sweetens later on bringing out the flavor of mild caramel or toffee. Finishes off smooth. No lingering bitterness.

M: Great feel all around. Medium carbonation, smooth & easy drinking.

D: This is a super easy drinking beer. No sipping necessary, you can take a mouthful and down it with ease.

julian, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of modernartblues
5/5  rDev +20.2%

modernartblues, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Shnanign
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Shnanign, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of BrewmanCapote
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

BrewmanCapote, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of CoolJosh
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, 3 finger creamy caramel foamed head that dies down quickly to a thin layer. Really nice lacing on the side, looks pretty sticky.

Not very complex, very creamy and chocolatey. Some sweet, dark, and bitter scents rise from the glass. Slight caramels and even slighter coffee.

Not as creamy as led to believe, but all the chocolates are there: milk, dark, bitter. Some coffee on the tale matched with bitter chocolate and to a decent dryness. Not much complexity, but exactly what the name leads to believe, chocolate. A little thinner then I was hoping for. Rich, roasted malts at the end as well.

CoolJosh, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of tgatort
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

tgatort, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of oregone
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

oregone, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of jharkins07
3/5  rDev -27.9%

jharkins07, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of GMB
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle tells us that this beer is made with "imported chocolate." If ever there were a beer to give us reason to consider the Reinheitsgebot as outdated, this beer is it.

Rogue Chocolate Stout pours a very deep, ebony body with a cappuccino head. When this beer is held up against a strong light source, orange and red hues are only barely visible at the top and bottom of the glass.

The nose is outstanding. Intense aromas of dark-roasted malt and dark chocolate mingle with floral notes that are both spicy and resinous.

The taste of this beer something that I'll crave in the coming weeks. As the nose suggested, the dark-roasted malt are at the fore, and come together in perfect balance with the bittering hops to create the flavor of coffee. Moreover, a perfect balance of hoppy bitterness, roasted malt and chocolate flavor, produces the distinct flavor of a mocha. This is the beer's main flavor base, in relief against which floral, peppery, and citrusy notes dance on the palate. The alcohol content is key here. It warms the palate just enough to complete the sensation of a warm mocha, and complements the hoppy aromatics with notes of dried fruits (e.g., raisins, figs, dried apricots, and prunes) without confusing or neutralizing them.

The mouthfeel is a just a bit gassier, which is to say sharper, than I would like. Its body is full and luscious; a perfect complement to its chocolatey taste. If only the foam on my tongue were as luscious and creamy as the beer's flavor demands...

I was fortunate to have had a handful of roasted nuts, dark and golden raisins, and a couple of chipotle chocolate almonds on hand as I enjoyed this beer. If you feel so inclined, I urge you to try any (or all) of these as snack pairings.

Why the perfect overall score despite the imperfect mouthfeel? Because the imperfection is so slight, and because Rogue's Chocolate Stout is not only among the best Chocolate Stouts out there, it is also among the best beers I've ever had.

GMB, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pink glass to show off a ebony darkness with a two finger brown head with tight buggles that held to a firm cap for more than half of the beer. Good creamy lacing and chunks on the cap.

S: The nose was a deep textured roasted malt, citrus hops and liquer bittersweet chocolate. The nose is deceptive of the power that lurks within this monster.

T: Your pallet meets the smoothes delivery of roasted malts and typical west cop Cascade hops. But this is slicker than snot a kids upper lip to be as raw as possigle. Your tounge is treated to explosions of flavor of chocolate and the smoothest creamest texture I can think of.

M: Quick thick as a milkshake in some senses, but not viscous and the carbonation is might strong throughout.

D: This is by far the best chocolate stout I have ever had. While there is imported chocolate as detailed on the bottle, the mixture of malts and hops with this is pure joy.

Brianmerrilyn, Dec 23, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

NOLANDMAN, Jul 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

rocklibster, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of bkilpatr
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/05/08.

Pours nearly pitch black, slight brownish hue. Nearly three fingers of fluffy light brown head, which leaves nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is amazing. Sweet, sugary milk chocolate. Finally, a chocolate stout that actually smells like chocolate.

Taste is very interesting. I get lots of bitter dark chocolate, and little bits of creamy milk chocolate. I was hoping for a bit more of the milk chocolate, but overall the chocolate flavor is definitely there. Nice roasted malt flavors, and a bit of piney hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is disappointing. For a chocolate stout I was expecting something smooth and creamy. But this is much too carbonated. The chocolate aroma and taste are there, but not the smooth and creamy feel. Drinkability is decent though, it's not too thick and the ABV is relatively low (6%).

A pretty good chocolate stout, but would be MUCH better if they lower the carbonation and smooth it out a bit.

bkilpatr, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was very dark, obviously being a chocolate stout. It had a fairly small head, but it lingered. I have to admit this was my first Rogue beer (also first chocolate) so I wasn't sure what to expect. There was a nice chocolate taste to the beer, but there was also a very strong after taste which was almost bitter. I'm sure this beer is worth a taste if you like chocolate flavored beers or if you're a fan of Rogue in general.

Cubsfan1087, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of br3wmeister
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, almost black in color with a big fluffy light brown head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

S- Lots of sweet milk chocolate fallowed by a hint of coffee and other roasted aromas. Hops have a very light presence in the nose.

T- Big roasted flavors up front, coffee, roasted nuts and roasted barley. Chocolate comes in pretty strong once the bitter roasted flavors calm down. Some sweet caramel and light alcohol throughout, with dry bitterness in the end.

M- Nice silky malts then a bitter hop bite, nice balance, good mouth feel.

Overall- This is a really good stout, one of my favorite stouts that adds chocolate. This is a beer that makes me appreciate Rogue all over again.

br3wmeister, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer. Deep milk chocolate permeates almost every aspect of the beer- from the taste to the aroma, and even the mouthfeel is like drinking a hearty chocolate milk that is just perfect. My one complaint is that I wasn't able to directly discern the hop contribution to the beer because the chocolate flavor and aroma was so great. Maybe there isn't one or maybe it's not needed. I'll leave it until my next try to decide, but this is certainly a great one.

wiseguy142, May 22, 2008
Photo of madvermin
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark black with no translucent edges to be seen. Dark mahogany head that was about half finger and foamy; did not retain well.

Smell was pure malt chocolate, with roasted cookies and raw cocoa in there.

Taste was better still, with dark chocolate followed by a milky cocoa, which was then balanced by a nice happy middle that kept the beer from becoming alcoholic nesquik.

Mouthfeel was thick and smooth, although a bit thinner than the other stouts I've reviewed recently. Drinkability was phenomenal, as the abv somehow yielded so much taste that I don't know how they did it. Really awesome, affordable beer.

madvermin, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of TheRealBigC
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of surprised with this one. Was expecting a creamier brew. This one is a standard American stout, done very well, but for me it doesn't totally live up to the name. The chocolate is there, but it's very bittersweet. I say baker's chocolate and really high percentage cacao bars. A whole different kind of bitter compared to hops, but quite bitter. No doubt it's a unique one, and a very good one, but as far as chocolate stouts go, Young's handily beats this one because it is brewed in the milk/sweet style, which I think lends itself better to the chocolate. I feel like I'm kind of underscoring it, but you get my point.

TheRealBigC, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UnderPressure
5/5  rDev +20.2%

UnderPressure, Dec 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bcerv-ca, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Darkale
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black body. Magnificent tan head is creamy and uneven on the top and large-bubbled on the bottom. Yeasty aroma with a deep noseful of chocolate.

Burning, thin, and raspy in the mouth, with just a slice of cool creaminess coming through before you swallow. Interesting mixture of sensations. I would prefer a bit more thickness in the mouth, but I cannot find it in me to condemn this beer because of that wonderful mixture of raspiness and cream.

This is definitely a beer that you will not want to serve too cold. It just got better and better as it warmed.

Darkale, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of stevehagy
4/5  rDev -3.8%

stevehagy, Sep 12, 2014
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,629 ratings.