Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.16/5 rDev 0%
A - Poured out a deep, dark black color with a one-finger mocha head. Leaves lace from top to bottom.
S - It smelled of malt and chocolates.
T - It tasted of dark chocolate and roasted malt. A little bittersweet.
M - It was creamy and buttery. A heavy-bodied beer.
D - An amazing beer. It is like drinking a bar of great dark chocolate.
03-16-2007 03:33:42 | More by zeff80
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
I've had this one on draft, cask and in bottles; it's consistently excellent.
Appearance: Dark brown and opaque with a rich caramel-colored head.
Smell: Awesome dark chocolate smell from a mile away. One of the more pleasantly aromatic beers out there.
Taste & mouthfeel: Dark chocolate in the forefront with toasty, bready undertones and a slightly hoppy finish. Very balanced flavor, leaning on the dry side. Rich and medium-to-full in body, velvety and smooth on the tongue.
Drinkability: For the style, this is drinkable to the extreme. I can easily have a few pints of this in one sitting.
10-19-2006 01:22:47 | More by largadeer
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
650ml bomber. I've always liked this one, even shared it with my own mother, for heaven's sake. Time to get to a review, methinks.
This beer pours an opaque black, er, colour, with ever so slight reddish cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, thickly foamy, and billowy tan head, which leaves some continental drift map lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.
It smells of slightly roasted caramel malt, bittersweet milk chocolate powder, cafe-au-lait, a bit of gritty indistinct graininess, and some earthy, grassy hops. The taste is surprisingly edgy dark chocolate, sweet milk solids, lightly toasted caramel malt, a touch of hard toffee, and moderately bitter leafy, weedy hops.
The carbonation is soft and generally just supportive, the body a decent medium weight, well smooth, and more than a bit creamy, those oats representing tough. It finishes off-dry, of course, the chocolate and milky essences persisting as the hops come full 'round to play in this particular confectioners' wet dream.
A nicely balanced affair, something I wasn't exactly expecting - the hops keep the pushy bittersweet chocolate in check, making for a comfortable, easy-drinking stout - provided you have a chocolate sweet tooth, that is. One of Rogue's better offerings.
10-28-2009 22:00:24 | More by biboergosum
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Aged 22 oz. bottle - well over a year old - surprisingly "fresh". Very, very dark brown with only minimally visible ruby highlights showing through. The thick, rocky, light brown head holds extremely well and leaves excellent "spider web" lace throughout. The aroma is fruity and sweetly chocolatey - very much like sweet cocoa powder. The body is surprisingly full, and givies a very creamy mouthfeel. The flavor starts fruity (raisins, berries), then becomes softly coca-ish, cereal-like and chocolatey as it warms, and finishes astonishingly long with a burst of sweet chocolate, a coffee-like roastiness, and a gently bitter character. A mild but distinctive Cascade flavor eventually emerges once the malt residue has subsided. Wow! Quite a finish. Absolutely worth trying. Easily the best "chocolate" beer I've ever had.
10-17-2002 20:18:35 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
This is by far the best chocolate stout I have tried to date. (keep in mind that these reviews are off notes from long ago and my palate is much different now than then) The chocolate flavor is smooth and perfect as far as I am concerned. If there is another one out there that is better, I cant wait to try it. As far as appearance goes it is dark brown with a thick head.
12-30-2007 04:11:00 | More by RblWthACoz
3.53/5 rDev -15.1%
On-tap 5/9/08, at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is all chocolate with some roasted malts in there.
T: The taste is a strong mixture of milk and dark chocolate. It's very malty and bitter-sweet. A very mild hops presence comes in after a while but for the most part this beer tastes like a melted chocolate bar leaving that thick cloying sweetness in the after-taste.
M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-heavy body, light-medium carbonation, finish is very sticky.
D: Tasty if you like the intense chocolate, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I've had some chocolaty stouts before but I think this one overdoes it.
05-11-2008 01:19:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
A - Pours with a small, tan head of foam that settles quickly and leaves decent lace. The body is an opaque black color with just a hint of brown showing through around the edges.
S - A rich aroma of chocolate, nutty malt, honey, and dark bread.
T - Bitter chocolate and Turkish coffee up front with a little bit of roasted nut character. Very dry in the middle with a slightly acrid, burnt flavor that seems to be equal parts roasted grain and hops. Finishes with more coffee, and dark bakers chocolate as well as a surprising note of pine hops.
M - Medium-thick body with a coco-butter slickness, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - Quite an interesting beer, the chocolate character is undeniable, but the lack of sweetness skews it toward nutty coffee in a way that I didn't expect. The mouthfeel stands out more that that of most beers, due mostly to the unique slickness that comes from the chocolate. The hops in the finish help keep the beer balanced and make the darker flavors stand out. A good beer overall, though I think it would benefit greatly from just a bit more residual sweetness.
08-11-2010 02:13:32 | More by nickfl
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Appearance: Ebony just barely letting any ruby highlights through at the edges when held up to the light, seems viscous with the pour and forms a nice sized milk chocolate colored brown head leves behind beautiful uniformed webbed lacing. Aroma: Hints of roasted marshmallows, deep milky chocolate, toasted nuts just one heavenly aroma barely letting some floral notes of hops. Taste: Ladies and gents what a beer, this one is definitely worthy of the Best of BA, with dark roasts blending with hop bitterness in the finish upfront the beer is full of toasted nuts and chocolate pleasure. Nothing compares to this one just awesome I like Brooklyn's Luxury Double Chocolate and Young's as well but this one kicks up a notch in the right direction. Mouthfeel: Full bodied almost chewy definitely pours like motor oil this is one big brew, awesome. Drinkability: Limit yourself to bomber this stuff is flavorful and full in body as lucious as they come an experience that I am going to enjoy for the next 30 to 60 minutes just sipping on it.
12-03-2003 04:33:46 | More by WVbeergeek
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Jet black colour with a thick bubbly light brown two fingered head, sticks sporadically down the glass. Chocolaty aroma, reminiscent of powdered hot coco it even goes further with hints of carob with a soft powdery sweetness. Roasted malts are there but restrained in the aroma. Big viscous crispness within the full body and medium carbonation. Big dark chocolate flavours with a dark fruitiness in the middle similar to black berries, maltiness is big but the roasted flavours are humble yet generous with a mild bitterness from the bite. The blend of roasted malts and chocolate flavour make for a bitter sweet flavour likened to baker chocolate. Hops are held to a minimum though are certainly present with earthy undertones that complement the roasted flavours.
As far as flavoured stouts go this is one of the best, very well balanced and quite drinkable for a brew with such a big body.
05-26-2002 19:09:50 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
On tap @ Tria (Philadelphia, PA) on 4/2/11. Served in a pint glass.
Pours black in the glass, topped with a ½ finger of smooth looking burnt mocha head. This retains well, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. Chocolate is strong and delicious smelling in the nose, rounded out on the edges by notes of roast and green citrus. This smells great!
The taste doesn't miss a step, with rich chocolate flavors carrying on here, but this seems to be much more assertive with the roasted malt and hops, which really dries the backend of the profile out. Lingering burnt roast, in particular, is strong. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a pleasant mellow prickliness that flows well across the palate. That 6% ABV feels right-on here, with no alcohol flavors or even warmth being picked up at all.
This is one of those Rogue beers that I only try once in a blue moon but it never ceases to impress me. My wife always exclaims that "it tastes like a liquid tootsie roll!" and I'm inclined to agree. This is one of the few Chocolate Stouts out that there really brings those rich chocolate flavors to the table and then some!
04-04-2011 19:01:04 | More by Kegatron
4.85/5 rDev +16.6%
Poured pitch black with a fluffy light brown head. Head retention and lacing was phenominal. Head had the appearance of the skin that forms when you make instant pudding. Looked like some sort of dessert or tricked out coffee
Smell: Chocolate malt in the nose with slight hints of grain
Taste: Rich chocolate taste from the get go. Bitterness from baker's choclate? Slight dryness and nuttiness
MF: Slight chewyness and well carbonated
This beer works well by itself or paired with a number of desserts, yum
12-31-2005 04:37:20 | More by russpowell
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
Picked this up a while ago at Binnys. Finally got around to it. Served in a Pisgah pint glass.
A - Pours with two fingers of dark mocha foam that dissipates fairly quickly to a thickish cap. There are a few tiny specks of lace. Body is a super dark brown that is only a tiny bit lighter with a touch of reddish glow at the fringes.
S - Huge cocoa smell - reminds me of Hershey's chocolate syrup. There's also a nice amount of roastiness and some floral hops, but milk chocolate is incredibly intense and just takes over. I don't even know if I'd be able to tell if this was beer if you gave it to me blind. It's a little mono-dimensional, but it doers exactly what it sets out to do.
T - The taste is a big step down - light cocoa, roasted malts, and a strange earthy and slightly unpleasant aftertaste. I'm not sure if that's what Rogue describes as "chocolate truffle finish", but it tastes like dirt to me. The initial taste is more of a 3.5/4.0 but the aftertaste drags it down.
M - Higher carbonation than I'd expect - tingles a little and burns a touch at the back end. Medium body that is fairly smooth once the carbonation dies down. Lots of residual stickiness that unfortunately carries that weird aftertaste with it (although I'm not going to punish the mouthfeel for the taste).
D - The ABV is low and well-hidden, and the carbonation, while higher, isn't bloaty. I just can't deal with that weird aftertaste, although it dissipates quickly enough that the beer is still fairly drinkable (and you can always drink more to cover it up!).
11-16-2009 01:37:20 | More by MasterSki
4.72/5 rDev +13.5%
A mighty stout, and mighty, mighty delicious! Black as the dark night, she is, with a thick, prodigious, bubbly brown head. With a little stirring, it reminds me of Quik cocoa mix, which adequately describes the aroma and the taste!
Aroma is dry and earthy, loaded with cocoa,plus hints of anise and rum. It all gets richer, the more I drink in the nose...so pull it out, and drink already!
Smooth, very smooth, and tasty. Chocolate taste is not shy, and lingers in the mouth.
Goodness gravy, this is delicious!
Any technical knowledge I can pretend to fails me, and with a very good reason. This was the third, and largest, sample in my trio of chocolate stout tastings. I may have gone overboard...
04-06-2003 16:29:43 | More by feloniousmonk
3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
Beer is poured from a bottle into a stein. Beer is black with a brown thick head made up of small bubbles. The head falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is a little odd, almost lactic with a side of sweetness. Slight roast, this could have been much bigger and better.
First impressions, bitterness. From hops and from the chocolate. There is a roast character to it as well. Medium bodied mouthfeel is OK, some connectivity but there should be more sweetness up front. Drinkability is fine, its a good stout, but its not my favorite stout.
01-11-2010 16:55:09 | More by drabmuh
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
A - received the ale cold in a standard pint glass
Thick black body with thin sandstone tan shade head.
S - Bittersweet chocolate and chocolate malt aromas coplimented with sublte citrus odors that lingers with a faint hop aroma. The smell is similar to chocolate cereal.
M - Creamy tip of the tongue sweetness tantalizes. The full body and dry chocolate sweetness finishes with a slight bitterness.
T - Chocolate, the bittersweet variety similar to baking chocolate and cocoa flavors. Nutty and roasty malt with a subtle dry texture. Sweet mixes with bitter or spicy hop tinges toward the end.
D - Decent amount of chocolate in the aroma keeps you coming back. The Cocoa and bittersweet cocoa tastes are the primary flavor with a citric hop quality and a dry stout finish. It is a decent chocolate stout, but not the best chocolate ale overall.
04-15-2007 15:05:10 | More by Slatetank
4.46/5 rDev +7.2%
as good as a chocolate stout can get. this is divine. pours a velvety dark brown color with a thick milkshake head, mocha in color, sudsy and lasting. the nose is a mix of milk and dark chocolate, not overly sweet, but definitely real chocolate. well roasted malts are nice and dark and earthy, but not burnt to the point of being bitter. the flavor is remarkably chocolate heavy. its almost like youngs, but the sweetness isn't as intense thankfully. there is a very organic nature to this. its like adult dessert, I really like it. not incredibly complex, but more of a simple and straightforward brew, with little to distract the drinker from the robust chocolate flavors and smooth creamy feel. everything is balanced perfectly, the flavors here are just fantastic. full body, amazingly smooth, and it changes from cold to warm quite a bit. carbonation is mellow all the way through, just enough to wash it down clean. overall this might be the best beer rogue makes, and that's saying something! I am still yet to try their double chocolate though, so who knows...
03-29-2013 18:08:24 | More by StonedTrippin
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
The beer pours a dark black color with a thick brown head that lasts. The aroma is rich and sweet. It smells like a chocolate bar. There is a heavy presence of dark malts, mostly chocolate. The taste is good, but a little too rich. There is a taste of roasted barley and chocolate malts. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a heavy bodied beer. It's well carbonated and very smooth. This beer drinks very well. Definately a good sessions beer.
08-07-2003 21:22:41 | More by WesWes
3.95/5 rDev -5%
First had: on tap at Rogue, Portland, OR
Poured a dark brown-black with a minimal tan head; no lacing to speak of. Milk chocolate in the aroma and a bit of roastiness. Taste of bakers' chocolate, sweet, but powdery, more subtle hints of coffee and nutshells, with a little bitterness in the finish to offset the sweetness. Mouthfeel was smooth, but a little light for the style, I thought. Still a nice drinker overall.
01-10-2012 21:00:53 | More by Rifugium
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours black with a layer of tan head that goes away completely.
Smell: Reminds me of Hershey's syrup. A bit creamy and sweet with some mild roast.
Taste: Just like the smell. Super strong chocolate flavor. A bit roasty and creamy. The finish has a bitterness to it, but the chocolate flavor remains.
Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side and very smooth. Tingly, mild carbonation with a dry finish.
Overall: I've always wanted to try this one and I'm glad I did. Not as intense as Choklat. This beer is exactly what is says it is. I'd have another.
09-27-2011 03:10:33 | More by oline73
4/5 rDev -3.8%
The beer pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate syrup and piney hops. There is some surprising bitterness, either from the roasted malt or from the cascade hops. Medium-thick mouthfeel and a biting, high carbonation. A very nice beer, but I wish the hops were more in the background since I don't think the pine flavor melds real well with the chocolate notes.
04-28-2010 01:41:24 | More by Mora2000
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
a - Pours a dark dark brown, letting no light pass through. Little carbonation evident, but 2 fingers + of a brownish head with very good rentention. Looks great.
s - Smells of dark chocolate, sweet and roasted malts, some hops.
t - Tastes like a dark/bitter chocolate with some roasted malts. Slightly more bitter than I was expecting.
m - Little carbonation and a lighter body than I was expecting, on the medium side.
d - Overall this was a very good chocolate stout. It was a bitter chocolate but you could still taste some roasted malts, so the balance was nice. I would definitely try this again.
02-11-2010 01:04:26 | More by mdfb79
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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