Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales
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3.18/5 rDev -23.6%
650 ml bottle, "Made with imported chocolate" stamped on bottle.
Pours almost black with a foamy tan head that descends to a thin cover.
The smell is of sweet chocolate with some cherry notes.
The taste is of bittersweet chocolate truffle upfront. Slightly chalky. Some metallic/plastic notes. Opposite of descriptiion - start off sweeter and ends more bitter. Not too fond of the way the Cascade hops work together with the dark malt and chocolate.
The feel is a bit thinner than expected, but holds up decently. Doesn't quite coat the mouth the way I would like it to.
I love chocolate and stouts, but this one doesn't thrill me. I much prefer the Shakespeare Stout.
04-13-2007 00:21:31 | More by jwc215
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours with a thick darkish brown head. Quite black in color. The head is so meringue like that I take a bite of it. The head is like biting into the lightest, fluffiest, slightly sweet chocolate mousse. The aroma is strongly of chocolate, it dominates the aroma of this beer. Quite a creamy body, lightly sweet as well. This beer finishes with a bit of dark malt and a subdued bitterness. Just like the aroma, the chocolate is dominant in the taste of the beer as well. It is like eating a dense, rich, creamy chocolate dessert that is only lightly sweet. Very good, though I must say that it seems a bit one-dimensional.
01-05-2004 22:03:14 | More by Gueuzedude
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Very dark brown with a deep beige head (light brown?). Three-finger head from the pour, excellent ring lace on the glass side with each sip.
Strong cocoa aromas, almost like hot chocolate mix. Some sweetness to the smell. Some dark malts come through; no discernible hop.
Very chocolatey taste with very little sweetness. I like how the beer transitions to a subtle hop flavor. Perhaps the only flaw is that aftertaste is so brief. Thick body, similar to hot chocolate. Appropriate carbonation. Nice complexity with lots of differing tastes coming through at different points of the taste. The balance at the swallow is something special.
Do you like chocolate? If so, this is a great beer. It does not have the usual overdone flavors, just a wonderfully balanced brew. If you're expecting a dry stout, this will be quite distracting. Go with cocoa flow and enjoy.
12-31-2005 21:43:08 | More by smcolw
3.63/5 rDev -12.7%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours black with a frothy two finger creamy tan head. Lots of lace. Very good head retention on this one. A great looking pint of stout.
S: Milk chocolate, notes of roast, pleasant and soothing.
T: Big roasted malt flavour. Very dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate of the nose. Bitter, lightly hoppy finish.
M: Light/medium-bodied actually. A bit acrid.
D: I remember this being sweeter in the past and I liked it a bit more then, but it was nice to return to a classic brew.
04-12-2010 05:50:34 | More by Halcyondays
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a black color with a thick brown head. The aroma is sensational as chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and some more chocolate are very strong on the nose. This first smell did get me ready for the chocolate overload here. The flavor is huge, my first thought was a liquid chocolate candy bar. The chocolate is wonderful and the stout is well balanced on the malt and bitterness levels. By far the most flavorful chocolate beer I have ever consumed.
The mouthfeel is thick and full bodied. Subtle coffee and bitterness linger on the tongue behind the chocolate well into the aftertaste. The drinkability is knocked down a notch because after finishing the bomber bottle, I felt like I ate the several whole chocolate bars and I had enough for this sitting. I consider this a chocolate meal.
01-01-2004 19:50:07 | More by Gavage
3.2/5 rDev -23.1%
Reviewed live. Reviewed as an American Stout because it self-identifies as a chocolate stout and it's American. Okay label art. "Made with imported chocolate." 69 IBU. 15 degrees plato. 650ml brown glass bottle with standard branded pry-off cap acquired at a local Vons grocery in Santa Monica for $3.99 and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are above average since it's on the beers of fame.
Served chilled, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Little lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is well above average - about 3-4 minutes.
Body colour is a predictable solid opaque black; dark but not a jet black per se. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Standard fare for the style. Not unique or special. No obvious flaws.
Sm: Cocoa powder/dust, chocolate malt, dark malts, caramel, buried light roast. Not getting any coffee, vanilla, or molasses. Hop character is present yet generic; hopping is primarily preservative here. Sweet. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. An above average to mild strength aroma.
T: Dark malts and chocolate malts dominate, but there is a slight hint of roast just before the climax that dies almost immediately. Definitely on the sweeter end of the sweet/bitter spectrum. Stale cocoa dust. Oats. Fairly balanced, but there's room for improvement. Would definitely benefit from more complexity and subtlety. I do like it in a general sense. By no means mind-blowing. The chocolate itself isn't particularly rich or evocative; sort of a generic crumbly milk chocolate with heavy cocoa powder notes.
No coffee or vanilla. Lacks flavour diversity, depth, and intensity. Flavour duration is good.
Mf: Smooth, wet, and slightly soft. Good thickness. Nice creaminess for what it is. Good carbonation. Not biting, harsh, gushed, or oily. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Not syrupy. Decent body.
The soft texture is a highlight.
Dr: Very drinkable; I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle. Fairly priced at $4.00 USD per bottle; I'd definitely get it on-draught at this price. For a beer of fame though, it's not horribly impressive. A pretty decent offering from Rogue, but it's far from mind blowing. I wouldn't want more than one in any given night. Tasty but forgettable. Rogue makes better beers. Hides its ABV well.
08-02-2013 04:43:54 | More by kojevergas
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
04/15/05- Purchased at Belltramo's Wine and Spirits in Meno Park, CA
Presentation- Poured into my Chouffe Noel tulip. 22oz bottle with no dates.
Appearance- Very dark pour with a nice dirty 2 inch head which settled over a few minutes. Lacing was very nice as well.
Smell- Dark chocolate and a bit of toasted malt.
Taste- This has a great roasted malt flavor backed with a pretty large dark chocolate taste.
Mouthfeel- Semi-carbonated and a nice coating mouthfeel.
Drinkability- One of my top chocolate flavored stouts. Not quite as good as Stone IRS, but not that far. Quite delicious. Would be great as an after dinner dessert.
04-16-2005 16:21:38 | More by GClarkage
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a cocoa colored brown with thin white head. Aroma dominated by chcolate malts roasted coffee and tostie rolls. Flavor once again dominated by chocolate and chocolate malts. Nice roasted character and hops provide a tasty bitter dry finish. Very Good!
11-27-2008 08:11:08 | More by corby112
3.95/5 rDev -5%
This one is really really good. Although, some of the reviews may be a bit on the overkill side of praising her. The appearance is murky black with constant strings of bubbles arising throughout the entire duration of the brew. Actually looks like Bosco's/Hershey's syrup when I pour the remainder into my glass. Smells of bitter chocolate all over the place with a sweet malt jumping into my nose. Definitley some semi-sweet chocolate going on about halfway through...I also like trying different chocolates! I have to say that this brew is a good one but it is sweet. There's just not a ton of balance going on as the finish is lingering all on the front of my tongue. That IS what I expected though being a chocolate stout. Feels pretty good going in and down the hatch, with some carbonation and bitter sweet chocolate tickeling the front and sides of my mouth. This was out of a 22 bomber, so I think that 1 of these would be enough for a night. It is a good one to cap the night with though.
Finger licking good!
04-07-2005 03:01:46 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
on tap at Canal St in Reading
Pours a dark, opaque milk chocolate color with a creamy, dark tan head that leaves sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is rich and sweet like cocoa, milk chocolate, maybe a little coffee. Like aroma, huge sweet milk chocolate taste, cocoa powder, etc. Slight roast bitterness in finish. Medium bodied, but very creamy. A very nice dessert beer, and very pleasant with the low alcohol (comparable to other stouts). Chocolate is the most dominant flavor, but never out of control or overpowering.
02-16-2009 22:14:23 | More by yourefragile
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse US Beer SpecTapular.
Pours a deep, almost opaque black brown, jus with hints of lightness at the corners - looks like melted chocolate with blackberry syrup. Head is thick, heavy and big. Delicious. Lacing sublime. Hell yes, this is a beer!
Delicious cocoa nibs on the nose, sweet and dusty and rich. That's it, you have to admit, but god it's good.
Nice huge roasty chiocolate character on the palate too. Not very sweet, but the roasted rich bittersweet character of true dark cocoa-rich chocolate. Even a light resin peeping through. Very good.
Mouthfeel very suitable: creamy and smooth. Not terrible thick, but very good.
A very smooth, drinkable and delectable beer. Thankyou Local Taphouse for bringing it to our shores. It was better on tap here than in bottles in the US.
07-12-2009 05:33:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Picked up a bomber from the Blue Max in Burnsville, MN.
Pitch black body, darkest American stout I've ever seen, look like a double or imperial stout. Tan/brown head with some lacing and a little head retention.
Smells like dark chocolate. Fairly strong aroma, but very complex tho. Tastes like dark chocolate too, and again, lacks complexity. No roasted malt flavors to be found. At 69 IBUs this beer is surprisingly balanced however.
Interesting mouthfeel, a bit heavy, but very smooth drinking. Big flavors, but not overwhelming. Easily the best Rogue brew I've had thusfar and best chocolate stout.
12-19-2005 00:50:05 | More by tempest
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured a very, very dark brown and the tannish head looked good and the chocolate smell was awesome. Taste was roasted malts and hersheys chocolate upfront, beginning to end. Mouthfeel is amazing, cocoa, roastiness and a slight coffee hint but very minimal. I can drink this all day long.
06-17-2009 15:19:34 | More by barleywinefiend
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
This chocolate stout was everything I had hoped it would be. Initially, the bitterness reminded me more of an imperial stout. It has a very good mouthfeel with hits of chocolate bitters. Very rich smelling chocolate sent.
On a side note, I was ackwardly surprised by a piece of what appeared to be partially melted glue stick floating in the bottle before I pourded my second glass out of the 650 ml bottle.
04-07-2009 01:05:22 | More by stakem
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Bomber bottle, pours black and rich, engine oil. Heady nose of chocolate and expresso. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Notes of expresso, cholcoate, chocolate cake. This stuff is just plain yummy. Great dessert beer, great for a night capper. Classy product from a long time major player in the craft brew market. Thanks Rogue..
05-13-2004 01:48:30 | More by Billolick
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a big chocolate malt head. Decent lacing as well. The smell is of fine dark chocolate. A little sweet, a little winey, a little malty, and a little sour with that undefineable chocolate aroma as well. Taste is similar. Not hugely malty and sweet, but more subtle. Very nice chocolate flavor, pure and rich with high quality chocolate. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but quite smooth. Not the vreamiest stout out there, but a little tannic bitterness from the chocolate helps to not make it cloying either and heightens the drinkability. The good quality chocolate in this beer really makes a difference. Quite nice.
01-07-2007 03:00:18 | More by Georgiabeer
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
This is a bomber of Chocolate Stout purchased at Barnyard Spirits and served chilled in a Great Lakes tumbler.
A: The ale is black with a whitish-brown head.
S: Sweet milk chocolate dominates the nose.
T: The stout runs the gamut of flavors. Up front, sweet chocolate notes hit the tongue, followed by a mid-strength hop flavor then closing with a long-finishing roasted malt flavor.
M: The mix of sweet and bitter flavors give the beer an interesting mouthfeel.
D: The ale is very drinkable with a decent hop flavor that underscores a decadent chocolate taste.
08-18-2006 01:34:43 | More by akorsak
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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