Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,965 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,965
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 352
Gots: 453 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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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Ratings: 3,965 | Reviews: 1,891
Photo of BastardKing24
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a dark black, with a 1 finger tan head that leaves lacing. Not overcarbonated looking like some beers where the head is just huge.

Smell is a sweet chocolate and molasses note. Very sweet cocoa-ish, some roastiness. Kind of one dimensional smell, however it is very nice.

Taste is very clean and robust. Lots of chocolate in this one, however not sweet like youngs double chocolate stout. Excellent.

Feel is real good, nice carb, right in the middle of the road.

Overall I like this beer, for when I have an extra 2 bucks to toss at a bomber. 6.50 is kinda steep, but is it oh so good.

Photo of avwrite
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%

Cream of the crop when it comes to affordable Chocolate Stouts. You can find this about anywhere, I bought mine from safety, but don't be discouraged just because it's common. This stuff is legit, and I replace a bottle everytime. One of my favorite stouts. Smooth taste but has that "stout bitterness" it should. Dark in color, great in flavor, good on cool nights.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

22 oz Bottle.What a nice surprise.This was recommended to me by the High Desert Walrus.Goo gookey chew.Great Chocolate Stout.Tasted just like a liquid candy bar.Put on a little John Fogerty and I was ready to rock this one.At 6.0ABV it was a little less than I am used too from a stout but the wonderful flavor and that great smell of Chocolate just really did it for me.I will be drinking this again.Thanks Walrus.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pitch black pour with a creamy two finger beige head with good retention and great lacing. The nose is huge and really lives up to the name. Tons of cocoa and dark chocolate along with hints of milk chocolate, oats, and vanilla. The taste follows suit with the chocolate again dominating, but with a distinct bitterness. Hints of cocoa, caramel, leather, vanilla, oats, and roasty coffee. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with medium carbonation and a dry, bittersweet finish. Overall, this surprised me as I was expecting a sweet and syrupy artificial mess, but instead got a much more natural tasting chocolate stout.

Photo of ZagZagg
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle into snifter

A: Finger a half head of mocha color sits on an onyx brew, head has some good retention and medium collaring. Completely opaque, appears to have medium to light carbonation. Body looks on the lighter side.

S: Very interesting unexpected nose, rich dark chocolate, coco nibs, refined sugar, truffle, chocolate syrup, and molasses. Pronounced oat aroma, very creamy (yes that’s a smell). Sweet and succulent

T: Liquid dark chocolate, rich, sweet while also bringing bitterness from baker’s chocolate - Malt character is solid, sweet and lightly roasted. Caramel notes come and go throughout, good balance and subdued hop profile. Spots of sweetness from some un-metabolized sugars. Oat and truffle elements mesh resulting in a grainy dryness. Cappuccino overtones without being too coffee forward. Chocolate blast that’s very sweet, almost overwhelming.

M: Body fits the appearance, but I think it’s too light. Carbonation is light and fine, after taste sticks around, sweet and lightly chocolaty, quite similar to a mocha cappuccino.

O: Pretty beer, love the bronze/copper head, solid retention and collaring dress the glass nicely. Very sweet, probably works best for a desert or after dinner sipper. I wish the viscosity were ramped up a bit. Very rich chocolate presence, boarder line overwhelming. Reminiscent of Southern Tier’s works. Tasty sipper.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A pretty dark stout color with a strong mocha colored head. The lace thin but very strong and stained the glass big time as I drank the brew down. Very nice to look at. Nose was (guess) chocolate, candied sugar, caramel nougat, and a little rum-like ester. All were appetizing to smell, but none were presented or combined in an impressive way. Taste was (guess) chocolate and candied sugar. Had a dry hoppy finish but of the bitter sort you'd find in good chocolate. Even better was its almost fruity espresso flavors in the middle of its flavor profile. The mouthfeel was thin with a fizz that came from the head and hops. A very straightforward beer but by no means boring and one of the better stouts out of the six famous and beeradvocate highly-ranked ones I've had recently. Simple and simply edible, this is a tasty stout I am welcome to return to. With a way too easy mouthfeel, and skilled brewing, its a beer version of milk chocolate.

Photo of salvadorwill
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance
Very dark brown, opaque. At the very edge of the glass a slight brown/ruby color can be seen. Soft, creamy looking head that dissipates nearly entirely, but clings to the edge of the glass. Left little to no lacing on my glass.
4/5

Aroma
Thick, and heavy with the smell of chocolate. Not a coco smell, but the smell of chocolate syrup. No hop aroma at all.
4/5

Flavor
Light, roasted barley with a slight crispness. Flavor is clean and free of esters. The chocolate flavor is not as overwhelming as the aroma would suggest. Carbonation is on the smoother side, pleasant, and not too abrasive. Has a smooth, creamy finish, and the roasted chocolaty flavors finish well with a pleasant slightly bitter aftertaste. Could have slightly more body in the flavor and mouthfeel, and perhaps just a hint of acidity or sourness to balance the bittersweet chocolate flavor.
4/5

BJCP Style
Aroma 5/5
Appearance 4.5/5
Flavor 4/5
Mouthfeel 4/5
Overall Style 4.375/5

Photo of GuinnessRegular92
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Personally this Rogue beer is the only worth trying Rogue beer out there. I have tried a couple other kinds of theirs and this one was the only one that tasted exactly like it was advertised. Very good Chocolate Stout for those out there that like their Stouts actually sweet with Chocolate versus the Oatmeal or bitter taste.

Photo of schoolboy
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the best of the Father's Day gifts! I think. Best of the new ones. Maybe. It's a really great chocolate stout! That I know.

It looks great in a glass, with large bubbles and lace. Unusually large, actually. The aroma is a bit sharp and chocolatey. The taste is rich - intense, complex, bitter and slightly sweet (much less than some). It is not boozy or strong tasting in any way. Very well balanced and easy drinking.

It has a non-creamy mouthfeel. It is so missing that big chocolate stoutness, but it has a great easier drinking vibe. I can easily finish the bomber and live to drink something else afterwards.

Photo of heygeebee
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - pours a three finger coarse tan head over a black body. Fades slowly to film with little lace.

S - milky coffee, milk chocolate, nuts, pistachio.

T - very lightweight and at odds with smell. Darker choc notes on palate, lots of coffee as well. Creamy.

M - lightweight carbonation and lightweight body.

O - a surprise package, smacks of coffee and bitter chocolate but in such a light taste overall. Undecided. Still unsure of Rogue yeast tho to this palate with overall aftertaste.

Photo of bigalgochu
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Was a little hesitant about this one as it is the first chocolate stout I have tried.

Keen on trying a few more now!

This is a great beer.

Pours very dark with a tan head that dissipates

Smells something like ovaltine.. nice and sweet

Tastes hoppy at first with a lingering dark chocolate flavour

Excellent beer .. going to have to have a go at brewing a chocolate stout now

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have seen this beer in the fridge at work for months though never tried it. I decided to give her a go and purchased a 22oz bottle with my food. I poured the beer and it looked fantastic. I am a fan of stouts so I had high hopes. I took a whiff and the beer impressed me once again. It was only when I proceeded to take a taste that I realized that this was not my brew. The initial taste was delightful but then easily overpowered by strong hints of cocoa powder. I read the bottle and they hit the nail on the head by describing it as "chocolate truffle." Too choco for me. I would recommend to a friend. Merely for kicks- as a novelty beer.

Photo of scotorum
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams English nonick.

a: Opaque black. A two inch tall tan head receded fairly quickly to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Dark chocolate!

t: Same as the nose. Thge sweetness is balanced by some bitterness but not as much as noted in their Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout which I had recently.

m: Light to moderate. Occasional hints of wateriness.

o: A good chocolate stout, easy drinking and tasty.

Photo of mabermud
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent chocolate stout. The appearance is chocolatey, the smell is that of chocolate, and the taste is right on...chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, I would call this the standard for all chocolate stouts. Then again, if you want more of this, have the Double Chocolate Stout. A double serving of this magical drink. I will have this regularly.

Photo of admiral
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable beer - full of milk chocolate goodness

aroma: not surprisingly, strong milk chocolate predominates - very nice!

taste: creamy milk chocolate with spice, oats and coffee/roasted barley notes. Also has a hint of citrus from the hops and I also detected slight vegemite. Aftertaste has a slight bitterness with chocolate mixed in.

A beer that is great by itself but I think it would excel paired with a dessert.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark brown black with a great tannish head. First sniff and I'm in heaven. Pure chocolate. Expecting a sweetness due to the aroma but this beer is not sweet at all. Lots of body and flavor and goes down well. A very impressive beer. Can't wait to try the double chocolate.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 4/28/14. Comes in a single 22 ounce (650ml) bottle with a embossed label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a english pint glass.

Pours a pitch-black in color with a 3-finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly that leaves lots of lacing. You can smell the 'imported chocolate' right off the bat with some malts & hops. The taste is to be expected. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts! Just a slight bitter aftertaste, which is from the various hops. The "9 ingredients: 2-Row, C-120 & Chocolate Malts, Cascade Hops, Rolled Oats, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast" is written on the right side of the bottle. If you like chocolate stouts that is loaded with taste, then this is for you. First 'Rogue 'that I have had and they make several different types. Overall a enjoyable brew. I would of rated it higher if not for the slight bitter aftertaste that lingers.

Photo of Flounder57
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Super sweet powdery milk chocolate, roasted, bready malts, and a little earthiness.

Taste: Definitely like the aroma. Chocolate up front with some chewy malts, roastiness, bitterness, earth, and a char.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat light to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, a little chewy, and a little bitterness in the rear.

Overall: Pretty solid American Stout. Now I why it has been rated the most for this style.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich chocolate, a little coffee, and roasted malt.
The taste is nice and chocolaty with some mild coffee bitterness in the background to balance it out.
The texture is crisp with some smoothness on the side and moderate carbonation.
Quite enjoyable.

Photo of Mojo
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter

A - pours up jet black with a foamy two inch head that is a rich mocha color. Retention is pretty good and lacing is outstanding.

S - the aroma of chocolate, sweet and beautiful to the nose.

T - Definite caramel malt notes with some toffee and licorice thrown in, big chocolate flavor and a coffee roasted nut finish.

M - thick and chewy with a bit of a lingering aftertaste

O - I didn't expect much as Rogue produces mostly okay but unspectacular offerings. I thought this one was the bomb diggety. Loved it.

Photo of safaricook
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thick beige head, very stable. Body is black and clear. A beauty.
I smell milk chocolate, really sweet, not much else
Some sourness first, hop bitter, sometimes a bit metallic aftertaste, lingering dark milk chocolate, not sweet as nose suggested, only little roasted barley
Medium to heavy body, smooth, little but noticable fine carbonation
This is a good beer. It is well crafted. The nose is pure chocolate and the taste is nicely complex. The main problem I have is that the nose suggest something sweet and what you get at first is sour and bitter. I also miss roasted barley that is typical for the style. Anyway, will definitely get this again.

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into a small plastic cup (unfortunately all that I had at the time).

1.5 finger head over a solid black-brown body. Head settled to a thin layer that stayed around a while. Lacing on the side of the glass.

Chocolatey scent over the head, as advertised. Not much else.

Taste: Bittersweet dark chocolate. More on the bitter side than the sweet side. Not too bad. The bottle label says 69 IBU.

Moderately strong carbonation.

Overall, perhaps a little too tart for my tastes, but it's not so extreme that I don't want to finish it.

Photo of BierJager89
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a medium brown head.

S: Tons and tons of sweet milk chocolate in the nose, with some sweet cream, a touch of coffee. A bit like a latte or a mocha.

T: Taste is more like dark chocolate with a little roasted malt and a decent amount of coffee.

M: Full bodied and a bit creamy and kind of smooth.

O: Smells better than it tastes, but it's still a really good chocolate stout. Their double chocolate stout is better.

Photo of papat444
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this a while back, just getting to putting up a review now.

Poured from a bomber.

Dark pour, mostly chocolate in aroma and flavor. Nice, not too rich. Easy to drink for sure. Wish there were more flavor profiles but they did nail the chocolate part. Good but not a stand out for me.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.84/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

650ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a snifter and a wine glass.
No Bottle date.

Appearance: Rogue Chocolate stout appears pitch black in the glass , with a strong backlight only revealing a little deep red along the edges of the glass (this stuff is pretty dark for the Abv.). A standard pour yields a massive dark tan coloured head. The head displays fantastic retention and leaves beautiful rings of lacing clinging to the glass as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Given all the great reviews, the nose is actually quite disappointing. There is a fair amount of chocolate, but it seems somewhat fake and more like chocolate flavour than actual chocolate. Other notes include: Oats, toasted malt and some creamy caramel.

Taste: As with the nose the flavour is rather disappointing. There isn't a ton of flavour and the beer comes across as somewhat watery. There is a fair amount of (fake) chocolate flavour, some roasted malt, a toasty character and a pleasant bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Blegh, this doesn't work at all, the body is thin and watery. The carbonation is okayish at a medium-high level but it is a little harsh.

Overall: Another shitty beer from Rogue, I can't see I'll be buying anything more from these guys.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,965 ratings.