Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,966
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 352
Gots: 454 | FT: 4
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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 mjpolzin
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A solid beer and it definitely delivers on it's chocolate taste but it wasn't quite complex enough for me. Just a chocolate beer by itself leaves me feeling like something was lacking. I also have to say that I would like a little higher abv with a beer like this and it only checks in at 6 percent.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled served in a weizen glass

Opaque black with beautiful 3 finger chocolate foamy head with popping bubble and sticky lacing with good retention

One of the most pleasant chocolate noses ever, more smooth silky milk chocolate than some, it fills the palate with visions on chocolate desserts of all varieties, especially hot cocoa. As sweet as the nose is the bitter start of the beer is actually a little off putting at first. I love a good robust bitter stout but this just does seemed balanced with the nose. Earthy, herbal bitterness with chocolate and a touch of warming mouthfeel, smooth, full body.

Overall anytime I want to smell yummy liquid chocolate this is a great pick, but there are many better tasting stouts out there though this one is solid.

Photo of richj1970
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass.

A: Pitch black with one finger tan head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Unsweetened chocolate, nuttiness, some coffee aroma. Chocolate prevailed originally with coffee coming into the foreground more as it warmed up.

T: Bitter chocolate with coffee notes. Mellowed quite a bit as it warmed up and came off a bit creamier and sweeter.

M: Full bodied and a bit dry with light carbonation.

O: A good chocolate stout. Enjoyable, but not my absolute favorite of the group. Flavor does improve substantially as it nears room temperature.

Photo of LampertLand
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rogue Ales 'Chocolate Stout' @ 6.0% , from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7

A-pour is a dark chocolate brown with a small tan head that is quickly dissapating leaving a spotty lace ring along the pint glass after every sip

S-so chocolately , made with imported chocolate

T-chocolate milk with good booze in it , also an earthy oatness lingers

MF-so smooth , good carbonation , medium to full bodied , there is the dry bitter aftertaste that lingers on the palate and throat

Ov-good almost great beer , I will seek out again despite the $$

sampled alongside Rogue-Mocha Porter & Granville Is-Imperial Chocolate Stout

prost LampertLand

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle, no bottled on date present, uncapped and poured to a Boulevard tulip glass. Excited to try this beer, as it will be my first stout from Rogue.

A - Pours dark as the night, no light is visible shining through. Nice finger and a half of mocha colored head chillin on top, that goes down quick.

S - Deep dark fire melted chocolate smell is prevalent for damn sure. Smells fresh, potent, and wonderful. Hint of vanilla bean in there, but ultimately the chocolate is the dominant feature of the nose. More of a coffee smell begins to creep out as the beer begins to warm.

T - Rich creamy chocolate hits you right away, and finishes with a nice subtle enhanced roasted coffee bean flavor. Very nice, to be sure. Again, as the beer warms the coffee bean flavor begins creeping out more, slightly overwhelming on the chocolate, which should be more highlighted than it is.

M - Creamy smooth mouthfeel. Dark coffee bean flavors linger around on the palate for a minute. A full-bodied beer, but doesn't sit as heavy as some beers do.

Overall, I definitely think it is a stout worth trying, but there are better chocolate stouts out there. This was the first one I've had by Rogue, and it was about what I expected it to be. A thoroughly enjoyable stout, although I'm no stout expert, so don't take my word for it. Try it for yourself.

Personally, I'm following this up with a shot of the Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey, which is going to be the real treat. Cheers, friends!

Rogue Chocolate Stout --- 4/5

Photo of KingSlayer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle poured into a beer pint.
poured a jet black untranslucent liquid, nice creamy dense tan 3 fingers persistent head, lots of lacing.
nose smells good but isnt that intense, composed of roasted malts, milk chocolate cocoa powder, and hint of aromatic hops.
intense palate of dark chocolate, dark roasted malty sweetness, bitter cocoa powder, surprisingly bitter (but not in a bad way) because i expected it to be very sweet.
full silky creamy body, lots of carbonation, alcohol well masked.
overall a very pleasant stout to drink, is heavy and creamy, the bitter cocoa powder flavor is marked and lasts in your mouth like a heavy mocha coffee. goes down easily, alcohol barely noticeable. this opens up as reaching towards room temp.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The stout poured from the bottle a solid dark color. Definitely no clarity to it. There wasn't much of a smell to it either; slight hints of malt and cocoa at most. The taste, however, was of a rich, bittersweet chocolate. It was like drinking cocoa nibs or a chocolate bar. It was pretty smooth. Lingering malt and bitter aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Definitely.

Photo of lighthabit
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 poured into a tall sniffer.

A - starts out with tall head of tiny bubbles, dies down to thin film, pretty nice lacing

S- when cool, a bit of sweetness and chocolate

T - cool, a very pleasing chocolate. I like this. As it warms, it seems to lose the sweetness I was enjoying and gained some bitterness; not necessarily a bad bitter, but it threw me off a bit after the initial sweetness

M - smooth when cool, a bit dry when warm

O - not a bad one, though I'm not sure I cared for how much it changed as it warmed up. I think it's not one to sip slowly.

Photo of arfenhouse
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A:Black with brown foam. Large head. Forms rings and has good retention. Can't look much better than this.

S: Bakers chocolate. Smells like milk chocolate malted milk ball candies.

T: Bittersweet chocolate all the way through. Finishes with a roasted malt bitterness. Chocolate flavoring was a bit overdone in my opinion.

M: Thick and creamy. Low carbonation. Perfect for the style.

O: A chocolate stout that delivers on the chocolate flavor.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Great looking opaque/black pour with a nice adequate 1+ finger mocca head. Smell was baking chocolates up front with semi-sweet chocolate on the back. Fits the name and that's what I was looking for. Maybe some burnt malts stuffed in there, but huge chocolate. Taste was melted chocolate bars with a little hop finish. Again, some dark fruits/malts are there, but the chocolate takes center stage on this chocolate stout bomb. I get a blend of different chocolate which is nice. Baking, semi sweet and dark combination. Feel is middle of the road and quite silky/creamy. Mild carbonation on this which is just fine. Overall- It is what it is! A chocolate stout with not a ton of bells and whistles. If you like chocolate in your beer, this is right there for you. Not over the top, but a good sipper and pretty enjoyable. A solid effort that hit the spot for me. Not the best out there, but work the try-

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is deep brown with a long-lasting khaki head and great lacing. Sweet chocolate, Hershey syrup, lacto, light roast, and coffee in the aroma. Taste is much more roasty, dark chocolate, a hit watered down, caramel, coffee, and anise with a lightly roasted bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Not bad for a chocolate stout which I'm not always too crazy about.

Photo of allenson21
2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber to pint glass

Had a LONG week of work and couldn't wait to drink this for the first time.

A - Cracked it open and poured (with a slightly heavy wrist) into my pint glass. Looks good. DARK brown - almost black - even in the light. Not much head (1/3 inch even with the slightly agitated pour) but a nice tan color.

S - Maltiness... Chocolate.... Nuttiness... Coffee? In that order. hmmmm, let's see how it performs

T - I left a little dinner on my plate, skipped desert, and passed on sweats all day for this?!? Where's the chocolate? I taste an average-stout, with average maltiness, and some hints of chocolate and nuts. A little too hoppy.

M - Oily / watery stout. Slightly under-carbonated. Not exactly pleasing to the palate.

Look, I understand the paradigm that chocolate stouts should not be over-chocolatey, however, this is will be a disappointment to anyone looking for an even-slightly sweet treat. It was drinkable, but boring. According to the website, this stout is:

"Ebony in color with a rich creamy head. The mellow flavor of oats, chocolate malts and real chocolate are balanced perfectly with the right amount of hops for a bitter-sweet finish."

-Color was ebony, but the creamy head was not.
-Oats? No.
-Chocolate malts and real chocolate? Meh, malts and a hint of chocolate.
-Too much hops making the beer more bitter than sweet.

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling date: none

A: A fairly aggressive pour into a standard pint glass produced about two fingers of light mocha colored and clumpy head. After several minutes this head dissipated to a collar and did not leave any lacing. The beer is a deep, dark infinite ebony and absolutely opaque.

S: The aroma is very strong and consists of rich chocolate and malt sweetness, roasted oats and barley, and just a little underlying earthy hops.

T: The taste has elements of unsweetened chocolate, dark roasted oats and barley with just a little bit of carbon char; and, there is also some earthy and just slightly spicy hops.

M: The body is fairly light with a very smooth and creamy feel. And, there is only a little carbonation which fits just right with this beer.

O: This is truly a chocolate tasting chocolate stout. Yet, since the chocolate has an unsweetened character it fits really well into really good oatmeal stout. The result of this combination is a pleasing blend and balance of unsweetened chocolate and dark roasted grains along with the some earthy and slightly spicy hops to add complexity.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my nonic:

A: thick black colored body with a two finger foamy tan head. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: milk chocolate up front with some nice vanilla entering sweetly in. Some malted roastiness is there as well.

T: bitter but also sweet in different aspects, sometime one or the other.

M: very thick with nothing harsh on the tongue, medium, fairly drinkable for an American Stout.

O: this is pretty good as some nice complex flavors come out yet it doesn't overly excite, though it could pass for a "milk/sweet stout." I'd have this again.

Photo of BigBarley
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out thick, jet black, with a finger of tan, bubbly head, immediately recedes to foam tracings

S - Sweet, milk chocolate profile, with vanilla right beneath, malt profile of roasted nature sits boldly behind it all. Surprisingly sweet aroma, almost 90% pure chocolate scent

T - Bitter, roasty flavor comes out on top, sort of an oaky black character, with a chocolatey sweetness hovering behind it all. Roasted stout flavor all over, not as much chocolate as a dark coffee stout profile.

M - Plenty thick, somewhat syrupy, active foam carbonation. Good and chewy, doesn't disappoint on mouthfeel.

O - Good beer. Great beer, in fact. Just didn't deliver much on it's promise. Did it smell chocolatey? Oh yes. Did it taste chocolatey? ...perhaps. Same as most stout, it had that roasted, dark chocolate character. But unfortunately, it wasn't much of anything special. The smell was more exciting and new than the flavor, but the flavor still stood up as a strong, enjoyable stout. I will drink this again, but not when I'm in the mood for strong chocolate notes

Photo of KajII
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a very dark muddy brown almost black with an average (1-2 finger) medium brown rocky head that receded steadily, down to a thin film with a large collar and had fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was loaded with chocolate right up front along with some burnt malts, a light resin hop and a doughy yeast and had notes of coffee, dark chocolate and a mild nutty presence.

Taste was bitter sweet and malty with a note of dark chocolate in the beginning, and then became moderately bitter with a bold dose of coffee and yes more bitter chocolate towards the finish. The flavor hung around for quite a long time after the swallow, with a very bitter mocha coffee taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was full in body with a dry, oily texture and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall and simply put, this brew is a Chocoholics dream and I am hooked...

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Photo of hoplover82
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours black with a solid two finger tan head that has excellent retention and beautiful lacing.
S-The aroma has a pronounced toasted oat note to it with some dark chocolate syrup and a very sweet caramel aroma. I can tell this is gonna be sweet and it smells like dessert.
T-Oh my goodness! It's truly like drinking the chocolate truffles rolled in quality cocoa powder I made with some left over gonosh I had, but in liquid form! This is delish! A perfect dessert beer for sure. And there are some earthy hops in the flavor as well along with a perfect bittereness to keep it from being too sweet. WOW
M-The mouthfeel is so balanced as far as dryness and sweetness goes. It has a medium to full body and very creamy because of the oats.
O-I fully enjoyed this beer and is probably the only Rogue beer I would buy again because of their high prices, (not flavor) most of their beers are way over priced, but this one is worth every penny for sure. When I go to a friends house, I'm bringin' this one for dessert. Such a well done chocolate beer. Thanks Rogue for this offering

Photo of DannyHartman
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I pour a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a 1-2" light brown head appears atop an opaque black beer.... Under the brightest light, you can see the slightest tint of brown around the edges.... The head dissipates quickly with minimal retention, but leaves decent lacing.

I take a whiff and get (but of course) super dominant chocolate notes with some toasted malts and the slightest bit of nuttiness.

The taste is very similar to the nose.... Mostly chocolate with a bit of coffee, toasted malts and nuts.... A little bit of oats in there, too.

This is a medium-to-full-bodied brew that is perfectly carbonated.... Very smooth and creamy going down with a chocolatey aftertaste that lingers awhile.

Overall, I love this brew.... One of the best flavored stouts I've ever had.... Leave it to Rogue, which is amongst my top 10 favorite brewers in America, to master a perfectly balanced chocolate stout in every way imaginable.... Once again, they cease to amaze.

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

22 oz bomber pours a near opaque black with a fair amount of floaties, and more than adequate tan head and lacing. Aroma reminds me a lot of Whoppers (hmm, chocolate covered malted milk ball - makes sense). Taste is chocolately, with faint coffee and smoke flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth - this almost drinks too fast. I'm usually a bit of a purist when it comes to flavored beers but this one is very well done!

Photo of bambam2517
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer for dessert! This stout delivers the chocolate with clear singularity, more so than the other two I tried this week. The others were good in their own right, but both had espresso or smoke or some other flavors muddled in. This is the one that really nails it!

A - Dark coffee brown and dense, less creamy than other stouts I've had lately and the froth dissipates quickly.

S - Slightly nutty, very prominent chocolate tones. No hop or malt character on the nose, nor alcohol.

T - Toasted nuts and chocolate initially, with the chocolate lingering. Sweet and the alcohol is well hidden.

M - Extremely clean for a Stout, no oiliness or burn. Consistent mouthfeel throughout the swallow, nothing surprising in this one. Decent.

O - The perfect beer for dessert, a great 'Mood" beer. Not one to fit in a regular Stout rotation due to the sweet character of this one, but very enjoyable in the appropriate occasion. Also make a great surprise/change of pace, I think I'll gift a couple this year.

Photo of sarajayne
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Brownish-Black

Smell: Cocoa, Chocolatey Goodness

Taste: Oh oh it's magicccc. The best part about this beer is it offers a rich satisfying chocolatey flavor without being overwhelmingly sweet. This beer is brewed with oats, chocolate roasted malts, and real chocolate- so there's no tacky artificial flavors here. Everything comes together perfectly and makes this beer enjoyable all the way through.

Overall: Personally, this was a filling beer for me. I would recommend it with dessert or as a night cap. Best served a little warmer than most beers- 50-55 degrees F would be ideal. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Center pour into tulip produced a shiny, inky black body with dark tan foam a finger thick that trailed lacing as it receded

S: very mellow, smooth espresso and subtle chocolate malts

T: roastiness of barley and smooth mellowness of chocolate malts; moderate espresso coffee flavors; nicely bittered with a little bite on the finish, which made the beer vibe classy; roasty burnt taste on the mid-palate; dry bittersweet chocolate

M: medium-to-full bodied, slick across the tongue; some bitter tingle; gentle chocolate malt/roasty aftertaste

O: a very distinguished-tasting beer - forward in approach, embracing the style with a simple elegance.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome, big stout that is delicious, and really, it's fun to drink. I wish the smell was a little sweeter, maybe let some more malt come through with the chocolate, but it's hard to complain too much about this beer.

This is one that is great for introducing people to beer, or at least helping them realize how diverse beer can be. It is also a great food beer, pairing well with chocolate, but also Ice Cream!

Photo of Greenjack
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stouts are my style of choice. Being a home brewer, I thought I would try a few 22 oz. bottled brews this weekend for a couple of reasons. First, try something new. Second, invest in some larger bottles for home brew that will cut down on my bottling time.
I have tried some of the other Rogue styles in the past and have not been overly impressed but when I tried the Rogue Chocolate Stout I was blown away. In review, I do not know how this brew can be improved. I have purposely stayed away from some of the other Rogue styles in the past but chocolate stout is a home run.
Rogue, you have changed my mind. Now my quest to emulate this brew at home begins.

Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, Sept. 24, 2012.

From a 22 oz bottle into a nonic.

A-The beer pours coffee-black with brown highlights if you shine a light in there. There was a 1.5 finger, dirty-brown head that recedes slowly leaving a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

S-Cocoa and, uh, chocolate, obviously. Milk chocolate to light-dark chocolate to be exact. The smell is pretty concentrated on those flavors, but I got a whiff of roasted malts and oats.

T-Mostly follows the chocolatey smell, but a bit more bitter. I got a bit of smoke, which makes the chocolate notes almost like semi-sweet chocolate. There was a bit of nutty flavor on the finish.

M-The beer leans toward heavy, but not nearly as oily or heavy as an RIS.

O-As advertised, this is a chocolate stout, and a good one at that. Is this the best chocolate stout out there? No, but if you want to sip on a dessert beer that won't bowl you over with ABV, this is a nice choice in complexity and taste.

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