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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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93
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Reviews: 1,892
Hads: 4,083
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 405
Gots: 546 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 5.80% 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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Reviews: 1,892 | Hads: 4,083
Photo of Greenjack
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of 57md
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a finger of tan head. The nose is distinctly chocolate. The chocolate flavor is certainly present upfront, but the roast profile is not quite up to the standards of top tier stouts. The finish has a definite cocoa bitterness that makes for a nice ending to a solid offering.

Too often I find that brewers like to hype their "chocolate" beers, but rarely do they deliver on actual chocolate flavor. This offering is one of the few chocolate beers that can be marked "as advertised."

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Photo of frankiepop
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Oregon made stout is the wow of stout beers. I don't know if this is my favorite stout stout, but damn...it knocks me out. This is a contender for first prize of stouts with especially another Oregon stout - Obsidian!

Let's get to the review. Appearance? Black black like purple black with a creamy tan head that won't quit. 5.0.

The aroma of chocolate fills your senses so much that I had to give it a 5.0 too just for its sheer strength.

The taste is a strong stout melded with chocolate. Lotsa chocolate. The chocolate shows up on the first taste. Stronger chocolate flavor than even Young's Double chocolate. I don't know if this is my favorite stout. I don't know if I want this much chocolate, but I rated it at a 4.5 just to give it the proper props that are due to the tremendous effort by the makers of this beer. Hoo-wah.

Complement this beer with a silent watching of Foxxy Brown movie while listening to Grace Jones singing La Vie en Rose and more of her techno punky miracles.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very viscous pour produced a three finger light brown head atop an opaque black body. Laces well.

Aroma: Like an Oatmeal Stout with that added chocolate factor. Sweet and slightly roasty notes.

Taste: Interestingly enough the biggest flavor I get here is a smoky and similar to tobacco. It's not a bad thing per say, just not what I was expecting. I think what I'm tasting is a combination of dark roasted chocolate and the hops. At 69 IBUs the beer leaves a distinct, but by no means overwhelming, bitterness in the finish. As I get further into the beer, that tobacco flavor is fading and the chocolate profile is emerging. 6% ABV actually seems low for how thick and robust this beer drinks.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thick, between medium and full bodied. Average drinkability and a little too much carbonation for the style.

Final Thoughts: Although the flavor profile on this one was not quite what I was expecting, it's a unique change of pace from the usual Chocolate Stout. Would I drink it again? Probably not, an interesting beer but not one I feel the need to revisit.

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Photo of skilaxin1088
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured this from a bomber into a "drink vermont beer" pint glass. had a nice tan 2 finger head that receded to about a quarter inch. not very aromatic, but black as night. feel is good, medium bodied for a stout in my opinion. the taste is what really gets me. it tastes like a chocolate milk with far more chocolate than necessary. its fantastic. but really all chocolate and quite delicious definitely a chocoholics dream.

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Photo of ABisonEgo
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 14 ounce snifter

Appearance - pitch black with a 2 finger tan head. no lacing on glass, head retention is quite lasting.

Aroma - dark chocolate and roasted malts. A sweeter milk chocolate does somewhat cut through on the nose with hints of vanilla making its mark.

Taste - I am more impressed with the aroma on this one. A bittersweet chocolate taste comes through with a semi lingering roasty finish. You do get some hints of vanilla in the middle of the tongue, but the aroma does come off a little sweeter. Not too overpowering of a roasted note to this one, and the bitterness in the finish is balanced enough with the malts that it does not plague the tongue with an overly bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation on this one. Not silky smooth by any means, but with a medium body and a semi creaminess to it, its not bad. Wish it were a little lighter on the carbonation and had a little bit more of a heavier/creamier mouthfeel.

Overall - Not bad. This is rated higher than southern tiers "choklat", but overall, i think choklat does a better job of nailing what i would want out of a chocolate beer. This is definitely better than a lot of stouts advertised as chocolate stouts, and for the price, its pretty damn solid. I do love the vanilla flavor that compliments the chocolate and the lack of overly bitter malts to give it that easy drinking feel. All in all, I would say this is definitely one to take a stab at.

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Photo of Serge
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a dense chocolate brown head. Aroma is dense chocolate with a strange yet nice fruity note - towards berries. I pick up the same distinct berry note in the flavor too. Nicely roasted malt, bitter hops flavor and smooth yet slight dusty chocolate powdery flavor. Solid bitter and roasted finish. Strange with this distinct berry flavor, yet it is very pleasing.

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Photo of dbell23
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a growler. Black in color with a light brown head of about two fingers. The head quickly dissipates and there is good lacing. Looks like a stout.

Smell is light sweet chocolate. It smells like hot cocoa mix. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Really nice.

Taste is a blast of bittersweet chocolate. Kind of crisp in the middle with a lingering malt bitter chocolate finish. There is a mild hop undertone throughout. Delicious.

The only problem I have with this beer is mouthfeel. It's certainly not bad but I would like it with more smoothness. It's a little crisp for a stout.

Overall a really good beer. One of my favorite Rogues. Perfect on a cold day in front of the fire. A definite winter warmer.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/18/12

Appearance: Dark dark brown, almost black - minimal, off white head, fades to nothing, leaves some steaks of lacing

Smell: Lightly roasty, lightly burnt, with chocolate, as the name would imply - both chocolate malts and cocoa - typical Rogue yeast as well

Taste: Yup, chocolate - dark, roasty chocolate malts and dark chocolate - sweet chocolate, too, like Tootsie Rolls - mildly bitter - malt base is a bit one dimensional and oddly mild - some weak coffee notes

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, on the thin side for a stout, but nicely carbonated and drinkable

Overall: Yeah, it has chocolate but not much else

This is a decent offering from Rogue, but not their best, and not outstanding overall. It's a nice use of chocolate, not too sweet. But the overall body could be more interesting.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.44/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Super dark brown, almost black. Non-existent head. Wisps of khaki colored foam ghost as cap and collar. Some tiny streaks of lacing.

Smell: Huge chocolate. Chocolate malts and tons of milk chocolate. Some darker chocolate, but it's mainly and massively sweet milk chocolate. Some roasted malts underneath. Tons of roasted barley. It's a melted Hershey bar. Low-grade chocolate. Distinct Rogue Pacman yeast. Sweet and roasty.

Taste: Roasty dark chocolate and chocolate malts. Bitter cocoa edge. Tannic. Tons of milk chocolate and the missing cocoa powder from the nose. Mildly earthy and distinctly Rogue. Yeasty undertone. roasted barley with an undercurrent of oats. So much chocolate and not necessarily in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Vague notions of carbonation. Body has hints of creamy and smooth. Medium body overall.

Overall: Oh Rogue, you so silly with your gamble chocolate.

Acrid in its roast and sweet in its chocolate. Add to that some Pacman yeast and it falls apart at the seams. Lots of flavor that feels thin and flat.

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Photo of scratch69
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown with a fingers worth of brown head. Nice amount of sticky lacing.

Smell- Milk chocolate aroma dominates with a hint of dark roasted malt.

Taste- Strong chocolate flavor balanced out with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Lightly carbonated.

Overall- Very good stout with lots of chocolate flavor. Just a tad too bitter at the finish but still very delicious.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alchemy (Madison). The tap version blows doors on the bottle version, which I had rated two years ago at 3.75.

Wonderful all around. Of course cocoa and bread, stone fruits (prune, cherry) and toffee. This was just great stuff on tap. I better try the bottle again...

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Photo of Breen
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour/Appearance: A black pour without much change in light; velvety tan, 1 finger, head that dissipates slowly with moderate glass lacing.

Smell: Strong smell of milky chocolate pretty much overpowers any other notes. I initially perceived some cherries, but think it was the chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: A creamy and smooth stout that isn't too heavy, yet retains a full-bodied character.

Taste: The chocolate flavor is evident, and it is balanced with a bitter finish from the hops and subtle spicy notes in-between.

Overall: This is an excellent stout overall. It's a bit too bitter of a finish for my liking, but still quite drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout pours really dark, velveety black. The head is tall and deep beige in color. Fading head leaves wispy curains of lace.

Very malty aromatics. A hint of roasted malts a big dose of chocolate, bittersweet.

Taste is very good with an excellent malt profile. Chocolate malts are rich and bittersweet.
It first I thought the chocolate might be over the top but this is not the case for as it warms, it mellows and compliments.

Drinks smooth but not a full body brew. Some bitterness in the finish.

Everything here works in harmony to create a highly drinkable beer. My only regret is I wish it had more roasted malt bite.

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Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pitch black, almost oil-like with a soft, brown head that has decent retention

S - rich, bittersweet chocolate, very faint roasted malts

T - rich, sweet chocolate, faint roasted malts, a little bitterness in the finish

M - full bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated

This is a fantastic dessert beer. It's like drinking Hershey's chocolate. The body and mouthfeel are spot on, and the flavor is almost perfect. The only drawback here is that I probably wouldn't want more than one bottle for myself at a time. That one bottle however will be plenty delicious.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: THIS is what a stout should look like. Deep, deep, brown. Pours like motor oil that is way overdue for a change. Light brown head with heavy lacing. Dense. Don't even bother holding it up to a light.

S: Pretty good but lighter than expected. Milk chocolate, caramel and malt. Was expecting roasty/nutty but didn't get much, maybe some light almonds.

T: Chocolate all the way through. Some tangy zest right after the beginning, bitter cocoa, and a little bit of hop bitterness at the finish. Straightforward and no nonsense, even though it does have chocolate in it. Makes up for its lack of complexity with balanced chocolate and malt flavor. Some nuttiness in there.

M: Just like a good stout should be. Creamy, almost milky. A decent amount of carbonation that doesn't quite make it through because of the rich body, but it's perfectly "there."

O: This isn't just a novelty beer like I assumed at first, but it's really good and solid. Although chocolate and stout isn't the most creative combination in the world, it is definitely done well in this one.

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Photo of GMB
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of mattbk
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brewmaster's stout glass.

A- Deep black, huge cascading head, tan, very long retention.
S- Chocolate, roast, slight hop bitterness, slight vanilla. Good.
T- Very nice. Roast for sure, followed by a solid, but not overwheleming chocolate flavor. Bitterness, likely from the dark malts. Creamy, almost milkshake like. The roast malt teeters on the edge of acidic, but not quite offensive. Maybe a bit more bitter than expected, the chocolate is a dark bitter chocolate rather than a sweet milk chocolate. Nothing amazing here, but very solid.
M- Love the mouthfeel here, so creamy, full, but not too full. Nice head, but not too carbonated.
O- A solid Amercan stout, not overwhelmingly good, but a very safe choice for any occasion calling for a dark beer. Would go great in the winter while watching the hockey game.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of chocolate,a bit of malts. Taste is also very chocolatey, some malts, a touch of hop bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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

650ml bottle poured in a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- Pitch black almost like a coca cola with little brownish head that has a decent lacing.

Smell- Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Taste- Dark chocolate with roasted malts and a piney hop balance. My only gripe is that I wish the chocolate flavor was a little bit sweeter.

Mouthfeel- Nice thick mouthfeel with easy drinkability.

Overall- A very tasty stout that hits the mark. My only nit pick is that since it's called chocolate stout that it could be just a smidge sweeter.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a small tan head and slight lacing

S-dark malt, chocolate, hints of bitterness

T-roasted barley, chocolate, nice bitter notes

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-delicious! Nice for sipping with dessert.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some notes of dark brown and amber when held up to the light and some moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark mocha head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering about 50% of the surface of the beer with a small patch of larger bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and cocoa powder. There are some subtler hints of dark roasted malts as well.

T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer is dominated by the flavors of chocolate - both milk chocolate and cocoa powder. There is an underlying flavor of dark roasted malt which imparts a light amount of bitterness, which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable, one of the more sessionable chocolate stouts I have tried. There is a very pleasant flavor with just enough complexity. A very enticing aroma to bring you in.

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Photo of Patrick2012
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in 16 oz. tulip glass

A: Pitch black with great big dark mocha colored head.

S: All I can honestly really smell is a strong cocoa aroma and maybe a little bit of hops. most of the scents are overpowered by the chocolate. its like smelling a bottle of hersheys syrup. not very complex but very good aroma

T: Bitter and hoppy that counters with a little sweetnes. the blend with chocolate gives it a bit of an espresso taste to it. Very nice. smooth and creamy. Love this a lot.

M: Hoppy bitterness and a bit of chocolate linger on my tongue. tastes very good.

O: delicious beer that I see myself picking up at bevmo every now and again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Opaque super dark blackish brown, with a thick, creamy, chocolaty brown head. Spotted lacing.

Smell – Chocolate and cocoa powder - that pretty much sums it up. Sweet chocolate rather than bitter; reminds me of Nestle quick (in a good way).

Taste – Chocolate and malts; a bittersweet chocolate taste that I didn’t pick up in the nose.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, a little thin (not a bad thing), silky, with a nice chocolaty aftertaste.

Drinkability – This is a highly drinkable beer. A great American stout!

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,892 ratings.