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Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

1,901 Reviews
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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Reviews: 1,901 | Ratings: 4,130
Photo of mgdeth
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black color, with a light brown, rocky head (the same as Shakespeare Stout, which is as it should be, because this beer appears to be identical to Shakespeare except for the chocolate flavoring). Head retention is good.

Smell - Chocolate aroma is abundantly present. It is difficult to describe how good this beer smells - sweet, chocolatey, with maybe some roastiness in the background.

Taste - The chocolate flavor is well-pronounced, but it is not overdone. The roastiness present in Shakespeare shows up here as well, but it is more subdued. I only detect hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The chocolate/roasted coffee aftertaste lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel - This beer seems thick and rich, and makes a very fine stout. Satisfying.

Drinkability - This is a beer you have to nurse because it is so complex and heavy on flavor. Not for the faint of heart.

Comments - This is a pretty incredible beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of John1985
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black opaque color with an outstanding head that dies down to small froth. Chocolate aroma, nice fluffy body with a malt/chocolate flavor, aftertaste is of bittersweet chocolate. A wonderful dessert stout. This is the first beer I've ever wanted to pour over ice cream.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours inpenetrable black witha creamy cocoa colored head. Lots of thick lace.

Smell is of rich dark chocolate.

Taste is bittersweet cocoa / chocolate (reminds me of the cocoa powder made by Droste) some sweetness then coffee/cappuccino with a long dry finish.

Medium bodied, hard to believe you could pack all that flavor into such modest bodied brew.

Oy Vey, this is one special glass of stout. Like a rich chocolate cake with only a fraction of the calories. It is definitely a one per night brew. The rich complexity of this one would be too much for a repeat.

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Photo of maltedmilk
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a small tan head. The coffee/ chocolate smells are immediate and quite nice. The taste is slight hops with burnt coffee…like an after dinner dessert. It’s a smooth beer and has a little chalky aftertaste.

This is my first chocolate stout. I was hesitant to try it because I was afraid that it would be too much on the chocolate side. But it was not and I’m glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of shirfan
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Completely opaque, pitch black, with a thick and long-lasting layer of fine tan bubbles. "Lacing" is an understatement, this leaves an entire sheet along the inside of the glass.

Aroma: Leather, dark chocolate, ice cream parlor, hershey's syrup, old books.

Taste: More dark chocolate, chocolate syrup chocolate, chewy dark malt without a burnt aspect. Frothy latte notes before a not-overdone amount of citric hops takes over. Balanced well; no one flavor tries to outmuscle the others. Not a trace of alcohol burn.

Smooth mouthfeel...it's tempting to think it's on the thin side, but actually just subtle and well-crafted.

In the hypothetical "If you could choose only one beer" game, this would be a contender; it manages to be completely inoffensive and flavor-rich at the same time.

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Photo of mynie
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect head, brown and full. Opaque. Little bits near the bottom. Excellent.

Smells like several different types of hops, like any other Rogue. There's also some spicy molasses in there, along with just a little bit of coffee. No chocolate, surprisingly.

Bitter and sweet. Hoppy hoppy hippity hop. Coffee up front, molasses in the back. Just the slightest hint of bitter Cocoa. Did I mention the hops?

Nice body but not great, goes down smooth. This is one of the hoppiest stouts I've ever drank.

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Photo of oracle
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10 oz draft

This beer is exactly what it advertises itself to be. An excellent stout with heavy chocolate aroma and taste.

Beer arrived typical stout black with half inch tan head that left heavy lacing.

Smell was all about the chocolate, with coffee and rich malt undertones.

Taste was pretty good. Rich complex malt, very mild coffee flavor and strong chocolate notes, without being too sweet or cloying.

Very good.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with an appropriate chocolate head. Head left massive lacing, and stayed the whole time.

Smell: Chocolate syrup!! That's what I smell. It's a chocolate mocha with alcohol in it! I was thoroughly impressed by the smell. One of the best smelling Stouts I've had to date.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A chocolate sweet taste is all there is. And that's a good thing. Sweey, sticky, and syrupy. The hops are there, but not strong. It's all about chocolate malts here. And loads of them. In the mouth it's not as creamy as I'd hoped.

Drinkability and Overall: Excellent. Simply excellent. A true classic that will bring your taste buds alive. I could kill a case of this no problem.... sadly. I'm blown away. Congrats to Rogue for producing a fine product like this.

Bashiba, I owe you big for this one. Merry Christmas.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm, nitro-tap (Homer Simpson drool). I have to say, a fresh nitro-tap is the only way to enjoy this stout of stouts!
-Pours pitch black with the most fantastic, creamy head imaginable. Lacing goes beyong what I consider normal, there are actually multiple layers of lace-rings that cling till' the end-spectacular!
-Aroma bursting with sweet, roasty choc. malt, cappucino, faint plum, and piney hops.
-Tastes soooo much better that bottled version. Huge bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes followed by carmalized sweetness and a lingering piney hop bite. Like a big, creamy glass of chocolate cake. The hop flavor is much more pronounced than in the bottled version.
-Lush, creamy mouthfeel. Full-bodied with silk-like carbonation. Finishes with a balance of chocolate malt flavors and bright, sprucey hops.

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice creamy, big brown head that lasts for a good amount of time. Minimal lacing left on sides of glass. It's a beautiful dark, dark brown almost black.

the aroma screams Hershey's chocolate kiss...a wonderful chocolate bouqet, not much for floral hoppiness though.

Taste is coffee, chocolate like a gourmet caffe mocha. Some nice roasted and chocolate malts come through with just a mild hop finish.

Nice thick bodied stout, with excellent carbonation level, just right for a bottled stout.

This beer continues to be one of my all time favs.

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Photo of soulfly967
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Smokin' Joes in Pittsburgh. This is one top notch beer. Poured a beautiful black with awesome cascading action, a brown head that stuck around to the very end and left awesome lacing. The smell is of dark chocolate, roasted malts and some hops. The taste, AMAZING. Dark chocolate and toasted malts, with the aftertaste of a chocolate truffel. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy, just as expected. It was so good I had to have another. Very drinkable, yet another awesome brew from our friends at Rogue!

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Photo of koolk
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

US Trip Aug-Dec 04

Deep and dark and brooding black with hints of brown. Head was fluffy and dark tan. Steady carbonation.

Wow, nothing but choc on the initial sniff...dark melted sweet sexy chocolate...yum! On closer inspection there are some traces of hops and some roasty grainy notes, but that chocolate kicks all of their arses.

Again on the palate the choc dominates but the more 'stouty' flavours come through - roast/toast malts and some green leafy flavours. Well balanced (bitter sweet flavours worked well together) and incredible round and drinkable, this is a ripper of a chocolate stout.

Wow, another killer from Rogue, this boys are doing some great things.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch-black color. Smells like a big chunk of chocolate. Tastes of (what else) chocolate, but is also quite hoppy, as per usual with a Rogue brew.

Overall, not a bad beer, just waaay too much to drink in one sitting (I'd settle for 6 or 7 oz once in a while). I doubt I'd buy again, unless I have someone to share with (which isn't likely...).

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick, creamy-looking, tan head sitting atop a deep black-brown ale. Like a giant espresso. Exactly how it should look.

Smell: Deep, dark and sweet chocolate. The most chocolate I've ever smelled in a beer. A hint of spicy hops. As a chocolate lover, I could smell it all day. I want a candle that smells like this.

Taste: A full-flavored balance of burnt malts and bittersweet chocolate. Finish starts with a sharp shot of grapefruit and then a wicked, bittering that lasts and lasts and lasts. Good stuff.

Mouth: Syrupy and prickly. Full bodied and smooth, like melted chocolate. Just great.

Drinkability: It's always nice to taste a stout that's full-flavored like an imperial but lacks the high ABV so that it can be drunk endlessly. Try one.

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Photo of dgallina
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with mahogany highlights and thick tan head which leaves good lace along the glass. Smells of very strong coffee malts, chocolate malts, and actual chocolate backed with hop spice. Flavor is a lovely balance of coffee malts, bitter-sweet chocolate, and cascade hops. Mouth-feel is soft and chewy, but relatively drinkable for a beer this heavy. Extremely appetizing as a desert beer.

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Photo of hero27
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: 22-ounce bomber. Dark, dark brown in color..very opaque. Very thin brown head even with a vigorous pour.

Smell: Nice smell of roasted coffee and obvious chocolate aroma.

Taste: Tastes strongly of dark chocolate and very apparent roasted flavor. The roasted malts are good, but maybe a little too much? I dunno, the taste just let me down a little given the other offerings I've had from Rogue. I didn't like the combination of bitter coffee and chocolate in this one and didn't enjoy the aftertaste. I think without the coffee bitterness, I would have enjoyed the taste a lot more.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation from this one, but the body is definitely fairly full. Soft, creamy finish.

Drinkability: The thick body and full flavors make this one beer you won't be drinking in large quantities.

Overall, I think other Rogues have spoiled me, because this didn't live up to my expectations like I hoped it would. Either way, I recommend it because it is still a great, very tasty chocolate stout...just not exactly to my taste.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Impenetrable black with an ovaltene head. Lace sticks with the glass at every swallow documenting your progress.

Nose is heady chocolate built by hints of toffee, dark chocolate, artificial vanilla.

The taste rings off like a chocolate coffee drink due to the heavy influence of the cascades, though in my particular sample bitterness was the hop's main contribution. I cannot help but be reminded of a hot fudge sundae.

The heavy viscocity might hurt the drinkability a bit, but truly this beer is a liquefied chocolate bar, and not of the dirty American stepchild variety. A chocoholic's dream.

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Photo of zacharius
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a bottle with a silkscreened drawing of some person on it, pretty lame artwork in my opinion. Oh well I don't have to look at the bottle, I'll just look at a club magazine instead.

This beer pours a dark brown color with a frothy tan head. Smell is of roasted malts and intense chocolate. The smell is really great but I was dissapointed by the lack of chocolate in the taste. It was sweet, malty with some hops and there was a slight chocolate flavor but nothing like I expected from the aroma. Nice thick bodied beer, like a glass of chocolate milk. Excellent drinkablity, definately a session beer.

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

Black and thick, with a creamy brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt, some coffee. Taste was roasty, dark bitter chocolate. Somewhat smokey, somewhat sweet. After taste was a nice milky unsweetened chocolate flavour. Full bodied, yet surprisingly easy to drink. Just delicious.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black pour. Rather long-lasting big tan head. Rich malty aroma reminiscent of chocolate milk, smarties, vanilla. Definitely reminds me of smarties... Gets a bit too tart (citric and lactic) to be extremely enjoyable to me, but as far as sweet stouts go, I’ve rarely encountered better. I guess I’d just love it more would another less citric hop replace those astringent cascades. Well made nutty bitter finish counters the heavy sweetness, although it tastes more like bitter black chocolate. Gets roastier and roastier as it warms, like burnt chocolate. Good full body, oatmealish, velvety.

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like chocoalte, smells like chocolate and tastes like chocolate. My first chocolate stout and I was amazed how this beer really does taste like chocolate. The beer is almost black - a very dark brown with a tan leather head that did not last long but left lots of lacing on the glass. Rich, strong smell of chocoate and the taste is a tart chocolate with a hint of coffee. A smooth mouthfeel and pretty drinkable for such a unique tasting beer.

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

Very dark brown beer, nearly black, with no highlights. Dense, creamy, tan head that persists and really sticks to the sides of the glass. Chocolate and rich toffee aroma, almost butterscotch, with some roastiness and a light alcohol smell. Very smooth, creamy texture. Rich chocolate flavour with burnt and roasted maltiness in a support role. Flavours are quite well-balanced. Alcohol is just at the edge of taste perception, but does cause a slight warming on its way down. Light hop bitterness appears at the finish, but doesn't overpower the malt and chocolate. Carbonation assists the creamy texture with tiny bubbles mixing well with the full-bodied beer.

Brown 650 mL bottle, freshness code on rear label.

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

I poured this beer out of the silk-screened bomber into a standard pint glass. The body of this looks nicely dense on the pour and it’s just about as black as any other big stout I’ve seen before. The head is surprisingly light, sort of a very light tan. That sucker is immobile for a long time though, it hangs tougher than the new kids. Big fat clumps of foamy lace cling to the glass as the liquid descends down my glass. The aroma is very inviting, roasty, nutty and not surprisingly a big fat dollop of milk chocolate. The flavor reminds me of a really nice stout mixed with chocolate milk, it’s that chocolatey. The flavor is predominately charred malt and soft, chewy milk chocolate, the cascade hops put their foot down a bit in the finish and after-taste but aren’t quite as assertive here as I perceive them in some of Rogue’s other beers. The mouthfeel is an even medium I’d say and the carbonation lightens the perception. This is a damn fine beer, and I’ve never tasted this much chocolate in any other beer before.

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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark and thick, very roasty. Not in aroma, but certainly in solid and smooth stout. Rolled oats provide body and sweetness to otherwise semi-bitter chocolate.. Very drinkable. Very natural and well rounded, not sweet nor bitter. Nicely hopped. RIch medium-full mouthfeel.

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

Although this beer was pricy, ($5.65 CDN for a 650 ml bottle) it was one that I had to try. I was not disappointed in the least. It poured a nice dark brown bordering on black, with a thick and creamy light brown head. The smell is roasted malt and a sweet coffee-like aroma. The taste is amazing, like an alcoholized mix of rich chocolate milk and espresso. The finish is like a piece of bittersweet chocolate melting down the throat. Mouthfeel is very smooth and nice a nice sweet/bitter flavour sticks around for a while. I really enjoyed this beer, and will definitely be purchasing it again soon.

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