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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,878 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,878
Hads: 3,999
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 374
Gots: 478 | FT: 5
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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Reviews: 1,878 | Hads: 3,999
Photo of Bierguy5
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, almost black liquid, with a tan foamy, almost creamy head. What a great smell of bitter chocolate, and roasted dark malt. Immediate taste is of the roasted malt, with good bitterness. Then it hits, this may be the best finish of a beer I have ever had. The finish is of a cocoa powder and milk chocolate flavor. Wow! This beer has just about anything you could ask for in a chocolate stout. Good mouthfeel, maybe not a great session beer. This is a good, special occasion beer. Another winner from Rogue. (518 characters)

Photo of jtfest
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chocolate-black, opaque in the glass, with a 1" frothy coffee-mocha head. Chocolate and chicory form the aroma. Not to be redundant, but the flavor is chocolate, with a nice bitter finish reminiscent of bittersweet chocolate. Even the mouthfeel is thick and creamy, like melted (say it with me) chocolate. All of this, however, is contained within the context of a very satisfying stout. You like chocolate? You like stouts? You'll love this. You probably wouldn't want to drink it all night, but as a treat or a desert beer, it's really good. (556 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 22 oz. bomber. The color is black, with a foamy tan head. The smell is like powdered cocoa. The taste starts with the sweet chocolate taste, and then the malt takes over, and the aftertaste is a bitter chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability-wise, could have a few.

An interesting chocolate offering from Rogue, especially for those who appreciate a more dry chocolate taste. This is something I'd likely have again. Smells simply fantastic! (470 characters)

Photo of jahred
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a medium-sized, beautifully tan-brown (chocolate-milk colored?) head that quickly disappears, leaving nice lace on my goblet.

The scent is of sweet, malty chocolate milk, with perhaps a hint of caramel as well (this scent got stronger as the beer warmed).

The initial taste is of bitter chocolate at the front, followed by burnt malts and a burnt, creamy, slightly hoppy aftertaste. After a few sips, I wasn't incredibly impressed - the chocolate was a bit more subtle than I expected. But as the beer warmed a bit, it got easier to drink, with the chocolate tastes devevloping even more and mixing wonderfully with the burnt, sludgy malts. The mouthfeel isn't overly thick, but enjoyable nevertheless.

I enjoyed my last few sips with a few hershey kisses lying around here - what a fantastic combination! Or maybe the taste developed because of the alcohol - I'm still not sure how much was in the bottle. (945 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel like Homer Simpson right now. Mmm.... Chocolate. The first smell after opening the 22 oz bottle was a bit hoppy with a hint of coffee, similar to the Shakespeare Stout. A deeper breath and the smell of Chocolate broke through quite clearly. When poured in a pint glass, it looked the part with an opaque brown body topped with a rough brown head. The taste is dominated by the presence of chocolate. Because of the strong flavoring, other tastes are a bit hard to distinguish. I can detect a bit of coffee, and burnt toast. Quite dry and a tad too harsh in the mouthfeel department, I think. It left me wishing for more maltyness and a smoother and sweeter body. This is definitely not to be chugged, but sipped and allowed to coat your throat and tongue as it goes down. (778 characters)

Photo of pheurton
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at isaac newton's: inky black with an increidibly dark brown bubbling head, that retreated for the most part. on the nose...oh man, what a nose...this had to be one of the best smelling flavored stouts i've ever come across....deep dark milk chocolate covered roasted barley smell. i can't stress enough how good this beer smells. a tad bit too much carbonation thins out medium body. hints of chocolate and smoke at first sip, followed by a massive roasted flavor and quite strong (for the style) leafy hop flavor. this beer smells alot more chocolatey than it tastes. a great sippin' brew, though i don't think that i'd want more than one in a sitting. a must try. (673 characters)

Photo of chaduvel
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome. Pours out like a can of motor oil. Two inch dark brown head not unlike the top of a chocolate milk shake. Is this a chocolate milkshake...besides the chocolate aroma the touch of hops and strong malts tell me that this is in fact a beer. Taste is incredibly smooth. Big malts up front with a pronounced hop bitterness in the middle with a finish of sweet chocolate goodness. Overall flavor is almost of baking chocolate. This is the best chocolate beer I've had yet, and one of the best stout's to boot. (512 characters)

Photo of sparkydoyle
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color, with a velvety dark brown head. Even the head tastes like chocolate. Nose is chocolate, and discernable well-roasted barley notes. Flavor is intense--chocolate and chocolate malt notes dominate with counterpoint of floral hops, and a cherrylike fruity note. No sweetness or sourness in the profile. Highly drinkable--mouthfeel is not thick, low carbonation.

Having had it many times over a few years, I find it amazing how consistant this beer is, regardless of whether it is served on tap or bottle. There is really nothing that the brewer could do with it to make it any more enjoyable. Great with a big slab of chocolate cake for dessert. (670 characters)

Photo of MobBarley
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled most recently on 1/15/04. Transcribed from notes.
Oh my! Simply put it doesn't get much better than this (from a bottle anyhow). Pours black as an accountant's soul with a burnt umber shard at the bottom. A luxurious, frothy cacao colored head that is tenaciously stubborn tops the brew and gives it a regal look. The smell is initially sweet like hot chocolate before moving onto more bitter, toasted notes of chocolate and creamed coffee. The taste is outlandishly appealing. Chocolate upon chocolate with the hops and alcohol more apparent when warmed. It is sweeter and more complex, not to mention more enjoyable, when allowed to warm a bit. It has a unique finish which is both green and creamy. Mouthfeel is great. Chewy, complex and mildly carbonated...perhaps slightly thin for the style. There is a lot going on here. Drinkability is perhaps a little too good. More? (885 characters)

Photo of filabrazilia
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a brilliant pitch black with a beautiful brown head. Good lacing sheets the glass.

Aroma - delightful milk chocolate and sugar greet the nose along with the Cascade hops.

Taste - Delicious chocolate and hops dance in the mouth in a sensory experience that is surprising and fun. This is a great tasting beer that is not too sweet but wonderfully chocolate and hoppy.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as I would have liked. I was expecting a little more body from this beer. This was the only disappointing feature of this otherwise spectacular beer.

Drinkability - A truly drinkable beer that has changed my mind about stouts. The chocolate and hop balance make this one of the better beers I have sampled lately. The creativeness of this wonderful brew makes me proud to be a beer drinker. (813 characters)

Photo of byrd
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I’m not sure if a stout can look ant better that this when pouring into the glass. Pitch black in color with a large frothy tan head that has a slight cascading effect as it builds above the rim of the glass into a perfect dome shape. The head lasts a long time, slowly receding to a thick frothy lace. Lots of chocolate notes on the nose with a good amount of hops that seem earthy in nature. Some roasted and coffee notes also play in, but are intertwined with the chocolate character. This brew is huge in the flavor department and really hits my palate the right way. Roasted notes are far more apparent on the pallet then on the nose. There’s a subtle, slightly smooth start of semi sweet dark chocolate that is followed shortly after by coffee and roasted notes. A slight hint of milk chocolate comes in towards the middle, followed by and soft prickly carbonation. Good hop finish that is again a bit earthy, brings a nice balance. Roasted and coffee notes come back in the aftertaste and last forever, forcing me to draw the glass back up for another sip. Towards the end of the bottle, white sediment is noticeable as it collects on the bottom of the glass. The overall mouth feel is medium and is smooth, yet not quite so smooth due to the roasted notes. Despite this, the brew is incredibly drinkable. I’m sorry to see the bottom of the glass, and I’m even more sorry that I only bought two bottles. (1,414 characters)

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

An outstanding brew....Exceptional appearance...black, choclolate creamy head, chunky and leving a beautiful lace. Smell...hops, chocolate, malt, a hint of coffee...all in their...definitely invites you to drink. Taste was initially slightly sweet, leveling off at mid palate and ending in anice hoppy burst. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and dry, almost astingent in the finish. A delight for malt, chocolate and hops lovers. Highly revommend. (442 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another pint at Rogue's Pub on the Newport dockside.
Very good beer in appearance a dark brown, dark cooking chocolate brown ale. Small tan head.
Smells of good copoking chocolate ( Ghiardelli)..malty and great.
Beautiful full dark chocolate taste..not too sweet yet a nice bitterness is present..especially in the aftertatse.
Very nice on the palate..smooth and rich.
A most drinkable stout..nice (402 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick pour; opaque, black beer. The head is dark tan/brown and crusty. Nice. Spotty lacing. The nose shows off plenty of dark chocolate but no possibility of hiding the Cascades. Yum. But the hops are almost confined to the aroma. The beer starts with sweet chocolate, travels through a thick, malty, chocolate base to a bitter, dark chocolate finish. This is a very tasty chocolate drink. The Cascades in the nose offset the chocolate a little, but I wouldn't take offense if somebody called this beer "a bit one-dimensional". (529 characters)

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

Comes in a nice, 22oz bomber, damm skippy. Pours a black gold, a classical stout look with a good, meaty head. Smell is of malt and what else but chocolate. Taste is straight up solid. Much less of a burnt taste is there, though still quite active, this is the best brew to ever hit the chocolate nail on the head. Bold and very drinkable, one of the best chocolate stouts out there. (383 characters)

Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is dessert in a bottle! It poured a jet black color with a dark brown head that settled into a pillow of foam after about 1 min. The smell was all chocolate, just like sniffing the inside of a truffle. The taste was just amazing with a great chocolate sweetness and just enough hops to balance out the flavor. This is one that could be enjoyed with cake or ice cream or just by its self. What a beer! (405 characters)

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What the hell was I drinking? Is this beer? Who cares? It was dark, with a chocolate head. It tasted like a good chocolate truffle, not a cheap one, but like a dark chocolate Lindt. It was so yummy, the perfect dessert! I find myself crazing this over cake or ice cream. Masterfull. (282 characters)

Photo of counselor
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle pours black as pitch with a thick, dark, tan head. The aromas are all chocolate, not the syrupy sweet milk chocolate, but a real good bitter dark baking chocolate. The taste is roasted malts and chocolate with a keen dry hop finish. The the cold mouthfeel contrasted nicely with the warm chocolate stout flavors. Dryness increased as the beer warmed. Good stuff, but couldn't see doing more than the one bomber. (425 characters)

Photo of CBFanWish
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark pitck black. It's like looking into the nightmares of a child. Even the head is a dark tan color. But then it all becomes a dream. The everlasting chocolate smell brings me back to my childhood. It's like unwrapping a Symphony dark chocolate bar and getting that magnificent odor. The taste is purely chocolate also. you can feel it melt on your tongue as it goes down. No beer has ever brought me back to my preteen years, except Colt .45, but that is a different story. Another A for rogue. Good times. (509 characters)

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice. Pours jet black with a huge tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate - also sweet malts. First taste that hits is slightly burnt malts, then some bitterness. So much chocolate. Dry with very little actual sweetness. Extremely smooth mouthfeel with just a bit of crispness. Somewhat oatmeal stout-like. All in all this is a great brew. (367 characters)

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

Pours the colour of night with a light mocha head which sat and lingered like froth on a cappucino. Smell is of roasted malts and Chocolate almost like an Ovaltine gone Adult. The taste is of Roasted malts at first then the chocolate slides in and dominates, just enough hops come in to dry out the palate and keep everything in line. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with the flavours lingering around long enough to keep the smile on your face. Drinkability is good although they could fill you up quick. Overall a killer Chocolate beer. I give it the edge over the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock because the chocolate character is more subtle and refined. (647 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Appearance: Black as night. Darkish head that retained fairly well.

Smell: Mmmmm, chocolate.

Taste: No surprises here, just a thick, huge chocolatey flavor. Not overdone, although it tastes like massive amounts of chocolate were used in making the beer. A well balanced beer is evident behind the chocolate, especially in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Like no other. So rich and velvety that I was taken aback at first sip. Try the beer for this, if nothing else.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Dangerously drinkable. I just don't think I can take so many of these in a row.

A fantastic beer and a very unique flavored stout. I will definitely buy this again, even though it lightened the wallet a little. (731 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (621 characters)

Photo of TPoling
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a thin, but lasting head. The nose is of chocolate and little spicy, perhaps cinnamon. The 69 IBUs are amply balanced by the malts. Chocolate and oats mellow it even further, although the hops may a play for dominance in the finish. (256 characters)

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

It pours a deep dark brown, but this is something you just know; it might as well be black. It's impassable to light. There's a rapid, light brown creamy head that explodes and just won't go away. The head's the color and texture of chocolate mousse. Three-dimensional lacing runs wild on the side of the glass.

Initially there's a muscular roasted malt aroma, backed by a poignant chocolate bitter-sweetness. There's a strong note of cocoa with an understatement of espresso. Overall the aroma is thick and almost sinewy, in its way.

The thick, rich malt sweetness smacks you in the teeth, and coming in next, and quickly, is the mitigating bitterness of the dark roasted grain. There's a robust thread of dark chocolate throughout the entire flavor. An espresso bitterness rings the back of the mouth at the swallow. The alcohol creates a glow that slides all the way down to the stomach. There's a vague butterscotch patch on the tongue at the finish.

Heavy bodied and dense, this stout slips and slides viscously about the mouth, covering and clinging the whole time it has its way. It deposits a dry sensation across the tongue, as well as a mildly slick buttery feel at the finish.

Chocoholics, rejoice! I like chocolate, and I like this beer! No hints here, it is what it is, and that's a thick, rich, robust stout to make Willy Wonka proud. The heft and ABV limit this to mostly singular indulgences, but that one- OK, maybe two- goes down smooth and with gustatorial delight. Nestle's Quik has always been a down-home comfort drink for me. Now that I'm a big boy, this beer will take that role. In a nutshell, you'd have to HATE chocolate not to like this beer. (1,686 characters)

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
94 out of 100 based on 1,878 ratings.