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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,520 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,520
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 249
Gots: 199 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of josiahschlender


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gentle pour almost overflows my glass with a large, nestle quik colored head. Very dark brown in color, but not quite black. The head lasts pretty long, but leaves no lacing.

Wow, the smell is so chocolatey. One of the most striking aromas of any beer I've tried. Maybe a bit of lactose sweetness, with bittersweet roastiness and just a bit of earthy hops. It smells more like chocolate than chocolate does. I don't know how they did that... definitely increased with some warmth, too.

Flavors are not so one-dimensional, but they are excellent. Dark chocolate (the 70% cocoa kind) is balanced by roasted grains and a surprising amount of earthy, bittering hops. Well, it's a Rouge, I shouldn't be surprised by the hops.

Great mouthfeel, matches the flavors perfectly and keeps the complex flavors milling around for a good while.

If it weren't for the high price point of the beer, I'd probably give this a higher drinkability score. Phenomenally good for a "sweet stout," which is one of the few beer styles I have a hard time enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 07:00:41 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of johnd513


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown that is almost black with a nice frothy off white head that sticks around for a while and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate and coffee malts. Tastes of chocolate syrup, coffee malts and ends with a nice bitter finish. The mouthfeel is thinner than I expected and not as smoothed as I had hoped but holds up decently. Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bomber but would not want another.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 00:31:52 | More by johnd513
Photo of madtowndmb1


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown/black with a very nice tan lace around the edge of the glass.

S: smelled of chocolate, slight hops and sweet malts.

T: GREAT! I got malts, very smooth chocolate, little bit of hops and even got a coffeee flavor eventhough it's not listed as an ingredient.

M: Smooth, light, and lingers in your mouth, making it great 22oz. to sit down and enjoy all byu yourself. Got better the more it warmed up too!

D: loved this beer, I'd buy it again for sure. With only a 6% ABV you could easily have two of these!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 16:16:55 | More by madtowndmb1
Photo of CHSLBrew


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into and enjoyed from a pint glass.

A-Poured with an attractive mid-brown head. Strong retention throughout the drink, likely due in part to pouring into the glass a couple times. Deep black color with almost no light penetrating.

S-A strong aroma of rich chocolate right off the get go. Also, bits of chocolaty and coffee malts.

T-On the first instant of the first sip, this beer kicked me in the face with chocolate flavors. As I would learn, this chocolate taste oversees the entirety of the taste. After the initial flood of chocolate, a sweet maltiness surfaces, with strong overtones of roasted and coffee malts. A present bitterness nicely balances this beer, keeping the sweet and chocolate in check.

M-Very smooth on the palate, with a medium feel. Not overly carbonated (goodd!).

D-This beer was enjoyable throughout the whole bottle. However, drinkability is moderate, as the chocolatiness could prove to be too assertive in the long run. But for one sitting, this beer is a treat.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 00:55:37 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of dashirey


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this one during Game 4, go Phils!!

A - Dark as night with a fairly thin tan head with very little lacing left on the glass.

S - It smells like a tootsie roll followed by a small amount of roastiness and a bit of alcohol. My favorite part of the beer!!

T - Some coffee bitterness right at the beginning followed by a smooth creamy milk chocolately taste that lingers with a small amount of alcohol hint in the end.

M - Great stuff - smooth drinking, medium bodied close to thick. A small stingy sensation left in the mouth after swallow.

D - Too sweet to drink more that one in an evening, but something that would be good to have on hand when you need a chocolate fix. Good stuff!!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 02:54:54 | More by dashirey
Photo of nrpellegrini


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don't get me wrong it was a great beer, but I expected a little more..

Pours a thick black color with a dark tan head that stays until the end. Smelled of very sweet malts. This stout had a lot more flavor than some of the others I've and much for chocolate/ cocoa flavor. It just didn't come 100% together for me. There was a lot of bitterness going on. Mouth feel was good and it was very drinkable.

I would go with the ommegang chocolate or brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 05:25:26 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a finger and a half of head of milk chocolate colored foam. Beer is black as night, nothing getting through this puppy!

Smell- Roasted cocoa malt and a touch of coffee.

Taste- First struck by a taste of tasty hops that quickly subsides to a delicious chocolate milkshake. I am not kidding, this tastes remarkably choclatey and is delicious, slightly bitter on the aftertaste but very much a chocolate lovers delight.

Mouthfeel- No what I would expect for a stout, surprisingly thin. A thicker brew here would go better with the heavier flavors.

Drinkability- On the flip side of a light stout it is more drinkable, one of the few stouts I could have more than one of.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 03:00:40 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

650ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.com...

Poured pretty much pitch black. Dirty mocha tan head poured small but tight, thick and foamy then faded quite quickly to decent half finger coating... some light clingy lacing...

Aroma - Strong roasted dark chocolate malts mixed with a good dose of freshly ground coffee beans, burnt butter, cola traces, freah vanilla pods, some piney / grassy hops, toasted (charred ?) malt loaf, chocolate cookies (some dough), slight smokiness, cocoa powder...

Taste - Strong charred / sooty notes, bitter black coffee mixed with sweetish milk chocolate and also some dark bitter chocolate (although it's not quite as chocolatey as i was expecting)... lots of pepperiness, light pine, some powdered chocolate, light treacle, grassy and earthy traces, some tobacco smokiness, faint roasted nuttiness...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry - not as smooth as i was expecting... medium / full bodied.. a very quaffable brew even at 6% - no real trace of the alcohol..

Overall - A excellent chocolate Stout although a little more chocolate in the taste wouldn't go amiss... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 14:20:59 | More by mdagnew
Photo of dwpiercetx


4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have to admit...I REALLY like this one. Everything about it screams Rogue. They are a top notch brewery that puts out top notch stuff. This one is the epitome of choc stouts. Dark...basically totally opaque. Sweet chocolaty goodness whafting during pour and drinking. Taste..sweeet and smooth. Minor in thickness-lacking but thicker than 75% of others in the stout category. Almost too drinkable...and at the price, I had to cut myself off. Great beer!...GO GET ONE. NOW!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 03:03:36 | More by dwpiercetx
Photo of rhinos00


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A- Dark, dark brown. I could only see carbonation by straining my eyes. Inch and a half of tan creamy head formed and laced the glass as consumed.

S- Consisted of chocolate, malt, and earthy hops.

T- Simply delicious. Earthy hops and malt initially hit the palate, but then give way to a chocolate delight.

M- A little too watered down for me. I was hoping it would be a little more viscous in texture, but I can't complain...it tasted great.

D- At 6% abv and low viscosity, combined with chocolate goodness, I could drink this beer all night.

Overall, very impressed as to how rich the chocolate taste in this beer. Definitely will be picking up a few more bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 02:03:20 | More by rhinos00
Photo of Beerzebub


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a big wine glass at 58 F/ 14 C.

Black, big tan head that starts big and sinks fairly quickly, lace like a world map.

Smells like dark chocolate melting on hot toasted baguette, with a mug of hot chocolate. Hint of citrus.

Tastes like the aroma, mainly straightforward rich dark chocolate, with toast, and a bit of orange with its peel. Barely perceptibly sweet. Well balanced. Chocolate toast lingers, with some medium bitterness. Very tasty.

Smooth rich texture. Refreshing, quite drinkable.

Great beer when in mood for overt chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 09:18:20 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of stuckonhops


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-- jet black with a dark brown creamy head....sticky lacing as the head receds but never fully leaves..

S-- powerful chocolate smell...not overpowering...just right..some type of nut...almond maybe...smells almost like an almond hershey bar...

T-- nice chocolate upfront...not to sweet...very balanced fromt he hops...hops are not very present on the palate but definetly help in the balance of sweet milk chocolates...

M-- perfect medium body...goes down very smooth and easy...again the hops help to clean the sweetness away getting ready for the next sip but their taste is not present unless you are searching hard..

D-- great beer can be had all night long since it is only 6 percent...much lower than most of my stouts..

i had aged this bottle in my closet for 1 and half months...then in the fridge for another 2 and half...i think i will keep this routine as the one i had fresh was not as chocolatey as this one...also turned the bottle to stir up the bottom a bit to bring out more flavor...very nice...i will get more

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 01:01:08 | More by stuckonhops
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into tasting glasses and shared with the wife. She liked it more than I did. Surely not bad

A: Dark black with a root beer float colored head. Looks like a knife and fork are going to be needed to eat this one.

S: Chocolate bars, creamy milk chocolate to be more precise. Some nuttiness with some hops, great great aromas.

T: Chewy chocolate with the volume of sweetness a little high for my taste and didnt have any bitter to challenge it. The vanilla and nougat offered something more to the character but nothing mind blowing. Lots of flavor in here though. I do enjoy the roasted malts.

M: Chunky filling mouthfeel. Tastes as if both chewy and over bubbly- quite a paradox. Got my palate all confused.

D: A very good stout, not my favorite. Drinkable in that it isnt overly filling but I find it somewhat too sweet like a chocolate bar.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 21:07:42 | More by marcpal
Photo of schellsbeer


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can you say Chocolate?!?!?!

My second Rogue Stout. Very Smooth and creamy. A pleasure to drink. I just wish they came in 12 oz bottles where I live. Too much of a good thing when they package this stuff in 22 oz's.

An after dinner beer for sure. Pours a pure black with some lacing. This beer is meant to stick to the ribs. It should be a food category all by itself. If you are watching your carb count, this is not the beer for you. The amount of calories I consumed in just one bottle would make a Big Mac cry. Oh well....the love of beer I guess.

Thanks Rogue for a great, very filling beer. And now onto the Big Mac. Good thing I work out daily. If I didn't, call the doctor and up my life insurance policy because I would be dead yesterday.

In Minnesota, the best always comes first....Right? I thought so!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 05:53:19 | More by schellsbeer
Photo of rregan


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark, very dark, foamy brown head, maybe a little too foamy

Smell- A coffee/chocolate blend, nutty and smoky notes too

Taste- Coffee and chocolate obviously but also a roasty nutty finish

Mouthfeel- Heavy, thick, syrupy but still smooth

Drinkability- Very tasty. This was suggested to me after I couldn't find a Sam Adams Chocolate Bock and I was very satisfied. I would definitely have another. But it is heavy and filling so be prepared.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 02:24:11 | More by rregan
Photo of logelinjl

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first starting drinking the Rogue after I moved in with my roomate and he collection the Rogue bottles and I have always wanted to try them after reading the describitions on the bottles. Its a great stout, its dark, creamy head, can seriously tatse the chocolate. Could drink it again and again.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 06:04:52 | More by logelinjl
Photo of BigJim5021


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet fancy Moses. This one is a keeper.

Pours inky black with a tan head. Nice lacing.

Smells like tasty bitter-sweet chocolate and roasted malts. There's definitely a Swiss Miss quality to this stuff.

It also tastes like bitter-sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Imagine that! Nice bitter hop finish really pulls this stuff together. Just a very tasty stout.

The mouthfeel is full without being too chewy. Good carbonation too.

Overall, this stuff lives up to its reputation. I could drink this wonderful brew all day long.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 04:46:29 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of Tawnos


4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cannot think of enough good things to say about this beer. After I first had it, I spent another year looking for it again (it was a one-off shipment to my hometown, and they haven't had it in, since). Now that whole foods up here in Bellevue has it, I'm a very happy man.

This beer is everything a chocolate stout should be - it's dark, pillowy-headed, richly flavored, with just the right mix of beer and chocolate. Not too little or too much alcohol. Perfection in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 07:46:31 | More by Tawnos
Photo of CaptainIPA


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich ebony with a creamy, caramel-colored head and exceptional lacing.

S: Mmmm...dark chocolate, powdered cocoa and a trace of vanilla.

T: Wow! Opens with a dark chocolate taste (think bittersweet truffle) that gives way to a lighter, powdered cocoa flavor. Earthy oats and hops mingle in the background. Hints of vanilla and malted milk round out the profile.

M: Mouthfeel is a tad thin and, possibly, a little overcarbonated. Alas, if only this had the body of an Irish Stout.

D: An amazing American Stout. The chocolate flavor is subdued and natural tasting - never in your face. Great stuff. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 15:04:12 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of nicdub


4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5


What can I say a truly great beer. Rogue outdid themselves this time.

A- Nice and dark, you cant see through it even held up to light yet it isn't black in color more of a very dark brown. Huge strong head that is about the color of a cardboard box.

S - hmmmm....ah yes, Chocolate! Bakers chocolate to be exact. I smell a little malt but that is faint compared to the overwhelming scent of dark chocolate.

T- ....yes, Chocolate. I've never had a beer that could double as a dessert as well as this one. Nice and rich, is taste neslte powder choc, some hershey dark choc, choc syrup... a bit of hop for some nice bite and a little malt but mostly chocolate... this is my new favorite. chocolate lingers well after you finish

M - nice and thick. not incredibly chewy like some others but still very full bodied. Just the right amount of carbonation and a nice dry finish..

d- I've only eve bought this by the 1pint 6 0z. bottle so I couldnt say other wise, but I cant definatly drink that bottle in one sitting and im feeling great afterwards. Probably wouldnt want mch more at once though

yes yes yes.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 23:07:30 | More by nicdub
Photo of Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer! Pours black in colour with huge, I mean HUGE caramel brown head with lots of lace. Smell - dark chocolate, coffee, malts. Taste is the same, less chocolate that I would expect, but still really deep taste. Mouthfeel - silky, with medium carbonation. Drinkability - yes, it's drinkable, but honestly, based on reviews I expected a bit more from this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 00:55:37 | More by Voonder
Photo of Jayli


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a wonderful black - no light passes through. A foamy 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates leaving a lingering head. Great lacing throughout. There is a rich chocolate scent with hints of caramel, and potentially a bit of coffee. The taste picks up where the scent ends - rich chocolate flavoring...but more of a darker chocolate flavoring. There is a slight bitter aftertaste - but the beer itself is so good, that the aftertaste can be overlooked. The beer is more carbonated than I would have anticipated. However, unlike other beers that I have had with this much carbonation it's not overpowering and doesn't detract from the beer.
This is a fantastic chocolate stout - I hope to find it again soon!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 01:41:52 | More by Jayli
Photo of julian


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black, with a thick pillowy brown head from an deep pour. Almost solid foam lacing on the opposite side of the glass I've been drinking from and dotted lacing on the side I have been drinking from.

S: Mildly roasted, dark chocolate aroma, slightly bitter, yet sweet at the same time. notes of caramel, and toffee and maybe even some coffee beans in there too.

T: Taste is rich with chocolate. Tastes like dark baker's chocolate, in that it's slightly dry and bitter. It also has a mild roasted feel about it which was prevalent in the aroma too. Taste sweetens later on bringing out the flavor of mild caramel or toffee. Finishes off smooth. No lingering bitterness.

M: Great feel all around. Medium carbonation, smooth & easy drinking.

D: This is a super easy drinking beer. No sipping necessary, you can take a mouthful and down it with ease.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 23:41:56 | More by julian
Photo of PatronWizard


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to glass...

Black fluid with thick cream tan head. Love the creamy heads. Great looking beer.

Smell reminds me of Easter. Rich milk chocolate. Can almost smell the creaminess. Can also smell some dark chocolate. Maybe some coffee.

Taste of bitter and burnt chocolate. Good, but the nose is better in this case. Coffee flavor is present. As are a trace of hops way late in the game.

Thick for sure but not as creamy on the tongue as I expected (or hoped). Seems to have a teeny tiny bit more carbonation than is called for.

Far, far too easy to drink. I find myself taking gulps instead of sips. Good thing? Bad thing? I've had some stouts I wouldn't dare gulp.

As I was trying to figure out why it's so easy to drink, the wife tells me "it's the alcohol." So I checks it out and sure enough, 6% ABV, which is incredibly light for me. No big deal, just means I can drink a few!

As it turns out, this is a very tasty, very easy to drink beer. In my pathetic opinion, all craft beer drinkers should keep one of these in their collection for the buddy who stops by. Tremendous potential as a gateway beer.

Overall: great beer

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 01:10:59 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

a- just as expected, dark as night, nice tan ring that lingers around the glass for the drinking session...do not pour this beer too aggressively or it will turn on you (personal experience).

s- chocolate....smmmooottthhh. could not be improved upon period

t- wow chocolate milk with a touch of baileys thrown in...this beer will make even a novice fall in love with stout...another tongue-job from rogue...thanks guys...

m- smooth as a brazilian wax...very nice high five

d- i could drink these through a divorce, then again through alimony...thank you rogue...a nice session stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 02:42:23 | More by grayburn
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,520 ratings.