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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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3,679 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,679
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 276
Gots: 259 | FT: 3
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

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a cocoa colored head. Aroma is straight up chocolate. It smells like hot cocoa, only more chocolaty. This is one of those beers where all the malt and hops aromas are so hard to pick up I can't really comment on them. The flavor here has a lot more than just chocolate though. The first thing you will notice naturally is the chocolate because of the aroma. The flavors are a bit more complex, with dark malts coming through and a touch of hops in the back. Some coffee flavors also come through. I would prefer just a bit more bitterness either from hops or dark bitter malts. Mouthfeel is great, it leaves some flavor on the finish, making you want another sip, leading to great drinkability. Aroma is a bit strong which lowers the drinkability just a bit, but its still really nice.

Overall this is a great chocolate stout. After having both ST Choklat and Harpoon chocolate stout, this one is much better than both and fits perfectly between both. It isn't "imperial" and it doesn't have to be. It has complexity without being too strong. The price is a bit high here, of course since its Rogue.

jeffthecheff, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
2.88/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No dating info. It was black in color with slight carb but tons of lacing. It had a very large brown head that very, very slowly settled into a thick constant foam.

The aroma was very weak. I'm battling spring allergies so even had the wife take a sniff. We both had to really swirl the glass and then breath deep to get much. What was there was good. Cocoa and coffee mainly with some milk chocolate in the back. The taste was very disappointing. Chalky with a very bitter middle and end. I like bitter but this seemed out of place and the wrong bitter if that makes sense. Also getting a lot of watery taste as well. Normally, I'd chalk this up to a bad bottle but I tried this about 6 months ago and it tasted exactly the same. I didn't review it then because I thought it was a bad bottle but now I think that it's just the way it is. I really wanted to like this one as I love the style and it's readily accessible but really didn't enjoy. After half a bottle it really became a chore to finish.

Overall, a disappointment - see above for why. Could I possibly have had 2 bad bottles? Seems unlikely but I'm way off from other reviewers that normally I find a lot in common with. Since it's Rogue, I'll give it one more chance down the road. Unless dramatic improvement, one and done.

TexIndy, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at J Clyde in Birmingham, AL.

A: Pours a dark black with a couple fingers of khaki colored head that settles down after awhile to one finger or less, lots of frothy lacing on the glass.

S: literally smells like a chocolate milkshake, I try to pick out other scents and it says don't bother! Such a great nose treat.

T: very chocolatey flavor but it's more dark chocolate than milk chocolate. Can taste a slight amount of roasted malts/roast coffee once I get used to the chocolate.

M: feels full in the mouth but slightly thin/watery on the finish - I bet on a nitro tap this would be KILLER

D: easy to drink, solid flavor and no alcohol taste, so I'd say high although for me it would be higher if this were sweeter or more milk chocolate in flavor

dukedevil0, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of witster18
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional beer. For being a beer that has a flavor 'gimmick', so to speak, this is a well-balanced and flavorful stout that isn't overpowered or off-putting in any way. The chocolate stands in the forefront with a bitter hop backbone. I think it wouldn't be a stretch to call it a world class offering. Rogue has developed a beer here that is flavor overload but still maintains incredible drinkability. My bomber left like a thin lager but also left me yearning for more. Hefty price tags with rogue now... they sent out a letter talking about prices of ingredients etc... the way I see it... you pay a world class beer price... but often you don't get a world class beer.... Not Here!... 6.50 hurts...but it hurts so good.... mmmm..mmm tasty beverage. Less Chalky than St. Ambroise Oat Stout... better mouthfeel than old #38... TO quote Arnold, "I'll be bahck"!

This is one of the top 10(out of about 250) beers that I've tasted in my life.. a very, very good beer.

witster18, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint class.

About the closest damn thing you are going to get to chocolate beer. More so (maybe not) than Choklat, or at least it has more beer/stout like flavor than this beer. I mean it has some wonderful toastiness that compliments an outstandingly sweet chocolaty aspect. And tastes much much bigger than the six percent would indicate. Every brewer could take a lesson in the head retention that this beer shows. A half inch cap of sandy brown froth all the way through the session. Maybe just a tad too sweet for my tastes, but I'm not really a chocolate fan and I'm still beyond impressed. A must try for anyone interested in chocolate stouts or stouts in general.

bluemoonswoon, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 16 Mar 2009.

Poured in 0.4 L Hutthurmer stein (the closest match to the one on the bottle). Large thick dark brown head. Well carbonated. Dark brown pumpernickel in color. Strong aroma of cocoa, semisweet chocolate, some coffee. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate, cold coffee, some espresso. Mocha espress finish and aftertaste. Cocoa powder mouthfeel. Medium body, a little lighter than expected. Ethanol moderate.

Would have preferred a little more sweetness but still quite good.

htomsirveaux, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a few times here and there, but I wanted to get around to reviewing it.
Dark black with a light brown mocha head. Clings nicely. Smells of roasty bitter malts and chocolate. Plenty of bitterness in the taste, but not from hops. The bitterness is all chocolate, almost like sticking your tongue in baker's chocolate. Many think "sweet" when they see "chocolate" but don't be fooled. This beer is very chocolatey and very bitter. No sweetness here. I would rate the taste portion higher, but the residual bitterness from the dark chocolates isn't too pleasant.
Its smooth and milky in the mouth and quite quaffable.

This beer is basically a Shakespeare Stout with tons of chocolate poured in. I prefer the Shakespeare, but this one is worth a look, but you probably already know that.

joshuadlight, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly obsidian color, with enough dark brown to make it look like a melted dark chocolate bar; the billowy tan head leaves sheets of lacing around

Smell: Lots of melted dark chocalate, with vague hints of grain amd citrus

Taste: Starts out with a black bread character that becomes extremely chocolatey by mid-palate, when the expected bitterness of a west coast stout arrives; there is some cherry cordial in the flavor profile, too, but just a hint; after the swallow, the tongue is battered with dark chocolate, although the finish is surprisingly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While I would like a slightly fuller mouthfeel, this beer is top notch all around

brentk56, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of Jablonski
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours pitch black with a small head and minimal lacing.

S: There is a light milk chocolate aroma that is pleasant, but not much else.

T: The taste is largely bittersweet: dark and milk chocolate, coffee. A rich taste.

M: Good thickness and carbonation in the beer.

D: Very drinkable for a chocolate stout.

Jablonski, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber. Pours jet black with 2 fingers of thick creamy foam that is a light brown in color. Laces everywhere.

Smells like a chocolate bar. Cocoa jumps out of the beer into the nose. Hints that it has been roasted.

Taste is an absolutely perfect blend of stout and chocolate. The chocolate is here, there, and everywhere, but never overpowering. Its oaty, creamy, milky, but never too much. Even the sweetness of the drink is nicely balances.

everything just works in concert to produce a great beer. Highly recommended.

KTCamm, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of beerman207
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This review comes from a bomber bottle. I have to start out by saying I was somewhat disappointed with the bottle versus having this on draft. My first experience with this brew was on draft where I didn't take notes on the beer but my recollection was that the beer was amazing. The bottle was a little less impnressive.

Pour resulted in a nice two fingers of head with very nice lacing. The smell of chocolate was good but not as good as the draft. The taste was bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee? This beer is as dark as the night sky which is quite impressive. Overall a really good beer but I have to recommmend the draft over the bottle.

beerman207, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of bmwats
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 650ml bottle into a pint.

A: Very dark brown. Half finger greyish brown head quickly settles leaving only a touch of of bubbly carbonation on the surface. A little beer ring lacing remains as you drink.

S: Dark roasted coffee malt, bittersweet chocolate, nuts.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, hint of light roast coffee; maybe a little pecan, as well. A bit bittersweet.

M: Light but hearty. Strong alcohol taste. A certain watery quality.

D: Very good drinkability. Good balance of flavor and feel.

Deep dark ominous appearance. Nice complexity in the nose, and somewhat the same in the palette. Good balance of flavors with none of the components too overpowering. Light, hearty feel. A good sipping beer. Great quaff.

bmwats, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a tan head that lasted a while.

Aroma is sweet chocolate kind of like cocoa. Little bite of coffee in the background.

Taste is sweet and robust. Full of chocolate and coffee tones.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy sweet. Soft carbonation.

Great chocolate stout. Highly recommended.

gonzo46and2, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of daveGsus
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was presented to me at cobblestones in a sampler glass(about 7oz.). beautiful dark body with a thick tan head. I'm not into chocolate stouts but this was exceptional. you can smell the chocolate. very good rich taste. I will be back for a pint or two sometime in the near future.

daveGsus, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of JesseP09
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

High-five to Rogue Ales! This creation is truly superb.

Appearance is phenomenal, with its rich chocolate brown look.

Smell is fantastic, like a rich alcohol-enhanced glass of hot chocolate.

Taste is brilliant, although not quite as much chocolate as I anticipated.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are great. Simply stunning. This beer is a total beer-drinker's dream.

JesseP09, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of GWaters
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle

Served in a Sam Adams Sensory glass at cellar temperature

Pour: Pours very dark and thick. A nice tight frothy brown head of about two fingers - leaves a some lacing. When agitated, brown froth forms across the top.

Smell: A sweet roasted chocolate malted scent. The chocolate smells like a bitter sweet chocolate. A soft background scent of coffee can be detected.

Taste: Strong flavor of bitter dark chocolate with some coffee taste. Roasted malt with a smoky component as well. Chocolate dominates just like the smell and bottle promise. A long lasting bitter chocolate aftertaste is not unpleasant. A bit of a chalky part there is present as well.

Mouthfeel: For all the flavor and richness, the mouthfeel is a surprisingly medium bodied feel. The chocolate leaves a bit of a dry feel on the tongue as it ages in the mouth.

Drinkability: Not for the weak. I really good strong stout ale!! Indeed, can I have another?

GWaters, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of natasharai
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured with 1 inch of creamy tan head that dissipated over 3 minutes to a thin layer leaving nice lacing. The beer is black and does not let light through.

Smell: Very strong sweet chocolate, sweet roasted malt

Taste: Surprisingly hoppy and strong chocolate, sweet roasted malt

Mouthfeel: Hoppy tingle, medium carbonation, leaves mouth dry

Overall: Pretty drinkable, nice balance of hops and sweet malt, nice amount of chocolate, alcohol not very noticeable

natasharai, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, almost black in color with a big fluffy light brown head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

S- Lots of sweet milk chocolate fallowed by a hint of coffee and other roasted aromas. Hops have a very light presence in the nose.

T- Big roasted flavors up front, coffee, roasted nuts and roasted barley. Chocolate comes in pretty strong once the bitter roasted flavors calm down. Some sweet caramel and light alcohol throughout, with dry bitterness in the end.

M- Nice silky malts then a bitter hop bite, nice balance, good mouth feel.

Overall- This is a really good stout, one of my favorite stouts that adds chocolate. This is a beer that makes me appreciate Rogue all over again.

br3wmeister, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of JJBlanche
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Rouge, I like sweet/chocolate stouts, but I'm not particularly fond of this offering.

A - About what one would expect of a decent, carbonated stout.

S - Quite good. The chocolate is there in aplomb.

T - Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Indeed, the chocolate drowns out much of the complexity, and really makes this one dimensional.

M - Appropriate, given what they were going for.

D - It's acceptable in this regard, but only because it's more of a dessert item than a beer. Some will find this a good thing, but I really do not. This coming from someone that loves Young's Double Chocolate, etc.

JJBlanche, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of WDorning
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding! Had many chocolate stouts and this one takes the cake. Rich, black color with 2 finger lasting head. Creamy mouthfeel and very chocolaty taste. The only negative was a somewhat weak smell, but as far as stouts go, the smell is pleasant. Could drink this one all day.

WDorning, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of CMW
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with a large off-white pillowly head. Retention is very good and nice lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, and a slight whiff of coffee.

T - Very sweet, tastes like you just ate a king-sized chocolate bar. There are a few other flavors in there as well. Roasted malt and coffee are also present.

M - Very creamy and moderate carbonation.

D - While I quickily downed the bomber, I'm not sure if I could drink another. The sweetness is seriously strong.

CMW, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a proper pint glass. Pours Coca-Cola brown with a nice, creamy dark tan head that sticks around and slinks along the inside of my glass.

S - Nice sweet powdered cocoa scent over some bittersweet chocolate and toasted malt.

T - Chocolaty, cocoa sweetness runs the show here. It has a very nice, mildly spicy finish that's a nice almost peppery pop after the smooth cocoasplosion.

M - Really nice and velvety, creamy, full bodied.

HeyItsChili, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pitch black liquid topped with a medium, lingering brown foam. Inviting.

S: sweet chocolate and syrupy dark malt

T: nice balance of bitter & sweet cocoa, neither of which overpowers the fact this is a beer (not a milkshake). Tons of deep malt character and a bit of hops. Just about right for a standard chocolate stout.

M: coats well but not especially thick or creamy. The head did not translate into perceived fizz. Typical solid stout but not exceptional.

D: with all the killer "big" beers out there, this is one standard I could come back to over & over without breaking the bank or the ABV tolerance.

Richardberg, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Poured from a bomber. Poured a very dark, almost motor-oil brown with about two fingers of frothy head with great lacing. Beautiful.

S--Very sweet from both the chocolate and the malt. Very inviting.

T--Lots of dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, finishes with a slight almost-hoppy bitterness. While other flavors are more subtly expressed, this brew sure doesn't beat around the bush with the dark chocolate. Yum.

M--Not as thick as one might expect. Medium bodied, pleasant, but I think I want a little more.

D--One of my favorite beers. Very enjoyable, I would guess that it has broad appeal.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of MitchW
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This is by far the darkest, most opaque beer I've ever encountered. Just for kicks I turned off the lights and held a laser pointer to the other side of the mug. Nothing came through. Nothing. The head was a thick froth, akin to what you would see on the top of a good expresso.

S - Cocoa absolutely dominates. A blind smell test would overwhelmingly say that this was a high-grade, bittersweet chocolate bar... and in this case that's a very good thing.

T - A surpisingly well balanced stout with good malt base. Of course the brew has very strong chocolate overtones, but nothing about the flavor seems unbalanced. Biased towards the cocoa, yes, but the flavor just works.

M - A good chewy texture with subdued fizz that gently coats the mouth.

D - Despite the strong flavors and full texture, this is a marvelously easy beer to drink. Additionally, this beer is an absolute desert. I would rather have a mug of this at the end of a meal than a dessert served on a plate.

MitchW, Mar 01, 2009
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,679 ratings.