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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,516 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,516
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 249
Gots: 197 | 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

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Photo of stephens101


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

Revisiting the Chocolate Stout after about a year. If memory serves me correct, it's one tasty SOB. A semi-hard pour reveals a very dark brown, almost black brew with a rolling and dense dark tan head that carries itself proud to a slow finish and leaves a good lacing all around to remind you of itself. Smell is quite complex with sweet and dark chocolates, malts and caramel upfront and an essence of burnt wood and pine in the background. Tastes of dark chocolates, molasses, licorice, toffee and a good hit of bitterness and some slight smokiness to finish things off. Carbonation is just right for this medium to full-bodied, yet highly drinkable stout. Rogue always does me right.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 22:18:44 | More by stephens101
Photo of ph2001


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

22 oz bottle in pint glass

poured smooth, but thick. not much head to it, and this one is dark. no liht passes through.

at first its a little bitter on the tongue but it melts into a nice chocolate flavor, with a good aftertaste. it is heavy and thick though, making it difficult to drink much of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 18:28:37 | More by ph2001
Photo of theghost3


3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is very dark brown with a thick, brown head. It has a rather strong chocolate smell with toasty malts. It doesn't taste as strong of chocolate as it smells. There's a distinct roasted malt flavor that's buttery with a hint of coffee. It has a rather strong aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very thick without much carbonation. This beer is drinkable, but very thick and rich with powerful flavors, so I wouldn't recommend planning to drink something different afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 19:41:04 | More by theghost3
Photo of ommegoose


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$6.00 bomber from Evanston First Liquors.

Looks great. Pours out a viscous dark black, more than lots of impy stouts, with a full dark head. Impressive color on the head. Full 360 degree lacing. At the end the sediment doesn't look too nice, and is not expected in this style.

Milky chocolately aroma. Smells nice, Tootsie Roll like. It's not terribly complex. Sweetness covers up roasty or bitter notes.

There's a lot of interest out there in chocolate stouts, it seems, and this one is named often. After just a few sips, it's easy to see why. Plenty of flavor for a beer that is not that big in terms of abv. Whereas the nose was pretty one-dimensional, there's plenty going on on the palate. The suggestion of chocolate in the nose leads you to find that right away, but there's a smooth foundation of roasted oats and barley, followed by a generous amount of hop bitterness. I found it a bit much initially, but I got used to it after a few sips. The chocolate flavor is nice, and the clear focus over coffee or roasty notes. Finishes a bit on the bitter side, with lingering dark chocolate.

I was looking for something fuller in the mouthfeel. Seems to dissolve in the mouth, when I'm looking for it to be heavier and just sit there.

Drinkability is hurt a little by a lack of crispness and a finish so long that you always feel like you just took a sip. This is a very solid beer, but to be honest, it gets a little boring near the end of the bomber. I don't know if I'll purchase again anytime soon, but I still recommend it to stout lovers. Of course you already know that it's good anyway. Still doesn't beat the mighty Choklat in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 06:12:46 | More by ommegoose
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer. Deep milk chocolate permeates almost every aspect of the beer- from the taste to the aroma, and even the mouthfeel is like drinking a hearty chocolate milk that is just perfect. My one complaint is that I wasn't able to directly discern the hop contribution to the beer because the chocolate flavor and aroma was so great. Maybe there isn't one or maybe it's not needed. I'll leave it until my next try to decide, but this is certainly a great one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 08:22:58 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of iconoklaztor


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer should be atleast decent for a top 100. Well, I picked up one to give it a shot.

The smell is not at all like chocolate nor is the taste. I tried it a couple more times and I just dont like this. Okay, its a little creamy but has virtually no chocolate. Maybe its just me.

Overall, probably wont grab this again unless I was with a girl that wanted to try craft beer. Ehh

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 00:17:55 | More by iconoklaztor
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with friends after a long night at the local watering hole. Appeared an opaque dark brown, with a dark brown head which dissipated quickly.

Smells of sweet roasted barley.

The taste here is truely the star of the show, roasted smokey chocolate taste that was complex yet discernable. It was indeed a dessert beer, and a great way to end the night.

I plan to drink it again soon, its just that good.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 20:09:22 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


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

Appearance: Thick, dark brown in color, 1 to 2 finger head, creamy, opaque

Smell: Tootsie Roll that's about it. If you say it smells like something else, you're a f&*king liar! LIAR!!!

Taste: Definitely tastes like chocolate. To be specific, this tastes like liquid Tootsie Roll and roasted malts, dark chocolate and oats. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: creamy with medium carbonation (high carbonation for a chocolate stout). Taste coats the mouth, however aftertaste was a bit disapointing (just a little bit).

Drinkability: I wouldn't want to drink any chocolate stout all night, however this is the mother of all chocolate stouts. This beer sets the standard for all other chocolate
stouts I've tried and will try. Rogue did not disappoint with this one.

NOTE: One wise man couldn't finish his Rogue Chocolate Stout. He claimed it tasted like ashtray and decided to drink Miller Light instead. Our name will likely be changing to TwoWisemen_and_she-man_thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 00:43:04 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 5/9/08, at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is all chocolate with some roasted malts in there.

T: The taste is a strong mixture of milk and dark chocolate. It's very malty and bitter-sweet. A very mild hops presence comes in after a while but for the most part this beer tastes like a melted chocolate bar leaving that thick cloying sweetness in the after-taste.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-heavy body, light-medium carbonation, finish is very sticky.

D: Tasty if you like the intense chocolate, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I've had some chocolaty stouts before but I think this one overdoes it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2008 01:19:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of MrMonkey

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with some lighter brown highlights when held to the light. A three-finger mocha colored head fades slowly to a thin cap leaving lots of sticky lacing.

Smells like sweet milk chocolate: fudge brownies fresh out of the oven, a bit of vanilla, and a hint of smoke. There are some earthy floral hops as well.

Taste is roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate balanced with some earthy hops. There's some milky sweetness in the middle before a long, semi-dry chocolate finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, but a lot thinner than I'd thought it would be.

Drinkability is OK, but trying it once was probably good enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 17:53:26 | More by MrMonkey
Photo of Biggness

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured very dark with a light head. The smell of the beer was of a chocolate bar!! The flavor of this beer is amazing Rogue certainly hit the spot for this one! No skimping of ingridients on this beer! It is certainly not something you can drink all night but it certainly has great flavor and is a beer I will suggest to all my beer loving friends.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 17:43:44 | More by Biggness
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black brown and has a nice head that settles to a long lasting lace. Bubbly and enticing. The aroma is of chocolate and
roasted malts.Hints of coffee. The taste is bitter sweet with chocolaty taste that is well balanced with mild hops and malts.
There are also tones of dark fruit,but the chocolate seems to reign.
The feel is smooth,milky like,medium carbonation with a creamy texture and a slight bitter finish.

Notes: I was expecting this brew to be heavy,to be too full flavored or just too sweet. What a surprise ! Balance was awesome and the drinkability was so close to session. I suppose it may be a session brew because it is not too heavy and the ABV is not so high. I am constantly impressed with this Brewery's concoctions. I will buy this again and though many feel this is a dessert brew,I think it could be the dessert!
Cheers to all!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 02:37:01 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on Cask.

A: A dark brown almost black color. Has a thick creamy head.

S: Chocolate (duh) with coffee, some toffee and espresso smells.

T: A deep chocolate taste, with lots of smokey wood and coffee flavors. Definitely a prevalent espresso taste.

M: So so smooth and really creamy. It is a full bodied stout.

D: I really enjoyed this beer a lot, great flavor, not one I could have multiple in one sitting. But a tremendous beer.

Serving type: cask

05-05-2008 12:45:38 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of Ben4881


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

Chocolate Stout
Rogue Ales Brewery

This beer pours out dark, thick, with an impenetrable blackness. A lovely head foams to the surface, brown at the bottom and egg shell white on top. Looks almost like a root beer float. The head sinks fast and leaves almost no remnants of lacing on the glass. Some lacing remains as the glass empties, however.

A very soft chocolaty smell creeps into my nose. There is some toasty character to it, but not overpoweringly so. Mostly, the smell is very sweet and chocolaty smooth.

This is a creeper. The taste begins very soft chocolaty and sweet, like the smell. Then, a milky flavor hangs as I swallow. Upon swallowing, an unexpected kick back of hops tickles the back of my tongue. The slightly sticky, dry, and bitter aftertaste is a welcome surprise. This beer finishes in a different place from where it started.

As a stout, it is appropriately thick. There is some carbonation, which lightens the load. Not too chunky, pretty smooth.

The complexity of the taste from start to finish is a plus. The dry, bitter finish makes me want to experience the silky, sweet, chocolaty all over again. I truly enjoyed this experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 04:45:47 | More by Ben4881
Photo of everetends


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

Had this at the Flying Saucer in Houston, Texas. Served in a 22oz bomber slightly (ever so slightly) chilled. Poured into a tumbler.

A: Poured out a nice dark brown, almost black. Good sized head that remained for majority of the serving.

S: Rich chocolate and malt. Exactly what was expected.

T: This beer lives up to its name because chocolate rules this beer. Malt is there with a bit of coffee, but the chocolate takes center stage and dominates this brew.

M: Nice, smooth and creamy.

D: I was at a Flying Saucer with a plethora of choices in front of me, and I still wanted another of these. This is a great brew, but is very rich.

You get what you buy here. It is a great beer that does not hide from what it is named. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 23:31:54 | More by everetends
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Remember how all the beer books from the late 90's praised rogue stouts to high heaven well guess what ; they still rock. Dark rich and luscious this is a beer to savour and pair with food. No faults in this beer and the chocolate notes are spot on. A classic that stands up against all the stouts produced lately.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 03:32:59 | More by canucklehead
Photo of calebmills

West Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Best stout ive had to this day. When i saw this and it was called chocolate stout i thought sure no beer can taste like chocolate and be good. I was wrong. This beer pours like crude oil looks like dark chocolate and tastes like guess what? chocolate. and its wonderful. dont get me wrong you can tell the difference between this and a chocolate milk. You take your everyday coffee hinted stout give it rogue quality and add a bit more than a hint of chocolate and here we are. this stuff is way ahead of guinness in my book. doesnt have the slightest flat waterdown taste that you expect with an average stout. Very filling ive had a few 22s of the stuff and cant wait to get more. pace yourself and enjoy this one

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 23:22:31 | More by calebmills
Photo of dill


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. (the remainder was then used for a beer float which was also quite tasty)

A - deep black white a thin, creamy head.

S - smells of chocolate and malt.

T - a bit of coffee at first while cold then the chocolate became more pronounced. as it warmed the chocolate came forward a bit more and started to stand out. this is on of the first chocolate stouts i've had where i felt the chocolate presence was this strong.

M - creamy and rich. very nice.

D - i probably wouldn't have more than one as it is quite rich, but what a great beer this is, especially to share with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 17:36:56 | More by dill
Photo of Kemmerlin


4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a two finger width foamy head that left good lacing down the glass and had a dark chocolate brown color.

S: Had aromas of chocolate brownies, hops, toffee, and slight coffee.

T: Really chocolatey and not the typical from the syrup can chocolatey with a hoppy and coffee taste. A smoked cigar after taste graces the remainder of the beer that keeps on giving.

M/D: Heavy but not brainy like typical stouts slightly bitter and of course has pretty good sweetness. The beer is dangerously drinkable and would go well with any dessert.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 02:40:19 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

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

appearance - Dark black, nice large head, with some lace.

smell - chocolate chocolate chocolate, like opening a hershey can of cocoa.

taste - Bittersweet cocoa, with a some hops present at the end.

mouthfeel - Full body.

drinkability - It took me a while to try this. I had this in the cellar for sometime now. Very tastey of you like chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 20:21:16 | More by auxiliary
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been curious about this since Christmas time so I bought it, and forgot I had it in the fridge. We'll see what happens.

A: Poured from a 22oz bomber, very dark brown, almost black. Almost completely opaque when held to the light, a few redish brown hints around the edges big tall tan head, almost sand colored, reduced from about two inches in my hofbrau mug to roughly a half inch. Delicious looking stout, great head retention.

S: The darker roasted malts really pop out on this one, as well as a Hershey's syrup smell. Smells a lot like beer thats still in the brewing process, pretty interesting.

T: Chocolatey sweetness at the very front which leads into the bitterness from the burnt malts, nice clean hop finish at the end which is refreshing with such a thick beer. The hops actually linger in the mouth, with a nice citrusy bite, lingering coffee bitterness and of course sweet chocolate. Not as sweet as I expected, but that's ok.

M: Smooth and very creamy. Just a little bit of a bite from the light carbonation, this is very sticky in the mouth as well. Lots of sugars in this one.

D: This is definitely a dessert beer, I can't think of any other time that I would like to drink this other than after dinner. It is pretty heavy, and rich, but very good, but one is definitely enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 03:27:11 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of Butch


4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is it. This is The Chocolate Beer. I just had a session with Young's Double Choc, Terrapin WakeNBake, Meantime Coffee Porter, and this. This one was head and shoulders better. More chocolate flavor, more chocolate aroma, better roasted malt flavor as well. Hops in perfect balance, understated (especially for Rogue) but adequate. If a beer this robust can be a stand-by session beer then this is the one.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 18:24:24 | More by Butch
Photo of Atron67


3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a clear black body with a heavy brown head that quickly rose up and then fell pretty quickly to a thin film. clear body light lacing left by the head

S- loads of chocolate, the roasted charachter takes a back seat and the malt is almost hidden, tons of chocolate again, low malt pretty sweet body

T- starts off really malty, then the roasted and chocolated flavors come intogether, after that the chocolate pretty much takes over and you get the different phases of chocolate as it fades off your tongue. a little too sweet, maybne im less of a chocolate fan but its too much chocolate

M- pretty full body

D- little sweet for me

little dissapoints but not a bad idea

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 00:40:32 | More by Atron67
Photo of jessecarr

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Rogue beers--to me, many of them straddle the fine line between experimentation and execution. This beer is very well executed.

On the heels of tasting many imperial-styled stouts, this bomber reminded me that stouts can be very rewarding--even when they don't blow you away with 12% alcohol.

You can't aggressively pour this beer into a pint glass. It leaves a huge head that doesn't settle. I learned that quickly. But the smell was clean, even minerally.

It gets to be a bit watery as the bomber empties, but the mouthfeel and taste are fantastic. It has a chocolate taste that hides during the swallow and doesn't peek out until a few seconds afterwards. It also leaves a very smooth aftertaste--something I hadn't tasted for a while in a stout. (my one beer with imperial stouts is their bitter, dry aftertaste)

Congrats, Rogue. You keep impressing me.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 19:59:34 | More by jessecarr
Photo of jayrod20


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Chocolate Stout pours a rich dark brownish black with a nice lingering head. The smell is strong of chocolate after the initial pour, but fades quickly. It has a nice taste, unfortunately it is accompanied by a rather non pleasant bitter aftertaste. This fades slightly as the beer warms. Bitterness and high carbonation is what stands out most to me in the mouthfeel. Drinkability wise I expected this to be less bitter, I guess thats why I keep on getting it. Overall its not bad, but I do think there are better Chocolate Stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 03:29:31 | More by jayrod20
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