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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,632
Reviews: 1,842
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 270
Gots: 244 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pink glass to show off a ebony darkness with a two finger brown head with tight buggles that held to a firm cap for more than half of the beer. Good creamy lacing and chunks on the cap.

S: The nose was a deep textured roasted malt, citrus hops and liquer bittersweet chocolate. The nose is deceptive of the power that lurks within this monster.

T: Your pallet meets the smoothes delivery of roasted malts and typical west cop Cascade hops. But this is slicker than snot a kids upper lip to be as raw as possigle. Your tounge is treated to explosions of flavor of chocolate and the smoothest creamest texture I can think of.

M: Quick thick as a milkshake in some senses, but not viscous and the carbonation is might strong throughout.

D: This is by far the best chocolate stout I have ever had. While there is imported chocolate as detailed on the bottle, the mixture of malts and hops with this is pure joy.

Brianmerrilyn, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rogue Chocolate Stout is a black ale with a foamy, light brown head that exhibits great retention. It has a strong roasted chocolate malt aroma. It is sweet, dark and a bit fruity. It is smooth and full bodied; soft with a snappy finish. It is a very full flavor: pretty sweet and quite bitter. It's like dark chocolate with a touch of citrus. The flavor is well balanced. This beer is almost like a liqueur. Damn. I can find no fault with this beer. I think it's the best beer I've ever had.
(rated May 22, 2008)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of phil7568
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rogue Chocolate Stout is one of the few top-notch readily available beers here in Mississippi. I guess I've taken this stuff for granted and I owe it a review.

Pours jet black with a nice 3/4" head that never dissipates.

Amazingly, this beer smells of chocolate. Yes, believe the other 1000+ reviews.

Delicious. I'm not pairing this with a dessert, this is dessert. I'm tasting dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and maybe even a little coffee bean on the long finish.

This is one very rich and filling stout. One bottle is just right.

phil7568, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of cleeze
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great dark black color with a nice brown head. Disappeared after a quick minute to show some really decent lacing

Deffinatly chocolatey. Dark chocolate with some coco mixed with some lucious dark malts.

Very Malty. And greatly balanced with the taste of dark chocolate. Smooth chocolate aftertaste.

This brew is so smooth and chocolatey I could see myself putting back a few of these

cleeze, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly black color with a creamy light brown head that fades surprisingly quick to a nice collar and sheen.

Mmmmm, chocolate. Impressively, I get milk chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa powder out of here. Maybe a smattering of dark fruit and hops, but not much.

Hops are much more discernable in the taste, definitely west coasty. Chocolate takes on more dark unsweetened and cocoa characteristics and the dark fruits come out to play a bit more on the palate. Much more complex than I remember this one tasting, or even smelling for that matter. Just enough variety to keep it interesting all the way through a bomber and not too full or over the top to make it tough sledding.

A finely crafted ale, for sure.

twiggamortis420, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a decent, thick brown head. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, cream, caramel, and just a little cigarette smoke. Creamy mouthfeel. Blended taste of chocolate, caramel malts, and oatmeal. Some vanilla cream. The cascade hops give it a sharp finish. Somewhat watery for the style. Very nice.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate (reminds me of chocolate-flavored jello). Flavor is sweet and chocolatey but sort of artificially chocolately. A pretty good chocolate stout although on the slightly too sweet side. Enjoyable.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Bung
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a solid tan head. Aroma roasted malt, mocha, slight coffee. Tastes similarly. Not too much chocolate, not too much stout. A great take on the style, with the hop character being the difference making it a Rogue. Great finish/aftertaste.

Bottle and Tap

Bung, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of rtepiak
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour is opaque... massive head that recedes downward. chocolate colored head. nose is malt and chocolate. taste is similar to the expedition stout, bit more sour. nice chocolate... not superfluous. nice lace, lightly sticky. great feel. accompanied with a solid bitter. not chalky which makes the excessive chocolate gentle. good. no alcohol detected.

rtepiak, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Trappissed
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well after seeing all the hype surrounding this beer, I finally got a chance to try it. I was less than satisfied with Young's Double Chocolate Stout(too bitter, not enough chocolate) and I wanted a chocolate beer that would redeem this chocolate goodness quality I want in a beer.

It was damn good and well worth seeking out. Perfect amount of chocolate, slight roasty bitterness, but more than acceptable. Very nice chocolate smell and flavor. Surprisingly easy to drink, just a very nice experience overall. Rogue might be a little more expensive as bombers go, but this one is definitely worth a shot if you want your beer a little sweeter on a cold night.

Trappissed, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cellared for the better part of three years, I will serve this in an Imperial pint glass at just over fridge temperature. 22oz. bomber, no freshness date.

Apperance- Deep chocolate brown, almost black color. The foamy head rises almost four fingers tall, medium tan with plenty of substance. The bubbles pop and fade away slowly, leaving craters that eventually fill in. No lacing, which surprises me.

Smell- Sweet decadence... the aroma is of the highest quality imported chocolate, so rich and massive. Creamy enough of a nose to smell like a good milkshake.

Taste- Absolutely stunning presentation on the palate... there is nothing that could possibly be improved here. The entry is dry and rich, sweet yet bitter. It is so mouth-filling in its character, the entire tongue is captivated by nuances of sweet, gourmet chocolatey goodness and bitter, dark notes that dry the mouth in anticipation of the next sip. The most rewarding and impressive phase for me is the swallow, which allows all ingredients to open up completely and showcase their perfect balance, and complex flavors. Never in a million years could I have been prepared for such an incredibly satisfying beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I love the subtle coarseness of the mouthfeel, as it provokes the sweet and bitter attributes to work with each other while adding texture. The most phenomenally delectable stout I can recall in ages... this is a true masterpiece, and should not be overlooked for the sheer reason of broad availability, as sometimes happens. Bravo.

yelterdow, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of colts9016
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark pour with a creamy tan head that fades away very slowly. Chocolate aroma with a hint of hops coffee and roasted malt. . Very good mouthfeel and very smooth going down. I got the chocolate taste throughout the beer. The finish was deep smoky chocolate but very subtle. Will drink again and again

colts9016, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of n00tz
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Deep Dark body, thick frothy mocha/tan head that provides a veil of lace all the way down the glass, undetectable carbonation. Gorgeous for a dark bodied beer.

S - Bitter coffee notes, slight piney hops, thick milk chocolate, roasted notes. No wonder it tops the list of BA's Stouts.

T - Cocoa bitterness, slight hops, some medium roast coffee and somewhat of an oat or grain. I think the hoppy bitterness is the only thing that detracts from the stout qualities.

M - Not near as thick as other full flavored stouts, a wonderful quality in a full flavored beer. Coats the tongue and leaves the cocoa and that hoppy taste behind.

D - I'd do it over again.. for free. Hell, I'd even pay money to do it over again. Wonderful brew, absolute favorite as of yet.

n00tz, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tasty beer with a wierd Martha Stewart looking lady on the label in classic Rogue posture.

Near black with a dark tan head.

Aroma, to no surprise, is dark chocolate and some roasty nut and malt and some sugary molassas or brown sugar.

Taste lives up to the aroma, dead on. Bit of fruitiness and alchol esters, but mild. I'm not sure if it exists, but an imperial (higher abv) version of this should be made. Some espresso flavors in there too.

Gotta be in the right mood/mindset/weather for a chocolate stout, but when the mood hits, it will satisfy.

SurlyDuff, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of mugglesandhops
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been drinking this for a while, it was one of my first Rogues, but this is the first time I have had it on tap and fitting enough it was at the Rogue brewery in Newport.

A- Very dark brown closer to black than brown, 1 1/2 finger thick creamy brown head, lacing all the way down the glass showing every drink I took

S- Huge chocolate smell, a roasted coffee bean aroma this beer smells delicious.

T- Pretty much taste like it smells but 10 fold. Huge chocolate taste up from with a little roasted coffee bitterness in the end.

M- Thick and creamy, heavy bodied for sure

D- A little thick for something like a session beer but I could definitely have more than 1 in a sitting.

I drank around 40 different beers while I was in Portland and Newport and after The Abyss on tap this was my second favorite beer I drank.

mugglesandhops, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours oxblood when held to light. Rock solid head with mad rentention. Cocoa and malt on the nose. Flavor notes of sasparilla and bittersweet chocolate truffle, along with blueberry - actually, once I thought "blueberry" I almost couldn't taste anything else. Not as heavy in the mouth as you might expect. Cascade piney-ness cuts through at the end and lingers.

I'm not as crazy on this beer as a lot of other people, but it is a structured and very drinkable stout.

StJamesGate, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Adamthome1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma from my snifter hit hard and complex character of a flower and chocolate bouquet.

The taste was even more complex feeling rich and heavy on the palate enticing expected taste from the aroma.

The beer gets better as it warms, but not too warm, the taste becomes flat, if you like your dark beers extremely warm I'd recommend the Rogue Shakespeare Stout which does not have the flat chocolate flavor as it warms.

Great beer!

Adamthome1, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a black with a large brown head, excellent lacing.

smells of sweet milk chocolate, toasted almonds, and smores???

taste is smooth, milk chocolate, fudge brownie, and milk chocolate, also has a slight coffee to it, some vanilla, touch of nuts, ends a little bitter and a little sweet.

froghop, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW, where do I start. My favorite stout on the planet right now. Out of a 22oz bomber is a creamy blackness producing a nice creamy brown head. Smells like chocolate to me, lol. Not the cheap stuff either. I was surprised when I tasted it. The chocolate flavor is definatly overpowering like most stouts with chocolate. It's very well balanced. Mouthfeel is that of the shakespeare stout. Very creamy. #1 in my fridge, even though you can only have 1 or 2 at a time.

hoppheadIPA, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge creamy dark tan head off of an average pour... Opaque sleek ebony color... Still and mysterious... Solid head retention... Good lacing...

S - Burnt Cocoa... Smokiness is evident... Melted milk chocolate... Coffee... A slight nuttiness... Also a hint of soap...

T - Burnt chocolate... Coffee... Earthiness permeates throughout... Licorice... Mild hops on the finish... Not as sweet as expected...

M - Biting carbonation is present on the tongue... Stiff... Medium bodied... Burnt smoky feeling throughout mouth... Slight bitterness at finish...

D - Drinkable and enjoyable... Not to sweet... A solid and well balanced stout... A bit rough around the edges...

philbe311, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of jbsmth
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first taste, I loved this beer. Subsequent tastings, however, made me realize that although it delivers on the promise of chocolate flavors, that's not necessarily what I'm looking for in a beer.

For me, hops, malt, and yeast make up the heart of the flavor of beer. These three things should be balanced for the beer to taste really good. There are other things which can be added to beers to enhance the flavor, but I feel if an enhancement eclipses either the hops, the malt, or the yeast, it's been overdone.

That's the best way I can describe Rogue Chocolate Stout, a good beer with added flavor that's been overdone. I'll stick with Young's Double Chocolate Stout, which tastes like beer, but reminds me of chocolate, not the other way around.

jbsmth, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of mphopkins99
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mugglesandhops for trading this one.

A - Poured a nice dark black, little to no head or lacing

S- The cocoa smell is right up front. A little hint of coffee as well.

T - Excellent, a really robust dark chocolate flavor.

M - Really smooth, light carbonation. 6% ABV doesn't hurt

D - A little heavy for a session beer, but this was a very drinkable stout. I really enjoyed this one and plan on hunting down some more.

mphopkins99, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a solid black color that produced a nice fluffy, moderately sized dark brown head which had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas of this beer were dominated by the chocolate, but some coffee and dark fruits did sneak in

T - The taste of this beer was exactly in line with the nose and the title of this beer, instead of a bitter chocolate flavor it is a sweet, milk chocolate espresso experience, with a little bit a dark fruits in the background to break the richness if the chocolate

M - The mouthfeel of this beer is the only thing I take a slight issue with, only a medium body, still creamy, and slight amount of carbonation

D - This is another solid beer by Rogue, the only reason they don't get less than a 4 in this catagory is because this beer is so damn good

cvfish, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of pseudo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Wow what a great lookin beer, black as the night with a chocolate colored head. Lots of lacing and the head stays for a while (shared with my friend, his pour's head was a lot less though and left quicker)

smells like a dark chocolate and hops. Very sweet and appealing.
It taste's amazing. Very balanced with mostly dark chocolate and coffee notes. There's also a slight bitterness and alcohol in the finish (but it compliments it very well).

mouthfeel is nice but not as thick as I thought it might be considering it's a very dark stout.
I couldn't drink too much of this mostly considering the price. However, if it was free i'd drink it all day long.

pseudo, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cocoa colored brown with thin white head. Aroma dominated by chcolate malts roasted coffee and tostie rolls. Flavor once again dominated by chocolate and chocolate malts. Nice roasted character and hops provide a tasty bitter dry finish. Very Good!

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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