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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,870 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,870
Reviews: 1,869
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 330
Gots: 381 | 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:
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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Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from BevMo in Mountain View.

A - Pours jet black with a substantial creamy brown head. Looks great.

S - Lots of chocolate with some roasted malt.

T - Major chocolate taste, good but probably could have been incorporated a little more seamlessly. A little bit like Hershey's syrup was poured into a stout. Also roasted malt, earth, and some mild hops. Bitter and sweet.

M - Smooth and creamy with some rough edges and medium body for a stout.

D - Pretty high for the style.

Photo of patjrooney
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They have this on tap at Taco Mac in Roswell, GA. It 's a great stand alone beer but I usually have one at the end of the night after I have a good IPA or porter. The aroma is is the first to hit you and then the taste is very smooth. They also have it in a large bottle but the draft is better.

Photo of taxguyjase
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Rogue Chocolate Stout is probably one of the best beers I've ever had. From first glance, the beer has a dark, rich color and the head is a frothy, creamy light chocolate brown (see the picture). The head sticks around for a while too, so you don't have to worry about blinking and it's gone. The cocoa, coffee and malt smell is really appetizing and nothing overpowers any of the scents. The best part is the taste, which has a rich dark chocolate (not really sweet) and truffle flavor. The strongest taste hits in the middle of the tongue, but it's smooth and robust at the same time. The entire beer is extremely well balanced and versitile, as a number of different types of beer drinkers would enjoy this beer. The Chocolate Stout has 69 IBUs, which surprised me as the beer wasn't all that bitter.

Oh and this beer was only $4.99 for the bomber. I ended up seeing it at Whole Paycheck Market for $5.99 and Kelly's Liquors for $6.99 (yikes!). So, if you want this beer, check it out at Quarters and save yourself a few bucks.

Appearance - 5.0/5.0 - Rich, dark color with a tasty, frothy, creamy chocolate tan head.
Smell - 5.0/5.0 - Scents of cocoa, coffee, malt - rich aroma, with a little hint of alcohol
Taste - 5.0/5.0 - Wow! Rich, roasted chocolate, truffle flavor; Smooth but robust flavor; Aftertaste a little bitter, almost dark chocolate tasting, everything extremely well blended
Feel - 5.0/5.0 - smooth, hangs out with a nice mellow aftertaste
Drinkability 5.0/5.0 - Would drink this anytime and a number of different types of beer drinkers would enjoy it too.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Pitch black color. Two fingers of brown head, which starts out really foamy and dies down to frothy. Good retention and lots of lacing.

4.5 S: Nose is full of bittersweet chocolate. Real chocolate, not artificial. I feel like I'm in Hershey, PA. Pretty one dimensional, but it's a good dimension.

3.0 T: Taste is a huge letdown. The burst of chocolate in the nose is nowhere as strong as I expected or would have liked. I would liken it to drinking a Coke with ice and letting all the ice melt. The diluted coke is worse than either coke or water. Thus, this beer would be better if the chocolate were ramped up or completely removed. Suprisingly bitter and much less malty than I would have expected.

2.5 M: Light body, which is the exact opposite of what I would want in a chocolate beer. A bit overly carbonated too. Not creamy at all.

2.5 D: Based on the appearance and smell I was expecting something akin to ST Choklat. The taste and mouthfeel eliminated that thought on the first sip. This is a bad beer, which could easily be salvaged by ramping up the chocolate flavors and thickening the mouthfeel.

Photo of mdquigley
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.
Sight: Black hole-like darkness. Tan head with large bubbles that made a full three inches on a calm pour. Excellent lacing that stuck and measured my progress better than I could.

Smell: Roasted malt with chocolate overtones. It wasn't just bitter chocolate, but truly sweet chocolate as well. This is the downright sweetest (in classic terms) beer I've ever smelled.

Taste: Dry at first, like a good stout, then the flavor swirls in your mouth and the chocolate comes rushing out. The flavor was sweet without going too far. The finish was bitter with coffee and traditional chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Velvety, not overly carbonated and very nice going down.

Drinkability: I drank 650 ml. and could have had more. However, such good desert beers usually follow a nice meal, and this one was no exception. But I had three glasses, so I'd rate this high as stouts go.

Overall: Very pleased with this one. As I see it, the gold standard for chocolate stouts is Young's brew. Without having a bottle of Young's Double here with me, I can't make specific comparisons, but I'd rank Rogue's concoction right up there.

Photo of PvtVile
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Rogue Chocolate Stout was presented in a brown bomber and poured into a Guinness beer mug.

Appearance: It pours extremely dark and forms a great big coffee colored head that takes a while to settle, and leaves lacing.

Smell: Lots of chocolate w/ hints of cream and hops.

Taste: The first taste is some nice bitter hops, and then it settles with a hint of chocolate that stays around for a while.

Feel: Coats the mouth with a buttery sensation and ends crisp and carbonated.

Notes: This is a tasty stout that I wouldn't mind enjoying after a good meal.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, dark brown

Smell: chocolate, cream, and burnt malt

Taste: Chocolate all over...Sweet chocolate takes the lead..this gradually becomes more bitter...There are also touches of burnt malt and hops

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium heavy body, semi-sweet start that becomes more bitter

Drinkability:This one is a bit more bitter for a chocolate stout than I would like. It has a small sweet taste in the beginning and in the middle that is very good. I would have another bomber at some point, but one per session is enough. This is decent, but not spectacular.

Photo of alkemy
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured an exceedingly dark brown color with a light brown head about an inch tall. Definitely has chocolate in the aroma along with a malty ginger bread scent. Taste was also of ginger bread, with chocolate lasting through the finish. Chocolate was somewhat bitter (semi-sweet chocolate as someone else described.) This is a pretty tasty brew.

Photo of r0nyn
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a mug.

As is typical of most stouts, the look of the Chocolate Stout in the clear mug is something else as it is impossible to see through the inky blackness. Good sized initial head that dissipates into about a half inch sized frothing. Lacing really sticks to the side of the glass. Smell is a little bit malty with the titular dark chocolate aroma mixed in.

The taste surprised me a little bit at first, as I could definitely identify the bitterness first. I guess I was expecting chocolate straight away, so it took me by surprise. Once I let it swirl around a bit, however, the chocolate character made itself known. Mingled with the hoppiness and maltiness, it results in a complex flavor that finishes off like it started, with a bitter, yet smooth feel. There is a tiny lingering bitterness after the swallow that fades away after a few moments. For a stout, it's about middle-of-the-road in terms of body and the carbonation is just right, meaning it goes down pretty easily.

This is a fine beer, no doubt about that. I would have rated it higher on the drinkability scale if it were just a tad less bitter, but it's still a drink that is very easily and enjoyably imbibed.

Photo of scootny
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep black brown that is impervious to light. A huge head of ridiculous staying power billows from the pour. Lace is abundant and sticky. The glass is just gorgeous.

Smell is firmly chocolated with a deep dark breaded malt base. Whatever the natural chocolate flavor is it is very aromatic and complimentary. It enhances the chocolate of the malt. Roasted notes of dark grains. A faint of hop bitterness cuts through every now and then.

Taste is the firm chocolate from the nose at first but develops into an artfully balanced dry Irish chocolate stout. Dark molasses gives a hint of sweetness. Coffee comes after the chocolate and flows into a clean Cascade hops finish. In between, the oats and barley add body and depth while stretching the malt and dark grainy core of the backbone. An earthy complexity shows itself as the coffee and hops linger. It really shows itself at cellar temperature, do not make the mistake of drinking this too cold.

Feel is silky and smooth. Carbonation is mellow but enough to keep it from turning to syrup.

Drinkability is so good. You want to session this one until you realize it is 6 percent abv. Then you think about slowing down.
Then you pour another one promising yourself to go slowly.

Photo of DannyS
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a 24 oz beer mug.

A - Pours absolutely pitch black with a dark brown head that dissipates into the familiar foam collar, leaving tendrils of tan lacing as it's consumed.

S - Mmmm...chocolate. A thick, sweet aroma of cocoa liquor wafts up through my nostrils, accompanied by some coffee and toffee notes. But make no mistake; chocolate is king in this brew.

T - Chocolate, chocolate...and more chocolate. Once again, coffee and a bit of sweet milky toffee does show up, but chocolate is the star.

M - Velvety smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. The bitterness is also subdued and adds to the depth of flavor.

D - That 6% ABV and a slight bitter aftertaste prevent absolute perfection in terms of sessioning, but if you're looking for something to relax and get buzzed on after a long day, this will hit the spot.

Overall - If you're an alcoholic and a chocoholic, beware this beer, as you will get hopelessly addicted. For the rest of us who just love our beer and our chocolate, buy some of this right now; you'll be glad you did as you're sitting there in a chocolate/alcohol haze.

Photo of y2j2280
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick and oil looking. Pitch black - can not see any light through the glass. Beautiful appetizing looking head. Lacing is very nice.
S - First thing that hits you is the chocalate notes. There is def some cocoa and raisins as well.
T - Chocolate and coffee notes pop out and stand on your tongue. Alcohol is evident but nicely hidden. Very tasty.
M - is thick but not overwhelming. Feels nice for an american stout. Could be a touch more chewy.
D - is very nice. Goes down well. Nice and thick - not extremel overwhelming. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

Overall a very tasty and solid stout. Would def buy again.

Photo of roadhouse
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a pint glass

Pour was basically black, I didn't notice any light coming through. A nice two inch tan head formed on top and left some decent lacing down the glass.

Aroma was pretty much just of chocolate, and quite sweet at that. Nothing too impressive, it just reminded me of the Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Quite one dimensional, and while good, just not extraordinary.

The taste followed the aroma with chocolate naturally being in the lead. Again it's a bit too sweet for my tastes, more like milk chocolate, and me being a big fan of really dark chocolate. Again, no complexity kind of makes it a bit boring. It was pretty tasty though.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, pretty creamy. Easy to drink considering the sweetness and richness.

I haven't liked many Rogue beers but this was probably one of the better ones. Mainly because the yeast strain character is more muted.

Photo of buschbeer
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of brown head. It is dark brown/black in color. I have been looking forward to this libation for some time. It was hard looking at it in the fridge everyday.

It smells like chocolate with some roasted malts. It tastes like semi sweet chocolate. There is some bitterness and some sweetness. It is balanced nicely. This is an excellent beer. It makes a nice dessert beer or is just fine by itself. I am glad that I tried this. It was worth the wait.

Photo of qchic
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest brown. Couldn't convince myself it was black, though I saw no light get through. The generous frothy head started out light brown and faded to tan (hadn't really noticed this happening with other beers). Aroma is amazing, which is stating the obvious to anyone who has had this beer. Tons of creamy chocolate, rich malts, some tang from the hops, nuts, and smoke. The hops definitely come through more in the flavor, which is dominated by bittersweet chocolate. I do crave a bigger body in this beer, but as is, I find it too easy to drink the bomber. A rather good value, so don't hesitate to grab this one.

Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice looking beer! Rogue Chocolate Stout pours jet black and completely opaque with a big billowing tan head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon - looks like I'll have to drink through the foam!

The smell is very pleasant. Big, rich chocolate aromas come through as well as some earthy notes and roasted malt.

The taste is a bit different than what I expected from the smell, the bitterness of the chocolate caught me off guard. The chocolate flavor is pretty rich and bitter with a noticeable hop presence. The finish is dry and bitter and lingers on the palate.

The body is pretty light, making this a very drinkable beer that won't fill you up too fast.

Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep coffee/chocolate brown color with massive dark tan head that has great retention. Great amount of lace.

Smells like chocolate milk. Huge chocolatey and sweet.

Big rich chocolate taste without the sweetness. Bitter hop character, deep toasted malt, hint of coffee.

Rather thin for the style and moderately carbonated. Crisp and fresh. Slight dry finish.

Never had a more drinkable stout. The ABV and lighter body of this make it go down so easy. The crispness really quenches the pallate. Nicely done.

Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very, very dark brown with a thin tan head.

S: Tons of chocolate, a nice nuttiness, chocolate, some coffee, oh and chocolate.

T: As you would hope and expect, chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. A nice blend of bitter and sweeter chocolate tastes.

M: Great body, very smooth.

D: Incredible for a stout, such incredible chocolate flavor. Truly one of the best stouts I've had.

Photo of dfranks
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well after seeing how good this beer was rated I decided to stop in and grab a 22oz bomber after work and was really excited to try this. Poured into class and really did notice the great chocolate smell that others commented on. Also a good dark stout. Decent size head that lasted to the end. While I did think the smell was wonderful I was left wanting in taste.

I really think Young's Double Chocolate Stout is a far better choice. If you think this is a good beer (which I did) you gotta give Young's a try.

Photo of Rooney107
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A dark brown pour reveals superb lacing and a solid head. Not as dark as some other stouts.

S- Notable aroma of sweet chocolate, a bit of roasted barley and light malt notes.

T- Whoa, chocolate. This might sound strange, but it reminds me of tootsie rolls. I wonder if the chocolate flavor is too dominant, and that it might be somewhat cloying. Perhaps this stout is somewhat one dimensional, or maybe it just seems that way when inevitably compared with Rogue's Shakespeare stout.

M- Not as heavy as one would expect, but a solid creamy feel that compliments the taste well.

D- Somewhat sweet, which could make it hard to drink too many. Of course, it's price keeps one from drinking too many. A solid beer overall.

Photo of Dspohn
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Pauls in McCall, Idaho and it's a frigid 48 degrees outside in August. Good thing I have this tasty stout and a nice fire.

A. The darkest of brown with a nice light brown head that leaves good lacing.

S. Chocolate, Chocolate, and some malt

T. Nice initial chocolate taste with a good burnt malty body with some delicious coffee flavor and the chocolate comes back strong in the aftertaste.

M. Nice medium mouthfeel, maybe a little thin. Pretty good carbonation for a stout.

D. Surprisingly smooth and very drinkable. A must try if you enjoy chocolate and beer

Photo of kegger22
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer that does not warm up well. It was far better cold (usually not a good sign). Poured out rich, deep brown with a generous, light brown head that faded quickly. The aroma was one of the better I've had with rich chocolate dominating. The taste left something to desire. Mostly coffee and stale, bitter coffee at that. Very little of the aroma translated into taste, but some of the alcohol did and not to the beer's benefit. ChocoRogue looked oily, but ended up watery on the tongue. Like a lot of stouts, not high drinkability, but not due to a heavy, alcohol reasons. I just had Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel last night and may be over critical of Rogue's as a result of the comparison.

Photo of bcastine
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: dark almost black 2 finger mocha head that slowly disapated, some lacing

S: chocolate and coffee

T: tasted like cold hot cocoa, slightly creamy, really sweet

M: Medium bodied, creamy, typical nice stout feel.

D: I just can't give a good score here, this is a beer thats good in moderation, and that's not due to the ABV. Its just to over the top chocolate rich, and the sweetness builds to a point you can't take it anymore. This is a brew that gives a very satisfying first impression that halfway thru has you thinking about your next selection.

Photo of scottyshades
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich deep mahogany (almost black) color that produces a huge, growing light mocha colored head. Great retention on the cap, minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate truffle right up front, bittersweet chocolate, chocolate malts, lots of caramel, oats, and cocoa powder. Truly chocolatey!

T: More hops than the nose suggests, more bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, truffles, and some bittering hops to balance this malty monster. I am surprised that 69 IBUs was able to do that!

MF/D: Medium creamy body, watery finish, dry at the end, a little high on the carbonation

Photo of ahoverton
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is dark black with a nice brown head.
S: You can immediately smell the chocolate with some roasted malt.
T: It tastes like roasted malt and chocolate. It's not too sweet like some other chocolate beers and not very hoppy.
M: It's not too thick and syrupy like you might expect after pouring it. It has a pleasant medium body and good carbonation.
D: This beer is easy to drink as long as you like chocolate. It's not all that strong either so if you like stouts this is a good one to drink. It would be great with dessert.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,870 ratings.