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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,756 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,756
Reviews: 1,855
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 289
Gots: 287 | 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 BeenJammin
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue's Chocolate Stout pours a sturdy black with a lovely foamy tan head. The nose is filled with chocolate and roasty aromas with a few sweet and toffee-like notes to it as well. Aside from the obvious chocolate in the flavor there is also a great coffee and cream flavor in there as well. There is also a nice bitterness to it as well from the hops. The mouth fell is nice and thick and it is so smooth going down. I think I will try my first ice cream beer float with this beer.

BeenJammin, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of mattffrost
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a vey dark brown with a tan head. Carbonation is very low.

Smell A very faint chocolate smell. A bit of coffee. Not a lot of others smells I get.

Taste Very mild chocolate taste with hints of coffee. Not a sweet nor bitter beer. Not bitter finish really. Very low carbonation with the non bitter finish makes a very mild beer. Its a nice beer.

Mouthful low carbonation mild chocolate beer that i s nice.

Drinkability A good beer for the winter. Not by favorite type of beer but a good choice for this category.

mattffrost, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Hokies
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a nonic glass. Pours a deep black colour with a nice brown head with a light lace.

Roasted malts but mostly the is dominated by a sweet chocolate aroma.

In the taste the the roasted malts give off more of a dark chocolate taste that dominates with some sweet chocolate hiding behind the dark chocolate. You can also detect the distinct hops that Rogue uses behind the strong chocolate taste.

Not the best chocolate stout that I have had, that would go to ST but still a nice stout.

Hokies, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of adamhdv
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a VERY nice pitch black color with great 1.5 finger head.

Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate, really noticeable. Maybe even a mix of cocoa in there.

Nice cocoa/roasted coffee flavor...noticeable rich chocolate. Wish this was a little more creamy, slightly chocolate milk constancy.

Went down smooth and was full of flavor, great chocolate stout.
For under $5 a bomber, I will always keep these in stock!

adamhdv, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. Pitch black in color with a thick rich head on top. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, and figs are on the forefront. Gulp. Thick in texture, creamy in a sort of way. The chocolate is the star and is not shy about it. One of the better stouts I ever had the pleasure of sipping. Very drinkable and very recommendable. Will try again soon.

BuffaloTapHugger, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a tulip glass

Pours dark brown/black with a steady tan head.

Creamy milk chocolate smell followed by a light roasty malt. Makes you want to take a bite.

Taste is slightly roastier than the smell, but it still starts chocolatey and finishes the same. There is a slight hop bight in the middle.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected, but a very easy drinking beer do to the combination of all factors.

aubuc1, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 4/21/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a black/very dark brown color, Big thick head-tan, good sized bubbles, slowly diminishing, like a good stout should be. Strong aroma of hops, chocolate, nuts, very interesting aroma. Strong chocolate malt taste, semi-bitter taste, overall pretty smooth flavor.

jujubeast6000, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of kbnooshay
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is gorgeous! Poured black with only the slightest red highlight visible when held up to light. The head is massive and foamy AND frothy. This head is one of the brownest i have seen to date maybe only lighter to TEN fidy. Nice vertical streaks of lacing. Aroma to me is mostly reminiscent of tootsie rolls. It dominates! Milk chocolate and super malty flavors are also strong. In the taste, the milk chocolate flavor becomes dry and more like a bitter belgian chocolate. There is alot of hop bitterness up front also that i didn't smell at all in the nose.
Roasted malt flavor is also detectable. Feel is creamy to the touch but overall the body is a tad light. There is a crispiness from the carbonation.

Overall this tastes like a tootsie roll; a candy I am not fond of. I do enjoy the beer but as a chocolate stout it isn't one of my top faves.

kbnooshay, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of popery
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicious chocolate stout. I have not been the biggest fan of some chocolate- and coffee-flavored beers, but this one really nails the balance of flavors, never tastes artificial and still has a sweet, dessert-like flavor. The beer looks just phenomenal. It's a rich black. If you hold something colored matte black to it, you can see the faintest shade of brown, giving body to the utter blackness. The beer is entirely opaque, as far as I can tell with a wide glass and a strong light source. The head is thick and rich and leaves wonderful sticky lacing. The beer smells like expensive cocoa powder mixed with cacao nibs and a dash of roasted coffee beans. The flavor is wonderful. The chocolate is perfectly used. The beer isn't too sweet or too chocolatey. There are good mineral and earthy hop notes. The malt backbone is big and strong. It's an enormous flavor for a stout that clocks in at a mere 6% abv, a trifling amount compared to some of the Imperial versions. The lush, creamy feel is the finishing touch. This beer and Rogue's Shakespeare Stout are both such incredible stouts. They're among the best of all stouts, regardless of size, and remain affordable amongst the increasing prices of micro-brewed beers.

popery, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber...

Pours to a dark, completely opaque color with a 1 finger tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

As for the smell, well what else can really be said here but roasted chocolate. Some roasted malt in the background.

A definite taste of chocolate that comes through especially well if you breathe through your nose a bit while sipping. A faint sweetness but nothing overpowering. Also some hints of coffee and hops in the aftertaste.

This is an extremely smooth beer that goes down easy and something I could easily have a few of throughout the night. Reviewed this a week after the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock (which I did enjoy for the most part) but personally there's no competition here, Rogue wins this battle hands down. More smooth and full flavored at less than half the price. Not a beer to pass up if you haven't tried it yet.

Vengeance526, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of talkinghatrack
2.35/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'll start with saying that maybe this one just isn't in my wheelhouse.

I picked up a bottle of RCS because of its high rating here. I'm not impressed. The "chocolate" is a stretch. It's not in the flavor, and at best maybe my breath smells a little like Kaluha. Once it warms up I guess it smells like a chocolate syrup a little.

The poured head is great - huge and almost as thick as whipped cream. Neat effect.

The beer? Rouge's Coffee Grounds Stout might be a better name. Some folks must be into that flavor. For me, no thanks. If you're going to drink it, let it come closer to room temperature first. I found it more tolerable that way. Thin body that I wouldn't expect from such a dark, frothy brew.

talkinghatrack, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with an average light brown head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is big and chocolatey, some stale coffee, and a hint of hops in the end. The taste is of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, hard water and a touch of grains. The stout has a moderate body, lighter than expected, soft carbonation and finishes bitter. A nice bitter chocolate stout, great aroma and good flavor.

Gmann, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of usmittymc
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque dark brown liquid with a generous and bubbly chocolate milkshake colored head that doesn't go away.

S: Pretty much all chocolate, but what do you expect really?

T: Wow. Some faint coffee flavors up front and then a wallop of chocolate hits you in the mouth and doesn't go away. The flavor is not cloying, but tastes natural (as the label says) and fits the beer almost perfectly.

M: Not a sturdy beer by any means, but not water either. Just about right for a stout. Rather crisp on the finish.

D: The flavors in this beer just make you want to keep coming back for more. A great American beer and perfect for the winter months.

usmittymc, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of mcsquint
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into pint glass.
A - Opaque brown in color. Huge creamy tan head that refuses to budge. Thick lacing on glass.
S - Roasty malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, bit of perfumy hops.
T - I don't know where to start. Roasty malt with notes of very high end chocolate, and espresso followed by a nicely balanced, slightly floralperfumy hops. Extremely pleasant aftertaste of Belgian chocolate.
M - Full, thick and velvety. Lightly carbonated.
D - This is the first brew to which I've given straight 5's. Everything about it is spot on. Perfect balance of malt, hops and chocolate flavor. What makes it even better is that it's very affordable. I paid less that $5.00 for the bottle. Try it!

mcsquint, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: One of the most impressive features of the chocolate stout was the thick and long lasting head. It produced a head close to an inch think that stuck around for a good portion of the drink. I was surprised to see how dark and think looking this beer was, even when raised to light i couldn't see through it at all.

S: Roasted scents galore! the scent of roasted chocolate was a perfect indicator of what was to be enjoyed. A friend across the table told me i smelled like roasted chocolate!

T: Somehow tasted even better than it smelled. A very impressive taste of chocolate, roasted oats and barley the just the right amount of bitterness. The great taste keeps you enjoying every sip of this stout.

M: The only let down of the beer was that it wasn't as thick as i prefer, but that's just me, I'm sure many would find its thickness appropriate though. A smooth beer that allows for casual drinking.

D: A great stout that I look forward to buying again. I would have no problem having a couple of these tasty treats. This is my favorite Rogue beer to date, however I'm yet to try the Shakespeare Stout which i hear is just as impressive.

AdmiralDiaz, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Jmoore50
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Why wait? Have a Rogue Chocolate Stout.
Melts in your mouth, not in your hands.
Well, I will try to keep the use of the word chocolate below one hundred for this review.

The bottle is a standard bomber that can be picked up anywhere in your local liquor store.

The pour for this drink was really good and dark, not as thick as I had wanted it to be though. It came out smooth and the head that developed was thick. Three fingers thick, which is good. Why is it good? Because with that much carbonation, the smell lets loose.

The smell is strong. So strong that one could smell this from about three feet away. The chocolate aroma makes me salivate right away, thinking about sweetness.

The first sip was very pleasing to the nose and mouth. The head retention of this beer is amazing. I poured it to three fingers and it stayed consistently at a finger. The taste is really sweet, and I will even say light. I lean more towards the imperial stouts, but this one as a dessert beer is really good. I feel like they could of pushed more alcohol into it and it would increase the taste. Either way, incredibly delightful.

When drinking this beer I felt like I needed more. I personally have a sweet tooth and this beer satisfied my craving for sweets, but made me wanting more. I do feel like if I drank too many of these beers I would have a stomachache, the same one you would have with too much candy. Either way I am going to buy more of these when I can and I will enjoy every single one. Good Brew!

Jmoore50, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Wackyfoot
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just like having a little taste of heaven in your mouth. Very sweet but not nauseatingly so, with a nice alcohol background to ground it back into reality. So smooth and delightful that I want to drink this thing like it's delicious chocolate milk!

Wackyfoot, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of hopmonkey
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolatey, dry and chalky. Some hints of complexity, but never really opened up to reveal more than the mocha/chocolate notes. Bitter on the finish, but clean. Very nice with something sweet. I would not describe the taste as thin, but certainly one-dimensional. It may be decent for what it is, but I do not feel the need to return.

hopmonkey, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of chipachu2
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow what a surprise to try this Chocolate craft ale! It is quite similar to some interesting desert ales that I tried in Prague once.
a - dark with nice foam
s- here is where you get salivating. It is quite a chocolaty aroma.
t- bold, flavourful and rich
a- leaves you with a nice feeling afterward.

This would be something you would serve at the end of the night after dinner. I probably would serve this to newbies on holiday events.

chipachu2, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of CoolJosh
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, 3 finger creamy caramel foamed head that dies down quickly to a thin layer. Really nice lacing on the side, looks pretty sticky.

Not very complex, very creamy and chocolatey. Some sweet, dark, and bitter scents rise from the glass. Slight caramels and even slighter coffee.

Not as creamy as led to believe, but all the chocolates are there: milk, dark, bitter. Some coffee on the tale matched with bitter chocolate and to a decent dryness. Not much complexity, but exactly what the name leads to believe, chocolate. A little thinner then I was hoping for. Rich, roasted malts at the end as well.

CoolJosh, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of jjudge
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass via 22 oz bomber; gift from @bgramer

Appearance: Nice, thick black pour, toasty head.

Smell: Heady milk chocolate aroma

Taste: Bitter chocolate and coffee, strong tart aftertaste lingered in the roof of my mouth. Beer holds true to it's name, tons of chocolate - similar to a piece of whopper candy. This beer really came alive when paired with truffles. Yum.

Mouthfeel: Big mouthful of chocolate and malt.

Drinkability: Nice, drinkable beer. Can't see drinking more than a few, but very tasty.

jjudge, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of SykDoc
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter with some left over for my wife. It pours an opaque dark brown, almost black. A 1 inch tan head forms that reduces to a nice lacing.

The nose is primarily chocolate with some light hints of malt.

The taste was a nice blend of chocolate and oats, as well as a lingering coffee taste. There is a nominal bitterness that complements the dominating chocolate flavor as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel was quite good also, although given the strength flavors, it seems like it could have had a heavier body. The carbonation was reasonably good.

The overall drinkability is quite good also. I think it could have been a little better if it had been just a bit fuller in the body and flavor, but overall a great beer and I'm glad I've got more of it on supply.

SykDoc, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of skrib09
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bought a bomber. i really love the bottles and artwork that rogue puts out. it poured really dark, looks great. nice dark tan head.

smells sweet! i get some dark malts, some chocolate notes.

tastes creamy, lots of chocolate... oaty, some malts.

good mouthfeel but average drinkability...

skrib09, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bomber into a pint mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a thick, two-finger frothy tan head. The head lingered for most of the glass Left a lot of lacing.

Smell: Milk chocolate, with just hints of chocolate malt in the background to remind me that I am drinking a beer.

Taste: The bitterness of chocolate malt and coffee hits the tongue first, and as that fades, a smooth chocolate flavor lingers comes to the forefront. The chocolate lingers in the aftertaste for a long, long time. As the beer warms, the bitterness mellows, and the chocolate flavor dominates. There is a hop flavor evident that is almost swallowed up by the chocolate malt. There is a slight bitter aftertaste along with the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy. Exactly what I would have expected for a chocolate beer. Could have used a little more carbonation, but that's nitpicking.

Drinkability: Too sweet and thick to have more than one, but I will definitely buy this again. It is one of, if not the, best chocolate beers I've had. An excellent substitute for a dessert.

StarlightSeraph, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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