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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

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Photo of MrMonkey
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.

MrMonkey, May 10, 2008
Photo of Biggness
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.

Biggness, May 10, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
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!

Lexluthor33, May 09, 2008
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.

IronCitySteve, May 05, 2008
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.

Ben4881, May 03, 2008
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.

everetends, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
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.

canucklehead, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of calebmills
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

calebmills, Apr 23, 2008
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.

dill, Apr 22, 2008
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.

Kemmerlin, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
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.

auxiliary, Apr 21, 2008
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.

pokesbeerdude, Apr 15, 2008
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.

Butch, Apr 13, 2008
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

Atron67, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of jessecarr
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.

jessecarr, Apr 12, 2008
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.

jayrod20, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/05/08.

Pours nearly pitch black, slight brownish hue. Nearly three fingers of fluffy light brown head, which leaves nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is amazing. Sweet, sugary milk chocolate. Finally, a chocolate stout that actually smells like chocolate.

Taste is very interesting. I get lots of bitter dark chocolate, and little bits of creamy milk chocolate. I was hoping for a bit more of the milk chocolate, but overall the chocolate flavor is definitely there. Nice roasted malt flavors, and a bit of piney hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is disappointing. For a chocolate stout I was expecting something smooth and creamy. But this is much too carbonated. The chocolate aroma and taste are there, but not the smooth and creamy feel. Drinkability is decent though, it's not too thick and the ABV is relatively low (6%).

A pretty good chocolate stout, but would be MUCH better if they lower the carbonation and smooth it out a bit.

bkilpatr, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of iuhophead87
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Almost black when poured. Has a nice brown chocolaty head that goes away quickly. Does leave a little head clinging to the glass.

S- Smells mostly of chocolate with a hint of vanilla.

T- Tastes like eating a chocolate bar with a hop filled aftertaste.

MF- Very creamy in the mouth and not as thick as you would expect. Low in carbonation, which makes it easy to drink.

D- Very drinkable for a chocolate stout. However, I still could only drink a few before switching to something else. Would be a great after dinner drink to finish off the night.

iuhophead87, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of cjohnson
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a near black body with a slightly reddish tinge around the edges with a surprisingly small head that went away quickly, but left some respectable lacing.

Smells predominantly of chocolate, but also a little bit of coffee and just a tiny hint of vanilla.

The first thing I thought when I drank this was how chocolatey it was; it was almost like drinking a Hershey's bar. The taste goes back and forth between bitter, dark chocolate and sweeter milk chocolate. The finish is a nice little bit of hoppiness.

The mouthfeel of this beer is a bit disappointing: it doesn't quite "match up" with the taste. It's certainly not "bad," but would have been a lot better if it were creamier.

Still, all in all this is a pretty drinkable beer. I probably wouldn't want more than two back to back, and having something else in between to break up the strong chocolate taste wouldn't be a bad idea.

cjohnson, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Avryle
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite chocolate stouts out there & now its going to make my evening of reviewing other people's problems, that much better... Why won't they just let me drink in the office???

A- pours a thick black (no light getting through this one!) with a 1" mocha colored head on a vigorous pour. Head disipates to a mocha-colored cap that leaves intricate lacing through all 22 ounces of goodness

S- Rich chocolatey malts bitch slap you right away. Some nice hints of caramel & vanilla as well

T- Bittersweet chocolate, cocoa & caramel wiht a slightly bitter cocoa & hop finish.

M- A little lighter than I like in my stouts which make it more easily consumable than is probably good for me or my liver. Pretty active carbonation too. Mouthfeel is the one shortcoming of this beer, but even its not "bad."

D- As stated before, the body is a bit thinner than many stouts making this maybe a little too drinkable. Is that possible?

Avryle, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of ubermick
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered from the Rogue Alehouse in San Francisco. Came in a standard 12oz "pint" glass.

A: Dark, dark, dark, with a surprisingly slight head.

S: Sweet, chocolate, and malts, with a little vanilla.

T: Boom! Tons of chocolate up front and at the end, with the malts coming in during the middle. Almost like a milkshake as opposed to a beer!

MF/D: Creamy texture, low carbonation, I personally found this to be EXTREMELY drinkable. I'd read in other reviews that this isn't a session beer, but I disagree, I had four of these before I knew what was going on (probably down to my wife helping herself every time my back was turned.) Excellent beer which I thoroughly enjoyed, so much so there's a growler of it sitting in my fridge. (Ooh, speaking of which...!)

ubermick, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque black with off brown/tan head that retains well.

Nose has a nougat-chocolate character that is very enticing.

On the palate the roasted malts, multi-chocolate flavours dominate, and hops are noticeable in the background to keep things from getting out of hand.

One of the most drinkable chocolate stouts I've ever had.

The chocolate components are truly some of the best around.

yemenmocha, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out thick with a little bit of very dark brown head. It had a chocolaty scent, and a flavor to match. It tasted like a liquid bar of dark chocolate. Like chocolate milk, but beer. It was slightly bitter, but very drinkable. It had a good texture, and was just plain tasty. One of the best stouts I've ever had, if you're in the mood for chocolate.

Pencible, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black, dark brown color with a silky espresso head.

Complex profile of burnt, black and chocolate malts. Also a sweet fudgy aroma.

Not as sweet as I woud have thought. The chocolate is more bitter like raw cacoa. There is also a nice malt structure balanced by piney hops.

Full body and good carbonation. A very drinkable stout. No artificial flavoring here. This was good, but is much better fresh on tap. On nitro, this is close to a perfect beer.

rye726, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black color, very little light being able to shine through (only on the edges), perfect sized head with great retention and some lacing.

Smell is quite sweet, finally a chocolate stout that intensely smells of chocolate, the chocolate aroma seems more like powdered cocoa that you'd make chocolate milk with.

Taste is bitter up front, the sweetness from the nose is lost on the taste, but not entirely when it finished with a chocolate aftertaste, the carbonation is killer though, definitely needs to be toned down a bit as it ruins the creaminess of this beer.

deltatauhobbit, Mar 27, 2008
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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