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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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3,645 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,645
Reviews: 1,844
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 271
Gots: 248 | 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 BigJTrucker
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black color, as expected, with a foamy tan head that settles fairly quickly. Smell is all chocolate. Not really able to detect anything else, but that's okay. I love chocolate! Taste is also as expected heavy on the chocolate flavor, almost like they added chocolate syrup or copious amounts of cocoa to the beer. The cocoa flavor is very nice, gives it a kind of bakers chocolate flavor, without any noticeable roasted coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, possibly due to the oats used in the recipe, possibly due in part to Rogue's proprietary yeast. Whatever the cause, it is quite enjoyable. Drinkability is extremely high, unless you are just against chocolate flavor. Try it with ice cream as a float. It's delicious. Also, i've had the chance to try it on nitro before this, and i must say i prefer it from the bottle. Easily my new favorite beer!

BigJTrucker, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of lifeboyq
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, poured into a duvel chalice. Smells of chocolate, the almost black beer appearance and tan head are slightly thin but almost appropriate for the style. Head retention is decent and lacing is apparent. Smell is sweet of faint chocolate. Taste is pretty darn good, its semi sweet not too much chocolate with a nice hit of hops, but really solid balance. Not very complex, but right now i dont care as the balance of this beer to the style is solid. A joke that its ranked top 50 beers in the world, but there are a lot of beers that are very wrongly classified. Whats important is that this is a well done beer and nothing to be scoffed at. An excellent example of an American Stout, and one of my favorite commercial examples.

lifeboyq, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a large dark tanned head that holds up well. An abundance of lace marks the glass. Has a very dark black color that does not let any light through.

Smells wonderful, large amounts of chocolate and coffee.

Tastes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a good amount of hop bitterness. This is the most drinkable stout I have had to date.

irishkyle21, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of gpcollen1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled this one from the cellar with approx. a year on it.

Pours dark as night into my Carlsberg Imp Pint. Head rises up an inch and a half and slowly settles to but a skim coat. Aroma is much chocolate - wish I could say I get some hops but the chocolate is there by itself - slightly sweet.

Tasting this one is very nice. Lots of chocolate hits the tongue with a roll of carbonation that imbeds the chocolate into your tongue until a wave of hops digs it out and dries your tongue out in the process. Great flavor, balance and well taste...

gpcollen1, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of biggmike
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive black color with brown head that lingered. Aroma is chocolate, but also of Cascade hops. Flavor is very chocolatey, but the sweetness is balanced well by by the hops. This was very tasty. Nice lacing on glass. If you like chocolate, do yourself a favor and try this. If you dont like chocolate this might convert you.

biggmike, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of MrBen
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5



Chocolate malts.


Chocolate in the brew.



Big (chocolate), full-flavored (chocolate), balanced nicely with carbonation (chocolate), enjoyable mouthfeel (chocolate), and a great change of pace (chocolate).



MrBen, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Strix
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.

Nearly black with a chocolate-colored head. Smells of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Chocolate is present in the initial taste, then fades to a roasted malt and hazelnut. Long lingering aftertaste is slightly bitter, reminiscent of dark chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel. Very nicely done.

Strix, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of HopsHops
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5



This is absolutely outstanding...
I didnt know chocolate stout could actually taste so much like actual chocolate.

Pair this with some chocolate ice cream. I dare ya!!! Thats what i have done and i am astounded.

Smell was a bit faint but the rich chocolate flavor and the drinkablity wow ...mouth feel was just right as well...Nice dark rich color
I should have got 2 of these...

Excellent work....

HopsHops, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of stcules
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black, some dark brown edges. A finger of a compact beige head.
In the smell: chocolate, strong, and vanilla. Definitely soft, smooth and pleasant. Under that, some toasted malt, fruit, but the chocolate is dominant.
In the smell some more bitterness, but still it is very smooth, with a dominant note of chocolate, and oat for the softness. Balanced. Vanilla.
Quite light in body.
Chocolate, hazelnut in the aftertaste. And a very long bitterness.

stcules, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of marksto
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan, rocky head that displays good retention. Aroma is dominated by cocoa, vanilla, and coffee; with some malt sweetness and light fruity esters. Flavor is a delicious blend of smooth roasty malt flavors balanced really nicely with a chocolate, toffee-like character. A bit like a cross of really smooth stout with the character and mouthfeel of a frothy milkshake.

An excellent example of an american stout, one of the better offerings from an excellent Oregon micro, highly recommend.

marksto, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of sloejams
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has long been one of my alltime favorites stouts. It's a breakfast beer. It's a dessert beer. It's chocolate. It's stout. It's fucking delicious.

I always use a chalice for this fine beer. It's beautiful - deep dark coffee color with a nice frothy cappuccino head, lace cascading throughout as I roll the glass about. The initial aroma is bittersweat chocolate followed by flavors of toast and roasted malt. The chocolate is in the forefront of taste too. What is truly remarkable about the taste is the high hop content. Hops are certainly not something that comes to mind when you think about a stout, no less a chocolate stout. Somehow the fine brewers of Rogue make this effortless and most importantly - truly delicious.

A phenomenal beer for any time.

sloejams, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, deep cocoa coloredbeer with a good sized, tan head on top. Moderate aroma-mix of roasted malt balanced against a slight chocolate tinge. Good malty flavor-the chocolate stands out just enough to be noticed. Decent amount of roasted and choclate malt flavor as well. Nice mouthfeel-somewhat drying and ever so slightly astringent. A very enjoyable beer. Much more drinkable then some of the other flavored beers out there.

lackenhauser, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An oversight, me never getting around to reviewing this beer. It pours a jet-black color with a big, smooth, and creamy head of foam. Nose is excellent, full of notes of dark, semibitter chocolate, lightly roasted, rich and appetizing... this is how my ideal hot chocolate smells on a cold wintry night. Taste is superbly chocolatey, though bordering on the too-sweet, balanced by moderately low hoppiness and a medium malt roast. Bittersweet finish.

allengarvin, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of brewmaster411
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is black in color with a dark tan head. The initial aroma is roast, giving way to a subtle chocolate aroma. The roast dominates the aroma. The flavor again is dominated with the roast. The hop aroma and flavor are subdued and hidden by the roast. I can barely perceive any chocolate flavor.

I prefer to have a balance of flavors in my beers. While a very good, and well crafted stout, I could barely perceive chocolate flavors and aromas.

brewmaster411, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of livingregret
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 1 pint and some odd ounces bottle

Appearance: Pours jet black w/ a 2 finger dark tan head, when the head dissipates leaves behind plenty of lacing

Smell: Chocolate w/ burnt roasted coffee

Taste: The first thing that comes to the front is burnt coffee followed by chocolate. It's odd in a good way. You get a immediate bitter burnt taste followed by chocolate all the way through.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin compared to what the smell/taste would lead you to believe

Drinkability: Although this is good it has a thick taste to it enspite of the feel you get while drinking it. May be a bit hard to finish off more than 1 of these

livingregret, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of mshallah
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours inky black with a brown head. Smells of milk chocolate and chocolate milk. Slight lime citrus aroma. Strong milk chocolate and chocolate milk flavors. Just yummy. Hops impart a slight citrus acidity. Body is very smooth and thick. Oats evident in the mouthfeel. Not creamy but smooth and full. What an amazing sipper. Coffee tones build to add to an astringent finish. Milk chocolate flavors and aromas dominate to make a wonderful beer. Can't wait to purchase more and pair with chocolate and vanilla desserts.

mshallah, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of baggio
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Monks Cafe!

A: Dark brown with a thin lightbrown lace.

S: Milk chocolate all over the place.

T: Chocolate, liqorice, dark bread.

M: Silky smooth with medium carbonation and medium sized bubbles.

Fantastic brew. It reminds me of Youngs double chocolate stout but
with a more complex and fuller body. Recommended!

baggio, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

Pours a very dark brown, though not particularly thick, with a very large light brown head. Retention is impressive, and even picking up and putting down the glass is enough motion to bring up more brown foam. Lacing is limited, but I find there is nothing to complain about here. Really nice.

Hey, I think there's a little chocolate here. Intoxicating, rich and sweet hot cocoa aroma. I can't say that it smells like anything I'd call beer, but I love it nevertheless. Fantastic.

Although I love the aroma, I find myself glad that it doesn't taste like it smells - something this sweet and chocolatey would be better suited to one of my wife's sickly sweet nightcaps.
Instead I find I am enjoying a beverage full of dark roasted malt, a decent amount of residual sweetness, balancing hoppy bitterness, and not sticky-sweet at all. Part of me wants to side with the un-flavored stouts I love, but I find I cannot judge this great effort harshly.

For all that is there the beer is surprisingly thin. I'd like to see a bit more, but only if the sweetness is kept restrained. Caronation is medium and works well with the thinner body. Drinkability is limited only by my enjoyment of the style; I imagine some women I've known would guzzle this stuff.

udubdawg, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of jfrank85
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was decent with minimal head and very little lacing. Color was dark, not black, more dark brown. Smell was wonderful, chocolate malts that almost smelled smoked come to mind. Taste was also great with a strong emphasis on blending the chocolate and beer taste to its best potiental. I could definatly drink one of these on a hot day or even as a desert after diner.

jfrank85, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of mnj21655
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown, nearly black in color with a finger and a half of dark tan head that leaves lots of sticky lacing. Wonderful aroma. The smell is dominated by a wonderful chocolate, some bitterness, a nice malty sweetness and hints of hops. Taste is wonderful and incredibly complex. Wonderful chocolatey and roasted notes dominate. At first you are hit with a chocolate flavor and some associated bitterness that melds with oats, roasted barley and chocolate malts. The chocolate flavor dissipates slightly and lets malts and roasted barley take control until the finish. In the finish the chocolate flavor comes back with a vengeance and remains long after the beer is gone. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice, medium-ish body with carbonation that is just shy of moderate. Drinkability is great. The amazingly complex taste and wonderful aroma make this a pleasure to drink. If you haven't had this be sure to give it a try.

mnj21655, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of scott
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Rich & luxurious mouth of burnt malt, chocolate, smoke & peat. Nose is a robust equivolent, just begging for consumption. Minimally carbonated after an initial fluffy head. Mildly bitter finish.
I was in the mood for a nice big stout (and I'm rewarded with it also having a low abv), and this surly delivered. A satisfying beverage that comes highly recommended. Way too easy to drink.

scott, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of younger35
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a good ol’ pint glass. Have had this beer in the “cellar” fridge for quite some time and figured it would be a nice beer to drink after Stones VE 07.

Appearance- Pours jet ass black with a huge light brown frothy head. Leaves a nice layer of head on top that leaves fairly minimal lacing down the glass. Looks like it could be dessert.
Smell- Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate. A very sweet cocoa nose that really took me aback. I thought the “chocolate” part of Chocolate Stout referred to the malts used, not actually chocolate. After further investigation there is still a slight fruitiness to the nose.
Taste- Well, like a broken record… Chocolate. Starts with a big burst of chocolate that recedes, yet never really leaves the palate. Luscious dark fruits add a bit of bitterness that helps to cut into the sweetness of the brew. The alcohol is slightly detectable. Finishes with a coffee/espresso like aftertaste that lingers for quite a long time.
Mouthfeel- Silky smooth! It’s like a chocolate beer shake. Light carbonation mixes well with the thin body of the beer.
Drinkability- IMO opinion this beer would be best enjoyed with some kind of non-chocolate dessert or after a big ol’ hop bomb. It’s super delicious and the only thing that stops me from giving it a five is the fact that the sweetness lingers in the mouth for quite some time. The 22oz bomber is almost too much for one sitting but you’ll definitely enjoy it. Yet another super high quality beer from Rogue.

younger35, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of meechum
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours dark black into a pint mug with huge head and extreme lacing after the head goes down

S - Chocolate which is huge up front and then if you move past that you can smell some woods and burnt toasts and roasted malts

T/M - Very luxuriant mouth with a touch of carbonation at just the right level. The taste is as advertised it starts out with a huge chocolate flavor and then moves to some of the malted flavors and then finishes with just a touch of hoppy bitterness to even out the flavor

D - This was a wonderful brew. I would personally caution that because of it's sweetness that one 22 oz bottle in a session should be plenty. This in my opinion could be served as a desert in itself. I would keep some on hand for a relaxing night cap

meechum, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep black color with a nice brown head. The ingredient list seems similar to Shakespeare Stout. We'll see though. Aroma is very creamy with chocolate essence up front. Almost like a frothy milkshake-type of aroma. Taste is much of the same. Very creamy and chocolatey up front. The taste fades into a smooth, coffee-like aftertaste. Very nice beer that would go well with a chocolate dessert. It's not too overpowering and the creaminess really compliments it. Similar in scope to Shakespeare Stout but with more creaminess and some chocolate essence. Still very good! I'd go as far as to rate it slightly above the Shakespeare.

Brad007, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a shaker. This stout poured an opaque black with a huge, rocky, tan head that slowly faded away. Some creamy lacing was left around the glass. The aroma of this stout was made up of rich chocolate, light spicy hop notes, and some roasted malt. The flavor was dominated by the chocolate. Some excellent roastiness also arrived towards the end, then finished with a mild lasting bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A very nice stout. Highly recommended for chocolate lovers.

mdm46410, Aug 11, 2007
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,645 ratings.