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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,895 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,895
Reviews: 1,873
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 336
Gots: 401 | 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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Ratings: 3,895 | Reviews: 1,873
Photo of n00tz
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of mugglesandhops
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Adamthome1
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Photo of froghop
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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...

Photo of jbsmth
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of mphopkins99
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of cvfish
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of pseudo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a solid dark brown/black with a healthy three fingers of mocha-colored head.

Aroma of chocolate milk and toasted malts.

The taste is thinner and has a bitterness I didn't expect. More like a dark unsweetened type of chocolate along with coffee and toasted malts. The bitterness lingers through the finish.

Thin, wet mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Thinner and less chocolate than expected. Not that it's a bad thing. I still enjoyed it.

Photo of hwwty4
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Julian for this one. I've almost bought this beer about a dozen times. Thanks for helping my indecision.

Poured a bomber into my Tripel Karmeliet glass. Wow, this is a like the Mona Lisa poured into a tulip. Just beautiful. This beer pours a nice dark brown with a huge 3 finer beige head that looks like it has the consistency of amaretto soaked ladyfingers. As the head melts into a nice thin layer, it leaves really nice lacing. The lacing actually reminds me more of what a resiny DIPA leaves behind on the glass, then an American stout should. The aroma is of Hershey's Milk Chocolate Syrup, cream, and just a slight hop bitterness at the end of the nose. The taste is a bit disappointing to me. Its very one dimensional. Baker's chocolate and sweet cream, that's about all. The mouthfeel is full and cream but surprisingly doesn't linger all that much. This is a good beer but the flavor profile seems to be lacking just a little for me.

Photo of lhaqq
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Creamy, thick, dark tan head with a near-black body.
S: Candy-store sugary--a sweetness kind of like being in a chocolatier.
T: Sweet, dark chocolate and caramel.
M: Creamy, but still somewhat thin.
D: For a stout pretty good, but still a bit too sweet to have too many.

Photo of MeanGene
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

An extremely good chocolate stout.

Lucky enough to find it on Nitro-tap at Elmer Sudd's in Wilkes-Barre, PA. I've had it out of the 22oz bottle as well. Pours midnight black with a good-sized tannish head. Smells like pure milk chocolate...unreal! Mouthfeel and taste are exactly how the good Lord envisioned...very noticeable coffee and milk chocolate overtones.

I am a big fan of Rogue and this is unquestionably one of their best offerings...Definitely worth a try!

Photo of williamherbert
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark chocolate brown. Dark tan head. Brown spiderweb of lace. Head sticks around for a few minutes. Quite good.

A very chocolatey sweetness in the nose, balanced by a lightly toasted malt. Almost like chocolate milk with a heavy malted base. Very sweet and appealing.

Sweet malt flavors, very heavy chocolate in the malt. Roasted but not burnt or bitter. A taste more like liquid chocolate than like a stout. Warmth gives a hint of roasted bitterness.

Creamy and rich feel on the tongue. Milky, with a tiny bite at the swallow. Otherwise, as smooth as it gets. In this beer, chocolate is the name of the game. Sweet (but not saccharine) and very smooth. Quite quite good.

Photo of spointon
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured black as pitch with zero light penetration through the glass. The head fluffed up to a towering 2.5" of dark tan creaminess. Once it settled, the head provided a nice 1/8" cap over the beer and trailed rings of sticky lace all the way down.

S= Aromas of sweet chocolate, dark grains, very faint coffee grounds, cocoa crispies, and an earthiness that is hard to describe.

T= Taste was not half as sweet as the smell. Starts off with strong flavors of bittersweet dark chocolate, carob, and a weak coffee bitterness. Roasted malts and earthy hops kicked in midway leading into an astringent, puckering, dry finish.

MF= Heavy body with a chewy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The carbonation combined with the bitter finish made this one feel fairly crisp.

D= One of the better beers I have had from Rogue and certainly one of the best chocolate stouts out there. I wish the flavor matched the sweetness of the aroma more, but still a very drinkable beer.

Photo of Yesac
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid brown/black in color. Sloppy/foamy light brown head.

S - Extremely rich chocolate complex aromas. Dark chocolates, cocoa. Couldn't smell any better.

T - Musty, dry chocolate taste similar to powdered chocolate, disappointing after such a great smell. Java/malt finish.

M - Very smooth, the carbonation cleans off the palate and leaves it with a smooth thin chocolate coating.

D - Smooth and easy to drink, but the taste isn't what I was expecting.

Photo of jpalarchio
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a nice caramel head. Chocolate is very evident at the nose and even more so with taste. Very smooth with a little bit of bite to it. Nice creamy feel that goes down way to easily.

Good beer, probably one of the better chocolate stouts that I've had.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black & tan pour with very lite lacing.

Wow, what a nose.. sweet chocolate, wrapped around salted peanuts - Liquid Baby Ruth bar.

Roasted coffee bean dryness to balance out the sweet cocoa - just the right combo.

Creamy mouthfeel, with just enough bitter bite to leave you wanting more. And more.

Very drinkable - low alcohol, and not a harsh tone to be found. Bravo!

Photo of nighthawk
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my trusty mug.

Pours black, opaque, with hints of brown at the edges. Large, tightly bubbled light tan head dissipates into a rocky, sticky foam, leaving plenty of lacing and chunks on the glass. Retention is ridiculous, it just won't go away.

Roasted grains (oats, maybe a little wheat) and chocolate nose, very light caramel and floral aromas in the background.

Brief charred grains flavour is followed quickly by dark chocolate. Smooth milk and caramel sweetness is a nice interlude before very well-roasted grains make another appearance. Rich and silky chocolate on the finish, with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice and silky, smooth, lightly creamy without ever feeling heavy. Not what I'd describe as "light" though. Definite presence in the mouth, with just enough carbonation.

A good solid stout, with chocolate adding a nice creamy sweet touch. This one delivers what it promises. I only wish it were available cheaper here.

Photo of kinger
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich floral aroma with a dark bitter chocolate scent. Black pour with a 3/4" head that settles down to a solid 1/4", but no lacing ouch. Mouthfeel is much thinner than anticipated, finish is primarily bitter. Flavor is decent, the chocolate doesn't come through as much as in the aroma and the bittering hops seem to have a tight grasp on the taste. Overall this is not one of my top picks, kind of bummed out. The regular Shakespeare is much better. I'll be using what's left in the bomber to make a black and tan, Cheers!

Photo of DoctorDog
2.86/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 650ml bottle into a large mug.

A- Deep brown/black, completely opaque in appearance. Pours with massive brown/tan head, which fades slowly to but a thin coating, leaving heavy lacing.

S- Chocolate syrup odor wafts up, and grassy hoppiness there if I bury my nose deep.

T- Starts off bland with a burnt coffee finish. I was too impatient, perhaps, and needed to let it warm. As it warms, vague hints of chocolate appear (still less prominent than expected), and the coffee finish mellows substantially. Still disappointed.

M- Medium/light....thinner than I had hoped.

D- Eh....ok. Not too heavy, but I can't imagine even a fan wanting more than this bomber worth.

Future outlook: Disappointed in this one. Doubtful that I will revisit it anytime soon.

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