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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,749 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,749
Reviews: 1,854
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 286
Gots: 285 | 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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of aquaderek
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my tasting glass. Very dark brown, not quite black, with a 1 1/2" tan head. The nose is count chocolate, think of sticking your nose in a cup of hot chocolate. There is a little more going on in the nose, but the chocolate almost overpowers. The taste is a creamy wonderful chocolate stout, first the flavor of sweet chocolate, followed by fruity hop type flavor, rounded out but alcohol warming and a slight bitterness, like eating dark chocolate. Good stout if you are a fan of chocolate, like I am. I gonna drink one or two this evening.

aquaderek, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of RyanPB
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Magnificent. Simply fantastic. Pours a nice dark chocolate brownish-black with a small, dark tan head. The nose hints at the forthcoming chocolate. The taste is tremendous. If you like chocolate, Southern Tier's Imperial Choklat is the only thing I've had in the neighborhood. In terms of mouthfeel, it was pleasantly bubbly without turning into champagne. As for drinkability, I had to fight off friends to whom I offered a taste. I will buy this each time I see it.

RyanPB, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of blatherbeard
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say, i am very dissapointed. This review differs from my other review of the chocolate stout as its in a bottle not from a tap.

I was dissapointed to find that i could NOT smell the chocolate at all in this bottled version. Taste is still of chocolate, but it takes a few minutes to find your taste buds. Theres a more caramel taste here than chocolate this time. Still, no bitterness so that does excite me. If you sit and just taste, you definetly get more of the chocolate taste coming. Pouring was still the same, nearly black with a mousse head.

I would still buy a bottle or 2 but it gets expensive as nobody sells them in builk and by the bottle its INSANELY priced.

blatherbeard, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this at just about cellar temperature, into a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: This one pours out a deep midnight black, that looks to be like a spent motor oil, and not a single ray of light could pass through. About two and a half fingers of mocha brown head formed. Head was thick and creamy and just seemed to hang there forever. Great head retention leaves generous gobs of thick lace behind.

Smell: Aroma is thick with milky chocolate, some roasted/toasted malts and oat aromas. A bit of licorice and brown sugar are in there as well along with a hint of hops. The aroma of this beer is quite strong.

Taste: I really prefer the smell of this beer to the taste. The choclate isn't really rich and creamy like it is in the smell, and has an almost burnt flavor to it. A bit of coffee and caramel come out from the background. A rich maltiness with just a touch of hops. Not quite what I expected, I guess my expectations were set a bit high.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is very thin. No chewiness or thickness here. Almost watery.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability, but lacking some body here. A very middle of the road in my opinion.

jaxon53, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of erwin08
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brownish to black color with thick chocolate moose looking head. slowly disapates and leaves slight lacing.

S: smells more coffee like than chocolate to me with a faint alcohol sent to it.

T: tastes of coffee and chocolate but has a weird finish or after taste, almost an alcohol burn.

M: smooth and rich mouth feel but leaves mouth with a dry alcohol feel.

D: has the delicious chocolatey taste but leaves an alcohol taste in my mouth. not the finest Rogue i've had.

erwin08, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I may not have tasted that many chocolate infused beers, but this is the by far chocolatiest one that I have. Red hued black in color with a big mocha head. The nose is big sweet chocolate bars with a nice amount of citric hops, and some roasted malts thrown in for the hell of it. Not quite as sweet in the taste but the chocolate is definitely still there. Black and roasted malts come in as well, along with cocoa and citric hops in a light, bitter finish. Medium-full in body with lush and creamy carbonation. If you are a fan of chocolate, or a fan of beer; you will enjoy this one. It makes me want to go on a chocolate stout binge.

Slynger, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of tronester
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black, with a medium light brown head. This is one of the darkest beers Ive had, even shining a flashlight through it, it is almost completely opaque. Smells of chocolate and a hint of herbal hops. Tastes of dark chocolate truffles, with coffee, citrus, and hops as well. Bitterness is excellent and balances out the malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and rich, good carbonation levels. Due to all of the above, this is quite a drinkable beer. One of the best stouts I've had, as the chocolate adds a great flavor to this Ale.

tronester, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of AleDrinkToThat
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Richly dark, with a short light brown head that lasts for a pretty good while.

S: Cho.Co.Late. Really, it smells of cocoa powder, or the sugar free mocha syrup that we use at work (Starbucks). A very slight twang of the alcohol as well.

T: Wonderful dessert chocolate flavor, but not very sweet. A roasted flavor is present, and there's a tartness from the malt and alcohol that reminds of the kind of tart berries that pair well with chocolate.

M: Not too terribly thick, but the roasted chocolate flavor stays in the mouth for a good period of time. The tartness of the alcohol and oh-so-slight hops bitterness finish.

D: It's a really "fun" beer to drink. As has been recommended on the site before, it would do very well as a lone-standing dessert or paired with a chocolate-based dessert. I'll enjoy going back for it again and again.

AleDrinkToThat, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of happygnome
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: pours a nice very dark color with a big inch and a half of head that dissapears rather slowly however when it does there is a good amount of lacing on the top of the beer and around the edge of the glass
s: strong aromas of chocolate, possibly both dark and milk chocolates present?? there is also a strong aroma of roasted malts as would be expected with any sout
t: the roasted malts deffinatly hit the tongue first followed by the sweet chocolate taste and a little hint of hop bitterness
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i cant wait to get this again, would goes very nicely in the cold winter with a slice of apple pie, lovely

happygnome, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ahh...

dark and lovely, nice head, decent lacing

strong chocolate with accompanying vanilla aromas. some spice

taste is roasty and chocolately, with hint of dried fruit (dates? figs? raisins?). bitterness is prominent, with the malt and sweetness a bit more subtle. dry finish, reminiscent of baker's chocolate.

feel is smooth, slight pick-me-up with moderate carbonation.

tai4ji2x, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle

Poured dark, dark brown with tan head

Smelled of chocolate (as the name would imply) and roasted malts.

Tasted of bitter chocolate, earthy hops, and roasted malts. fairly good balance, although slightly bitter for me.

fairly thick, but not oily and not too tongue coating.

Drinkability at 6% is very good, alcohol not dominant, but i am not a huge fan of the bitterness in this one.

tayner, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The 22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass produced a black body toped of by a two finger tan head. That settles into a nice thick lace covering most of the glass

Yes it's a chocolate stout and the aromas defiantly back it up lots of sweet chocolate aromas some earthiness to it along with some hint of roasted malts

Flavor's of dark chocolate are dominate not overly sweet with a coffee backbone it's got this mocha thing going on

The mouthfeel is medium to thin would have liked it a little thicker

This is really one of the great chocolate stout's especially for under $5 a bomber well worth the experience

joepais, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Drufus
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured this lovely concoction into a pint glass. Dark chocolate black with a small head that looked like the foam that would be on top of an expresso.

The smell was a deep dark chocolate. As i drank more the glass allowed the odors to concentrate in the glass. Smells of caramel, chocolate and pecan started to develop. I love pecan pie, and these scents really stood out to me. (the next time i drink this beer i will do so from a tulip, or only fill the glass 1/2 full in order to get the full effect).

Taste was like a dessert in a bottle. Rich and chocolaty, with some hops bite in the swallow.

Mouthfeel was world class. Smooth and velvety. I found myself swishing this one around.

Good drinkability, but i think this beer is better savored than guzzled, so this area doesn't really apply to me.

All in a all an outstanding beverage that is truly a dessert in a bottle.

Drufus, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color with a good inch of foam.

Milk chocolate and cocoa upfront with a hint of chocolate malts and oats in the background. A few notes of hops balance out the sweetness quite well. I’m also detecting some faint aromas of mint and oatmeal cookies. As it warms up the chocolate dominates even more and it smells like Nestle Quick.

The taste is a little bitterer than I expected. Dark, bitter chocolate with a dry cocoa aftertaste. A little minty as well and quite a lot of roasted barley. Some hoppy bitterness in the middle and end of the palate. Earthy finish.

Mouthfeel is just a tad too thin for my liking and too carbonated. It’s a good chocolate stout but I was expecting a little more from this one.

seaoflament, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour black with a small tan head. In the aroma, a roasty malt and a small presence of chocolate. In the taste, chocolate and a malty sweetness. A a smooth and small maltiness in the mouthfeel and a semi dry choclate aftertaste. Quite smooth and a very nice chocolate presence.

OWSLEY069, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with a big foamy dark tan head that resists fading. Visible effervescence in the form of tiny pools on the surface. The smell is very nice. An aggressive earthy malt Hersey's dark chocolate mocha character that leads you to believe that there is serious sweetness to follow. The mouth feel is adequately carbonated with a solid note of hops. Full bodied and full flavored, the roast mocha comes out from beneath the semi-sweet chocolate taste and lingers nicely. A very good drinker with a lot to consider. IMO quite similar to ST Choklat. Enjoy!

jjayjaye, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one excellent beer. It pours a beautiful black from the bottle with a nice thick tan colored head. The aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate. It really is a nice aroma to start the beer to. The taste is excellent with roasted malts as a nice base followed by a the chocolate flavoring the aroma promised. The chocolate flavoring is perfectly balanced with the roasted malts for the right amount of bittersweet chocolate flavor. It has a great mouthfeel and it is really drinkable as I could drink a few of these 22oz bombers if I had the choice.

erosier, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of StoutBulldog
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A -- A nice rich chocolate brown; decent head on the pour from the bottle; can't wait to take a sip of this inviting-looking pint

S -- Can smell the chocolate in this beer but not over-whelming...makes you want to take a first sip.

T -- Definetely a strong taste of cocoa; very rich and flavorful; comfortable but not overwhelming. Makes you want to take another sip...

M -- Smoothe and rich; easy on the mouth like velvet...

D -- Easy to drink at an enjoyable pace. Had two of these and it was totally enjoyable...not too heavy or overwhelming. Jusy enjoyable. I love a stout and this is one of my favorites thus far.

StoutBulldog, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of ChoqlitStout
2.73/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was really excited to try this beer. It came in a huge 22 oz. bottle and I got a huge 16 oz glass with it.

A: Dark black, with a great, foamy, tan head. The head lasted a bit, and it lingered on the sides of the glass as I drank it.

S: Beer had the strongest chocolate smell. Really, it smelled like a chocolate bar! I was so excited to drink it after smelling it, so I was so disappointed when...

T:...the taste was overwhelmingly bitter. It was so bitter that I couldn't taste any sweetness at all. I let it warm up a bit and ate some pizza to try and tease out some flavors, but got nothing. All I could taste was bitter, bitter, and more bitter aftertaste lingering on my tongue, so that I didn't even look with delight to the next sip. All I kept thinking was, "well, I gotta finish the beer."

M: It's smooth, like Guinness, and almost as thick and heavy as a Gunness. It wasn't heavily carbonated at all.

D: The bitter aftertaste was just too much for me. I finished the bottle only because I hate to waste beer. I've tasted great chocolate stouts, and I wouldn't reccomend this to anyone. The only reason it has a good grade at all is because it looks and smells really good.

ChoqlitStout, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of AMo
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

AMo, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of tfuchs
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a 14oz mug. No apparent freshness date on the bottle.

Pours an opaque black with a shy khaki head. Head was slow to come even with an aggressive pour. Lacing was thick and strong though.

Whoa, the nose is all semi-sweet chocolate. It's not bad, but I seriously can't find anything else in there. Bit milky I guess.

The taste is a pleasant, creamy dark chocolate, backed up quickly by coffee. The rear is brought up by an earthy hop flavor, which provides a nice balance to a truly delicious beer. I've had my share of chocolate, vanilla, maple, etc. stouts and porters and this is beautifully strong and balanced at the same time.

The mouthfeel is exceptional. There's just enough carbonation to cut the thickness, but it's pleasantly thick and very appropriate for the style.

Drinkability is very good for the style. I'd much rather have several dry well balanced stouts like this than some of the over-done half-candy flavored stouts I've had lately.

What a great chocolate stout. While the nose is almost comically strong, don't be fooled; this is an exceptionally good beer.

tfuchs, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copped a 1pint, 6 fl. oz bottle from Bottle King in Livingston... The front logo brandishes a logo that says "Made with imported chocolate"... Pours a jet-black, ebony color with tan head... dark, burnt chocolate aroma... deep espresso, dark cocoa taste with slight bitter aftertones... more bitter than sweet, although a slight sugarness is evident behind a thick, rich layer of creamy chocolate goodness... this is one brew that would go great with candy and sweet chocolates... good mouthfeel, but slight bitterness detracts from the overall drinkability... overall, a very good brew and another winner from Rogue... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Rogue Public House. Damn...I wish I’d bought more when this was available at the LCBO. Very dark black appearance with a mocha head. Aroma is all about chocolate, and whoah! So is the flavour! Melted chocolate, with hints of smoke and coffee. Smooth drinking and pleasant mouth feel. Extremely drinkable and highly recommended, but perhaps a tad one-dimensional.

bobsy, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L:Thick dark black color with no light to be seen coming through. Mocha colored head that stays.
S:Awesome pungent smell of really dark chocolate.
T:Frickin awesome chocolate. Like some insanely smooth cholate. Milk flavor lingers through out. Light hops continue after each swallow.
M:Feel like cold melted chocolate with a warming sensation. A slightly hard fizz
D:Amazing chocolate stout. Hands down the best chocolate stout I have had to date

Scoobydank, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of sfoley333
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 22oz bottle into New Beligum snifter. Poured a jet black with thick mocha tan head. Smell bitter dark chocolate with roasted malt. Taste is like dark chocolate with milky vanilla creamness finished with a hint off coffee. Mouth feel is full but very creamy with a satin like finish. I could drink this choc. milk all day.

sfoley333, Jan 13, 2008
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,749 ratings.