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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,472 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,472
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 243
Gots: 183 | 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:
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 maundythirsty


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown-tinged black underneath a slightly greasy brown head so thick that the last drops of beer from the bottle would settle briefly on top before soaking through. Powerful smell of chocolate and roasted grains. Taste is fairly sweet chocolate with an oaty, bready touch. This beer is surprisingly bitter. It's not unwelcome because of the sweet chocolate, but it's unexpected. Minimal carbonation, but it is a stout, after all. Very smooth mouthfeel.

This stuff is so sweet, but I did drink a whole 22 oz. bottle without trouble. I'll probably pick up another one of these days.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 00:41:28 | More by maundythirsty
Photo of TheBungyo


4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Luscious head is dark brown, like the foam on a chocolate milkshake. Body is jet black, like a basement with the lights off. Spidery lacing is left all the way down. The nose is like ripping the lid off a packet of instant hot chocolate. Very inviting. Taste is big bitter chocolate, roasty malt, and a bit of sweet/sour. Mouth is nice and even. All I can say is, if you want chocolate, this is your beer. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 06:46:02 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of goschool


4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If you like chocolate, you oughta love this stuff. If you don't, you... you're wierd. The pour is dark, dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Milk chocolate fills the nose like chocolate milk. Burnt and roasted malts join the chocolate in the taste to remind you that you're drinking a stout. If you let the beer sit on your tounge for a moment it becomes velvety smooth and soooo creamy. Another plus is that this is the only sweet stout I've had that doesn't become sickeningly rich by the end. This one's totally worth Rogue's high price.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 07:14:54 | More by goschool
Photo of cjgator3


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pitch black with a nice creamy 2 finger tan colored head. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate and a slight hop bitterness. Taste is creamy chocolate up front with notes of coffee and hops finishing up the taste. The bitterness from the hops may be a bit too strong for this particular brew but they do help clean the palate of the sweetness preparing you for the next sip. This brew from Rogue is an absolute first class beer. One of the best and a treat to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 05:29:48 | More by cjgator3
Photo of kdmorse


4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 3 fingers of milk chocolate head topping the dark chocolate body. Completely black with no light sneaking through. Small bubbles in the head linger for a while before disappearing into a thin flim.

S: Sweet chocolate, like cocoa powder. Teases of coffee and a hint of hops.

T: Amazingly creamy chocolate flavor. Coffee sneaks in. Hops creep in at the end and wipe the palate clean.

M: Creamy and smooth.

D: Mmm. Goes down easy and makes me want more.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 21:39:24 | More by kdmorse
Photo of sullysbeer


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: HUGE Chocolate Sweetness. Exactly Like a Hershey's Kiss. Only a little hint of hops. Vanilla and Marshmallow Hints.

Appearance: A Little Low on the Bottle Fill Line. Black as Pitch With a Nice Lingering Tan Head that Lasts Till the Very Last Drop.

Flavor: Slight Roasty Malt Sweetness with a Blast of Chocolate. Finishes with an Assertive Hop Bitterness that Lingers a Bit But Balanced with the Sweetness just Perfect. Hints of Vanilla and Marshmallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full Body with a Creamy Head. Kind of has a Slick or Silky Feel. Smooth.

Overall Impression: A Great Stout for the Month of February, when your Sick of the Cold. HUGE Chocolate Flavor and Clean Fermented. This Beer is made with Imported Chocolate, I loved it! If You Like Stouts You Have to Try This one.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 00:34:13 | More by sullysbeer
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Dark, dark brownish black motor oil as it poured. Dark cocoa head. About an inch thick. Dissipated fairly quickly leaving a healthy covering over the beer that lasted all the way down the glass. Very little lacing.

Nice aroma. Definite bittersweet cocoa, cappucino. Chocolate becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Definite cocoa and bittersweet chocolate flavors. French roast coffee. Strong bitterness becomes less apparent as the beer warms.

Fairly thick and chewy mouthfeel. Strong bitter aftertaste. Very thick bodied beer, especially for one that is relatively low in ABV versus it's Imperial Stout big brothers.

Overall a pretty good beer. The lower ABV would let you drink more of these than you could an Imperial stout, yet I find the flavor of this beer equals that of a RIS. Nice example of the style.

Edit: Had to add this. Just made an ice cream float with this beer and some vanilla ice cream, and it is awesome!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 00:23:12 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of Westsidethreat


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Uber dark brown body, dark beige head. Tight bubbles creating a quality 1/4 inch head

S: So much chocolate on the nose. Hints of minor vanilla, coffee, black patent malt and roasted barley

T: Oh lordy this beer. First impressions before all the flavors hit is this is going to be a dry, roasted stout. Then the chocolate comes. Sweet, bakers and milk chocolate flavors. Not chalking but silky and flavorful.

M: Creamy, silky and perfect for the style

D: Tremendous. For beer lovers and those that *claim* that they don't like beer. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 02:17:39 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of tubbnik


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this after a particularly hard night at work wanting to enjoy something slowly. All night, I dreamt of a nice dark beer to wash the frustration away. What a choice!

a - pours BLACK. develops two fingers of head. color of espresso creama. decent retention and lacing.

s - bittersweet chocolate mostly. some coffee. some peat. very nice.

t - cocolate (no suprise) sweetness transitioning to bitterness. some vanilla on the breath.

m - smooth. gentle carbonation. almost creamy.

d- quite nice. savored this one. although i think it limits itself to a maximum of two pints. not a knock on its quality, more of a statement of how long i spent with this beer.

i dont think i've tried a Rogue that i've disliked so far, but this was excellent. im dreaming of a trip to oregon.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 05:06:35 | More by tubbnik
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - nearly black body, coffee colored head that hung around, nice lacing

s - roasted malt and chocolate dominate, bitterness evident also

t - chocolate unsuprisingly is the most dominant flavor, but coffee is there too, chocolate lends a bit of sweetness, very earthy, great lingering bitterness in the finish

m - creamy and smooth, pretty full-bodied, not much carbonation evident

d - quite drinkable as stouts go, a bomber was the perfect size for me, not sure I'd want to do much more than one though

Very enjoyable beer all around. Though I prefer the Shakepeare Stout, I'll definitely go back to the Chocolate in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 13:53:03 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of ghostwalker


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Deep, dark black-brown body with a huge cake-like head. A thing of supreme beauty!

Nose is bittersweet chocolate. Yummy.

Flavor is all bittersweet chocolate. Smooth and tasty, with a healthy helping of hops. Some of the bitterness undoubtably comes from the hops, but it blends so well with the chocolatiness that it is hard to tell. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium. Not as thick as I prefer, but it carries a little creaminess along and coats well.

Drinkability is tops. This is one of those brews you have that immediately spawns all kinds of ideas for cool and harmonious applications.

Rogue Chocolate Stout:
In a black and tan.
With ice cream.
In a milkshake,
you get the idea...

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 20:51:04 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of ellisdee97


4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked a bottle of this last night. Awesome is all I can say.

Poured into a Sammy Smith pint, came out jet black with a magnificent 2 finger slightly chocolate tinged head. The smell of this beer hit me harder than any other before. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Hints of toffee, vanilla, coffee and a touch of alcohol coming through. It only got better as it warmed.

Taste first off had all the smells coming through with a good kick of alcohol, which dissapated as I drank on and the beer warmed. A later taste of perhaps black licorice came through.

As for Drinkability, it is awesome, all I needed was a scoop of vanilla icecream thrown in. Highly recommend this beer, as well as any other Rouge. Still have not been dissapointed by any Rouge beer.


Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 13:36:26 | More by ellisdee97
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple on tap at Lionheart in Albany last night.

Pours black with a short, milkshake-colored tan head that disappeared relatively quickly, leaving not much lacing, but a pretty solid ring around the glass.

Scent: The immediate onslaught is chocolate. Reminds me of hot cocoa mix. As I inhale more deeply, however, I discern the malt underneath. But as expected, the chocolate dominates.

As for taste: once again the chocolate dominates, especially at the start of each sip. As it coats the mouth, however, there is a sense of roasted malt, a tad bit of coffee flavor, and a very slight bitter finish lingers on the back of the tongue, reminding me once again more of dark chocolate bitter than a typical beer's hoppy bitterness. Given the chocolate scent and the initial flavor, it’s surprisingly dry rather than sweet.

As for mouthfeel: moderately carbonated. Not as heavy on the feel as you might expect from the color and scent, but also not as creamy as I thought it would be.

Drinkability? I liked it so much I had another. For a full-flavored stout, I found it quite drinkable, and the 6% ABV won't hit you as hard as, say, an Imperial Stout. But if you’re not into chocolate-flavored beer, you may consider this to be a “one and done” dessert-type beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2006 13:45:02 | More by Kendo
Photo of zjungleist


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears near pitch black with a fair tan head. Smells great, mainly and very strongly of dark chocolate. The taste is heavy with roasted grains and a distinct chocolate aftertaste. After a few drinks the chocolate aftertaste became less pronounced and was slightly more bitter, though I would not have described the first few sips as sweet. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy on the bubbles, and I would say it was a little too much for a stout, but there was some creaminess. Overall I did enjoy this beer a lot, but when I'm in the mood for a beer like this, I usually go for something a bit stronger and more complex.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 21:43:31 | More by zjungleist
Photo of veggiemafia


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber served in a nonic.

Pours very black with almost no transluscence and a mocha/tan head that dissolves to a ring and patchy lace. Visible sediment on the bottom of my glass, don't know what's up with that.

Smell is to freakin' die for. Chocolate dominates with notes of coffee and dark fruits to back it up. Minimal hop presence in the smell, but it's there.

Taste is similar but the impact of the chocolate is lessened and there's a distinct grainy character that really keeps this one from being overly sweet. Hops are a pleasant earthy backbone, still quite fruity, too.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but definitely leaves a sticky feeling in your mouth.

I could put this one away for the rest of the evening.

I really want to try this with some ice cream and maybe fresh berries.

EDIT: Just read cwrw's review, and "creamy lactose" is an absolutely perfect phrase for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 21:27:31 | More by veggiemafia
Photo of Pingotas


3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Over-hopped from my perspective - a "flaw" in some Stone brews. I can't help but feel it would soar if toned down just a bit. Even after several tries, the unpleasant bitterness lingers to make the drinkability rating mediocre (I've enjoyed barleywines that didn't suffer from this limitation) Maybe it's just me and my sweet-longing palatal proclivity. Decent numbers all-around otherwise. I'll give this contender a few more go's at it before giving up. You never know.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 16:30:02 | More by Pingotas
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Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first chance to try the Chocolate Stout from Rogue, and if reviews mean anything, this should be a fine stout indeed. 650ml bottle with the embossed Rogue label. What I love about the Rogue bottles is their listing of the actual hops and malts used in the beer--something I have yet to see on any bottle here in Canada. Nice to have the IBU and Plato listed as well. Big whiff of chocolate as soon as I popped the cap. This, like their Mocha Porter, is extremely dark and opaque with hints of dark blue near the edges. The head is large and mocha-coloured, with little dimples of deeper brown/near red. Good tight foam and full sheets of lacing that leave rings on the glass. A fantastic looking stout. The aroma is make-no-mistake chocolate. Nesquick, raisins, and cafe mocha. A syrupy aroma floats around too, akin to tree sap or maple. The hops are really hard to smell, because this is all about the dark cocoa man--in fact, whilst the aroma is appetising, it is uncomplex. Perhaps some hazelnut, a little toffee/caramel, light licorice. Brownies, chocolate cake, chocolate bars....etc. Anything chocolate really. To its credit it smells like fresh, real chocolate and not some stale extract. The beer warms a little and some creamy lactose comes into play as well, complementing the malts. A really lovely malty aroma all in all. Soft and sweet. Cocoa and mocha on the tongue at first, with soft hints of dusty chocolate on the middle and a fairly bitter finish where the hops add their oiliness and a little grassy citrus. The bitterness is actually quite high after a few sips. Tasty malts, with some oat fulness. Licorice, chocolate raisins, and very grainy and dusty malting in the aftertaste. Still, the flavour is not quite as full or as chocolate-filled as I expected. The body feels a little weak--perhaps less smooth than I should like for a chocolate stout. Lingering taste though, with a wonderful roasty dryness. This was very good, but not outstanding. Personally I don't see why it rates so high. A definite case of "not-living-up-to-the-hype."

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 09:12:52 | More by Cwrw
Photo of tattooedtolley


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Appearance – Pitch black, no light going to get through this one. Nice tan frothy head.

Smell – Smells like a dessert to me, very chocolately. Subtle roasted malt aroma as well.

Taste – The taste is dominated by the chocolate which I was expecting judging from the smell. the chocolate taste either grew on me or that particular aspect mellowed out a bit as the beer warmed. There was enough bitterness in there to tame the sweetness I was expecting, which was nice.

Mouthfeel – Thick chewy body, very nice for this style of stout.

Drinkability – Surprisingly easy to drink. I found a 22oz bomber to be plenty but I was not full, I just needed to through back something a little more hoppy :)

Would be best IMO on a colder day but it was there on the shelf and I wanted to give it a go, I was pleased.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 18:06:21 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of hopsaplenty


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, no date info

Pours with a thick, latte-colored head of mixed-size bubbles that slowly settles to a skim coat leaving a single line of lacing. Deep, dark black with mahogany highlights at the edges. The smell is thick and inviting, filled with roastiness and a sweet chocolate aroma similar to a warm brownie or Hershey's syrup. The taste is roasty bitterness up front that gives way to clear as a bell chocolate, slightly bittersweet bakers chocolate, but with a touch of milk chocolate sweetness. There is a creamy creaminess present as well. The roast chocolate notes linger in the mouth. Full bodied and also surprisingly light, with almost no carbonation, but this works. Perhaps not a session beer, this one is highly drinkable and is a wonderful accompaniment with rich desserts.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 02:14:41 | More by hopsaplenty
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Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black and forms a large light brown head. Looks very nice.

The smell is rich dark chocolate, and somewhere underneath roasted malt tries to make itself known. Loving the dark chocolate part, and when the smell balances it is still very nice.

Taste is a little more stout than chocolate. Roasted malt becomes stronger, and the chocolate part of the taste feels a little thin. The finish has a bit of dryness, and more roasted flavour lingers than anything. I was hoping for a more chocolate flavours.

Mouthfeel is good, though I would say that it could use just a touch more weight. Carbonation is light, as expected with the style.

I must say that this is the Rogue brew that I wanted to try the most. I can't say that it is a bad beer, but I am a little disappointed. I was hoping for something closer to Young's Double Chocolate Stout, as that is one of my personal favorites. A good stout, but the chocolate is drowned out by the strong stout qualities.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 04:01:34 | More by elricorico
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Alberta (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Black and non see through. The head is a nice dark tan and leaves lacing all over.

Smell – So full of chocolate its crazy and I’m reminded of some sort of nutty truffle. The smell is quite sweet and I sense some hops as well. Very nice.

Taste – Same as it smells. Dominated by chocolate with an almost earthy sensation. There is roasted malt present, bitter hops, and a hint of what strikes me as cherry…but its extremely subtle.

Mouthfeel – Thick thick thick. Love it. Toned down carbonation. So nice. Wow. Pefect.

Drinkability – I can down like no other, but I prefer to sip it. No complaints.

Damn good beer. I love it. I need more…

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 22:03:06 | More by Orrshow
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown. In the glass it could easily be mistaken for being black in color. Light is not capable of passing through this one.
The head is mocha in color and would look right at home on a rootbeer float. The lace hangs in sheets.

Smell is unsweetened cocoa, dark roasted malts with smoky and toasted notes.

Taste is all about the chocolate. Not sweet, more of a dry cocoa flavor. Cocoa flavored aftertaste, not unpleasant.

Full bodied, potentially a meal all by itself. Creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is rather subdued.

I have tried other chocolate stouts, to date none have been in the same league as this one by Rogue. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 01:19:12 | More by EvilKeith
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Taste, oh my God!
Lows: None

Pours a brown/black opaque with a solid one-finger head of brown, creamy, various-sized bubbles. Head fades away at a steady pace, leaving a light lacing. Nose is malt, sweet hops, and a strong presence of milk chocolate. Taste… HOLY CRAP, it’s chocolate milk! Serious milk chocolate action here. If this is your thing, read no further; run, don’t walk to your nearest beer specialty store and buy some of this marvelous elixir. Fortunately (?) the milk chocolate, in-your-face flavor fades upon subsequent quaffs; it could become overpowering. There’s also a heavy malt presence and some sorghum evident. Mouth is a bit watery for a porter, but is refreshing and bubbly. Finish is sweet hops to a dry bitter close; excellent if you enjoy this style. Drinkability is good, easy to kick back several.

Overall: Wow, a kickass porter. I think I’m in love.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 02:44:05 | More by jettjon
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3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black pour leaves tan crust of foam. Aroma is distinctively sweet and of chocolate cake. The taste is not as sweet perhaps, it has a bit of mocha flavor with a hint of smoke, and a moderately bitter finish that has a sour after taste. Mouthfeel is quite thick, with decent carbonation. Drinkabilty is good, not overly alcoholic, but the chocolate flavor seemed a bit contrived as they added flavoring. I would have expected a bit more sweetness to balance out the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 03:06:47 | More by bennetj17
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deepest black, with noticable bubbles and a thin but persistent, lusciously brown head.

Smell: Dark and heavy malt, chocolate. Not a significant amount of hops, "just" dark chocolate.

Taste: The chocolate dominates everything else. There's some maltiness, certainly, and while there are certainly some bittering hops (69 IBU worth, according to the bottle), I don't taste much hop flavor in the citrusy / piney register. The malt and hops support the chocolate, rather than complement it. Other reviews mention some spices (especially comparing it to Mexican drinking chocolate), but I don't taste them.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not smotheringly malty. Rather drinkable, actually, a bit thick but not satiating.

Overall: Definately worth trying. The chocolate flavor is good, though it did come off a little one-dimensional. Nonetheless, highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 02:17:53 | More by trouserbat
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,472 ratings.