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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,785 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,785
Reviews: 1,856
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 295
Gots: 298 | FT: 3
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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 McDiddyPop
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 22oz bomber in a tulip glass.

This beer poured a thick opaque black with some brownish notes. The head was about 1 1/2 fingers of creamy tan that slowly diminished to a thin ring. A very slight amount of foam clung to the glass. It smelled of dark roasted malts with a subtle sweet chocolate aroma, and a bit of alcohol towards the end. The taste was very rich in dark malt and chocolate, with a small amount of alcohol in the finish. It wasn't as thick as I would like and quite a bit more carbonated than I am used to in a stout. However, this was a delicious, highly drinkable brew.

Photo of shertz
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into dimpled mug. No date was given.

A- WOW, dark chocolate in color with big foamy 2 finger head that goes away pretty fast.

S- Am I at Hershey's chocolate world? Chocolate is overwhelming and I like it.

T- I love chocolate and I must say that this is phenomenal. Its like hot chocolate meets beer. Beautiful. Can grab some of the fruity cascade hops, but the finish is all chocolate.

M- Thick, syrupy. Perfect for the style.

D- This beer is wonderful. Years ago I would have freaked if someone would say to mix beer and chocolate. But, today, I am absoluetly nuts on this. I must brew one soon. Great ABV and perfect drinkablity.


Photo of cswhitehorse
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The ode to Sebbie Buhler Chocolate Stout poured a magnificent opal with a finger to two foam head and some solid wavy dragon lacing.

The aroma was music to my nose. The chocolate wafted its way to brain in no time and was intoxicating. The flavor was supreme for an American Stout. Smooth and mellow the chocolate rolled over the tongue and down the hatch and within no time the bomber was gone. I tasted chocolate and berries and a hint of vanilla. Overall this is definitely the best stout of the chocolate variety I have tasted.

Photo of MisterStout
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown color with a tan, extremely creamy-looking head that starts about 1.5-2.0" thick and sticks around awhile.

S: Light odor of coffee with hints of alcohol, but overwhelmingly like powdered cocoa (in a good way).

T: So, so smooth. It drinks like Luvel chocolate milk, except not sugary and with a most welcome flavor of hops and a slight coffee intro. Delicious bittersweet finish.

M: Excellent. As I said before, it's akin to drinking bittersweet, beer-flavored chocolate milk.

D: Very high drinkability. Could easily enjoy this all night long.

I appreciate stouts ranging from the kick-in-the-nuts of a RIS like Old Rasputin to the creamy drinkability of Guinness draft. This offering from Rogue is just about a perfect combination of complexity of taste and repeat-drinkability. Will definitely order again...and again.

Photo of tweeder263
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a black brew with a dense 2 finger head.Head is dark tan.Has a very nice chocolatecoffeemild alcohol scent,,smells awesome. Taste of some hops,,coffee,,mildly chocolate,,less chocolate then i would have thought,,reminds me of unsweetened hersheys powdered cocoa in a can.A drier beer then i would have thought.Mouthfeel is nice. A good beer although i wouldnt give it an a+,,definitely something id have again.

Photo of Ryanbob
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer appears black and pours a thick head that doesn't last long, but leaves lace on the glass. It smells like Count Chockula or nestle quick mix, chocolatey goodness. The tastes are cocoa, oats, tons of malts, a bit of hoppy bitterness, and more chocolate. It finishes with a nice roasty, cocoa flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick, chewy, velvety, and tiny bubbles. My favorite chocolate stout so far, this beer is delicious, rich, and so smooth it can creep up on you.

Photo of mwilbur
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
A: Very dark smooth brown color. Creamy dark tan head.
S: Roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate aroma. Dark, smooth, and sweet.
T: The roasted malt hits first--a little sharp bite too--which gives way to soft chocolate notes, dark roast coffee, and a hint of caramel. Finishes in the trademark smooth fashion of Rogue's darker offerings. The more you drink, the bite falls away and chocolate takes over as the dominant flavor. Simply wonderful.
M: Quick bitter note--similar to unsweetened cocoa, followed by nothing but silky smooth texture.
D: Very! Nice as a dessert beer, on it's own to savor, or even has good sessionability.
Another excellent beer from Rogue. One would think with all their offerings they would lose some quality, but this is definitely not the case!

Photo of Durge
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with good tan head and big blotchy lace. A barbeque and light chocolate-malt aroma. Chocolate malt flavor as well, like a milkshake with apple caramel background, a little toffee/coffee. Bitter highlights but generally mild and easy drinking. Sweet, pleasant, but not over the top. Smooth. A beauty.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light coffee ice cream-colored head with good lacing. Italian roast dark brown color. Nice.

Loads of cocoa powder, dark chocolate and deep-roasted malt here-wow.

Deep hop bite and chicory-style bitterness. Nice and dry. Unsweetened chocolate is almost perfectly balanced with hearty toasted-grain malt profile.

Just enough carbonation to wake up the palate that little extra. Feels like ice cream on the back of the mouth.

Easy to drink-more of a sipper of course. I tried other chocolate stouts and chocolate imperial stouts and was not prepared for the awesome balance of this. Excellent stuff.

PS Nice Valentine's day mix with Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic.

Photo of ajmoody76
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

happy valentines day. bought this at the local beer store. 22oz. bottle into pint glass. can it get any darker? one finger brown head that thins out a bit but stays the way down. looks great.

full on bitter chocolate nose. get some very nice sweet and floral tones. great smell. no off odors.

taste the chocolate first. bitter but with some malty sweetness there. a little hoppy crispness for a second and then a smooth chocolate aftertaste. balanced for what they are going for.

full bodied beer. smooth mouthfeel. good carbonation. left a little lace. great beer for the occasion and other occasions also. probably not a session beer for me. i will buy this again. great version of an american stout.

finally- now i can eat my layered mocha cheesecake.

Photo of manleyphoto
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a rule I'm not the biggest fan of Rogue brews. Not because they make bad beer, on the contrary, their beer is pretty good. I'm not the biggest Rogue fan because I believe they are not living up to their potential. Rogue makes a staggeringly large array of beers, in just about every style. They use unique ingredients and bold flavorful malts that generally make their beer pretty good. But that's just it, Rogue makes good beer, but I think they could be making great beer. There is almost always one thing about each of their beers that doesn't agree with my sensibilities. Sometimes it's a thin body, or sometimes a funny flavor that lingers through the aftertaste.
Chocolate Stout is a beer that is changing my mind about Rogue. This beer is a strange brew that is oddly satisfying. The beer pours a deep black with a dark tan head and a profound aroma of cocoa. This beer hit me on three distinct levels with every sip. Like clockwork: one, two, three. The first taste is a deep rich bitter chocolate mixed with a vague toasted malt and coffee flavor. The dark chocolate gives way almost immediately to a tart liquid-citrus in the middle taste which again leaves quickly. The final stage of the taste for me is the most interesting. The easy drinking citrus disappears into a smooth aftertaste that I can only really describe as tasting like a boozy version of Yoo-Hoo Chocolate Drink. This beer is a vehicle for chocolate and the chocolate is definitely the star. I don't know that I could drink more than one of these at a time, but as a dessert, this beer works wonders.
Every time I discount Rogue beers, they seem to come up with another one that gives me hope. I hope they continue experimenting to come up with more beer that truly lives up to their potential.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,785 ratings.