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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,515 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,515
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 249
Gots: 196 | 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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Slow's in Detroit.

Black under a finger of light brown that shows good retention with shetts of lace.

Rich chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Hop dryness is in the back but not to be ignored.

Nice balance between the roasted malts and chocolate flavors. Cascade(?) hops give it a nice bitter/dryness that adds further balance to the equation. Lingering chocolate aftertaste gives it a nice dessert like finish.

Awesomely full mouth. Creamy. An excellent after dinner drink. I highly reccomend.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2006 21:21:22 | More by ypsifly
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

grabbed me a bomber at arrowine. i love me some rogue (like i love similies)

darker than the french soccer team. the brown head pours a finger or so, but recedes like a pre-tsunami surf (well, not really). smells like chocolate! i get the cascade in there, too, though i doubt i would have picked it out without help from the label. the chocolate masks it a little

tastes like chocolate! the super smooth mouthfeel is only punctuated by robust bitterness and carries other tasty malt flavors along with the chocolate. smooth oatiness. man, this stuff is super easy to quaff and super easy to find delicious! fantastic dessert brew. another winner from rogue

ps-the low appearance rating comes from the head's shortcomings. the head wasn't that impressive and i didn't get any lacing. i feel that anyone can make a brew a beautifully dark as this; it's the head that's more nuanced

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 02:08:42 | More by bruachan
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johnniemarg

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours as sark as used engine oil, with a dark brown dense and persistent 2-finger head.

Smell is swiss chocolate. Tons of chocolate. I can smell some bittering hops, but besides the chocolate, there is little discernable. Maybe some molasses.

The taste is just about all chocolate. There is just enough malt to balance this out. The malt is just noticeable at first before the long chocolate middle of the taste takes over, finally ending in a dry, hoppy, bitter finish. After I was ready to post this I realize that the malt becomes more prevalent as this warms, balancing the chocolate better.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Coats the mouth. A little pricky on the palate from the hops.

This is a good stout. I had it before and didn't like it as much. I probably had it too cold the last time. I'm sure this would go very well with most rich desserts.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 01:27:15 | More by johnniemarg
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is everything I was expecting and more. It poured a very dark, rich brown and left a thick, soapy, caramel coloured head that seems to be hanging around for sometime. Laced the edges of the glass nicely. Smells like milk chocolate. I mean, it actually smells like a chocolate Easter bunny. Amazing. Taste is good and chocolatey, as well, but there is almost a spiciness present. Like a nutmeg-cinnamon-clove kind of spiciness. Bizarre. Very much enjoyable, but bizarre, nonetheless. Has a bit of bitterness on the finish, which is a bit dry, as well. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth in the mouth with little or no carbonation sting. This is a fabulous stout. I'm glad I took the time to try it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 05:14:51 | More by SilentSabre
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CaskofFlyingDog

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: huge creamy brown head that lasts, tons of lacing, and a jet black body.

Smell: Super dark chocolate, some sort of sweetness and a burnt thing as well.

Taste: It starts out sorta creamy then baker's chocolate, and french roast coffee.

Mouthfeel: Thick but not super thick with a bit of graininess

Drinkability: Good for a long winter night.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 03:12:54 | More by CaskofFlyingDog
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wingman14

Ohio

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

This one pours a black with a tan head that sticks around for awhile. You can pour this one so the head stays with you for the entire beer, I find that this gives a nice aroma to the glass. The smell is of pure chocolate, sweet and inviting. It is like melted chocolate in a glass. The taste is similar, very sweet, straight chocolate, even with the heavy chocolate taste this beer is balanced so you do not get sick of it by the last sip. The mouthfeel is great, smooth and rich. I always find that I could have a couple more after the first. Every time I have had this beer it has always impressed me. An excellent brew that everyone should check out. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 03:56:11 | More by wingman14
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MiScusi

California

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer blew me away from what I was expecting, namely after having had the Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

This was a totally different kind of beer than Young's. The smell is of sweet powdery chocolate. The taste is of liquified sweet chocolate. IBU's register at 69 but this thing actually felt like maybe 10, this one is pretty mellow. This would be the beer I'd put a scoop of ice cream in if I ever wanted a beer float.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 17:09:41 | More by MiScusi
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mstudley

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks like liquified chocolate cake. Thick pour, deep black in color with minimal head. Poured from 22oz bottle at room temperature.

S: I think I took more time smelling this brew than drinking it. Fantastic bitter chocolate aromas mixed with strong coffee scents and roasted malt. Just great.

T: Again, great. Bitter chocolate (like baking chocolate) truffles, coffee. More sweet than bitter overall. I think I need another for more research :)

M: Only area that came up a little short for me. I expected a much thicker, creamier feel to compliment the taste. Not bad at all but should be richer.

D: One did it for me. Would be great after dinner to finish things off.

Overall I enjoyed this stout quite a bit but I wouldn't break it out all the time. My first Rogue offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 17:46:27 | More by mstudley
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

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

650ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Part of a Father's Day gift from my parents. Thanks Mom and Dad!

Black, opaque with just a hint of cola colour around the edges as held to the light. Prodigous light brown foamy head is over an inch high on the pour. Great head retention as it's still around 1/4 inch half way down the glass. Looks like a piece of sponge cake on top of a glass of motor oil. Impressive lacing down the glass.

Aroma is sweet and bitter. Burnt sugar, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of coffee that is more reminiscent of a cafe mocha. Very enticing.

Rich full stout flavours are complemented by creamy chocolate. Bitter chocolate, burnt sugar and roasted malt off the start. Then it actually seems a bit sweeter in the middle as it's more of a smooth, sweet, creamy chocolate for a second, then it's gone and replaced by coffee, burnt, roast malt and even a bit of a herbally hop undertone. Finish is classic stout: bitter roasted malt, burnt sugar and coffee with a hint of sweetness. Aftertaste is bitter burnt and roasted malt.

Rich, full mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy, yet thick and full. Light pin pricks of carbonation touch the tongue ever so briefly.

This is a tremendous stout. I know some people aren't big on chocolate or coffee stouts, but to heck with them. This is great. I really like how the bittersweet chocolate adds another dimension to what seems like it would be a world-class stout underneath. Definitely an easy going sipping brew. Another classic by Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 02:51:45 | More by Noxious26
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veech

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't imagine a more chocolatey beer, superlative stuff.
22 oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass.
A: Opaque ebony with a carmel colored resilient head, with nice persistent lacing S: Unsweet chocolate dominates anything else T: Chocolate malted oats with the slightest hint of very mild hops M: Liquid toffee D: Too bold for a session with anything more than a 22 oz bomber. I enjoyed the mocha porter at the Rogue alehouse in SF, and this,simply stated, is its tougher big brother.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 04:53:25 | More by veech
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JBStith

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout in a 22 oz bomber...

I had this beer many years ago in the Rogue brewpub in Newport. At the time, I thought it was wonderful. It is still a "good" beer, but I guess my palate has evolved over time. Anyhow, here it is

A: Pours hazy and dark brown, the color of dark chocolate. Good tan head with descent retention and lacing.

S: Initial smell is of sweet malt and rosted coco or chocolate. No sign of hops or spice, which is good for this style.

T: Follows smell. A distict taste of coco and chocolate. Again, not much bitterness at all. A bit lacking in malt backbone.

M&D: Mouthfeel is a bit thin. I was expecting a heavier, sweeter stout to compliment the chocolate. I feel this beer should coat the mouth and it doesn't. Drinkability is descent, but not great.

Overall, my impressions of this beer changed significantly over time. this beer doesn't impress me as much as it did many years ago. However, it is still a good beer that is fun to drink on occassion.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 15:09:13 | More by JBStith
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artusory

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft at Friscos. Served on Nitro as Rogue Nitro Stout. Black body with a small, tan head. Mostly lasting. The aroma is heavy with dark chocolates. The flavor is milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolates, some coffee. Medium body with a slightly bitter, tanic finish.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-09-2006 03:07:02 | More by artusory
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nortmand

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black/brown pour with an outstanding brown head.

Chocolate dominates the nose with a dollop of vanilla as well.

Roast flavors on the tip of the tongue blend into a rich cocoa flavor midtongue. Ends with a heavy bitter roast/hoppiness on the back and sides of the tongue.

Rich and full bodied, this beer is an incredible drinkable fantastic treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 22:11:58 | More by nortmand
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

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

Now available in Calgary, this is my first chance to try the Chocolate Stout from Rogue. 650ml bottle with the painted label, and list of ingredients. Extremely dark, basically black, liquid topped with a large chocolate milk colored head. Thick creamy foam that shrinks but doesn't disappear and leaves a thin lace trail. The aroma is just what I was looking for: chocolate. Dark chocolatey maltiness, and bitter bakers chocolate smells rise out of the glass. The taste is full of flavor, chocolatey cocoa, maltiness, and enough bitter kick to keep it from being to sweet. Also can sense some caramel and vanilla flavors. The added oatmeal make it full bodied and smooth. Finish is a bit dry, not sticky or oily, with a touch of bitter chocolate. I could sip this from my snifter all night.

Ranked the #4 American Stout when I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 11:40:23 | More by BigBry
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a pitch black color with a large head of tan/brown foam. Medium high level of carbonation, even for a stout. Aromas of rich dark chocolate, chocolate malts, heavily fermented grain and an earthy note are all present. Taste is very chocolatey - dark chocolate, chocolate malt, chocolate laced molassas, earth. Wow. Mouthfeel is dense and thick, with a noticeable amount of carbonation making it's way to the tongue. Drinkability is pretty good. I'd like this again, but not in the warmer months of the year.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 03:10:27 | More by Frozensoul327
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty much black, I don't see much light getting through this one. Big tan head with a nice lacing. Looks like a stout should look.

S- Rich chocolate and coffee aromas, smells like a cafe mocha from Starbucks (or wherever). As the beer warms the chocolate aroma becomes more pronounced and takes on more of a Hershey's syrup smell. Roasted malt is always there in the background to remind you that this is, indeed, a beer.

T- Chocolate and coffee flavors abound. Espresso and baker's chocolate are the highlights with a burnt toast flavor in the finish. Surprisingly little sweetness, as the aroma indicated that this would be a fairly sweet beer. Finishes dry and fairly bitter with a lingering mocha aftertaste.

M- Smooth and velvety, very nice.

D- This beer isn't extremely alcoholic, but it does pack a bit of a punch at 6%. It's also very rich and filling, so I really wouldn't want to have more than one. One of these as a dessert beer is all I want.

Very good beer, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's worth buying this beer for the smell alone. Great for dessert. I'm not even a huge stout fan and I loved this beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 02:00:04 | More by vtfan77
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rabsten

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint cup from a tap at the Blues, Brews, and BBQ event in Charleston, WV.

Chololate is the theme of this beer, 100%

Pours brown with brown head. Nice lacing, destipe the plastic cup
Cocoa aroma.
Tastes like a good, hoppy stout, mixed with dark chocolate.
Feels like a chocolate soda at times. Eatly on, the carbonation was felt as it went down. As the beer warmed, it became much smoother.
Drinkability was ok, got better as the night went on.

Eighty-five degrees with high humidity was not the place for this beer. I will come back to it once we get some frost in the air.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2006 23:31:00 | More by rabsten
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Fuller

Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass from 22oz bottle. Creamy brown head over a dark brown/black body, no light gets through this beer. Head has tiny bubbles and leaves a light lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Smell at first is roasted malt, but as the beer warms the chocolate starts to come through.

T - bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Chocolate stands out more in this one than any chocolate stout I've tried.

M - very creamy on the tongue. Smooth.

D - easy to drink. could easily have a few of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 02:19:54 | More by Fuller
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maundythirsty

Wisconsin

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
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TheBungyo

Washington

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
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goschool

California

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
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cjgator3

Florida

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
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kdmorse

California

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
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sullysbeer

Michigan

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
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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
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