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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,756 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,756
Reviews: 1,855
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 289
Gots: 287 | 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 oakbluff
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fine looking beverage. Pours out inky black, with some ruby hue. Thick mocha head. Smell is primarily powdered chocolate. Taste- more of the same. Has that sweet chocolate milk powder taste, as well some roastiness from the malts, and a touch of lactic sourness. Mouthfeel is good, as is the drinkability. The sweet powdered chocolate gets tiresom after awhile. enjoyable beer.

oakbluff, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of bjoyce12
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hands down, the single best chocolate stout of the several I've tried. A great dessert beer. Definite chocolate in appearance and aroma and taste. It's closest to Hershey bar chocolate. We're not talking Godiva or Ghiradelli here, but a good, overriding chocolate taste.

Separately, on tap is better than in the bottle if you get the choice.

bjoyce12, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of NitroGen
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Liquid tar, india ink pour with an intense foamy dark brown head that slowly reduces to a ¼ inch cover with lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate and vanilla bean with a feint cinnamon stick spice.

T: Straight shot of a sweet chocolate explosion that slowly dissolves the subtle undertones of dry and nip of grain for the aftertaste.

M: Sweetness with a smooth aftertaste exercises the mouth and palate.

D: Could have only one at a time as a dessert substitute or poured over vanilla ice cream as a dessert!

NitroGen, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of peck95
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a) pours black with a dark brown head, very aesthetic
s) smells of chocolate and a slight vanilla smell
t) a very smooth but not overly sweet chocolate taste w/ a hint of vanilla and hops
m)creamy and smooth with a medium body
d) this is one of the best stouts I've had and on of the better rogue products I've had

peck95, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of DackAchan
2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- When poured into a glass it has a very nice dark brown head that stays around a while. The color of the beer is dark brown with a hint of translucense.

S- Very strong burnt smell too it. Almost too much. Drowns out most of the other flavoring to it.

T- Again, very strong burnt taste to it. I can taste some of the chocolate and other flavors to it. Unfortunately the overpowering taste is the burnt coffee. Burnt is the correct word too because the taste is more than just roasted coffee. If the burnt flavor is toned down this could be a good beer.

M- Good mouthfeel, little light for my taste but is still a medium body.

D- This wasn't an enjoyable beer. The burnt coffee dominated every aspect of this beer and not in a pleasant way. Something a little more subtle is more to my liking.

DackAchan, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of dbatch
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours black into the glass, with a dark tan color head (about an inch) with very good retention.

S: Chocolate and vanilla blend together here, with some espresso mixed in. Malts are present but not overwhelming, and there is a faint aroma of hop in the background.

T: Bitter up front, gives off a very espresso like flavor, the chocolate is there as well, with some hop to follow.

M: Thin, very carbonated, mildly creamy.

D: Its pretty low in ABV, so its not hard to drink that way, but the carbonation is pretty strong. Not a session beer, but you dont have to chew it either. I'd come back again.

dbatch, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with moderate to light carbonation and a nice, dark tan head. Good retention.

Aroma is very chocolately, with a bit of creamy, vanilla scent and just the faintest hint of hops. Very pleasant.

Taste is sweet with vanilla and chocolate flavors dominating. A touch of roasty malt and just a bit of hops at the finish to give a nice, slightly bitter and dry finish. The best chocolate flavored beer I have ever had.

Mouthfeel is very nice and creamy, but not too thick. Just carbonated to give it a little life.

This is an excellent stout that captures all I have been looking for in a chocolate stout with complex flavors and oat creaminess. Delicious!

AaronHomoya, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Jwale73
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet. Inky black, opaque appearance with a light coffee-colored head that dissipated quickly; subtle lacing clung to the side of the glass during the entire tasting. Smell presented with hints of espresso and malt. As soon as the beer touched the front of my tongue, flavors of dark chocolate and roasted/burnt coffee wafted through my sinuses; however, the smell was much more intense than the flavor. Mouthfeel was thin and watery with a little too much carbonation for this style. Drinkability was somewhat less than I expected due to the amount of carbonation and the burnt taste at the finish.

Jwale73, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of ralree
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

650ml bottle.

A: Opaque dark brown, almost black, with a tan 2-finger head. Very fluffy, perfect head that laces beautifully.

S: Chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel. Smells like a treat.

T: Sweet chocolate with a spiced background - cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg come through nicely! A little bit of coffee in the aftertaste. Chocolate sweetness stays though the end. It's like drinking a candy bar!

M: Medium-light bodied - a little more body would have been nice. Carbonation perfect. Very slight astringency, which is to be expected. Pretty good in this respect.

D: Though I would have preferred a little heavier body, the light body of this beer makes this extremely drinkable, especially for the style. I won't have a problem at all putting down this whole thing in 10 minutes.

ralree, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of jobyone
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black with large brown head. The aroma is the best thing about this beer. It is full of sweetness. The chocolate smells definately come through but also some coffe and maltiness. THe mouthfeel is big and rich. The taste is a bit to much bitterness without much balance. A good beer I am happy to drink when available but not the best.

jobyone, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of baos
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into glass.

A: Pours black with a larger than expected 4 finger brown bubbly head. This beer has really good lacing.

S: Chocolate and smoky maltiness.

T: Crisp and deep unsweetened chocolate and coffee flavors with unsweetened bowl of oatmeal flavor. Little bit of a hop bitterness that balances this beer out really well. Finishes nice and dry.

M: Really good. Creamy and nicely bodied.

D: This beer goes down really nicely, and isn't as "stout" as its name might suggest.

baos, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black color, as expected, with a foamy tan head that settles fairly quickly. Smell is all chocolate. Not really able to detect anything else, but that's okay. I love chocolate! Taste is also as expected heavy on the chocolate flavor, almost like they added chocolate syrup or copious amounts of cocoa to the beer. The cocoa flavor is very nice, gives it a kind of bakers chocolate flavor, without any noticeable roasted coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, possibly due to the oats used in the recipe, possibly due in part to Rogue's proprietary yeast. Whatever the cause, it is quite enjoyable. Drinkability is extremely high, unless you are just against chocolate flavor. Try it with ice cream as a float. It's delicious. Also, i've had the chance to try it on nitro before this, and i must say i prefer it from the bottle. Easily my new favorite beer!

BigJTrucker, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of lifeboyq
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, poured into a duvel chalice. Smells of chocolate, the almost black beer appearance and tan head are slightly thin but almost appropriate for the style. Head retention is decent and lacing is apparent. Smell is sweet of faint chocolate. Taste is pretty darn good, its semi sweet not too much chocolate with a nice hit of hops, but really solid balance. Not very complex, but right now i dont care as the balance of this beer to the style is solid. A joke that its ranked top 50 beers in the world, but there are a lot of beers that are very wrongly classified. Whats important is that this is a well done beer and nothing to be scoffed at. An excellent example of an American Stout, and one of my favorite commercial examples.

lifeboyq, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a large dark tanned head that holds up well. An abundance of lace marks the glass. Has a very dark black color that does not let any light through.

Smells wonderful, large amounts of chocolate and coffee.

Tastes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a good amount of hop bitterness. This is the most drinkable stout I have had to date.

irishkyle21, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of gpcollen1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled this one from the cellar with approx. a year on it.

Pours dark as night into my Carlsberg Imp Pint. Head rises up an inch and a half and slowly settles to but a skim coat. Aroma is much chocolate - wish I could say I get some hops but the chocolate is there by itself - slightly sweet.

Tasting this one is very nice. Lots of chocolate hits the tongue with a roll of carbonation that imbeds the chocolate into your tongue until a wave of hops digs it out and dries your tongue out in the process. Great flavor, balance and well taste...

gpcollen1, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of biggmike
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive black color with brown head that lingered. Aroma is chocolate, but also of Cascade hops. Flavor is very chocolatey, but the sweetness is balanced well by by the hops. This was very tasty. Nice lacing on glass. If you like chocolate, do yourself a favor and try this. If you dont like chocolate this might convert you.

biggmike, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of MrBen
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate.

Chocolate.

Chocolate malts.

Chocolate.

Chocolate in the brew.

Chocolate.

Chocolate.

Big (chocolate), full-flavored (chocolate), balanced nicely with carbonation (chocolate), enjoyable mouthfeel (chocolate), and a great change of pace (chocolate).

Chocolate.

Chocolate.

MrBen, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Strix
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.

Nearly black with a chocolate-colored head. Smells of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Chocolate is present in the initial taste, then fades to a roasted malt and hazelnut. Long lingering aftertaste is slightly bitter, reminiscent of dark chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel. Very nicely done.

Strix, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of HopsHops
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WHOA!!!

CHOCOLATE STOUT

This is absolutely outstanding...
I didnt know chocolate stout could actually taste so much like actual chocolate.

Pair this with some chocolate ice cream. I dare ya!!! Thats what i have done and i am astounded.

Smell was a bit faint but the rich chocolate flavor and the drinkablity wow ...mouth feel was just right as well...Nice dark rich color
I should have got 2 of these...

Excellent work....

HopsHops, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of stcules
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black, some dark brown edges. A finger of a compact beige head.
In the smell: chocolate, strong, and vanilla. Definitely soft, smooth and pleasant. Under that, some toasted malt, fruit, but the chocolate is dominant.
In the smell some more bitterness, but still it is very smooth, with a dominant note of chocolate, and oat for the softness. Balanced. Vanilla.
Quite light in body.
Chocolate, hazelnut in the aftertaste. And a very long bitterness.

stcules, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of marksto
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan, rocky head that displays good retention. Aroma is dominated by cocoa, vanilla, and coffee; with some malt sweetness and light fruity esters. Flavor is a delicious blend of smooth roasty malt flavors balanced really nicely with a chocolate, toffee-like character. A bit like a cross of really smooth stout with the character and mouthfeel of a frothy milkshake.

An excellent example of an american stout, one of the better offerings from an excellent Oregon micro, highly recommend.

marksto, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of sloejams
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has long been one of my alltime favorites stouts. It's a breakfast beer. It's a dessert beer. It's chocolate. It's stout. It's fucking delicious.

I always use a chalice for this fine beer. It's beautiful - deep dark coffee color with a nice frothy cappuccino head, lace cascading throughout as I roll the glass about. The initial aroma is bittersweat chocolate followed by flavors of toast and roasted malt. The chocolate is in the forefront of taste too. What is truly remarkable about the taste is the high hop content. Hops are certainly not something that comes to mind when you think about a stout, no less a chocolate stout. Somehow the fine brewers of Rogue make this effortless and most importantly - truly delicious.

A phenomenal beer for any time.

sloejams, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, deep cocoa coloredbeer with a good sized, tan head on top. Moderate aroma-mix of roasted malt balanced against a slight chocolate tinge. Good malty flavor-the chocolate stands out just enough to be noticed. Decent amount of roasted and choclate malt flavor as well. Nice mouthfeel-somewhat drying and ever so slightly astringent. A very enjoyable beer. Much more drinkable then some of the other flavored beers out there.

lackenhauser, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An oversight, me never getting around to reviewing this beer. It pours a jet-black color with a big, smooth, and creamy head of foam. Nose is excellent, full of notes of dark, semibitter chocolate, lightly roasted, rich and appetizing... this is how my ideal hot chocolate smells on a cold wintry night. Taste is superbly chocolatey, though bordering on the too-sweet, balanced by moderately low hoppiness and a medium malt roast. Bittersweet finish.

allengarvin, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of brewmaster411
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is black in color with a dark tan head. The initial aroma is roast, giving way to a subtle chocolate aroma. The roast dominates the aroma. The flavor again is dominated with the roast. The hop aroma and flavor are subdued and hidden by the roast. I can barely perceive any chocolate flavor.

I prefer to have a balance of flavors in my beers. While a very good, and well crafted stout, I could barely perceive chocolate flavors and aromas.

brewmaster411, Sep 02, 2007
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,756 ratings.