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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,681 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,681
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 275
Gots: 259 | 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 jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice chocolate aroma in the nose and on the palate. I was surprised that there were cascade hops in a dark brew like this. I thought cascades might have worked better, but then the flavor of the beer was impressive and the hops really work nicely. Nice chocolateness to the beer as well as chocolate malts with a roasted characteristic. Not as thick as I like my stouts to be. the only thing disappointing about this beer was the head, which disappated fast. For being such a complex brew with 69 bitterness units, this beer was drinkable. Clings to the mouth well, but not very crisp or full or thick like other stouts.

The beer wasn't as full in the bottle as it could have been, did that effect the appearance? Most people rate it a 4 to 4.5

jasonjlewis, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of kdoc8
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this from a bottle at the Rogue Brewery in Newport, OR. It poured a deep dark brown-black color, not a large or foamy head. It had a mild aroma of chocolate and malt, but not overwhelming. The taste was surprisingly thin and watery for a stout, not full-bodied at all and the flavor of chocoalte wasn't very strong.

kdoc8, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been on the lookout for the perfect chocolate stout- here it is. So sexy creamy black on the pour, with sticky lacing and head. Aromas were slightly coffee like with some undertones of chocolate in the malt. The taste- pure essence of cocoa. Bittersweet chocolate to the max. The absence of cloying sweetness made this brew absolutely delicious. Some mild flowery sweetness, like honey is in the wings to round it out, and the thick body can take it. Goes down so easy- my tastebuds are in heaven.

kernalklink, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of BusyNinja
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was on nitro-tap. What the hell was my favorite beer bar thinking? Talk about almost ruining a great beer. This isn't Guiness so don't make the mistake of treating it like Guiness.

Appearance - dark as a no-star night in Maine. So dark you can't find your way through the forest.

Smell - I swear nitro-refrigeration affects the aroma, even if it's only in my mind. Overly cooled brew, no hints of chocolate, cara, or coffee. No hop aroma (not surpising). Just a little bit of bland malty aroma.

Taste - A touch of chocolate. My guess is that due to the nitro-pour, no way this brew was ever going to warm up to a decent temp and consistency in my life time. Bottled is way better. Hops, however light, seemed murdered by the nitro.

Mouthfeel - a little thin

Drinkability - just okay, didn't get a second, which is unusual. Too cold, too bland.

BusyNinja, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of acrawf6
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a pitch black into my tulip glass, no light coming through any of it. Nice thick dark tan rises and eventually drops to a ring around the glass. Pretty good lacing as well. Really looks great in this unibroue glass.

Smell. Has the nice cocoa powder chocolate aroma that gives it a sweetness as well. under that is a touch of coffee- together easily smelling like a chocolate coffee concoction.

Taste. Lots of the chocolate flavor, but on tap i think i get a little more. But still plenty of that flavor. though it says bitterness is at 69 ibu, i dont get too much bitterness, and a bit more sweetness . Small amount of roasted malts under the chocolate, but it really is the chocolate that completely dominates the flavor. This is great if you like the flavor, but part of me thinks this takes away from the complexity of the beer (not a big part though). Aftertaste, i get more bitterness, like a bitter dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel. Body is pretty full, though not as chewy as i would imagine. For it's size, it even has a small slickness to it. Carbonation is at a good level. Balance is pretty nice.

Overall, i really havent had other beers to compare this to that are really so similar. I think it uses the chocolate extemely well in this beer. It's loaded with flavor, and i see this being a great digestif beer, and if not that, a great beer to have on it's own and enjoy it's unique flavors.

acrawf6, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber.
A- A real thick pour with small dark head.

S- The bittersweet chocolate aroma is nice and represents the flavor well.

T-There is a roasted malty flavor as well as the chocolate. For a stout this is rather easy to drink and not to pungent.

M- Thick and sweet.

D- good but not great. For a sweeter stout, there are others I prefer.

ChazMania, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this fine Rogue. Poured deep black as night witha big creamy colored, and audibly fizzing head that quickly faded leaving behind a half and inch of thick bubbles that laste almost to the end. Deep thick brown lace dripped down the glass. Very full looking. Smell was off course dark german chocolate, roasted or smoked smells wafted through as well. Roasted coffee and chocolate mousse as it warmed delighted the senses. Rich, smells like a chocolate dessert, very strong. Tastes followed suit well. Strong roasted chocolate, soo much chocolate, incredible, tasted like smoked pudding, Very nice. Carbonation made it very lively, and a dry finish capped it off very well. This is a big dessert bear, easily the most filling beer I have ever tried. I actually felt bloated after this. No real alcohol at all detected in this, and at a low ABV I wouldn't expect one. Suge huge bold flavors in such a low ABV are a welcome treat and make this very drinkable. The smooth, creamy, full flavor and texture and overall chocolate overload make this the perfect night cap, very well done.

mikesgroove, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of BeerCheese
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took the bottle from the fridge and poured it right into a clean glass. Completely black with a big brown head. Great head retention and lacing. Almost odorless, which was strange. May have been a hint of chocolate in the smell, or it could just be in my mind because of the name. Medium carbonation with a medium/full body. Seemed a little bland for a stout, but the little bit of flavor that was there was very nice. I could certainly taste the chocolate and roasted malts. Good balance of hops too. No taste of alcohol present. Overall, a slightly above average stout that's very drinkable. I'm still stumped by the lack of smell, though, which really brings the score down for this one.

BeerCheese, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of aalappatel
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a 22oz bomber bottle. Poured an almost black liquor with a one finger off white head that dissipated almost immediately. The smell was reminicent of earthy and chocolatey tones. There is an initial bitterness that quickly turns to a smokey choclate flavor. It lingers in the mouth for a while. The mouthfeel is quite heavy. This is definitely not your watery yellow fizzy beer !

aalappatel, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark brown with a fluffy two finger mocha colored head, good retent on it, foamy lace

S- chocolate, roasted malts, sweet

T- rpasted malts, rich chocolate flavor, chocolate come out even mre with warmth, some hop bitterness in middle to finish, chocolate finish with a roasted chocolate aftertaste

M- medium body, creamy and smooth, bit of carbonation tickle at finish

D- filling and delicious, desert brew, good brew, im not a huge fan of chocolate but i'd recommend this

tonistruth, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of hopbar
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sal's Bar and Liquor in Wash. Twp., NJ.
22 oz. bottle
Pint Glass

A: Poured black with a real dirty, off-white, fluffy, one finger head.

S: Some great scents: chocolate syrup, roasted coffee beans and toasted oats.

T: Not as sweet as the smell; very burnt and not as much chocolate as expected.

M: Not overly thick but bubbly and carbonated.

D: I was truly looking forward to this one for some time now but it came up a little short. I definitely want to try it on tap to get a second opinion.

hopbar, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of guitarmage
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black, other than black coffee around the edges, nice foamy tan head, dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a nice thin lacing.

Smell: Fresh cream, chocolate, I also smell sweetened coffee and some irish cream.

Taste: Big chocolate malt stays through out, at first it's complimented with an espresso acidity, then becomes creamy with those irish cream notes, a faint hint of hops come in at the end and dries it up.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, light carbonation, medium to full bodied, clean and easy to drink, very dry finish.

Drinkability: A great brew, light, chocolatey and delicious. I feel this brew is lighter probably because I've had Russian Imperial and double stouts recently.

guitarmage, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of lawrence76
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft at bukowski's -2/19/2007 on a cold night.

Appears very dark in the glass, red when held up to the light. A deep, tan head formed and left exquisite lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of chocolate and heady malts.

Hop bitterness becomes apparent upon the first sip. Excellent body to this beer. A certain grittiness is evident, likely from the use of flaked barley or un-malted oats; simply wonderful on the pallette. More deep malts & some caramelized aspects are present, and a subtle hop aroma which compliments rather than distracts.

A wonderful stout to have on a cold winter night.

lawrence76, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of vanrassel
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can see by the marks, I think this is a good beer — I just don't know if I'd consider it "Top 100" good.

It poured into my pint glass opaque and almost black, like viscous motor oil. An attractive bubbly tan head formed, and it didn't quit as long as there was beer in mmy glass. Not surprisingly, chocolate figured big in the aroma, sweet with a backing of toasted malt.

A simple first impression of the taste is that is what like a quality dark chocolate bar. Deeper examination revealed malted milk and a slightly lighter, sweeter taste than first perceived. Coffee emerged in the finish, but it was more Colombian roast than espresso.

Overall, the low carbonation and full body made this a smooth, creamy brew. It's a pleasant experience, in small doses: after half a bomber, I was ready for something else.

vanrassel, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of david131
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks great served in a 25 oz. mug. There is a very nice brown head that settles to a thin sheet. It does not stick around after a few sips are taken and turns into just a little ring where the liquid meets the glass. The beer is black and not much light gets through on the edges.

S- Chocolate hits at first then some coffee and more hops than expected. The chocolate smells like a chocolate powder like Nes Quick or something.

T- Not as sweet as I was expecting. The chocolate is the flavor that sticks out most in this- big surprise. There is a good earthiness to the beer as well. The hops blend really well with the chocolate.

M- Creamy, but not overly done.

D- It seems like this could be a hard beer to get as right as Rogue did. The best part about this beer is how well balanced everything is. Went great with a big cheeseburger.

david131, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of BigRedN
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is black. when held to a light it's still black. The pour produces a large, foamy, brown head nearly two inches thick. The head never really dies, falling to a solid cover on the liquid leaving lots of lace. One of the prettier beers I have seen, it also helps that I like the "dark" beers and go for the black look.

Smell: What else would you expect from a chocolate stout but lots of chocolate and roasted malts aromas. Some decent hops aromas are buried within as well.

Taste: What can I say but this beer suits me. I like'em big and malty with planty of roasted malts and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. This beer delivers. Not sweet at all, (I would even say it is a bit bitter) with just enough chocolate flavors but not overbearing. A great stout.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth and creamy. Full bodied , a touch chewy. Limited alchohol, if it wasn;t so filling this could be a decent sessioner because it is so good.

Drinkability: This is one of the best beers I have ever had. The End. What more does there need to be said? Close to a perfect 5, IMO.

BigRedN, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of ccrida
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft, the Chocolate Stout is a deep, dark reddish black, with a thick, 2 finger, creamy, medium-dark tan head. Sadly, the head didn't stick around to long and only left slight lace. Very nice, rich but not oily, especially with that head.
The aroma, yummm, thats great! All chocolate, sweet, but like coco, not sugar.
The taste follows suit, it is fantastic, very chocolaty, some oats and a bit of cola. You can really taste the difference between stouts with chocolate malt and ones like this that also use the real thing, very nice. There's also a fairly assertive hop presence, particularly on the finish, which is probably the main differentiator between this and Young's Double Chocolate, which is similarly fantastic real chocolate goodness.
The mouthfeel is fantastic, super creamy, but supple and light, almost like a nitro, but with more carbonation.
Whoa, this is super drinkable. I could have these all night!

ccrida, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick dark brown head into a tumbler. head is creamy and leaves decent retention and lace. body is dark black.
s - dark and sweet chocolate.
t - this seems to have a one-track mind of chocolate but some roasted coffee and piney hops begin to come through in the middle. chocolate is still the dominant flavor.
m - smooth and medium on the tongue.
d - easily drinkable but after a couple of glasses it becomes almost too sweet. but it is a nice change of pace and my girlfriend really loves this one.

GPHarris, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of Neehan
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This tasty treat poured a shade-and-a-half away from being jet-black with a sizeable, lightly tan head and a bit of retention. The head subsides but begins as exceptionally creamy. The smell is raisiny with very rich, dark chocolate moving to the front. Cocoa fills the nose. The taste is incredible, rich and smooth yet dark and a surprising (if you don't read the bottle) entrance of hops that get stronger on the finish. A bit smoky and a ton delicioius. Very creamy yet light in the mouth and perhaps the most drinkable stout I've had.

Neehan, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark brown in color. The beer pours a tan two fingered head that stays for most of the sample. Nice lacing.

S: Loads of chocolate. Slight whiff of coffee. Roasted malts and earth.

T: Slight blast of burnt coffee is immediately taken over by dark chocolate and a slight pine hop bitter bite. Roasted caramel malts are followed by the sweetness of molasses. More chocolate.

M: Rich and creamy smooth. Minimal carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: Grandma's homemade brownies in a bottle. Extremely well balanced without being too sweet. This is the best chocolate flavored beer that I have tried.

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz dimpled mug. Poured a dark opaque black with a thin head that was diminishing and left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was an almost indescribable abundance of chocolate with usual stout undertones of roasted barley and subtle coffee, all very overpowered by chocolate, however. The taste was great but just a tad on the bitter side as far as the chocolate was concerned. The mouthfeel was fully tolerable with decent carbonation. This is a great beer for a cold winter night.

atsprings, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of tboom29
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the stout into an oversized wine glass.

The appearance is a dark brown/black with a big brown tinted foamy head on top.

The nose is full of chocolate malt. Cocoa is very present, along with cocoa butter.

This beer is very chocolatey and smooth. Lots of the roasted, chocolate malt that was in the nose. The mouthfeel is milky and smooth, nice milky taste throughout.

This would be an outstanding desert beer. It's really desert by itself, almost like a tootsie roll in a glass.

tboom29, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of mmcave
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Sams 650ml. bottle chilled and poured into a nonic. Head has dissipated into two centimeter milk chocolate crème lingering on surface, with nice lacing. The body is oily black, opaque, seriously does look like an I.S. Smells of subtle light smoky chocolate character, which permeates the totality of this drink. The roasted barley and oaks (as listed on the bottle) manifests and aids nicely to form an earthy well-rounded complexity. The cascades at first were rather forward, but as this warms up they mellow out and the chocolate is allowed to come to the fore. Taste wise this beer is rich bitter chocolate and coffee. Has many flavor components of a sturdy RIS, but simply lacks the strength and thicker mouthfeel. I realize this is not what they were going for, but worth mentioning. The mouthfeel definitely has a literal chocolate residual feel "made with imported chocolate". This is very much a worth while stout. The complexity of an Imperial stout, but the strength and mouth feel of a standard stout. Totally worth a drink.

mmcave, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of nase
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying this out next to a Deschutes Obsidian Stout. Poured from bomber.

Looks like an Imperial Stout. Pretty strong chocolate taste which I imagine some might be averse to with a hint of coffee there as well? In some ways, I like it but it is accompanied by some bitterness. Not quite as balanced IMO as the Obsidian. Mouthfeel is ever so slightly improved over Deschutes'.

App. - 4 , Smell - 4, Taste - 3.5, Mouthfeel - 4, Drinkability - 3.5

nase, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of mburkholtz
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites!

Rogue Chocolate Stout is big on taste. Chocolate and coffee flavors burst forth as soon as you begin to pour. They loom even larger as you drink.

A little too powerful to be enjoyed all the time, this stout is best imbibed at the end of a hearty meal -- perhaps before (or during) dessert!

Unfortunately, this beer is quite difficult (at least in NJ) to track down -- damn!

mburkholtz, Feb 04, 2007
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,681 ratings.