Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Pours a big creamy dark mocha head over a black body. Wispy sheets of lace and a decent ring of foam all the way down. Aromas of chocolate, sweet malt and floral hops. Complex and rich flavors of bitterswet chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, vinous fruit and mild sweetness-- all counterbalanced by a subdued hop bitterness. Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy in the mouth with a drying finish.
As a chocolate lover, I find the chocolate component of this beer to be extremely well-executed; it is definately a major presence, but complements the other flavors without downing them out. The hop level is similarly well-done--contributing to aroma and flavor, without throwing things out of balance. Overall, this a complex and well-crafted stout, suitable for dessert or simply good drinking.
01-03-2006 21:35:40 | More by Shovelbum
4.2/5 rDev +1%
I've been staring at the rows of Rogues staring at me every week as I peruse through the local beer distributor. The artwork of the different people on the bottles is really cool but some of them kind of freak me out a little. At any rate, I decided to take a break from the English ale shelves tonight and give Rogue a shot.
Pours evenly into a pint glass, displaying a perfect black color and modest but thick chocolate foam. I'd love to see a little more head but I'm already being knocked out by the smell. Deep, rich, milk chocolate hits my nose, with backup from dark roasted malt and hops. A slightly sour note is also present but strangely a perfect mesh with all the chocolate.
The taste is surprisingly dry and pleasantly bitter. Lots of delicious malt but without much of the usual sweetness. Coffee and raisins are two familiar flavors I can identify. The texture is smooth without being silky and the mouthfeel lasts long after the beer is down the gullet.
Overall, this beer is delicious, smells amazing, and is very well made but seems to fall just short of true stout greatness for me. Still, definitely worth a $3.99 flier every once in a while in the winter.
01-03-2006 05:36:50 | More by daliandragon
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Very dark brown with a deep beige head (light brown?). Three-finger head from the pour, excellent ring lace on the glass side with each sip.
Strong cocoa aromas, almost like hot chocolate mix. Some sweetness to the smell. Some dark malts come through; no discernible hop.
Very chocolatey taste with very little sweetness. I like how the beer transitions to a subtle hop flavor. Perhaps the only flaw is that aftertaste is so brief. Thick body, similar to hot chocolate. Appropriate carbonation. Nice complexity with lots of differing tastes coming through at different points of the taste. The balance at the swallow is something special.
Do you like chocolate? If so, this is a great beer. It does not have the usual overdone flavors, just a wonderfully balanced brew. If you're expecting a dry stout, this will be quite distracting. Go with cocoa flow and enjoy.
12-31-2005 21:43:08 | More by smcolw
4.85/5 rDev +16.6%
Poured pitch black with a fluffy light brown head. Head retention and lacing was phenominal. Head had the appearance of the skin that forms when you make instant pudding. Looked like some sort of dessert or tricked out coffee
Smell: Chocolate malt in the nose with slight hints of grain
Taste: Rich chocolate taste from the get go. Bitterness from baker's choclate? Slight dryness and nuttiness
MF: Slight chewyness and well carbonated
This beer works well by itself or paired with a number of desserts, yum
12-31-2005 04:37:20 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev -5.5%
One of the better Rouge beers in my opinion. This stout has a very dark brown color (thick and rich), a brown head with even carbonation. The smell is a very light hint of chocolate. A very stout taste with chocolate overtones and even more chocolaty aftertaste nice. Its has a light mouth feel for a stout. This is a very nice chocolate stout!
12-31-2005 04:24:50 | More by TheEclecticGent
3.2/5 rDev -23.1%
22oz bomber from Martignetti's
Appearance = Beautiful dark, ruby brown, close to black as you can get. Great 1.5'' head, thick and creamy, faded to 1/4'', decent lacing.
Smell = Deep, dark chocolate with robust toasted malt. Fainter and lighter than expeected but what's there is good. I expected it to be much more intense.
Taste = Disappointing given the hype. Chocolate is there but overwhelmed by a sourness that drowns out the other flavors.While I like hoppy flavors this sourness feels wrong on every level, especially in this particular style. This feels like a mismatch that isn't balanced. It's not bad though with average taste and drinkability but very disappotining given the huge expectations. The mouthfeel is also thin and watery, not what I'd expect from a stout.
Overall = An OK stout that I draink with apathy. I can't really recommend it, , but it's worth a try for stout fans.
12-29-2005 03:05:00 | More by LPorter33
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
A dark opaque black with a dark brown head, this beer smells like coffee, with hints of roasted almonds and of course chocolate. Tastes of dark, bitter chocolate with coffee and a nice smooth malt finish.
Beer and Chocolate, what could be better together?!
12-29-2005 02:38:12 | More by matchz
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
The beer was poured into a pub glass.
Appearance: The beer poured a very good looking solid black. The head was the color of coffee that has been nicely creamed. There was very nice webbings of lacing left behind on the beer.
Smell: Tons and tons of chocolate afloat on roasty coffee flavors.
Taste: True to the smell there is alot of chocolate floating on roasted coffee. This beer has a very pleasing bitter sweet chocolate sort of taste.
Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is meduim bodied. The beer is not as chewy in the mouth as some other stouts; however, this is still a dam fine beer.
12-27-2005 15:46:00 | More by nlmartin
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours an opaque oil in color beneath a dense, 1" coffee-colored head with good retention. Patches of condensed and spotted lacing.
Rich and creamy milk chocolate, toffee, hazlenut, a touch of sweet vanilla. Very strong, and silky chocolate/cocoa aromatics. Reminiscent of a melted milk chocolate bar in a pot of freshly brewed hazlenut coffee.
Moderate roasted malt character that is more mellow and silky than most other stouts, due to the semi-sweet flavors: sweet toffee, chocolate, light nuts. A hop bite cutting through the rich chocolate flavors at mid-sip, that leaves a lingering toffee, coffee, and light alcohol in the aftertaste.
Full bodied; syrupy with flavors that back up the strong consistency. Covers the palate nicely, like a piece of melted chocolate.
A very flavorful version of the style. Unique, yet still true to the style. I don't see myself getting tired of this one.
12-27-2005 00:29:28 | More by NEhophead
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
pours a dark black with nice brown head.
smells like a chocolate milk or something. very creamy strong chocolate. malty and robust
taste is great. sweet chocolate with a very mellow body. slightly roasty and nice and malty tasting. very smooth, sweet and satisfying. the aftertaste is delicious.
mouthfeel is creamy and pretty heavy, but its delicious flavor makes it smooth. drinkability is excellent. only drawback is its price, but its worth the luxury once in a while. one of my favorites for the winter season.
12-25-2005 03:39:38 | More by JasonCoop
4.97/5 rDev +19.5%
This beer pours black and thick. It almost looks syrupy as it cuts through the one finger head. The head is brownish tan in color and provides good lacing. The lacing continued to stick for the entire beer which surprised me. Aroma is clearly chocolate. Just like a bag of Hershey's Cocoa powder. The malts are also a little toasty smelling, but mostly hidden by the sweet smell of chocolate. Taste is outstanding and actually has good balance between the sweet chocolate malts and hops, which became more noticeable as I drank the beer. Hops have a grassy quality. Creamy, but finishes a little dry and surprisingly crisp. One word can sum this one up. Wow.
12-24-2005 00:47:31 | More by Schwarzbart
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
This brew pours a dark, nearly black color with a dense tan head of moderate height. Decent lace, coupled with the visual perception of thick heaviness and serious viscosity make this an attractive one. This is another one of those beers that deserves lots of nose attention: big-time chocolate malt, deeply roasted grain, oats, dark coffee. Its a little grainy at the start, and moderately sweet. The mouthfeel is full, robust, and creamy. Its an experience. Light bitterness in the finish as a balance. This one is a wonderful, no-nonsense piece of art. I wish that I had another bottle right now.
12-23-2005 17:13:47 | More by Suds
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Appearance- Poured a great, fluffy brown two-finger head. Color a nutty black.
Smell- Reminded me of German chocolate Ritter Sport. With a little bitterness to bely the mocha sweetness.
Tatse- I never drinka ANYTHING that has chocolate in it excep this. This was fantastic. Great dark chocalate mixed with some cream. Leaves a coffee aftertaste. A little hops to remind me that I was drinking beer.
Mouthfeel- A nice smooth, yet thick chocolate palate with a little bitterness.
Drinkability- For something made with chocolate, this has a great need to be imbibed.Especially for desert.
12-23-2005 02:38:58 | More by scruffwhor
4.72/5 rDev +13.5%
Pours thick black with a chocolate brown head. Even when held right up to a lamp no light is coming through this bad boy.
Smells like chocolate! Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! No suprise here. Just a hint of roasted malt.
Taste starts off with a tiny burnt/roasted malt bitter bite followed by a very silky chocolate taste. Almost like a hot coco powder but more towards the dark chocolate side. Not overly sweet or heavy. The best part is that it tastes like real chocolate unlike some beers that have the chocolate name in their label.
The mouthfeel is very smooth and milk like with just a hint of carbonation. Suprisingly light as it sits in your belly which is great because I could sip this all night long.
As far as chocolate beers go, this is the best I have had. Makes an excellent dessert by itself but I am sure it would go excellent with a slice of chocolate cake (perhaps it would even make a good cake!). Go out and find one if you haven't because this is what a chocolate beer should be!
12-23-2005 01:28:48 | More by drumstik
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
I bought this and Young's double chocolate on the same trip in order to get my chocolate stout fix. I drank the Young's a few nights ago and was bitterly dissapointed, I don't feel that young's is up to the hype. This beer however is about as prefect as I could imagine from a chocolate stout. Pours as black as any beer i've seen with a frothy mocha colored head which was moderate but left nice lacing, Aroma was soft and subtle but difinitely chocolatey. Doesn't really even seem like smelling beer, it is so subtle and candylike. Taste is just right, chocolate is definitely the key here but it changes to mocha and then to coffee in the finish. I was worried that this would be too sweet but it is perfectly balanced and with each taste I respect what Rogue have done here that much more. Truly a world class effort, I suspect this is now the bar by which any chocolate stout will be judged.
12-22-2005 02:20:29 | More by masikon
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
too bad this bomber doesn't fit in a christmas stocking...i'd gladly take one or two over solid chocolate!!
i had a leftover slice of toffee heathbar crunch from the cheesecake factory so why not pair the two. good decision...
i love the cappucino head that accompanied the near-black pour. i love the fact that the chocolate is of the bittersweet, hazelnutty, european tradition and not overly sweet. as such, its a bitter finish but it doesn't linger in an unpleasant way. excellent presence there, with just enough of the requisite roasted (some might say burnt) malt or mocha backbone to stay true to the style.
for once, a 22 oz. bomber is not enough...i could drink this stuff like coffee. not that i tried it this time, but this might even be tasty warmed up. will definitely sample again. i think the saucer has it on tap...
12-21-2005 05:33:36 | More by BamaScholar
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Rogues Chocolate Stout is a dark, dark, dark brown. If I didnt know any better, I would call it black. The head is beautiful- thick and a cappuccino colored. Very creamy looking head which holds well and leaves erratic lacing all over the glass. It smells very chocolaty, creamy, and vastly rich.
It tastes very creamy and ..well .chocolaty (what did you expect?). It initially tastes of molasses which quickly fades to softer and silkier tastes of smoke and lightly sweet chocolate. The beer has a soft bitterness to it and goes down smooth and is not as heavy as one might expect. A very chewy beer.
Taken as a whole, this beer is terrific. This is what I have been looking for in a chocolate beer. It tastes very strongly of chocolate (which is more than some other chocolate beers can say). Big body and bold flavor with fine balance makes for a great beer. Try it with chocolate cake; good stuff!
12-21-2005 01:36:02 | More by Mitchel
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Wow! As I open this bottle man the aromas of milk chocolate sweetness, floural hop, brown butter, vanilla, Cadbury milk chocolate. This beer pours a jet black and leaves a silky brown head that looks like you poured too much vanilla in your whipped cream. As I smell this beer all the aromas I talked about milk chocolate, brown butter(butterscotch), coffee, floural hops, caramel, sugar, vanilla, are all on display in this beer. The taste of this beer just explodes on your palate. It starts with a vanilla chocolate sweetness then moves to a bitter hop kick followed by a coffee essence and finally finishes with a silky smooth butterscotch aftertaste. This is a fantastic stout I'm sad I took this long to get to it, I will not make that mistake again.
12-19-2005 23:02:28 | More by Franchise
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
a beer/chocolate lovers dream. this is an amazing beer, just makes me wonder why, if chocolate has worked so well as an addition to brews, why not other interesting tastes?
beautiful beer, black, no colors on the edges, thick head of lumpy, creamy dark tan foam. stayed around forever, lots of lace.
smelled like milk chocolate, very sweet and strong, maybe a hint of vanilla in there too.
taste, believe it or not, chocolate, with a strong coffee aftertaste. the burnt stout aspect takes a few sips to kick in.
very smooth, medium, lovely.
i couldn't drink this all night, but would have it again. a damn fine beer, perfect for dessert when you still want another pint.
12-19-2005 05:29:17 | More by NClifestyle
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
This stout pours a deep dark color. The head is a tan color and disappointingly minimal in both size and duration (but this really does not distract from how wonderful tasty this beverage is). The smell is of fine mocha and sweet malts. The taste is rather complex, being sweet, with a strong chocolate flavor. There is an occasional bitter finish to the taste which is not overly distracting. Certainly a descent stout worth searching out and enjoying.
12-19-2005 01:30:12 | More by BadBadger
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Picked up a bomber from the Blue Max in Burnsville, MN.
Pitch black body, darkest American stout I've ever seen, look like a double or imperial stout. Tan/brown head with some lacing and a little head retention.
Smells like dark chocolate. Fairly strong aroma, but very complex tho. Tastes like dark chocolate too, and again, lacks complexity. No roasted malt flavors to be found. At 69 IBUs this beer is surprisingly balanced however.
Interesting mouthfeel, a bit heavy, but very smooth drinking. Big flavors, but not overwhelming. Easily the best Rogue brew I've had thusfar and best chocolate stout.
12-19-2005 00:50:05 | More by tempest
4.9/5 rDev +17.8%
Rogue Chipotle Ale with a silk screened smiling woman on the 22 oz. brown bomber bottle. This one was poured into a standard pint glass.
The beer poured black with short tan head that left thin, fine lacing down the side of the glass. The beer smelled - literally - like some hot chocolate or cocoa. The flavor was chocolate followed by an immense roasted malt character and a lingering coffee after taste. Absolutely spectacular. This beer is a true pleasure and an absolute delight. It's incredibly drinkable, and - even though a flavored or "chocolate stout" - one of the best american stouts I have ever tried.
Note: Ran to the kitchen to grab a few pieces of dark chocolate as a I finished this fine Rogue product.
12-18-2005 09:36:36 | More by edmundfitzoil
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a 22oz. bottle.
I had to rate this beer the same as I did their Shakespeare Stout. To see that review click this link
The only difference from this and the Shakespeare stout was that the head was a significantly darker color and that the smell and taste of the beer had a distinct chocolate flavor to it. These factors do not make the beer any better or any worse in my opinon just different. And to be honest with you being different is one of the greatest qualities of any beer. This normally factors greatly into my drinkability
12-10-2005 01:53:43 | More by MSchae1017
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
I poured this beer from a large bottle (1 pint 6oz.) into a large glass mug. It made a nice dark foamy head. It stayed on the sides with a nice lace, and pours very well, with a dark hint of what's to come.
The smell has a nice chocolaty aroma, and some hints of burnt malts. But a good combination. I am comparing this to my favourite chocolate: Youngs Double-Chocolate Stout, and it does stand up. To a certain degree.
It feels VERY good in your mouth, and that may be it's best attribute. Soft and warm. A burnt malt taste is over-riding. But the chocolate is ever-present! It's a mixture of deep warm flavours, with those malts and a slight hint of fruitiness. This beer just smells good.
It is a good choice if you like these type of brews. I was surprised how good it was, and will drink it again. Definately worth the adventure.
12-07-2005 01:57:21 | More by stevecee2003
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Presentation: This beer comes in one of Rouge's signature screen-printed 750ml bottles (pretty cool).
Appearance: It pours out like a reddish motor oil. I got a very nice 3 finger head that was a chocolaty light brown with a cherry red tint to it. This stout sits in the glass a brown that is so dark it looks black. While pouring it I could see the reddish hue and when I tipped the glass or swirled it could again see the red/brown hue that looked black again when the glass returned to the table. This is completely opaque with absolutely no light passing through.
Smell: As the name would suggest it is overwhelmingly chocolate (pleasantly though, this is a good thing). Opening the bottle before I even poured it I could tell it was chocolate. While pouring it I could smell the chocolate and as the head rose, it forced more chocolate smell up into my nose. This is not a beer that you have to go hunt for the aroma; instead it reaches out of the glass, slaps you in the face and shouts 'notice me'! I like that. It is bold. After the chocolate smell was done slapping me in the face I noticed a smell of dark cherries, and another dark sweet smell of black licorice or maybe birch beer, and then earthy coffee undertones. Fantastic.
Taste: For as much chocolate as you smell, the taste (fortunately) is not terribly overwhelmingly chocolate; it is more moderate. The taste of course is like the smell but it is a bit less complicated. The chocolate flavor is wrapped around a red, slightly cherry, almost birch or rootbeer flavor. But not the soda. Not the birch or root after they have been sweetened more like the birch bark. It is slightly sweet but the sweet has a significant tart to it in the aftertaste that makes your tongue curl up on the edges as you swallow. By the end of the glass the coffee (and tar-ish) flavors come forward more to sit beside the chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Certainly a full-bodied beer. Very thick feeling but not overly heavy-- maybe a medium pushing toward heavy. DRY! The aftertaste leaves your mouth with a tart dry feeling (like it needs a chaser). Fortunately having a bit of chocolate nearby works as the perfect chaser to take the sharp tip off of the tartness.
Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer; however the tartness in the aftertaste requires one of two things (for me); either immediately take one after another sip to keep the front end flavor, which speed up the inevitable inebriation; Or drink with food, using your chocolate, desert, or meal as a chaser, which prolongs the glass. In either case it is still very pleasant on the front end, and very manageable on the backend. I recommend this beer. Enjoy.
Hope this is helpful.
12-06-2005 08:41:29 | More by Phatz
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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