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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,755 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,755
Reviews: 1,855
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 288
Gots: 288 | 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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

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Photo of Domingo
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color that I've only seen in imperial stouts before. In fact, this might be even darker and more opaque than 99% of those, too. Pours easily and has a medium to average size brown head.
Smell is well...chocolate. Not the "kind of chocolate" flavor most dark beers have, but more of a baker's chocolate or of a nice european candy bar. I'd call it REAL chocolate, which I guess it contains.
Taste is very smooth and silky. It starts off tasting a little like an irish dry stout, but then the chocolate kicks in. Again, like the smell, this isn't a "chocolate-like" flavor but very much the real deal. At the same time, it's a darker chocolate flavor, which I really enjoy.
Mouthfeel's perfect. Thin enough to drink regardless of season, but still maintains a lot of flavor that would wash away if it were too thin.
I could drink several of these, although because of the flavor, it seems like some of the depth decreases a bit as you drink more. I found that chocolate overpowering the other flavors a little after about 1/2 the bottle.
Still - this is a GREAT beer. By far the best chocolate brew I've had, and the price is cheaper than most of the others, too.

Domingo, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split four ways, a big bottle of this disappeared pretty quickly.

Appearance: One of the darkest beers I've seen, absolutely opaque. Off-white head, good lacing.

Smell: Smells like the cocoa powder used in baking. Lots and lots of chocolate aroma, from beginning to end. Hard to pick out anything else, though.

Taste: Chocolatey and malty. As if Ovaltine had been stirred into the glass. The label cites "natural chocolate flavoring," I'm curious exactly what they used. Bitterness shows up at the swallow, where it finishes dry. Surprisingly not a "sweet" beer, despite all the chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is tame, as it should be for the style. Creamy mouthfeel, with medium body.

Drinkability: This would be a great dessert, but it worked well as a mid-afternoon snack too. Dry finish helps drinkability a lot.

hunteraw, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the blackest pours that I've ever seen, with a small cocoa colored head. OK retention, fancy lacings.

Big chocolate smell. Sweet malts and molasses lend to a chocolate bar wrapper aroma. Some hints of vanilla as well.

The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. Bitter chocolate, cocoa and coffee balance with earthy oatmeal, slight dough flavors. There is a pronounced bitter finish but not overly flavorful. The taste somewhat more bland than I imagined. Much better at room temperature but still somewhat watered down tasting.

Moderate carbonation, what I might expect from an ale. Not creamy in the least.

I went back to the bottle to look for a freshness date but none was to be found. I have to wonder if this is either stale or light damaged. I honestly could not finish the entire bottle, as it simply was not appealing to me in the least. I'm going to try a another bottle from a different state and re-review if there is a significant difference. Otherwise, I'm very unimpressed by this beer.

Estarrio, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of Greenfloyd
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a decadent beer……

In a category best served as an after dinner (or breakfast beer) stout, this is a culinary homerun. I could just as easily drink this at 9:30am Sunday morning, preparing for a Seahawk game, as I could puffing a nice Partagas Habano, after a sensational dinner with friends.

True to the American stout style, we have a deep, dark chocolate hue that gives way to a spice less (no cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc) oatmeal cookie/hot chocolate nose. A fairly quickly dissipating espresso head topped off this brew, adding to it’s decadent appearance. The flavor isn’t to far from that. Mild mocha latte, sweet roasted malt, with minimal hoppy presence, lend this beer to it’s wonderful lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate oatmeal ( whatever that is). This beer was fairly heavy, as a good craft stout should be…velvety and rich, but not overbearing with it’s mouth feel, lending itself to multiple, large bottle consumption opportunities.

A great starter AND a great finisher……all qualities I love in a beer. Enjoy alone, or with a nice after dinner, light to medium bodied cigar. Goes incredibly well with NY cheesecake as well. I’m sure a truffle now and then wouldn’t hurt either………..Enjoy.

Greenfloyd, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours an attractive jet black. Dark as night with a thick tan-colored head. Webbed lacings appear all over the sides of the glassware. Magnificant trails form and sustain.

Aroma packs a mean punch. Strong whiffs of roasted coffee and quality dark chocolate.

Light powdered chocolate, freshly brewed espresso and dark Hershey's syrup sweetness. Cocoa butter, french roast coffee and burnt peanut blend with a wholesome hop bitterness and bite. West coast, cascape hop presence comes through to my delight.

Mighty smooth and creamy. An incredibly drinkable and well balanced chocolate stout.


Hibernator, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours very, very dark brown with about an inch tan head. By far the primary aroma is chocolate, but I can smell some roasted malt and a bit of coffee too. At first the chocolate sweetness takes over, and then finishes bitter. There's just a slight bitter aftertaste at first, but the longer I drink the beer, the stronger the aftertaste gets. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. It's full bodied and it's pretty drinkable. I don't think it's quite as good as Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but the Rogue Chocolate Stout is still a pretty good beer.

bluejacket74, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Little wonder why this one is rated so high – just a supurb brew that I, and my wife, really enjoyed.

Molasses brown, almost black, pour with a foamy tan head – nice sheet lacing.

Chocolate, of course, in the aroma and quaff. Also noted many a hint of coffee and burnt toast, but that dark Hersey backbone was outstanding.

Thick and rich, chewy. Must be a bazillion calories in it! A very nice sipper, indeed. This is one to get again and share with friends.

Vancer, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bomber of Chocolate Stout purchased at Barnyard Spirits and served chilled in a Great Lakes tumbler.

A: The ale is black with a whitish-brown head.

S: Sweet milk chocolate dominates the nose.

T: The stout runs the gamut of flavors. Up front, sweet chocolate notes hit the tongue, followed by a mid-strength hop flavor then closing with a long-finishing roasted malt flavor.

M: The mix of sweet and bitter flavors give the beer an interesting mouthfeel.

D: The ale is very drinkable with a decent hop flavor that underscores a decadent chocolate taste.

akorsak, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an ultra dark brown - non opaque, with a very dark mocha head. Lacing is extremely sticky. Excellent retention. The smell is utterly intoxicating. Milk chocolate, and lots of it. Hersheys doesn't have anything on this beer. Taste has a nice bitter-sweetness about it. Initially there is a surge of sweet chocolate and malt upfront. Which then leads us into a strong sweeping coffee roasted hop bitterness. That bitterness really rounds out the beer. From midway on, the bitterness is on high-level, and really fills the Stout role. Mouthfeel is creamy and dry. Drinkability is average.

A very impressive offering from Rogue, and one that I definitely recommend.

HoustonTX, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of gunnerman
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bomber into a wheat glass, pours a jet black in color with a 2 inch foamy frothy carmel colored head, very impressive looking that leaves serious lacing on glass. Smell is of bitter sweet chocolate with hints of coffee thrown in there. Taste is just what I would expect, a chocolate coffee with a bit of bitterness thrown in, great after taste of strong espresso as well, very tasty and balanced. This is another fine drink from Rogue, I highly recommend this to any chocolate beer lover out there, two thumbs way up on this fine stout.

gunnerman, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of BurnsTau
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, dark tan head that dissapates fairly quickly.

Smells are definitely chocolate at first, some roasted burnt maltiness comes through as well, definitely a pleasant aroma.

Tastes, well like a stout, Coffee, oatmeal, malty sweet with a chocolate aftertaste. Maybe it's just me but I can't taste all that much chocolate, which I think is a good thing. It's there just not as apparent as one would think. Slight hoppyness to finish things out. This stout also doesn't sit too heavy on the stomach, which definitely earns it some points. Good medium-heavy body with good amount of carbonation.

Overall a pretty nicely balanced stout with that bit of extra malty sweetness from the chocolate, definitely a pleasent experience.

BurnsTau, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of dancinwillie
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass, from the standard 1 pt. 6 oz. rogue bottle.

Silky looking caramel head, about an inch high, covering a tenacious looking black beer. Smell is of chocolate malt, and a little roasted malt? Perhaps. Taste is almost abundantly chocolate, although the hops do come through, albeit just enough to offset the sweet maltiness. Chocolate is strong, but not tedious, yet more than enough to please the chocoholic beer lover in me. Mouthfeel is a luxurious smooth, satin delight. Almost a romantic affair. Truly a sensual stout. Drinkability is slightly better than average, as I could maybe have a couple of these, but would need something to cut through the sweetness at some point. A delicious beer, but I wouldn't want to overdo it.

dancinwillie, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of peabody
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, lots of drak brown suds here and even backlit, you can't peer through it. The smell is Chocolate ( who would of guessed?)
Can't really smell much else here. Mabey some malt.
First taste is only chocolate. Other tastings reveal some fruity flavors like green apples hidden wonderfully by the sweet to semi-sweet chocolate.
Mouthfeel is constant all the way through this bottle and the clean feel followed by a chocolate coating of the tounge is very nice.
Drinkability is determined if you love chocolate or not. I do and I could have this over and over. For a cheap looking bottle, this was a suprise of a drink. Chocolate lovers, get your fix here.

peabody, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.6 Fl Oz Bottle 650 Ml.

Super-rich & dark brown, very active in the direct middel of the glass, 3" thick frothy foam head, dissipates to a 1" constant head, good retention overall.

Deep nose, Dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee aroma's. Sweet malts.

mix of roasted/sweet malts, with an oaty heartyness. Cocoa flavor, coffee bean and hop bitterness, subtle hints of herby and "green" matter flavors. Relativly complex.

Smooth and thick feel, goes down rather easy for this mdeium/full body extra dark brew.

No problem drinking a few of these.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of rayjay
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Used to drink this when it was called Black Bear Stout for Japanese export (1999 or so, wish I would have saved a bottle), picked this one up from the local shop who just started carrying it.

I've always loved this beer. It is fairly hoppy (69 ibu) and it actually works great with the chocolate (yes real chocolate) and the malt. Smells like Hershey's Syrup. A great looking stout with a fluffy head but minimal lacing. Beer is pretty black, but has a definate brown in there as well.

I think this would be a great beer in a tasting for non-beer lovers, or especially non-dark-beer lovers. It could also be poured over vanilla ice cream. Not only is this the perfect dessert beer, it actually IS dessert!

Pacman yeast really works for this one, although I generally don't like that strain and it keeps me away from most Rogue's. There are only a handfull of their beers I truly enjoy these days, but when they nail one like this, it's heaven in a bottle.

I don't know why anyone would pay $15 for a crock of Impy Stout when Chocolate Stout and Shakespere Stout are available for 1/4 of the price. Cheers!

rayjay, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

ypsifly, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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

bruachan, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

johnniemarg, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

SilentSabre, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

CaskofFlyingDog, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of wingman14
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

wingman14, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

MiScusi, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of mstudley
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

mstudley, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Noxious26
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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.

Noxious26, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of veech
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

veech, Jul 12, 2006
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,755 ratings.