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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,825 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,825
Reviews: 1,862
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 320
Gots: 341 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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 Dubbercody
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a real treat to have this on tap. I can honestly say there is a huge difference between the tap and bottle experience.

All of the great things about the bottle just come alive in fantastic ways in the draft version of this brew. The chocolate aroma and flavor just come out to greet you and taste great. Many a non-dark beer drinker will change their tune after having one of these.

It's a dessert in it's own right, but I recently had the experience of tasting this with Ice cream in it, and while not for everyone, is freaking fantastic.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into my Imperial pint glass an almost opaque dark, dark brown with two fingers of dense, dark tan foam. Modest lacing left on the glass with each sip. Smells of sweet milk chocolate, hops and roasted malts. Tastes foremost of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, then bittersweet chocolate and coffee, followed by a nice hop bitterness. Smooth and creamy with mild to medium carbonation. This is a really good chocolate stout. One that I always like to keep on hand.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a perfect tan head that has great retention and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet chocolate as one would expect but there is also a strong roasted malt aroma. Taste is slightly fruity up front quickly followed up with a big dose of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt, there is also a subtle hopiness in the back. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and finishes pretty dry. Drinkability is great. I hadn't seen this beer on the shelf for a long time around here and when I did I jumped at the chance to pick this beer back up. Another great beer from Rogue.

Photo of pvsob
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours pitch black with a two finger head (mocha colored) that dissipates very slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell - Rich milk chocolate, some hops, and roasted/burnt malts.

Taste - The bitterness from the hops and the roasted malts override the chocolate that was first and foremost in the aroma. There is a nice smoky flavor that comes through in the end which makes for a full flavorful finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full with just enough carbonation.

Overall/Drinkability - A damn fine American Stout. Well done Rogue. I look forward to trying Rogue's Shakespeare Stout next. Grab a bomber and enjoy. Cheers!

Photo of terrabyte
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very thick, black color with a monstrous dark-brown head.

Aroma obviously consists of chocolate, but mixed well with coffee. Not as strong as I expected it to be since it is showcasing Chocolate so much.

This could easily replace my morning coffee. Oh, if only real life didn't get in the way! The chocolate flavor of this beer is the kind you might find in your coffee: A nicely melted, milky chocolate with lots of bitterness. Mix that with coffee, or maybe espresso, and you have this beer. The aftertaste is quite bitter which works great for this combo, sine you're not sure if it's bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, or both you're tasting.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, silky smooth like silk milk, and kind of sticky in the aftertaste, but it's full of taste that has you smacking your mouth trying to suck the flavor out.

Drinkability is quite high. A surprisingly under-the-top flavor-wise, but extremely enjoyable. So many times I have tasted chocolate or cherry-chocolate beers that taste fake & powdered. This one tastes real and is controlled, balanced, and enjoyable. Yet the price of not being overwhelming is to be somewhat boring. I've had beers with more chocolate before that weren't showcasing chocolate as the main ingredient. I was expecting more then from this one.

There is some small print on the bottle that brags of imported chocolate. I'm not sure if they should of bothered. I couldn't tell the difference since the chocolate wasn't a very strong component.

Photo of TheSarge
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rouge Chocolate Stout gives off a sweet malty chocolaty/cocoa aroma. I detect slight nodes of citrusy and biscuit boldness as well. It produces a rich dark and creamy head and sticks around a while, eventually dissipating into fine lacing.

Initially I detected the mellow smooth chocolaty character, but was later replaced by the presence of burnt malt and a slight citrus kick. Not the typical coffee flavors typical of stouts. It feels very smooth at first, but finishes a bit dry.

Altogether this is a great brew, and is a dessert in itself.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served into a nonic glass from a 22 oz. brown bomber crimp cap

Opaque,black with a mocha head thats very thick,dense becoming rocky leaving a thick pillow of foam sitting on top of the beer. Good retention,chuncky lacing all over the sides of the glass.

Awesome chocolate aroma,intense chocolate notes,smell like a cup of hot chocolate, reminded me of my trip to the Hereshey factory.If you love chocolate,who doesn't? this aroma will make you drool all over.
Also showing through are hints of carmell/toffee and some of the rolled oats. Chocolate all the way here though.

Taste: chocolate of course! The best tasting chocolate i've ever tasted in a beer. Once your past the chocolate taste a very complex maltiness appears that's carmelly,roasty,coffee like,burnt notes. Great malt tastes after the rush of chocolate. Finishes with a sharp,crisp,slightly dry citrus taste that's very pleasing with chocolate overtones. An amazing tasting beer. If you love stouts and chocolate this is the beer for you !

A thick and very creamy mouthfeel,even sticky,I loved it. I didn't think at first taste this beer would be very drinkable,but the more I drank the more drinkable this beer became. Would be filling after a while or it would had gotten a 5. I been trying not to give out a lot of 5's,If this was my first review I would have given this beer all 5's easily. This beer is that damn good. Seek out this beer and give it a try.
Warning: if you don't like chocolate don't even attempt to try this beer.

Photo of umustdrink
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black color, completely opaque. Light brown head retains at an eighth inch.

S - RICH coffee and chocolate. Very fragrant. Just like a mocha.

T - Bitter black coffee, nice milk chocolately aftertaste.

M - Slight carbonation, otherwise smooth.

D - This is a really good stout. The best "chocolate stout" I've ever had.

Photo of theopholis
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black. There's no other way to say it. This stuff is black. Not even any color when veiwing it through to a light. Wow. Head is brown, and fairly substantial, but disappears very quickly. Leaves some decent lace tho.

Aroma- Lots of roasted malt and bittering hops. An AMAZING amount of chocolate nose.

Taste- Wow. This stuff is chocolaty. Good dark chocolate. Nicely blended with the normal stout tastes, good mellow bitterring hops, nice malt character. As it warms, a distinct roasted coffe taste takes over.

Mouthfeel- Kind of thin for the style, but not bad. More like a bitter or porter. Carbonation level is good to.

Drinkability- It's a stout, and hence not easy drinking. Still, very interesting and very nice on a cold night or with a big juicy flavorful steak. Well worth a try.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 22 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer pours a deep, black nectar that leaves a milk chocolate head hanging off the rim of the glass. The aroma is nothing but choclolate, chocolate, chocolate! After the first sip, there is rich, chocolate lacing on the inside of the glass. After another sip, I can taste the rich imported chocolate, and then the roasted malts come in. The beer tends to finish a little sweeter than the initial sip. I recommend this brew as a great desert beer, or a great change of pace beer for the long term drinker. Cheers!

Photo of oelergud
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely opaque body with a big dark tan creamy buttes head. great lace in clumps and good retention. impossible to tell if there is any carbonation.
Sweet chocolate milk scent with abit of butter, the scent feels very round and soft.
Strangely bitter and sweet smoke flavor up front quickly changing to a more pronounced smoke and bittersweet chocolate flavor.
Aftertaste is a fairly mellow experience of darker bittersweet chocolate and restrained hops.
Moderate to full body and ok coating, abit dry.
Pretty good drinkability and a good brew but did expect alot more from this brew, especially from a brewery with Rogue's reputation. I must say I've had better and more powerful chocolate flavors from brews without added chocolate flavoring.


Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a big chocolate malt head. Decent lacing as well. The smell is of fine dark chocolate. A little sweet, a little winey, a little malty, and a little sour with that undefineable chocolate aroma as well. Taste is similar. Not hugely malty and sweet, but more subtle. Very nice chocolate flavor, pure and rich with high quality chocolate. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but quite smooth. Not the vreamiest stout out there, but a little tannic bitterness from the chocolate helps to not make it cloying either and heightens the drinkability. The good quality chocolate in this beer really makes a difference. Quite nice.

Photo of shadow1961
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue's Chocolate Stout pours a creamy brown head
(it doesn't last long) over a black brew. The nose
is rich with dark malt, mocha, and a bit of dark
fruit. The flavor is dark malt, a bit of unsweetened
chocolate, and hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry,
and the aftertaste is of mild hops. Flavorful belches.
It's not as overbearing as some stouts, yet is still rich
and filling. It's still no lightweight though- it's for slow
sipping and dark thoughts in the dead of winter...

Photo of Alkey
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured very dark black (unable to see my fingers through the glass) with a large brown head that left lots of sticky lacing all over the glass. Smells of chocolate are pretty dominating. Lots of biter sweet chocolate in the taste with an equal balance of Cascade hops. A very nice blend not to sweet and a nice bite to it. Mouth feel is very rich and creamy. This offering from Rogue is very easy to drink and one my favorite chocolate stouts.

Photo of thagens
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably one of my all time favorite stouts.
A: Poured a dark brown/black with a half inch of mocha colored head.
S: Really nice. Chocolate, oats, dark roasted malts, a little bit of hoppiness.
T: Chocolate, lots of chocolate, bittersweet malt, and some hoppy flavor from the cascades. (kind of reminded me of a toned down IPA.)
M: Feels good. Nice carbonation and a smooth creamy feeling to it.
D: One would be plenty, but I could go for another.

Photo of guinnessfan
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, reddish hue, with a nice fluffy, bubbly, 3 finger dark tan head. Poor head retention but good lacing.

S: Roasted malt and some good dark chocolate.

T: Good dark chocolate, not the normal crap some beers push, coffee, and roasted malty goodness. Very good.

M: Slightly creamy but thinner than expected, more porter-like. Complex enough, yet not trying too hard.

D: Easier than some stouts, due to its thinness. Yet, it's still a chocolate beer, making it sweet and not very sessionable. 1 bomber at a time is plenty.

Another good dark brew from Rogue. I liked the mocha and now the chocolate. The only reason the chocolate scored lower was the thinness of the stout. I hear that west coast stouts are thinner. Either way, it is still good. Next stop on the Rogue train is the Shakespeare Stout.

Photo of strangefate
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours a typical stout appearance - jet black with a thin-medium head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing. You can tell this isn't just chocolate malt. The bottle says that it's made from "imported chocolate" and you can really smell and taste the chocolate. The chocolate taste is very noticeable, afterwards a hint of caramel malt is detected. A medium-bodied stout with a great drinkability. This is a beer you let your friends try just so that they can taste the real chocolate.

Photo of geexploitation
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely opaque black color, with a tenacious tan head that sticks to the side of the glass. Aromas of dry, almost dusty chocolate flavors -- it reminds me of baker's chocolate. There is a milky, creamy backing to the aroma -- maybe due to the oats? On the palate, some stout sourness first off, medium carbonation and some juicy acidity. The chocolate flavor is quite dry, not sweet, and the finish is a bit short. Overall, I was disappointed by this. The chocolate flavor was a bit flat, almost subdued, and there's not much else going on in this beer to make up for it. Mouthfeel is too thin, and the staying power of this beer is kind of lacking. What's a mellifluous term for "enh"?

Photo of flexabull
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick dark black, big tan bubbles in the head that quickly faded.

Beer smells of creamy dark chocolate,with a bit of a malty sweetness.

Tastes of dark chocolate is the first flavor I notice, carbonation is noted. Also there are a bit of a hop bitterness and creamy malts on the finish.

Mouthfeel to me seems a bit over carbonated, but the flavors sure linger well... this mouthfeel might be a touch too light for a stout

A tasty and drinkable stout. This is a good beer, but not great.

Photo of beeragent
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a jet black, with a nice full 1 inch dark tan head, that left light lacing on the glass. The aroma is of dark chocolate, with a slight burnt smell in the background. The taste is great! Dark chocolate and coffee, sweet, but not overdone. The mouthfeel is full, just the way a stout should be. This beer is high drinkable. Maybe not more than one or two in a session, but easily an enjoyable beer, and one worth beginning a session with.

Photo of wanker
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The nectar of the gods. Manna from heaven.

The most amazing beer I've ever tasted. Rich chocolate aroma and oh, the finish. The finish is pure bittersweet chocolate powder. Just sweet enough. I suppose it is possible for a beer to be better than this, but it would be darn tough.

This beer leaves Young's Double Chocolate in the dust, and Young's ain't chump change.

The only downside is that availability is poor in the Dallas area.

Photo of nouseforotacon
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber bottle, received from Buckeyenation in a trade. Thanks again! Why can't I find this in CT???

Deep, brown body with a thick and fulfilling tan foam head. Slow to fall, rich and sustainable.

Initial smell yielded a generous dose of anise/liquorice-like notes. Rich, intense chocolate cake sweetness with powdered sugar. Spicy aroma. Bready, with a good deal of malts. I could smell this for days.

Burnt caramel malts, rich and roasted, but not overpowering. Hints of sweetness and a lactic, milky character. Bready, and also quite chewy. Espresso bean notes. Sweet, chocolatey finish with a semi-bitter bite that subtly hangs out in the background. Noticeable carbonation with a smooth, full body.

One of the best stouts I've had to date. Rich, fulfilling, and complex. A wonderful winter/dessert beer. Fantastic.

Photo of schusterbauer
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an opaque black that seems to have brown swirling throughout, with a tan head that is pretty large to begin with, and persists while drinking. smells like chocolate bars being melted to make hot chocolate. tastes like chocolate, dark chocolate, and that's almost it. a slight hop bitterness keeps things fresh tasting. nothing exactly balanced here, but that's clearly not the goal. where other chocolate stouts seek to add chocolate to the stout experience, this beer merely uses the stout as a chocolate delivery device. mouthfeel is amazing -- silky smooth and very thick. it might become too thick after more than one bottle, but for one serving, it's just about perfect. drinkability is impaired only by the chocolatey nature of the beer, and that it is so rich as a result.

Photo of bgraney
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick black, almost like molasses with a fluffy espresso head.
Definite chocolate aroma backed by charcoal-like malt.
Excellent balance of chocolate/malt and slight hop bitterness which cut the sweetness perfectly.
Rich, full mouthfeel, flavor dissolves quickly after the chocolate fades.
Probably wouldn't go to the well to often with this but slowly sipping two glasses is very enjoyable.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good beer, but hard to compare when Shakespeare is there as well. Light tan head drops very thin. Giant chocolate in nose. Competely black through and through. It's like drinking a dark chocolate bar that there's so much chocolate in the nose and taste. One dimensional as a beer, but good and I could see where it could be a chocoholics favorite.

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