Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
The Aztecs believed that chocolate, in liquid form, was "the nectar of the gods". You know, they just may have been on to something with that..
22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. Pitch black color, big 3 finger dark brown head lingers for a while and leaves considerable lacing all the way down.
Before I could even pour it, my entire kitchen smells like mexican mocha. HUGE chocolate aroma. Impressive!
Taste is as advertised...rich and dominated by semi-sweet cocoa. Bitter alkaloids and burnt coffee contast with the rich chocolate, but don't overwhelm the beer. Somewhat distant hops are buried far beneath the huge chocolate taste.
Despite the near pudding-like heavy body, this is quite carbonated and suprisingly drinkable.
My only real complaints here (and they are minor) is that at 6% ABV, I really shouldn't be able to taste the alcohol. The balance leans slightly on the bitter side, just a hair more sweetness and this would be an instant favorite for dessert. That said, this is a very good stout and a must-try for any stout or chocolate lover. Floats anyone?
11-04-2005 17:12:10 | More by 1whiskey
3.18/5 rDev -23.6%
This nice-looking stout pours thick and creamy, with a medium-sized dark-tan head that is populated by large bubbles. It dies off quickly, leaving almost no lacing. It looks completely opaque, even when held to the light.
I took one whiff and immediately fell in love; almost completely chocolate, but smooth milk-chocolate, not overpowering. A very light malty nose, with hints of hazelnut and coffee. I was excited to try it and hoped the sweet smell didnt leave me disappointed.
I hate to say it, folks. I was. Ive come to expect great thins from Rogue, and everyone else seems to be in that boat. The sweet, chocolaty smell led me to believe it would be a bit sweeter than it was. I know, I know its a stout, and should be treated as such, but the first thing I noticed was the bitter and highly carbonated mouthfeel. It was dry, smoky, with less chocolate than I was expecting. It most closely resembled chewing on a coffee bean; more bitter than anything. The feel wasnt flat, but rather the taste. I thought I must have served it too cold so I waited a few minutes. And waited. And waited .and still, an even slight sweetness wasnt there. I suppose it got slightly sweeter after a few minutes, but it was more or less flat tastes of bitter cocoa, oat, alcohol and coffee. It wasnt very rich.
Im not writing off Rogue by any means. It could be a bad bottle; I might have served it incorrectly. I dont know, but I have to admit I was hoping for a little bit more drinkable beer.
11-04-2005 03:52:26 | More by sinistrsam
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
On-tap at McGradys in Bethlehem
Chocolate. Smells like it. Tastes like it. Looks like it. Pours thick and black with a nice mocha head. The chocolate is the dominant flavor but also has some smoky and malty characters. Hops were not too evident. Really smooth to drink, unfortunately it was on special by the pitcher and even with pawning some off on my skeptical friends I was overwhelmed after two pints. It really s quite bittersweet. Very enjoyable for a pint or two.
11-02-2005 19:56:08 | More by akajimmyd
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Yum-O. Now, I like sweets from time to time, but I'm not a huuuuge sweet tooth person. Still... delicious.
Dark dark dark color with an absolutely beautiful creamy brown head. Smells chocolatey, with a hint of dark fruit waaaay in the background. Deep, very rich. Tastes delicious- at first you get a wave of coffee and burntness, and then the chocolate sneaks up on you. Deep, rich, complex, and not overly sweet and cavity-producing. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy. I could not drink a bomber of this on my own... but it's damn good. Drink your dessert. Cheers.
10-27-2005 04:30:42 | More by scooter231
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Chocolate milk. Yoohoo. Milk stout like.
The chocolateynessis a bit overdone, but for chocofans, this is a fine brew to have around.
Smooth. Very smooth. Not as hoppy as expected... a bit more might make this a bit more interesting.
Good though. Pleasing to the palate. Some might even wax poetic at it.
10-27-2005 04:09:31 | More by ommegangpbr
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
Chocolate and Oatmeal aromas. Pours dark brown, with light brown creamy head. Bittersweet(mostly bitter) taste similar to baking cocoa. Noticible taste of hops. Thick. Overall, a very interesting beer if you are in the right mood. Not something I'd drink a normal bassis, but definitely worth a try.
10-26-2005 02:50:33 | More by lpayette
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
All I can say about this beer is WOW.
Pours a deep black with a creamy head. Looks like carbonated liquid chocolate. Beautiful and inviting.
Smell: Heavenly bakers chocolate, mellow malt, and a slight hop presence. Is this really beer? The hell you say!
Taste: SMACK! Chocolate just explodes in the mouth and finishes wonderfully. So tasty. Every time I took a drink it begged me to take another. So I complied. Bakers chocolate right up front, with a hint of coffee and toffee right behind it. The 22oz bottle was gone in no time, and left me wanting more. BIG chocolate flavor without being too sweet. Mouthfeel was excellent - frothy, heavy, and creamy. Has a nice dry finish that makes you want to take another drink immediately.
Excellent drinkability, an instant favorite...
At 6% ABV its not too strong, and would make a nice dessert after a steak dinner. Try eating some chocolate while drinking this beer. Amazing.
10-23-2005 23:43:36 | More by wingnutter
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Very black stout. Black like, well, dark chocolate. Pours with a decent, one finger brown head that lasts for most of the duration. No lace, but that's okay. Smells mainly of dark chocolate, with a subtle hint of roasted malts. Hmm, very bittersweet taste. Sweet and bitter dark chocolate, with a bit of a roasted toast taste as well. Nice. Very nice. Mouthfeel is, hmm. Not light, but ligher than expected? I guess medium light. Good, but I was expecting something thicker. Drinkable? Hell yes. Perhaps not session beer drinkable, but one could drink these all night and not get tired of it.
10-19-2005 23:34:22 | More by slitherySOB
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
The color is pitch black with a light-brown head that is incredably thick and creamy. The aroma is of dark baker's chocolate with a nice bit of roastiness thrown in as well. The taste is of an incredably rich, sweet chocolate flavor with a mild roast flavor. The dark chocolate flavors also provide a moderate bitterness that accenuate the incredable chocolatey flavor. A hint of hops gives the flavor a little bit of an edge and reminds you that you're drinking a Rogue product. Anyway, this is world class.
10-14-2005 18:27:52 | More by Gagnonsux
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Great stout look, with a nice dark tan head, and totally opaque in the glass.
Smells like chocolate (!), dark, with a touch of supporting roasted grains--you don't get the whole character of this in the nose, but in the mouth it really shines. Chocolate up-front, mouthwatering with only a slight pudding sweetness, then all toasty grains and a great coffee bitterness follow. There's also a touch of earthy, subtle hop in the mix, which keeps the whole thing from being overly rich. A little metallic, maybe from the water? It finishes like chocolate milk, smooth and creamy. There's a little sharpness from alcohol and carbonation, but nothing severe--otherwise, one of the better mouthfeels I've experienced.
What a fun, tasty treat. This is a dessert unto itself, and a neat little novelty item--but surprisingly, there's a darn good stout in the midst of all the chocolate beer gimmickery.
10-10-2005 19:54:41 | More by Melchizedek
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
Appearance: Jet black with a quickly disappearing espresso-tan head. Less than impressive lacing. A little underwhelmed by the appearance actually, but it wasn't bad.
Aroma: very earthy with some roastiness and cocoa. some sweet malty aromas pull through as well. quite nice really.
Taste: Cocoa, rich chocolate truffle, and roasted coffee bean. I think I enjoy this one more than I do the Shakespeare. It's got just a really nice layered flavor. And the chocolate is not really sweet as it is rich in its presence. Man I like this. A great stout with a twist.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with moderate-high carbonation. A bit too much carbonation if you ask me, but this is still a killer stout. Mmmmm tasty.
Drinkability: Goes down very easily. A whole bomber of this stuff after dinner was a real treat.
Notes: Well this is probably one of my favorite stouts to date, although Shakespeare is right up there. Rogue does a really nice job with their stouts. They impressed me more than Old Rasputin or Samuel Smith's even, and those are imperials. Well done, Rogue.
10-10-2005 06:05:13 | More by etaggie09
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
This is an excellent beer. Pours up thick and black smooth out of the bottle and appealing from the start. The head really rises more so than I would have expected to almost 2 1/2 fingers before settling out to 1/4 finger and lacing the glass forever. The head is mocha in color and had large pockets of air within exagerating the thick frothy texture. The smell is sweet and grainy heavy on chocolate and malt, this is decieving, understood when the flavor hits your tongue. This beer does not taste nearly as sweet as it smells, the light sugary flavor of the chocolate and malt is balanced more than adequately by an excellent hop base. The thick pour of this beer is a dead givaway to the smooth frothy feel. One of the best I have had from an overall standpoint, not an everday pour but nice for special occasions, will drink again.
10-05-2005 23:27:25 | More by hoffman
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
This brew pours a black color with a big tan head. The aroma is as chocolatey as chocolate. As is the beer were chocolate milk. The taste is as chocolatey as this brew's name suggests. There is also a hint of coffee, which adds some complexity. The mouthfeel is full bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a very good brew. Relaxing and comforting.
09-29-2005 03:42:00 | More by KarlHungus
4.85/5 rDev +16.6%
presentation: 22oz. bomber with rogue's typical graphics. screen printed white, red and brown. sebbie buhler holds up a stein of rogue chocolate stout while holding a piece of chocolate in her other hand. "made with imported chocolate" on front. ingredients are printed on the back of the bottle. "dedicated to sebbie buhler, a rogue original" on back. also, there's rogues interpretation of their own stout along with brewing specs, (gravity, temp., ibu's, etc)
appearance: pours opaque black with a dark tan almost brown pancake batter-like head. head is about 1 inch and drops to a capper after a few minutes. laces ok.
smell: huge chocolate aromas. some alcohol and sweet roasted caramelly sugars. mostly chocolate, but some earthy hops sneak in. sweet chocolate aromas while sipping almost wash over you.
taste: very chocolatey bready malts with a good bitter balance. roasted flavors as well as some dark fruits. maybe plums or black cherries. just bitter enough with some earthy hop flavors. finishes bittersweet chocolate and very dry and clean. aftertaste is lightly hoppy and again, bittersweet. alcohol becomes warming, but not apparent in flavor towards the end of the bomber.
mouthfeel: creamy and smooth medium body. good carbonation and nice swallow. crisp and clean with the dry finish. very nice mouthfeel, and i've given 5s for less.
drinkability: what do you have when a beer quenches it's own dry-bitter finish and aftertaste with an aromatic creamy-smooth dose of sweet chocolate? a viscious cycle that forced me to finish this bomber way too quickly.
overall: very, very nice. for so long, shakespeare stout was my favorite rogue brew, and it pained me to rate this slightly higher, but it's got the goods. right now, right this second, without having the shakespeare in a glass to compare, i'd say this is a hair better. i can only imagine what this would have rated with a chocolate dessert to pair this with.
edit (10.24.05): not so fast! did a vertical with the shakespeare and the chocolate stouts. these are both equally impressive in almost every way, but are slightly different. i just can't accurately say which i like better and which i'd rank higher. if i had a gun to my head, the shakespeare might have to get the nod.
09-27-2005 03:23:45 | More by Px2GrafX
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours an absolute pitch black with a lovely thick tan head. A wonderful and pervasive semi-sweet baking chocolate aroma in the nose. Not much roastedness detectable; the chocolate really takes over. The taste is a near perfect blend of the chocolate into the stout flavours. It starts off with a semi-sweet chocolate but then blends seamlessly into the gentle roasted bitteness of the stout and finishes with a subtle hop bitterness. No one flavour dominates and the meld in a subtle interplay. A very nicely balanced chocolate stout. Nice smooth mouthfeel, with a gentle carbonation. A very lovely and exceedingly drinkable after-dinner beer. Quite pleased that the LCBO decided to get this in.
09-25-2005 22:36:35 | More by foamer
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
This is one of the best stouts around.A full dark chocolately two finger head with a very dark liquid beer.The smell is full sweet aromatic and delicious.A dark creamy taste with hints of hops,chocolate.and coffee.Rogue never stops amazing me.I would love to try this on tap.
09-24-2005 21:47:52 | More by jmz62565
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance - Poured an inky black. No light gets through at all, even when held up to a light. Perfect for a stout. The head is the darkest I've seen on a beer, such a dark brown that you'd have to dig for the blackest of stouts to find a *beer* that was darker than this head.
Smell - Smells of chocolate, truffles, vanilla, cream. A wonderful dessert confection smell.
Taste - Dark, dark earthy malts here. A bit of earth up front, a hint of dark fruits, and then a nice wash of dark chocolate with a vanilla finish. Almost like pouring melted vanilla ice cream into a root beer. The hops are almost nonexistant here.
Mouthfeel - Carbonation is a bit heavier than I'd like. For a beer this dark and yet this sweet, a nice thick almost syrupy feel would be better. It's still a very rich, chewy feel to it. You almost feel like you could eat it with a spoon. Wonderful.
Drinkability - It would be hard to find a food to pair this with, this is a dessert in itself. The wonderful freshly-cooked-truffle smell this has combines with the chocolate and vanilla tastes to make this a delight to drink. It's so rich however that it's pretty filling. I'd be hard pressed to drink more than one 22oz bottle (though I'd certainly give it a try). I'm very glad I can buy this locally.
On a side note, the label says 6% ABV, but I swear this has to be at least 8%, it hits pretty hard.
09-23-2005 07:08:46 | More by waldowin
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
22 ounce bomber. This beer pours out dark brown with a brown head. The aroma is a delicious chocolate smell with some roasted malts. The flavor is very roasty. This is probably the best use of chocolate I've tasted in a beer. There is just a bit of sweetness, but this beer is mainly bitter. The hops are just able to come through the strong malt and chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy. Make sure to let this beer warm up a little before you drink. The aroma and flavor really come through as the beer warms.
09-22-2005 00:43:12 | More by beveragecaptain
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a pitch black color with a hint of a dark brown hue, some light brown head, and can not see if there is any carb action.
Has a milk chocolate and roasted caramel malt smell and a sweet flowery pine hops aroma.
Moderately sweet/bitter, milk/dark chocolate, coffee, and a roasted almost burnt malt taste with an orange/grapefruit hops flavor.
Medium bodied, dry and creamy almost watery texture, soft carbonation, and a metallic almost astringent finish.
I thought this might be good since it's rarely seen on the shelves. The initial balance is good and very drinkable and the finish has an initial strong but balanced metallic, grapefruit, and astringent smoothness.
09-19-2005 07:19:48 | More by Troyone
3.95/5 rDev -5%
This one is black with a large frothy dark tan head.
Its aroma is of bitter chocolate.
The flavor has much more chocolate than I was expecting, but is balanced nicely with a bit of bitterness. The aftertaste is similar to a fancy chocolate bar. Roastiness and coffee are also present. For such a sweet beer, I must say that it is done quite nicely.
Mouth feel is full bodied and generously carbonated.
Goes down quite easily for such a sweet beer.
Definitely worth a try.
09-17-2005 05:22:20 | More by Naes
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
A good offering from Rogue. A nice thick & creamy head on a dark beer. Just the way I like em'. Tastes great with a pronounced roasted flavor. Lots of lacing. This is a beer that is certainly worth buying again. Bitterness is also a prominate feature. A must try for dark beer lovers.
09-16-2005 13:26:10 | More by Enola
British Columbia (Canada)
4.7/5 rDev +13%
A: Dark black with lots of creamy brown head. Poor head retention, barely any lacing.
S: Bittersweet chocolate with a little roasted coffee.
T: Initially very well balanced. Chewy bread, caramel, chocolate, coffee... a whole symphony of malt flavour, balanced with hop and roasty malt bitterness. Truly exceptional. The aftertaste evolves into bittersweet chocolate.
M: Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation. A little chalky.
D: Awesome, but the body & strength prohibits it from being a long session brew. This one's more of a meal.
09-12-2005 23:31:03 | More by Derek
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Cant say much negative about this one. Rogue is typically not one of my favorite brands but this one is excellent. Pours very dark molasses color with a small head--not much lace but enough to warrant a 4.5. Solid beer all around, As I taste it more throughly, I think it may be as good as Young's dbl chocolate stout but it really is not. By far, the best American chocolate stout I have tried.
Tasting notes: Dark malt that is slightly charred (which is good) , dark semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, etc.
09-11-2005 22:50:45 | More by rousee
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
A beautiful beer. Pitch black with a dark tan head of 1/2" and staying power. Thick stick to the glass.
Aromas of dark chocolate and licorice. Hoppier than I expected it to be. Very roasted and and very chocolatey.
Tastes of coffee and cream. Of course it had chocolate in the flavor as well. Creamy mouthfeel. Excellent beer.
09-11-2005 17:11:51 | More by Fugazme
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
Chocolate stout indeed! Big tan head sits atop brown-black body. The smell bring out roasted malts but softly mixed with vanilla and some almond. The taste is a big chocolate kiss meet with a cream almost gelatin like roast malt and a hint of hop bitterness. Beware the last pour as I ended up with leftover chocolate matter in my glass. Overall a good drinker and not bad when your in the mood.
09-08-2005 12:43:18 | More by Higravity
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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