Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales
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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
5/5 rDev +20.2%
Pours out black with a brown head that, before settling down, looks much like that whipped marshmallow stuff that comes in a jar. Nice lacing. Smells of really high quality hot chocolate, not that Swiss Miss shit, earthy and sweet in the nose.
Delicious. There really isn't much else to say. Very rich chocolate flavors with an earthy bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel is like velvet that leaves behind an ever so slightly prickly carbonation as it goes over the tongue. I have to keep myself from downing this bottle so quickly. So enjoyable to drink.
With a name like Chocolate Stout, I was expecting this to be way to sweet. Rogue did an excellent job. The bitterness in the end is perfectly done in contrast to the chocolate flavors, making this like a liquified block of dark chocolate. I really don't see how this beer can be improved. Flawless.
12-03-2005 05:53:58 | More by goochpunch
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Big ole double deucer opened with a SHST!!! Poured into a Corsendonk tulip as an opaque buh-lack offering with a glint of violet light creeping in the bottom.
Scents are a perfect delicate quality milk chocolate. Of all the beers that have ever had any chocolate scents, this one takes the cake! Chocolate cake. Like a breath of cocoa and, wow! Oh...and there is some coffe in there too.
First swigs: Writing the word chocolate is going to wear out my C,H,O,L,A,T & E keys. Soft milk chocolate good. The coffee pops out towards the end.
Gentle restrained carbonation. Some oily residue but not to a fault.
Last swigs: Chocolate milk beer! Why has it been this long to try this beer? Sweet!
Beer is good. Happy chocolating!
12-02-2005 04:59:05 | More by blitheringidiot
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours black as a new moon night under a cloudy, starless sky. Thick chocolate head with an average lifespan.
Smells like milk chocolate.
Tastes chocolatey with a bit of coffee. The milk-sweet chocolate is lost in the taste leaving only bittersweet bakers chocolate.
Mouthfeel is wonderful. Dry as chocolate coyotes thirsty mouth in the chocolate Atacama. Bitter and dry.
Drinkability: Very good.
12-02-2005 04:05:18 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
A: Definately Jet black with a one and a half brown foamy head that left TONS of lace down the sides.
S: Roasted and burnt chocolate, smells delicious
T: Chocolate flavors of course, both burnt and roated with a distinct Nestle Chocolate sauce aftertaste. First couple of sips were good, but got much better after that.
M: Mouthfeel is nice and silky smooth. Tons of chocolate! Not much carbonation on this allows you to savor the flavors.
D: I only had one of these and would have another if I could on tap. amazing.
12-01-2005 03:14:20 | More by bjohnson
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured into a standard pint glass from a 22oz bottle.
A - Mostly opaque jet black with deep brown accents. Hot cocoa-colored thick head. Didn't last long ... reemerges when swirled in the pint with sporadic lacing.
S - Initially, not as strong or as robust as I would have expected. Then I realized I hadn't let this bottle adjust to the proper serving temp before pouring. As it warmed, the aromas were much more apparent. Quite simply, this beer smells of dark chocolate ... almost as if I were holding a pint full of baker's chocolate shavings. Possibly a hint of hop notes in there somewhere, swimming in a sea of rich cocoa.
T - Honestly, one sip of this offering from Rogue and I am instantly in love with this brew. It is, by far, the very best chocolate stout I have ever been honored to sample. Absolutely sinfully good. I am drinking it as I write and am quite literally overwhelmed with dark chocolate heaven ... again, as if I am drinking melted baker's chocolate in a glass. NOT overly sweet, and I do taste the presence of some hops in there too. The Rogue guys have outdone themselves with this one. Almost pure chocolate flavor here ... to the point you almost need to remind yourself this is a beer.
M - As expected over all, but possibly the ONLY downside to this beer is that it feels just a little thinner than I'd like. But, just a little. I actually appreciate that this stout doesn't bruise your palate with overly thick, heavy body that leaves you desiring something that more closely resembles liquid. Perhaps this isn't such a downside after all ...
D - Not only the very best tasting chocolate stout I've ever had, but also clearly the most drinkable (see above). You could drink these all night if given the chance ... and oh how I'd like the chance. The more I drink it, the more I'm grateful that this beer isn't too heavy which would limit how much I could tolerate at a sitting.
Drink this one alone at least once, in order to fully appreciate what the Rogue folks have done here. Then, by all means, try it with some high quality cheeses, or possibly a rich chocolate dessert of some sort. This beer is a MUST DRINK for chocolate lovers and/or stout lovers. You'll likely be both when you've drained your pint.
12-01-2005 02:35:57 | More by beerphilosopher
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
Appearance - This beer arrived dark brown with a brown, two finger head exhibiting moderate retention and heavy lacing.
Smell Whoa Chocolate. I mean, they must add a lot of actual chocolate to this beer. Not sure how I feel about it its nearly overpowering. Chocolate rushes to the nose with every sip. Its not really an expensive chocolate taste either; tastes like lots of chocolate syrup has been mixed in.
Taste - This beer tastes of caramel, with a finish thats malty and you guessed it chocolaty.
Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is chewy, creamy, medium-full-bodied, rich and smooth.
Drinkability The overbearing cocoa notes detract from my ability to really get into this beer, but one can tell some work went into making it. Solid. Not my cup of tea.
11-30-2005 23:25:47 | More by xoqx
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours dark black with some minimal brown highlights. The head is fluffy and pudding like, but doesnt stick around long. Espresso and super dark chocolate smell with a hidden hop sweetness. Tastes of Hersheys and coffee with a sourness that lingers around the edge of the tongue. Finishes sour and then fades into a sweet cocoa. Mouth feel is a little light. There's tons of chocolate to go around here if that's your thing.
11-29-2005 17:35:28 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
I shared a bottle of this with my pop and a great cigar.
It poured black with a very nice espresso colored head (like an espresso head, not the actual espresso. . . ) The head diminished to leave some sticky lacing and remained a ring until it was finished.
Smelled of sweet malt and chocolate with a hint of coffee.
Taste was of a very fine dark chocolate bar (lik a Lindt 75% mocha bar) and dark malts. the finish was dry(er) than expected from such a sweet beer. I could have drank them all day. I think I may be a sucker for the stouts now. My dad also enjoyed his.
One question though. . . What was the brown goo left in the bottom of my glass?
11-28-2005 00:51:47 | More by BitterBrian
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours out of the bottle jet black with a nice bubbly dark tan head. The head settles and leaves a nice coating over the top of the beer.
The aroma is predominately of roasted malt with hop background that is almost overshadowed by the big malt aromas. There is a sweetness to the aroma that mixes into the roasted character in this brew.
I expected a bigger roasted/coffee type flavor but the roasted flavors are blended nicely with a sweet chocolate character. The more I drink this the sweeter it tastes. There is a nice hoppiness that you can pick up as the brew goes down. I drank this beer with some unsweetened chocolate and that may have effected my perception of some of the flavors. I'm a big fan of chocolate stouts and this is better than I expected. The mouthfeel is slightly less heavy than most stouts and almost sticky.
This is worth picking up. I will be grabbing a few more of these in the very near future.
11-26-2005 00:41:50 | More by Matthew
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
(Served in an imperial pint glass)
A- This beer pours a thick dense black body that is to dark to see carbonation but the thick creamy head is light cocoa colored.
S- The nice smell of roasted malt and black toasted malt with some earthiness and finish of green hops in the background.
T- This beer has a nice earthy robust dark malt flavor with some hints of dark slightly sweet chocolate, although the beer itself is not sweet. The finish is a nice green hop bitterness that balances well with the dark grains. As this beer warms the chocolate taste becomes more of a fresh tobacco taste with some nice sourness from the oats.
M- The mouthfeel is medium-full with some chewiness in the texture. No fizz or alcohol warmth.
D- This beer is a nice smooth stout. It has good qualities and it has a nice faint chocolate flavor that is made with great grains and not chocolate powder or extracts. It is nice to see a chocolate stout that is well balanced with hops and dark malts but stays true to beer ingredients.
11-22-2005 23:51:24 | More by rhoadsrage
4.95/5 rDev +19%
Served in an imperial pint glass from a 22 oz bomber with a picture of a lady on the front that eerily resembles my mother...
Pours an opaque black color with a perfectly fluffy and fronthy cappucino head that stays around the whole time and leaves lacing all up and down the glass. Perfect appearance in my opinion.
Smells of Hershey kisses or a big Hershey bar. Wonderful. Not much in the way of hops. Notes of caramel and even vanilla as well. Smells like a chocolate cake in a glass. Wonderful.
Exceptional taste. The chocolate flavor is the predominant flavor in this stout. Wonderful, creamy chocolate taste. Tastes like a mix of a dark chocolate and milk chocolate thrown into a barrel of quality stout. There is actually a bit of hoppines in there as well. A tiny hop bite hits the back of the tongue as the tasty beverage flows down the gullet. I really cant think of a better dessert beer. I am enjoying this heavenly brew with a Reese's cup and boy is it tasty!!
Slight points detracted for the lingering bitterness in the end. Nothing bad, but the mouthfeel is just slighlty too bitter. However, I cant remember a better beer I have ever had. Bravo!
11-21-2005 19:43:18 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Very dark brown with very nice tan head Smells of sweet malts and chocolate. Alcohol scents are present. Wonderful chocolate and smokey flavors. Very rich with not much alcohol as the scent suggests. Medium to full bodied with light effervesance. Very nice
11-20-2005 23:40:44 | More by NiceGuyMike
4.8/5 rDev +15.4%
Rogue chocolate stout, the quintessential dessert beer. This is a 2 year old sample, which has a little surprisingly aged reallly well.
Perfect appearance. Almost black, great tan foam that sticks around forever and coats the glass. The smell is domineering chocolate. The taste...wow it's almost too chocolatey to be a beer. You could confuse it for some sort of chocolate liqueur until the roasted malt kicks in gently to balance the chocolate taste. There is also some molasses sweetness hiding underneath it all, which in my opinion really completes this brew. That's all I get here, but the interplay is done to perfection. The finish is mildly bitter and dry from the chocolate and the acidity of the malt. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and thick for a beer of this ABV - definitely is only hurt by the decadence of it all. This is amazing.
11-18-2005 23:56:46 | More by PatYoda
4.55/5 rDev +9.4%
22 ounce bomber poured into a nonic pint glass.
A - Opaque motor oil black with a nice thick foamy head the color of coffee with just a little milk. A great look. The head lasts a while and cakes up a bit in the middle.
S - Hot chocolate. Smells amazingly like hot cocoa. A very faint roasted hint to the chocolate smell but mainly just some chocolate sweetness. Excellent.
T - A nice roasted malt kick on the first sip. In the middle the sweetness comes in and then the chocolate flavor hits you and stays for the rest of the drink and all the way into the aftertaste. A great tasting chocolate flavor that does not quit. Even seems to have a tiny hint of hoppy flavor, with a tiny bit of balancing bitterness that prevent it from being too sweet but rather just right. Nevertheless, the chocolate flavor is dominant, and delicious.
M - Feels nice and light on the tongue, and a little fizzier than other stouts. Still a nice smooth stout overall.
D - Very good. Definitely one you want to continue to sip over and over. A great stout.
11-17-2005 01:33:50 | More by EStreet20
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Dark black/brown with a light tan foamy, rocky head...good retention. Aroma is of bittersweet chocolate, dark and sweet - dry with some roasted malts. Deliciously sweet and chocolately. Flavor is rich and smooth - bittersweet/dark chocolate with low bitterness. Appropriate carbonation and smooth thanks to the oats. Lightly dry.
Just a damn tasty stout. This beer is exactly what it advertises. If you want a chocolate stout, look no further.
11-12-2005 23:45:25 | More by wedge
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
Wow chocolate. Black with cocoa brown head. Smells intense chocolate, sweet caramel, roasted dark chocolate. Taste explodes with strong chocolate, bitter and sweet, with an all over roasty taste. Full and thick, and carbonation seems to come out of the chocolate taste. Tantalizingly drinkable.
You could probably make chocolate out of this beer.
11-12-2005 23:38:40 | More by tastybeer
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
This stout is the top of the food chain as far as the evolution of American beer ingenuity goes. It's like putting Laura Secord in a bottle. Dark brown appearance with ample lacing and serious retention. The smell/taste/mouthful aspect of this stout was like a 6-4-3 double play in baseball; it just flowed to a natural progression culminating with a chocolate experience unlike any I've ever had before. Exceptional drinkability may be a gross understatement as this maybe one of the five finest beers I've ever had the pleasure to sip (and sip and sip and sip). Kudos to the Rogue Brewery. PS/ Please send more product to Ontario Canada
11-10-2005 17:11:53 | More by beckerboots
4.7/5 rDev +13%
Serving temp: 50F Serving glass: Pint glass
Appearance: Very opaque black with a dark tan head that dissipates rather quickly, but hangs on as a thin film throughout drink. Pretty good lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts hit me first. Then, the chocolate. This is the first sweet smelling chocolate beer I've ever had, similar smell to a good hot chocolate, along with other aromas. Faint coffee smell. Slight bit of citrusy hop notes.
Taste: Not nearly as sweet tasting as the smell, but the chocolate is defintely there. More bittersweet in the taste, though. And just as well, I wasn't expecting a milkshake. Sweetness now comes in the form of raisens & figs. Hoppy bitterness with a little bit of citrus fruit is pretty big in the taste from what I was expecting after smelling it.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied & creamy. Not chewy or anything, but it coats the mouth very well and leaves sticky residue allover my lips. YUM! Ever just stick a half a teaspoon or so of cocoa powder in your mouth and chow down? That's the feeling this brew leaves you with. Well, not quite as *dry* as that, but if you've tasted pure cocoa, you know.
Drinkability: This is a fabulous brew, replacing Youngs Double Chocolate as my favorite chocolate beer. The sweet aroma & contrasting bitterness is balanced so well. And the finish just makes me want to have more. Hmm.. I think I will.
11-10-2005 04:16:03 | More by SurgeonGeneral
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
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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