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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,866 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,866
Reviews: 1,869
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 330
Gots: 378 | FT: 4
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 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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue- Chocolate Stout

Appearance- Bubbly black like a cola. Huge frothy tan head with sticky lacing.
Smell- Chocolate! Sugar-free cocoa powder. Slight burnt woodsiness.
Taste- Big bitter cocoa.
Mouthfeel- Bitter and dry at first but finishing off sweet. Flavor intensifies.

Overall- A tasty chocolate beer. Must be in the mood for chocolate though!! Just 1 bomber will do.

Photo of MaxxDaddy
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice chocolate aroma, a beautiful dark black out of the bottle with a nice creamy head. Had a good chocolate taste and finished like bitter dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was good for the style, not much carbonation. I could probably drink this all day, every day. Great beer.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Chocolate Stout pours an inky black with a thick, creamy tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a ring around the beer and leaves behind a nice netted pattern of lace behind as it dissolves. The aroma is all chocolate with just a hint of floral hops mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very tasty, but a little thin. It begins with a chocolate flavor that reminds me of a chocolate easter rabbit. Towards the middle some of the roasted malt bitterness pokes through and at the end there's a hint of floral hops. Once gone the chocolate flavor lingers on the tongue.

This is one tasty, easy to drink chocolate. However, I had to take a point away for mouth feel because I thought it was a little thin. Other than that I highly recommend it.

Photo of BlackAngus
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black. Brown head that settles down to nice, thick lacing.

S - Great googley-boogley! All chocolate, all the time! Not a hint, not a whisper, but a full-blown chocolate assault on the nose.

T - Sweet, rich, like a bowl of melted fudge. Hints of coffee, some malt flavor, no hops I can perceive.

M - Thick, syrupy, but pleasantly so.

D - This trumps Young's. It's not something I'd drink often, but my girlfriend loves it. This beer gets me laid...'nuff said. :-)

Photo of ski271
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, almost black, with a small, creamy, tan, slowly diminishing head. Smells of rich roasted malt with lots of chocolate. Some dark chocolate in there but it’s the good dose of milk chocolate that’s most notable. Actually, yes, it smells a little like chocolate milk (in a good way) accompanied by light brown sugar and grainy bread. The taste follows suit with the chocolate presence taking center stage. Big and malty with being overbearing, some very light berry in there too. The finish is pleasantly bitter and dry, and improves as the beers warms. At first the body seems huge but it thins a bit toward the finish, making this beer big and satisfying while remaining easy-drinking. Its creamy-turning-dry texture and medium-low carbonation are also nice. Not a bad beer overall. Interesting and definitely worth trying, but not one of my favorite Rogue beers.

Photo of BeerSox
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber into mug.

Pours like motor oil creating an opaque black appearance with a thick fizzy brown head that settles to a thin fuzzy cap. Sticky lacing along the glass.

Dark malts dominated by dark chocolate scents and light creaminess.

Bitter malts complimented by bitter dark chocolate flavors, along with some bittering hops in the finish. The bittersweet chocolate lingers in the mouth for a while. Very thick and chewy feel with a slightly dry finish. Each gulp imparts a crisp bite from the higher carbonatoin.

A superb brew by Rogue. This thing is loaded with chocolate. The 22oz makes it its own desert, or if you like, its own meal. I highly recommend this one.

Photo of jubnat
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.
Poured very dark brown, opaque, with a dark tan head. As I tasted it I instantly thought of chocolate waffles. Then it brought on a more roasted flavor. Very nice, not too overpowering. Not too chocolatey, which is good. Flavor develops nicely in my mouth. But the aroma has most of the chocolate, a nice start to each sip. Great aftertaste. Somehow, its quite a refreshing drink.
Really very tasty. Nice take on an American stout. But I think I'll try out some of the other Rogue beers before going back to this one.

Photo of DieselSnorter
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After seeing how highly rated this offering was, I had to try one. My only other experience with chocolate stouts was Young's, which I enjoyed a lot.

poured out pitch black with a very dark brown head that didn't really last very long and also did little in the way of lacing. It still freaks my neighbors out when they see me drinking something that resembles motor oil and I call it "beer".

It smelled much like a chocolate stout should. Kind of a toasted chocolate combination.

Not as sweet as I was expecting, definitely not as sweet as Youngs, and a bit more bitter as well. It had a definite hop flavor toward the end as well.

it seemed a bit thin to me, not as thick and creamy as I would have liked, but not bad at all.

I can see me drinking this once in a while, but probably not on a too regular basis.

Photo of uberabr
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a 22 into a pint. I like the Rogue bottles, kind of a rotoscope approach. Unique styling. As far as the beer itself, stouts are harder to review in this department. What can I say, it’s pitch black. A light brown head that forms and dies within a few minutes. Pitch black.

S: Wow. This is definitely a chocolate stout! Not just chocolate hints, this one smells just like a fresh chocolate candy bar. A syrupy cocoa. There were definitely some heavy adjuncts used here, but that’s not exactly a secret, and it'd be impossible to get this level of chocolate out of pure malt anyway. Very, very nice. Now I know what chocolate really smells like. I would give it a 6 if I could.

T: Nice and sweet. Rich and creamy with a dark milk-chocolate flavor and subtle hints of deep roasted espresso. Some cream, wheat, and delicate mint.

M: Excellent. Full body without being totally syrupy; a delicate mix of water, sweetness, and carbonation.

D: This is an extremely drinkable stout. I’ve always liked Young’s Double-Chocolate, but this one blows it out of the water. This is how a chocolate stout should taste. Simple, chocolate, and an appropriate, modest, stout mouthfeel. This beer is really a delight.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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