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

I've had this one on draft, cask and in bottles; it's consistently excellent.

Appearance: Dark brown and opaque with a rich caramel-colored head.

Smell: Awesome dark chocolate smell from a mile away. One of the more pleasantly aromatic beers out there.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dark chocolate in the forefront with toasty, bready undertones and a slightly hoppy finish. Very balanced flavor, leaning on the dry side. Rich and medium-to-full in body, velvety and smooth on the tongue.

Drinkability: For the style, this is drinkable to the extreme. I can easily have a few pints of this in one sitting.

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

Pours an opaque black with a nice two finger caramel-colored head that dissipates slowly. Chocolate is evident in the smell, as it is in the taste. Just a fantastic experience. Creamy, smooth taste and the feel is lighter than one might expect, not dense by any stretch of the imagination. Totally drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brownish-black syrupy pour. Black body w/rich brown 1/4 in. head. No real lace to speak of.

S: Chocolate notes strong w/ coffee and malty aromas present, but not overpowering.

T: Heavier than expected coffee-like flavor, w/cocoa chocolate notes throughout. Toasty malt taste within, but not at the forefront. Smooth all-around, and similar in this regard to the hazelnut nectar.

M: Syrupy and sticky on the palate in the finish. Carbonation a little on the high side, but not bad for this particular brew.

D: Due to the sharper coffee notes, I might be inclined to keep it limited. Still, good for another, especially suited for dessert.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint pour with a bit of espresso/chocolate truffle at Pix Patisserie in Portland, OR. (Happy Birthday to my mother-in-law!) Have had this beer once or twice before, but it's been a while...

A: Rich deep brown with a lingering creamy tan-colored head. Very nice lacing.
S: Initial cocoa and toasted malt are sweet, a deeper more bittersweet (emphasis on 'bitter') dark chocolate follows. Delicious, enticing aromas.
T: Upfront bitterness of the deepest, richest chocolate - quite roasted & bittered by hops. Mellows to a sweeter cocoa with a softer malty/grainy smoothness.
M: Full mouthfeel & body. A wonderful cream consistency, slightly carbonated, with a nice lengthy bittersweet finish.
D: A fine porter, balanced well, though a tad on the bitter side. It's got 'chocolate' without being overbearing. A very nice pint to enjoy alone or with dessert. The Rogue Chocolate Stout Float is a dessert drink I have yet to try, but plan to do so in the near future (they serve them at Rogue and at Pix - supposedly 'invented' by local beer writer Fred Eckhardt, I think...).

Photo of msolar
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was anxious to try this beer, but it wasn’t quite what I expected. Maybe an A- (rather than the expected A). Very dark, inc. a dark tan head. Less chocolate & more vanilla than I expected. Good mouthful, really good taste. Rogue Chocolate is probably one of my top 5-10 stouts. I’d also recommend trying Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and especially Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's an opaque black, topped with a creamy, milk-chocolate head--solid retention and decent lacing.

The smell consists of toasted malt, coco, and chocolate. It tastes like a big glass of chocolate milk, except better. Oats, roasted malt, coco, cream, and just a touch of bitterness from the hops, results in a tasty treat of a brew.

The mouth is mellow and creamy on the front, and the dryness of the malt and coco, followed by the assertion of hops, results in a delightfully bittersweet finish. A truly enjoyable stout.

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pitch black brew with a dark tannish brown head that is about a finger thick and very creamy. THe head has good retention, and eventually settles at a half-finger velvet head on top of the brew. Lacing here and there on the glass on the way down.

Smell - Major chocolate aromas up front, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Buttery caramel and molasses brings a wonderful sweetness to the smell. There are some hops bitterness just behind the sweet and chocolate aromas. Rich roasted and bready (pudding-like) malt character ties it all together. Very little alcohol aroma, if any.

Taste - An equal mix of super oily hops bitterness mixed with dark and bitter chocolate flavors. A butter sweetness comes through second and helps to balance the initial bitterness from the hops and dark chocolate. Very thickly rich roasted malt character with some earthiness and creamy chocolate finish after this. The aftertaste brings back some oily hops bitterness, but is mainly creamy chocolate and some malt. Again, almost no noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and very smooth, but a tad over-carbonated in my opinion. The carbonation kind of has that foaming effect in your mouth that detracts from an otherwise solidly smooth and full mouthfeel. Still superb, though, but not perfect.

Drinkability - As per the style, this stuff is rich and strong, and as a result the drinkability must suffer.

A wonderful chocolate stout. I'm never surprised at the quality brews that Rogue brews. This stout is not disgustingly chocolatey, but right on the money. It has a nice mix of bitterness and buttery sweetness, set on a rich roasted malt canvas. Highly recommended.

Photo of Deconstructionis
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is the first beer i felt compelled to review again in a different serving type. I did not think the on-tap version was near as good as the bottled version. The following are what i gave the bottles:

appearance: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 3.5

The tap version looked just as good but the chocolate and sweetness were far more prominent than in the bottled version-- to the point of being a little overwhelming and seriously detracting from drinkability.

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

This beer poured a thick oily looking liquid with a nice cream colored head. The smell is sweet like a mild chocolate. The taste is heavy and sweet. The hops are noticeable without being overbearing. The chocolate definitely comes through. The mouthfeel is heavy and chewy. I love this beer, but don’t think that it is something you can have several of in one sitting.

Photo of umfskibum
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with Rogue's typical nice artwork.

Appearance: Pours a deep black color. No light gets through this baby. The head is a nice frothy brown and a good size. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass right to the finish.

Smell: Wow, you can smell the chocolate in this beer! This beer fills your nostrils with the smells of bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt, with some hints of oaks. This scent is rich and wonderful - Rogue could sell Chocolate Stout air fresheners.

Taste: Smooth and creamy. Not a sweet or milk chocolate flavor, but a nice bitter dark chocolate taste. Full bodied. Strong tastes from the roasted malts. Just a little bit of oat and smoke flavors and hoppiness, but almost all CHOCOLATE. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Again, smooth and creamy. Rogue's Chocolate Stout feels wonderful across the palate, and thankfully isn't and heavy or thick as one might expect.

Drinkability: Delicious, but definately a dessert stout. The chocolate flavors and creamy texture make this perfect to pair with a chocolate dessert.

Other: An OUTSTANDING beer. Unlike some other stouts out there, this beer truly tastes of chocolate and has a rich, full flavor.

Photo of atigerlife
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as black can be. Nice medium dark brown head. Good lacing. Very nice looking.

Aroma is sweet with chocolate and some roasted malts.

Taste is dominated by bitter chocolate. Also some roasted malts and burnt coffee. Quite strong flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing and somewhat more lively than most stouts. Dry finish.

Overall, quite impressive. Very drinkable and very pleasant. Sort of like liquid chocolate. Would probably be great in a stout float.

Photo of Brewlore
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a fantasic dark tan colored head that pours big and gently fades and lingers around. It smells great as well with roasted malts and a chocolate scent dominating the scent, a very inviting scent.

The taste is quite chocolatey with some nice bitterness and some sweet malt flavors coming in. It's a really balanced beer that offers some nice flavors as it runs across the palate. The chocolate and bitterness are well balanced.

It's mouthfeeel is grand, it's a bit tingly and full bodied on the palate. It leaves your mouth a bit dry afterwards but surely does not take away from the overall experience. Leaves a little bitter aftertaste which is quite nice.

This beer is highly drinkable though I wouldn't want to sit and have more than couple pints of this stuff. It's a bit heavy so it can be quite filling especially if your drinking it with some desserts.

In the end Rogue makes a wonderful chocolate stout. It's one of the better ones currently on the market. Cheers!

Photo of pweis909
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is chocalety like no other chocolate stout I've had. Actually uses choclate flavoring, so no great surprise. It pours quite dark with a tawny foam. Big foam, initially, as in "my cup runneth over" but it calmed down. Perhaps the oats are giving it foam? In the smell and taste department, well, did I mention chocolate? That really is the reason to drink this one -- it's easy to forget it is beer -- the hops and malt take a back seat. Sweet, but not cloying. In the mouthfeel department, it sort of dries my mouth out after each swallow, leaving a powdery feel. I find it interesting but not really one that I would try regularly.

Photo of Zoh
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz silkscreened bottle and split with a friend. Appearance is black with no chance of light penetrating the beer. Thick tan head that maintains itself until the beer is gone. Smell is dark roasted malt with a load of dark chocolate. Some coffee hints as well. Taste is heavenly. Evenly balanced dark malts with bitter chocolate combine to form a nearly perfect beer. Coffee and blackened malt hints creep in as well. Mouthfeel is thick but very palateable. Drinkability is also way up there, I could have glass after glass of this. Overall, one of the best beers that I have ever had.

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

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Pours a rich, jet-black with loads of dark tan head. Head has phenomenal staying power.

S: Chocolate, and more chocolate. A hint of coffee, and a slight roasty quality.

T: Very dark, rich, bitter chocolate. Not sweet chocolate, but semi-sweet or bitter chocolate. Has a touch of cream to the front, and a bit of caramel in there, too. Finish is long, has a mild bitterness wrapped up in a burnt tail.

M: Lightly syrupy, full-bodied.

D: This is fantastic. The bitterness and burned quality make it abundantly clear that you're not drinking chocolate milk. This is a terrific dessert beer. This is, believe it or not, my first beer from Rogue. I've got a few more bombers in my beer cabinet, and I'm now really looking forward to them. A wonderful introduction to the brewery. I'm hooked.

Photo of jtell
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bomber. Pours a pure black with no light passing through. Got a lot of head out of a normal pour. Kind of surprised by that. Really liked the dark, rich look of the beer. Definitely has a liquid, dark chocolate look to it. One person commented that it looked like hot chocolate. Smell is pure chocolate. Taste is alcoholic chocolate milk. Picked it because we were having smores and it was a hit. Mouthfeel was rich and oily, in a good way. Really was just like a liquified chocolate bar. Drinkability is lower because it is really sweet and rich. Split the bomber between four people and it was a good amount. Could definitely replace dessert after a meal.

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

Poured into a good old fashioned MUG. Appearance is blacker than the eyes of the grim reaper, and the head is thick and rich and brown... awesome retention, but not much lacing.


The flavor... holy lord. Delicious roasted malts, and elegant dark chocolate. Maybe even milk chocolate, a little bit! A hint of rich coffee is in there as well. The hop bitterness comes through more as it warms, and kinda hits the side of the tongue to give it a little bit of an acidic bite. Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly drying, but not too drying.

For drinkability... really you don't want to sit down and drink several mugs of this. This is a beer to have one glass of, or maybe two if you feel like keeping the bomber to yourself. This is what I'd prefer to have instead of dessert... or I suppose you could have this with dessert too.

As far as recommending this... come on, does Rogue even MAKE an unimpressive brew? This is one of my favorite stouts. Buy it NOW.

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

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter designed with this style in mind.

Pours a perfect black, totally opaque; thick but not too dense. Seriously, holding this thing up to a light shows that absolutely nothing makes it through this. Very small light brown head that quickly recedes.

The nose is chocolate, full on. Very sweet, with slight maltiness. The smell is almost of something baked, like a very nice chocolate cake.

The taste fully lives up to the aroma: this is a chocolate beer, for chocolate lovers. The taste upfront is all semisweet chocolate, merging into a more bitter roasty-chocolate flavor, finally fading into a light hoppy bitterness at the end.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, with a carbonation level that's just about right. The drinkability is high, though obviously this is more a sipping beer than anything else.

Overall, this is a very good chocolate stout, with stronger emphasis on the chocolate than other versions (such as Brooklyn's or Young's). Another tasty brew from Rogue.

Photo of RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black that doesn't let any light through, with a two finger dark tan head that fades slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a very nice webbing of lace.

Smell; dominant chocolate aroma up front, with some roasted malts intermingled with some hints of coffee.

Taste; as with the smell the chocolate is the dominant flavor, which isn't surprising since this is a chocolate stout. A touch of coffee bitterness is oresent, as well as a little bit of a smokey quality. this isn't to complex in the flaovr department, but it is still very good. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, and fits the flavor profile almost prefectly. The only thing that limits the drinkability is the heaviness of the beer.

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

I purchased this last night at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I let it warm to around 50º F and served it in my NERAX pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with ruby tints at the edges. It's topped by a thick, fluffy, brown head that thins to a persistent quarter-inch layer, that leaves patchy lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very chocolatey. The first whiff is a very nice sweet chocolate. Swirling the beer brings out some nice tart fruity aromas. There are also hints of dark roast under the strong chocolate aroma. The smell is great, but makes me fear that the beer will be too heavy on the sweet chocolate flavors.

Taste: My first impressions are strong roasty flavors throughout, with some sweet chocolate hints. I first notice some mingling sweetness and roasty flavors that move into tart fruitiness. The finish is a nice mix of sweet chocolate and roasted and hop bitterness. Unlike the aroma the roasty flavors are strong and not overwhelmed by the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, high carbonation, lightly silky.

Drinkability: The chocolate isn't overpowering, and the roasty flavors provide a good balance.

Overall: I was afraid this beer would be too sweet, with very dominant chocolate flavors, but the roasted bitterness is high with the sweet chocolate providing a nice balance.

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

A - Pours black in color, some carbonation, nice creamy tan head that lasts a long time, nice lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet malts and chocolate.

T - The taste is sweet/bitter/malty, nice chocolate flavor.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. Another great brew from Rogue, highly recommend.

Photo of cracgor
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark velvety black beer with a dark tan, barely red in it, head. Pours out thick. Smells hoppy. More sweet and mild than a hop bomb. Nothing bad, just not too remarkable. The aftertaste is a lot like semisweet or bitter chocolate morsels. Up front it is a lot fruitier and hoppy. It would be nicer if the chocolate could come out more at the front. Thick and like a stout should be. I could drink this fine, and it's not a bad beer. Maybe it's just how I feel right now, but I would prefer a lot of beers to this one.

Photo of wolffman17
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Stout pours pitch black. The big dark brown head is thick, chunky, and holds form for a couple of minutes. Not much lace remains on the glass, but that's probably more of a glassware problem than a negative of the beer.
In the first whiff, I'm surprised that the hops dominate. After a few minutes the wonderful chocolate characteristics pop out. The aroma is full of dark chocolate, sweet chocolate syrup, fresh baked brownies, roasted malts, and hops. In the past, I remember it having more of a coffee characteristic. This time I can't find any coffee, and that's the only thing I think would make the aroma any better.
Tastes much like it smells. Bottom line, this stuff tastes awesome. Rich, full-flavored, and balanced. Real chocolate taste; no artificial chocolate syrup flavor. With all the chocolate flavors in the forefront, it's easy to forget that it's wonderfully hopped.
Smooth and creamy without being syrupy.
Needless to say, I find it highly drinkable.

When I first had Rogue Chocolate Stout, it made me realize there's beer out there to be explored.

Photo of Portertime
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I work at Total Wine, Beer, Spirits and More in Fort Myers. Our beer section is considered "the home spot." When I started there is February of this year I noticed a full case (24 loose bottles) were on a shelf under the title "Great Brews." I figured we had just gotten it in. Months and months went past and not a single bottle was sold but still I thought nothing of it. Finally in late August I decided to make a move and buy the first bottle off the shelf. It turned out to be an outstanding, rich chocolate stout. I first took a few sips directly from the bottle and took in the aroma. I then poured the rest into a glass and noted any taste or smell change once it got a chance to breath. It had a slightly flat taste, probably from sitting on the shelf for so long. It was a dark cocao brown. Strong bittersweet chocolate flavor filled my mouth which reminded me of biting into a Hershey bar. I'd have it for dessert anytime.

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

This is one of the darkest, thickest stouts I’ve had to date. This pours to an opaque, used-motor oil black, with a thick, dark tan head. The real secret to enjoying htis beer, as with many stouts, is to let it warm some. In my anticipation to try, I first smelled and tasted it right out of the refrigerator...nothing special. I then waited 20 minutes, and what a difference. Great aroma of chocolate and toffee, smelled like fresh made Turtle candy. Taste was more of the malty chocolate, but finely balanced by enough hops to not be too sweet. From the looks and smell of this thick bodied beer, I was worried about a syrupy sweet, but instead was long, smooth and just right. A very good beer.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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