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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,627 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,627
Reviews: 1,842
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 270
Gots: 242 | 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:
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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of AJPainter
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz silk-screened bomber (with specs about the beer but no freshness date) my wife picked up for me in Ohio. Thanks, hon!

Starts black with a nice thick tan head which dissipates pretty quickly (after a fairly slow pour). Smells slightly of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is a wonderful bittersweet chocolate with a rounded malt (roast bitterness and sweetness) backing. Finishes fairly bitter. Nice soft mousy mouthfeel.

This is one I wish I could find more often. Very tasty on its own, but would probably go very well with cocolate cake, brownies or ice cream... Or all of the above.

AJPainter, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of LucaBrasi
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High Quality. The appearance is a solid brown which lets no light though. This beer pours with a nice brownish tan head, which laces the glass. The smell is of chocolate and the taste of course is of...chocolate. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated with a nice chocolate taste, which turns with a slight bitterness. A drinkable beer. But because of the richness I couldn’t drink too many. Like I first stated, high quality.

LucaBrasi, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as coal, but doesn't remind me of motor oil like the Stone Imperial Stout does. It poured with a thin tan head made up of small bubbles, but it didn't retain but for about a minute or so at the most.

Aroma: Some definite chocolate aroma's going on in here. They smell like cocoa rather than actual chocolate. This cocoa aroma gives it a "dry" edge and makes it smell like there may be oatmeal in here also.

Taste: The taste is really assertive at first sip. There is a bit of a bitter bite from the chocolate at first to go along with some light floral hops. I am thinking that the bitterness is also aided by some hops, but there isn't a lot of hop bitterness to this beer.

Opinion: This is an excellent beer. I really like how the chocolate is a noticeable addition rather than a sharp roast that comes from generous helpings of chocolate malt. I personally think that this beer could use an addition of oatmeal or lactose sugar or something to negate the bittering component added by the cocoa. Just a thought...but still an excellent beer.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of Caesar1pup
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say, I enjoyed one pint six fluid ounces (650ml) of an ebony slice of rich chocolate cake, like your 10th birthday, with an earthy flavor of oats that gives way to a truffle finish. Oregon brewed, Sebbie Brown could not have done better….ah yes, Sebbie, a vision of beauty silk screened on the chocolate colored bottle….how appropriate. Kudos Rogue Ales Brewery, kudos indeed.

Caesar1pup, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of charlottebeerguy
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type 22oz brown bottle. This beer simply put is amazing . Pours a deep chocolate color with a ruby lining. A small tan head that disappears pretty quickly. Smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate. A bit of hop bitterness in the front, but by the finish you would swear you are drinking a chocolate shake just not quite as thick. One of the best chocolate beers Ive ever had.

charlottebeerguy, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of killthehatred
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh my crap, this is a delicious beer. When you pour it into a glass you see that its dense and thick, which to me, is how a good stout should be. And the smell - amazing. It smells like fucking chocolate cake.

I don't have too much to say about the appearance - thick, dark, not too much head. Fine by me.

The taste is fantastic to say the least - everything blends well - the chocolate, the roasty taste, the bitterness (but not TOO bitter). It slides down easily - no strange aftertaste. I could definitely drink more than one. This beer is on point. I'm a fan of Rogue, so I got what I expected. =)

killthehatred, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The only chocolate stout I've had that comes close to Rogue is Young's. I might even prefer this one.

A fantastic-smelling and tasting chocolate stout. The aroma is like waltzing into a fine chocolatier's shop. The taste, and enjoyment, is akin to being offered a dozen free samples of chocolates by said chocolatier. Pure dark-chocolate ecstasy with a bitter finish.

The only tip I could offer for improvement on this beer would be a smoother mouthfeel - possibly a little less bite? It is not a big deal, and not overpowering, but something a bit mellower would be nice.

chOAKbarrell, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the deepest brown hue (almost black) with a smallish, dark, coffee-colored head. Aroma of rich, roasted chocolate malt, sweet brown sugar, and a touch of yeast. Huge palate of roasted chocolate malt, lactose sugar, and a little tinge of hop bitterness. An exceptional mouthfeel - rich, smooth, more than a little like chocolate milk. The perfect accompaniment to a rich chocolate torte.

ElGordo, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of egajdzis
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized tan head and some lacing on the edges of the glass. Sweet chocolate blunt wrap aroma. Nice full chocolate taste with some roasted malt. Although I gave the palate a 4, I was being generous. The chocolate certainly was there, but it was not as rich as I hoped for.

egajdzis, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100 degree temperatures faded into stout night...This was the 3rd in line after highland black mocha stout and youngs double chocolate.

appearance: dark, chocolate brown, foamy tan head.

smell: strong aromas of very sweet chocolate, earthy, underlying strong malts are apparent

taste: sweet and dark chocolate, cocoa powder, quite malty, slightly bitter but mostly sweet

mouthfeel: creamy, moderately heavy

drinkability: very drinkable

dirtylou, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of wcudwight
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a brew!
It was a dark chocolate color. Doesn't let any light through. Thick creamy colored head. Smell of like a chocolate esspresso. Taste is rich and complex. Taste like an expensive coffee, strong with a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Love to let the creamy foam rest on my palate. For such a rich complex brew, it is incredibily drinkable. It has a wonderful aftertaste that last a while. This is the perfect beer to reward yourself for life's great accomplishments. Such as: mowing the lawn, doing the dishes, or making it to work on time.

wcudwight, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Redbones.

This stout poured as black as night with creamy, brown foam that settled to a thin coat and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was full of chocolate and cocoa with some mild maltiness as well. The taste was chocolatey -- darky bitter, with cocoa, malt and some bitter hoppiness in the finish. The mouthfeel was dry and smooth with full body and good carbonation. The bitter chocolate flavor lingered in the aftertaste. Very nice. This was an excellent beer, and I wonder why I don't drink it more often?

UncleJimbo, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of methtlcai
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I waited so long to try this! Pours a jet black with a gorgeous mocha head (2 fingers thick)- the lacing was pretty sweet but retention could have been a little bit better. Such an awesomely powerful aroma- I kept sniffing this beer all the way through the 22nd oz. Smells like slightly bitter dark chocolate with just a tinge of roastiness. Taste is less bitter and more milky, thick and rich without being choking. Tastes just like milk chocolate, not like beer at all- definitely hides the alcohol. At least a top 3 stout if not the best (imperials not included)!

methtlcai, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, been waiting on this one for a while. Watched many friends quaff this one down and now I've finally had the chance to do the same. Poured from the 22oz. black bomber into a mug the beer was jet black in colour with a thick, frothy, chucky, light brown three-finger head. The head on this beer was darker than most beers can claim to be. The head died down to about one-finger and remained there for the entire length of the sample. Big rings of lace formed all the way down the sides of the glass.

Chocolate just overpowered the nose of this beer. It's called chocolate stout and you get what you pay for: an intense dark chocolate smell of cocoa and candy bars. A semi-bitterness to the smell like rich dark chocolate. Perhaps some faint mocha as well and fudge like smell.

Taste is everything it's proclaimed to be. A rather (but appitizingly) bitter dark and burnt chocolate and coffee flavours upfront. The darkest of dark chocolate with a chicory like bitterness to every sip. A deep burt roast flavor like a coffee shop on fire and an almost slightly sweet fruit smell, like chocolate covered raspberries. A bitterness to each sip that's quickly balances by a malty smooth creamy finish. My only complaint would be the the chocolate is too overpowering here. I prefer a bit more subtle chocolate flavour such as that found in Young's Double Chocolate Stout and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

Thick on the palate with almost no carbonation. Better, IMO a little on the colder than warmer side.

Wonderfully filling and very drinkable. Skip the dessert menu this beer will be far better than anything else there. Although perhaps a little too heavy in chocolate flavour, this is a great beer and one to revisit often.

Sycodrummer, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a long due subatical from this beer, it's time I sit down with a bomber to assess, or re-assess.

Boy, those initial aromas are succulent, inviting, and to a large extent- irresistable. The fresh baked brownie aromas wrap around the roasted coffee malts and caramelized barley to promise deep, rich flavors of bitter sweet gormet chocolates and coffee truffles. No fruitiness, not hops, not phenols, nothing to interfere with the cocoa and coffee focus.

Even before the aromas are realized, the beer takes on a look as fitting as the aroma. Very dark and opaque brown colors ride just below a heavily tanned head, much lacing, and a creamy, froathy foamstand. So far, a perfect beer.

Deep, roasty, toasty flavors of wood-fired malts provide the base for the Stout-worthy beer. Strong cocoa and milk chocolate flavors dare to compete, but never dominate. Instead the choco-flavors are religated to compliment the beer and provide a secondary, yet complex role for the heavily roasted coffee-like malts. These work in harmony to complete a perfect beer. ...but then there are the hops. In Rogue fashion, the hops that shows no role in the aroma or initial taste, show up at mid palate with a grassy flavor that begins, and continues to detract from the harmony created from the Stout-like coffee and added cocoa flavors.

Sharp, bitter, and with a slight aggresion that outplays the delicacy of the malts and chocolates, the hop seem to play the part of the 'bull in a china shop'. Beyond the creaminess and softness of the beer, the grassy piney character becomes a distraction to the mouthfeel and interferres with the finish, aftertaste, and secondary taste. Still, the textures have more to say beyond the hops; the beer remains creamy, smooth, and chocolatey otherwise.

Everything about this beer sings 'delicacy'. But those bullying hops, I could do without.

It's like chocolate milk for the beer dependent. Plops viscously into the glass. Raises a 1/2" solid tan-brown head, laces well. Opaque brown - black in color. Smells boldly of cocoa, roasted grains, and a twinge of lactic acid. Tastes thick and rich of bittersweet chocolate, barley malt, and dark grains. Nice blend of alcohol warms into the body and thins the beer toward the finish. Lingers of chocolate and roasted grains. A slight hop bite remains in the back of the throat. A very good beer. Not a whole lot of different flavors, just 2 or 3 that are seriously bold. Now, I need to find a cookie and some ice cream.

BEERchitect, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a single at Steve's liquor here in Madison.

Pours pitch black, maybe the blackest stout I've seen. Barely a glitter of light through the edges when held up to a light. Big two finger coffee colored head with excellent retention and good lacing. Smell is amazing - cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, dark baker's choclate. I almost don't want to stop smelling it. Taste doesn't disappoint though. Same multi-faceted chocolate flavors as in the nose, with some mocha, espresso, and a slight hoppy bite in the finish. Not the most complex overall taste package, but a delicious one nonetheless. Mouthfeel is fairly well carbonated, smooth, yet crisp. I have found that Rougue Ales tend to be delicious, but fairly one-dimensional. Out of the 4 Rougues I've tried (Hazelnut Nectar, Mocha Porter and Shakespeare being the others) this is the most robust and interesting. Simply a world class stout if you like chocolate. Not overpoweringly sweet. Just the right amount of coffee/hop bitterness. A must try for any stout lover.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of mentor
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) and consumed a couple evenings later in August 2005. Pours a two finger dark brown head over a pitch black liquid. No edging when held to light. Smells...wow. Chocolate, molasses, a hint of roast. Sweet, malty, chocolatey. Desert. Chocolate dominating the flavor with bourbon cherries underneath. Campfire wood. Fudge-cicle. Okay, a minute of sniffing and the head is a thin layer over the beer...what's it taste like? Starts chocolate with some cherry (ie, black patent) sour. While these start strong, they become very powerful during the swallow and in the aftertaste. As they rise, they get a more refined quality and a faint espresso/coffee-roast steps in, too. As strong as the flavors are, I'm surprised the flavors aren't clinging to my tongue. The body is heavy, but not thick. The finish is quite clean. Dry actually, with some hop bitter. A touch of citrusy hop flavor puts the chocolate on guard. Oddly, there is a flavor in my mouth, like I just toked on a cigarette after several months without one. Nah, maybe it's just a bit of wood flavor, like the wood that I found in the smell. Anyway, this was a really enjoyable beer. As much as I hate Rogue for the overpriced offerings they've recently put out (you know those bottles that are super-premium priced in flashy but stupid bottles), I have to admit, they make really tasty beers.

mentor, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

JET BLACK!!! I've visited the rogue brewery a handfull of times and this is a must ...I hate chocolate...I love this beer...how can that be? Super fine carbonation cascades with every pull. Tan head leaves spider web lace. Well... they have crafted this puppy so beautifly that even a chocolate sweets hater like myself can love this beer..Mmmm

It feels like velvet...slick and oily but not too rich OMG....after visiting and watching american beer DVD I realize how much care the owner of this brewery puts into every beer...it tastes like they used as much chocolate as water or any other ingredient super strong flavor.

Notes: If you drink it cold it has a dry coffee type characteristic. When it warmed the chocolate was in control.

DogFood11, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was an exceedingly dark brown brew that initially had a four-finger brown head. The head slowly turned light tan, then died away over several minutes.

Aroma was of rich bitter chocolate and dark, slightly roasted malts. It was a little sweet, but not too much so.

Taste was indeed sweeter than the aroma, full of richly roasted malt, doffee notes, and hints of sweet chocolate. A very nice combination.

Mouthfeel was excellent... smooth and creamy, yet full of body.

Drinkability was exceedingly good. Although I like stouts, I am not what could be termed a stout lover... my favorite style is double IPA, so I prefer much hoppier, somewhat lighter beers... but I could have had another of these, and it was in a 22 oz. bomber.

connecticutpoet, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ML bottle. "Made With Imported Chocolate".

Yum.

Pitch black body with a tan, thich head. Nice lacing clings to the glass. Smells like chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is of powdered and dark chocolate, fruit and roasted malts. Crisp and light on the palate.

Had this brew for dessert tonight. Didn't need anything else. An excellent way to end the night. I put off trying this brew for some time, mostly because I tend to take Rogue's line for granted since it's so readily available. I'm glad I finally gave it a try. Will defintely be looking for this beer in the fall.

fdrich29, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of Luigi
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black color with a large creamy brown head. Smells rich with sweet chocolate, coffee malts, and a hint of bitter hops. The flavor is full of hints of burnt malts and bittersweet chocolate. Kind of like chocolate chips. A hint of bitter hops pull through. Full bodied and a creamy silky mouthfeel. Has a semi-dry bitter-sweet aftertaste. Damn, this is a good stout. One of the best flavored stouts I have ever had.

Luigi, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. brown bomber.

Darkest inky brown with a tall, pillowy tan head. Sporadic clinging of bubbles.

Chocolate smell. Huh, it isn't just a clever name. Coffee, estery alcohol, fruits also in the nose.

Full bodied, super creamy and smooth. Surprising hints of nutmeg and cinnamon fade into a round chocolate middle. Roasted malts and coffee flavors set in in the finish, with a long lasting bready aftertaste. Hops lend earthy undertones that pair nicely.

I had the first glass by itself and the second with a slice of cherry pie, can't go wrong either way. Very nice.

Shultzerdugen, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of asabreed
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber for $4.99 and was waiting for the right, relaxed night to crack it open and sip it for over an hour. It was certainly worth the wait; even with all the hype, this is a kickass stout.

Appearance: Opaque of course, nice thick mocha-colored head. However, there wasn't much sticky lacing, which I expected (could be the glass). Also, the head dissipated quickly too (also could be the glass). Though I DID think the glass was clean. Still nice looking though, despite the absent trails of frothy goodness.

Smell: What I had hoped for. My thing with other chocolate stouts has (usually) been (though as my reviews show, some I still love) a beer that's too hoppy, or else not as balanced with creamy aromas of the many kinds of malts and sweeter ingredients. But this was totally creamy: dark and milky chocolate, real chocolate and chocolate malt mixing well, a sweet smell of powdered chocolate, slight coffee (though with cream and sugar, not bitter black coffee). Perfectly balanced and wonderful to get your nose in.

Taste: Chocolate insanity -- amazingly done. The coffee with cream and sugar aromas certainly come through, which adds an interesting twist to the powerful chocolate aromas. Not much hops flavor, though somehow it's handled without being too sweet or too overbearing. I don't see how a chocolate stout could get any better.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, medium carbonation, not too thick of a body. Awesome.

Drinkability: I have to say, I wouldn't want this all the time. I would, however, like to try it with a dessert next time, as pairing this with many different things would probably make some amazing texture and flavor combinations. I'm going to get another one ASAP and save it again for another night, sipping for as long as possible.

asabreed, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is easily the best chocolate beer that I’ve had. Strong aromas of chocolate, along with the slightest hint of roasted coffee. The flavor is of authentic chocolate, not processed chocolate syrup, but REAL chocolate. The sweetness is well balanced by the hops and some Munich-ish malts. I’d be in big trouble if I could drink this all the time!

fisherman34, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this one at the BP gas station for $4.00 so I said what the heck, rogue's been good to me. Then I look on the reviews and see this is Todd's highest reviewed beer ever. Some others mention that trying this should be a goal in life. Now my expectations are so much higher!

This just didn't happen. It's not even the best stout by Rogue (compared to the Shakespeare Stout). Excellent head and lacing and wonderful aroma. The taste just didn't seem like chocolate, much more mocha, coffee, and malty caramel. The warmer it gets, the better.

I still like it very much, but there's much bigger goals in life.

Backer2004, Jul 17, 2005
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,627 ratings.