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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,833 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,833
Reviews: 1,864
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 322
Gots: 347 | FT: 3
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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 mstudley
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks like liquified chocolate cake. Thick pour, deep black in color with minimal head. Poured from 22oz bottle at room temperature.

S: I think I took more time smelling this brew than drinking it. Fantastic bitter chocolate aromas mixed with strong coffee scents and roasted malt. Just great.

T: Again, great. Bitter chocolate (like baking chocolate) truffles, coffee. More sweet than bitter overall. I think I need another for more research :)

M: Only area that came up a little short for me. I expected a much thicker, creamier feel to compliment the taste. Not bad at all but should be richer.

D: One did it for me. Would be great after dinner to finish things off.

Overall I enjoyed this stout quite a bit but I wouldn't break it out all the time. My first Rogue offering.

Photo of Noxious26
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Part of a Father's Day gift from my parents. Thanks Mom and Dad!

Black, opaque with just a hint of cola colour around the edges as held to the light. Prodigous light brown foamy head is over an inch high on the pour. Great head retention as it's still around 1/4 inch half way down the glass. Looks like a piece of sponge cake on top of a glass of motor oil. Impressive lacing down the glass.

Aroma is sweet and bitter. Burnt sugar, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of coffee that is more reminiscent of a cafe mocha. Very enticing.

Rich full stout flavours are complemented by creamy chocolate. Bitter chocolate, burnt sugar and roasted malt off the start. Then it actually seems a bit sweeter in the middle as it's more of a smooth, sweet, creamy chocolate for a second, then it's gone and replaced by coffee, burnt, roast malt and even a bit of a herbally hop undertone. Finish is classic stout: bitter roasted malt, burnt sugar and coffee with a hint of sweetness. Aftertaste is bitter burnt and roasted malt.

Rich, full mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy, yet thick and full. Light pin pricks of carbonation touch the tongue ever so briefly.

This is a tremendous stout. I know some people aren't big on chocolate or coffee stouts, but to heck with them. This is great. I really like how the bittersweet chocolate adds another dimension to what seems like it would be a world-class stout underneath. Definitely an easy going sipping brew. Another classic by Rogue.

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

I can't imagine a more chocolatey beer, superlative stuff.
22 oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass.
A: Opaque ebony with a carmel colored resilient head, with nice persistent lacing S: Unsweet chocolate dominates anything else T: Chocolate malted oats with the slightest hint of very mild hops M: Liquid toffee D: Too bold for a session with anything more than a 22 oz bomber. I enjoyed the mocha porter at the Rogue alehouse in SF, and this,simply stated, is its tougher big brother.

Photo of JBStith
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout in a 22 oz bomber...

I had this beer many years ago in the Rogue brewpub in Newport. At the time, I thought it was wonderful. It is still a "good" beer, but I guess my palate has evolved over time. Anyhow, here it is

A: Pours hazy and dark brown, the color of dark chocolate. Good tan head with descent retention and lacing.

S: Initial smell is of sweet malt and rosted coco or chocolate. No sign of hops or spice, which is good for this style.

T: Follows smell. A distict taste of coco and chocolate. Again, not much bitterness at all. A bit lacking in malt backbone.

M&D: Mouthfeel is a bit thin. I was expecting a heavier, sweeter stout to compliment the chocolate. I feel this beer should coat the mouth and it doesn't. Drinkability is descent, but not great.

Overall, my impressions of this beer changed significantly over time. this beer doesn't impress me as much as it did many years ago. However, it is still a good beer that is fun to drink on occassion.

Photo of artusory
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft at Friscos. Served on Nitro as Rogue Nitro Stout. Black body with a small, tan head. Mostly lasting. The aroma is heavy with dark chocolates. The flavor is milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolates, some coffee. Medium body with a slightly bitter, tanic finish.

Photo of nortmand
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black/brown pour with an outstanding brown head.

Chocolate dominates the nose with a dollop of vanilla as well.

Roast flavors on the tip of the tongue blend into a rich cocoa flavor midtongue. Ends with a heavy bitter roast/hoppiness on the back and sides of the tongue.

Rich and full bodied, this beer is an incredible drinkable fantastic treat.

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

Now available in Calgary, this is my first chance to try the Chocolate Stout from Rogue. 650ml bottle with the painted label, and list of ingredients. Extremely dark, basically black, liquid topped with a large chocolate milk colored head. Thick creamy foam that shrinks but doesn't disappear and leaves a thin lace trail. The aroma is just what I was looking for: chocolate. Dark chocolatey maltiness, and bitter bakers chocolate smells rise out of the glass. The taste is full of flavor, chocolatey cocoa, maltiness, and enough bitter kick to keep it from being to sweet. Also can sense some caramel and vanilla flavors. The added oatmeal make it full bodied and smooth. Finish is a bit dry, not sticky or oily, with a touch of bitter chocolate. I could sip this from my snifter all night.

Ranked the #4 American Stout when I tried it.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a pitch black color with a large head of tan/brown foam. Medium high level of carbonation, even for a stout. Aromas of rich dark chocolate, chocolate malts, heavily fermented grain and an earthy note are all present. Taste is very chocolatey - dark chocolate, chocolate malt, chocolate laced molassas, earth. Wow. Mouthfeel is dense and thick, with a noticeable amount of carbonation making it's way to the tongue. Drinkability is pretty good. I'd like this again, but not in the warmer months of the year.

Photo of vtfan77
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty much black, I don't see much light getting through this one. Big tan head with a nice lacing. Looks like a stout should look.

S- Rich chocolate and coffee aromas, smells like a cafe mocha from Starbucks (or wherever). As the beer warms the chocolate aroma becomes more pronounced and takes on more of a Hershey's syrup smell. Roasted malt is always there in the background to remind you that this is, indeed, a beer.

T- Chocolate and coffee flavors abound. Espresso and baker's chocolate are the highlights with a burnt toast flavor in the finish. Surprisingly little sweetness, as the aroma indicated that this would be a fairly sweet beer. Finishes dry and fairly bitter with a lingering mocha aftertaste.

M- Smooth and velvety, very nice.

D- This beer isn't extremely alcoholic, but it does pack a bit of a punch at 6%. It's also very rich and filling, so I really wouldn't want to have more than one. One of these as a dessert beer is all I want.

Very good beer, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's worth buying this beer for the smell alone. Great for dessert. I'm not even a huge stout fan and I loved this beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of rabsten
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint cup from a tap at the Blues, Brews, and BBQ event in Charleston, WV.

Chololate is the theme of this beer, 100%

Pours brown with brown head. Nice lacing, destipe the plastic cup
Cocoa aroma.
Tastes like a good, hoppy stout, mixed with dark chocolate.
Feels like a chocolate soda at times. Eatly on, the carbonation was felt as it went down. As the beer warmed, it became much smoother.
Drinkability was ok, got better as the night went on.

Eighty-five degrees with high humidity was not the place for this beer. I will come back to it once we get some frost in the air.

Photo of Fuller
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass from 22oz bottle. Creamy brown head over a dark brown/black body, no light gets through this beer. Head has tiny bubbles and leaves a light lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Smell at first is roasted malt, but as the beer warms the chocolate starts to come through.

T - bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Chocolate stands out more in this one than any chocolate stout I've tried.

M - very creamy on the tongue. Smooth.

D - easy to drink. could easily have a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of maundythirsty
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown-tinged black underneath a slightly greasy brown head so thick that the last drops of beer from the bottle would settle briefly on top before soaking through. Powerful smell of chocolate and roasted grains. Taste is fairly sweet chocolate with an oaty, bready touch. This beer is surprisingly bitter. It's not unwelcome because of the sweet chocolate, but it's unexpected. Minimal carbonation, but it is a stout, after all. Very smooth mouthfeel.

This stuff is so sweet, but I did drink a whole 22 oz. bottle without trouble. I'll probably pick up another one of these days.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Luscious head is dark brown, like the foam on a chocolate milkshake. Body is jet black, like a basement with the lights off. Spidery lacing is left all the way down. The nose is like ripping the lid off a packet of instant hot chocolate. Very inviting. Taste is big bitter chocolate, roasty malt, and a bit of sweet/sour. Mouth is nice and even. All I can say is, if you want chocolate, this is your beer. Wonderful.

Photo of goschool
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If you like chocolate, you oughta love this stuff. If you don't, you... you're wierd. The pour is dark, dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Milk chocolate fills the nose like chocolate milk. Burnt and roasted malts join the chocolate in the taste to remind you that you're drinking a stout. If you let the beer sit on your tounge for a moment it becomes velvety smooth and soooo creamy. Another plus is that this is the only sweet stout I've had that doesn't become sickeningly rich by the end. This one's totally worth Rogue's high price.

Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pitch black with a nice creamy 2 finger tan colored head. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate and a slight hop bitterness. Taste is creamy chocolate up front with notes of coffee and hops finishing up the taste. The bitterness from the hops may be a bit too strong for this particular brew but they do help clean the palate of the sweetness preparing you for the next sip. This brew from Rogue is an absolute first class beer. One of the best and a treat to drink.

Photo of kdmorse
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 3 fingers of milk chocolate head topping the dark chocolate body. Completely black with no light sneaking through. Small bubbles in the head linger for a while before disappearing into a thin flim.

S: Sweet chocolate, like cocoa powder. Teases of coffee and a hint of hops.

T: Amazingly creamy chocolate flavor. Coffee sneaks in. Hops creep in at the end and wipe the palate clean.

M: Creamy and smooth.

D: Mmm. Goes down easy and makes me want more.

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

Aroma: HUGE Chocolate Sweetness. Exactly Like a Hershey's Kiss. Only a little hint of hops. Vanilla and Marshmallow Hints.

Appearance: A Little Low on the Bottle Fill Line. Black as Pitch With a Nice Lingering Tan Head that Lasts Till the Very Last Drop.

Flavor: Slight Roasty Malt Sweetness with a Blast of Chocolate. Finishes with an Assertive Hop Bitterness that Lingers a Bit But Balanced with the Sweetness just Perfect. Hints of Vanilla and Marshmallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full Body with a Creamy Head. Kind of has a Slick or Silky Feel. Smooth.

Overall Impression: A Great Stout for the Month of February, when your Sick of the Cold. HUGE Chocolate Flavor and Clean Fermented. This Beer is made with Imported Chocolate, I loved it! If You Like Stouts You Have to Try This one.

Photo of doppelmeup
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Dark, dark brownish black motor oil as it poured. Dark cocoa head. About an inch thick. Dissipated fairly quickly leaving a healthy covering over the beer that lasted all the way down the glass. Very little lacing.

Nice aroma. Definite bittersweet cocoa, cappucino. Chocolate becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Definite cocoa and bittersweet chocolate flavors. French roast coffee. Strong bitterness becomes less apparent as the beer warms.

Fairly thick and chewy mouthfeel. Strong bitter aftertaste. Very thick bodied beer, especially for one that is relatively low in ABV versus it's Imperial Stout big brothers.

Overall a pretty good beer. The lower ABV would let you drink more of these than you could an Imperial stout, yet I find the flavor of this beer equals that of a RIS. Nice example of the style.

Edit: Had to add this. Just made an ice cream float with this beer and some vanilla ice cream, and it is awesome!!!

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

A: Uber dark brown body, dark beige head. Tight bubbles creating a quality 1/4 inch head

S: So much chocolate on the nose. Hints of minor vanilla, coffee, black patent malt and roasted barley

T: Oh lordy this beer. First impressions before all the flavors hit is this is going to be a dry, roasted stout. Then the chocolate comes. Sweet, bakers and milk chocolate flavors. Not chalking but silky and flavorful.

M: Creamy, silky and perfect for the style

D: Tremendous. For beer lovers and those that *claim* that they don't like beer. Delicious.

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

Picked up a bomber of this after a particularly hard night at work wanting to enjoy something slowly. All night, I dreamt of a nice dark beer to wash the frustration away. What a choice!

a - pours BLACK. develops two fingers of head. color of espresso creama. decent retention and lacing.

s - bittersweet chocolate mostly. some coffee. some peat. very nice.

t - cocolate (no suprise) sweetness transitioning to bitterness. some vanilla on the breath.

m - smooth. gentle carbonation. almost creamy.

d- quite nice. savored this one. although i think it limits itself to a maximum of two pints. not a knock on its quality, more of a statement of how long i spent with this beer.

i dont think i've tried a Rogue that i've disliked so far, but this was excellent. im dreaming of a trip to oregon.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - nearly black body, coffee colored head that hung around, nice lacing

s - roasted malt and chocolate dominate, bitterness evident also

t - chocolate unsuprisingly is the most dominant flavor, but coffee is there too, chocolate lends a bit of sweetness, very earthy, great lingering bitterness in the finish

m - creamy and smooth, pretty full-bodied, not much carbonation evident

d - quite drinkable as stouts go, a bomber was the perfect size for me, not sure I'd want to do much more than one though

Very enjoyable beer all around. Though I prefer the Shakepeare Stout, I'll definitely go back to the Chocolate in the future.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Deep, dark black-brown body with a huge cake-like head. A thing of supreme beauty!

Nose is bittersweet chocolate. Yummy.

Flavor is all bittersweet chocolate. Smooth and tasty, with a healthy helping of hops. Some of the bitterness undoubtably comes from the hops, but it blends so well with the chocolatiness that it is hard to tell. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium. Not as thick as I prefer, but it carries a little creaminess along and coats well.

Drinkability is tops. This is one of those brews you have that immediately spawns all kinds of ideas for cool and harmonious applications.

Rogue Chocolate Stout:
In a black and tan.
With ice cream.
In a milkshake,
you get the idea...

Photo of ellisdee97
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked a bottle of this last night. Awesome is all I can say.

Poured into a Sammy Smith pint, came out jet black with a magnificent 2 finger slightly chocolate tinged head. The smell of this beer hit me harder than any other before. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Hints of toffee, vanilla, coffee and a touch of alcohol coming through. It only got better as it warmed.

Taste first off had all the smells coming through with a good kick of alcohol, which dissapated as I drank on and the beer warmed. A later taste of perhaps black licorice came through.

As for Drinkability, it is awesome, all I needed was a scoop of vanilla icecream thrown in. Highly recommend this beer, as well as any other Rouge. Still have not been dissapointed by any Rouge beer.


Photo of Kendo
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple on tap at Lionheart in Albany last night.

Pours black with a short, milkshake-colored tan head that disappeared relatively quickly, leaving not much lacing, but a pretty solid ring around the glass.

Scent: The immediate onslaught is chocolate. Reminds me of hot cocoa mix. As I inhale more deeply, however, I discern the malt underneath. But as expected, the chocolate dominates.

As for taste: once again the chocolate dominates, especially at the start of each sip. As it coats the mouth, however, there is a sense of roasted malt, a tad bit of coffee flavor, and a very slight bitter finish lingers on the back of the tongue, reminding me once again more of dark chocolate bitter than a typical beer's hoppy bitterness. Given the chocolate scent and the initial flavor, it’s surprisingly dry rather than sweet.

As for mouthfeel: moderately carbonated. Not as heavy on the feel as you might expect from the color and scent, but also not as creamy as I thought it would be.

Drinkability? I liked it so much I had another. For a full-flavored stout, I found it quite drinkable, and the 6% ABV won't hit you as hard as, say, an Imperial Stout. But if you’re not into chocolate-flavored beer, you may consider this to be a “one and done” dessert-type beer.

Photo of zjungleist
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears near pitch black with a fair tan head. Smells great, mainly and very strongly of dark chocolate. The taste is heavy with roasted grains and a distinct chocolate aftertaste. After a few drinks the chocolate aftertaste became less pronounced and was slightly more bitter, though I would not have described the first few sips as sweet. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy on the bubbles, and I would say it was a little too much for a stout, but there was some creaminess. Overall I did enjoy this beer a lot, but when I'm in the mood for a beer like this, I usually go for something a bit stronger and more complex.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,833 ratings.