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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,903 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,903
Reviews: 1,874
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 338
Gots: 407 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 3,903 | Reviews: 1,874
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.

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.

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