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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,905
Reviews: 1,874
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 337
Gots: 410 | 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: 3,905 | Reviews: 1,874
Photo of Drew966
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque black with a thick tan head from a 22 ounce brown bottle. Malt and a hint of chocolate in the nose. Tastes like a dark chocolate bar. I like beers that have a hint of chocolate in them, this may be more than I prefer, but this is still a good beer by any measure.

Photo of taez555
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black body with a thick brownish/tan head.

Nose was a mix of milk chocolate, coffee, toffee, fruits with an overall natural root sort of smell. Almost has a root-beer float sort of smell more than a chocolate smell.

Dark burnt malt taste. Medium bodied and surprisingly smooth. Dark Dark Dark chocolate, coffee, coffee beans, espresso beans, licorice, vanilla beans. Again, I"m thinking more root beer float. Tastes sort of like chomping on chocolate barley malt more than a hershey milk chocolate bar. Very present bItterness that brings itself forward even more as it fades in the end, although it's probably more of a burnt malt bitterness than hop.

I like the concept of a chocolate stout, but I found it to be more of a super dark chocolate malt taste than candy bar sort of chocolate. It's good, but I just didn't think it was well balanced.

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

A - 2" rich, deep dark tan head. Black liquid. Great head retention and thick with lace.

S - Malt. Coffee. Chocolate. Lush, rich nose.

T - Smooth subtle chocolate flavor. Roasted malt. Lots of vanilla flavor. Coffee with cream. Nice lingering hop presence in the finish. Tastes more and more like a chocolate malt as the beer warms.

M - Thin to medium bodied. I expected it to be a little more full in the mouthfeel department. Mid level carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

D - Good drinkability. Very enjoyable as a nightcap. I think the prevailing word that sums up this beer is smooth.

Photo of troutmask96
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an exceptional Chocolate Stout. Pours jet-black with a thin, lacy head. Smell is just wondrous, very heavy dark chocolate. I was a little bit worried when I saw "added chocolate flavoring" on the label, but the smoothness of this brew is overwhelming. Very , very nice...

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

Rogue Chocolate Stout pours a midnight black color into my pint glass. Atop the completely opaque liquid sets a 1/2", brown head. Moderate carbonation, little lacing. The aroma is all about chocolate; there's modest amounts of roasted coffee and malt smells, and a slight citric hoppiness.

The taste of this beer is, like the smell, completely dominated by a dark chocolate sweetness, with hints of roasted coffee and a citrus bitterness. The mouthfeel is full, thick and creamy; finishes slightly dry with an aftertaste that is a blend of chocolate, coffee, and hops.

A very good beer, but almost a bit too intense on its own. Paired with a dessert, however...amazing. Recommended.

Photo of Tallboy
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - a dark chocolate.chocolate.

smell - verry much like a cup o' hot chocolate.

taste - complex and deep with a slight coffie tinge to this sweet chocolate stout.

mouthfell- nice and thick

drinkability - I myself rate this verry high, and if you are a fan of this genre, you proaly will too...but if not you may find it to ba a bit to sweet.

Photo of Mandrake
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black and completely opaque, with a fairly dark brown head that dissipates reasonably slowly, and leaves a thick ring and good lacing. Smell is laced with thick, sweet chocolate, and has a slightly burnt overtone. The smell just gets stronger and sweeter as the beer warms, until it is like a freshly unwrapped chocolate bar. The taste is of dark, roasted malts with plenty of chocolate coming through. Again, the chocolate becomes more palpable as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but still has enough body to satisfy, and the drinkability is remarkable for a stout. This goes down easier than the macro lager I was given at a party last night. Nearly perfect, this is destined to be an all-time favourite.

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

Pours an opaque black color. Large bubbles make up a think dark tan head. Aroma is of semisweet chocolate, but with a bit of biscuit. Almost like chocolate chip cookies.

Taste is similar to the aroma. A little more sweet and burnt malts come out in the flavor over just chocolate. Wonderfully creamy mouthfeel. Burnt grains linger into the aftertaste.

Very nice. Not something to drink more than one of, but would be great to go along with desert or as desert itself.

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

Dark chocolatey brown with a nice finger of tightly-packed teddy bear brown head. Definite chocolate. More so than any other beer (even Young’s, in my opinion). Kind of dark chocolate, but also some baking chocolate and maybe some chocolate syrup. Roasted malt/coffee background. Nice. Lightly sweet chocolate. Gives way to drier baking chocolate/cocoa powder. Roasted barley gives a nice bitterness, before rich, chocolate mousse takes over the long finish. This is chocolate beer. Medium-bodied. Not syrupy; in fact, almost dry. Ample carbonation. Yum.

Photo of harpo111
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is an awesome dessert stout. Nice dark almost black color, thin chocolate head. smells and tastes of chocolate and coffee. creamy taste and mouth feel. nice smooth finish. Heavy enough that you are satisfied and settled after one...relaxing. One of my favorites.

Photo of Byeast
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is a 22 oz. , with a white woman holding a contrastingly brown glass of chocolaty goodness.

Poured out opaque , dark black with a creamy ,light brown, thick, 2 inch head. Lots of creamy lacing left spotted on the glass.

Smell is chocolate truffle mania! Some instant cocoa aroma with a little dairy, and dark malt. Mainly choclate though.

Taste is a hearty ,creamy blend of oats and dark malt for a second , then nothing but dark chocolate goodness. Followed by a bit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a slightly dry finish.

This is a chocolate lovers delight. Such nice, natural chocolate smells and tastes. Very drinkable! Not at all to thick or rich.

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rogue's Chocolate Stout pours black as night with a one finger brown head in a pint glass...really no lacing...looks slick. smells like dry bittersweet cocoa. tastes more so. creamy, full bodied feel, dry in the finish. very well balanced and very drinkable...one of my favorite stouts. cheers to a delicious, natural chocolate beer!

Photo of phisig137
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black into my pint glass, showing a two finger toffee colored head. Dissapates slowly and lacing sheats the sides of the glass.

First smell of this beer is a big dissapointment for me. Smell like artificial chocolate, sweet and fake. Like taking a big whiff of a hershey's chocolate sauce knock off. Definitely chocolately, but fake, artificial, and cheap.

Luckily, the flavor completely makes up for the aroma. Upon sipping this beers you are treated to a nice roasted flavor, accompanied by a bold bitter chocolate flavor. I personally love dark chocolate (won't touch the milk stuff), and this beer does not dissapoint me there. After smelling it, I thought this would be undrinkable. However, the flavor is fantastic, dark, bitter, chocolate. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, most likely due to the oats used in brewing it.

Drinkability also ranks high, due to low alcohol and smooth, well blended flavors. If only the aroma had more closely resembled the flavor, this would have been a considerably better beer.

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

22 oz. bottle pours black with a very thick, fluffy, brown head.

Aroma is of sweet chocolate roasty, toasty malt.

Taste is very chocolatey, malty, caramel, toffee, and slight licorice taste.

Mouthfeel is robust, full bodied and carbonated.

Very sweet, chocolatey and drinkable.

Photo of gbarron
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint on tap from the Flying Saucer, Columbia, SC.

A - dark, dark tawny brown. Not quite opaque around the edges, but can't see through the middle. Very little if any head to speak of.

S - strong aroma of dark, bitter chocolate. Slight earthy, spicy, grassy hop aromas, but predominant smell is chocolate, roasted barley.

T - amazing flavor of deep, dark, bitter chocolate. Not sweet, but bitter chcolate flavor. Roasted barley, chocolate, toffee, strong brewed coffee. Some earthy hop notes in there as well. Very malty, but not sweet, except a little in the aftertaste. Exceptionally unique chocolate flavor.

M - medium thick. Low carbonation. Bitterness tingles the tongue a bit.

D - extremely tasty brew, get a bomber of this and try it. The only reason I knock off points for drinkability is because I think eventually I would get tired of the chocolate flavor and the alcohol content of this beer would prohibit extended drinking sessions.

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

Poured from a 650 oz bomber into two small beer glasses (I had to share the bottle!) One of the most chocolate-LOOKING of the chocolatey beers. Small dark-mocha head that fades fast. Pitch black motor-oil like colour.

Smells like... duh... chocolate. Milk chocolate, or chocolate milk, to be precise. A bit of hop kick in there, surprisingly, but mainly malty. Reminds me primarily of fresh pastries or croissants, like the pain du chocolat I had for breakfast this morning. Mmm.

Tastes great, although you can tell the chocolate is an additive. I think I like the beers that come by the chocolate flavours naturally better. Milky notes. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for the style and appearance, and the only moderately disappointing aspect of this brew. Slightly sour aftertaste.

An interesting idea with this beer is to have it with some very bitter chocolate. I had it with a couple of pieces of 85% cocoa Lindt, and it was fantastic (if you're a fan of the bitter, which I am).

Photo of orfeu
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impenetrable black with a massive creamed-coffee froth, smooth and undulating. Sweet cocoa aromas predominate -- but subtly -- over a roasted dark malt presence. There is an underlying and unexpected bitterness -- perceived most strongly in the finish and aftertaste -- that pervades the roasted coffee malt flavors and chocolate sweetness. I want to say this peculiar bitterness comes from the cocoa, but subsequent burps yield a distinct Cascade flavor. Amazing complexity of tastes acheived here. Silky smooth mouthfeel; medium to full body. Not something I'd go for very frequently, mainly because of the special chocolate flavor that is the main event of this beer, but nevertheless, an formidable and worthy accomplishment by the geniuses at Rogue.

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

Appearance: Thick, dark, almost-black brown with a soapy bronze head that sneaks up on you as you pour. Good retention. Quite a strong-looking stout.

Smell: Swiss chocolate truffles, rum... I can tell this will be quite an aphrodisiac. Prunes/raisins also present, and a sweet, caramel-like burnt sugar aroma. The distinct citric-floral scent of Cascade hops is also detectable.

Taste: Quite bitter, and exquisitely chocolatey, especially in the finish. Hops keep the otherwise weighty beer buoyant. An excellent, thick, earthy dessert stout, almost venturing into RIS territory.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, and slightly grainy from the oats. Slightly syrupy on the back of the tongue and palate.

Drinkability: Truffly goodness make this a great special-occasion beer. Pair it with a raspberry torte and you're all set!

Photo of LarryV
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color with a minimal, finely textured tan head. Aroma of chocolate cocoa with a light hoppiness. Very thick and creamy looking which follows onto the palate as well. Lush body coats the tongue with a pleasant, not overbearing chocolate flavor. Slight hints of toasted malt lend a smoky, burnt overtone to the flavor. Not overly sweet with a fairly dry finish. A very nice brew to relax and sip. I'd definitely buy this one again.

Photo of aforbes10
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first from Rogue, which is surprizing because i have a Rogue pint glass and my wife's been to the brewery. picked it out to drink with a buddy from out of town. color is dark, brown to black. smells like bitter cooking chocolate with some roastiness. not bad. massive chocolate taste, but weird. kind of like a mocha chocolate necco wafer flavor. thick, full beer. fairly good drinkability. a bit heavy and the weird chocolate flavor is slightly offputting.

...possibly a bad choice for my first Rogue but i'll still go for another at some point. i hear dead guy is great.

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

Appearance: Dark brown to black. Pours nice and thick with a creamy tan to brown head 1" to 1 1-2" thick. Bubbles in head are midsize and dissipate within a few minutes. Very little lace.

Smells: Roasted malts and chocolate and more chocolate. Thats all I have to say about that.

Taste: Chocolate is very nice. Not too bitter and not too sweet. I think this is very well balanced. A little hint of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with a semi-sweet chocolate taste that coats the tongue and fades to a pleasant bitterness.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this stout. I do not have access to many chocolate stouts in my area but I think this Rogue is great. I will definately buy this one again and again and again. I will probably enjoy this after a meal since I like sweets after I eat. I can kill two birds with one stone. An after dinner beer and sweet desert.

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

I've had this beer quite a few times, yet never reviewed it despite slamming the label design in the forum, so with a bottle in my hand...here goes....

Pours out very well. 2 finger head and lacing to match. Right away you're blown away by the chocolate. One whiff, and you get the feeling you're about to drink a candy bar.
The taste is much of same. Very chocolatey throughout. Some evidence of burnt malt and mild coffee undertones. A hint of dark fruit sweetness, again buried by the chocolate.
The finish is very smooth as well. Coats the tongue for a moment, and then fades. High drinkability. Could go well before or after dinner. Would also suggest adhering to the serving temp recommendations. I've had them a bit colder and warmer, and this beer (like many) brings out the goodness when served a bit on the warm side.
Definitely recommended, bad artwork aside.

Photo of Optimat0r
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - very dark, as expected, looks like liquid chocolate.

smell - i dont usually bother with this category but this is the best smelling beer ive had. smells almost like hot chocolate

taste - very solid. similar to the shakespeare stout except less hop presence and with prominent chocolate flavors. very deep. slight hint of coffee, but this one truely lives up to its name and is an extremely good example of a chocolate stout.

drinkability - good but after a while the sweet flavors get to be too much. would be great on tap in a single serving, or splitting the 220z with a friend. if u like chocolate stouts this is a must. everyone should try this one at least once.

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

Purchased from Frugal MacDougal, Nashville, TN.

I reviewed this once before on-tap, from memory, upon first trying it. This is a second review, taken with much more beer knowledge and with peace and quiet at home with a bottle. My opinion has changed slightly, and I taste things now that I didn't taste before, but largely I think I'm about even with myself.

A: Dark body, thick foamy tan head. Head seems to float on top of the beer like a chocolate malted, and leaves significant lacing on the glass.

S: Strong on hop presence, with dry roasty malt underneath, and an enveloping layer of chocolate. (This is the largest difference between my two reviews -- on-tap all I got on the nose was, "smells like the best mocha latte you've ever had", but experience has given me greater olfactory tools.)

T: Strong hop presence in flavor, nice velvety bittersweet cholcate afterwards. Lightly bitter and slightly astringent aftertaste.

M: Thick mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, about right for a stout.

D: Could down several of these -- a bomber goes down smooth.

Overall, I love this beer and buy it every chance I get. Is it better on-tap or from the bottle? Hmm, gonna need some more experimentation to find out.

Photo of ashleyshalyn
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap in a pint glass

A: Dark Brown black with a creamy coffee colored 2 finger head with great retention.

S: Deep chocolate and coffee malt. A bit of hop is noticeable as well in the background.

T: Low on the hop and high on bittersweet chocolate! Also the coffee taste is much more evident on tap than in the bottle, which surprised me. DO not expect a sweet chocolate with this! In fact, the first time I had this we ate 70% cocoa chocolates along with it and MAN did it really bring that flavor out in the beer… simply amazing!

M: Chewy with low carbonation, but it isn’t too too heavy.

D: A personal favorite I could drink this every day if it wouldn’t make me gain 5 billion pounds!

Cheers to Rogue! This is a fabulous beer on-tap and out of the bottle... I have had both, but this review is for the tap. I'll get around to writing a bottle review when I drink it next time ;) I can’t wait to try a black and tan made with Rogue Choc Stout and Rogue Juniper Pale Ale. I think it would be fab!

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