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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,790 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,790
Reviews: 1,857
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 296
Gots: 304 | FT: 3
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 jmz62565
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best stouts around.A full dark chocolately two finger head with a very dark liquid beer.The smell is full sweet aromatic and delicious.A dark creamy taste with hints of hops,chocolate.and coffee.Rogue never stops amazing me.I would love to try this on tap.

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

Appearance - Poured an inky black. No light gets through at all, even when held up to a light. Perfect for a stout. The head is the darkest I've seen on a beer, such a dark brown that you'd have to dig for the blackest of stouts to find a *beer* that was darker than this head.

Smell - Smells of chocolate, truffles, vanilla, cream. A wonderful dessert confection smell.

Taste - Dark, dark earthy malts here. A bit of earth up front, a hint of dark fruits, and then a nice wash of dark chocolate with a vanilla finish. Almost like pouring melted vanilla ice cream into a root beer. The hops are almost nonexistant here.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is a bit heavier than I'd like. For a beer this dark and yet this sweet, a nice thick almost syrupy feel would be better. It's still a very rich, chewy feel to it. You almost feel like you could eat it with a spoon. Wonderful.

Drinkability - It would be hard to find a food to pair this with, this is a dessert in itself. The wonderful freshly-cooked-truffle smell this has combines with the chocolate and vanilla tastes to make this a delight to drink. It's so rich however that it's pretty filling. I'd be hard pressed to drink more than one 22oz bottle (though I'd certainly give it a try). I'm very glad I can buy this locally.

On a side note, the label says 6% ABV, but I swear this has to be at least 8%, it hits pretty hard.

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

22 ounce bomber. This beer pours out dark brown with a brown head. The aroma is a delicious chocolate smell with some roasted malts. The flavor is very roasty. This is probably the best use of chocolate I've tasted in a beer. There is just a bit of sweetness, but this beer is mainly bitter. The hops are just able to come through the strong malt and chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy. Make sure to let this beer warm up a little before you drink. The aroma and flavor really come through as the beer warms.

Photo of Troyone
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a hint of a dark brown hue, some light brown head, and can not see if there is any carb action.

Has a milk chocolate and roasted caramel malt smell and a sweet flowery pine hops aroma.

Moderately sweet/bitter, milk/dark chocolate, coffee, and a roasted almost burnt malt taste with an orange/grapefruit hops flavor.

Medium bodied, dry and creamy almost watery texture, soft carbonation, and a metallic almost astringent finish.

I thought this might be good since it's rarely seen on the shelves. The initial balance is good and very drinkable and the finish has an initial strong but balanced metallic, grapefruit, and astringent smoothness.

Photo of Naes
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is black with a large frothy dark tan head.
Its aroma is of bitter chocolate.
The flavor has much more chocolate than I was expecting, but is balanced nicely with a bit of bitterness. The aftertaste is similar to a fancy chocolate bar. Roastiness and coffee are also present. For such a sweet beer, I must say that it is done quite nicely.
Mouth feel is full bodied and generously carbonated.
Goes down quite easily for such a sweet beer.
Definitely worth a try.

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

A good offering from Rogue. A nice thick & creamy head on a dark beer. Just the way I like em'. Tastes great with a pronounced roasted flavor. Lots of lacing. This is a beer that is certainly worth buying again. Bitterness is also a prominate feature. A must try for dark beer lovers.

Photo of Derek
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black with lots of creamy brown head. Poor head retention, barely any lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolate with a little roasted coffee.

T: Initially very well balanced. Chewy bread, caramel, chocolate, coffee... a whole symphony of malt flavour, balanced with hop and roasty malt bitterness. Truly exceptional. The aftertaste evolves into bittersweet chocolate.

M: Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation. A little chalky.

D: Awesome, but the body & strength prohibits it from being a long session brew. This one's more of a meal.

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

Cant say much negative about this one. Rogue is typically not one of my favorite brands but this one is excellent. Pours very dark molasses color with a small head--not much lace but enough to warrant a 4.5. Solid beer all around, As I taste it more throughly, I think it may be as good as Young's dbl chocolate stout but it really is not. By far, the best American chocolate stout I have tried.

Tasting notes: Dark malt that is slightly charred (which is good) , dark semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, etc.

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

A beautiful beer. Pitch black with a dark tan head of 1/2" and staying power. Thick stick to the glass.

Aromas of dark chocolate and licorice. Hoppier than I expected it to be. Very roasted and and very chocolatey.

Tastes of coffee and cream. Of course it had chocolate in the flavor as well. Creamy mouthfeel. Excellent beer.

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

Chocolate stout indeed! Big tan head sits atop brown-black body. The smell bring out roasted malts but softly mixed with vanilla and some almond. The taste is a big chocolate kiss meet with a cream almost gelatin like roast malt and a hint of hop bitterness. Beware the last pour as I ended up with leftover chocolate matter in my glass. Overall a good drinker and not bad when your in the mood.

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

Pours out perfect stouty black with an off-tan into my stein. The smell is mainly roasted malts and chocolate, which should be expected for a beer like this.

The flavour of the beer starts off strongly chocolatey, this is probably the most noticeably chocolatey beer that I've had to date. In addition to that there is a soft roasted characteristic and the faintest addition of hops, but enough to add flavour. There is also a certain creamy aspect. Really balanced all the way around though, even though the chocolate is the strongest flavour it is still far from overwhelming. The finish is a nice bitter bit. I like it. As the beer warmed the initial chocolate hit up front became more pronounced, but it still didn't overwhelm, and I think I actually liked it that way a bit more.

The mouth is a little thin for my tastes, but is average for a standard style stout. Drinkability is quite good.

Overall, a nice, high quality stout by Rogue.

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

Pours a black brown. Totally opaque. No light gets through this monster. Tan head holds throughout the drinking and leaves generous spotty lace on the glass.

Aroma brings forth some almond and coffee but the semisweet or dark chocolate comes throug strong.

Sweet malts give way to a sublte but still assertive chocolate presence. Just a hint of bitterness but in reality to roasted coffee from the malt is more prominent than the hops. Finishes with a warm chocolate flavor.

Full bodied and delicious, I could buy this all the time.

Photo of cubedbee
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a jet black with a big creamy beige head that quickly reduces to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing. Big cocoa aroma hits right away--more smelling reveals more rich luscious chocolate and a hint of roasted malt. Taste is a delicious assertive bitter dark chocolate with just a hint of floral hops. This is the most chocolate tasting chocolate stout I've ever had---every sip has a rich chocolate note--you don't have to go searching. This is a perfect beer either for just enjoying on it's own or pairing with a chocolate desert.

Photo of AJPainter
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of LucaBrasi
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Caesar1pup
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of charlottebeerguy
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of killthehatred
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
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. =)

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of egajdzis
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Photo of wcudwight
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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?

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,790 ratings.