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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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93
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3,681 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,681
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 275
Gots: 259 | FT: 3
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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 DrJay
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown beer, nearly black, with no highlights. Dense, creamy, tan head that persists and really sticks to the sides of the glass. Chocolate and rich toffee aroma, almost butterscotch, with some roastiness and a light alcohol smell. Very smooth, creamy texture. Rich chocolate flavour with burnt and roasted maltiness in a support role. Flavours are quite well-balanced. Alcohol is just at the edge of taste perception, but does cause a slight warming on its way down. Light hop bitterness appears at the finish, but doesn't overpower the malt and chocolate. Carbonation assists the creamy texture with tiny bubbles mixing well with the full-bodied beer.

Brown 650 mL bottle, freshness code on rear label.

DrJay, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer out of the silk-screened bomber into a standard pint glass. The body of this looks nicely dense on the pour and it’s just about as black as any other big stout I’ve seen before. The head is surprisingly light, sort of a very light tan. That sucker is immobile for a long time though, it hangs tougher than the new kids. Big fat clumps of foamy lace cling to the glass as the liquid descends down my glass. The aroma is very inviting, roasty, nutty and not surprisingly a big fat dollop of milk chocolate. The flavor reminds me of a really nice stout mixed with chocolate milk, it’s that chocolatey. The flavor is predominately charred malt and soft, chewy milk chocolate, the cascade hops put their foot down a bit in the finish and after-taste but aren’t quite as assertive here as I perceive them in some of Rogue’s other beers. The mouthfeel is an even medium I’d say and the carbonation lightens the perception. This is a damn fine beer, and I’ve never tasted this much chocolate in any other beer before.

FormatKid, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark and thick, very roasty. Not in aroma, but certainly in solid and smooth stout. Rolled oats provide body and sweetness to otherwise semi-bitter chocolate.. Very drinkable. Very natural and well rounded, not sweet nor bitter. Nicely hopped. RIch medium-full mouthfeel.

Sammy, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of Viggo
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although this beer was pricy, ($5.65 CDN for a 650 ml bottle) it was one that I had to try. I was not disappointed in the least. It poured a nice dark brown bordering on black, with a thick and creamy light brown head. The smell is roasted malt and a sweet coffee-like aroma. The taste is amazing, like an alcoholized mix of rich chocolate milk and espresso. The finish is like a piece of bittersweet chocolate melting down the throat. Mouthfeel is very smooth and nice a nice sweet/bitter flavour sticks around for a while. I really enjoyed this beer, and will definitely be purchasing it again soon.

Viggo, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bomber a beautiful black with a nice dark tan head. I can't see through this and holding it up to the light doesn't help much. This is as dark as night. The smell is of roasted, burnt malts with a healthy dose of chocolate on the nose. Hops are subdued in the mix..smells like some freshly baked brownies. This is my dessert after a nice dinner.

The first taste is quite complex. A nice mix of floral hops and roasted, nutty malts intertwines with what I would say is the perfect amount of bitersweet chocolate flavor. Damn..this is one tasty brew. Almost tastes like some fine dark chocolate to me, maybe a hint of coffee in there as well. This is quite well balanced and easy to drink. Sweetness is there but is counteracted with a nice does of biterness.

The mouthfeel is good and it goes down smoothly. Drinkability is right up there as well. It tates so good I just want to keep downing it. Forget the cake, pie, cookies or anything else...after a fine meal serve some Rogue Chocolate Stout instead.

orbitalr0x, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch black stout with a medium brownish head with better then average retention. I was quite surprised at the hoppy aroma with light chocolate/ roasted coffee notes. I guess my expectation (because of the name) were to find real discernable chocolate taste, instead I feel that the overabundance of hops covered the chocolate with a lingering bitterness. A bit more sweet and chocolate taste would have been a better representation of what to expect of a chocolate stout. Nonetheless, this is a very good stout.

Phyl21ca, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled while in Vegas. Poured from a 650 ml brown bottle, silk-screened label. A pitch black body, blocks out the light. Large creamy tan head. Intense chocolate aroma with faint hops. Sweet milk chocolate flavour, with dry coffee, balanced out with the cascade hops. Smooth mouthfeel, effervescent and somewhat light. Not necessarily a session ale, but one that's worth picking up on a regular basis.

IronDjinn, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the prerequisite opaque black of a good stout, topped with a nice rocky tan head coats the glass with lace. The aroma is overwhelmingly of milk chocolate with a nice hoppiness (both bitter and aroma). The taste starts out with plain Cadburys, then dark chocolate, resinous mollases and oats take over. A very capable hop bitterness is detectable. The finish is sweet, of more milk chocolate, but definitely not too sweet like some stouts (caribean, Im looking your way). The mouthfeel is creamy and slightly slick with lots of soft carbonation evident.

This is a very good stout that tastes like actual chocolate. One criticism I have is that the chocolate taste is a little too dominant. It has very little roasted barley flavor. Young's Double Chocolate Stout is definitely a more balanced beer.

*note* One really cool thing about this beer is theres a residue left in the bottom of the glass thats like the stuff you see in a Quick chocolate milk mix. It might be yeast but it really tastes like chocolate. This beer is totally made with real chocolate.

CAMRAhardliner, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of TerryW
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, for me this is one of those died and gone to heaven beers. I put it in the fridge to chill it out and the anticipation just about kills me.

Dark when poured, firm good sized head, laces nicely. Good looking beer.

Smells and tatses magnificent. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Sweet and delicious on the nose, a little syrupy maybe, but chocolate. Earthy and dark, smooth and full of flavour. Chocolate. Malt, coffee, some burnt chrcteristics.

An excellent marriage of chocolate and beer. Worth every penny. Tasty and well crafted. Go buy a couple and be prepared to enjoy.

TerryW, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am really careful to ever label a beer as being perfect, but the beer gods allowed me to taste the nectar of heaven. This beer is phenomenal is every aspect of the sense. The 22oz bomber is a godsend. This poured out a beautiful pitch black with fluffy tan head that resembled that of a root-beer float. The smell had definate hints of chocolate that just teased the senses. That first sip got my motor-neurons running 100 mph. The sweet taste of chocolate was followed by a little burnt taste and the combinate was spectacular. This truly is the finest beer that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

ALESwhatCURESya, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! Call me the Kool-Aid Man, but I had to exclaim "Oh Yeah!" when I had this beer (luckily I hadn't had enough to bust through a wall yet.) Deep brown with a puffy tan head, looked good but didn't look so special, but smelled like a Hershey's Special Dark, or the bags of chocolate chips I used to steal from the kitchen cupboard. Ultra creamy fabulous semi-sweet chocolate malts with a lightly citrusy hopped coffee finish. Goes down crazy smooth with great lacing all the way. Superb.

PopeJonPaul, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of pootz
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from the LCBO. Date code stated it was well within freshness peak. Served at 43deg.F in a thick English pint glass.

The pour revealed a black stout that allows no light through the glass. Lovely frothy chocolate colored cap... mild to medium carbonation. Nose is predominated with sweet spicy cocoa tones with some must from the oats lemony hops were just barely detectable.

Mouth feel is big with sturdy malty/oat body and predominated by distinct chocolate tastes balanced against grassy hops that mildly bitter the cocoa flavor in the surprisingly silky, light (for a stout) finish.Taste not unreminisant of liquid semisweet baker's chocolate. A very tasty stout and very drinkable ( I usually don’t value stout for easy smooth dinkability).

I like this stout....would recommend it and actually prefer it to St. Ambroise Oatmeal stout. One tip: when you pour this from the large bottle, leave 2 fingers in the bottle...swirl it then pour this into your glass...there is quite a bit of delicious oat and cocoa sediment on the bottom that really aids in the smoothness of the finish.

pootz, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber with a chick holding a mug of Stout on the front. Poured a black brew with a deep brown head that didn't last long. The aroma is fairly mild with hints of roasted grains, chocolate, and herbal hops. The flavor is exceptional as this stout has a sweetness in the beginning just as chocolate itself has a sweet creamy inital flavor, while the beer then segues to a nice chocolate finish matched by roasted malt flavors. The mouthfeel is excellent in regards to carbonation but i believe that the body is a bit light. Very drinkable with spicy foods as an excellent contrast of flavors as the Stout cuts through the heat of the dish for the brief time that it is on your tongue then after you swallow the heat is back.

RenoZymurgist, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, beautiful, ink black with a rather active espresso colored head. Maximal lacing and good retention. Smells overtly of chocolate and coffee. This is shaping up nicely. Taste wise it is a home run. Huge waves of coffee, slightly burnt, and chocolate malt enbalm your mouth. This stuff is desert and that's just how I'm having it. Finshes slightly dry with a nice sweetly astringent quality to it. Mouthfeel is rather big but quite enjoyable. God help me if I ever find this on tap.

yankeeheel, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout was served from a 22 oz. silkscreened bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was black, and was topped by an ample brown head that eventually receeded, leaving pools of shimmering obsidian-like blackness. Rich aromas of cocoa-chocolate, cola, and creamy sasparilla wafted from the glass, integrated with a superb and intriguing roasty smoky earthiness. This stout delivered divine flavors...beginning with a dark chocolate-cola roasty maltiness that opened up with an excellent earthy cocoa bitterness and perfectly subtle non-descript esters. The finish was cocoa dry and cola-like with cherry esters, leaving lingering bitter chocolate notes. Yes I could tell there is some real chocolate in there. The body was richly full and smooth: perfect for the flavors and character of the beer. I was very impressed with the Chocolate Stout, enjoying it immensely, in contrast to the Shakespeare, which I think is a bit unrefined and out-of-wack with its esters. Being a lover of both stouts and super dark chocolate, I highly recommend this one to other like-minded individuals. Perhaps my favorite from Rogue.

HiroProtagonist, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer has a dark brown-black body, completely opaque, and is topped with an inch of dark tan foam. Good head retention, a 1/2" stays the entire time.

Smell: This has a wonderfully rich nose of cocoa powder and lightly roasted malt; only the most faint touch of bitterness in the nostrils.

Taste: This is pure decadence. A well balanced malt profile gives this a rounded flavor, not an astringent one. Rich dark malts combine nicely with real chocolate? to elicit the cocoa flavor in the nose, and even a sweet coffee liquer flavor. So smooth and chocolately. Mmmm. Even though I don't match beer with desert, this could convince me otherwise. Roasted bitterness creeps in to finish, and keeps one honest.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, not thick and viscous like an Imperial, but not flimsy and weak like a dry stout. Just right.

Drinkability: I'd gladly have more than one. Delicious. I'm very happy to have found it on tap in my neck of the woods.

99bottles, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of bultrey
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Wow. That's all I can say. I had this on tap in a 20 oz. glass at Spuyten Duyvil.
Beer brewed with actual chocolate, as this one is, scares me. I don't think of it as a natural combination (except for maybe some good dark chocolate with a malty barleywine).
The chocolate is incredibly aggressive in the aroma, making for one of the most unsual and delicious smelling beers ever. But again, I'm thinking "I don't want to taste this, just smell it."
Well, I was wrong. The chocolate is there in the taste, but not nearly as aggressive as in the aroma, and it is quickly balanced by smooth, dark roasted malt with some nice hoppiness on the edge. The beer finishes cleaner than any stout I've ever had, as the chocolate shows up again in the aftertaste, more in the form of vanillin, perfectly balancing out the roastiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, smooth, smooth. One might classify this as a dessert beer, but I think not one to accompany dessert; rather, it IS dessert. Sublime.

bultrey, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darkest mahogany. I would call it ebony but I get the sense that there's a reddish tint when the glass is held up to bright sunlight. The generous head is toasted cocoa brown in color, tight-bubbled and semi-firm. It looks like it might be an impressive lacer, but despite maintaining a thick creamy disk, there isn't a lot of glass coverage. A short collar and a few small scraps is it.

There's an undercurrent of dark, roasted malt and citric hops, but the nose is dominated by an enticing, liqueur-like, bittersweet chocolatiness. It smells like an entire bottle of Hershey's syrup was added to the bomber. This is, without question, the most chocolatey nose of any beer that I've ever had. Wow, a beer milkshake!

My impressions after tasting are nearly identical to my impressions after smelling. Sure, you have your roasted black malt and your trademark Rogue hoppiness (Cascade in this case), but man oh man, the sweet, silky, liquid chocolate goodness is exploding over my tongue and is lingering seemingly forever.

The carbonation is under the radar stealthy, which only improves the smooth, impossibly creamy texture. It isn't full and chewy like an Imperial stout, but it really doesn't need to be for maximum enjoyability. This is one amazing beer.

When I saw that Rogue added natural chocolate flavoring (the front of the silk-screened bottle says "made with imported chocolate") I was all set to put on my beer snob hat, invoke purity laws and say things like 'why couldn't they make it taste like chocolate using only roasted malt, etc.' That was before I tasted it.

I don't care what they added to make it taste this delicious, I just hope they keep on brewing it. If ever there was a chocolate beershake, this is it. If that strikes some as heresy then I'll gladly consume their share. Rogue Chocolate Stout is, in my opinion, the definitive chocolate stout and the one by which all others will now be measured. Tremendous stuff!

BuckeyeNation, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep viscous dark brown color which no light can escape. A nice thick creamy chocolatey head appears and stays for a while leaving a beautiful lace. Aromas are of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and just a slight light hop aroma. The intially taste of this beer starts off quite roasty and chocolately with the dark malts really finding their way into this brew. This follows with a nice coffee tone with hints of expresso and just more cocoa. This beer finishes smooth and thick, with a nice hop bitterness and yet more roasty malts. As for mouthfeel to this beer, there aren't many that get smoother, richer, or creamier than this beer, and its drinkability is just as good to boot!

bigbeerdrinka, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour was pitch black with a creamy two finger head that slowly dissapated and left a thick beige cream on top of the beer.

The smell was very pronounced chocolate, coffee, and spice.

The drink started with a thick chewy sweet chocolate taste, then slowly moved to bitter hops. Then the finish was very grainy and thick with a lingering spice.

This was a damn fine stout and my favorite of the Rogue's I've had so far.

coasterfreak75, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of GreenCard
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: onyx-black, medium layer of tan foam with OK retention at first, then just a thin film

Aroma: coffee, chocolate liqueur, faint malts, vanilla, a very subdued aroma that slowly stacks up and becomes a little more substantial

Flavor: midly sweet then lots of roast then a hop bitterness takes charge for a second or two before oat-stout sweetness appears, faint chocolate notes, finishes semi-sweet with chicory and dark chocolate truffle in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, terse carbonation, alcohol warmth, a bit astringent

Other comments: The aroma is surprisingly subdued. You really have to hunt for it at first. After a while it seems a little more present, but you'd think there would be more to it. A decent stout. I wonder what the "natural chocolate flavoring" is.

This bottle was courtesy of frank4sail, who brought it (amongst many others) to Belgium for me. I shared it with Belgianbeers during an "American Craft-brew" tasting the other night.

GreenCard, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours thick and black with no visible carbonation.

Smell: Is my sniffer broke? I don't smell anything! Maybe a hint of chocolate but I have to bury my nose in there just to get anything.

Taste: All chocolate. Nothing else. No malt, no hop bitterness. Just like drinking chocolate milk.

Overall impression: A good beer but very one dimensional. I liked it for a dessert but it just didn't scratch my beer itch.

If you are in to stouts, try it once. But that's about all you need to do with this beer.

mattcrill, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a full creamy dark brown head (nitro-ish) which leaves nice lace rings. Big chocolate aroma with citrusy hops there in true-to-Rogue form. Cocoa Powder and Chocolate Syrup aromas as time goes on. "Dry" chocolate taste (almost cocoa-powder-ish) balanced with lots of hops (very noticeable in comparison to Young's Double Chocolate Stout). A bit too airy for the style but close to Medium bodied.

Overall very nice -- started out stronger than it finished: I prefer Young's which is much smoother.

Per label: "Imported Chocolate" & "Natural Chocolate Flavoring Added"

Per Rogue's website: Chocolate Stout is brewed with 10 ingredients: Northwest Harrington and Klages, Crystal 135-165 and Beeston Chocolate Malts, Cascade Hops, Rolled Oats and Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Free Range Coastal Waters and PacMan Yeast.

Measurements: 15 degrees Plato, IBU 69, Apparent Attenuation 77, Lovibond 135.45 degrees.

Purchased: 12/19/03
Tasted: 07/06/04

($3.49 / 22 oz. bottle)

RBorsato, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of sideshowrob
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on Tap at Max's on Broadway in Baltimore. I've also had it in bottles, and will note where different. It's interesting to note that in Summer of 2003 the American Museum of Natural History in NYC had an exhibit on chocolate, and this beer was offered for sale in the gift-shop!

Served in a pint glass. Beer was nearly black with little head. The aroma of chocolate was immediately evident. chocolate bars don't smell this chocolately. Sweet aroma and a slight hop backbone were detected. Taste was outstanding. Off the tap this beer had a totally different characteristic than in bottles. The strong malty chocolate was balanced by a carefully tuned hop note. Very surprizing in this style. Very agreeable. Easy on the palate, and remarkably easy to drink for a heavy, full-bodied stout. A superb brew!

sideshowrob, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:

Ichor black with little to no head (brown-to tan what there is of it).

Smell:

Smells like Hershey's Pennsylvania. There is nothing but pure chocolate pouring off of this one.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Not as sweet as I expected from the aroma. Chocolate flavor is present and prevalent in the first few seconds to be replaced by a bitter mouthfeel that lasts through the finish. Interesting, but not something I'd enjoy on a daily basis.

cbl2, Jun 22, 2004
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,681 ratings.