Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Black motor oil stout with a huge rocky head that lasts for days. Huge chocolate aroma with a good hop backbone. The flavor is chocolate and coffee with hop bitterness behind. The finish is bitter chocolate and dry. Full body beer with good drinkability
12-18-2003 01:41:45 | More by GCBrewingCo
1.88/5 rDev -54.8%
Opaque black. No highlights. Small dark brown head.
Sweet, low-quality milk chocolate on the nose (someone at the blind tasting said Whitman's buttercreams and they were right). Definitely buttery as well. Quite nutty too. Cloying and gross.
Surprisingly light on the palate. Lots of bitterness, and a touch of burnt malt flavor. Needs body badly. Mouthfeel is OK, length is, unfortunately, average.
Tasted blind at the 12/14/03 St. Louis BA tasting.
12-16-2003 15:59:47 | More by Realale
3.65/5 rDev -12.3%
One of the more disappointing Rogue brews I've tried. The taste on this beer is just not on mark for such a proud name. The slightly thin body provides a flavor that is just weak and quite short of stout strength. Dark as night, this beer had a small nondescript head and little lace effect. Truly short of chocolate sense as well, but long on a thin malt sense.
12-13-2003 06:00:05 | More by AtLagerHeads
2.6/5 rDev -37.5%
Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with a quite thick light brown head.
Aroma: Mild chocolate tones dominate. All other aromas are quite muted.
Taste: Lots of carbonation takes away from the chocolate(which is detectable) and any other flavors that might be present.
Mouthfeel: Unimpressive, IMO. Too much carbonation creates an unwanted, flavorless void.
Drinkability: Not at all excited about this one. Doesn't live up to the hype IMO. Won't try again.
12-10-2003 15:46:13 | More by winomark
4.45/5 rDev +7%
22 oz bomber that has a fanciful lady painted on it, holding an overflowing mug in one hand, and what appears to be a piece of chocolate in the other.
Oh my . . . Oh yes!
This black, viscous liquid clings to the glass like an auspicious cloud. A four sip belch emitted hints of cocoa, English toffee, wild blackberry and charred smoked casks that have been preserved in castor oil.
This is mighty good stuff!
We tried this with a piece of "Death by Chocolate" cake from Greg's Restaurant in Providence, RI--making for a great combination. This stout definitely deserves its high ranking.
12-07-2003 22:20:27 | More by bewley
4.55/5 rDev +9.4%
Bought a bomber of this for $3.49. I enjoy Rogue brews alot but never had this stout. As of yet I hadn't had many chocolate stouts, except Young's Double Chocolate. Poured it into a pint glass. Dark, syrupy brown. Nice tan head, not too big. Good lacing. Smelled very strong of chocolate. Little bit of a hops aroma too.
Tastes exceptional. Not sure what the abv is on this but it seemed like a very drinkable beer. I will surely pick up a few more of these in the coming weeks.
12-06-2003 21:43:54 | More by AbePhroman
4.88/5 rDev +17.3%
So, last night my wife and I had just put my son to bed and she asks me if I have any beer she might like. I check the fridge and there sat my bomber of Rogues Chocolate Stout, virtually begging to be chosen. Since my wife already is a fan of Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, she was willing to try Rogues offering.
This brew had a uniform ebony hue that looked like it was sucking the light out of the room. A firm, bubbly, one-finger brown head perched atop the beer. As the beer disappeared, a solid layer of sheet lace was left behind. The rich chocolate aroma came pouring off the top well before I got my nose close to the glass. Some roasted malt notes were also present but the overwhelming aroma was chocolate. The taste was redolent of dark chocolate, amazing in its richness. It reminded me of the Swiss dark chocolate my brother gave me on his last visit back to the States. Some light oatmeal and gentle coffee flavor rounded out the taste profile. The feel was medium-bodied at first but built up in thickness as it warmed. Not quite as velvety smooth as Youngs, however.
Im astounded at how much chocolate flavor and aroma is crammed into this beer. Its not a beer; its like a dark chocolate mousse that got liquified. Unbelievably drinkable; try to restrain yourself from guzzling it all before it has a chance to warm up some.
12-03-2003 20:28:56 | More by Boilermaker88
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Appearance: Ebony just barely letting any ruby highlights through at the edges when held up to the light, seems viscous with the pour and forms a nice sized milk chocolate colored brown head leves behind beautiful uniformed webbed lacing. Aroma: Hints of roasted marshmallows, deep milky chocolate, toasted nuts just one heavenly aroma barely letting some floral notes of hops. Taste: Ladies and gents what a beer, this one is definitely worthy of the Best of BA, with dark roasts blending with hop bitterness in the finish upfront the beer is full of toasted nuts and chocolate pleasure. Nothing compares to this one just awesome I like Brooklyn's Luxury Double Chocolate and Young's as well but this one kicks up a notch in the right direction. Mouthfeel: Full bodied almost chewy definitely pours like motor oil this is one big brew, awesome. Drinkability: Limit yourself to bomber this stuff is flavorful and full in body as lucious as they come an experience that I am going to enjoy for the next 30 to 60 minutes just sipping on it.
12-03-2003 04:33:46 | More by WVbeergeek
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
22 oz. Bomber
Very dark in color, with a creamy and lasting espresso-colored head. Smells of chocolate, nice and rich. Taste is full of milky chocolate, well-rounded and very, very good. Nice touch of hops, too, and their bitterness makes for a dry, almost dark chocolate like finish. Easy to drink, and prettty much wonderful. I'm a big fan.
This was a great dessert on Thanksgiving, too.
11-28-2003 05:46:19 | More by RockyTopHeel
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Nearly black body. Magnificent tan head is creamy and uneven on the top and large-bubbled on the bottom. Yeasty aroma with a deep noseful of chocolate.
Burning, thin, and raspy in the mouth, with just a slice of cool creaminess coming through before you swallow. Interesting mixture of sensations. I would prefer a bit more thickness in the mouth, but I cannot find it in me to condemn this beer because of that wonderful mixture of raspiness and cream.
This is definitely a beer that you will not want to serve too cold. It just got better and better as it warmed.
11-25-2003 15:35:25 | More by Darkale
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Chocolate Stout pours pitch black in color with a huge tan head and great lacing. It smells of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Very rich, creamy, and absolutely delicious. When I first tasted this beer I was amazed how they could pack so much chocolate into one beer. An utter joy.
11-20-2003 04:55:05 | More by NickLovesBeer
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
From the tap this beer poured out an amazingly rich and dark brown color with a huge creamy tan head. The aroma is rich with roasted tones and what else? chocolate. Theres no mistaking it. This beer incorporates the chocolate flavor into the beer perfectly. Sweet cocoa comes through along side a semi-sweet body of malts. Theres a hop bitterness hiding in there, also. This is a special beer.
11-19-2003 01:40:51 | More by pezoids
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Jet black in appearance with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocoalate liquor. Taste is of dark chocolate, not overly sweet. A bit of a roasty quality reminds you that yes this is a stout you're drinking and not dessert. Thick, silky mouthfeel. Get's better as it warms. Excellent use of chocolate.
11-15-2003 20:52:30 | More by dmarch
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured with a somewhat substantial chocolate soda head for a stout.Had a chocolately malt aroma a chocolate frosting first taste, with a pleasant not supersweet aftertaste.Mouthfeel was thick but not chewy got thicker and bolder as it warmed. For what it is its top notch, but to one dimensional to be placed amongst the top world beers.
11-15-2003 12:31:04 | More by grynder33
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Pours thick and black with a generous tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts, hops, and dark chocolate. Taste is great, and basically the same as the aroma.
The mouthfeel is too thin for my liking, but I'll live. Drinkability: I'm pretty sure I could polish off two or three of these in a night. Good, but not as good as Shakespeare. But then again, what is? Rogue set themselves an impossible standard with that one.
11-10-2003 21:50:30 | More by HossMcGraw
4.45/5 rDev +7%
Compared to the draft version (see my review), the differences I notice in the bottled version are 1)There is a hint of nutmeg or ginger towards the middle...it's slightly spicier but in a herbal fashion, 2)The chocolate flavor and aroma is more subdued, 3) The mouthfeel is a little denser, silken and smooth, but not quite as soft. This is still my favorite chocolate stout, however the draft was a pure pint of heaven.
11-06-2003 22:03:57 | More by Mitchster
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Aroma: Hops, and dark chocolate. First smell was the stout style maltiness, then came some of the aggressive hop, now, all I can smell is the deep dark chocolate.
Appearance: Jet-black, even with back lighting. A fluffy tan head retreated to a light coat and laced
Flavor: Backbone of classic stout roasted malt, nice hop bitter at the end, all of which is covered with a coffee chocolate coating. The chocolate taste seems to melt away to expose the slightly bitter, refreshing finish. A chocolate covered hop?
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice creamy consistency, and a bitter tingle at the end
Overall Impression: A smooth clean tasting beer with a chocolate twist. The chocolate is present, but not overwhelming, a nice counterpoint to a typically (for Rogue) delicious stout. There is more of the chocolate in the nose than the taste, but it’s all good. Makes me want to try more chocolate in my homebrews. Drinkability is great; I had trouble writing the review between sips, the nice dry finish invites another mouthful. Recommended, I’ll be getting more of this for dinner party desserts.
11-04-2003 05:15:56 | More by HardTarget
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
rogue hits the nail on the head again. this is a damn fine brew. pours black as hell with a dark tan, foamy head that is oh so creamy looking. there is an obvious sweet chocolate smell that dominates with a bit of maltiness as well. it smells (and tastes) a bit like chocolate milk. the chocolate is more dominant in the flavour than the smell, which was maybe the only drawback for me with this beer...it was a bit too sweet at times. if that was toned down a bit, this would be that much better of a beer. very creamy and smooth, and just enjoyable all around.
11-03-2003 21:58:30 | More by SixpointJMH
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
A big and thick black pour generates a decent and creamy tannish head that's slightly more even in color than Shakespeare. Nice intricate lacing properties. Aroma is too tipped toward chocolate to my mind, quite strong and unidimensional. Excellent body, mouthfeel, and proper carbonation. But like the smell, the malt flavors and sweetness leans too far to the chocolate side for my everyday tastes, just a slight coffee compensates. Just when you think this is going to be a Young's Luxury Double on steroids, the famed Rogue hopping balances very well and brings the close and after sensation about. A good beer for the right mood, it just lacks the slightly more masterful complexity and outstanding balance of Rogue Shakespeare Stout -- still the finest beer on the planet in so many characteristics. More than one pint of Chocolate Stout at a time gets very cloying for me.
10-30-2003 16:59:21 | More by ADR
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
The pour was black and I couldn't see through it. Head was tan but pretty weak and faded fast. Nice lacing though. Smell was of a cocoa flavor. Taste was strong! Intense flavors came through. Lots of chocolate, but not really sweet chocolate, more bitter chocolate flavor. Another flavor was a woody flavor that complemented the chocolate nicely. Mixture of sweetness and hoppiness stayed balanced throughout. Very roasted feel in the finish. Medium carbonation and a medium to thick body here. Improved as it warmed. One intense beer.
10-25-2003 17:21:27 | More by granger10
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
huge pint and 6 ounce bottle. great gift from a great friend.
poured out black with a tiny, darkish, custard-colored head, which dissipated quickly and left only a bit of lacing.
a powerful nose of sweet chocolate and the ubiquitous cascade hop. a lot like the mocha porter, but more chocolatey.
a rather watery mouthfeel, but nothing that the flavors don't make up for.
these flavors were a shock, because i'm used to beer showing its sweetness first, and balancing that sweetness out with hoppy bitter balance. but this rogue is all grapefruity hops up front, and then the chocolate starts to peek its head out in the middle. the finish is a long, slow mingling of the now fully present chocolate and the fading but still powerful cascade hop flavors.
i haven't had many rogue brews, but this one shows an uncommon balance. the massive hoppiness is joined by a serious dose of roast and chocolate, which makes this the best rogue i've tasted so far. excellent stout.
10-24-2003 23:25:40 | More by dedalus
3.53/5 rDev -15.1%
Eclipse black color. Large foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, touch of cardboard (but in a good way). A medium bodied stout. Malts are chocolate. Touch of vanilla and coffee. Hops are slightly spicy. Hops are slightly spicy. A nicely balanced sweet stout. The chocolate flavors predominate. Etched/painted beer bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
10-12-2003 03:57:12 | More by beerguy101
4.55/5 rDev +9.4%
I thought Young's Chocolate Stout was top dog in this class until I tried this. This has a dark brown color, a thick head, as with the Rogue Shakespeare Stout. I find the Chocolate flavor to be ideal, strong enough to know it's chocolate, but without tasting artificial or being overbearing as to ruin the stout taste. A thick, hanging, tongue-coating mouthfeel with an aftertaste that follows the initial coffee and chocolate flavors through. It is somewhat pricey, but after drinking many good stouts, this one is very memorable with the ideal amount of chocolate. Unlike flavored coffees that taste gimmicky or artificial, this is an ideal blend of stout and chocolate flavors.
10-07-2003 01:19:39 | More by Sudmissle
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -15.9%
Like Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, its a bit gimicky. Sweet vanilla and chocolate flavour to start off with. The finish is quite roasty, with some bitter chocolate and then the mandatory hoppyness of Rogue beers kicks in. It had lots of flavour, and i quite enjoyed it, but i'm not quite sure it knew which direction it wanted to go. But...tasty. (Cask GBBF 03')
09-29-2003 02:06:15 | More by rastaman
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
Now Quaffing: Rogue Chocolate Stout
This brew pours a viscous black with a cascading tan head. Aroma is all roasted malts and baker's chocolate. Taste is a nice contrast between sweet and bitter with all kinds of chocolate flavors, milk, dark, and some coffee in the bitter finish. This beer redefines full bodied with an amazing smooth and creamy mouthfeel that reminds me of drinking some good homemade hot chocolate. This is one of those beers that reminds you that brewing is an art form.
09-26-2003 01:03:24 | More by TripelJ
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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