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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,902 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,902
Reviews: 1,874
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 336
Gots: 406 | 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: 3,902 | Reviews: 1,874
Photo of Gritsak
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- extremely dark brown. nice frothy tan head with great retention. no visible light even when held up directly.

S- sweet carmel, roasted grains, malt, toffee, and of course chocolate.

T- roasted chocolate flavor is dominate, accompanied by a faint sweetness and very light hop tingle. a nice roasted, smokey flavor is left lingering on the palate. easily the most balanced stout ive had.

M- suprisingly solid medium body. I expected it to have a much thicker feel. extremely smooth and actually refreshing, not something you see to often with a stout.

D- the easiest drinking stout ive ever had.

overall- i cant believe its taken me so long to try this beer. Its hands down the best stout ive ever had. Extreme smoothness coupled with a suprisingly refreshing feel that you dont expect from a stout. simply put, this is an excellent beer.

edit: as i finish off the 22oz, i think this is probably the most enjoyment ive ever got from drinking a beer.

rogue, please put this stuff in a 6pack.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown on the pour, quite opaque but not quite black; Centimeter-thick tan head that recedes to a creamy ring and leaves some tan rings around the glass as it settles. Tiny, frothy lacing.

Lots of chocolate on the scent, a combination of super sweet and bitter baker's chocolates and sweet espresso beans; Malty, with no evidence of hop oils, very sweet chocolate-coffee makes up the scent. Smells like cocoa with mini marshmallows. The chocolate they added definitely adds to the scent.

Now this tastes the way I like my stouts; I found Rogue's own Shakespeare Stout to taste too much like a regular porter. I think the addition of chocolate has made up for what they're missing. It'd be nice if they could find those flavors without adding anything, but I'm a little biased. There's a cheerful bitter baker's chocolate taste from the roasted malts, some hop oils bittering on the tongue; It's sleek and sweet, mostly, pretty well balanced stout.

Mouthfeel is thicker than the Shakespeare Stout, and I like that, too; Chewy and full, with minimal carbonation to distract from the flavors and sensations at hand. Lots of tasty milk-chocolate flavors hang out in the aftertaste.

Pretty drinkable; No alcohol prescence, tasty and thick. A satisfying stout.

Photo of Illinick
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark brown, opaque, with a small caramel brown head and good lacing throughout.
S: Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, sweet bread and some nut scents-almondy, hazelnutty scents. Chocolate is the real winner here.
T: Nice flavors of bittersweet chocolate, nut, malty-sweet bread and some notes of oat with a touch of coffee and smokey/earthy flavors. The malt is there but is subsided by the presence of other flavors. Definate hop presence that provides a well infused bitterness to round out and offset other flavors. Chocolate is the backbone, but does not dominate the taste profile.
MF: medium and somewhat bitter.
Overall: Has a nice flavor profile-the chocolate is matched well against hop bitterness. To be honest I expected more of chocolate flavor; however, the complexity of the flavors and the hop bitterness made this a quality brew. Nice brew for the cold weather also.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head. This might come as a shock, but this beer actually smells like real chocolate! If you blindfolded me and put the beer and a chocolate bar in front me, I would be hard-pressed to tell which one was which. The taste is great as well, but I did not receive the chocolate rush that I did from the aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Slightly bitter from the use of hops brings the drinkabikity down a bit, but it's still great for a stout. This beer was a treat to have on tap and left me feeling very satisfied.

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

Pours a big creamy dark mocha head over a black body. Wispy sheets of lace and a decent ring of foam all the way down. Aromas of chocolate, sweet malt and floral hops. Complex and rich flavors of bitterswet chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, vinous fruit and mild sweetness-- all counterbalanced by a subdued hop bitterness. Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy in the mouth with a drying finish.

As a chocolate lover, I find the chocolate component of this beer to be extremely well-executed; it is definately a major presence, but complements the other flavors without downing them out. The hop level is similarly well-done--contributing to aroma and flavor, without throwing things out of balance. Overall, this a complex and well-crafted stout, suitable for dessert or simply good drinking.

Photo of daliandragon
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been staring at the rows of Rogues staring at me every week as I peruse through the local beer distributor. The artwork of the different people on the bottles is really cool but some of them kind of freak me out a little. At any rate, I decided to take a break from the English ale shelves tonight and give Rogue a shot.
Pours evenly into a pint glass, displaying a perfect black color and modest but thick chocolate foam. I'd love to see a little more head but I'm already being knocked out by the smell. Deep, rich, milk chocolate hits my nose, with backup from dark roasted malt and hops. A slightly sour note is also present but strangely a perfect mesh with all the chocolate.
The taste is surprisingly dry and pleasantly bitter. Lots of delicious malt but without much of the usual sweetness. Coffee and raisins are two familiar flavors I can identify. The texture is smooth without being silky and the mouthfeel lasts long after the beer is down the gullet.
Overall, this beer is delicious, smells amazing, and is very well made but seems to fall just short of true stout greatness for me. Still, definitely worth a $3.99 flier every once in a while in the winter.

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

Very dark brown with a deep beige head (light brown?). Three-finger head from the pour, excellent ring lace on the glass side with each sip.

Strong cocoa aromas, almost like hot chocolate mix. Some sweetness to the smell. Some dark malts come through; no discernible hop.

Very chocolatey taste with very little sweetness. I like how the beer transitions to a subtle hop flavor. Perhaps the only flaw is that aftertaste is so brief. Thick body, similar to hot chocolate. Appropriate carbonation. Nice complexity with lots of differing tastes coming through at different points of the taste. The balance at the swallow is something special.

Do you like chocolate? If so, this is a great beer. It does not have the usual overdone flavors, just a wonderfully balanced brew. If you're expecting a dry stout, this will be quite distracting. Go with cocoa flow and enjoy.

Photo of russpowell
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch black with a fluffy light brown head. Head retention and lacing was phenominal. Head had the appearance of the skin that forms when you make instant pudding. Looked like some sort of dessert or tricked out coffee

Smell: Chocolate malt in the nose with slight hints of grain

Taste: Rich chocolate taste from the get go. Bitterness from baker's choclate? Slight dryness and nuttiness

MF: Slight chewyness and well carbonated

This beer works well by itself or paired with a number of desserts, yum

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the better Rouge beers in my opinion. This stout has a very dark brown color (thick and rich), a brown head with even carbonation. The smell is a very light hint of chocolate. A very stout taste with chocolate overtones and even more chocolaty aftertaste – nice. It’s has a light mouth feel for a stout. This is a very nice chocolate stout!

Photo of LPorter33
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz bomber from Martignetti's

Appearance = Beautiful dark, ruby brown, close to black as you can get. Great 1.5'' head, thick and creamy, faded to 1/4'', decent lacing.

Smell = Deep, dark chocolate with robust toasted malt. Fainter and lighter than expeected but what's there is good. I expected it to be much more intense.

Taste = Disappointing given the hype. Chocolate is there but overwhelmed by a sourness that drowns out the other flavors.While I like hoppy flavors this sourness feels wrong on every level, especially in this particular style. This feels like a mismatch that isn't balanced. It's not bad though with average taste and drinkability but very disappotining given the huge expectations. The mouthfeel is also thin and watery, not what I'd expect from a stout.

Overall = An OK stout that I draink with apathy. I can't really recommend it, , but it's worth a try for stout fans.

Photo of matchz
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark opaque black with a dark brown head, this beer smells like coffee, with hints of roasted almonds and of course chocolate. Tastes of dark, bitter chocolate with coffee and a nice smooth malt finish.

Beer and Chocolate, what could be better together?!

Photo of nlmartin
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a very good looking solid black. The head was the color of coffee that has been nicely creamed. There was very nice webbings of lacing left behind on the beer.

Smell: Tons and tons of chocolate afloat on roasty coffee flavors.

Taste: True to the smell there is alot of chocolate floating on roasted coffee. This beer has a very pleasing bitter sweet chocolate sort of taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is meduim bodied. The beer is not as chewy in the mouth as some other stouts; however, this is still a dam fine beer.

Photo of NEhophead
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque oil in color beneath a dense, 1" coffee-colored head with good retention. Patches of condensed and spotted lacing.

Rich and creamy milk chocolate, toffee, hazlenut, a touch of sweet vanilla. Very strong, and silky chocolate/cocoa aromatics. Reminiscent of a melted milk chocolate bar in a pot of freshly brewed hazlenut coffee.

Moderate roasted malt character that is more mellow and silky than most other stouts, due to the semi-sweet flavors: sweet toffee, chocolate, light nuts. A hop bite cutting through the rich chocolate flavors at mid-sip, that leaves a lingering toffee, coffee, and light alcohol in the aftertaste.

Full bodied; syrupy with flavors that back up the strong consistency. Covers the palate nicely, like a piece of melted chocolate.

A very flavorful version of the style. Unique, yet still true to the style. I don't see myself getting tired of this one.

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

pours a dark black with nice brown head.

smells like a chocolate milk or something. very creamy strong chocolate. malty and robust

taste is great. sweet chocolate with a very mellow body. slightly roasty and nice and malty tasting. very smooth, sweet and satisfying. the aftertaste is delicious.

mouthfeel is creamy and pretty heavy, but its delicious flavor makes it smooth. drinkability is excellent. only drawback is its price, but its worth the luxury once in a while. one of my favorites for the winter season.

Photo of Schwarzbart
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours black and thick. It almost looks syrupy as it cuts through the one finger head. The head is brownish tan in color and provides good lacing. The lacing continued to stick for the entire beer which surprised me. Aroma is clearly chocolate. Just like a bag of Hershey's Cocoa powder. The malts are also a little toasty smelling, but mostly hidden by the sweet smell of chocolate. Taste is outstanding and actually has good balance between the sweet chocolate malts and hops, which became more noticeable as I drank the beer. Hops have a grassy quality. Creamy, but finishes a little dry and surprisingly crisp. One word can sum this one up. Wow.

Photo of Suds
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark, nearly black color with a dense tan head of moderate height. Decent lace, coupled with the visual perception of thick heaviness and serious viscosity make this an attractive one. This is another one of those beers that deserves lots of nose attention: big-time chocolate malt, deeply roasted grain, oats, dark coffee. It’s a little grainy at the start, and moderately sweet. The mouthfeel is full, robust, and creamy. It’s an experience. Light bitterness in the finish as a balance. This one is a wonderful, no-nonsense piece of art. I wish that I had another bottle right now.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a great, fluffy brown two-finger head. Color a nutty black.

Smell- Reminded me of German chocolate Ritter Sport. With a little bitterness to bely the mocha sweetness.

Tatse- I never drinka ANYTHING that has chocolate in it excep this. This was fantastic. Great dark chocalate mixed with some cream. Leaves a coffee aftertaste. A little hops to remind me that I was drinking beer.

Mouthfeel- A nice smooth, yet thick chocolate palate with a little bitterness.

Drinkability- For something made with chocolate, this has a great need to be imbibed.Especially for desert.

Photo of drumstik
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick black with a chocolate brown head. Even when held right up to a lamp no light is coming through this bad boy.

Smells like chocolate! Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! No suprise here. Just a hint of roasted malt.

Taste starts off with a tiny burnt/roasted malt bitter bite followed by a very silky chocolate taste. Almost like a hot coco powder but more towards the dark chocolate side. Not overly sweet or heavy. The best part is that it tastes like real chocolate unlike some beers that have the chocolate name in their label.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and milk like with just a hint of carbonation. Suprisingly light as it sits in your belly which is great because I could sip this all night long.

As far as chocolate beers go, this is the best I have had. Makes an excellent dessert by itself but I am sure it would go excellent with a slice of chocolate cake (perhaps it would even make a good cake!). Go out and find one if you haven't because this is what a chocolate beer should be!

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

I bought this and Young's double chocolate on the same trip in order to get my chocolate stout fix. I drank the Young's a few nights ago and was bitterly dissapointed, I don't feel that young's is up to the hype. This beer however is about as prefect as I could imagine from a chocolate stout. Pours as black as any beer i've seen with a frothy mocha colored head which was moderate but left nice lacing, Aroma was soft and subtle but difinitely chocolatey. Doesn't really even seem like smelling beer, it is so subtle and candylike. Taste is just right, chocolate is definitely the key here but it changes to mocha and then to coffee in the finish. I was worried that this would be too sweet but it is perfectly balanced and with each taste I respect what Rogue have done here that much more. Truly a world class effort, I suspect this is now the bar by which any chocolate stout will be judged.

Photo of BamaScholar
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

too bad this bomber doesn't fit in a christmas stocking...i'd gladly take one or two over solid chocolate!!

i had a leftover slice of toffee heathbar crunch from the cheesecake factory so why not pair the two. good decision...

i love the cappucino head that accompanied the near-black pour. i love the fact that the chocolate is of the bittersweet, hazelnutty, european tradition and not overly sweet. as such, its a bitter finish but it doesn't linger in an unpleasant way. excellent presence there, with just enough of the requisite roasted (some might say burnt) malt or mocha backbone to stay true to the style.

for once, a 22 oz. bomber is not enough...i could drink this stuff like coffee. not that i tried it this time, but this might even be tasty warmed up. will definitely sample again. i think the saucer has it on tap...

Photo of Mitchel
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rogue’s Chocolate Stout is a dark, dark, dark brown. If I didn’t know any better, I would call it black. The head is beautiful- thick and a cappuccino colored. Very creamy looking head which holds well and leaves erratic lacing all over the glass. It smells very chocolaty, creamy, and vastly rich.

It tastes very creamy and…..well….chocolaty (what did you expect?). It initially tastes of molasses which quickly fades to softer and silkier tastes of smoke and lightly sweet chocolate. The beer has a soft bitterness to it and goes down smooth and is not as heavy as one might expect. A very chewy beer.

Taken as a whole, this beer is terrific. This is what I have been looking for in a chocolate beer. It tastes very strongly of chocolate (which is more than some other ‘chocolate beers’ can say). Big body and bold flavor with fine balance makes for a great beer. Try it with chocolate cake; good stuff!

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

Wow! As I open this bottle man the aromas of milk chocolate sweetness, floural hop, brown butter, vanilla, Cadbury milk chocolate. This beer pours a jet black and leaves a silky brown head that looks like you poured too much vanilla in your whipped cream. As I smell this beer all the aromas I talked about milk chocolate, brown butter(butterscotch), coffee, floural hops, caramel, sugar, vanilla, are all on display in this beer. The taste of this beer just explodes on your palate. It starts with a vanilla chocolate sweetness then moves to a bitter hop kick followed by a coffee essence and finally finishes with a silky smooth butterscotch aftertaste. This is a fantastic stout I'm sad I took this long to get to it, I will not make that mistake again.

Photo of NClifestyle
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a beer/chocolate lovers dream. this is an amazing beer, just makes me wonder why, if chocolate has worked so well as an addition to brews, why not other interesting tastes?

beautiful beer, black, no colors on the edges, thick head of lumpy, creamy dark tan foam. stayed around forever, lots of lace.
smelled like milk chocolate, very sweet and strong, maybe a hint of vanilla in there too.
taste, believe it or not, chocolate, with a strong coffee aftertaste. the burnt stout aspect takes a few sips to kick in.
very smooth, medium, lovely.
i couldn't drink this all night, but would have it again. a damn fine beer, perfect for dessert when you still want another pint.


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

This stout pours a deep dark color. The head is a tan color and disappointingly minimal in both size and duration (but this really does not distract from how wonderful tasty this beverage is). The smell is of fine mocha and sweet malts. The taste is rather complex, being sweet, with a strong chocolate flavor. There is an occasional bitter finish to the taste which is not overly distracting. Certainly a descent stout worth searching out and enjoying.

Photo of tempest
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the Blue Max in Burnsville, MN.

Pitch black body, darkest American stout I've ever seen, look like a double or imperial stout. Tan/brown head with some lacing and a little head retention.

Smells like dark chocolate. Fairly strong aroma, but very complex tho. Tastes like dark chocolate too, and again, lacks complexity. No roasted malt flavors to be found. At 69 IBUs this beer is surprisingly balanced however.

Interesting mouthfeel, a bit heavy, but very smooth drinking. Big flavors, but not overwhelming. Easily the best Rogue brew I've had thusfar and best chocolate stout.

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