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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,896 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,896
Reviews: 1,874
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 336
Gots: 401 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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: 3,896 | Reviews: 1,874
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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?

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

I can't believe I waited so long to try this! Pours a jet black with a gorgeous mocha head (2 fingers thick)- the lacing was pretty sweet but retention could have been a little bit better. Such an awesomely powerful aroma- I kept sniffing this beer all the way through the 22nd oz. Smells like slightly bitter dark chocolate with just a tinge of roastiness. Taste is less bitter and more milky, thick and rich without being choking. Tastes just like milk chocolate, not like beer at all- definitely hides the alcohol. At least a top 3 stout if not the best (imperials not included)!

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

Wow, been waiting on this one for a while. Watched many friends quaff this one down and now I've finally had the chance to do the same. Poured from the 22oz. black bomber into a mug the beer was jet black in colour with a thick, frothy, chucky, light brown three-finger head. The head on this beer was darker than most beers can claim to be. The head died down to about one-finger and remained there for the entire length of the sample. Big rings of lace formed all the way down the sides of the glass.

Chocolate just overpowered the nose of this beer. It's called chocolate stout and you get what you pay for: an intense dark chocolate smell of cocoa and candy bars. A semi-bitterness to the smell like rich dark chocolate. Perhaps some faint mocha as well and fudge like smell.

Taste is everything it's proclaimed to be. A rather (but appitizingly) bitter dark and burnt chocolate and coffee flavours upfront. The darkest of dark chocolate with a chicory like bitterness to every sip. A deep burt roast flavor like a coffee shop on fire and an almost slightly sweet fruit smell, like chocolate covered raspberries. A bitterness to each sip that's quickly balances by a malty smooth creamy finish. My only complaint would be the the chocolate is too overpowering here. I prefer a bit more subtle chocolate flavour such as that found in Young's Double Chocolate Stout and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

Thick on the palate with almost no carbonation. Better, IMO a little on the colder than warmer side.

Wonderfully filling and very drinkable. Skip the dessert menu this beer will be far better than anything else there. Although perhaps a little too heavy in chocolate flavour, this is a great beer and one to revisit often.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a long due subatical from this beer, it's time I sit down with a bomber to assess, or re-assess.

Boy, those initial aromas are succulent, inviting, and to a large extent- irresistable. The fresh baked brownie aromas wrap around the roasted coffee malts and caramelized barley to promise deep, rich flavors of bitter sweet gormet chocolates and coffee truffles. No fruitiness, not hops, not phenols, nothing to interfere with the cocoa and coffee focus.

Even before the aromas are realized, the beer takes on a look as fitting as the aroma. Very dark and opaque brown colors ride just below a heavily tanned head, much lacing, and a creamy, froathy foamstand. So far, a perfect beer.

Deep, roasty, toasty flavors of wood-fired malts provide the base for the Stout-worthy beer. Strong cocoa and milk chocolate flavors dare to compete, but never dominate. Instead the choco-flavors are religated to compliment the beer and provide a secondary, yet complex role for the heavily roasted coffee-like malts. These work in harmony to complete a perfect beer. ...but then there are the hops. In Rogue fashion, the hops that shows no role in the aroma or initial taste, show up at mid palate with a grassy flavor that begins, and continues to detract from the harmony created from the Stout-like coffee and added cocoa flavors.

Sharp, bitter, and with a slight aggresion that outplays the delicacy of the malts and chocolates, the hop seem to play the part of the 'bull in a china shop'. Beyond the creaminess and softness of the beer, the grassy piney character becomes a distraction to the mouthfeel and interferres with the finish, aftertaste, and secondary taste. Still, the textures have more to say beyond the hops; the beer remains creamy, smooth, and chocolatey otherwise.

Everything about this beer sings 'delicacy'. But those bullying hops, I could do without.

It's like chocolate milk for the beer dependent. Plops viscously into the glass. Raises a 1/2" solid tan-brown head, laces well. Opaque brown - black in color. Smells boldly of cocoa, roasted grains, and a twinge of lactic acid. Tastes thick and rich of bittersweet chocolate, barley malt, and dark grains. Nice blend of alcohol warms into the body and thins the beer toward the finish. Lingers of chocolate and roasted grains. A slight hop bite remains in the back of the throat. A very good beer. Not a whole lot of different flavors, just 2 or 3 that are seriously bold. Now, I need to find a cookie and some ice cream.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a single at Steve's liquor here in Madison.

Pours pitch black, maybe the blackest stout I've seen. Barely a glitter of light through the edges when held up to a light. Big two finger coffee colored head with excellent retention and good lacing. Smell is amazing - cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, dark baker's choclate. I almost don't want to stop smelling it. Taste doesn't disappoint though. Same multi-faceted chocolate flavors as in the nose, with some mocha, espresso, and a slight hoppy bite in the finish. Not the most complex overall taste package, but a delicious one nonetheless. Mouthfeel is fairly well carbonated, smooth, yet crisp. I have found that Rougue Ales tend to be delicious, but fairly one-dimensional. Out of the 4 Rougues I've tried (Hazelnut Nectar, Mocha Porter and Shakespeare being the others) this is the most robust and interesting. Simply a world class stout if you like chocolate. Not overpoweringly sweet. Just the right amount of coffee/hop bitterness. A must try for any stout lover.

Photo of mentor
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) and consumed a couple evenings later in August 2005. Pours a two finger dark brown head over a pitch black liquid. No edging when held to light. Smells...wow. Chocolate, molasses, a hint of roast. Sweet, malty, chocolatey. Desert. Chocolate dominating the flavor with bourbon cherries underneath. Campfire wood. Fudge-cicle. Okay, a minute of sniffing and the head is a thin layer over the beer...what's it taste like? Starts chocolate with some cherry (ie, black patent) sour. While these start strong, they become very powerful during the swallow and in the aftertaste. As they rise, they get a more refined quality and a faint espresso/coffee-roast steps in, too. As strong as the flavors are, I'm surprised the flavors aren't clinging to my tongue. The body is heavy, but not thick. The finish is quite clean. Dry actually, with some hop bitter. A touch of citrusy hop flavor puts the chocolate on guard. Oddly, there is a flavor in my mouth, like I just toked on a cigarette after several months without one. Nah, maybe it's just a bit of wood flavor, like the wood that I found in the smell. Anyway, this was a really enjoyable beer. As much as I hate Rogue for the overpriced offerings they've recently put out (you know those bottles that are super-premium priced in flashy but stupid bottles), I have to admit, they make really tasty beers.

Photo of DogFood11
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

JET BLACK!!! I've visited the rogue brewery a handfull of times and this is a must ...I hate chocolate...I love this beer...how can that be? Super fine carbonation cascades with every pull. Tan head leaves spider web lace. Well... they have crafted this puppy so beautifly that even a chocolate sweets hater like myself can love this beer..Mmmm

It feels like velvet...slick and oily but not too rich OMG....after visiting and watching american beer DVD I realize how much care the owner of this brewery puts into every beer...it tastes like they used as much chocolate as water or any other ingredient super strong flavor.

Notes: If you drink it cold it has a dry coffee type characteristic. When it warmed the chocolate was in control.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was an exceedingly dark brown brew that initially had a four-finger brown head. The head slowly turned light tan, then died away over several minutes.

Aroma was of rich bitter chocolate and dark, slightly roasted malts. It was a little sweet, but not too much so.

Taste was indeed sweeter than the aroma, full of richly roasted malt, doffee notes, and hints of sweet chocolate. A very nice combination.

Mouthfeel was excellent... smooth and creamy, yet full of body.

Drinkability was exceedingly good. Although I like stouts, I am not what could be termed a stout lover... my favorite style is double IPA, so I prefer much hoppier, somewhat lighter beers... but I could have had another of these, and it was in a 22 oz. bomber.

Photo of fdrich29
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ML bottle. "Made With Imported Chocolate".


Pitch black body with a tan, thich head. Nice lacing clings to the glass. Smells like chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is of powdered and dark chocolate, fruit and roasted malts. Crisp and light on the palate.

Had this brew for dessert tonight. Didn't need anything else. An excellent way to end the night. I put off trying this brew for some time, mostly because I tend to take Rogue's line for granted since it's so readily available. I'm glad I finally gave it a try. Will defintely be looking for this beer in the fall.

Photo of Luigi
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black color with a large creamy brown head. Smells rich with sweet chocolate, coffee malts, and a hint of bitter hops. The flavor is full of hints of burnt malts and bittersweet chocolate. Kind of like chocolate chips. A hint of bitter hops pull through. Full bodied and a creamy silky mouthfeel. Has a semi-dry bitter-sweet aftertaste. Damn, this is a good stout. One of the best flavored stouts I have ever had.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. brown bomber.

Darkest inky brown with a tall, pillowy tan head. Sporadic clinging of bubbles.

Chocolate smell. Huh, it isn't just a clever name. Coffee, estery alcohol, fruits also in the nose.

Full bodied, super creamy and smooth. Surprising hints of nutmeg and cinnamon fade into a round chocolate middle. Roasted malts and coffee flavors set in in the finish, with a long lasting bready aftertaste. Hops lend earthy undertones that pair nicely.

I had the first glass by itself and the second with a slice of cherry pie, can't go wrong either way. Very nice.

Photo of asabreed
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber for $4.99 and was waiting for the right, relaxed night to crack it open and sip it for over an hour. It was certainly worth the wait; even with all the hype, this is a kickass stout.

Appearance: Opaque of course, nice thick mocha-colored head. However, there wasn't much sticky lacing, which I expected (could be the glass). Also, the head dissipated quickly too (also could be the glass). Though I DID think the glass was clean. Still nice looking though, despite the absent trails of frothy goodness.

Smell: What I had hoped for. My thing with other chocolate stouts has (usually) been (though as my reviews show, some I still love) a beer that's too hoppy, or else not as balanced with creamy aromas of the many kinds of malts and sweeter ingredients. But this was totally creamy: dark and milky chocolate, real chocolate and chocolate malt mixing well, a sweet smell of powdered chocolate, slight coffee (though with cream and sugar, not bitter black coffee). Perfectly balanced and wonderful to get your nose in.

Taste: Chocolate insanity -- amazingly done. The coffee with cream and sugar aromas certainly come through, which adds an interesting twist to the powerful chocolate aromas. Not much hops flavor, though somehow it's handled without being too sweet or too overbearing. I don't see how a chocolate stout could get any better.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, medium carbonation, not too thick of a body. Awesome.

Drinkability: I have to say, I wouldn't want this all the time. I would, however, like to try it with a dessert next time, as pairing this with many different things would probably make some amazing texture and flavor combinations. I'm going to get another one ASAP and save it again for another night, sipping for as long as possible.

Photo of fisherman34
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is easily the best chocolate beer that I’ve had. Strong aromas of chocolate, along with the slightest hint of roasted coffee. The flavor is of authentic chocolate, not processed chocolate syrup, but REAL chocolate. The sweetness is well balanced by the hops and some Munich-ish malts. I’d be in big trouble if I could drink this all the time!

Photo of Backer2004
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this one at the BP gas station for $4.00 so I said what the heck, rogue's been good to me. Then I look on the reviews and see this is Todd's highest reviewed beer ever. Some others mention that trying this should be a goal in life. Now my expectations are so much higher!

This just didn't happen. It's not even the best stout by Rogue (compared to the Shakespeare Stout). Excellent head and lacing and wonderful aroma. The taste just didn't seem like chocolate, much more mocha, coffee, and malty caramel. The warmer it gets, the better.

I still like it very much, but there's much bigger goals in life.

Photo of Brian700
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours black with brown head. The head stuck around for a little while but slowly faded into a ring around my glass. The nose is amazing. It smells like chocolate mixed with maple syrup. The flavor is also very chocolatey with sort of a maple flavor thing going on in there as well. I also detect some coffee flavor. This is the best stout I have had in a long time. Great mouthfeel. Nice and creamy with a full body. Very drinkable beer. A must try.

Photo of packetknife
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

(Big) bottle with a characteristic Rogue illustration on it. Poured dark brown with a massive dense light-UPS-brown head that laced well. Organic chocholate and caramel on the nose, plenty of coffee too, something like burnt wood lingering too. Tastes just the same as it smells with the addition of one of the best feels (you just want to let it linger and caress your tongue) I've had. Given the stye I think the feel is not improvable. I can't say it's too drinkable though, although I'd certainly go for it, because it is a bit sensory overwhelming. Kinda of like the feeling I get when I have a nice Scotch with a fresh chocolate cookie.

Photo of garymuchow
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma shows a somewhat mild roasted malt that gets rounded out very subtly by the chocolate.
Very attrative black with a very dark head that is thick and recedes rocky and leaves a nice heavy lace.
Surprisinly bitter even with the roasty and somewhat sweet chocolate flavors. Dense. The finish gets more bitter the longer it lasts.
Full feel and thick and somewhat smooth. A little oily. Overall nice.
Flavor has Rogue quality, I'm assuming from the yeast. I like this, but not like others do, but it's not up to some of their other beers like Shakespeare.

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is insanely good.
A: Pours an atramentous shade of midnight ('sup Gus), moderate head. I heard about the smells of this one so I poured it in an oversized wine glass to get more out of the nose, but it spread the head out too much, now just a collar.

S: How good is this! Big smell of chocolate, probably the best smelling chocolate I've ever come across. Heavy notes of roasting cocoa beans. Amazing, wonderful, lovely, seductive chocolate notes. Hints of coffee and malt round out the smells to absolute perfection. I haven't had an olfactory delight like this in years. I really have to pull myself away from the glass to take a sip.

T: More of that lovely chocolate cascades all around my mouth, inviting, caressing. Dark malts peek through followed by a big hit of hoppy bitterness. Amazing balance of flavors, everything is just right and in just the right levels. Have you ever melted a piece of Toblerone in some strong coffee? I had a drink like that in a department store in the United Arab Emirates, this beer is bringing back memories of that experience. Finish just lingers and lingers, never ending merging of chocolate sweetness and dark coffee bitterness.

M: Does the pleasure never end? This beer is very big in body, chewy and silky, rich and creamy. Carbonation level feels lower than it is, the bubbles feel like they are being buffered by the beer. Alcohol is very well masked.

D&N: I think if I ever have this on cask, I may drop dead of the sheer pleasure. I'm trying very hard to fight giving this one fives across the board, I can picture this one on cask and it haunts me. The brewers at Rogue have come up with a true masterpiece. One of the finest beers I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. This isn't beer, this is pure indulgence in liquid form. Buy this beer if you see it. Buy three. It's that good.

Photo of bobbyc881
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far one of my favorite beers, and I've had it both on-tap and from a 22oz bottle. Pours out nice and dark, with a creamy tan head.

Smells absouletly awesome, like chocolate, obviously. Reminds me of hot chocolate, but it's cold, and beer. Smells so wonderful that I wish I could inhale it all.

Taste matches up with the smells, except a bit more dry and bitter. Nice roasted malts. Flavored with oats and chocolate, and a bit of the hops poke through. Excellent taste.

Medium carbonation, but altogether very smooth. Leaves my mouth a touch dry.

I could drink these all night, but I could see where it would be filling for some. Excellent with a meal, but stands strong by itself as a dessert beer.

Photo of diablo14
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

seeing as how youngs double chocolate stout is probably my favorite beer going around, other chocolate stouts have a fair bit to live up to in my eyes. after trying the rogues interpretation, twas as i expected. not as good as youngs, but still very nice, and very american.

lovely deep brown color with a cocoa colored head which was fair to middling. some bubbling here and there but nothing too potent. this beer smelled of only one thing - chocolate. it was as tho someone had dropped a hersheys bar in my beer.it has a very rich and inviting smell, and a little dryness tickles the nose. the taste is pretty good, if a little unbalanced. starts out with smooth chocky flavors, giving way to a slightly roasted hint. silky texture up to the point the beer slams into a huge blast of bitter hops. this just didnt work for mine. the taste was slick, the hops were far too bold and agressive. they tended to take everything over, as they so often do in US beers. just didnt balance with the flavors. on this basis i wouldnt drink more than one of these at a time, and wouldnt drink it over youngs at any stage.

i still enjoyed this beer, but i think its possibly just a tad overrated. if you want a smooth chocolate stout, get youngs, if you want a big, robust and intensely hoppy stout, get shakespeare or storm king. this is somewhere inbetween, and its not so much fencesitting as trying to get the best of both worlds. in my assessment it doesnt quite work.

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