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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,790 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 bultrey
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
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!

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of GreenCard
3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of mattcrill
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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)

Photo of sideshowrob
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Photo of cbl2
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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

Pours to a deep dark brown color with a creamy, light brown head. The aroma is of cocoa and dark chocolates with a bit of roastiness and a solid malt backbone. The flavor is full of cocoa, with a slight roastiness and malt. It has a nice hoppy flavor as well. It is full bodied, hoppy and drying in the finish. A very tasty chocolate stout.

Sampled 3/16/04

Photo of hobbes2112
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber

Pours an amazing black with a thick chocolate shake-like head. The head in my case died out quickly, but my glass might not be sqeaky clean...

Aroma first and foremost is of nice dark bitter chocolate. Then under that I notice a damp chewing tobacco (which I do not use, so it may just be an impression) and vanilla oil.

Taste is a good match for the smell and I have dark chocolate followed by a mellow malt and finally a tangy medium hop finish. In there somewhere I get a campfire roasted marshmellow also. Taste stays in the mouth for minutes after each drink.

I like the mouthfeel, but it could be a little better if the middle palate was a little shorter, bowing to a longer fore-palate. Either way I will say that this is a great mouthfeel beer, just not perfect.

Drinkability for me is good, I couldn't turn this into a "session beer" but I don't really do too many of those anymore. This is a wonderful dessert beer, campfire beer and general tounge pleaser. The only detractor is that it would overpower some meals and might not be suitable for a food-match.

Photo of meathookjones
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber. This one pours a nice black color with a great dark brown frothy head with good size. Head retention is good and it leaves a nice brown lacing about the glass. The aroma coming of this one is of heavy chocolate with a slight floral hoppiness mingling about. Some coffee can also be detected in the smell. The taste was excellent all the great qualities of a stout were present with the taste of dark chocolate. It seems the coffee flavor can out on the backside as an after taste; also there was some bitterness present. Mouthfeel was full bodies and creamy. Overall all this is a truly great beer, the chocolate is defiantly there but no overwhelming. This second half of the bomber went great with some good dark chocolate. Highly recommended, rogue does a magnificent job again.

Photo of mntlover
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Man this beer looks wonderful, black on black with nice brown head, lots of rising bubbles with good lacing. Smells good roasted malts with big chocolate nose slight hint of coffee and oats.Tastes of malt flavored chocolate sweet and smooth with nice hop bite that leaves your tounge wanting more, cascade hops that is strange for a stout but good.I liked this beer but for me one at a time is plenty, kind of like a good moca grande like one now and then but drink coffee everyday.

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

Appearance: A very dark stout with a beautiful brown head. The head was huge. It looked beautiful.

Smell: The aroma was mostly chocolate. A little bit of hops show through in the aroma.

Taste: The taste is very much like the aroma. Very chocolaty at first with hops that kick in to give it a little bitter to go against the sweetness. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and creamy. When too warm the carbonation is too much. However other than that it is great.

Overall this brew is great. It is soo very chocolatey. A very good beer and one that I will buy often.

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

Found my new favorite. It was served in a 22 ounce bottle. I purposely poured it to get a nice thick head on it. It was pure, sweet chocolate brown in color. Took a while for the head to go away, so I sipped the foam. Tasted like dark chocolate toffee. A spotty lace sticks to the sides of the glass. The taste of the beer is deep, earthy malts, dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee undertones. The finish is superb with the chocolate rising up through the nose. This is my frist 5 ever!

Photo of PudTinkler
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy sweet mother of God...this is the finest beer I've had.
The color is borderline black..deep and beautiful. The head is caramel-colored but doesn't last long...the scent is a fantastic combo of chocolate with the slightest hint of coffee (or toffee?)...
The taste is what blows me away....sweet, yet still has the strong "stout" feel to it. I give this beer the highest ratings I possibly can.

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, pours black and rich, engine oil. Heady nose of chocolate and expresso. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Notes of expresso, cholcoate, chocolate cake. This stuff is just plain yummy. Great dessert beer, great for a night capper. Classy product from a long time major player in the craft brew market. Thanks Rogue..

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

Pours pitch black with a huge deep brown head. Some lace but not alot. Smells of chocolate and cappucino.

Taste is overwhelmingly of dark chocolate. And bitter coffee as you might expect. But there is another dimension to this beer and that's the sweet milkiness that reminds you of a milk stout. Mixed with the chocolate/coffee bitterness, the creaminess lends a bittersweet quality to this brew. Again, a creamy mouthfeel with a nice bitter finish. But still very smooth. Really luscious and easy to drink. Fantastic stout.

Photo of HochFliegen
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was as dark as the dark chocolate bar it tastes like. The head is a tan color. The head slowly turns to a thin layer of bubbles that didnt really lace the glass as much as I thought it would.(could be due to glass at bar)
The smell was huge. Lots of chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Also very smooth and sweet maltiness. The taste is dominated by toffe and a slight bitterness at first and in the end leaves a massive burst of dark chocolate that lingers and coats the mouth.

Photo of PCaravan
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It is as black as any beer I've poured and the head is definitely the darkest I've seen though it does not stick around. It's intense color gives pretence to what is to come.

Smell: The smell is not intense but is rich in dark chocolate and malt.

taste: There's no beer that taste as much like a bar of dark chocolate as this one. Would be great as an after dinner dessert. This beer actually has a generic description of ingredients on the side of the bottle. I lost a little respect for the beer when I saw it at 'chocolate flavoring' even it was imported. It works really well but I would have been much more impressed if the flavor profile was achieved with malt and traditional adjuncts (like roasted barley) alone.

mouthfeel: It was a little over carbonated for my taste for a stout but it was smooth and silky... like an oatmeal stout, really cool.

drinkability: This is definitely an enjoyable brew from start to finish and would buy it again. Would work exceptionally well as an after dinner drink in smaller portions. It's not something you'd want to quaff several glasses of unless you're really into chocolate. Too bad I've only seen Rogue Chocolate Stout in 650ML bottles.

Photo of Hagbard
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Black as night with a very thin, dark tan head, this beer even looks like chocolate. The smell is sweet, dark malts, but I can't really pick up any chocolate aroma specifically. Oddly, the more I smell it, the less smell my nose picks up. As the beer slides onto the tongue, the initial taste is sweet and malty. The chocolate doesn't assert itself until after it has sat on the tongue for a bit and you're ready to swallow. At that point, it really rears back and smacks...makes you think you have a piece of dark chocolate in your mouth. I detect a slight metallic taste in the aftertaste, which is ever-so-slightly off-putting. Drinkability suffers for me as it becomes almost sickingly sweet by the end fo the glass. An 8 or 9 oz. serving would be ideal as an after-dinner drink, but a 22 oz. bomber is just too much.

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

Pours a beautiful and pitch black color. Fairly large dark tan head with good staying power and good lacing. Smells faintly like dark chocolate. Smooth and almost creamy. Lots of roasted malts and hoppiness. A very tasty stout thats full of chocolate flavor. Another wonderful brew from Rogue.

Photo of soper2000
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my absolute favorite desert beers. This is pure chocolate. It pours a nice thick black with a very creamy tan head. Smell is full of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste was initially super chocolatey but later other flavors came out to play. I get faint notes of coffee and a general roasted flavor out of this as well. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is great as this is thick and creamy. Drinkability suffers a little as just 1 of these leaves me completely satiated.

Photo of Olorin
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply amazing, looks like chocolate syrup coming out of the bottle.
Has the darkest head I've ever poured - albeit somewhat uneven bubbles. Chocolate Mocha aroma, very nice. Thick creamy deep roasted flavor. A very moving moment. Hops asserts itself, beautifully balanced and deeply satisfying. This is what I'd hoped to experience with Rogue. Silky and velvety on the tongue and all the way down. Wish I owned a case or two. Extremely fine Brussels Lace. Rogue claims to use Imported Chocolate when making this brew and it must be said it is done with a restrained hand. It is the quintessential chocolate stout. A rare find.

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

Pitch black in appearance, it has a small but continuing head. Upon smelling, a roasty cocoa aroma is quite evident. The chocolate was pleasant, went well with the roasted notes, but was not overwelming. This beer has strong bitterness that does not dominate, but works well with the roasty chocolate flavors. There is a pleasant finish. A very drinkable stout!

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