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Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

1,901 Reviews
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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Reviews: 1,901 | Ratings: 4,132
Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick oily black. Looks like burnt, 60 weight motor oil in my glass, I love it. Pours an easy and incredible 2 finger head with no vigorous pouring, leaves whispy lacing on the glass. Head is a dark tan color, looks like I'm pouring a cherry Coke.
S - Smells EXACTLY like a caramel macchiato, very strong caramel, coffee and dark chocolate notes in the smell with a slight bock aromas backing it all up.
T - Imagine when you were a kid drinking Nesquick chocolate milk. Imagine if they made a more adult, dark chocolate powder, this beer has that taste. This may come off unspeaking but it is a very good think, extremely delicious with hints of coffee and caramel. Extremely long finish, flavors stay resident in the mouth for quite some time. O - Absolutely a 5 star stout in my book. You next to a fireplace on a winter day with this stout in hand.
V - Good Value.

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Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like a nice chocolate stout for sure, and this is a decent one. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, there really isn't a great deal of body to go with the big aroma, but at 6% abv I guess I shouldn't have expected much more. There is a nice roast quality as well as a toasted nut thing, but not a lot of bitterness. This is a stout that you might introduce to someone who hasn't really experimented much in dark ales, they will be bowled over by the initial pour, head, and big semi-sweet chocolate aroma.

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Photo of Vogie
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Served in a Sam Smith pint glass.

Pour is black with maybe some brown mixed in when held to the light and has a frothy cinnamon colored head of about 1 finger that gives way to some nice lacing. Aromas of strong dark chocolate, roasted malts, marshmallow, fudge. Taste starts off with smooth creamy chocolate and ends dry and bitter with more lingering dark chocolate and roasted malts. Its almost like drinking a melted dark chocolate candy bar. The bitterness of the chocolate really sticks on your tongue! Mouthfeel is surprising light in body but perfect for this style.

If you like eating dark chocolate you will love this beer. A great example of style and a cult classic among beer nerds.


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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a beer mug

A: Pours an opaque brownish black with a huge head of light brown foam. Head eventually settles to 1 finger in size and provides a perfect cap for the remainder of the beer. A good amount of lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Smell is of chocolate malts, with a bit of a toasty/nuttiness. Also clean, citrusy hops that stack up fairly well to the chocolate malts.

T: The taste is mainly chocolate maltiness with a good amount of citrusy hop flavors. Very good balance between the malts and hops.

M: Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth for the high amount of carbonation.

O: This is a very well balanced stout with good chocolate flavors and a clean, crisp finish from the hops. A good amount of malt and hop flavors that work together but don't overpower the other. I could see this being a staple in my fridge, and I will have to get more soon.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

This was the last of the beers I picked up at the liquor store the other day on my super special beer run. I drink Coors on a day to day basis, but drink the good stuff like this when the mood strikes me. Needless to say, I was sad this was the last one I had. Side poured with mild aggression from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful deep brown color with a magnificent, two finger caramel color head that lasts a few minutes and actually leaves a little lacing. Standard Rogue packaging, which is always good. Beautiful looking presentation.

Smell - Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, deliciousness, vanilla, and sweetness. The smell is right up front, no deception here.

Taste - Almost like an alcoholic chocolate milk. The delicious roasted malts and chocolate balance each other out nicely, keeping the sweetness from getting too out of control. Other flavors such as vanilla play bit roles on the palate, but the malts and chocolate are primary. And they are delicious

Mouthfeel - Smooth, rich, and thick. The same qualities I like in a woman I like in a beer, and this has it.

Overall - Drink this beer immediately, preferably with your buddies or by yourself in front of a fire on a cold night. It is excellent.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance - Pitch black with a nice foamy head which laces the glass very well

Smell - I just smell the sweet chocolate.

Moutfeel - Very smooth, light carbonation.

Taste - The chocolate taste is first but it is not as overwhelmingly sweet as i thought it would be. It actually had a nice balance to it with a little bitterness.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Great go to chocolate stout. the new rebel hop really gives it a bitter finish that isn't quite as subtle as the discontinued 9 ingredient cascade hop version. I think the ibu on this new version is underrated but this stout is great being as it's not an imperial/double stout it has a slightly thin mouthful and a modest 6%abv but it makes up with chocolaty goodness from beginning to end.. I recommend this beer and I believe it shines as it warms as do most stouts I recommend a slight chill our pull it out of the fridge and let it sit and warm a bit I enjoy it from a balloon so it warms in my hand.. the slight complexity that is there can be easily missed if it's to cold and it will really mask the bitter chocolate taste...

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Photo of Brewhemoth
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber into a pint.

A: Pours black, with a creamy tan head. Very nice head retention. Decent lacing. No visible activity.
S: Chocolate and roasty malt. Quite sweet (chocolate) in the nose, some oats and vanilla.
T: Roasty, and very chocolatey. Enough bitterness to finish and balance out the sweetness, but definitely not overpowering.
M: Medium bodied. Drinks smooth. Coats the mouth very nicely. A moderately dry finish. Expected it to be fuller bodied. Carbonation is also a little more present as an after taste tingle as opposed to the initial.

Overall: Very nice, but not necessarily what i expected. The chocolate aspect i thought was phenomenal, but lighter bodied and too one sided for my liking. Very good though.

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Photo of xboxhueg
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours pitch black, no light getting through whatsoever . BIG chocolate and roasted smell. Taste is drier than the smell led me to believe, but that is nice since this is so rich. Mouthfeel is heavy as $^!@, super thick like a shake. Thick, dense, creaming head that sticks around forever and coats the entire glass as you drink. This is a great chocolate stout, around the same enjoyment as Samuel Smith's for me.

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Photo of seedyone
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/21/15 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Great, great stout. Listed as a sweet stout, but I don't find that. The chocolate is prevelant, but since it's bittersweet, the kids won'tbe licking the chalis. If you appreciate the newer take on stout (bless Guiness & their legacy) you should find this a treat.

The color is black as pitch. The aroma is all chocolate, but more nibs than Hershey's. Taste is great balance of sweet & adult stuff...not masking a bitter or burn...just well rounded. Respectable mouthfeel that adds to the overall enjoyment. The only peeps that will be frowny faced are those that need a head/lacing to validate.

Pull up a stool, ask for a pint, grab the glass & just let this take it where it will. Just keep an open mind & there will be no regrets. Promise.

05/09/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Had as black & tan w/Rogue Hazelnut Brown. Need to try au natural.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Very solid chocolate stout. Not too sweet from the cocoa, not too bitter like some stouts. Middle of the road alcohol content makes this a very easy to enjoy beer. Thumbs up to this one for sure.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a dark black, with a 1 finger tan head that leaves lacing. Not overcarbonated looking like some beers where the head is just huge.

Smell is a sweet chocolate and molasses note. Very sweet cocoa-ish, some roastiness. Kind of one dimensional smell, however it is very nice.

Taste is very clean and robust. Lots of chocolate in this one, however not sweet like youngs double chocolate stout. Excellent.

Feel is real good, nice carb, right in the middle of the road.

Overall I like this beer, for when I have an extra 2 bucks to toss at a bomber. 6.50 is kinda steep, but is it oh so good.

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Photo of avwrite
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%

Cream of the crop when it comes to affordable Chocolate Stouts. You can find this about anywhere, I bought mine from safety, but don't be discouraged just because it's common. This stuff is legit, and I replace a bottle everytime. One of my favorite stouts. Smooth taste but has that "stout bitterness" it should. Dark in color, great in flavor, good on cool nights.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

22 oz Bottle.What a nice surprise.This was recommended to me by the High Desert Walrus.Goo gookey chew.Great Chocolate Stout.Tasted just like a liquid candy bar.Put on a little John Fogerty and I was ready to rock this one.At 6.0ABV it was a little less than I am used too from a stout but the wonderful flavor and that great smell of Chocolate just really did it for me.I will be drinking this again.Thanks Walrus.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Pitch black pour with a creamy two finger beige head with good retention and great lacing. The nose is huge and really lives up to the name. Tons of cocoa and dark chocolate along with hints of milk chocolate, oats, and vanilla. The taste follows suit with the chocolate again dominating, but with a distinct bitterness. Hints of cocoa, caramel, leather, vanilla, oats, and roasty coffee. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with medium carbonation and a dry, bittersweet finish. Overall, this surprised me as I was expecting a sweet and syrupy artificial mess, but instead got a much more natural tasting chocolate stout.

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Photo of ZagZagg
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle into snifter

A: Finger a half head of mocha color sits on an onyx brew, head has some good retention and medium collaring. Completely opaque, appears to have medium to light carbonation. Body looks on the lighter side.

S: Very interesting unexpected nose, rich dark chocolate, coco nibs, refined sugar, truffle, chocolate syrup, and molasses. Pronounced oat aroma, very creamy (yes that’s a smell). Sweet and succulent

T: Liquid dark chocolate, rich, sweet while also bringing bitterness from baker’s chocolate - Malt character is solid, sweet and lightly roasted. Caramel notes come and go throughout, good balance and subdued hop profile. Spots of sweetness from some un-metabolized sugars. Oat and truffle elements mesh resulting in a grainy dryness. Cappuccino overtones without being too coffee forward. Chocolate blast that’s very sweet, almost overwhelming.

M: Body fits the appearance, but I think it’s too light. Carbonation is light and fine, after taste sticks around, sweet and lightly chocolaty, quite similar to a mocha cappuccino.

O: Pretty beer, love the bronze/copper head, solid retention and collaring dress the glass nicely. Very sweet, probably works best for a desert or after dinner sipper. I wish the viscosity were ramped up a bit. Very rich chocolate presence, boarder line overwhelming. Reminiscent of Southern Tier’s works. Tasty sipper.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A pretty dark stout color with a strong mocha colored head. The lace thin but very strong and stained the glass big time as I drank the brew down. Very nice to look at. Nose was (guess) chocolate, candied sugar, caramel nougat, and a little rum-like ester. All were appetizing to smell, but none were presented or combined in an impressive way. Taste was (guess) chocolate and candied sugar. Had a dry hoppy finish but of the bitter sort you'd find in good chocolate. Even better was its almost fruity espresso flavors in the middle of its flavor profile. The mouthfeel was thin with a fizz that came from the head and hops. A very straightforward beer but by no means boring and one of the better stouts out of the six famous and beeradvocate highly-ranked ones I've had recently. Simple and simply edible, this is a tasty stout I am welcome to return to. With a way too easy mouthfeel, and skilled brewing, its a beer version of milk chocolate.

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Photo of salvadorwill
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, opaque. At the very edge of the glass a slight brown/ruby color can be seen. Soft, creamy looking head that dissipates nearly entirely, but clings to the edge of the glass. Left little to no lacing on my glass.

Thick, and heavy with the smell of chocolate. Not a coco smell, but the smell of chocolate syrup. No hop aroma at all.

Light, roasted barley with a slight crispness. Flavor is clean and free of esters. The chocolate flavor is not as overwhelming as the aroma would suggest. Carbonation is on the smoother side, pleasant, and not too abrasive. Has a smooth, creamy finish, and the roasted chocolaty flavors finish well with a pleasant slightly bitter aftertaste. Could have slightly more body in the flavor and mouthfeel, and perhaps just a hint of acidity or sourness to balance the bittersweet chocolate flavor.

BJCP Style
Aroma 5/5
Appearance 4.5/5
Flavor 4/5
Mouthfeel 4/5
Overall Style 4.375/5

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Photo of GuinnessRegular92
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Personally this Rogue beer is the only worth trying Rogue beer out there. I have tried a couple other kinds of theirs and this one was the only one that tasted exactly like it was advertised. Very good Chocolate Stout for those out there that like their Stouts actually sweet with Chocolate versus the Oatmeal or bitter taste.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the best of the Father's Day gifts! I think. Best of the new ones. Maybe. It's a really great chocolate stout! That I know.

It looks great in a glass, with large bubbles and lace. Unusually large, actually. The aroma is a bit sharp and chocolatey. The taste is rich - intense, complex, bitter and slightly sweet (much less than some). It is not boozy or strong tasting in any way. Very well balanced and easy drinking.

It has a non-creamy mouthfeel. It is so missing that big chocolate stoutness, but it has a great easier drinking vibe. I can easily finish the bomber and live to drink something else afterwards.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - pours a three finger coarse tan head over a black body. Fades slowly to film with little lace.

S - milky coffee, milk chocolate, nuts, pistachio.

T - very lightweight and at odds with smell. Darker choc notes on palate, lots of coffee as well. Creamy.

M - lightweight carbonation and lightweight body.

O - a surprise package, smacks of coffee and bitter chocolate but in such a light taste overall. Undecided. Still unsure of Rogue yeast tho to this palate with overall aftertaste.

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Photo of bigalgochu
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Was a little hesitant about this one as it is the first chocolate stout I have tried.

Keen on trying a few more now!

This is a great beer.

Pours very dark with a tan head that dissipates

Smells something like ovaltine.. nice and sweet

Tastes hoppy at first with a lingering dark chocolate flavour

Excellent beer .. going to have to have a go at brewing a chocolate stout now

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have seen this beer in the fridge at work for months though never tried it. I decided to give her a go and purchased a 22oz bottle with my food. I poured the beer and it looked fantastic. I am a fan of stouts so I had high hopes. I took a whiff and the beer impressed me once again. It was only when I proceeded to take a taste that I realized that this was not my brew. The initial taste was delightful but then easily overpowered by strong hints of cocoa powder. I read the bottle and they hit the nail on the head by describing it as "chocolate truffle." Too choco for me. I would recommend to a friend. Merely for kicks- as a novelty beer.

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Photo of scotorum
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams English nonick.

a: Opaque black. A two inch tall tan head receded fairly quickly to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Dark chocolate!

t: Same as the nose. Thge sweetness is balanced by some bitterness but not as much as noted in their Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout which I had recently.

m: Light to moderate. Occasional hints of wateriness.

o: A good chocolate stout, easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of mabermud
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent chocolate stout. The appearance is chocolatey, the smell is that of chocolate, and the taste is right on...chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, I would call this the standard for all chocolate stouts. Then again, if you want more of this, have the Double Chocolate Stout. A double serving of this magical drink. I will have this regularly.

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