Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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94
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Reviews: 1,876
Hads: 3,983
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 367
Gots: 468 | FT: 5
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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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Photo of ChugginOil
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black as night with a thin bubbly layer of light mocha head. The lacing on this brew is clinging all over when swirled around

S- Wow. I haven't smelled such a prominent chocolate scent in a brew. Sweet chocolate all over the place. Let's hope it tastes like what it smells like!

T- Again, Wow. The sweet and bitter chocolates flow great together. This brew is creamy with a great balance of roasty malts. There is a faint booziness to the aftertaste along with a light amount of carbonation. Quite possibly one of the most enjoyable stouts I have come across

M- Full mouthfeel the covers the palate and runs down the back of your throat with grace and ease

D- Ill drink this stout until I pass out. Nuff said (716 characters)

Photo of Chadbrew
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a beautiful espresso colored beer that only has hints of ruby around the margins of the glass when it's held up to the light. There was about a half a finger of brownish-tan head that diminishes to little islands of fluff.
Really great chocolate and roasted malts, maybe a hint of cherry or plum in there too.
Wow! Like the smell there is a lot of roasted malts and chocolate but with a nice hoppy bitterness and a sweet finish.
The mouthfeel is great. A big thick body, it's like I'm eating a chocolate coffee cake.
The drinkability is nice, a 22 oz bomber is perfect for this one. (599 characters)

Photo of inacht10
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty amazing beer.
Nice pour, nice color, great smell. Tastes great. Great great great etc etc
I'm not sure how many of these I'd want to have in one sitting, but this is really one of the be(tter?)(est?) stouts I've had.
They're not kidding about the chocolate taste, btw. I've had lots of stouts that were labeled as chocolate but tasted overwhelmingly like coffee. Not so with this one. As a lover of both chocolate and stouts, this one is right up my alley.
Excellent beer (479 characters)

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just like having a little taste of heaven in your mouth. Very sweet but not nauseatingly so, with a nice alcohol background to ground it back into reality. So smooth and delightful that I want to drink this thing like it's delicious chocolate milk! (256 characters)

Photo of montageman
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Wow, this is one dark beer - pitch black with a sturdy and creamy tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing once gone. The smell is dominated by (what else) chocolate, but it is a sweet, milk chocolate smell with hints of vanilla. This smells better than some chocolate baked goods I've smelled. The taste follows suit - big dark chocolate flavor with a nice roasted oat finish, absolutely delicious. There is a some carbonation here, which I think could be toned down a little bit. This beer could use a bit more creaminess. I returned from Easter brunch a poured this for dessert & boy, I wish I had a couple more. This is one helluva beer - excellent stuff. Highest recommendation. (713 characters)

Photo of happygnome
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: pours a nice very dark color with a big inch and a half of head that dissapears rather slowly however when it does there is a good amount of lacing on the top of the beer and around the edge of the glass
s: strong aromas of chocolate, possibly both dark and milk chocolates present?? there is also a strong aroma of roasted malts as would be expected with any sout
t: the roasted malts deffinatly hit the tongue first followed by the sweet chocolate taste and a little hint of hop bitterness
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i cant wait to get this again, would goes very nicely in the cold winter with a slice of apple pie, lovely (665 characters)

Photo of meechum
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours dark black into a pint mug with huge head and extreme lacing after the head goes down

S - Chocolate which is huge up front and then if you move past that you can smell some woods and burnt toasts and roasted malts

T/M - Very luxuriant mouth with a touch of carbonation at just the right level. The taste is as advertised it starts out with a huge chocolate flavor and then moves to some of the malted flavors and then finishes with just a touch of hoppy bitterness to even out the flavor

D - This was a wonderful brew. I would personally caution that because of it's sweetness that one 22 oz bottle in a session should be plenty. This in my opinion could be served as a desert in itself. I would keep some on hand for a relaxing night cap (758 characters)

Photo of nelnutter
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle.

A: Great looking brew that pours a huge, stubborn tan head that didn't want to leave! Left sticky lacing everywhere when it finally dissipated. Looked like a root beer float for a while.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and cream. Very inviting.

T: Milk chocolate with coffee at first, then some nice hop bitterness mixes in and I get some semi-sweet chocolate at the end. Damn it's tasty, and the chocolate is clearly not a cheap syrup.

M: Heavier, and chewy, with ample carbonation.

D: Very drinkable dessert that I will absolutely be enjoying more of! (588 characters)

Photo of avwrite
4.8/5  rDev +14%

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. (372 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Since I was making jambalaya tonight for a potluck lunch tomorrow, I figured a top-of-the-line beer would go well with preparation and sampling. Chocolate Stout more than fits the bill. Two dense fingers of dark mocha froth top a deep ebony body, gorgeous. Thick lacing rings the DAB mug. Plenty of chocolate in the aroma, but caramel, molasses, and coffee also greet the nose.

The taste is simply divine. More complicated and balanced than Ommegang's own delicious Chocolate Stout, this creamy concoction is a dream beer for the palate. The sweetness has a nice complement in the coffee, with neither overwhelming the other. Chocolate is in charge, but not to such a degree that it displaces the other essential flavors. Spot on.

This is an extremely easy beer to enjoy, and worth grabbing a second. Big and smooth, this is certainly my favorite from Rogue. Outstanding. (874 characters)

Photo of calebmills
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Best stout ive had to this day. When i saw this and it was called chocolate stout i thought sure no beer can taste like chocolate and be good. I was wrong. This beer pours like crude oil looks like dark chocolate and tastes like guess what? chocolate. and its wonderful. dont get me wrong you can tell the difference between this and a chocolate milk. You take your everyday coffee hinted stout give it rogue quality and add a bit more than a hint of chocolate and here we are. this stuff is way ahead of guinness in my book. doesnt have the slightest flat waterdown taste that you expect with an average stout. Very filling ive had a few 22s of the stuff and cant wait to get more. pace yourself and enjoy this one (715 characters)

Photo of atrus138
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bomber of this into a pint glass. Poured a thick, syrupy dark brown and left a khaki head of about an inch. Very nice looking stout. Smell is overwhelmingly chocolate, believe it or not. Very sweet smelling. Taste is a sensation of chocolates. I first noticed very sweet chocolate, like Hersey. Then it was more semi-sweet. There were also notes of very bitter chocolate, almost like coffee, like the taste of eating chocolate malt. Very complex. Very delicious. I could easily kick back and enjoy these all night. (523 characters)

Photo of Trappissed
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well after seeing all the hype surrounding this beer, I finally got a chance to try it. I was less than satisfied with Young's Double Chocolate Stout(too bitter, not enough chocolate) and I wanted a chocolate beer that would redeem this chocolate goodness quality I want in a beer.

It was damn good and well worth seeking out. Perfect amount of chocolate, slight roasty bitterness, but more than acceptable. Very nice chocolate smell and flavor. Surprisingly easy to drink, just a very nice experience overall. Rogue might be a little more expensive as bombers go, but this one is definitely worth a shot if you want your beer a little sweeter on a cold night. (662 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer blew me away from what I was expecting, namely after having had the Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

This was a totally different kind of beer than Young's. The smell is of sweet powdery chocolate. The taste is of liquified sweet chocolate. IBU's register at 69 but this thing actually felt like maybe 10, this one is pretty mellow. This would be the beer I'd put a scoop of ice cream in if I ever wanted a beer float. (430 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one excellent beer. It pours a beautiful black from the bottle with a nice thick tan colored head. The aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate. It really is a nice aroma to start the beer to. The taste is excellent with roasted malts as a nice base followed by a the chocolate flavoring the aroma promised. The chocolate flavoring is perfectly balanced with the roasted malts for the right amount of bittersweet chocolate flavor. It has a great mouthfeel and it is really drinkable as I could drink a few of these 22oz bombers if I had the choice. (555 characters)

Photo of PatYoda
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue chocolate stout, the quintessential dessert beer. This is a 2 year old sample, which has a little surprisingly aged reallly well.

Perfect appearance. Almost black, great tan foam that sticks around forever and coats the glass. The smell is domineering chocolate. The taste...wow it's almost too chocolatey to be a beer. You could confuse it for some sort of chocolate liqueur until the roasted malt kicks in gently to balance the chocolate taste. There is also some molasses sweetness hiding underneath it all, which in my opinion really completes this brew. That's all I get here, but the interplay is done to perfection. The finish is mildly bitter and dry from the chocolate and the acidity of the malt. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and thick for a beer of this ABV - definitely is only hurt by the decadence of it all. This is amazing. (849 characters)

Photo of SacredBeverage
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark appearance, almost jet black with a brownish hue. Love the color.

S: In short, a great chocolate smell with dark malt and hops. Some nutty molasses in there as well.

T: I was a little skeptical of a chocolate Beer but Surprisingly it was blended well. You taste the chocolate mostly when it first hits your tongue and on the aftertaste. I like how you can taste the chocolate but it doesn't overpower it at all. Great brewing if you ask me. An awesome winter Beer to be savored.

M: Wow, I was surprised on how smooth this Beer was. Phenomenal texture, so creamy. I think the chocolate really comes through on the mouthfeel.

D: I could drink a lot of this, I don't want to put it down.

I highly recommend this beer if you are a fan of dark beers, it really is liquid gold. Awesome Beer. (803 characters)

Photo of euskera
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this last night with a friend (converted from shyte beer to a BA)..

Black as molasses in appearance. Chocolate is evident on the nose, with a profoundly charming malt presence. The taste is complex; I got coffee at first, then malt with a touch of hoppy character with a velvety smooth, embracing mouthfeel. Then, just as you start to swallow, and for a fleeting moment, the delightful taste of chocolate truffle.

Truly a masterpiece of the brewer's art. A fantastic dessert beer, but seeing that I'm a BA and a choc-a-holic, I could drink this delightful concoction any time, anywhere.. (600 characters)

Photo of charliedango
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the only other chocolate stout I put in the same category with Young's Double Chocolate Stout as the best chocolate stouts available. Pure drinking delight and in a way almost too seductive in nature. Heavy mouthfeel that's light on carbonation and overflowing with a rich, dark chocolate flavor. Not too bitter with a strict stout aftertaste. I'd say the Rogue Chocolate Stout offering is slightly sweeter than Young's which is the only thing I feel sets these two apart. All in all a great stout and one that I anticipate drinking again (next time I hit the Brewhaus!) (578 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am just wrapping up tasting about a dozen of Rogue's beer and this along with the Imperial Stout, Shakespeare Stout, and I2PA are the cream of the crop...

For a chocolate stout the nose is surprisingly devoid of huge cocoa characteristics..more of a nestle quick milk chocolate nose, but also a huge breeze of fresh hops..and a hint of herbal/leather/earthy notes...it looks like I'd expect it to look dark black with a tinge of ruby red on the lace...Mouthfeel is about perfect...creamy...smooth..maybe a tich thin, but for this kind of stout it is probably right on the button...

I think the taste is exceptional...sweet milk chocolate but not overdone...also a nice herbal/leathery hop finsih that adds a real nice characteristic to this beer....

This isn't perfect but it is very close...I still like Youngs a tad better personally but this might be a better made beer...Young's has a bigger chocolate flavor and has very little hop bite...this is more complex and should be a must try for Beer Coniseurs around the globe... (1,039 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

oh man is this a killer! blacker than black in color, thick and rich, with a big dark tan head that stays forever. piney hops on top of chocolate in the nose. tastes of bitter and sweet chocolate with the usual cascade hop finish. the body of this brew is awesome...bold and heavy, yet silky smooth. how a beer can be so bitter yet oh so smooth is baffling. i'm having a hard time coming up with the right words to accurately describe this brew. so 'absolutely delicious' will have to do. a chocolate lover's delight! (517 characters)

Photo of ubermick
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered from the Rogue Alehouse in San Francisco. Came in a standard 12oz "pint" glass.

A: Dark, dark, dark, with a surprisingly slight head.

S: Sweet, chocolate, and malts, with a little vanilla.

T: Boom! Tons of chocolate up front and at the end, with the malts coming in during the middle. Almost like a milkshake as opposed to a beer!

MF/D: Creamy texture, low carbonation, I personally found this to be EXTREMELY drinkable. I'd read in other reviews that this isn't a session beer, but I disagree, I had four of these before I knew what was going on (probably down to my wife helping herself every time my back was turned.) Excellent beer which I thoroughly enjoyed, so much so there's a growler of it sitting in my fridge. (Ooh, speaking of which...!) (762 characters)

Photo of altgeeky1
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle temperature when opened: ~ 60F. Slight hiss, no smoke. Poured into two 12oz American 'pint' glasses. There's a quick rise to a head of about 1 inch, which scales down to medium lace around the glass. Pitch black. Smells like sweet chocolates, and when inhaled a tick layer of hop aroma. The hops are there but not overpowering - well balanced behind the malt and chocolate.. my GF loved it, and she's not a fan of high hop beers. Sweet at first but leaves behind a slightly dry, coffee -with-hops like taste. Will get this again.. (537 characters)

Photo of jhollick
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 22 oz. bomber bottle. Poured shiny black with a dark tan head. Excellent lacing, but that's nothing new for Rogue.

Smell - Sweet cocoa and dark chocolate are predominant. Oats enhance the rich sweetness of the smell

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Thick. Smooth. Very nice. Enough said.

Taste - The smell belies the taste of this beer. I was expecting sweetness along the lines of Young's Double Chocolate, but that isn't the case. The taste is sweet at first, but the dark, more bitter chocolates soon take over. Not that its a bad thing in any way. Coffee and hints of berry can be found. The hop presence is perfectly masked until the finish. Surprisingly dry and hoppy at the end, but that provides an excellent contrast to the sweeter and earthier flavors found towards the beginning. Taaaayyysty!

Drinkability - Strictly a one per night brew at the bomber size. Nevertheless, thoroughly drinkable throughout the bottle. The flavors never wear on you, and alcohol level is reasonably low.

Overall - The word of mouth has been spreading, and with good reason. This beer kicks ass. It takes a backseat to no chocolate stout (I'm looking at you, Brooklyn - you have been matched). The 22 oz. size gives you plenty of time to savor all this beer has to offer. I'm glad I bought two instead of just one! Rogue, why must you be all the way on the west coast??? (1,376 characters)

Photo of BeerFink
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Splitting this bomber with a fellow beer champion...

Pours an opaque black with a thin khaki head that never quite disappears. First smell reveals creamy chocolate, but swirling the glass a little uncovers roasted grain, coffee, and even some lovely hops. Uber-smooth malts begin the flavor, with the creamy milk chocolate coming in pleasantly early. The sweet smooth chocolate sticks around, adding an extremely nice flavor to this stout. Roasted grain is there, along with a little fresh roasted coffee. Finish has a hint of citrous hops with also provide subtle spice. Long aftertaste keeps this hoppy chocolate wonder in my mouth long after swallowing. A truely exceptional brew from Rogue. (697 characters)

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