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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,893
Hads: 4,088
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 405
Gots: 547 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 5.80% 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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Reviews: 1,893 | Hads: 4,088
Photo of TBear1605
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Had a deep, dark, almost black, color to it, which reminded me of used motor oil for some reason; not a bad color IMO. Solid head retention that had a milk chocolate brown hue to it.

S: Unbeliveable rich dark chocolate comes to mind first, followed by a subtle smell of coffee, which doesn't overpower. A slight smell of hops lingers towards the end.

T: Taste was a bit disappointing, considering how great it smelled. First the rich dark chocolate hit my taste buds, then an earthy, ground coffee taste followed...would have liked to taste a bit more hops for the finish, but I know that is normally not true to the style (I'm a hop head at my core)

M: Felt very thick, almost like a mollasses or syrup...a bit too heavy for my taste, but still enjoyable. A moderate amount of carbonation, which suits the beer well.

O: Overall an enjoyable beer, one that I would drink again in the near future, especially on a cold and rainy day. Couldn't drink more than a couple, as one feels like eating a full meal

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout has an extremely dark brown body that is opaque everywhere except at its edges. The brown head is comprised of small, tight bubbles and it is quite tall. Not really any lacing out of this one for some reason though.

The aroma has quite a bit of chocolate to it, matched with dark malt and some hops in the background.

Chocolate comes through immediately, and it is probably the strongest flavor in this beer. The chocolate flavors remind me more of dark chocolate than baker's chocolate, which is a nice touch. The chocolate gives way to dark malt, with some sweetness and some roasted flavors. The finish is better and has a fairly potent flavor of grapefruit from a liberal addition of American hops.

Pretty good mouthfeel, certainly no problems.

Rogue chocolate is a solid beer with a pretty good chocolate flavor.

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Photo of davedahl
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow the high marks by prior reviewers really surprises me on this one.

Apperance - the beer pours nearly completely black with just a slight brown rim. The head is brown and lumpy and reminds me of lumpy mashed potatos and gravy. Weird huh. Prolly just me. Medium bubbles, nice retention. As I drink it the beer seems to want to lace but not really.

Aroma - very prominent sweet chocolate aroma, some dark fruit.

Taste - huge taste of roasted chocolate malts and coffee. More dark fruit in the taste. Taste and aroma very similar.

Moutfeel - a bit thin, and a metallic aftertaste (?!)

So I started this sampling waaay too cold. Rookie move. Very interesting how it really opened up as it warmed. Specifically the aroma went from almost nothing to chocolaty plums. The taste opened up too (not as surprising) and the mouthfeel became less thin. Even after it warms it's only a B+ for me.

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Photo of artusory
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft at Friscos. Served on Nitro as Rogue Nitro Stout. Black body with a small, tan head. Mostly lasting. The aroma is heavy with dark chocolates. The flavor is milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolates, some coffee. Medium body with a slightly bitter, tanic finish.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first from Rogue, which is surprizing because i have a Rogue pint glass and my wife's been to the brewery. picked it out to drink with a buddy from out of town. color is dark, brown to black. smells like bitter cooking chocolate with some roastiness. not bad. massive chocolate taste, but weird. kind of like a mocha chocolate necco wafer flavor. thick, full beer. fairly good drinkability. a bit heavy and the weird chocolate flavor is slightly offputting.

...possibly a bad choice for my first Rogue but i'll still go for another at some point. i hear dead guy is great.

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Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a solid black with a dark tan head that had decent retention and lacing. The aroma was strongly chocolate, with some roasted notes in the background. That's a fairly accurate summation of the flavors as well.

The body was a bit thinner than I like for the style, but was still decently full. Drinkability was pretty good, but this brew is kind of a one-trick pony and can get boring pretty quickly. Overall, a very decent beer, certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black pour leaves tan crust of foam. Aroma is distinctively sweet and of chocolate cake. The taste is not as sweet perhaps, it has a bit of mocha flavor with a hint of smoke, and a moderately bitter finish that has a sour after taste. Mouthfeel is quite thick, with decent carbonation. Drinkabilty is good, not overly alcoholic, but the chocolate flavor seemed a bit contrived as they added flavoring. I would have expected a bit more sweetness to balance out the taste.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours dark with a little dark creamy head. The smell is amazing, perhaps the best part of the stout, it is very chocolatey with a roasted malt sneaking in behind. The beer is tasty and isn't too grainy from the chocolate but becomes hard to drink. Have one but plan on sharing the bottle with a friend or two so that you don't have to drink so much chocolate.

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Photo of cracgor
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark velvety black beer with a dark tan, barely red in it, head. Pours out thick. Smells hoppy. More sweet and mild than a hop bomb. Nothing bad, just not too remarkable. The aftertaste is a lot like semisweet or bitter chocolate morsels. Up front it is a lot fruitier and hoppy. It would be nicer if the chocolate could come out more at the front. Thick and like a stout should be. I could drink this fine, and it's not a bad beer. Maybe it's just how I feel right now, but I would prefer a lot of beers to this one.

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Photo of kinger
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich floral aroma with a dark bitter chocolate scent. Black pour with a 3/4" head that settles down to a solid 1/4", but no lacing ouch. Mouthfeel is much thinner than anticipated, finish is primarily bitter. Flavor is decent, the chocolate doesn't come through as much as in the aroma and the bittering hops seem to have a tight grasp on the taste. Overall this is not one of my top picks, kind of bummed out. The regular Shakespeare is much better. I'll be using what's left in the bomber to make a black and tan, Cheers!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Giant head off pour with five fingers of nice light cocoa brown head. Dark brown body off the pour, body is almost a dark reddish brown. Head has lots of retention. Looks like a big beer no fooling. Some sticky lacing.

Smell is primarily chocolate of a nice almost dark in store chocolate counter. Very good quality chocolate it smells like. Nothing much else though. Strangely enough that primary chocolate smell is completely gone after you have a few sips of the beer. This beer needs aeration and a big pour to get the chocolate out, it wont come otherwise.

Taste makes you think a big sweet thing is coming but it's anything but. Hop bitters, and a wet body contribute to a sharp taste that is a little jarring, and also lacking some roast character. Not carbonated either. Very well hidden abv.

I am not exactly blown away by this, but maybe just a little disappointed. However, it does seem right for the style so I can't say this is something I wouldn't drink again or would even pan. It does some things quite well.

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Photo of erwin08
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brownish to black color with thick chocolate moose looking head. slowly disapates and leaves slight lacing.

S: smells more coffee like than chocolate to me with a faint alcohol sent to it.

T: tastes of coffee and chocolate but has a weird finish or after taste, almost an alcohol burn.

M: smooth and rich mouth feel but leaves mouth with a dry alcohol feel.

D: has the delicious chocolatey taste but leaves an alcohol taste in my mouth. not the finest Rogue i've had.

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Photo of glazeman
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a New Holland pint glass

A: The beer pours black in color and has a 2.5 finger mocha colored head. The head has tremendous retention and lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate on the nose. Perhaps more than in any other beer I've had. Although, this is to be somewhat expected as this is one of the first purely "chocolate" stouts that I have had.

T: Bitter chocolate up front is the defining characteristic of this beer for me, but the most surprising feature is the hoppiness at the finish. Actually, as this beer warms, the bitter finish becomes much more prominent than the chocolate. I was a little disappointed with the taste of this after the great smell.

M: Probably the weakest point of this beer in my opinion. Very thin and not much left on the tongue after each sip. This also has a bit too much carbonation for me.

D: This beer goes down easy enough, but is not very substantive and lacks complexity. I would recommend this beer to someone who may just be getting into craft beer, but probably will not try it again.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 poured into a tall sniffer.

A - starts out with tall head of tiny bubbles, dies down to thin film, pretty nice lacing

S- when cool, a bit of sweetness and chocolate

T - cool, a very pleasing chocolate. I like this. As it warms, it seems to lose the sweetness I was enjoying and gained some bitterness; not necessarily a bad bitter, but it threw me off a bit after the initial sweetness

M - smooth when cool, a bit dry when warm

O - not a bad one, though I'm not sure I cared for how much it changed as it warmed up. I think it's not one to sip slowly.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz painted bown pop-top, no date; love how Rogue puts their ingredients on the bottle

Appearance: Black beer; cola-hues around the edges; big dark tan cap, good retention and some lace

Smell: Man, talk about chocolate! This has a BIG aroma of old-fashioned chocolate creme soda. Other than that, there's just a bit of minerality. Not a ton going on, but pleasant.

Taste: Not as much chocolate as in the aroma; it's not sickeningly sweet, which I was afraid it might be. Bitter chocolate, burnt caramel, and tons of burnt grains. Pretty bitter; it seems like more than the 65 IBUs listed. Some lightly citric hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Not a bad stout at all, but not (IMO) up to the hype. Fairly tasty, but probably wouldn't buy it again. If I'm gonna drink a chocolate stout, I think I'd take Young's every time.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch black stout with a medium brownish head with better then average retention. I was quite surprised at the hoppy aroma with light chocolate/ roasted coffee notes. I guess my expectation (because of the name) were to find real discernable chocolate taste, instead I feel that the overabundance of hops covered the chocolate with a lingering bitterness. A bit more sweet and chocolate taste would have been a better representation of what to expect of a chocolate stout. Nonetheless, this is a very good stout.

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Photo of theghost3
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is very dark brown with a thick, brown head. It has a rather strong chocolate smell with toasty malts. It doesn't taste as strong of chocolate as it smells. There's a distinct roasted malt flavor that's buttery with a hint of coffee. It has a rather strong aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very thick without much carbonation. This beer is drinkable, but very thick and rich with powerful flavors, so I wouldn't recommend planning to drink something different afterwards.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with a creamy head that settles pretty quickly.

Smell of pure chocolate, some supporting dark malts, which add a light roastiness.

Taste is sweet and has strong unsweetened chocolate flavors. Supported by a medium sweet malty body, the chocolate is flattened out and fits the beer. The chocolate flavor has some artificial edges but I get used to that. Some mild roasted malts are present, but it never gets sharp or burned. There is a sweet malt base, but the body is a bit thin.

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Photo of Thunderball
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured midnight black into a mug. The smell was of chocolate milk, and coffee. Taste was chocolate up front with a campfire type coffee with chicory. A smokey, bitter finish. No one could say that this is not a well crafted brew, its just not my bag. Too much of a good thing that my palate grew tired of quite quickly. I will probably not be revisiting this offering again anytime in the future.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two pours from a 22 oz bottle. Mmmm, chocolate.

A: Black with a half-inch of very dark brown head. Foam clings to the glass in ribbons as the beer recedes.

S: Dark cocoa and chocolate syrup. Slightly sweet.

T: Dark chocolate and chocolate malts into a heavy cocoa bitterness, which lingers long after a sip. Roastiness of the malts becomes more pronounced as it warms, and a hint of cereal grain aftertaste arrives late. Sweetness is noticeable but not pronounced.

M: Medium bodied and slightly chalky, kind of like chocolate milk. A little dry.

O: Only the second chocolate beer I've ever tried. I like Sam Adams's Chocolate Bock better, but then, I like bocks better than stouts to begin with.

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Photo of engagechad
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was purchased as a single from Corks and Kegs in Richmond, VA - poured into a Victory tulip

This beer poured great with an incredible head and rocky foam. Lacing was sticky. Smelled of faint chocolate, I'm not getting the overwhelming amount of chocolate like others have. Head comes back after agitation. The aromas get sweeter as the beer warms closer to room temp but still very mild in my opinion.

Feels great. Smooth without feeling too thick. Quite drinkable but not amazing.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black with a frothy two finger creamy tan head. Lots of lace. Very good head retention on this one. A great looking pint of stout.

S: Milk chocolate, notes of roast, pleasant and soothing.

T: Big roasted malt flavour. Very dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate of the nose. Bitter, lightly hoppy finish.

M: Light/medium-bodied actually. A bit acrid.

D: I remember this being sweeter in the past and I liked it a bit more then, but it was nice to return to a classic brew.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a nice two-finger, dense, tan head. Lots of rich dark chocolate aroma with just a hint of roasted malts. Flavor is also mostly dark chocolate with some coffee and bitter roastiness on the finish. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep brown, nearly black, but with some visibility through the very edges. Head grows to about one and a half fingers and appears a beautiful mocha color.

S - Chocolate, like tootsie rolls, but it doesn't linger. A very "brief" aroma. On second thought, I am best reminded of chocolate milk when I take a whiff.

T - Strong chocolate flavor with a clean grainy finish. The finish has a "chemical" component that is off putting. I liken this to Southern Tier's Choklat, but with a less sweet and much more bitter chocolate flavor. Also, it isn't as strongly flavorful or as tasty as that beer. This makes since, as that is an imperial take on the chocolate stout and this is not, but I am left wanting a bit more. The beer is not balanced at all, it is simply chocolate with the weird aftertaste of chemical laced cocoa. Color me a bit disappointed.

M - Medium body and a surprising amount of carbonation. Slightly dry like a dark chocolate bar.

O - Overall this is an average chocolate stout in my mind. It has much more intense flavor than most American Stouts, but the flavor is too tightly focused and honestly not too exciting because of it. A fine beer, but I certainly won't pay the 6-7 dollars it costs to get a bomber of it here. Perhaps if I lived in Portland again I could give it another shot.

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Photo of beerman207
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This review comes from a bomber bottle. I have to start out by saying I was somewhat disappointed with the bottle versus having this on draft. My first experience with this brew was on draft where I didn't take notes on the beer but my recollection was that the beer was amazing. The bottle was a little less impnressive.

Pour resulted in a nice two fingers of head with very nice lacing. The smell of chocolate was good but not as good as the draft. The taste was bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee? This beer is as dark as the night sky which is quite impressive. Overall a really good beer but I have to recommmend the draft over the bottle.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,893 ratings.