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Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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93
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1,902 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,902
Ratings:
4,138
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
BEER INFO

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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Reviews: 1,902 | Ratings: 4,138
Photo of Boto
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours almost black. There was a bit of a dark tan head. The aroma is almost like taking a whiff of a Hershey's Bar. Definitely too much chocolate. The taste is pretty much the same. Chocolate bar is a glass. They have gone a bit too far with this one. It's not bad, but hard to finish more than 1. If I want a chocolate bar, I'd prefer to eat one!

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Photo of StargherKing
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a dark black, with browns and reds at the edges. Head is a dark cream color, not too thick, not too thin. Smell is very chocolatey, with some coffee and toffee. Dark and roasty all the way with this one. Taste is VERY good, tastes like a hearty stout mixed with chocolate syrup (then again, for all I know, that could be the case). Mouthfeel is thick, but not unpleasant. This one coats the mouth a bit, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The only downside to this beer for me is the drinkability. The richness of it is honestly a bit too much for me. Very good, but I would almost have to down this one as shots. If you have the constitution to overcome the sheer richness of it, and like chocolate stouts, I'd heartily recommend this one. If you're like me, and like something not quite so overpowering, I'd suggest splitting it with a friend. Delicious beer, just hard to drink.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass, from the standard 1 pt. 6 oz. rogue bottle.

Silky looking caramel head, about an inch high, covering a tenacious looking black beer. Smell is of chocolate malt, and a little roasted malt? Perhaps. Taste is almost abundantly chocolate, although the hops do come through, albeit just enough to offset the sweet maltiness. Chocolate is strong, but not tedious, yet more than enough to please the chocoholic beer lover in me. Mouthfeel is a luxurious smooth, satin delight. Almost a romantic affair. Truly a sensual stout. Drinkability is slightly better than average, as I could maybe have a couple of these, but would need something to cut through the sweetness at some point. A delicious beer, but I wouldn't want to overdo it.

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Photo of 1noa
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with little head into snifter, and settles into light lace. Initial aromas of chocolate and malt. On first sip you can taste the chocolate and hops with light carbonation. Well balanced across the palate and not too heavy on the chocolate flavor. Overall, a smooth stout. Look forward to having it again.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark chocolate, to dark brown with moderate carbonation. The head is a fantastic looking cocoa colored, 2 finger thick, big and puffy, layered mass of foam with a rocky crust. It really is quite a work of art.

The smell is fragrant, lots of sweet chocolate and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is where I lost it. It is big chocolate, quite smooth with a bitter after taste on the back of the tongue. Bit I just did not like it all that much. Like the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock. Maybe it is just too sweet when you add chocolate to beer. Come to think of it I do believe I have had some beers that tasted chocolaty that did not have chocolate in them. They should try to do that, But a bet it is real hard.

The mouthfeel is fine, smooth creamy, maybe a bit too small on the carbonation. This beet has plenty of bitter taste just no bitter bite.

Drinkability is just not up to standard. Next time pour me something else. MK

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22fl oz bottle. ½ Pint glass. Renjoyed on may´12. Very dark brown color. Beige, lasting, small bubbled, creamy head. Hints of chocolate, fruity touch & yeast to the nose. Flavors show roasted malts & soft bitterness. Full body, moderate carbonation. Another shared beer with Juanjo –“the bread artist”- at Cerveceria Freiburg.

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Photo of sluggermatt15
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brown, chocolate color. Nice appearance.

S- Chocolate, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Deep aroma.

T- Roasted malts, coffee, some dark chocolate.

M- Not as full bodied as I had hoped. Was expecting this beer to be thick, creamy, and full bodied. Medium carbonation present.

D- I couldn't comprehend drinking more than one of these. Just too heavy.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- bomber poured into a pint, more than a fingers worth of chocolate ice cream colored bubbly head, nice retention, very creamy, deep dark black color.

s- wow, genuine chocolate, malty sweetness, but the chocolate dominates.

t- chocolate, some smoke, bitterness, light coffee bean, loads of malt, finishes dry with a slight hop kick, a sweet almost brulee of chocolate kinda hangs in the middle somewhere.

m- think, creamy.

d- drinkability is good, i wasn't wowed by the chocolate here, although it was very genuine and i got that 'real chocolate' sense, i would drink this again, but wouldn't seek it out, i prefer a straight forward stout with light chocolate notes, not dominated by chocolate - but that's just me.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - received the ale cold in a standard pint glass
Thick black body with thin sandstone tan shade head.

S - Bittersweet chocolate and chocolate malt aromas coplimented with sublte citrus odors that lingers with a faint hop aroma. The smell is similar to chocolate cereal.

M - Creamy tip of the tongue sweetness tantalizes. The full body and dry chocolate sweetness finishes with a slight bitterness.

T - Chocolate, the bittersweet variety similar to baking chocolate and cocoa flavors. Nutty and roasty malt with a subtle dry texture. Sweet mixes with bitter or spicy hop tinges toward the end.

D - Decent amount of chocolate in the aroma keeps you coming back. The Cocoa and bittersweet cocoa tastes are the primary flavor with a citric hop quality and a dry stout finish. It is a decent chocolate stout, but not the best chocolate ale overall.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just about black with a cocoa head that has some decent staying power. Lower carbonation and just a good stout appearance. Smell is of rich milk chocolate with the slightest hint of spicy hops. Taste is decent but a little too sweet for me. I do enjoy beers with chocolate taste but this one seems to go in the wrong direction for me. Mouthfeel is about medium and silky with a hop bite in the finish. Pretty easy to drink, just not much to it and definitely not on of my favorites when it comes to a Stout.

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Photo of hopmonkey
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolatey, dry and chalky. Some hints of complexity, but never really opened up to reveal more than the mocha/chocolate notes. Bitter on the finish, but clean. Very nice with something sweet. I would not describe the taste as thin, but certainly one-dimensional. It may be decent for what it is, but I do not feel the need to return.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown/black color with a tan fluffy 2 finger head. The aroma is pretty subdued with slight notes of chocolate, dark roast coffee, and slight leather. Medium mouthfeel. Light roast notes are the first thing I notice followed by sweet bitter dark chocolate flavors. Ends pretty cleanly. Minimal lace. Overall, not too bad but no as good as some other chocolate beers.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz Bomber ingredients listed but no freshness date.

Appearance: Black with a coffee head.

Smell: Baking cocoa powder.

Taste and Mouth Feel: While it is full bodied, it is very smooth. Very chocolate in flavor, but it is an unsweetened baking powder chocolate that has a touch of bitterness. This brew is very dry and has almost no sweetness.

Notes: This beer was not what I was expecting, but what ever is. While the natural chocolate flavor shines through, I was not overly impressed with the brew. I will note that this brew did get better as it warmed up, and I may have just gotten a bottle that was old or not well shipped. I will have to try it a few more times, and then update.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch-black color. Smells like a big chunk of chocolate. Tastes of (what else) chocolate, but is also quite hoppy, as per usual with a Rogue brew.

Overall, not a bad beer, just waaay too much to drink in one sitting (I'd settle for 6 or 7 oz once in a while). I doubt I'd buy again, unless I have someone to share with (which isn't likely...).

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Photo of Long813
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Pint Glass

A: Two fingers of mocha tan head which retained much throughout leaving stellar lacing with each drink. Black opaque body.

S: Mild roasted coffee and a mix of bitter and milk chocolate.

T: Sweet chocolate accompanied by coffee, roasted malts and oats.

M: Medium-high body, medium-low carbonation. Slight bitter chocolate after taste

D: Well made beer. Nice blend of flavours here, but I was expecting something thicker and fuller. Either way it's a great drink.

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Photo of Brunite
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a giant mug.

A: Dark black. Aggressive pour yielded one of the best heads to date. Nitro looking with the carbonation going on.

S: Decent smelling stout. Chocolate and roasted malts.

T: Subdued chocolate. Not bad but was expecting more, considering the rep here. This is my second go around with this beer hoping I would get more chocolate next time. Does not come close to the chocolate notes in last night's Old Raspy.

M: Light for a stout. Not much as far as body or chewiness.

D: Easy to drink but rather pedestrian to my tastes. Something shy of World Class IMHO.

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Photo of missingsense
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottled into Victorian pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Black with a thick mocha-colored head that doesn't budge for a while. Sturdy foam lacing plants itself to the side of the glass. I'm looking forward to this.

S: Milk chocolate & dark chocolate. First whiff does not smell like beer at all. I'm expecting to taste a milkshake. A cafe au lait aroma becomes evident as it warms.

T: A taste that develops itself for quite some time. Chocolate flavoring is obvious upfront, along with a roasted malt character. An initial touch of oats is present as well. The milk chocolate flavor turns to dark chocolate as it lingers on the taste buds. The hops slowly reveal themselves in the aftertaste with a faint tingling which grows to become a little more bitter than I would have expected. There's a bit of chalkiness, like powdered chocolate in the end, too. It's bitter-sweet, to be sure, but a little to much of each for my tastes.

M: Relatively thin mouthfeel for a stout, but a good amount of carbonation.

D: The addition of natural chocolate flavorings is a nice touch, but feels unnecessary. I do have a sweet tooth, but I can't imagine pairing this with a dessert (like the bottle suggests)... that would just be sweetness overload. This a beer best enjoyed by itself. I would actually be happy splitting the bomber with someone else. However, those that like very bold, assertive beers will be pleased.

Not my favorite stout, or Rogue beer for that matter, but I have deep respect for Rogue for always taking risks and being creative with their brews.

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Photo of dmatsui
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Going a bit outside of my comfort zone with this one; not exactly my style.

Color is deep rich brown/black with a nice 4 finger head of dark khaki, off brown. No light getting through.

Nose is definitely dark chocolate and coder up front with a slight underlying dark fruitiness. Definitely some molasses and earth notes. Really nice smelling stuff.

Big hit of dark bitter cacao up front supported by bitter earthy hops then accentuated by a nice creamy and milky mouthfeel. There's still a nice hint if fruity esters and a nutty quality. Chocolate dominates as it finished quite dry.

Overall a really nice beer. It's not as heavy as I thought and the drinkability was really nice.

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Photo of chaz01
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into a tulip glass from a 22 ounce bottle that I found in my cellar. No date on the bottle, but I'm guessing it's older than a year, but less than 3 years.

A: Dark opaque black, with a huge foamy light brown head that produces small amounts of lacing on the glass.

S: Subtle chocolate aroma

T: Chocolate cocoa and burnt malt flavors and a bit of charcoal. Originally, I picked up a bit of unpleasant bitterness that seems to have disappeared as the beer warms to room temperature.

M: Medium bodied, not as full bodied as I would have expected for a rich stout. Lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Nice sipping beer to have sitting on the patio on a cool spring evening. Would also pair well with a chocolate desert.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 5/9/08, at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is all chocolate with some roasted malts in there.

T: The taste is a strong mixture of milk and dark chocolate. It's very malty and bitter-sweet. A very mild hops presence comes in after a while but for the most part this beer tastes like a melted chocolate bar leaving that thick cloying sweetness in the after-taste.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-heavy body, light-medium carbonation, finish is very sticky.

D: Tasty if you like the intense chocolate, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I've had some chocolaty stouts before but I think this one overdoes it.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was very dark, obviously being a chocolate stout. It had a fairly small head, but it lingered. I have to admit this was my first Rogue beer (also first chocolate) so I wasn't sure what to expect. There was a nice chocolate taste to the beer, but there was also a very strong after taste which was almost bitter. I'm sure this beer is worth a taste if you like chocolate flavored beers or if you're a fan of Rogue in general.

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Photo of trouserbat
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deepest black, with noticable bubbles and a thin but persistent, lusciously brown head.

Smell: Dark and heavy malt, chocolate. Not a significant amount of hops, "just" dark chocolate.

Taste: The chocolate dominates everything else. There's some maltiness, certainly, and while there are certainly some bittering hops (69 IBU worth, according to the bottle), I don't taste much hop flavor in the citrusy / piney register. The malt and hops support the chocolate, rather than complement it. Other reviews mention some spices (especially comparing it to Mexican drinking chocolate), but I don't taste them.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not smotheringly malty. Rather drinkable, actually, a bit thick but not satiating.

Overall: Definately worth trying. The chocolate flavor is good, though it did come off a little one-dimensional. Nonetheless, highly drinkable.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/18/12

Appearance: Dark dark brown, almost black - minimal, off white head, fades to nothing, leaves some steaks of lacing

Smell: Lightly roasty, lightly burnt, with chocolate, as the name would imply - both chocolate malts and cocoa - typical Rogue yeast as well

Taste: Yup, chocolate - dark, roasty chocolate malts and dark chocolate - sweet chocolate, too, like Tootsie Rolls - mildly bitter - malt base is a bit one dimensional and oddly mild - some weak coffee notes

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, on the thin side for a stout, but nicely carbonated and drinkable

Overall: Yeah, it has chocolate but not much else

This is a decent offering from Rogue, but not their best, and not outstanding overall. It's a nice use of chocolate, not too sweet. But the overall body could be more interesting.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Pours pitch black with a two finger mocha head that sticks around for a bit and doesn't leave any lacing

Smell - Nose starts with coffee rinds and makes its transition to dark chocolate with the usual fill of roasted malts and a touch meaty.

Taste - The chocolate starts and remains as the star player with some coffee bits.

Feel - Creamy without being too thin. No carbonation.

Overall - Good beer that hits the mark, but at $7.59 a bomber I'll pass next time.

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Photo of nflmvp
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4/13/06 from a 22 ounce bottle.

Poured near black with a two inch mocha head. Smell is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate and even more chocolate. Oddly enough, taste is chocolate too...both sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel is thick and coating. Drinkability is pretty good.

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