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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,512 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,512
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 249
Gots: 196 | FT: 4
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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:
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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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, rich dark red brown almost black with a large dark tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: big chocolate nose, sweet, brown sugar, dark malt

T: cocoa, vanilla, cinnnamon, bitter chocolate taste up front that quickly fades into a malty middle, slight bitter hop on the finish

M: silky with lower carbonation and a lingering finish

O: the chocolate presence is there but more with flavors of cocoa than a candy bar, the dose of hops adds an interesting twist to the finish

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 02:26:55 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On recommendation from JdoubleA, I picked up a bomber of this fine beverage - poured it into a Samichlaus tulip glass.

A: Inky black body wearing a massive mocha-crown hat & superglue-sticky lacing.

S: Straight up coco - malted milk ball, y'all.

T: Ex-wife bitter coco explosion, good bit of roasted malt as well but the coco dominates, think of the bitterness of powdered hot coco.

M: Rogue brews all seem a little thin to me - this one is no exception, but the classic dry stout mouthfeel takes over quickly and pretty much makes up for it.

O: A damn good chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 16:00:38 | More by Mantooth
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Greywulfken

New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Center pour into tulip produced a shiny, inky black body with dark tan foam a finger thick that trailed lacing as it receded

S: very mellow, smooth espresso and subtle chocolate malts

T: roastiness of barley and smooth mellowness of chocolate malts; moderate espresso coffee flavors; nicely bittered with a little bite on the finish, which made the beer vibe classy; roasty burnt taste on the mid-palate; dry bittersweet chocolate

M: medium-to-full bodied, slick across the tongue; some bitter tingle; gentle chocolate malt/roasty aftertaste

O: a very distinguished-tasting beer - forward in approach, embracing the style with a simple elegance.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 01:17:31 | More by Greywulfken
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KingSlayer

California

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle poured into a beer pint.
poured a jet black untranslucent liquid, nice creamy dense tan 3 fingers persistent head, lots of lacing.
nose smells good but isnt that intense, composed of roasted malts, milk chocolate cocoa powder, and hint of aromatic hops.
intense palate of dark chocolate, dark roasted malty sweetness, bitter cocoa powder, surprisingly bitter (but not in a bad way) because i expected it to be very sweet.
full silky creamy body, lots of carbonation, alcohol well masked.
overall a very pleasant stout to drink, is heavy and creamy, the bitter cocoa powder flavor is marked and lasts in your mouth like a heavy mocha coffee. goes down easily, alcohol barely noticeable. this opens up as reaching towards room temp.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 00:26:07 | More by KingSlayer
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Drinkerofales

California

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black beer, with brown and red on the edges, no light passes. A dense medium mocha head leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell is as advertised, milk chocolate up front and bitter chocolate in the end.

Tastes of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, with a hint of the sweet in the middle. Well balanced.

Feels creamy and smooth, with a touch of bite on the tongue.

Very up front about the chocolate, and it delivers. Nice beer, I am planning a cake to be made from this stuff.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 02:56:29 | More by Drinkerofales
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This beer pours black with one and a half fingers of dark khaki colored head. The foam takes awhile to settle, leaving decent lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is Vanilla, milk chocolate, and a touch of marshmallow. Smells great.

T: This beer is nice and sweet. I get milk chocolate and vanilla right up front, but it's not overpowering. Sweet, but not too sweet. As it moves to the middle I get some roast and bitters on the back end. It's well balanced.

M: Full bodied beer. It's smooth, coating, but not too sticky. The sweetness hits the palate first but it transitions wonderfully into bitters as it fades.

O: Very nice beer. I didn't have a lot of expectations for this beer, so I am pretty darn impressed. The flavors are great, it's sweet but not overpowering, it's a great dessert beer. I would drink this again, and would recommend it to someone looking for a milder version of Southern Tier's Choklat.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 12:57:16 | More by trxxpaxxs
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a small tan head and slight lacing

S-dark malt, chocolate, hints of bitterness

T-roasted barley, chocolate, nice bitter notes

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-delicious! Nice for sipping with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 16:23:59 | More by MDDMD
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blitz134

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black hole colored if I must say so with no light transmission. I do believe light is actually being sucked into this beer. There was ample brown head to begin with which reduced to barely a coating. Aroma was of toffee with hits of tootsie rolls and expresso. Flavors of ample toasted malts and a touch of smoke. Chocolate is definately a major player in this beer. There was also an unexpected touch of slightly citrus hops coming through. Almost like that orange flavored chocolate you get around the holidays. And at the very end was a tiny amount of coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, not really heavy at all. This is a good after-dinner beer that I'd gladly have a couple of and will revist again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 04:40:06 | More by blitz134
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 22oz. bomb thanks to Downtown Liquors in Somerville, MA.
Pours as black as night...two full fingers of light brown head. Lacing is tight, but thin and slowly recedes back into the brew.
Smell is milk chocolate, vanilla w/ a hint of sweet malts.
The taste is now dark chocolate, well balanced w/ the sweetness of the malt. A subtle touch of hops in the dry finish...mouthfeel is impressive, thick but not heavy.
Drinkability is high for its style...just 6% makes this a session brew if you like the type. I would, personally prefer Brooklyn's Chocolate Stout a bit more, but both are two of the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 23:56:54 | More by warriorsoul
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NicholasCasber

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a dark, solid dark brown. Immediately you can smell the chocolate, but more on that in a minute. Once poured the head is a nice hazelnut color which seems to stay throughout the whole drink.

S: The chocolate smell is absolutely wonderful to catch wafting from the newly opened bottle. After the initial blast of chocolate, which, seems to be the perfect amount, comes the delicious smell of the hops, and the warm smell of the roasted barely. The overall aroma is very warm, and brings back good memories of chocolate as a kid.

T: The taste, is by far one of my favorites in my beer explorations. Leaps and bounds above some of the other stouts that I've had, it blasts your tongue with chocolate and just like the aroma, finishes off nice and smooth with an almost bitter taste, which leaves you wanting more.

M: This totally coats your mouth with a delicious taste, and doesn't feel overly heavy like most stouts. Completely impressed by this beer's feel.

D: If I could rate this beer low in any category, it'd be the drinkability. It's not that I don't think I could drink this beer often, it's just that I don't think I can drink this beer every day, and that's how I judge my drinkability. However, that's just my opinion, but still, a 4 is still darn high.

Overall, this beer is by far one of my favorites, and I'd recommend it to you and any of my friends. I wish you the best of luck on your beer endeavors and as always, Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 23:11:14 | More by NicholasCasber
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magictrokini

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a decent, thick brown head. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, cream, caramel, and just a little cigarette smoke. Creamy mouthfeel. Blended taste of chocolate, caramel malts, and oatmeal. Some vanilla cream. The cascade hops give it a sharp finish. Somewhat watery for the style. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 16:31:35 | More by magictrokini
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells just like a cup of hot cocoa. Seriously. If you put this in a cup and had someone do a blindfolded smelling session, they'd identify this as hot cocoa. With maybe just a touch of chocolate liqueur thrown in.

On the tongue, the chocolate taste is *very* apparent--more so than perhaps any other chocolate stout I've tried. In fact, the brew tastes, in many ways, like sucking on a Tootsie Pop while sipping on, say, Godiva's chocolate liqueur. Which is not to say that it's bad in any way; in fact, it's quite good. And I don't normally like chocolate stouts. There are, of course, other flavors in the beer as well: some nice chocolate malts that give a lovely almost-burnt-grain taste; some deep caramels; and just at the edge, perhaps a hint of dark fruit esters. Hops are kept to a minimum, and are just enough to add a nice bitterness that takes the edge off of the sweetness of the chocolate. But make no mistake: chocolate is the primary flavor. It's the first thing you'll taste, and the flavor that will linger on your tongue the longest.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 20:49:21 | More by jondeelee
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ehammond1


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

An incredibly dark mahogany brown with deep auburn and ruby edges. Big, thick, pillowy, and creamy head. A thing of beauty. Messy, sticky lacing all over the glass.

A tremendously chocolatey aroma. This smells like real, ooey, gooey, melted, delicious chocolate. Some roasted malt in the background, but the chocolate aroma here is superb! Again, perfect.

A sweet and bitter chocolate stout. It's not as sweet as the nose would suggest, which I actually think is a good thing. Roasted malts and lots of chocolate make up this stunning stout. As advertised. For chocolate lovers: seek this one out!

Unfortunately, the only thing average about this beer is it's mouthfeel. It's simply nothing special, not something poor. It's decidedly average, which is unfortunate because I've had other Rogue stouts with very good mouthfeels. This one simply seems a bit too thin, though it is well carbonated.

The mouthfeel doesn't detract much from this beer. It's nearly perfect. Chocolate lovers all over the world need to be introduced to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:04:51 | More by ehammond1
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BadBadger

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours a deep dark color. The head is a tan color and disappointingly minimal in both size and duration (but this really does not distract from how wonderful tasty this beverage is). The smell is of fine mocha and sweet malts. The taste is rather complex, being sweet, with a strong chocolate flavor. There is an occasional bitter finish to the taste which is not overly distracting. Certainly a descent stout worth searching out and enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 01:30:12 | More by BadBadger
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a thick dense black body that is to dark to see carbonation but the thick creamy head is light cocoa colored.

S- The nice smell of roasted malt and black toasted malt with some earthiness and finish of green hops in the background.

T- This beer has a nice earthy robust dark malt flavor with some hints of dark slightly sweet chocolate, although the beer itself is not sweet. The finish is a nice green hop bitterness that balances well with the dark grains. As this beer warms the chocolate taste becomes more of a fresh tobacco taste with some nice sourness from the oats.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-full with some chewiness in the texture. No fizz or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is a nice smooth stout. It has good qualities and it has a nice faint chocolate flavor that is made with great grains and not chocolate powder or extracts. It is nice to see a chocolate stout that is well balanced with hops and dark malts but stays true to beer ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 23:51:24 | More by rhoadsrage
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slk22

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black color with a thick light-brown head showing good retention. Strong chocolate and caramel malt aroma jumps right out of the glass. Nice, but not complex. Taste begins with a nice balance of roasted and sweet malt flavor. Then a bit of hop bitterness comes out along with a sort of baker's chocolate bitterness that lingers a bit with a dry finish. Very nicely balanced for a chocolate stout in my opinion. Mouthfeel is smooth although body (light to medium) is a bit lighter than expected and carbonation is higher than expected. Overall, a very tasty beer that I could have several of.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 02:34:40 | More by slk22
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly not at all a fan of Rogue but I'm very impressed with this brew.

A - Black, nice mocha head and solid retention, swirls in the glass bring it back up no problem. Very nice.

S - Best aspect of this brew, especially upon semi-aggressive swirls. Huge chocolate blast, semi sweet chocolate, and dark chocolate. Good roastiness backing it up and notes of vanilla but you have to look for it. Reminds me of a chocolate forward Sierra Nevada Stout.

T - Chocolate forward Sierra Nevada Stout is the best example to give or relate to. The chocolate is forward but not as forward as the nose suggests. Great roastiness...textbook stout focusing on chocolate. Very nice.

M - smooth, crisp, and no problem killing this bomber solo.

O - Perfect for a stout fix. Not many I would take over this at this ABV range.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 01:39:38 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best stouts around.A full dark chocolately two finger head with a very dark liquid beer.The smell is full sweet aromatic and delicious.A dark creamy taste with hints of hops,chocolate.and coffee.Rogue never stops amazing me.I would love to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 21:47:52 | More by jmz62565
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark and thick, very roasty. Not in aroma, but certainly in solid and smooth stout. Rolled oats provide body and sweetness to otherwise semi-bitter chocolate.. Very drinkable. Very natural and well rounded, not sweet nor bitter. Nicely hopped. RIch medium-full mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2004 03:42:20 | More by Sammy
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tweeder263

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a black brew with a dense 2 finger head.Head is dark tan.Has a very nice chocolatecoffeemild alcohol scent,,smells awesome. Taste of some hops,,coffee,,mildly chocolate,,less chocolate then i would have thought,,reminds me of unsweetened hersheys powdered cocoa in a can.A drier beer then i would have thought.Mouthfeel is nice. A good beer although i wouldnt give it an a+,,definitely something id have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 00:49:23 | More by tweeder263
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californiakulak

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Firestone pint glass. I shared the beer with my wife and Father at our Thanksgiving dinner.

A. Dark, motor oil with thick tan head. Good sticky lacing.

S. Mmmm. Burnt malt and chocolate. Very nice.

T. Creamy chocolate flavor. Balanced well with the malt sweetness. Some bitter coffee flavors as well. Good beer.

M. Rich, thick mouthfeel. Kind of low carbonation. Kind of syrupy and sticky like.

D. Goes down easy. I wish I would have bought more than one. Or maybe I shouldn't have shared it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 00:33:22 | More by californiakulak
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bomber of Chocolate Stout purchased at Barnyard Spirits and served chilled in a Great Lakes tumbler.

A: The ale is black with a whitish-brown head.

S: Sweet milk chocolate dominates the nose.

T: The stout runs the gamut of flavors. Up front, sweet chocolate notes hit the tongue, followed by a mid-strength hop flavor then closing with a long-finishing roasted malt flavor.

M: The mix of sweet and bitter flavors give the beer an interesting mouthfeel.

D: The ale is very drinkable with a decent hop flavor that underscores a decadent chocolate taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 01:34:43 | More by akorsak
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wbc

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rich malty sweet beauty with a creamy off white head and thick lacing. The color is completely opaque. The aromas of chocolate and mocha are completely apparent from the opening of the bottle, there are more subtle notes of toasty or roasted grain but not overpowering. I think Rogue has once again proven to me that they can brew whatever they want and succeed. I could drink this beer for dessert any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 12:43:23 | More by wbc
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Dspohn

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Pauls in McCall, Idaho and it's a frigid 48 degrees outside in August. Good thing I have this tasty stout and a nice fire.

A. The darkest of brown with a nice light brown head that leaves good lacing.

S. Chocolate, Chocolate, and some malt

T. Nice initial chocolate taste with a good burnt malty body with some delicious coffee flavor and the chocolate comes back strong in the aftertaste.

M. Nice medium mouthfeel, maybe a little thin. Pretty good carbonation for a stout.

D. Surprisingly smooth and very drinkable. A must try if you enjoy chocolate and beer

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 20:33:00 | More by Dspohn
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bultrey

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2004 02:38:05 | More by bultrey
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