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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,885 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,885
Hads: 4,043
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 393
Gots: 521 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Reviews: 1,885 | Hads: 4,043
Photo of asabreed
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber for $4.99 and was waiting for the right, relaxed night to crack it open and sip it for over an hour. It was certainly worth the wait; even with all the hype, this is a kickass stout.

Appearance: Opaque of course, nice thick mocha-colored head. However, there wasn't much sticky lacing, which I expected (could be the glass). Also, the head dissipated quickly too (also could be the glass). Though I DID think the glass was clean. Still nice looking though, despite the absent trails of frothy goodness.

Smell: What I had hoped for. My thing with other chocolate stouts has (usually) been (though as my reviews show, some I still love) a beer that's too hoppy, or else not as balanced with creamy aromas of the many kinds of malts and sweeter ingredients. But this was totally creamy: dark and milky chocolate, real chocolate and chocolate malt mixing well, a sweet smell of powdered chocolate, slight coffee (though with cream and sugar, not bitter black coffee). Perfectly balanced and wonderful to get your nose in.

Taste: Chocolate insanity -- amazingly done. The coffee with cream and sugar aromas certainly come through, which adds an interesting twist to the powerful chocolate aromas. Not much hops flavor, though somehow it's handled without being too sweet or too overbearing. I don't see how a chocolate stout could get any better.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, medium carbonation, not too thick of a body. Awesome.

Drinkability: I have to say, I wouldn't want this all the time. I would, however, like to try it with a dessert next time, as pairing this with many different things would probably make some amazing texture and flavor combinations. I'm going to get another one ASAP and save it again for another night, sipping for as long as possible.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 22oz. bomber with rogue's typical graphics. screen printed white, red and brown. sebbie buhler holds up a stein of rogue chocolate stout while holding a piece of chocolate in her other hand. "made with imported chocolate" on front. ingredients are printed on the back of the bottle. "dedicated to sebbie buhler, a rogue original" on back. also, there's rogues interpretation of their own stout along with brewing specs, (gravity, temp., ibu's, etc)

appearance: pours opaque black with a dark tan almost brown pancake batter-like head. head is about 1 inch and drops to a capper after a few minutes. laces ok.

smell: huge chocolate aromas. some alcohol and sweet roasted caramelly sugars. mostly chocolate, but some earthy hops sneak in. sweet chocolate aromas while sipping almost wash over you.

taste: very chocolatey bready malts with a good bitter balance. roasted flavors as well as some dark fruits. maybe plums or black cherries. just bitter enough with some earthy hop flavors. finishes bittersweet chocolate and very dry and clean. aftertaste is lightly hoppy and again, bittersweet. alcohol becomes warming, but not apparent in flavor towards the end of the bomber.

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth medium body. good carbonation and nice swallow. crisp and clean with the dry finish. very nice mouthfeel, and i've given 5s for less.

drinkability: what do you have when a beer quenches it's own dry-bitter finish and aftertaste with an aromatic creamy-smooth dose of sweet chocolate? a viscious cycle that forced me to finish this bomber way too quickly.

overall: very, very nice. for so long, shakespeare stout was my favorite rogue brew, and it pained me to rate this slightly higher, but it's got the goods. right now, right this second, without having the shakespeare in a glass to compare, i'd say this is a hair better. i can only imagine what this would have rated with a chocolate dessert to pair this with.

edit (10.24.05): not so fast! did a vertical with the shakespeare and the chocolate stouts. these are both equally impressive in almost every way, but are slightly different. i just can't accurately say which i like better and which i'd rank higher. if i had a gun to my head, the shakespeare might have to get the nod.

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Photo of Damian
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Redbones Barbecue, Somerville, MA

Poured an opaque brown/black with a one-finger, cocoa-colored, creamy head that slowly faded to a thick ring. Tiny droplets of lacing clung to the sides of the glass and lasted through most of the drink.

The aroma was pure hot fudge from beginning to end. I tried looking for indications of other aromas but soon discovered this was futile.

The taste was a terrificly balanced blend of sweet and bitter flavors. The beer started malty rich, chocolatey (sweet, dark chocolate) and creamy up front with hints of vanilla. Deep, roasted malts and black coffee came through mid-palate. The long-lasting finish was surprising hoppy, espresso-like and quite dry with a rich, chocolatey aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was thick, creamy and silky smooth with a fine, moderate carbonation that brought out the best of the flavors.

Despite its overall lack of complexity, this was an outstanding beer. I sampled it both on-tap and in a bottle and I found the tap version to be richer, smoother, more chocolatey and, overall, far superior. It could pair perfectly with a variety of chocolate desserts but I would recommend savoring it on its own.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cellared for the better part of three years, I will serve this in an Imperial pint glass at just over fridge temperature. 22oz. bomber, no freshness date.

Apperance- Deep chocolate brown, almost black color. The foamy head rises almost four fingers tall, medium tan with plenty of substance. The bubbles pop and fade away slowly, leaving craters that eventually fill in. No lacing, which surprises me.

Smell- Sweet decadence... the aroma is of the highest quality imported chocolate, so rich and massive. Creamy enough of a nose to smell like a good milkshake.

Taste- Absolutely stunning presentation on the palate... there is nothing that could possibly be improved here. The entry is dry and rich, sweet yet bitter. It is so mouth-filling in its character, the entire tongue is captivated by nuances of sweet, gourmet chocolatey goodness and bitter, dark notes that dry the mouth in anticipation of the next sip. The most rewarding and impressive phase for me is the swallow, which allows all ingredients to open up completely and showcase their perfect balance, and complex flavors. Never in a million years could I have been prepared for such an incredibly satisfying beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I love the subtle coarseness of the mouthfeel, as it provokes the sweet and bitter attributes to work with each other while adding texture. The most phenomenally delectable stout I can recall in ages... this is a true masterpiece, and should not be overlooked for the sheer reason of broad availability, as sometimes happens. Bravo.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours inpenetrable black witha creamy cocoa colored head. Lots of thick lace.

Smell is of rich dark chocolate.

Taste is bittersweet cocoa / chocolate (reminds me of the cocoa powder made by Droste) some sweetness then coffee/cappuccino with a long dry finish.

Medium bodied, hard to believe you could pack all that flavor into such modest bodied brew.

Oy Vey, this is one special glass of stout. Like a rich chocolate cake with only a fraction of the calories. It is definitely a one per night brew. The rich complexity of this one would be too much for a repeat.

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Photo of techdiver
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque black with a nice two finger caramel-colored head that dissipates slowly. Chocolate is evident in the smell, as it is in the taste. Just a fantastic experience. Creamy, smooth taste and the feel is lighter than one might expect, not dense by any stretch of the imagination. Totally drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of logelinjl
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first starting drinking the Rogue after I moved in with my roomate and he collection the Rogue bottles and I have always wanted to try them after reading the describitions on the bottles. Its a great stout, its dark, creamy head, can seriously tatse the chocolate. Could drink it again and again.

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Photo of zakyj
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Excellent 3 Finger head, light brown/caramel color. Dark opaque black appearance. This is what a stout should look like.

S - Rich Chocolate malt, slight caramel hint as well.

T - Wow. Just how it should be. sweet dark chocolate taste accompanied by subtle hop bitterness. this beer really stands out of the competition.

M - Creamy goodness. light carbonation makes it impressively smooth and coats the pallet well.

O - I have had better stouts. but as far as a chocolate stout, this is coming up first. the amount of chocolate used was perfect and allowed the beer stay true to what a stout is all about.

Bottle poured into pint glass.

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Photo of Alkey
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured very dark black (unable to see my fingers through the glass) with a large brown head that left lots of sticky lacing all over the glass. Smells of chocolate are pretty dominating. Lots of biter sweet chocolate in the taste with an equal balance of Cascade hops. A very nice blend not to sweet and a nice bite to it. Mouth feel is very rich and creamy. This offering from Rogue is very easy to drink and one my favorite chocolate stouts.

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Photo of steven9000
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pure black body with a brown mocha color head. About 2 finger head.

S- chocolate, roasted malts, Cigar tobacco and i also get some hops. FANTASTIC smell

T- dark Chocolate, coffee, tobacco,roasted malts,hops on the back end that gives it a nice bitter finish. Best chocolate beer ive had to date.

M- Medium to full mouth-feel

D- I must say this beer is exceptional. Very good and its a good price for what it is. This beer is very drinkable and tasty. This beer would definitely go fantastic with a streak or have it on its own for dessert or better yet pair it with chocolate cake.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a perfect tan head that has great retention and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet chocolate as one would expect but there is also a strong roasted malt aroma. Taste is slightly fruity up front quickly followed up with a big dose of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt, there is also a subtle hopiness in the back. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and finishes pretty dry. Drinkability is great. I hadn't seen this beer on the shelf for a long time around here and when I did I jumped at the chance to pick this beer back up. Another great beer from Rogue.

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Photo of Clowerweb
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. No visible date on the bottle.

After just having two Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stouts and an entire Stone Double Bastard bomber, I don't know how well the palate is holding up tonight. Let's give this badboy a shot.

A: Black. Black as midnight. Hold it up to the light, still BLACK. Put a flashlight under it, BLACK! I like it! HUGE five finger ebony brown head with respectable retention that stays throughout the whole session, and an amazing sticky lacing spiraling down the glass.

S: Has an indisputable chocolate coffee scent. Sweet caramelized sugar. Not too weak or too strong either. Very slight hint of booze, hops and bittersweet cocoa.

T: Chocolate, dark roasted coffee, roasted malts, some subtly bitter cooking chocolate and hops laced throughout, earthy with a light hint of floral citrus, oats and buttered bread. Finishes sweet with that chocolate coffee goodness and leaves a perfectly subtle bitter hops and cooking cocoa aftertaste. Not too sweet, not too bitter, nice bold flavor and amazing balance. Couldn't ask for better!

M: Nice and full, moderate (perfect) carbonation tickles the tongue, slightly sticky and chewy, sticks to the tongue and walls of the mouth, never dry despite the bitter bite in the finish.

O: This leaves me speechless. It's perfect. It's almost like a dessert. I've been reviewing top beers according to reviews here, and buying what's available at the local stores around my area. I saw this one on the shelf and I'm glad I picked it up.

This stood up against tastings of Stone's Double Bastard and Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout today, and came out the best of these three titans of great beer today. A new favorite. I hope to experience many more times to come. I will buy this again and again. This will be nigh impossible to beat according to this palate.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black and thick as crude oil with a foamy walnut head. No light gets through this pour. Nose is thickly malted, winey in character and slightly sweet with rich chocolate. Nice lacing.

Taste is rich, bold, full-bodied and bitter. Most of the chocolate flavors are either in the aroma or very high on the palate, since the taste is roasty, dry and malty as a quality stout should be. A bit nutty, a little bit of espresso, nutmeg, oats, some Imperial flavors as well, a mild hop bite. This ain't the oversweet Hershey's but some kind of fine silky Eurochocolate instead -- a very good choice.

Low carbonation, pleasant dark chocolate aftertaste. A wonderful pairing of the stout and the chocolate, with neither overpowering the other. One of the few beers here I feel is truly underrated.

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Photo of Shrews629
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Extremely dark brown/black color. Extremely opaque. Just a small thin showing of ruby at the very bottom. A very creamy tan/brown/khaki colored head that has great lacing and retention. Poured thick. Looks tremendous. The lacing was the best I've ever seen.

Smell - Smells of roasted chocolate, cocoa and whole milk. Very well balanced. Pleasant on the nose. Not overly sweet, but almost perfect. The roasted barley comes through as a nice balancing act to tame the chocolate a bit.

Taste - Taste presents a wonderful flood of roasted, sweet chocolate. Some bitter tinges at the back end and on the sides of the tongue. The chocolate tastes more like cocoa, chocolate milk or a liquid chocolate candy bar. The bitterness starts to fade after each sip. Amazing!!!! I loved the taste!!!!

Mouthfeel - Medium to full mouthfeel. Smooth, dry and good. Coats the palate exceptionally. Only got a very small, tiny bit of "chalkiness", but nothing to deter the taste or feel of the this beer. This brew is filling and comforting.

Drinkability - This beer is truly outstanding. this is the best "all around" beer I've ever had in my life. There could be better ones out there, but as for right now, this has no competition in my eye. Easily drinkable. I would love to have a keg of this set up in my house. I may have just found my new favorite. Without a doubt, worth a try. I took my time drinking this because I didn't want to finish. I didn't want it to end. I could talk about this beer all day. Incredible!!!!

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Photo of BlueHammer
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is easily one of my favorite beers ever. I first tried it a while ago, before I understood much about beer and was skeptical of the idea of "chocolate-flavored beer"... How naive I was...

I've had it many times since then and it remains my favorite chocolate stout. The chocolate flavor is powerful, yet not overpowering - I like that.

It pours almost black with a fairly thick tan-colored head. It smells like a chocolate bar - and shouldn't it? It is sweet and malty but balanced, making it easy to drink. This beer serves as an excellent "dessert" drink. It was great to sip after dinner, though it goes down so smoothly, if felt as if I'd barely started it before it was gone. It feels as if it starts at the tip of your tongue and just rolls comfortably back down your throat!

I recommend it and I will be definitely be having it again!

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big creamy dark mocha head over a black body. Wispy sheets of lace and a decent ring of foam all the way down. Aromas of chocolate, sweet malt and floral hops. Complex and rich flavors of bitterswet chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, vinous fruit and mild sweetness-- all counterbalanced by a subdued hop bitterness. Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy in the mouth with a drying finish.

As a chocolate lover, I find the chocolate component of this beer to be extremely well-executed; it is definately a major presence, but complements the other flavors without downing them out. The hop level is similarly well-done--contributing to aroma and flavor, without throwing things out of balance. Overall, this a complex and well-crafted stout, suitable for dessert or simply good drinking.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black and completely opaque, with a fairly dark brown head that dissipates reasonably slowly, and leaves a thick ring and good lacing. Smell is laced with thick, sweet chocolate, and has a slightly burnt overtone. The smell just gets stronger and sweeter as the beer warms, until it is like a freshly unwrapped chocolate bar. The taste is of dark, roasted malts with plenty of chocolate coming through. Again, the chocolate becomes more palpable as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but still has enough body to satisfy, and the drinkability is remarkable for a stout. This goes down easier than the macro lager I was given at a party last night. Nearly perfect, this is destined to be an all-time favourite.

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Photo of SpencerSauce
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an awsome stout. Worth the price.

A-Totally black. Brown head, opaque. Thick head.

S- milk chocolate. roasted malts. sweet.

T- milk chocolate. coffee. espresso.

M- thick, coats the mouth, heavy.

D- pretty easy, deff not hard.

rogue is an great beer.

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Photo of Franchise
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! As I open this bottle man the aromas of milk chocolate sweetness, floural hop, brown butter, vanilla, Cadbury milk chocolate. This beer pours a jet black and leaves a silky brown head that looks like you poured too much vanilla in your whipped cream. As I smell this beer all the aromas I talked about milk chocolate, brown butter(butterscotch), coffee, floural hops, caramel, sugar, vanilla, are all on display in this beer. The taste of this beer just explodes on your palate. It starts with a vanilla chocolate sweetness then moves to a bitter hop kick followed by a coffee essence and finally finishes with a silky smooth butterscotch aftertaste. This is a fantastic stout I'm sad I took this long to get to it, I will not make that mistake again.

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Photo of kyleec
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Deep black, nearly opaque with a burnt tan head that hangs around a little while.

S: Smeels of cacao, chocolate malts, roasted barley, maybe a little toffee.

T: Carbonation at first, but once it settles in the glass, fine dark chocolate, roasted grains, toffee and caramel, bitter with just enough sweetness to balance it out. Bitterness comes from the chocolate as much as the hops, which are present but subtle. Nice creamy finish.

M: Carbonation and cream.

D: Easy to drink one, but not two.

Overall: So far my favorite chocolate stout. Seems like it would go equally well with a uicy pok roast or a sweet dessert. Everything in this brew is so well-balanced. Top notch stout.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark black with nice brown head.

smells like a chocolate milk or something. very creamy strong chocolate. malty and robust

taste is great. sweet chocolate with a very mellow body. slightly roasty and nice and malty tasting. very smooth, sweet and satisfying. the aftertaste is delicious.

mouthfeel is creamy and pretty heavy, but its delicious flavor makes it smooth. drinkability is excellent. only drawback is its price, but its worth the luxury once in a while. one of my favorites for the winter season.

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Photo of mschofield
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ebony black with a three finger brown head.
Very chocolate filled aroma, like a Lindt dark chocolate truffle, perfectly chocolaty.
Roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate impressions in the taste. Very bitter from the chocolate malt
Creamy smooth, full feel, very robust, some hop earthyness and a large amount of hop bitterness.
Very easy to drink, the only problem is I think I'd burn out on the chocolate after awhile.

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Photo of beernut7
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When they say "chocolate", they don't lie. This dark brown, heavy bodied stout was like drinking cold, hopped chocolate syrup. It was awesome. Probably the best desert I have ever tasted.

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice creamy, big brown head that lasts for a good amount of time. Minimal lacing left on sides of glass. It's a beautiful dark, dark brown almost black.

the aroma screams Hershey's chocolate kiss...a wonderful chocolate bouqet, not much for floral hoppiness though.

Taste is coffee, chocolate like a gourmet caffe mocha. Some nice roasted and chocolate malts come through with just a mild hop finish.

Nice thick bodied stout, with excellent carbonation level, just right for a bottled stout.

This beer continues to be one of my all time favs.

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Photo of Jarod
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me a black color that when held to the light the edges glowed a burnt red. The head was tan in color, that was somewhat thin but what was there was creamy. The aroma was quite simply put - chocolate milk. Semi-sweet in nature but all I got was 96% chocolate milk and 4 percent malt. The taste was also mostly creamy chocolate milk with hints of dark malt and some bitter chocolate. Full the whole way through and left a creamy feeling at the finish. A beer for all times of the day.
Simply put.....EXCELLENT....I need not say more.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,885 ratings.