Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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93
outstanding

3,793 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,793
Reviews: 1,857
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 300
Gots: 305 | FT: 3
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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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of Converge
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark cola hue with slight red highlights while going into the glass, but once in there it looks completely black. Big billowy dark tan head of large bubbles. Excellent head retention and sticky chunks of foam cling to the glass on all sides.

S - Certainly a chocolate stout! Cocoa nibs, bittersweet and inviting give it a big chocolatey character, with hints of caramel malt and vanilla in the background. Not quite as rich or complex as I had anticipated, and there are some crisp hops that feel a tad out of place. The roast is there, but mild, and certainly doesn't hint to 70 IBU. Still, this is a nose to behold, with as much chocolate character as any beer I've had before.

T - Well, there were definitely some IBUs hiding in there somewhere after all. Profile starts of with lots of chocolate, cocoa, and a hint of vanilla at the front of the palate, then soon gives way to a more robust, bitter mid-palate and finish. Roasted barley, charred malt, and coffee roast all come through and last into the finish, along with some subtle, earthy hops. Not quite the chocolate punch the nose had me believe, but a great, well-rounded and balanced brew.

M - Body is medium weight and lively with carbonation, a little too lively for my liking in fact. The bubbles feel overly large, detracting from the smoothness. Typically if a stout is going to have this much carbonation, I like to see finer bubbles to keep the texture smooth and creamy.

D - Enjoyable chocolate stout, but probably not my first choice for the style. Overall it was certainly worth trying, but I'd still put it below DDC's Aphrodisiaque. Another solid beer from the folks at Rogue; good stuff.

Photo of danonsaylor
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Popsinc
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black pout, huge broze head. The nose was chocolatey but not sweet. The taste was heavenly. Rich with cholcolate, both dark and unsweetened. A nice bitterness but not so much that it takes away from the chocolatley treat. Somewhat creamy. A nice rich finish that lingers long after. This is what a chocolate stout should be! A true classic of the style and of the overall beer world!

Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a very deep, dark brown, almost black, with brown highlights. A fat, dense head pours out and sits almost the entire time, sticking immediately and leaving some very nice thick patches and rings of lacing.
The aroma is of heavily roasted malts and a chocolate presence that's more unsweetened baking chocolate than anything else. A very earthy aroma pulls through with some smokiness.
Again, the chocolate is more of a bitter unsweetened baking chocolate, but there's a counterbalancing creamy sweetness in here as well. Huge roasted barley malts make up the backbone and a further balancing hops presence is plenty strong, yet still leaves the malts to dominate. A lingering finish is smoky and citric with a light bitterness. Maybe something's changed, but the chocolate presence doesn't blow me away and was not as strong as I would have liked. This is, however, an extremely tasty stout.
The mouthfeel is big, chewy and robust in a full body with minimal carbonation and a velvety smoothness.
Extremely tasty? Definitely. Extremely chocolaty? I'll try it again sometime to see if it was faded.

Photo of dashirey
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this one during Game 4, go Phils!!

A - Dark as night with a fairly thin tan head with very little lacing left on the glass.

S - It smells like a tootsie roll followed by a small amount of roastiness and a bit of alcohol. My favorite part of the beer!!

T - Some coffee bitterness right at the beginning followed by a smooth creamy milk chocolately taste that lingers with a small amount of alcohol hint in the end.

M - Great stuff - smooth drinking, medium bodied close to thick. A small stingy sensation left in the mouth after swallow.

D - Too sweet to drink more that one in an evening, but something that would be good to have on hand when you need a chocolate fix. Good stuff!!

Photo of soper2000
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my absolute favorite desert beers. This is pure chocolate. It pours a nice thick black with a very creamy tan head. Smell is full of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste was initially super chocolatey but later other flavors came out to play. I get faint notes of coffee and a general roasted flavor out of this as well. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is great as this is thick and creamy. Drinkability suffers a little as just 1 of these leaves me completely satiated.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pitch black, nice mocha head retained very well
S - dark chocolate and burnt malt, light sweet syrup
T - bitter dark chocolate and smoky burnt malt, some espresso and nuttiness
M - creamy smooth with a carbonation bite, finished bitter and a little chalky
D - smooth and generally stouty, the chocolate is subtle and well balanced with the classic stout flavours

Photo of Kinsman
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into "balloon" glass

The darkest ebony color in the body with a rocky massive foamy/sticky dark tan colored head.

Aroma is a bit roasted and obviously full of chocolate, but there was not much else going on.

Taste is just about the perfect balance of roasted malt for a typical stout flavor with a solid bitter-sweet chocolate presence. At first, its a sweet chocolate, but finishes more with a bitter dark chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected in the body, but very smooth and creamy. Overall a top notch American Stout. Nothing fancy here, but a good balance of chocolate compared to some others and a price that can't be beat for a bomber.

Photo of spokeydonkey
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark brown/black and clear, with a thick tan head.

S - Definitely smells of chocolate up front. Hints of spicy hops and alcohol behind that... well behind. Chocolate is first and foremost in the odor of this one.

T - Yep... that's chocolate. A nice milk-chocolate flavor with some coffee notes. Finishes dry and bitter, which is a good complement to the chocolate sweetness up front.

M - Exceptionally smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation helps balance out the smoothness and give it a bit of "bite."

D - Very drinkable. Quite smooth and well-balanced. An excellent example of how to blend chocolate and stout.

Overall: The one thing that would keep me from enjoying this often is that the chocolate flavors dominate. I'd probably save it for a desert beer, since I'd have a hard time pairing it with a dinner.

Photo of nataku00
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with reddish brown highlights at the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Initial finger and a half of chocolate milk colored creamy head that dissipates fairly quick, leaving some light lacing that sticks to the glass for a long time. Swirling lightly, the beers clings in sheets to the edge of the glass as it slides down. Some carbonation visible right at the edge of the glass, small bubbles and active.

As the name implies, strong bittersweet chocolate aroma, with a bit of roasted and caramel malts in there. Chocolaty sweetness is definitely apparent.

Taking a sip, lactic acid sourness initially, but nice bittersweet chocolate sweeps onto your tongue. Some coffee mid tongue and more lactic acid and malty finish. Nice creamy body with ample gentle and small bubble carbonation, bordering on nitro like.

Photo of waldowin
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured an inky black. No light gets through at all, even when held up to a light. Perfect for a stout. The head is the darkest I've seen on a beer, such a dark brown that you'd have to dig for the blackest of stouts to find a *beer* that was darker than this head.

Smell - Smells of chocolate, truffles, vanilla, cream. A wonderful dessert confection smell.

Taste - Dark, dark earthy malts here. A bit of earth up front, a hint of dark fruits, and then a nice wash of dark chocolate with a vanilla finish. Almost like pouring melted vanilla ice cream into a root beer. The hops are almost nonexistant here.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is a bit heavier than I'd like. For a beer this dark and yet this sweet, a nice thick almost syrupy feel would be better. It's still a very rich, chewy feel to it. You almost feel like you could eat it with a spoon. Wonderful.

Drinkability - It would be hard to find a food to pair this with, this is a dessert in itself. The wonderful freshly-cooked-truffle smell this has combines with the chocolate and vanilla tastes to make this a delight to drink. It's so rich however that it's pretty filling. I'd be hard pressed to drink more than one 22oz bottle (though I'd certainly give it a try). I'm very glad I can buy this locally.

On a side note, the label says 6% ABV, but I swear this has to be at least 8%, it hits pretty hard.

Photo of wcudwight
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a brew!
It was a dark chocolate color. Doesn't let any light through. Thick creamy colored head. Smell of like a chocolate esspresso. Taste is rich and complex. Taste like an expensive coffee, strong with a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Love to let the creamy foam rest on my palate. For such a rich complex brew, it is incredibily drinkable. It has a wonderful aftertaste that last a while. This is the perfect beer to reward yourself for life's great accomplishments. Such as: mowing the lawn, doing the dishes, or making it to work on time.

Photo of JayDub
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Extremely dark brown, only a hint of light at extreme edges. A dense, tightly packed, caramel colored head that settles to a nice sheet, and leaves a sticky lace all the way down.

S - Toasted malts, mollases, toffee, and obviously rich dark chocolate. It's a wonderfully inviting aroma.

T - More roasted malts, unsweetened dark chocolate, a hint of hop spiciness, and some dark fruit.

M - A creamy, medium-thick body that goes down with ease. A surpisingly clean and dry finish given the chocolate content. A fairly low level of carbonation brings just the right amount of bite.

D - Well, I drained the bomber in short time. I thought the chocolate content would slow me down, but not so. I'm not quite gonna call it sessionable, but it was a joy to drink. I will definately do this one again.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tall mug. Pours a very dark brown/black with a nice thick tan head. The chocolate is noticeable right away while pouring. It's a darker chocolate flavor and smells absolutely delicious. Taste is surprisingly hoppy and bitter but the dark chocolate flavor softens the blow. This is almost like a cross between an IPA and a stout. The hops bring a slight sting while the chocolate and oats add creaminess to the palate. Mouth is very creamy. Goes down so smooth, I could drink this all day.

Photo of claspada
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, creamy medium brown head over a very dark body that lets in only a bit of light when held in front of the light.

Aromas is deinite chocolate up front. It's a nice, full milk chocolate smell that is inviting and interesting. I do not smell much of the dark roast malt that I might have expected.

Glorious, direct dark roast malt with chocolate. The hops play an appropriate supporting role. Really dont need to say anything else.

Thinner than I originally expected but it makes sense once I figured out it has a quite low ABV.

Good for the style, which tends to include such huge beers, some which are way too over the top and hard to finish.

A perfect chocolate stout to blend with your favorite fruit beer for an amazing dessert beer.

Photo of marc77
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque jet black. Brown, slowly settling fluffy head leaves spotty lace. Buttery, pure milk chocolate sweetness hits the nose at first, then is ceded by notes of carob and suggestions of chocolate covered candied orange peel along with coffeeish, borderline burnt roasted barley. Real chocolate never wavers in aroma, remaining constant and assertive. A joy to inhale. Snap of dark caramel sweetness is superceded by drying, pronounced hop bitterness and notes of unsweetened cocoa. Real chocolate is less assertive in flavor as the aroma would indicate, but persists throughout to underlay a smoothly bittersweet undertone. Roasted malted barley eeks in mid palate, lending a subtle smoky, carbonaceous charcoal impression. Overshadowed citrusy hop flavor struggles to add complexity. A touch light in body, with a thinnish, over attenuated mouthfeel saved by the oat glucans. Finishes with surprisingly pronounced notes of dark roast coffee and cream widening into a lingering hop bitterness. Rogue Chocolate is a delicious, rich stout. I prefer my Willy Shakes unadulterated, since the chocolate character muted the hop and roasted grain profile. A highly enjoyable treat nonetheless.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with some minimal brown highlights. The head is fluffy and pudding like, but doesn’t stick around long. Espresso and super dark chocolate smell with a hidden hop sweetness. Tastes of Hershey’s and coffee with a sourness that lingers around the edge of the tongue. Finishes sour and then fades into a sweet cocoa. Mouth feel is a little light. There's tons of chocolate to go around here if that's your thing.

Photo of liquidsunshine
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired a single from my local liquor store, Big C's. Poured into a tall weizen glass the color is dark black/brown with a finger of bubbly tan head. The smell hints towards the beers flavour, with a presence of roasty malt and chocolate. The taste is excellent, with a development of character through slightly more bitter cocoa to a gently sweet chocolate. Malt backbone melds well with the chocolate, and counteracts the bitter flavour. Rich and filling, with a nice rolling carbonation the mouth feel like the taste is excellent. I Would not want to drink too many of these in one sitting, although it is not particularly undrinkable.

Overall another high quality beer from a great brewery, and an excellent example of one of my favourite styles.

Cheers - Matt

Photo of ABisonEgo
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 14 ounce snifter

Appearance - pitch black with a 2 finger tan head. no lacing on glass, head retention is quite lasting.

Aroma - dark chocolate and roasted malts. A sweeter milk chocolate does somewhat cut through on the nose with hints of vanilla making its mark.

Taste - I am more impressed with the aroma on this one. A bittersweet chocolate taste comes through with a semi lingering roasty finish. You do get some hints of vanilla in the middle of the tongue, but the aroma does come off a little sweeter. Not too overpowering of a roasted note to this one, and the bitterness in the finish is balanced enough with the malts that it does not plague the tongue with an overly bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation on this one. Not silky smooth by any means, but with a medium body and a semi creaminess to it, its not bad. Wish it were a little lighter on the carbonation and had a little bit more of a heavier/creamier mouthfeel.

Overall - Not bad. This is rated higher than southern tiers "choklat", but overall, i think choklat does a better job of nailing what i would want out of a chocolate beer. This is definitely better than a lot of stouts advertised as chocolate stouts, and for the price, its pretty damn solid. I do love the vanilla flavor that compliments the chocolate and the lack of overly bitter malts to give it that easy drinking feel. All in all, I would say this is definitely one to take a stab at.

Photo of Strix
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.

Nearly black with a chocolate-colored head. Smells of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Chocolate is present in the initial taste, then fades to a roasted malt and hazelnut. Long lingering aftertaste is slightly bitter, reminiscent of dark chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel. Very nicely done.

Photo of brewintheLou
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours basically black with a frothy tannish head that sticks around and leaves a heavy lacing. Leaves a nice foam mustache.

Smell is chocolate with some toasty malt.

Taste starts off very heavy and creamy smooth. Has a creamy chocolate in the beginning and a dark chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is heavy, creamy and chewy. Goes down very smooth and not too sweet or too much roastiness, so it doesn't get old fast.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, almost black in color with a big fluffy light brown head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

S- Lots of sweet milk chocolate fallowed by a hint of coffee and other roasted aromas. Hops have a very light presence in the nose.

T- Big roasted flavors up front, coffee, roasted nuts and roasted barley. Chocolate comes in pretty strong once the bitter roasted flavors calm down. Some sweet caramel and light alcohol throughout, with dry bitterness in the end.

M- Nice silky malts then a bitter hop bite, nice balance, good mouth feel.

Overall- This is a really good stout, one of my favorite stouts that adds chocolate. This is a beer that makes me appreciate Rogue all over again.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650ml bottle into a Canada pint glass...

A - Poures black with a 3 finger frothy brown head. Good head retention, and lacing on this one...

S - Dark chocolate assaults the nose with a full on attack. This one smells of dessert. Also pick up faint notes of coffee...

T - Dark roasted malts followed by a chocolate bitterness. Not the most intricate beer I have tasted, but still very tasty...

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Was expecting a more thick and creamy mouthful. Was a little thin for my likings...

D - A definite dessert beer, and something I will be revisiting in the future...

Cheers to Rogue for coming through with another solid beer, and to all you Canucks out there for making exceptional glassware...

Cheers...

Photo of MisterClean
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a homebrew club meeting.

A - Poured black with a 2 fingered mocha head, which dissipated slow and left nice lacing.

S - Light roasted coffee, tons of chocolate, and a light flowery bouquet.

T - Heavy doses of chocolate, light roasted coffee, light smoke, and bttering hops.

M - Finished full-bodied, with a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste.

D - Overall great. I didn't enjoy this as much as others and would recommend using less patent. A little goes a long way.

Photo of dedalus
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

huge pint and 6 ounce bottle. great gift from a great friend.

poured out black with a tiny, darkish, custard-colored head, which dissipated quickly and left only a bit of lacing.

a powerful nose of sweet chocolate and the ubiquitous cascade hop. a lot like the mocha porter, but more chocolatey.

a rather watery mouthfeel, but nothing that the flavors don't make up for.

these flavors were a shock, because i'm used to beer showing its sweetness first, and balancing that sweetness out with hoppy bitter balance. but this rogue is all grapefruity hops up front, and then the chocolate starts to peek its head out in the middle. the finish is a long, slow mingling of the now fully present chocolate and the fading but still powerful cascade hop flavors.

i haven't had many rogue brews, but this one shows an uncommon balance. the massive hoppiness is joined by a serious dose of roast and chocolate, which makes this the best rogue i've tasted so far. excellent stout.

cheers,

s.d.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,793 ratings.