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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,627 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,627
Reviews: 1,842
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 270
Gots: 242 | 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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Photo of jondeelee
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.

jondeelee, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of 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.

ehammond1, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of BadBadger
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.

BadBadger, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

rhoadsrage, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of slk22
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.

slk22, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
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.

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jmz62565
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.

jmz62565, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of tweeder263
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.

tweeder263, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of californiakulak
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.

californiakulak, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of akorsak
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.

akorsak, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of wbc
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.

wbc, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of Dspohn
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

Dspohn, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of bultrey
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.

bultrey, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of plaid75
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Rogue Ale House, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a rich dark chocolate aroma with elements of dry cocoa and chocolate icing.

The taste consisted of flavors of dark chocolate, dry coffee, cocoa powder and tootsi roll.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a very rich and accessible dessert stout.

plaid75, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of mdquigley
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.
Sight: Black hole-like darkness. Tan head with large bubbles that made a full three inches on a calm pour. Excellent lacing that stuck and measured my progress better than I could.

Smell: Roasted malt with chocolate overtones. It wasn't just bitter chocolate, but truly sweet chocolate as well. This is the downright sweetest (in classic terms) beer I've ever smelled.

Taste: Dry at first, like a good stout, then the flavor swirls in your mouth and the chocolate comes rushing out. The flavor was sweet without going too far. The finish was bitter with coffee and traditional chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Velvety, not overly carbonated and very nice going down.

Drinkability: I drank 650 ml. and could have had more. However, such good desert beers usually follow a nice meal, and this one was no exception. But I had three glasses, so I'd rate this high as stouts go.

Overall: Very pleased with this one. As I see it, the gold standard for chocolate stouts is Young's brew. Without having a bottle of Young's Double here with me, I can't make specific comparisons, but I'd rank Rogue's concoction right up there.

mdquigley, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is jet black with a medium brown head. Dark malt and cocoa combination smells very similar to a tootsie roll with the slightest hints of pine and mustiness. A taste brings molasses, milk chocolate, slight roasted coffee flavors. Loads of chocolate, but not overly sweet and finishes dry. The feel is medium bodied for the style and a little heavy on the carbonation. Despite the deluge of chocolate flavor, I found this to be a very drinkable, and maybe more so than most in its class.

This is a unique beer - one that is extremely chocolaty, yet not so sweet and syrupy that it takes away from its drinkability.

GeezLynn, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: This beer comes in one of Rouge's signature screen-printed 750ml bottles (pretty cool).

Appearance: It pours out like a reddish motor oil. I got a very nice 3 finger head that was a chocolaty light brown with a cherry red tint to it. This stout sits in the glass a brown that is so dark it looks black. While pouring it I could see the reddish hue and when I tipped the glass or swirled it could again see the red/brown hue that looked black again when the glass returned to the table. This is completely opaque with absolutely no light passing through.

Smell: As the name would suggest it is overwhelmingly chocolate (pleasantly though, this is a good thing). Opening the bottle before I even poured it I could tell it was chocolate. While pouring it I could smell the chocolate and as the head rose, it forced more chocolate smell up into my nose. This is not a beer that you have to go hunt for the aroma; instead it reaches out of the glass, slaps you in the face and shouts 'notice me'! I like that. It is bold. After the chocolate smell was done slapping me in the face I noticed a smell of dark cherries, and another dark sweet smell of black licorice or maybe birch beer, and then earthy coffee undertones. Fantastic.

Taste: For as much chocolate as you smell, the taste (fortunately) is not terribly overwhelmingly chocolate; it is more moderate. The taste of course is like the smell but it is a bit less complicated. The chocolate flavor is wrapped around a red, slightly cherry, almost birch or rootbeer flavor. But not the soda. Not the birch or root after they have been sweetened more like the birch bark. It is slightly sweet but the sweet has a significant tart to it in the aftertaste that makes your tongue curl up on the edges as you swallow. By the end of the glass the coffee (and tar-ish) flavors come forward more to sit beside the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Certainly a full-bodied beer. Very thick feeling but not overly heavy-- maybe a medium pushing toward heavy. DRY! The aftertaste leaves your mouth with a tart dry feeling (like it needs a chaser). Fortunately having a bit of chocolate nearby works as the perfect chaser to take the sharp tip off of the tartness.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer; however the tartness in the aftertaste requires one of two things (for me); either immediately take one after another sip to keep the front end flavor, which speed up the inevitable inebriation; Or drink with food, using your chocolate, desert, or meal as a chaser, which prolongs the glass. In either case it is still very pleasant on the front end, and very manageable on the backend. I recommend this beer. Enjoy.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of MaGno
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown to black. Pours nice and thick with a creamy tan to brown head 1" to 1 1-2" thick. Bubbles in head are midsize and dissipate within a few minutes. Very little lace.

Smells: Roasted malts and chocolate and more chocolate. Thats all I have to say about that.

Taste: Chocolate is very nice. Not too bitter and not too sweet. I think this is very well balanced. A little hint of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with a semi-sweet chocolate taste that coats the tongue and fades to a pleasant bitterness.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this stout. I do not have access to many chocolate stouts in my area but I think this Rogue is great. I will definately buy this one again and again and again. I will probably enjoy this after a meal since I like sweets after I eat. I can kill two birds with one stone. An after dinner beer and sweet desert.

MaGno, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of 1whiskey
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Aztecs believed that chocolate, in liquid form, was "the nectar of the gods". You know, they just may have been on to something with that..

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. Pitch black color, big 3 finger dark brown head lingers for a while and leaves considerable lacing all the way down.

Before I could even pour it, my entire kitchen smells like mexican mocha. HUGE chocolate aroma. Impressive!

Taste is as advertised...rich and dominated by semi-sweet cocoa. Bitter alkaloids and burnt coffee contast with the rich chocolate, but don't overwhelm the beer. Somewhat distant hops are buried far beneath the huge chocolate taste.

Despite the near pudding-like heavy body, this is quite carbonated and suprisingly drinkable.

My only real complaints here (and they are minor) is that at 6% ABV, I really shouldn't be able to taste the alcohol. The balance leans slightly on the bitter side, just a hair more sweetness and this would be an instant favorite for dessert. That said, this is a very good stout and a must-try for any stout or chocolate lover. Floats anyone?

1whiskey, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of Indybeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Poured a pitch black, with a massive chocolate head that sticks around, and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops is there along with the roasted malt and coffee. Taste is Chocolatey good, lots of good roasted coffee flavor in there as well. This is one very good drinking beer. I could very easily sit and drink this all night! Rogue does it again!

Indybeer, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. Pitch black in color with a thick rich head on top. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, and figs are on the forefront. Gulp. Thick in texture, creamy in a sort of way. The chocolate is the star and is not shy about it. One of the better stouts I ever had the pleasure of sipping. Very drinkable and very recommendable. Will try again soon.

BuffaloTapHugger, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of zac16125
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pours an opaque jet blank with 2.5 fingers width of creamed coffee colored head that isn’t particularly dense and has lots of air bubbles. The head dissipates very slowly to a thick film which remains throughout the drink and leaves moderate to heavy lacing.

S: Strong milk chocolate aromas are immediately noticed and dominate the scent. Hints of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Milk chocolate scent continues to hit the nose with every sip of the beer. Absolutely fantastic aroma. Bravo.

T: The first sip is dominated by earthy roasted malt flavors. The milk chocolate that dominates the scent is nearly undetectable initially. The chocolate characters that are present are more bitter/bakers chocolate and dark chocolate and are not nearly as prevalent as the aroma implies. However, like most good stouts, it improves throughout the drink as it warms, and the chocolate characters being to come out, although still not as prevalent as I had anticipated from the scent and the grassy/earthy characters continuing to be the most prominent flavors. Some dark chocolate is present in the aftertaste, and occasionally some mild hop bitterness is noted at the end of a sip.

M/D: Slightly over carbonated for my liking. I was expecting a creamier and smoother drink. Although again the mouth feel improves as the beer warms. It is relatively light for a stout, and thus is very easy to drink, even in the 22 oz bomber variety.

O: It’s good, maybe even very good, but not great. The amazing milk chocolate characters that are present in the aroma never really comes out in the drink, which is pretty disappointing. The taste just doesn’t live up to the nose.

zac16125, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of natasharai
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured with 1 inch of creamy tan head that dissipated over 3 minutes to a thin layer leaving nice lacing. The beer is black and does not let light through.

Smell: Very strong sweet chocolate, sweet roasted malt

Taste: Surprisingly hoppy and strong chocolate, sweet roasted malt

Mouthfeel: Hoppy tingle, medium carbonation, leaves mouth dry

Overall: Pretty drinkable, nice balance of hops and sweet malt, nice amount of chocolate, alcohol not very noticeable

natasharai, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of vkv822
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

220z. bomber into goblet.

It is an opaque, dark black with hints of deep red, almost purple throughout. The head is a thick, foamy, dark toffee with nice retention and beautiful lacing.
The aroma is of rich chocolatey malts with some light roasted coffee notes.
The flavor is more very chocolatey malts, with some light roasted malt flavors, with an almost astringent bitterness.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a good bit of carbonation. And while I feel that it is a fine mouthfeel it did not quite fit what I would expect for a chocolate stout, which would have been a bit heavier, creamier bodied with less carb.
Overall, while I was very impressed with this beer as a whole, I would definitely like to try this again and see if I can pick up more aspects of the flavor.

vkv822, Mar 06, 2010
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,627 ratings.