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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,683 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,683
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 275
Gots: 259 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of salvadorwill
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance
Very dark brown, opaque. At the very edge of the glass a slight brown/ruby color can be seen. Soft, creamy looking head that dissipates nearly entirely, but clings to the edge of the glass. Left little to no lacing on my glass.
4/5

Aroma
Thick, and heavy with the smell of chocolate. Not a coco smell, but the smell of chocolate syrup. No hop aroma at all.
4/5

Flavor
Light, roasted barley with a slight crispness. Flavor is clean and free of esters. The chocolate flavor is not as overwhelming as the aroma would suggest. Carbonation is on the smoother side, pleasant, and not too abrasive. Has a smooth, creamy finish, and the roasted chocolaty flavors finish well with a pleasant slightly bitter aftertaste. Could have slightly more body in the flavor and mouthfeel, and perhaps just a hint of acidity or sourness to balance the bittersweet chocolate flavor.
4/5

BJCP Style
Aroma 5/5
Appearance 4.5/5
Flavor 4/5
Mouthfeel 4/5
Overall Style 4.375/5

salvadorwill, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of jar2574
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful looking pour. Nice thick tan head that sticks around forever. Excellent lacing. Very dark beer. Smells and tastes of chocolate and some roasted malts. Creamy, milky. Very well balanced, nothing overpowering. A great session beer or one to enjoy for dessert.

jar2574, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Tolann
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured super black into my globe glass. I didn't get much of a head out of the pour, but it was an almost coffee roast color. Not even a glow is getting though the darkness of this beer.

S - Real chocolate! Some bitter notes. Sweet and not a fake chocolate wanna be. Some dark fruit sweetness and brown sugar. Big time chocolate like a double chocolate cake fresh out of the oven.

T - Sweet and bitterness in the sip. Chocolate hangs on your breath for you to relish in. Bitter chocolate really lingers. Not overly sweet that it would sour your stomach, but something you can really enjoy and you want to sip again.

M - Some sharper carbonation and a little lighter feel than I was anticipating but still a medium mouth feel. I really like the bit of aftertaste. I think that and the nose is where the biggest characteristics shine.

D - I'm not sharing this bottle! I'm not sure why I haven't had this one more often. Very good chocolate stout. What a treat!

Tolann, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Hopswagger
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Dark black body with brown amber edges crowned with thick chocolate milk head that fades fast. 

S:  The nose comes through with rich chocolate silk pie aroma, bittersweet dark cocoa and milk chocolate. Oreos, non dairy creamer, no bake cookies, and roasted barley. 

T/M:  Medium-full body that is sticky and has a sting of carbonation on the tip of the tongue. The taste is more bitter chocolate than the sweet creamy nose.  The roasted barley, and rolled oats welcome the dark cocoa bitterness, while room temp coffee layers the roof of my mouth. The barley may actually be overpowering the cocoa. The finish is dry and after some time leaves a faint cinnamon biscotti presence. 

O:  Rogue has created a nice chocolate stout that I could smell all day. The upsetting part is that it is not transferred to the taste so much. Heavy roasted barley fades the rich cocoa flavor. This does not create a total loss however for this stout is still rather tasty. This would be a great stout to have around Christmas time next to a crackling fire. 

Hopswagger, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick brown with a nice dark brown foamy head that sticks around forever and leaves great lacing.

S: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Powdered cocoa smell is unbelievable.

T: Not as sweet as the smell suggests. Bittersweet chocolate with a slight hoppiness coming through the middle. A hard finish of bittersweet chocolate works well. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth.

notchucknorris, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of archyquaffer
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into an 8 ounce sampling glass. The label states that the beer is made with imported chocolate. Rolled oats are also an ingredient. No freshness date is apparent. A moderate pour produces a 1/2 inch, light brown head that reduces quickly, leaving some marbly lacing that sticks a little to the glass. The beer is a very dark brown which almost lets no light escape...

You can really smell the chocolate, and possibly also hazel nuts- the beer reminds me of this brewery's brown ale, which is excellent. The hops are not real apparent in the aroma, but show up well in the taste and aftertaste, and seem to mesh perfectly with the chocolate flavor without overpowering anything. This was somewhat surprising, given the high number of IBUs (69). Despite the rather aggressive flavors/aromas, a hearty dose of roasted malt flavors and textures shine through. The beer is fairly dense in body but not as dense as one might expect, based on the color and other qualities.

I tend to balk at spending over 5 dollars for a bomber of beer, but I've never been disappointed with a Rogue product, and consider the money as well-spent.

archyquaffer, May 21, 2013
Photo of dmarch
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black in appearance with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocoalate liquor. Taste is of dark chocolate, not overly sweet. A bit of a roasty quality reminds you that yes this is a stout you're drinking and not dessert. Thick, silky mouthfeel. Get's better as it warms. Excellent use of chocolate.

dmarch, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of jdubjacket
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into my Sam Smith pint glass. Pours jet black with a chocolate-brown head. Black beers always look delicious.

Smell is malty & chocolaty.

Taste is is sweet with malty chocolate taste that lingers. Only drawback is that the beer is almost too sweet. Still very tasty.

Very smooth beer overall. Very tasty beer.

jdubjacket, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of bark
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is jet black; the three finger head is uneven, brown and compact. It sinks very slowly, leaving some lacing.

The smell is sweet and luxurious with elegant flavours of milk chocolate and cocoa beans. Mild hints of pumpernickel and a touch of bitter hops.

The taste is a very well balanced blend of a dry and quite bitter stout and mellow smooth chocolate flavours. Lots of roasted (almost burned) malty flavours, a robust sour-bitter flavour and a slowly descending bitterness. The body is a little thin, though. The aftertaste is dry with notes of coffee, chocolate bars, some herbs and a mild clean bitterness.

The carbonation is mild, the few bubbles are fresh. The liquid is smooth.

The best smelling chocolate stout I have had. Though I miss some body, it felt a bit thin at times.

bark, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of gbarron
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint on tap from the Flying Saucer, Columbia, SC.

A - dark, dark tawny brown. Not quite opaque around the edges, but can't see through the middle. Very little if any head to speak of.

S - strong aroma of dark, bitter chocolate. Slight earthy, spicy, grassy hop aromas, but predominant smell is chocolate, roasted barley.

T - amazing flavor of deep, dark, bitter chocolate. Not sweet, but bitter chcolate flavor. Roasted barley, chocolate, toffee, strong brewed coffee. Some earthy hop notes in there as well. Very malty, but not sweet, except a little in the aftertaste. Exceptionally unique chocolate flavor.

M - medium thick. Low carbonation. Bitterness tingles the tongue a bit.

D - extremely tasty brew, get a bomber of this and try it. The only reason I knock off points for drinkability is because I think eventually I would get tired of the chocolate flavor and the alcohol content of this beer would prohibit extended drinking sessions.

gbarron, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of surfer4life
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Thick and dense, black as night with a two finger head of chocolatey brown foam. Minimal Lacing.

S - Dark chocolate obviously! More milk chocolate than bakers or dark though. I bit of coffee in there with some raisin undertones. A bit of some flowery notes but a great deal of sweetness.

D - The taste is dark chocolate through and through, with some great hop balance. I detect a bit of oatmeal in the mix as well which only adds to the complexity of this beer.

M - Medium to heavy body with high carbonation, nice alcohol warming effect with a very crisp and dry finish. Great beer.

D - Very drinkable, I'd go so far as to say this is my favorite rogue beer.

surfer4life, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of Ppuech
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Ppuech, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a tulip during my visit at the Sunset Grill & Tap, on to the beer:

I got very little head in my glass and little lacing, but the body is pitch black and intiminating. The smell is extremely inviting, lots of sweet milk chocolate. From the aroma, I was guessing I would be drinking a chocolate shake, but my minor complaint is you can only taste the chocolate towards the end of the sip. It starts out like a stout, roasted bitterness and coffee, before you get to the gold, which is the chocolate. Despite the thick appearance, it goes down easy. I can't say I was dissapointed, I just was expected a different journey in the taste.

DoubleJ, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque black with a small creamy beige head that leaves some streaks of lacing on the sides.

The aroma is the best part of this beer for me. It's like a slightly bittersweet hot chocolate in the nose. There's some roasted malts but it's all about the chocolate.

The taste has a hefty dose of chocolate as well but it definitely has more bitterness than the aroma indicates. The black malts are more prevalent and the finish leaves a bitter chocolate aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with soft carbonation. Bitter, cocoa powdery finish.

This is a very good stout with an aroma that is exceptional, as long as you're a fan of chocolate. As a 6% ABV stout, this is a great, flavorful beer.

gford217, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a snifter from a 22oz. bomber.

Look: Nice, super dark brown with hints of... dark brown.
Small head, decent lacing.

Smell: Chocolate. For me it was nice, but simple.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, , dark malts and deliciousness.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation and too short an aftertaste.

Drinkability: Nice for an occasional buy. I like a chocolate stout now and again and this would be the "go to" in my opinion.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of montecristo2
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a small snifter.

Great head, three fingers, foamy and dark.

Light smell of chocolate malts and underlying sweetness.

Taste a bit of coffee and a "Hershey Syrup" slight finish at the end of the swallow.

I'm most impressed with the lightness of this stout. Very drinkable and great to share with a friend!

Cheers!

montecristo2, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of HossMcGraw
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick and black with a generous tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts, hops, and dark chocolate. Taste is great, and basically the same as the aroma.
The mouthfeel is too thin for my liking, but I'll live. Drinkability: I'm pretty sure I could polish off two or three of these in a night. Good, but not as good as Shakespeare. But then again, what is? Rogue set themselves an impossible standard with that one.

HossMcGraw, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this brew in the bomber and most recently on draft.

A: Deep black brew with a nice espresso type head.

S: Chocolate, Chocolate, and more Chocolate did I order a Swiss Miss, pass the Marshmellow please.

T: Boy does the Chocolate stand front and center here, at this point I am begging for the marshmellows. So much chocolate with a great background of malt and a hint of hop.

M: It is pretty heavy, average body for a stout.

D: It goes down as good as it tastes. Due to the overpowering chocolate one pint or bomber is enough for me.

Overall its another good beer by Rogue. I love how they have brought the chocolate into the foreground in this brew while muting the coffee. The coffee is there, but the chocolate is the real star here. This would be a good beer to lay on someone who is wanting to come over to the dark side. It is not too overpowering, and has they nice warming chocolatelyness that will win their heart over. It's a winner in my book!

tpd975, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of maddamish
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Small head when poured. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: Expresso, Chocolate, Caramel and coffee notes. These are some pretty strong notes however.

Taste: Chocolate and expresso followed by a bitter malt aftertaste. More bitter than chocolate but still pleasing to the palate. A little more thin than I was expecting but still a solid presence. A fine offering by Rogue.

Notes: I heard a lot about this beer and while it was good, I was expecting a more pronounced chocolate than a bitter malt. If you like bitter stouts then please pick this up.

maddamish, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz dimpled mug. Poured a dark opaque black with a thin head that was diminishing and left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was an almost indescribable abundance of chocolate with usual stout undertones of roasted barley and subtle coffee, all very overpowered by chocolate, however. The taste was great but just a tad on the bitter side as far as the chocolate was concerned. The mouthfeel was fully tolerable with decent carbonation. This is a great beer for a cold winter night.

atsprings, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very rich black. The scent is undoubtedly of chocolate and chocolate malt. For some reason, this time around the beer tasted a little harsher than I recall. This might be due to the fact that I was previously drinking hazelnut brown which is so very smooth itself. At the very least, it has solid stout flavor, and also has the benefit of being another one of those few beers with chocolate that actually tastes like chocolate, but without tasting artificial or detracting from the actual beer flavor.

HoppyMcStout, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Harpoon Chocolate Stout.

A: Dark brown/black with two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a while. Fantastic lacing.

S: Chocolate and subtle roasted malt. Some hops too.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Chocolate and very nice roasted flavor. Somewhat spicy hop flavor too.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Love how the hops complement the chocolatey goodness. Good lacing and mouthfeel too. I preferred this over the Harpoon.

SolipsismalCat, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of CityBoy1986
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber.

The pour is almost black with two fingers' worth of brown head. Retention is nice, as is lacing.

The nose is (as expected) mostly chocolate with some hints of mocha and dark fruits. The taste is more of the same, and there is a bit of burntness present in the aftertaste. Some mild bitterness is there throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a bit of carbonation, maybe a little too much. Drinkability was good. I can see the rating rising with food.

This is a very solid stout that is worth a visit every once in a while.

CityBoy1986, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick, dark, almost-black brown with a soapy bronze head that sneaks up on you as you pour. Good retention. Quite a strong-looking stout.

Smell: Swiss chocolate truffles, rum... I can tell this will be quite an aphrodisiac. Prunes/raisins also present, and a sweet, caramel-like burnt sugar aroma. The distinct citric-floral scent of Cascade hops is also detectable.

Taste: Quite bitter, and exquisitely chocolatey, especially in the finish. Hops keep the otherwise weighty beer buoyant. An excellent, thick, earthy dessert stout, almost venturing into RIS territory.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, and slightly grainy from the oats. Slightly syrupy on the back of the tongue and palate.

Drinkability: Truffly goodness make this a great special-occasion beer. Pair it with a raspberry torte and you're all set!

soulgrowl, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pitch black brew with a dark tannish brown head that is about a finger thick and very creamy. THe head has good retention, and eventually settles at a half-finger velvet head on top of the brew. Lacing here and there on the glass on the way down.

Smell - Major chocolate aromas up front, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Buttery caramel and molasses brings a wonderful sweetness to the smell. There are some hops bitterness just behind the sweet and chocolate aromas. Rich roasted and bready (pudding-like) malt character ties it all together. Very little alcohol aroma, if any.

Taste - An equal mix of super oily hops bitterness mixed with dark and bitter chocolate flavors. A butter sweetness comes through second and helps to balance the initial bitterness from the hops and dark chocolate. Very thickly rich roasted malt character with some earthiness and creamy chocolate finish after this. The aftertaste brings back some oily hops bitterness, but is mainly creamy chocolate and some malt. Again, almost no noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and very smooth, but a tad over-carbonated in my opinion. The carbonation kind of has that foaming effect in your mouth that detracts from an otherwise solidly smooth and full mouthfeel. Still superb, though, but not perfect.

Drinkability - As per the style, this stuff is rich and strong, and as a result the drinkability must suffer.

A wonderful chocolate stout. I'm never surprised at the quality brews that Rogue brews. This stout is not disgustingly chocolatey, but right on the money. It has a nice mix of bitterness and buttery sweetness, set on a rich roasted malt canvas. Highly recommended.

dblinkhorn, Oct 01, 2006
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,683 ratings.