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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,878 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Reviews: 1,878
Hads: 3,996
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 375
Gots: 476 | FT: 5
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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Reviews: 1,878 | Hads: 3,996
Photo of KVNBGRY
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this on accident while eating at a favorite fondue restaurant. It poured a dark, velvety chocolate brown. The head was equally as velvety smooth, caramel color. Tastes like a dessert beer first and foremost. Malt, chocolate, and a slight, lingering hop are the noticeable flavors. Strongly recommend this beer with your chocolate fondue! Or red meat.. (359 characters)

Photo of Drufus
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured this lovely concoction into a pint glass. Dark chocolate black with a small head that looked like the foam that would be on top of an expresso.

The smell was a deep dark chocolate. As i drank more the glass allowed the odors to concentrate in the glass. Smells of caramel, chocolate and pecan started to develop. I love pecan pie, and these scents really stood out to me. (the next time i drink this beer i will do so from a tulip, or only fill the glass 1/2 full in order to get the full effect).

Taste was like a dessert in a bottle. Rich and chocolaty, with some hops bite in the swallow.

Mouthfeel was world class. Smooth and velvety. I found myself swishing this one around.

Good drinkability, but i think this beer is better savored than guzzled, so this area doesn't really apply to me.

All in a all an outstanding beverage that is truly a dessert in a bottle. (884 characters)

Photo of bigalgochu
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Was a little hesitant about this one as it is the first chocolate stout I have tried.

Keen on trying a few more now!

This is a great beer.

Pours very dark with a tan head that dissipates

Smells something like ovaltine.. nice and sweet

Tastes hoppy at first with a lingering dark chocolate flavour

Excellent beer .. going to have to have a go at brewing a chocolate stout now (381 characters)

Photo of sparkydoyle
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color, with a velvety dark brown head. Even the head tastes like chocolate. Nose is chocolate, and discernable well-roasted barley notes. Flavor is intense--chocolate and chocolate malt notes dominate with counterpoint of floral hops, and a cherrylike fruity note. No sweetness or sourness in the profile. Highly drinkable--mouthfeel is not thick, low carbonation.

Having had it many times over a few years, I find it amazing how consistant this beer is, regardless of whether it is served on tap or bottle. There is really nothing that the brewer could do with it to make it any more enjoyable. Great with a big slab of chocolate cake for dessert. (670 characters)

Photo of Greenfloyd
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a decadent beer……

In a category best served as an after dinner (or breakfast beer) stout, this is a culinary homerun. I could just as easily drink this at 9:30am Sunday morning, preparing for a Seahawk game, as I could puffing a nice Partagas Habano, after a sensational dinner with friends.

True to the American stout style, we have a deep, dark chocolate hue that gives way to a spice less (no cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc) oatmeal cookie/hot chocolate nose. A fairly quickly dissipating espresso head topped off this brew, adding to it’s decadent appearance. The flavor isn’t to far from that. Mild mocha latte, sweet roasted malt, with minimal hoppy presence, lend this beer to it’s wonderful lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate oatmeal ( whatever that is). This beer was fairly heavy, as a good craft stout should be…velvety and rich, but not overbearing with it’s mouth feel, lending itself to multiple, large bottle consumption opportunities.

A great starter AND a great finisher……all qualities I love in a beer. Enjoy alone, or with a nice after dinner, light to medium bodied cigar. Goes incredibly well with NY cheesecake as well. I’m sure a truffle now and then wouldn’t hurt either………..Enjoy. (1,236 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ML bottle. "Made With Imported Chocolate".

Yum.

Pitch black body with a tan, thich head. Nice lacing clings to the glass. Smells like chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is of powdered and dark chocolate, fruit and roasted malts. Crisp and light on the palate.

Had this brew for dessert tonight. Didn't need anything else. An excellent way to end the night. I put off trying this brew for some time, mostly because I tend to take Rogue's line for granted since it's so readily available. I'm glad I finally gave it a try. Will defintely be looking for this beer in the fall. (586 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant deep dark brown with a 1” tan foam cap
S: The nose is chocolate and roast – big chocolate
T: big chocolate on the palate, with some bitter on the finish and lingering chocolate aftertastes. The beer has a nutty undertone. The hops balance the chocolate just right giving it a dark chocolate taste.
F: Very creamy, the alcohol is not noticeable. Medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: One of the better chocolate stouts – well balanced and not cloying. (480 characters)

Photo of DagFishHead
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: So black it was sucking the light out of the room, Generous creamy chocolate/espresso milkshake head with great retention and sheets of creamy lace.
Smell: Powdered/sweetened hot cocoa, espresso, sweet roasted malts, earthy, hints of dark cherries.
Taste: Semi-sweet malt/cocoa start, middle is full with dark fruits and minimal fizz, dry-hop/bitter-chocolate finish with lingering dry bitter aftertaste of cocoa and roasted malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied malt, appropriate low level carbonation.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable... Willy Shakes gone Swiss Miss. Rivals Young's Double Chocolate, but a tad more bitter and not as silky smooth. (661 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a single at Steve's liquor here in Madison.

Pours pitch black, maybe the blackest stout I've seen. Barely a glitter of light through the edges when held up to a light. Big two finger coffee colored head with excellent retention and good lacing. Smell is amazing - cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, dark baker's choclate. I almost don't want to stop smelling it. Taste doesn't disappoint though. Same multi-faceted chocolate flavors as in the nose, with some mocha, espresso, and a slight hoppy bite in the finish. Not the most complex overall taste package, but a delicious one nonetheless. Mouthfeel is fairly well carbonated, smooth, yet crisp. I have found that Rougue Ales tend to be delicious, but fairly one-dimensional. Out of the 4 Rougues I've tried (Hazelnut Nectar, Mocha Porter and Shakespeare being the others) this is the most robust and interesting. Simply a world class stout if you like chocolate. Not overpoweringly sweet. Just the right amount of coffee/hop bitterness. A must try for any stout lover. (1,030 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout: In the 22 ounce bomber bottle. A very tall and fluffy head, looking like chocolate sponge cake sits above this absolutely black beer. Even held up to the light, nothing can penetrate this brew. The aroma is pleasant, smelling like dark chocolate. Wow, is that a terrific tasting beer! The beer does have some carbonation, but once the beer settles down, a range of very pleasant malt/chocolate tastes assaults you. In fact, if it is possible, I like the beer better after I’ve swallowed it, as the chocolate sweetness is full force, and is very tasty. I was very skeptical that this beer belonged in the top ten, but there is no question that this is a great beer. Thank God I let this beer warm up somewhat before sampling it, and you must too. (774 characters)

Photo of irishkyle21
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a large dark tanned head that holds up well. An abundance of lace marks the glass. Has a very dark black color that does not let any light through.

Smells wonderful, large amounts of chocolate and coffee.

Tastes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a good amount of hop bitterness. This is the most drinkable stout I have had to date. (349 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours beautiful dark black with a thick tan head that has awesome retention and leaves thick walls of creamy lace.

The aroma is simple with lots of cocoa, milk chocolate, a touch of caramel, coffee and roasted malts with a hint of vanilla.

The taste is full, rich milk chocolate, some bitter cocoa, roasted coffee, earthy hops on the end and a hint of vanilla.

Rich, silky, milky, smooth and creamy.

Excellent, easy to down, mild mannered, sweet and chocolately dessert stout. Not too rich, not too roasty, just right and delicious. (543 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours like motor oil. I am not exagerating at whatsoever. Thick and black, light absorbing, with the darkest brown head I have ever seen. Smells like, guess what? Chocolate! I work at a bakery and it smells just like chocolate hazelnut bagels. Sweet and smooth smelling. Taste is like many stouts, chocolate and coffee, but you can definitely taste the belgian chocolate (i think) that was used to make this stuff. I can't believe how much like bitter chocolate this stuff tastes (that is why i gave it a 5, it tastes exactly like the style it was shooting for). Very delicious dessert beer. Worthy of being ranked so high, and having the Rogue brand name. (696 characters)

Photo of jazztoloc
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

POured into a pint from a 650 ml bottle. As always, the beers from Rogue give you this extra enjoyement with an awesome bottle design, the cult for the object arises. Great!

A: This is a very handsome beer, Negro Azabache (Jet Black). Big brown and creamy looking head with an awesome lacing. Magnificent.

S: A whole lot of chocolate up my nose, it gives the impression that this is going to be a very sweet beer, but...

T: Chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa beans and bread very nice blended with a great balanced hop bitterness. Finishes dry. Can't isolate the taste of alcohol but I can feel the buzz, nice!

M: Medium low carbonation, great body.

D: Very, very, very high.

This is a very big beer but subtle at the same time, Rogue's Chocolate Stout has the balance that I am used to from this awesome brewery. I'm just sad 'cause my pint is getting empty....damn it! Salud! (880 characters)

Photo of brobeerbot
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into nonic pint.

Pours a nice two finger head and looks like a stout dream. When I take a big whiff of it i get a full nose of chocolate. There is no hiding it this is a true chocolate stout. Right off the bat you get hit with chocolate. Taste of mostly milk chocolate almost like a nice hot cocoa. There is a slight taste of coffee and a little hops. Feels nice in the mouth not to heavy like a lot of stouts. I could drink this one all night and will be picking up another one of these in the near future. (515 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A very dark stout with a beautiful brown head. The head was huge. It looked beautiful.

Smell: The aroma was mostly chocolate. A little bit of hops show through in the aroma.

Taste: The taste is very much like the aroma. Very chocolaty at first with hops that kick in to give it a little bitter to go against the sweetness. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and creamy. When too warm the carbonation is too much. However other than that it is great.

Overall this brew is great. It is soo very chocolatey. A very good beer and one that I will buy often. (574 characters)

Photo of Bis4beer70
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been forever since i had a stout & my wife got me one for my birthday a little while back & i'm sippin' on it now...watchin' phish live in brooklyn 2004 dvd & chillin' on a sunday with no rain for a change...this stout rocks!...very drinkable w/little cringe factor at all(for a stout with this much power)...wife took a sip and said she got goosebumps from it..can't be all that bad then,right? Cheers Rogue Ales! (414 characters)

Photo of Mick
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Arguably I think most fans of chocolate stout would agree that this one is among the better ones. Coffee black color. Colossal head, very thick and textured, hang on until the end. Sweet chocolate aroma. Crisp roasted mat and chocolate flavors. Crisp and clean finish. A treat! (277 characters)

Photo of PhillyJ
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Great go to chocolate stout. the new rebel hop really gives it a bitter finish that isn't quite as subtle as the discontinued 9 ingredient cascade hop version. I think the ibu on this new version is underrated but this stout is great being as it's not an imperial/double stout it has a slightly thin mouthful and a modest 6%abv but it makes up with chocolaty goodness from beginning to end.. I recommend this beer and I believe it shines as it warms as do most stouts I recommend a slight chill our pull it out of the fridge and let it sit and warm a bit I enjoy it from a balloon so it warms in my hand.. the slight complexity that is there can be easily missed if it's to cold and it will really mask the bitter chocolate taste... (732 characters)

Photo of kevinl6
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best beers period, in my opinion. A must try for any stout lover. It is pretty much true to its name, but I'll describe my thoughts of the brew anyway: This one pours thick, and is a black hole of a brew. A nice thin, light brown head caps it off. Smell is chocolate and roasty, and...oh yeah, chocolate. Taste is exceptional.....very chocolaty, perhaps slight hints of coffee...but mainly chocolate, and more chocolate! A thick and smooth mouthfeel, easy on the palate. This one is a little thick to drink too many, but that's a good thing in my book. Nonetheless, I usually limit myself to one of these at a 'sitting'..........a delicious brew. (657 characters)

Photo of TheBungyo
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Luscious head is dark brown, like the foam on a chocolate milkshake. Body is jet black, like a basement with the lights off. Spidery lacing is left all the way down. The nose is like ripping the lid off a packet of instant hot chocolate. Very inviting. Taste is big bitter chocolate, roasty malt, and a bit of sweet/sour. Mouth is nice and even. All I can say is, if you want chocolate, this is your beer. Wonderful. (416 characters)

Photo of Biggness
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured very dark with a light head. The smell of the beer was of a chocolate bar!! The flavor of this beer is amazing Rogue certainly hit the spot for this one! No skimping of ingridients on this beer! It is certainly not something you can drink all night but it certainly has great flavor and is a beer I will suggest to all my beer loving friends. (359 characters)

Photo of Luigi
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black color with a large creamy brown head. Smells rich with sweet chocolate, coffee malts, and a hint of bitter hops. The flavor is full of hints of burnt malts and bittersweet chocolate. Kind of like chocolate chips. A hint of bitter hops pull through. Full bodied and a creamy silky mouthfeel. Has a semi-dry bitter-sweet aftertaste. Damn, this is a good stout. One of the best flavored stouts I have ever had. (419 characters)

Photo of Neehan
4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This tasty treat poured a shade-and-a-half away from being jet-black with a sizeable, lightly tan head and a bit of retention. The head subsides but begins as exceptionally creamy. The smell is raisiny with very rich, dark chocolate moving to the front. Cocoa fills the nose. The taste is incredible, rich and smooth yet dark and a surprising (if you don't read the bottle) entrance of hops that get stronger on the finish. A bit smoky and a ton delicioius. Very creamy yet light in the mouth and perhaps the most drinkable stout I've had. (539 characters)

Photo of GordonofSeattle
4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark with a slight brown hue, rich. excellent lacing, excellent head

S: Smells faintly of dark chocolate and all spice.

T: When I think chocolate stout, this is what I want. An great balance between dark chocolate and malty beer flavors. It has a little coffee and almost a little burnt sugar taste too it, but not enough to throw off the chocolate/stout combo -instead it adds a bit of depth. Perfection

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, rich, excellent

Overall: For it's style I can't think of any way this beer could be better so full marks. While not exactly inexpensive at $6.50 for 650ml it is worth every penny. If you love darker beers and/or chocolate you will love this beer. If you want a hoppy beer, look elsewhere -that isn't what this style or stouts in general are about. I'm going to have to add this to my list of favorite beers without a doubt.

Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beer styles I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions) (1,128 characters)

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
94 out of 100 based on 1,878 ratings.