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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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1,885 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,885
Hads: 4,040
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 392
Gots: 516 | 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: 4,040
Photo of timmos1
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh...my....God. Ive never tasted a chocolate stout like this. The first taste. Incredible. Beautiful tasty chewy. It doesnt get any better. Great head clings all the way through. Beautiful color. A beer milk shake! Great for dessert or just drinking by itself. Ample 22oz bottle presents well like all rogue products. Hops low but present enough to counteract chocolate. Fantastic! I want more!

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Photo of ShawnMN
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite stouts! Creamy caremelly head. Smell of chocolate and dark roasted malts. Great feel on the pallet with just enough carbonation to give it a little kick and ehance the chocolatey dark roasted malty flavor. Little hint of a caramelized malt stickiness to the taste as well. Man what a great brew !

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Photo of StLThrash
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. No dates on bottle.

A - What a wonderful looking beer. Very dark beer with a beautiful 2 finger tan, foamy head. Had a nice cap that lasted throughout. Nice lacing.

S - One of the best. Beautiful bouquet of aromas! Dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, rich roasted malts. I even had to have my kids smell it and they thought it smelled amazing too.

T & M - Rich, medium-bodied, full taste. Quite simply the best chocolate beer I've had. Someone else described it as a beer chocolate milk shake and that sums it up. Just enough hop bitterness to equal out the chocolate sweetness.

D - I had 2 glasses and finished the bomber. Wish I had another. I will go out tomorrow and pick some more up. Excellent drinkability.

Try this beer - you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of beveritt
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an Imperial pint glass. The label has the standard Rogue theme of someone holding a beer up. In addition, it has the always useful information about the beer ingredients and specifications. This one is 15 degrees Plato, 69 IBU, 77 AA, and 135.45 degrees L.

Appearance: Pours with a dark tan, 1 inch head. This settles slowly, leaving some lacing on the glass, a thin coat of foam, and a few random islands spread throughout the top. The beer itself is dark, black except for a little hint of ruby/brown around the edges.

Smell: Sweet chocolate, with a strong undertone of roasted barley. The smell is an amazing blend of sweet and bitter.

Taste: This beer has many complex layers of chocolate and stout flavor. Initially, you pick up what I would term bitter, baker's chocolate, this blends well with the bitterness from the roasted barley. Next, there is a subtle hop, flavor, lightly citrus with a hint of bitterness, Finally, a sweet chocolate aftertaste, without being to sweet or cloying.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation with a decent bite. Helps to blend the varying flavors well. God body.

Drinkability: In a world of so many Imperial this and double that, it is nice to find a full bodied and flavorful stout that only clocks in a 6% alcohol. This is a great drink and one that you can have a few of. Plenty of complexity, while still demonstrating the fine art of restraint.

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Photo of StevieW
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle. Loud glug, glug, glug pour. Beautiful nearly black to dark brown body. Fluffy, bubbly, thick, carmel colored head. Perfect appearance.
Nice rich chocolate smell. Full chocolate cake with hershey syrup. Touch of hops present. Taste is rich full on chocolate goodness. Thick oatmeal stout feel and touch of oatmeal taste. Beyond smooth and creamy, into another level. Full bodied, rich chocolate flavors and a snap of hop bitterness, make it taste like bittersweet chocolate chips. One of the best beers I have had to date. Just plain incredible !

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, 1/2 inch of head beginning with and shrinks to thin head, and already with lacing down the glass, and has nice streaks and blobs of lacing all the way down. Smells of chocolate, dark and malty. Simply, lovely, though a bit too understated, which is about the only complaint I have for this beer. Taste is heavenly. Have I had a better chocolate stout? Perhaps, but this is up there. And as it warms, I only become more impressed. The great thing is, the chocolate taste doesn't overpower the beer taste, nor visa versa, that is, the chocalate and malts are balance each other almost perfectly. As far as mouthfeel goes, its interesting, because it gives you a little phiz in the beginning, is smooth through the middle, then gives you some tingle during the aftertaste with choclaty goodness to leave you wanting more. This might be the highest beer rating I've given, because this is one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of dauss
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful and pitch black color. Fairly large dark tan head with good staying power and good lacing. Smells faintly like dark chocolate. Smooth and almost creamy. Lots of roasted malts and hoppiness. A very tasty stout thats full of chocolate flavor. Another wonderful brew from Rogue.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
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..

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Photo of Drufus
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of bigalgochu
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
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

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Photo of sparkydoyle
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ML bottle. "Made With Imported Chocolate".


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.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of jackndan
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of jazztoloc
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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Photo of brobeerbot
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Ellbert
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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Photo of Mick
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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