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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,870 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,870
Reviews: 1,869
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 331
Gots: 383 | FT: 4
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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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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 SamuraiJack
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is a chocolate stout in the true and literal sense of the word!!
On first pour it is truly and deeply dark black - with a head that is deep, creamy tan foam. Aroma is overwhelmingly chocolate malt with some light coffee touchs.
Initial taste is strong dark chocolate with very little milk flavours, very smooth and creamy while still a little dry. The chocolate flavours dominate and, in fact, are nearly overwhelming (the one real weakness of the beer). Mouthfeel is less creamy than most chocolate stouts. It goes down smoothly, leaving little in the way of aftertaste.
I like the beer - but I don't know if I could recommend it given that it's the kind of beer some might really dislike. The chocolate flavours are SO strong that it's almost not even a beer but rather some sort of chocolate desert malt beverage.

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, pours black and rich, engine oil. Heady nose of chocolate and expresso. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Notes of expresso, cholcoate, chocolate cake. This stuff is just plain yummy. Great dessert beer, great for a night capper. Classy product from a long time major player in the craft brew market. Thanks Rogue..

Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black, quite opaque, with a mocha colored head on top. Not much head retention, leaving a very thin film on top, but bubbly lacing down the sides.

S: A good bit of chocolate, as I was expecting. There is a little bit of vanilla, some roasted malt, and a little bit of spice, chili like. Rich and inviting.

T: Rich and chocolaty, with a little bit of cream. There is a slight hint of mint actually, that was increased when I took a sip after eating a few chocolate chips. Finish is slightly bitter.

M: A little thin, but not really a problem for me. Nice creamy texture, on the lower end in terms of carbonation.

O: Not the first time I have had this beer, and hopefully not the last. It's easy drinking and smooth with a nice flavor profile. Like the chocolate presence of course.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark brown black with a great tannish head. First sniff and I'm in heaven. Pure chocolate. Expecting a sweetness due to the aroma but this beer is not sweet at all. Lots of body and flavor and goes down well. A very impressive beer. Can't wait to try the double chocolate.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark black/brown- there ain't no way any light is getting through this beer! A moderate brown (not tan, brown) head that starts strong and vigorous, but drops fairly quickly.

Aroma- well, I guess I must say it. Chocolate. Sweet, medium milk chocolate- but fairly rich. Not bitter strong chocolate. And to be honest, I can't smell anything else.

Flavor- rich, malty, dark bready, with obvious chocolate overtones. But the hops keep this from going to far into the realm of chocolate milk- it pulls it back a notch. Pretty tasty, but more hops than I expect.

Mouthfeel- full and creamy, can't ask for much more.

Overall a good beer, worth re-visiting. I'm starting to try Rogue's selections, and I am enjoying them.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly black color with a creamy light brown head that fades surprisingly quick to a nice collar and sheen.

Mmmmm, chocolate. Impressively, I get milk chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa powder out of here. Maybe a smattering of dark fruit and hops, but not much.

Hops are much more discernable in the taste, definitely west coasty. Chocolate takes on more dark unsweetened and cocoa characteristics and the dark fruits come out to play a bit more on the palate. Much more complex than I remember this one tasting, or even smelling for that matter. Just enough variety to keep it interesting all the way through a bomber and not too full or over the top to make it tough sledding.

A finely crafted ale, for sure.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tasty beer with a wierd Martha Stewart looking lady on the label in classic Rogue posture.

Near black with a dark tan head.

Aroma, to no surprise, is dark chocolate and some roasty nut and malt and some sugary molassas or brown sugar.

Taste lives up to the aroma, dead on. Bit of fruitiness and alchol esters, but mild. I'm not sure if it exists, but an imperial (higher abv) version of this should be made. Some espresso flavors in there too.

Gotta be in the right mood/mindset/weather for a chocolate stout, but when the mood hits, it will satisfy.

Photo of williamherbert
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark chocolate brown. Dark tan head. Brown spiderweb of lace. Head sticks around for a few minutes. Quite good.

A very chocolatey sweetness in the nose, balanced by a lightly toasted malt. Almost like chocolate milk with a heavy malted base. Very sweet and appealing.

Sweet malt flavors, very heavy chocolate in the malt. Roasted but not burnt or bitter. A taste more like liquid chocolate than like a stout. Warmth gives a hint of roasted bitterness.

Creamy and rich feel on the tongue. Milky, with a tiny bite at the swallow. Otherwise, as smooth as it gets. In this beer, chocolate is the name of the game. Sweet (but not saccharine) and very smooth. Quite quite good.

Photo of archyquaffer
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of joepais
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The 22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass produced a black body toped of by a two finger tan head. That settles into a nice thick lace covering most of the glass

Yes it's a chocolate stout and the aromas defiantly back it up lots of sweet chocolate aromas some earthiness to it along with some hint of roasted malts

Flavor's of dark chocolate are dominate not overly sweet with a coffee backbone it's got this mocha thing going on

The mouthfeel is medium to thin would have liked it a little thicker

This is really one of the great chocolate stout's especially for under $5 a bomber well worth the experience

Photo of jayfarley3
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass, poued a very dark black with a fluffy tan head.

smells very chocolatley, some sweet malts and some coffee.

tastes pretty much like it smells very chocolatley, sweet and a slight coffee taste.

mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full bodied, very creamy and smooth.

this is a very good beer, but i like the shakespeare stout better, this one is a little bit too chocolatley for me.

Photo of NEhophead
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque oil in color beneath a dense, 1" coffee-colored head with good retention. Patches of condensed and spotted lacing.

Rich and creamy milk chocolate, toffee, hazlenut, a touch of sweet vanilla. Very strong, and silky chocolate/cocoa aromatics. Reminiscent of a melted milk chocolate bar in a pot of freshly brewed hazlenut coffee.

Moderate roasted malt character that is more mellow and silky than most other stouts, due to the semi-sweet flavors: sweet toffee, chocolate, light nuts. A hop bite cutting through the rich chocolate flavors at mid-sip, that leaves a lingering toffee, coffee, and light alcohol in the aftertaste.

Full bodied; syrupy with flavors that back up the strong consistency. Covers the palate nicely, like a piece of melted chocolate.

A very flavorful version of the style. Unique, yet still true to the style. I don't see myself getting tired of this one.

Photo of TheDinger
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Great looking opaque/black pour with a nice adequate 1+ finger mocca head. Smell was baking chocolates up front with semi-sweet chocolate on the back. Fits the name and that's what I was looking for. Maybe some burnt malts stuffed in there, but huge chocolate. Taste was melted chocolate bars with a little hop finish. Again, some dark fruits/malts are there, but the chocolate takes center stage on this chocolate stout bomb. I get a blend of different chocolate which is nice. Baking, semi sweet and dark combination. Feel is middle of the road and quite silky/creamy. Mild carbonation on this which is just fine. Overall- It is what it is! A chocolate stout with not a ton of bells and whistles. If you like chocolate in your beer, this is right there for you. Not over the top, but a good sipper and pretty enjoyable. A solid effort that hit the spot for me. Not the best out there, but work the try-

Photo of surfer4life
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours deep brown/black producing a large creamy brown head. Retention is outstanding, and lacing is amazing.

Take a whiff....and there is no doubt this is a chocolate stout. A very intense Hersey's chocolate syrup smell. There is also quite a bit of coffee in the nose, as well as the typical Rogue hop bitterness.

Take a sip....chocolaty goodness! Creamy chocolate goodness cascades across my palate. This tastes like they took half a bottle of Hersey's chocolate syrup and squirted it in my bomber. It isn't all creamy fun and games though. The hops come in and kick some ass, giving it quite a bit of bitterness. Great stuff.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It literally goes down like chocolate milk, with pretty much the same consistency. Excellent stuff, I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

Photo of coldriver
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a near opaque black with a fair amount of floaties, and more than adequate tan head and lacing. Aroma reminds me a lot of Whoppers (hmm, chocolate covered malted milk ball - makes sense). Taste is chocolately, with faint coffee and smoke flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth - this almost drinks too fast. I'm usually a bit of a purist when it comes to flavored beers but this one is very well done!

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured in a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- Pitch black almost like a coca cola with little brownish head that has a decent lacing.

Smell- Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Taste- Dark chocolate with roasted malts and a piney hop balance. My only gripe is that I wish the chocolate flavor was a little bit sweeter.

Mouthfeel- Nice thick mouthfeel with easy drinkability.

Overall- A very tasty stout that hits the mark. My only nit pick is that since it's called chocolate stout that it could be just a smidge sweeter.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into a DFH snifer glass. No bottle date on a Rogue beer again.

A: Pours a JET black with think tan head. THICK. Three, possibly four, finger head. GOOD carbonation. Nice sticky lacing.

S: CHOCOLATE chocolate CHOCOLATE....love it. Roasty malts there too. Some mild hops as well.

T: I get that chocolate that I was smelling, but not AS pronounced. Still amazing. Nice roasty malts and a solid slight hop bite to finish. Really tasty.

M: It was actually watery, which was surprising for the appearance. Not as mouth coating as I would have expected, but it didn't effect the overall that much.

D: With the mild 6% ABV, you could really get lost in this one. I drank the whole bomber with ease and could have continued with more.

Overall, this is a SOLID stout from Rogue we have here. Not imperial in ABV, but the smells and tastes are great for a normal stout. I would definitely reach for this one again.

Photo of muskiesman
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from my notes:
22 oz bottle poured into tulip glass
Poured a dark coffee with a mocha head of two fingers that slowly fades to a heavy patchwork lacing through out the experience. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee on the nose followed by taste of expresso beans in dark chocolate surprisingly not very sweet but a dry cocoa and rich maltyness. Also present in the mouth very rich with out the unnecessary sugars. One of the best overall chocolate stouts.

Photo of usmittymc
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque dark brown liquid with a generous and bubbly chocolate milkshake colored head that doesn't go away.

S: Pretty much all chocolate, but what do you expect really?

T: Wow. Some faint coffee flavors up front and then a wallop of chocolate hits you in the mouth and doesn't go away. The flavor is not cloying, but tastes natural (as the label says) and fits the beer almost perfectly.

M: Not a sturdy beer by any means, but not water either. Just about right for a stout. Rather crisp on the finish.

D: The flavors in this beer just make you want to keep coming back for more. A great American beer and perfect for the winter months.

Photo of Flounder57
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Super sweet powdery milk chocolate, roasted, bready malts, and a little earthiness.

Taste: Definitely like the aroma. Chocolate up front with some chewy malts, roastiness, bitterness, earth, and a char.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat light to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, a little chewy, and a little bitterness in the rear.

Overall: Pretty solid American Stout. Now I why it has been rated the most for this style.

Photo of cratez
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, FL. Pitch black body with a bubbly brown head and globs of lacing on the pint glass. Fresh baker's chocolate, milk, cocoa powder, and vanilla bombard the nose. Strong roasted malts produce a black coffee flavour that gives way to some toasted oat graininess and dark chocolate. Spicy hops make a brief appearance, followed by an excellent residual chalkiness. The after taste is drier and more bitter than you'd expect from a sweet stout. Overall, this doesn't have the 'oomph' that I thought it would, but it's still a damn fine brew.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Midlothian Capital Ale House.

Appearance: A deep, dark brown body with a tan head. Great retention, solid lacing that sticks all over the place. Very inviting looking.

Aroma: Whoa. There's that natural chocolate flavoring. Smells overwhelmingly of powdered hot cocoa - definitely bringing me back to my Boy Scout days. It's a little more complex than that though, to be fair - a milkyness is present, and there are saccharine notes that aren't just pure "chocolate chocolate." Very nice - smells like you'd imagine a chocolate stout should smell.

Taste: Here goes ... wow, not nearly as sweet as one would imagine from the smell. Everyone's had that powdered hot chocolate in their childhood, so you expect something much milky and sweeter when you sip this one. Not so. It's very dry, much more about the bitter, dark chocolate and other roasted malts than about milk chocolate. There are some pleasant bitter astringencies imparted by the roasted malts, and there's an ever-so-slight non-malt bitterness (the Cascade, I'm assuming, which also gives it a few earthy notes that I can't really attribute to the malts). Only the faintest hints of other Cascade notes detected though, which is good - I've never much liked chocolate oranges. Very rich, without being sweet.

Mouthfeel: Excellent - surprisingly big-bodied and bold (that big head from the oats?), which keeps it from being too thick, with expressive, even carbonation the smoothness of which lends a powdery feel (cocoa powder?) to the whole ordeal, although that may just be my imagination.

Drinkability: Great. It's big-bodied, but everything jives very well. It's not sweet at all, so nothing is cloying, nor is it overly bitter. The chocolate is always present, but it's really just the "chocolate" that's there ... hmmm ... that doesn't make much sense. I always grew up on milk chocolate (as did most people born in this day and age - you're not going to give dark chocolate to a child, right?), but this is that pure cocoa solid flavor, which works very well with all those other toasted malt notes. Very drinkable - pair it with a dessert.

Solid, solid beer. Flavor is solid and balanced, chocolate is powerful without being overpowering, and everything else in the supporting cast comes together nicely.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,870 ratings.