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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,827 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,827
Reviews: 1,862
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 322
Gots: 342 | 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:
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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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.

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

22 oz bomber

Pours a very dark brown, though not particularly thick, with a very large light brown head. Retention is impressive, and even picking up and putting down the glass is enough motion to bring up more brown foam. Lacing is limited, but I find there is nothing to complain about here. Really nice.

Hey, I think there's a little chocolate here. Intoxicating, rich and sweet hot cocoa aroma. I can't say that it smells like anything I'd call beer, but I love it nevertheless. Fantastic.

Although I love the aroma, I find myself glad that it doesn't taste like it smells - something this sweet and chocolatey would be better suited to one of my wife's sickly sweet nightcaps.
Instead I find I am enjoying a beverage full of dark roasted malt, a decent amount of residual sweetness, balancing hoppy bitterness, and not sticky-sweet at all. Part of me wants to side with the un-flavored stouts I love, but I find I cannot judge this great effort harshly.

For all that is there the beer is surprisingly thin. I'd like to see a bit more, but only if the sweetness is kept restrained. Caronation is medium and works well with the thinner body. Drinkability is limited only by my enjoyment of the style; I imagine some women I've known would guzzle this stuff.

Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a very deep, dark brown, almost black, with brown highlights. A fat, dense head pours out and sits almost the entire time, sticking immediately and leaving some very nice thick patches and rings of lacing.
The aroma is of heavily roasted malts and a chocolate presence that's more unsweetened baking chocolate than anything else. A very earthy aroma pulls through with some smokiness.
Again, the chocolate is more of a bitter unsweetened baking chocolate, but there's a counterbalancing creamy sweetness in here as well. Huge roasted barley malts make up the backbone and a further balancing hops presence is plenty strong, yet still leaves the malts to dominate. A lingering finish is smoky and citric with a light bitterness. Maybe something's changed, but the chocolate presence doesn't blow me away and was not as strong as I would have liked. This is, however, an extremely tasty stout.
The mouthfeel is big, chewy and robust in a full body with minimal carbonation and a velvety smoothness.
Extremely tasty? Definitely. Extremely chocolaty? I'll try it again sometime to see if it was faded.

Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of JayDub
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Extremely dark brown, only a hint of light at extreme edges. A dense, tightly packed, caramel colored head that settles to a nice sheet, and leaves a sticky lace all the way down.

S - Toasted malts, mollases, toffee, and obviously rich dark chocolate. It's a wonderfully inviting aroma.

T - More roasted malts, unsweetened dark chocolate, a hint of hop spiciness, and some dark fruit.

M - A creamy, medium-thick body that goes down with ease. A surpisingly clean and dry finish given the chocolate content. A fairly low level of carbonation brings just the right amount of bite.

D - Well, I drained the bomber in short time. I thought the chocolate content would slow me down, but not so. I'm not quite gonna call it sessionable, but it was a joy to drink. I will definately do this one again.

Photo of ommegoose
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$6.00 bomber from Evanston First Liquors.

Looks great. Pours out a viscous dark black, more than lots of impy stouts, with a full dark head. Impressive color on the head. Full 360 degree lacing. At the end the sediment doesn't look too nice, and is not expected in this style.

Milky chocolately aroma. Smells nice, Tootsie Roll like. It's not terribly complex. Sweetness covers up roasty or bitter notes.

There's a lot of interest out there in chocolate stouts, it seems, and this one is named often. After just a few sips, it's easy to see why. Plenty of flavor for a beer that is not that big in terms of abv. Whereas the nose was pretty one-dimensional, there's plenty going on on the palate. The suggestion of chocolate in the nose leads you to find that right away, but there's a smooth foundation of roasted oats and barley, followed by a generous amount of hop bitterness. I found it a bit much initially, but I got used to it after a few sips. The chocolate flavor is nice, and the clear focus over coffee or roasty notes. Finishes a bit on the bitter side, with lingering dark chocolate.

I was looking for something fuller in the mouthfeel. Seems to dissolve in the mouth, when I'm looking for it to be heavier and just sit there.

Drinkability is hurt a little by a lack of crispness and a finish so long that you always feel like you just took a sip. This is a very solid beer, but to be honest, it gets a little boring near the end of the bomber. I don't know if I'll purchase again anytime soon, but I still recommend it to stout lovers. Of course you already know that it's good anyway. Still doesn't beat the mighty Choklat in my book.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Moan and Dove, Amherst, MA, presented in a pint glass.

Delivered with a nice head on top of a dark brown/near black brew. Chocolate and roasted malts scream out at the nose, and the taste buds are not disappointed. Bitterness tempers the sweetness excellently, almost like a mouthful of bittersweet chocolate. Hearty, smooth, imminently drinkable. Get it if you can...

Photo of brewintheLou
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours basically black with a frothy tannish head that sticks around and leaves a heavy lacing. Leaves a nice foam mustache.

Smell is chocolate with some toasty malt.

Taste starts off very heavy and creamy smooth. Has a creamy chocolate in the beginning and a dark chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is heavy, creamy and chewy. Goes down very smooth and not too sweet or too much roastiness, so it doesn't get old fast.

Photo of sommersb
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 02-15-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Big, creamy tan head on a black and opaque beer. Head retention is excellent and lacing is good.

S: Chocolate malts and sweet aromas of milk chocolate, plus vanilla. The smells open up as the beer warms.

T: Milk chocolate sweetness is balanced nicely by the earthy hops. Other flavors are toasted malt, dark breads, vanilla and some woodiness.

M: Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The finish is balanced with sweet chocolate malts and the bitterness in the hops and roasted grains.

O: Excellent stout here from Rogue; solid on all fronts.

Thanks to Kirk for this one!

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of HossMcGraw
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of NightINgale
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 US fl.oz. bomber bottle poured into a tulip pint glass...

A - Oustanding! Dark brown body, with small bubbles rising. An extremely rich fluffy brown head. Great head retention and lacing!

S - Very chocolatey on the nose. Sweet milk chocolate notes, some floral hop notes, and a solid roastiness. This is indeed one of the most chocolatey-smelling beers out there!

T - As much as the smell reminded me of sweet milk chocolate, the taste couldn't be further away from it. At first, bitter chocolate notes dominated, followed by a solid roastiness, with a touch of coffee. Some earthy hops were also present The finish was dry and fairly bitter, with just a hint of chocolate lingering on. After some time, I began noticing a little more sweetness appearing, which really boosted the drinkability for me.

M - Medium body to it; fairly crisply carbonated. Quite smooth; nicely coats your palate. No trace of alcohol.

D - This is a very drinkable stout. Definitely smoother and more drinker-friendly than a typical dry stout. The chocolate really makes a difference. If you are a fan of stout, you'll probably enjoy this a lot. This could even make a session stout.

Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black, dark brown color with a silky espresso head.

Complex profile of burnt, black and chocolate malts. Also a sweet fudgy aroma.

Not as sweet as I woud have thought. The chocolate is more bitter like raw cacoa. There is also a nice malt structure balanced by piney hops.

Full body and good carbonation. A very drinkable stout. No artificial flavoring here. This was good, but is much better fresh on tap. On nitro, this is close to a perfect beer.

Photo of Thedaver4220
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep dark black with a 1.5 finger head, and beautiful lacing. The smell is smooth chocolate with mild roast on the back end. It's easy on the mouth with smooth chocolate taste, with a little roasted bit bite at the end. This is a very good chocolate stout with repeat drinkability. If you don't like stouts or never had one this is a must.

Photo of rangerred
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrived with a one finger dark tan head. Clear dark brown.

Smells of cocoa and maybe a touch of roasted malt. The cocoa really dominates.

The taste is also dominated by chocolate. There is a slight roastiness detectable but it is upstaged by the cocoa. A moderate bitterness comes in at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky.

This is one of the better chocolate stouts I have had. I would definitely get it again.

Photo of walterk
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from large Rogue bottle into 2 pint glasses. Appearance was so good, dark brown chocolate color with chocolate milk looking foam on top.

Taste was OK, but not as outstanding as the visual. Tasted a little light, not as chocolatey as expected. Kind of similar to Rogue mocha porter for me, in that I expected more based on the name and previous reviews.

Photo of CityBoy1986
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,827 ratings.