Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,795 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,795
Reviews: 1,857
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 300
Gots: 304 | FT: 3
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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 MisterClean
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a homebrew club meeting.

A - Poured black with a 2 fingered mocha head, which dissipated slow and left nice lacing.

S - Light roasted coffee, tons of chocolate, and a light flowery bouquet.

T - Heavy doses of chocolate, light roasted coffee, light smoke, and bttering hops.

M - Finished full-bodied, with a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste.

D - Overall great. I didn't enjoy this as much as others and would recommend using less patent. A little goes a long way.

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

huge pint and 6 ounce bottle. great gift from a great friend.

poured out black with a tiny, darkish, custard-colored head, which dissipated quickly and left only a bit of lacing.

a powerful nose of sweet chocolate and the ubiquitous cascade hop. a lot like the mocha porter, but more chocolatey.

a rather watery mouthfeel, but nothing that the flavors don't make up for.

these flavors were a shock, because i'm used to beer showing its sweetness first, and balancing that sweetness out with hoppy bitter balance. but this rogue is all grapefruity hops up front, and then the chocolate starts to peek its head out in the middle. the finish is a long, slow mingling of the now fully present chocolate and the fading but still powerful cascade hop flavors.

i haven't had many rogue brews, but this one shows an uncommon balance. the massive hoppiness is joined by a serious dose of roast and chocolate, which makes this the best rogue i've tasted so far. excellent stout.

cheers,

s.d.

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

22oz
Pours an opaque black color. Large bubbles make up a think dark tan head. Aroma is of semisweet chocolate, but with a bit of biscuit. Almost like chocolate chip cookies.

Taste is similar to the aroma. A little more sweet and burnt malts come out in the flavor over just chocolate. Wonderfully creamy mouthfeel. Burnt grains linger into the aftertaste.

Very nice. Not something to drink more than one of, but would be great to go along with desert or as desert itself.

Photo of Anthony1
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black body, darkest American stout I've ever seen, look like a double or imperial stout. Tan/brown head with some lacing and a little head retention. Smells like dark chocolate. Fairly strong aroma, but very complex tho. Tastes like dark chocolate too, and again, lacks complexity. No roasted malt flavors to be found. At 69 IBUs this beer is surprisingly balanced however .Interesting mouthfeel, a bit heavy, but very smooth drinking. Big flavors, but not overwhelming.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Appearance: Black color with a large-ish brown head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind thick lace.

Smell: Sweet chocolate malt aqnd roasted notes with some sourness.

Taste: Begins with a roasty flavor, rounding out to chocolate sweetness and finishing even sweeter and more chocolatey with a coffee-like bitterness at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with a bit too heavy carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Another very solid beer from Rogue/ Like most of Rogue's beers, this isn't a world-beating beer, but is still very enjoyable and at least worth a try. A nice dessert beer.

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

My girlfriend and I tried this beer last week and we loved it. I liked the aroma and taste of this stout. My girlfriend doesn't do beer all that much but she liked the Chocolate Stout. So much so that we took home a few bottles. It went well with some chicken we had. I really recommend it.

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

Black motor oil stout with a huge rocky head that lasts for days. Huge chocolate aroma with a good hop backbone. The flavor is chocolate and coffee with hop bitterness behind. The finish is bitter chocolate and dry. Full body beer with good drinkability

Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint pour with a bit of espresso/chocolate truffle at Pix Patisserie in Portland, OR. (Happy Birthday to my mother-in-law!) Have had this beer once or twice before, but it's been a while...

A: Rich deep brown with a lingering creamy tan-colored head. Very nice lacing.
S: Initial cocoa and toasted malt are sweet, a deeper more bittersweet (emphasis on 'bitter') dark chocolate follows. Delicious, enticing aromas.
T: Upfront bitterness of the deepest, richest chocolate - quite roasted & bittered by hops. Mellows to a sweeter cocoa with a softer malty/grainy smoothness.
M: Full mouthfeel & body. A wonderful cream consistency, slightly carbonated, with a nice lengthy bittersweet finish.
D: A fine porter, balanced well, though a tad on the bitter side. It's got 'chocolate' without being overbearing. A very nice pint to enjoy alone or with dessert. The Rogue Chocolate Stout Float is a dessert drink I have yet to try, but plan to do so in the near future (they serve them at Rogue and at Pix - supposedly 'invented' by local beer writer Fred Eckhardt, I think...).

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

this beer pours dark brown to black, with a thick tan head that lasts.

the smell is roasted malt with hints of chocolate

the taste is a good balance between the malt and a slight semisweet chocolate flavor

mouthfeel is pretty light with good drinkability, overall a very good stout, but I m partial to imperials

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

on tap at Canal St in Reading

Pours a dark, opaque milk chocolate color with a creamy, dark tan head that leaves sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is rich and sweet like cocoa, milk chocolate, maybe a little coffee. Like aroma, huge sweet milk chocolate taste, cocoa powder, etc. Slight roast bitterness in finish. Medium bodied, but very creamy. A very nice dessert beer, and very pleasant with the low alcohol (comparable to other stouts). Chocolate is the most dominant flavor, but never out of control or overpowering.

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

Had this out of a bottle tonight with the weekly HBO Sunday lineup. Poured into a pint glass and away we go.

Appearance: Really, really dark brown-black that hardly any light escapes through. Brownish head that holds on pretty well and laces decently, but sure looks impressive on the pour.

Smell: Like a Hershey's Chocolate bar. Really rich chocolate and roasted malts with just a slight hint of hops. This beer smells much more like chocolate than the Stone 12th, but it also doesn't incorporate the oatmeal. It's all chocolate and it smells of it.

Taste: Roasted malts are upfront with chocolate powder, finishing with a nice bitterness. A little more watery than I would've liked, but not by much. Tastes a bit like Cocoa Puffs with the malty cereal texture and chocolate powder. Pleasant and tasty for sure.

Mouthfeel: Not too syrupy or harsh, and finishes relatively clean. A great desert beer, that's for sure. Had some cake with it and it paired outstanding. Malt coating wears away to drier chocolate finish that fades cleanly, definitely an interesting and enjoyable one.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have this all the time and it was a bit warm for it today, but man, great desert beer and totally will buy a few more of these to have on hand for such occasions. Not too heavy for a stout either. Definitely worth a good shot.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark, murkey black color with a small head that falls to a very generous ring over top of the brew. I don't know if a stout can look any better. The nose is just like cooled down hot chocolate. Huge milk-chocolate just nails me in the nose. Its almost like sniffing the concentrated powder before adding liquid. This truely is a chocolate stout. The flavor is very chocolate, but with a backbone of deep roasted to burnt malt. I enjoy it. The feel is where this brew falters. Its moderate at best. I would really like to see a nice healthy thickness on the feel. It really deserves it. Overall, not a bad brew. I find it easy drinking. The flavor is pretty darn nice. Head to head with a Brooklyn Black Chocolate, it would falter, but it is definately doing the trick for me right now.

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

A - Pours dark brown and opaque. Some hints of cola show around the edges of the glass. Head topped out at one inch and stuck around for longer than expected. The lacing left behind was nice.

S - Smokey roasted malt aromas come through first but do not dominate. Quickly behind are notes of maple and dark chocolate. Even though the chocolate comes in midway, it steals the show and sticks around once it shows up. Overall the aroma is mild and pleasing.

T - Chocolate. Dark and bitter at first but a smoother milk chocolate comes in later. Behind the chocolate lay some roasted malt and a hint of smoke. Finishing off the flavor was a small amount of alcohol and coffee.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Silky feel. Finsh is bittersweet, clean, and does not stick around for long.

D - Drinkability is good. The beer is a good example of how to showcase the chocolate flavor. I would gladly have more of this one. The alcohol is relatively low which makes is disappear even faster.

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

Served at cellar temp. Black as night apperance, pours thick. Big two finger tan head, thick and frothy. Great head retention.
Big powdery coco aroma. Some sweet toasted grains and oats, but dominated by semi-sweet chocolate.
Dark chocoalte flavors with toasted grain and oatmeal. Slight bitterness. Chocolate flavors are more on the unsweetend side. Dry coco powder comes to mind.
Thick heavy mouthfeel. Might be able to stick a fork in it. Leaves the mouth lingering with chocolate notes.
Great desert beer. Drink might benifet from a little more malt sweetness.

Photo of jampics2
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Fat Heads. Although they make their own chocolate stout, I had to go with a better option.

Arrived in a pint glass. A black beer with cappuchino head lies waiting within.

Smells of bakers chocolate, cocoa. Mild hops as well, but they're just barely there.

Taste follows. Really nice powdered cocoa taste. Sweet without being too sweet. Really nice.

Mouthfeel was odd. Creamy but thin. Could use a bit more milkshake.

Nice beer overall, good drinkability and very enjoyable!

Photo of dukedevil0
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at J Clyde in Birmingham, AL.

A: Pours a dark black with a couple fingers of khaki colored head that settles down after awhile to one finger or less, lots of frothy lacing on the glass.

S: literally smells like a chocolate milkshake, I try to pick out other scents and it says don't bother! Such a great nose treat.

T: very chocolatey flavor but it's more dark chocolate than milk chocolate. Can taste a slight amount of roasted malts/roast coffee once I get used to the chocolate.

M: feels full in the mouth but slightly thin/watery on the finish - I bet on a nitro tap this would be KILLER

D: easy to drink, solid flavor and no alcohol taste, so I'd say high although for me it would be higher if this were sweeter or more milk chocolate in flavor

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

I've given a more detailed review to Rogue Chocolate Stout in its draft version below, but wanted to make a short note about the 22-ounce bottled version, which I've had more of than the draft. (I even paid a friend $60 to bring a case back from Oregon to Florida.)

The bottled version is still excellent (in my top ten), but it's just not quite as good as the draft. The chocolate aroma and taste is more muted in the bottle than when you have it draft. But that may be because I've had it draft right at the brewery, while the bottles are usually a bit older?

This bottled beer is one that I could drink exclusively for the rest of my life. And the draft is even better.

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

I was anxious to try this beer, but it wasn’t quite what I expected. Maybe an A- (rather than the expected A). Very dark, inc. a dark tan head. Less chocolate & more vanilla than I expected. Good mouthful, really good taste. Rogue Chocolate is probably one of my top 5-10 stouts. I’d also recommend trying Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and especially Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.

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

Pours a luscious black color with a thick dark beige head. Nice lacing as well. Aroma of chocolate and malt. Medium-bodied with a nice bitter dark chocolate taste throughout, along with malt and caramel. The finish is lightly hopped, but has a sweet aspect as well. I am surprised it took me so long to try this.

Photo of Flounder57
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 vtfan77
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty much black, I don't see much light getting through this one. Big tan head with a nice lacing. Looks like a stout should look.

S- Rich chocolate and coffee aromas, smells like a cafe mocha from Starbucks (or wherever). As the beer warms the chocolate aroma becomes more pronounced and takes on more of a Hershey's syrup smell. Roasted malt is always there in the background to remind you that this is, indeed, a beer.

T- Chocolate and coffee flavors abound. Espresso and baker's chocolate are the highlights with a burnt toast flavor in the finish. Surprisingly little sweetness, as the aroma indicated that this would be a fairly sweet beer. Finishes dry and fairly bitter with a lingering mocha aftertaste.

M- Smooth and velvety, very nice.

D- This beer isn't extremely alcoholic, but it does pack a bit of a punch at 6%. It's also very rich and filling, so I really wouldn't want to have more than one. One of these as a dessert beer is all I want.

Very good beer, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's worth buying this beer for the smell alone. Great for dessert. I'm not even a huge stout fan and I loved this beer. Highly recommended.

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

bomber poured into SN imperial pint glass. I dug this bottle out of the back of the DBF, so not sure how fresh it is.

Appearance is a deep cola syrup black with plenty of creamy tan head that lines the tumber. Nose is dominately chocolate with hints of the smell of baileys irish cream, bitter hops, and the usualy coffee stout aroma. Lots of bitter dark chocolate hits the palate. Malts and dark roasted coffee linger. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Very good chocolate stout from an always dependable brewery.

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

Bomber to glass...

Black fluid with thick cream tan head. Love the creamy heads. Great looking beer.

Smell reminds me of Easter. Rich milk chocolate. Can almost smell the creaminess. Can also smell some dark chocolate. Maybe some coffee.

Taste of bitter and burnt chocolate. Good, but the nose is better in this case. Coffee flavor is present. As are a trace of hops way late in the game.

Thick for sure but not as creamy on the tongue as I expected (or hoped). Seems to have a teeny tiny bit more carbonation than is called for.

Far, far too easy to drink. I find myself taking gulps instead of sips. Good thing? Bad thing? I've had some stouts I wouldn't dare gulp.

As I was trying to figure out why it's so easy to drink, the wife tells me "it's the alcohol." So I checks it out and sure enough, 6% ABV, which is incredibly light for me. No big deal, just means I can drink a few!

As it turns out, this is a very tasty, very easy to drink beer. In my pathetic opinion, all craft beer drinkers should keep one of these in their collection for the buddy who stops by. Tremendous potential as a gateway beer.

Overall: great beer

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,795 ratings.