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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,825 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,825
Reviews: 1,862
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 320
Gots: 341 | 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 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

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

The pour appears to be a cola brown with slight reddish tint. The body settles in a black with only slivers of ruby highlights gleaming through the thinnest edges. Cocoa tinged head stands two fingers tall and recedes ever so slowly. Very full sheet of lacing surrounds the perimeter of the glass.

The chocolate is undeniable and expected to be strong in the nose. The underlying rich roasted malt aroma is the difference between good and great. A toasted caramel scent is subtle sitting behind the much deeper stronger smells adds another layer for the nose to discern.

The flavor matches the nose step for step. Chocolate is the focus though once again the deep roasted malt is not to be denied. Chocolate is primarily bittersweet though has a touch of a more raw cocoa flavor meandering about. Light citric flavor and bitterness contributed from the hops.

The mouthfeel is medium to full. Very smooth and creamy. Viscosity is very much in line with the style. I often forget a stout does not need to be overly thick to be enjoyable. While my preference is for a more full bodied brew I cannot mark this down simply based on personal preference.

Very enjoyable and easily drinkable. There is absolutely nothing offensives about this brew. Though Rogue can be hit or miss with me when considering their entire line up, Chocolate Stout is definitely on the top tier of Rogue offerings.

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

On-tap in a pint glass

A: Dark Brown black with a creamy coffee colored 2 finger head with great retention.

S: Deep chocolate and coffee malt. A bit of hop is noticeable as well in the background.

T: Low on the hop and high on bittersweet chocolate! Also the coffee taste is much more evident on tap than in the bottle, which surprised me. DO not expect a sweet chocolate with this! In fact, the first time I had this we ate 70% cocoa chocolates along with it and MAN did it really bring that flavor out in the beer… simply amazing!

M: Chewy with low carbonation, but it isn’t too too heavy.

D: A personal favorite I could drink this every day if it wouldn’t make me gain 5 billion pounds!

Cheers to Rogue! This is a fabulous beer on-tap and out of the bottle... I have had both, but this review is for the tap. I'll get around to writing a bottle review when I drink it next time ;) I can’t wait to try a black and tan made with Rogue Choc Stout and Rogue Juniper Pale Ale. I think it would be fab!

Photo of SayBoom
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sommersb
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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 brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Sam Smith imperial glass.

A- Ideal appearance for a stout; pitch black with a thick mocha head.

S- Chocolate truffles waft up as you pour, very inviting. Some sweet chocolate, some is dark with deeply roasted grain character. Hot fudge, cookie, subtle coffee.

T- Has a slight fruitiness akin to a well made dark chocolate while maintaining a pleasant sweetness. A touch of hops on the finish, slightly bitter.

M- Improves as it warms. Medium/full bodied with a well rounded carbonation.

D- Quaffable and will pair extraordinarily with cherry or raspberry desserts. A happy medium between Young's and Southern Tier.

Photo of Aaron420
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ebby82
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light black into a snifter. Head is minimal. The smell is of roasted malt, with an abundance of cocoa. It smells like when you tour the Hershey's chocolate factory, or like really good hot chocolate. The taste is more understated than other chocolate stouts I've had. It is definitely chocolaty, but also malty with a hint of nuttiness. The mouth feel is medium bodied, and never too thick nor sweet. It is very drinkable.

Overall, I really like this beer, although Brooklyn's chocolate stout is still my favorite.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black with a mocha brown head that dissipates to a layer of foam. Not a lot of lacing but it might be my new glass. The first aroma is chocolate, not chocolate malt but chocolate bar chocolate. Who doesn’t like that aroma? Tastes like chocolate and oats with a wonderfully hoppy bitter finish. Myself, I don’t detect the citrus aroma of the cascade hops that I know (from reading the label) are in there. Bitterness - yes ; citrus – no. Mouthfeel is thin and clean with enough carbonation to be refreshing. Overall a great beer, if you haven’t tried yet and intend to, you are in for a treat.

Photo of jsanford
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours dark black with a 1 inch mocha-colored head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring and haze. Leaves some sticky lacing.
S - Sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, and coffee beans.
T - I'm surprised by this, I expected it to be much sweeter then it actually is. Granted, I get a lot of sweet chocolate, but there's a good amount of roasty malt, coffee, and a bit of smokiness present that really smooths and balances this one out, along with a pleasant hop bitterness. Really nice.
M - Very smooth, with a medium-heavy body and pleasant "tingly" carbonation.
D - Surprisingly great drinkability. I really expected this to be overly sweet, but it's a very well-balanced beer that goes down easily and has a good amount of depth. Kudos to Rogue!

Photo of Proteus93
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black and viscuous... a creamy, and slightly foamy head - light golden brown.

S: A rich cocolate aroma, over a roasted malt scent. Some soft coffee aromas subtly mixed into things. Very nice.

T: Closer to baker's chocolate, with unsweetened notes of bitterness. Maltiness and a hint of hoppiness for balance.

M: Quite a sharp and assertive carbonation into a slightly thinner mouthfeel. More creaminess would be great, and it could be excellent on cask.

D: Not cloying, which is a big plus for a beer with such added flavours - at least in this style. With some more body, it would be an even better evening sipper.

Photo of bignick
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TPH 4/14/06 for $5. Served in a pint glass.

This is a chocolate lover's chocolate stout. It is a beautiful beer: black with a creamy, slightly brown head that just invited the lucky drinker to imbibe. The taste is sweet for a beer, with an overwhelming chocolate taste. It is almost like drinking dark chocolate, with a nice hop undertone playing with the semi-sweet roastiness of the malt. A little slow going down due to its body, this is a very nice offering from Rogue.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,825 ratings.