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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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outstanding

3,869 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,869
Reviews: 1,869
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 330
Gots: 380 | FT: 4
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 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 SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good chocolaty stout with tobacco notes.

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.

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

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pitch black brew with a dark tannish brown head that is about a finger thick and very creamy. THe head has good retention, and eventually settles at a half-finger velvet head on top of the brew. Lacing here and there on the glass on the way down.

Smell - Major chocolate aromas up front, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Buttery caramel and molasses brings a wonderful sweetness to the smell. There are some hops bitterness just behind the sweet and chocolate aromas. Rich roasted and bready (pudding-like) malt character ties it all together. Very little alcohol aroma, if any.

Taste - An equal mix of super oily hops bitterness mixed with dark and bitter chocolate flavors. A butter sweetness comes through second and helps to balance the initial bitterness from the hops and dark chocolate. Very thickly rich roasted malt character with some earthiness and creamy chocolate finish after this. The aftertaste brings back some oily hops bitterness, but is mainly creamy chocolate and some malt. Again, almost no noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and very smooth, but a tad over-carbonated in my opinion. The carbonation kind of has that foaming effect in your mouth that detracts from an otherwise solidly smooth and full mouthfeel. Still superb, though, but not perfect.

Drinkability - As per the style, this stuff is rich and strong, and as a result the drinkability must suffer.

A wonderful chocolate stout. I'm never surprised at the quality brews that Rogue brews. This stout is not disgustingly chocolatey, but right on the money. It has a nice mix of bitterness and buttery sweetness, set on a rich roasted malt canvas. Highly recommended.

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

poured into a pint glass, Deep black and opaque. Thick head to begin with and slowly dissapates to a thin but lasting head. Quite sexy

smell is rich chocolate and a strong malt sweetness. a Lingering hop is way in the background.

Taste is incredibly sweet malt but bitter chocolate. The finish is bitter but the approach is smooth and creamy. the hops are even present but very faint.

mouth is smooth and creamy and a bit oily. finishes bitter and leaves me wanting more. Drinks very slow but easy. Good and one of the best chocolate stouts around.

Photo of mbunje
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

A - Nice dark brown color. Big full tan head, more than expected. Opaque, can't see through this one. Even the edges are brown, no red or other color.

S - Best part of this beer. It does smell like roasted bitter chocolate. Very well done. A bit a sharpness which is surprising at 6%

T - Also well done. A nice bitterness to it, like bittersweet chocolate. Has a very mild soapy aftertaste (Oatmeal?)

MF - I have to say, a bit disappointed here. This needed to be a thicker, more full bodied experience. It is medium bodied.

D - Price is right at less than $5 for a choco stout. The medium bodied nature and relatively low ABV make this very drinkable...if you want to drink a LOT of chocolate stout.

Overall a very nice effort. Smell is really great. Taste is up there, just needs a little more substance in the body

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,869 ratings.