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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,885 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,885
Hads: 4,041
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 392
Gots: 519 | FT: 6
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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Reviews: 1,885 | Hads: 4,041
Photo of Landfill21
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours into a dark as night color with a half finger head that laces down the glass as you drink it.

Has an exceptional smell of rich chocolate, smells so good

Has a very great chocolate taste that just begs you to drink more.

Has a medium mouthfeel, not as heavy as it looks

Has a very nice drinkability.

This is definitely a great beer.

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Photo of sarajayne
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Brownish-Black

Smell: Cocoa, Chocolatey Goodness

Taste: Oh oh it's magicccc. The best part about this beer is it offers a rich satisfying chocolatey flavor without being overwhelmingly sweet. This beer is brewed with oats, chocolate roasted malts, and real chocolate- so there's no tacky artificial flavors here. Everything comes together perfectly and makes this beer enjoyable all the way through.

Overall: Personally, this was a filling beer for me. I would recommend it with dessert or as a night cap. Best served a little warmer than most beers- 50-55 degrees F would be ideal. You will not be disappointed.

Collage girls drink GOOD beer:

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Photo of GMB
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle tells us that this beer is made with "imported chocolate." If ever there were a beer to give us reason to consider the Reinheitsgebot as outdated, this beer is it.

Rogue Chocolate Stout pours a very deep, ebony body with a cappuccino head. When this beer is held up against a strong light source, orange and red hues are only barely visible at the top and bottom of the glass.

The nose is outstanding. Intense aromas of dark-roasted malt and dark chocolate mingle with floral notes that are both spicy and resinous.

The taste of this beer something that I'll crave in the coming weeks. As the nose suggested, the dark-roasted malt are at the fore, and come together in perfect balance with the bittering hops to create the flavor of coffee. Moreover, a perfect balance of hoppy bitterness, roasted malt and chocolate flavor, produces the distinct flavor of a mocha. This is the beer's main flavor base, in relief against which floral, peppery, and citrusy notes dance on the palate. The alcohol content is key here. It warms the palate just enough to complete the sensation of a warm mocha, and complements the hoppy aromatics with notes of dried fruits (e.g., raisins, figs, dried apricots, and prunes) without confusing or neutralizing them.

The mouthfeel is a just a bit gassier, which is to say sharper, than I would like. Its body is full and luscious; a perfect complement to its chocolatey taste. If only the foam on my tongue were as luscious and creamy as the beer's flavor demands...

I was fortunate to have had a handful of roasted nuts, dark and golden raisins, and a couple of chipotle chocolate almonds on hand as I enjoyed this beer. If you feel so inclined, I urge you to try any (or all) of these as snack pairings.

Why the perfect overall score despite the imperfect mouthfeel? Because the imperfection is so slight, and because Rogue's Chocolate Stout is not only among the best Chocolate Stouts out there, it is also among the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Zoh
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz silkscreened bottle and split with a friend. Appearance is black with no chance of light penetrating the beer. Thick tan head that maintains itself until the beer is gone. Smell is dark roasted malt with a load of dark chocolate. Some coffee hints as well. Taste is heavenly. Evenly balanced dark malts with bitter chocolate combine to form a nearly perfect beer. Coffee and blackened malt hints creep in as well. Mouthfeel is thick but very palateable. Drinkability is also way up there, I could have glass after glass of this. Overall, one of the best beers that I have ever had.

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Photo of marburg
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Goddamn I love this beer. I used to take three of the 22oz bottles to keg parties in college so I could avoid The Beast and use the chocolate taste to pick up chicks.

I was lame; what can I say?

But since that time, I've gotten a job, gotten responsible, and gotten engaged -- and I still love this brew. Simply amazing.

Smells like freshly baked chocolate cake served with a glass of chocolate millk finished off with a Hershey's chocolate bar for dessert.

Flavor starts with an intense sweetness driven primarily by CHOCOLATE. It's balanced on the back end by some roasted malt and palate-cleansing hop flavor.

Just awesome in every way.

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Photo of grayburn
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

a- just as expected, dark as night, nice tan ring that lingers around the glass for the drinking session...do not pour this beer too aggressively or it will turn on you (personal experience).

s- chocolate....smmmooottthhh. could not be improved upon period

t- wow chocolate milk with a touch of baileys thrown in...this beer will make even a novice fall in love with stout...another tongue-job from rogue...thanks guys...

m- smooth as a brazilian wax...very nice high five

d- i could drink these through a divorce, then again through alimony...thank you rogue...a nice session stout.

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Photo of Scoobydank
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L:Thick dark black color with no light to be seen coming through. Mocha colored head that stays.
S:Awesome pungent smell of really dark chocolate.
T:Frickin awesome chocolate. Like some insanely smooth cholate. Milk flavor lingers through out. Light hops continue after each swallow.
M:Feel like cold melted chocolate with a warming sensation. A slightly hard fizz
D:Amazing chocolate stout. Hands down the best chocolate stout I have had to date

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Photo of Ryanbob
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer appears black and pours a thick head that doesn't last long, but leaves lace on the glass. It smells like Count Chockula or nestle quick mix, chocolatey goodness. The tastes are cocoa, oats, tons of malts, a bit of hoppy bitterness, and more chocolate. It finishes with a nice roasty, cocoa flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick, chewy, velvety, and tiny bubbles. My favorite chocolate stout so far, this beer is delicious, rich, and so smooth it can creep up on you.

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Photo of T_Mob
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a thick, rich liquid that's more impenetrably blackish brown than any other beer I've seen. Brownish head is not much but extremely dense and slow to dissipate

Smell: Chocolate hits at the forefront but it's right alongside some slight oatmeal/coffee smells like those that are common with porters.

Taste: Absolutely amazing taste from the very second it hits your lips. Immense mouthfeel, and generally just one of the richest taste profiles I've ever had in a chocolate stout. It's chocolatey beyond belief but also balanced with just about everything I love about stouts/porters being at least slightly involved in the mix here. A bit of coffee, a bit of oatmeal, a bit of caramel, but still chocolate is at the center here. Everything else plays a huge role though, and it just feels creamy and rich as anything here. It's very powerful in its level of chocolate, the density and power of its taste, the chocolate taste, the way the other flavors influence but never overwhelm... I seriously just want to keep taking huge gulps of this. It's insane. There's not much to be said about the flavor changing much throughout the swallow, it's pretty much just a richly accented chocolate stout through and through, but the chocolate flavor definitely does develop from biting cocoa to chocolate milk to dark chocolate bitterness throughout its mouthful, and there's a slight coffee taste that shows up and lingers on the back-end. I personally think it's an all-around perfect beer, but I feel like the taste and mouthfeel at least are undeniably perfect for a stout.

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Photo of metallistout
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown to black color with a dark tan head that thickens and rises quite a bit after the pour.

Smells of sweet chocolate and malt. A hint of spice

Taste is a deep chocolate and roasted malt. Follows up with a gingerbread taste. It's like a chocolate-gingerbread-coffee cookie.

I have to say that is one hell of a brew. It has a lot of complexity to it. Definitely not for the average joe.

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yep, this may be one of my highest rated beers according to style right now. In effect, this beer is the wonderful Shakespear stout with additional chocolate mixed in. I have gone through a case of bombers this winter and could not have been more pleased.

Color- wonderful rich blackness with a nice brown 1 fingerred head
Taste - literally Shakespear witht he chocolate turned up
Smell - did I mention the chocolate, purely seductive with hints of roasted malt and coffee

This could easily be a gateway beer for chocolate lovers. A truly wonderful stout that is just beautifully crafted and will consistently bring a smile to your face with each sip.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled most recently on 1/15/04. Transcribed from notes.
Oh my! Simply put it doesn't get much better than this (from a bottle anyhow). Pours black as an accountant's soul with a burnt umber shard at the bottom. A luxurious, frothy cacao colored head that is tenaciously stubborn tops the brew and gives it a regal look. The smell is initially sweet like hot chocolate before moving onto more bitter, toasted notes of chocolate and creamed coffee. The taste is outlandishly appealing. Chocolate upon chocolate with the hops and alcohol more apparent when warmed. It is sweeter and more complex, not to mention more enjoyable, when allowed to warm a bit. It has a unique finish which is both green and creamy. Mouthfeel is great. Chewy, complex and mildly carbonated...perhaps slightly thin for the style. There is a lot going on here. Drinkability is perhaps a little too good. More?

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Photo of Tawnos
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cannot think of enough good things to say about this beer. After I first had it, I spent another year looking for it again (it was a one-off shipment to my hometown, and they haven't had it in, since). Now that whole foods up here in Bellevue has it, I'm a very happy man.

This beer is everything a chocolate stout should be - it's dark, pillowy-headed, richly flavored, with just the right mix of beer and chocolate. Not too little or too much alcohol. Perfection in a glass.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in an imperial pint glass from a 22 oz bomber with a picture of a lady on the front that eerily resembles my mother...

Pours an opaque black color with a perfectly fluffy and fronthy cappucino head that stays around the whole time and leaves lacing all up and down the glass. Perfect appearance in my opinion.

Smells of Hershey kisses or a big Hershey bar. Wonderful. Not much in the way of hops. Notes of caramel and even vanilla as well. Smells like a chocolate cake in a glass. Wonderful.

Exceptional taste. The chocolate flavor is the predominant flavor in this stout. Wonderful, creamy chocolate taste. Tastes like a mix of a dark chocolate and milk chocolate thrown into a barrel of quality stout. There is actually a bit of hoppines in there as well. A tiny hop bite hits the back of the tongue as the tasty beverage flows down the gullet. I really cant think of a better dessert beer. I am enjoying this heavenly brew with a Reese's cup and boy is it tasty!!

Slight points detracted for the lingering bitterness in the end. Nothing bad, but the mouthfeel is just slighlty too bitter. However, I cant remember a better beer I have ever had. Bravo!

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Photo of dwpiercetx
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have to admit...I REALLY like this one. Everything about it screams Rogue. They are a top notch brewery that puts out top notch stuff. This one is the epitome of choc stouts. Dark...basically totally opaque. Sweet chocolaty goodness whafting during pour and drinking. Taste..sweeet and smooth. Minor in thickness-lacking but thicker than 75% of others in the stout category. Almost too drinkable...and at the price, I had to cut myself off. Great beer!...GO GET ONE. NOW!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this 22-ounce beer in a Belgian glass. It pours out a solid black with a dark mocha head that is gone in seconds. A darker head than usual, looks like serious stuff. No lacing, but some impressive oily sheeting action, more indicative of an Imperial than a regular stout. Not sure how proper that is for the style, but it's nice enough looking, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt score-wise. As I was getting near the end of this sampling, I thought I noticed dregs in the glass, so I gently enjoyed my last sips with an eye on the bottom to see. Sure enough, there is a tiny bit of sediment in the glass, chocolate solids I suppose.

The aroma is hot fudge, Hershey's syrup, a sheer joy to sniff. And sniff, and sniff. *Man* that's good!

The taste involves a great range of chocolate effects. Initially, the malty sweetness creates more of a milk chocolate taste, but only briefly. As the carbonation kicks in, so does some bitterness, and the taste transforms to bittersweet chocolate, even baking chocolate. As the swallow ensues, some of the more standard porter properties emerge - dark roastiness, charcoal taste, and a lingering bitterness. The chocolate never quite goes away, however, you just get new and different aspects of how it combines with the other ingredients as the taste develops and then winds down. The aftertaste is bitterness in the back, chocolate in the middle. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel is heavy, smooth and silky, fairly oily, and right on to make this chocolate stout near edible. Wonderfully coating like a layer of chocolate frosting for the mouth!

Drinkability - I enjoy fine chocolate as it is, Valrhona Noir Amer being one of my favorites, and Callebaut. This beer is so deliciously chocolaty I could sip it all night long. It's just too good to stay away from!

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Photo of wanker
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The nectar of the gods. Manna from heaven.

The most amazing beer I've ever tasted. Rich chocolate aroma and oh, the finish. The finish is pure bittersweet chocolate powder. Just sweet enough. I suppose it is possible for a beer to be better than this, but it would be darn tough.

This beer leaves Young's Double Chocolate in the dust, and Young's ain't chump change.

The only downside is that availability is poor in the Dallas area.

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Photo of YankChef
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber with no freshness date

Appearance: deep dark black with brown hues and a creamy tan head.

Smell: CHOCOLATE, scent of sweet chocolate, vanilla and even a little coffee.

Taste: From start to finish its a refreshing taste of sweet milk chocolate and dark chocolate. This beer has the most natural chocolate flavor of any i have had. Hops are certainly there to round the beer out but the 69 IBU's certainly don't come across as bitter at all.

Drinkability: After ever sip you just want more and more. Alcohol is not really picked up on the palate. This beer is just so damn smooth and so damn tasty.

Overall: This beer was truely love at first taste, my favorite stout by far and one of, if not my favorite beer. Find it. Drink it. Enjoy

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am really careful to ever label a beer as being perfect, but the beer gods allowed me to taste the nectar of heaven. This beer is phenomenal is every aspect of the sense. The 22oz bomber is a godsend. This poured out a beautiful pitch black with fluffy tan head that resembled that of a root-beer float. The smell had definate hints of chocolate that just teased the senses. That first sip got my motor-neurons running 100 mph. The sweet taste of chocolate was followed by a little burnt taste and the combinate was spectacular. This truly is the finest beer that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

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Photo of Michelle1069
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chocolate + Beer, does it get any better than that! This beer is easy to drink, very smooth. For me there was no bitter after taste. By the end of the beer it did get warm and was not as tasty as it was first opened, nice and cold. I do like Stouts a little heavier than this one. But all in all I very much enjoyed it and would buy it anytime!

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Photo of Schwarzbart
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours black and thick. It almost looks syrupy as it cuts through the one finger head. The head is brownish tan in color and provides good lacing. The lacing continued to stick for the entire beer which surprised me. Aroma is clearly chocolate. Just like a bag of Hershey's Cocoa powder. The malts are also a little toasty smelling, but mostly hidden by the sweet smell of chocolate. Taste is outstanding and actually has good balance between the sweet chocolate malts and hops, which became more noticeable as I drank the beer. Hops have a grassy quality. Creamy, but finishes a little dry and surprisingly crisp. One word can sum this one up. Wow.

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Photo of Anacross
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Brown with a beautiful and long lasting foam on top.
S: Roasted nuts, coffee and chocolate.
T: Chocolate reigns supreme. Delicious. Little to no carbonation
F: Thick and creamy, well balanced and superbly made. Carbonation is minimal. Very pleasant.
O:The perfect chocolate stout for any day. Enjoy!

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Photo of RichScherle
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - as black as a moonless night in BFE country. beige luxurious head that bubbles like a witches cauldron

S - Massive chocolate notes on the nose. Roasty barley, citrus hops in the background.

T - Wow, is this exceptional. This chocolate stout nails it on the head for me. Its so chocolaty but in a totally natural and not-cloying way. Its also got a nice roasted malt component but not so much to where it begins to make the brew harsh. It simply complements the general theme adding a bittersweet note. this is like mainlining pure dark chocolate but in a way that's pleasurable and not overthetop sweet. Rather dry and a hop bitterness is featured surprisingly strongly thoughout the mid and backend - but very refined and nicely (think orange zest mixed with the finest quality cocoa). Superb. Makes my heart giddy.

M - awesome texture - relatively full bodied with the right amount of booze and everything else to make this texturally phenomenal as well as delicious on taste. the tastes become richer and more intriguing with every additional sip you take.

D - awesome. I really could drink this and not be overwhelmed at all.

Overall, a solid brew and my favorite stout (and beer)from rogues

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Photo of goochpunch
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out black with a brown head that, before settling down, looks much like that whipped marshmallow stuff that comes in a jar. Nice lacing. Smells of really high quality hot chocolate, not that Swiss Miss shit, earthy and sweet in the nose.

Delicious. There really isn't much else to say. Very rich chocolate flavors with an earthy bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel is like velvet that leaves behind an ever so slightly prickly carbonation as it goes over the tongue. I have to keep myself from downing this bottle so quickly. So enjoyable to drink.

With a name like Chocolate Stout, I was expecting this to be way to sweet. Rogue did an excellent job. The bitterness in the end is perfectly done in contrast to the chocolate flavors, making this like a liquified block of dark chocolate. I really don't see how this beer can be improved. Flawless.

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Photo of philberinghele
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

take a trip with me
gluttony is a virtue
in winter stout warms

As good as a chocolate stout is going to get. Not as thick as Youngs, but with a more authentic and more embedded chocolate taste. This is easily the most decadent beer I have drank and also among the most drinkable. This is Rogue's best.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,885 ratings.