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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,866 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,866
Reviews: 1,869
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 330
Gots: 378 | FT: 4
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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 ebby82
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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 waldowin
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured an inky black. No light gets through at all, even when held up to a light. Perfect for a stout. The head is the darkest I've seen on a beer, such a dark brown that you'd have to dig for the blackest of stouts to find a *beer* that was darker than this head.

Smell - Smells of chocolate, truffles, vanilla, cream. A wonderful dessert confection smell.

Taste - Dark, dark earthy malts here. A bit of earth up front, a hint of dark fruits, and then a nice wash of dark chocolate with a vanilla finish. Almost like pouring melted vanilla ice cream into a root beer. The hops are almost nonexistant here.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is a bit heavier than I'd like. For a beer this dark and yet this sweet, a nice thick almost syrupy feel would be better. It's still a very rich, chewy feel to it. You almost feel like you could eat it with a spoon. Wonderful.

Drinkability - It would be hard to find a food to pair this with, this is a dessert in itself. The wonderful freshly-cooked-truffle smell this has combines with the chocolate and vanilla tastes to make this a delight to drink. It's so rich however that it's pretty filling. I'd be hard pressed to drink more than one 22oz bottle (though I'd certainly give it a try). I'm very glad I can buy this locally.

On a side note, the label says 6% ABV, but I swear this has to be at least 8%, it hits pretty hard.

Photo of Proteus93
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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 FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark mahogany, close to black color. Thick, creamy beige head. Decent retention with a good amount of lacing left.

S - Earthy dark chocolate dominates the nose. A bit of a grain and bread smell.

T - Good amount of roasted malts and oats. Dark bread and grain taste taste upfront first. Then loads of dark and milk chocolate that gives a bitter and some sweet taste. A little bit of a cherry flavor. Decent amount of hops giving a slight citrus taste. Starts off somewhat sweet and progresses to finish somewhat bitter.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy but it is a little thinner than what I was expecting.

D - Pretty good. Not too sweet or bitter. Lots of chocolate, but it is well balanced as are the malts and hops. Goes down easy but it would have been better if it were slightly thicker.

Notes: Loads of chocolate with lots of flavor. Chocolate provides slightly more bitterness than sweetness (same goes for the overall taste), but that may be just because the finish is bitter and it stays on the tongue for awhile.

Photo of marc77
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque jet black. Brown, slowly settling fluffy head leaves spotty lace. Buttery, pure milk chocolate sweetness hits the nose at first, then is ceded by notes of carob and suggestions of chocolate covered candied orange peel along with coffeeish, borderline burnt roasted barley. Real chocolate never wavers in aroma, remaining constant and assertive. A joy to inhale. Snap of dark caramel sweetness is superceded by drying, pronounced hop bitterness and notes of unsweetened cocoa. Real chocolate is less assertive in flavor as the aroma would indicate, but persists throughout to underlay a smoothly bittersweet undertone. Roasted malted barley eeks in mid palate, lending a subtle smoky, carbonaceous charcoal impression. Overshadowed citrusy hop flavor struggles to add complexity. A touch light in body, with a thinnish, over attenuated mouthfeel saved by the oat glucans. Finishes with surprisingly pronounced notes of dark roast coffee and cream widening into a lingering hop bitterness. Rogue Chocolate is a delicious, rich stout. I prefer my Willy Shakes unadulterated, since the chocolate character muted the hop and roasted grain profile. A highly enjoyable treat nonetheless.

Photo of BB1313
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black, w/ decent head and lacing. Lots of chocolate up front, nice nose. I'm picking up lots of malty aromas as well. Tastes great, once again alot of chocolate. Lots of burnt and roasty characteristics. There's a nice bitterness in the flavors, but remains pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated and smooth; full-bodied. Drinkability isn't bad, great flavors, but the sweetness can become redundant. Nice beer to enjoy or have for dessert. Very bold beer!

Great offering from Rogue, I've always enjoyed this one. If you're looking for a chocolate bomb, this is a perfect place to start. Recommended!

Photo of Tolann
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured super black into my globe glass. I didn't get much of a head out of the pour, but it was an almost coffee roast color. Not even a glow is getting though the darkness of this beer.

S - Real chocolate! Some bitter notes. Sweet and not a fake chocolate wanna be. Some dark fruit sweetness and brown sugar. Big time chocolate like a double chocolate cake fresh out of the oven.

T - Sweet and bitterness in the sip. Chocolate hangs on your breath for you to relish in. Bitter chocolate really lingers. Not overly sweet that it would sour your stomach, but something you can really enjoy and you want to sip again.

M - Some sharper carbonation and a little lighter feel than I was anticipating but still a medium mouth feel. I really like the bit of aftertaste. I think that and the nose is where the biggest characteristics shine.

D - I'm not sharing this bottle! I'm not sure why I haven't had this one more often. Very good chocolate stout. What a treat!

Photo of nitro0292
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black with an ample inch or so of beige colored head of tight bubbles. Retention is fair with excellent lacing. Looks very inviting.

Smell is similarly appealing with roasted grains and ample notes of bitter dark chocolate. No booze is evident in the smell, which is quite nice.

Taste is great. Actually tastes like bitter, dark chocolate with just enough residual sweetness balanced by bitterness. The roasted malts produce plenty of chocolate flavor, without booze or overly roasted overtones - especially as it begins to warm. Very good.

Mouthfeel is typical for the style. Smooth, with a tough of both water and thick syrup (as oxymoronic as that sounds).

Definitely worth seeking out. One of the better Chocolate Stouts available. This is the definition of the style, if a bit strong on the ABV given the BJCP guidelines.

Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown Bomber. This beer pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Very good lacing.

The smell is wonderful!! Chocolate and roasted malt. The chocolate tones remind me of hersheys syrup.

This is a great tasting beer. The chocolate is very evident but does not overpower the malts. The hops seem to be just evident enough to keep the beer balanced. Wonderful mouthfeel, this beer just slides down. Great carbonation for style.

The beer is a little sweet to drink all night, but I think of this as almost a celebration beer. You know the one you have to celebrate little things like a football win, the end of the week, etc.

I really like this beer and I think most people will agree with me!

Photo of notchucknorris
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick brown with a nice dark brown foamy head that sticks around forever and leaves great lacing.

S: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Powdered cocoa smell is unbelievable.

T: Not as sweet as the smell suggests. Bittersweet chocolate with a slight hoppiness coming through the middle. A hard finish of bittersweet chocolate works well. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth.

Photo of KingSlayer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle poured into a beer pint.
poured a jet black untranslucent liquid, nice creamy dense tan 3 fingers persistent head, lots of lacing.
nose smells good but isnt that intense, composed of roasted malts, milk chocolate cocoa powder, and hint of aromatic hops.
intense palate of dark chocolate, dark roasted malty sweetness, bitter cocoa powder, surprisingly bitter (but not in a bad way) because i expected it to be very sweet.
full silky creamy body, lots of carbonation, alcohol well masked.
overall a very pleasant stout to drink, is heavy and creamy, the bitter cocoa powder flavor is marked and lasts in your mouth like a heavy mocha coffee. goes down easily, alcohol barely noticeable. this opens up as reaching towards room temp.

Photo of mphopkins99
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mugglesandhops for trading this one.

A - Poured a nice dark black, little to no head or lacing

S- The cocoa smell is right up front. A little hint of coffee as well.

T - Excellent, a really robust dark chocolate flavor.

M - Really smooth, light carbonation. 6% ABV doesn't hurt

D - A little heavy for a session beer, but this was a very drinkable stout. I really enjoyed this one and plan on hunting down some more.

Photo of datalager
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this brew in the bomber and most recently on draft.

A: Deep black brew with a nice espresso type head.

S: Chocolate, Chocolate, and more Chocolate did I order a Swiss Miss, pass the Marshmellow please.

T: Boy does the Chocolate stand front and center here, at this point I am begging for the marshmellows. So much chocolate with a great background of malt and a hint of hop.

M: It is pretty heavy, average body for a stout.

D: It goes down as good as it tastes. Due to the overpowering chocolate one pint or bomber is enough for me.

Overall its another good beer by Rogue. I love how they have brought the chocolate into the foreground in this brew while muting the coffee. The coffee is there, but the chocolate is the real star here. This would be a good beer to lay on someone who is wanting to come over to the dark side. It is not too overpowering, and has they nice warming chocolatelyness that will win their heart over. It's a winner in my book!

Photo of dmamiano
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a bomber of this split with a friend.
Poured a nice, dark brown with a big head of tan foam and laced abundantly.
Smell and taste were both in a word, awesome. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate dominates both the nose and the palate.
Only complaint with this beer is it wasnt as thick in the mouth as I would have liked, but otherwise, great

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came in a tulip.

This beer did not show much head, but what little it did was a mocha brown, little lacing. The smell is all chocolate, sweet chocolate, not bitter. This literally tastes like a glass of chocolate milk, but way better. Minimal hop bitterness, sweet chocolate and some toffee malt. Mouthfeel is super creamy, almost no noticeable carbonation. This beer is very easy to drink and delicious. My favourite Rogue offering by far.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick, dark, almost-black brown with a soapy bronze head that sneaks up on you as you pour. Good retention. Quite a strong-looking stout.

Smell: Swiss chocolate truffles, rum... I can tell this will be quite an aphrodisiac. Prunes/raisins also present, and a sweet, caramel-like burnt sugar aroma. The distinct citric-floral scent of Cascade hops is also detectable.

Taste: Quite bitter, and exquisitely chocolatey, especially in the finish. Hops keep the otherwise weighty beer buoyant. An excellent, thick, earthy dessert stout, almost venturing into RIS territory.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, and slightly grainy from the oats. Slightly syrupy on the back of the tongue and palate.

Drinkability: Truffly goodness make this a great special-occasion beer. Pair it with a raspberry torte and you're all set!

Photo of dukedevil0
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Kunsan90
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As the beer poured pitch black, the aroma was heavily dominated by chocolate, with hints of coffee; as if I expected something else. As it poured, a thick, frothy, dark tan head formed which lasted for several good swigs. As the head receded, a decent lace-work was left behind.

The initial sensation, flavor was of course chocolate. But it’s done very nicely. The hop taste balanced out the chocolate, which created a nicely balanced stout.

The mouth feel was slightly lighter than I expected, but it was still very good. As stated earlier, the initial taste was dominated by chocolate, support by coffee, and was accompanied in the end by a hop bite the quickly subsided.

The was first taste of Rogue’s version of a Chocolate Stout and it won’t be my last.

Photo of bobhits
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I hate explaining the look of a stout. It's deep dark brown/black, opaque, and there's gasp a tan head. Lots of lacing and I'll give you that this looks a bit thicker than expected in a 6% beer.

The nose is that of coco and American hops. An interesting experience with chocolate (not just a burn malt aroma that gives off a dark chocolate like smell) and citrus American hops. I recall seeing chocolate and orange flavored candies in the past and thinking they were pretty awful, but this somehow seems to work. The chocolate aroma starts strong, but swirling the beer in the glass gives way to far stronger hops. There's a bit of a vanilla/buttery like aroma at the finish as well.

Chocolate rushes in to start, hops take over, buttery notes, and the finishing with a bitter chocolate finish. An amazingly amount of flavor and complexity and at 6%...just wow. For a brewer I often think of primarily for absurd prices and below average beers this one is just over priced.

I need more from a beer with this much flavor and complexity. I want a bit more cream, or oil, or something to have the mouth feel match the rest of the beer. That said it's nice to open a bomber I know won't leave me intoxicated.

I really need to find this on tap as I expect it to be rather reasonably priced. That said this is exceptional beer. While I miss the intense power and weight of the double chocolate, but the hop flavors here are just exceptional and really add a lot of the beer.

Photo of vtfan77
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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 brownbeer
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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 yankeeheel
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, beautiful, ink black with a rather active espresso colored head. Maximal lacing and good retention. Smells overtly of chocolate and coffee. This is shaping up nicely. Taste wise it is a home run. Huge waves of coffee, slightly burnt, and chocolate malt enbalm your mouth. This stuff is desert and that's just how I'm having it. Finshes slightly dry with a nice sweetly astringent quality to it. Mouthfeel is rather big but quite enjoyable. God help me if I ever find this on tap.

Photo of tempest
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the Blue Max in Burnsville, MN.

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. Easily the best Rogue brew I've had thusfar and best chocolate stout.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome brew. Pours a very deep brown with a medium to dark tan head. Lacing leaves a bit to be desired. Smell is intense chocolate. Not like the typical dark and bittersweet chocolate. Those are there, but the star is big milk chocolate, sweet and rich.

Taste is also big time milk chocolate. Deliciously sweet, not over the top or cloying at all. There's also a bit of coffee to offset the sweetness a bit. No noticeable hops, completely hidden 69 ibu. Nice medium creamy mouthfeel. Touch of carbonation. This is delicious.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,866 ratings.