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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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3,742 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,742
Reviews: 1,853
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 284
Gots: 282 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

zonker17, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Heff19, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" head of nice deep mocha, and with longer lifespan than you usually see in a dark beer. The body is black as coffee. Smell had roasted malt up front and chocolate more in the back. Taste was the reverse, rich on cocoa. There's a long bitter aftertaste more akin to unsweetened dark chocolate than bitters or roasted malt. All in all a quality chocolate product, and a decent beer.

MoreThanWine, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Beerboi1123
1/5  rDev -75.9%

Beerboi1123, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of pschul4
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

pschul4, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Garrett
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Garrett, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Chisfinest84
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Chisfinest84, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Josh
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, silky looking, two fingers of thick brown head. It takes several minutes for the head to subside, but a residual "slick" of head stays on the top. As you drink, head-like residue coats the side you are not sipping.

S - The smell came in waves for me. First I smelled bitter unsweetened chocolate, followed by a sweet smell that reminded me of thick drinking cocoa, and finished with a slight burn of alcohol.

T - Starts out slightly bitter, which is quickly overpowered by slightly sweet chocolate (not too sweet for a beer though), then slowly fades to a perfect bitter.

M - It starts out with slight carbonation, and goes down silky smooth like 2% milk.

Josh, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, deep brown, essentially black color with a very small, chocolate brown head that is quickly gone. Head leaves a little foam patch that is there the whole drink.

S- All sweet malts and chocolate on the nose. Deep malted grains with possibly a hint of a black licorice scent in there. This smells simply delicious.

T- Huge dark chocolate and malt flavors. Chocolate tones are all very dark and deep with little sweetness to them. Maybe slight hints of coffee intermingled with all the burnt malts. Slight tart bite on the end from the not-so-sweet chocolate. Gets better with every drink. Not terribly complex, but very delicious.

M- Relatively light and easy to drink. Somewhat high carbonation for a stout, but doesn't detract from the beer.

Overall, a very good chocolate stout. A little sweeter flavor would be preferable, but a very enjoyable brew. Great way to venture into Rogue's offerings.

boilermakerbrew, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of mercatonero
5/5  rDev +20.5%

mercatonero, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

beermaned, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

stoutlover1978, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

MJLatimer, Feb 27, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.9%

Syr, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

The1WineGuy, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

hilgart1, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With some brews, Rogue is overpriced. But a $7 bomber? That doesn’t seem too bad for a pretty big beer. I hope it has the quality of other $0.30/ounce beers I’ve had, at least. Let’s find out…

A: Deep, rich brown with a silky, oily chestnut head. The body is opaque, but looks light and a tad shiny. Possibly due to the fizzy nature of the retention, the bottom of the head looks darker than the top; it’s as if the head is a soft piece of bread, with a soggy darkening on half of it after it’s been dipped into soup. Lacing is here-and-there, webbed and chunky.

S: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, and just the way I had hoped: no waxy, chalky cocoa powder, just rich brownie fudge, chocolate pie filling, and German milk chocolate (Kinder bars come to mind). Hazelnut, caramel, and toffee ooze from the malts, whose sweetness is only put off by a slight crisp aroma of oat. Smells a lot like a chocolate/hazelnut wafer (like Knoppers, overall, going back to German candy).

T: Familiar Rogue malts are right up front, showing their light spice and mouthfuls of grain. The chocolate is just like the nose: palpably sweet, but not chalky at all. It grounds the palate in earthiness, but not in a sugary, overwhelming way. The hops are like nothing I’ve ever had: they come off as lemon-rind bitterness and some cools bitter, like peppermint. Thank you Rogue Micro Hopyard for the new flavors! They work well in this palate. It finishes with more hazelnut and chocolate syrup, and even a smoky hint of mocha. Smooth flavors all around.

M: Mouth-coating, but not to an obnoxious extent. It still has that wateriness of a 6% brew, which does well to keep it drinkable. Very little fizz to be found.

O: This is one of the best uses of chocolate in a beer I’ve had, especially in the nose. Though light and smooth, this stout is as rich and filling as ever. $0.30/ounce? I’d say that’s the perfect price for beer like this.

BarryMFBurton, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

SHCC, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

cburns48, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Dracook, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jk3, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of frogships
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pilsner glass.

A: Pours a jet black with a hue on the bottom where light barely gets through of the darkest brown possible. there is a 2 finger foamy/bubbly head that goes down after about a minute or two but does retain a small half finger of bubbly head for a few more minutes. Minimal lacing, but some circulated throughout the glass.

S: Sweet chocolate, like sticking your nose in a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Rather pleasant.

T: Dark chocolate. Sweet but a tad bitter, like dark chocolate. It is a nice tasting stout that is dominant in the chocolate taste of course, but tastes like a stout nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: pretty full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth like a stout should be but heavier than anything i would call medium bodied.

O: I am not overly impressed with the stout. It is a nice chocolate stout, a sweet smell and dark chocolate taste provides some complexity and uniqueness, but it lacks something that I can't quite put my finger on. I just didn't love it and I would consider it a tad overrated given the scores on this site, but I would recommend giving it a try for sure.

frogships, Feb 22, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't often drink Rogue beers. I'm...not really sure why. Maybe because they're just a tad more expensive than other beers and I've had most of what they've had to offer. However, I've not had their Chocolate Stout. All of Rogue's stouts are rated very highly. I found their Shakespeare Stout to be fantastic. It's Fat Tuesday so I will indulge myself in something chocolate. Now it's time to see how this beer fares.

This beer pours out the darkest of brown. Only when held up to the light can you make out the faintest of transparency and a slight ruby color. The head forms slowly and thick, about three fingers high. It's creamy and a light brown. Though it fizzes out pretty quickly, it does leave some good lacing.

This smells delicious. Rich chocolate, like smelling a bag of cocoa powder almost. It's definitely on the milk chocolate side, however, instead of a cocoa-rich dark chocolate smell. Oats and some coffee bitterness make themselves known as well. Sugary sweet chocolate. Honestly, this is just straight up chocolate. Chocolate bomb! The smell isn't complex...but damn does it smell awesome.

This is definitely a beer that tastes much better when let warm a bit. At first mostly what I got was cocoa and coffee bitterness, but now all of the flavors have showed up for the chocolate party. First to the tongue is the sugary sweetness and luxurious chocolate flavors. There's some noticeable hoppiness that adds some bitterness but it's not too strong. Following the milk chocolate goodness, although I wouldn't say this beer has a lactose taste to it, is cocoa and coffee that bring more of a full flavor and bitterness of their own. In the end roasted oats show up that lingers well with the cocoa and chocolate.

This is on the heavier side of medium-bodied...or on the lighter side of full-bodied with medium carbonation. Although I wish it had a bit more body, it's exceptionally smooth and creamy as well as drinkable. It's a bit dry overall but I'd say it's just a tad sticky from the sweetness.

If you like chocolate then this is an obvious choice for a beer to drink. It's so chocolatey that it's almost like drinking some milk chocolate, though without the lactose taste. This beer just screams, "Delicious chocolate!" I do prefer stouts to have more body and more complexity in smell and taste but in this case the Chocolate Stout excels so well in being a CHOCOLATE stout.

BeardedRiker, Feb 22, 2012
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,742 ratings.