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Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Reviews: 1,901 | Ratings: 4,130
Photo of HardTarget
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Hops, and dark chocolate. First smell was the stout style maltiness, then came some of the aggressive hop, now, all I can smell is the deep dark chocolate.
Appearance: Jet-black, even with back lighting. A fluffy tan head retreated to a light coat and laced
Flavor: Backbone of classic stout roasted malt, nice hop bitter at the end, all of which is covered with a coffee chocolate coating. The chocolate taste seems to melt away to expose the slightly bitter, refreshing finish. A chocolate covered hop?
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice creamy consistency, and a bitter tingle at the end
Overall Impression: A smooth clean tasting beer with a chocolate twist. The chocolate is present, but not overwhelming, a nice counterpoint to a typically (for Rogue) delicious stout. There is more of the chocolate in the nose than the taste, but it’s all good. Makes me want to try more chocolate in my homebrews. Drinkability is great; I had trouble writing the review between sips, the nice dry finish invites another mouthful. Recommended, I’ll be getting more of this for dinner party desserts.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

rogue hits the nail on the head again. this is a damn fine brew. pours black as hell with a dark tan, foamy head that is oh so creamy looking. there is an obvious sweet chocolate smell that dominates with a bit of maltiness as well. it smells (and tastes) a bit like chocolate milk. the chocolate is more dominant in the flavour than the smell, which was maybe the only drawback for me with this beer...it was a bit too sweet at times. if that was toned down a bit, this would be that much better of a beer. very creamy and smooth, and just enjoyable all around.

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Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A big and thick black pour generates a decent and creamy tannish head that's slightly more even in color than Shakespeare. Nice intricate lacing properties. Aroma is too tipped toward chocolate to my mind, quite strong and unidimensional. Excellent body, mouthfeel, and proper carbonation. But like the smell, the malt flavors and sweetness leans too far to the chocolate side for my everyday tastes, just a slight coffee compensates. Just when you think this is going to be a Young's Luxury Double on steroids, the famed Rogue hopping balances very well and brings the close and after sensation about. A good beer for the right mood, it just lacks the slightly more masterful complexity and outstanding balance of Rogue Shakespeare Stout -- still the finest beer on the planet in so many characteristics. More than one pint of Chocolate Stout at a time gets very cloying for me.

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Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour was black and I couldn't see through it. Head was tan but pretty weak and faded fast. Nice lacing though. Smell was of a cocoa flavor. Taste was strong! Intense flavors came through. Lots of chocolate, but not really sweet chocolate, more bitter chocolate flavor. Another flavor was a woody flavor that complemented the chocolate nicely. Mixture of sweetness and hoppiness stayed balanced throughout. Very roasted feel in the finish. Medium carbonation and a medium to thick body here. Improved as it warmed. One intense beer.

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Photo of dedalus
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

huge pint and 6 ounce bottle. great gift from a great friend.

poured out black with a tiny, darkish, custard-colored head, which dissipated quickly and left only a bit of lacing.

a powerful nose of sweet chocolate and the ubiquitous cascade hop. a lot like the mocha porter, but more chocolatey.

a rather watery mouthfeel, but nothing that the flavors don't make up for.

these flavors were a shock, because i'm used to beer showing its sweetness first, and balancing that sweetness out with hoppy bitter balance. but this rogue is all grapefruity hops up front, and then the chocolate starts to peek its head out in the middle. the finish is a long, slow mingling of the now fully present chocolate and the fading but still powerful cascade hop flavors.

i haven't had many rogue brews, but this one shows an uncommon balance. the massive hoppiness is joined by a serious dose of roast and chocolate, which makes this the best rogue i've tasted so far. excellent stout.



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Photo of beerguy101
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eclipse black color. Large foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, touch of cardboard (but in a good way). A medium bodied stout. Malts are chocolate. Touch of vanilla and coffee. Hops are slightly spicy. Hops are slightly spicy. A nicely balanced sweet stout. The chocolate flavors predominate. Etched/painted beer bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Sudmissle
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I thought Young's Chocolate Stout was top dog in this class until I tried this. This has a dark brown color, a thick head, as with the Rogue Shakespeare Stout. I find the Chocolate flavor to be ideal, strong enough to know it's chocolate, but without tasting artificial or being overbearing as to ruin the stout taste. A thick, hanging, tongue-coating mouthfeel with an aftertaste that follows the initial coffee and chocolate flavors through. It is somewhat pricey, but after drinking many good stouts, this one is very memorable with the ideal amount of chocolate. Unlike flavored coffees that taste gimmicky or artificial, this is an ideal blend of stout and chocolate flavors.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, its a bit gimicky. Sweet vanilla and chocolate flavour to start off with. The finish is quite roasty, with some bitter chocolate and then the mandatory hoppyness of Rogue beers kicks in. It had lots of flavour, and i quite enjoyed it, but i'm not quite sure it knew which direction it wanted to go. But...tasty. (Cask GBBF 03')

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Photo of TripelJ
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Rogue Chocolate Stout

This brew pours a viscous black with a cascading tan head. Aroma is all roasted malts and baker's chocolate. Taste is a nice contrast between sweet and bitter with all kinds of chocolate flavors, milk, dark, and some coffee in the bitter finish. This beer redefines full bodied with an amazing smooth and creamy mouthfeel that reminds me of drinking some good homemade hot chocolate. This is one of those beers that reminds you that brewing is an art form.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.48/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

How can this brew beat Young's Luxury Double Stout, or even Double Black Stout by Redhook, I will never know. The chocolate flavor so dominates this brew, that I can barely taste the stout. This fails in combining the best of stout and chocolate because, it is just chocolate without any marriage of beer flavor.

This is a dry, dry beer and the chocolate tasted artificial.

Maybe this is review is low because I had the Choco-bear bottling.

On second tasting a week or too later I had to lower my review. This is a suboptimal beer.

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Photo of Boto
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours almost black. There was a bit of a dark tan head. The aroma is almost like taking a whiff of a Hershey's Bar. Definitely too much chocolate. The taste is pretty much the same. Chocolate bar is a glass. They have gone a bit too far with this one. It's not bad, but hard to finish more than 1. If I want a chocolate bar, I'd prefer to eat one!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22oz. bomber. Typical Rogue screened images on the bottle.

Appearance: Inky black in appearance. The thinnest shaft of light is able to barely squeeze around the edges when held up to the light. A veritable "black hole" of beer. Thick and creamy deep tan-colored head spouts forth during the pour, only to quickly retreat to the edges of the glass, where it built a patchwork quilt of lace down the glass.

Smell: Open a chocolate candy bar. Inhale. Repeat. Dominated by chocolate, this beast of a brew barely lets anything else into the nostrils. Only the faintest scents of choclate and roasted nuts are detected before being overwhelmed in a chocolate avalanche. Far and away the most amazing beer I've ever smelled. How in the world do they get this to smell so incredibly chocolatey?

Taste: Remeber the kid (Augustus Gloop) in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" who threw himself into the river of chocolate? That's me with this beer. I could jump in and swim in it all day long. The flavor is incredible. It teases you in the beginning with just a taste of chocolate, only to follow with a 5-alarm fire of chocolate flavor that lasts until the very end, where the dark and bittersweet chocolate plays upon your palate for what seems like an eternity. Amazing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and so very creamy.

Drinkability: Way, way up there. One to sip and savor over many minutes. This would be awesome with some vanilla ice cream...though it doesjust fine on its own.

Another spectacular beer from Rogue!

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Photo of Shaw
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of aaronh
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color with reddish highights, topped by a nice brown head that shows good retention as it slowly fades to a rocky layer of foam. Aroma is sweet, with roasted notes and good chocolate scents, but there's also a good hop component as well. The taste is very good, with sweet malt and dark chocloate notes surrounding a slightly fruity note. Then a great coffee flavor sweeps in accompanied by a blast of bitterness on the finish. The lingering aftertaste is a lot like eating dark chocolate cake with raspberries and then chasing it with an irish coffee. It surprising how much the chocolate flavors show through, as this is not a one dimensional beer at all. Much more chocolate than Youngs double Chocolate, and a heck of a lot more of everything else as well. This is one of those beers that I had passed by a few times, not wanting to pay the PA premium. But I'm glad I finally got a bottle last month. This is a great beer, truly deserving of its praise. Now if I could only get this much chocolate taste in a beer without the complimenting (and great) bitterness, maybe I could get my wife to have a brew. A must buy, worth the price you pay.

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Photo of Indybeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Poured a pitch black, with a massive chocolate head that sticks around, and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops is there along with the roasted malt and coffee. Taste is Chocolatey good, lots of good roasted coffee flavor in there as well. This is one very good drinking beer. I could very easily sit and drink this all night! Rogue does it again!

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick brown head that lasts. The aroma is rich and sweet. It smells like a chocolate bar. There is a heavy presence of dark malts, mostly chocolate. The taste is good, but a little too rich. There is a taste of roasted barley and chocolate malts. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a heavy bodied beer. It's well carbonated and very smooth. This beer drinks very well. Definately a good sessions beer.

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Photo of kevinl6
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best beers period, in my opinion. A must try for any stout lover. It is pretty much true to its name, but I'll describe my thoughts of the brew anyway: This one pours thick, and is a black hole of a brew. A nice thin, light brown head caps it off. Smell is chocolate and roasty, and...oh yeah, chocolate. Taste is exceptional.....very chocolaty, perhaps slight hints of coffee...but mainly chocolate, and more chocolate! A thick and smooth mouthfeel, easy on the palate. This one is a little thick to drink too many, but that's a good thing in my book. Nonetheless, I usually limit myself to one of these at a 'sitting'..........a delicious brew.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery this stout poured a very dark brown, almost black, with a creamy tan head. The smell of chocolate is wat I can discribe as being outstanding. The taste was of a bitter/sweet nature and the chocolate flavor filled the mouth and palate. The finish was bitter, but, "Oh So Good" and very pleasant!

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Photo of jcalabre
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 3 February 2003. I am writng this review from my notes.
Appearance: This pours Jet black w/ a tan head.
Mouthfeel: My initial sips brought some unpleasant bite to the roof of my mouth, but those ceased after a few minutes. It is Definitely loaded with a lot of chocolate flavor.
Those initial unpleasant flavors lowered this review for me. I'll have to try it again in the future

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Photo of Stingray5
2.11/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

22oz bomber pours a deep brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is immediately milk chocolate, dried fruit, cinnamon and nutmeg, some hops. Prominent, but not entirely to my liking. Above average carbonation for a stout. Taste is of solid milk chocolate easter bunny, with some nutty, spicy notes. Quite complex, but the chocolate is WAY too overpowering. More bitter spiciness and nutmeg in the finish. Chocolate strays to bitter as it warms. Seems to be a quality brew, but to me this stuff is foul.

Granted this is a chocolate stout, but the chocolate is way too overpowering. A complex, well crafted brew, but the over the top chocolate and spices just aren't for me. It was like trying to drink a melted Hershey bar. I couldn't finish it.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a appetizing beer,poures a ddep brown color with an off-white creamy head,the aroma is of biiter chocolate and powdered sugar.Flavor is malty sweet and of course...chocolaty nice and creamy tasting with a nice sweet finish.One of the better stouts I have had in some time.

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Photo of daledeee
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like chocolate, smells like chocolate, tastes like chocolate. I almost forgot this is beer. This is good beer. Pours a beautiful opaque with very brown high head. The head even tastes like chocolate. Not sure if the taste is bitter chocolate bar or cocoa right out of the can!! I drank this at about 50-55F. Somewhat dry finish, yet creamy. The taste sticks around. No need to hurry. Enjoy.The only thing that held the score down was a momentary different taste right when you take a sip. Also readily available. Rogue Brewery is one of the top brewrys in the U.S.

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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 GreatPondBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber
This is the desert beer. so sweet, but it retained all its stout like qualities and was never overwhelmed by the chocolate. Poured stout black with a ruddy tan head. The smell was initially dominated by sweet chocolates and was rounded out by mollasses and brown sugar. The taste was tons of meaty, deep smooth chocolates and caramel with a malty middle and a huge Rogue like hop finish with plenty of bitterness. Kind of like Shakespeare stout with chocolate.

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Photo of Nytemare
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This brew poured a dark, dark brown with a beautiful tan head that took quite some time to dissipate.

Smell: Sticking my nose over the rim of this glass was a pleasure. I got a nose full of roasted malt and nice dark chocolate. Delightful.

Taste: Even better than it smelled. A nice front of hops followed by an exceptional roasted malt and chocolate flavor that lingered for while. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Seemed full bodied compared to most beers I drink. Was smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: As I told my wife, I could drink this quite often. Easy to drink.

Overall I was impressed. I've had several Rogue beers now and have liked all of them, including the Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Dead Guy, but this one blew me away. Definately a beer first, but the chocolate flavor is definately there. Thanx to Liquid Solutions for this one, had to order it because I can't find it anywhere around me. I'll keep an eye out for it though.

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