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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,878 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,878
Hads: 3,995
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 374
Gots: 475 | FT: 5
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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Reviews: 1,878 | Hads: 3,995
Photo of ZAP
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am just wrapping up tasting about a dozen of Rogue's beer and this along with the Imperial Stout, Shakespeare Stout, and I2PA are the cream of the crop...

For a chocolate stout the nose is surprisingly devoid of huge cocoa characteristics..more of a nestle quick milk chocolate nose, but also a huge breeze of fresh hops..and a hint of herbal/leather/earthy notes...it looks like I'd expect it to look dark black with a tinge of ruby red on the lace...Mouthfeel is about perfect...creamy...smooth..maybe a tich thin, but for this kind of stout it is probably right on the button...

I think the taste is exceptional...sweet milk chocolate but not overdone...also a nice herbal/leathery hop finsih that adds a real nice characteristic to this beer....

This isn't perfect but it is very close...I still like Youngs a tad better personally but this might be a better made beer...Young's has a bigger chocolate flavor and has very little hop bite...this is more complex and should be a must try for Beer Coniseurs around the globe... (1,039 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful black pour with a nice tan head atop this fine stout. you get a great smell of coffee, chocolate, and a little caramel .

the beer is extremely rich and smooth with a wonderful full body and full flavor. dark malts and coffee flavors take over in the taste of this beer. you will get chocolate kicks here and there, but nowhere near what i had expected. i will say that let me down a little bit. the beer was excellent, but i want more chocolate. (461 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an absolutely kick-ass stout, yet I have to start by saying I was a bit disappointed in the chocolate flavor, I was hoping for a little more. Thats the only flaw I found. Pours nearly black with a thin brown head, and smells of hops and chocolate.

I was impressed with the fact that a chocolate stout managed to have a nice hoppy flavor in addition to everything else going on in this brew. The hops and bitterness seemed to hit me first, with some mild coffee flavors, then finishing with a great, mild chocolate flavor. This is a must have for any stout lover. (574 characters)

Photo of philipt
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Willy Wonka, Batman! This beer delivers what it promises: chocolate. This is the darkest beer to my recollection. I held it up to a halogen light and could barely see a ruby tint. Anyway, the chocolate favor masks any other ale/stout characteristics.

If you're looking for a chocolate stout, this is your beer! (318 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black, with a huge, dark brown, creamy head that sticks around to the very end. Nice aroma of slightly bitter dark chocolate, with a hint of hops as the brew warms. Flavor is just heavenly. This is the most authentic chocolate flavor I've ever encountered in a beer, and it doesn't stop there. Taste develops into a nice understated roasted malt, and finishes with just enough hops to let you know you're still drinking a beer. Finish has a nice mixture of bitterness from three different sources: the grains, the chocolate, and the hops. Really pleasant. Sweet, full-bodied with a decadently creamy mouthfeel. A truly outstanding beer. (636 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was black (opaque) with a thick, rising brown head. Rich sweet chocolatey and malt aroma. Mouthfeel was smooth and very full-bodied. Roasted malt and luscious chocolate flavor dominates midtones. Natural chocolate used in brewing really sets this chocolate stout apart from others. Finish contains bitterness from the hops typical in most of the beers Rogue brews. That's about the only thing that was a slight turn-off. For such a sweet stout, I'm not sure the bitterness of the finish compliments the sweetness of the chocolate. Still it wasn't enough to detract from the overall great taste of this chocolate stout. (624 characters)

Photo of DarthMalt
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have a thing for them cookie-chompin', liter-swillin hippie-chicks!

A little watery on the back end for a stout, but this ranks right up there for Rogue's "elegance" line of beers--the other being Hazelnut Brown Nectar. The way Meister Maier wields these extra ingredients, is truly masterful, in my opinion.

And what better way to whip up a REAL chick beer than A) to put a chick on the cover, and B) to put the word "chocolate" in the name of the beer. Genius! It's complete, rogue-ish, "Damn the torpedoes, we're making a real beer for the ladies!" kind of beer.

And best of all? Guys like it too!

Pours like a stout. Looks like a stout. Tastes like a stout. But it has yummy chocolate in it.

I bet a cookie would go good with this! (753 characters)

Photo of Mick
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Arguably I think most fans of chocolate stout would agree that this one is among the better ones. Coffee black color. Colossal head, very thick and textured, hang on until the end. Sweet chocolate aroma. Crisp roasted mat and chocolate flavors. Crisp and clean finish. A treat! (277 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark opeque color with a nice thick mocha colored head. Dense and creamy. Chocolate milk scent (MMMMMM) with hints of hop bitterness and roast malt. Bitter dark chocolate taste sours slightly into a smooth roast coco sweetness. The finish is dry and hoppy. More hoppy than you would think. A wonderful after dinner drink.

PS.. Do not drink too cold let it sit and it will improve as it warms. Complex and satisfying. (420 characters)

Photo of Lupe
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Color is jet black with a thich creamy brown head that sticks to the glass. Aroma is of chocolate and more chocolate with milk and roasty malt in the backround. Rich and thick, full bodied and a wondeful creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is chocolate, lots of it and different kinds of tastes. Powered cocoa, dark, bittersweet, milk, and baker's chocolate flavors hit you at different times as you sip. Roasted malt and coffee-like taste is in the backround. Hops and bitterness makes itself known but balances nicely. The balance between them is mind-boggling. Would be interesting to try this at a lower IBU. An excellent stout, richness takes away from the drinkablity, but overall it is wonderful. (692 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

oh man is this a killer! blacker than black in color, thick and rich, with a big dark tan head that stays forever. piney hops on top of chocolate in the nose. tastes of bitter and sweet chocolate with the usual cascade hop finish. the body of this brew is awesome...bold and heavy, yet silky smooth. how a beer can be so bitter yet oh so smooth is baffling. i'm having a hard time coming up with the right words to accurately describe this brew. so 'absolutely delicious' will have to do. a chocolate lover's delight! (517 characters)

Photo of Viking
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly dark reddish-brown, as near to black as possible without actually being black. Nice brown head, but it doesn't last quite long enough. Still a bit of lace on top, though. Rich smell of lightly roasted barley, packed with chocolate. Flavor is rich and chocolaty. Combined with the hop bitterness, the taste is somewhat like semisweet chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, oily finish with a lingering taste of bitter chocolate. (428 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue's take at liquid Godiva, this is one excellent stout. Pours opaque with an impressive, sturdy tan head. Smell is big on chocolate with notes of caramel included, too. Taste is more of the same, with an onslaught of chocolate and a nice hint of Cascade hops along the way. Mouthfeel is chewy, smooth, delectable. For a full-bodied stout of its proportion, this stout is quite drinkable. It's one of the best dessert beers I've come across, and I suggest serving it by itself. (480 characters)

Photo of inebrius
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I feel like Augustus Gloop sticking my nose in a river of chocolate, but I survive to take a draught of this rich and chewy brew and find myself in a world of balanced perfection. Pours Siberian new moon black with a gluey, frothy cocoa puff head. Like eating chocolate cupcakes on a cocoa plantation. It's sweet, no, it's bitter, no, hoppy? Oh no. How can a beer be so luscious and drinkable at the same time? A feast for the senses. Majestic! (444 characters)

Photo of zerk
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque and black, with a thin, but persistant head. Aroma of chocolate and spicy hops. Flavor began with bitter chocolate, became very slightly sweet and fruity, and finished with some underlying earthy hop flavors. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation... smooth and very drinkable. An very good flavored stout. (317 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout was served jet-black with a rich brown head, of a good inch, wonderful lacing as I sipped away. This beer was way more robust than I was expecting. The flavors on the palate were a whopping dose of both roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. This blend added tremendously to the complexity of the Stout; then add in some hops for underlying support. The lack of sweetness was noticeable but not absent. The texture on the tongue was surprisingly creamy. This is a very, very good Stout… every BA should try this one. (540 characters)

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best Chocolate Stout's that I have ever had. Big, bold chocolate flavor that is like drinking desert. Dark as night with a creamy off white head. The rep from Rogue said that they use Dutch chocolate if I remember correctly. This is personally a beer that I probably couldn't have more than two of at one sitting due to the sweetness. I would like to try this out of the bottle but don't know where I could find it. (434 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah that magical pour of a well made stout, well “heck the worst I ever drank was pert near good”. Deep brown to black beauty with a gargantuan head that leaves a latticework of lace behind, the color a magnificent chocolate brown, with a creamy texture. Nose is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, and black patent malts, quite a “Sniffer”. Front is malt, lightly sweet, the top thick-bodied, the finish, joyously hopped, joyfully acidic, with a bittersweet chocolate dry aftertaste, la bière est magnifique. Ranks #70 on my current 1000 beer master list. (571 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wormhole black body with a galactic, nebulous dark brown head. Lasts indefinately, and leaves huge amounts of lace in it wake.
Cocoa powder and oaty sweetness on the nose...Maybe hints of vanilla. In the basest of terms, it smells like a Hostess Ho-Ho.
Tell me this isn't alluring...
First off in the good old roasted malt stouty flavors. In comes the soothing oaty smoothness coupled with a chocolate flavor that rest between dark and milk. Some graininess lies underneath along with some some slight vanilla and carmel tones. At 69 IBU's, this is no slouch in the hops dept. But they only add a bit of citric bitterness at the finale. They do, however, balance the load well.
Smooth and gliding across the mouth. Delectable.
I don't even care for chocolate that much, but I recognize a treat when I taste one. And this one is a treat. Easily the best chocolate stout I've had. (884 characters)

Photo of hyuga
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2002 release. Thick black liquid decorated with a creamy, puffy dark tan head. Mouth watering! Stays well too. Bittersweet aroma of hops, cocoa, and dark chocolate. With a taste, first comes hop bitterness, then it evens out with some dark chocolate and roasted grain. Bitter in the middle, but really sweet on the edges of the tongue. Leafy hops in the back. It leaves that leafy character on the tongue as well, I like that. Very smooth and creamy. However, at the end of 22 oz. of this, it gets kind of cloying, so that cuts down on the drinkability. Rogue really put the chocolate in chocolate stout! Using real chocolate was a good idea. Great effort. Too bad this is only seasonal (or is it going year-round now?). Also, thanks to Rogue beers, it's easy for me to identify cascade hops now. I'm not usually a huge fan of cascades used in profusion, but they're nice in this one. Anyway, I definitely want more of this soon! (929 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged 22 oz. bottle - well over a year old - surprisingly "fresh". Very, very dark brown with only minimally visible ruby highlights showing through. The thick, rocky, light brown head holds extremely well and leaves excellent "spider web" lace throughout. The aroma is fruity and sweetly chocolatey - very much like sweet cocoa powder. The body is surprisingly full, and givies a very creamy mouthfeel. The flavor starts fruity (raisins, berries), then becomes softly coca-ish, cereal-like and chocolatey as it warms, and finishes astonishingly long with a burst of sweet chocolate, a coffee-like roastiness, and a gently bitter character. A mild but distinctive Cascade flavor eventually emerges once the malt residue has subsided. Wow! Quite a finish. Absolutely worth trying. Easily the best "chocolate" beer I've ever had. (826 characters)

Photo of jreitman
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(on tap, from notes at brewery) Nice jet black color with a thick tan head. Pretty strong chocolate nose. Medium bodied with a very smoothe and creamy mouthfeel. Like drinking a cup of alcoholic cocoa. Very nice and enjoyable. (229 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with huge, puffy, immaculate light tan head. Smells of chocolate (duh) and cream. Like velvet running down the throat. Malt bitterness and substantial hops abutted with chocolate creaminess into a brew that is not overwhelmingly chocolatey but hints of coffee and oats (one of the ingredients). Mouthfeel: velvety, creamy, magnificent, just shy of perfection by being a tad slippery. This is a great beer, as tasty as you would imagine, with only the herbal bitterness keeping it from reeling into the stratosphere. (527 characters)

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

Jet black colour with a thick bubbly light brown two fingered head, sticks sporadically down the glass. Chocolaty aroma, reminiscent of powdered hot coco … it even goes further with hints of carob with a soft powdery sweetness. Roasted malts are there but restrained in the aroma. Big viscous crispness within the full body and medium carbonation. Big dark chocolate flavours with a dark fruitiness in the middle similar to black berries, maltiness is big but the roasted flavours are humble yet generous with a mild bitterness from the bite. The blend of roasted malts and chocolate flavour make for a bitter sweet flavour likened to baker chocolate. Hops are held to a minimum though are certainly present with earthy undertones that complement the roasted flavours.

As far as flavoured stouts go this is one of the best, very well balanced and quite drinkable for a brew with such a big body. (899 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap @ Bukowski's in Boston.

Appearance: Pitch black with a milky coffee head -- thick, creamy and invincible!

Smell: Major chocolate aromas. Soft. Milky.

Taste: Creamy, smooth, full-bodied, but not overly rich. Burnt around the edges of the palate. Touch of bitterness that blends with some smoke characters. Loads of real chocolate flavour, which dominates the entire tasting. Dry. Very little sweetness, but what is there is date-like with hints of black-strap molasses. Surprisingly light going down, given its rich name and appearance.

Notes: Chocolate!! The only thing you can think of is ... chocolate. And, you should as unlike other "chocolate" labeled beers that use chocolate malts to achieve the flavour, this beer is brewed with natural chocolate flavour, and chocolate malts.

Truly an exceptional beer, and it makes for a perfect dessert on its own, or pair it with one. (905 characters)

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
94 out of 100 based on 1,878 ratings.