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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,902 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,902
Reviews: 1,874
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 336
Gots: 406 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Ratings: 3,902 | Reviews: 1,874
Photo of AltBock
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber bottle with a nice silk screen label that has a picture of fellow Roguester Sebbie Buhler. I'm not sure who she is, but this beer is dedicated to her. She's wearing a bright red jacket, a mug of this beer in her left and holding some chocolate in her right. It had the usual Rogue information and no date on the side. Rogue says this beer goes well with beef and dessert and probably with their Chocolate Stout Cheese.

Appearance: When poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass, the beer was a very dark brown/black color with a head of tan colored foam that was about 1in in height. It also left plenty of tan colored lace and rigns around my pint glass. Very Nice indeed!

Smell: It had a pleasant aroma of dark chocolate (of course), roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malt, and plenty of hops. In fact thats what it smelled like (hoppy) when I first popped the cap. I got the roasted smell when I poured it.

Taste: It tasted exactly like it smelled. There was plenty of bitter dark chocolate up front, roasted malt and roasted coffee beans in the middle, and at the end, a slight hoppy aftertaste. Excellent taste!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and some light carbonation. That bitter hoppy chocolate aftertaste in the back of your mouth doesn't seem to want to leave just yet.

Drinkability: This is one beer that I wouldn't mind to have again. Easy to drink and hands down one of the best brews made by Rogue. If you like chocolate beer, then you'll love this one.

My 100th Beer Review!

Photo of RoBotGod
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No disappointments from this beer. It defiantly lives up to its name. The pour looked great. Dark and rich with the head being a dark brown. The smell was great. It was like you had just taken a chocolate cake out of the oven. The chocolate was there but you could still get a whiff of the good stout flavor. It was very smooth, good flavor. Kind of reminds me of chocolate milk.

Photo of hanco005
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have waited so long to try this. The bottle has a woman holding a mug of the brew and a big smile on her face. A red bandana adorns her neck and she smiles at me as she knows I am getting ready to enjoy it. The bottle boasts of being made with imported chocolate. The bottle also claims it is made with Pacman Yeast…I never was never any good at PacMan….but Ms. PacMan is another story. I know, shut up and review it for crying out loud.

650ml bottle into a pint glass, but not all at once, mind you.

A—dark brown and thick, 2 inch cocoa colored thick mushroom like head, which slowly fades into a thin dusting on the top. A massive thick lacing remains on the glass, like a cocoa cloud.

S—all I can smell is gourmet dark chocolate, very sweet and inviting. I am trying to smell other scents, but can’t.

T—strong bittersweet chocolate taste, not near as sweet as the smell. The bottle says “an earthy flavor of oats and hops that gives way to a rich chocolate truffle finish”…Yes, indeed (although I am not really tasting the oats). This is wonderful!

M—thick and chewy, mild carbonation.

D—Absolutely wonderful. The bittersweet chocolate flavors make this one great. Any more sweetness would ruin it. Outstanding! Couldn’t drink more than this bottle, though. It is incredibly thick. A great dessert brew!

Photo of EmoBeerGuy
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark dark. Nice head. On the nose one can tell this isn't a chocolate stout in the realm of youngs, this one plays for keeps. Thick and chocolatey, the beer is brewed, I believe, not only with chocolate malts but also with real chocolate. The result is a rich, smooth, sweet masterpiece.

Beers like this keep Rogue at the top of the list of American breweries.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours black with brown highlights and a sizeable cappuccino head, which while it's initially rather pillowly, doesn't last for very long.

Smell: I haven't had one of these in awhile, but friends, I can tell you quite categorically... it smelled exactly as I remembered.

Largely black roasted malts blended with toasted caramel, a rich earthiness, and just the merest amount of hops.

Taste: Sweeping chocolate taste (as in a baker's chocolate, not the overly sweet chocolate you'd get at Easter as a kid), with a dash of espresso and a hint of almond. The finish is slightly bitter and plentiful, reminiscent of a fresh espresso or a fine cocoa powder.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin; a bit lighter than I would prefer. Thankfully, it's not overly fizzy, keeping it creamier on the tongue.

Drinkability: Phenomenally well-balanced, and very drinkable. A good stout is tough to beat, that's for sure.

Still though, you put a gun to my head and say "name your #1"? I dunno. Gotta go, like, double stout. Or strong ale. Or a nice lambic. Or a good juicy IPA.

Or a barleywine!

Yes, maybe it's that.

Maybe it's a barleywine.

Still though, this is a darned good stout!

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black and thick as crude oil with a foamy walnut head. No light gets through this pour. Nose is thickly malted, winey in character and slightly sweet with rich chocolate. Nice lacing.

Taste is rich, bold, full-bodied and bitter. Most of the chocolate flavors are either in the aroma or very high on the palate, since the taste is roasty, dry and malty as a quality stout should be. A bit nutty, a little bit of espresso, nutmeg, oats, some Imperial flavors as well, a mild hop bite. This ain't the oversweet Hershey's but some kind of fine silky Eurochocolate instead -- a very good choice.

Low carbonation, pleasant dark chocolate aftertaste. A wonderful pairing of the stout and the chocolate, with neither overpowering the other. One of the few beers here I feel is truly underrated.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber

Pours a jet black color with a dark chocolate head that fades. Spotty lacing around the glass.

Smells like hot chocloate....Hot chocolate made from dark chocolate....Mmmm....

Taste is amazing. A rich dark chocloate taste unlike any chocolate stout I've ever tasted. It's a bit on the bitter side, and there are hints of malt - but it's all about the chocolate!

Nice carbonation, boisterous body.

Insanely easy to drink, has been a favorite for many years. I'm glad I finally found a place to get it regularly.

Photo of abcsofbeer
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from a 22oz bottle with no freshness date to speak of. Pours the blackest brew color I have witnessed so far. There is a very nice creamy brown head about a finger high that leaves wonderful sheets of Belgian lace on the glass sides.

The aroma is as expected from the name, very chocolatey, much like a candy bar. It is accompanied by a sweet caramel and buttery aroma.

The taste can only be described one way, chocolate followed by a mild and nicely added bitterness that is a combination of malts and hops. There is a slight hint of biscuit and bread in there as well. Overall, a very pleasant beer to drink and very well made.

Photo of danielocean03
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black with a thin brown head from a 22oz bomber, that fell quickly to light foamy off white lacing. Aroma is rich of many types of chocolate, mainly a bittersweet/bakers chocolate and some roasted malt also present. Smells very good, nice blend of sweet and bitter chocolate. Taste is powerful chocolate and malt, hints of hazelnut and berries, doesn't deliver as well as the aroma implies, but still very good. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, moderate to heavy carbonation, maybe a little too carbonated. Drinkability good, pretty rich tasting brew, would be an excellent dessert pairing for complementing something sweet with the faint chocolate bitter aftertaste from this impressive beer. Would purchase again, my wife has some interest in this beer as well.

Photo of jj21
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with Dark tan head. Large bubbles
S: Mild scent of Chocolate and coffee until it warms, then WOW!
T: Bitter Chocolate, roasted malt
M: Intense and lingering. Tast carries on long after the beer is finished
D:Too intense for heavy drinking but great beer

Photo of ybnorml
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark SOLID black. Has a big foamy brown head. What do I smell?? Milk Chocolate, dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate...Yeah Chocolate. OK if you don't taste chocolate drinking this beer then go see a doctor imediately. Again all the different characters of chocolate are folwing thru this beer, milk dark, bittersweet. All finishing in a nice roasted malt bitterness.
Note: if you don't like the smell or taste of chocolate you most likely not enjoy this great brew.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from large Rogue bottle into 2 pint glasses. Appearance was so good, dark brown chocolate color with chocolate milk looking foam on top.

Taste was OK, but not as outstanding as the visual. Tasted a little light, not as chocolatey as expected. Kind of similar to Rogue mocha porter for me, in that I expected more based on the name and previous reviews.

Photo of nickss
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous black with a monumental (and extremely audible) rocky brown head.

Smells of chocolate... pure and simple.... simply wonderful aroma. Bitter mocha aroma, with a touch of berries thrown in.

BIG chocolate taste... i can't emphasize enough how much I love this brew. Bitter mocha flavour, with a touch of espresso in there.

The mouthfeel could be a bit thicker. Not to say it's thin necessarily... I just feel a stout of this flavour should be extremely thick and chewy. Also... a bit more carbonated than I would like.

Very drinkable brew... the flavour is indeed chocolatey, but not so overwhelming it would prevent me from diving into another bomber or two of this in one night.

Rogue continues to impress me... definitely a beer to try.

Photo of loren01
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark black color. Can't see anything through it when held up to light. Small brownish head that disipates quickly, very slight lacing down the glass.
S: Smells very sweet, like a hershey bar almost. Also some roasted malty scents in there.
T: Taste is of dark chocolate, with a slight hoppy/earthy bitter taste at the end.
M: Mouthfeel is pretty full and chewy.
D: I'm not a big chocolate fan, but I do really like this beer. As always another very solid offering by Rogue. Not something that I could drink a lot of at once I don't think. Would be a good beer to have on a cold snowy night by the fire to help warm you up a little.

Photo of stevegamburg
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a phenomenal chocolate stout. Had one last night and accidentally spilled some on the rug. The stain looks like black ink.

Pours pitch black with a thick, foamy, dark head that doesn't stick around for a long time.
Smells spicy with chocolate and dark grain.
Taste is full bodied with hint of chocolate and well roasted, almost burnt, grain with a very nice finish.
Very silky and creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.
Highly drinkable for a heavy, full bodied stout.

This is an awesome stout. This is a tasty adult treat like chocolate milk was when I was a kid. I highly recommend it. Mmm...I want another.

Photo of kkipple
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at CW's Tap Room in Columbia, SC.

Appearance: Rogue Chocolate stout is a deep, opaque brown (nearly black) beer with a fine bubbly head that's the color of brown sugar. But really, who drinks this for the looks?

Smell: Pure cocoa. Barely anything else makes it out of the glass. A few malt scents escape, but this is just an intensely sweet, chocolate smelling beer.

Taste: Chocolate. Chocolate chocolate chocolate. What, you need more detail? Alright. Rich, thick, perfectly bittersweet cocoa. Dark chocolate in a glass. You won't notice anything else for the first few sips (or half pint). Just amazing chocolate flavors that coat the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Mildly warming, thick, heavy cocoa aftertaste. Slightly dry, just like you've eaten a bar of dark bittersweet chocolate.

Drinkable? Well, not for me. It's incredibly filling. I have no idea how many calories are in a pint of this but I'm not sure I want to.

This is an admittedly odd beer, and if you're not crazy about chocolate, it might be something to try once for the experience.
However, if you, like me, relish a good dark bar of chocolate (Lindt's 70% for example...) then watch out. This beer will be the death of both your waistline and your wallet. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Photo of waughbrew
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very black with one of the darkest, most beautiful heads I have seen on a beer. Creamy with a few different shades of brown and tight lacing. The aroma is so alive! Chocolate bready malt in the front with raw leafy unroasted coffee beans backing it up - mouthwatering. Taste is largely lukecold coffee and cocoaish chocolate with a very strongly herbal lasting finish. Thin feel is not slick but smooth, almost casklike as it warms! Very very drinkable. One of the, if not the, best beer at this alcohol percentage. I slightly prefer the Shakespeare, but hell, why choose when you can have both. Wonderful.

Photo of Shiloh
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An exellent chocolate stout.
This brew arrived a dark black colour with a thin, dark, tan head.
Carbonation seems light but is diffacult to view.
The body is lighter than anticipated...medium +.
The aroma is of dark bakers chocolate and roasted grains.
The taste is very pleasing, bringing the roasted barley, cascade hops and chocolate as one.
The roasting affect and bitter chocolate leave a nice lingering after taste.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on reserve for sometime now. Not a chocolate lover at all. However, I do enjoy a sweet blast once in a while. I had very high expectations for this one. It does have a hot chocolate flavor to it, almost like a powdered chocolate. The most distinguished characteristic is its dry aftertaste, I have yet to find this in a stout. Unfortunately I think it taste artificial, good, but fake.

If you like chocolate this is the one for you. A nice one off for me.

Photo of Riggsy
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours jet black into glass, brown head fades quickly to the sides.
22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Smell: Aromas of chocolate and dark roasted malts.

Taste: Obviously the chocolate shines through with the a delicious roastiness evident on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth

Drinkability:I could drink this for a night. Alcohol is not pumped up and it goes down so very easily.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Served in a pint glass at Frisco's in Columbia. Deep opaque black brew with limited dark tan head. Had light retention and carbonation, but very nice lacing.

Dark malts and chocolate on the aroma is complimented extremely well in the flavor category. This is a big, creamy and smooth brew. Not too much in any category that would slow you down. Deep dark milk chocolate runs the show, with a hint of smokiness, bitterness, and coffee in the background. Very rich brew, being creamy and sugary goodness without sticking to your mouth. Most brands would throw in a bunch of bitterness just for bitterness. This one amazingly does not, making it even better. This went down like a double chocolate tort after a hearty steak. Yeah, you shouldn't have room, but somehow, it disappeared.

Desert in a bottle, this would be paired excellently with just about any desert on the planet. Frisco's plans on adding it to whipped cream, Frambroise reduction and vanilla ice cream. Yum.

Photo of maddamish
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Small head when poured. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: Expresso, Chocolate, Caramel and coffee notes. These are some pretty strong notes however.

Taste: Chocolate and expresso followed by a bitter malt aftertaste. More bitter than chocolate but still pleasing to the palate. A little more thin than I was expecting but still a solid presence. A fine offering by Rogue.

Notes: I heard a lot about this beer and while it was good, I was expecting a more pronounced chocolate than a bitter malt. If you like bitter stouts then please pick this up.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a very dark brown, almost black with a substantial cafe au lait head. It had a sweet, chocolate odor. The taste was a little off-putting. It was very sweet, almost too sweet for me, and had a pronounced chocolate taste, It felt very carbonated in my mouth, and wasn't as substantial as I expected.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, 1/2 inch of head beginning with and shrinks to thin head, and already with lacing down the glass, and has nice streaks and blobs of lacing all the way down. Smells of chocolate, dark and malty. Simply, lovely, though a bit too understated, which is about the only complaint I have for this beer. Taste is heavenly. Have I had a better chocolate stout? Perhaps, but this is up there. And as it warms, I only become more impressed. The great thing is, the chocolate taste doesn't overpower the beer taste, nor visa versa, that is, the chocalate and malts are balance each other almost perfectly. As far as mouthfeel goes, its interesting, because it gives you a little phiz in the beginning, is smooth through the middle, then gives you some tingle during the aftertaste with choclaty goodness to leave you wanting more. This might be the highest beer rating I've given, because this is one of the best beers I've ever had.

Photo of klewis
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a one-finger creamy tan head.

S: The smell hit me as soon as I popped the cap. Aromas of baking chocolate and honey.

T: The flavor is dominated by a strong chocolate flavor up front and finishes with an earthy espresso taste. Quite complex and interesting.

M: This one feels a little on the light side for a stout and is a little too carbonated for my liking.

D: Goes down smooth, tastes great, easy on the bankroll. Get some.

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