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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,349 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3349
Reviews: 1826
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%


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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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coldriver

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a near opaque black with a fair amount of floaties, and more than adequate tan head and lacing. Aroma reminds me a lot of Whoppers (hmm, chocolate covered malted milk ball - makes sense). Taste is chocolately, with faint coffee and smoke flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth - this almost drinks too fast. I'm usually a bit of a purist when it comes to flavored beers but this one is very well done!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 18:44:25 | More by coldriver
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bambam2517

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer for dessert! This stout delivers the chocolate with clear singularity, more so than the other two I tried this week. The others were good in their own right, but both had espresso or smoke or some other flavors muddled in. This is the one that really nails it!

A - Dark coffee brown and dense, less creamy than other stouts I've had lately and the froth dissipates quickly.

S - Slightly nutty, very prominent chocolate tones. No hop or malt character on the nose, nor alcohol.

T - Toasted nuts and chocolate initially, with the chocolate lingering. Sweet and the alcohol is well hidden.

M - Extremely clean for a Stout, no oiliness or burn. Consistent mouthfeel throughout the swallow, nothing surprising in this one. Decent.

O - The perfect beer for dessert, a great 'Mood" beer. Not one to fit in a regular Stout rotation due to the sweet character of this one, but very enjoyable in the appropriate occasion. Also make a great surprise/change of pace, I think I'll gift a couple this year.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 23:33:18 | More by bambam2517
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sarajayne


4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Brownish-Black

Smell: Cocoa, Chocolatey Goodness

Taste: Oh oh it's magicccc. The best part about this beer is it offers a rich satisfying chocolatey flavor without being overwhelmingly sweet. This beer is brewed with oats, chocolate roasted malts, and real chocolate- so there's no tacky artificial flavors here. Everything comes together perfectly and makes this beer enjoyable all the way through.

Overall: Personally, this was a filling beer for me. I would recommend it with dessert or as a night cap. Best served a little warmer than most beers- 50-55 degrees F would be ideal. You will not be disappointed.

Collage girls drink GOOD beer:
www.brewreviewboston.blogspot.com

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 22:41:07 | More by sarajayne
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Greywulfken

New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Center pour into tulip produced a shiny, inky black body with dark tan foam a finger thick that trailed lacing as it receded

S: very mellow, smooth espresso and subtle chocolate malts

T: roastiness of barley and smooth mellowness of chocolate malts; moderate espresso coffee flavors; nicely bittered with a little bite on the finish, which made the beer vibe classy; roasty burnt taste on the mid-palate; dry bittersweet chocolate

M: medium-to-full bodied, slick across the tongue; some bitter tingle; gentle chocolate malt/roasty aftertaste

O: a very distinguished-tasting beer - forward in approach, embracing the style with a simple elegance.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 01:17:31 | More by Greywulfken
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mdwalsh

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome, big stout that is delicious, and really, it's fun to drink. I wish the smell was a little sweeter, maybe let some more malt come through with the chocolate, but it's hard to complain too much about this beer.

This is one that is great for introducing people to beer, or at least helping them realize how diverse beer can be. It is also a great food beer, pairing well with chocolate, but also Ice Cream!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 22:30:47 | More by mdwalsh
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Greenjack


5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stouts are my style of choice. Being a home brewer, I thought I would try a few 22 oz. bottled brews this weekend for a couple of reasons. First, try something new. Second, invest in some larger bottles for home brew that will cut down on my bottling time.
I have tried some of the other Rogue styles in the past and have not been overly impressed but when I tried the Rogue Chocolate Stout I was blown away. In review, I do not know how this brew can be improved. I have purposely stayed away from some of the other Rogue styles in the past but chocolate stout is a home run.
Rogue, you have changed my mind. Now my quest to emulate this brew at home begins.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 20:07:20 | More by Greenjack
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spoony

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, Sept. 24, 2012.

From a 22 oz bottle into a nonic.

A-The beer pours coffee-black with brown highlights if you shine a light in there. There was a 1.5 finger, dirty-brown head that recedes slowly leaving a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

S-Cocoa and, uh, chocolate, obviously. Milk chocolate to light-dark chocolate to be exact. The smell is pretty concentrated on those flavors, but I got a whiff of roasted malts and oats.

T-Mostly follows the chocolatey smell, but a bit more bitter. I got a bit of smoke, which makes the chocolate notes almost like semi-sweet chocolate. There was a bit of nutty flavor on the finish.

M-The beer leans toward heavy, but not nearly as oily or heavy as an RIS.

O-As advertised, this is a chocolate stout, and a good one at that. Is this the best chocolate stout out there? No, but if you want to sip on a dessert beer that won't bowl you over with ABV, this is a nice choice in complexity and taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 02:14:52 | More by spoony
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a finger of tan head. The nose is distinctly chocolate. The chocolate flavor is certainly present upfront, but the roast profile is not quite up to the standards of top tier stouts. The finish has a definite cocoa bitterness that makes for a nice ending to a solid offering.

Too often I find that brewers like to hype their "chocolate" beers, but rarely do they deliver on actual chocolate flavor. This offering is one of the few chocolate beers that can be marked "as advertised."

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 06:24:53 | More by 57md
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Oregon made stout is the wow of stout beers. I don't know if this is my favorite stout stout, but damn...it knocks me out. This is a contender for first prize of stouts with especially another Oregon stout - Obsidian!

Let's get to the review. Appearance? Black black like purple black with a creamy tan head that won't quit. 5.0.

The aroma of chocolate fills your senses so much that I had to give it a 5.0 too just for its sheer strength.

The taste is a strong stout melded with chocolate. Lotsa chocolate. The chocolate shows up on the first taste. Stronger chocolate flavor than even Young's Double chocolate. I don't know if this is my favorite stout. I don't know if I want this much chocolate, but I rated it at a 4.5 just to give it the proper props that are due to the tremendous effort by the makers of this beer. Hoo-wah.

Complement this beer with a silent watching of Foxxy Brown movie while listening to Grace Jones singing La Vie en Rose and more of her techno punky miracles.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 05:10:36 | More by frankiepop
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very viscous pour produced a three finger light brown head atop an opaque black body. Laces well.

Aroma: Like an Oatmeal Stout with that added chocolate factor. Sweet and slightly roasty notes.

Taste: Interestingly enough the biggest flavor I get here is a smoky and similar to tobacco. It's not a bad thing per say, just not what I was expecting. I think what I'm tasting is a combination of dark roasted chocolate and the hops. At 69 IBUs the beer leaves a distinct, but by no means overwhelming, bitterness in the finish. As I get further into the beer, that tobacco flavor is fading and the chocolate profile is emerging. 6% ABV actually seems low for how thick and robust this beer drinks.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thick, between medium and full bodied. Average drinkability and a little too much carbonation for the style.

Final Thoughts: Although the flavor profile on this one was not quite what I was expecting, it's a unique change of pace from the usual Chocolate Stout. Would I drink it again? Probably not, an interesting beer but not one I feel the need to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 04:48:40 | More by JamesMN
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skilaxin1088

Vermont

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured this from a bomber into a "drink vermont beer" pint glass. had a nice tan 2 finger head that receded to about a quarter inch. not very aromatic, but black as night. feel is good, medium bodied for a stout in my opinion. the taste is what really gets me. it tastes like a chocolate milk with far more chocolate than necessary. its fantastic. but really all chocolate and quite delicious definitely a chocoholics dream.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 22:34:54 | More by skilaxin1088
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ABisonEgo

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 14 ounce snifter

Appearance - pitch black with a 2 finger tan head. no lacing on glass, head retention is quite lasting.

Aroma - dark chocolate and roasted malts. A sweeter milk chocolate does somewhat cut through on the nose with hints of vanilla making its mark.

Taste - I am more impressed with the aroma on this one. A bittersweet chocolate taste comes through with a semi lingering roasty finish. You do get some hints of vanilla in the middle of the tongue, but the aroma does come off a little sweeter. Not too overpowering of a roasted note to this one, and the bitterness in the finish is balanced enough with the malts that it does not plague the tongue with an overly bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation on this one. Not silky smooth by any means, but with a medium body and a semi creaminess to it, its not bad. Wish it were a little lighter on the carbonation and had a little bit more of a heavier/creamier mouthfeel.

Overall - Not bad. This is rated higher than southern tiers "choklat", but overall, i think choklat does a better job of nailing what i would want out of a chocolate beer. This is definitely better than a lot of stouts advertised as chocolate stouts, and for the price, its pretty damn solid. I do love the vanilla flavor that compliments the chocolate and the lack of overly bitter malts to give it that easy drinking feel. All in all, I would say this is definitely one to take a stab at.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 01:32:31 | More by ABisonEgo
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Serge

Alberta (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a dense chocolate brown head. Aroma is dense chocolate with a strange yet nice fruity note - towards berries. I pick up the same distinct berry note in the flavor too. Nicely roasted malt, bitter hops flavor and smooth yet slight dusty chocolate powdery flavor. Solid bitter and roasted finish. Strange with this distinct berry flavor, yet it is very pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 09:18:12 | More by Serge
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/18/12

Appearance: Dark dark brown, almost black - minimal, off white head, fades to nothing, leaves some steaks of lacing

Smell: Lightly roasty, lightly burnt, with chocolate, as the name would imply - both chocolate malts and cocoa - typical Rogue yeast as well

Taste: Yup, chocolate - dark, roasty chocolate malts and dark chocolate - sweet chocolate, too, like Tootsie Rolls - mildly bitter - malt base is a bit one dimensional and oddly mild - some weak coffee notes

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, on the thin side for a stout, but nicely carbonated and drinkable

Overall: Yeah, it has chocolate but not much else

This is a decent offering from Rogue, but not their best, and not outstanding overall. It's a nice use of chocolate, not too sweet. But the overall body could be more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 04:07:01 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Super dark brown, almost black. Non-existent head. Wisps of khaki colored foam ghost as cap and collar. Some tiny streaks of lacing.

Smell: Huge chocolate. Chocolate malts and tons of milk chocolate. Some darker chocolate, but it's mainly and massively sweet milk chocolate. Some roasted malts underneath. Tons of roasted barley. It's a melted Hershey bar. Low-grade chocolate. Distinct Rogue Pacman yeast. Sweet and roasty.

Taste: Roasty dark chocolate and chocolate malts. Bitter cocoa edge. Tannic. Tons of milk chocolate and the missing cocoa powder from the nose. Mildly earthy and distinctly Rogue. Yeasty undertone. roasted barley with an undercurrent of oats. So much chocolate and not necessarily in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Vague notions of carbonation. Body has hints of creamy and smooth. Medium body overall.

Overall: Oh Rogue, you so silly with your gamble chocolate.

Acrid in its roast and sweet in its chocolate. Add to that some Pacman yeast and it falls apart at the seams. Lots of flavor that feels thin and flat.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 04:06:47 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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scratch69

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown with a fingers worth of brown head. Nice amount of sticky lacing.

Smell- Milk chocolate aroma dominates with a hint of dark roasted malt.

Taste- Strong chocolate flavor balanced out with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Lightly carbonated.

Overall- Very good stout with lots of chocolate flavor. Just a tad too bitter at the finish but still very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 23:30:50 | More by scratch69
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Breen

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour/Appearance: A black pour without much change in light; velvety tan, 1 finger, head that dissipates slowly with moderate glass lacing.

Smell: Strong smell of milky chocolate pretty much overpowers any other notes. I initially perceived some cherries, but think it was the chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: A creamy and smooth stout that isn't too heavy, yet retains a full-bodied character.

Taste: The chocolate flavor is evident, and it is balanced with a bitter finish from the hops and subtle spicy notes in-between.

Overall: This is an excellent stout overall. It's a bit too bitter of a finish for my liking, but still quite drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 22:22:37 | More by Breen
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout pours really dark, velveety black. The head is tall and deep beige in color. Fading head leaves wispy curains of lace.

Very malty aromatics. A hint of roasted malts a big dose of chocolate, bittersweet.

Taste is very good with an excellent malt profile. Chocolate malts are rich and bittersweet.
It first I thought the chocolate might be over the top but this is not the case for as it warms, it mellows and compliments.

Drinks smooth but not a full body brew. Some bitterness in the finish.

Everything here works in harmony to create a highly drinkable beer. My only regret is I wish it had more roasted malt bite.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 21:35:39 | More by micromaniac129
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pitch black, almost oil-like with a soft, brown head that has decent retention

S - rich, bittersweet chocolate, very faint roasted malts

T - rich, sweet chocolate, faint roasted malts, a little bitterness in the finish

M - full bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated

This is a fantastic dessert beer. It's like drinking Hershey's chocolate. The body and mouthfeel are spot on, and the flavor is almost perfect. The only drawback here is that I probably wouldn't want more than one bottle for myself at a time. That one bottle however will be plenty delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 08:02:57 | More by tdm168
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Jemonster

California

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: THIS is what a stout should look like. Deep, deep, brown. Pours like motor oil that is way overdue for a change. Light brown head with heavy lacing. Dense. Don't even bother holding it up to a light.

S: Pretty good but lighter than expected. Milk chocolate, caramel and malt. Was expecting roasty/nutty but didn't get much, maybe some light almonds.

T: Chocolate all the way through. Some tangy zest right after the beginning, bitter cocoa, and a little bit of hop bitterness at the finish. Straightforward and no nonsense, even though it does have chocolate in it. Makes up for its lack of complexity with balanced chocolate and malt flavor. Some nuttiness in there.

M: Just like a good stout should be. Creamy, almost milky. A decent amount of carbonation that doesn't quite make it through because of the rich body, but it's perfectly "there."

O: This isn't just a novelty beer like I assumed at first, but it's really good and solid. Although chocolate and stout isn't the most creative combination in the world, it is definitely done well in this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 03:57:41 | More by Jemonster
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GMB

Japan

4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle tells us that this beer is made with "imported chocolate." If ever there were a beer to give us reason to consider the Reinheitsgebot as outdated, this beer is it.

Rogue Chocolate Stout pours a very deep, ebony body with a cappuccino head. When this beer is held up against a strong light source, orange and red hues are only barely visible at the top and bottom of the glass.

The nose is outstanding. Intense aromas of dark-roasted malt and dark chocolate mingle with floral notes that are both spicy and resinous.

The taste of this beer something that I'll crave in the coming weeks. As the nose suggested, the dark-roasted malt are at the fore, and come together in perfect balance with the bittering hops to create the flavor of coffee. Moreover, a perfect balance of hoppy bitterness, roasted malt and chocolate flavor, produces the distinct flavor of a mocha. This is the beer's main flavor base, in relief against which floral, peppery, and citrusy notes dance on the palate. The alcohol content is key here. It warms the palate just enough to complete the sensation of a warm mocha, and complements the hoppy aromatics with notes of dried fruits (e.g., raisins, figs, dried apricots, and prunes) without confusing or neutralizing them.

The mouthfeel is a just a bit gassier, which is to say sharper, than I would like. Its body is full and luscious; a perfect complement to its chocolatey taste. If only the foam on my tongue were as luscious and creamy as the beer's flavor demands...

I was fortunate to have had a handful of roasted nuts, dark and golden raisins, and a couple of chipotle chocolate almonds on hand as I enjoyed this beer. If you feel so inclined, I urge you to try any (or all) of these as snack pairings.

Why the perfect overall score despite the imperfect mouthfeel? Because the imperfection is so slight, and because Rogue's Chocolate Stout is not only among the best Chocolate Stouts out there, it is also among the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 01:25:07 | More by GMB
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mattbk

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brewmaster's stout glass.

A- Deep black, huge cascading head, tan, very long retention.
S- Chocolate, roast, slight hop bitterness, slight vanilla. Good.
T- Very nice. Roast for sure, followed by a solid, but not overwheleming chocolate flavor. Bitterness, likely from the dark malts. Creamy, almost milkshake like. The roast malt teeters on the edge of acidic, but not quite offensive. Maybe a bit more bitter than expected, the chocolate is a dark bitter chocolate rather than a sweet milk chocolate. Nothing amazing here, but very solid.
M- Love the mouthfeel here, so creamy, full, but not too full. Nice head, but not too carbonated.
O- A solid Amercan stout, not overwhelmingly good, but a very safe choice for any occasion calling for a dark beer. Would go great in the winter while watching the hockey game.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 00:47:54 | More by mattbk
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of chocolate,a bit of malts. Taste is also very chocolatey, some malts, a touch of hop bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 16:04:55 | More by tone77
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured in a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- Pitch black almost like a coca cola with little brownish head that has a decent lacing.

Smell- Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Taste- Dark chocolate with roasted malts and a piney hop balance. My only gripe is that I wish the chocolate flavor was a little bit sweeter.

Mouthfeel- Nice thick mouthfeel with easy drinkability.

Overall- A very tasty stout that hits the mark. My only nit pick is that since it's called chocolate stout that it could be just a smidge sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 00:27:32 | More by BrownAleMale
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a small tan head and slight lacing

S-dark malt, chocolate, hints of bitterness

T-roasted barley, chocolate, nice bitter notes

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-delicious! Nice for sipping with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 16:23:59 | More by MDDMD
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,349 ratings.