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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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3,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 3344
Reviews: 1825
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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken last night at Kick-Off in Waterloo, where it is on tap via disposable plastic keg. Amazingly "chocolate".

Pours a beautiful dark brown that's near-black in this light, with a decent head and resultant lacing. Aroma of Nesquik over dark roasted malts. The taste starts mild followed by a big bang of chocolate milk in the middle, with nice cocoa and coffee tones in the finish. An enjoyably drastic bitterness rounds out the flavours.

Not subtle and perhaps not real sessionable, but a definite pleasure to drink for this chocolate lover. Well done, Rogue!

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 12:44:46 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of justintcoons


3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On-tap poured into a shaker pint.

Black with 1 finger of tan head.

This smells like straight up Hershey's syrup.

Hershey's syrup, roasted barley and semi-sweet chocolate chips. The finish is slightly dry and picks up notes of cocoa nib and an earthy char.

Light-medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

Sweet chocolate mixed with a nice stout. And to reiterate: Hershey's syrup.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 02:55:35 | More by justintcoons
Photo of martyl1000


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alchemy (Madison). The tap version blows doors on the bottle version, which I had rated two years ago at 3.75.

Wonderful all around. Of course cocoa and bread, stone fruits (prune, cherry) and toffee. This was just great stuff on tap. I better try the bottle again...

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 02:15:07 | More by martyl1000
Photo of Hoptometrist


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

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Rogue Public House in Eugene

A- Poured almost black (some red hues shining though, small frothy head that left no lace

S- Big hershey's syrup aroma, some roasted coffee, bittersweet and dark chocolate notes

T- Big hershey's syrup flavor, bittersweet chocolate, mineral flavor, and that taste that is in every Rogue beer (I guess it is the Pacman yeast). Not really any roasty notes. A sweet stout with some nice bitterness to balance out the sweetness

M- Like chocolate syrup, smooth, prickly carbonation, finished dry, medium to full bodied

O- Nice sweet stout with different chocolate notes in the taste and aroma. Great smooth mouthfeel too.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 04:39:23 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of surprised with this one. Was expecting a creamier brew. This one is a standard American stout, done very well, but for me it doesn't totally live up to the name. The chocolate is there, but it's very bittersweet. I say baker's chocolate and really high percentage cacao bars. A whole different kind of bitter compared to hops, but quite bitter. No doubt it's a unique one, and a very good one, but as far as chocolate stouts go, Young's handily beats this one because it is brewed in the milk/sweet style, which I think lends itself better to the chocolate. I feel like I'm kind of underscoring it, but you get my point.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 06:53:37 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep-deep brown color with a very small light tan head. The head faded very fast leaving almost no lacing.

Smell – A nice aroma of chocolate with some roasted malt notes mixed in are the biggest. These create a slightly semi-sweet chocolate smell when mixed with a lighter sweeter aroma of toffee and milk.

Taste – The taste is of a roasted malt with a good deal of dark chocolate up front. As the taste advances it sweetens some with the toffee flavors coming to the tongue. This toffee creates a more milk chocolate/semi-sweet chocolate bar like flavor in the middle of the taste which, as time advances further continues to strengthen. It is a very satisfying flavor that carries to the end, where some coffee flavors bitter the taste a bit and leave a very satisfying coffee infused dark chocolate flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with the carbonation level being on the lower side. Both suit the flavor profile of the beer quite well and allow all the chocolaty flavors to be sensed by the tongue.

Overall –A very nice chocolate stout that is very easy to drink. Rouge has done a nice job with this one and I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 01:01:29 | More by Darkmagus82
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours nearly perfect black. Light barely penetrates the beer's furthest edges. Dark khaki head is minimal in stature but adds and extra piece of attraction to the overall look.

S-Smells like liquified milk chocolate. Behind the chocolate fondue aroma is light roast. They really nailed the chocolate here. So pure and intense.

T-Literally tastes like a Hershey bar melted to pure liquid. In the liquid chocolate seems to be a quick but generous pour of coffee. The taste is pretty awesome. It is one-sided but it is supposed to be. Really cool

M-Full feel with mellow carbonation. Feel and flavor match well and complement one another.

O/D-This is a chocolate explosion in a glass. I truly enjoyed this brew. I liked it a lot more that Southern Tier's Choklat. I found this one to be more of a pure chocolate flavor. Really nice but one glass is enough because it is very rich.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 15:49:47 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown cola color with a two finger frothy khaki colored head. The head stays for a decent amount of time and leaves some lines of lace on the glass. The aroma is of a roasty malt backbone with the aroma of bitter chocolate coming through as well. The taste has a roasty malt backbone with a bitter chocolate taste up front and in the middle. The back end has a milk chocolate sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is smooth and lowly carbonated. Overall it is a decent stout, not best in class but it is good for what it is suppose to be.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 22:48:06 | More by goblue3509
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some brown chocolate/coffee highlights, with a caramel colored head.

Big chocolate smell backed by roasted malt and bitter coffee.

Taste is bitter chocolate up front reminiscent of cocoa powder, followed by roasted malt with some sweet caramel notes. Bitter coffee is subtle and there is some bitter herb flavor from the hops. Finishes dry and crisp. An excellent beer, it has big chocolate flavor without being sickly sweet. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 20:24:59 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of kylehay2004


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.A: 1.5 finger head with tons of circumferential lacing on a jet black body.

S: excellent chocolate aroma, one of the best. Vanilla notes

T: lots of chocolate and vanilla on a roasted malt background.

M: full body, smooth, light to modErate carbonation.

Overall one of the best chocolate stouts I have had. Very drinkable and very smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 03:34:27 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

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

A: A nice black color, with about two fingers of tan head at the top,a sticky lacing around the glass.

S: Chocolate every were, slight notes of coffee but very minimal.

T: Nothing but chocolate like the nose, with a hint of coffee but nothing wild

M: Very thick brew, almost no carbonation, sticky.

O: Delicious, delicious, awesome beer! Loved it!

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2012 22:41:59 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of Rifugium


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

First had: on tap at Rogue, Portland, OR

Poured a dark brown-black with a minimal tan head; no lacing to speak of. Milk chocolate in the aroma and a bit of roastiness. Taste of bakers' chocolate, sweet, but powdery, more subtle hints of coffee and nutshells, with a little bitterness in the finish to offset the sweetness. Mouthfeel was smooth, but a little light for the style, I thought. Still a nice drinker overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 21:00:53 | More by Rifugium
Photo of rangerred


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrived with a one finger dark tan head. Clear dark brown.

Smells of cocoa and maybe a touch of roasted malt. The cocoa really dominates.

The taste is also dominated by chocolate. There is a slight roastiness detectable but it is upstaged by the cocoa. A moderate bitterness comes in at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky.

This is one of the better chocolate stouts I have had. I would definitely get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 21:55:43 | More by rangerred
Photo of lwillitz


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

on tap at Rogue Ales in Newport - served in a ROGUE pint glass - paired pretty well with the pulled pork sliders

A - pitch black under a tan head; very nice lace

S - sweet chocolate dominates the nose

T - sweet and malty up front; chocolate milk is prominent; lactic chocolate and a touch of bitterness in the finish

M - smooth and creamy; full-bodied; medium carbonation

O - Try it. You won't be disappointed!

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 00:12:04 | More by lwillitz
Photo of adam42381


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

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 9/30/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a coffee black with a 1 finger light tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet milk chocolate with a touch of roasted malt.

Taste: Semisweet chocolate up front followed by roasted malt in the middle before ending with burnt toast and a nice hoppy bitterness. Toasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. The elevated ABV% would keep you from drinking multiples, but it's still very good.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I think the draft is almost as good as the bottled version, which is saying something. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 23:05:43 | More by adam42381
Photo of Gatch


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - As dark brown as a beer can get. Deep brown head. Quickly fades with good lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted malt, some cocoa, and more malt.

T - Tons of roasted malt. Some dark chocolate. Charred and smoked meat.

M - Smooth, slight carbonation, slight alcohol. Roasted character from the first sip to the last. Lingers heavily on the palate. A solid, full-bodied stout.

Not as much chocolate as the name suggests. Just a lot of roasted malt. I held off on reviewing this beer because I had it out of a 22oz. bomber a few years ago and have had it on draft a few times since and have been disappointed. I still find myself disappointed. When this is straight from the tap, it's cold and doesn't have much flavor. When I let it warm up...it just became a typical stout. Nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 09:36:43 | More by Gatch
Photo of homebrew311


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

A: jet black pour, dark cocoa head, heavy lacing

S: deep chocolate with a dose of creamy milk and vanilla character, roasted character, rich and decadent

T: starts with bitter bakers chocolate, some roasted character in the middle, rounds out to a creamy vanilla flavor, finish is slightly dry. Nice feature of chocolate.

Mf: medium body, medium carbonation

O: very nice and flavorful chocolate beer, full flavored

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 02:07:00 | More by homebrew311
Photo of afksports

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's been a while since having a few glasses of this beer, and I'm reviewing my notes on it. First - the coolest part about the beer was that I got to drink it at Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Chile Pepper festival day where the best chiles and chocolates come together for a taste explosion. After a pour of the regular chocolate stout, I had a "holy mole" blend of the chocolate stout and chipotle ale that did a great job harmonizing the two tastes of the day. Plus, I got to drink both with Mrs. Chocolate Stout herself - the lady on the bottle. Can anyone say twitpic?!?

Anyhow, the beer: It pours a medium brown to black with a tan head. Points lost here on the sexiness of the beer because the head dissipates and doesn't cling to the glass, but otherwise it's what you want it to be. An instant waft up an aroma of nuts, malt, and a blend of bitter and sweet chocolate grips your nosebuds, and the taste follows suit. There's even a tiny hop presence in the taste at the start, but that's quickly shoved aside by the chocolate. Sadly though, it's not the strongest of chocolate beers, nor the boldest. There is a crisp bitterness though, and it absolutely has a clean finish. The mouthfeel is a little disappointing too, as it's less than Guinness thick, and much more of a light to medium body.

But overall I'd have to give this beer props for what it does. It is a quality chocolate stout that sits on every bodega shelf. It exposes people to a new style, and it's become a go-to beer for my close friend who doesn't drink them. Plus it's affordable. There's a lot to be said for those qualities in a brew, and so I've got to notch up the "overall" rating to a 4.0, where otherwise it might be around a 3 out of 5. Cheers to Rogue, keep doing what you do!

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 18:03:26 | More by afksports
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully black with a big chocolate colored head that's makes good use of the oats in the beer and sticks all the way down the glass. The smell is a strong chocolate/cocoa smell, enjoy it, don't look for much else. The taste is pretty light, as is the body, which is an unfortunate surprise after seeing and smelling it. It's a chocolate taste, with the roasted malts very noticeable, finishing bitter. This beer is very good, but isn't quite perfected yet.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 20:05:40 | More by wcintula
Photo of sholland119


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tria Rittenhouse Square, 4/2/11.

A-Pours an opaque dark brown with a creamy light brown head and great sheets of lacing.

S-Roasted malt and chocolate syrup. Nice.

T-Sweet malt, moderate roast and a good syrupy sweetness. Deep roasted bitterness in the finish but very nicely balanced.

M-Medium bodied with lingering sweet and bitter notes.

O-Very tasty, nicely balanced. I rarely pick a Rogue beer these days (I reviewed the bottle version 3 years ago, and I likely have not had it since), but this is a fine one.


Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2011 16:54:52 | More by sholland119
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Tria (Philadelphia, PA) on 4/2/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black in the glass, topped with a ½ finger of smooth looking burnt mocha head. This retains well, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. Chocolate is strong and delicious smelling in the nose, rounded out on the edges by notes of roast and green citrus. This smells great!

The taste doesn't miss a step, with rich chocolate flavors carrying on here, but this seems to be much more assertive with the roasted malt and hops, which really dries the backend of the profile out. Lingering burnt roast, in particular, is strong. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a pleasant mellow prickliness that flows well across the palate. That 6% ABV feels right-on here, with no alcohol flavors or even warmth being picked up at all.

This is one of those Rogue beers that I only try once in a blue moon but it never ceases to impress me. My wife always exclaims that "it tastes like a liquid tootsie roll!" and I'm inclined to agree. This is one of the few Chocolate Stouts out that there really brings those rich chocolate flavors to the table and then some!

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 19:01:04 | More by Kegatron
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3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from tap with shallow head, super dark, not much color when held up to light either.

Smell was faint of burnt coffee and chocolate, minimal aromas leaping off pint. Even after a few swirls I felt the smell could've stood out a bit more.

Very clean, chocolate is immediate with hints of roasted coffee. The bitterness reminded me of unsweetened bakers chocolate rather than any hops. Bitterness was medium on the finish but left a chocolate-coffee aftertaste.

Medium/Heavy body with a typical stout palate coating to the tongue. The creaminess was nice and went down pretty easily.

It paired well with dessert but wouldn't consider as a session beer or anything outside of a dinner/dessert beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 02:42:14 | More by bierschmecktgut
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Backstage in Torrington, Conn.

A: Black with a two-finger head of creamy, tan foam which dissipates quickly, leaving a ring of sticky lace.

S: Cocoa nibs, herbal, earthy hop aromas that are muted next to the brown sugar, molasses and chocolaty aromas of the brew.

T: Rich, creamy roasted black malts with Yoo-Hoo! added to it. Seriously, this brew tastes like it had Nesquik blended into the malt bill, which has otherwise bittersweet chocolate and black malt flavors leading into a dry, balanced, sweet and creamy finish.

M: Full-bodied and creamy stout with hints of sticky sweet cocoa powder resins left on the palate.

D: A true dessert stout with built-in chocolate companion flavors to boot. The 6% ABV is unnoticeable beneath the sometimes sickeningly sweet chocolate malt flavor. However, I'm partial to chocolate desserts, so I really enjoyed it. Be sure to drink your Ovaltine!

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 21:42:35 | More by Gambrinus1184
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4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a think chocolate milk color with a nice foamy head.

S-OMG the smell of this is heavenly. Has a great chocholate aroma..its like feeding your nose a chocolate bar!

T-Has a wonderfull sweet chocolate taste to begin with then in the middle it his you with alittle booze just to remind you that your still drinking a beer then finishes off smooth

M-Medium bodied with a great feel in your mouth

D-This is one of my favorite beers in this style. This is like a wonderful desert at the end of a great dinner. WOuld use this as a finishing beer any night of the week! Great beer

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 17:47:41 | More by zrab11
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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on tap at a local restaurant, and had never tried it. Sampled it beforehand so I didn't have to commit fully, but I am certainly glad I did. Came out almost black, with a tan 2 finger head. As soon as I picked up the pint glass I smelled the chocolate--very sweet smelling. After tasting, however, i was pleasantly surprised at the taste--more of a bittersweet chocolate. I only had one, as it was a quick meal, but it certainly could have been more--the alcohol was barely noticeable, and it was not nearly as heavy as other stouts. Next time, I'll try to pair it more appropriately with food (pizza was an odd choice), but I am guessing that will not be too far in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2011 16:08:32 | More by cneville
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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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