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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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3,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 3352
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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 3,352 | Reviews: 1,826 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of david131


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

A- Looks great served in a 25 oz. mug. There is a very nice brown head that settles to a thin sheet. It does not stick around after a few sips are taken and turns into just a little ring where the liquid meets the glass. The beer is black and not much light gets through on the edges.

S- Chocolate hits at first then some coffee and more hops than expected. The chocolate smells like a chocolate powder like Nes Quick or something.

T- Not as sweet as I was expecting. The chocolate is the flavor that sticks out most in this- big surprise. There is a good earthiness to the beer as well. The hops blend really well with the chocolate.

M- Creamy, but not overly done.

D- It seems like this could be a hard beer to get as right as Rogue did. The best part about this beer is how well balanced everything is. Went great with a big cheeseburger.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2007 19:10:00 | More by david131
Photo of ccrida


4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft, the Chocolate Stout is a deep, dark reddish black, with a thick, 2 finger, creamy, medium-dark tan head. Sadly, the head didn't stick around to long and only left slight lace. Very nice, rich but not oily, especially with that head.
The aroma, yummm, thats great! All chocolate, sweet, but like coco, not sugar.
The taste follows suit, it is fantastic, very chocolaty, some oats and a bit of cola. You can really taste the difference between stouts with chocolate malt and ones like this that also use the real thing, very nice. There's also a fairly assertive hop presence, particularly on the finish, which is probably the main differentiator between this and Young's Double Chocolate, which is similarly fantastic real chocolate goodness.
The mouthfeel is fantastic, super creamy, but supple and light, almost like a nitro, but with more carbonation.
Whoa, this is super drinkable. I could have these all night!

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2007 17:59:30 | More by ccrida
Photo of GPHarris


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

a - poured a one finger thick dark brown head into a tumbler. head is creamy and leaves decent retention and lace. body is dark black.
s - dark and sweet chocolate.
t - this seems to have a one-track mind of chocolate but some roasted coffee and piney hops begin to come through in the middle. chocolate is still the dominant flavor.
m - smooth and medium on the tongue.
d - easily drinkable but after a couple of glasses it becomes almost too sweet. but it is a nice change of pace and my girlfriend really loves this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2007 14:41:58 | More by GPHarris
Photo of Dubbercody


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a real treat to have this on tap. I can honestly say there is a huge difference between the tap and bottle experience.

All of the great things about the bottle just come alive in fantastic ways in the draft version of this brew. The chocolate aroma and flavor just come out to greet you and taste great. Many a non-dark beer drinker will change their tune after having one of these.

It's a dessert in it's own right, but I recently had the experience of tasting this with Ice cream in it, and while not for everyone, is freaking fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2007 23:08:16 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of thagens


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

Probably one of my all time favorite stouts.
A: Poured a dark brown/black with a half inch of mocha colored head.
S: Really nice. Chocolate, oats, dark roasted malts, a little bit of hoppiness.
T: Chocolate, lots of chocolate, bittersweet malt, and some hoppy flavor from the cascades. (kind of reminded me of a toned down IPA.)
M: Feels good. Nice carbonation and a smooth creamy feeling to it.
D: One would be plenty, but I could go for another.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2006 17:36:30 | More by thagens
Photo of FightingEntropy


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

Very good beer, but hard to compare when Shakespeare is there as well. Light tan head drops very thin. Giant chocolate in nose. Competely black through and through. It's like drinking a dark chocolate bar that there's so much chocolate in the nose and taste. One dimensional as a beer, but good and I could see where it could be a chocoholics favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2006 01:01:30 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of msubulldog25


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

Enjoyed a pint pour with a bit of espresso/chocolate truffle at Pix Patisserie in Portland, OR. (Happy Birthday to my mother-in-law!) Have had this beer once or twice before, but it's been a while...

A: Rich deep brown with a lingering creamy tan-colored head. Very nice lacing.
S: Initial cocoa and toasted malt are sweet, a deeper more bittersweet (emphasis on 'bitter') dark chocolate follows. Delicious, enticing aromas.
T: Upfront bitterness of the deepest, richest chocolate - quite roasted & bittered by hops. Mellows to a sweeter cocoa with a softer malty/grainy smoothness.
M: Full mouthfeel & body. A wonderful cream consistency, slightly carbonated, with a nice lengthy bittersweet finish.
D: A fine porter, balanced well, though a tad on the bitter side. It's got 'chocolate' without being overbearing. A very nice pint to enjoy alone or with dessert. The Rogue Chocolate Stout Float is a dessert drink I have yet to try, but plan to do so in the near future (they serve them at Rogue and at Pix - supposedly 'invented' by local beer writer Fred Eckhardt, I think...).

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2006 15:49:05 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of Osiris9588


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

It's an opaque black, topped with a creamy, milk-chocolate head--solid retention and decent lacing.

The smell consists of toasted malt, coco, and chocolate. It tastes like a big glass of chocolate milk, except better. Oats, roasted malt, coco, cream, and just a touch of bitterness from the hops, results in a tasty treat of a brew.

The mouth is mellow and creamy on the front, and the dryness of the malt and coco, followed by the assertion of hops, results in a delightfully bittersweet finish. A truly enjoyable stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2006 00:35:05 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of Deconstructionis

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is the first beer i felt compelled to review again in a different serving type. I did not think the on-tap version was near as good as the bottled version. The following are what i gave the bottles:

appearance: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 3.5

The tap version looked just as good but the chocolate and sweetness were far more prominent than in the bottled version-- to the point of being a little overwhelming and seriously detracting from drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2006 21:21:18 | More by Deconstructionis
Photo of Bouncingsoul1682


4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

among my favorites....i have never been let down by rogue...beautiful dark heavy stout...notes of chocolate(obviously) and coffee...this a delightful stout for any occasion...delicious by bottle or on tap

if you're a fan of young's double chocolate this is a must have

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2006 05:30:46 | More by Bouncingsoul1682
Photo of SacoDeToro


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rogue Alehouse in San Fran.

The beer was a deep black with a minimal brown head that diminished into a brown lace that lasted through the pint.

The aroma of this beer is truly unique, expecially as it warms. I've had chocolate stouts before, but never with such a wonderful "Hershey" aroma, just like when you unwrap a fresh bar readying your s'mores. There are some roasty notes in the background and hints of Pacific NW hops.

The flavor of this beer is very roasty with some hints of ash. There isn't much sweet maltiness to speak of. The chocolate comes through very nicely without being overpowering. The hops are there in a good amount, but aren't too citrusy or piney, just nicely floral. The flavors are very complimentary - like a dark cup of coffee with a rich chocolate desert. Mmmm...

The mouthfeel is medium, but I wouldn't mind a little more weight here. Also, the addition of some wheat malt and/or Carapils might help add a little creaminess that this beer lacks.

Certainly the best chocolate stout I've had. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2006 01:45:48 | More by SacoDeToro
Photo of ypsifly


4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Slow's in Detroit.

Black under a finger of light brown that shows good retention with shetts of lace.

Rich chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Hop dryness is in the back but not to be ignored.

Nice balance between the roasted malts and chocolate flavors. Cascade(?) hops give it a nice bitter/dryness that adds further balance to the equation. Lingering chocolate aftertaste gives it a nice dessert like finish.

Awesomely full mouth. Creamy. An excellent after dinner drink. I highly reccomend.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2006 21:21:22 | More by ypsifly
Photo of rabsten

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint cup from a tap at the Blues, Brews, and BBQ event in Charleston, WV.

Chololate is the theme of this beer, 100%

Pours brown with brown head. Nice lacing, destipe the plastic cup
Cocoa aroma.
Tastes like a good, hoppy stout, mixed with dark chocolate.
Feels like a chocolate soda at times. Eatly on, the carbonation was felt as it went down. As the beer warmed, it became much smoother.
Drinkability was ok, got better as the night went on.

Eighty-five degrees with high humidity was not the place for this beer. I will come back to it once we get some frost in the air.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2006 23:31:00 | More by rabsten
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple on tap at Lionheart in Albany last night.

Pours black with a short, milkshake-colored tan head that disappeared relatively quickly, leaving not much lacing, but a pretty solid ring around the glass.

Scent: The immediate onslaught is chocolate. Reminds me of hot cocoa mix. As I inhale more deeply, however, I discern the malt underneath. But as expected, the chocolate dominates.

As for taste: once again the chocolate dominates, especially at the start of each sip. As it coats the mouth, however, there is a sense of roasted malt, a tad bit of coffee flavor, and a very slight bitter finish lingers on the back of the tongue, reminding me once again more of dark chocolate bitter than a typical beer's hoppy bitterness. Given the chocolate scent and the initial flavor, it’s surprisingly dry rather than sweet.

As for mouthfeel: moderately carbonated. Not as heavy on the feel as you might expect from the color and scent, but also not as creamy as I thought it would be.

Drinkability? I liked it so much I had another. For a full-flavored stout, I found it quite drinkable, and the 6% ABV won't hit you as hard as, say, an Imperial Stout. But if you’re not into chocolate-flavored beer, you may consider this to be a “one and done” dessert-type beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2006 13:45:02 | More by Kendo
Photo of bignick


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TPH 4/14/06 for $5. Served in a pint glass.

This is a chocolate lover's chocolate stout. It is a beautiful beer: black with a creamy, slightly brown head that just invited the lucky drinker to imbibe. The taste is sweet for a beer, with an overwhelming chocolate taste. It is almost like drinking dark chocolate, with a nice hop undertone playing with the semi-sweet roastiness of the malt. A little slow going down due to its body, this is a very nice offering from Rogue.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2006 04:39:46 | More by bignick
Photo of gbarron


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint on tap from the Flying Saucer, Columbia, SC.

A - dark, dark tawny brown. Not quite opaque around the edges, but can't see through the middle. Very little if any head to speak of.

S - strong aroma of dark, bitter chocolate. Slight earthy, spicy, grassy hop aromas, but predominant smell is chocolate, roasted barley.

T - amazing flavor of deep, dark, bitter chocolate. Not sweet, but bitter chcolate flavor. Roasted barley, chocolate, toffee, strong brewed coffee. Some earthy hop notes in there as well. Very malty, but not sweet, except a little in the aftertaste. Exceptionally unique chocolate flavor.

M - medium thick. Low carbonation. Bitterness tingles the tongue a bit.

D - extremely tasty brew, get a bomber of this and try it. The only reason I knock off points for drinkability is because I think eventually I would get tired of the chocolate flavor and the alcohol content of this beer would prohibit extended drinking sessions.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2006 16:20:09 | More by gbarron
Photo of ashleyshalyn


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

On-tap in a pint glass

A: Dark Brown black with a creamy coffee colored 2 finger head with great retention.

S: Deep chocolate and coffee malt. A bit of hop is noticeable as well in the background.

T: Low on the hop and high on bittersweet chocolate! Also the coffee taste is much more evident on tap than in the bottle, which surprised me. DO not expect a sweet chocolate with this! In fact, the first time I had this we ate 70% cocoa chocolates along with it and MAN did it really bring that flavor out in the beer… simply amazing!

M: Chewy with low carbonation, but it isn’t too too heavy.

D: A personal favorite I could drink this every day if it wouldn’t make me gain 5 billion pounds!

Cheers to Rogue! This is a fabulous beer on-tap and out of the bottle... I have had both, but this review is for the tap. I'll get around to writing a bottle review when I drink it next time ;) I can’t wait to try a black and tan made with Rogue Choc Stout and Rogue Juniper Pale Ale. I think it would be fab!

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2006 20:36:40 | More by ashleyshalyn
Photo of sulldaddy


2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had a pint of this while visiting Kclingers. THe beer comes in a pint glas and there is a thin creamy tan head floating on the surface. The color of the beer is drak brown with no lite passing through when held up. The aroma is rich and chocolatey, no surprise there. The chocolate is actually fairly sweet like cocoa powder of a hershey bar. First sip reveals a fairly thick body and very mild carbonation. Nice and smooth beer. Then the flavor, things go down a little here IMO. The beer is very sweet chocolate flavored like eating a candy bar over and over. By about mid pint it gets to be very cloying and not very enjoyable. Maybe with some fruit or vanilla ice cream but with a dinner it is just too much sweet chocolate. Of course if you really dig that this is for you. I am turned off by the overdose of chocolate and wish it was some more roasted notes or coffee to balance the sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2006 04:16:15 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.5/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2006 02:57:16 | More by kkipple
Photo of Dithyramb


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2006 19:55:23 | More by Dithyramb
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head. This might come as a shock, but this beer actually smells like real chocolate! If you blindfolded me and put the beer and a chocolate bar in front me, I would be hard-pressed to tell which one was which. The taste is great as well, but I did not receive the chocolate rush that I did from the aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Slightly bitter from the use of hops brings the drinkabikity down a bit, but it's still great for a stout. This beer was a treat to have on tap and left me feeling very satisfied.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2006 00:39:25 | More by Jacobob10
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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the better Rouge beers in my opinion. This stout has a very dark brown color (thick and rich), a brown head with even carbonation. The smell is a very light hint of chocolate. A very stout taste with chocolate overtones and even more chocolaty aftertaste – nice. It’s has a light mouth feel for a stout. This is a very nice chocolate stout!

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2005 04:24:50 | More by TheEclecticGent
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Definately Jet black with a one and a half brown foamy head that left TONS of lace down the sides.

S: Roasted and burnt chocolate, smells delicious
T: Chocolate flavors of course, both burnt and roated with a distinct Nestle Chocolate sauce aftertaste. First couple of sips were good, but got much better after that.
M: Mouthfeel is nice and silky smooth. Tons of chocolate! Not much carbonation on this allows you to savor the flavors.
D: I only had one of these and would have another if I could on tap. amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2005 03:14:20 | More by bjohnson
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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This beer arrived dark brown with a brown, two finger head exhibiting moderate retention and heavy lacing.

Smell – Whoa Chocolate. I mean, they must add a lot of actual chocolate to this beer. Not sure how I feel about it – it’s nearly overpowering. Chocolate rushes to the nose with every sip. It’s not really an expensive chocolate taste either; tastes like lots of chocolate syrup has been mixed in.

Taste - This beer tastes of caramel, with a finish that’s malty and – you guessed it – chocolaty.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is chewy, creamy, medium-full-bodied, rich and smooth.

Drinkability – The overbearing cocoa notes detract from my ability to really get into this beer, but one can tell some work went into making it. Solid. Not my cup of tea.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2005 23:25:47 | More by xoqx
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District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at McGrady’s in Bethlehem

Chocolate. Smells like it. Tastes like it. Looks like it. Pours thick and black with a nice mocha head. The chocolate is the dominant flavor but also has some smoky and malty characters. Hops were not too evident. Really smooth to drink, unfortunately it was on special by the pitcher and even with pawning some off on my skeptical friends I was overwhelmed after two pints. It really s quite bittersweet. Very enjoyable for a pint or two.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2005 19:56:08 | More by akajimmyd
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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