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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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3,345 Ratings

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Ratings: 3345
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 CrellMoset


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

On tap at the Midlothian Capital Ale House.

Appearance: A deep, dark brown body with a tan head. Great retention, solid lacing that sticks all over the place. Very inviting looking.

Aroma: Whoa. There's that natural chocolate flavoring. Smells overwhelmingly of powdered hot cocoa - definitely bringing me back to my Boy Scout days. It's a little more complex than that though, to be fair - a milkyness is present, and there are saccharine notes that aren't just pure "chocolate chocolate." Very nice - smells like you'd imagine a chocolate stout should smell.

Taste: Here goes ... wow, not nearly as sweet as one would imagine from the smell. Everyone's had that powdered hot chocolate in their childhood, so you expect something much milky and sweeter when you sip this one. Not so. It's very dry, much more about the bitter, dark chocolate and other roasted malts than about milk chocolate. There are some pleasant bitter astringencies imparted by the roasted malts, and there's an ever-so-slight non-malt bitterness (the Cascade, I'm assuming, which also gives it a few earthy notes that I can't really attribute to the malts). Only the faintest hints of other Cascade notes detected though, which is good - I've never much liked chocolate oranges. Very rich, without being sweet.

Mouthfeel: Excellent - surprisingly big-bodied and bold (that big head from the oats?), which keeps it from being too thick, with expressive, even carbonation the smoothness of which lends a powdery feel (cocoa powder?) to the whole ordeal, although that may just be my imagination.

Drinkability: Great. It's big-bodied, but everything jives very well. It's not sweet at all, so nothing is cloying, nor is it overly bitter. The chocolate is always present, but it's really just the "chocolate" that's there ... hmmm ... that doesn't make much sense. I always grew up on milk chocolate (as did most people born in this day and age - you're not going to give dark chocolate to a child, right?), but this is that pure cocoa solid flavor, which works very well with all those other toasted malt notes. Very drinkable - pair it with a dessert.

Solid, solid beer. Flavor is solid and balanced, chocolate is powerful without being overpowering, and everything else in the supporting cast comes together nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 02:23:44 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer. Deep milk chocolate permeates almost every aspect of the beer- from the taste to the aroma, and even the mouthfeel is like drinking a hearty chocolate milk that is just perfect. My one complaint is that I wasn't able to directly discern the hop contribution to the beer because the chocolate flavor and aroma was so great. Maybe there isn't one or maybe it's not needed. I'll leave it until my next try to decide, but this is certainly a great one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 08:22:58 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 5/9/08, at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is all chocolate with some roasted malts in there.

T: The taste is a strong mixture of milk and dark chocolate. It's very malty and bitter-sweet. A very mild hops presence comes in after a while but for the most part this beer tastes like a melted chocolate bar leaving that thick cloying sweetness in the after-taste.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-heavy body, light-medium carbonation, finish is very sticky.

D: Tasty if you like the intense chocolate, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I've had some chocolaty stouts before but I think this one overdoes it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2008 01:19:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of ubermick


4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered from the Rogue Alehouse in San Francisco. Came in a standard 12oz "pint" glass.

A: Dark, dark, dark, with a surprisingly slight head.

S: Sweet, chocolate, and malts, with a little vanilla.

T: Boom! Tons of chocolate up front and at the end, with the malts coming in during the middle. Almost like a milkshake as opposed to a beer!

MF/D: Creamy texture, low carbonation, I personally found this to be EXTREMELY drinkable. I'd read in other reviews that this isn't a session beer, but I disagree, I had four of these before I knew what was going on (probably down to my wife helping herself every time my back was turned.) Excellent beer which I thoroughly enjoyed, so much so there's a growler of it sitting in my fridge. (Ooh, speaking of which...!)

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2008 20:17:48 | More by ubermick
Photo of callmemickey


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown-black.. thick white head that slowly fades.. decent lacing...

S: Lots of chocolate.. sweet and bitter.. some caramel and vanilla.

T: Mostly dark bitter chocolate... not much in the way of the softer milk chocolate, caramel and vanilla i got in the aroma...

M: On the lighter end of the the full body spectrum... smooth. creamy.

D: Not too shabby... i'd certaintly have one or two in a night if its on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2008 01:41:33 | More by callmemickey
Photo of JamesS


4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a great opaque color with a wonderful tan head and excellent lacing. It has a very nice scent. a bit of burnt grains with a hint of chocolate. Outstanding taste! A great stout, with burnt grains and coffee flavoring, along wiht an absolutely wonderful dark chocolate taste. It's creamy and goes down great. One of the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2008 00:15:11 | More by JamesS
Photo of MisterStout


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown color with a tan, extremely creamy-looking head that starts about 1.5-2.0" thick and sticks around awhile.

S: Light odor of coffee with hints of alcohol, but overwhelmingly like powdered cocoa (in a good way).

T: So, so smooth. It drinks like Luvel chocolate milk, except not sugary and with a most welcome flavor of hops and a slight coffee intro. Delicious bittersweet finish.

M: Excellent. As I said before, it's akin to drinking bittersweet, beer-flavored chocolate milk.

D: Very high drinkability. Could easily enjoy this all night long.

I appreciate stouts ranging from the kick-in-the-nuts of a RIS like Old Rasputin to the creamy drinkability of Guinness draft. This offering from Rogue is just about a perfect combination of complexity of taste and repeat-drinkability. Will definitely order again...and again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2008 06:53:28 | More by MisterStout
Photo of AleDrinkToThat


4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Richly dark, with a short light brown head that lasts for a pretty good while.

S: Cho.Co.Late. Really, it smells of cocoa powder, or the sugar free mocha syrup that we use at work (Starbucks). A very slight twang of the alcohol as well.

T: Wonderful dessert chocolate flavor, but not very sweet. A roasted flavor is present, and there's a tartness from the malt and alcohol that reminds of the kind of tart berries that pair well with chocolate.

M: Not too terribly thick, but the roasted chocolate flavor stays in the mouth for a good period of time. The tartness of the alcohol and oh-so-slight hops bitterness finish.

D: It's a really "fun" beer to drink. As has been recommended on the site before, it would do very well as a lone-standing dessert or paired with a chocolate-based dessert. I'll enjoy going back for it again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2008 16:46:30 | More by AleDrinkToThat
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pour black with a small tan head. In the aroma, a roasty malt and a small presence of chocolate. In the taste, chocolate and a malty sweetness. A a smooth and small maltiness in the mouthfeel and a semi dry choclate aftertaste. Quite smooth and a very nice chocolate presence.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2008 12:10:32 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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

On tap at the Rogue Public House. Damn...I wish I’d bought more when this was available at the LCBO. Very dark black appearance with a mocha head. Aroma is all about chocolate, and whoah! So is the flavour! Melted chocolate, with hints of smoke and coffee. Smooth drinking and pleasant mouth feel. Extremely drinkable and highly recommended, but perhaps a tad one-dimensional.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2008 17:17:11 | More by bobsy
Photo of johnmichaelsen


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

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours an impressive brooding black color with a creamy, coffee colored head. There is good head retention and lacing, and as already noted, the beer looks impressive. The nose is pretty complex on this beer, with obvious chocolate, but with some underlying citrusy bitterness. The beer really doesn't smell very malty and/or sweet, and as it turned out, it wasn't. On the palate this beer is pretty intriguing. On the initial taste the chocolate flavor is really in your face, but after that I didn't notice it so much. The chocolate, along with what sweetness there is, can be tasted on the front palate, but then the hops come on strong, leading to a very dry, somewhat citrusy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, though it doesn't have the plush creaminess of Stone RIS, KBS or Dark Lord, to name a few. The beer finishes very nicely, and given the relatively low alcohol, I found the beer to be pretty drinkable. There is a touch of licorise and burnt toast at the very end, which is really the only detraction in this otherwise very impressive beer from Rogue.


Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2008 21:36:52 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of DoubleJ


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

Served on-tap in a tulip during my visit at the Sunset Grill & Tap, on to the beer:

I got very little head in my glass and little lacing, but the body is pitch black and intiminating. The smell is extremely inviting, lots of sweet milk chocolate. From the aroma, I was guessing I would be drinking a chocolate shake, but my minor complaint is you can only taste the chocolate towards the end of the sip. It starts out like a stout, roasted bitterness and coffee, before you get to the gold, which is the chocolate. Despite the thick appearance, it goes down easy. I can't say I was dissapointed, I just was expected a different journey in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2007 17:05:51 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Squaretooth


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of rich chocolate. Tastes every bit as good. Pours rich, dark thick, with a nice tan foamy head and very nice even lacing.

I had this in a bottle as well as on tap. Either way you can’t go wrong, but if you can find this on tap anywhere, that is the preferred way to go. Just an awesome beer and one I can drink over and over again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2007 18:47:58 | More by Squaretooth
Photo of pershan


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

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD

A: Black, with a dark creamy head. Nice good lacing down the glass.

S: A very discernable, actual chocolate aroma! Very cool.

T: Chocolately, roasted barley flavor with a nicely subdued hop bitterness in the background.

M: Creamy and thick, with the roasted barley aftertaste dominating.

D: An excellent stout. Maybe not quite as good as the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, but a close second. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2007 19:45:07 | More by pershan
Photo of deanhead


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

Appearance- Deep dark coffee color, The head quickly dissipated and all that was left were tiny bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Although this beer was sufficiently carbed, it did lack a good head, which very well may have been a result of the glass not being cleaned well enough.

Smell- Sweet coffee & cacao, with plenty of chocolate. slightly biscuity. Smells like dessert.

Taste-Rich chocolaty taste with hints of biscuit and toffee tones. If there were such a thing as a beer milkshake, this would be it, only with beer. This beer is fabulous. The chocolate is everywhere on my palate. It is a superbly balanced beer.

Mouthfeel- nice medium bodied beer, very smooth Mouthfeel. The beer was adequately carbonated.

Drinkability- Surprisingly easy drinker. It could be a very dangerous beer. Addictive.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2007 16:45:55 | More by deanhead
Photo of bjoyce12


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hands down, the single best chocolate stout of the several I've tried. A great dessert beer. Definite chocolate in appearance and aroma and taste. It's closest to Hershey bar chocolate. We're not talking Godiva or Ghiradelli here, but a good, overriding chocolate taste.

Separately, on tap is better than in the bottle if you get the choice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2007 02:54:17 | More by bjoyce12
Photo of mhaugan


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Tempe Great Arizona Beer Festival

I had previously stayed away from chocolate stouts. Not sure why. The color was very dark black with a nice thick head. Smell is chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Taste is creamy chocolate with just a hint of bitterness and alcohol. Mouthfeeel was almost slightly grainy. This might have been a function of the tasting environment. I can't wait to try this with a nice slice of plain cheesecake. Will pick up a bottle to have the next time cheesecake is on the menu.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2007 16:28:41 | More by mhaugan
Photo of Damian


4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Redbones Barbecue, Somerville, MA

Poured an opaque brown/black with a one-finger, cocoa-colored, creamy head that slowly faded to a thick ring. Tiny droplets of lacing clung to the sides of the glass and lasted through most of the drink.

The aroma was pure hot fudge from beginning to end. I tried looking for indications of other aromas but soon discovered this was futile.

The taste was a terrificly balanced blend of sweet and bitter flavors. The beer started malty rich, chocolatey (sweet, dark chocolate) and creamy up front with hints of vanilla. Deep, roasted malts and black coffee came through mid-palate. The long-lasting finish was surprising hoppy, espresso-like and quite dry with a rich, chocolatey aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was thick, creamy and silky smooth with a fine, moderate carbonation that brought out the best of the flavors.

Despite its overall lack of complexity, this was an outstanding beer. I sampled it both on-tap and in a bottle and I found the tap version to be richer, smoother, more chocolatey and, overall, far superior. It could pair perfectly with a variety of chocolate desserts but I would recommend savoring it on its own.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2007 03:58:07 | More by Damian
Photo of tpd975


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

Have had this brew in the bomber and most recently on draft.

A: Deep black brew with a nice espresso type head.

S: Chocolate, Chocolate, and more Chocolate did I order a Swiss Miss, pass the Marshmellow please.

T: Boy does the Chocolate stand front and center here, at this point I am begging for the marshmellows. So much chocolate with a great background of malt and a hint of hop.

M: It is pretty heavy, average body for a stout.

D: It goes down as good as it tastes. Due to the overpowering chocolate one pint or bomber is enough for me.

Overall its another good beer by Rogue. I love how they have brought the chocolate into the foreground in this brew while muting the coffee. The coffee is there, but the chocolate is the real star here. This would be a good beer to lay on someone who is wanting to come over to the dark side. It is not too overpowering, and has they nice warming chocolatelyness that will win their heart over. It's a winner in my book!

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2007 18:37:10 | More by tpd975
Photo of cichief


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a creamy brown head.

S- Sweet smell of chocolate, can't believe it is this sweet.

T- Sweet, but not as sweet as the smell advertised. All around a balanced beer, strng chocolate taste present.

M- Smooth, creamy, not too thick.

D- A bit too sweet, chocolaty for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2007 02:14:10 | More by cichief
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Review from notes. On tap at the Crescent Moon in Omaha.

Inky black, viscous liquid, dark tan head. Good retention pretty sweet lacing as well.

Baker's chocolate in the malt; a little sweet and a little bitter, but not overly roasted. I noted a little sting of alcohol in the nose as well.

The flavor is very balanced, sweet malt with a good earthy hop presence. Mostly coffee and chocolate flavors, with some dark fruit as well.

Full mouthfeel, good carbonation keeps things light but properly thick. A little bitter afterflavor, nothing to draw away from the admirable qualities of this sweet stout. Dry finish.

Very natural sort of chocolate flavor that runs throughout. This is an amazing stout, a one-off Shakespeare that does it right: no fake choco syrup or additives. Awesome brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2007 20:07:03 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Slatetank


3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - received the ale cold in a standard pint glass
Thick black body with thin sandstone tan shade head.

S - Bittersweet chocolate and chocolate malt aromas coplimented with sublte citrus odors that lingers with a faint hop aroma. The smell is similar to chocolate cereal.

M - Creamy tip of the tongue sweetness tantalizes. The full body and dry chocolate sweetness finishes with a slight bitterness.

T - Chocolate, the bittersweet variety similar to baking chocolate and cocoa flavors. Nutty and roasty malt with a subtle dry texture. Sweet mixes with bitter or spicy hop tinges toward the end.

D - Decent amount of chocolate in the aroma keeps you coming back. The Cocoa and bittersweet cocoa tastes are the primary flavor with a citric hop quality and a dry stout finish. It is a decent chocolate stout, but not the best chocolate ale overall.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2007 15:05:10 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Ralelen


4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice and dark, think creamy brown head that stays.

S-Wow! Chocolate, a tad roasty with a slight hop bitterness.

T-Nice full body, I can really taste the chocolate, as above a tad roasty.

What a great stout, the first few are very drinkable, after that I start getting a tad full. It was a realy treat to find this on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2007 00:37:34 | More by Ralelen
Photo of kdoc8


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

I had this from a bottle at the Rogue Brewery in Newport, OR. It poured a deep dark brown-black color, not a large or foamy head. It had a mild aroma of chocolate and malt, but not overwhelming. The taste was surprisingly thin and watery for a stout, not full-bodied at all and the flavor of chocoalte wasn't very strong.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2007 23:16:02 | More by kdoc8
Photo of lawrence76


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft at bukowski's -2/19/2007 on a cold night.

Appears very dark in the glass, red when held up to the light. A deep, tan head formed and left exquisite lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of chocolate and heady malts.

Hop bitterness becomes apparent upon the first sip. Excellent body to this beer. A certain grittiness is evident, likely from the use of flaked barley or un-malted oats; simply wonderful on the pallette. More deep malts & some caramelized aspects are present, and a subtle hop aroma which compliments rather than distracts.

A wonderful stout to have on a cold winter night.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2007 13:36:41 | More by lawrence76
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