Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,874
Hads: 3,980
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 367
Gots: 465 | FT: 5
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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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Photo of justintcoons
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On-tap poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Black with 1 finger of tan head.

Nose
This smells like straight up Hershey's syrup.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

Overall
Sweet chocolate mixed with a nice stout. And to reiterate: Hershey's syrup. (415 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tall mug. Pours a very dark brown/black with a nice thick tan head. The chocolate is noticeable right away while pouring. It's a darker chocolate flavor and smells absolutely delicious. Taste is surprisingly hoppy and bitter but the dark chocolate flavor softens the blow. This is almost like a cross between an IPA and a stout. The hops bring a slight sting while the chocolate and oats add creaminess to the palate. Mouth is very creamy. Goes down so smooth, I could drink this all day. (521 characters)

Photo of BulbousBeer
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This in my mind is not really a stout, it is a IPA/stout hybrid. I love a hoppy beer when I order one but a stout should not taste like this, a stout is more about the malt not the hops, I would of probably loved it if I was not expecting a stout. Forgetting what this beer is supposed to be, it has good chocolate and coffee flavors, but the body is a little lacking, it is actually a pleasant drink. But i'd rather of had a actual stout.

Second tasting. After trying this a second time, I have changed my mind. Being from the UK I am used to a British style of stout, as that was what I was expecting I was disappointed. This time around I took a more open minded sip. This is actually a very tasty and balanced beer, i still find it some what a hybrid to my tastes but a real tasty one. I hope to try more from Rogue ales. (826 characters)

Photo of Bills453
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - dark black body and a thick creamy delicious light chocolate milk looking head that lasts and lasts.

Smell - chocolatey, malty, roasts, amazing.

Taste - see smell. Great mixture of all of these together.

Mouthfeel - creamy and smooth.

Overall - an absolutely amazing stout. (290 characters)

Photo of wac9
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

wonderful stunning sexy beer , just wow , just watching pour out into a glass is magic , sitting in your glass waiting to be drank is almost too much too bear its a os chocolate oh yeah enjoy this beer i can find a thing wrong so enjoy this beer good times (256 characters)

Photo of Converge
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark cola hue with slight red highlights while going into the glass, but once in there it looks completely black. Big billowy dark tan head of large bubbles. Excellent head retention and sticky chunks of foam cling to the glass on all sides.

S - Certainly a chocolate stout! Cocoa nibs, bittersweet and inviting give it a big chocolatey character, with hints of caramel malt and vanilla in the background. Not quite as rich or complex as I had anticipated, and there are some crisp hops that feel a tad out of place. The roast is there, but mild, and certainly doesn't hint to 70 IBU. Still, this is a nose to behold, with as much chocolate character as any beer I've had before.

T - Well, there were definitely some IBUs hiding in there somewhere after all. Profile starts of with lots of chocolate, cocoa, and a hint of vanilla at the front of the palate, then soon gives way to a more robust, bitter mid-palate and finish. Roasted barley, charred malt, and coffee roast all come through and last into the finish, along with some subtle, earthy hops. Not quite the chocolate punch the nose had me believe, but a great, well-rounded and balanced brew.

M - Body is medium weight and lively with carbonation, a little too lively for my liking in fact. The bubbles feel overly large, detracting from the smoothness. Typically if a stout is going to have this much carbonation, I like to see finer bubbles to keep the texture smooth and creamy.

D - Enjoyable chocolate stout, but probably not my first choice for the style. Overall it was certainly worth trying, but I'd still put it below DDC's Aphrodisiaque. Another solid beer from the folks at Rogue; good stuff. (1,707 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 02-15-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Big, creamy tan head on a black and opaque beer. Head retention is excellent and lacing is good.

S: Chocolate malts and sweet aromas of milk chocolate, plus vanilla. The smells open up as the beer warms.

T: Milk chocolate sweetness is balanced nicely by the earthy hops. Other flavors are toasted malt, dark breads, vanilla and some woodiness.

M: Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The finish is balanced with sweet chocolate malts and the bitterness in the hops and roasted grains.

O: Excellent stout here from Rogue; solid on all fronts.

Thanks to Kirk for this one! (740 characters)

Photo of One_Man_Gang
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was an awesome chocolate stout, from one of the best breweries in the US.

Color: Dark, dark brown. Can't see thru it at all
Head: Tan, not huge, but present, some lacing but not constant
Smell: chocolate comes thru in the nose, also some smokiness, some hops
Taste: very, very good. taste like a premier stout that has been aged over 80% cacao dark chocolate chips. the bitterness of the beer (69 IBUs) and the bitterness of the dark chocolate pair so well, it's brilliant. Yet somehow you aren't left feeling the beer is too bitter, it gives the impression of being the absolute best thing you could ever have for dessert.
Texture: well carbonated, medium to full mouth feel.
Overall this was an extremely enjoyable experience. Couldn't recommend this enough, both to the hop head and/or the stout lover. (812 characters)

Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mighty tastey brew, very good stuff...feel like he nailed this one. I dont like to feel like I am drinking a chocolate soda when I choose a choclate stout... and that was understood when this one was brewed.

The choclate malt and black malts are in your face, bold and smooth beer. No bitter after bite, makes you want to keep on drinking, very pleasant beer.

Loved this one! (377 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A solid beer and it definitely delivers on it's chocolate taste but it wasn't quite complex enough for me. Just a chocolate beer by itself leaves me feeling like something was lacking. I also have to say that I would like a little higher abv with a beer like this and it only checks in at 6 percent. (299 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled served in a weizen glass

Opaque black with beautiful 3 finger chocolate foamy head with popping bubble and sticky lacing with good retention

One of the most pleasant chocolate noses ever, more smooth silky milk chocolate than some, it fills the palate with visions on chocolate desserts of all varieties, especially hot cocoa. As sweet as the nose is the bitter start of the beer is actually a little off putting at first. I love a good robust bitter stout but this just does seemed balanced with the nose. Earthy, herbal bitterness with chocolate and a touch of warming mouthfeel, smooth, full body.

Overall anytime I want to smell yummy liquid chocolate this is a great pick, but there are many better tasting stouts out there though this one is solid. (765 characters)

Photo of richj1970
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass.

A: Pitch black with one finger tan head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Unsweetened chocolate, nuttiness, some coffee aroma. Chocolate prevailed originally with coffee coming into the foreground more as it warmed up.

T: Bitter chocolate with coffee notes. Mellowed quite a bit as it warmed up and came off a bit creamier and sweeter.

M: Full bodied and a bit dry with light carbonation.

O: A good chocolate stout. Enjoyable, but not my absolute favorite of the group. Flavor does improve substantially as it nears room temperature. (585 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rogue Ales 'Chocolate Stout' @ 6.0% , from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7

A-pour is a dark chocolate brown with a small tan head that is quickly dissapating leaving a spotty lace ring along the pint glass after every sip

S-so chocolately , made with imported chocolate

T-chocolate milk with good booze in it , also an earthy oatness lingers

MF-so smooth , good carbonation , medium to full bodied , there is the dry bitter aftertaste that lingers on the palate and throat

Ov-good almost great beer , I will seek out again despite the $$

sampled alongside Rogue-Mocha Porter & Granville Is-Imperial Chocolate Stout

prost LampertLand (640 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle, no bottled on date present, uncapped and poured to a Boulevard tulip glass. Excited to try this beer, as it will be my first stout from Rogue.

A - Pours dark as the night, no light is visible shining through. Nice finger and a half of mocha colored head chillin on top, that goes down quick.

S - Deep dark fire melted chocolate smell is prevalent for damn sure. Smells fresh, potent, and wonderful. Hint of vanilla bean in there, but ultimately the chocolate is the dominant feature of the nose. More of a coffee smell begins to creep out as the beer begins to warm.

T - Rich creamy chocolate hits you right away, and finishes with a nice subtle enhanced roasted coffee bean flavor. Very nice, to be sure. Again, as the beer warms the coffee bean flavor begins creeping out more, slightly overwhelming on the chocolate, which should be more highlighted than it is.

M - Creamy smooth mouthfeel. Dark coffee bean flavors linger around on the palate for a minute. A full-bodied beer, but doesn't sit as heavy as some beers do.

Overall, I definitely think it is a stout worth trying, but there are better chocolate stouts out there. This was the first one I've had by Rogue, and it was about what I expected it to be. A thoroughly enjoyable stout, although I'm no stout expert, so don't take my word for it. Try it for yourself.

Personally, I'm following this up with a shot of the Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey, which is going to be the real treat. Cheers, friends!

Rogue Chocolate Stout --- 4/5 (1,507 characters)

Photo of KingSlayer
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle poured into a beer pint.
poured a jet black untranslucent liquid, nice creamy dense tan 3 fingers persistent head, lots of lacing.
nose smells good but isnt that intense, composed of roasted malts, milk chocolate cocoa powder, and hint of aromatic hops.
intense palate of dark chocolate, dark roasted malty sweetness, bitter cocoa powder, surprisingly bitter (but not in a bad way) because i expected it to be very sweet.
full silky creamy body, lots of carbonation, alcohol well masked.
overall a very pleasant stout to drink, is heavy and creamy, the bitter cocoa powder flavor is marked and lasts in your mouth like a heavy mocha coffee. goes down easily, alcohol barely noticeable. this opens up as reaching towards room temp. (744 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The stout poured from the bottle a solid dark color. Definitely no clarity to it. There wasn't much of a smell to it either; slight hints of malt and cocoa at most. The taste, however, was of a rich, bittersweet chocolate. It was like drinking cocoa nibs or a chocolate bar. It was pretty smooth. Lingering malt and bitter aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Definitely. (376 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 poured into a tall sniffer.

A - starts out with tall head of tiny bubbles, dies down to thin film, pretty nice lacing

S- when cool, a bit of sweetness and chocolate

T - cool, a very pleasing chocolate. I like this. As it warms, it seems to lose the sweetness I was enjoying and gained some bitterness; not necessarily a bad bitter, but it threw me off a bit after the initial sweetness

M - smooth when cool, a bit dry when warm

O - not a bad one, though I'm not sure I cared for how much it changed as it warmed up. I think it's not one to sip slowly. (560 characters)

Photo of arfenhouse
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A:Black with brown foam. Large head. Forms rings and has good retention. Can't look much better than this.

S: Bakers chocolate. Smells like milk chocolate malted milk ball candies.

T: Bittersweet chocolate all the way through. Finishes with a roasted malt bitterness. Chocolate flavoring was a bit overdone in my opinion.

M: Thick and creamy. Low carbonation. Perfect for the style.

O: A chocolate stout that delivers on the chocolate flavor. (447 characters)

Photo of TheDinger
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Great looking opaque/black pour with a nice adequate 1+ finger mocca head. Smell was baking chocolates up front with semi-sweet chocolate on the back. Fits the name and that's what I was looking for. Maybe some burnt malts stuffed in there, but huge chocolate. Taste was melted chocolate bars with a little hop finish. Again, some dark fruits/malts are there, but the chocolate takes center stage on this chocolate stout bomb. I get a blend of different chocolate which is nice. Baking, semi sweet and dark combination. Feel is middle of the road and quite silky/creamy. Mild carbonation on this which is just fine. Overall- It is what it is! A chocolate stout with not a ton of bells and whistles. If you like chocolate in your beer, this is right there for you. Not over the top, but a good sipper and pretty enjoyable. A solid effort that hit the spot for me. Not the best out there, but work the try- (940 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is deep brown with a long-lasting khaki head and great lacing. Sweet chocolate, Hershey syrup, lacto, light roast, and coffee in the aroma. Taste is much more roasty, dark chocolate, a hit watered down, caramel, coffee, and anise with a lightly roasted bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Not bad for a chocolate stout which I'm not always too crazy about. (375 characters)

Photo of allenson21
2.98/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber to pint glass

Had a LONG week of work and couldn't wait to drink this for the first time.

A - Cracked it open and poured (with a slightly heavy wrist) into my pint glass. Looks good. DARK brown - almost black - even in the light. Not much head (1/3 inch even with the slightly agitated pour) but a nice tan color.

S - Maltiness... Chocolate.... Nuttiness... Coffee? In that order. hmmmm, let's see how it performs

T - I left a little dinner on my plate, skipped desert, and passed on sweats all day for this?!? Where's the chocolate? I taste an average-stout, with average maltiness, and some hints of chocolate and nuts. A little too hoppy.

M - Oily / watery stout. Slightly under-carbonated. Not exactly pleasing to the palate.

Look, I understand the paradigm that chocolate stouts should not be over-chocolatey, however, this is will be a disappointment to anyone looking for an even-slightly sweet treat. It was drinkable, but boring. According to the website, this stout is:

"Ebony in color with a rich creamy head. The mellow flavor of oats, chocolate malts and real chocolate are balanced perfectly with the right amount of hops for a bitter-sweet finish."

-Color was ebony, but the creamy head was not.
-Oats? No.
-Chocolate malts and real chocolate? Meh, malts and a hint of chocolate.
-Too much hops making the beer more bitter than sweet. (1,365 characters)

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling date: none

A: A fairly aggressive pour into a standard pint glass produced about two fingers of light mocha colored and clumpy head. After several minutes this head dissipated to a collar and did not leave any lacing. The beer is a deep, dark infinite ebony and absolutely opaque.

S: The aroma is very strong and consists of rich chocolate and malt sweetness, roasted oats and barley, and just a little underlying earthy hops.

T: The taste has elements of unsweetened chocolate, dark roasted oats and barley with just a little bit of carbon char; and, there is also some earthy and just slightly spicy hops.

M: The body is fairly light with a very smooth and creamy feel. And, there is only a little carbonation which fits just right with this beer.

O: This is truly a chocolate tasting chocolate stout. Yet, since the chocolate has an unsweetened character it fits really well into really good oatmeal stout. The result of this combination is a pleasing blend and balance of unsweetened chocolate and dark roasted grains along with the some earthy and slightly spicy hops to add complexity. (1,105 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my nonic:

A: thick black colored body with a two finger foamy tan head. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: milk chocolate up front with some nice vanilla entering sweetly in. Some malted roastiness is there as well.

T: bitter but also sweet in different aspects, sometime one or the other.

M: very thick with nothing harsh on the tongue, medium, fairly drinkable for an American Stout.

O: this is pretty good as some nice complex flavors come out yet it doesn't overly excite, though it could pass for a "milk/sweet stout." I'd have this again. (582 characters)

Photo of BigBarley
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out thick, jet black, with a finger of tan, bubbly head, immediately recedes to foam tracings

S - Sweet, milk chocolate profile, with vanilla right beneath, malt profile of roasted nature sits boldly behind it all. Surprisingly sweet aroma, almost 90% pure chocolate scent

T - Bitter, roasty flavor comes out on top, sort of an oaky black character, with a chocolatey sweetness hovering behind it all. Roasted stout flavor all over, not as much chocolate as a dark coffee stout profile.

M - Plenty thick, somewhat syrupy, active foam carbonation. Good and chewy, doesn't disappoint on mouthfeel.

O - Good beer. Great beer, in fact. Just didn't deliver much on it's promise. Did it smell chocolatey? Oh yes. Did it taste chocolatey? ...perhaps. Same as most stout, it had that roasted, dark chocolate character. But unfortunately, it wasn't much of anything special. The smell was more exciting and new than the flavor, but the flavor still stood up as a strong, enjoyable stout. I will drink this again, but not when I'm in the mood for strong chocolate notes (1,073 characters)

Photo of KajII
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a very dark muddy brown almost black with an average (1-2 finger) medium brown rocky head that receded steadily, down to a thin film with a large collar and had fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was loaded with chocolate right up front along with some burnt malts, a light resin hop and a doughy yeast and had notes of coffee, dark chocolate and a mild nutty presence.

Taste was bitter sweet and malty with a note of dark chocolate in the beginning, and then became moderately bitter with a bold dose of coffee and yes more bitter chocolate towards the finish. The flavor hung around for quite a long time after the swallow, with a very bitter mocha coffee taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was full in body with a dry, oily texture and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall and simply put, this brew is a Chocoholics dream and I am hooked...

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
94 out of 100 based on 1,874 ratings.