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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,881 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,881
Hads: 4,020
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 382
Gots: 499 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Reviews: 1,881 | Hads: 4,020
Photo of heygeebee
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - pours a three finger coarse tan head over a black body. Fades slowly to film with little lace.

S - milky coffee, milk chocolate, nuts, pistachio.

T - very lightweight and at odds with smell. Darker choc notes on palate, lots of coffee as well. Creamy.

M - lightweight carbonation and lightweight body.

O - a surprise package, smacks of coffee and bitter chocolate but in such a light taste overall. Undecided. Still unsure of Rogue yeast tho to this palate with overall aftertaste.

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Photo of bigalgochu
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Was a little hesitant about this one as it is the first chocolate stout I have tried.

Keen on trying a few more now!

This is a great beer.

Pours very dark with a tan head that dissipates

Smells something like ovaltine.. nice and sweet

Tastes hoppy at first with a lingering dark chocolate flavour

Excellent beer .. going to have to have a go at brewing a chocolate stout now

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have seen this beer in the fridge at work for months though never tried it. I decided to give her a go and purchased a 22oz bottle with my food. I poured the beer and it looked fantastic. I am a fan of stouts so I had high hopes. I took a whiff and the beer impressed me once again. It was only when I proceeded to take a taste that I realized that this was not my brew. The initial taste was delightful but then easily overpowered by strong hints of cocoa powder. I read the bottle and they hit the nail on the head by describing it as "chocolate truffle." Too choco for me. I would recommend to a friend. Merely for kicks- as a novelty beer.

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Photo of scotorum
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams English nonick.

a: Opaque black. A two inch tall tan head receded fairly quickly to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Dark chocolate!

t: Same as the nose. Thge sweetness is balanced by some bitterness but not as much as noted in their Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout which I had recently.

m: Light to moderate. Occasional hints of wateriness.

o: A good chocolate stout, easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of mabermud
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent chocolate stout. The appearance is chocolatey, the smell is that of chocolate, and the taste is right on...chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, I would call this the standard for all chocolate stouts. Then again, if you want more of this, have the Double Chocolate Stout. A double serving of this magical drink. I will have this regularly.

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Photo of admiral
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable beer - full of milk chocolate goodness

aroma: not surprisingly, strong milk chocolate predominates - very nice!

taste: creamy milk chocolate with spice, oats and coffee/roasted barley notes. Also has a hint of citrus from the hops and I also detected slight vegemite. Aftertaste has a slight bitterness with chocolate mixed in.

A beer that is great by itself but I think it would excel paired with a dessert.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark brown black with a great tannish head. First sniff and I'm in heaven. Pure chocolate. Expecting a sweetness due to the aroma but this beer is not sweet at all. Lots of body and flavor and goes down well. A very impressive beer. Can't wait to try the double chocolate.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 4/28/14. Comes in a single 22 ounce (650ml) bottle with a embossed label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a english pint glass.

Pours a pitch-black in color with a 3-finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly that leaves lots of lacing. You can smell the 'imported chocolate' right off the bat with some malts & hops. The taste is to be expected. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts! Just a slight bitter aftertaste, which is from the various hops. The "9 ingredients: 2-Row, C-120 & Chocolate Malts, Cascade Hops, Rolled Oats, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast" is written on the right side of the bottle. If you like chocolate stouts that is loaded with taste, then this is for you. First 'Rogue 'that I have had and they make several different types. Overall a enjoyable brew. I would of rated it higher if not for the slight bitter aftertaste that lingers.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Super sweet powdery milk chocolate, roasted, bready malts, and a little earthiness.

Taste: Definitely like the aroma. Chocolate up front with some chewy malts, roastiness, bitterness, earth, and a char.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat light to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, a little chewy, and a little bitterness in the rear.

Overall: Pretty solid American Stout. Now I why it has been rated the most for this style.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich chocolate, a little coffee, and roasted malt.
The taste is nice and chocolaty with some mild coffee bitterness in the background to balance it out.
The texture is crisp with some smoothness on the side and moderate carbonation.
Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Mojo
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter

A - pours up jet black with a foamy two inch head that is a rich mocha color. Retention is pretty good and lacing is outstanding.

S - the aroma of chocolate, sweet and beautiful to the nose.

T - Definite caramel malt notes with some toffee and licorice thrown in, big chocolate flavor and a coffee roasted nut finish.

M - thick and chewy with a bit of a lingering aftertaste

O - I didn't expect much as Rogue produces mostly okay but unspectacular offerings. I thought this one was the bomb diggety. Loved it.

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Photo of safaricook
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thick beige head, very stable. Body is black and clear. A beauty.
I smell milk chocolate, really sweet, not much else
Some sourness first, hop bitter, sometimes a bit metallic aftertaste, lingering dark milk chocolate, not sweet as nose suggested, only little roasted barley
Medium to heavy body, smooth, little but noticable fine carbonation
This is a good beer. It is well crafted. The nose is pure chocolate and the taste is nicely complex. The main problem I have is that the nose suggest something sweet and what you get at first is sour and bitter. I also miss roasted barley that is typical for the style. Anyway, will definitely get this again.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into a small plastic cup (unfortunately all that I had at the time).

1.5 finger head over a solid black-brown body. Head settled to a thin layer that stayed around a while. Lacing on the side of the glass.

Chocolatey scent over the head, as advertised. Not much else.

Taste: Bittersweet dark chocolate. More on the bitter side than the sweet side. Not too bad. The bottle label says 69 IBU.

Moderately strong carbonation.

Overall, perhaps a little too tart for my tastes, but it's not so extreme that I don't want to finish it.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a medium brown head.

S: Tons and tons of sweet milk chocolate in the nose, with some sweet cream, a touch of coffee. A bit like a latte or a mocha.

T: Taste is more like dark chocolate with a little roasted malt and a decent amount of coffee.

M: Full bodied and a bit creamy and kind of smooth.

O: Smells better than it tastes, but it's still a really good chocolate stout. Their double chocolate stout is better.

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Photo of papat444
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this a while back, just getting to putting up a review now.

Poured from a bomber.

Dark pour, mostly chocolate in aroma and flavor. Nice, not too rich. Easy to drink for sure. Wish there were more flavor profiles but they did nail the chocolate part. Good but not a stand out for me.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.84/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

650ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a snifter and a wine glass.
No Bottle date.

Appearance: Rogue Chocolate stout appears pitch black in the glass , with a strong backlight only revealing a little deep red along the edges of the glass (this stuff is pretty dark for the Abv.). A standard pour yields a massive dark tan coloured head. The head displays fantastic retention and leaves beautiful rings of lacing clinging to the glass as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Given all the great reviews, the nose is actually quite disappointing. There is a fair amount of chocolate, but it seems somewhat fake and more like chocolate flavour than actual chocolate. Other notes include: Oats, toasted malt and some creamy caramel.

Taste: As with the nose the flavour is rather disappointing. There isn't a ton of flavour and the beer comes across as somewhat watery. There is a fair amount of (fake) chocolate flavour, some roasted malt, a toasty character and a pleasant bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Blegh, this doesn't work at all, the body is thin and watery. The carbonation is okayish at a medium-high level but it is a little harsh.

Overall: Another shitty beer from Rogue, I can't see I'll be buying anything more from these guys.

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Photo of Weston19
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Black, dark latte colored head. Looks gorgeous in a glass.

S: Definitely chocolate, like a bitter sweet kind of chocolate so something like unsweetened dark chocolate, some grassy notes, and you get the hops. Very nicely balanced.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted barley, nice hop kick to it, has a beautiful dark chocolate aftertaste. Awesome beer.

M: Full bodied, good carbonation which is great so you won't feel full. Has an oily finish.

O: Super tasty chocolate stout that's not overly sweet. Many different flavors come out and all have their fair share of presence in your mouth. Go out and buy this!

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Photo of chefcurtlee
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was impressed by the rich espresso color of this stout. It had a perfect mouthfeel. I could pick up on the chocolate flavor without it being overpowering. Is was smooth and creamy with just the perfect level of carbonation and a pleasantly bitter finish. It may sound crazy but it had the after taste of a tootsie roll. I have not had a lot of chocolate stouts, but after this one, I will be seeking them out.

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Photo of BradT
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Popped the cap, smells of chocolate milkshake come to mind. Pours jet black with a one finger milk chocolate colored head. Taste is good, not quite as rich as I'd hoped for so looking forward to trying the Double Chocolate Stout. Honestly, this tastes like a Hershey's kiss, I just wish it had more of an alcohol zip the the Southern Tier Creme brûlée. Great beer though my wife likes, would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Gambelli
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Lots of technical brewing info
printed onto the painted label bottle, but no ABV.

A- Pitch black, semi-sweet chocolate color. No light gets through this one. 1/2" light brown
head, dissipating into a fine layered cap. Carbonation level undetectable due to the dark color.

S- Chocolate and more chocolate nose. Maybe a hint of roasted grain. No, wait, that's more chocolate. A bit of marshmallow cream in there too.

T- Roasted grain bitterness up front, washed away by sweet creamy chocolate, dark chocolate, and other exotic chocolate flavors, along with a touch of mocha/coffee on the back. Familiar Rogue PacMan yeast there too.

M- Creamy smooth to start, with grain and a little hop bitterness, passing into a coffee-like

O- Not one of my favorite styles, but a great representation of it. Exactly what the label declares, Chocolate Stout. Good balance, creamy mouthfeel, plenty of chocolate. Well done beer by Rogue.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this chocolate stout is one of the best I've had. Its a lovely be chocolate brown and the head is a beautiful mocha brown it smells vaguely of chocolate in roasted malts the taste is the deep malts roasting notes and of course in some chocolate. The mouth feel is also very very well done and the carbonation is perfect score. overall awesome beer

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
1.74/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

This is a poor beer. I do not understand the love for it on this site. The beer has little flavor. I don't get a lot of chocolate flavor. The poorest aspect of this is the mouthfeel. So thin. Nothing redeeming about this beer that I can tell. I used to like Rogue Shakespeare Stout and I'd heard that this was better. I hesitate to even try old Billy Shakes if this is better.

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Photo of shigg85
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Did a tasting from two bombers, the older 12-ingredient version and the new 9-ingredient one with real chocolate and less hop. Basically, that was the difference, and I thought the previous 12 ingredient version was better, more unique. The new version definitely has a smoother, more delicious chocolate flavor, but without that hop background, it tastes just like any other quality chocolate stout. The original 12-ingredient had something special in that combination.

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Photo of gtcastle
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Jet Black with a nice one and a half finger high dark khaki/cappuccino colored head.
Smell: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.
Taste: Chocolate, bitter coffee, and more chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not at thick as it's dark color would suggest. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A good beer, one that I will be buying again in the near future.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance - very black, some evident carbonation sneaking up the side of the glass. Thick, creamy mocha head. Lacing is decent.
Smell - chocolate brownie, vanilla, some caramel!
Taste - Coffee, bitter chocolate, creamy espresso latte.
Feel - dry, medium body with a mild bitter chocolate finish.
Overall - solid offering; worth the try. A bit pricey and starts out strong but slowly declines.

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