Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Im not sure if a stout can look ant better that this when pouring into the glass. Pitch black in color with a large frothy tan head that has a slight cascading effect as it builds above the rim of the glass into a perfect dome shape. The head lasts a long time, slowly receding to a thick frothy lace. Lots of chocolate notes on the nose with a good amount of hops that seem earthy in nature. Some roasted and coffee notes also play in, but are intertwined with the chocolate character. This brew is huge in the flavor department and really hits my palate the right way. Roasted notes are far more apparent on the pallet then on the nose. Theres a subtle, slightly smooth start of semi sweet dark chocolate that is followed shortly after by coffee and roasted notes. A slight hint of milk chocolate comes in towards the middle, followed by and soft prickly carbonation. Good hop finish that is again a bit earthy, brings a nice balance. Roasted and coffee notes come back in the aftertaste and last forever, forcing me to draw the glass back up for another sip. Towards the end of the bottle, white sediment is noticeable as it collects on the bottom of the glass. The overall mouth feel is medium and is smooth, yet not quite so smooth due to the roasted notes. Despite this, the brew is incredibly drinkable. Im sorry to see the bottom of the glass, and Im even more sorry that I only bought two bottles.
01-26-2004 23:16:08 | More by byrd
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
An outstanding brew....Exceptional appearance...black, choclolate creamy head, chunky and leving a beautiful lace. Smell...hops, chocolate, malt, a hint of coffee...all in their...definitely invites you to drink. Taste was initially slightly sweet, leveling off at mid palate and ending in anice hoppy burst. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and dry, almost astingent in the finish. A delight for malt, chocolate and hops lovers. Highly revommend.
01-22-2004 23:49:03 | More by edchicma
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Another pint at Rogue's Pub on the Newport dockside.
Very good beer in appearance a dark brown, dark cooking chocolate brown ale. Small tan head.
Smells of good copoking chocolate ( Ghiardelli)..malty and great.
Beautiful full dark chocolate taste..not too sweet yet a nice bitterness is present..especially in the aftertatse.
Very nice on the palate..smooth and rich.
A most drinkable stout..nice
01-19-2004 04:02:43 | More by Reidrover
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
A thick pour; opaque, black beer. The head is dark tan/brown and crusty. Nice. Spotty lacing. The nose shows off plenty of dark chocolate but no possibility of hiding the Cascades. Yum. But the hops are almost confined to the aroma. The beer starts with sweet chocolate, travels through a thick, malty, chocolate base to a bitter, dark chocolate finish. This is a very tasty chocolate drink. The Cascades in the nose offset the chocolate a little, but I wouldn't take offense if somebody called this beer "a bit one-dimensional".
01-17-2004 00:50:48 | More by kbub6f
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Comes in a nice, 22oz bomber, damm skippy. Pours a black gold, a classical stout look with a good, meaty head. Smell is of malt and what else but chocolate. Taste is straight up solid. Much less of a burnt taste is there, though still quite active, this is the best brew to ever hit the chocolate nail on the head. Bold and very drinkable, one of the best chocolate stouts out there.
01-16-2004 22:44:16 | More by RocketWidget
4.88/5 rDev +17.3%
This is dessert in a bottle! It poured a jet black color with a dark brown head that settled into a pillow of foam after about 1 min. The smell was all chocolate, just like sniffing the inside of a truffle. The taste was just amazing with a great chocolate sweetness and just enough hops to balance out the flavor. This is one that could be enjoyed with cake or ice cream or just by its self. What a beer!
01-14-2004 07:06:38 | More by Dmann
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
What the hell was I drinking? Is this beer? Who cares? It was dark, with a chocolate head. It tasted like a good chocolate truffle, not a cheap one, but like a dark chocolate Lindt. It was so yummy, the perfect dessert! I find myself crazing this over cake or ice cream. Masterfull.
01-13-2004 15:27:57 | More by bewareOFpenguin
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Bomber bottle pours black as pitch with a thick, dark, tan head. The aromas are all chocolate, not the syrupy sweet milk chocolate, but a real good bitter dark baking chocolate. The taste is roasted malts and chocolate with a keen dry hop finish. The the cold mouthfeel contrasted nicely with the warm chocolate stout flavors. Dryness increased as the beer warmed. Good stuff, but couldn't see doing more than the one bomber.
01-12-2004 22:01:52 | More by counselor
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
Dark pitck black. It's like looking into the nightmares of a child. Even the head is a dark tan color. But then it all becomes a dream. The everlasting chocolate smell brings me back to my childhood. It's like unwrapping a Symphony dark chocolate bar and getting that magnificent odor. The taste is purely chocolate also. you can feel it melt on your tongue as it goes down. No beer has ever brought me back to my preteen years, except Colt .45, but that is a different story. Another A for rogue. Good times.
01-09-2004 13:50:54 | More by CBFanWish
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Very nice. Pours jet black with a huge tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate - also sweet malts. First taste that hits is slightly burnt malts, then some bitterness. So much chocolate. Dry with very little actual sweetness. Extremely smooth mouthfeel with just a bit of crispness. Somewhat oatmeal stout-like. All in all this is a great brew.
01-07-2004 03:20:35 | More by Admiraldinty
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours the colour of night with a light mocha head which sat and lingered like froth on a cappucino. Smell is of roasted malts and Chocolate almost like an Ovaltine gone Adult. The taste is of Roasted malts at first then the chocolate slides in and dominates, just enough hops come in to dry out the palate and keep everything in line. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with the flavours lingering around long enough to keep the smile on your face. Drinkability is good although they could fill you up quick. Overall a killer Chocolate beer. I give it the edge over the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock because the chocolate character is more subtle and refined.
01-06-2004 18:27:25 | More by TinusTime
4.45/5 rDev +7%
Appearance: Black as night. Darkish head that retained fairly well.
Smell: Mmmmm, chocolate.
Taste: No surprises here, just a thick, huge chocolatey flavor. Not overdone, although it tastes like massive amounts of chocolate were used in making the beer. A well balanced beer is evident behind the chocolate, especially in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Like no other. So rich and velvety that I was taken aback at first sip. Try the beer for this, if nothing else.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Dangerously drinkable. I just don't think I can take so many of these in a row.
A fantastic beer and a very unique flavored stout. I will definitely buy this again, even though it lightened the wallet a little.
01-06-2004 05:52:33 | More by BeefyMee
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours with a thick darkish brown head. Quite black in color. The head is so meringue like that I take a bite of it. The head is like biting into the lightest, fluffiest, slightly sweet chocolate mousse. The aroma is strongly of chocolate, it dominates the aroma of this beer. Quite a creamy body, lightly sweet as well. This beer finishes with a bit of dark malt and a subdued bitterness. Just like the aroma, the chocolate is dominant in the taste of the beer as well. It is like eating a dense, rich, creamy chocolate dessert that is only lightly sweet. Very good, though I must say that it seems a bit one-dimensional.
01-05-2004 22:03:14 | More by Gueuzedude
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours a deep black with a thin, but lasting head. The nose is of chocolate and little spicy, perhaps cinnamon. The 69 IBUs are amply balanced by the malts. Chocolate and oats mellow it even further, although the hops may a play for dominance in the finish.
01-05-2004 06:16:50 | More by TPoling
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
It pours a deep dark brown, but this is something you just know; it might as well be black. It's impassable to light. There's a rapid, light brown creamy head that explodes and just won't go away. The head's the color and texture of chocolate mousse. Three-dimensional lacing runs wild on the side of the glass.
Initially there's a muscular roasted malt aroma, backed by a poignant chocolate bitter-sweetness. There's a strong note of cocoa with an understatement of espresso. Overall the aroma is thick and almost sinewy, in its way.
The thick, rich malt sweetness smacks you in the teeth, and coming in next, and quickly, is the mitigating bitterness of the dark roasted grain. There's a robust thread of dark chocolate throughout the entire flavor. An espresso bitterness rings the back of the mouth at the swallow. The alcohol creates a glow that slides all the way down to the stomach. There's a vague butterscotch patch on the tongue at the finish.
Heavy bodied and dense, this stout slips and slides viscously about the mouth, covering and clinging the whole time it has its way. It deposits a dry sensation across the tongue, as well as a mildly slick buttery feel at the finish.
Chocoholics, rejoice! I like chocolate, and I like this beer! No hints here, it is what it is, and that's a thick, rich, robust stout to make Willy Wonka proud. The heft and ABV limit this to mostly singular indulgences, but that one- OK, maybe two- goes down smooth and with gustatorial delight. Nestle's Quik has always been a down-home comfort drink for me. Now that I'm a big boy, this beer will take that role. In a nutshell, you'd have to HATE chocolate not to like this beer.
01-04-2004 22:35:48 | More by Foxman
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Blackest of black, completely opaque. Pours thick with a dense foamy dark tan head.
Smell is chocolate malt goodness and hints of espresso and some nuts.
Oh, man, that tastes good. Chocolate bombards all of the tounge, stong bittersweet. Coffee dangles at the edges and finishes with a strong chocolate that lingers for a good long time.
Smooth and creamy in the mouth, a dessert for kings.
This is a defining beer for the style. Rogue just keeps proving itself.
01-03-2004 22:36:32 | More by budsboy
4.55/5 rDev +9.4%
650 ml bottle. Pours an opaque deep brown(almost black), with an honest-to-goodness light brown head that lasts and lasts, eventually giving way to ring and sheet cocoa lacing. Big aroma of chocolate, Irish cream coffee, and burnt smoky malts. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Carbonation doesn't bite, but it's there. Taste is chocolate, roasted and caramelized. Smokiness is noticeable. Cascade hops peep in, but the Dutch chocolate drives them away. Damn, this stuff has an overwhelming taste. I don't know how any other stout can claim to be a chocolate stout, standing against this one. Excellent product here, and I love it! Really close to liquid food.
01-03-2004 00:29:05 | More by merlin48
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Initial impression was typical for a stout: dark, almost black with reddish highlights when tipping the glass under bright light. Head was thin, dark tan and dissipated quickly. Aroma was enough to knock your head back... at first. Deep chocolate and roasted malt, just a hint of coffee/expresso, very bold.
Taste was overwhelmingly of chocolate and roasted malt, strong and with plenty of "bite". Definitely not for the light of heart. Well balanced for the amount of flavor present, and definitely a superior example of the style.
Intense flavor and heavy mouthfeel detract from the overall drinkability of this beer. The single 22oz. bottle was enough to leave me burned out on chocolate, and feeling stuffed.
01-02-2004 17:52:58 | More by Ilacquin
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a black color with a thick brown head. The aroma is sensational as chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and some more chocolate are very strong on the nose. This first smell did get me ready for the chocolate overload here. The flavor is huge, my first thought was a liquid chocolate candy bar. The chocolate is wonderful and the stout is well balanced on the malt and bitterness levels. By far the most flavorful chocolate beer I have ever consumed.
The mouthfeel is thick and full bodied. Subtle coffee and bitterness linger on the tongue behind the chocolate well into the aftertaste. The drinkability is knocked down a notch because after finishing the bomber bottle, I felt like I ate the several whole chocolate bars and I had enough for this sitting. I consider this a chocolate meal.
01-01-2004 19:50:07 | More by Gavage
3.2/5 rDev -23.1%
I think I got a bad bottle or something, cause I got no choclate in this whole beer. The most I got was a heavy bite from hops, which I don't care for too much. I have had the Brooklyn Chocolate Stout and that blows this one away, as far as balanced out malts and hops, as well as taste. This one was way too hoppy for me and had little balance. I got very little malts in it at all, which was a huge let down. The best thing about this brew, for me, was the apperance. This is simply one of the best looking beers you will ever see. Nice head retention and super dark color. The color was so beautiful, I couldn't see through it, so that's a plus in my book. Other than that, this was below average, as far as chocolate stouts go. I couldn't finish the bomber, and that says a lot to me.
12-27-2003 07:53:02 | More by JISurfer
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Dark ebony black with a three finger brown head.
Very chocolate filled aroma, like a Lindt dark chocolate truffle, perfectly chocolaty.
Roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate impressions in the taste. Very bitter from the chocolate malt
Creamy smooth, full feel, very robust, some hop earthyness and a large amount of hop bitterness.
Very easy to drink, the only problem is I think I'd burn out on the chocolate after awhile.
12-24-2003 16:30:21 | More by mschofield
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
An excellent beer. Poured pitch black with a captivating dark tan head. Nice lacing throughout the session and nice head retention as well.
Awesome aroma. Truly smelled like a chocolate covered truffle. Absolutely fantastic!
Chocolate! Chocolate! The best chocolate stout I have ever had. Really does a favor to the style! Bittersweet chocolate destroys the hops that are fighting for survival. Some suddle coffee and toffee as well, but mainly just chocolate. This is a perfect dessert beer. Smooth and silky with a nice bitter finish.
Not a fault.
12-24-2003 02:04:13 | More by Crosling
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
Appearance This was hands down the most awesome-looking beer that I have rated to date. The body is a gorgeous, thick black and the head was to die for. It was gigantic, spilling all over the place, then settling down into a slow receding pattern that seemed to last forever. It left a film an eighth of an inch thick on the inside of my glass.
Smell Cowabunga! This smells like a Hersheys bar. The chocolate is very refined and laced with artificial sugars. Its actually more of a dark chocolate, almost like a baking chocolate. Either way, its great.
Theres also a nice malt base and the threat of hops at the tongue, but lets not kid ourselves. This one lives up to its name.
Taste The hops fight their way out at the taste, but the bittersweet chocolate flavors dominate.They call on a bit of coffee for sure, but the bitter coca and refined sugars carry the show.
Mouthfeel Not as smooth as I had hoped from the nose, but this is bordering on full-bodied and is very bitter at the mouth.
Drinkability A perfect nightcap. This would go well with burnt crème or crème brulee.
12-20-2003 04:57:19 | More by RoyalT
4.72/5 rDev +13.5%
Appearance: So black it was sucking the light out of the room, Generous creamy chocolate/espresso milkshake head with great retention and sheets of creamy lace.
Smell: Powdered/sweetened hot cocoa, espresso, sweet roasted malts, earthy, hints of dark cherries.
Taste: Semi-sweet malt/cocoa start, middle is full with dark fruits and minimal fizz, dry-hop/bitter-chocolate finish with lingering dry bitter aftertaste of cocoa and roasted malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied malt, appropriate low level carbonation.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable... Willy Shakes gone Swiss Miss. Rivals Young's Double Chocolate, but a tad more bitter and not as silky smooth.
12-20-2003 02:22:00 | More by DagFishHead
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
ive been looking for this forever, the day has come, my panties are creamed, and here she is in all her glory. pitch black baby. small bubbly brown head that dies down to a ring, leaves a nice lace. huge cocoa smell, dark chocolates, just damn wonderful. taste? huge chocolate everywhere, dark chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, roasted/burnt malt, a decent amount of bitterness from the hops, the aftertase is pure joy, leaving the sense that you just had an iced expresso. a little creamy and really smooth, but it finishes crisp and a bit dry. interesting mouthfeel indeed. a down right awesome brew. just like the name says, its a chocolate beast, so dont expect anything different. this one gets a goat thrown \m/. a head bang AND an "ace of spades" dedication.
$3.49 a bomber.
12-19-2003 06:22:56 | More by DESTRO
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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