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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,882
Hads: 4,021
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 382
Gots: 500 | 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: 1,882 | Hads: 4,021
Photo of elvislwyr
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours dark brown from the bottle, with an ample, cola-like head.

S: Dry baking cocoa is the dominant note, with undertones of conventional stout-like toasted malt. Not unexpected, but pleasing.

T: The taste reverses the smell, with toasted malt making its appearance at the forefront, but with just the subtlest hint of dark chocolate in company with hops in good balance, appearing most plainly on the finish.

M: This beer's mouthfeel doesn't quite match its good looks, smell and taste, and was somewhat thinner and more sparse than I expected, though it is accompanied by a pleasant amount of carbonation.

O: Competent, if not complex, the components of this beer don't, for me, add up to an outstanding whole. I'd drink it again, and it is solidly above-average, but somehow seems slightly lacking.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, rich dark red brown almost black with a large dark tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: big chocolate nose, sweet, brown sugar, dark malt

T: cocoa, vanilla, cinnnamon, bitter chocolate taste up front that quickly fades into a malty middle, slight bitter hop on the finish

M: silky with lower carbonation and a lingering finish

O: the chocolate presence is there but more with flavors of cocoa than a candy bar, the dose of hops adds an interesting twist to the finish

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Photo of MaximalC
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with a modest mocha head of coarse bubbles. Aroma smells of milk and dark chocolates, coffee, and citric hops. Flavor is surprisingly mild considering the aroma. I'm thinking this may require considerable warming to get the most out of it. For now, I'm getting a well balanced blend of roasted malt (tending toward coffee) and earthy, citric hops. A delightful mocha haze sneaks up late in the aftertaste. Some milk chocolate is there, but it's very faint in comparison to the more acrid elements. To be honest, I'd be hard-pressed to brand this a chocolate stout when I think of the many stouts out there with a far great chocolate character. Even Rogue's own Shakespeare Stout has a stronger chocolate presence in my opinion. I had this a couple years ago and recall having much the same impression. The mouthfeel is pretty zippy, perhaps a little too much so for the style. With that said, this remains a drinkable stout with a nice roasted character, albeit short on the eponymous chocolate.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black as coal and yielding no light there's a ton of carbonation that creates a frothy soapy brown head.

The scent has pure milk chocolate, creamy and sweet, but I'm reminded of hot cocoa with a layer of marshmallows floating atop. Bits of caramel or toffee with a graham crackery, marshmallow aroma fill the nose.

The taste is dry, chocolatey with a strong burnt maltiness. Touches of coffee mix with the chocolate and present an espresso creaminess. There's some watery tones that end with a metal like feel at the aftertaste but its not so off-putting as to keep one from enjoying a really good stout.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

as good as a chocolate stout can get. this is divine. pours a velvety dark brown color with a thick milkshake head, mocha in color, sudsy and lasting. the nose is a mix of milk and dark chocolate, not overly sweet, but definitely real chocolate. well roasted malts are nice and dark and earthy, but not burnt to the point of being bitter. the flavor is remarkably chocolate heavy. its almost like youngs, but the sweetness isn't as intense thankfully. there is a very organic nature to this. its like adult dessert, I really like it. not incredibly complex, but more of a simple and straightforward brew, with little to distract the drinker from the robust chocolate flavors and smooth creamy feel. everything is balanced perfectly, the flavors here are just fantastic. full body, amazingly smooth, and it changes from cold to warm quite a bit. carbonation is mellow all the way through, just enough to wash it down clean. overall this might be the best beer rogue makes, and that's saying something! I am still yet to try their double chocolate though, so who knows...

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

From notes taken last night at Kick-Off in Waterloo, where it is on tap via disposable plastic keg. Amazingly "chocolate".

Pours a beautiful dark brown that's near-black in this light, with a decent head and resultant lacing. Aroma of Nesquik over dark roasted malts. The taste starts mild followed by a big bang of chocolate milk in the middle, with nice cocoa and coffee tones in the finish. An enjoyably drastic bitterness rounds out the flavours.

Not subtle and perhaps not real sessionable, but a definite pleasure to drink for this chocolate lover. Well done, Rogue!

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Photo of Swedgin_Wu
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pricey at $9 for a 22 oz bottle.

A- pours very well. Nice deep black with a dark khaki head. IMHO there's not a huge variation between many stouts. they tend to have the same color..only difference is in the head and lacing if any.

S-Smells of dark malts, chocolate (more prominent as the beer warms), and definitely a strong aroma of grassy hops.

T-This is a very hoppy beer. someone else mentioned that it's not a real chocolate stout..it's an IPA/Chocolate stout hybrid, and i would say it's a fair assessment. The hops jump out at you from the start. The chocolate is more in the finish and the bitterness of the dark chocolate smooths out the hoppiness somehow. This is not my idea of a chocolate stout but it does work somewhat well considerably how heavily hopped it is.

M- Seems like there's a quite bit of carbonation in it. Medium mouthfeel. the carbonation makes it harder to drink

O - This beer seems really overrated, partially because i tend to think BA is in love with hoppy beers non matter what the style and partially because of Rogue's reputation for good brews. This is not even in my top 5 of chocolate stouts and not in my top of 10 stouts. I like hops in an IPA, not my chocolate stouts.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is not one of Rogues typically Verry Good beers. For a stout it is weak on flavor. Lacks the typical sweet/strong boldness I like in a stout. Having said that it is still a good beer just not up to the Rogue standard I've come to expect. Worth trying but not one of my future go to beers.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On-tap poured into a shaker pint.

Black with 1 finger of tan head.

This smells like straight up Hershey's syrup.

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.

Light-medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

Sweet chocolate mixed with a nice stout. And to reiterate: Hershey's syrup.

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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.

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Photo of BulbousBeer
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Bills453
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of wac9
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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Photo of Converge
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Photo of One_Man_Gang
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of richj1970
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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

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Photo of KingSlayer
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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