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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,892 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,892
Hads: 4,083
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 405
Gots: 547 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 5.80% 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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Reviews: 1,892 | Hads: 4,083
Photo of StevieW
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle. Loud glug, glug, glug pour. Beautiful nearly black to dark brown body. Fluffy, bubbly, thick, carmel colored head. Perfect appearance.
Nice rich chocolate smell. Full chocolate cake with hershey syrup. Touch of hops present. Taste is rich full on chocolate goodness. Thick oatmeal stout feel and touch of oatmeal taste. Beyond smooth and creamy, into another level. Full bodied, rich chocolate flavors and a snap of hop bitterness, make it taste like bittersweet chocolate chips. One of the best beers I have had to date. Just plain incredible !

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

Dark Godiva chocolate brown and thick with a dark froth. Aroma is distinctly chocolate, roasted malt and a little earthy. Very smooth like most good stouts and creamy as well. Hop flavors are present but in the background and flavor is full. This is a very good stout and I'm continually impressed by the high quality brews from Rogue.

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

Package: 22oz. crowned bottle, labeled 69 IBU and 15º Plato. Short description, ingredients list, and dedication.

Cost: $3.49 at Bottle King

Presentation: ~11oz. (1/2 bottle) in a pint glass at 45º.

Appearance: Typical, unremarkable opaque, black body with brown edges. Formed a decent, chocolate-milk colored head of moderate life-span.

Smell: I was disappointed by the lack of outright chocolate sensation. It was much more of a smoky, malty, coffee-like nose with a hint of hops.

Taste: Again, disappointing in the chocolate department. I’m a huge chocolate fan (REAL, DARK, chocolate) and was expecting a lot from this. Although present, the chocolate flavor was somewhat weak, and did not mesh well with the hops. I think that the oats help carry the flavor and round out the brew, but there is still too much in the way of burnt coffee, tannins, and hops. In this respect, I think the Young’s is superior. Maybe Rogue should get in touch with Scharffenberger Chocolates. Nevertheless, this stout offers a great deal of flavor and complexity. Similar in taste to the Shakespeare Stout, with a smoother, earthy, minutely sweeter finish.

Mouthfeel: Refined and smooth on the palate. Despite the strong, “burnt” astringency; this is creamy and full.

Drinkability: Smoothly drinkable, and in some ways more drinkable than the Shakespeare Stout. I had no problem finishing the bottle, and would argue that this is a perfect example of why 22oz. bombers seem an awkward size to me. Too small for two perfect pints, and too much if you’re interested in indulging in a few different beers in one sitting.

This beer really puzzles me. I like it, but don’t really see it as a “flavored” stout. It doesn’t seem any more “chocolatey” than Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout or even Bell’s Double Cream and Expedition Stouts which seemed very chocolatey without having any chocolate added. Rather, it seemed more like a supercharged oatmeal stout.

Bottom Line: Another fine example of Rogue’s constant innovation.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at my favorite grocrey shopping mega-plex, Jungle Jims. I waited a little while to try it with someone but he never came around (Rick!), ahh well, more for me.

It poured slowly and full of chocolate and coffee hints. The hint of the chocolate was stronger than the coffee but not overpowering. It left good lace around my glass as one drink led to another.

Better than most Chocolate Stouts but I am still having a tough time getting Chocolate and Coffee to taste good together. Don't get me wrong I liked this beer but I like a bit more stout.

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Photo of clvand0
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is fairly rich in flavor, but not thick in flow. Easy to drink, and it has a distinct hint of chocolate, but it is slightly tart as though there are grapes or something hidden in the shaddows. Very enjoyable beer, but the aftertaste is very undesireable.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a an opaque black with a nice size rich creamy head that last a little awhile and leaves a nice silky sexy lace in its tracks. The sweet smell of chocolate milk fill my nose and bring me back to when I was a child. THis is making me want that little nestle quik rabbit. The aroma of roated malts also fill the nose.

The first sip is very rewarding, the chocolate is wonderful and the toasted malts are very flavorful. The hop flavor is low but that is ok, it doesn't make a difference.

This is a kick ass beer from a kick brewery.

Cheers

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown to black in color with minimal brown head.
Aroma dominated by chocolate. Roasted malt and citrus hops come into play as well.

Smooth. Chocolate and roasted malt. Hops balance this beer nicely. Bittersweet chocolate lingers a bit on the palate.

Good, creamy mouthfeel.
Good to very good drinkability.

If you want chocolate, this is the beer. Quite tasty.

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Photo of goz
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep opaque black, with a quickly diminishing small creamy tan head which leaves a minimum of lacing. Aroma is nice and full of dark bakers chocolate. Flavor is similar, with dark (maybe a semi-sweet) bakers chocolate being dominant, and a hint of hops bitterness in the end. Body is smooth, creamy, and slick. Goes down quite easy, great with desert, or maybe by itself for desert.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black with a huge tan-nish, brown head. Aromas are of
bitter, dark chocolate (duh!), roasted coffee, hops, malts, caramel, and other things. Taste is more of the same. Very chocolate-y, a bit bitter, and very malty with some hops in the finish. This beer is very similar to their Shakespeare stout, which is what the recipe is based on anyway. The mouthfeel is very creamy and solid and the drinkability is very good as well.
Another killer beer from Rogue!
Cheers!
-F

Cheers to Sakaroo for the sample!

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Photo of mickeymac
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's inky-black with a nice tan head that leaves lace down the glass. As soon as the smell hits the nose, you know you're in for a treat. Chocolate and oats with a fair dose of hops blend together very nicely, leaving you in serious anticipation of the first drink. As a chocolate lover, I'm certainly biased, but the flavor is fantastic. The chocolate is more akin to semi-sweet baking chololate than the milk chocolate commonly used in desserts. However, it does make a wonderful dessert beer. I enjoyed this after a big plate of spaghetti with Italian sausage and was ready to loosen my belt and take a nap. Chocolate and beer in almost perfect combination--this is life as it should be.

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Photo of marburg
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Goddamn I love this beer. I used to take three of the 22oz bottles to keg parties in college so I could avoid The Beast and use the chocolate taste to pick up chicks.

I was lame; what can I say?

But since that time, I've gotten a job, gotten responsible, and gotten engaged -- and I still love this brew. Simply amazing.

Smells like freshly baked chocolate cake served with a glass of chocolate millk finished off with a Hershey's chocolate bar for dessert.

Flavor starts with an intense sweetness driven primarily by CHOCOLATE. It's balanced on the back end by some roasted malt and palate-cleansing hop flavor.

Just awesome in every way.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious black color with a thick dark beige head. Nice lacing as well. Aroma of chocolate and malt. Medium-bodied with a nice bitter dark chocolate taste throughout, along with malt and caramel. The finish is lightly hopped, but has a sweet aspect as well. I am surprised it took me so long to try this.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A mighty stout, and mighty, mighty delicious! Black as the dark night, she is, with a thick, prodigious, bubbly brown head. With a little stirring, it reminds me of Quik cocoa mix, which adequately describes the aroma and the taste!
Aroma is dry and earthy, loaded with cocoa,plus hints of anise and rum. It all gets richer, the more I drink in the nose...so pull it out, and drink already!
Smooth, very smooth, and tasty. Chocolate taste is not shy, and lingers in the mouth.
Goodness gravy, this is delicious!
Oh, yummy...
Any technical knowledge I can pretend to fails me, and with a very good reason. This was the third, and largest, sample in my trio of chocolate stout tastings. I may have gone overboard...

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Photo of Tballz420
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Damn this is good. A large dark brown head on the pour, and the beer itself is black a coal, even when head up to the light there is no color change. As implied by the name, there is a nice taste of chocolate in this drink. Ive never had a chocolate beer before, so i cant compare to others, but if you run across this in the store i would definately recommend it.

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Photo of marc77
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque jet black. Brown, slowly settling fluffy head leaves spotty lace. Buttery, pure milk chocolate sweetness hits the nose at first, then is ceded by notes of carob and suggestions of chocolate covered candied orange peel along with coffeeish, borderline burnt roasted barley. Real chocolate never wavers in aroma, remaining constant and assertive. A joy to inhale. Snap of dark caramel sweetness is superceded by drying, pronounced hop bitterness and notes of unsweetened cocoa. Real chocolate is less assertive in flavor as the aroma would indicate, but persists throughout to underlay a smoothly bittersweet undertone. Roasted malted barley eeks in mid palate, lending a subtle smoky, carbonaceous charcoal impression. Overshadowed citrusy hop flavor struggles to add complexity. A touch light in body, with a thinnish, over attenuated mouthfeel saved by the oat glucans. Finishes with surprisingly pronounced notes of dark roast coffee and cream widening into a lingering hop bitterness. Rogue Chocolate is a delicious, rich stout. I prefer my Willy Shakes unadulterated, since the chocolate character muted the hop and roasted grain profile. A highly enjoyable treat nonetheless.

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Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown Bomber. This beer pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Very good lacing.

The smell is wonderful!! Chocolate and roasted malt. The chocolate tones remind me of hersheys syrup.

This is a great tasting beer. The chocolate is very evident but does not overpower the malts. The hops seem to be just evident enough to keep the beer balanced. Wonderful mouthfeel, this beer just slides down. Great carbonation for style.

The beer is a little sweet to drink all night, but I think of this as almost a celebration beer. You know the one you have to celebrate little things like a football win, the end of the week, etc.

I really like this beer and I think most people will agree with me!

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Photo of nomad
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty dark stout color with a strong mocha colored head. The lace thin but very strong and stained the glass big time as I drank the brew down. Very nice to look at. Nose was (guess) chocolate, candied sugar, caramel nougat, and a little rum-like ester. All were appetizing to smell, but none were presented or combined in an impressive way. Taste was (guess) chocolate and candied sugar. Had a dry hoppy finish but of the bitter sort you'd find in good chocolate. Even better was its almost fruity espresso flavors in the middle of its flavor profile. The mouthfeel was thin with a fizz that came from the head and hops. A very straightforward beer but by no means boring and one of the better stouts out of the six famous and beeradvocate highly-ranked ones I've had recently. Simple and simply edible, this is a tasty stout I am welcome to return to. With a way too easy mouthfeel, and skilled brewing, its a beer version of milk chocolate.

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Photo of Kunsan90
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As the beer poured pitch black, the aroma was heavily dominated by chocolate, with hints of coffee; as if I expected something else. As it poured, a thick, frothy, dark tan head formed which lasted for several good swigs. As the head receded, a decent lace-work was left behind.

The initial sensation, flavor was of course chocolate. But it’s done very nicely. The hop taste balanced out the chocolate, which created a nicely balanced stout.

The mouth feel was slightly lighter than I expected, but it was still very good. As stated earlier, the initial taste was dominated by chocolate, support by coffee, and was accompanied in the end by a hop bite the quickly subsided.

The was first taste of Rogue’s version of a Chocolate Stout and it won’t be my last.

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Photo of nixhecks
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 22 oz. bomber of this to help me get in the mood to study for me midterm tomorrow (something about that didn't sound right, hmm). Poured a oily jet black and produced a very large, very thick, creamy brown head - left lace all the way down the glass. The smell was dominated by cocoa, with small hints of roasted coffee. The first sip is always the best with any chocolate stout, and this one didn't let me down. Somewhat higher carbonation relative to others i have tried. The overall taste was of rich chocolate fighting with the hops for mouth domination - thats how i would describe it. In the end they both live in peace, blending into a bittersweet chocolate finish. And we all lived happily ever after - time to study.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What can I say? The name says it all. Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. It's like having a thin chocolate shake. It pours a dark, used motor oil black with a creamy tan head that disappears all too soon. The smell takes me back to a childhood of quaffing chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast before rushing off to school. If only I had been drinking this instead, classes would've been oh so much more enjoyable. The flavors come in waves. First there is a quick, muted blast of citrus, then wave after wave of chocolate; first sweet and creamy, then bittersweet. The finish leaves you with a bit of roast barley bitterness. The moutfeel is quite smooth, more like a dry stout. Good Stuff, though between the two I'd choose Shakespeare Stout.

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Photo of ipogios
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Tried this stout thanks to Gusler. It pours a dark black colour topped by a creamy tanned head. Aroma consists of chocolate with hints of malt and coffee. Strong dark chocolate dominates the taste. An excellent beer. The only disadvantage is that it's a bit poor on the drinkability point of view. I wouldn't have more than 1 liter in one go.

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

This one is a chocolate stout in the true and literal sense of the word!!
On first pour it is truly and deeply dark black - with a head that is deep, creamy tan foam. Aroma is overwhelmingly chocolate malt with some light coffee touchs.
Initial taste is strong dark chocolate with very little milk flavours, very smooth and creamy while still a little dry. The chocolate flavours dominate and, in fact, are nearly overwhelming (the one real weakness of the beer). Mouthfeel is less creamy than most chocolate stouts. It goes down smoothly, leaving little in the way of aftertaste.
I like the beer - but I don't know if I could recommend it given that it's the kind of beer some might really dislike. The chocolate flavours are SO strong that it's almost not even a beer but rather some sort of chocolate desert malt beverage.

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Photo of Jarod
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me a black color that when held to the light the edges glowed a burnt red. The head was tan in color, that was somewhat thin but what was there was creamy. The aroma was quite simply put - chocolate milk. Semi-sweet in nature but all I got was 96% chocolate milk and 4 percent malt. The taste was also mostly creamy chocolate milk with hints of dark malt and some bitter chocolate. Full the whole way through and left a creamy feeling at the finish. A beer for all times of the day.
Simply put.....EXCELLENT....I need not say more.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thought this appropiate for Valentine's Day.

Pours black, with a brown frothy head, at first dark, then a lighter shade. Settles into a Guinness-style thick table top. Aroma is rich chocolate. Oh wow. Taste starts off with roasted malt, a thin but respectable layer of hops, and finishes with enough chocolate to make you feel you had a melting Hershey's kiss in your mouth when you drank. And with signature oatmeal notes mixed in. Definitely an oatmeal stout at the bottom of this specialty. Thick, lush, and smooth across the tongue. Had this a couple years ago, and thought the chocolate was way over the top, but it is far more balanced now. An exceptional dessert beer / nightcapper.

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Photo of Bruiser81
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was all black with very tan creamy head that diminshed into a thin layer with excellent lacing. This brew just looks creamy smooth. The smell is all rich chocolate with a slightly bitter tinge. The taste again is all chocolate, big surprise there, even though there is a lightly bitter finish which gives this brew an excellent balance. If it wasn't for the bitter end it would be too sweet. This is my new favorite stout, especially for dessert. I used this brew to top of a steak and it was excellent.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,892 ratings.