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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,745 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,745
Reviews: 1,853
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 286
Gots: 283 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

rogerthegill, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, black with red tints coming through at the edges when held up to light. A thin brownish, creamy head that disappeared fairly quickly and left a thin ring with a few bubbles.

Smell: A very recognizable chocolate character, a kind of milk chocolate with a definite roast barley smell as well. The blend of malts and barley is very well balanced, but as to expect with a chocolate stout the chocolate is the main character.

Taste: The chocolate again is leading the pack, although in taste it is much more similar to a dark chocolate than in the smell. The roast barley adds some balance as well, probably leading the pack in the flavor from the grain bill. A hop bitterness is present as well, it does feel a little separate from the chocolate and this beer would probably benefit from some limited aging, helping to merge the two into a nice bitter chocolate character. A very well balanced chocolate ale though.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little bit in your face in this beer, I feel it could benefit being toned down a bit. It gives the beer a thin feel, which does not compliment a desert style chocolate stout. The oatmeal does add some lovely smoothness however, and after the beer warms and loses some carbonation in my snifter, it does open up a lot more.

Overall: This is a very good stout, the chocolate character is superb, and overall it is quite balanced. I will say however that the mouthfeel does not compliment the chocolate as well as it could. Perhaps a beer like this would benefit more by having a thicker body, maybe even getting the Imperial Stout upgrade. That is getting picky though, I could drink a bomber of this no problem, and would surely be sad when I see the bottom.

Siriusfisherman, Jan 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

kb2250, Jan 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

seeswo, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

nicholas527, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

redliner8, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: rich, chocolate brown color. Tan, 2 finger head that hangs around. Thick, sparkly lacing.

Smell: malts, chocolate, oats. Kinda soapy, astringent.

Taste: Clean. Expresso-driven. More coffee than chocolate in the taste. Complex. Smokey. It does have a chocolate truffle finish with a bit of hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium to thick. Powerful carbonation.

Overall: I was hoping for more chocolate taste, but it was a warm and inviting stout, nonetheless. Not overpowering. A fine sipper.

brewskifan55, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

hopsandstouts, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

erlenmeyer, Jan 22, 2012
2.1/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bomber to pint glass. Sampled 8/26/11 - This bottle is about two years old at the time of this review.

A: Pours with a huge 5 finger head, foamy and bubbling, medium brown in color and very long lasting. The body is as dark as brown gets.

S: Chocolate, caramel and cookie. The nose is decent, but beyond the cocoa aromas, there is little left to be enjoyed.

T: Rather one dimensional - and offering nothing more than the simple nose.

M: The mouthfeel doesn't give the flavor a chance to shine. Very light and incredibly thin. Carbonation is lively and fizzy, but with the insubstantial body, it works as a detriment, lacking the fullness that is expected in a stout.

O: This will probably be my last review of a beer brewed by Rogue. Whether it's the quality of the brew, or the house yeast-strain, I know that they don't push my buttons.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Andrew4321, Jan 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

jharkins07, Jan 20, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a dimpled mug.

A: Pours dark and heavy with a big, dense, tan head. Some lacing present, but nothing overly impressive.

S: Wow, this brew smells absolutely delicious! Big bursts of chocolate rounded off by toasted malts and finishes with a faint, but noticable, hoppy presence.

T: Chocolate, toasted oats, more chocolate, and vanilla with a hint of hazelnut. This beer is not nearly as sweet as I anticipated, which made it all the more appealing. This brew really hides it alcohol well, and is probably the best-balanced stout I've ever tasted.

M: Medium-full bodied with the creaminess that is characteristic of the style. This stout is much more pleasing on the palate than many of the other stouts I've recently had, being it's not over-carbonated and maintains it's depth.

O: This beer feels good and goes down smooth. I would definitely buy it again. Hats off to Rogue on this perfectly-balanced brew!

GardenWaters, Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

xenjoiii, Jan 19, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


P: pours a think dark chocolate brown with a tan head that leaves decent lacing

S: chocolate, toffee, carmel, malt.

T: total chocolate blast, followed by some carmel malt and nice residual sweetness hangs around.

M: is nice and think just how i like my stout.

O: super awesome stout. love the chocolate blast!

GNWBC, Jan 18, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice black color, with about two fingers of tan head at the top,a sticky lacing around the glass.

S: Chocolate every were, slight notes of coffee but very minimal.

T: Nothing but chocolate like the nose, with a hint of coffee but nothing wild

M: Very thick brew, almost no carbonation, sticky.

O: Delicious, delicious, awesome beer! Loved it!

thedoubler55, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

danjohn1234, Jan 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

acurtis, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

gtermi, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Gatordaddy, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

nmeiborg, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

abeldiaz, Jan 17, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. No visible date on the bottle.

After just having two Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stouts and an entire Stone Double Bastard bomber, I don't know how well the palate is holding up tonight. Let's give this badboy a shot.

A: Black. Black as midnight. Hold it up to the light, still BLACK. Put a flashlight under it, BLACK! I like it! HUGE five finger ebony brown head with respectable retention that stays throughout the whole session, and an amazing sticky lacing spiraling down the glass.

S: Has an indisputable chocolate coffee scent. Sweet caramelized sugar. Not too weak or too strong either. Very slight hint of booze, hops and bittersweet cocoa.

T: Chocolate, dark roasted coffee, roasted malts, some subtly bitter cooking chocolate and hops laced throughout, earthy with a light hint of floral citrus, oats and buttered bread. Finishes sweet with that chocolate coffee goodness and leaves a perfectly subtle bitter hops and cooking cocoa aftertaste. Not too sweet, not too bitter, nice bold flavor and amazing balance. Couldn't ask for better!

M: Nice and full, moderate (perfect) carbonation tickles the tongue, slightly sticky and chewy, sticks to the tongue and walls of the mouth, never dry despite the bitter bite in the finish.

O: This leaves me speechless. It's perfect. It's almost like a dessert. I've been reviewing top beers according to reviews here, and buying what's available at the local stores around my area. I saw this one on the shelf and I'm glad I picked it up.

This stood up against tastings of Stone's Double Bastard and Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout today, and came out the best of these three titans of great beer today. A new favorite. I hope to experience many more times to come. I will buy this again and again. This will be nigh impossible to beat according to this palate.

Clowerweb, Jan 17, 2012
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,745 ratings.