Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.48/5 rDev +7.7%
A - pitch black, almost oil-like with a soft, brown head that has decent retention
S - rich, bittersweet chocolate, very faint roasted malts
T - rich, sweet chocolate, faint roasted malts, a little bitterness in the finish
M - full bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated
This is a fantastic dessert beer. It's like drinking Hershey's chocolate. The body and mouthfeel are spot on, and the flavor is almost perfect. The only drawback here is that I probably wouldn't want more than one bottle for myself at a time. That one bottle however will be plenty delicious.
10-01-2012 08:02:57 | More by tdm168
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Pours a dark black, quite opaque, with a mocha colored head on top. Not much head retention, leaving a very thin film on top, but bubbly lacing down the sides.
S: A good bit of chocolate, as I was expecting. There is a little bit of vanilla, some roasted malt, and a little bit of spice, chili like. Rich and inviting.
T: Rich and chocolaty, with a little bit of cream. There is a slight hint of mint actually, that was increased when I took a sip after eating a few chocolate chips. Finish is slightly bitter.
M: A little thin, but not really a problem for me. Nice creamy texture, on the lower end in terms of carbonation.
O: Not the first time I have had this beer, and hopefully not the last. It's easy drinking and smooth with a nice flavor profile. Like the chocolate presence of course.
11-14-2011 02:13:27 | More by mdaschaf
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
This beer is black. It is topped with a medium sized dark brown head. It dwindles to an edging within a minute. Smells like dry cocoa powder, coffee and milk chocolate. Right up front, I get the Nestle Quick like chocolate flavor on the palette. There are other flavors at work as well. Burnt tones, bitter hops, roasted barley and oat. Body is full. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A flavorful beer to be sure. The chocolate actually isn't as overbearing as I thought at first.
Gotta give props to ZAP, Budgood1 and Road Warrior for the combined effort to bring this beer to my presence.
01-01-2003 19:59:37 | More by Bighuge
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Well nice and dark, not super thick, viscosity not over the top, back to what stouts used to look like, traditional. Aroma, well, chocolate was preeminent.
Taste, whoo, chocolate is massive, its really the only definable taste. I can't help but notice I wished the viscosity was higher on this, I did think to myself it was a little thin, maybe I'm just caught up in the massive beer trend, but this one, while having an immense chocolate feel, it didn't seem to have anything to balance itself out. Plenty more of these to check out along the way to see if it evolves into something that is better with even more legs under it.
EDIT: Having drank about a dozen more of these since the initial review, I can really say I actually have come to appreciate this being a more reasonable stout, i.e. not being massive, but allowing the chocolate delivery vehicle to be right where it need be. Can't beat this stuff at $6 a bottle, one of my frequent/almost always purchases when I go to a store that has this stuff in stock.
10-24-2010 05:35:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my brand new Bruery tulip glass. Poured black in color with a big thick tan head taking up 1/3 of the glass. The head settled down a bit and clung to the edges of the glass where it left some great lacing.
The aroma has a distinct milk chocolaty flavor to it. It has a bit of roasted bitterness to it but I keep coming back to that Hershey's chocolate milk like flavor it's giving off. For a beer labeled a chocolate stout it's pretty true to it's name in the aroma at least.
The taste shows the chocolate milkiness that was present in the nose but it has a bit of hop bitterness helping to balance it out a bit. The chocolate has a long lasting effect in the finish. It has a bit of roasty flavors as well but the milk chocolate really comes through more then anything else. It's relatively balanced for a chocolate beer between the sweet chocolate flavors and the bitter hop and roasty flavors.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice chocolate flavored beer. The milk chocolaty, almost chocolate milk like flavor was very nice in the nose and taste. It made a great after dinner drink tonight.
05-22-2010 00:01:31 | More by billab914
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Very dark brown beer, nearly black, with no highlights. Dense, creamy, tan head that persists and really sticks to the sides of the glass. Chocolate and rich toffee aroma, almost butterscotch, with some roastiness and a light alcohol smell. Very smooth, creamy texture. Rich chocolate flavour with burnt and roasted maltiness in a support role. Flavours are quite well-balanced. Alcohol is just at the edge of taste perception, but does cause a slight warming on its way down. Light hop bitterness appears at the finish, but doesn't overpower the malt and chocolate. Carbonation assists the creamy texture with tiny bubbles mixing well with the full-bodied beer.
Brown 650 mL bottle, freshness code on rear label.
10-13-2004 23:59:00 | More by DrJay
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
undated 650ml bottle shared with 2 friends. Served in large wine glass.
Plenty of chocolate flavor in this one, although a little more in the milk (vs. dark) chocolate vein and not quite as chocolately as my gold standard: Youngs Double Chocolate Stout. There's a fine rich, chocolate finish that is about as good as it gets, with a nice bit of dark roasted malt flavor, a faint hint of coffee, and a touch of spicy hops. The beer is mildly hoppy throughout at a level that is well matched to the malt and chocolate. The last statement applies to both the aroma and the flavor.
O - excellent. A must try for any chocolate lover. Lacking the splendid head but nonetheless on par with my gold standard: Youngs Double Chocolate Stout.
09-02-2011 00:08:46 | More by chinchill
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of chocolate, sweet malt, slight hop, slight roasted malt, slight earthiness/wood, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight hops, slight chocolate, hint of roasted malt, and slight citrus. Overall, a good blend and aroma, decent body.
06-01-2010 20:36:24 | More by Tone
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
Got this on tap at Stout's Irish Pub in Atlanta.
The glass was opaque black with a light brown head. It looks delicious. Lacing sticks around but isn't that sticky.
The smell is great - smells like someone just opened a dark chocolate bar. There's also the slightest amount of coffee.
The taste is also very good. It's mostly chocolate, with a bit of coffee taste that diminishes as the beer warms. There's some hop bitterness near the end which I also like.
The mouthfeel is absurdly smooth and creamy. The carbonation is just enough to release the flavors. Really great.
This beer is very drinkable. Everything about the beer is awesome, I docked half a point just because the chocolate taste could be overpowering after a while.
Definitely recommend this beer. Nothing else I can really say.
07-31-2008 19:11:17 | More by glid02
3.73/5 rDev -10.3%
Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a solid black with a dark tan head that had decent retention and lacing. The aroma was strongly chocolate, with some roasted notes in the background. That's a fairly accurate summation of the flavors as well.
The body was a bit thinner than I like for the style, but was still decently full. Drinkability was pretty good, but this brew is kind of a one-trick pony and can get boring pretty quickly. Overall, a very decent beer, certainly worth a shot.
07-03-2010 21:39:12 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
4.7/5 rDev +13%
A: Dark black with lots of creamy brown head. Poor head retention, barely any lacing.
S: Bittersweet chocolate with a little roasted coffee.
T: Initially very well balanced. Chewy bread, caramel, chocolate, coffee... a whole symphony of malt flavour, balanced with hop and roasty malt bitterness. Truly exceptional. The aftertaste evolves into bittersweet chocolate.
M: Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation. A little chalky.
D: Awesome, but the body & strength prohibits it from being a long session brew. This one's more of a meal.
09-12-2005 23:31:03 | More by Derek
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Ah that magical pour of a well made stout, well heck the worst I ever drank was pert near good. Deep brown to black beauty with a gargantuan head that leaves a latticework of lace behind, the color a magnificent chocolate brown, with a creamy texture. Nose is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, and black patent malts, quite a Sniffer. Front is malt, lightly sweet, the top thick-bodied, the finish, joyously hopped, joyfully acidic, with a bittersweet chocolate dry aftertaste, la bière est magnifique. Ranks #70 on my current 1000 beer master list.
11-19-2002 15:02:00 | More by Gusler
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. I've had and thoroughly enjoyed the Double Chocolate offering from Rogue, so I figured I'd give this a try finally. The beer pours a nice, viscous looking jet black with a thick, dense, foamy milk-chocolate colored head. Aromas are heavy in milk chocolate, with only the slightest hint of bitter coffee. It's like someone poured a splash of coffee into a chocolate milkshake. The beer is mid-bodied; a little light and crisp, but still fairly smooth in mouth. The flavor is a blend of dark chocolate bitterness and milk chocolate sweetness. Can't really go wrong with that in this house...I am a fat kid with a wicked sweet tooth! The coffee highlights are minimal, but present, and they peek their head out towards the aftertaste portion of your experience. Bitterness in the aftertaste does a good job of balancing all the sweetness throughout and closing the door on a very wonderful beer experience overall. The finish is smooth on the flavor and crisp in the body. Once again, very well balanced. This is a strong showing from the Rogue Brewery!
05-10-2011 01:30:12 | More by GarthDanielson
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
Pours a deep black color with a nice brown head. The ingredient list seems similar to Shakespeare Stout. We'll see though. Aroma is very creamy with chocolate essence up front. Almost like a frothy milkshake-type of aroma. Taste is much of the same. Very creamy and chocolatey up front. The taste fades into a smooth, coffee-like aftertaste. Very nice beer that would go well with a chocolate dessert. It's not too overpowering and the creaminess really compliments it. Similar in scope to Shakespeare Stout but with more creaminess and some chocolate essence. Still very good! I'd go as far as to rate it slightly above the Shakespeare.
08-11-2007 03:26:10 | More by Brad007
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
Picked up a bomber at the store.
Pours a solid black with a thick fluffy tan head that stuck around for most of the experience. Initially the smell was all citrus hops, but as it warmed a bit I started getting some chocolate and some coffee. As I write this the chocolate is taking over, smells like hershey's special dark. There is a roast bitterness in the taste, but I think some of that bitterness comes from the chocolate as well. I once homebrewed a chocolate stout with pure cacao nibs, and this has that taste that I got. Taste has some hops in it as well as that silky chocolate taste. Mouthfeel gets better as it warms, I initially thought it a bit thin. Great brew, I'm glad I chose it today.
12-27-2007 22:57:31 | More by johnnnniee
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Reviewed from notes 1/27/2011
A: chocolate and not much else
Ap: black with a 2 finger tan head, dissipates quickly to a flat layer
B/T: mild carbonation, smooth on the tongue
Af: chocolate, bitter, lingers fairly well, had a brief metallic taste, but just for a moment
O: chocolate lovers dream in liquid form
01-29-2011 03:54:54 | More by THECPJ
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured from large Rogue bottle into 2 pint glasses. Appearance was so good, dark brown chocolate color with chocolate milk looking foam on top.
Taste was OK, but not as outstanding as the visual. Tasted a little light, not as chocolatey as expected. Kind of similar to Rogue mocha porter for me, in that I expected more based on the name and previous reviews.
01-28-2006 15:12:58 | More by TurdFurgison
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
100 degree temperatures faded into stout night...This was the 3rd in line after highland black mocha stout and youngs double chocolate.
appearance: dark, chocolate brown, foamy tan head.
smell: strong aromas of very sweet chocolate, earthy, underlying strong malts are apparent
taste: sweet and dark chocolate, cocoa powder, quite malty, slightly bitter but mostly sweet
mouthfeel: creamy, moderately heavy
drinkability: very drinkable
08-22-2005 20:10:05 | More by dirtylou
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Beautiful dark beer falling short of being complete black in color. The nose carries lots of bittersweet chocolate, getting you excited about what's to come. Really appealing taste, chocolate is fully in effect, as well as a bit of hoppy bitterness that's fairly restrained. The finish lingers but doesn't overstay its welcome. Mouthfeel is medium, thin enough to avoid coating the mouth too much. A nice chocolate stout, not very boozy, thick or syrupy. Pretty drinkable but a shared bomber was all I needed. I liked that this one wasn't too over the top or excessively big.
The booze, hops, sweetness and viscosity of this beer are all pretty low, allowing the bittersweet chocolate flavor and aroma to come to the fore. Well done.
07-15-2011 15:16:21 | More by tobelerone
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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