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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,524 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,524
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 250
Gots: 200 | FT: 4
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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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StevenLaValley

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-07-2013 09:05:22 | More by StevenLaValley
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pitch black beer, that let no lights pass in. A toffee brown foamy head, and an oily body. Wee tiny bit small bubbles are present, they are so small you cant see them.

Smell of dark chocolate, hops, caramel and some fruity flavours that are shy at best.

Taste is very bitter, a great hoppish finish that beer has, some dark chocolate flavours and roasted malts are also present. It is quite different, but even me a hophead, I do thing the imbalance between the hops and the rest of the beer is not very pleasurable for long. Not a bad beer, just it doesnt go down smoothly compared to well balanced american stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2005 01:53:52 | More by 3Vandoo
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Dark, dark brownish black motor oil as it poured. Dark cocoa head. About an inch thick. Dissipated fairly quickly leaving a healthy covering over the beer that lasted all the way down the glass. Very little lacing.

Nice aroma. Definite bittersweet cocoa, cappucino. Chocolate becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Definite cocoa and bittersweet chocolate flavors. French roast coffee. Strong bitterness becomes less apparent as the beer warms.

Fairly thick and chewy mouthfeel. Strong bitter aftertaste. Very thick bodied beer, especially for one that is relatively low in ABV versus it's Imperial Stout big brothers.

Overall a pretty good beer. The lower ABV would let you drink more of these than you could an Imperial stout, yet I find the flavor of this beer equals that of a RIS. Nice example of the style.

Edit: Had to add this. Just made an ice cream float with this beer and some vanilla ice cream, and it is awesome!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 00:23:12 | More by doppelmeup
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r0nyn

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a mug.

As is typical of most stouts, the look of the Chocolate Stout in the clear mug is something else as it is impossible to see through the inky blackness. Good sized initial head that dissipates into about a half inch sized frothing. Lacing really sticks to the side of the glass. Smell is a little bit malty with the titular dark chocolate aroma mixed in.

The taste surprised me a little bit at first, as I could definitely identify the bitterness first. I guess I was expecting chocolate straight away, so it took me by surprise. Once I let it swirl around a bit, however, the chocolate character made itself known. Mingled with the hoppiness and maltiness, it results in a complex flavor that finishes off like it started, with a bitter, yet smooth feel. There is a tiny lingering bitterness after the swallow that fades away after a few moments. For a stout, it's about middle-of-the-road in terms of body and the carbonation is just right, meaning it goes down pretty easily.

This is a fine beer, no doubt about that. I would have rated it higher on the drinkability scale if it were just a tad less bitter, but it's still a drink that is very easily and enjoyably imbibed.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 03:48:53 | More by r0nyn
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass

Pours a very dark brown which appears black in the glass. Easily 3 fingers of thick frothy and persistant tan head which decorates the glass with sheets of lace.

Scent is sweet chocolate and vanila and dark fruit and soft powdered cocoa.

Taste? Tart at first! I taste blackberries and cream! Followed by sweet chocolate and a lingering dark cocoa finish. Wow! This is absolutely delicious! After the very long dusty cocoa subsides I even notice a subtle citrus hop flavor and gentle bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium-heavy.

Drinkability is very high.

I'm really impressed by this beer. Probably the best "chocolate" stout I've had. The tart fruity berry taste, the dramatic long finish, the way the hops sneak in at the very last moment... What a remarkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 02:20:52 | More by sethmeister
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buzzed

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-06-2013 02:07:27 | More by buzzed
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Beergelden

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-10-2013 06:22:19 | More by Beergelden
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bcuz7

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-25-2013 00:59:56 | More by bcuz7
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first chance to try the Chocolate Stout from Rogue, and if reviews mean anything, this should be a fine stout indeed. 650ml bottle with the embossed Rogue label. What I love about the Rogue bottles is their listing of the actual hops and malts used in the beer--something I have yet to see on any bottle here in Canada. Nice to have the IBU and Plato listed as well. Big whiff of chocolate as soon as I popped the cap. This, like their Mocha Porter, is extremely dark and opaque with hints of dark blue near the edges. The head is large and mocha-coloured, with little dimples of deeper brown/near red. Good tight foam and full sheets of lacing that leave rings on the glass. A fantastic looking stout. The aroma is make-no-mistake chocolate. Nesquick, raisins, and cafe mocha. A syrupy aroma floats around too, akin to tree sap or maple. The hops are really hard to smell, because this is all about the dark cocoa man--in fact, whilst the aroma is appetising, it is uncomplex. Perhaps some hazelnut, a little toffee/caramel, light licorice. Brownies, chocolate cake, chocolate bars....etc. Anything chocolate really. To its credit it smells like fresh, real chocolate and not some stale extract. The beer warms a little and some creamy lactose comes into play as well, complementing the malts. A really lovely malty aroma all in all. Soft and sweet. Cocoa and mocha on the tongue at first, with soft hints of dusty chocolate on the middle and a fairly bitter finish where the hops add their oiliness and a little grassy citrus. The bitterness is actually quite high after a few sips. Tasty malts, with some oat fulness. Licorice, chocolate raisins, and very grainy and dusty malting in the aftertaste. Still, the flavour is not quite as full or as chocolate-filled as I expected. The body feels a little weak--perhaps less smooth than I should like for a chocolate stout. Lingering taste though, with a wonderful roasty dryness. This was very good, but not outstanding. Personally I don't see why it rates so high. A definite case of "not-living-up-to-the-hype."

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 09:12:52 | More by Cwrw
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black with one finger thick mocha head. Turns into a crown with light lacing.

Smell is like Hershey chocolate syrup. Unfortunately thats all there is there.

Taste is very nicely balanced, not overly chocolate like the smell could lead you to believe. Starts off sweet chocolate milk, takes a brief bitter turn, and ends with dark bitter chocolate.

Medium bodied and medium carbonated, nice mouth coating feeling.

Easy and good to drink, would buy again in a second. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 04:14:37 | More by sonicdescent
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jschonert

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

06-07-2014 01:07:28 | More by jschonert
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JustinQ

California

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-24-2011 16:24:04 | More by JustinQ
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kerry4porters

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

09-01-2013 17:02:32 | More by kerry4porters
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julian

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black, with a thick pillowy brown head from an deep pour. Almost solid foam lacing on the opposite side of the glass I've been drinking from and dotted lacing on the side I have been drinking from.

S: Mildly roasted, dark chocolate aroma, slightly bitter, yet sweet at the same time. notes of caramel, and toffee and maybe even some coffee beans in there too.

T: Taste is rich with chocolate. Tastes like dark baker's chocolate, in that it's slightly dry and bitter. It also has a mild roasted feel about it which was prevalent in the aroma too. Taste sweetens later on bringing out the flavor of mild caramel or toffee. Finishes off smooth. No lingering bitterness.

M: Great feel all around. Medium carbonation, smooth & easy drinking.

D: This is a super easy drinking beer. No sipping necessary, you can take a mouthful and down it with ease.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 23:41:56 | More by julian
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modernartblues

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-01-2011 00:25:11 | More by modernartblues
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-09-2013 20:08:41 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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OleDixie

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

02-18-2013 23:50:06 | More by OleDixie
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BA_Berto

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-24-2013 05:03:51 | More by BA_Berto
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, 3 finger creamy caramel foamed head that dies down quickly to a thin layer. Really nice lacing on the side, looks pretty sticky.

Not very complex, very creamy and chocolatey. Some sweet, dark, and bitter scents rise from the glass. Slight caramels and even slighter coffee.

Not as creamy as led to believe, but all the chocolates are there: milk, dark, bitter. Some coffee on the tale matched with bitter chocolate and to a decent dryness. Not much complexity, but exactly what the name leads to believe, chocolate. A little thinner then I was hoping for. Rich, roasted malts at the end as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 01:53:19 | More by CoolJosh
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johunnic

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-12-2012 02:58:00 | More by johunnic
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Tayloraphilips

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

10-08-2013 15:40:10 | More by Tayloraphilips
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oregone

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-22-2013 16:38:10 | More by oregone
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jharkins07

Ohio

3/5  rDev -27.9%

01-20-2012 20:24:27 | More by jharkins07
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GMB

Japan

4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle tells us that this beer is made with "imported chocolate." If ever there were a beer to give us reason to consider the Reinheitsgebot as outdated, this beer is it.

Rogue Chocolate Stout pours a very deep, ebony body with a cappuccino head. When this beer is held up against a strong light source, orange and red hues are only barely visible at the top and bottom of the glass.

The nose is outstanding. Intense aromas of dark-roasted malt and dark chocolate mingle with floral notes that are both spicy and resinous.

The taste of this beer something that I'll crave in the coming weeks. As the nose suggested, the dark-roasted malt are at the fore, and come together in perfect balance with the bittering hops to create the flavor of coffee. Moreover, a perfect balance of hoppy bitterness, roasted malt and chocolate flavor, produces the distinct flavor of a mocha. This is the beer's main flavor base, in relief against which floral, peppery, and citrusy notes dance on the palate. The alcohol content is key here. It warms the palate just enough to complete the sensation of a warm mocha, and complements the hoppy aromatics with notes of dried fruits (e.g., raisins, figs, dried apricots, and prunes) without confusing or neutralizing them.

The mouthfeel is a just a bit gassier, which is to say sharper, than I would like. Its body is full and luscious; a perfect complement to its chocolatey taste. If only the foam on my tongue were as luscious and creamy as the beer's flavor demands...

I was fortunate to have had a handful of roasted nuts, dark and golden raisins, and a couple of chipotle chocolate almonds on hand as I enjoyed this beer. If you feel so inclined, I urge you to try any (or all) of these as snack pairings.

Why the perfect overall score despite the imperfect mouthfeel? Because the imperfection is so slight, and because Rogue's Chocolate Stout is not only among the best Chocolate Stouts out there, it is also among the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 01:25:07 | More by GMB
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pink glass to show off a ebony darkness with a two finger brown head with tight buggles that held to a firm cap for more than half of the beer. Good creamy lacing and chunks on the cap.

S: The nose was a deep textured roasted malt, citrus hops and liquer bittersweet chocolate. The nose is deceptive of the power that lurks within this monster.

T: Your pallet meets the smoothes delivery of roasted malts and typical west cop Cascade hops. But this is slicker than snot a kids upper lip to be as raw as possigle. Your tounge is treated to explosions of flavor of chocolate and the smoothest creamest texture I can think of.

M: Quick thick as a milkshake in some senses, but not viscous and the carbonation is might strong throughout.

D: This is by far the best chocolate stout I have ever had. While there is imported chocolate as detailed on the bottle, the mixture of malts and hops with this is pure joy.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 04:32:45 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,524 ratings.