Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Appearance- Pours with a finger and a half of head of milk chocolate colored foam. Beer is black as night, nothing getting through this puppy!
Smell- Roasted cocoa malt and a touch of coffee.
Taste- First struck by a taste of tasty hops that quickly subsides to a delicious chocolate milkshake. I am not kidding, this tastes remarkably choclatey and is delicious, slightly bitter on the aftertaste but very much a chocolate lovers delight.
Mouthfeel- No what I would expect for a stout, surprisingly thin. A thicker brew here would go better with the heavier flavors.
Drinkability- On the flip side of a light stout it is more drinkable, one of the few stouts I could have more than one of.
10-24-2008 03:00:40 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
poured into a pint glass, Deep black and opaque. Thick head to begin with and slowly dissapates to a thin but lasting head. Quite sexy
smell is rich chocolate and a strong malt sweetness. a Lingering hop is way in the background.
Taste is incredibly sweet malt but bitter chocolate. The finish is bitter but the approach is smooth and creamy. the hops are even present but very faint.
mouth is smooth and creamy and a bit oily. finishes bitter and leaves me wanting more. Drinks very slow but easy. Good and one of the best chocolate stouts around.
02-28-2009 18:56:40 | More by naterock
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
04-02-2005 01:53:52 | More by 3Vandoo
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
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!!!
05-29-2006 00:23:12 | More by doppelmeup
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
09-04-2009 03:48:53 | More by r0nyn
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
04-21-2007 02:20:52 | More by sethmeister
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
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."
05-04-2006 09:12:52 | More by Cwrw
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-12-2009 04:14:37 | More by sonicdescent
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
09-20-2008 23:41:56 | More by julian
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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