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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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3,699 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,699
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 277
Gots: 264 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of diamondc
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off.. the aroma of this beer is heavenly. Dark chocolate with macadamia nuts and pieces of orange zest come to mind. My friend who doesnt really dig beer at all loved the smell of this one. The appearance was very nice with fluffy head and hardly any lacing. The taste was great.. chocolate as expected with a little bitterness. This beer is basically a dessert in a bottle. Not sure if I'd drink this all night, but after a three course meal this would be perfect.

diamondc, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of stevehagy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

stevehagy, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of rdilauro
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had to have one of the best pours of any beer I have had recently. Jet black with a chocolate brown creamy head.
You didnt even need to be close to this one to pick up the chocolate aroma. Once you got it next to your mouth, the chocolate was coming right at you.
The first sip was very big and full, almost creamy. The chocolate taste was balanced with the beer itself. I did wish, however, that the ABV would be somewhat higher so I could also enjoy the stout itself. The chocolate was the ruling king when it came to tasting this beer.

rdilauro, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Joshpu
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Joshpu, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Loki
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a 650 mL bottle with a lovely lady on the front and great ingredient and other info printed on the bottle.

Smelled exactly like chocolate whoppers candy. That's all I got, whoppers candy through and through.

Tastes of dark chocolate, malt, and oats. Exactly like whoppers candy, the label says chocolate truffles, but I've never had chocolate truffles so I say whoppers candies. Also had tastes of oatmeal and hops.

Medium-high body with decent, but not great mouthfeel. A beautiful chocolate stout and a chocolate lovers wet dream.

Loki, May 21, 2003
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bible black as a fluffy frothy long lived sculptured head wells up from the surface. The tan-brown head reminds me of a meringue and indeed it's atop what's close to a dessert.

The nose pours forth with an avalanche of chocolate or cocoa. It reminds me of the smell of Hershey's cocoa-- the main ingredient in "hot chocolate". But it's not just cocoa-- the nose wells forth with wafts of hops, toasted malt, raisin flavor and caramel.

Flavor is memorable-- from now on every time I see the bottle the full bodied "up front and center stage" flavor will come to mind. Tons of everything- hops bitterness, but in style, chocolate of course, sweet malt, raisin and caramel. But the flavor isn't just a cavalcade of the above ingredients. It's rounded and well balanced so that all of the flavor ingredients work together to build the overall mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel is like swallowing velvet. It's extremely smooth and slides down- I love oysters on the half shell.. if you do too you'll know what I mean.

Drinkability -superior, the comparatively low ABV coupled with the "warm fuzzy blanket" like flavor profile make this a beer that I could enjoy for the entire evening- only to notice I've put down a half gallon!

Be warned-- this beer should be enjoyed on it's own. I can't think of a dish, besides chocolate mousse that this beer would complement.

gueuzeonhigh, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of tayner
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle

Poured dark, dark brown with tan head

Smelled of chocolate (as the name would imply) and roasted malts.

Tasted of bitter chocolate, earthy hops, and roasted malts. fairly good balance, although slightly bitter for me.

fairly thick, but not oily and not too tongue coating.

Drinkability at 6% is very good, alcohol not dominant, but i am not a huge fan of the bitterness in this one.

tayner, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of doowhat
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

doowhat, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of thetomG
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice dark brown pour with gorgeous layer of tan head that lingers slightly but leaves very little lacing behind.

Smell is dark baking chocolate. Flavor is similar but tastes a bit more like chocolate milk/cocoa powder. Also just enough hoppy bitterness in the finish to balances out the sweetness.

Could be just a tad more thick & creamy, but other than that the mouthfeel is very nice. I would probably drink this again.

thetomG, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jono0101, May 09, 2014
Photo of heresy22
3/5  rDev -27.7%

heresy22, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of m1ked
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finished my Easter festivities (read: eating) with this and some Scharfenberger chocolate.

A- Pitch black with a creamy mocha head. Lace clinging to the high edges of the glass, leaving lace rings around the glass as the volume goes down. Looks something like a lake drying up leaving rings along the way down.

S- Roasted coffee/espresso mingled with dark chocolate. Smokey wood with chocolate, makes me think of camping and S'mores.

T- Bittersweet dark chocolate with that smokey woodiness. Ends with a creamy chocolate milkiness.

M- Smooth, creamy. great carbonation that is crisp and soft in the same swallow.

D- This is one of my favorite styles, and this is a great representative. I could easily drink many of these any time, any place. And with the Scharfenberger, I am telling you!

m1ked, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of TLove
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best winter stouts I have had to date. The complexity is there, the flavor is there, and the taste is therre.

Appearance is very dark brown. Looks like motor oil in the glass but, as pouring, has a very murky quality to it.

Smell is very complex. The chocolate is there, but one has to search beneath the roasted oats, the tumeric and nutmeg, and the bitterness of mature hops to get at it.

The taste is very very good. The longer it sits in the mouth, the more the flavors mix, roll, and come out. The spices, the sweetness of brown sugar, light smoked meats, the bitter dark chocolate, and the round oats combine for an incredible flavor.

Very drinkable. Heavy, but the finish is just as complex and full as the rest of the beer.

TLove, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of MJSJr
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

MJSJr, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of TinusTime
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the colour of night with a light mocha head which sat and lingered like froth on a cappucino. Smell is of roasted malts and Chocolate almost like an Ovaltine gone Adult. The taste is of Roasted malts at first then the chocolate slides in and dominates, just enough hops come in to dry out the palate and keep everything in line. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with the flavours lingering around long enough to keep the smile on your face. Drinkability is good although they could fill you up quick. Overall a killer Chocolate beer. I give it the edge over the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock because the chocolate character is more subtle and refined.

TinusTime, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with moderate to light carbonation and a nice, dark tan head. Good retention.

Aroma is very chocolately, with a bit of creamy, vanilla scent and just the faintest hint of hops. Very pleasant.

Taste is sweet with vanilla and chocolate flavors dominating. A touch of roasty malt and just a bit of hops at the finish to give a nice, slightly bitter and dry finish. The best chocolate flavored beer I have ever had.

Mouthfeel is very nice and creamy, but not too thick. Just carbonated to give it a little life.

This is an excellent stout that captures all I have been looking for in a chocolate stout with complex flavors and oat creaminess. Delicious!

AaronHomoya, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of infi
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 22 oz. bomber (eek!)

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a typical stout color with some hints of ruby red, especially when held towards the light. A nice frothy tan head emerges from the brew with incredible head retention and leaves copious amounts of stringy lacing all over the glass. Very impressive. The nose is predominantly hit with huge waves of cocoa powder and chocolate syrup. All of the Cascade hops seem to have been completely overpowered in aroma.

How does a 3-year old bottle of Chocolate Stout taste? Let's find out..

Niiice. A nice shallow hop bite at first, but eases into this incredibly smooth and bready chocolate goodness. The cocoa powder on top makes this very reminiscent of NesQuik, my preferred drink as a kid. Surprised to find that there's still an boozy characteristic towards the end, even after all that aging. Still very appeasing overall.

Mouthfeel is more light-bodied and carbonated than I would have liked, but still goes down smoothly. Drinkability is probably higher than what it would be at its genesis in 2007. The hop bitterness is unnoticeable and the amplified chocolate and cocoa makes for a beautiful smoothness. Definitely dispelled all my apprehension about buying this bottle, especially due to its brewing year, but now I'm glad to have been proven wrong. Quality!

infi, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of wcintula
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully black with a big chocolate colored head that's makes good use of the oats in the beer and sticks all the way down the glass. The smell is a strong chocolate/cocoa smell, enjoy it, don't look for much else. The taste is pretty light, as is the body, which is an unfortunate surprise after seeing and smelling it. It's a chocolate taste, with the roasted malts very noticeable, finishing bitter. This beer is very good, but isn't quite perfected yet.

wcintula, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of tln13
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

tln13, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Doyle
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Doyle, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of budsandsuds8
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

budsandsuds8, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Daktyls
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark chocolate brown, with a finger and a half of head which is nice and foamy. A very thick foam which is nice and bubbly leaving a fine lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Let me just say, wow. This beer smells amazing. Smells like a very smooth chocolate with milky notes and a faint floral hoppiness. There is also a very slight note of coffee in the aroma.

T: To be honest, I was a little disappointed by the taste after being so delighted by the nose. The tastes are the same as the nose, but seemed to be a slightly watered down version of the aroma. Chocolate-y notes with again a floral hoppiness that is moderately apparent.

M: Feels good on the tongue, not overly smooth, medium to light carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, I will easily finish this bomber and then promptly wish I had another. As other reviewers have noted, this would probably make an excellent beer to combine with some ice cream to make a nice float.

Daktyls, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of drh1382
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

drh1382, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #210
Served On: 08/15/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Grabbed this one at Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA back on my birthday last year (December). The 22oz. bomber has been in my cellar until today.

Look: Poured a pitch black with a huge 3-finger rocky tan head. Carbonation level was undetectable through the black color. Overall appearance was fantastic.

Smell: Notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Some earthy hops came through with some hints of juniper. A maple scent was also noticeable.

Taste: First was a sweet rustic character reminiscent of a burning pile of dry fall leaves. The middle was a smooth black coffee with a semisweet dark chocolate that lead into a dull roasted finish that eventually became more of a charred oak note.

This was a wonderful stout. I was expecting a little more sweetness, but the charred character was actually rather interesting. I can’t speak to what the cellar actually did for the beer, but it certainly didn’t seem to hurt anything.

CraftBeerTastic, Aug 15, 2012
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,699 ratings.