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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,683 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,683
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 275
Gots: 259 | 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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of sonicdescent
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.

sonicdescent, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Zdrummer15
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Zdrummer15, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of JustinQ
5/5  rDev +20.2%

JustinQ, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of BrewmanCapote
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

BrewmanCapote, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of headyhopzhead
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

headyhopzhead, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of julian
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.

julian, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of stevehagy
4/5  rDev -3.8%

stevehagy, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of modernartblues
5/5  rDev +20.2%

modernartblues, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of HeyYoMar
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

HeyYoMar, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of CoolJosh
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.

CoolJosh, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of oregone
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

oregone, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of jharkins07
3/5  rDev -27.9%

jharkins07, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

NOLANDMAN, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of GMB
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.

GMB, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of JohnathanColeman
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JohnathanColeman, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Comparison_Ford
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Comparison_Ford, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
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.

Brianmerrilyn, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was very dark, obviously being a chocolate stout. It had a fairly small head, but it lingered. I have to admit this was my first Rogue beer (also first chocolate) so I wasn't sure what to expect. There was a nice chocolate taste to the beer, but there was also a very strong after taste which was almost bitter. I'm sure this beer is worth a taste if you like chocolate flavored beers or if you're a fan of Rogue in general.

Cubsfan1087, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of rocklibster
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

rocklibster, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Anatole
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Anatole, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of bcerv-ca
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bcerv-ca, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of bkilpatr
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/05/08.

Pours nearly pitch black, slight brownish hue. Nearly three fingers of fluffy light brown head, which leaves nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is amazing. Sweet, sugary milk chocolate. Finally, a chocolate stout that actually smells like chocolate.

Taste is very interesting. I get lots of bitter dark chocolate, and little bits of creamy milk chocolate. I was hoping for a bit more of the milk chocolate, but overall the chocolate flavor is definitely there. Nice roasted malt flavors, and a bit of piney hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is disappointing. For a chocolate stout I was expecting something smooth and creamy. But this is much too carbonated. The chocolate aroma and taste are there, but not the smooth and creamy feel. Drinkability is decent though, it's not too thick and the ABV is relatively low (6%).

A pretty good chocolate stout, but would be MUCH better if they lower the carbonation and smooth it out a bit.

bkilpatr, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Daktyls
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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 TwoForty
5/5  rDev +20.2%

TwoForty, Mar 20, 2013
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,683 ratings.