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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,832 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,832
Reviews: 1,863
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 322
Gots: 345 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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
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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, $5.99/bomber and 6% ABV. OK priced, a little high. Pours a nice, opaque ultra-dark brown to black. Wonderful head, about 4 fingers high, springs up and persists, leaving excellent lacing. Aroma is oaded, almost too much so, with chocolate. Actually, once it settles and warms a touch, it smells like hot chocolate. Some faint espresso notes and also a touch of hops in there, but dominated, almost to a fault, by hot chocolate. Maybe a little cinnamon hint also.

Flavor is a confusing mix of hot chocolate and tangy chocolate malt. At first it wants to be malty, then the initial tang burst gives way, one-two punch-like, to a rich chocoalte flavor. This then washes away and is replaced by the tanginess of the malt and some nice hop bitterness. Not too sweet, but there is some in there. Finish is super long and bitter from both the hops and, I think, the chocolate flavoring used. Kind of a jumble and sort of a mess. Not worth the price but it is unique.

What I like most: The beautiful pour.

What I like least: The confused flavor profile.

Verdict: Unique and robust, but not worth the price. Novelty only.

Photo of rabiddawg
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of LarryV
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color with a minimal, finely textured tan head. Aroma of chocolate cocoa with a light hoppiness. Very thick and creamy looking which follows onto the palate as well. Lush body coats the tongue with a pleasant, not overbearing chocolate flavor. Slight hints of toasted malt lend a smoky, burnt overtone to the flavor. Not overly sweet with a fairly dry finish. A very nice brew to relax and sip. I'd definitely buy this one again.

Photo of neorunner
2/5  rDev -51.8%

Photo of umustdrink
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black color, completely opaque. Light brown head retains at an eighth inch.

S - RICH coffee and chocolate. Very fragrant. Just like a mocha.

T - Bitter black coffee, nice milk chocolately aftertaste.

M - Slight carbonation, otherwise smooth.

D - This is a really good stout. The best "chocolate stout" I've ever had.

Photo of mfigueroa713
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of sinistrsam
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This nice-looking stout pours thick and creamy, with a medium-sized dark-tan head that is populated by large bubbles. It dies off quickly, leaving almost no lacing. It looks completely opaque, even when held to the light.
I took one whiff and immediately fell in love; almost completely chocolate, but smooth milk-chocolate, not overpowering. A very light malty nose, with hints of hazelnut and coffee. I was excited to try it and hoped the sweet smell didn’t leave me disappointed.
I hate to say it, folks. I was. I’ve come to expect great thins from Rogue, and everyone else seems to be in that boat. The sweet, chocolaty smell led me to believe it would be a bit sweeter than it was. I know, I know it’s a stout, and should be treated as such, but the first thing I noticed was the bitter and highly carbonated mouthfeel. It was dry, smoky, with less chocolate than I was expecting. It most closely resembled chewing on a coffee bean; more bitter than anything. The feel wasn’t flat, but rather the taste. I thought I must have served it too cold so I waited a few minutes. And waited. And waited….and still, an even slight sweetness wasn’t there. I suppose it got slightly sweeter after a few minutes, but it was more or less flat tastes of bitter cocoa, oat, alcohol and coffee. It wasn’t very rich.
I’m not writing off Rogue by any means. It could be a bad bottle; I might have served it incorrectly. I don’t know, but I have to admit I was hoping for a little bit more drinkable beer.

Photo of UA8
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep and rich and dark brown, with a light brown head.

S- Kicks in with a huge Swiss Miss hot chocolate scent. There's a slight backing of yeast notes and dark roasted malts.

T- Lead with big hot cocoa taste, moves on to rich toasted, and finished with bitter herbal hops.

M- Moderate viscosity, could be quite a bit more dense. Carbonation is low with a fine texture.

D- A very nice chocolate stout, which if it were just a touch more viscous could be great.

Photo of wnh
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a ruby-red-tinted black, opaque, with significant highlights when held up to the light. Topped by a large foamy and creamy tan head.

Mouthwatering aroma of chocolate truffles dominates the nose, to the point that it's difficult to get much of anything else out of it. But the chocolate aroma is so good, I don't care. Very minimal roast; color of the beer is about the only thing telling me this is a stout.

Chocolate, of course, on the palate, with a touch of minerality hinting at a dry Irish stout. Finishes with a light bitterness closely associated with cold hour-old medium-roast coffee. Sweet on the whole, but thankfully not cloying. Thinnish in body, but not watery; somehow, the thinness seems associated with the "natural chocolate flavoring added," but I can't specify why that is. Very drinkable, regardless. Indeed, doesn't taste like a beer with natural flavor added.

Not the best chocolate-infused stout I've had, but a solid offering, especially since this isn't an imperial.

Photo of elcrawl
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of crowbar540
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of AApparel
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MichaelProcton
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

Photo of Harkrank
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mabermud
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent chocolate stout. The appearance is chocolatey, the smell is that of chocolate, and the taste is right on...chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, I would call this the standard for all chocolate stouts. Then again, if you want more of this, have the Double Chocolate Stout. A double serving of this magical drink. I will have this regularly.

Photo of Seanstoppable
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug a jet black with a finger's worth of thick chocolate colored head. Soft chocolate smell, like an Aero bar, as opposed to a thicker, darker, sweeter chocolate. Taste is creamy smooth chocolate. Again I am reminded of Aero. No bitterness, excessive sweetness or anything else off putting. Surprisingly light and smooth, I wouldn't guess this is a stout if I tried it blindfolded. Overall very delicious and the best chocolate stout I have had.

Photo of diamondc
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of edwardkersh
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of corywalston
3.16/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of hopsaplenty
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, no date info

Pours with a thick, latte-colored head of mixed-size bubbles that slowly settles to a skim coat leaving a single line of lacing. Deep, dark black with mahogany highlights at the edges. The smell is thick and inviting, filled with roastiness and a sweet chocolate aroma similar to a warm brownie or Hershey's syrup. The taste is roasty bitterness up front that gives way to clear as a bell chocolate, slightly bittersweet bakers chocolate, but with a touch of milk chocolate sweetness. There is a creamy creaminess present as well. The roast chocolate notes linger in the mouth. Full bodied and also surprisingly light, with almost no carbonation, but this works. Perhaps not a session beer, this one is highly drinkable and is a wonderful accompaniment with rich desserts.

Photo of DESTRO
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ive been looking for this forever, the day has come, my panties are creamed, and here she is in all her glory. pitch black baby. small bubbly brown head that dies down to a ring, leaves a nice lace. huge cocoa smell, dark chocolates, just damn wonderful. taste? huge chocolate everywhere, dark chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, roasted/burnt malt, a decent amount of bitterness from the hops, the aftertase is pure joy, leaving the sense that you just had an iced expresso. a little creamy and really smooth, but it finishes crisp and a bit dry. interesting mouthfeel indeed. a down right awesome brew. just like the name says, its a chocolate beast, so dont expect anything different. this one gets a goat thrown \m/. a head bang AND an "ace of spades" dedication.

$3.49 a bomber.

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,832 ratings.