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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,632 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,632
Reviews: 1,842
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 270
Gots: 244 | 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 Darkale
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black body. Magnificent tan head is creamy and uneven on the top and large-bubbled on the bottom. Yeasty aroma with a deep noseful of chocolate.

Burning, thin, and raspy in the mouth, with just a slice of cool creaminess coming through before you swallow. Interesting mixture of sensations. I would prefer a bit more thickness in the mouth, but I cannot find it in me to condemn this beer because of that wonderful mixture of raspiness and cream.

This is definitely a beer that you will not want to serve too cold. It just got better and better as it warmed.

Darkale, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of stevehagy
4/5  rDev -3.8%

stevehagy, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of jacobseyb
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A=deep dark opaque brown, with little 1/2 finger head that laces well

S=cocoa and chocolate on the nose, some hops crispness in the back

T=again cocoa and chocolate, with bitterness and crispness on the finish

M=crisp carbonation, very tight, with some slight oiliness on the finish

D=not real drinkable for me due to the sweetness and chocolaty flavors, but good for the designed taste.

jacobseyb, Nov 21, 2009
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
Photo of soper2000
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my absolute favorite desert beers. This is pure chocolate. It pours a nice thick black with a very creamy tan head. Smell is full of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste was initially super chocolatey but later other flavors came out to play. I get faint notes of coffee and a general roasted flavor out of this as well. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is great as this is thick and creamy. Drinkability suffers a little as just 1 of these leaves me completely satiated.

soper2000, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of Cris4545
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Cris4545, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of HeyYoMar
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

HeyYoMar, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of franksnbeans
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that its almost black. A huge chocolate milk head that dies slow with spotty lacing. Nose is a chocolaty as I have ever smelled. Huge on chocolate and cocoa, roastyness comes through with a nice bitter hop finish but a chocolate linger. Silky smooth in the mouth and not thick like an impy. Drinkable but more than one of these treats would be much. Absolutly the best chocolate stout I have had.

franksnbeans, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of CharlatanSin
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to tulip.

A: Chocolate Stout pours black, with dark brown around the edges. There's a large tan head with decent retention.

S: Wow. One of the best smelling beers out there. Milk chocolate dominates (as opposed to the dark chocolate you usually get in these stouts). It's complimented by coffee, a light but distinct hoppiness, and a slight musty aroma. Outstanding.

T/M: Not as legendary as the aroma, but still very nice. The sweet milk chocolate still dominates, but this beer is far more bitter than I'd expect. It's a combination of roasted grain and hoppy bitterness. The sweet and bitter play together nicely at first, but the bitterness combined with the mouth coating end up being a bit much by the end of the bomber.

D: It's nice to find a stout with so much flavor and aroma that's this (relatively) low in ABV, but the bitterness and mouth coating make the last bit of the bomber somewhat difficult.

CharlatanSin, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of GeoCait
4/5  rDev -3.8%

GeoCait, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

brewdude1982, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of pwsoldier
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio. Poured from a 24 oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

A - Poured pitch black with a perfect creamy tan head. Plenty of lacing.

S - Dominated by roasted malts and dark chocolate, as expected.

T - Again, dominated by roasted malts and dark chocolate. Make that LOTS of dark chocolate! A small touch of hop bitterness came through in the finish.

M - Full-bodied, thick and wet on the palate. It left a slight aftertaste of dark chocolate, which I'm definitely not complaining about!

D - This is an amazing stout, and I'll definitely be having it again.

pwsoldier, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650ml bottle into a Canada pint glass...

A - Poures black with a 3 finger frothy brown head. Good head retention, and lacing on this one...

S - Dark chocolate assaults the nose with a full on attack. This one smells of dessert. Also pick up faint notes of coffee...

T - Dark roasted malts followed by a chocolate bitterness. Not the most intricate beer I have tasted, but still very tasty...

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Was expecting a more thick and creamy mouthful. Was a little thin for my likings...

D - A definite dessert beer, and something I will be revisiting in the future...

Cheers to Rogue for coming through with another solid beer, and to all you Canucks out there for making exceptional glassware...

Cheers...

comfortablynumb1, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of haazer
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bomber into my pint glass.

A- Motor oil black, thick pour. Chocolate and tan head that is very compressed with thousands upon thousands of bubbles. Almost 3 fingers worth of head. Leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass.

S- Smells of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Slight hint of mint.

T- Burnt coffee beans up front. Big malty backbone that finishes the flavor. Chocolate? Chocolate, eh, maybe more in the smell then in the taste IMO. Still a good tasting stout but I was expecting more of a chocolate taste.

M- Good amount of carbonation, medium bodied. Fairly smooth. Low abv doesnt dry mouth out which is good.

D- Pretty drinkable, not overly thick, refreshing and good amount of carbonation. I've had better stouts. I've also had Rogue chipotle ale which I thought represented a "heat" taste more so than this "chocolate" stout. A good stout don't get me wrong, I just wish the chocolate was more evident.

haazer, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of SirBentham
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

SirBentham, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of winomark
2.6/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with a quite thick light brown head.

Aroma: Mild chocolate tones dominate. All other aromas are quite muted.

Taste: Lots of carbonation takes away from the chocolate(which is detectable) and any other flavors that might be present.

Mouthfeel: Unimpressive, IMO. Too much carbonation creates an unwanted, flavorless void.

Drinkability: Not at all excited about this one. Doesn't live up to the hype IMO. Won't try again.

winomark, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of Zdrummer15
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Zdrummer15, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of ImperatorScab
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ImperatorScab, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of snpub540
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured half of a bottle into my Duvel tulip. It pours a deep black hue that no light is getting through. Half a finger of light brown creamy bubbles makes up the head. Very light amount of lacing is left on the glass between sips.

Aroma is mostly toasted bread and sweey chocolate. There is also a hint of raisins and licorice. That's all I got out of this nose.

Taste is a nice roasty and bitter combination that has lots of chocolate and roasted malt flavors. There is also some woody and coffee notes mixed in as well. A hint of sweetness right upfront but it is quickly gone.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Not a lot of carbonation and it adds to the smoothness of this beer. To me it is pretty mild but is still able to pack in a lot of flavor.

snpub540, May 07, 2011
Photo of CMW
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with a large off-white pillowly head. Retention is very good and nice lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, and a slight whiff of coffee.

T - Very sweet, tastes like you just ate a king-sized chocolate bar. There are a few other flavors in there as well. Roasted malt and coffee are also present.

M - Very creamy and moderate carbonation.

D - While I quickily downed the bomber, I'm not sure if I could drink another. The sweetness is seriously strong.

CMW, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of mavbrew
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown/jet black color with a nice thick and creamy, two finger dark tan head that slowly dissipates leaving some nice lacing.

S: Strong scents of chocolates and roasted malts (to be expected). Also has slight hints of hops, which are really covered up by the chocolate but they are subtle.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell, has massive roasted malt flavors followed up by the subtle chocolate feel. There seems to be very little hop presence in this beer. The finish has some chocolates but is mostly a smoky finish.

M: Medium/thick bodied with tingly carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

D: This beer is thick, creamy and very smooth. With the lower ABV I could drink this beer all day. The chocolate is nicely balanced with the malts and makes this a very delicious drink.

mavbrew, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Klym
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Watched the bartender pour this one from the tap and it came out like mud in comparison to the other beers he poured. Classic frothy nitro head. Beer is very dark-- really surprised this isn't an imperial stout.

S: Sweet chocolate, roasted nuts, grains, slightly curdled vanilla milk and a strong oatmeal character. Again really surprised this is a single stout, lots of aroma flowing from this.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose but less vanilla and the chocolate was a little more bitter than expected, which was actually welcome. Solid taste.

M: Like most nitros I kind of get torn because the head is so creamy it's hard for the body to match. Despite it being a common problem I really felt the beer itself was too watery for the taste and the head, it was really mismatching. Otherwise I thought the tastes spread well and it was pleasant to have in the mouth.

O: I honestly haven't enjoyed the vast majority of rogue beers I've had before but this one caught me off guard. It's not mind blowing, had some small flaws, and none of the tastes were entirely unfamiliar, but for a non-imperial stout I give this high marks.

Klym, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of TerryB
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

TerryB, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of dbattey
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

dbattey, Mar 11, 2013
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,632 ratings.