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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,787 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,787
Reviews: 1,856
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 295
Gots: 302 | 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 ChainGangGuy
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours black with brown highlights and a sizeable cappuccino head, which while it's initially rather pillowly, doesn't last for very long.

Smell: I haven't had one of these in awhile, but friends, I can tell you quite categorically... it smelled exactly as I remembered.

Largely black roasted malts blended with toasted caramel, a rich earthiness, and just the merest amount of hops.

Taste: Sweeping chocolate taste (as in a baker's chocolate, not the overly sweet chocolate you'd get at Easter as a kid), with a dash of espresso and a hint of almond. The finish is slightly bitter and plentiful, reminiscent of a fresh espresso or a fine cocoa powder.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin; a bit lighter than I would prefer. Thankfully, it's not overly fizzy, keeping it creamier on the tongue.

Drinkability: Phenomenally well-balanced, and very drinkable. A good stout is tough to beat, that's for sure.

Still though, you put a gun to my head and say "name your #1"? I dunno. Gotta go, like, double stout. Or strong ale. Or a nice lambic. Or a good juicy IPA.

Or a barleywine!

Yes, maybe it's that.

Maybe it's a barleywine.

Still though, this is a darned good stout!

Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a appetizing beer,poures a ddep brown color with an off-white creamy head,the aroma is of biiter chocolate and powdered sugar.Flavor is malty sweet and of course...chocolaty nice and creamy tasting with a nice sweet finish.One of the better stouts I have had in some time.

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one on draft, cask and in bottles; it's consistently excellent.

Appearance: Dark brown and opaque with a rich caramel-colored head.

Smell: Awesome dark chocolate smell from a mile away. One of the more pleasantly aromatic beers out there.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dark chocolate in the forefront with toasty, bready undertones and a slightly hoppy finish. Very balanced flavor, leaning on the dry side. Rich and medium-to-full in body, velvety and smooth on the tongue.

Drinkability: For the style, this is drinkable to the extreme. I can easily have a few pints of this in one sitting.

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber. I've always liked this one, even shared it with my own mother, for heaven's sake. Time to get to a review, methinks.

This beer pours an opaque black, er, colour, with ever so slight reddish cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, thickly foamy, and billowy tan head, which leaves some continental drift map lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of slightly roasted caramel malt, bittersweet milk chocolate powder, cafe-au-lait, a bit of gritty indistinct graininess, and some earthy, grassy hops. The taste is surprisingly edgy dark chocolate, sweet milk solids, lightly toasted caramel malt, a touch of hard toffee, and moderately bitter leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is soft and generally just supportive, the body a decent medium weight, well smooth, and more than a bit creamy, those oats representing tough. It finishes off-dry, of course, the chocolate and milky essences persisting as the hops come full 'round to play in this particular confectioners' wet dream.

A nicely balanced affair, something I wasn't exactly expecting - the hops keep the pushy bittersweet chocolate in check, making for a comfortable, easy-drinking stout - provided you have a chocolate sweet tooth, that is. One of Rogue's better offerings.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Another revisiting from me during this stretch. It pours a garnet-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises, you guessed it, chocolate, along with some seemingly obligatory roasted malts. The taste merely sprinkles on the cocoa powder while simultaneously skimping on the roast as well. And, unfortunately, just like the smell, there ain't nuthin' else happenin' up in here. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, despite this being easy to drink, I really don't have much of an inclination to do so. It's not really bad (meaning offensive), but it's far from very good.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

as good as a chocolate stout can get. this is divine. pours a velvety dark brown color with a thick milkshake head, mocha in color, sudsy and lasting. the nose is a mix of milk and dark chocolate, not overly sweet, but definitely real chocolate. well roasted malts are nice and dark and earthy, but not burnt to the point of being bitter. the flavor is remarkably chocolate heavy. its almost like youngs, but the sweetness isn't as intense thankfully. there is a very organic nature to this. its like adult dessert, I really like it. not incredibly complex, but more of a simple and straightforward brew, with little to distract the drinker from the robust chocolate flavors and smooth creamy feel. everything is balanced perfectly, the flavors here are just fantastic. full body, amazingly smooth, and it changes from cold to warm quite a bit. carbonation is mellow all the way through, just enough to wash it down clean. overall this might be the best beer rogue makes, and that's saying something! I am still yet to try their double chocolate though, so who knows...

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured out a deep, dark black color with a one-finger mocha head. Leaves lace from top to bottom.

S - It smelled of malt and chocolates.

T - It tasted of dark chocolate and roasted malt. A little bittersweet.

M - It was creamy and buttery. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - An amazing beer. It is like drinking a bar of great dark chocolate.

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

Aged 22 oz. bottle - well over a year old - surprisingly "fresh". Very, very dark brown with only minimally visible ruby highlights showing through. The thick, rocky, light brown head holds extremely well and leaves excellent "spider web" lace throughout. The aroma is fruity and sweetly chocolatey - very much like sweet cocoa powder. The body is surprisingly full, and givies a very creamy mouthfeel. The flavor starts fruity (raisins, berries), then becomes softly coca-ish, cereal-like and chocolatey as it warms, and finishes astonishingly long with a burst of sweet chocolate, a coffee-like roastiness, and a gently bitter character. A mild but distinctive Cascade flavor eventually emerges once the malt residue has subsided. Wow! Quite a finish. Absolutely worth trying. Easily the best "chocolate" beer I've ever had.

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

Jet black colour with a thick bubbly light brown two fingered head, sticks sporadically down the glass. Chocolaty aroma, reminiscent of powdered hot coco … it even goes further with hints of carob with a soft powdery sweetness. Roasted malts are there but restrained in the aroma. Big viscous crispness within the full body and medium carbonation. Big dark chocolate flavours with a dark fruitiness in the middle similar to black berries, maltiness is big but the roasted flavours are humble yet generous with a mild bitterness from the bite. The blend of roasted malts and chocolate flavour make for a bitter sweet flavour likened to baker chocolate. Hops are held to a minimum though are certainly present with earthy undertones that complement the roasted flavours.

As far as flavoured stouts go this is one of the best, very well balanced and quite drinkable for a brew with such a big body.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ebony just barely letting any ruby highlights through at the edges when held up to the light, seems viscous with the pour and forms a nice sized milk chocolate colored brown head leves behind beautiful uniformed webbed lacing. Aroma: Hints of roasted marshmallows, deep milky chocolate, toasted nuts just one heavenly aroma barely letting some floral notes of hops. Taste: Ladies and gents what a beer, this one is definitely worthy of the Best of BA, with dark roasts blending with hop bitterness in the finish upfront the beer is full of toasted nuts and chocolate pleasure. Nothing compares to this one just awesome I like Brooklyn's Luxury Double Chocolate and Young's as well but this one kicks up a notch in the right direction. Mouthfeel: Full bodied almost chewy definitely pours like motor oil this is one big brew, awesome. Drinkability: Limit yourself to bomber this stuff is flavorful and full in body as lucious as they come an experience that I am going to enjoy for the next 30 to 60 minutes just sipping on it.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 5/9/08, at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is all chocolate with some roasted malts in there.

T: The taste is a strong mixture of milk and dark chocolate. It's very malty and bitter-sweet. A very mild hops presence comes in after a while but for the most part this beer tastes like a melted chocolate bar leaving that thick cloying sweetness in the after-taste.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-heavy body, light-medium carbonation, finish is very sticky.

D: Tasty if you like the intense chocolate, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I've had some chocolaty stouts before but I think this one overdoes it.

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small, tan head of foam that settles quickly and leaves decent lace. The body is an opaque black color with just a hint of brown showing through around the edges.

S - A rich aroma of chocolate, nutty malt, honey, and dark bread.

T - Bitter chocolate and Turkish coffee up front with a little bit of roasted nut character. Very dry in the middle with a slightly acrid, burnt flavor that seems to be equal parts roasted grain and hops. Finishes with more coffee, and dark bakers chocolate as well as a surprising note of pine hops.

M - Medium-thick body with a coco-butter slickness, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Quite an interesting beer, the chocolate character is undeniable, but the lack of sweetness skews it toward nutty coffee in a way that I didn't expect. The mouthfeel stands out more that that of most beers, due mostly to the unique slickness that comes from the chocolate. The hops in the finish help keep the beer balanced and make the darker flavors stand out. A good beer overall, though I think it would benefit greatly from just a bit more residual sweetness.

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Tria (Philadelphia, PA) on 4/2/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black in the glass, topped with a ½ finger of smooth looking burnt mocha head. This retains well, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. Chocolate is strong and delicious smelling in the nose, rounded out on the edges by notes of roast and green citrus. This smells great!

The taste doesn't miss a step, with rich chocolate flavors carrying on here, but this seems to be much more assertive with the roasted malt and hops, which really dries the backend of the profile out. Lingering burnt roast, in particular, is strong. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a pleasant mellow prickliness that flows well across the palate. That 6% ABV feels right-on here, with no alcohol flavors or even warmth being picked up at all.

This is one of those Rogue beers that I only try once in a blue moon but it never ceases to impress me. My wife always exclaims that "it tastes like a liquid tootsie roll!" and I'm inclined to agree. This is one of the few Chocolate Stouts out that there really brings those rich chocolate flavors to the table and then some!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the best chocolate stout I have tried to date. (keep in mind that these reviews are off notes from long ago and my palate is much different now than then) The chocolate flavor is smooth and perfect as far as I am concerned. If there is another one out there that is better, I can’t wait to try it. As far as appearance goes it is dark brown with a thick head.

Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - received the ale cold in a standard pint glass
Thick black body with thin sandstone tan shade head.

S - Bittersweet chocolate and chocolate malt aromas coplimented with sublte citrus odors that lingers with a faint hop aroma. The smell is similar to chocolate cereal.

M - Creamy tip of the tongue sweetness tantalizes. The full body and dry chocolate sweetness finishes with a slight bitterness.

T - Chocolate, the bittersweet variety similar to baking chocolate and cocoa flavors. Nutty and roasty malt with a subtle dry texture. Sweet mixes with bitter or spicy hop tinges toward the end.

D - Decent amount of chocolate in the aroma keeps you coming back. The Cocoa and bittersweet cocoa tastes are the primary flavor with a citric hop quality and a dry stout finish. It is a decent chocolate stout, but not the best chocolate ale overall.

Photo of russpowell
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch black with a fluffy light brown head. Head retention and lacing was phenominal. Head had the appearance of the skin that forms when you make instant pudding. Looked like some sort of dessert or tricked out coffee

Smell: Chocolate malt in the nose with slight hints of grain

Taste: Rich chocolate taste from the get go. Bitterness from baker's choclate? Slight dryness and nuttiness

MF: Slight chewyness and well carbonated

This beer works well by itself or paired with a number of desserts, yum

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Reminds me of Hershey's syrup. A bit creamy and sweet with some mild roast.

Taste: Just like the smell. Super strong chocolate flavor. A bit roasty and creamy. The finish has a bitterness to it, but the chocolate flavor remains.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side and very smooth. Tingly, mild carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: I've always wanted to try this one and I'm glad I did. Not as intense as Choklat. This beer is exactly what is says it is. I'd have another.

Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a while ago at Binnys. Finally got around to it. Served in a Pisgah pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of dark mocha foam that dissipates fairly quickly to a thickish cap. There are a few tiny specks of lace. Body is a super dark brown that is only a tiny bit lighter with a touch of reddish glow at the fringes.

S - Huge cocoa smell - reminds me of Hershey's chocolate syrup. There's also a nice amount of roastiness and some floral hops, but milk chocolate is incredibly intense and just takes over. I don't even know if I'd be able to tell if this was beer if you gave it to me blind. It's a little mono-dimensional, but it doers exactly what it sets out to do.

T - The taste is a big step down - light cocoa, roasted malts, and a strange earthy and slightly unpleasant aftertaste. I'm not sure if that's what Rogue describes as "chocolate truffle finish", but it tastes like dirt to me. The initial taste is more of a 3.5/4.0 but the aftertaste drags it down.

M - Higher carbonation than I'd expect - tingles a little and burns a touch at the back end. Medium body that is fairly smooth once the carbonation dies down. Lots of residual stickiness that unfortunately carries that weird aftertaste with it (although I'm not going to punish the mouthfeel for the taste).

D - The ABV is low and well-hidden, and the carbonation, while higher, isn't bloaty. I just can't deal with that weird aftertaste, although it dissipates quickly enough that the beer is still fairly drinkable (and you can always drink more to cover it up!).

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is poured from a bottle into a stein. Beer is black with a brown thick head made up of small bubbles. The head falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a little odd, almost lactic with a side of sweetness. Slight roast, this could have been much bigger and better.

First impressions, bitterness. From hops and from the chocolate. There is a roast character to it as well. Medium bodied mouthfeel is OK, some connectivity but there should be more sweetness up front. Drinkability is fine, its a good stout, but its not my favorite stout.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A mighty stout, and mighty, mighty delicious! Black as the dark night, she is, with a thick, prodigious, bubbly brown head. With a little stirring, it reminds me of Quik cocoa mix, which adequately describes the aroma and the taste!
Aroma is dry and earthy, loaded with cocoa,plus hints of anise and rum. It all gets richer, the more I drink in the nose...so pull it out, and drink already!
Smooth, very smooth, and tasty. Chocolate taste is not shy, and lingers in the mouth.
Goodness gravy, this is delicious!
Oh, yummy...
Any technical knowledge I can pretend to fails me, and with a very good reason. This was the third, and largest, sample in my trio of chocolate stout tastings. I may have gone overboard...

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Rogue, Portland, OR

Poured a dark brown-black with a minimal tan head; no lacing to speak of. Milk chocolate in the aroma and a bit of roastiness. Taste of bakers' chocolate, sweet, but powdery, more subtle hints of coffee and nutshells, with a little bitterness in the finish to offset the sweetness. Mouthfeel was smooth, but a little light for the style, I thought. Still a nice drinker overall.

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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