Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,874
Hads: 3,980
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 367
Gots: 465 | FT: 5
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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 Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black with a frothy two finger creamy tan head. Lots of lace. Very good head retention on this one. A great looking pint of stout.

S: Milk chocolate, notes of roast, pleasant and soothing.

T: Big roasted malt flavour. Very dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate of the nose. Bitter, lightly hoppy finish.

M: Light/medium-bodied actually. A bit acrid.

D: I remember this being sweeter in the past and I liked it a bit more then, but it was nice to return to a classic brew. (506 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, pours black and rich, engine oil. Heady nose of chocolate and expresso. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Notes of expresso, cholcoate, chocolate cake. This stuff is just plain yummy. Great dessert beer, great for a night capper. Classy product from a long time major player in the craft brew market. Thanks Rogue.. (322 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my brand new Bruery tulip glass. Poured black in color with a big thick tan head taking up 1/3 of the glass. The head settled down a bit and clung to the edges of the glass where it left some great lacing.

The aroma has a distinct milk chocolaty flavor to it. It has a bit of roasted bitterness to it but I keep coming back to that Hershey's chocolate milk like flavor it's giving off. For a beer labeled a chocolate stout it's pretty true to it's name in the aroma at least.

The taste shows the chocolate milkiness that was present in the nose but it has a bit of hop bitterness helping to balance it out a bit. The chocolate has a long lasting effect in the finish. It has a bit of roasty flavors as well but the milk chocolate really comes through more then anything else. It's relatively balanced for a chocolate beer between the sweet chocolate flavors and the bitter hop and roasty flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice chocolate flavored beer. The milk chocolaty, almost chocolate milk like flavor was very nice in the nose and taste. It made a great after dinner drink tonight. (1,188 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Canal St in Reading

Pours a dark, opaque milk chocolate color with a creamy, dark tan head that leaves sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is rich and sweet like cocoa, milk chocolate, maybe a little coffee. Like aroma, huge sweet milk chocolate taste, cocoa powder, etc. Slight roast bitterness in finish. Medium bodied, but very creamy. A very nice dessert beer, and very pleasant with the low alcohol (comparable to other stouts). Chocolate is the most dominant flavor, but never out of control or overpowering. (537 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, I've had this before in bottle and on tap. Decided to review the bottle, which meant I had to drink it again. Darn the luck...
Pours a rich, smooth black body topped by a thick and rick dark tan head. Nice retention and lacing.
Smells very very nice. Coffee and chocolate blen well here, along with dark fruit, anise and some prune.
Tastes wonderful. the balance between the chocolate and coffee is outstanding. Like having a chocolate coffee. Black fruits round out the palate to give a hint of sweetness other than the chocolate. Good subtle bite on the end takes care of any residue or lingering aftertastes that may be unpleasant.
Great beer. (655 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Giant head off pour with five fingers of nice light cocoa brown head. Dark brown body off the pour, body is almost a dark reddish brown. Head has lots of retention. Looks like a big beer no fooling. Some sticky lacing.

Smell is primarily chocolate of a nice almost dark in store chocolate counter. Very good quality chocolate it smells like. Nothing much else though. Strangely enough that primary chocolate smell is completely gone after you have a few sips of the beer. This beer needs aeration and a big pour to get the chocolate out, it wont come otherwise.

Taste makes you think a big sweet thing is coming but it's anything but. Hop bitters, and a wet body contribute to a sharp taste that is a little jarring, and also lacking some roast character. Not carbonated either. Very well hidden abv.

I am not exactly blown away by this, but maybe just a little disappointed. However, it does seem right for the style so I can't say this is something I wouldn't drink again or would even pan. It does some things quite well. (1,070 characters)

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

Shared with friends after a long night at the local watering hole. Appeared an opaque dark brown, with a dark brown head which dissipated quickly.

Smells of sweet roasted barley.

The taste here is truely the star of the show, roasted smokey chocolate taste that was complex yet discernable. It was indeed a dessert beer, and a great way to end the night.

I plan to drink it again soon, its just that good. (408 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a tulip during my visit at the Sunset Grill & Tap, on to the beer:

I got very little head in my glass and little lacing, but the body is pitch black and intiminating. The smell is extremely inviting, lots of sweet milk chocolate. From the aroma, I was guessing I would be drinking a chocolate shake, but my minor complaint is you can only taste the chocolate towards the end of the sip. It starts out like a stout, roasted bitterness and coffee, before you get to the gold, which is the chocolate. Despite the thick appearance, it goes down easy. I can't say I was dissapointed, I just was expected a different journey in the taste. (650 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the Blue Max in Burnsville, MN.

Pitch black body, darkest American stout I've ever seen, look like a double or imperial stout. Tan/brown head with some lacing and a little head retention.

Smells like dark chocolate. Fairly strong aroma, but very complex tho. Tastes like dark chocolate too, and again, lacks complexity. No roasted malt flavors to be found. At 69 IBUs this beer is surprisingly balanced however.

Interesting mouthfeel, a bit heavy, but very smooth drinking. Big flavors, but not overwhelming. Easily the best Rogue brew I've had thusfar and best chocolate stout. (612 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a big chocolate malt head. Decent lacing as well. The smell is of fine dark chocolate. A little sweet, a little winey, a little malty, and a little sour with that undefineable chocolate aroma as well. Taste is similar. Not hugely malty and sweet, but more subtle. Very nice chocolate flavor, pure and rich with high quality chocolate. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but quite smooth. Not the vreamiest stout out there, but a little tannic bitterness from the chocolate helps to not make it cloying either and heightens the drinkability. The good quality chocolate in this beer really makes a difference. Quite nice. (659 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cocoa colored brown with thin white head. Aroma dominated by chcolate malts roasted coffee and tostie rolls. Flavor once again dominated by chocolate and chocolate malts. Nice roasted character and hops provide a tasty bitter dry finish. Very Good! (256 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is really really good. Although, some of the reviews may be a bit on the overkill side of praising her. The appearance is murky black with constant strings of bubbles arising throughout the entire duration of the brew. Actually looks like Bosco's/Hershey's syrup when I pour the remainder into my glass. Smells of bitter chocolate all over the place with a sweet malt jumping into my nose. Definitley some semi-sweet chocolate going on about halfway through...I also like trying different chocolates! I have to say that this brew is a good one but it is sweet. There's just not a ton of balance going on as the finish is lingering all on the front of my tongue. That IS what I expected though being a chocolate stout. Feels pretty good going in and down the hatch, with some carbonation and bitter sweet chocolate tickeling the front and sides of my mouth. This was out of a 22 bomber, so I think that 1 of these would be enough for a night. It is a good one to cap the night with though.

Finger licking good! (1,021 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at the store.

Pours a solid black with a thick fluffy tan head that stuck around for most of the experience. Initially the smell was all citrus hops, but as it warmed a bit I started getting some chocolate and some coffee. As I write this the chocolate is taking over, smells like hershey's special dark. There is a roast bitterness in the taste, but I think some of that bitterness comes from the chocolate as well. I once homebrewed a chocolate stout with pure cacao nibs, and this has that taste that I got. Taste has some hops in it as well as that silky chocolate taste. Mouthfeel gets better as it warms, I initially thought it a bit thin. Great brew, I'm glad I chose it today. (704 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse US Beer SpecTapular.

Pours a deep, almost opaque black brown, jus with hints of lightness at the corners - looks like melted chocolate with blackberry syrup. Head is thick, heavy and big. Delicious. Lacing sublime. Hell yes, this is a beer!

Delicious cocoa nibs on the nose, sweet and dusty and rich. That's it, you have to admit, but god it's good.

Nice huge roasty chiocolate character on the palate too. Not very sweet, but the roasted rich bittersweet character of true dark cocoa-rich chocolate. Even a light resin peeping through. Very good.

Mouthfeel very suitable: creamy and smooth. Not terrible thick, but very good.

A very smooth, drinkable and delectable beer. Thankyou Local Taphouse for bringing it to our shores. It was better on tap here than in bottles in the US. (819 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coal black beer with a tall brown head.

Smell is slightly sweet and fairly hoppy for a chocolate stout. Once you get past the hops the chocolate and vanilla aromas really come out and massage your nose. But there are more aromas; this is unexpectedly spicy with a good cinnamon and slight chili pepper aroma like Mexican chocolate. There also seems to be some allspice and ginger in the scent as well.

Taste is semi dry and spicy at the beginning with a strong cinnamon and ginger flavor.
Chocolate kicks in more after a few more sips, but the spices never quite disappear from the taste and adds that extra kick that Mexican chocolate and coffee has. This is a stout that never gets bitter and stays semi dry in your mouth a most superior stout.

Mouthfeel is thick.

I really want to hate this beer because of who makes it, but I can't do that this is really a great beer. Creamy and tasty this is quite good, and somewhat expensive at $7 a bottle. If you are holding out on trying this just because of who makes it then stop and give it a chance. I would possibly question the Style classification, as this is most certainly a heavily spiced beer. (1,169 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very, very dark brown and the tannish head looked good and the chocolate smell was awesome. Taste was roasted malts and hersheys chocolate upfront, beginning to end. Mouthfeel is amazing, cocoa, roastiness and a slight coffee hint but very minimal. I can drink this all day long. (288 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours an impressive brooding black color with a creamy, coffee colored head. There is good head retention and lacing, and as already noted, the beer looks impressive. The nose is pretty complex on this beer, with obvious chocolate, but with some underlying citrusy bitterness. The beer really doesn't smell very malty and/or sweet, and as it turned out, it wasn't. On the palate this beer is pretty intriguing. On the initial taste the chocolate flavor is really in your face, but after that I didn't notice it so much. The chocolate, along with what sweetness there is, can be tasted on the front palate, but then the hops come on strong, leading to a very dry, somewhat citrusy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, though it doesn't have the plush creaminess of Stone RIS, KBS or Dark Lord, to name a few. The beer finishes very nicely, and given the relatively low alcohol, I found the beer to be pretty drinkable. There is a touch of licorise and burnt toast at the very end, which is really the only detraction in this otherwise very impressive beer from Rogue.

Recommended. (1,136 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. I've had and thoroughly enjoyed the Double Chocolate offering from Rogue, so I figured I'd give this a try finally. The beer pours a nice, viscous looking jet black with a thick, dense, foamy milk-chocolate colored head. Aromas are heavy in milk chocolate, with only the slightest hint of bitter coffee. It's like someone poured a splash of coffee into a chocolate milkshake. The beer is mid-bodied; a little light and crisp, but still fairly smooth in mouth. The flavor is a blend of dark chocolate bitterness and milk chocolate sweetness. Can't really go wrong with that in this house...I am a fat kid with a wicked sweet tooth! The coffee highlights are minimal, but present, and they peek their head out towards the aftertaste portion of your experience. Bitterness in the aftertaste does a good job of balancing all the sweetness throughout and closing the door on a very wonderful beer experience overall. The finish is smooth on the flavor and crisp in the body. Once again, very well balanced. This is a strong showing from the Rogue Brewery! (1,090 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout looks like liquid chocolate - and a good quality dark chocolate at that.
A staunch and secure graphite black body with slender cocoa dusted outline that gallantly unravels itself along the trim. Although inflexibly opaque, the beer is underlined by a very faint beacon of scarlet. A steadfast stream of carbonation continues to amplify what was originally a modest sized almond coloured topping.

This is the kind of smell I wish would stick to my clothes all day. Alluringly bittersweet, it coddles the nose with notes of decadently rich dark chocolate and tropically citric hops. I could also imagine shots of fresh pulled espresso and various nuts (brasil nut, almond, hazelnut) but the coffee would be steeped in hops and the nuts covered in chocolate. Anything this chocolaty *and* this hoppy deserves nothing less than a perfect score.

Heavy roasted cereal grains and sweltered oats meld perfectly with the leafy, highly citric tang of hops. Right on cue a wave of dark chocolate truffles sweep over the palate and settle onto the palate for a long lingering stay. Just when you think the flowery, spicy and citrus character of the hops will overwhelm, right on cue, that graceful finish of dark bittersweet chocolate ushers itself in. In a word: delicious.

Rogue uses both chocolate malt and some kind of 'natural' chocolate flavouring. What ever combination of the two and whatever kind of 'flavouring' (syrup? powder?) it works fantastic. The taste of unrefined cocoa, dark chocolate bars, and gooey baked brownies all show face at one point of another. The essence of chocolate - dry, bitter, rich - is always present.

Of course a number of other flavours are too. I'm tasting primarily chocolate and zesty Cascade hops probably because I'm choosing to, but flavours similar to a mocha latte, sponge cake, custard, creme brulee, whipped cream topped black forest cake, toffee wafers and chocolate chip cookies are all subject to interpretation. The fact of the matter is: if it makes a good dessert, you'll probably taste it at some point.

Rogue's Chocolate Stout is probably best consumed fresh, although I prefer it with a little tiny bit of age (1 year or so). I've found the beer - in typical West Coast USA fashion - to simply be a little too hoppy for its own good when fresh. The tanginess, citrus, and florals of a generous addition of Cascades go well with the decadent chocolate profile but overwhelm it a little at a young age. This is just my personal preference mind you...

An opinion which most would share, however, is that Rogue Chocolate Stout is a titillating beer. It marries roast, chocolate and hops in a delicious, decadent and balanced manner. This should be a staple in the beer fridge of anyone who enjoys stouts, chocolate, or dessert. This Oregon brewery makes some wonderful beers and this particular one still has to be top on my list of favourites. Recommended. (2,933 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a thick dense black body that is to dark to see carbonation but the thick creamy head is light cocoa colored.

S- The nice smell of roasted malt and black toasted malt with some earthiness and finish of green hops in the background.

T- This beer has a nice earthy robust dark malt flavor with some hints of dark slightly sweet chocolate, although the beer itself is not sweet. The finish is a nice green hop bitterness that balances well with the dark grains. As this beer warms the chocolate taste becomes more of a fresh tobacco taste with some nice sourness from the oats.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-full with some chewiness in the texture. No fizz or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is a nice smooth stout. It has good qualities and it has a nice faint chocolate flavor that is made with great grains and not chocolate powder or extracts. It is nice to see a chocolate stout that is well balanced with hops and dark malts but stays true to beer ingredients. (1,030 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger light brown head that leaves a little lace. Totally opaque black color. Medium bodied and light carbonation. Nose is strong chocolate. Starts with a strong dark chocolate flavor (are there Hersey bars in this??) and finish is a mix of chocolate and hops. $4.89 for a 22oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH. (342 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bomber of Chocolate Stout purchased at Barnyard Spirits and served chilled in a Great Lakes tumbler.

A: The ale is black with a whitish-brown head.

S: Sweet milk chocolate dominates the nose.

T: The stout runs the gamut of flavors. Up front, sweet chocolate notes hit the tongue, followed by a mid-strength hop flavor then closing with a long-finishing roasted malt flavor.

M: The mix of sweet and bitter flavors give the beer an interesting mouthfeel.

D: The ale is very drinkable with a decent hop flavor that underscores a decadent chocolate taste. (576 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Rogue Ale House, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a rich dark chocolate aroma with elements of dry cocoa and chocolate icing.

The taste consisted of flavors of dark chocolate, dry coffee, cocoa powder and tootsi roll.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a very rich and accessible dessert stout. (422 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black in color, some carbonation, nice creamy tan head that lasts a long time, nice lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet malts and chocolate.

T - The taste is sweet/bitter/malty, nice chocolate flavor.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. Another great brew from Rogue, highly recommend. (306 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A pretty dark stout color with a strong mocha colored head. The lace thin but very strong and stained the glass big time as I drank the brew down. Very nice to look at. Nose was (guess) chocolate, candied sugar, caramel nougat, and a little rum-like ester. All were appetizing to smell, but none were presented or combined in an impressive way. Taste was (guess) chocolate and candied sugar. Had a dry hoppy finish but of the bitter sort you'd find in good chocolate. Even better was its almost fruity espresso flavors in the middle of its flavor profile. The mouthfeel was thin with a fizz that came from the head and hops. A very straightforward beer but by no means boring and one of the better stouts out of the six famous and beeradvocate highly-ranked ones I've had recently. Simple and simply edible, this is a tasty stout I am welcome to return to. With a way too easy mouthfeel, and skilled brewing, its a beer version of milk chocolate. (946 characters)

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