Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,964 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,964
Reviews: 1,891
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 353
Gots: 453 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 3,964 | Reviews: 1,891
Photo of WoodBrew
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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

A: Poured a dark heresy chocolate bar color with a 2 finger foamy head that was cinnamon colored. The lacing was sticky and uniform leaving concentric circles for a lacing all the way down the glass walls. Head retention was good lasting a solid 3-4 minutes while a thin skim coating sits atop for the remainder of the drink.

S: The nose had a beautiful rich milky chocolate scent with an equally beautifully soft roastedness. The chocolate stands out here with an exceptional quality, dark and dry, with a rich fresh milky quality coming through. Definitly take some time and hang around here smelling all this has to offer.

T: The flavor was dark roasted barley grains with a burnt chocolate and dark hazelnut bean taste. There is a good chalkiness while a good sense of roasted oatmeal comes through for a lingering lacing that lasts well after the swallow. Roasted pine and citrus hopping contributes earthy tones that is well noted on the finish and fade. Much as the nose, the deep dark chocolate nature is the main attraction here, burnt, dry with a smoothing bitterness that is only detected upon the swallow standing out with a fierce dominance. What more is there to say about a drink that is perhaps the staple of all chocolate stouts.

M: light-medium with a slick consistency. A roasted malting and chalkiness smoothers the tongue with a full coating from back to front.

D: good, enjoyability was that much better. Even through the nature was a deep dark chocolate stout this was extremely well balanced and smooth sliding down the throat with pleasure leaving a calling card of residual burnt bitterness that will positively keep you coming back for more. A can't go wrong beer here and a excellent desert beer.

Photo of tobelerone
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark beer falling short of being complete black in color. The nose carries lots of bittersweet chocolate, getting you excited about what's to come. Really appealing taste, chocolate is fully in effect, as well as a bit of hoppy bitterness that's fairly restrained. The finish lingers but doesn't overstay its welcome. Mouthfeel is medium, thin enough to avoid coating the mouth too much. A nice chocolate stout, not very boozy, thick or syrupy. Pretty drinkable but a shared bomber was all I needed. I liked that this one wasn't too over the top or excessively big.

The booze, hops, sweetness and viscosity of this beer are all pretty low, allowing the bittersweet chocolate flavor and aroma to come to the fore. Well done.

Photo of aasher
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass

Appearance: poured the darkest of browns, moderately carbonated, had a two inch head which took awhile to dissipate, laced the rim of the glass

Smell: gives off a lot of roasted aromas, almost like jahva coffee beans, sweet and chocolatey, sugary

Taste: tastes like unsweetend chocolate, which is awesome by the way, very rich and roasty

Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation, goes down smooth

Drinkability: extremely drinkable except for how sweet it is, drinking a single bottle is a pleasure but more than that may be pushing it. I'd recommend trying this one for sure.

Photo of vfgccp
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a glimmer of deep ruby red on the edges when backlit. Cream-white head that pours ~2 fingers with medium lacing.

S - Coffee, prunes, sweet milk chocolate, steamed milk.

T - Bitter 85% chocolate. Light roasted coffee. Dark toast.

M - Light body for a stout. Dry finish.

D - If you enjoy the dry bitterness of 70%+ cocoa, then the amazing dark chocolate flavor will keep you sipping

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

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown, nearly black with a nice white head and lacing. Chocolate and dark malt aroma. Light stout maltiness with some toasted and smoky malts, a bit dry. Nice start and middle, but dry thin finish with a bit of chocolate aftertaste. Thinner bodied than other stouts, but strong, pleasant chocolate flavor.

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

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a solid black with a dark tan head that had decent retention and lacing. The aroma was strongly chocolate, with some roasted notes in the background. That's a fairly accurate summation of the flavors as well.

The body was a bit thinner than I like for the style, but was still decently full. Drinkability was pretty good, but this brew is kind of a one-trick pony and can get boring pretty quickly. Overall, a very decent beer, certainly worth a shot.

Photo of Derek
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black with lots of creamy brown head. Poor head retention, barely any lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolate with a little roasted coffee.

T: Initially very well balanced. Chewy bread, caramel, chocolate, coffee... a whole symphony of malt flavour, balanced with hop and roasty malt bitterness. Truly exceptional. The aftertaste evolves into bittersweet chocolate.

M: Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation. A little chalky.

D: Awesome, but the body & strength prohibits it from being a long session brew. This one's more of a meal.

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

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of chocolate, sweet malt, slight hop, slight roasted malt, slight earthiness/wood, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight hops, slight chocolate, hint of roasted malt, and slight citrus. Overall, a good blend and aroma, decent body.

Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black with a very thick, very rich dark foam head. Quite pleasing.

Smell: very pleasant solid chocolate aroma.

Taste: big chocolate at the outset which fades into a nicely bitter stout with continued chocolate flavor but added coffee notes. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a low level of carbonation appropriate for the style. Very good.

Drinkability: as stouts go, this would make a great session beer.

Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown beer, nearly black, with no highlights. Dense, creamy, tan head that persists and really sticks to the sides of the glass. Chocolate and rich toffee aroma, almost butterscotch, with some roastiness and a light alcohol smell. Very smooth, creamy texture. Rich chocolate flavour with burnt and roasted maltiness in a support role. Flavours are quite well-balanced. Alcohol is just at the edge of taste perception, but does cause a slight warming on its way down. Light hop bitterness appears at the finish, but doesn't overpower the malt and chocolate. Carbonation assists the creamy texture with tiny bubbles mixing well with the full-bodied beer.

Brown 650 mL bottle, freshness code on rear label.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black with a nice finger of brown head and left nice frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there is definitely some chocolate presence on the nose with oat grains, very mild toastiness, malts, and slight lacto notes in the background.

T: the taste also had a nice rich creamy chocolate flavor alongside oat grain accents slight toastiness but it did seemed to have a very mild hop bitter bite and a good sweet malt balance.

M: the brew was full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight grainy, but smooth, and creamy finish.

D: it drank real good and was really surprised with the chocolate character the beer had. I've had this beer quite a few times and has never let me down.

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of chocolate,a bit of malts. Taste is also very chocolatey, some malts, a touch of hop bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Viggo
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although this beer was pricy, ($5.65 CDN for a 650 ml bottle) it was one that I had to try. I was not disappointed in the least. It poured a nice dark brown bordering on black, with a thick and creamy light brown head. The smell is roasted malt and a sweet coffee-like aroma. The taste is amazing, like an alcoholized mix of rich chocolate milk and espresso. The finish is like a piece of bittersweet chocolate melting down the throat. Mouthfeel is very smooth and nice a nice sweet/bitter flavour sticks around for a while. I really enjoyed this beer, and will definitely be purchasing it again soon.

Photo of Bighuge
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is black. It is topped with a medium sized dark brown head. It dwindles to an edging within a minute. Smells like dry cocoa powder, coffee and milk chocolate. Right up front, I get the Nestle Quick like chocolate flavor on the palette. There are other flavors at work as well. Burnt tones, bitter hops, roasted barley and oat. Body is full. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A flavorful beer to be sure. The chocolate actually isn't as overbearing as I thought at first.

Gotta give props to ZAP, Budgood1 and Road Warrior for the combined effort to bring this beer to my presence.

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

Well nice and dark, not super thick, viscosity not over the top, back to what stouts used to look like, traditional. Aroma, well, chocolate was preeminent.

Taste, whoo, chocolate is massive, its really the only definable taste. I can't help but notice I wished the viscosity was higher on this, I did think to myself it was a little thin, maybe I'm just caught up in the massive beer trend, but this one, while having an immense chocolate feel, it didn't seem to have anything to balance itself out. Plenty more of these to check out along the way to see if it evolves into something that is better with even more legs under it.

EDIT: Having drank about a dozen more of these since the initial review, I can really say I actually have come to appreciate this being a more reasonable stout, i.e. not being massive, but allowing the chocolate delivery vehicle to be right where it need be. Can't beat this stuff at $6 a bottle, one of my frequent/almost always purchases when I go to a store that has this stuff in stock.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a near pitch black but when I hold up my glass to the light, I can that it's a very dark brown. Big 2 finger+ head of tannish foam and there's plenty of sticky lacing. Awesome head retention and plenty of lacing.

The smell has oodles of both dark and milk chocolate tickling my nosebuds. Wow. Does this ever smell inviting!

And...the taste tells it all. Big baker's chocolate taste that literally has me grinning after every sip. Oh, there's definitely some sweeter milk chocolate flavour there as well but it's nicely countered by a very pleasant dryness coming from notes of coffee and a bit of toffee and that just kicks up the drinkability factor for me. Wow is this stuff good or what?

Good thick mouthfeel gives it a really creamy texture and the carbonation is low and perfect for this beer.

I've had this available locally a few years ago but I never got around to reviewing it so, I had to grab a bottle yesterday when I was in Ft Collins. I'm *so* glad I did!

Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pitch black with a nice creamy 2 finger tan colored head. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate and a slight hop bitterness. Taste is creamy chocolate up front with notes of coffee and hops finishing up the taste. The bitterness from the hops may be a bit too strong for this particular brew but they do help clean the palate of the sweetness preparing you for the next sip. This brew from Rogue is an absolute first class beer. One of the best and a treat to drink.

Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into wine glass jan22 2010

A not quite jet black with a thick mocha head that had good retention but left no lace

S lots of milk, and bitter bakers chocolate with some unexpected mild hops

T not far from the smell but just a little sweeter, a good example of a chocolate stout

M not as thick as I would have guessed, medium bodied for a stout

D I enjoyed this beer it went down pretty easy, a good session beer

I could see myself drinking this again it's a solid well rounded beer. This got better as it warmed and would go great with some chocolate cake and iced cream

Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep black color with a nice brown head. The ingredient list seems similar to Shakespeare Stout. We'll see though. Aroma is very creamy with chocolate essence up front. Almost like a frothy milkshake-type of aroma. Taste is much of the same. Very creamy and chocolatey up front. The taste fades into a smooth, coffee-like aftertaste. Very nice beer that would go well with a chocolate dessert. It's not too overpowering and the creaminess really compliments it. Similar in scope to Shakespeare Stout but with more creaminess and some chocolate essence. Still very good! I'd go as far as to rate it slightly above the Shakespeare.

Photo of bark
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is jet black; the three finger head is uneven, brown and compact. It sinks very slowly, leaving some lacing.

The smell is sweet and luxurious with elegant flavours of milk chocolate and cocoa beans. Mild hints of pumpernickel and a touch of bitter hops.

The taste is a very well balanced blend of a dry and quite bitter stout and mellow smooth chocolate flavours. Lots of roasted (almost burned) malty flavours, a robust sour-bitter flavour and a slowly descending bitterness. The body is a little thin, though. The aftertaste is dry with notes of coffee, chocolate bars, some herbs and a mild clean bitterness.

The carbonation is mild, the few bubbles are fresh. The liquid is smooth.

The best smelling chocolate stout I have had. Though I miss some body, it felt a bit thin at times.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a great, fluffy brown two-finger head. Color a nutty black.

Smell- Reminded me of German chocolate Ritter Sport. With a little bitterness to bely the mocha sweetness.

Tatse- I never drinka ANYTHING that has chocolate in it excep this. This was fantastic. Great dark chocalate mixed with some cream. Leaves a coffee aftertaste. A little hops to remind me that I was drinking beer.

Mouthfeel- A nice smooth, yet thick chocolate palate with a little bitterness.

Drinkability- For something made with chocolate, this has a great need to be imbibed.Especially for desert.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black color; no light. Poured a 3 finger chocolate head (aggressive pour too) with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Big toasted malts; malty Chocolate and burnt bitter coffee with some roasted nuts. Hops more prominent as the beer warmed.

T: Big toasted/burnt malt up front. Big and rich flavors throughour. Chocolate lingererd a bith through a sharply bitter finish.

M: Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Smooth and silky up to the dry bitter finish.

D: A deliciously drinkable stout. Very flavorful and nicely balanced.

Photo of glid02
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Stout's Irish Pub in Atlanta.

The glass was opaque black with a light brown head. It looks delicious. Lacing sticks around but isn't that sticky.

The smell is great - smells like someone just opened a dark chocolate bar. There's also the slightest amount of coffee.

The taste is also very good. It's mostly chocolate, with a bit of coffee taste that diminishes as the beer warms. There's some hop bitterness near the end which I also like.

The mouthfeel is absurdly smooth and creamy. The carbonation is just enough to release the flavors. Really great.

This beer is very drinkable. Everything about the beer is awesome, I docked half a point just because the chocolate taste could be overpowering after a while.

Definitely recommend this beer. Nothing else I can really say.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from large Rogue bottle into 2 pint glasses. Appearance was so good, dark brown chocolate color with chocolate milk looking foam on top.

Taste was OK, but not as outstanding as the visual. Tasted a little light, not as chocolatey as expected. Kind of similar to Rogue mocha porter for me, in that I expected more based on the name and previous reviews.

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