Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some notes of dark brown and amber when held up to the light and some moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark mocha head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering about 50% of the surface of the beer with a small patch of larger bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and cocoa powder. There are some subtler hints of dark roasted malts as well.
T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer is dominated by the flavors of chocolate - both milk chocolate and cocoa powder. There is an underlying flavor of dark roasted malt which imparts a light amount of bitterness, which lingers slightly.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable, one of the more sessionable chocolate stouts I have tried. There is a very pleasant flavor with just enough complexity. A very enticing aroma to bring you in.
08-30-2012 01:30:25 | More by dbrauneis
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
(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.
11-22-2005 23:51:24 | More by rhoadsrage
3.95/5 rDev -5%
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.
04-22-2005 22:53:53 | More by jdhilt
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
04-11-2006 04:53:11 | More by Zorro
4.2/5 rDev +1%
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.
12-27-2007 17:05:51 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Served in a pint glass.
Served with 1/2 finger of creamy chocolate milk colored head. Fades to a thin layer. Some sticky lace left. Color is a dark chocolate.
Aroma: Some toasted malts and cocoa powder. Not to much for the nose, but decent.
Taste: Rich chocolate and cocoa powder. Very creamy with some roasted malts again. Some fresh earthy hops as well. A fairly straight forward beer, but decent none the less.
Mouthfeel: Very rich, smooth, and creamy. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends roasted and dry.
Overall, a decent beer. A ton of chocolate. Very thick like a milkshake. Pretty easy to drink a pint, but very filling. I dig it, but wouldn't buy it too often.
03-13-2010 03:04:56 | More by mothman
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
09-11-2006 23:16:48 | More by Wasatch
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Enjoyed on tap at The Moan and Dove, Amherst, MA, presented in a pint glass.
Delivered with a nice head on top of a dark brown/near black brew. Chocolate and roasted malts scream out at the nose, and the taste buds are not disappointed. Bitterness tempers the sweetness excellently, almost like a mouthful of bittersweet chocolate. Hearty, smooth, imminently drinkable. Get it if you can...
03-23-2004 03:35:36 | More by ppoitras
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
22 ounce bottle into Rogue pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense mocha colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, toffee, caramel, molasses, roasted malt, vanilla, cream, and light herbal hops. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength; very dessert-like. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, toast, oats, caramel, toffee, cream, light coffee, earth, and herbal hops. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness; with a good amount of chocolate flavor and roast. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy, silky, and lightly prickly mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a very nice chocolate stout. Good roasted and chocolate flavors, with good balance of sweetness; and very smooth to drink.
07-02-2012 04:24:07 | More by superspak
4.45/5 rDev +7%
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.
05-16-2008 20:09:22 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
A: The appearance is outstanding. The beer appears opaque and jet black, with a towering, thick beige head over an inch thick. After several minutes, the head slowly begins to dissipate, leaving ample lacing all over the tulip glass.
S: The aroma is fabulous, with dominant scents of chocolates and chocolate syrup, followed by a roasted malt character.
T: The taste does not disappoint. Chocolate syrup and melted chocolates consume the palate without ever being overly sweet. Roast and coffee flavors come in behind, creating a wonderful and delicate dance.
M: The feel is great. Smooth and creamy, with just the right carbonation level.
D: I honestly didn't think I could drink so much of this beer and still want more. I drank most of the bomber by myself, and was a bit bummed when it ran out. A superb marriage of chocolate and beer - highly recommended.
02-15-2011 02:14:27 | More by Huhzubendah
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
04-30-2007 04:17:06 | More by Mebuzzard
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
02-09-2009 16:59:40 | More by biegaman
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
01-11-2008 21:36:52 | More by John_M
3.65/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
02-10-2011 03:07:52 | More by smakawhat
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
12-24-2009 15:11:58 | More by plaid75
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
10-22-2009 22:26:27 | More by beerthulhu
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
09-29-2004 04:02:05 | More by Viggo
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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