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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,520 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,520
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 249
Gots: 199 | FT: 4
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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

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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-21-2014 02:48:09 | More by DrunkinYogi
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 22:53:53 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 04:53:11 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 03:00:18 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2007 17:05:51 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 23:16:48 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 03:04:56 | More by mothman
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

07-08-2012 17:55:38 | More by duceswild
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2004 03:35:36 | More by ppoitras
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.9%

12-27-2012 03:58:26 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 20:09:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-15-2013 17:16:24 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 16:59:40 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 02:14:27 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2008 21:36:52 | More by John_M
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 04:24:07 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-29-2011 23:11:25 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-05-2011 04:33:27 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 15:11:58 | More by plaid75
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 04:17:06 | More by Mebuzzard
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 22:26:27 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:07:52 | More by smakawhat
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 04:02:05 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black, quite opaque, with a mocha colored head on top. Not much head retention, leaving a very thin film on top, but bubbly lacing down the sides.

S: A good bit of chocolate, as I was expecting. There is a little bit of vanilla, some roasted malt, and a little bit of spice, chili like. Rich and inviting.

T: Rich and chocolaty, with a little bit of cream. There is a slight hint of mint actually, that was increased when I took a sip after eating a few chocolate chips. Finish is slightly bitter.

M: A little thin, but not really a problem for me. Nice creamy texture, on the lower end in terms of carbonation.

O: Not the first time I have had this beer, and hopefully not the last. It's easy drinking and smooth with a nice flavor profile. Like the chocolate presence of course.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 02:13:27 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 19:59:37 | More by Bighuge
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,520 ratings.