Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a brown foamy head. Tons of lacing.

Dark sweet baking chocolate/brownie scents, like the overbaked edges of a brownie as a matter of fact.

The chocolate isn't subtle. Syrup with sweetness, and a bitter balance from the stout. Flavors are enjoyable, with the chocolate going just a bit overboard -- just a hair too sweet. Still, very easy to sip. The body is much lighter than expected, but still on the fuller side. One of the better, more complex ones that didn't ruin the beer with the chocolate.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Giving this one a shot. Not usually a huge Rogue fan, but let's see.

Appearance- Black with three quarters of an inch tan head. The head is very thick and creamy. Nice.

Smell- Chocolate nibs. Roasty and rich. Some stone fruits, prunes, and some coffee beans.

Taste- Chocolate covered espresso beans. Lots of rich roastiness. The finish is like burnt coffee. Some creaminess. Finishes with a little burnt ash. I want more chocolate and less burning.

Mouthfeel- Decidedly thick and creamy.

Drinkability- Roastier than I'd prefer.

Chocolate? Where's the chocolate? I wish this delivered a little bit more on the name.

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Photo of thetomG
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice dark brown pour with gorgeous layer of tan head that lingers slightly but leaves very little lacing behind.

Smell is dark baking chocolate. Flavor is similar but tastes a bit more like chocolate milk/cocoa powder. Also just enough hoppy bitterness in the finish to balances out the sweetness.

Could be just a tad more thick & creamy, but other than that the mouthfeel is very nice. I would probably drink this again.

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Photo of JBStith
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout in a 22 oz bomber...

I had this beer many years ago in the Rogue brewpub in Newport. At the time, I thought it was wonderful. It is still a "good" beer, but I guess my palate has evolved over time. Anyhow, here it is

A: Pours hazy and dark brown, the color of dark chocolate. Good tan head with descent retention and lacing.

S: Initial smell is of sweet malt and rosted coco or chocolate. No sign of hops or spice, which is good for this style.

T: Follows smell. A distict taste of coco and chocolate. Again, not much bitterness at all. A bit lacking in malt backbone.

M&D: Mouthfeel is a bit thin. I was expecting a heavier, sweeter stout to compliment the chocolate. I feel this beer should coat the mouth and it doesn't. Drinkability is descent, but not great.

Overall, my impressions of this beer changed significantly over time. this beer doesn't impress me as much as it did many years ago. However, it is still a good beer that is fun to drink on occassion.

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Photo of zacharius
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a bottle with a silkscreened drawing of some person on it, pretty lame artwork in my opinion. Oh well I don't have to look at the bottle, I'll just look at a club magazine instead.

This beer pours a dark brown color with a frothy tan head. Smell is of roasted malts and intense chocolate. The smell is really great but I was dissapointed by the lack of chocolate in the taste. It was sweet, malty with some hops and there was a slight chocolate flavor but nothing like I expected from the aroma. Nice thick bodied beer, like a glass of chocolate milk. Excellent drinkablity, definately a session beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On-tap poured into a shaker pint.

Black with 1 finger of tan head.

This smells like straight up Hershey's syrup.

Hershey's syrup, roasted barley and semi-sweet chocolate chips. The finish is slightly dry and picks up notes of cocoa nib and an earthy char.

Light-medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

Sweet chocolate mixed with a nice stout. And to reiterate: Hershey's syrup.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma shows a somewhat mild roasted malt that gets rounded out very subtly by the chocolate.
Very attrative black with a very dark head that is thick and recedes rocky and leaves a nice heavy lace.
Surprisinly bitter even with the roasty and somewhat sweet chocolate flavors. Dense. The finish gets more bitter the longer it lasts.
Full feel and thick and somewhat smooth. A little oily. Overall nice.
Flavor has Rogue quality, I'm assuming from the yeast. I like this, but not like others do, but it's not up to some of their other beers like Shakespeare.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of FernMaster
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

I can't say I'm overall truly impressed with this beer, I like it fine but there's several things working against it to make it great. If you're reading this on a smart phone at a liquor store, just buy this beer; Rogue Chocolate Stout is worth trying. I will probably try this again in the future and I may update my review accordingly, but let's get into it.

The pour was actually disappointing, there was less than one finger's worth of head. The head was a nice brown color and the beer was a thick black, with some moderate lacing. The smell may have been my favorite thing about this beer. Rogue's Chocolate Stout smells like a fine dessert, there's some definite notes of cocoa powder, roasted malts and - of course - chocolate. The taste however is not very stoutish, it seems very watered down. There's some hop notes, chocolate, hints of vanilla,

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Disappointing as I really enjoy their double version. Pours dark with small brown head. Aroma is the best part with chocolate dominating as expected among the roast. Flavor does not follow. Initial chocolate fights to remain known through the sip, while semi-sour notes, and not quite matching hop bitterness takes over. Finish is a little biting. Could be smoother and sweeter to be enjoyable for me.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep, dark brown, nearly black. Opaque. Huge 3-4 fingers of mocha colored head rise. Great retention before falling to a persistent, thick cap. Moderate lacing.

S - Interesting chocolate aroma, almost identical to cocoa powder. Hints of roasted malt hide in the background but the chocolate is the main focus.

T - Soft chocolate flavors appear early on leading into a growing and sweeping bitterness. Chocolate persists throughout with roasted flavors making a moderate appearance mid to late palate. Bitterness continues to grow with undertones of earthy hops. Acrid, burnt, coffee-like flavor shines through near the end and follows long into the aftertaste with a sharp bitterness.

M - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Misses the "smooth" mark by a hair and takes on a bit of a dry stout feel.

D - Not my favorite beer, but not really my favorite style either. The aroma is slightly misleading. Instead of a gentle chocolate flavor atop some roastiness, Rogue offers a fairly dry and sharp stout.

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Photo of normZurawski
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer, but I think it takes the word chocolate to an extreme. It's got the same sort of flavor Hershey's syrup has - rich and slightly bitter. It's good for one glass, but I don't forsee myself buying this again. Don't get me wrong, it's enjoyable. But it's not your typical beer. At least it doesn't really come off as something I'll ever say I have a yearning for.

The beer pours dark & rich, as you might expect. Little to no head to speak of. Decent aroma with the foreshadowing of chocolate syrup to follow. Decent but thin mouthfeel, with an abundance of chocolate overtones and a malty body. Everything about this is hinted with that chocolate syrup taste - overtones, body, nose, finish, aftertaste. You name it, it's there. After I finished the glass and licked my fingers, it tasted like chocolate.

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Photo of Aenema
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pitch black with a foamy brown head. No lacing.
Smell - Cocoa, roasted malts.
Taste - Roasted malts, some cocoa with a bitter hop finish. This is a well-balanced beer. Very similar to unsweetened baker's chocolate, except a milder chocolate flavor.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light/moderate carbonation. Light on the tongue.
Drinkability - Although it has a lighter feel/body than many stouts, it remains a rich, filling drink, though does not possess the incredible flavor of some other stouts.
Overall - A good stout, though I'd rather have a Peche Mortal or Choklat, unfortunately this lacks the flavor intensity of the aforementioned stouts.

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Photo of TBear1605
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Had a deep, dark, almost black, color to it, which reminded me of used motor oil for some reason; not a bad color IMO. Solid head retention that had a milk chocolate brown hue to it.

S: Unbeliveable rich dark chocolate comes to mind first, followed by a subtle smell of coffee, which doesn't overpower. A slight smell of hops lingers towards the end.

T: Taste was a bit disappointing, considering how great it smelled. First the rich dark chocolate hit my taste buds, then an earthy, ground coffee taste followed...would have liked to taste a bit more hops for the finish, but I know that is normally not true to the style (I'm a hop head at my core)

M: Felt very thick, almost like a mollasses or syrup...a bit too heavy for my taste, but still enjoyable. A moderate amount of carbonation, which suits the beer well.

O: Overall an enjoyable beer, one that I would drink again in the near future, especially on a cold and rainy day. Couldn't drink more than a couple, as one feels like eating a full meal

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout has an extremely dark brown body that is opaque everywhere except at its edges. The brown head is comprised of small, tight bubbles and it is quite tall. Not really any lacing out of this one for some reason though.

The aroma has quite a bit of chocolate to it, matched with dark malt and some hops in the background.

Chocolate comes through immediately, and it is probably the strongest flavor in this beer. The chocolate flavors remind me more of dark chocolate than baker's chocolate, which is a nice touch. The chocolate gives way to dark malt, with some sweetness and some roasted flavors. The finish is better and has a fairly potent flavor of grapefruit from a liberal addition of American hops.

Pretty good mouthfeel, certainly no problems.

Rogue chocolate is a solid beer with a pretty good chocolate flavor.

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Photo of davedahl
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow the high marks by prior reviewers really surprises me on this one.

Apperance - the beer pours nearly completely black with just a slight brown rim. The head is brown and lumpy and reminds me of lumpy mashed potatos and gravy. Weird huh. Prolly just me. Medium bubbles, nice retention. As I drink it the beer seems to want to lace but not really.

Aroma - very prominent sweet chocolate aroma, some dark fruit.

Taste - huge taste of roasted chocolate malts and coffee. More dark fruit in the taste. Taste and aroma very similar.

Moutfeel - a bit thin, and a metallic aftertaste (?!)

So I started this sampling waaay too cold. Rookie move. Very interesting how it really opened up as it warmed. Specifically the aroma went from almost nothing to chocolaty plums. The taste opened up too (not as surprising) and the mouthfeel became less thin. Even after it warms it's only a B+ for me.

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Photo of artusory
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft at Friscos. Served on Nitro as Rogue Nitro Stout. Black body with a small, tan head. Mostly lasting. The aroma is heavy with dark chocolates. The flavor is milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolates, some coffee. Medium body with a slightly bitter, tanic finish.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first from Rogue, which is surprizing because i have a Rogue pint glass and my wife's been to the brewery. picked it out to drink with a buddy from out of town. color is dark, brown to black. smells like bitter cooking chocolate with some roastiness. not bad. massive chocolate taste, but weird. kind of like a mocha chocolate necco wafer flavor. thick, full beer. fairly good drinkability. a bit heavy and the weird chocolate flavor is slightly offputting.

...possibly a bad choice for my first Rogue but i'll still go for another at some point. i hear dead guy is great.

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Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black pour leaves tan crust of foam. Aroma is distinctively sweet and of chocolate cake. The taste is not as sweet perhaps, it has a bit of mocha flavor with a hint of smoke, and a moderately bitter finish that has a sour after taste. Mouthfeel is quite thick, with decent carbonation. Drinkabilty is good, not overly alcoholic, but the chocolate flavor seemed a bit contrived as they added flavoring. I would have expected a bit more sweetness to balance out the taste.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours dark with a little dark creamy head. The smell is amazing, perhaps the best part of the stout, it is very chocolatey with a roasted malt sneaking in behind. The beer is tasty and isn't too grainy from the chocolate but becomes hard to drink. Have one but plan on sharing the bottle with a friend or two so that you don't have to drink so much chocolate.

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Photo of cracgor
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark velvety black beer with a dark tan, barely red in it, head. Pours out thick. Smells hoppy. More sweet and mild than a hop bomb. Nothing bad, just not too remarkable. The aftertaste is a lot like semisweet or bitter chocolate morsels. Up front it is a lot fruitier and hoppy. It would be nicer if the chocolate could come out more at the front. Thick and like a stout should be. I could drink this fine, and it's not a bad beer. Maybe it's just how I feel right now, but I would prefer a lot of beers to this one.

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Photo of kinger
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich floral aroma with a dark bitter chocolate scent. Black pour with a 3/4" head that settles down to a solid 1/4", but no lacing ouch. Mouthfeel is much thinner than anticipated, finish is primarily bitter. Flavor is decent, the chocolate doesn't come through as much as in the aroma and the bittering hops seem to have a tight grasp on the taste. Overall this is not one of my top picks, kind of bummed out. The regular Shakespeare is much better. I'll be using what's left in the bomber to make a black and tan, Cheers!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of erwin08
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brownish to black color with thick chocolate moose looking head. slowly disapates and leaves slight lacing.

S: smells more coffee like than chocolate to me with a faint alcohol sent to it.

T: tastes of coffee and chocolate but has a weird finish or after taste, almost an alcohol burn.

M: smooth and rich mouth feel but leaves mouth with a dry alcohol feel.

D: has the delicious chocolatey taste but leaves an alcohol taste in my mouth. not the finest Rogue i've had.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 4,176 ratings.
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