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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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly not at all a fan of Rogue but I'm very impressed with this brew.

A - Black, nice mocha head and solid retention, swirls in the glass bring it back up no problem. Very nice.

S - Best aspect of this brew, especially upon semi-aggressive swirls. Huge chocolate blast, semi sweet chocolate, and dark chocolate. Good roastiness backing it up and notes of vanilla but you have to look for it. Reminds me of a chocolate forward Sierra Nevada Stout.

T - Chocolate forward Sierra Nevada Stout is the best example to give or relate to. The chocolate is forward but not as forward as the nose suggests. Great roastiness...textbook stout focusing on chocolate. Very nice.

M - smooth, crisp, and no problem killing this bomber solo.

O - Perfect for a stout fix. Not many I would take over this at this ABV range.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best stouts around.A full dark chocolately two finger head with a very dark liquid beer.The smell is full sweet aromatic and delicious.A dark creamy taste with hints of hops,chocolate.and coffee.Rogue never stops amazing me.I would love to try this on tap.

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Label notes this is 69 IBUs...not what I would've expected on something like this. I wish I wouldn't have peeked at Rogue's always uber-informative label. Could be a wonderful thing the pour!

Pours an oily but not ultra-thick stream into the snifter, which boasts a light brown not unlike a lightly-toasted marshmallow. The color is a deep, dark brown, bordering on black, and the bubbles seem to take their time moving through the viscous liquid. Slabs of lace complete the very nice picture.

Too many American stouts concentrate solely on the stout part (ie. the dark/roasted grains), forgetting the nuances that make a great stout great. This one doesn't make that mistake, and it's obvious even in the aroma stage. The roasty, almost smoky stout-ness is here, but there's also some depth thanks to hops (nothing overboard), plum/grape-skin, cream/milk sweetness, and just enough chocolate to make good on the beer's name. Aroma could've been bigger, seems kind of held back, or tame, but hardly regrettable.

Flavor is outstanding, and it's all about balance. Chocolate is at the forefront, but not ludicrously cranked up. Carries lots of caramel on its back, which makes it feel like you're drinking Rolo candies. Chocolate and its pal Caramel get along well with the roasty-toasty grains (oats/barley noted on the label) and some obvious hops (Cascade...again, I cheated). Frothed milk seeps into the flavor, but could also partly be the texture talking. Lingering smoke and roast in the finish, which push the chocolate back a little--not surprising considering they're more aggressive flavors. Mouthfeel is decent, airy and silky, like any good stout, but thicker & creamier would've put this beer over the top. Think melted chocolate, and you have my expectation vs. the reality. If the texture of Bell's Expedition Stout could've been fused to this beer, we'd have a World-Class winner.

One of Rogue's best. There's little to nitpick about...this is hugely enjoyable, and highly drinkable considering the style.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought as a reward for getting a lot of school work done in one day. I poured it from a bottle into a Bell's pint glass. The beer pours a beautiful dark brown, almost black color with some light brown red around the edges. The consistency appears thick and creamy. Hardly any head is apparent and it dissipates quickly, but has a light brown color, like chocolate milk which also stays with the moderate lacing as well.

The smell is of rich dark malts and some roasted malts as well. The light chocolate in the background makes the mouth water, and makes it next to impossible not to sip it before reviewing the smell! While delicate, but not overpowering, this leads to a light lingering smell.

Rich, dark malts dominate the nose, which only accentuates as you hold it in your mouth. The light chocolate comes through in the finish, but not enough to take over the dark malts. Surprisingly, the bitter hops mix well with dark chocolate flavors in the finish, which combine to form a nice and noticeably potent lingering flavor on the palate. The sweetness of the chocolate combines with the medium hops, which are more bitter than expected for a chocolate stout. A subtle hint of coffee flavors add to overall appeal of the finish. What sends this taste over the top is subtlety of the chocolate. It does not take over but only sits in the background for balance and mouthwatering flavor.

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