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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Reviews: 1,910 | Ratings: 4,187
Photo of Dakin
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark brown with a sliver of a tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted marshmallow, hops. Smells great!

Taste: Bitter chocolate, hops. Pretty bitter. Not too bad.

Feel: Medium mouth feel. Not much carbonation.

Overall: It's OK. Really don't understand the 99 rating. Just average. A little too bitter for me. 7.5/10.

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Photo of dog13garcia
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing look, great head, very dark. The flavor is great i love the overwhelming chocolate flavor and lingering taste in the back of your mouth. There is a slight bitterness at the end but the sweetness comes through.

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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark, 45+srm. Creamy, healthy head.

Nose: cocoa, chocolate, malt, smoke

Taste: the chocolate comes through like a dark, bitter chocolate, which produces a drier tasting beer. Some smoke.


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Photo of Radcpa
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For a dark beer it has a thin appearance and a very mild aroma. The chocolate taste is minimal to say the least. I think this it also tastes artificial.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
1.33/5  rDev -68.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

If I could give the taste 0 I would. Incredibly hoppy and estery for this type of beer. Zero chocolate taste that gives it its namesake. Bye-bye $8. It went down the drain.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout, 5.8% ABV, 69 IBU. Pours black and medium viscosity, no head because a taproom pour. Nose is chocolate sweetness, taste is moderate chocolate and a bitter close. Decent mouthfeel. Overall OK, but not as good as their double chocolate stout. While the chocolate nose is great, nothing matches the chocolate nose of a Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout once the head clears.

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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 jaketaz
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The closest comparison would probably be Sam Smith chocolate stout, but this is cheaper and you get more of it. Pretty good bargain for a solid chocolate stout, I would say the best part of this beer is the full bodied feel. The taste is not up to par with some of the other mild chocolate stouts I've had, to say nothing of the stronger Imperial types such as those made by Great Divide, Stone, and Southern Tier. Nice dark color with a nearly white head, not completely opaque, little aroma. Good stuff, there are just a lot of better options.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, two finger brown head, no visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, chocolate. One of the best smelling beers ever! Want to smell this all day.

T: If only it tasted like it smelled. Not as good but still very good taste. Chocolate flavor, very nice.

F: Very drinkable, smooth.

O: Outstanding beer. Would gladly have it any day.

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Photo of mkh012
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a finger of mocha head.

Deep bakers chocolate on the nose. A noticeable dose of piney hops as well.

Other reviewers have been quick to distance this one from sweeter chocolate stouts like Young's, and for good reason. At 69 IBU, this is quite hoppy for a chocolate stout. The dark chocolate is there mid-palate, but the finish is quite bitter. I wouldn't mind this, except it lingers. It's pretty much all I taste in between sips.

I understand why someone who finds a Sam Smith or a Young's too sweet would like this beer, but it's not my cup of tea. As I drink more of this, I hardly taste chocolate at all. Just vague roastiness and hops. If you're looking for sweet milk chocolate, look elsewhere. This is like eating a bar of 90% cocoa. That being said, it's an objectively solid stout that others will love. Just kind of missed the mark for me.

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Photo of devo1980
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very decent chocolate stout. The chocolate is hidden, but shows up with a dark chocolate aftertaste. That was enjoyable. The rest underwhelmed me. I am surprised that this is getting 96-99 ratings. Pales in comparison to Sam Smith's Chocolate Stout. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black as black molasses, is thick and opaque in texture and the head is an amazing milky chocolate color, starting about one finger thick and retains very well! It is much too hard to see what is happening carbonation wise and as for the lacing, well it is superb in how it clings to the side of the glass!

S- A combination of dark and milk chocolate reminds me fully of what the Dairy Queen hot fudge smells like! There are dark and/or burnt malts noted, burnt brown sugar sweetness, fresh cocoa powder, dark roast coffee, vanilla bean...this is very scrumptious in aroma....dessert like!

T- Dark and milk chocolate covered cordial cherries, roasted nuts, such as hazelnut and burnt almond....bittering cocoa powder richness, black french roast coffee, and an overall black forest cake quality...not too sweet, but sweet enough. The finish is Earthy, dry, and just slightly bittering from black malts and hop cones! Very well rounded!

M/O- Solid medium body, velvety carbonation and full flavors make this an exquisite beer to enjoy with dessert or on its own....I love the chocolatey character and would most definitely seek this highly drinkable stout again! Highly recommended!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour, not the biggest stout in the world. 1/2" light tan head. Aroma just kicks down the chocolate. This was the first real good chocolate added (not just chocolate malt) beer I had. And its still a staple in my fridge/cellar.

Taste is sweet, but not overly, mouth full of chocolate/cocao. Is a lighter grade of chocolate, this isn't the brownie batter or dark chocolate kind. More cocao.

I would love if they could drop these into 12oz six packs for ~$10. . .

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken 03/31/16:

Dark brown to black, depending on thickness, highly opaque. Head is foamy and creamy, medium-brown, with great retention. Sweet milk chocolate, light roastiness, wet paper aromas. Metallic tartness throughout, but quite a lot of chocolate in the middle, and roasty-toasty toward the back, as well as rindy and earthy hops, even a little booze in the finish. Full-bodied, thick enough but more oily than syrupy. Medium carbonation, creamy suds.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very Chocolaty. Decent Head, dark black color.A little too sweet. Maybe just wasn't in the mood. smooth Compared side by side with Rouge's Shakespeare Stout and lost. They are comparable, but the Shakespeare is smoother and not as sweet.

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

Pitch black, moderate head. The aroma is dominated by chocolate, milk chocolate, very sweet but pleasant. Little coffee notes. This is not a very rich aroma, but evidently promising and well balanced. The taste steers the experience toward a roasted character. Here I find roasted malts and a very dry finish, quite hoppy and sharp. Medium mouthfeel. Very tasty beer but I admit I expected more.

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Photo of deebo
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a big toasty roasty dark ass bomb. Black as night. Aroma is big time chocolate syrup-really inviting. Taste is Dark chocolate with a significant bitter bite/aftertaste this beer will make you earn it. Mouthfeel is fairly rough-not much smoothness which is the biggest defect. Overall-great appearance and aroma with a bit Ida too bitter finish and a lack of smooth body. Ok stout.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is a really good benchmark chocolate stout. It isn't amazing, but is really well done. Lots of chocolate and good mouthfeel. Overall this is a well balanced stout.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in February 2016. There was no 'bottled by' date on the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark with nice thick brown head. Just a little lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, and can definitely smell the chocolate, but there is also some aroma of roasted malts, and a little vanilla and hops as well.

Taste: There is a strong chocolate flavor, but it is not too sweet. There is roasted malt and coffee influence and balanced with a little hops. It is a great balance that is not too bitter, nor too sweet. It is very creamy and smooth. The balance between the flavors is great, and not dominated by the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very smooth and creamy with a nice aftertaste that is not too bitter or sweet.

This is an excellent stout. You will enjoy it if you like a smooth, bold stout with some chocolate and coffee flavors. It is complex, and every time I drink it, I get something new. Definitely a beer to drink again. The more I drink it, the more I like it.

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Photo of Benjo87
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - jet black in the glass. Beautiful 3 finger tanned head.

Smell - bakers chocolate on the nose. Smells absolutely amazing.

Taste - Follows the smell. Not too sweet like a lot of chocolate stouts. It's real chocolate, not the sugary synthetic stuff. The hops are there on the back end. Nice bitter finish. This is still a beer drinkers beer. It doesn't lose any integrity with the chocolate. Might be the best non imperial chocolate stout.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, no date but has an illegible number stamp below the label. Pours dark brown with a large sized khaki head. Smells of hops, oats, and cocoa; good intensity. The taste is lots of earthy hops followed by cocoa, oats, and scorched malt. Very bitter and drying, comparable to a RIS. The carbonation is below average and body is above average. Overall, it doesn't fit with other American Stouts, but has a great smell and taste, if you're expecting a dry beverage. Reminds me of a less tasty version of Southern Tier Choklat.

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Photo of Danny_Brewstein
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a year plus old bottle.
Nice dark tan head.
Chocolate on the nose. Chocolate flavor and something that reminds me of raspberries. Got slightly bitter as it warmed up.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW. What an experience. I have had a lot of good stouts but this is definitely one of my favorites. Great chocolate flavor with a little bit of roasted malt taste. I would recommend this stout to anyone.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with dark brown edges and a huge brown head that left good lacing on the glass and persisted through the session. Smell is strongly of milk chocolate, almost Hershey's chocolate syrup. Flavor is chocolatey with notes of roast and a hint of caramel/toffee. Very good American Stout.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber, drank from a seidel.

Appearance: Intense dark brown in colour, absolutely opaque. Frothy light brown aggressive head that leaves plenty of thick and intricate lacing down the sides. Visually edifying.

Smell: Semi-sweet chocolate is the most prominent scent, just like a glass of homemade Hershey's chocolate milk, followed after by moderately roasted barley. Hint of mocha, but overall balanced bitterness/sweetness.

Taste: Like a Hershey's chocolate milk mixed with a deeply bitter, roasted stout. Completely what someone might expect from the name. I think this is what I had hoped a Guinness would taste like when I was too young to drink beer. Really rich and grainy, and one of the most bitter stouts I've tried, but pairs well with the sweetness of the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Has a rich malty sweetness that lingers on every surface of your mouth after you've swallowed it, pairing with the intense bitterness that is left as an aftertaste. Thick, richly satisfying mouthfeel, loudly broadcasts its heartiness. Low enough ABV to keep the boozy mouthfeel away, unlike darker, more evil imperial stouts.

Overall Notes: One of the best stouts I've come across: it's rich, chocolatey, bitter enough to balance the sweetness, and profoundly satisfying to drink. The chocolate can get a bit much once you've had a lot, but it's fantastic otherwise.

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