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Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,464
Reviews:
1,915
Ratings:
4,210
pDev:
12.29%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
452
Gots:
618
Trade:
5
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,210 |  Reviews: 1,915
Photo of johnniemarg
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours as sark as used engine oil, with a dark brown dense and persistent 2-finger head.

Smell is swiss chocolate. Tons of chocolate. I can smell some bittering hops, but besides the chocolate, there is little discernable. Maybe some molasses.

The taste is just about all chocolate. There is just enough malt to balance this out. The malt is just noticeable at first before the long chocolate middle of the taste takes over, finally ending in a dry, hoppy, bitter finish. After I was ready to post this I realize that the malt becomes more prevalent as this warms, balancing the chocolate better.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Coats the mouth. A little pricky on the palate from the hops.

This is a good stout. I had it before and didn't like it as much. I probably had it too cold the last time. I'm sure this would go very well with most rich desserts.

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Photo of jeremyn
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty, creamy, light brown head that needs some agitation to get going. The nose of roasted malt and chocolate is simple but elegant. Taste is reminiscent of the nose. Nothing complex... roasted malt and chocolate, but extremely intense. Bigger hop flavor that I expected from this style, but not a lot of bitterness. Tastes dry hopped but probably isn't. Thinner mouthfeel than I expected, but I think that works in its favor. Still a little mouth-coating creaminess, presumably from the oats, which gives it some richness. Carbonation is appropriate and its drinkability is good.

I can't say this beer is anything particularly innovative, but it is intense and delicious. Everything about it seems "correct."

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Photo of matchz
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark opaque black with a dark brown head, this beer smells like coffee, with hints of roasted almonds and of course chocolate. Tastes of dark, bitter chocolate with coffee and a nice smooth malt finish.

Beer and Chocolate, what could be better together?!

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Photo of Nrod
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GaBengal
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got it at Target.

Nose:
Chocolate indeed! Richly roasted maltiness with dark roasted flavors, particularly chocolate (per suggestion) and espresso. Dark, ripe fruit. Vanilla, and an almost-lavender floralness.

Look:
Jet black, perhaps dark, dark brown. Mild head - dark brown - with poor retention.

Flavor:
First sip reveals abundant fruitiness in the attack, mild malt and hop in the midpalate, and a growing bitterness in the finish. Quite a transition and spectrum of flavors. Deeper chocolate and roasted malt develop against the fruit. Tart hop edge comes in between middle and end along with bright fruit through the finish. A little bit of spicy, herbal hop takes root and provides a nice, subtle foreground to the dark malty backgrounds. More bitterness in the end tastes mainly of hop leaf, but also perhaps from highly roasted malt. Vanilla suggestions turn into reckonable flavors and bring to mind oak. I only notice a very soft sweetness as an afterthought upon relishing in the finishing bitterness.

After reading the bottle, I see that there really is chocolate in here (along with oats, which kind of makes sense). I can't really tell that there is chocolate added beyond very richly roasted malt which often tastes chocolate-like to me. I'm glad Rogue didn't over do the chocolate, as that would have skewed these nice flavors down the path of being flavored.

Paired with some corned beef, marbled rye, and aged swiss, it does smell creamy like oats. And my corned beef, paired against Rogue Chocolate Stout, tastes rather like wintergreen. How odd - it tasted rather meaty a minute ago.

Feel:
Medium-full-to-full bodied mouthfeel. Good bitterness, stiff body.

The Verdict:
A pretty good, and indeed chocolate-rich, Stout with a surprisingly strong bright fruit character juxtaposed on the dark malt and a pleasantly strong bitterness ruling over the finish.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DemoniChris
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rogue Alehouse in San Fran.

The beer was a deep black with a minimal brown head that diminished into a brown lace that lasted through the pint.

The aroma of this beer is truly unique, expecially as it warms. I've had chocolate stouts before, but never with such a wonderful "Hershey" aroma, just like when you unwrap a fresh bar readying your s'mores. There are some roasty notes in the background and hints of Pacific NW hops.

The flavor of this beer is very roasty with some hints of ash. There isn't much sweet maltiness to speak of. The chocolate comes through very nicely without being overpowering. The hops are there in a good amount, but aren't too citrusy or piney, just nicely floral. The flavors are very complimentary - like a dark cup of coffee with a rich chocolate desert. Mmmm...

The mouthfeel is medium, but I wouldn't mind a little more weight here. Also, the addition of some wheat malt and/or Carapils might help add a little creaminess that this beer lacks.

Certainly the best chocolate stout I've had. Cheers!

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Photo of groleau
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reebtaerG
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ab39z
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from BevMo in Mountain View.

A - Pours jet black with a substantial creamy brown head. Looks great.

S - Lots of chocolate with some roasted malt.

T - Major chocolate taste, good but probably could have been incorporated a little more seamlessly. A little bit like Hershey's syrup was poured into a stout. Also roasted malt, earth, and some mild hops. Bitter and sweet.

M - Smooth and creamy with some rough edges and medium body for a stout.

D - Pretty high for the style.

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Photo of DallasK
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evlu1441
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time I've had this beer. The first time I remember it being really chocolaty, and considering it's made with "natural chocolate flavouring," that's hardly a surprise. Here's my review:

It pours almost pitch black and completely opaque with the slightest red tinge around the edges. The head is a chocolate-milk colour. A tasty looking treat!

The aroma is sweet and malty with a rich toasted aroma topped with some chocolate chips. Reminds me of breakfast cereal in a way.

The taste is sweet, and lightly toasty up front. Controlled chocolatey notes towards the middle. Some slight hop bitterness comes through towards the end alongside some slight burnt chocolate flavours. Drinkability is very high on this delicious treat.

Overall, this is a really tasty beer and good on almost any occasion!

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled while in Vegas. Poured from a 650 ml brown bottle, silk-screened label. A pitch black body, blocks out the light. Large creamy tan head. Intense chocolate aroma with faint hops. Sweet milk chocolate flavour, with dry coffee, balanced out with the cascade hops. Smooth mouthfeel, effervescent and somewhat light. Not necessarily a session ale, but one that's worth picking up on a regular basis.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with very nice tan head Smells of sweet malts and chocolate. Alcohol scents are present. Wonderful chocolate and smokey flavors. Very rich with not much alcohol as the scent suggests. Medium to full bodied with light effervesance. Very nice

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark brown in color. The beer pours a tan two fingered head that stays for most of the sample. Nice lacing.

S: Loads of chocolate. Slight whiff of coffee. Roasted malts and earth.

T: Slight blast of burnt coffee is immediately taken over by dark chocolate and a slight pine hop bitter bite. Roasted caramel malts are followed by the sweetness of molasses. More chocolate.

M: Rich and creamy smooth. Minimal carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: Grandma's homemade brownies in a bottle. Extremely well balanced without being too sweet. This is the best chocolate flavored beer that I have tried.

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Photo of cbenson
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two 16oz pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist.

A: Deep, dark, black with a really pretty mocha colored head. Pours with the consistancy of chocolate milk.

S: Big chocolate aroma dominates. This is followed closely by hops and something I can only describe as bitter cocoa.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, bitter hops, with a bitter, bitter, bitter burnt malt finish. Also detected a fleeting hint of coffee in there.

M: I found the mouthfeel on this one to be too dry, puckery, and bitter. I expected more creaminess from a "chocolate stout".

D: Strange, but while I found this to be dry like a desert, I was won over by the immense chocolate and dark roasted/burnt malt flavors going on with this one. A challenging stout, indeed.

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Photo of benbou17
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark mahogany almost black colour with a 2 finger tan head that leaves nice lacing

S- chocolate is immediately present in force with some definite hoppiness and a little bit of coffee malts mixed in

T- chocolate right of the bat with the bitterness of the hops definitely present as well. also some hints of oats which give way to a little bit of coffee and dark fruit after taste

M- fairly high carbonation for the style although it didn't detract from the beer at all. the oats helped it coat the mouth a little bit although not as much as a true oatmeal stout.

D- overall quite a drinkable beer although by no means a session beer the 650ml bottle was no problem.

Not my favourite beer ever but definitely a very well done chocolate stout.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at my favorite grocrey shopping mega-plex, Jungle Jims. I waited a little while to try it with someone but he never came around (Rick!), ahh well, more for me.

It poured slowly and full of chocolate and coffee hints. The hint of the chocolate was stronger than the coffee but not overpowering. It left good lace around my glass as one drink led to another.

Better than most Chocolate Stouts but I am still having a tough time getting Chocolate and Coffee to taste good together. Don't get me wrong I liked this beer but I like a bit more stout.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another pint at Rogue's Pub on the Newport dockside.
Very good beer in appearance a dark brown, dark cooking chocolate brown ale. Small tan head.
Smells of good copoking chocolate ( Ghiardelli)..malty and great.
Beautiful full dark chocolate taste..not too sweet yet a nice bitterness is present..especially in the aftertatse.
Very nice on the palate..smooth and rich.
A most drinkable stout..nice

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Photo of clarkm04
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very dark. Close to midnight black. A nice tan head retention that leaves a nice lacing behind.

Smell- Definitely smell the chocolate and roasted notes in this beer.

Taste- A very definite series of chocolate notes. A slightly bittersweet chocolate taste in the front with a sweeter chocolate note along with nice finish. I get a little hops in the middle but chocolate dominates this beer through and through.

Mouthfeel- Slight carbonation on the tongue but much lighter than you would expect from something of this color. It's a very creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability- For a stout it's fairly high. I will not have a problem knocking out this bomber.

Overall- An outstanding stout and a great example of what a Chocolate Stout can be. Rogue's Chocolate Stout is easily one of my favorite chocolate stouts and I purchase this beer on a regular basis because it works well as a dessert beer or with a meal or after a long day. It's a versatile and interesting beverage. I recommend this beer to people.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,210 ratings
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