Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
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
Ratings:
4,200
Reviews:
1,913
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
446
Gots:
613
For Trade:
5
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Photo of mcrawford
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wildman
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally got my hands on one of these. They flew off the shelf at Palmers when they got it in. I was lucky to snag one of them. This beer poured black as the night and formed a huge foamy dark tan head the left an almost full coat of lace on the sides as is subsided. Okay, the aroma smells of malt and chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Coca comes out the the sweet chocolate to offset it a bit. The flavor was of malt, burnt chocolate and a touch of coffee. The finish was fairly light for this style and had a slight bitterness to it. I prefer this to Young's any day of the week

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Photo of dcscientist
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid chocolate stout. Not too sweet from the cocoa, not too bitter like some stouts. Middle of the road alcohol content makes this a very easy to enjoy beer. Thumbs up to this one for sure.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of alkemy
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured an exceedingly dark brown color with a light brown head about an inch tall. Definitely has chocolate in the aroma along with a malty ginger bread scent. Taste was also of ginger bread, with chocolate lasting through the finish. Chocolate was somewhat bitter (semi-sweet chocolate as someone else described.) This is a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Phillie
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a chilled 750 ml bomber poured into a snifter glass and enjoyed as it warmed closer to room temperature.

I love the designs of Rogue's bottles, very entertaining and unique.

This stout is dark! Almost like a black hole that destroys any light that should cross its path... The head looks like a milk chocolate wafer or something like an Aero chocolate bar. Simply mouth watering.

The smell does not disappoint!! For chocolate fans, this is as close to the real thing as it gets. Sticking my nose into the snifter yields fantastic notes of chocolate and roasted coffee with some malty undertones.

The taste was quite chocolately and coffee dominant when at a cold temperature. As the beverage warmed up during the sitting there existed a noticeable burn sensation on my tongue and surrounding mouth tissue. As the drink was close to room temperature the alcohol became much more noticeable but this wasn't a bad thing. The flavour became much more complex with the chocolate and roasted coffee complementing each other and becoming much more lively.

I enjoyed this beverage. I would definitely pick this one up again. Bravo Rogue!

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my brand new Bruery tulip glass. Poured black in color with a big thick tan head taking up 1/3 of the glass. The head settled down a bit and clung to the edges of the glass where it left some great lacing.

The aroma has a distinct milk chocolaty flavor to it. It has a bit of roasted bitterness to it but I keep coming back to that Hershey's chocolate milk like flavor it's giving off. For a beer labeled a chocolate stout it's pretty true to it's name in the aroma at least.

The taste shows the chocolate milkiness that was present in the nose but it has a bit of hop bitterness helping to balance it out a bit. The chocolate has a long lasting effect in the finish. It has a bit of roasty flavors as well but the milk chocolate really comes through more then anything else. It's relatively balanced for a chocolate beer between the sweet chocolate flavors and the bitter hop and roasty flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice chocolate flavored beer. The milk chocolaty, almost chocolate milk like flavor was very nice in the nose and taste. It made a great after dinner drink tonight.

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Photo of adamette
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 650 ML bottle that I purchased along with 5 other Rogue beers within the past month. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. I heard good things about this beer here on BA and decided to pick up a bunch of Rogue beers that day. No observed "best by" date.

A Nice, creamy medium brown head over a very dark body that lets in only a bit of light when held in front of a light bulb. There is the darkest of Mahogany colors that shows through the body in that situation. Lacing is satisfyingly significant. 4.0

S Chocolate is in the front. To me it is a nice, full milk chocolate smell that is inviting and interesting. I do not smell much of the dark roast malt that I might have expected but then again most stouts are not all that aromatic. 4.0

T Nice, direct dark roast malt with chocolate. The hops play an appropriate supporting role. I like the simplicity and the mastery of the brewer. 4.5

M Thinner than I expected but it works for this beer somehow. Other similar beers (Southern Tier Choklat, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti) might be more thick but here it does not bother me. It might make it more drinkable. 4.0

D Good for the style which tends to include such huge beers as to render them less that highly drinkable. This remains a sipper for me, one to be enjoyed over a period of 25 minutes or so. 3.5

Notes: I can see why so many people enjoy this one, a solid chocolate stout.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, pours a massive, creamy head.

Aroma: Chocolate, unsurprisingly. Malt, light toasty notes. And some more chocolate!

Taste: Well, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I taste some chocolate… It’s a rather milky combination of chocolate and malt though, rather than the very dark, roasted chocolate flavour that you get with some Chocolate Stouts (I have Young’s Double Chocolate Stout in mind in particular). The beer supposedly packs a lot of hops as well, but I can’t really taste them, the chocolate and malt are overwhelming. Perhaps there is a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste, but that as well is dominated by notes of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full and quite soupy.

Overall: This is my first sampling of the Chocolate Stout, and I was expecting not to be disappointed — I wasn’t! The beer is rated extremely highly, but there are some very valid competitors in this category...

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Photo of Brewlore
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a fantasic dark tan colored head that pours big and gently fades and lingers around. It smells great as well with roasted malts and a chocolate scent dominating the scent, a very inviting scent.

The taste is quite chocolatey with some nice bitterness and some sweet malt flavors coming in. It's a really balanced beer that offers some nice flavors as it runs across the palate. The chocolate and bitterness are well balanced.

It's mouthfeeel is grand, it's a bit tingly and full bodied on the palate. It leaves your mouth a bit dry afterwards but surely does not take away from the overall experience. Leaves a little bitter aftertaste which is quite nice.

This beer is highly drinkable though I wouldn't want to sit and have more than couple pints of this stuff. It's a bit heavy so it can be quite filling especially if your drinking it with some desserts.

In the end Rogue makes a wonderful chocolate stout. It's one of the better ones currently on the market. Cheers!

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Photo of KGilmour
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoneman78
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brown black hue, head is a brown pillowy layer that is mostly sustaining and bouncy, thick lacing on the glass
S- Nose is big roasted chocolate and coffee malts, strong backbone of subtle hops and alcohol, there is a something a little off at the end but I cant place it
T- Initial taste is moderate roasted coffee malts, which quickly transitions to sweet milk chocolate which pervades the flavor, touch of smoke and roast in the bittersweet finish
M- Full-bodied, thick and chewy texture, ample carbonation
D- Well-balanced and smoothly sweet stout, i would have preferred a little less coffee so that the chocolate could have come through a bit more, easy-drinking at 6%, good for a treat in small quantities

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Photo of Miccal
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque black color. There is a great, one finger, mocha colored head that has great retention. I was a little surprised it didn't leave as much lacing, but overall a great looking brew.

S - Smells of burnt malts with a hint of coffee but it is pretty strong.

T - Upfront, there is bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee, this gives way to a creamier chocolate taste. After this, there is a slight hop taste a s a bitter chocolate taste, much like the initial tastes finishes it up.

M - Good thick mouthfeel for a stout, maybe a wee bit too much carbonation but this works great.

D - I was hoping for a little a wee bit better for only 6% ABV, but a great Stout overall.

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Photo of dbauer
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mckeowbc
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Black like a stout should be. Good amount of foamy caramel colored head, that stuck around for a while. Left a fair amount of lacing on the side of the glass.
S - Smell is slightly sweet with the unmistakable scent of Hershey's chocolate syrup.
T - Taste starts slightly bitter, then the flavor of Hershey's syrup hits about midpoint on my tongue. After I swallow I'm left with a pleasant bitter/sweet flavor hanging on the back of my tongue.
M - Mouthfeel is heavy, and the carbonation is noticeable. Not creamy like an Irish stout. I think I might have preferred if it was more creamy like Guinness, I think it would have complimented the chocolate milk like flavor.
D - Overall very drinkable. A heavy beer, but not very alcoholic, well balanced flavors although the taste of Hershey's syrup might wear on me after a while.

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Photo of photomike
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep brown with an explosive, creamy tan head. Thick, soft lacing leaves lumpy rings all the way down the glass. Looks as decadent as it tastes.

Smell is appetizing, if a little unidimensional. Big time dry dark chocolate and cocoa powder. A hint of sharp espresso.

Flavor is similarly appealing, though not very complex. Dark, bitter chocolate and chocolate syrup with heavily roasted, burnt malt. Nicely dry.

Medium bodied and creamy, with appropriately understated carbonation. Oily, bitter finish.

Surprisingly drinkable for a beer I would expect to be overly rich and sweet.

I like this. Definitely one of the better Rogues I've had, but it didn't blow me away.

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Photo of Stebow1289
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Bonzo
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass. Pitch black with a thick tan head that lasts. S: Milk chocolate up front and roasted malts. T: Malts up front with a dark chocolate presence. Was hoping for a little more up front chocolate like the smell F: it is thin but i feel it matches the flavor profile and that it would feel "off" if it was thicker. Wish it had a touch less carbonation O: Very solid!! Will definitely buy again. Just wish it had more chocolate presence in the taste

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100 degree temperatures faded into stout night...This was the 3rd in line after highland black mocha stout and youngs double chocolate.

appearance: dark, chocolate brown, foamy tan head.

smell: strong aromas of very sweet chocolate, earthy, underlying strong malts are apparent

taste: sweet and dark chocolate, cocoa powder, quite malty, slightly bitter but mostly sweet

mouthfeel: creamy, moderately heavy

drinkability: very drinkable

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Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Tria (Philadelphia, PA) on 4/2/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black in the glass, topped with a ½ finger of smooth looking burnt mocha head. This retains well, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. Chocolate is strong and delicious smelling in the nose, rounded out on the edges by notes of roast and green citrus. This smells great!

The taste doesn't miss a step, with rich chocolate flavors carrying on here, but this seems to be much more assertive with the roasted malt and hops, which really dries the backend of the profile out. Lingering burnt roast, in particular, is strong. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a pleasant mellow prickliness that flows well across the palate. That 6% ABV feels right-on here, with no alcohol flavors or even warmth being picked up at all.

This is one of those Rogue beers that I only try once in a blue moon but it never ceases to impress me. My wife always exclaims that "it tastes like a liquid tootsie roll!" and I'm inclined to agree. This is one of the few Chocolate Stouts out that there really brings those rich chocolate flavors to the table and then some!

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Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with an average light brown head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is big and chocolatey, some stale coffee, and a hint of hops in the end. The taste is of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, hard water and a touch of grains. The stout has a moderate body, lighter than expected, soft carbonation and finishes bitter. A nice bitter chocolate stout, great aroma and good flavor.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As all stouts do this one also pours a dark coffee color. A tan head meets the top of the glass and hangs for a spell then leaves no trace. Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate is dominate nothing more and nothing less. The taste was a surprise, I thought it would be over done as some other chocolate type brews but this was well balanced with the chocolate flavor. It was not as sick sweet but a bitter sweet. Maybe the malt and hops used blended this well. Bottom line …enjoyable but too much chocolate could drive me nuts after awhile so I couldn’t put this as a session brew but definitely in the desert category. If you have had other chocolate brews and did not care for them…try this one from Rogue, it may change your mind.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday!

Appearance - Pours into my Bell's Tulip with a dark brown/black color that allows zero light through as I hold it up to a bright light. About a finger of quickly dissipating head that leaves great looking lacing.

Smell - Bittersweet chocolate. A very slight hint of coffee, however, the main smell here is malty, sweet, bittersweet chocolate. My mouth is salivating in anticipation to try this after a rather bland dinner.

Taste - As the nose presented, the first taste here is bittersweet chocolate. Great malty goodness mixed with oats. This reminds me a bit of Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout to be honest. In addition to the overwhelming chocolate flavors, there was, as in the nose, a slight hint of coffee but not by any means strong or like a coffee stout.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, creamy, and relatively full.

Drinkability - Great after dinner beer but not something I would just open for the hell of it. I've had this for some time now and am glad I opened it tonight. Pretty good!

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Photo of JustinSparks
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 4,200 ratings.
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