Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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93
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4,195 Ratings
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:
4,195
Reviews:
1,912
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
444
Gots:
609
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Mojo
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter

A - pours up jet black with a foamy two inch head that is a rich mocha color. Retention is pretty good and lacing is outstanding.

S - the aroma of chocolate, sweet and beautiful to the nose.

T - Definite caramel malt notes with some toffee and licorice thrown in, big chocolate flavor and a coffee roasted nut finish.

M - thick and chewy with a bit of a lingering aftertaste

O - I didn't expect much as Rogue produces mostly okay but unspectacular offerings. I thought this one was the bomb diggety. Loved it.

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

After a long due subatical from this beer, it's time I sit down with a bomber to assess, or re-assess.

Boy, those initial aromas are succulent, inviting, and to a large extent- irresistable. The fresh baked brownie aromas wrap around the roasted coffee malts and caramelized barley to promise deep, rich flavors of bitter sweet gormet chocolates and coffee truffles. No fruitiness, not hops, not phenols, nothing to interfere with the cocoa and coffee focus.

Even before the aromas are realized, the beer takes on a look as fitting as the aroma. Very dark and opaque brown colors ride just below a heavily tanned head, much lacing, and a creamy, froathy foamstand. So far, a perfect beer.

Deep, roasty, toasty flavors of wood-fired malts provide the base for the Stout-worthy beer. Strong cocoa and milk chocolate flavors dare to compete, but never dominate. Instead the choco-flavors are religated to compliment the beer and provide a secondary, yet complex role for the heavily roasted coffee-like malts. These work in harmony to complete a perfect beer. ...but then there are the hops. In Rogue fashion, the hops that shows no role in the aroma or initial taste, show up at mid palate with a grassy flavor that begins, and continues to detract from the harmony created from the Stout-like coffee and added cocoa flavors.

Sharp, bitter, and with a slight aggresion that outplays the delicacy of the malts and chocolates, the hop seem to play the part of the 'bull in a china shop'. Beyond the creaminess and softness of the beer, the grassy piney character becomes a distraction to the mouthfeel and interferres with the finish, aftertaste, and secondary taste. Still, the textures have more to say beyond the hops; the beer remains creamy, smooth, and chocolatey otherwise.

Everything about this beer sings 'delicacy'. But those bullying hops, I could do without.

It's like chocolate milk for the beer dependent. Plops viscously into the glass. Raises a 1/2" solid tan-brown head, laces well. Opaque brown - black in color. Smells boldly of cocoa, roasted grains, and a twinge of lactic acid. Tastes thick and rich of bittersweet chocolate, barley malt, and dark grains. Nice blend of alcohol warms into the body and thins the beer toward the finish. Lingers of chocolate and roasted grains. A slight hop bite remains in the back of the throat. A very good beer. Not a whole lot of different flavors, just 2 or 3 that are seriously bold. Now, I need to find a cookie and some ice cream.

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Photo of packetknife
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

(Big) bottle with a characteristic Rogue illustration on it. Poured dark brown with a massive dense light-UPS-brown head that laced well. Organic chocholate and caramel on the nose, plenty of coffee too, something like burnt wood lingering too. Tastes just the same as it smells with the addition of one of the best feels (you just want to let it linger and caress your tongue) I've had. Given the stye I think the feel is not improvable. I can't say it's too drinkable though, although I'd certainly go for it, because it is a bit sensory overwhelming. Kinda of like the feeling I get when I have a nice Scotch with a fresh chocolate cookie.

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

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a creamy brown head.

S- Sweet smell of chocolate, can't believe it is this sweet.

T- Sweet, but not as sweet as the smell advertised. All around a balanced beer, strng chocolate taste present.

M- Smooth, creamy, not too thick.

D- A bit too sweet, chocolaty for my tastes.

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

A - Dark slick pour into the glass. Pours black with a cocoa head.

S - This was the highlight of the beer for me. Smells like bittersweet dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and roasted malts.

T - A little sweet and a little roast. Was expecting more chocolate based on the nose, still obtained a little though.

M - Medium bodied mouthful, seemed just the right amount of carbonation. Smooth and goes down easy.

O - Was nice to have a big bomber stout that didn't knock me on my butt from the high abv. Will seek this out again when I'm looking for an easy and smooth stout. Fair price too.

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

Initial impression was typical for a stout: dark, almost black with reddish highlights when tipping the glass under bright light. Head was thin, dark tan and dissipated quickly. Aroma was enough to knock your head back... at first. Deep chocolate and roasted malt, just a hint of coffee/expresso, very bold.

Taste was overwhelmingly of chocolate and roasted malt, strong and with plenty of "bite". Definitely not for the light of heart. Well balanced for the amount of flavor present, and definitely a superior example of the style.

Intense flavor and heavy mouthfeel detract from the overall drinkability of this beer. The single 22oz. bottle was enough to leave me burned out on chocolate, and feeling stuffed.

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

Bottling date: none

A: A fairly aggressive pour into a standard pint glass produced about two fingers of light mocha colored and clumpy head. After several minutes this head dissipated to a collar and did not leave any lacing. The beer is a deep, dark infinite ebony and absolutely opaque.

S: The aroma is very strong and consists of rich chocolate and malt sweetness, roasted oats and barley, and just a little underlying earthy hops.

T: The taste has elements of unsweetened chocolate, dark roasted oats and barley with just a little bit of carbon char; and, there is also some earthy and just slightly spicy hops.

M: The body is fairly light with a very smooth and creamy feel. And, there is only a little carbonation which fits just right with this beer.

O: This is truly a chocolate tasting chocolate stout. Yet, since the chocolate has an unsweetened character it fits really well into really good oatmeal stout. The result of this combination is a pleasing blend and balance of unsweetened chocolate and dark roasted grains along with the some earthy and slightly spicy hops to add complexity.

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

22 oz bottle. I like the painted artwork.

Pours pitch black, with a thick, dense tan head. Smell is sweet cacao, and high-edged. Taste is ultra-roasted dark malts and *tons* of dark chocolate. Finish is bitter and tannic, but smooth and dry. Drinkability high. Excellent stout.

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

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Black with hints of brown around the edges. A nice tan-colored head.

S: Lots of chocolate with additional notes of roasted malts.

T: All about chocolate, but it's of the bittersweet variety. The hops and roasted malts push it further toward the bitter end of the spectrum. It's quite good, but if you're expecting an alcoholic chocolate milkshake, prepare to be disappointed.

M: Thick, creamy, carbonated, and grainy.

D: This is a good stout, but I can't recommend it as a gateway beer like some have. There's definitely an essence of chocolate, but you kind of have to work for it. I think you have to like stout at least a little to appreciate this.

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Photo of pheurton
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at isaac newton's: inky black with an increidibly dark brown bubbling head, that retreated for the most part. on the nose...oh man, what a nose...this had to be one of the best smelling flavored stouts i've ever come across....deep dark milk chocolate covered roasted barley smell. i can't stress enough how good this beer smells. a tad bit too much carbonation thins out medium body. hints of chocolate and smoke at first sip, followed by a massive roasted flavor and quite strong (for the style) leafy hop flavor. this beer smells alot more chocolatey than it tastes. a great sippin' brew, though i don't think that i'd want more than one in a sitting. a must try.

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

Purchased at Sams 650ml. bottle chilled and poured into a nonic. Head has dissipated into two centimeter milk chocolate crème lingering on surface, with nice lacing. The body is oily black, opaque, seriously does look like an I.S. Smells of subtle light smoky chocolate character, which permeates the totality of this drink. The roasted barley and oaks (as listed on the bottle) manifests and aids nicely to form an earthy well-rounded complexity. The cascades at first were rather forward, but as this warms up they mellow out and the chocolate is allowed to come to the fore. Taste wise this beer is rich bitter chocolate and coffee. Has many flavor components of a sturdy RIS, but simply lacks the strength and thicker mouthfeel. I realize this is not what they were going for, but worth mentioning. The mouthfeel definitely has a literal chocolate residual feel "made with imported chocolate". This is very much a worth while stout. The complexity of an Imperial stout, but the strength and mouth feel of a standard stout. Totally worth a drink.

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

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

A great gift brought by guests to a dinner party. Ads stouts are her favorite beer style, my wife got to contribute to this review....a rarity. Pours a deep black licorice with a pretty coffee brown bubbly head that dissipates, but returns with a gentle swirl of the glass. The scent is of toasted malt and leaves a reminder of chocolate milk. The taste is of bitter dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a faint caramel aftertaste. Some creaminess, but also a nice carbonation. Slightly sweet, especially late. We've had chocolatier stouts, but this was nicely balanced and really quite well done. I hope to get this again, but I'll likely have to share it.

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

From notes taken last night at Kick-Off in Waterloo, where it is on tap via disposable plastic keg. Amazingly "chocolate".

Pours a beautiful dark brown that's near-black in this light, with a decent head and resultant lacing. Aroma of Nesquik over dark roasted malts. The taste starts mild followed by a big bang of chocolate milk in the middle, with nice cocoa and coffee tones in the finish. An enjoyably drastic bitterness rounds out the flavours.

Not subtle and perhaps not real sessionable, but a definite pleasure to drink for this chocolate lover. Well done, Rogue!

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

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours an opaque body with an incredible cocoa head that tends to even stay around. Not much for lacing

S- high amounts of chocolate and cocoa powder scent. Some roasted malt are present as well as dominating oat scents. Very strong

T- a dark and malty treat that stays consistent to the cocoa and dark flavor. There is a slight hop taste that mingles as well. The flavor is sharp and delicious.... and even contains some dry themes that is well recognized

M- medium bodied and creamy at the end

D- Rogue handles its business with a great stout that's composed of some great flavor. The brew is not only drinkable, but it's also a good chance to try and turn someone on to craft brews. A great brew

D-

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

A - Pours nice & dark with a full head that lasts pretty good.

S - The smell of sweet chocolate is immediate and dutifully powerful.

T - Small notes of roasted coffee can be found among the striking flavor of rich chocolate truffel on the palate. The finish provides for a touch hops, but not too noticeable and brings a nice balance. This is a great stout with terrific chocolate flavor.

M - This is nice and thick, but not overly so like some impy stouts can be.

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

A: Dark brown-black.. thick white head that slowly fades.. decent lacing...

S: Lots of chocolate.. sweet and bitter.. some caramel and vanilla.

T: Mostly dark bitter chocolate... not much in the way of the softer milk chocolate, caramel and vanilla i got in the aroma...

M: On the lighter end of the the full body spectrum... smooth. creamy.

D: Not too shabby... i'd certaintly have one or two in a night if its on tap.

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Photo of Calvarro
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of toronadotornado
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rogue Ales Public House - San Francisco, CA - draft

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

appearance: sticky head and creamy froth deep dark brown,nearly ebony

smell: subtle dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. a little disapointing. Nice hot cocoa hot aroma

taste: subtle cocoa which i was suprised. i was expecting more choocoalte, but a nice stout

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: a nice beer not as chocolatley as I may have thought but still a solid beer.

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

I poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. It pours jet black with a large tan head. The aroma is pure dark chocolate. The flavor is heavy on dark chocolate without being overly sweet. The finish is only slightly bitter, giving the beer great balance. The beer is medium bodied, average carbonation and dangerously drinkable. This would make a great desert beer.

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

Bottle obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) and consumed a couple evenings later in August 2005. Pours a two finger dark brown head over a pitch black liquid. No edging when held to light. Smells...wow. Chocolate, molasses, a hint of roast. Sweet, malty, chocolatey. Desert. Chocolate dominating the flavor with bourbon cherries underneath. Campfire wood. Fudge-cicle. Okay, a minute of sniffing and the head is a thin layer over the beer...what's it taste like? Starts chocolate with some cherry (ie, black patent) sour. While these start strong, they become very powerful during the swallow and in the aftertaste. As they rise, they get a more refined quality and a faint espresso/coffee-roast steps in, too. As strong as the flavors are, I'm surprised the flavors aren't clinging to my tongue. The body is heavy, but not thick. The finish is quite clean. Dry actually, with some hop bitter. A touch of citrusy hop flavor puts the chocolate on guard. Oddly, there is a flavor in my mouth, like I just toked on a cigarette after several months without one. Nah, maybe it's just a bit of wood flavor, like the wood that I found in the smell. Anyway, this was a really enjoyable beer. As much as I hate Rogue for the overpriced offerings they've recently put out (you know those bottles that are super-premium priced in flashy but stupid bottles), I have to admit, they make really tasty beers.

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Photo of p4nch1to
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Sampling right now on 4/28/14. Comes in a single 22 ounce (650ml) bottle with a embossed label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a english pint glass.

Pours a pitch-black in color with a 3-finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly that leaves lots of lacing. You can smell the 'imported chocolate' right off the bat with some malts & hops. The taste is to be expected. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts! Just a slight bitter aftertaste, which is from the various hops. The "9 ingredients: 2-Row, C-120 & Chocolate Malts, Cascade Hops, Rolled Oats, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast" is written on the right side of the bottle. If you like chocolate stouts that is loaded with taste, then this is for you. First 'Rogue 'that I have had and they make several different types. Overall a enjoyable brew. I would of rated it higher if not for the slight bitter aftertaste that lingers.

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

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a very dark muddy brown almost black with an average (1-2 finger) medium brown rocky head that receded steadily, down to a thin film with a large collar and had fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was loaded with chocolate right up front along with some burnt malts, a light resin hop and a doughy yeast and had notes of coffee, dark chocolate and a mild nutty presence.

Taste was bitter sweet and malty with a note of dark chocolate in the beginning, and then became moderately bitter with a bold dose of coffee and yes more bitter chocolate towards the finish. The flavor hung around for quite a long time after the swallow, with a very bitter mocha coffee taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was full in body with a dry, oily texture and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall and simply put, this brew is a Chocoholics dream and I am hooked...

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 4,195 ratings.
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