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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:
#1,478
Reviews:
1,915
Ratings:
4,215
pDev:
12.29%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
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452
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 4,215 |  Reviews: 1,915
Photo of chilly460
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with red highlights. Huge puffy tan head, three fingers. Great retention and lacing.

S: Good nose. Real rich dry chocolate smell, smells like shaved chocolate. Not much complexity on this one, but who cares when it comes through this pungent.

T: Pure chocolate here, rich, dark and milk varieties. Some roastiness as well.

M: Oily and thick, very nice.

O: Great introduction to anyone saying they don't like "dark" beers. Easy drinking and delicious.

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Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours an impressive brooding black color with a creamy, coffee colored head. There is good head retention and lacing, and as already noted, the beer looks impressive. The nose is pretty complex on this beer, with obvious chocolate, but with some underlying citrusy bitterness. The beer really doesn't smell very malty and/or sweet, and as it turned out, it wasn't. On the palate this beer is pretty intriguing. On the initial taste the chocolate flavor is really in your face, but after that I didn't notice it so much. The chocolate, along with what sweetness there is, can be tasted on the front palate, but then the hops come on strong, leading to a very dry, somewhat citrusy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, though it doesn't have the plush creaminess of Stone RIS, KBS or Dark Lord, to name a few. The beer finishes very nicely, and given the relatively low alcohol, I found the beer to be pretty drinkable. There is a touch of licorise and burnt toast at the very end, which is really the only detraction in this otherwise very impressive beer from Rogue.

Recommended.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ink black body with froathy thick head. Impressive sight to behold.
Smells of fine cocoa powder and some bitter malt.
This taste like hot cocoa chilled and turned into beer. No hints of alcohol and little hop. Perfect balance of the roasted malts and cocoa.
Feels thin, as it warms up it coats the tounge and lets the chocolate really sink in.
This is very good. I really like how this is like a grown up hot cocoa. More beers need to be this good.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Christening my Portsmouth tulip with this one. Paired with a couple Lindt dark chocolates. Pours black, excellent tan 3-finger head. Fluffy and rocky. Leaves super thick lacing and retains well, great looking beer. Smell is great, rich chocolate, caramel, truffle-esque scent. Taste is sort of underwhelming after the excellent looks + smells. Nice chocolate and oat combo, a bit of roasted malts, earthy notes and hops. The problem is it feels a bit watery, it would be truly stellar if it had some more body to it. It's a very easy drinking stout, a bit pricey though. Finish is kind of weak, a bit of booze starts to show through. An enjoyable, easy-drinking, classic chocolate stout.

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Photo of Morningstar
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My girlfriend and I tried this beer last week and we loved it. I liked the aroma and taste of this stout. My girlfriend doesn't do beer all that much but she liked the Chocolate Stout. So much so that we took home a few bottles. It went well with some chicken we had. I really recommend it.

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Photo of Eric_Leon
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chrisjws
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jkhara12
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of yuriruley
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle
poured into a stein.

A: very dark almost black with a thick tan head.

S: Strong chocolate smell, almost a bakers chocolate. This smell was pretty overwhelming for me, so I couldn't really smell much else.

T: Creamy chocolate with a slight bitter after taste with hints of roasted flavors, very full flavor.

M: Very full body with a nice smoothness to it, not too carbonated.

D: Goes down very smooth, would definitely buy more when I get a chance.

Notes : Over all a good brew, not the best stout I have had. But the first chocolate stout I have had. Loved the smell, which is weird because I am not huge on chocolate. Going to try it with some sort of dessert next time.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate milk. Yoohoo. Milk stout like.
The chocolateynessis a bit overdone, but for chocofans, this is a fine brew to have around.
Smooth. Very smooth. Not as hoppy as expected... a bit more might make this a bit more interesting.
Good though. Pleasing to the palate. Some might even wax poetic at it.

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Photo of ski271
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, almost black, with a small, creamy, tan, slowly diminishing head. Smells of rich roasted malt with lots of chocolate. Some dark chocolate in there but it’s the good dose of milk chocolate that’s most notable. Actually, yes, it smells a little like chocolate milk (in a good way) accompanied by light brown sugar and grainy bread. The taste follows suit with the chocolate presence taking center stage. Big and malty with being overbearing, some very light berry in there too. The finish is pleasantly bitter and dry, and improves as the beers warms. At first the body seems huge but it thins a bit toward the finish, making this beer big and satisfying while remaining easy-drinking. Its creamy-turning-dry texture and medium-low carbonation are also nice. Not a bad beer overall. Interesting and definitely worth trying, but not one of my favorite Rogue beers.

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Photo of brendan13
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a mug from the bottle a completely opaque black with a two centimetre tan head that hangs around for a fair while. Nice rings of lace down the glass.
S - Cocoa powder is the first thing that comes to mind from a deep inhalation. Some roastiness in there too. Some vague dark fruit hints.
T - Sweet chocolate with a dose of roasted malt up front followed by a touch of dark fruit and floral notes.
M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Sweet chocolate and roasty taste lingers.
D - A very tasty Stout indeed. Something I'll be drinking more of.

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Photo of bb-magic
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of counselor
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle pours black as pitch with a thick, dark, tan head. The aromas are all chocolate, not the syrupy sweet milk chocolate, but a real good bitter dark baking chocolate. The taste is roasted malts and chocolate with a keen dry hop finish. The the cold mouthfeel contrasted nicely with the warm chocolate stout flavors. Dryness increased as the beer warmed. Good stuff, but couldn't see doing more than the one bomber.

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Photo of BrewIndy
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 oz bomber of this tonight.

A: I was outside with it right after the poor and I swear it gave off a purplish tint on the bottom of my pint glass. Maybe it was the sun going down, I don't know. It was very impressive though. It pours a dark dark brown with a thick brown head that went down after a few minutes. It kept nice lacing down the glass as I went along.

S: This smells absolutely awesome! Rich chocolaty smell. I love it!

T: This didn't taste at all like what I had expected. I thought it would be fairly sweet but you can definitely taste the stout up front. Quite a bit of bitterness to it. It leaves you with a dark chocolate flavor though, especially after taking a few deep breaths.

D: This isn't one I could drink a lot of but I'm going to remember this as an after dinner treat every now and again that I can split with the wife.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into "balloon" glass

The darkest ebony color in the body with a rocky massive foamy/sticky dark tan colored head.

Aroma is a bit roasted and obviously full of chocolate, but there was not much else going on.

Taste is just about the perfect balance of roasted malt for a typical stout flavor with a solid bitter-sweet chocolate presence. At first, its a sweet chocolate, but finishes more with a bitter dark chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected in the body, but very smooth and creamy. Overall a top notch American Stout. Nothing fancy here, but a good balance of chocolate compared to some others and a price that can't be beat for a bomber.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a brew!
It was a dark chocolate color. Doesn't let any light through. Thick creamy colored head. Smell of like a chocolate esspresso. Taste is rich and complex. Taste like an expensive coffee, strong with a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Love to let the creamy foam rest on my palate. For such a rich complex brew, it is incredibily drinkable. It has a wonderful aftertaste that last a while. This is the perfect beer to reward yourself for life's great accomplishments. Such as: mowing the lawn, doing the dishes, or making it to work on time.

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Photo of claspada
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, creamy medium brown head over a very dark body that lets in only a bit of light when held in front of the light.

Aromas is deinite chocolate up front. It's 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.

Glorious, direct dark roast malt with chocolate. The hops play an appropriate supporting role. Really dont need to say anything else.

Thinner than I originally expected but it makes sense once I figured out it has a quite low ABV.

Good for the style, which tends to include such huge beers, some which are way too over the top and hard to finish.

A perfect chocolate stout to blend with your favorite fruit beer for an amazing dessert beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfect cold night to open one of these. 2009 vintage. Poured from 22oz bomber into my DFH snifter.

A - Pours black with a tannish-brown head. A very thin quarter of a fingers worth of head forms and quickly disipiates into nothingness. Some thin remnants remain on top of the beer along with a thin ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S - Sweet milk chocolate is the dominant note. Smells like Ghirardelli chocolate, high-end stuff, really good. That's pretty much all I get off the nose, but I don't care, cause it smells so damn good. Excellent!

T - Taste isn't as good as the nose, but still good. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate mixed together. Some bitterness on the finish. Rich creamy burnt malts, caramels, but mostly, lots of chocolate goodness.

M - Full bodied and slight carbonation, both perfect for this beer.

D - So good on a cold winter night. The bomber is all mine!

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Photo of L0ne
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From backlog. 22oz bottle, April 2015.

Nearly black pour with a foamy tan head. Very chocolatey, quite sweet at first, then the hops and roastiness come through. Result is totally delicious. Not quite as thick or creamy as I would like, but the flavor makes up for it.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to tulip.

A: Chocolate Stout pours black, with dark brown around the edges. There's a large tan head with decent retention.

S: Wow. One of the best smelling beers out there. Milk chocolate dominates (as opposed to the dark chocolate you usually get in these stouts). It's complimented by coffee, a light but distinct hoppiness, and a slight musty aroma. Outstanding.

T/M: Not as legendary as the aroma, but still very nice. The sweet milk chocolate still dominates, but this beer is far more bitter than I'd expect. It's a combination of roasted grain and hoppy bitterness. The sweet and bitter play together nicely at first, but the bitterness combined with the mouth coating end up being a bit much by the end of the bomber.

D: It's nice to find a stout with so much flavor and aroma that's this (relatively) low in ABV, but the bitterness and mouth coating make the last bit of the bomber somewhat difficult.

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Photo of Psydrith
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Extremely dark brown a shade from black, lightly carbonated,1 finger head lacking retention

S:Heavy chocolatey smell reminsce of a tootsie roll overpowers

T:Dark chocolate where the cocoa really comes through, leafy hops with mellow roasted malt;fairly sweet but with slight bitter edge to offset it

M:Light,Thin, and Slightly Coarse

D:Very palatable,pleasant chocolate taste well balanced by the spunky hops and smooth malt.

It was a straight forward enjoyable beer that I enjoyed trying. I couldn't see making a very good session drink, though as a chocolate stout I'm not sure that it's meant to be.I would recommend this as a dinner or desert accoutrement as opposed to a strong standalone beer.

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Photo of jjudge
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass via 22 oz bomber; gift from @bgramer

Appearance: Nice, thick black pour, toasty head.

Smell: Heady milk chocolate aroma

Taste: Bitter chocolate and coffee, strong tart aftertaste lingered in the roof of my mouth. Beer holds true to it's name, tons of chocolate - similar to a piece of whopper candy. This beer really came alive when paired with truffles. Yum.

Mouthfeel: Big mouthful of chocolate and malt.

Drinkability: Nice, drinkable beer. Can't see drinking more than a few, but very tasty.

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Photo of sarahspat
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.
Looks pitch black in the glass, but is actually dark brown with an enormous cocoa colored head. Relatively thick layers of foam stick to the sides of the glass.

Smells of chocolate of the richest variety. If you close your eyes with your nose in the glass, you might imagine yourself in a chocolate factory. The sweet chocolate notes play off of coffee to an appetizing effect.

Let's see how it tastes... not surprisingly, the chocolate flavor is huge and delicious, but it still doesn't completely dominate. Caramel and coffee make notable contributions as well. There is also crisp, bitterness for balance... maybe some floral hops flavors in there somewhere? This brew is medium-bodied and creamy.

Rogue's Chocolate Stout is easy to love and would be a good intro beer or intro stout for an inexperienced palate. I would never decline one of these.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had to have one of the best pours of any beer I have had recently. Jet black with a chocolate brown creamy head.
You didnt even need to be close to this one to pick up the chocolate aroma. Once you got it next to your mouth, the chocolate was coming right at you.
The first sip was very big and full, almost creamy. The chocolate taste was balanced with the beer itself. I did wish, however, that the ABV would be somewhat higher so I could also enjoy the stout itself. The chocolate was the ruling king when it came to tasting this beer.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,215 ratings
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