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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Photo of timmah427
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a brownish, creamy head that soon sinks down. Aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is at first dominated by roasted malt flavors, but gives way to milk chocolate flavors. An overall delicious, perfectly balanced chocolate stout.

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

Nearly black body. Magnificent tan head is creamy and uneven on the top and large-bubbled on the bottom. Yeasty aroma with a deep noseful of chocolate.

Burning, thin, and raspy in the mouth, with just a slice of cool creaminess coming through before you swallow. Interesting mixture of sensations. I would prefer a bit more thickness in the mouth, but I cannot find it in me to condemn this beer because of that wonderful mixture of raspiness and cream.

This is definitely a beer that you will not want to serve too cold. It just got better and better as it warmed.

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

Poured an ultra dark brown - non opaque, with a very dark mocha head. Lacing is extremely sticky. Excellent retention. The smell is utterly intoxicating. Milk chocolate, and lots of it. Hersheys doesn't have anything on this beer. Taste has a nice bitter-sweetness about it. Initially there is a surge of sweet chocolate and malt upfront. Which then leads us into a strong sweeping coffee roasted hop bitterness. That bitterness really rounds out the beer. From midway on, the bitterness is on high-level, and really fills the Stout role. Mouthfeel is creamy and dry. Drinkability is average.

A very impressive offering from Rogue, and one that I definitely recommend.

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

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

Very nice appearance, jet black with a nice finger and half of tan head that leaves great looking lacing on the glass.

Smells like chocolate and a little bit of roasted malt.

The taste mirrors the nose at first, there's definitely a lot of syrupy chocolate up front followed by some roasted malt and coffee flavors. A lot of sweet chocolate.

A pretty thick mouthfeel, not syrupy, but a pretty thick. Not too much carbonation to speak of.

Very drinkable for a stout, but it might get a little too sweet after a while.

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

What a nice looking beer! Rogue Chocolate Stout pours jet black and completely opaque with a big billowing tan head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon - looks like I'll have to drink through the foam!

The smell is very pleasant. Big, rich chocolate aromas come through as well as some earthy notes and roasted malt.

The taste is a bit different than what I expected from the smell, the bitterness of the chocolate caught me off guard. The chocolate flavor is pretty rich and bitter with a noticeable hop presence. The finish is dry and bitter and lingers on the palate.

The body is pretty light, making this a very drinkable beer that won't fill you up too fast.

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Photo of Spider889
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an exceptional find at my local Giant Eagle. And a fantastic value at that! People bitch and moan about Rogue prices but at $5.99 a bomber you're hard pressed to find a cheaper beer in the same format.

The bottle was a bit of a gusher - I was trying to get a decent head (after having to work pretty hard on recent stouts) and the head overflowed over my glass. Once it calmed down I was left with a very tall frothy head with substantial volume to it. Excellent retention and an awesome web of lace was left behind.

Smelled very sweet as one would imagine. Smooth Hershey syrup is the primary aroma. Some oats peak out around the edges along with roasted hazelnut coffee.

The taste was great. Lots of hop bitterness was present to balance out the sweetness. Also some baker's chocolate, coffee, and sweet milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel has a nice initial bite of carbonation, but finishes smooth (bordering flat) despite the head. Drinkability is good. I liked this beer, the price is right, I would certainly buy it again.

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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.


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

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,226 ratings