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:
4,201
Reviews:
1,913
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
446
Gots:
613
For Trade:
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Photo of jsanford
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours dark black with a 1 inch mocha-colored head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring and haze. Leaves some sticky lacing.
S - Sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, and coffee beans.
T - I'm surprised by this, I expected it to be much sweeter then it actually is. Granted, I get a lot of sweet chocolate, but there's a good amount of roasty malt, coffee, and a bit of smokiness present that really smooths and balances this one out, along with a pleasant hop bitterness. Really nice.
M - Very smooth, with a medium-heavy body and pleasant "tingly" carbonation.
D - Surprisingly great drinkability. I really expected this to be overly sweet, but it's a very well-balanced beer that goes down easily and has a good amount of depth. Kudos to Rogue!

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Photo of scottyshades
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich deep mahogany (almost black) color that produces a huge, growing light mocha colored head. Great retention on the cap, minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate truffle right up front, bittersweet chocolate, chocolate malts, lots of caramel, oats, and cocoa powder. Truly chocolatey!

T: More hops than the nose suggests, more bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, truffles, and some bittering hops to balance this malty monster. I am surprised that 69 IBUs was able to do that!

MF/D: Medium creamy body, watery finish, dry at the end, a little high on the carbonation

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into Nonic pint glass. Poured a dark black color with a thick tan head that quickly dissipated, not much lacing on glass.
Smell is dark chocolate, dark bitter chocolate and hints of alcohol, smells chocolatey
Taste is all dark chocolate up front, that bitters up at the end with an earthly citrus hop.
Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, mild carbonation lets you sip on this tasty brew and enjoy
Drinkability is good, a great stout with lots of chocolate, this is a good beer

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Photo of schellsbeer
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can you say Chocolate?!?!?!

My second Rogue Stout. Very Smooth and creamy. A pleasure to drink. I just wish they came in 12 oz bottles where I live. Too much of a good thing when they package this stuff in 22 oz's.

An after dinner beer for sure. Pours a pure black with some lacing. This beer is meant to stick to the ribs. It should be a food category all by itself. If you are watching your carb count, this is not the beer for you. The amount of calories I consumed in just one bottle would make a Big Mac cry. Oh well....the love of beer I guess.

Thanks Rogue for a great, very filling beer. And now onto the Big Mac. Good thing I work out daily. If I didn't, call the doctor and up my life insurance policy because I would be dead yesterday.

In Minnesota, the best always comes first....Right? I thought so!

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Photo of gunnerman
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bomber into a wheat glass, pours a jet black in color with a 2 inch foamy frothy carmel colored head, very impressive looking that leaves serious lacing on glass. Smell is of bitter sweet chocolate with hints of coffee thrown in there. Taste is just what I would expect, a chocolate coffee with a bit of bitterness thrown in, great after taste of strong espresso as well, very tasty and balanced. This is another fine drink from Rogue, I highly recommend this to any chocolate beer lover out there, two thumbs way up on this fine stout.

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Photo of liquidsunshine
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired a single from my local liquor store, Big C's. Poured into a tall weizen glass the color is dark black/brown with a finger of bubbly tan head. The smell hints towards the beers flavour, with a presence of roasty malt and chocolate. The taste is excellent, with a development of character through slightly more bitter cocoa to a gently sweet chocolate. Malt backbone melds well with the chocolate, and counteracts the bitter flavour. Rich and filling, with a nice rolling carbonation the mouth feel like the taste is excellent. I Would not want to drink too many of these in one sitting, although it is not particularly undrinkable.

Overall another high quality beer from a great brewery, and an excellent example of one of my favourite styles.

Cheers - Matt

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Photo of BWH3
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Stout Rogue Brewery
22 oz bottle served in Goblet at 50 F

The beer stats as presented as only Rogue does.

Northwest Harrington and Klages malt, Crystal 135-165, Beeston Chocolate Malt, Cascade Hops, Rolled oats, Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavoring, Free range coastal waters, and Pacman Yeast. Plato 15, IBU 69, 135.45 Lovibond, and 77 AA.

Appearance: Still espresso brown beverage with only a glancing hint of red in the underbelly if you hold the glass to light. Head pours a milk chocolate brown. Initially large the head fades too quickly for stout into a thin sheet of foam. The beer does cling to the glass nicely when swirled but not with the viscosity of an Imperial stout. (4.0)

Smell: The aroma is fantastic. The bouquet begins with the obvious scent of dark chocolate and roasted grain bitterness. The caramel/honey like sweetness lies beneath and is punctuated with clove, cinnamon, and vanilla notes. Overall well balanced. I would have liked the scents other than chocolate and roast grain to be bolder. (4.5)

Taste: The smell and taste are quite different. The taste is not nearly as balanced and is rather bitter. The chocolate, roast grain, and coffee flavors predominate. The rolled oats create a creamy smoothness to the flavor. Ends with solid bitterness of the roast grain that mimics the aftertaste of espresso. Overall rich and full flavored but not as dynamic as I anticipated from the aroma. In the end, I prefer other stouts to this one in terms of taste. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Superb. Rich full bodied without being syrup like. The oats give a nice smooth slick finish and explain the beer’s legs when swirled. The carbonation is perfect as well. (5.0)

Drinkablility: I enjoyed this one. I could easily drink another. Certainly worth trying and comparing to other widely available craft brewed stouts. (4.5)

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Photo of wingnutter
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All I can say about this beer is WOW.

Pours a deep black with a creamy head. Looks like carbonated liquid chocolate. Beautiful and inviting.

Smell: Heavenly bakers chocolate, mellow malt, and a slight hop presence. Is this really beer? The hell you say!

Taste: SMACK! Chocolate just explodes in the mouth and finishes wonderfully. So tasty. Every time I took a drink it begged me to take another. So I complied. Bakers chocolate right up front, with a hint of coffee and toffee right behind it. The 22oz bottle was gone in no time, and left me wanting more. BIG chocolate flavor without being too sweet. Mouthfeel was excellent - frothy, heavy, and creamy. Has a nice dry finish that makes you want to take another drink immediately.

Excellent drinkability, an instant favorite...

At 6% ABV its not too strong, and would make a nice dessert after a steak dinner. Try eating some chocolate while drinking this beer. Amazing.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very brown head, nearly 3 fingers. Black as night and head looks like that on espresso drinks. Aroma is first noted by dark chocolate and malts. Also a slight fruit note in the nose after a bit. Taste has a bit of hop bite right up front, but then goes to chocolate. Finish is dry and some bitterness with chocolate notes. Very nice beer to sit down and sit to, but can also be swallowed real quick. Really recommend picking this bottle up and giving it a go!

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Photo of wnh
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a ruby-red-tinted black, opaque, with significant highlights when held up to the light. Topped by a large foamy and creamy tan head.

Mouthwatering aroma of chocolate truffles dominates the nose, to the point that it's difficult to get much of anything else out of it. But the chocolate aroma is so good, I don't care. Very minimal roast; color of the beer is about the only thing telling me this is a stout.

Chocolate, of course, on the palate, with a touch of minerality hinting at a dry Irish stout. Finishes with a light bitterness closely associated with cold hour-old medium-roast coffee. Sweet on the whole, but thankfully not cloying. Thinnish in body, but not watery; somehow, the thinness seems associated with the "natural chocolate flavoring added," but I can't specify why that is. Very drinkable, regardless. Indeed, doesn't taste like a beer with natural flavor added.

Not the best chocolate-infused stout I've had, but a solid offering, especially since this isn't an imperial.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a proper pint glass. Pours Coca-Cola brown with a nice, creamy dark tan head that sticks around and slinks along the inside of my glass.

S - Nice sweet powdered cocoa scent over some bittersweet chocolate and toasted malt.

T - Chocolaty, cocoa sweetness runs the show here. It has a very nice, mildly spicy finish that's a nice almost peppery pop after the smooth cocoasplosion.

M - Really nice and velvety, creamy, full bodied.

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Photo of Hophazzard
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Photo of tedpeer
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle shared at a tasting of chocolate beers.

A - Poured dark black with just a hint or brown. Head is coffee colored. Some lacing.

S - Chocolate and roasted malt notes.

T - I got mostly bitter chocolate from this one. Very slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium, pretty high carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of cmq103
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass.

Appearance: A semi-aggressive pour resulted in a nice, frothy 1/2" tan head that reduced to thin ring. Impressive clingy lacing as the glass is tilted. This is one dark and murky beer.

Smell: Wonderful bittersweet chocolate aroma, mixed with freshly brewed black coffee and malts. I also sense some oats in the finish.

Taste: Wow, this has a noticeably bitter unsweetened chocolate first impression. It definitely smells sweeter than it tastes. I catch a hint of coffee, molasses and vanilla too.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and moderate body with decent carbonation. Dry bitterness shines from beginning to end.

Overall: An outstanding American Stout with tons of flavor. Very drinkable at a modest 6% ABV. I could easily have a few of these in one sitting. This clearly sets the benchmark for an American Stout. My favorite style is the RIS, which tends to be too heavy to enjoy more than one. This is kind of like RIS baby brother. Well done Rogue!!!

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Photo of EricCioe
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours black with a two finger tan head that sticks around with very light lacing. The nose is chocolate (!), huge, dark chocolate truffles, some roasty malt underneath and more chocolate. The chocolate fades in the mouth a bit, and it's surprisingly thin bodied for a stout, but the dark chocolate flavors are definitely present. For such a sweet beer it's definitely drinkable, the low-ish alcohol content contributing to that a bit. I had it for dessert tonight after lamb loin chops that I served with Hop Stoopid. This beer is sort of similar to that one in that it's a one trick pony, but it's a good trick to have. Will buy again.

Updated 18 November 2011. Bumped up appearance and mouthfeel scores. Everything else still applies. Overall, this is a fine brew.

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Photo of Strix
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.

Nearly black with a chocolate-colored head. Smells of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Chocolate is present in the initial taste, then fades to a roasted malt and hazelnut. Long lingering aftertaste is slightly bitter, reminiscent of dark chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel. Very nicely done.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolatey nose and very nice appearance. Great chunky lacing that leaves craters in the foam as it slowly, and I mean slowly fizzles down. Chocolate chips, chocolate brownies and roasty black malt in the taste with a wet and bitter finish. Not chewy enough. This beer is absolutely fantastic for the style but IMO can't hold a candle to bigger Chocolate Imperial Stouts like the Lost Abbey Serpent Stout. Carbonation is a little too plain like a club soda, meaning it doesn't mesh well with the style. Could use less bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Dark, dark brownish black motor oil as it poured. Dark cocoa head. About an inch thick. Dissipated fairly quickly leaving a healthy covering over the beer that lasted all the way down the glass. Very little lacing.

Nice aroma. Definite bittersweet cocoa, cappucino. Chocolate becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Definite cocoa and bittersweet chocolate flavors. French roast coffee. Strong bitterness becomes less apparent as the beer warms.

Fairly thick and chewy mouthfeel. Strong bitter aftertaste. Very thick bodied beer, especially for one that is relatively low in ABV versus it's Imperial Stout big brothers.

Overall a pretty good beer. The lower ABV would let you drink more of these than you could an Imperial stout, yet I find the flavor of this beer equals that of a RIS. Nice example of the style.

Edit: Had to add this. Just made an ice cream float with this beer and some vanilla ice cream, and it is awesome!!!

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Perfectly opaque black body. Light brown two-finger head with tons of retention and low stick.

Smell - Tons of chocolate. Dark roasted coffee bean. Sweet and bitter.

Taste - Each sip seems different from the last. Moderate to light hop bitterness throughout. Pretty hoppy for a stout. Coffee and chocolate. A bit metallic. Faint lactic creaminess in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Somewhat creamy texture that is dominated by a solvent finish.

Overall Drinkability - Amorphous on the palate. I started off liking it, then decided after several sips that it wasn't all that great after all. Few more sips and I thought it was brilliant. I haven't ever had this hard of a time coming up with an overall score for a beer. Definitely an interesting brew. Worth trying.

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Photo of foogerd
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I cant tell if this body is the darkest brown ever or black. Nice coffee colored head with tightly packed bubbles and lacing that sticks to the glass.

S- Milk chocolate malts right up front mixed in with powdered sugar.

T- Pure milk chocolate and then theres bitterness from the hops which suprised me since I detected none from the nose.

M- Smooth milkshake like feel totally appropiate.

D- A treat which Ive indulged in more than once, it drinks like chocolate heaven.

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Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured out a deep, dark black color with a one-finger mocha head. Leaves lace from top to bottom.

S - It smelled of malt and chocolates.

T - It tasted of dark chocolate and roasted malt. A little bittersweet.

M - It was creamy and buttery. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - An amazing beer. It is like drinking a bar of great dark chocolate.

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Photo of adman08
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark chcolate brown with a thick head of brown foam that leaves nice lacing.
S-Lots of chcolate, there are some roasted and slight coffee aromas as well. Slight sweetness.
T-The chocolate doesn't come through quite as pronounced in the taste as it does in the smell and it's more of a dark chcolate than a sweet chocolate. There is an obvious chcolate flavor but the roasted and coffee flavors are much more powerful than they are in the smell.
M-Starts slightly sweet, finishes dry.
Overall, a very good stout. I expected the chocolate to overpower the beer but it's actually very balanced and really just adds to the stout flavor profile. It's not just a sweet chocolate beer, there is a very solid roasted flavor that balances with the chocolate.

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Photo of dedalus
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

huge pint and 6 ounce bottle. great gift from a great friend.

poured out black with a tiny, darkish, custard-colored head, which dissipated quickly and left only a bit of lacing.

a powerful nose of sweet chocolate and the ubiquitous cascade hop. a lot like the mocha porter, but more chocolatey.

a rather watery mouthfeel, but nothing that the flavors don't make up for.

these flavors were a shock, because i'm used to beer showing its sweetness first, and balancing that sweetness out with hoppy bitter balance. but this rogue is all grapefruity hops up front, and then the chocolate starts to peek its head out in the middle. the finish is a long, slow mingling of the now fully present chocolate and the fading but still powerful cascade hop flavors.

i haven't had many rogue brews, but this one shows an uncommon balance. the massive hoppiness is joined by a serious dose of roast and chocolate, which makes this the best rogue i've tasted so far. excellent stout.

cheers,

s.d.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Rogue Public House in Eugene

A- Poured almost black (some red hues shining though, small frothy head that left no lace

S- Big hershey's syrup aroma, some roasted coffee, bittersweet and dark chocolate notes

T- Big hershey's syrup flavor, bittersweet chocolate, mineral flavor, and that taste that is in every Rogue beer (I guess it is the Pacman yeast). Not really any roasty notes. A sweet stout with some nice bitterness to balance out the sweetness

M- Like chocolate syrup, smooth, prickly carbonation, finished dry, medium to full bodied

O- Nice sweet stout with different chocolate notes in the taste and aroma. Great smooth mouthfeel too.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter with some left over for my wife. It pours an opaque dark brown, almost black. A 1 inch tan head forms that reduces to a nice lacing.

The nose is primarily chocolate with some light hints of malt.

The taste was a nice blend of chocolate and oats, as well as a lingering coffee taste. There is a nominal bitterness that complements the dominating chocolate flavor as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel was quite good also, although given the strength flavors, it seems like it could have had a heavier body. The carbonation was reasonably good.

The overall drinkability is quite good also. I think it could have been a little better if it had been just a bit fuller in the body and flavor, but overall a great beer and I'm glad I've got more of it on supply.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 4,201 ratings.
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