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:
4,198
Reviews:
1,913
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
443
Gots:
612
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark and thick, very roasty. Not in aroma, but certainly in solid and smooth stout. Rolled oats provide body and sweetness to otherwise semi-bitter chocolate.. Very drinkable. Very natural and well rounded, not sweet nor bitter. Nicely hopped. RIch medium-full mouthfeel.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.A: 1.5 finger head with tons of circumferential lacing on a jet black body.

S: excellent chocolate aroma, one of the best. Vanilla notes

T: lots of chocolate and vanilla on a roasted malt background.

M: full body, smooth, light to modErate carbonation.

Overall one of the best chocolate stouts I have had. Very drinkable and very smooth.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of chocolate malt, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, and milk chocolate aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, char, unsweetened dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and raw cocoa nibs. There is a high level of roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavor just doesn't match up to how good this one smells.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

as good as a chocolate stout can get. this is divine. pours a velvety dark brown color with a thick milkshake head, mocha in color, sudsy and lasting. the nose is a mix of milk and dark chocolate, not overly sweet, but definitely real chocolate. well roasted malts are nice and dark and earthy, but not burnt to the point of being bitter. the flavor is remarkably chocolate heavy. its almost like youngs, but the sweetness isn't as intense thankfully. there is a very organic nature to this. its like adult dessert, I really like it. not incredibly complex, but more of a simple and straightforward brew, with little to distract the drinker from the robust chocolate flavors and smooth creamy feel. everything is balanced perfectly, the flavors here are just fantastic. full body, amazingly smooth, and it changes from cold to warm quite a bit. carbonation is mellow all the way through, just enough to wash it down clean. overall this might be the best beer rogue makes, and that's saying something! I am still yet to try their double chocolate though, so who knows...

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a pretty nice looking dark brown color. The head was mocha colored and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The smell of this beer was actually pretty nice, It gave off a pleasant sweet milk chocolate aroma with a touch of roasted malts in there too. The flavor was pretty good, I enjoyed the slight bitterness it had in the back end after all the sweetness faded. The mouthfeel like most Rogue ales to me seemed a little on the thin side. Overall it's not a terrible brew but could have used a little more body I think.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (only some traces of amber are visible when the glass is held up to the light) and poured with a two finger high mocha head that slowly dies down.
S: There are moderate aromas of semisweet chocolate in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of chocolate dominate the overall taste, which also has some sweetness and hints of roasted malts and bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and slightly creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink and goes down very smoothly.

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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 biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber. I've always liked this one, even shared it with my own mother, for heaven's sake. Time to get to a review, methinks.

This beer pours an opaque black, er, colour, with ever so slight reddish cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, thickly foamy, and billowy tan head, which leaves some continental drift map lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of slightly roasted caramel malt, bittersweet milk chocolate powder, cafe-au-lait, a bit of gritty indistinct graininess, and some earthy, grassy hops. The taste is surprisingly edgy dark chocolate, sweet milk solids, lightly toasted caramel malt, a touch of hard toffee, and moderately bitter leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is soft and generally just supportive, the body a decent medium weight, well smooth, and more than a bit creamy, those oats representing tough. It finishes off-dry, of course, the chocolate and milky essences persisting as the hops come full 'round to play in this particular confectioners' wet dream.

A nicely balanced affair, something I wasn't exactly expecting - the hops keep the pushy bittersweet chocolate in check, making for a comfortable, easy-drinking stout - provided you have a chocolate sweet tooth, that is. One of Rogue's better offerings.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed live. Reviewed as an American Stout because it self-identifies as a chocolate stout and it's American. Okay label art. "Made with imported chocolate." 69 IBU. 15 degrees plato. 650ml brown glass bottle with standard branded pry-off cap acquired at a local Vons grocery in Santa Monica for $3.99 and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are above average since it's on the beers of fame.

Served chilled, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Little lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is well above average - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable solid opaque black; dark but not a jet black per se. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Standard fare for the style. Not unique or special. No obvious flaws.

Sm: Cocoa powder/dust, chocolate malt, dark malts, caramel, buried light roast. Not getting any coffee, vanilla, or molasses. Hop character is present yet generic; hopping is primarily preservative here. Sweet. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. An above average to mild strength aroma.

T: Dark malts and chocolate malts dominate, but there is a slight hint of roast just before the climax that dies almost immediately. Definitely on the sweeter end of the sweet/bitter spectrum. Stale cocoa dust. Oats. Fairly balanced, but there's room for improvement. Would definitely benefit from more complexity and subtlety. I do like it in a general sense. By no means mind-blowing. The chocolate itself isn't particularly rich or evocative; sort of a generic crumbly milk chocolate with heavy cocoa powder notes.

No coffee or vanilla. Lacks flavour diversity, depth, and intensity. Flavour duration is good.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and slightly soft. Good thickness. Nice creaminess for what it is. Good carbonation. Not biting, harsh, gushed, or oily. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Not syrupy. Decent body.

The soft texture is a highlight.

Dr: Very drinkable; I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle. Fairly priced at $4.00 USD per bottle; I'd definitely get it on-draught at this price. For a beer of fame though, it's not horribly impressive. A pretty decent offering from Rogue, but it's far from mind blowing. I wouldn't want more than one in any given night. Tasty but forgettable. Rogue makes better beers. Hides its ABV well.

High C+

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Photo of oline73
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Reminds me of Hershey's syrup. A bit creamy and sweet with some mild roast.

Taste: Just like the smell. Super strong chocolate flavor. A bit roasty and creamy. The finish has a bitterness to it, but the chocolate flavor remains.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side and very smooth. Tingly, mild carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: I've always wanted to try this one and I'm glad I did. Not as intense as Choklat. This beer is exactly what is says it is. I'd have another.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly obsidian color, with enough dark brown to make it look like a melted dark chocolate bar; the billowy tan head leaves sheets of lacing around

Smell: Lots of melted dark chocalate, with vague hints of grain amd citrus

Taste: Starts out with a black bread character that becomes extremely chocolatey by mid-palate, when the expected bitterness of a west coast stout arrives; there is some cherry cordial in the flavor profile, too, but just a hint; after the swallow, the tongue is battered with dark chocolate, although the finish is surprisingly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While I would like a slightly fuller mouthfeel, this beer is top notch all around

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch black stout with a medium brownish head with better then average retention. I was quite surprised at the hoppy aroma with light chocolate/ roasted coffee notes. I guess my expectation (because of the name) were to find real discernable chocolate taste, instead I feel that the overabundance of hops covered the chocolate with a lingering bitterness. A bit more sweet and chocolate taste would have been a better representation of what to expect of a chocolate stout. Nonetheless, this is a very good stout.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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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