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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Reviews: 1,910 | Ratings: 4,183
Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant deep dark brown with a 1” tan foam cap
S: The nose is chocolate and roast – big chocolate
T: big chocolate on the palate, with some bitter on the finish and lingering chocolate aftertastes. The beer has a nutty undertone. The hops balance the chocolate just right giving it a dark chocolate taste.
F: Very creamy, the alcohol is not noticeable. Medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: One of the better chocolate stouts – well balanced and not cloying.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours very, very dark brown with about an inch tan head. By far the primary aroma is chocolate, but I can smell some roasted malt and a bit of coffee too. At first the chocolate sweetness takes over, and then finishes bitter. There's just a slight bitter aftertaste at first, but the longer I drink the beer, the stronger the aftertaste gets. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. It's full bodied and it's pretty drinkable. I don't think it's quite as good as Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but the Rogue Chocolate Stout is still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, dark brown

Smell: chocolate, cream, and burnt malt

Taste: Chocolate all over...Sweet chocolate takes the lead..this gradually becomes more bitter...There are also touches of burnt malt and hops

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium heavy body, semi-sweet start that becomes more bitter

Drinkability:This one is a bit more bitter for a chocolate stout than I would like. It has a small sweet taste in the beginning and in the middle that is very good. I would have another bomber at some point, but one per session is enough. This is decent, but not spectacular.

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Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a huge, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A fantastic-looking stout.

S: A very chocolatey smell here, with traces of malt and hops as well.

T: The advertised chocolate (dark chocolate, precisely) certainly isn't overhyped It's front and center. Also had some malt, hops and an oaty, grainy quality. A solid flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This is a very drinkable, easy to like beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Very lovely black color with about an inch of mocha head.
S - Slight chocolate but mostly hops in the backround.
T - Perfect balance of chocolate and toffee malt with a slight bitter kick of hops.
M - Sort of heavy but smooth.
D - Man I had my doubts before but I am glad I tried this again. The most affordable chocolate flavored beer I ever had in a bomber.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Moan and Dove, Amherst, MA, presented in a pint glass.

Delivered with a nice head on top of a dark brown/near black brew. Chocolate and roasted malts scream out at the nose, and the taste buds are not disappointed. Bitterness tempers the sweetness excellently, almost like a mouthful of bittersweet chocolate. Hearty, smooth, imminently drinkable. Get it if you can...

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Photo of rfgetz
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, lets in some light. Nice, brown head, decent lacing.

S- Roasted malts, milk chocolate.

T- Roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Almost tootsie roll like. Not super complex, but very good.

M- Full bodied, maybe a little too much carbonation.

D- Goes down easy. Could have more than one in a session.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip

Pours a near ink black with an extremely thick dark brown cap. Great retention with loads of lace. The aroma is of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. This is pretty straightforward. The flavor profile mimics the nose. Semi-sweet bakers chocolate up front before a pleasant roast and coffee flavor take over. The finish is more of a cocoa powder, granular type of feel. A bit syrupy, full bodied. Smooth, with just that bit of granulation in the finish. Overall, this is a solid stout. It definitely hits its mark.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a great, fluffy brown two-finger head. Color a nutty black.

Smell- Reminded me of German chocolate Ritter Sport. With a little bitterness to bely the mocha sweetness.

Tatse- I never drinka ANYTHING that has chocolate in it excep this. This was fantastic. Great dark chocalate mixed with some cream. Leaves a coffee aftertaste. A little hops to remind me that I was drinking beer.

Mouthfeel- A nice smooth, yet thick chocolate palate with a little bitterness.

Drinkability- For something made with chocolate, this has a great need to be imbibed.Especially for desert.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at State Line a couple of weeks back. This is the first beer I've had in about 4 days, thanks to a sickeningly awful cold, but hey, if I'm good enough to function, I'm good enough to drink, right?

Rogue was one of the first breweries I got into as a n00b, and their marketing did play a big part in my choices. In the past couple of years, apart from the infrequent glass at a bar, I haven't had too many beers from them, and I'm now going to attempt to work my way through their catalog.

Chocolate Stout pours, as expected, black with a very dark brown head with great retention and nice lacing. The nose is excellent in so many ways. Up front, I get some aggressive roasted malt character, almost bordering on a burnt grain aroma, but a brief swirl brings out a decadent blend of chocolate and oatmeal. That combination is so intense, it's almost like a cookie, and the moderate fruitiness further amplifies that comparison. The chocolate isn't particularly dark or intense, rather milk chocolate like, and has a sweetened cocoa character. Hops? absent for all intents and purposes. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens with an intense cocoa character, very Hershey's cocoa like with a noticeable undercurrent of sweetness. The level of cocoa here is pretty darned perfect, balancing beautifully the roasted malt character that comes through on the mid-palate. Not as fruity as the nose would suggest, though there's just a touch of raisin present here. The oatmeal does present a little smoothness on the mid-palate, but the carbonation does take away a little bit from that aspect. Sweetness is almost entirely cocoa-derived without a noticeable caramel or brown sugar component present. The finish is quite excellent with flavors of burnt grain, cocoa and a little sweetness. However, there's also just a touch of a nut-like bitterness present. The other aspects of the mouthfeel are excellent too. Medium in body with a rather smooth, silky feel, the carbonation is a little high for my liking. Drinkability is definitely up there, by keeping the sweetness and alcohol low, this is almost as drinkable as water. I've drunk half my bomber in about 10 minutes. Excellent stuff, I'd LOVE to try this on cask.

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Photo of bark
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is jet black; the three finger head is uneven, brown and compact. It sinks very slowly, leaving some lacing.

The smell is sweet and luxurious with elegant flavours of milk chocolate and cocoa beans. Mild hints of pumpernickel and a touch of bitter hops.

The taste is a very well balanced blend of a dry and quite bitter stout and mellow smooth chocolate flavours. Lots of roasted (almost burned) malty flavours, a robust sour-bitter flavour and a slowly descending bitterness. The body is a little thin, though. The aftertaste is dry with notes of coffee, chocolate bars, some herbs and a mild clean bitterness.

The carbonation is mild, the few bubbles are fresh. The liquid is smooth.

The best smelling chocolate stout I have had. Though I miss some body, it felt a bit thin at times.

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Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown beer, nearly black, with no highlights. Dense, creamy, tan head that persists and really sticks to the sides of the glass. Chocolate and rich toffee aroma, almost butterscotch, with some roastiness and a light alcohol smell. Very smooth, creamy texture. Rich chocolate flavour with burnt and roasted maltiness in a support role. Flavours are quite well-balanced. Alcohol is just at the edge of taste perception, but does cause a slight warming on its way down. Light hop bitterness appears at the finish, but doesn't overpower the malt and chocolate. Carbonation assists the creamy texture with tiny bubbles mixing well with the full-bodied beer.

Brown 650 mL bottle, freshness code on rear label.

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Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep black color with a nice brown head. The ingredient list seems similar to Shakespeare Stout. We'll see though. Aroma is very creamy with chocolate essence up front. Almost like a frothy milkshake-type of aroma. Taste is much of the same. Very creamy and chocolatey up front. The taste fades into a smooth, coffee-like aftertaste. Very nice beer that would go well with a chocolate dessert. It's not too overpowering and the creaminess really compliments it. Similar in scope to Shakespeare Stout but with more creaminess and some chocolate essence. Still very good! I'd go as far as to rate it slightly above the Shakespeare.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is black. It is topped with a medium sized dark brown head. It dwindles to an edging within a minute. Smells like dry cocoa powder, coffee and milk chocolate. Right up front, I get the Nestle Quick like chocolate flavor on the palette. There are other flavors at work as well. Burnt tones, bitter hops, roasted barley and oat. Body is full. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A flavorful beer to be sure. The chocolate actually isn't as overbearing as I thought at first.

Gotta give props to ZAP, Budgood1 and Road Warrior for the combined effort to bring this beer to my presence.

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Photo of cbutova
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black into a goblet with a one finger tan head with alright retention, medium lacing is left on the glass. Smells of pure chocolate with some malts, follows the name. Tastes of chocolate, chocolate some more, some toast malts and a hoppy aftertaste balance. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation for the style, no off flavors or alcohol badness. Drinkability is great for the taste, no off flavors, price is within reason, will buy again.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet. Inky black, opaque appearance with a light coffee-colored head that dissipated quickly; subtle lacing clung to the side of the glass during the entire tasting. Smell presented with hints of espresso and malt. As soon as the beer touched the front of my tongue, flavors of dark chocolate and roasted/burnt coffee wafted through my sinuses; however, the smell was much more intense than the flavor. Mouthfeel was thin and watery with a little too much carbonation for this style. Drinkability was somewhat less than I expected due to the amount of carbonation and the burnt taste at the finish.

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Photo of Viggo
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although this beer was pricy, ($5.65 CDN for a 650 ml bottle) it was one that I had to try. I was not disappointed in the least. It poured a nice dark brown bordering on black, with a thick and creamy light brown head. The smell is roasted malt and a sweet coffee-like aroma. The taste is amazing, like an alcoholized mix of rich chocolate milk and espresso. The finish is like a piece of bittersweet chocolate melting down the throat. Mouthfeel is very smooth and nice a nice sweet/bitter flavour sticks around for a while. I really enjoyed this beer, and will definitely be purchasing it again soon.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours oxblood when held to light. Rock solid head with mad rentention. Cocoa and malt on the nose. Flavor notes of sasparilla and bittersweet chocolate truffle, along with blueberry - actually, once I thought "blueberry" I almost couldn't taste anything else. Not as heavy in the mouth as you might expect. Cascade piney-ness cuts through at the end and lingers.

I'm not as crazy on this beer as a lot of other people, but it is a structured and very drinkable stout.

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Photo of maximum12
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split this bomber with the wife after an unusually short debate on what of our pile of beers to drink.

Pours black & smells like a, a...Tootsie Roll. Seriously. I thought about it during the entire glass. Every time my nose went anywhere near the rim thoughts of those little black logs went dancing through my head. Not much head, but a meager swirl brings it, & the massive smell, right back to the hop.

Tastes like Tootsie Pops soaked in hops. An expected bunch of sweet cocoa up front, an unexpected hop bite in the back, & bits of burnt matter flaking along the sides.

This beer is smooth, silkly, & the cocoa comes on stronger with each sip. The alcohol warmth only becomes noticeable about halfway through the glass. Drinkability is low, this is one of those stouts that's heavy & filling.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well nice and dark, not super thick, viscosity not over the top, back to what stouts used to look like, traditional. Aroma, well, chocolate was preeminent.

Taste, whoo, chocolate is massive, its really the only definable taste. I can't help but notice I wished the viscosity was higher on this, I did think to myself it was a little thin, maybe I'm just caught up in the massive beer trend, but this one, while having an immense chocolate feel, it didn't seem to have anything to balance itself out. Plenty more of these to check out along the way to see if it evolves into something that is better with even more legs under it.

EDIT: Having drank about a dozen more of these since the initial review, I can really say I actually have come to appreciate this being a more reasonable stout, i.e. not being massive, but allowing the chocolate delivery vehicle to be right where it need be. Can't beat this stuff at $6 a bottle, one of my frequent/almost always purchases when I go to a store that has this stuff in stock.

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Photo of Bung
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a solid tan head. Aroma roasted malt, mocha, slight coffee. Tastes similarly. Not too much chocolate, not too much stout. A great take on the style, with the hop character being the difference making it a Rogue. Great finish/aftertaste.

Bottle and Tap

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Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, pours jet black with a milk chocolatey head that holds good retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Aromas are cocoa, chocolate Twizzlers, kind of musty, with hot chocolate powder. Tastes are chocolatey again, with molasses, oatmeal cookie, chocolate Twizzler again, with some hop on the finish that prickles the tongue. Mouth-feel is full-bodied, smooth and creamy, with a slight dryness on the finish with some dark cocoa powder. Overall, I have wanted to try this for years, but never did. It's good, but I'm not big on the artificial chocolate flavors I'm picking up here. Luckily it has so many other things going for it, that they can be ignored to a degree.

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Photo of Suds
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark, nearly black color with a dense tan head of moderate height. Decent lace, coupled with the visual perception of thick heaviness and serious viscosity make this an attractive one. This is another one of those beers that deserves lots of nose attention: big-time chocolate malt, deeply roasted grain, oats, dark coffee. It’s a little grainy at the start, and moderately sweet. The mouthfeel is full, robust, and creamy. It’s an experience. Light bitterness in the finish as a balance. This one is a wonderful, no-nonsense piece of art. I wish that I had another bottle right now.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 22 oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer is black with a light to medium tan head rising about 2 fingers and falling to quickly. There is great lacing.

The aroma is awesome with tons of light better chocolate on the front, its like smelling a chocolate cake. At the end before being overwhelmed with just sweetness you get a nice bitter hoppiness.

The taste is all chocolate. There front is sweet chocolate but then it fades it bitter chocolate all the way. The taste is too much bitter chocolate and one note for me to be great. Its a nice change of pace.

The feel is decent not terribly drinkable.

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Photo of champ103
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a viscous pitch black color. A nice two finger head forms and leaves some nice lace.
S: A milky and chocolaty aroma is huge up front. As the aroma lingers, some roasted malt come through and way in the back is some hop bitterness.
T: Soooo chocolaty. Chocolate dominates, but some coffee and roasted malt. An ever so slight bitterness towards the end. A truly decadent tasting beer.
M/D: Rich, smooth, creamy. Mouthfeel wise, everything you want in a beer. So easy to drink. I could drink this all day.

A great beer. Silky smooth and an amazing taste. the people that pass this up are fools.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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