Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

BA SCORE
93
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4,195 Ratings
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:
4,195
Reviews:
1,912
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
444
Gots:
609
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 4,195 |  Reviews: 1,912
Photo of jdimento
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Buttstallion
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of 54V4G3
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black and thick as crude oil with a foamy walnut head. No light gets through this pour. Nose is thickly malted, winey in character and slightly sweet with rich chocolate. Nice lacing.

Taste is rich, bold, full-bodied and bitter. Most of the chocolate flavors are either in the aroma or very high on the palate, since the taste is roasty, dry and malty as a quality stout should be. A bit nutty, a little bit of espresso, nutmeg, oats, some Imperial flavors as well, a mild hop bite. This ain't the oversweet Hershey's but some kind of fine silky Eurochocolate instead -- a very good choice.

Low carbonation, pleasant dark chocolate aftertaste. A wonderful pairing of the stout and the chocolate, with neither overpowering the other. One of the few beers here I feel is truly underrated.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Opaque motor oil black with a nice thick foamy head the color of coffee with just a little milk. A great look. The head lasts a while and cakes up a bit in the middle.

S - Hot chocolate. Smells amazingly like hot cocoa. A very faint roasted hint to the chocolate smell but mainly just some chocolate sweetness. Excellent.

T - A nice roasted malt kick on the first sip. In the middle the sweetness comes in and then the chocolate flavor hits you and stays for the rest of the drink and all the way into the aftertaste. A great tasting chocolate flavor that does not quit. Even seems to have a tiny hint of hoppy flavor, with a tiny bit of balancing bitterness that prevent it from being too sweet but rather just right. Nevertheless, the chocolate flavor is dominant, and delicious.

M - Feels nice and light on the tongue, and a little fizzier than other stouts. Still a nice smooth stout overall.

D - Very good. Definitely one you want to continue to sip over and over. A great stout.

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

Appearance- nice black color with a beautiful tan head.

Smell- Can smell dark chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts maybe.

Taste- Again, CHOCOLATE! Wow this is great. I can also taste a coffee flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- A very smooth medium body beer.

Drinkability- This beer is fantastic! It would be awesome to drink in the winter time. I think when my wife is drinking hot cocoa I'll be drinking this!

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a thick creamy tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells like a bar of baking chocolate. Also has considerable roasted malt notes.

Taste: Starts hoppy. Finishes chocolatey with considerable roasted maltiness as well. Also has a little bit of a coffee flavor to it. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full-bodied with a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A tasty stout and one I would love to try again some time. Another win for Rogue!

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Wamba
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of bird22
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of thebooyakid
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am really careful to ever label a beer as being perfect, but the beer gods allowed me to taste the nectar of heaven. This beer is phenomenal is every aspect of the sense. The 22oz bomber is a godsend. This poured out a beautiful pitch black with fluffy tan head that resembled that of a root-beer float. The smell had definate hints of chocolate that just teased the senses. That first sip got my motor-neurons running 100 mph. The sweet taste of chocolate was followed by a little burnt taste and the combinate was spectacular. This truly is the finest beer that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 2" rich, deep dark tan head. Black liquid. Great head retention and thick with lace.

S - Malt. Coffee. Chocolate. Lush, rich nose.

T - Smooth subtle chocolate flavor. Roasted malt. Lots of vanilla flavor. Coffee with cream. Nice lingering hop presence in the finish. Tastes more and more like a chocolate malt as the beer warms.

M - Thin to medium bodied. I expected it to be a little more full in the mouthfeel department. Mid level carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

D - Good drinkability. Very enjoyable as a nightcap. I think the prevailing word that sums up this beer is smooth.

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Photo of cvfish
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a solid black color that produced a nice fluffy, moderately sized dark brown head which had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas of this beer were dominated by the chocolate, but some coffee and dark fruits did sneak in

T - The taste of this beer was exactly in line with the nose and the title of this beer, instead of a bitter chocolate flavor it is a sweet, milk chocolate espresso experience, with a little bit a dark fruits in the background to break the richness if the chocolate

M - The mouthfeel of this beer is the only thing I take a slight issue with, only a medium body, still creamy, and slight amount of carbonation

D - This is another solid beer by Rogue, the only reason they don't get less than a 4 in this catagory is because this beer is so damn good

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Photo of chumba526
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a sold black color with around two inches of a light brownish color head. The smell is almost nothing but chocolate. Not the bland Hersey's kind though. The smell is a mix of milky chocolate and dark bitter chocolate. The taste starts with a milky chocolate flavor that moves on to a bitter yet chocolaty kind of finish. The finish in particular is amazing: it highlights a blend of bitter hops, slightly bitter, slightly sweet chocolate and slightly sweet, slightly Smokey and slightly bitter malts. Overall an excellent chocolate stout that has strong chocolate flavors without being too sweet.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Dark Godiva chocolate brown and thick with a dark froth. Aroma is distinctly chocolate, roasted malt and a little earthy. Very smooth like most good stouts and creamy as well. Hop flavors are present but in the background and flavor is full. This is a very good stout and I'm continually impressed by the high quality brews from Rogue.

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Photo of photomike
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep brown with an explosive, creamy tan head. Thick, soft lacing leaves lumpy rings all the way down the glass. Looks as decadent as it tastes.

Smell is appetizing, if a little unidimensional. Big time dry dark chocolate and cocoa powder. A hint of sharp espresso.

Flavor is similarly appealing, though not very complex. Dark, bitter chocolate and chocolate syrup with heavily roasted, burnt malt. Nicely dry.

Medium bodied and creamy, with appropriately understated carbonation. Oily, bitter finish.

Surprisingly drinkable for a beer I would expect to be overly rich and sweet.

I like this. Definitely one of the better Rogues I've had, but it didn't blow me away.

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Photo of dgallina
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with mahogany highlights and thick tan head which leaves good lace along the glass. Smells of very strong coffee malts, chocolate malts, and actual chocolate backed with hop spice. Flavor is a lovely balance of coffee malts, bitter-sweet chocolate, and cascade hops. Mouth-feel is soft and chewy, but relatively drinkable for a beer this heavy. Extremely appetizing as a desert beer.

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Photo of outsider
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger espresso-foam-color head with a little bit of retention and some good spotty lacing. Body is the deepest possible brown. Looks great.

Smell - chocolate and roasted dark malt - mouthwatering !

Taste - chocolate, roasted malt, and lapsang suchong black tea ( a malty tea roasted over pine-wood fire ) . Very, very rich. Also very bitter and very sweet - much like both chocolate and stout each by themselves, much less together !

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, somewhat chewy, and semi-dry, if not outright dry at times.

Drinkability - this is excellent ale, and sessionable to boot. Also would go well for and/or with dessert.

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Photo of zdk9
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black, as in black, as in no light of day will ever penetrate this beer. There's about a half finger of cocoa colored head and some light lacing, nothing drastic.

S- When cold the beer emits smells of milk chocolate, that strongly remind me of cadbury eggs, very milky with a sweetness that's smooth and natural. There's also some hints of citrusy hops, tart orange, and weak grapefruit. As the beer warms I get more dark fruit and brown sugar coming off it. Quite an enjoyable smell, and nice complexity.

T- Again the most prominent taste is the substantially milky chocolate which is great tasting. This is one beer which I can really appreciate the real chocolate that's used. Hops are there, adding to the complexity of the taste, but playing second fiddle.

M- Smooth and creamy, like thick whole chocolate milk down my throat. Alcohol get's somewhat pronounced especially when warmer.

D- Complex, delicious. This is certainly a great dessert beer, but there's quite a bit of chocolate flavor, so I can see getting tired of it. But for now I'm happy to finish my bomber and enjoy a wonderful Rogue product.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass.

The pour is a black/deep brown that has a thin mocha head. The head leaves a bubbly lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is all milk chocolate and roasted malts. There isn't much else to it, but the chocolate is very strong and inviting.

The taste follows the smell pretty closely, with a lot of milk chocolate and some astringent roasted coffee and dark chocolate in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout, but the carbonation matches the flavors well and the beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of wiescins
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of HopBrain
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 4,195 ratings.
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