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
Reviews:
1,910
Ratings:
4,186
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
437
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608
For Trade:
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Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Recommended.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on December 24, 2011. The pour is nice and dark to nearly black with a long lasting, foamy brown head. Loads of chocolate malts on the aroma with a slight hoppy character on the backside. But the chocolate is the more powerful aroma. The body was a lot thinne than I imagined and I found that to be a disappointment. The taste is full of chocolate with an obvious hopped bitterness toward the end that lingers on the palate. There are chocolate stouts that I like better than this one.

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

Pours a coal black beer with a tall brown head.

Smell is slightly sweet and fairly hoppy for a chocolate stout. Once you get past the hops the chocolate and vanilla aromas really come out and massage your nose. But there are more aromas; this is unexpectedly spicy with a good cinnamon and slight chili pepper aroma like Mexican chocolate. There also seems to be some allspice and ginger in the scent as well.

Taste is semi dry and spicy at the beginning with a strong cinnamon and ginger flavor.
Chocolate kicks in more after a few more sips, but the spices never quite disappear from the taste and adds that extra kick that Mexican chocolate and coffee has. This is a stout that never gets bitter and stays semi dry in your mouth a most superior stout.

Mouthfeel is thick.

I really want to hate this beer because of who makes it, but I can't do that this is really a great beer. Creamy and tasty this is quite good, and somewhat expensive at $7 a bottle. If you are holding out on trying this just because of who makes it then stop and give it a chance. I would possibly question the Style classification, as this is most certainly a heavily spiced beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Canal St in Reading

Pours a dark, opaque milk chocolate color with a creamy, dark tan head that leaves sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is rich and sweet like cocoa, milk chocolate, maybe a little coffee. Like aroma, huge sweet milk chocolate taste, cocoa powder, etc. Slight roast bitterness in finish. Medium bodied, but very creamy. A very nice dessert beer, and very pleasant with the low alcohol (comparable to other stouts). Chocolate is the most dominant flavor, but never out of control or overpowering.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black with a frothy two finger creamy tan head. Lots of lace. Very good head retention on this one. A great looking pint of stout.

S: Milk chocolate, notes of roast, pleasant and soothing.

T: Big roasted malt flavour. Very dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate of the nose. Bitter, lightly hoppy finish.

M: Light/medium-bodied actually. A bit acrid.

D: I remember this being sweeter in the past and I liked it a bit more then, but it was nice to return to a classic brew.

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Photo of Derek
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black with lots of creamy brown head. Poor head retention, barely any lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolate with a little roasted coffee.

T: Initially very well balanced. Chewy bread, caramel, chocolate, coffee... a whole symphony of malt flavour, balanced with hop and roasty malt bitterness. Truly exceptional. The aftertaste evolves into bittersweet chocolate.

M: Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation. A little chalky.

D: Awesome, but the body & strength prohibits it from being a long session brew. This one's more of a meal.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured the bomber bottle into my mug and received a one-finger frothy head that slowly died, leaving small lacings. This sat on what was essentially a black body that you could barely see through when held up to the light. Not to be redundant, but the smell is chocolatey. I mean, there are hints of other malts in there and hops, but putting my nose in my glass was akin to unwrapping a chocolate bar and smelling it. Not only does the beer have a very pronounced chocolate taste, but it has a dryer feel to it, as if there were coffee and/or roasted malts in it. A smooth beer overall with some hop catching you on the backbite. I detected mild fruit flavors, but that could be my imagination. I just wish Rogue would sell this in six-pack form rather than just the bomber bottle.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger light brown head that leaves a little lace. Totally opaque black color. Medium bodied and light carbonation. Nose is strong chocolate. Starts with a strong dark chocolate flavor (are there Hersey bars in this??) and finish is a mix of chocolate and hops. $4.89 for a 22oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a huge size fizzy and frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and it feels very lively on the tongue - yet still creamy. I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/smoke taste. It ends with a chocolatey aftertaste with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall – One of the better chocolate beers I've had so far. The burnt/bitter aftertaste adds a nice dynamic to the beer. Worth seeking out in my opinion.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is really really good. Although, some of the reviews may be a bit on the overkill side of praising her. The appearance is murky black with constant strings of bubbles arising throughout the entire duration of the brew. Actually looks like Bosco's/Hershey's syrup when I pour the remainder into my glass. Smells of bitter chocolate all over the place with a sweet malt jumping into my nose. Definitley some semi-sweet chocolate going on about halfway through...I also like trying different chocolates! I have to say that this brew is a good one but it is sweet. There's just not a ton of balance going on as the finish is lingering all on the front of my tongue. That IS what I expected though being a chocolate stout. Feels pretty good going in and down the hatch, with some carbonation and bitter sweet chocolate tickeling the front and sides of my mouth. This was out of a 22 bomber, so I think that 1 of these would be enough for a night. It is a good one to cap the night with though.

Finger licking good!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pitch black with a nice creamy 2 finger tan colored head. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate and a slight hop bitterness. Taste is creamy chocolate up front with notes of coffee and hops finishing up the taste. The bitterness from the hops may be a bit too strong for this particular brew but they do help clean the palate of the sweetness preparing you for the next sip. This brew from Rogue is an absolute first class beer. One of the best and a treat to drink.

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

The pour is a near pitch black but when I hold up my glass to the light, I can that it's a very dark brown. Big 2 finger+ head of tannish foam and there's plenty of sticky lacing. Awesome head retention and plenty of lacing.

The smell has oodles of both dark and milk chocolate tickling my nosebuds. Wow. Does this ever smell inviting!

And...the taste tells it all. Big baker's chocolate taste that literally has me grinning after every sip. Oh, there's definitely some sweeter milk chocolate flavour there as well but it's nicely countered by a very pleasant dryness coming from notes of coffee and a bit of toffee and that just kicks up the drinkability factor for me. Wow is this stuff good or what?

Good thick mouthfeel gives it a really creamy texture and the carbonation is low and perfect for this beer.

I've had this available locally a few years ago but I never got around to reviewing it so, I had to grab a bottle yesterday when I was in Ft Collins. I'm *so* glad I did!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark heresy chocolate bar color with a 2 finger foamy head that was cinnamon colored. The lacing was sticky and uniform leaving concentric circles for a lacing all the way down the glass walls. Head retention was good lasting a solid 3-4 minutes while a thin skim coating sits atop for the remainder of the drink.

S: The nose had a beautiful rich milky chocolate scent with an equally beautifully soft roastedness. The chocolate stands out here with an exceptional quality, dark and dry, with a rich fresh milky quality coming through. Definitly take some time and hang around here smelling all this has to offer.

T: The flavor was dark roasted barley grains with a burnt chocolate and dark hazelnut bean taste. There is a good chalkiness while a good sense of roasted oatmeal comes through for a lingering lacing that lasts well after the swallow. Roasted pine and citrus hopping contributes earthy tones that is well noted on the finish and fade. Much as the nose, the deep dark chocolate nature is the main attraction here, burnt, dry with a smoothing bitterness that is only detected upon the swallow standing out with a fierce dominance. What more is there to say about a drink that is perhaps the staple of all chocolate stouts.

M: light-medium with a slick consistency. A roasted malting and chalkiness smoothers the tongue with a full coating from back to front.

D: good, enjoyability was that much better. Even through the nature was a deep dark chocolate stout this was extremely well balanced and smooth sliding down the throat with pleasure leaving a calling card of residual burnt bitterness that will positively keep you coming back for more. A can't go wrong beer here and a excellent desert beer.

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

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse US Beer SpecTapular.

Pours a deep, almost opaque black brown, jus with hints of lightness at the corners - looks like melted chocolate with blackberry syrup. Head is thick, heavy and big. Delicious. Lacing sublime. Hell yes, this is a beer!

Delicious cocoa nibs on the nose, sweet and dusty and rich. That's it, you have to admit, but god it's good.

Nice huge roasty chiocolate character on the palate too. Not very sweet, but the roasted rich bittersweet character of true dark cocoa-rich chocolate. Even a light resin peeping through. Very good.

Mouthfeel very suitable: creamy and smooth. Not terrible thick, but very good.

A very smooth, drinkable and delectable beer. Thankyou Local Taphouse for bringing it to our shores. It was better on tap here than in bottles in the US.

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Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cocoa colored brown with thin white head. Aroma dominated by chcolate malts roasted coffee and tostie rolls. Flavor once again dominated by chocolate and chocolate malts. Nice roasted character and hops provide a tasty bitter dry finish. Very Good!

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Photo of sweemzander
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Produced a giant fluffy tan head with great retention. Lacing all over the place.

(S)- A big rich and sweet chocolate aroma. Hints at molasses and raisin, but otherwise its a chocolate bomb!

(T)- Same as the smell. A rich chocolatey malty bomb. Some hints at rasin, but otherwise a straight-up chocolate brew.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A tad thinner than expected, but the massive chocolatey maltiness makes up for it.

(D)- Certainly a solid stout. A bit too sweet and chocolatey to have glass after glass of, but a great idea for dessert.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black color; no light. Poured a 3 finger chocolate head (aggressive pour too) with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Big toasted malts; malty Chocolate and burnt bitter coffee with some roasted nuts. Hops more prominent as the beer warmed.

T: Big toasted/burnt malt up front. Big and rich flavors throughour. Chocolate lingererd a bith through a sharply bitter finish.

M: Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Smooth and silky up to the dry bitter finish.

D: A deliciously drinkable stout. Very flavorful and nicely balanced.

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

Poured a very, very dark brown and the tannish head looked good and the chocolate smell was awesome. Taste was roasted malts and hersheys chocolate upfront, beginning to end. Mouthfeel is amazing, cocoa, roastiness and a slight coffee hint but very minimal. I can drink this all day long.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour, not the biggest stout in the world. 1/2" light tan head. Aroma just kicks down the chocolate. This was the first real good chocolate added (not just chocolate malt) beer I had. And its still a staple in my fridge/cellar.

Taste is sweet, but not overly, mouth full of chocolate/cocao. Is a lighter grade of chocolate, this isn't the brownie batter or dark chocolate kind. More cocao.

I would love if they could drop these into 12oz six packs for ~$10. . .

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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 beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a solid black with a dark tan head that had decent retention and lacing. The aroma was strongly chocolate, with some roasted notes in the background. That's a fairly accurate summation of the flavors as well.

The body was a bit thinner than I like for the style, but was still decently full. Drinkability was pretty good, but this brew is kind of a one-trick pony and can get boring pretty quickly. Overall, a very decent beer, certainly worth a shot.

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

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a thick dense black body that is to dark to see carbonation but the thick creamy head is light cocoa colored.

S- The nice smell of roasted malt and black toasted malt with some earthiness and finish of green hops in the background.

T- This beer has a nice earthy robust dark malt flavor with some hints of dark slightly sweet chocolate, although the beer itself is not sweet. The finish is a nice green hop bitterness that balances well with the dark grains. As this beer warms the chocolate taste becomes more of a fresh tobacco taste with some nice sourness from the oats.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-full with some chewiness in the texture. No fizz or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is a nice smooth stout. It has good qualities and it has a nice faint chocolate flavor that is made with great grains and not chocolate powder or extracts. It is nice to see a chocolate stout that is well balanced with hops and dark malts but stays true to beer ingredients.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bomber of Chocolate Stout purchased at Barnyard Spirits and served chilled in a Great Lakes tumbler.

A: The ale is black with a whitish-brown head.

S: Sweet milk chocolate dominates the nose.

T: The stout runs the gamut of flavors. Up front, sweet chocolate notes hit the tongue, followed by a mid-strength hop flavor then closing with a long-finishing roasted malt flavor.

M: The mix of sweet and bitter flavors give the beer an interesting mouthfeel.

D: The ale is very drinkable with a decent hop flavor that underscores a decadent chocolate taste.

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

650ml bomber poured into wine glass jan22 2010

A not quite jet black with a thick mocha head that had good retention but left no lace

S lots of milk, and bitter bakers chocolate with some unexpected mild hops

T not far from the smell but just a little sweeter, a good example of a chocolate stout

M not as thick as I would have guessed, medium bodied for a stout

D I enjoyed this beer it went down pretty easy, a good session beer

I could see myself drinking this again it's a solid well rounded beer. This got better as it warmed and would go great with some chocolate cake and iced cream

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Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a full creamy dark brown head (nitro-ish) which leaves nice lace rings. Big chocolate aroma with citrusy hops there in true-to-Rogue form. Cocoa Powder and Chocolate Syrup aromas as time goes on. "Dry" chocolate taste (almost cocoa-powder-ish) balanced with lots of hops (very noticeable in comparison to Young's Double Chocolate Stout). A bit too airy for the style but close to Medium bodied.

Overall very nice -- started out stronger than it finished: I prefer Young's which is much smoother.

Per label: "Imported Chocolate" & "Natural Chocolate Flavoring Added"

Per Rogue's website: Chocolate Stout is brewed with 10 ingredients: Northwest Harrington and Klages, Crystal 135-165 and Beeston Chocolate Malts, Cascade Hops, Rolled Oats and Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Free Range Coastal Waters and PacMan Yeast.

Measurements: 15 degrees Plato, IBU 69, Apparent Attenuation 77, Lovibond 135.45 degrees.

Purchased: 12/19/03
Tasted: 07/06/04

($3.49 / 22 oz. bottle)

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 4,186 ratings.
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