Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

1,910 Reviews
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 devo1980
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very decent chocolate stout. The chocolate is hidden, but shows up with a dark chocolate aftertaste. That was enjoyable. The rest underwhelmed me. I am surprised that this is getting 96-99 ratings. Pales in comparison to Sam Smith's Chocolate Stout. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black as black molasses, is thick and opaque in texture and the head is an amazing milky chocolate color, starting about one finger thick and retains very well! It is much too hard to see what is happening carbonation wise and as for the lacing, well it is superb in how it clings to the side of the glass!

S- A combination of dark and milk chocolate reminds me fully of what the Dairy Queen hot fudge smells like! There are dark and/or burnt malts noted, burnt brown sugar sweetness, fresh cocoa powder, dark roast coffee, vanilla bean...this is very scrumptious in aroma....dessert like!

T- Dark and milk chocolate covered cordial cherries, roasted nuts, such as hazelnut and burnt almond....bittering cocoa powder richness, black french roast coffee, and an overall black forest cake quality...not too sweet, but sweet enough. The finish is Earthy, dry, and just slightly bittering from black malts and hop cones! Very well rounded!

M/O- Solid medium body, velvety carbonation and full flavors make this an exquisite beer to enjoy with dessert or on its own....I love the chocolatey character and would most definitely seek this highly drinkable stout again! Highly recommended!

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

From notes taken 03/31/16:

Dark brown to black, depending on thickness, highly opaque. Head is foamy and creamy, medium-brown, with great retention. Sweet milk chocolate, light roastiness, wet paper aromas. Metallic tartness throughout, but quite a lot of chocolate in the middle, and roasty-toasty toward the back, as well as rindy and earthy hops, even a little booze in the finish. Full-bodied, thick enough but more oily than syrupy. Medium carbonation, creamy suds.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very Chocolaty. Decent Head, dark black color.A little too sweet. Maybe just wasn't in the mood. smooth Compared side by side with Rouge's Shakespeare Stout and lost. They are comparable, but the Shakespeare is smoother and not as sweet.

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

Pitch black, moderate head. The aroma is dominated by chocolate, milk chocolate, very sweet but pleasant. Little coffee notes. This is not a very rich aroma, but evidently promising and well balanced. The taste steers the experience toward a roasted character. Here I find roasted malts and a very dry finish, quite hoppy and sharp. Medium mouthfeel. Very tasty beer but I admit I expected more.

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Photo of deebo
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a big toasty roasty dark ass bomb. Black as night. Aroma is big time chocolate syrup-really inviting. Taste is Dark chocolate with a significant bitter bite/aftertaste this beer will make you earn it. Mouthfeel is fairly rough-not much smoothness which is the biggest defect. Overall-great appearance and aroma with a bit Ida too bitter finish and a lack of smooth body. Ok stout.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is a really good benchmark chocolate stout. It isn't amazing, but is really well done. Lots of chocolate and good mouthfeel. Overall this is a well balanced stout.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in February 2016. There was no 'bottled by' date on the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark with nice thick brown head. Just a little lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, and can definitely smell the chocolate, but there is also some aroma of roasted malts, and a little vanilla and hops as well.

Taste: There is a strong chocolate flavor, but it is not too sweet. There is roasted malt and coffee influence and balanced with a little hops. It is a great balance that is not too bitter, nor too sweet. It is very creamy and smooth. The balance between the flavors is great, and not dominated by the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very smooth and creamy with a nice aftertaste that is not too bitter or sweet.

This is an excellent stout. You will enjoy it if you like a smooth, bold stout with some chocolate and coffee flavors. It is complex, and every time I drink it, I get something new. Definitely a beer to drink again. The more I drink it, the more I like it.

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Photo of Benjo87
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - jet black in the glass. Beautiful 3 finger tanned head.

Smell - bakers chocolate on the nose. Smells absolutely amazing.

Taste - Follows the smell. Not too sweet like a lot of chocolate stouts. It's real chocolate, not the sugary synthetic stuff. The hops are there on the back end. Nice bitter finish. This is still a beer drinkers beer. It doesn't lose any integrity with the chocolate. Might be the best non imperial chocolate stout.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, no date but has an illegible number stamp below the label. Pours dark brown with a large sized khaki head. Smells of hops, oats, and cocoa; good intensity. The taste is lots of earthy hops followed by cocoa, oats, and scorched malt. Very bitter and drying, comparable to a RIS. The carbonation is below average and body is above average. Overall, it doesn't fit with other American Stouts, but has a great smell and taste, if you're expecting a dry beverage. Reminds me of a less tasty version of Southern Tier Choklat.

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Photo of Danny_Brewstein
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a year plus old bottle.
Nice dark tan head.
Chocolate on the nose. Chocolate flavor and something that reminds me of raspberries. Got slightly bitter as it warmed up.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW. What an experience. I have had a lot of good stouts but this is definitely one of my favorites. Great chocolate flavor with a little bit of roasted malt taste. I would recommend this stout to anyone.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with dark brown edges and a huge brown head that left good lacing on the glass and persisted through the session. Smell is strongly of milk chocolate, almost Hershey's chocolate syrup. Flavor is chocolatey with notes of roast and a hint of caramel/toffee. Very good American Stout.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber, drank from a seidel.

Appearance: Intense dark brown in colour, absolutely opaque. Frothy light brown aggressive head that leaves plenty of thick and intricate lacing down the sides. Visually edifying.

Smell: Semi-sweet chocolate is the most prominent scent, just like a glass of homemade Hershey's chocolate milk, followed after by moderately roasted barley. Hint of mocha, but overall balanced bitterness/sweetness.

Taste: Like a Hershey's chocolate milk mixed with a deeply bitter, roasted stout. Completely what someone might expect from the name. I think this is what I had hoped a Guinness would taste like when I was too young to drink beer. Really rich and grainy, and one of the most bitter stouts I've tried, but pairs well with the sweetness of the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Has a rich malty sweetness that lingers on every surface of your mouth after you've swallowed it, pairing with the intense bitterness that is left as an aftertaste. Thick, richly satisfying mouthfeel, loudly broadcasts its heartiness. Low enough ABV to keep the boozy mouthfeel away, unlike darker, more evil imperial stouts.

Overall Notes: One of the best stouts I've come across: it's rich, chocolatey, bitter enough to balance the sweetness, and profoundly satisfying to drink. The chocolate can get a bit much once you've had a lot, but it's fantastic otherwise.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night color, with a small dirty-white head. Looks the part.

Taste was bitter, and while chocolate was undoubtedly present, it was not as dominant as it often is in chocolate-branded beers. Also felt some raisins, licorice and coffee.

The initial taste is of roasted chocolate, a taste which retains for quite some time. While the roasted chocolate stays, coffee, sweetness and bitterness comes and goes throughout the experience. A well-nuanced taste!

Carbonation is low, and body is medium-light. Very drinkable.

Bough a 650ml bottle for $7. Good beer for a good price

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a black color with a one finger off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace leaving some clingy lacing on the glass and then sliding into the beer.
The smell had a nice roasty to bitter coffee bean up front then a nice sweet fairly thick chocolate base rounding it out.
The taste was mainly sweet with the touch of the roast and the bitter gliding into the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice for the style and for me.
Overall, this was a nice American stout that I think I could have again.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a khaki head. Smells of faint chocolate and char. Tastes like roasted chocolate malts. Feels slightly thin with moderate carbonation. Overall a decent stout, but I was hoping for more chocolate in this one.

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Photo of LikeAFishSince56
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer bought from a draft pub, looks like a stout. It is black with a half inch enduring head in a pint glass. The body is clear but opaque, and there is foamy lacing left as you drink it. The aromas are chocolatey and hoppy, but the taste and result is not really a stout. This beer is really an IPA in stout's clothing. A chocolate IPA I should think, not so much a chocolate stout. The finish is long and bitter, which is just fine if you enjoy IPAs as I do. The mouthfeel is a little weak, the alcohol punch substantial, and I don't feel like I've actually just drunk my thrice daily bread. I still prefer my Guinness.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great initial aroma, with a strong chocolate presence. Fortunately it doesn't overplay its hand in the flavor, and keeps it mild enough to let the stout characteristics shine through, and be accentuated by the chocolate. Exemplary.

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Photo of Sunsetlane_guy
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I just had Sam Smiths organic chocolate stout. Spoiled me right off. This beer has much less chocolate flavour. Pours thicker. Good head. But I much prefer the Sam Smiths. Not bad otherwise. I would buy it again.

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Photo of L0ne
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From backlog. 22oz bottle, April 2015.

Nearly black pour with a foamy tan head. Very chocolatey, quite sweet at first, then the hops and roastiness come through. Result is totally delicious. Not quite as thick or creamy as I would like, but the flavor makes up for it.

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Photo of Tony_Qmass
2.36/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a big bottle of bitter stout without any chocolate that I noticed. I tasted maybe a hint of coffee.
What I look for in a chocolate stout is chocolate and stout. If you're looking for the same, you'd probably be disappointed. Some very chocolate beers are Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout and Lucky Girl Chocolate Dopplebock.

I surmise they used some very bitter dark chocolate in this brew.

Big bottle of awful.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking brown color with a beautiful and long lasting white to off white foamy head. Lacing is thick and foamy.
The smell had a huge amount of chocolate running into roasted nuts, and light coffee.
The taste is mainly sweet through the chocolate. Light amounts of roasty nuttiness and bitter coffee helps to balance.
The mouthfeel sat about medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation is light allowing the chocolate be the body.
Overall, why look elsewhere for a chocolate stout. Sure the hops are low for the "American style" but when you drink this as a sipper in the winter, there's nothing like it.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a solid 2-inch thick brownish head which lingers and leaves sticky lace. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malts. More chocolate flavor with the roasty malts. Mildly sweet and full bodied with creamy finish.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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