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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Photo of beerceller99
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.
Pours black with a 1 finger brown head. Milk chocolate and blackened malt smell with cinnamin and vanilla. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Very chocolatey taste with toasted malts and vanilla in the background. Finishes bittersweet and smooth.
An excellent dessert beverage.

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Photo of Star80
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an almost pitch black with a bumpy brown colored head. There are some little chunks of chocolate in there too. Smells like, umm, chocolate. Of course it is a bit more complex than that! If I had to put a finger on it, I'd say it reminds me a little of German chocolate cake. Taste has a nice bittersweet chocolate flavor with some dark roasted malt. I do have to admit, I occassionally taste an odd metallic off-flavor. From what I gather, this wasn't an old bottle either. This is very disappointing because overall this is one fine stout. Mouthfeel is also a tad thin for such a heavy looking beer. Very smooth, almost like chocolate milk. I'll always try and have one of these in my stash.

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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 HoboAGoGo
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber straight into a large snifter. Pours black, not even a dark red, it pours black. The head was a dark brown, almost looked like some kind of chocolate frosting placed on top. Smells of burnt coffee, strong chocolate and mild hops and alcohol. First taste is of strong coffee, strong chocolate, and it finished with a satisfying mix of chocolate and mild hop kick. One of the first craft beers I tried, but one that I keep coming back to. Highly recommended.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out of a bomber into a pint with a 2 finger dark brown colored head and a jet black color that light cannot pervade. The smell is utterly fantastic, easily one of the best smelling beers i've ever come across. It smells like the best dessert you could imagine, dark yet sweet chocolate truffle with a hint of vanilla, perfection! The taste nearly lives up to the smell, begins with bitter hops that resemble a dark unsweetened chocolate, followed by a smooth malty middle and ends with a sweet milk chocolate sweetnesss that rests on the tongue along with a slight hops bitterness. A perfectly put togeather stout, one of the best stouts period and easily the best chocolate stout i've tried. Not very drinkable, 22oz is the most i could see drinking at a time and its quite filling. Goes well with any type of fine chocolate. Excellent stout, period.

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a beautiful espresso colored beer that only has hints of ruby around the margins of the glass when it's held up to the light. There was about a half a finger of brownish-tan head that diminishes to little islands of fluff.
Really great chocolate and roasted malts, maybe a hint of cherry or plum in there too.
Wow! Like the smell there is a lot of roasted malts and chocolate but with a nice hoppy bitterness and a sweet finish.
The mouthfeel is great. A big thick body, it's like I'm eating a chocolate coffee cake.
The drinkability is nice, a 22 oz bomber is perfect for this one.

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

04/15/05- Purchased at Belltramo's Wine and Spirits in Meno Park, CA

Presentation- Poured into my Chouffe Noel tulip. 22oz bottle with no dates.

Appearance- Very dark pour with a nice dirty 2 inch head which settled over a few minutes. Lacing was very nice as well.

Smell- Dark chocolate and a bit of toasted malt.

Taste- This has a great roasted malt flavor backed with a pretty large dark chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel- Semi-carbonated and a nice coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability- One of my top chocolate flavored stouts. Not quite as good as Stone IRS, but not that far. Quite delicious. Would be great as an after dinner dessert.

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

Pours jet black with decent head retention into a nonic pint glass. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, maybe some fruits present. Taste is quite bold, not overly complex. Just a ton of chocolate creamyness, maybe a touch of coffee and a pronounced hop finish. The hop/chocolate dynamic was an interesting one, although it very much limits this beer's drinkability in my opinion. A very good beer, though not quite as complex as I was expecting. I've had it on draft before and found that to be a much better experience. I would drink this out of the bottle again though.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pitch black beer, that let no lights pass in. A toffee brown foamy head, and an oily body. Wee tiny bit small bubbles are present, they are so small you cant see them.

Smell of dark chocolate, hops, caramel and some fruity flavours that are shy at best.

Taste is very bitter, a great hoppish finish that beer has, some dark chocolate flavours and roasted malts are also present. It is quite different, but even me a hophead, I do thing the imbalance between the hops and the rest of the beer is not very pleasurable for long. Not a bad beer, just it doesnt go down smoothly compared to well balanced american stout.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the single most delicious stout on the planet, and I can't believe I had almost forgotten about it. I knew there was some reason why it was the darker beers that finally made me cross over to better beers for good, even though they were never really a preferred style. This beer is very exceptional, though.

The appearance is what one would expect from any stout. Black to the very core, not even showing a ruby highlight when held up to the light also accompanied by a chocolatey foam cap which quickly recedes to a ring. The smell is typical stout, but one thing is different: chocolate (obviously). It smells like a cup of hot cocoa after a long snow shoveling session. I never thought I would catch myself saying this as spring is just now underway, but if only it were winter again... just for this very moment. The taste is very chocolatey as well, and supported by a nice roasted barley flavor. Back when I used to drink this religiously, my palate was not developed enough to truly appreciate this beer. My tastebuds are now worthy of such a fine brew, and I will once again be picking this up regularly.

edit: I ended up mixing the second half of this bomber with the second half of the Rogue Chipotle Ale I just reviewed as well for a Molé Black & Tan. It was good, but I think I liked this beer better on its own, as the smokiness of the chipotle ale tends to overpower the chocolate.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bartender asked if I was having any food. Just a beer, I said. Make it the chocolate stout. Hey, he says, beer is food, especially that beer.

He’s right. This is food. And I’m glad I gave this one a second chance because my first effort from a 22 oz. bottle was rather ho-hum. On tap, the chocolate stout is hell yeah.

Rogue’s Chocolate Stout may be thought of as a double chocolate stout; it’s made with both chocolate malt and actual chocolate. In this case Rogue opted to put the chocolate where it belongs; not as a shy condiment, but as a full-term partner boldly defining the flavor from start to finish. The nose is dry, chocolaty, and profound. Likewise, the chocolate flavor washes across the palate with expressive authority. As the more beerish elements recede, the chocolate remains to define the finish. It’s a finish worth lingering over.

Prior to drinking this beer I’d only known much tamer versions of the style such as Young’s. I’m thankful for Rogue’s success in convincing me that chocolate stout is a meritorious concept. I’d previously been skeptical that the temporal sugars of grain maltose fermented in a dark beer could successfully intermix with the tropic sensuality of tart cacao. But it works. It works exceedingly well.

This is an artistic and imaginative beer whose exotic properties are neither shy nor misplaced.

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Photo of MrSeth
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a gorgeous chocolate colored head of a modest size with lacing reluctantly hanging onto the glass. Looks very attractive.

There is chocolate in the aroma, creamy milk chocolate. Earthy undertones.

The taste is smooth chocolaty, earthy, with a few rough edges around the chewy oat flavor.

For the mouthfeel, I found this stout almost watery in consistency. It is a kind of refreshing effect.. but I'm not sure if I could get used to a stout that is this thin. But on a hot summer night this may be the right choice for a stout.


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Photo of jlh8643
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The brew developed a nice dark tan head that dropped down to a very fine cap after about 5 minutes. Coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malts wafted from the glass. Chocolate and roasted malts dominated the initial sip with a nice balance of hops. Swirl the aroma around in the mouth and I can still taste the chocolate, roasted malts and some oatiness too. Slightly dry on the finish. I really enjoyed this brew very much and plan on getting some more in the future.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful pitch black with a great big dark tan head. Smells a lot sweeter than I expected, like high quality hot cocoa mix. Burnt coffee and malt aromas as well. Tastes like cocoa beer! A very prominent chocolate flavor dominates at first, then fades into a bitter coffee flavor. Finish is dry, with a slight chocolate aftertaste. This beer is a little heavy on the sweetness, but as it is a chocolate stout, that is not to be counted against it. Reminds me of a more in-your-face version of Young's Double Chocolate. As a novelty, I did enjoy this brew.

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Photo of karst
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a rich tan head to die for. Chocolate aroma dominates. Burnt bitter taste eddy in a river of chocolate that flows from chocolate mountains. Great beer to end a tasting session. It could not get much better. Not embarrassed to stand behind the high marks. Why the "low" drinkability rating? I noticed that I was getting more than my 1/4 share. Joe, Derek, and Dave thanks for a nice evening with five craft brews ending with this standout.

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Photo of travolta
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: black with a tan head. Head form and retention was like a root beer float. Rocky and thick.

Nose: Milk chocolate, creamy vanilla bean

Taste: Spring greens, earthy, oats, lite sweet chocolate, smotth truffle.

Notes: This was a very good stout. I love the chocolate as being an aftertaste. This chocolate was not over powering, but right where it needs to be. I was not impressed with the price, but I was impressed with the quality and taste.

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Photo of Wonka
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ.
650 ML.
77 AA 135.45 L

Appearance – black body that allows light only on the farthest perimeter; massive, frothy tan head with a microbubble majority on top and moderately-sized bubbles holding court for the foundation; head stays thick for a long while; great lacing

Smell – sweet chocolate; this is what I imagine the chocolate river in ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ smelling like

Taste – light smoke early; nice smooth, semi-sweet chocolate roasted center to close; moderately bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel – light prickly sensation early to mid; full across the span of the feel; lightly parching close

Drinkability - its the quality smoothness...its the chocolate...its the fullness...big plusses...I wish the close was a bit less bitter

As Wonka says, "Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple." In this case, its 2% Rogue magic.

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

Deep black pour with a tight thick head of dark brown bubbles. Head retains pretty well before eventually dissipating. Smell is sweet with some dark chocolate and just a little bit of hoppiness to go along with the big roasted malts. Flavor is roasted malt with a lot of chocolate, but it's different from most chocolate stouts I've had. The addition of the real chocolate seems to give it a feel that doesn't taste like cocoa powder was poured in after the beer was brewed. It's deliciously complex and tasty and not at all cloyingly sweet. The Cascade hops are always there in each sip and tie everything together nicely. I might not want more than a bomber of this in a sitting, but it's delicious! Head and shoulders above all of the other chocolate stouts out there...if this one didn't cost so much, I think I'd drink it all the time.

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Photo of HogHill
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber poured into my Stone Imperial Stout glass, a dark brown, with a thin tan head which left lacing around the rim. Smells of cocoa, like a Giradelli Hot Chocolate but only a Stout! Taste is similar to the aroma, lots of chocolate and dark malts, there is a good deal of hops on the finish (69 IBUs). Mouthfeel is reminiscent of other stouts, a bit creamy and not overly carbonated.
I don't know what the ABV is here, but I'll guess it's around 6%, and even though some would think a chocolate stout is pushing the novelty envelope, it is indeed very drinkable.
I enjoyed this with a bowl of vanilla ice cream on top of a banana, delish! Highly recommended, nice job Rogue.

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

A very nice stout! This is probably the best brew I've had from Rogue overall.

Pours a deep and rich black with a thin dark brown head that fizzles into nothing after a bit but leaves a bit of a crown throughout. Smell is of dark chocolate, sweet and creamy smelling, malty, maybe a bit of cherry or molasses in the background. Taste follows suit but adds a bit of a coffee flavor along with a certain almost dairy flavor. A bit bitter, but in a good way I think.

Overall I'm very impressed!


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Photo of carln26
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with a creamy light brown head. As you would expect with the name on the beer this has very definitive chocolate notes in the aroma. Dark chocolate covered cherries rise from the beer. Mild roast malt and a light flowery hop note accent the finish.
Wow, powerful chocolate flavor up front, followed quickly by a light hop bitterness. Maybe a little too bitter. The richness lent by the malt up front doesn’t balance as well with the hop here. Great velvety mouth feel, still very drinkable.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown color with a growing chocolate milk colored head leaving nice lacing as the head subsides. Delicate aroma of chocolate amongst black patent and chocolate malts, a touch of oat and a decent hop aroma (for a stout). Almost too chocolatey. Roasted barley scorchiness helps alleviate this stout from being too distracting with chocolate. Decent dryness in the finish from the hops. Nicely balanced between chocolatey sweetness and the drier finish. Subtle carbonation works well. On its own, a solid stout, the addition of chocolate makes it a bit more luxurious and exotic. I'm not really even a big fan of chocolate, but this stout is great. No synthetic chocolate taste whatsoever. However, is is a touch too cloying to make a sessioner out of...

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Photo of markman
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout:

<Pouring into Imperial Pint glass> Wow…my God…OK, Shakespeare Stout with chocolate flavoring. This’ll be good. First of all, I love this freakin’ beer and my wife can’t believe I haven’t reviewed it yet. And since it is St. Valentine’s weekend, I’ll read between the lines and review the damn thing. Motor oil black under a perfect ¾” head while the chocolate aroma permeates the room. Creamy body, slightly oily, viscous, and malty…but this is about chocolate, roasted barley malt, oats and oh, did I mention chocolate? There is a nice Rogue hoppyness that comes in at the close that lingers with the chocolate memory just long enough to drive your hand back for another sip. Oh my sisters and brothers, nothing wrong with this beer.


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

Pours out a pitch black color with a nice tan head that went to lacing afterwards.

Smell...whoa! Chocolate alright. The chocolate isn't sweet either, it has that imported smell to it, and i'm sure it'll have that imported taste as well. Malts also show up, along with a touch of coffee, cocoa, and earth tones.

Taste started out with a ton of chocolate along with some roasted malts. The roasted malts seemed to get stronger and stronger towards the end. Some dark fruit and coffee show up as an underlying to the chocolate and malts.

Mouthfeel was medium. It was very smooth, rich, and creamy. Very nice.

Heck, pair this up with some black forest cake and drink this instead of milk next time. Great stuff.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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