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: 1,909 | Ratings: 4,176
Photo of OStrungT
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown, just like melted dark chocolate. The head is dark tan with good head retention. It leaves a good amount of laces on the glass. It smells like chocolate. There are hints of rosted malts, but the chocolate is the dominant aroma. This beer smells stronger of chocolate than any beer I have ever had. It tastes like chocolate. I cant really say any more about that. It tastes like carbonated, slightly malty chocolate. It goes down smooth. This beer is easy to drink. The carbonation is just right. I think that this beer is very good. However, I think that the strong chocolate flavor might become a little bit much after a few pints. If you havent tried this beer, you need to. Soon.

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Photo of blitz134
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black hole colored if I must say so with no light transmission. I do believe light is actually being sucked into this beer. There was ample brown head to begin with which reduced to barely a coating. Aroma was of toffee with hits of tootsie rolls and expresso. Flavors of ample toasted malts and a touch of smoke. Chocolate is definately a major player in this beer. There was also an unexpected touch of slightly citrus hops coming through. Almost like that orange flavored chocolate you get around the holidays. And at the very end was a tiny amount of coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, not really heavy at all. This is a good after-dinner beer that I'd gladly have a couple of and will revist again.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours dark with a little dark creamy head. The smell is amazing, perhaps the best part of the stout, it is very chocolatey with a roasted malt sneaking in behind. The beer is tasty and isn't too grainy from the chocolate but becomes hard to drink. Have one but plan on sharing the bottle with a friend or two so that you don't have to drink so much chocolate.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rogue brews some really good stuff, but this is my first time trying this stout. I am usually put off by flavored brews so we'll see how this goes.

Pours a deep, dark brown which emanates a very creamy caramel nut colored head.

Hints of chocolate malts are evident in the smell. Doesn't smell overly sweet, but rather earthy and deep.

First taste can be summed up in one word, chocolate. Not a overbearing sort of chocolate, but a kind of bitter non-sweet kind. Very balanced. Very crisp and quite refreshing. The chocolate tone is kept in check with oaty goodness. This stout is quite tasty. I am surprised that this stout is as drinkable as it is.

Drinkability is excellent. Definitely a dessert beer, although this could work pretty well in a session lineup in my opinion.

In summary a stout which defies logic in obtaining a non-intrusive but very rich flavor all the while not trading off on the drinkability factor. Cheers.

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

Appearance: Utterly black with a thick and dense tan head, which retains well. The lacing is thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: Deep notes of bitter chocolate utterly dominate the aroma. There are lesser toasted malt notes as well. The superb arom makes it tempting to serve this in a goblet, to retain as much of the aroma as possible.

Taste: Bitter chocolate and alcohol dominate the flavor profile from start to finish. Subtle fruit notes are present in the middle, offering a brief chocolate-covered fruit flavor. There is a lingering coffee-like bitterness towards the finish, which lingers well beyond the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Quite smooth and full, a little soft carbonation on the tongue, dry at the finish.

Drinkability/note: Unwaveringly excellent, complex, and difficult to overrate, no less than superb.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce enameled brown glass poptop bomber; served in a standard pint tapglass.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark black/brown- there ain't no way any light is getting through this beer! A moderate brown (not tan, brown) head that starts strong and vigorous, but drops fairly quickly.

Aroma- well, I guess I must say it. Chocolate. Sweet, medium milk chocolate- but fairly rich. Not bitter strong chocolate. And to be honest, I can't smell anything else.

Flavor- rich, malty, dark bready, with obvious chocolate overtones. But the hops keep this from going to far into the realm of chocolate milk- it pulls it back a notch. Pretty tasty, but more hops than I expect.

Mouthfeel- full and creamy, can't ask for much more.

Overall a good beer, worth re-visiting. I'm starting to try Rogue's selections, and I am enjoying them.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As all stouts do this one also pours a dark coffee color. A tan head meets the top of the glass and hangs for a spell then leaves no trace. Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate is dominate nothing more and nothing less. The taste was a surprise, I thought it would be over done as some other chocolate type brews but this was well balanced with the chocolate flavor. It was not as sick sweet but a bitter sweet. Maybe the malt and hops used blended this well. Bottom line …enjoyable but too much chocolate could drive me nuts after awhile so I couldn’t put this as a session brew but definitely in the desert category. If you have had other chocolate brews and did not care for them…try this one from Rogue, it may change your mind.

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Photo of bashiba
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours completely black with a very thick coffee brown head that leaves great lacing down my glass.

Scent is light, but what's there is dominated by bitter chocolate.

Taste is very nice heavy bitter dark bakers chocolate flavor, not at all sweet or overly malty like I would have expected. Very smooth easy drinking with a nice touch of hops for good finish.

Mouthfeel is very full and creamy with a nice overall texture.

A very drinkable stout from Rogue!

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

Appearance - Black color, with a light brown, rocky head (the same as Shakespeare Stout, which is as it should be, because this beer appears to be identical to Shakespeare except for the chocolate flavoring). Head retention is good.

Smell - Chocolate aroma is abundantly present. It is difficult to describe how good this beer smells - sweet, chocolatey, with maybe some roastiness in the background.

Taste - The chocolate flavor is well-pronounced, but it is not overdone. The roastiness present in Shakespeare shows up here as well, but it is more subdued. I only detect hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The chocolate/roasted coffee aftertaste lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel - This beer seems thick and rich, and makes a very fine stout. Satisfying.

Drinkability - This is a beer you have to nurse because it is so complex and heavy on flavor. Not for the faint of heart.

Comments - This is a pretty incredible beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of John1985
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black opaque color with an outstanding head that dies down to small froth. Chocolate aroma, nice fluffy body with a malt/chocolate flavor, aftertaste is of bittersweet chocolate. A wonderful dessert stout. This is the first beer I've ever wanted to pour over ice cream.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours inpenetrable black witha creamy cocoa colored head. Lots of thick lace.

Smell is of rich dark chocolate.

Taste is bittersweet cocoa / chocolate (reminds me of the cocoa powder made by Droste) some sweetness then coffee/cappuccino with a long dry finish.

Medium bodied, hard to believe you could pack all that flavor into such modest bodied brew.

Oy Vey, this is one special glass of stout. Like a rich chocolate cake with only a fraction of the calories. It is definitely a one per night brew. The rich complexity of this one would be too much for a repeat.

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Photo of maltedmilk
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a small tan head. The coffee/ chocolate smells are immediate and quite nice. The taste is slight hops with burnt coffee…like an after dinner dessert. It’s a smooth beer and has a little chalky aftertaste.

This is my first chocolate stout. I was hesitant to try it because I was afraid that it would be too much on the chocolate side. But it was not and I’m glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of shirfan
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Completely opaque, pitch black, with a thick and long-lasting layer of fine tan bubbles. "Lacing" is an understatement, this leaves an entire sheet along the inside of the glass.

Aroma: Leather, dark chocolate, ice cream parlor, hershey's syrup, old books.

Taste: More dark chocolate, chocolate syrup chocolate, chewy dark malt without a burnt aspect. Frothy latte notes before a not-overdone amount of citric hops takes over. Balanced well; no one flavor tries to outmuscle the others. Not a trace of alcohol burn.

Smooth's tempting to think it's on the thin side, but actually just subtle and well-crafted.

In the hypothetical "If you could choose only one beer" game, this would be a contender; it manages to be completely inoffensive and flavor-rich at the same time.

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Photo of mynie
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect head, brown and full. Opaque. Little bits near the bottom. Excellent.

Smells like several different types of hops, like any other Rogue. There's also some spicy molasses in there, along with just a little bit of coffee. No chocolate, surprisingly.

Bitter and sweet. Hoppy hoppy hippity hop. Coffee up front, molasses in the back. Just the slightest hint of bitter Cocoa. Did I mention the hops?

Nice body but not great, goes down smooth. This is one of the hoppiest stouts I've ever drank.

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

10 oz draft

This beer is exactly what it advertises itself to be. An excellent stout with heavy chocolate aroma and taste.

Beer arrived typical stout black with half inch tan head that left heavy lacing.

Smell was all about the chocolate, with coffee and rich malt undertones.

Taste was pretty good. Rich complex malt, very mild coffee flavor and strong chocolate notes, without being too sweet or cloying.

Very good.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with an appropriate chocolate head. Head left massive lacing, and stayed the whole time.

Smell: Chocolate syrup!! That's what I smell. It's a chocolate mocha with alcohol in it! I was thoroughly impressed by the smell. One of the best smelling Stouts I've had to date.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A chocolate sweet taste is all there is. And that's a good thing. Sweey, sticky, and syrupy. The hops are there, but not strong. It's all about chocolate malts here. And loads of them. In the mouth it's not as creamy as I'd hoped.

Drinkability and Overall: Excellent. Simply excellent. A true classic that will bring your taste buds alive. I could kill a case of this no problem.... sadly. I'm blown away. Congrats to Rogue for producing a fine product like this.

Bashiba, I owe you big for this one. Merry Christmas.

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

Mmmm, nitro-tap (Homer Simpson drool). I have to say, a fresh nitro-tap is the only way to enjoy this stout of stouts!
-Pours pitch black with the most fantastic, creamy head imaginable. Lacing goes beyong what I consider normal, there are actually multiple layers of lace-rings that cling till' the end-spectacular!
-Aroma bursting with sweet, roasty choc. malt, cappucino, faint plum, and piney hops.
-Tastes soooo much better that bottled version. Huge bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes followed by carmalized sweetness and a lingering piney hop bite. Like a big, creamy glass of chocolate cake. The hop flavor is much more pronounced than in the bottled version.
-Lush, creamy mouthfeel. Full-bodied with silk-like carbonation. Finishes with a balance of chocolate malt flavors and bright, sprucey hops.

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

Pours with a nice creamy, big brown head that lasts for a good amount of time. Minimal lacing left on sides of glass. It's a beautiful dark, dark brown almost black.

the aroma screams Hershey's chocolate kiss...a wonderful chocolate bouqet, not much for floral hoppiness though.

Taste is coffee, chocolate like a gourmet caffe mocha. Some nice roasted and chocolate malts come through with just a mild hop finish.

Nice thick bodied stout, with excellent carbonation level, just right for a bottled stout.

This beer continues to be one of my all time favs.

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Photo of soulfly967
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Smokin' Joes in Pittsburgh. This is one top notch beer. Poured a beautiful black with awesome cascading action, a brown head that stuck around to the very end and left awesome lacing. The smell is of dark chocolate, roasted malts and some hops. The taste, AMAZING. Dark chocolate and toasted malts, with the aftertaste of a chocolate truffel. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy, just as expected. It was so good I had to have another. Very drinkable, yet another awesome brew from our friends at Rogue!

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

US Trip Aug-Dec 04

Deep and dark and brooding black with hints of brown. Head was fluffy and dark tan. Steady carbonation.

Wow, nothing but choc on the initial sniff...dark melted sweet sexy chocolate...yum! On closer inspection there are some traces of hops and some roasty grainy notes, but that chocolate kicks all of their arses.

Again on the palate the choc dominates but the more 'stouty' flavours come through - roast/toast malts and some green leafy flavours. Well balanced (bitter sweet flavours worked well together) and incredible round and drinkable, this is a ripper of a chocolate stout.

Wow, another killer from Rogue, this boys are doing some great things.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch-black color. Smells like a big chunk of chocolate. Tastes of (what else) chocolate, but is also quite hoppy, as per usual with a Rogue brew.

Overall, not a bad beer, just waaay too much to drink in one sitting (I'd settle for 6 or 7 oz once in a while). I doubt I'd buy again, unless I have someone to share with (which isn't likely...).

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick, creamy-looking, tan head sitting atop a deep black-brown ale. Like a giant espresso. Exactly how it should look.

Smell: Deep, dark and sweet chocolate. The most chocolate I've ever smelled in a beer. A hint of spicy hops. As a chocolate lover, I could smell it all day. I want a candle that smells like this.

Taste: A full-flavored balance of burnt malts and bittersweet chocolate. Finish starts with a sharp shot of grapefruit and then a wicked, bittering that lasts and lasts and lasts. Good stuff.

Mouth: Syrupy and prickly. Full bodied and smooth, like melted chocolate. Just great.

Drinkability: It's always nice to taste a stout that's full-flavored like an imperial but lacks the high ABV so that it can be drunk endlessly. Try one.

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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 hero27
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: 22-ounce bomber. Dark, dark brown in color..very opaque. Very thin brown head even with a vigorous pour.

Smell: Nice smell of roasted coffee and obvious chocolate aroma.

Taste: Tastes strongly of dark chocolate and very apparent roasted flavor. The roasted malts are good, but maybe a little too much? I dunno, the taste just let me down a little given the other offerings I've had from Rogue. I didn't like the combination of bitter coffee and chocolate in this one and didn't enjoy the aftertaste. I think without the coffee bitterness, I would have enjoyed the taste a lot more.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation from this one, but the body is definitely fairly full. Soft, creamy finish.

Drinkability: The thick body and full flavors make this one beer you won't be drinking in large quantities.

Overall, I think other Rogues have spoiled me, because this didn't live up to my expectations like I hoped it would. Either way, I recommend it because it is still a great, very tasty chocolate stout...just not exactly to my taste.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Impenetrable black with an ovaltene head. Lace sticks with the glass at every swallow documenting your progress.

Nose is heady chocolate built by hints of toffee, dark chocolate, artificial vanilla.

The taste rings off like a chocolate coffee drink due to the heavy influence of the cascades, though in my particular sample bitterness was the hop's main contribution. I cannot help but be reminded of a hot fudge sundae.

The heavy viscocity might hurt the drinkability a bit, but truly this beer is a liquefied chocolate bar, and not of the dirty American stepchild variety. A chocoholic's dream.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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