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

Appearance: Ebony just barely letting any ruby highlights through at the edges when held up to the light, seems viscous with the pour and forms a nice sized milk chocolate colored brown head leves behind beautiful uniformed webbed lacing. Aroma: Hints of roasted marshmallows, deep milky chocolate, toasted nuts just one heavenly aroma barely letting some floral notes of hops. Taste: Ladies and gents what a beer, this one is definitely worthy of the Best of BA, with dark roasts blending with hop bitterness in the finish upfront the beer is full of toasted nuts and chocolate pleasure. Nothing compares to this one just awesome I like Brooklyn's Luxury Double Chocolate and Young's as well but this one kicks up a notch in the right direction. Mouthfeel: Full bodied almost chewy definitely pours like motor oil this is one big brew, awesome. Drinkability: Limit yourself to bomber this stuff is flavorful and full in body as lucious as they come an experience that I am going to enjoy for the next 30 to 60 minutes just sipping on it.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Very dark in color, with a creamy and lasting espresso-colored head. Smells of chocolate, nice and rich. Taste is full of milky chocolate, well-rounded and very, very good. Nice touch of hops, too, and their bitterness makes for a dry, almost dark chocolate like finish. Easy to drink, and prettty much wonderful. I'm a big fan.

This was a great dessert on Thanksgiving, too.

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Photo of Darkale
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black body. Magnificent tan head is creamy and uneven on the top and large-bubbled on the bottom. Yeasty aroma with a deep noseful of chocolate.

Burning, thin, and raspy in the mouth, with just a slice of cool creaminess coming through before you swallow. Interesting mixture of sensations. I would prefer a bit more thickness in the mouth, but I cannot find it in me to condemn this beer because of that wonderful mixture of raspiness and cream.

This is definitely a beer that you will not want to serve too cold. It just got better and better as it warmed.

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

Chocolate Stout pours pitch black in color with a huge tan head and great lacing. It smells of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Very rich, creamy, and absolutely delicious. When I first tasted this beer I was amazed how they could pack so much chocolate into one beer. An utter joy.

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

From the tap this beer poured out an amazingly rich and dark brown color with a huge creamy tan head. The aroma is rich with roasted tones and what else? …chocolate. There’s no mistaking it. This beer incorporates the chocolate flavor into the beer perfectly. Sweet cocoa comes through along side a semi-sweet body of malts. There’s a hop bitterness hiding in there, also. This is a special beer.

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Photo of dmarch
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black in appearance with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocoalate liquor. Taste is of dark chocolate, not overly sweet. A bit of a roasty quality reminds you that yes this is a stout you're drinking and not dessert. Thick, silky mouthfeel. Get's better as it warms. Excellent use of chocolate.

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Photo of grynder33
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a somewhat substantial chocolate soda head for a stout.Had a chocolately malt aroma a chocolate frosting first taste, with a pleasant not supersweet aftertaste.Mouthfeel was thick but not chewy got thicker and bolder as it warmed. For what it is its top notch, but to one dimensional to be placed amongst the top world beers.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick and black with a generous tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts, hops, and dark chocolate. Taste is great, and basically the same as the aroma.
The mouthfeel is too thin for my liking, but I'll live. Drinkability: I'm pretty sure I could polish off two or three of these in a night. Good, but not as good as Shakespeare. But then again, what is? Rogue set themselves an impossible standard with that one.

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

Compared to the draft version (see my review), the differences I notice in the bottled version are 1)There is a hint of nutmeg or ginger towards the's slightly spicier but in a herbal fashion, 2)The chocolate flavor and aroma is more subdued, 3) The mouthfeel is a little denser, silken and smooth, but not quite as soft. This is still my favorite chocolate stout, however the draft was a pure pint of heaven.

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

Aroma: Hops, and dark chocolate. First smell was the stout style maltiness, then came some of the aggressive hop, now, all I can smell is the deep dark chocolate.
Appearance: Jet-black, even with back lighting. A fluffy tan head retreated to a light coat and laced
Flavor: Backbone of classic stout roasted malt, nice hop bitter at the end, all of which is covered with a coffee chocolate coating. The chocolate taste seems to melt away to expose the slightly bitter, refreshing finish. A chocolate covered hop?
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice creamy consistency, and a bitter tingle at the end
Overall Impression: A smooth clean tasting beer with a chocolate twist. The chocolate is present, but not overwhelming, a nice counterpoint to a typically (for Rogue) delicious stout. There is more of the chocolate in the nose than the taste, but it’s all good. Makes me want to try more chocolate in my homebrews. Drinkability is great; I had trouble writing the review between sips, the nice dry finish invites another mouthful. Recommended, I’ll be getting more of this for dinner party desserts.

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

rogue hits the nail on the head again. this is a damn fine brew. pours black as hell with a dark tan, foamy head that is oh so creamy looking. there is an obvious sweet chocolate smell that dominates with a bit of maltiness as well. it smells (and tastes) a bit like chocolate milk. the chocolate is more dominant in the flavour than the smell, which was maybe the only drawback for me with this was a bit too sweet at times. if that was toned down a bit, this would be that much better of a beer. very creamy and smooth, and just enjoyable all around.

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Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A big and thick black pour generates a decent and creamy tannish head that's slightly more even in color than Shakespeare. Nice intricate lacing properties. Aroma is too tipped toward chocolate to my mind, quite strong and unidimensional. Excellent body, mouthfeel, and proper carbonation. But like the smell, the malt flavors and sweetness leans too far to the chocolate side for my everyday tastes, just a slight coffee compensates. Just when you think this is going to be a Young's Luxury Double on steroids, the famed Rogue hopping balances very well and brings the close and after sensation about. A good beer for the right mood, it just lacks the slightly more masterful complexity and outstanding balance of Rogue Shakespeare Stout -- still the finest beer on the planet in so many characteristics. More than one pint of Chocolate Stout at a time gets very cloying for me.

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Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour was black and I couldn't see through it. Head was tan but pretty weak and faded fast. Nice lacing though. Smell was of a cocoa flavor. Taste was strong! Intense flavors came through. Lots of chocolate, but not really sweet chocolate, more bitter chocolate flavor. Another flavor was a woody flavor that complemented the chocolate nicely. Mixture of sweetness and hoppiness stayed balanced throughout. Very roasted feel in the finish. Medium carbonation and a medium to thick body here. Improved as it warmed. One intense beer.

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Photo of dedalus
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

huge pint and 6 ounce bottle. great gift from a great friend.

poured out black with a tiny, darkish, custard-colored head, which dissipated quickly and left only a bit of lacing.

a powerful nose of sweet chocolate and the ubiquitous cascade hop. a lot like the mocha porter, but more chocolatey.

a rather watery mouthfeel, but nothing that the flavors don't make up for.

these flavors were a shock, because i'm used to beer showing its sweetness first, and balancing that sweetness out with hoppy bitter balance. but this rogue is all grapefruity hops up front, and then the chocolate starts to peek its head out in the middle. the finish is a long, slow mingling of the now fully present chocolate and the fading but still powerful cascade hop flavors.

i haven't had many rogue brews, but this one shows an uncommon balance. the massive hoppiness is joined by a serious dose of roast and chocolate, which makes this the best rogue i've tasted so far. excellent stout.



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Photo of beerguy101
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eclipse black color. Large foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, touch of cardboard (but in a good way). A medium bodied stout. Malts are chocolate. Touch of vanilla and coffee. Hops are slightly spicy. Hops are slightly spicy. A nicely balanced sweet stout. The chocolate flavors predominate. Etched/painted beer bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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

I thought Young's Chocolate Stout was top dog in this class until I tried this. This has a dark brown color, a thick head, as with the Rogue Shakespeare Stout. I find the Chocolate flavor to be ideal, strong enough to know it's chocolate, but without tasting artificial or being overbearing as to ruin the stout taste. A thick, hanging, tongue-coating mouthfeel with an aftertaste that follows the initial coffee and chocolate flavors through. It is somewhat pricey, but after drinking many good stouts, this one is very memorable with the ideal amount of chocolate. Unlike flavored coffees that taste gimmicky or artificial, this is an ideal blend of stout and chocolate flavors.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, its a bit gimicky. Sweet vanilla and chocolate flavour to start off with. The finish is quite roasty, with some bitter chocolate and then the mandatory hoppyness of Rogue beers kicks in. It had lots of flavour, and i quite enjoyed it, but i'm not quite sure it knew which direction it wanted to go. But...tasty. (Cask GBBF 03')

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

Now Quaffing: Rogue Chocolate Stout

This brew pours a viscous black with a cascading tan head. Aroma is all roasted malts and baker's chocolate. Taste is a nice contrast between sweet and bitter with all kinds of chocolate flavors, milk, dark, and some coffee in the bitter finish. This beer redefines full bodied with an amazing smooth and creamy mouthfeel that reminds me of drinking some good homemade hot chocolate. This is one of those beers that reminds you that brewing is an art form.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.48/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

How can this brew beat Young's Luxury Double Stout, or even Double Black Stout by Redhook, I will never know. The chocolate flavor so dominates this brew, that I can barely taste the stout. This fails in combining the best of stout and chocolate because, it is just chocolate without any marriage of beer flavor.

This is a dry, dry beer and the chocolate tasted artificial.

Maybe this is review is low because I had the Choco-bear bottling.

On second tasting a week or too later I had to lower my review. This is a suboptimal beer.

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Photo of Boto
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours almost black. There was a bit of a dark tan head. The aroma is almost like taking a whiff of a Hershey's Bar. Definitely too much chocolate. The taste is pretty much the same. Chocolate bar is a glass. They have gone a bit too far with this one. It's not bad, but hard to finish more than 1. If I want a chocolate bar, I'd prefer to eat one!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22oz. bomber. Typical Rogue screened images on the bottle.

Appearance: Inky black in appearance. The thinnest shaft of light is able to barely squeeze around the edges when held up to the light. A veritable "black hole" of beer. Thick and creamy deep tan-colored head spouts forth during the pour, only to quickly retreat to the edges of the glass, where it built a patchwork quilt of lace down the glass.

Smell: Open a chocolate candy bar. Inhale. Repeat. Dominated by chocolate, this beast of a brew barely lets anything else into the nostrils. Only the faintest scents of choclate and roasted nuts are detected before being overwhelmed in a chocolate avalanche. Far and away the most amazing beer I've ever smelled. How in the world do they get this to smell so incredibly chocolatey?

Taste: Remeber the kid (Augustus Gloop) in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" who threw himself into the river of chocolate? That's me with this beer. I could jump in and swim in it all day long. The flavor is incredible. It teases you in the beginning with just a taste of chocolate, only to follow with a 5-alarm fire of chocolate flavor that lasts until the very end, where the dark and bittersweet chocolate plays upon your palate for what seems like an eternity. Amazing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and so very creamy.

Drinkability: Way, way up there. One to sip and savor over many minutes. This would be awesome with some vanilla ice cream...though it doesjust fine on its own.

Another spectacular beer from Rogue!

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Photo of Shaw
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've given a more detailed review to Rogue Chocolate Stout in its draft version below, but wanted to make a short note about the 22-ounce bottled version, which I've had more of than the draft. (I even paid a friend $60 to bring a case back from Oregon to Florida.)

The bottled version is still excellent (in my top ten), but it's just not quite as good as the draft. The chocolate aroma and taste is more muted in the bottle than when you have it draft. But that may be because I've had it draft right at the brewery, while the bottles are usually a bit older?

This bottled beer is one that I could drink exclusively for the rest of my life. And the draft is even better.

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Photo of aaronh
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color with reddish highights, topped by a nice brown head that shows good retention as it slowly fades to a rocky layer of foam. Aroma is sweet, with roasted notes and good chocolate scents, but there's also a good hop component as well. The taste is very good, with sweet malt and dark chocloate notes surrounding a slightly fruity note. Then a great coffee flavor sweeps in accompanied by a blast of bitterness on the finish. The lingering aftertaste is a lot like eating dark chocolate cake with raspberries and then chasing it with an irish coffee. It surprising how much the chocolate flavors show through, as this is not a one dimensional beer at all. Much more chocolate than Youngs double Chocolate, and a heck of a lot more of everything else as well. This is one of those beers that I had passed by a few times, not wanting to pay the PA premium. But I'm glad I finally got a bottle last month. This is a great beer, truly deserving of its praise. Now if I could only get this much chocolate taste in a beer without the complimenting (and great) bitterness, maybe I could get my wife to have a brew. A must buy, worth the price you pay.

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

22 oz bottle. Poured a pitch black, with a massive chocolate head that sticks around, and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops is there along with the roasted malt and coffee. Taste is Chocolatey good, lots of good roasted coffee flavor in there as well. This is one very good drinking beer. I could very easily sit and drink this all night! Rogue does it again!

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick brown head that lasts. The aroma is rich and sweet. It smells like a chocolate bar. There is a heavy presence of dark malts, mostly chocolate. The taste is good, but a little too rich. There is a taste of roasted barley and chocolate malts. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a heavy bodied beer. It's well carbonated and very smooth. This beer drinks very well. Definately a good sessions beer.

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