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 jhammel01
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep pitch black with a hearty milk chocolate colored head. Lots of retention. Healthy does of lacing all the way down..

Smells like expensive dark chocolates. Bitter cocoa also here along with a bit of hops and malts.

Great milky mouthfeel. Not as much chocolate flavor as expected. When you smell it, you expect a chocolate bomb but it's definitely not. Lots of roasted malt character, Bitter hops up front and a little bit of chocolate in the finish. A bit grainy. Such a great contrast between hops and chocolate.

Overall, another favorite stout! Perfect for an unexpectedly cool fall evening.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a pretty nice looking dark brown color. The head was mocha colored and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The smell of this beer was actually pretty nice, It gave off a pleasant sweet milk chocolate aroma with a touch of roasted malts in there too. The flavor was pretty good, I enjoyed the slight bitterness it had in the back end after all the sweetness faded. The mouthfeel like most Rogue ales to me seemed a little on the thin side. Overall it's not a terrible brew but could have used a little more body I think.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice brown half-inch head. Smells of roasted malts with hints of chocolate. For taste you are first deliver with nice and smooth chocolate flavor going down smooth and then a smack of bitterness.

This beer is way more bitter than I remember. It's still a good beer which I will probably get again sometime.

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Photo of Snorlax
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes taken this August in New Orleans- picked up a bottle from Whole Foods as I'm always down to try a Rogue offering I can't get at home. Cracked the bottle open, welcomed the ghost smoke with eager nostrils.

A: Pours like a luscious syrup. Has a sheen to it from all the oily chocolate goodness. A beer that truly builds anticipation as the head slowly rises. Head is sticky and thick.

S: Oh man, in a word, great. Real rich chocolate smell, not like the obvious extracts used in many chocolate flavored brews.

T: I will not give many 5's as I understand a 5 literally means flawless, 0% chance of improving, etc. but this is the most perfect tasting chocolate stout I've ever had. The fact that it's made with real chocolate is blatantly apparent. So rich, so smooth. And that after taste: pure truffles. Absolutely amazing.

M: Almost a syrup. Oily with chocolate alkaloids. A true joy to drink.

This is quite simply the best use of chocolate I have ever experienced in a beer. Will buy anytime I see it.

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Photo of rtaps
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark almost black, with a 1/2 inch tan head. With medium retention

All I could smell was the chocolate

Taste like a very dark but rich chocolate bar. Felt very smooth with little carbonation

Overall give this beer an A- would recommend trying it

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Photo of cmq103
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass.

Appearance: A semi-aggressive pour resulted in a nice, frothy 1/2" tan head that reduced to thin ring. Impressive clingy lacing as the glass is tilted. This is one dark and murky beer.

Smell: Wonderful bittersweet chocolate aroma, mixed with freshly brewed black coffee and malts. I also sense some oats in the finish.

Taste: Wow, this has a noticeably bitter unsweetened chocolate first impression. It definitely smells sweeter than it tastes. I catch a hint of coffee, molasses and vanilla too.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and moderate body with decent carbonation. Dry bitterness shines from beginning to end.

Overall: An outstanding American Stout with tons of flavor. Very drinkable at a modest 6% ABV. I could easily have a few of these in one sitting. This clearly sets the benchmark for an American Stout. My favorite style is the RIS, which tends to be too heavy to enjoy more than one. This is kind of like RIS baby brother. Well done Rogue!!!

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich, very dark brown, with a moderate sepia head and lacing.

S - Smell is of chocolate syrup, roasted espresso, caramel, and brownies. It's basically desert in a glass on the nose!

T - Taste is of bready malts with bakers chocolate/chocolate syrup, caramel, and honey notes, blended splendidly with just enough roasted coffee bitterness to keep things well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is on the higher side of medium. Carbonation is mild, and the beer is slick and smooth. Maybe just slightly thinner than average for the style, but if anything, it works to the beer's advantage here.

O - Overall, this is one delicious stout, and one I can definitely see myself coming back to during the upcoming fall and winter months. Well done Rogue!

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Photo of chinchill
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

undated 650ml bottle shared with 2 friends. Served in large wine glass.

Plenty of chocolate flavor in this one, although a little more in the milk (vs. dark) chocolate vein and not quite as chocolately as my gold standard: Youngs Double Chocolate Stout. There's a fine rich, chocolate finish that is about as good as it gets, with a nice bit of dark roasted malt flavor, a faint hint of coffee, and a touch of spicy hops. The beer is mildly hoppy throughout at a level that is well matched to the malt and chocolate. The last statement applies to both the aroma and the flavor.

O - excellent. A must try for any chocolate lover. Lacking the splendid head but nonetheless on par with my gold standard: Youngs Double Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of uawildcat
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks like a deep dark stout with a nice large head that retains.

S: Smells very chocolatey and sweet. Almost like a milk chocolate.

T: Tastes like a good chocolate stout. Though it was a tad too dark chocolate flavor for me upfront. Gradually sweetens in the aftertaste. Seems to be overly hopped for the style in my opinion.

M: Has the appropriate thickness but seems to be acid or something leading to a prickly feel in the mouth.

O: A pretty good chocolate stout. Only available in 22 oz bottles makes impractical as an everyday stout.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black body. opaque. frothy light brown head is pretty to look at and follows up with some good retention. good lacing as well.

S: aroma is blatantly chocolate milk. i cant even sense anything else. very unique and very inviting.

T: a bustling lactose riddled with smooth sweet chocolate. a touch of roast works its way into the finish turning it slightly dry.

M: creamy and medium/full bodied. just perfect for the style.

D: sort of one-note with all the chocolate, but it is still a very tasty, unique brew. not complaining about the note it's singing at all. after having their hazelnut and chocolate, im looking forward to just about anything else from rogue.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a substantial mocha coloured foam head that leans more towards bubbly than creamy. Good retention and good lacing.

S: Rich dark chocolate, dark coffee, vanilla, anise, nutmeg, and some very faint hops. Reminds me of a very rich chocolate cake dessert, in other words, it smells delicious.

T: Fairly similar to smell with lots of dark chocolate upfront, and a little bit of roasted dark coffee, with a more pronounced hop-forward presence in the taste. From the initial smell was expecting a bit more in the taste department, but nonetheless still really quite good. Finishes pleasingly dry, with a slight lingering bitterness.

M: Quite a thin mouthfeel (even for the ABV) with a healthy dose of carbonation which I'm feeling is a bit strong for this.

D: Very nice stout that I would likely have again. However, my expectations were perhaps a little too high for this, as I was expecting a bit more complexity. Still a pleasing Rogue offering that I will likely be revisiting in the future.

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Photo of Gatch
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - As dark brown as a beer can get. Deep brown head. Quickly fades with good lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted malt, some cocoa, and more malt.

T - Tons of roasted malt. Some dark chocolate. Charred and smoked meat.

M - Smooth, slight carbonation, slight alcohol. Roasted character from the first sip to the last. Lingers heavily on the palate. A solid, full-bodied stout.

Not as much chocolate as the name suggests. Just a lot of roasted malt. I held off on reviewing this beer because I had it out of a 22oz. bomber a few years ago and have had it on draft a few times since and have been disappointed. I still find myself disappointed. When this is straight from the tap, it's cold and doesn't have much flavor. When I let it warm just became a typical stout. Nothing special.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: it looks a stout though a non-descript one.
Smell: chocolate (duh). Not bad but nothing like I was expecting.
Taste: again, chocolate and enjoyable but nothing outstanding IMO.
Based on rep I thought this one would drink like a chocolate shake so to speak. Full disclosure, after kbs and to a lessor degree southern tiers chokolat, maybe I'm ruined. Still with less alcohol I anticipated a quaffer. A tasty stout but no standout IMO.

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Photo of iheartIPA
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour of this black beauty yields a healthy light- brown 3 finger head.  Respectable lacing with every sip.

First thing to come to mind as I stick my nose in the duvel glass is Hershey's Syrup. In fact the more I inhale, the more I realize that, had I been blindfolded, I would not know if this were Rogue's Chocolate Stout or an ice-cold glass of chocolate milk.
This brew is not as thick as anticipated (assumed).  In fact, it's a little on the thin side. Not a lot of action on the tongue.  Silky and fairly flat. 

That's not to say this stout is disappointment. While the mouthfeel isn't terribly impressive, the overall taste certainly is.  Essentially it's bold roasted malts and straight up dark chocolate goodness.  Not super complicated, just super tasty. Dessert in a glass.

I will surely buy another. 

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

Bomber bottle, poured into Tripel Karmeleit chalice.

Opaque, very dark brown, nearly black, with several fingers of fluffy deep tan / light brown head.

Nose overwhelmingly chocolate and cocoa with a bit of a mineral quality (rich chocolate ovaltine, anyone?) and a bit of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is luxuriously soft and fluffy.

Tastes strongly of milk chocolate, with hints of milk caramels and a bit of a carbon/charred finish.

Overall, a wonderful chocolate dessert stout, very drinkable for such a rich beer.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Pint shaped glass

My 250th review!

A - Beer poured with a one finger brown rocky colored foam; held very well; plenty of healthy sticky lacing; solid dark brown/black colored body; no visible carbonation

S - Deep dark chocolate notes; fantastic roasted malt scents; overwhelming large amount of dark malt aromas; slight cork and chalky scents; light scent of oats and grains

T - Chocolate milk with a kick of caramel and alcohol flavors; some cork and oak taste; espresso and coffee deep aftertaste; intense flavor

M - Full body feel; nice and bubbly; slight bitter taste and chocolate lingering aftertaste; filling and coating on the tongue; espresso mucus taste

D - Good dessert drink; nice blend of chocolate and coffee flavors

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells just like a cup of hot cocoa. Seriously. If you put this in a cup and had someone do a blindfolded smelling session, they'd identify this as hot cocoa. With maybe just a touch of chocolate liqueur thrown in.

On the tongue, the chocolate taste is *very* apparent--more so than perhaps any other chocolate stout I've tried. In fact, the brew tastes, in many ways, like sucking on a Tootsie Pop while sipping on, say, Godiva's chocolate liqueur. Which is not to say that it's bad in any way; in fact, it's quite good. And I don't normally like chocolate stouts. There are, of course, other flavors in the beer as well: some nice chocolate malts that give a lovely almost-burnt-grain taste; some deep caramels; and just at the edge, perhaps a hint of dark fruit esters. Hops are kept to a minimum, and are just enough to add a nice bitterness that takes the edge off of the sweetness of the chocolate. But make no mistake: chocolate is the primary flavor. It's the first thing you'll taste, and the flavor that will linger on your tongue the longest.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes earlier this week. I will only post what I can remember with certainty. This was a 22 oz. bottle poured into a Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Dark as Coca-Cola without ice, almost black. Opaque as a wall. Pours a two-finger light brown bubbly head, darker than Guinness.

Smell: A blast of sweet chocolate right off the bat, with darker chocolate and some oats detectable as well. A little bit of hops.

Taste: This is INTENSE; the flavors are very, very dark. Burnt coffee is the lead flavor, with baker's chocolate trailing behind. (It's like an extra-strength Dominion Oak Barrel Stout, if that helps.) The hops finish is very light, which is a relief in light of the bitterness of the malt! The bottle says this thing is 69 IBUs, which I easily believe. It's a "sweet" stout only in that it's got added flavor, but this thing is way more powerful than any Irish Dry I've ever tried.

I do like dark and roasty stouts, but the effect over time from drinking this beer is a mild metallic character. That's the only objective drawback.

Mouthfeel: Unfortunately, I don't recall the level of carbonation, which means it was probably unremarkable. I found the body to be light-to-medium.

Overall: This is a special-occasion beer. And by that I mean it's for when you want something really dark and hearty. (Also, it's not cheap.) But when you're in that mood, this thing will NOT disappoint. A very bold beer.

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Photo of Buggies
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can you say about this one really. Smells like chocolate and tastes like chocolate. With that being said, nothing is really over the top. It also has other features that make it great.

It has the nice typical bitter punch from the highly roasted grains in a stout. Yet, there is an underlying earthiness that this beer has. It gives it a little extra special something between the upfront chocolate and the ending bitter bite.

The flavors get back a little as it warms. But could can wait for it to warm?

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Photo of russwbeck
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown pour with a big bubbly brown head. Retention is phenomenal as a thick cap sits atop the liquidy beneath.

S: Dark chocolate smell that seems a bit watered down. Not really much else going on.

T: The seems a bit strange to me. A lot of roasted malts up front, followed by the deep dark chocolate. Not a lot of sweetness to balance it out though. The flavor hits you and then sort of just drops right off.

MF: Medium to heavy body with great carbonation. I wish this beer was a bit "fuller." The 6% ABV is a bit limiting.

O: For a beer that is literally available everywhere, you can't go wrong here. If you're looking for something to blow you away, keep going.

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Photo of grannun
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a delirium glass, figured I would take this one slow seeing as it's a stout.... Think black color, nearly opaque, with slight head.

S - Holy chocolate! A little but of hops and malt as well, but I guess I should expect the chocolate, right?

T - And again, holy chocolate! I don't think I have ever had a beer this chocolaty, but wow, is it good! Thick, smooth, and a little sweet. Very unlike most stouts in the sweetness upfront, very little hops and malt that I can detect.

M - High amount of carbonation for a stout, and incredibly smooth.

O - Wow! I am very impressed with this beer. Everything about it is excellent. I can see how any hop-head would find this disappointing due it's it's slight break from the style (less hoppy, less boozy), but can't wait to drink another bottle. I usually have trouble finishing a bomber of stout by myself, but i have no issues with this one.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.14/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I ought to be more critical, but I don't have it in me today...

A- pours a dark brown, almost black into a highball glass. The head is a foamy, rich mocha color. gorgeous.

A- One dimensional, but incredibly distinct. Smells like a chocolate milk that has been sitting out in the sun. A little musty, and buttery. It's a smell you'll never forget... even if you want to.

T- Mirrors the taste. The chocolate notes are there, but they're not becoming of a Stout. I've have "chocolate" Porters and Stouts, but it never tastes like this. This reminds me of artificially sweetened cocoa powder.... not a chocolate stout. DISTINCT American hops. They're not the main feature, but they're unavoidable, particularly in the finish.
If it were competing w/ Aunt Jemima's Syrup, I'd call it a competitive attempt, but I'd pick the syrup.

I'm sounding harsh, but only beause of other beers I have had. I do enjoy drinking this, but it's not a hallmark Stout.

It finishes dry... and it's unoffensive: those are features to its credit.

M- creamy, almost silky. Gives way to dryness.

O- Not my cup of tea. I was expecting more. ROGUE's Oatmeal Stout blows this away!!! I'd pick most any ROGUE beer I have had over this one; though I'm not familiar with more than half their line-up.

This just tastes too one-dimensional, and that flavor isn't overwhelmingly appealing. In fact, I could almost do without it.

I guess this beer can be regarded like lots of visiting family members: they're great at first, but then they just become nagging.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep brown, nearly black, but with some visibility through the very edges. Head grows to about one and a half fingers and appears a beautiful mocha color.

S - Chocolate, like tootsie rolls, but it doesn't linger. A very "brief" aroma. On second thought, I am best reminded of chocolate milk when I take a whiff.

T - Strong chocolate flavor with a clean grainy finish. The finish has a "chemical" component that is off putting. I liken this to Southern Tier's Choklat, but with a less sweet and much more bitter chocolate flavor. Also, it isn't as strongly flavorful or as tasty as that beer. This makes since, as that is an imperial take on the chocolate stout and this is not, but I am left wanting a bit more. The beer is not balanced at all, it is simply chocolate with the weird aftertaste of chemical laced cocoa. Color me a bit disappointed.

M - Medium body and a surprising amount of carbonation. Slightly dry like a dark chocolate bar.

O - Overall this is an average chocolate stout in my mind. It has much more intense flavor than most American Stouts, but the flavor is too tightly focused and honestly not too exciting because of it. A fine beer, but I certainly won't pay the 6-7 dollars it costs to get a bomber of it here. Perhaps if I lived in Portland again I could give it another shot.

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Photo of sevefan
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beers of Europe. At £7 something per bottle here in N Ireland, I won't be buying too many of these but had to try it out... A fair bit of body with this stout, frothy tan head with excellent lacing on the pint glass. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, bitter coffe, pepper, roasty walnuts evident. I get alot of the walnut taste with this, a little chocolate, very earthy and its getting more earthy / roasty as this pint glass ends. Aftertaste is fairly bitter and nutty. I expected this a bit sweeter but a fine beer to relax with and watch a movie. At 650ml per bottle, when you have finished your pint you have a few more litres to look forward to!! Very pleasent.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bomber into a GL Snifter.

Had a thick creamy off-white head that left no lacing whatsoever. Black as a clear summer night.

Smell was loaded with dark roasty malts, chocolate and a sweet smell that reminds me of dark fruits. The taste was more chocolate than anything. It tastes strongly of powdered semi-sweet chocolate. I even got hints of hoppy bitter the roasty malts that have a slightly smokey taste as well.

Aftertaste was purely the chocolate with bitterness coming through on the back of the tongue in the later stages.

In terms of mouthfeel, the chocolate cuts the aftertaste I expect from a stout, and I like it.

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