Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

4,195 Ratings
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 mvforegonian
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz into a Rogue pint glass!

This beer is made with Harrington, Klages, Cascades and Crystal hops. Imported chocolate and rolled oats creates a beyond wonderful flavor. Ebony on color with a rich creamy head. An earthy flavor of oats and hops that gives way to a rich chocolate truffle-ish finish. The flavor changes with the temperature to develop from more chocolate to more malts. Yum! This is a go-to beer.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout is malty chocolate deliciousness. Drink it up!

A: Black colour and a brown 15 mm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Roasty malt but also a vegetable flavour. 3.5

T: It has a lovely chocolate malty flavour. The aftertaste has some hints of bitterness and charcoal. Very nice. 4.5

M: Amazing big and foamy mouthfeel. 5

O: This is a really nice beer. 4.5

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Photo of JizackFH
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a huge 4-finger light tan head on it. The head has good retention, and leaves behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of dark roasted malts and chocolate. I am also getting some notes of coffee, molasses, and some toffee.

T - It has a big roasted malt taste up front. There are some flavors of burnt grain and coffee. There is a big chocolate presence, as well as some notes of toffee, vanilla, and some caramel. Also, there is a big roasted bitterness that rings throughout, and lingers in the finish.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easily, and I found it to be quite rich and creamy. There is a big roasted grain bitterness that sticks to the palate.

O - This has good drinkability. I could have a few glasses of these in a sitting. Overall I thought it was a really tasty stout, and it definitely makes a great desert beer. I enjoyed it, and would buy it again. I recommend trying it.

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Photo of harrymel
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: Unk

A: Pours a nice dark brown ale with a single finger of fine latte head. This dissipates over several minutes to a thick sheet of the same. cobweb lacing. Excellent clarity when one can see light.

S: Milk chocolate, cocoa, dark malts. Sweet, raisins, some hints of prune. Slightest metallic scent. A little yeast on the finish.

T: Nose>taste. Dry, dirty, slightly bitter. Some coffee grounds. The milk chocolate is left behind and only the bittersweet baker's chocolate is left in the finish. For a stout the flavors don't add up to much IMO.

M: Medium to thin with moderate carbonation. Would like to see more creaminess in the body, a bit too dry on the palate.

O: Everything seems to go great until the taste, then things don't go so well. I think the flavor is a bit one-dimensional and fails to highlight the chocolate as adverted. The body is thin and forgetful. Not a beer of fame for me.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark and black with a slight hint of brown at the bottom. Big rich tan head that has good retention and lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of sweet dark chocolate with some coffee and roasted malts. Also getting a hint of vanilla and dark fruit. Mostly chocolate.

Taste: A sweet burst of dark chocolate and a little milk chocolate followed by roasted malts and a light fruity character. There is a light earthy hop bitterness throughout that helps balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high body with a light to medium carbonation. Very creamy and goes down easy.

Overall: This is a very good chocolate stout that is something you can have when you want a strong chocolate flavor without the heavy body of an imperial stout. This is a lighter stout but it is tasty and balanced.

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Photo of d4114
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Big fluffy dark tan head; Black can't see anything through it.

S- Wow lots of chocolate on smell, awesome! Sweet, toasty and nuttiness all come through. Smells of melted milk chocolate, one of the best smelling beers I have ever had.

T- Good amount of roastiness and bitterness followed by a big milk chocolate taste. follows the nose very closely but comes up a little short.

M- Light to medium body; Creamy with a slight wateriness; Easy going down.

O- Really good, I didn't think there would be such a strong chocolate presence but it was perfect. I will be getting this again.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. I've had and thoroughly enjoyed the Double Chocolate offering from Rogue, so I figured I'd give this a try finally. The beer pours a nice, viscous looking jet black with a thick, dense, foamy milk-chocolate colored head. Aromas are heavy in milk chocolate, with only the slightest hint of bitter coffee. It's like someone poured a splash of coffee into a chocolate milkshake. The beer is mid-bodied; a little light and crisp, but still fairly smooth in mouth. The flavor is a blend of dark chocolate bitterness and milk chocolate sweetness. Can't really go wrong with that in this house...I am a fat kid with a wicked sweet tooth! The coffee highlights are minimal, but present, and they peek their head out towards the aftertaste portion of your experience. Bitterness in the aftertaste does a good job of balancing all the sweetness throughout and closing the door on a very wonderful beer experience overall. The finish is smooth on the flavor and crisp in the body. Once again, very well balanced. This is a strong showing from the Rogue Brewery!

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

Appearance: As you would expect from an American Stout... Deep, dark brown/black. The head does not linger, but is a coffee bean brown (without the taste of coffee!). Just one of those beers--as is the case with most Rogue brews--that you just know you are going to enjoy.

Smell: Very chocolatey on the nose with an undertone of roasted malts and black patent. Cannot emphasize the chocolate more... Smells of really raw, dark chocolate nibs.

Taste: The chocolate does not disappoint, as it is front and center when it hits your tongue, followed by the lingering roasted flavors of the malts with dry, residual bitterness from the black malts. Oh, oh so tasty.

Mouthfeel: The malty/roasted flavors really, really linger. The tasty elixer rests in your mouth, but does not leave a dextrin-like smacky feeling. Take a drink of coffee right after this (I know, a combination of vices), and you will be a very happy person.

Overall: Truly one of my favorite American Stouts... I have tried so many, especially this past winter, and this one just always rises to the top.

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Photo of snpub540
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured half of a bottle into my Duvel tulip. It pours a deep black hue that no light is getting through. Half a finger of light brown creamy bubbles makes up the head. Very light amount of lacing is left on the glass between sips.

Aroma is mostly toasted bread and sweey chocolate. There is also a hint of raisins and licorice. That's all I got out of this nose.

Taste is a nice roasty and bitter combination that has lots of chocolate and roasted malt flavors. There is also some woody and coffee notes mixed in as well. A hint of sweetness right upfront but it is quickly gone.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Not a lot of carbonation and it adds to the smoothness of this beer. To me it is pretty mild but is still able to pack in a lot of flavor.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark black with a mocha creamy head. It has some beautiful lacing as well as I let the the head dissipate.

Right off the bat I get some roasted maltiness in the nose. Dry cocoa powder and crusty bread as well. The more I smell it, for lack of a better description, it reminds me of when you first enter an old attic. Kind of musty and stale, but not necessarily bad.

The taste is nothing of what I expected. Right up front it threw me off with a chalky, dry cocoa taste. I guess after reading the bottle it makes sense but I get very earthy grains as well. I do not get a lot in the middle but I get bitterness in the finish as well as some burnt coffee grounds which I always enjoy.

This beer is thin without a ton of body. I might be biased as I have been drinking mostly bigger, imperial stouts lately with a lot more viscosity.

Over all this is an interesting beer that surprised me. I am glad I tried it but I was expecting a bit more.

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

A - Dark slick pour into the glass. Pours black with a cocoa head.

S - This was the highlight of the beer for me. Smells like bittersweet dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and roasted malts.

T - A little sweet and a little roast. Was expecting more chocolate based on the nose, still obtained a little though.

M - Medium bodied mouthful, seemed just the right amount of carbonation. Smooth and goes down easy.

O - Was nice to have a big bomber stout that didn't knock me on my butt from the high abv. Will seek this out again when I'm looking for an easy and smooth stout. Fair price too.

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Photo of 1noa
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with little head into snifter, and settles into light lace. Initial aromas of chocolate and malt. On first sip you can taste the chocolate and hops with light carbonation. Well balanced across the palate and not too heavy on the chocolate flavor. Overall, a smooth stout. Look forward to having it again.

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Photo of Andreji
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at whole foods in union square.

Poured into a pint glass. very dark toned and opaque, brown-to-black coloured. The head is ephemeral, but leaves behind a brownish chocolatey lacing and thin film topping the beer.

The smell is nice, dark chocolatey and with an underlying congnac-key feel making it sort of truffle-ish. some hoppiness can be felt but the smell is certainly sweeter.

The taste however wasn't so pleasant. It was a bit too dry for my taste, rather having a very simple grainy sensation at first which is quickly and clearly taken over by the bitter feel. At a point it feels smokey and somewhat like some seriously barrel aged scotch. it's not bad but there's much less of a sweet, chocolate sensation than one would expect. it is also quite alcoholicky, or at least feels so as it goes down the throat. It is also fairly full bodied, making it hard to go much further than 1 or 2 pints.

Overall not a bad beer but doesn't stand much chance against nicer chocolate stouts such as convict hill.

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

look - big, fluffy, dark tan head. filled with huge, medium and small bubbles. almost pitch black body. completely opaque.

smell - chocolate and chocolate. and more chocolate. also a bit of a roasty character. maybe even a fruity scent?

taste - sweet chocolate up front. mostly dark chocolate, but the creaminess suggests a semi-sweet or milk chocolate as well. roasty malt in the middle and a bit of a bitter finish at the end.

feel - thinner than i would have thought. definitely a medium body, more towards the thick side...but i expected a thick, creaminess. a bit of a prickle from the carbonation. a bit sticky on the lips.

overall - i dig it. i've only ever had two chocolate stouts: this and young's double chocolate (which i didn't really like since it was one of the first beers i had ever had besides BMC)...i think if i went back to young's, i'd like it a lot more now. either way, not the biggest fan of stouts, but this one is pretty delicious.

EDIT: decided to pull out a dark chocolate fudge brownie to pair with it. holy freaking delicious. the bitterness of the beer begs for a bite of the sweet brownie, which then necessitates a sip of the brew. match made in heaven.

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Photo of match1112
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle to my glass it poures black with brown highlights around the edges and a two finger milk chocolate colored head. the smell up front was chocolate followed by a slight roasted smokeyness with more chocolate. taste was sweet malts at first followed by bitter dark chocolate. nice and thick on the tongue with a smokey bitterness in the back of your mouth. awesome stout cant wait to try again.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks to be black with the slightest of ruby highlights. Head is cocoa colored. Retention is decnet with one solid thick lacing.
S- Smell is slightly citric hops and a good roastyness, but the chocolate is the biggest player.
T- A bit of citrus up front, and a bit of roastyness. The finish is where the chocolate shows up in force.
M- Dry at first, but it stick to the tongue in the finish. Decently full body for the style. Soft and low levels of carbonation
O- A well made stout. It basically boils down to if you're a purist about the whole chocolate thing. I for one think it turned out splendidly. Near the top of the stout ladder for me.

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Photo of lmuir
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, almost black in color. Thick, light brown head with good lacing

S: thick, malty smell, with slight hop aroma

T: malty with good hop balance. very nice smooth taste. great chocolaty aftertaste

M: Smooth, somewhat viscous. nice smooth carbonation

O: great stout, one of my favorites.

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Photo of chickenm
3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a fluffy tan head and some sediment. Aroma is basically just sweet chocolate, can't smell much else. Not a fan of the taste, it's mostly chocolate cocoa and a little burnt coffee. Mouthfeel is a little light but decent enough. Overall this one was a let down, I'd prefer it if it wasn't completely dominated by the chocolate.

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

Pours beautifully black with a big chocolate colored head that's makes good use of the oats in the beer and sticks all the way down the glass. The smell is a strong chocolate/cocoa smell, enjoy it, don't look for much else. The taste is pretty light, as is the body, which is an unfortunate surprise after seeing and smelling it. It's a chocolate taste, with the roasted malts very noticeable, finishing bitter. This beer is very good, but isn't quite perfected yet.

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

One of the best aromas to come around in a while for me. Very decadent chocolate here...sweet, can really smell the cocoa nibs here. A slight hint of hop bitterness as well but this is a very chocolatey aroma.

Pours midnight black in the glass...nice, frothy dark brown head with fair staying power.

The taste isn't quite as rich, however. The body is a bit light, and the taste is certainly full of chocolate, but is more of a mix between a sweeter chocolate and a bitter, roasted chocolate. This marriage keeps it from becoming cloying or just being too bitter. The 69 IBU's assert themselves at the end with a fairly hoppy finish for style, which seems a bit floral. The bitterness lingers a little after the swallow.

What was a pretty sweet and rich beer on the nose wasn't quite so on the tongue. Despite that, it's a solid beer for the style even if I was hoping for a more decadent beer (a la Young's).

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

A- Pours jet black and completely opaque. Big two fingers of cake-like, mocha brown head. Pretty good lacing.

S- Not surprisingly, chocolate. Lots of it. The bottle says "chocolate truffle" and I'm gonna have to agree, smells just like one of those truffles covered in powdered chocolate. Not picking up on a lot of grain or bread in the nose, no hops at all.

T- Loads of bitter dark chocolate and powdered chocolate. Very little sweetness. Good amounts of smokey char and some relatively light roasted malts. Finishes dry and bitter.

M- Full bodied and creamy. Good amounts of carbonation.

O- Absolutely delicious. It really keeps it simple, when they say chocolate they mean it. It's brewed with actual chocolate and by the time I finished my glass some chocolate "sediment" had settled on the bottom. Surprisingly drinkable, I didn't have any problem killing a bomber of this on my own.

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Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tria Rittenhouse Square, 4/2/11.

A-Pours an opaque dark brown with a creamy light brown head and great sheets of lacing.

S-Roasted malt and chocolate syrup. Nice.

T-Sweet malt, moderate roast and a good syrupy sweetness. Deep roasted bitterness in the finish but very nicely balanced.

M-Medium bodied with lingering sweet and bitter notes.

O-Very tasty, nicely balanced. I rarely pick a Rogue beer these days (I reviewed the bottle version 3 years ago, and I likely have not had it since), but this is a fine one.


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

A - Pours a thick, black-brown color with a tan head that fills up the rest of my pint glass and then some!

S - upon first smell I get definite roasty black malt and roasted barley wafting up. No real hint of chocolate in the nose. But definitely what I expect for any stout.

T - Up front, I get burnt grains and coffee-like bitterness. The chocolate is not as prevalent as I expected, but I definitely don't have to search for it. It comes through nicely after the initial roastiness and becomes more noticeable as I work my way through the glass. Only downside is I get a lasting astringency at the end that is almost metallic in nature. Not enough to be unsettling, but different.

M - Not quite as thick as I would hope for a stout. I know that's not a do-or-die characteristic, but it's something I hope for! Nice bright carbonation that compliments the dark character of the beer.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dumped hard into a Guinness pint glass which produced a massive fluffy brown head which left gobs of lace in the glass and released a huge chocolaty nose. There is no guessing what you are about to drink here.

The flavors were more chocolate and more chocolate, oh and did I say chocolate?

My 4 year old daughter asked if I liked it and I told her it was like dessert in a glass.

Some hops present which added to the arrangement. Nice velvety mouthfeel.

I could drink this everyday and at 6% I can drink it without the commitment I would be making to the Night Tripper Imperial Stout which weighs in at 10.8%ABV.

Really good but this is my preferred style so perhaps a bit biased.

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

On tap @ Tria (Philadelphia, PA) on 4/2/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black in the glass, topped with a ½ finger of smooth looking burnt mocha head. This retains well, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. Chocolate is strong and delicious smelling in the nose, rounded out on the edges by notes of roast and green citrus. This smells great!

The taste doesn't miss a step, with rich chocolate flavors carrying on here, but this seems to be much more assertive with the roasted malt and hops, which really dries the backend of the profile out. Lingering burnt roast, in particular, is strong. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a pleasant mellow prickliness that flows well across the palate. That 6% ABV feels right-on here, with no alcohol flavors or even warmth being picked up at all.

This is one of those Rogue beers that I only try once in a blue moon but it never ceases to impress me. My wife always exclaims that "it tastes like a liquid tootsie roll!" and I'm inclined to agree. This is one of the few Chocolate Stouts out that there really brings those rich chocolate flavors to the table and then some!

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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