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Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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4,210 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 Bennettrox
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -13.7%
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%
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 -2.9%
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 crap...so 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 +7.2%
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 +5.5%
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 +11.6%
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 -22.2%
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 -3.6%
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 -3.1%
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, silky...you 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 +3.6%
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 +4.3%
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 +1.9%
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 +11.3%
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 -0.7%
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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Photo of gdrydenc
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark, dark brown with about a finger of mid-brown head that lasts quite a while before slowly dying to a thin lacing.

S - Sweet chocolate is the main smell, but there is also quite a bit of coffee.

T - Lots of sweet chocolate. There's also a bit of coffee in the finish. A bit muted for the style, but it's still good.

M - The mouthfeel is good. Though a hint watery, the carbonation is solid. I like that the taste lasts a while in the mouth after the swallow.

Overall, a good beer. A bit muted for the style, but it's still a pretty good example.

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Photo of jackie7787
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours pretty dark brown, a bit of a light brownish head but not too much and dissipated quickly leaving just a bit of swirly light brown foam on top.

S - Smells strongly of chocolate and a hint of roastiness!

T- Something kind of overpowers the chocolate and roastiness. It was really bitter at first. It was a bit too much, more than I was expecting at least. I didn't think it went with the beer very well. Finished with nice bittersweet chocolate flavor though. I guess it got a little better over time too, but still couldn't really get past the initial bitterness that came with every sip.

M - This was good. Not overly carbonated or anything. Pretty light and smooth.

D- While it was decent overall, I probably won't be having it again.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.24/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from tap with shallow head, super dark, not much color when held up to light either.

Smell was faint of burnt coffee and chocolate, minimal aromas leaping off pint. Even after a few swirls I felt the smell could've stood out a bit more.

Very clean, chocolate is immediate with hints of roasted coffee. The bitterness reminded me of unsweetened bakers chocolate rather than any hops. Bitterness was medium on the finish but left a chocolate-coffee aftertaste.

Medium/Heavy body with a typical stout palate coating to the tongue. The creaminess was nice and went down pretty easily.

It paired well with dessert but wouldn't consider as a session beer or anything outside of a dinner/dessert beer.

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Photo of NoSignsOfPain
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark; like a liquid dark chocolate bar (pretty opaque in nature in which you're unable to see light penetrate through)-- the head is a creamy tan color with good retention

S: Earthy oats with chocolate undertones

T/M: Tastes like it smells; bitter chocolate with a smooth mouth feel-- molasses-like even. Covered my palate really well.

O: Paired extremely well with some dark chocolate almonds I was eating with; great dessert drink that's for sure. My uncle asked me whose drink *this* was; I offered a taste; he said it was good; I offered the rest to him and he took me up on my offer. Good stuff!

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Photo of London1985
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ran into this at my local beer importers and like an excited child on Christmas day snapped up 6 bottles and ran home giggling.

Ive heard and read so much about this stout so when i saw it my heart stopped and i had to take it in for a second.

Upon opening my slightly chilled first bottle i was hit with an incredibly potent aroma of chocolate.

I poured slowly into a bowl stout glass and was greeted with a beautifully dark, thick and almost oil like liquid that filled my nasal cavities with chocolate, coffee, cream, nutmeg and even hints of scotch whiskey.

Taste was incredible. Beautiful hit of cocoa which burst off in tangents to give way for coffee, nutmeg and even syrup.

Coated my palatte with a lovely film of alcoholic flavour which stayed long after the first sip. As i moved on down the glass the taste didnt diminish nor become too intense.

I am very impressed with this and whenever i see it you can be sure ill be stocking up. I have saved 4 bottles of the six that i brought and am literally fighting myself to not open them.

My hat is off to Rogue....

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

A- Body is totally black! Head is a tan/mocha color - 2 fingers thick.
*Pours very dark black, no light makes it though. The head tan/mocha color. With a heavy pour 2+ inch head. Leave a nice lacing as it settles.

S- Lots of chocolate
*Chocolate with a bit of coffee and malts.

T- Mocha and creamy chocolate. Like eating a chocolate bar.
*Smooth, chocolate and hint a vanilla.

M- lots of carbonation. Light, smooth and a little chewy.
*Smooth and a bit dry finish, nice carbonation

D- Very drinkable
*Very drinkable, I wish I has a second one. Not very alcoholic.

Great beer. Enjoy it as a tasty dessert.

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

Pours a black. I could see no penetrating light making its way through the bottle. A very dark head. A milk chocolate colored head. Smells of roasted malts, some bitter chocolate, honey even. Taste is a understated roasted malt combined with some charred notes. Has some carbonation which takes a little away for me. This is a very solid stout, but not my favorite.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque black color. There is a great, one finger, mocha colored head that has great retention. I was a little surprised it didn't leave as much lacing, but overall a great looking brew.

S - Smells of burnt malts with a hint of coffee but it is pretty strong.

T - Upfront, there is bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee, this gives way to a creamier chocolate taste. After this, there is a slight hop taste a s a bitter chocolate taste, much like the initial tastes finishes it up.

M - Good thick mouthfeel for a stout, maybe a wee bit too much carbonation but this works great.

D - I was hoping for a little a wee bit better for only 6% ABV, but a great Stout overall.

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Photo of bobhits
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I hate explaining the look of a stout. It's deep dark brown/black, opaque, and there's gasp a tan head. Lots of lacing and I'll give you that this looks a bit thicker than expected in a 6% beer.

The nose is that of coco and American hops. An interesting experience with chocolate (not just a burn malt aroma that gives off a dark chocolate like smell) and citrus American hops. I recall seeing chocolate and orange flavored candies in the past and thinking they were pretty awful, but this somehow seems to work. The chocolate aroma starts strong, but swirling the beer in the glass gives way to far stronger hops. There's a bit of a vanilla/buttery like aroma at the finish as well.

Chocolate rushes in to start, hops take over, buttery notes, and the finishing with a bitter chocolate finish. An amazingly amount of flavor and complexity and at 6%...just wow. For a brewer I often think of primarily for absurd prices and below average beers this one is just over priced.

I need more from a beer with this much flavor and complexity. I want a bit more cream, or oil, or something to have the mouth feel match the rest of the beer. That said it's nice to open a bomber I know won't leave me intoxicated.

I really need to find this on tap as I expect it to be rather reasonably priced. That said this is exceptional beer. While I miss the intense power and weight of the double chocolate, but the hop flavors here are just exceptional and really add a lot of the beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Backstage in Torrington, Conn.

A: Black with a two-finger head of creamy, tan foam which dissipates quickly, leaving a ring of sticky lace.

S: Cocoa nibs, herbal, earthy hop aromas that are muted next to the brown sugar, molasses and chocolaty aromas of the brew.

T: Rich, creamy roasted black malts with Yoo-Hoo! added to it. Seriously, this brew tastes like it had Nesquik blended into the malt bill, which has otherwise bittersweet chocolate and black malt flavors leading into a dry, balanced, sweet and creamy finish.

M: Full-bodied and creamy stout with hints of sticky sweet cocoa powder resins left on the palate.

D: A true dessert stout with built-in chocolate companion flavors to boot. The 6% ABV is unnoticeable beneath the sometimes sickeningly sweet chocolate malt flavor. However, I'm partial to chocolate desserts, so I really enjoyed it. Be sure to drink your Ovaltine!

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