Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

4,201 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 imbibehour
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Giant head off pour with five fingers of nice light cocoa brown head. Dark brown body off the pour, body is almost a dark reddish brown. Head has lots of retention. Looks like a big beer no fooling. Some sticky lacing.

Smell is primarily chocolate of a nice almost dark in store chocolate counter. Very good quality chocolate it smells like. Nothing much else though. Strangely enough that primary chocolate smell is completely gone after you have a few sips of the beer. This beer needs aeration and a big pour to get the chocolate out, it wont come otherwise.

Taste makes you think a big sweet thing is coming but it's anything but. Hop bitters, and a wet body contribute to a sharp taste that is a little jarring, and also lacking some roast character. Not carbonated either. Very well hidden abv.

I am not exactly blown away by this, but maybe just a little disappointed. However, it does seem right for the style so I can't say this is something I wouldn't drink again or would even pan. It does some things quite well.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass. Pours a rich black, with a small tan head. Major milk chocolate aroma, reminds me of hot chocolate sitting in a mug that hasn't been heated up yet. Flavors are huge chocolate notes and sweetness, touch of roasted malt flavor and smoke. Touch of bitterness on the finish, with a creamy mouthfeel. A very balanced, full flavored stout. There's a reason that this is (currently) the top rated American Stout on BeerAdvocate.

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

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Produced a giant fluffy tan head with great retention. Lacing all over the place.

(S)- A big rich and sweet chocolate aroma. Hints at molasses and raisin, but otherwise its a chocolate bomb!

(T)- Same as the smell. A rich chocolatey malty bomb. Some hints at rasin, but otherwise a straight-up chocolate brew.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A tad thinner than expected, but the massive chocolatey maltiness makes up for it.

(D)- Certainly a solid stout. A bit too sweet and chocolatey to have glass after glass of, but a great idea for dessert.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, $5.99/bomber and 6% ABV. OK priced, a little high. Pours a nice, opaque ultra-dark brown to black. Wonderful head, about 4 fingers high, springs up and persists, leaving excellent lacing. Aroma is oaded, almost too much so, with chocolate. Actually, once it settles and warms a touch, it smells like hot chocolate. Some faint espresso notes and also a touch of hops in there, but dominated, almost to a fault, by hot chocolate. Maybe a little cinnamon hint also.

Flavor is a confusing mix of hot chocolate and tangy chocolate malt. At first it wants to be malty, then the initial tang burst gives way, one-two punch-like, to a rich chocoalte flavor. This then washes away and is replaced by the tanginess of the malt and some nice hop bitterness. Not too sweet, but there is some in there. Finish is super long and bitter from both the hops and, I think, the chocolate flavoring used. Kind of a jumble and sort of a mess. Not worth the price but it is unique.

What I like most: The beautiful pour.

What I like least: The confused flavor profile.

Verdict: Unique and robust, but not worth the price. Novelty only.

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Photo of BB1313
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black, w/ decent head and lacing. Lots of chocolate up front, nice nose. I'm picking up lots of malty aromas as well. Tastes great, once again alot of chocolate. Lots of burnt and roasty characteristics. There's a nice bitterness in the flavors, but remains pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated and smooth; full-bodied. Drinkability isn't bad, great flavors, but the sweetness can become redundant. Nice beer to enjoy or have for dessert. Very bold beer!

Great offering from Rogue, I've always enjoyed this one. If you're looking for a chocolate bomb, this is a perfect place to start. Recommended!

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Photo of veinless
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark black with no translucent edges to be seen. Dark mahogany head that was about half finger and foamy; did not retain well.

Smell was pure malt chocolate, with roasted cookies and raw cocoa in there.

Taste was better still, with dark chocolate followed by a milky cocoa, which was then balanced by a nice happy middle that kept the beer from becoming alcoholic nesquik.

Mouthfeel was thick and smooth, although a bit thinner than the other stouts I've reviewed recently. Drinkability was phenomenal, as the abv somehow yielded so much taste that I don't know how they did it. Really awesome, affordable beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into a DFH snifer glass. No bottle date on a Rogue beer again.

A: Pours a JET black with think tan head. THICK. Three, possibly four, finger head. GOOD carbonation. Nice sticky lacing.

S: CHOCOLATE chocolate it. Roasty malts there too. Some mild hops as well.

T: I get that chocolate that I was smelling, but not AS pronounced. Still amazing. Nice roasty malts and a solid slight hop bite to finish. Really tasty.

M: It was actually watery, which was surprising for the appearance. Not as mouth coating as I would have expected, but it didn't effect the overall that much.

D: With the mild 6% ABV, you could really get lost in this one. I drank the whole bomber with ease and could have continued with more.

Overall, this is a SOLID stout from Rogue we have here. Not imperial in ABV, but the smells and tastes are great for a normal stout. I would definitely reach for this one again.

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

22oz bottle.

Pours midnight black, with a tremendous thick, billowing head. Smell is an incredible combination of baker's chocolate and roasted malt.
Paired this beauty with a nice t-bone off the BBQ, and I was in heaven. The taste might sound off-putting with the chocolate being so prominent, but this beer has balance for days.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, I can only imagine the on-tap w/nitro!

This is truly a world-class beer, and impossibly affordable too! Major kudos to Rogue.

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

I must confess it took me while to try this beer. I'm not usually a fan of chocolate stouts, they seem to have too cloying a taste for me. Rogue's chocolate stout surprised me with it's ability to bring the chocolate up front without hitting me over the head with it. Go ahead and read the other reviews to get an idea about pourability, aroma, taste, etc. I'm going to go "outside the box" and offer a suggestion. Try mixing Rogue Chocolate Stout with Rogue Hazelnut Nectar Ale. Drop me a line; let me know what you think.

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Photo of engagechad
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was purchased as a single from Corks and Kegs in Richmond, VA - poured into a Victory tulip

This beer poured great with an incredible head and rocky foam. Lacing was sticky. Smelled of faint chocolate, I'm not getting the overwhelming amount of chocolate like others have. Head comes back after agitation. The aromas get sweeter as the beer warms closer to room temp but still very mild in my opinion.

Feels great. Smooth without feeling too thick. Quite drinkable but not amazing.

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

22oz bottle poured into my Cigar City tulip

A: Solid jet black with a perfect head

S: Whoa Cocoa Powder!

T: Heavy roasted malt flavors with serious cocoa powder finish.

M: Thick bodied. Very creamy and smooth as well.

D: The cocoa is so intense in this beer. Reminds me of drinking chocolate milk as a kid.

Overall I'm digging this although I don't think it's the best American Stout I've ever had. I would recommend and I would drink again.

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

This had to have one of the best pours of any beer I have had recently. Jet black with a chocolate brown creamy head.
You didnt even need to be close to this one to pick up the chocolate aroma. Once you got it next to your mouth, the chocolate was coming right at you.
The first sip was very big and full, almost creamy. The chocolate taste was balanced with the beer itself. I did wish, however, that the ABV would be somewhat higher so I could also enjoy the stout itself. The chocolate was the ruling king when it came to tasting this beer.

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

Black. Blacker then black. Even when held to light. Pours a big head, that fades to about an eighth of an inch that stays throughout the drink. Smells like chocolate and nothing else. One of the most chocolaty smelling beers you will find. Smooth, creamy chocolate and powdered sugar. Roasted Malt's. Light sweetness. Not much as far carbonation and not big like other stouts. Great dessert beer.

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Photo of brianandpiper
2.91/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a wide mouth wine glass

A: Dark brown/Black. No lacing. Very thin head that dissipates as the beer sits.

S: Great smelling stout. Dark chocolate, cola, vanilla bean.

T: Flat. Could use more carbonation. Nice mellow chocolate up front and at finish.

M: Very light for a stout. Not much staying power

D: Easy to drink because there is not a lot going on.

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Photo of dutchlq7
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black with a light brown head that quickly disappears leaving a small ring.

Smell-Smells great, big chocolate aroma with hints of coffee.

Taste-Chocolate is right in your face then a roasted coffee/espresso flavor jumps in. Almost like drinking a mocha espresso. Finishes a little bitter but wants you to take another sip.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy, mildly carbonated.

Drinkability- Really good stout,one to look for on a cold night.

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Photo of Bigc3031
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I am a fan of Rogue's line up, they never dissappoint.

I find that many beers need to warm up a bit when you pull them out of the fridge and this beer is no exception. Once the beer warmed the chocolate aroma and flavor jumped out. I raised my score on the second glass due to this fact. Great head retention and I can't stop smelling this beer. I think the one thing that kept this from getting a 5 in taste is that it doesn't taste enough like good chocolate but more like Nestle's cocoa powder. I don't want to steer people away from this beer at all with this last comment, it is very tasty.

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

Acquired a single from my local liquor store, Big C's. Poured into a tall weizen glass the color is dark black/brown with a finger of bubbly tan head. The smell hints towards the beers flavour, with a presence of roasty malt and chocolate. The taste is excellent, with a development of character through slightly more bitter cocoa to a gently sweet chocolate. Malt backbone melds well with the chocolate, and counteracts the bitter flavour. Rich and filling, with a nice rolling carbonation the mouth feel like the taste is excellent. I Would not want to drink too many of these in one sitting, although it is not particularly undrinkable.

Overall another high quality beer from a great brewery, and an excellent example of one of my favourite styles.

Cheers - Matt

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Photo of Buddha22
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice dark color with good one finger head that is nice tan color. It fades a little, but remains throughout the sipping which is very pleasant.

S: The chocolate is the first thing you smell and it may be a little overpowering by covering up the hop aroma , but overall is very good.

T: Very Chocolaty which is nice at first, but as I continue to drink can make the beer a little to sweet, but i still truly enjoy it.

D: This beer is very drinkable nice and smooth and goes down with ease.

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

Reviewed from notes 1/27/2011

A: chocolate and not much else

Ap: black with a 2 finger tan head, dissipates quickly to a flat layer

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth on the tongue

Af: chocolate, bitter, lingers fairly well, had a brief metallic taste, but just for a moment

O: chocolate lovers dream in liquid form


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Photo of mckeowbc
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Black like a stout should be. Good amount of foamy caramel colored head, that stuck around for a while. Left a fair amount of lacing on the side of the glass.
S - Smell is slightly sweet with the unmistakable scent of Hershey's chocolate syrup.
T - Taste starts slightly bitter, then the flavor of Hershey's syrup hits about midpoint on my tongue. After I swallow I'm left with a pleasant bitter/sweet flavor hanging on the back of my tongue.
M - Mouthfeel is heavy, and the carbonation is noticeable. Not creamy like an Irish stout. I think I might have preferred if it was more creamy like Guinness, I think it would have complimented the chocolate milk like flavor.
D - Overall very drinkable. A heavy beer, but not very alcoholic, well balanced flavors although the taste of Hershey's syrup might wear on me after a while.

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Photo of fdw3
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep black with a thick brown head that slowly fades into a very nice cap.

S - Is delicious an aroma? Strong notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee fading into a robust malt character.

T - Tastes of chocolate hit first, but fade to roasted flavors with a finishing sweetness. Malt presence is strong throughout and the alcohol is masked quite well.

M - Low-moderate carbonation with a thick, syrupy quality.

Overall: A very good beer in one of my favorite styles. Taste is just the right amount of sweetness, aroma and appearance are choice, and drinkability is certainly high.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours nearly black, with a few tints of ruby. A nice tan creamy head maintains well and leaves interrupted webs of lace down the glass.

Smell: Very chocolately, with roasted malt as support. Soft aroma overall, except the chocolate, with even softer earthy hop notes.

Taste: Dark chocolate starts and works well with the roasted malt. Some light bitterness exists at the edge of the malt flavor and there is a smokey quality there as well. Muted earthy hops help to smooth it out. The light level of hops work well with the unsweetened taste and

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with enough carbonation to maintain the head. Slightly sticky. Medium to full body.

Drinkability: Solid overall, this is a pretty good chocolate stout and worth coming back to.

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Photo of diomz88
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S - chocolates, right away you smell it. None of the hoppy or alcohol aroma.
A - black, two fingers tan head that slowly disappears and with minimal lacing.
T - hoppy flavor right away with chocolates, and oats, Like bitter chocolates
M - medium bodied, not as creamy as I hoped for although it is smooth. Bitterness lingers from start to finish.
D - i like this beer because of the chocolates, but I still love my imperial stouts.

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

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours dark black with a 1 inch mocha-colored head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring and haze. Leaves some sticky lacing.
S - Sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, and coffee beans.
T - I'm surprised by this, I expected it to be much sweeter then it actually is. Granted, I get a lot of sweet chocolate, but there's a good amount of roasty malt, coffee, and a bit of smokiness present that really smooths and balances this one out, along with a pleasant hop bitterness. Really nice.
M - Very smooth, with a medium-heavy body and pleasant "tingly" carbonation.
D - Surprisingly great drinkability. I really expected this to be overly sweet, but it's a very well-balanced beer that goes down easily and has a good amount of depth. Kudos to Rogue!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured pitch black with a four finger tan head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, milk chocolate, and Yoo-Hoo. The flavor was of sweet malt, chocolate, and Yoo-Hoo. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I loved Yoo-Hoo as a child and this brough back some feel-good memories while drinking it. With that, it could be a little more complex, but this was very easy to drink. Might be a good way to get people into craft brew that enjoy Yoo-Hoo or chocolate for that matter. A must try.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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