Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
4,201 Ratings
Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,201
Reviews:
1,913
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
446
Gots:
613
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,201 |  Reviews: 1,913
Photo of Spider889
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an exceptional find at my local Giant Eagle. And a fantastic value at that! People bitch and moan about Rogue prices but at $5.99 a bomber you're hard pressed to find a cheaper beer in the same format.

The bottle was a bit of a gusher - I was trying to get a decent head (after having to work pretty hard on recent stouts) and the head overflowed over my glass. Once it calmed down I was left with a very tall frothy head with substantial volume to it. Excellent retention and an awesome web of lace was left behind.

Smelled very sweet as one would imagine. Smooth Hershey syrup is the primary aroma. Some oats peak out around the edges along with roasted hazelnut coffee.

The taste was great. Lots of hop bitterness was present to balance out the sweetness. Also some baker's chocolate, coffee, and sweet milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel has a nice initial bite of carbonation, but finishes smooth (bordering flat) despite the head. Drinkability is good. I liked this beer, the price is right, I would certainly buy it again.

 1,033 characters

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

A- I cant tell if this body is the darkest brown ever or black. Nice coffee colored head with tightly packed bubbles and lacing that sticks to the glass.

S- Milk chocolate malts right up front mixed in with powdered sugar.

T- Pure milk chocolate and then theres bitterness from the hops which suprised me since I detected none from the nose.

M- Smooth milkshake like feel totally appropiate.

D- A treat which Ive indulged in more than once, it drinks like chocolate heaven.

 477 characters

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (only some traces of amber are visible when the glass is held up to the light) and poured with a two finger high mocha head that slowly dies down.
S: There are moderate aromas of semisweet chocolate in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of chocolate dominate the overall taste, which also has some sweetness and hints of roasted malts and bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and slightly creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink and goes down very smoothly.

 573 characters

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

Poured dark brown to pitch black from a 22 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness date on the label.
Massive tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving behind very nice lacing along the glass.
Aroma hits the spot, a perfect blend of chocolate, dark roasted coffee/malts, and some more chocolate.
Taste-wise, this is probably one of the best chocolate stouts I have had. Bitter chocolate mixed with hints of sweetness and a perfect bitter finish and aftertaste...'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, called Rogue Chocolate Stout... :-)
Medium to full bodied, this is one yummy stout. The perfect taste makes it highly drinkable. Definitely among my top favorite stouts.
Another classic beer from Rogue.
Highly recommended.

 717 characters

Photo of broken22
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Brewery is really good. I like many of their beers and this one is no exception. American Stouts are my favorite. Lets pop it open and pour a glass shall we.

This beer is nice and dark. During the pour a thick tan head forms and tries to make a seal to keep you from this goodness. What I'm getting at is the head did linger for some time before finally dying down to a more manageable level. I take my first sip or big gulp and smile. This beer has great flavor and it is even chocolaty like the label says. Smelling this beer I'm greeted with a nice sweet smell. Hard to really describe in more detail as its kind of unique for me. Since this beer is dark I would imagine most people would expect a thick beer. This beer is actually surprisingly light on the mouth.

So in conclusion I really like this beer. It's just one of those great tasting beers. The flavor reminds me a little of Maui Brewing Company's Coconut Porter. So if you love dark beers but don't want something heavy and just tastes great pick one of these up. My local stores here in San Diego are selling 22oz bottles for $5.99

 1,106 characters

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

Pours black with a two finger thick mocha head

Aroma is dry, dark chocolate. Some citrusy yeast notes.

The flavor cocoa powder and citrus hops. Not much more. No off flavors.

The body is a bit fuller than medium and carbonation is plentiful.

Overall this is a good beer. Not a great one, but worthy of some praise.

 318 characters

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

this beer pours dark brown to black, with a thick tan head that lasts.

the smell is roasted malt with hints of chocolate

the taste is a good balance between the malt and a slight semisweet chocolate flavor

mouthfeel is pretty light with good drinkability, overall a very good stout, but I m partial to imperials

 314 characters

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

A: Pours a very dark brown/jet black color with a nice thick and creamy, two finger dark tan head that slowly dissipates leaving some nice lacing.

S: Strong scents of chocolates and roasted malts (to be expected). Also has slight hints of hops, which are really covered up by the chocolate but they are subtle.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell, has massive roasted malt flavors followed up by the subtle chocolate feel. There seems to be very little hop presence in this beer. The finish has some chocolates but is mostly a smoky finish.

M: Medium/thick bodied with tingly carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

D: This beer is thick, creamy and very smooth. With the lower ABV I could drink this beer all day. The chocolate is nicely balanced with the malts and makes this a very delicious drink.

 808 characters

Photo of birderbeerer
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark black with very little head.

Smells of chocolate/cocoa and mild otherwise. Very exciting aroma. A very distinct and mellow chocolate nose.

Taste is all cocoa, no chocolate. Some roast in the back. The dryness of the cocoa dominates this beer. Each sip seems to evaporate in my mouth. Despite the aroma there's really no sweetness to the beer.

You have to like cocoa to like this beer. The taste took me back at first, but I grew to it as I went along. It is a unique beer in its single-minded focus on cocoa.

 523 characters

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

This is a fascinating beer. I saw a documentary on how they made this one: I guess it's basically the Shakespeare Stout with added imported Belgian chocolate (very expensive I might add).

I split this bomber with my wife tonight. Thank goodness she loves chocolate!

A: Poured a very dark, melted truffle brown, with about a one finger beige head that retained itself for long after... hours after even. You see, my wife got full and never told me she didn't finish her portion. That friggin' head was still alive and kicking!

S: Straight up high grade chocolate, with quite a bit of a doughy quality that was very reminiscent of a chocolate donut. I didn't detect any booze... as a matter of fact, it almost didn't even smell like a beer at all.

T: Not a trace of coffee, fruit, or hop bitterness. All of the bitter elements were the ones provided by the chocolate. This was a very dark, dessert of a beer that was very disciplined in its approach.

M: Very milky in texture, almost like Nestle's Quick, only ten times better. The prickly carbonation aided in cutting through some of the dessert, and the sugar content was just sweet enough to give the cocoa a little kick.

D: At 6%, this was very drinkable. Rogue is really hit-or-miss with me, but their pac man yeast worked like a charm here!

 1,300 characters

Photo of wrb357
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass.

There's no way around it: Rogue Chocolate Stout is chocolate in a glass. It looks like really thick chocolate syrup poured into a glass with some light carbonation addd. It smells of roasted malts and chocolate. It tastes like a stout and a porter had a baby. It's creamy, but has some decent carbonation. The tast is very rich and malty, and at first you don't get the chocolate. But then that chocolate backbone hits you and immediately you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The taste lingers too, so you enjoy it even more as time goes on.

This is a heavy beer, but the flavor is so pleasing that it's very easy to drink. You really forget that you're drinking beer. After all 22oz are done you feel warmed and relaxed, like having a mug of cocoa, only this is beer, so you're sort of drunk. Easily one of my top stouts.

 861 characters

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

Poured from 22oz bottle to snifter, 54 degrees.

A. Beautiful foamy head, cream-colored, fizzes with a swirl. Strong legs. Good lacing.

S. Milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, roasted mocha.

T. Chocolaty goodness. Sweet, caramelized sugars, very little alcohol burn (which makes sense at 6%). There's some coffee-bean bitterness on the finish but it is extremely mellow.

M. Smooth, sweet, coats the palate. Great mouth feel. It does have relatively strong carbonation, but it is not overwhelming. Creamy without being syrupy.

D. Highly drinkable. Not sure if I'd go so far as to say "sessionable," but more than one may be had without problem. It's a great beer.

 672 characters

Photo of ebrauser
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark as night with medium thickness brown head. Head is lacy and keeps its body when the glass is tipped.

Aroma: Sweet and dark with strong coffee and dark chocolate notes. Mild oiliness and milk flavors complete the nose.

Flavor: Huge chocolate taste, but without huge body. Bitterness comes from both dark chocolate and fresh hops. Smoke and coffee notes follow the bitterness to round out the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body but doesn't have overwhelming sweetness or thickness to make this an extremely enjoyable and drinkable beer.

 593 characters

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe I never reviewed this beer before.

Pours a deep black. Nice tan head with great lacing. Good lookin stout.

Aroma is it's downfall. Not very chocolaty. Very roasty and some tobacco.

Tastes great. Alot more chocolate than the aroma would suggest. Kind of a nestle quick sort of chocolate but more chocolaty than most beers that claim to contain chocolate. Nice roastyness to counteract and a decent sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but not bad. Wish it had a little more viscosity. Great carb.

Overall a great beer but I don't know if it is really top 100 quality. But good and everyone should check it out.

 629 characters

Photo of Shrews629
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Extremely dark brown/black color. Extremely opaque. Just a small thin showing of ruby at the very bottom. A very creamy tan/brown/khaki colored head that has great lacing and retention. Poured thick. Looks tremendous. The lacing was the best I've ever seen.

Smell - Smells of roasted chocolate, cocoa and whole milk. Very well balanced. Pleasant on the nose. Not overly sweet, but almost perfect. The roasted barley comes through as a nice balancing act to tame the chocolate a bit.

Taste - Taste presents a wonderful flood of roasted, sweet chocolate. Some bitter tinges at the back end and on the sides of the tongue. The chocolate tastes more like cocoa, chocolate milk or a liquid chocolate candy bar. The bitterness starts to fade after each sip. Amazing!!!! I loved the taste!!!!

Mouthfeel - Medium to full mouthfeel. Smooth, dry and good. Coats the palate exceptionally. Only got a very small, tiny bit of "chalkiness", but nothing to deter the taste or feel of the this beer. This brew is filling and comforting.

Drinkability - This beer is truly outstanding. this is the best "all around" beer I've ever had in my life. There could be better ones out there, but as for right now, this has no competition in my eye. Easily drinkable. I would love to have a keg of this set up in my house. I may have just found my new favorite. Without a doubt, worth a try. I took my time drinking this because I didn't want to finish. I didn't want it to end. I could talk about this beer all day. Incredible!!!!

 1,524 characters

Photo of HopHeadJimmy34
1.65/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I don't know why this beer is in the 100 beers. It is below average at best. Not creamy like a good stout should be. The carbinaton was that of a bottle of Pepsi. I thought that maybe it was me, and maybe I got a bad bottle, but 2 of my other friends had it also. One in Colorado, and One in Ohio, both had the same reaction. In my opinion this beer is way overrated.

 367 characters

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A - Pours a motor oil black in color with a light orange ring that is slightly noticeable in the light. A khaki to light brown head that is huge, 2 to 3 fingers tall develops and then very slowly turns into a gorgeous thick cap.

S - CHOCOLATE!!! God this smells delish. Almost smells like a liquid half Hershey Milk Chocolate bar and half Hershey Special Dark with a nice malty background. Lots of roasted notes and some light coffee notes coming through as well.

T - Tastes of sweet chocolate, oats, and maple. A very awesome roasted malty backbone holds this beer up and really smooths things out. Almost no alcohol is present at all which makes this beer even more awesome.

M - Very syrupy in the mouth. Dense and thick. A perfect sipper at the end of the night. Has a good amount of carbonation as well.

D - Highly drinkable! This is one to drink fresh over and over. Not sure cellaring would do this beer any good as the ABV is low and the chocolate would probably just dissapear.

 1,041 characters

Photo of zhanson88
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rogue Chocolate Stout pours a very dark brown with a couple fingers of dark mocha head. Retention is decent, and lacing ends up being a fine film.

Smell: Roasted and very slight burned malts, as well as a lot of chocolate. Smells pretty good.

Taste: More of the same in the taste. Roasted and burned malts up front, with chocolate in the middle and some slight floral hops on the back end. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is slightly over medium bodied and pretty smooth drinking. This is one of my favorite Rogue beers. Generally I am underwhelmed with that brewery, but this beer is pretty tasty.

 629 characters

Photo of vfgccp
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a glimmer of deep ruby red on the edges when backlit. Cream-white head that pours ~2 fingers with medium lacing.

S - Coffee, prunes, sweet milk chocolate, steamed milk.

T - Bitter 85% chocolate. Light roasted coffee. Dark toast.

M - Light body for a stout. Dry finish.

D - If you enjoy the dry bitterness of 70%+ cocoa, then the amazing dark chocolate flavor will keep you sipping

 399 characters

Photo of Strawbs
2.7/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very dark in appearance & nice aroma. Huge creamy head & medium body, but the flavors did not taste at all integrated. Each sip tasted like a dark beer, but then the chocolate aftertaste lingeredfor what seemed like forever. I like dark beer & I like chocolatr, but this combo was not appealing to me. And while the label lists "natural chocolate flavoring", it tasted artificial to me. Not a beer I would seek out.

 415 characters

Photo of Satchboogie
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours black, completely opaque. Massive 2+ finger mocha head that very slowly dissipates and leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Very dark chocolate, roasted chocolate malts, a little burnt coffee, roasted oats, a little sweetness (not quite caramel).

T: Right on with the nose, intense dark chocolate that has a burnt profile from the roasted malts, there's a little dark coffee. Smooth oats leads to more of a sweet milk chocolate flavor. Alcohol warms the slightest in the bittersweet finish, it's almost completely invisible.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body. While it's quite pleasant, I was expecting something a bit more viscous and full bodied.

D: I can't put the glass down, as a lover of dark chocolate and coffee, this one was hit out of the park. The light(er) body makes it drink easier, but I would prefer it thicker.

 873 characters

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

Poured from 220z bottle into Tulip

A. 3 fingers of tan colored head. Good retention. Nice lacing. Color is black.

S. Smell is dark chocolate, some milk chocolate, a little bit of coffee. Some vanilla.

T. Taste is chocolate, what else would you expect from a beer called chocolate stout. Whats interesting is that you get both dark and milk chocolate flavors out of it. Has a nice vanilla flavor going on. Predominately taste milk chocolate with some coffee accents and a little bitterness.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Some lingering bitterness.

D. Very drinkable. If you like chocolate and beer you will love this one. Great combination of chocolate and traditional stout flavors. This is a very good beer, that is very easy to put down.

 753 characters

Photo of mellowmark
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. brown bottle to Imperial Pint glass. No freshness or brewed on date to be found. $6.99 a bottle.

Appearance: Pours black with a large light brown fizzy head that dies down at a fairly steady pace. About a quarter inch layer of head settles on top. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Smells just like a fine Belgian hot chocolate with a hint of roasted coffee. Slight alcohol as it warms.

Taste: Slight coffee bitterness at the begging then a huge wave of bittersweet chocolate comes through and takes over. The taste of chocolate just lingers on the palate. This is by far the most chocolaty beer I have had.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation. Smooth and silky as it gets.

Drinkability: Very High

What can I say? It's a chocolate bar in a glass. If you love chocolate you will love this beer, and if you don't you should try it anyway.

 879 characters

Photo of Gilly1980
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque black with a syrupy appearance. About 1/2" of mocha colored head. Dominant smell is chocolate but is balanced with hops. Taste is well balanced with toasted malts sweetness and spicy malts up front and delicious cholocate aftertaste. Mouthfeel is best described as chewy, with a tingly feel left behind in the mouth. With a 6% ABV I could drink a few of these but at approximately $5.00 a bomber this beer will remain a treat for special occassions. Absolutely outstanding beer!

 494 characters

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to tulip.

A: Chocolate Stout pours black, with dark brown around the edges. There's a large tan head with decent retention.

S: Wow. One of the best smelling beers out there. Milk chocolate dominates (as opposed to the dark chocolate you usually get in these stouts). It's complimented by coffee, a light but distinct hoppiness, and a slight musty aroma. Outstanding.

T/M: Not as legendary as the aroma, but still very nice. The sweet milk chocolate still dominates, but this beer is far more bitter than I'd expect. It's a combination of roasted grain and hoppy bitterness. The sweet and bitter play together nicely at first, but the bitterness combined with the mouth coating end up being a bit much by the end of the bomber.

D: It's nice to find a stout with so much flavor and aroma that's this (relatively) low in ABV, but the bitterness and mouth coating make the last bit of the bomber somewhat difficult.

 922 characters

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 4,201 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.