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

I am currently drinking a Rogue Chocolate stout. It poured to be a very dark brown you could almost say black color with a half-inch tan color head.

The aroma is strong of chocolate and malt. The taste includes a hint of chocolate and it is medium-bodied. It doesn't have a mouthfeel as thick as it looks and this beer has good drinkability.

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Photo of mikeborglum
2.19/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I don't know, I've seen so many good ratings on this brew but I got to say I'm dissapointed. Taste like a weak ale with a shot of chocolate syrup. I guess it's just not my cup of stout! No body very thin feel in the mouth. Just not a pleasant drink.

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Photo of goalie33
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Opaque black in color with a thick mocha colored head. Leaves a good amount of lacing in the glass.
S: Chocolate is the dominant smell with nice dark roasted malt smells with a touch of coffee.
T: Chocolaty and roasted malts with a touch of bitterness.

This is an outstanding beer, particularly if you're looking for a good dessert. Strong chocolate taste but not too much, with a slight bitter finish.

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Photo of Landfill21
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours into a dark as night color with a half finger head that laces down the glass as you drink it.

Has an exceptional smell of rich chocolate, smells so good

Has a very great chocolate taste that just begs you to drink more.

Has a medium mouthfeel, not as heavy as it looks

Has a very nice drinkability.

This is definitely a great beer.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A overpowering strong chocolate impression that doesnt go the route of cloying sweetness and surupy, cool. This happens by using a more roasted coco powder format then a nestle sweet style like Choklat and other personally offensive beers. So take roasted oat flavors and light hoppy brightness and use it to tame cut through the sweetness, this is the lesson other brewers need to learn too.

A decent bomber to pick up to try, it's enjoyable.


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Photo of depechemode1983
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a thick brown relentless head thats there to stay. Exceptional lacing. Smells like espresso with chocolate undertones. Like drinking cold dark coffee no sugar no cream. Bitter like 72% dark chocolate. It does have a little sweetness to it. Excellent mouthfeel. So smooth. Im now in love with this beer. One of the best American Stouts Ive had in awhile.

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

Awesome brew. Pours a very deep brown with a medium to dark tan head. Lacing leaves a bit to be desired. Smell is intense chocolate. Not like the typical dark and bittersweet chocolate. Those are there, but the star is big milk chocolate, sweet and rich.

Taste is also big time milk chocolate. Deliciously sweet, not over the top or cloying at all. There's also a bit of coffee to offset the sweetness a bit. No noticeable hops, completely hidden 69 ibu. Nice medium creamy mouthfeel. Touch of carbonation. This is delicious.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at State Line a couple of weeks back. This is the first beer I've had in about 4 days, thanks to a sickeningly awful cold, but hey, if I'm good enough to function, I'm good enough to drink, right?

Rogue was one of the first breweries I got into as a n00b, and their marketing did play a big part in my choices. In the past couple of years, apart from the infrequent glass at a bar, I haven't had too many beers from them, and I'm now going to attempt to work my way through their catalog.

Chocolate Stout pours, as expected, black with a very dark brown head with great retention and nice lacing. The nose is excellent in so many ways. Up front, I get some aggressive roasted malt character, almost bordering on a burnt grain aroma, but a brief swirl brings out a decadent blend of chocolate and oatmeal. That combination is so intense, it's almost like a cookie, and the moderate fruitiness further amplifies that comparison. The chocolate isn't particularly dark or intense, rather milk chocolate like, and has a sweetened cocoa character. Hops? absent for all intents and purposes. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens with an intense cocoa character, very Hershey's cocoa like with a noticeable undercurrent of sweetness. The level of cocoa here is pretty darned perfect, balancing beautifully the roasted malt character that comes through on the mid-palate. Not as fruity as the nose would suggest, though there's just a touch of raisin present here. The oatmeal does present a little smoothness on the mid-palate, but the carbonation does take away a little bit from that aspect. Sweetness is almost entirely cocoa-derived without a noticeable caramel or brown sugar component present. The finish is quite excellent with flavors of burnt grain, cocoa and a little sweetness. However, there's also just a touch of a nut-like bitterness present. The other aspects of the mouthfeel are excellent too. Medium in body with a rather smooth, silky feel, the carbonation is a little high for my liking. Drinkability is definitely up there, by keeping the sweetness and alcohol low, this is almost as drinkable as water. I've drunk half my bomber in about 10 minutes. Excellent stuff, I'd LOVE to try this on cask.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: a dark brown very foamy head. Kind of looks like a cappuccino. Beer is black, makes sense for a chocolate stout.

Aroma: smells almost exactly like milk chocolate and coffee. Smells very sweet. Chocolate is very pronounce.

Mouth feel: light in carbonation and quite smooth for a stout. When I swish it around seems to thicken up a bit.

Taste: tastes like a chocolate cappuccino with a beer flavor. Leaves a very pronounced after taste of a coffee-like flavor. When I breathe out heavily through my nose I taste more of the chocolate taste, quite interesting.

Drink ability: its good but I think 22 ounces is enough for this type of beer.

At the very end of the beer you can see tiny specs of chocolate, not a whole lot but enough to notice. It does add a few points for me in the appearance column.

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Photo of sluggermatt15
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brown, chocolate color. Nice appearance.

S- Chocolate, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Deep aroma.

T- Roasted malts, coffee, some dark chocolate.

M- Not as full bodied as I had hoped. Was expecting this beer to be thick, creamy, and full bodied. Medium carbonation present.

D- I couldn't comprehend drinking more than one of these. Just too heavy.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into glass snifter.

$6.99 / ea.

A: Opaque deep brown to black body topped with a small fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates leaving no lace and just a ring of bubbly cover.

S: Strong chocolate aroma immediately makes its presence known with hints of chocolate filling out the profile. Candy comes to mind. Semi-sweet chocolate, mocha.

T: Strong chocolate presence with coffee making a stronger showing and noticeable deep roasted malt character. Very low bitterness, and no astringency.

M: Medium body and low carbonation. Extremely smooth and rounded. Very little carbonic bite.

D: Great drinkability and very approachable to a wide audience. Tastes great, goes down easy, and a really enjoyable experience throughout.

O: Great offering over the holidays for friends and family that may not have made the transition to craft beer.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Giving this one a shot. Not usually a huge Rogue fan, but let's see.

Appearance- Black with three quarters of an inch tan head. The head is very thick and creamy. Nice.

Smell- Chocolate nibs. Roasty and rich. Some stone fruits, prunes, and some coffee beans.

Taste- Chocolate covered espresso beans. Lots of rich roastiness. The finish is like burnt coffee. Some creaminess. Finishes with a little burnt ash. I want more chocolate and less burning.

Mouthfeel- Decidedly thick and creamy.

Drinkability- Roastier than I'd prefer.

Chocolate? Where's the chocolate? I wish this delivered a little bit more on the name.

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Photo of cetherid
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip


pours a dark black. Extremely opaque. About 3 fingers of frothy brownish head with thick lacing.


just like some hot chocolate. Very nice. A little roasted malt in there but the chocolate is dominant.


up front I get a lot of chocolate, then to some toasted malts. It has a nice little bite of bitterness in there and maybe subtle smokiness. I could go for a tad more sweetness, but otherwise it's still a great tasting beer.


full bodied with a load of carbonation. Has a creamy texture to it. Very nice!


pretty good. Only can find in bombers and not really that cheap. I'd definitely get another one. Only 6% makes it easy to drink a bomber alone.

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Photo of MikeyMisfit
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: nice dark color with a creamy chocolate colored head

s: slight roastiness and chocolate

t: milk chocolate up front which turned into a nice roasty flavor towards the end.

m: not too heavy, medium body and creamy

d: went down smooth. I had a 22oz bottle and it was gone before I knew. Definitely a beer that could get you in trouble if you don't pay attention. :)

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

Well nice and dark, not super thick, viscosity not over the top, back to what stouts used to look like, traditional. Aroma, well, chocolate was preeminent.

Taste, whoo, chocolate is massive, its really the only definable taste. I can't help but notice I wished the viscosity was higher on this, I did think to myself it was a little thin, maybe I'm just caught up in the massive beer trend, but this one, while having an immense chocolate feel, it didn't seem to have anything to balance itself out. Plenty more of these to check out along the way to see if it evolves into something that is better with even more legs under it.

EDIT: Having drank about a dozen more of these since the initial review, I can really say I actually have come to appreciate this being a more reasonable stout, i.e. not being massive, but allowing the chocolate delivery vehicle to be right where it need be. Can't beat this stuff at $6 a bottle, one of my frequent/almost always purchases when I go to a store that has this stuff in stock.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very brown head, nearly 3 fingers. Black as night and head looks like that on espresso drinks. Aroma is first noted by dark chocolate and malts. Also a slight fruit note in the nose after a bit. Taste has a bit of hop bite right up front, but then goes to chocolate. Finish is dry and some bitterness with chocolate notes. Very nice beer to sit down and sit to, but can also be swallowed real quick. Really recommend picking this bottle up and giving it a go!

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Photo of bens0n
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours jet black, not even a tinge of amber; 100% opaque with a nice amount of creamy tan head that leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass with every sip.

There is an incredibly tantalizing chocolate aroma that surges out of this brew coupled with a subtle coffee smell.

The unsweetened chocolate takes control of the almost roasty flavor. It has a bitterness to it that is very well complemented by the chocolaty flavor. There are some subtle coffee flavors that are pretty minor in comparison to the chocolate goodness.

It is thick and creamy, but has a little more carbonation than I prefer. Leaves a nice aftertaste in your mouth after every sip.

Definitely a drinkable beer, and without a doubt my favorite beer at this point in time (Just passed up Young's double chocolate stout)

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Photo of wvu9787
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22OZ. bottle poured into a 24oz beer mug. Bottle was bought at local Krogers for 5.49+tax. 6.0 % ABV.

Apperence- very dark brown pretty much black, nice creamy looking brown head.

Smell- Smells of Chocolate,Roasted Malts, sweetness.

Taste- More of a dark chocolate then milk, little coffee, roasted malts, a little bit bitter but still tastes really good.

Mouthfeel- This is a smooth creamy medium bodied

Drinkabilty- I would say anyone could drink this beer, the sweetness may only allow some to drink a single serving of it but on taste alone, you would want to drink alot more.

Overall This is one of my all time favorite beers
I have said before in other reviews that Rogue is one of my favorite brewers out there and this is one, if not their best. I buy this beer often and its a great choice if you just want a good beer or are enjoying it with your desert. Thanks!

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into an oversized brandy snifter.

A: Pours a thick, opaque chocolate brown, like liquid "chocolate chunk." Wispy tan head with thick lacing. A good-looking stout!

S: Huge whiff of roasted malts, coffee, toffee, and truffles.

T: Smooth yet earthy. Roasted coffee, but not as bitter. Where's the chocolate I smelled? Not as present as I had hoped.

M: Slightly chalky but not tongue-coating.

D: Would pair well with food (actually using some of it in the chili I'm making), but it's also not too overpowering a stout to make it your last beer of the night.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - Black body with a brown head resting on top. Creamy head looks pretty good.

S - smell's like Hershey's milk chocolate. Sweet smell.

T - Roasted notes mingle with milk chocolate. slight metallic taste at finish

M - medium to dark body with a good amount of carbonation

D - A decent stout but nothing mind blowing. Worth tryingbut I doubt I'd pick it up again

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a balck color with a brown had that wasnt big but stayed through out this beer. It smells of strong choclate very similar to nesquick or choclate milk. The taste is initally choclate and finishs wth a strong stout like flavor. Strong full flavors but the choclate flavors make it drinkable. Overall a reallly good beer really interesting, certialty worth a try.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very dark. Close to midnight black. A nice tan head retention that leaves a nice lacing behind.

Smell- Definitely smell the chocolate and roasted notes in this beer.

Taste- A very definite series of chocolate notes. A slightly bittersweet chocolate taste in the front with a sweeter chocolate note along with nice finish. I get a little hops in the middle but chocolate dominates this beer through and through.

Mouthfeel- Slight carbonation on the tongue but much lighter than you would expect from something of this color. It's a very creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability- For a stout it's fairly high. I will not have a problem knocking out this bomber.

Overall- An outstanding stout and a great example of what a Chocolate Stout can be. Rogue's Chocolate Stout is easily one of my favorite chocolate stouts and I purchase this beer on a regular basis because it works well as a dessert beer or with a meal or after a long day. It's a versatile and interesting beverage. I recommend this beer to people.

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

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Look: dark brown with a red tint when held near a light. Dark brown head that retains very well and leaves oodles of lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell: dark roasted malt in the background but the nose is first and foremost the smell of bittersweet chocolate. The only thing I've had that is more chocolatey in the nose is Southern Tier's Choklat.

Taste: roasted malt and some hop bitterness are there but again like the nose, its mostly all chocolate all the time. As it warms up you notice more of the grain and the chocolate becomes less bitter and more sweet. Very good.

Feel: not much carbonation so its very smooth. Medium bodied.

Drink: very high. Its easy to drink and since its only 6% you could session this with no problem.

Overall, its very good. The "made with natural chocolate flavoring" worries me a bit. Definitely one of the better brews by Rogue so its worth a try.

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Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far my favorite Rogue beer, but that isn't saying much..Pours black and thick; huge creamy head. The aroma is simple, some roasted malt and cocoa. There is more to talk about the flavor; the mouthfeel is medium thick, with malt and roasted malt, with a distinctive chocolate/cocoa note. Ordinary bitterness. The style is not my favorite, but the beer is well brewed.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Delirium Tremens glass. Split with friends.

A: Pours a flat black with thick dark brown head that slowly faded into a thin film that left a million specs of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Dominant whiffs of dark chocolate with a hint of smoke and grassy hops.
T: Not as potent as I was expecting. Smooth hints of chocolate and coco with a light grassiness to the finish. Aftertaste has a touch of smoke.
M: Rather watery actually. The body is a bit disappointing but this beer is still smooth and the carbonation is milky and creamy.
D: Not a bad stout, but I'm not sure if it is top 100 worthy. Definitely an easy drinker, but in my opinion there are much better.

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