Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

4,198 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 tlazaroff
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a Pint Glass.

A: Dark brown along the edges when held up to the light, one finger tan head.

S: All I smell is roasted chocolate.

T: The chocolate hits you right up front and lasts throughout the entire experience. It comes off a little bitter, but its within expected perimeters for a stout.

M: Fairly smooth, yet dry. The bitterness is enough to clean the palate. Low carbonation.

D: Fairly high for me, which was unexpected. This would be quite good with a desert, especially (albeit, a little obvious) of the chocolate variety.

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Photo of haazer
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bomber into my pint glass.

A- Motor oil black, thick pour. Chocolate and tan head that is very compressed with thousands upon thousands of bubbles. Almost 3 fingers worth of head. Leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass.

S- Smells of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Slight hint of mint.

T- Burnt coffee beans up front. Big malty backbone that finishes the flavor. Chocolate? Chocolate, eh, maybe more in the smell then in the taste IMO. Still a good tasting stout but I was expecting more of a chocolate taste.

M- Good amount of carbonation, medium bodied. Fairly smooth. Low abv doesnt dry mouth out which is good.

D- Pretty drinkable, not overly thick, refreshing and good amount of carbonation. I've had better stouts. I've also had Rogue chipotle ale which I thought represented a "heat" taste more so than this "chocolate" stout. A good stout don't get me wrong, I just wish the chocolate was more evident.

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

A: poured a dark as night black with a nice finger of brown head and left nice frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there is definitely some chocolate presence on the nose with oat grains, very mild toastiness, malts, and slight lacto notes in the background.

T: the taste also had a nice rich creamy chocolate flavor alongside oat grain accents slight toastiness but it did seemed to have a very mild hop bitter bite and a good sweet malt balance.

M: the brew was full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight grainy, but smooth, and creamy finish.

D: it drank real good and was really surprised with the chocolate character the beer had. I've had this beer quite a few times and has never let me down.

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Photo of glazeman
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a New Holland pint glass

A: The beer pours black in color and has a 2.5 finger mocha colored head. The head has tremendous retention and lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate on the nose. Perhaps more than in any other beer I've had. Although, this is to be somewhat expected as this is one of the first purely "chocolate" stouts that I have had.

T: Bitter chocolate up front is the defining characteristic of this beer for me, but the most surprising feature is the hoppiness at the finish. Actually, as this beer warms, the bitter finish becomes much more prominent than the chocolate. I was a little disappointed with the taste of this after the great smell.

M: Probably the weakest point of this beer in my opinion. Very thin and not much left on the tongue after each sip. This also has a bit too much carbonation for me.

D: This beer goes down easy enough, but is not very substantive and lacks complexity. I would recommend this beer to someone who may just be getting into craft beer, but probably will not try it again.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Zatec Fluted glass. Very, very dark brown, almost black. A nice fluffy thick 2 fingers of tan head. Decent lace retention. Smells straight up like a very good hot chocolate with a very slight hint of espresso. Taste is toasty. Cocoa powder, bitter semi-sweet chocolate. A very nice lingering bitter hop finish surprised me. A nice mouthfilling medium carbonation that sticks to your palate, however it finishes slightly watery. Could use a bit more body. My only complaint. Amazingly drinkable. Could probably drink two of these 22ozs, without thinking, over a couple of hours. My favorite Rogue Beer. WOW.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Dark deep chocolate look.

S- Smell of chocolate and dark malts and a hint of coffee in the back ground.

T- Very strong in the a dark semi sweet chocolate with chocolate malts gal-our.

M- Very thick and creamy with chocolate and malts linger on the pallet.

D- Oh very good beer love how everything is working. I need to get more.


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Photo of mrunseen
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with a creamy tan head. Opaque, with no light passing through this one.

Nose: The nose on this beer is very pleasing. You can immediately detect the chocolate notes. I could not detect the alcohol in the nose.

Taste: A very full and creamy tasting beer. As to be expected, the chocolate tastes were present with each sip. The beer had an overall sweet characteristic to it.

Mouth: Full and creamy. Not too sticky. Very pleasant.

Drinkability: This was a pretty full beer, which in my case, means that I cannot have more than one in a sitting. The 22oz I had were plenty for me. I would have this beer again.

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

A - Black with a chocolate milk colored head that lasts for a long time.

S - Smells like a tootsie roll.

T - Sweet, high on the hops, espresso, roasted flavors, ends with a bitter taste of a dark chocolate. Bitterness lingers like burn pop corn.

M - Full body, not watery like Guinness. Would love to try this Stout with nitro. Moderately carbonated.

D - slightly dry.

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Photo of ultima1080
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is jet black and thick when it pours - on top of it sits a beige 2 finger head that sticks around with good lacing as it recedes. Smells of chocolate and malt - very pleasing to the nose, it almost reminds me of hot cocoa. The flavor, of course, is noticeably chocolate, however it is not overwhelming and is extremely pleasant. The chocolate seems to be in near perfect balance with the malt flavor. It is slightly sweet, but it adds to the chocolate and makes it an extremely flavorful and delicious brew. This is now one of my favorite beers - would recommend to anyone that enjoys beer.

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Photo of montecristo2
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a small snifter.

Great head, three fingers, foamy and dark.

Light smell of chocolate malts and underlying sweetness.

Taste a bit of coffee and a "Hershey Syrup" slight finish at the end of the swallow.

I'm most impressed with the lightness of this stout. Very drinkable and great to share with a friend!


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Photo of tewaris
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rogue Chocolate Stout
Rogue Ales
American Stout
69 IBUs
22 oz bomber with no freshness date poured into a New Belgium snifter.

Appearance 5/5
Clear, viscous (see mouthfeel) looking dark brown, almost black while pouring; darker than the usual stouts, and more closer to an Imperial Stout. Big dark tan color creamy head that has a good retention and an equally good lacing. Very good looking beer.

Aroma 4/5
Bitter, dark chocolate, and some malty sweetness.

Taste 4/5
Hard to separate it from aroma but overall very flavorful. Nice dark chocolate taste until a medium dry finish and a lingering dark chocolate aftertaste. The chocolate is very "unsweetened", and so the bitterness is very clean. Therefore it's hard to say what part of it is coming from hops. In my opinion this beer will benefit from more malty sweetness, of which I get practically none. Also, can't really say that it has a decent amount of roast to it. Still, very good!

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Smooth with medium-high carbonation. Medium body, a tiny bit thin but not watery by any means. Like I have remarked in the taste section, some sweetness and a bigger body will help make this beer a delicious dessert. I said in the Appearance section that it looks viscous; it's not though.

Drinkability 5/5

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

A- Black with a think head and good retention.

S- Chocolate!

T- Roasty malt and chocolate flavors balanced with some hop biterness.

M- Could use a little more here, but generally very nice.

D- Easy drinking stout. Stout first, chocolate second. Nice flavors, but maintains its identity as a stout.

Notes: Did not like this as much as the oatmeal stout, but this is a great stout especially as it warms.

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Photo of ncredible1
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into frosted pint

A: The epitome of how a stout should look! It pours a jet black body with a 2+ finger head.

S: Chocolate is predominant in the nose with a hint of roasted coffee. a well inviting smell.

T: As expected, Chocolate is the dominating force here. I must admit, I was expecting a sweeter chocolate than what was offered. The chocolate has a distinct bitterness to it that works very well. The more you drink this stout, the more the bitterness turns to a semi-sweet chocolate.

M: Minimal carbonation in this medium plus bodied stout. No worries as the chewiness of this desert stout pleases the mouth.

D: This is a VERY drinkable stout! The initial bitterness fades away as you drink and semi-sweet chocolate is a wonderful parting gift. A very enjoyable stout indeed! The best chocolate stout hands down. Highly recommend.

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Photo of tang3nt
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into brandy snifter.
Pours a dark brown / black color with thick brown head.
The nose is chocolate chocolate and more chocolate! Also a bit of coffee and smokiness, but mostly all chocolate. The taste is not as sweet as it smells, but definitely a lot of chocolate - backed by a bit of roasted coffee and an almost a citrusy floral hop finish. The mouthfeel is a lot thinner than it looks/smells. I expected this to be much thicker consistency with a lot less carbonation. This is where this beer falls off for my tastes. I would have loved this stout to be a little bit sweeter and more body to it. Although it wasn't as heavy as I would have liked it, it proves to be a much more drinkable stout than one would expect. Overall it's a pretty delicious stout oozing with chocolate flavors, who wouldn't like that?

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $4.99 at Capital Market.

A-Pours a black hue with a 3 finger dark tan head that recedes a little too quickly leaving only a small cap, but ample lacing.

S-This is a stout in all respects, but it is very definitely chocolate. Chocolate and roasted hazelnuts, but so much more. This is like the best chocolate milkshake imaginable since it is beer.

T-This is without question chocolate first, then stout. This is so amazingly rich that it is difficult to believe the ABV is only a modest 6% ABV. Rich chocolate with a nutty essence and hints of coffee. Very well done, Rogue.

M-Very smooth with a balanced complexion. It is surprisingly good, and usually associated with much bigger beers. This is close to delectable.

D-A very good American Stout, all the more so since the velvety smooth chocolate give this beer its character. I just wish Rogue wasn't so expensive compared to other Oregon micro breweries. This is the best I have enjoyed from Rogue.

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Photo of benbou17
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark mahogany almost black colour with a 2 finger tan head that leaves nice lacing

S- chocolate is immediately present in force with some definite hoppiness and a little bit of coffee malts mixed in

T- chocolate right of the bat with the bitterness of the hops definitely present as well. also some hints of oats which give way to a little bit of coffee and dark fruit after taste

M- fairly high carbonation for the style although it didn't detract from the beer at all. the oats helped it coat the mouth a little bit although not as much as a true oatmeal stout.

D- overall quite a drinkable beer although by no means a session beer the 650ml bottle was no problem.

Not my favourite beer ever but definitely a very well done chocolate stout.

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Photo of newk340
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a thick black pour with a quicly receding thin tan head.

S: melted milk chocolate overwhelms the nose.

T: a simple stout consisting of sweet chocolates and dark malts with an aftertaste of oats.

MF/D: a silky smooth sip with a simple medium-bodied mouthfeel, too much could lead to chocolate overload due to its sweetness.

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Photo of Orangesoda111
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - As the beer pours into the glass from the 22 oz bottle, it forms a nice dark brown head very rapidly. The beer itself is pitch black in color, and as you sip this beer, it leaves a very nice lacing behind in the glass. This is one of the best looking beers Ive ever seen.

S - I am getting a slightly roasted smell, followed by the chocolate. Overall it smells very good, theres not a huge chocolate aroma like I was expecting but the chocolate is definitely present.

T - Wow, this beer has a VERY nice chocolate taste, but not in a gimmicky way, like some of the other chocolate stouts Ive had. When I think of A chocolate stout this is how I picture it tasting. Besides the chocolate taste, it also has a roasted quality to it, plus a tasty hop bitterness at the end. The chocolate flavor is great, but more importantly its balanced perfectly with the hop bitterness, and roasted flavors.

M - This beer has a very thick mouth feel, and it goes down nice and smooth. I enjoy beers that tend to have a nice full body like this one.

D - Personally I think the beer is highly drinkable, just because it taste so great. It may have a full body, and be a dessert beer, but I can see myself drinking 4 of these bottles in one sitting. Sure I would probably pass out in a drunken mess, and have nightmares of chocolate bars with arms and legs, beating my ass with Rogue Chocolate Stout bottles, but in the end its all worth it for the delicious choc-a-riffic taste.

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Photo of infi
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 22 oz. bomber (eek!)

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a typical stout color with some hints of ruby red, especially when held towards the light. A nice frothy tan head emerges from the brew with incredible head retention and leaves copious amounts of stringy lacing all over the glass. Very impressive. The nose is predominantly hit with huge waves of cocoa powder and chocolate syrup. All of the Cascade hops seem to have been completely overpowered in aroma.

How does a 3-year old bottle of Chocolate Stout taste? Let's find out..

Niiice. A nice shallow hop bite at first, but eases into this incredibly smooth and bready chocolate goodness. The cocoa powder on top makes this very reminiscent of NesQuik, my preferred drink as a kid. Surprised to find that there's still an boozy characteristic towards the end, even after all that aging. Still very appeasing overall.

Mouthfeel is more light-bodied and carbonated than I would have liked, but still goes down smoothly. Drinkability is probably higher than what it would be at its genesis in 2007. The hop bitterness is unnoticeable and the amplified chocolate and cocoa makes for a beautiful smoothness. Definitely dispelled all my apprehension about buying this bottle, especially due to its brewing year, but now I'm glad to have been proven wrong. Quality!

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Photo of Kinsman
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into "balloon" glass

The darkest ebony color in the body with a rocky massive foamy/sticky dark tan colored head.

Aroma is a bit roasted and obviously full of chocolate, but there was not much else going on.

Taste is just about the perfect balance of roasted malt for a typical stout flavor with a solid bitter-sweet chocolate presence. At first, its a sweet chocolate, but finishes more with a bitter dark chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected in the body, but very smooth and creamy. Overall a top notch American Stout. Nothing fancy here, but a good balance of chocolate compared to some others and a price that can't be beat for a bomber.

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Photo of sellmeagod
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah, the chocolate stout. The classic dilemma of whether to go with the beer or just stick to an average chocolate bar and a shot of liquor.

But Rogue, obviously, doesn't think that this should be the case and instead provides an excellent alternative, if a bit safe.

Sure the chocolate smells, tastes, feel, and look are all over, but when it tastes like a thick stout with the texture of chocolate you don't hardly mind that this is such a weak (6.0) abv. I would drink again, and the moderate price makes this seem possible as a common beer for the festive season.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650ml bottle into a Canada pint glass...

A - Poures black with a 3 finger frothy brown head. Good head retention, and lacing on this one...

S - Dark chocolate assaults the nose with a full on attack. This one smells of dessert. Also pick up faint notes of coffee...

T - Dark roasted malts followed by a chocolate bitterness. Not the most intricate beer I have tasted, but still very tasty...

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Was expecting a more thick and creamy mouthful. Was a little thin for my likings...

D - A definite dessert beer, and something I will be revisiting in the future...

Cheers to Rogue for coming through with another solid beer, and to all you Canucks out there for making exceptional glassware...


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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into Nonic pint glass. Poured a dark black color with a thick tan head that quickly dissipated, not much lacing on glass.
Smell is dark chocolate, dark bitter chocolate and hints of alcohol, smells chocolatey
Taste is all dark chocolate up front, that bitters up at the end with an earthly citrus hop.
Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, mild carbonation lets you sip on this tasty brew and enjoy
Drinkability is good, a great stout with lots of chocolate, this is a good beer

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a brown foamy head. Tons of lacing.

Dark sweet baking chocolate/brownie scents, like the overbaked edges of a brownie as a matter of fact.

The chocolate isn't subtle. Syrup with sweetness, and a bitter balance from the stout. Flavors are enjoyable, with the chocolate going just a bit overboard -- just a hair too sweet. Still, very easy to sip. The body is much lighter than expected, but still on the fuller side. One of the better, more complex ones that didn't ruin the beer with the chocolate.

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Photo of claspada
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, creamy medium brown head over a very dark body that lets in only a bit of light when held in front of the light.

Aromas is deinite chocolate up front. It's a nice, full milk chocolate smell that is inviting and interesting. I do not smell much of the dark roast malt that I might have expected.

Glorious, direct dark roast malt with chocolate. The hops play an appropriate supporting role. Really dont need to say anything else.

Thinner than I originally expected but it makes sense once I figured out it has a quite low ABV.

Good for the style, which tends to include such huge beers, some which are way too over the top and hard to finish.

A perfect chocolate stout to blend with your favorite fruit beer for an amazing dessert beer.

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