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Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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4,215 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 Tucquan
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-01-29 at their Portland Brew Pub

A - Dark, dark, dark brown with a generous brown head.

S - Dark roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruit

T - Amazing. I've had it in the bottle but fresh on tap is over the top. Dark chocolate, oats, blackberry, nutty, coffee, a dash of sweetness and a dash of bitterness perfectly balanced.

M - Lucious, rich, creamy with a medium body.

D - I had one after my meal for desert. Mind you it's not overly sweet but the richness of flavors sated my desert desires. It tasted so good, I went back the next day at lunch specifically to have another.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pour was an opaque black/brown with thick, creamy mocha head that lingered.

Nose was gently applied but very thoroughly chocolate, nice.

Palate is all about chocolates yet is semi-sweet at best like 62% baker's chocolate, it has none of the sweet syrupy qualities that can be found in other chocolate flavored brews and it's almost a perfect melding of stout and chocolate along with a subtle smoke and even-handed bitterness.

If there was anything to pick on, although the drink is creamy, I would have liked a bit more body.

For all it's flavor it's astonishingly easy going and drinkable, especially exceptional drinkability for a stout. The glass and bottle are emptied quickly.

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Photo of Shmeal
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Epitome of darkness with a coffee colored head

S - Lots of dark chocolate, followed by malt and coffee notes

T - Malty, with a huge dark chocolate aftertaste with some coffee mixed in

M - Very smooth with mild carbonation.

D - A 22oz. bottle is the perfect serving size, I wouldn't want anything more than that in one sitting, but I would want more than a single 12oz bottle.

Perfect example of a chocolate stout in my opinion

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small, tan head of foam that settles quickly and leaves decent lace. The body is an opaque black color with just a hint of brown showing through around the edges.

S - A rich aroma of chocolate, nutty malt, honey, and dark bread.

T - Bitter chocolate and Turkish coffee up front with a little bit of roasted nut character. Very dry in the middle with a slightly acrid, burnt flavor that seems to be equal parts roasted grain and hops. Finishes with more coffee, and dark bakers chocolate as well as a surprising note of pine hops.

M - Medium-thick body with a coco-butter slickness, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Quite an interesting beer, the chocolate character is undeniable, but the lack of sweetness skews it toward nutty coffee in a way that I didn't expect. The mouthfeel stands out more that that of most beers, due mostly to the unique slickness that comes from the chocolate. The hops in the finish help keep the beer balanced and make the darker flavors stand out. A good beer overall, though I think it would benefit greatly from just a bit more residual sweetness.

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Photo of ebby82
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light black into a snifter. Head is minimal. The smell is of roasted malt, with an abundance of cocoa. It smells like when you tour the Hershey's chocolate factory, or like really good hot chocolate. The taste is more understated than other chocolate stouts I've had. It is definitely chocolaty, but also malty with a hint of nuttiness. The mouth feel is medium bodied, and never too thick nor sweet. It is very drinkable.

Overall, I really like this beer, although Brooklyn's chocolate stout is still my favorite.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a nice two-finger, dense, tan head. Lots of rich dark chocolate aroma with just a hint of roasted malts. Flavor is also mostly dark chocolate with some coffee and bitter roastiness on the finish. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black body, darkest American stout I've ever seen, look like a double or imperial stout. Tan/brown head with some lacing and a little head retention. Smells like dark chocolate. Fairly strong aroma, but very complex tho. Tastes like dark chocolate too, and again, lacks complexity. No roasted malt flavors to be found. At 69 IBUs this beer is surprisingly balanced however .Interesting mouthfeel, a bit heavy, but very smooth drinking. Big flavors, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Appearance: Black color with a large-ish brown head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind thick lace.

Smell: Sweet chocolate malt aqnd roasted notes with some sourness.

Taste: Begins with a roasty flavor, rounding out to chocolate sweetness and finishing even sweeter and more chocolatey with a coffee-like bitterness at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with a bit too heavy carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Another very solid beer from Rogue/ Like most of Rogue's beers, this isn't a world-beating beer, but is still very enjoyable and at least worth a try. A nice dessert beer.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

week old 64oz growler.
A: pours dark black, looks thick, very thin head on all glasses poured.
S: dry bitter chocolate, dark roasted malt. also light coffee.
T: bitter chocolate and coffee, roasted malt sweetness is light. a hop. though taste wise i think shakespeare stout is a little better.
M: thick and somewhat syrupy. low carbonation.
D: glad i got a growler, could almost do the 64oz myself though i would regret it.

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Photo of Lintyfresh
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this a couple nights ago and lost my notes, thanks to a couple 90 minute IPAs.

A. The first thing that I noticed as I poured this into the snifter the bar provided was that it was difficult to see through even as it was coming out of the bottle. It was as black as dark chocolate with a hint of brown (although that may have been the lighting).

S. There was nothing remarkable in the smell except the chocolate coming through.

T. Chocolate. Chocolate malts. Chocolate candies. Chocolate bars. It started heavy on chocolate, had a slight bitterness to the middle, and finished strong dark chocolate. Too bitter for a buddy of mine, but the bitterness isn't what stands out.

M. I'm surprised at how light the body to this was after pouring it. I was expecting (and almost wanting) a much thicker beer, but alas this was medium bodied and smooth.

D. The drinkability is frightening. Not even being a chocolate person (I don't like coffee either, but I love good Imperial Stouts), I easily could have gone through a second 22 oz. bottle if the bar hadn't served me the last one.

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Photo of Broombrew
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into glass.

a- near black in color. i finger dark tan head.

s- rich cocolate aroma

t- full bodied, roasted dark chocolate taste with hints of coffee flavor.

m- mild carbonation. thick creamy taste.

d- very drinkable. goes down fairly slow, but i am lifting the glass for another swig almost immediately after i set it back down on the table. would have another.

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Photo of uustal
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a brown head. Decent lacing and head retention throughout. Aroma is dominated by the scent of sweet chocolate. Big unsweetened chocolate malt flavor, some roasted notes. Nice touch of hops as well give the beer some balance and a little bitterness. Sweetness intensifies as you get further into the beer. Flavors aren't too intense like some chocolate stouts. Nice drinkability as well.

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Photo of thetomG
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice dark brown pour with gorgeous layer of tan head that lingers slightly but leaves very little lacing behind.

Smell is dark baking chocolate. Flavor is similar but tastes a bit more like chocolate milk/cocoa powder. Also just enough hoppy bitterness in the finish to balances out the sweetness.

Could be just a tad more thick & creamy, but other than that the mouthfeel is very nice. I would probably drink this again.

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Photo of ssalgado
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark/rich color coming out of the bottle with about 1 - 1.5" creamy head. The chocolate/coffee like aroma is strong but not overbearing. As soon as you take your first sip, the thick texture fills your mouth and the great flavors follow. Strong chocolate malty flavors that are really fulfilling.

I only had Pale Ales & IPAs in my fridge and I was filling something thicker. I went out to get this and it is really satisfying my palate right about now. Not the first or last time I will have this great beer.

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Photo of oc0dyc
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle

A - Black with a mocha brown head

S - Almost only Chocolate

T - Very strong Chocolate flavor, slightly Oatey

M - Lighter than expected, perfectly carbonated

D - Delicious! Very deserving of the high remarks garnered here. Filling as stouts tend to be, but my only regret is that I didn't buy more than two!

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Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very black with a steady and thick brown head; lacing is steady and intricate

S: Chocolate on the forefront with a nice hop balance; roasted malts--vanilla and coffee bean are subtle

T: Chocolate roasted malts dominate but the floral and pine quality of the hops persist as well; the balance between sweetness and dryness is impeccable

F: Pretty good mouth fell; creamy; but a touch thin on the back end

D: Very drinkable stout; I love the chocolate quality does get a touch wearing though

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Photo of thecarster1
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- bomber poured into a pint, more than a fingers worth of chocolate ice cream colored bubbly head, nice retention, very creamy, deep dark black color.

s- wow, genuine chocolate, malty sweetness, but the chocolate dominates.

t- chocolate, some smoke, bitterness, light coffee bean, loads of malt, finishes dry with a slight hop kick, a sweet almost brulee of chocolate kinda hangs in the middle somewhere.

m- think, creamy.

d- drinkability is good, i wasn't wowed by the chocolate here, although it was very genuine and i got that 'real chocolate' sense, i would drink this again, but wouldn't seek it out, i prefer a straight forward stout with light chocolate notes, not dominated by chocolate - but that's just me.

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bottle into Pint Glass.

A: Slick, oily brown whilst pouring becomes a beer black as sin in the glass. No light passes through, the head is coarsely foamy and sepia brown. Moderate lacing.

S: Heavy dark and unsweetened chocolate aroma. Hint of vanilla. Burnt coffee.

T: Dark chocolate front and center, unsweetened on the finish. Dark roasted coffee and tannins in between. Malts manifest as a barely detectable flavor of bran. The smell smacks you in the face as you drink. A straightforward and unapologetic approach to a chocolate stout. Bitterness lingers.

M: Weighty and almost oily. No unpleasant stickiness. The bitterness adds enough bite to prevent it being described as "smooth". This beer grabs your attention.

D: What this beer lacks in subtlety it makes up for in flavor. It's a decidedly stout-like two-chocolate punch that puts aside the traditional "roasted" and "burnt" flavors in favor of straight unsweetened chocolate bitterness. If you like chocolate, you can drink this. 22 ounces is a piece of cake, almost literally. If you really like chocolate, you could drink this all night. If you hate chocolate, don't even bother.

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Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a solid black with a dark tan head that had decent retention and lacing. The aroma was strongly chocolate, with some roasted notes in the background. That's a fairly accurate summation of the flavors as well.

The body was a bit thinner than I like for the style, but was still decently full. Drinkability was pretty good, but this brew is kind of a one-trick pony and can get boring pretty quickly. Overall, a very decent beer, certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of aasher
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass

Appearance: poured the darkest of browns, moderately carbonated, had a two inch head which took awhile to dissipate, laced the rim of the glass

Smell: gives off a lot of roasted aromas, almost like jahva coffee beans, sweet and chocolatey, sugary

Taste: tastes like unsweetend chocolate, which is awesome by the way, very rich and roasty

Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation, goes down smooth

Drinkability: extremely drinkable except for how sweet it is, drinking a single bottle is a pleasure but more than that may be pushing it. I'd recommend trying this one for sure.

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Photo of HiGravShawn
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark brown to almost black. The nose has a little more coffee than the flavor provides. It doesn't give a strong bittersweet chocolate flavor, but a more mellow almost milk chocolate smooth flavor with just the right amount of bitterness. Both different and delicious.

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Photo of JeepCop
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a 2008 KU National Championship pint glass :)

A: The epitome of how a stout should look! It pours a jet black body with a 2+ finger head. The head is tan in color and it appears dense enough to walk on.

S: Chocolate is predominant in the nose with a hint of roasted coffee. Really looking forward to this stout!

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. This is most likely a product of your palate adjusting to the bitterness. The finish is dry and lingering.

M: Minimal carbonation in this medium bodied stout. I fear the low carbonation is from sitting on a shelf too long, so I will definitely needs a 2nd offering from another store to confirm.

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!

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Photo of RickS95
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best looking beer I've ever seen. Pitch black with a big time brown cloudy head.

Smells great; roasty notes of chocolate fill the olfactories, some licorice in the background as well as smoke.

Taste is a cross between chocolate and coffee.

Exceptional head retention. Feeling on the palate is complex. It's sweet, it's bitter, it's smooth.

Goes down easy with only moderate alcohol, very drinkable.

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Photo of Rguardian989
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a shaker glass

Appearance and Smell - black body with a very slight hint of ruby around the bottom edge with a very tan to light brown head that is pretty pillowy and lasts a while. smell is very strong of chocolate with roasted malt in there.

Taste and Mouth - chocolate is easily the most dominate flavor here. it has a nice roasty bitter finish. i personally like my stouts on the thicker side and this is thin for what i expected. carbonation is good for a stout.

Drinkability - very good i go back sip after sip. this is defintely a good dessert beer.

Notes - over all i really like this beer. i wish there was more of a thick, oatmeal type mouthfeel but thats just my personal preference when it comes to stout.

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Photo of deapokid
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chocolate bar black with buoyant tufts of creamy brown foam. The lacing is rather sticky and the head stays large and in charge even after it sits for a few minutes. This brew looks great, like a tempting rich dessert that you can't help but scarf down.

The chocolate aroma was creamy, sort of like Young's Double Chocolate, but with an added hint of vanilla and a slight cakey bitterness. Aromatically resembles a chocolate milk, which is a wonderful thing.

The flavor is like a wonderful collision of everything I love about dessert. Melted chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee bean, pie crust, a hint of hops and Cheerios are all stuffed in, but it never feels like too much of a good thing. It's a delicious concoction that gets better as it warms.

One concerning aspect (at least to most of my beer drinking buddies) is the thinness of the liquid, which is rather unexpected. Personally, I don't think it's under-bodied, just light and fluffy.

This brew is an amazing journey from smooth chocolate to a bitter graininess, packing a low ABV for maximum consumption. This is Rogue's crowning achievement and an exemplary American stout.

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