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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 biggietattoos
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Chocolate kicked off my evening of beers and I was definitely pleased with my choice (as I usually am with Rogue)

Poured a nice deeeppp blackish brown with a minimal mocha colored head.

definitely gave off an aroma of cocoa, nutty, coffee notes, Not overly malty.

Definitely gives a nice hint of chocolate flavor also a little bit of a mocha coffee taste, slight bit of malts on the back end that quickly dissipates.

Nice and smooth mouthfeel. Not overly thick and syrupy very drinkable stout.

Definitely will pick this one up again

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Photo of Daktyls
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark chocolate brown, with a finger and a half of head which is nice and foamy. A very thick foam which is nice and bubbly leaving a fine lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Let me just say, wow. This beer smells amazing. Smells like a very smooth chocolate with milky notes and a faint floral hoppiness. There is also a very slight note of coffee in the aroma.

T: To be honest, I was a little disappointed by the taste after being so delighted by the nose. The tastes are the same as the nose, but seemed to be a slightly watered down version of the aroma. Chocolate-y notes with again a floral hoppiness that is moderately apparent.

M: Feels good on the tongue, not overly smooth, medium to light carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, I will easily finish this bomber and then promptly wish I had another. As other reviewers have noted, this would probably make an excellent beer to combine with some ice cream to make a nice float.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 US fl.oz. bomber bottle poured into a tulip pint glass...

A - Oustanding! Dark brown body, with small bubbles rising. An extremely rich fluffy brown head. Great head retention and lacing!

S - Very chocolatey on the nose. Sweet milk chocolate notes, some floral hop notes, and a solid roastiness. This is indeed one of the most chocolatey-smelling beers out there!

T - As much as the smell reminded me of sweet milk chocolate, the taste couldn't be further away from it. At first, bitter chocolate notes dominated, followed by a solid roastiness, with a touch of coffee. Some earthy hops were also present The finish was dry and fairly bitter, with just a hint of chocolate lingering on. After some time, I began noticing a little more sweetness appearing, which really boosted the drinkability for me.

M - Medium body to it; fairly crisply carbonated. Quite smooth; nicely coats your palate. No trace of alcohol.

D - This is a very drinkable stout. Definitely smoother and more drinker-friendly than a typical dry stout. The chocolate really makes a difference. If you are a fan of stout, you'll probably enjoy this a lot. This could even make a session stout.

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Photo of BigTomZ
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice black stout with a nice brown head.

This stout smells great. Cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts. I sat down to drink this, expecting to drink it alone. My wife (a wheat beer lover) smelled it decided to drink some with me. She never drinks stouts, but I guess that says a lot for the aroma of this beer.

The taste is very much like the nose. Great chocolate taste with roasted malts and a little coffee at the end.

I think the body is just right for a chocolate stout. Not too thin but not too rich with just enough carbonation.

The chocolate is more of a dark chocolate and not too sweet. I found that this added to the drinkability. I could have finished another bottle if I had another on hand.

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

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of chocolate, sweet malt, slight hop, slight roasted malt, slight earthiness/wood, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight hops, slight chocolate, hint of roasted malt, and slight citrus. Overall, a good blend and aroma, decent body.

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Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a very deep, dark brown, almost black, with brown highlights. A fat, dense head pours out and sits almost the entire time, sticking immediately and leaving some very nice thick patches and rings of lacing.
The aroma is of heavily roasted malts and a chocolate presence that's more unsweetened baking chocolate than anything else. A very earthy aroma pulls through with some smokiness.
Again, the chocolate is more of a bitter unsweetened baking chocolate, but there's a counterbalancing creamy sweetness in here as well. Huge roasted barley malts make up the backbone and a further balancing hops presence is plenty strong, yet still leaves the malts to dominate. A lingering finish is smoky and citric with a light bitterness. Maybe something's changed, but the chocolate presence doesn't blow me away and was not as strong as I would have liked. This is, however, an extremely tasty stout.
The mouthfeel is big, chewy and robust in a full body with minimal carbonation and a velvety smoothness.
Extremely tasty? Definitely. Extremely chocolaty? I'll try it again sometime to see if it was faded.

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Photo of Kala1073
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One word for this beer is WOW!!! From the very first pour to the very last taste, this beer was just great! There is no doubt that this beer lives up to it's name. The first thing that wil hit you is the smell of chocolate(dark) right of the bat. There is also vanilla and malts present as well. As for the taste, it was delicious! The first thing you taste is of course trhe chocolate, but it is not sweet, it is more robust than anything. It quickly mellows off and you can taste the maltyness of this brew. It goes down silky smooth. I will be stocking up on this beer for the forseeable future.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was once one of my top stouts...times have changed over 10 years!

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Split with my wife (as this was part of her Valentine's Day present!). The aggressive pour yielded a large, 2 finger, milk chocolate colored head. Some lacing present as the foam dissipated. The body is solid and black. I tried to force light through...not happening.

The nose is what you would expect from a chocolate stout...lots of cocoa aromas dominate. You can also pick up some roasted malts and a subtle, milky-cream aroma.

The flavors are right in line with the nose. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Hints of bitter coffee toward the finish. Really good flavor, but everything is a little on the weak/subdued side...

The mouth feel is on the thinner side (especially for a stout), slightly watery and moderately carbonated.

This is very drinkable. Like I mentioned above...was one of my favorites before I developed a taste for bigger, stronger stouts. I will always keep this in my cooler though!

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Photo of Ragedman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, nearly black. The bottle calls it an 'ebony'. For a chocolate stout I find it as dark as it should be.

Smells like chocolate, chocolate, and dark chocolate.

Taste is not quite as chocolate but still there is chocolate. Hops and some malts. 90% chocolate, 9% hops, and the 1% rest. A nice overall pleasing taste, tastes much like Deschutes Brewery Obsidian Stout.

Solid mouthfeel; perhaps just a tiny bit over carbonated but it must suffice and the mouthfeel is still great.

Nearly to easy to drink. Could easily finish off two bombers in an hour. This is a nice strong brew.

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Photo of missingsense
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottled into Victorian pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Black with a thick mocha-colored head that doesn't budge for a while. Sturdy foam lacing plants itself to the side of the glass. I'm looking forward to this.

S: Milk chocolate & dark chocolate. First whiff does not smell like beer at all. I'm expecting to taste a milkshake. A cafe au lait aroma becomes evident as it warms.

T: A taste that develops itself for quite some time. Chocolate flavoring is obvious upfront, along with a roasted malt character. An initial touch of oats is present as well. The milk chocolate flavor turns to dark chocolate as it lingers on the taste buds. The hops slowly reveal themselves in the aftertaste with a faint tingling which grows to become a little more bitter than I would have expected. There's a bit of chalkiness, like powdered chocolate in the end, too. It's bitter-sweet, to be sure, but a little to much of each for my tastes.

M: Relatively thin mouthfeel for a stout, but a good amount of carbonation.

D: The addition of natural chocolate flavorings is a nice touch, but feels unnecessary. I do have a sweet tooth, but I can't imagine pairing this with a dessert (like the bottle suggests)... that would just be sweetness overload. This a beer best enjoyed by itself. I would actually be happy splitting the bomber with someone else. However, those that like very bold, assertive beers will be pleased.

Not my favorite stout, or Rogue beer for that matter, but I have deep respect for Rogue for always taking risks and being creative with their brews.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark as the night with a small (1/2 inch) frothy head. Lacing clings to the rim and stays.

Smell: Bold & sweet. Licorice and toffee notes seem to pour out.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slight sweetness hits you at first, then a ground coffee smack, mellows down into a chocolate mix and finishes with a chalky sweetness of what seems to be chocolate syrup.

Drinkability: The first thing I thought was, "This would be great as a beer float!". And, I still believe that to be true, however, as a stand alone beer, this one is one of the better chocolate stouts. Not sure if I would have drank the whole bomber by myself...but if i had that ice cream...watch out! Another good one from the peeps at Rogue Ales Brewery.

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my brand new Bruery tulip glass. Poured black in color with a big thick tan head taking up 1/3 of the glass. The head settled down a bit and clung to the edges of the glass where it left some great lacing.

The aroma has a distinct milk chocolaty flavor to it. It has a bit of roasted bitterness to it but I keep coming back to that Hershey's chocolate milk like flavor it's giving off. For a beer labeled a chocolate stout it's pretty true to it's name in the aroma at least.

The taste shows the chocolate milkiness that was present in the nose but it has a bit of hop bitterness helping to balance it out a bit. The chocolate has a long lasting effect in the finish. It has a bit of roasty flavors as well but the milk chocolate really comes through more then anything else. It's relatively balanced for a chocolate beer between the sweet chocolate flavors and the bitter hop and roasty flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice chocolate flavored beer. The milk chocolaty, almost chocolate milk like flavor was very nice in the nose and taste. It made a great after dinner drink tonight.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brownish-black into a Chimay chalice with around a finger of rich tan head that receded slowly to a thin film.

Nice aroma of slightly bitter chocolate followed up by moderate carbonation and a not-too-chewy mouthfeel of powdered chocolate, toasted malt, and cream. Nice clean finish with just a slight bitterness. I prefer Rogue's Shakespeare Stout, but this one is still a pleasure to drink!

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Photo of Spica66
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What a surprise to me!!! I open a beer claiming to be a chocolate stout- and I smell chocolate! The aroma is that of a Tootsie Roll. Beautiful dark color, decent head. I figured there was no way this was going to taste as good as it smells. I was wrong. To quote my friend who was tasting it with me "Who needs a fudge bar when you could have this?" The body is a little thin, but for only $6 a bomber, this will be a common dessert beer at my house from now.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 5/14/10

The color is a touch of brown but shows mostly black. It pours a half finger tan head that lingers for a while. A bit of agitation and the head lasts the entire drinking time.

There is a hop bite in the smell that seems to blend with chocolate to produce a sweet grassy scent. There is also an essence of spice that seems to come from the alcohol.

The first noticeable thing in the taste is a good amount of bitterness. The bitter taste doesn't seem like it has much flavor, just bitter. The chocolate aftertaste reminds me of a powdered form of chocolate rather than rich candy chocolate. These two main flavors blend well and work together.

The mouthfeel is thin for a stout and the hops feel like they leave a drying effect on the tongue.

This is a drinkable stout, as to be expected at 6%. The bitterness seems to be a bit much hindering my want for more.

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Photo of chaz01
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into a tulip glass from a 22 ounce bottle that I found in my cellar. No date on the bottle, but I'm guessing it's older than a year, but less than 3 years.

A: Dark opaque black, with a huge foamy light brown head that produces small amounts of lacing on the glass.

S: Subtle chocolate aroma

T: Chocolate cocoa and burnt malt flavors and a bit of charcoal. Originally, I picked up a bit of unpleasant bitterness that seems to have disappeared as the beer warms to room temperature.

M: Medium bodied, not as full bodied as I would have expected for a rich stout. Lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Nice sipping beer to have sitting on the patio on a cool spring evening. Would also pair well with a chocolate desert.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Completely black hue, with a moderate tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Malty,and somewhat smoky. Some mild bitter chocolate as well.

T: Abundance of chocolate malt. Quite chalky and somewhat smoky, moreso than your average stout. Bitter chocolate notes round out the finish. Good, but I think my expectations were too high; this didn't meet them.

M: Chewy and quite chalky. Chalky, bitter chocolate lingers on the palate for awhile. Carbonation is adequate.

D: Better than average drinkability for a stout, which are normally heavy, and higher than average in ABV. This one is slightly above average in both categories, which makes it fairly drinkable in terms of stout drinkability. This one is more of a dessert beer, however, which seems great to pair with any food that is choclatey or smoked meats or cheeses.

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Photo of nelnutter
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle.

A: Great looking brew that pours a huge, stubborn tan head that didn't want to leave! Left sticky lacing everywhere when it finally dissipated. Looked like a root beer float for a while.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and cream. Very inviting.

T: Milk chocolate with coffee at first, then some nice hop bitterness mixes in and I get some semi-sweet chocolate at the end. Damn it's tasty, and the chocolate is clearly not a cheap syrup.

M: Heavier, and chewy, with ample carbonation.

D: Very drinkable dessert that I will absolutely be enjoying more of!

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Where do I start with this one. I had this one back in the day, but my palate wasn't a mature as it now, so I had to give this one a whirl again

First off the pour was clean, really really dark black with a thick brown head.

It has an AMAZING smell of milk chocolate! This almost has the same smell as my favorite porter Victory at Sea by ballast point. I love it!!

The taste really cold is a chocolate milkshake. The name of this beer doesn't lie. As it heats up I get roasted coffee with a little more bitterness, but the chocolate runs this bad boy.

This beer is second to the Victory at sea when it comes to chocolate tasting beers. This has just became a top 5 stout for me

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Photo of mulder1010
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ML bottle poured into a Great divide glass

A-- Poured black. Plain and simple. No bubbles on the side of the glass, shows at least medium carbonation. Head was a chocolate brown color that was one finger. Good head retention and no lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Thick, rich chocolate. Can smell the bitterness straight away on this. Can tell this is not a baking chocolate but good quality chocolate. The more it warms up I get more of a raspberry smell in this.

T-- Thick and rich dark chocolate. First taste I thought it was powered chocolate. No sweetness at all with this. Just dark, bitter chocolate.

M-- Medium carbonation but a heavy mouthfeel. Very chewy and thick. Flavor lasts a while and the chocolate is quite coating. There is a bit of pine taste in the mouthfeel. Gives it an odd menthol feel to it. If it was more like mint that would be excellent.

D-- Feel like I am drinking a European chocolate bar. Just plain rich and thick chocolate. The pine is interesting and different. Just wish it was more like a mint feel, crisper and cooler. ABV is non existent and could easily drink 2 of these in a sitting. at $18 a pop is a bit hard though. Excellent beer and might become a staple this winter in Sydney. One of the better efforts from Rogue and probably even a better beer with a big steak or with a big cheese.

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

poured dark from the bottle with enormous head, with big bubbles... more carbonation than i was anticipating. head was a dirty-tan.

aroma: chocolate. but not milk chocolate, dark chocolate. like 100% stuff. roasty toasty chocolate. i'd imagine that's what walking into a cocoa processing plant might smell like.

the taste? i'd imagine that's what a cocoa processing plant might taste like. seriously though it tastes like it smells and it's lovely. i get some charcoal bitterness on the back end accentuated by the hops which i felt were a little strong.

it feels wet but silky... medium-high carbonation could use a little tweaking maybe between the chocolate bitterness, hop bitterness, and carbonation bite there's a lot going on that might prevent you from really enjoying the nuances but if you're looking for a really good west-coast american interpretation of stout, and you like chocolate, this one is pretty solid.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate syrup and piney hops. There is some surprising bitterness, either from the roasted malt or from the cascade hops. Medium-thick mouthfeel and a biting, high carbonation. A very nice beer, but I wish the hops were more in the background since I don't think the pine flavor melds real well with the chocolate notes.

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

A: Nearly dark as night, with minimal amounts of light permeating through. Just enough to let me know that it is indeed liquid, and not purely motor oil sitting at the bottom of my glass. I redact the last comment: "motor oil" hardly does the beer justice as far as pure beauty is concerned. Imagine taking the finest Belgian Dark Chocolate bar, melting it down, and pouring it into a glass. Hence, Chocolate Stout is born.

S: I smell nothing beer-related here, but I don't mean to detract from the beer with this comment. Dark chocolate, malty undertones, perhaps some sweet cocoa at the end of the inhalation.

T: My tastebuds are, for the most part, privy to more purely sweet tones when it comes to a chocolate stout. This Chocolate Stout seems to err on a more Dark-Chocolate, semi-sweet side. But I'm not complaining by any means. I think any sweeter and I would have gotten tired of this beer before the bottle was through. As it stood, it contained the perfect amount.

M: Nothing extremely spectacular, but certainly smooth. About like I expected. Felt like a true stout. Thick, heavy on the pallet, but ultimately swallowed clean and crisply. Very solid.

D: I'd definitely drink this beer again. Easily sessionable. I could have definitely gone for another bomber. I'll be back!

Some say that Rogue beers are overrated, claiming the appeal's merely derived from the silkscreen-printed bottles. While the bottles are very cool (and, almost reason-enough to buy the beer), I think the taste speaks for itself. Yet another good beer from a very good brewery.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium chalice black with a thick tan head, good retention and lacing all the way down. The scent is strong of cocoa nibs and dark chocolate. The taste is much similar to the scent. The cocoa leaves a bit of a rough texture to the mouthfeel and leaves an extra dryness to it at the end of the palatte.

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

Rogue Chocolate Stout. 650 ml. "bomber". 6% ABV

On the label:
"Ebony in color with a rich creamy head. An earthy flavor of oats and hops that gives way to a rich chocolate truffle finish."

Pours pitch black with a 1.5" bubbly light tan head that looks as soft as a down pillow. Thick chunky lacing leaves splatterings of foam on the side in abundance.

Dark chocolate, sweet malts and a tiny amount of bitter hops. The chocolate seems more pronounced than in most "chocolate" stouts I've had.

Pretty mellow for a stout -- in a good way. I recently tasted the Rogue XS Imperial Stout, which was exceedingly bitter, and this is a nice change of pace. The flavor is lightly toasted malt, dark chocolate in abundance (though don't go thinking this will taste like chocolate milk) and a mocha background. The finish is mild: a little bit of sweetness followed by some residual bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter dark chocolate, though it doesn't stick around for long.

Thick, substantial, and very creamy. It accentuates the milder aspects of this stout -- cradling the dark chocolate and mocha tenderly. Carbonation surprisingly peeks through toward the end, which is a nice touch to keep it from being too heavy.

Mild flavor, 6% ABV, complexity, chocolate!, and a creamy, thick mouthfeel make this a pleasure to drink. Stouts tend to be less drinkable as a stand-alone beverage for me. However, this one did just fine. I think I would like it even better with a bar of chocolate and some soft bread.

6% ABV
15° Plato
69 IBU
135.45° L
77 AA
made with imported chocolate

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,215 ratings
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