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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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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 waldoiverson
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into US Pint

A: Black, creamy brown head, lots of apparent carbonation on the side of the glass, doesn't appear overly viscous which is a but surprising

S: dark baking chocolate sweet/bitterness going on, a little bready, but mostly just the name coming through on the nose

T: oh man, chocolate chip cookie, that turns in a bit toasty and grassy, finishes fairly bitter

M: bright carbonation, esp. for the light body, but I think that is good as it allows you to retaste the amazing flavor with each sip

D: Cold night, plate of pork shoulder, and this beer = heaven, but it lives on its own, tool. well done, rogue

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Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into wine glass jan22 2010

A not quite jet black with a thick mocha head that had good retention but left no lace

S lots of milk, and bitter bakers chocolate with some unexpected mild hops

T not far from the smell but just a little sweeter, a good example of a chocolate stout

M not as thick as I would have guessed, medium bodied for a stout

D I enjoyed this beer it went down pretty easy, a good session beer

I could see myself drinking this again it's a solid well rounded beer. This got better as it warmed and would go great with some chocolate cake and iced cream

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Photo of ChanChan
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Poured into a snifter.
A: This beer has the color of used motor oil. The head is thick and soapy with a two finger head; good lacing.
S: Hoppy at first but it fluctuates from caramel to chocolate.
T: Hoppy, the hops are what I detect first. The finish is very long and overwhelmingly chocolaty.
M: Thinner than what I expected but very pleasant.
D: From all the good reviews I was ecstatic to try this beer. It is fairly enjoyable; I expected this to be "the stout" to kill all others. The 69 IBU's and 6% ABV make it much more enjoyable than other 4-5% ABV chocolate stouts. I prefer their Shakespeare stout to this. Nevertheless, I am pleased with my purchase of this beer.
Irrelevant side note: This beer has a pleasant hoppy burp to it.

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Photo of MURF0320
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap
Opaque black body with creamy tan head, excellent retension and thick lacing at every sip. Smells like a gourmet desert, melted dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. Naturally the taste is dominated by chocolate. Starts with pure rich chocolate and roasted chocolate malt and finishes with a nice bitterness. Mouthfeel was soft and creamy, although slightly thinner than expected. Enjoyable drinkability sustained itself throughout the pint.

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Photo of blivingston1985
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Nice thick creamy head with a beautiful caramel color. Head doesn't stick around long, but leaves a nice lacing that last until the beer is gone. The beer is ebony in color with some particle floating around. Smells very good. Big on the chocolate overtones.

The first drink you can taste the slight bitterness of this ale up front, but not so much on the second and third. The bitterness remains in the after taste, though. Very smooth and quite chocolaty. Not much else to it.


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Photo of Psydrith
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Extremely dark brown a shade from black, lightly carbonated,1 finger head lacking retention

S:Heavy chocolatey smell reminsce of a tootsie roll overpowers

T:Dark chocolate where the cocoa really comes through, leafy hops with mellow roasted malt;fairly sweet but with slight bitter edge to offset it

M:Light,Thin, and Slightly Coarse

D:Very palatable,pleasant chocolate taste well balanced by the spunky hops and smooth malt.

It was a straight forward enjoyable beer that I enjoyed trying. I couldn't see making a very good session drink, though as a chocolate stout I'm not sure that it's meant to be.I would recommend this as a dinner or desert accoutrement as opposed to a strong standalone beer.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one beautiful beer. Pours an almost black body with a huge, voluminous, fluffy light brown head. This thing sticks around longer than your inlaws. I sipped this bomber over the course of about two hours (two pours), and both pours still had plenty of head left when I finished. Might be the best head retention I've seen in a beer. Nice sticky lacing cascades down the whole glass. Gorgeous.

I tried this beer once before on tap and was left mildly disappointed. The great appearance had be hopeful, but once I got to the taste and aroma, I again felt a bit let down. The chocolate goes without saying, but there's also a surprising abudance of bitterness and hops here. It's not a smack in the tastebuds by any measure, but it was a surprise. Basically, this thing taste like chocolatey hops.

The mouthfeel I found oddly watery...but still fairly full bodied at the same time. Hard to explain that obvious dichotomy, but that was the sensation I experienced. Carbonation was fairly mild - maybe that lended to the "watery" sensation.

All in all, this is a good brew, but I don't think it lives up to the hype. That's not really the fault of the beer though. It's still a good beer; but in my opinion, it's simply another good beer - it doesn't do anything to disgtinguish itself, IMO.

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Photo of SamN
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber from Wilbur's, poured in a tumbler.

A- Very nearly opaque black, with a 1/2 finger of thick, bubbly brown head. The slightest hints of amber at the corners.

S- Man, this smells like a Hershey's Kiss- chocolate, cocoa, some alcohol, the mildly fruity hops just noticeable, chocolate covered coffee beans, fudge and toasted malts. Wonderfully complex and rich smells.

T- Wow, this taste came out of left field- starts off more bitter and less chocolate, than it turns a 180 and ends on bittersweet cocoa nubs and ground espresso. Delicious taste, truly a beer for desserts

M- Thinner than I'd like, it'd be great if this was a viscous beast, but with it's lighter body it's drinkability improves, so I'm okay with it. Barely any noticeable carbonation.

D- One the best drinking stouts ever- each sip is more flavorful than the last. This beer truly shines as one the best stouts brewed in the US.

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Photo of inxy
3.14/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


A * Poured into a simple pint glass. Dark, dark in pour, dark in the cup. Zero transperancy. Light brown head that dwindles down to nothing across the surface, light stickyness of head wedged in the corner where the beer meets the cup. Lacing is thin lines but plentiful all the way around the cup.

S * Wow. Smells wonderful. Smells like walking into a fine chocolate shop. Dark chocolate, malt, coffee, and molasses.

T * I'm confused here. I don't pick up any hops in the nose but they are very prominent, almost too bitter for what I'm prepared for. I am expecting dark chocolate and malt, which are there, but the taste is overwhelmed with hop bitterness, almost soured in combination with the other flavors. Reminiscent of old coffee. I'm wondering if this bottle has been sitting under the lights too long.

M * Smooth, kinda creamy, over-carbonated. I'm immediately hit with an odd sour bitterness in the back of my tongue which is throwing off any potential it has for a good creamy mouthfeel.

D/Overall * I'm disappointed. I'm kinda worried this was an old bottle that was sitting for too long. I got it for $4.99 which around here is an amazing price for a Rogue 22oz, generally they're $6.99. I will try this again, but not until I find it on tap.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is poured from a bottle into a stein. Beer is black with a brown thick head made up of small bubbles. The head falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a little odd, almost lactic with a side of sweetness. Slight roast, this could have been much bigger and better.

First impressions, bitterness. From hops and from the chocolate. There is a roast character to it as well. Medium bodied mouthfeel is OK, some connectivity but there should be more sweetness up front. Drinkability is fine, its a good stout, but its not my favorite stout.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Unknown date, 6-12 months old.

Pours very dark brown/black with a large brown head that leaves globs of lacing and reduces to a rocky island and ring.

Aroma features layers of chocolate, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, chocolate syrup, chocolate milk. There is a bit of earthy hops, coffee, roasted malt and bread underneath all that chocolate. Sometimes there is a bit of a sour milk and smoke characteristic on the nose.

Flavor is quite chocolaty, not as strong as the nose, fair amount of bitterness, some caramel, roasted malt, a bit acidic.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but soft, low carbonation.

Good for a chocolate fix.

Original Rating July 7, 2007.
22oz bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that doesn't last long. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate dominates the aroma and flavor...big surprise. The most chocolaty beer I've had to date. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Very smooth. I'm a fan of stouts and this one is quite nice...would definitely buy again.
Aroma 8/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 17/20.

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Photo of portia99
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery goblet.

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black and totally opaque with a finger of long lasting creamy cappuccino head. This head just won't die...stays around forever. Never really goes away - lots of nice lacing left behind in the glass as the beer disappears.

S - Smells largely of rich milk chocolate (not surprising). Just a hint of roasted malt. Smells a touch sweet and a bit creamy...maybe just a hint of vanilla.

T - As expected, there is a strong chocolate component in the flavor, but less than the aroma would indicate. A lot more dark roasted malts and burnt flavors. Earthy and grassy hops. Sharply bitter from the burnt malts...very nice - better balance of flavors with the chocolate than I expected.

M - Creamy and silky smooth. Medium bodied and carbonation is on the low side. Slick and oily on the tongue...just seems to slide right over it. Really nice.

D - Very good stout, chocolate or otherwise. Thinking this is up near the top of my list for American stouts. Very smooth, not a hint of alcohol in the flavor...lots of good chocolate and roasted flavors. Creamy mouthfeel. Thought this would be a good one, but I am surprised how much I like this one.

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Photo of jampics2
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Fat Heads. Although they make their own chocolate stout, I had to go with a better option.

Arrived in a pint glass. A black beer with cappuchino head lies waiting within.

Smells of bakers chocolate, cocoa. Mild hops as well, but they're just barely there.

Taste follows. Really nice powdered cocoa taste. Sweet without being too sweet. Really nice.

Mouthfeel was odd. Creamy but thin. Could use a bit more milkshake.

Nice beer overall, good drinkability and very enjoyable!

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Photo of morimech
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, almost black with some red tint. Large mocha color head sits atop and has excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Sure looks like a beauty.

The aroma is filled with chocolate goodness. Milk chocolate mostly that reminds me of a chocolate milkshake.

The flavor is much more complex than the aroma. There is plenty of chocolate flavor but it is partly balanced by some bitterness from the malt and hops. Some earthy and floral hints from the hops as well.

Not the biggest body for a stout but the result is a lower ABV that makes this much more drinkable. Carbonation is good and lends a nice texture.

This is really a world class stout. Why did it take me so long to finally drink this beer? The one fault is the Rogue bomber prices.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was very dark, obviously being a chocolate stout. It had a fairly small head, but it lingered. I have to admit this was my first Rogue beer (also first chocolate) so I wasn't sure what to expect. There was a nice chocolate taste to the beer, but there was also a very strong after taste which was almost bitter. I'm sure this beer is worth a taste if you like chocolate flavored beers or if you're a fan of Rogue in general.

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Photo of animal69
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep impenatrable plum color w/ a thick, fine bubbled lt. brown head which settles in time leaving a decent lace in my snifter

S- smell is mostly chocolate infused wood w/ a faint fruity raison & "assy" chinook hop aroma, a touch of anise/licorice as it warms, a bit "dusty" as well

T- taste is predominately cocoa powder mixed with smokey, woody roasted malts, a faint coffee and burnt peach-like undertone throughout the mix, an almost clove-like spice came out before the finish full of burnt toast bitterness and chocolate

M- a surprisingly rich, dry, med.-full mouthfeel in this one, prob. due the ample co2 level

D- a very drinkable brew, one could get addicted this stuff quick

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into a big red wine glass.

Pours deep brown to black with a thin but creamy light brown head, nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Nose is deep chocolate, rich, just straight up chocolate-malt milkshake. A very light, coarse hop note comes through underneath, but it's clearly outshined.

Taste is pretty fascinating - huge, authentic chocolate is right there in the front, though it does its thing with almost no sweetness backing it up. Instead, you get a dry body, moderate bitterness, with leafy hops ruling the roost as the chocolate starts to fade towards the finish. Very balanced, and pretty unorthodox.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied but full in flavor, and maybe just a bit coarse in the carbonation department.

Drinkability is decent, but the overall beer has a bit of a coarse feel, from the hop character to the bitterness to the carbonation. Beautiful execution of chocolate character, but that's by far the strongest suit of the beer. Falls short in other areas, though perhaps that's more my own expectations than the beer itself.

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Photo of jakeaustin
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark black from a bomber into my snifter. Smells of chocolate and hops. Taste is similar with lots of sweet chocolate, almost a brownie like flavor. Quite a bit of earthy hops, more than I would expect from a stout, but no surprise from a rogue beer. The chocolate dominates the flavor, but the hops really help balance things out. This is a standout from rogue, highly recommended for any chocolate stout fans.

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Photo of blackdog1101
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A- Pours an inky black with a big, long lasting head. This just looks fantastic. The head must be very sticky; it laces and rings on the almost the entire glass.

S- Smells of cocoa powder, black coffee and roasted malts. Almost like sticking your nose in a container of hot chocolate, but not as strong.

T- This is just great. Definite chocolate taste, but not in an overly strong way. There is also some espresso and some prune notes. The malt gives this a strong backbone, and the hops give it a little sharpness on the finish. There's a lot going on here.

M- Nice and smooth, carbonation is just right. Flavors stick to the tongue for a long finish. Starts sweet and ends dry.

D- I drank this bomber easily, and loved it, but wouldn't want more right away. This is a rich beer, the sweetness is plenty for me. I will definitely buy more.

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

pitch black with a hue of ruby when held up to the light. a thin and rocky dark tan head and decent lacing.

smells strongly of dark chocolate and a bit of roastiness. sweet maltiness and maybe a hint of hops.

taste is the same with a bit more bitterness in the finish.

creamy on the tongue and a light spritz too.

good drinkability not very heavy, and doesn't destroy your palate, who could complain.

excellent example of a good stout. i haven't really decided whether or not i like rogue, I've had good and bad, but this is def one of the high points.

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

Pours pure black. I see no light or color coming through. The head is almost three fingers and looks somewhat soapy. Big bubbles popping and leave a nice lacing on my Guinness tulip pint glass.

Smell is pure hershey's syrup. Good grief this smells delicious. Dive in deeper and i get some major hops hidden initially by the chocolate. Some floral notes.

This beer is pretty much chocolate hops. Lot's of chocolate sweetness as one would expect but the finish is nice a bitter and hoppy. The hops balance it out nicely or the chocolate might be too out of control.

Smooth and silky. Nice mouthfeel just a bit of carbonation present. I would call this medium to heavy bodied.

Drinkability is good. Slightly heavy so i could only drink one bomber. But it is delicious and great for dessert.

Overall this is a really good beer and a really good chocolate. I really dont have any other chocolate stouts to compare it to. I would recommend this one definitely.

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Photo of craytonic
2.26/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pour is a dark ruby mahogany, not much lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt and citric/acidic malts. Not nearly as much chocolate than I expected.

Taste: This is rogue, so of course they decided to make a "chocolate" stout and load it with hops instead of chocolate. A bit disappointing. Hops + Chocolate = bad combination. Actually was more chocolate barley wine, either way not a fan.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but a bit acidic.

Drinkability: Low, didn't finish the bomber.

I prefer Choklat. But, I am so far off from everyone on this I am going to give it another shot and write a fresh review.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a ruby-red-tinted black, opaque, with significant highlights when held up to the light. Topped by a large foamy and creamy tan head.

Mouthwatering aroma of chocolate truffles dominates the nose, to the point that it's difficult to get much of anything else out of it. But the chocolate aroma is so good, I don't care. Very minimal roast; color of the beer is about the only thing telling me this is a stout.

Chocolate, of course, on the palate, with a touch of minerality hinting at a dry Irish stout. Finishes with a light bitterness closely associated with cold hour-old medium-roast coffee. Sweet on the whole, but thankfully not cloying. Thinnish in body, but not watery; somehow, the thinness seems associated with the "natural chocolate flavoring added," but I can't specify why that is. Very drinkable, regardless. Indeed, doesn't taste like a beer with natural flavor added.

Not the best chocolate-infused stout I've had, but a solid offering, especially since this isn't an imperial.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Rogue Ale House, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a rich dark chocolate aroma with elements of dry cocoa and chocolate icing.

The taste consisted of flavors of dark chocolate, dry coffee, cocoa powder and tootsi roll.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a very rich and accessible dessert stout.

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Photo of ludachris
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slick opaque black with nice ruby red highlights. 1 finger of mocha coloured head that has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

Heaps of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, burnt toasted malts, light coffee, and hints of vanilla, all of which become much more pronounced as the beer warms.

Dry cocoa takes the center with notes of milk chocolate in the back. Burnt towards the end with some roasted malts and a really nice dry coffee finish. There's loads of chocolate in the taste but manages not to be sickly sweet.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and dry. Loads of flavour but very easy to drink.

Another excellent stout from Rogue. I enjoyed this one just as much if not more than their Shakespeare Stout. Loads of flavour, perfectly balanced, not too sweet, and very easy to drink. An excellent dessert beer.

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