Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,198
Reviews:
1,913
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
443
Gots:
612
For Trade:
5
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Photo of craytonic
2.26/5  rDev -46.1%
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 -1%
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 +0.2%
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 +9.5%
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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Photo of jrallen34
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 22 oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer is black with a light to medium tan head rising about 2 fingers and falling to quickly. There is great lacing.

The aroma is awesome with tons of light better chocolate on the front, its like smelling a chocolate cake. At the end before being overwhelmed with just sweetness you get a nice bitter hoppiness.

The taste is all chocolate. There front is sweet chocolate but then it fades it bitter chocolate all the way. The taste is too much bitter chocolate and one note for me to be great. Its a nice change of pace.

The feel is decent not terribly drinkable.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfect cold night to open one of these. 2009 vintage. Poured from 22oz bomber into my DFH snifter.

A - Pours black with a tannish-brown head. A very thin quarter of a fingers worth of head forms and quickly disipiates into nothingness. Some thin remnants remain on top of the beer along with a thin ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S - Sweet milk chocolate is the dominant note. Smells like Ghirardelli chocolate, high-end stuff, really good. That's pretty much all I get off the nose, but I don't care, cause it smells so damn good. Excellent!

T - Taste isn't as good as the nose, but still good. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate mixed together. Some bitterness on the finish. Rich creamy burnt malts, caramels, but mostly, lots of chocolate goodness.

M - Full bodied and slight carbonation, both perfect for this beer.

D - So good on a cold winter night. The bomber is all mine!

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle. Black color with moderate light brown head that diminished slowly and had good lacing. Complex sweet malt and chocolate aroma. Full body with a creamy texture. Good complex bitter chocolate and coffe flavor with a long bittersweet finish. Very good sweet stout.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an over sized pub glass.

A: Thick, dense tan head that leaves great lacing. The color is nearly black - a very nice looking brew...

S: Semi-sweet chocolate and bitter hops.

T: Wow... big chocolate flavor with a nice bitter hop finish. This tastes almost exactly like it smells.

M: Thick and creamy medium carbonation.

D: I am loving this chocolate stout. The abv actually allows this to be a nice session brew. Really great...

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour appears to be a cola brown with slight reddish tint. The body settles in a black with only slivers of ruby highlights gleaming through the thinnest edges. Cocoa tinged head stands two fingers tall and recedes ever so slowly. Very full sheet of lacing surrounds the perimeter of the glass.

The chocolate is undeniable and expected to be strong in the nose. The underlying rich roasted malt aroma is the difference between good and great. A toasted caramel scent is subtle sitting behind the much deeper stronger smells adds another layer for the nose to discern.

The flavor matches the nose step for step. Chocolate is the focus though once again the deep roasted malt is not to be denied. Chocolate is primarily bittersweet though has a touch of a more raw cocoa flavor meandering about. Light citric flavor and bitterness contributed from the hops.

The mouthfeel is medium to full. Very smooth and creamy. Viscosity is very much in line with the style. I often forget a stout does not need to be overly thick to be enjoyable. While my preference is for a more full bodied brew I cannot mark this down simply based on personal preference.

Very enjoyable and easily drinkable. There is absolutely nothing offensives about this brew. Though Rogue can be hit or miss with me when considering their entire line up, Chocolate Stout is definitely on the top tier of Rogue offerings.

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

On Sight: Pours a very deep dark almost black into a tulip stout glass. A good 2 finger tan head, with plenty of lacing left behind.
Aromas: Strong chocolate right away with lots of sweetness. Hints of coffee, or maybe more of an espresso. Lots of chocolate on the nose.
Tastes: Wow, it's like eating a dark chocolate bar. Not as sweet as I thought it would be based on the aromas. By far one of the better chocolate stouts I have had. Rogue hardly ever disappoints with its beer, a great chocolate, coffee, heavy beer. Wouldn't want to drink too many of these at one time. Would be great served with a slice of chocolate cake or other dessert.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a dark, solid dark brown. Immediately you can smell the chocolate, but more on that in a minute. Once poured the head is a nice hazelnut color which seems to stay throughout the whole drink.

S: The chocolate smell is absolutely wonderful to catch wafting from the newly opened bottle. After the initial blast of chocolate, which, seems to be the perfect amount, comes the delicious smell of the hops, and the warm smell of the roasted barely. The overall aroma is very warm, and brings back good memories of chocolate as a kid.

T: The taste, is by far one of my favorites in my beer explorations. Leaps and bounds above some of the other stouts that I've had, it blasts your tongue with chocolate and just like the aroma, finishes off nice and smooth with an almost bitter taste, which leaves you wanting more.

M: This totally coats your mouth with a delicious taste, and doesn't feel overly heavy like most stouts. Completely impressed by this beer's feel.

D: If I could rate this beer low in any category, it'd be the drinkability. It's not that I don't think I could drink this beer often, it's just that I don't think I can drink this beer every day, and that's how I judge my drinkability. However, that's just my opinion, but still, a 4 is still darn high.

Overall, this beer is by far one of my favorites, and I'd recommend it to you and any of my friends. I wish you the best of luck on your beer endeavors and as always, Cheers.

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Photo of Eldalonde
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours nice & dark with a full head that lasts pretty good.

S - The smell of sweet chocolate is immediate and dutifully powerful.

T - Small notes of roasted coffee can be found among the striking flavor of rich chocolate truffel on the palate. The finish provides for a touch hops, but not too noticeable and brings a nice balance. This is a great stout with terrific chocolate flavor.

M - This is nice and thick, but not overly so like some impy stouts can be.

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Photo of californiakulak
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Firestone pint glass. I shared the beer with my wife and Father at our Thanksgiving dinner.

A. Dark, motor oil with thick tan head. Good sticky lacing.

S. Mmmm. Burnt malt and chocolate. Very nice.

T. Creamy chocolate flavor. Balanced well with the malt sweetness. Some bitter coffee flavors as well. Good beer.

M. Rich, thick mouthfeel. Kind of low carbonation. Kind of syrupy and sticky like.

D. Goes down easy. I wish I would have bought more than one. Or maybe I shouldn't have shared it.

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

I want to be on a Rogue bottle. I've been practicing my pose and everything. Really, some one should get in touch with me about this.

Opaque black with a muddy brown head. Good retention leaves drippy lace rings.

Chocolate milk, espresso, and burnt brownie aroma. Taste is a similar soft chocolate espresso with a bakers chocolate bittersweet. There's a sour roast/cough syrup/peanut oil off flavor in there somewhere which I'm not a fan of. Rogue pacman body.

Good.

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

Live review. Poured from the 650 ML bottle that I purchased along with 5 other Rogue beers within the past month. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. I heard good things about this beer here on BA and decided to pick up a bunch of Rogue beers that day. No observed "best by" date.

A Nice, creamy medium brown head over a very dark body that lets in only a bit of light when held in front of a light bulb. There is the darkest of Mahogany colors that shows through the body in that situation. Lacing is satisfyingly significant. 4.0

S Chocolate is in the front. To me it is 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 but then again most stouts are not all that aromatic. 4.0

T Nice, direct dark roast malt with chocolate. The hops play an appropriate supporting role. I like the simplicity and the mastery of the brewer. 4.5

M Thinner than I expected but it works for this beer somehow. Other similar beers (Southern Tier Choklat, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti) might be more thick but here it does not bother me. It might make it more drinkable. 4.0

D Good for the style which tends to include such huge beers as to render them less that highly drinkable. This remains a sipper for me, one to be enjoyed over a period of 25 minutes or so. 3.5

Notes: I can see why so many people enjoy this one, a solid chocolate stout.

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Photo of AHebel
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had a few chocolate stouts and this one is slightly underwhelming, compared mostly with the outrageous Choklat by Southern Tier. The appearance is great, showing thick and dark with a light brown 1/4 inch head (poured into a snifter). Mouthfeel is good, but a bit thin and bubbly. The smell is light chocolate, which, when tasted, translates about the same: a tad underwhelming. A mild hoppy character comes in towards the end to cut a bit of the up front, malty sweetness, which creates a good balance. This is definitely an above average example of the style, but it didn't make me say "Wow!" or "This is "World Class.""

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Photo of slk22
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black color with a thick light-brown head showing good retention. Strong chocolate and caramel malt aroma jumps right out of the glass. Nice, but not complex. Taste begins with a nice balance of roasted and sweet malt flavor. Then a bit of hop bitterness comes out along with a sort of baker's chocolate bitterness that lingers a bit with a dry finish. Very nicely balanced for a chocolate stout in my opinion. Mouthfeel is smooth although body (light to medium) is a bit lighter than expected and carbonation is higher than expected. Overall, a very tasty beer that I could have several of.

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Photo of Mayhem976
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a super tall glass, it's ultra black and very thick. It does produce a super large head that keeps building and building, I thought it was going to over flow there for a minute, tons of lacing. Beautiful looking beer.

S- I smell bitter hops and bitter coffee with a small trace of dark rich chocolate on the finish, very roasty, almost smells burnt.

T- POW... there it is, perfection! You'll get alot of hops but it's complimented very well with a bitter heavy roast super dark chocolate, it does finish a bit dry. I've never tasted a chocolate stout filled with so much roast character, Rogue was not afraid of brewing a kick you in the face chocolate stout. Most other chocolate stouts I've tasted are smooth, subtle, and sweet. This stout slaps you on the side of the head and waves hi. :P Amazing.

M- Creamy, thick, ultra rich, and very pleasant.

D- High on the drinkability scale for the purposes of enjoying a delicious dessert beer, would I pound this watching a football game? Probably not. I would like to note I purchased this bomber for $4.99, so it's a great price for an amazing stout. When "I" drink this I want to savor the ingredients and pair it with an aged Torano Exodus cigar or perhaps even a Partagas Black.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a thick creamy tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells like a bar of baking chocolate. Also has considerable roasted malt notes.

Taste: Starts hoppy. Finishes chocolatey with considerable roasted maltiness as well. Also has a little bit of a coffee flavor to it. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full-bodied with a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A tasty stout and one I would love to try again some time. Another win for Rogue!

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with a beautifully tanned head. The flow off of draft looks sturdy and oil rich. The frothy cap grew and grew until it grew out of my glass. The cap stayed for the full term and was left in the bottom of the glass. This brew has a great cocoa flavor with a nice bitter finish that is complimentary to the initial sweetness. This is a great chocolate and coffee representation in the aroma. This brew is missing a little of the toasty nuttiness in the flavor that I was expecting from the aroma. The mouth feel isn't as hearty as I had expected from the pour but far from thin and still properly bodied. The bitterness of the cocoa persists throughout jumping up and down on the pallet. This is no subtle brew and once you start don't plan on moving on, this one owns the pallet for quite a while.

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Photo of Josievan
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown approaches black. Head lingers for several minutes and lacing is heavy.

Smell: Heavy on roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste: Chocolately in a noticeable, yet subtle way. Some sips taste like a shot of chocolate milk was put in this beer, others taste like premium dark chocolate was ground into a powder and dissolved in the beer. Despite these fine flavors, this is still a full-bodied stout, first and foremost; a stout's stout, as it were.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. There is a bitter aftertaste from the dark chocolate and roasted malts that lingers, but this is expected.

Drinkability: I finished my pint surprisingly quickly for a beer with so much flavor and body. Very drinkable for such a heavy stout.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A=deep dark opaque brown, with little 1/2 finger head that laces well

S=cocoa and chocolate on the nose, some hops crispness in the back

T=again cocoa and chocolate, with bitterness and crispness on the finish

M=crisp carbonation, very tight, with some slight oiliness on the finish

D=not real drinkable for me due to the sweetness and chocolaty flavors, but good for the designed taste.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cola brown that collects into a black body with hints of red. Deep tan head that never really goes away, throwing some lacing up the sides of the glass.

S- Strong. Big wafts of chocolate. It smells like a tootsie roll.

T- Less chocolate that I expected. Mostly roasty and charred. Some earthiness towards the end followed by some hops.

M- Thinner than I had hoped. Fluffy carbonation. Smooth

D- This is an alright beer. Nothing awful but I dont think I'll have it again.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dense blackness with a brown one-finger head. Ring is retained at the top to leave sporadic lacing on the glass.

Smells like dark chocalate and roasted coffee.

Chocolate seems lessened in the flavor. Lots of roasted notes. Very smooth though.

Full bodied. Finishes quite dry.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a while ago at Binnys. Finally got around to it. Served in a Pisgah pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of dark mocha foam that dissipates fairly quickly to a thickish cap. There are a few tiny specks of lace. Body is a super dark brown that is only a tiny bit lighter with a touch of reddish glow at the fringes.

S - Huge cocoa smell - reminds me of Hershey's chocolate syrup. There's also a nice amount of roastiness and some floral hops, but milk chocolate is incredibly intense and just takes over. I don't even know if I'd be able to tell if this was beer if you gave it to me blind. It's a little mono-dimensional, but it doers exactly what it sets out to do.

T - The taste is a big step down - light cocoa, roasted malts, and a strange earthy and slightly unpleasant aftertaste. I'm not sure if that's what Rogue describes as "chocolate truffle finish", but it tastes like dirt to me. The initial taste is more of a 3.5/4.0 but the aftertaste drags it down.

M - Higher carbonation than I'd expect - tingles a little and burns a touch at the back end. Medium body that is fairly smooth once the carbonation dies down. Lots of residual stickiness that unfortunately carries that weird aftertaste with it (although I'm not going to punish the mouthfeel for the taste).

D - The ABV is low and well-hidden, and the carbonation, while higher, isn't bloaty. I just can't deal with that weird aftertaste, although it dissipates quickly enough that the beer is still fairly drinkable (and you can always drink more to cover it up!).

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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