Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

4,198 Ratings
Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
12 Ingredients:
Great Western 2-Row, Crystal 135- 165, Chocolate & Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM & RiskTM Malts; Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Rebel Hops, Rolled Oats, Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavoring, Free Range Coastal Waters & Pacman Yeast.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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

Served into a Bruery Tulip glass at about 40 degrees.
Appearance - pours a solid black with a VERY thick, creamy tan froth. Excellent!
Smell - Louds of different chocolates - Dark chocolate/Milk Chocolate/Bitter Chocolate - Light roasted barley, coffee, some vanilla, a light yeastiness (kinda like a chocolate covered donut), and some hop character is also present.
Taste - Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, roasted barley, coffee, and a bit of a hop bitterness.
Drinkability - an outstanding beer! a little leaner on the mouthfeel than I would have liked and a little bit more bitter than I was expecting, but this is still an exceptional brew!

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

A: Poured a dark heresy chocolate bar color with a 2 finger foamy head that was cinnamon colored. The lacing was sticky and uniform leaving concentric circles for a lacing all the way down the glass walls. Head retention was good lasting a solid 3-4 minutes while a thin skim coating sits atop for the remainder of the drink.

S: The nose had a beautiful rich milky chocolate scent with an equally beautifully soft roastedness. The chocolate stands out here with an exceptional quality, dark and dry, with a rich fresh milky quality coming through. Definitly take some time and hang around here smelling all this has to offer.

T: The flavor was dark roasted barley grains with a burnt chocolate and dark hazelnut bean taste. There is a good chalkiness while a good sense of roasted oatmeal comes through for a lingering lacing that lasts well after the swallow. Roasted pine and citrus hopping contributes earthy tones that is well noted on the finish and fade. Much as the nose, the deep dark chocolate nature is the main attraction here, burnt, dry with a smoothing bitterness that is only detected upon the swallow standing out with a fierce dominance. What more is there to say about a drink that is perhaps the staple of all chocolate stouts.

M: light-medium with a slick consistency. A roasted malting and chalkiness smoothers the tongue with a full coating from back to front.

D: good, enjoyability was that much better. Even through the nature was a deep dark chocolate stout this was extremely well balanced and smooth sliding down the throat with pleasure leaving a calling card of residual burnt bitterness that will positively keep you coming back for more. A can't go wrong beer here and a excellent desert beer.

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

A : From a bomber into a snifter. Pours out a browney dark, with a creamy chocolatey head.

S : Smells like hot chocolate powder, you know that intense dry chocolate aroma. I'm instantly reminded of Africa.

T : Like smell, but surprisingly dry in the end. Nice and big roasted malt flavour. Very chocolatey, of course.

M : Medium carbonation, which suits the style and leaves the palate dry.

D : A nice dessert beer, but may leave you feeling heavy after 1 bomber.

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Photo of thekanna
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an extremely dark brown bordering on pitch, with about 2 fingers of dark tan head which leave significant clumpy lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Roasted malts and milk chocolate; somewhat syrupy and creamy like chocolate milk.

T: Dark, dark roasted malts leave a rather bitter cacao powder and espresso-like bite. A slight creaminess and milk-chocolate syrupy-ness ensue in the aftertaste.

M: Slightly thin body; nicely carbonated.

D: A tasty and hearty ale; like a meal in a cup. Good stuff. Like a grown man's chocolate milk. Wouldn't hesitate to have another.

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Photo of koopa
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington New Jersey.

Appearance: Pours an earthy brown with red corners and an off whilte 1 finger crown that shows a touch of retention and lace.

Smell: Impressive amount of chocolate coupled with a bready toasty malt.

Taste: You know most chocolate beers have a dark chocolate flavor with a mild amount of bitterness. Those same beers are very similar to coffee stouts that have that same dark roast bitter quality. This brew tastes more like milk chocolate with absolutely no bitterness. Just chocolate and malt here folks. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied....seems a touch thin to me.

Drinkability: Goes down like liquid candy.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black with a very thick, very rich dark foam head. Quite pleasing.

Smell: very pleasant solid chocolate aroma.

Taste: big chocolate at the outset which fades into a nicely bitter stout with continued chocolate flavor but added coffee notes. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a low level of carbonation appropriate for the style. Very good.

Drinkability: as stouts go, this would make a great session beer.

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Photo of feelmefoam
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

Very nice appearance, jet black with a nice finger and half of tan head that leaves great looking lacing on the glass.

Smells like chocolate and a little bit of roasted malt.

The taste mirrors the nose at first, there's definitely a lot of syrupy chocolate up front followed by some roasted malt and coffee flavors. A lot of sweet chocolate.

A pretty thick mouthfeel, not syrupy, but a pretty thick. Not too much carbonation to speak of.

Very drinkable for a stout, but it might get a little too sweet after a while.

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Photo of t3hcho53non3
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black color that is completely inpenetrable by light with a one finger brown head that quickly recedes.

S: Smells of roasty, chocolatey goodness with hints of bready malts

T: Chocolate smokiness dominates the tastebuds when it first hits the mouth and then fades off with a long and lingering dark chocolate taste.

M: Medium carbonation with a pretty light mouthfeel

D: Very drinkable. Not overly complex so the tastebuds are not needed to evolve much with this drink

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a pitch black hue with a 2 finger chocolate milk colored head

S= smells simply like chocolate and roasted hops

T= tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee.

MF= vary little carbonation but very pleasing

great desert beer,but i would prefer samuel smith's imperial stout over this one because i feel that you get a better tasting stout for the money, for example Rogue chocolate stout is around $ 5.75 for a 1pint, 6oz bottle, and a samuel smith's 4-pack is about 8 or 9 dollars, but it is very good and i may buy this one a again.


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Photo of TommyW
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with a sticky, tan head.

S- Bib cocoa and chocolate aroma with some notes of burnt malt.

T- Chocolate dominates the taste (reminds me of the chocolate syrup you put in milk). This mellows into the chocolate malts and then into the burnt and smokey malt flavors on the finish. Not over sweet, but very chocolaty.

M- Very smooth, silky and full. Nice higher carbonation towards the finish.

D- Pretty drinkable for me. Towards the end of the bottle the chocolate started to be a little much for me (I'm not a big chocolate-guy), but that's just for my taste. An awesome beer; unlike any chocolate stout I've ever had.

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Photo of Long813
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Pint Glass

A: Two fingers of mocha tan head which retained much throughout leaving stellar lacing with each drink. Black opaque body.

S: Mild roasted coffee and a mix of bitter and milk chocolate.

T: Sweet chocolate accompanied by coffee, roasted malts and oats.

M: Medium-high body, medium-low carbonation. Slight bitter chocolate after taste

D: Well made beer. Nice blend of flavours here, but I was expecting something thicker and fuller. Either way it's a great drink.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolatey nose and very nice appearance. Great chunky lacing that leaves craters in the foam as it slowly, and I mean slowly fizzles down. Chocolate chips, chocolate brownies and roasty black malt in the taste with a wet and bitter finish. Not chewy enough. This beer is absolutely fantastic for the style but IMO can't hold a candle to bigger Chocolate Imperial Stouts like the Lost Abbey Serpent Stout. Carbonation is a little too plain like a club soda, meaning it doesn't mesh well with the style. Could use less bitterness in the finish.

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

22oz bomber, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: dark, black, opaque color. tan head, laces well.

S: roasted aromas, coffee, chocolate.

T: up front chocolate flavor that blends well with the malt sweetness, roasted notes, and coffee undertones.

MF: full bodied, low carbonation, smooth drinking

Drinkability: chocolate and beer, great pairing. highly recommended beer.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Sam Smith imperial glass.

A- Ideal appearance for a stout; pitch black with a thick mocha head.

S- Chocolate truffles waft up as you pour, very inviting. Some sweet chocolate, some is dark with deeply roasted grain character. Hot fudge, cookie, subtle coffee.

T- Has a slight fruitiness akin to a well made dark chocolate while maintaining a pleasant sweetness. A touch of hops on the finish, slightly bitter.

M- Improves as it warms. Medium/full bodied with a well rounded carbonation.

D- Quaffable and will pair extraordinarily with cherry or raspberry desserts. A happy medium between Young's and Southern Tier.

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Photo of Kromes
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a thick tan colored head. Looks tasty.

S: Milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a fruity hop aroma to round it out. Wow, the aromas are really nice and lead very well into the taste.

T: A big roasted malt/coffee bitterness and flavor up front that mellows out into a nice milky sweet chocolate flavor. The roasted bitterness transitions nicely into the finish with the hop flavor in the background. Lots of flavors that blend together very well.

M: Good mouthfeel. Thought it a little watery at first, but the carbonation helps fill it out. It could be a little more smoother.

D: The flavors are strong so it may not be the best session beer, but for an american stout it is at the top of it's class.

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Photo of seand
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very deep near opaque brown, with a thick creamy dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Sweet and chocolaty, with a bit of dark chocolate bitterness. Very strong and thick aroma.

T: Bitter hops and dark chocolate, only slightly sweet.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation. Strong bitter aftertaste.

D: Not too bad, but not great - the heavy bitterness gets a little bit in the way.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a respectably opaque black with deep chocolate highlights resonating when contrasted against the light. minimal head, and only the slightest bit of meandering lace...

s: dark chocolate abounds, and abounds, and abounds...offset (but hardly) by some sugary malt notes. the nose on this might as well be some chocolate cocoa!

t: this is a trip right down the middle of the chocolate factory...the sweet nose gives way to the dry, bitter chocolate bite!

m: smooth, dry, and easy over the palate...

d: extremely drinkable, an original take (at least for me given my experience)...this one lives up to its name in every sense.


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Photo of Goldfish19
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Frank's Beverage in Glen Cove, NY. Pours black with a big creamy light brown head. Wow! If you like chocolate (and who doesn't?), this is the beer. The smell is nothing short of amazing. Hints of Rich Belgian chocolate appear almost immediately. This doesn't taste like a beer, this taste more like something out of a Hershey's syrup bottle. A slight bitter aftertaste makes its appearance at the end, but who really cares about the hops - my mind is still set on the chocolatey goodness. For the style, and everything this Rogue presentation has to offer, I am glad to see all the positive praise from other members. This beer definitely deserves it. Two words: Simply delicious. ~

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 16oz Schlafly nonic pint

A: dark, opaque brown-black beer with a nice, cappucino colored head of tight foam. leaves strips and spots of thin lacing.

S: Very rich! a delicious chocolate pudding aromas

T: hot cocoa, roasted nuts, and spicy citrus flavors. finishes with chocolate and tart citrus flavors. alot hoppier than i had expected this one to be, but i'm liking the richness of flavors, balance and complexity

M: a medium-full bodied stout. entry is dry and a slightly oily. has a long astringent like dry finish.

Overall: If you like stouts, then you'll love the Rogue Chocolate Stout! The chocolate aromas are excellent and the complexity and balance in the flavors were really unexpected!

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

Pours brown-black in the bod with a layer of cinnamon head for a delicious look. Chocolate scent, dark chocolate..ooh yeah, dessert-like. Great taste of chocolate, malty, cream, dark chocolate sweets. A thick bodied brew with great looks and decadent flavors.

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Photo of Casey10
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic chocolate stout if not the best I have had.

A - Pours a thick black with a tan 1 inch head that last for a while in the glass.

S - Chocolate of course, light herbal smell.

T - Cocoa, burnt flavor, malts. Very nice

M - frothy creamy, leaves a nice after feel for some time after drinking.

D - Rated good as I would definately have another but not drink a lot at a time as I am not big on chocolate.

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

Had this on tap at Lagers in Metairie, LA.

Deep and dark, pretty much opaque. Bright caramel head Looks so tasty.

Smells tasty. Some fruits come through, definite chocolate, a little smokiness. Smelling this beer is very satisfying. It took me a minute to get to that first sip.

Wonderfull. The initial sip was great stout flavors, roasted malts, and such. Then the chocolate hits you at the end after you swallow.

It's very rich and heavy, finished clean and sweet. Chewy goodness.

The beers greatness makes the drinkability soar. It's not too strong, so sit back and enjoy a few.

Ive had this in the big bottles, but it doesnt compare to having it on tap. If you get a choice, tap all the way.


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

Served in a goblet on tap at the dirty truth in western mass. Modest head with less than modest lacing. Smell is very chocclatey. Almost like syrup. Similiar to choklat. Taste is chocolately malty and a bit of hops at the end. Mouth is a little heavy on the carb but this shouldn't be too much of a problem for most. Thanks to CButova for affording me ths beer since I am penniless.

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Photo of cbutova
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black into a goblet with a one finger tan head with alright retention, medium lacing is left on the glass. Smells of pure chocolate with some malts, follows the name. Tastes of chocolate, chocolate some more, some toast malts and a hoppy aftertaste balance. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation for the style, no off flavors or alcohol badness. Drinkability is great for the taste, no off flavors, price is within reason, will buy again.

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Photo of aristeros
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from Total Wine in Tucson. No freshness date.

Pours black. Opaque. Held it up to a fairly bright lamp about a foot away from me and I couldn't see reds or browns. A careful pour produces a robust, sandy colored, three-finger head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate--gasp!--and roasted malts, with a bit of hops. As it approaches cellar temperature, it acquires a milk chocolate/milk stout quality in the background, and a bit of mild rum or vanilla on the back end. Good alcohol masking.

Up front, there's bitter chocolate and roasted malt that gives way to sweet dark malts. There's a bit of bittering hops in the background as it fades to a strong, lingering espresso with an undercurrent of vanilla and caramel.

The beer is full-bodied and creamy, and the bitterness might interfere with more delicate foods, like lightly seasoned/sauced chicken or fish. Lower ABV and a complex, savorable flavor make for a great session brew. Very good drinkability for the style.

One of the top five stouts I have had the pleasure of drinking. I typically prefer the imperials, but this is a big beer with a whole lot going on. I'm eager to try it on tap.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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