Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

4,191 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 BeanBone
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: An intensely dark brown body with only the barest hints of brown highlights around the edges. Up top, two fingers of creamy, tan head that sticks around a long time and leaves good sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Wow, this is certainly a chocolate themed beer! The aroma profile is absolutely dominated by creamy milk chocolate that reminds me of premium chocolate powder. There's also some dark roasted malt, coffee, and faint alcohol notes to be found, but it's mostly about the chocolate in the nose.

Taste: A big dark-roasted malt profile with plenty of the chocolate powder flavors going on throughout. Certainly one of the most chocolaty beers I've ever tried. As for the Cascade hops, they certainly let their presence be known. It's sweet, and yet nicely bitter at the same time, making it a very balanced beer. The aftertaste is roasty and chocolaty with good bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and wonderfully creamy with smooth carbonation. The finish is sweet at first with the hops drying it a little as it goes on.

Drinkability: About average; you won't be pounding it like a Light Lager, but it's hardly a sipper either.

Verdict: Here's a chocolate beer that really delivers in the chocolate department. But, it's not just a one-dimensional beer though, there's enough complexity here to make this a real winner.

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

bomber poured into SN imperial pint glass. I dug this bottle out of the back of the DBF, so not sure how fresh it is.

Appearance is a deep cola syrup black with plenty of creamy tan head that lines the tumber. Nose is dominately chocolate with hints of the smell of baileys irish cream, bitter hops, and the usualy coffee stout aroma. Lots of bitter dark chocolate hits the palate. Malts and dark roasted coffee linger. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Very good chocolate stout from an always dependable brewery.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one a while back but took notes. Poured a deep brown color with foamy brown head that faded somewhat quickly and left good lacing. Smelled of chocolate, light hops, caramel, and a tinge of alcohol. Tasted like roased, toasted chocolate. Average mouthfeel, smooth but overcarbed and left the tongue a little bitter. Went down pretty easily though.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pour black with a huge tan head that kept rising after the pour. Moderate carbonation that can only be seen if you tilt the glass in bright light.

S - Whoa! There is some major chocolate smell in there! Also some roasted malts but the chocolate completely dominates.

T - Whoa! There is some major chocolate flavor in there! It hits you right off the bat, continues through the middle, and you get a tart dark chocolate after taste. Got some toasted malts on the finish and there is a decent level of bitterness. This is just too much chocolate for me. I am not the biggest chocolate fan and really only like it is small doses and this is no small dose. Completely overwhelms the beer for me. Tastes like a great stout that someone put a bunch of cocoa powder in.

M - Very nice, exactly what I think a stout should be. A bit creamy, but not too thick, not flat but not too much carbonation. Finishes nice and smooth.

D - One bomber and I am done, feels too much like I am drinking strong chocolate milk rather than beer.

Overall, I really appreciate what Rogue has done here. They have pushed the limit and not just made a chocolate stout but an über one. Unfortunately, this just doesn't work for me. I can why so many people like it so much and it does taste like a good beer...with just too much chocolate.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours deep brown/black producing a large creamy brown head. Retention is outstanding, and lacing is amazing.

Take a whiff....and there is no doubt this is a chocolate stout. A very intense Hersey's chocolate syrup smell. There is also quite a bit of coffee in the nose, as well as the typical Rogue hop bitterness.

Take a sip....chocolaty goodness! Creamy chocolate goodness cascades across my palate. This tastes like they took half a bottle of Hersey's chocolate syrup and squirted it in my bomber. It isn't all creamy fun and games though. The hops come in and kick some ass, giving it quite a bit of bitterness. Great stuff.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It literally goes down like chocolate milk, with pretty much the same consistency. Excellent stuff, I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse US Beer SpecTapular.

Pours a deep, almost opaque black brown, jus with hints of lightness at the corners - looks like melted chocolate with blackberry syrup. Head is thick, heavy and big. Delicious. Lacing sublime. Hell yes, this is a beer!

Delicious cocoa nibs on the nose, sweet and dusty and rich. That's it, you have to admit, but god it's good.

Nice huge roasty chiocolate character on the palate too. Not very sweet, but the roasted rich bittersweet character of true dark cocoa-rich chocolate. Even a light resin peeping through. Very good.

Mouthfeel very suitable: creamy and smooth. Not terrible thick, but very good.

A very smooth, drinkable and delectable beer. Thankyou Local Taphouse for bringing it to our shores. It was better on tap here than in bottles in the US.

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Photo of bark
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is jet black; the three finger head is uneven, brown and compact. It sinks very slowly, leaving some lacing.

The smell is sweet and luxurious with elegant flavours of milk chocolate and cocoa beans. Mild hints of pumpernickel and a touch of bitter hops.

The taste is a very well balanced blend of a dry and quite bitter stout and mellow smooth chocolate flavours. Lots of roasted (almost burned) malty flavours, a robust sour-bitter flavour and a slowly descending bitterness. The body is a little thin, though. The aftertaste is dry with notes of coffee, chocolate bars, some herbs and a mild clean bitterness.

The carbonation is mild, the few bubbles are fresh. The liquid is smooth.

The best smelling chocolate stout I have had. Though I miss some body, it felt a bit thin at times.

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

Pours a very imperial-level dark colour, with brown mocha head, slight tinge of brown at the very bottom of the tulip, but otherwise pitch black. Head retains to a medium crown and lacing is to die for. That is a fucking king Henry shit of a beer.

Nose is insanely chocolatey. I mean, that smells like cocoa, if I'm honest. It dominates quite comprehensively. There is a dustiness to it, or a dryness, that makes me feel like cocoa powder should be coming up my nose. Maybe a hint of bourbon as well, but what an amazing smell.

Taste is a strong, rich, bitter cocoa experience, hints of milky chocolate in the front, then a bitter, roasty cocoa character on the mid that extends its mechanical claws in my mouth to expand its deliciousness. I almost heard it say "Go go gadget chocolate deliciousness". There is a slight bitter roasty espresso character on the back and maybe even some hops, of all things? Hops in a beer?? That stop it from being too sweet. Instead it's just fuck hot delicious.

That is very, very, very nice. So well built. Full of flavour, just pleasant. Mouthfeel is slick, nicely full. Great and suits it so well.

I'm a big fan indeed. What a fantastic beer. I could drink that for the rest of my life.

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

I've loved this beer for a long time and was surprised to realize I had never reviewed it. Tonight I am drinking one so here goes...

A-Pitch black goodness with a nice mocha head that fades fast and leaves a bit of lacing. A better head and lacing and this beer would be a 5 on appearance.

S-This smells delicious. Big time chocolate with some sweet malty notes.

T-Dark chocolate and roasted malt with a bitter finish. I'm loving it.

M-Medium body with the carb bite a bit too harsh for me. This should be smoother and creamier. Don't get me wrong, it is smooth and creamy, but judging by the nose and taste, the mouthfeel should be silky and it is a bit stinging.

D-I could easily drink a few of these even though it is a very filling beer.

A phenomenal dessert beer, without question. A job well done by Rogue.

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

Poured a great deep black color, with a dark mocha head. It gav offe a great aroma of dark, bittersweet chocolate, but not overpowering. Overall, it was extremely smooth and drinkable, and it only got more flavorful and sensual as it warmed up. Will definitely pick up another soon.

Contrasting this with Southern Tier Chokolat, the chocolate flavors in this are much more subtle, and enhance the flavor of the mild-mannered stout. Meanwhile, the Chokolat kicks you in the face with powerful chocolate. I like both...a lot.

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Photo of hike20
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz Bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head that doesn't linger. Chocolate kind of overwhelms the aroma, but that's to be expected. Medium body. Not a lot of depth to the flavor, but lots of chocolate, with some roasted malt and coffee, which is nothing suprising Overall another good stout from Rogue.

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Photo of photomike
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep brown with an explosive, creamy tan head. Thick, soft lacing leaves lumpy rings all the way down the glass. Looks as decadent as it tastes.

Smell is appetizing, if a little unidimensional. Big time dry dark chocolate and cocoa powder. A hint of sharp espresso.

Flavor is similarly appealing, though not very complex. Dark, bitter chocolate and chocolate syrup with heavily roasted, burnt malt. Nicely dry.

Medium bodied and creamy, with appropriately understated carbonation. Oily, bitter finish.

Surprisingly drinkable for a beer I would expect to be overly rich and sweet.

I like this. Definitely one of the better Rogues I've had, but it didn't blow me away.

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

22 ounce bottle shared at a tasting of chocolate beers.

A - Poured dark black with just a hint or brown. Head is coffee colored. Some lacing.

S - Chocolate and roasted malt notes.

T - I got mostly bitter chocolate from this one. Very slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium, pretty high carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable.

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

A - Pours a thick midnight black with a couple inches of dirty brown head. Dissipates slowly to a thin cap with some lacing on the sides.

S - Smells strong of dark chocolate.

T - First taste is cocoa, smokey, roasted grain & some bitterness hidden in there. Body is thinner than I expected, but I have had some steep beers recently (YuleSmith & ten fidy)

I'll let it warm a bit & see what surfaces...definite smokey aftertaste, but its blended with chocolate. Quite nice! Lacing sticks around like beach foam inside the glass.

M - Ok, not too different when warmer. Still really chocolately.
Some bitterness on the front/middle of the tongue, but not as hoppy as some of Rogue's others. This is a nice chocolate stout.

D - Bottle says 69 IBU - I would guess much lower! I think I'm tainted from the last few hoppy beers I've had.

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Photo of thain709
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown can pick up the brown highlights...a great tan head that falls into a cap and leaves nice lacing

S - The heavy hitters in the nose are chocolate and roasted malts

T - The taste is pretty consistent with the nose...the roasted malts are roasted perfectly...there is a hint of coffee beans which would add to the roastiness...the chocolate is pretty persistent throughout the whole mouth...both milk and dark...the hops make their appearance to combine with the roastiness and make for a nice ending

M - Medium bodied...but pretty light with that added creaminess

D - The light mouthfeel leads to being able to finish a whole bottle of this as dessert...I would be careful of having more than one...but it is very possible...Rogue strikes again!

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

This beer I tried last night is awesome.
I believe it is only sold on draft in my state of Alabama.
It is nearly a black beer but a slight brown hue in the light.
The smell was very nice. true chocolate smell with a hint of coffee. The taste was also very drinkable. I knocked this one out fairly quick. Sweet with just the amount of bitterness to kill off alcohol taste. warm loving mouthfeel to it. I dont think texture in a brew can get much better. again this beer is very drinkable smooth finishing beer loved it.
Beau of Bama

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Photo of eagles22
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

finally got my paws on this brew...

Apperance: beautiful creamy tan head with nice bold dark body
Smell: like chocolate
Taste: hints of oats, dark chocolate...nice bit like dark chocolate...very complex and well done
Drinkability: good beer to relax with

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

A. Poured in to a pint glass. Very dark brown, close to black. Slight head, laces well.

S. Toasty malts, definite chocolate presence

T. The chocolate balances with this beer well. Roasty malts and oak round out the experience.

M. Thick, but leaves little behind.

O. Awesome beer. Next chocolate craving will be prescribed this beer.

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Photo of abar22
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes...

Poured black (bar lighting makes this tough) with a 4 finger creamy head that left tons of lacing. The cap stayed throughout.
The nose was dominated by chocolate. I could have confused this for a spiked chocolate milkshake. Hints of roasted coffee also came through.
The taste picked up where the smell left off. Super chocolaty with hints of roasted coffee. The chocolate mixed with the smoothness of the malt makes you think you just took a sip of a milkshake or chocolate milk but before you know it the hops pop up to remind you this is a beer.
Super creamy mouthfeel makes this a great dessert beer. One is easy to down because it is so damn good but I got the feeling it was time to move on after it was gone.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark amber brown color with a thick coffee colored foam head that leaves nice creamy lacing.

S- Roasted malty sweetness and tons of milk chocolate.

T- A huge rush of 'tootsie roll' chocolate flavors with lots of roasted sweetness.

M- Full bodied with ok carbonation.

D- One really easy drinking stout with a nice flavor.

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

A: Pitch black with a surprisingly big, brown head that settles into great looking lacings.

S: Basically just sweet chocolate mixed with distinct yet not overly powerful roasted malts. Some chocolate syrup, chocolate powder and a faint milky note. Not bad, but certainly not very complex.

T: Very distinct flavor of sweet chocolate from start to finish. The chocolate flavors aren't that luxurious though, they taste more like cheep dark chocolate, milk chocolate and chocolate syrup. Some dark toffee. Just a hint of dark fruits (plums?). Plenty of roasted malts, not very powerful though and they certainly are overshadowed by the chocolate. In the finish coffee flavors make a fairly good attempt at balancing the sweet chocolate flavors and gives the beer somewhat of a mochaccino edge to it. Some very gentle chocolate bitterness and mild grassy hops in the finish as well, and of course more chocolate. Unfortunately, the finish came out a bit short and boring to me, nothing really takes the lead and the taste just fades away too quickly.

M Medium body, actually thinner than I had expected. Quite a lot of carbonation. However, it seems like some time in the snifter serves this one well since it gets a little rounder and and the mouthfeel gets somewhat smoother after a while.

D: A good beer, but I don't think it managed to live up to my expectations. Indeed, there is a lot of sweet chocolate flavors going on here and that's the way it should be, but it would have been nice with a little more complexity and a bigger body. Still recommended, though.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

From a 22oz. bomber.

A - Beautiful oily black liquid with a dense 1.25 in tan head with some scattered big bubbles. Retetnion is spectacular. Very appealing beer. Lacing sticks to the glass like glue.

S - Chocolate cake, really rich chocolate cake with some hints of warm alcohol and roasted malts. No discernible hops in the nose. I cant rave enoug about the smells its somehting to experience. Some hop bitterness and dryness at the end but only there. It starts with roasted malts and a coffee flavor that quickly evens out by chocolaty sweetness.

T - Some hints of roasted malts, some mild malty sweetness and mostly chocolate malts and chocolate bitterness. It reminds me of coffee with chocolate, some sort of mochaccino. Very delicious!

M - Very well cabroanted. good balance between sweet and dry bitterness. A little bit on teh watery side for me. Still very good though.

D - More than one might be a bit much. Still well balanced and smooth.

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Photo of TeeCee
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Chocolate Stout

Quick review - dark and heavy stout with all the flavor, body, and uniquness you could ask for.

Color - in the light of the bar, this stuff is dark as the night. I have a feeling it's still a dark, dark brown in the light of day. I re-poured it to get a glimpse of the head. ALL of the head. Light brown, leaving more lace than clean glass on the walls of my pint glass as the head dissipated to about 1/4".

Smell - a roastedness that makes me think of faded coffee with some fruit behind it (wtf?). I am expecting chocolate, but what I smell isn't the chocolate I'm expecting. Maybe I'm thinking like hot chocolate/milk chocolate.

Taste - like nothing else. It's like a rather dry coffee with added cocoa powder and something with a bitter finish that complements the chocolate perfectly, but is likely the hops. I can't taste fruit discernably, but the smoke here has clogged my nose a bit. If I take a sip with some air, I get a bit of fruit with it: maybe cherry. Cherry would be fitting.

Mouthfeel - this beer is surprisingly light in the mouth. I'd call it a medium thick at best, but I'd expect molten chocolate by the looks. A swish in the mouth lightens it up a lot, not sure if it's th CO2 or the alcohol.

Sessionable? Maybe if you're sasquatch.

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

Poured a very, very dark brown and the tannish head looked good and the chocolate smell was awesome. Taste was roasted malts and hersheys chocolate upfront, beginning to end. Mouthfeel is amazing, cocoa, roastiness and a slight coffee hint but very minimal. I can drink this all day long.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a homebrew club meeting.

A - Poured black with a 2 fingered mocha head, which dissipated slow and left nice lacing.

S - Light roasted coffee, tons of chocolate, and a light flowery bouquet.

T - Heavy doses of chocolate, light roasted coffee, light smoke, and bttering hops.

M - Finished full-bodied, with a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste.

D - Overall great. I didn't enjoy this as much as others and would recommend using less patent. A little goes a long way.

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