Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
4,208 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 y2j2280
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick and oil looking. Pitch black - can not see any light through the glass. Beautiful appetizing looking head. Lacing is very nice.
S - First thing that hits you is the chocalate notes. There is def some cocoa and raisins as well.
T - Chocolate and coffee notes pop out and stand on your tongue. Alcohol is evident but nicely hidden. Very tasty.
M - is thick but not overwhelming. Feels nice for an american stout. Could be a touch more chewy.
D - is very nice. Goes down well. Nice and thick - not extremel overwhelming. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

Overall a very tasty and solid stout. Would def buy again.

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

22 oz. bomber into a pint glass

Pour was basically black, I didn't notice any light coming through. A nice two inch tan head formed on top and left some decent lacing down the glass.

Aroma was pretty much just of chocolate, and quite sweet at that. Nothing too impressive, it just reminded me of the Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Quite one dimensional, and while good, just not extraordinary.

The taste followed the aroma with chocolate naturally being in the lead. Again it's a bit too sweet for my tastes, more like milk chocolate, and me being a big fan of really dark chocolate. Again, no complexity kind of makes it a bit boring. It was pretty tasty though.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, pretty creamy. Easy to drink considering the sweetness and richness.

I haven't liked many Rogue beers but this was probably one of the better ones. Mainly because the yeast strain character is more muted.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of brown head. It is dark brown/black in color. I have been looking forward to this libation for some time. It was hard looking at it in the fridge everyday.

It smells like chocolate with some roasted malts. It tastes like semi sweet chocolate. There is some bitterness and some sweetness. It is balanced nicely. This is an excellent beer. It makes a nice dessert beer or is just fine by itself. I am glad that I tried this. It was worth the wait.

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

Pours the darkest brown. Couldn't convince myself it was black, though I saw no light get through. The generous frothy head started out light brown and faded to tan (hadn't really noticed this happening with other beers). Aroma is amazing, which is stating the obvious to anyone who has had this beer. Tons of creamy chocolate, rich malts, some tang from the hops, nuts, and smoke. The hops definitely come through more in the flavor, which is dominated by bittersweet chocolate. I do crave a bigger body in this beer, but as is, I find it too easy to drink the bomber. A rather good value, so don't hesitate to grab this one.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice looking beer! Rogue Chocolate Stout pours jet black and completely opaque with a big billowing tan head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon - looks like I'll have to drink through the foam!

The smell is very pleasant. Big, rich chocolate aromas come through as well as some earthy notes and roasted malt.

The taste is a bit different than what I expected from the smell, the bitterness of the chocolate caught me off guard. The chocolate flavor is pretty rich and bitter with a noticeable hop presence. The finish is dry and bitter and lingers on the palate.

The body is pretty light, making this a very drinkable beer that won't fill you up too fast.

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Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep coffee/chocolate brown color with massive dark tan head that has great retention. Great amount of lace.

Smells like chocolate milk. Huge chocolatey and sweet.

Big rich chocolate taste without the sweetness. Bitter hop character, deep toasted malt, hint of coffee.

Rather thin for the style and moderately carbonated. Crisp and fresh. Slight dry finish.

Never had a more drinkable stout. The ABV and lighter body of this make it go down so easy. The crispness really quenches the pallate. Nicely done.

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

A: Very, very dark brown with a thin tan head.

S: Tons of chocolate, a nice nuttiness, chocolate, some coffee, oh and chocolate.

T: As you would hope and expect, chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. A nice blend of bitter and sweeter chocolate tastes.

M: Great body, very smooth.

D: Incredible for a stout, such incredible chocolate flavor. Truly one of the best stouts I've had.

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Photo of dfranks
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well after seeing how good this beer was rated I decided to stop in and grab a 22oz bomber after work and was really excited to try this. Poured into class and really did notice the great chocolate smell that others commented on. Also a good dark stout. Decent size head that lasted to the end. While I did think the smell was wonderful I was left wanting in taste.

I really think Young's Double Chocolate Stout is a far better choice. If you think this is a good beer (which I did) you gotta give Young's a try.

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Photo of Rooney107
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A dark brown pour reveals superb lacing and a solid head. Not as dark as some other stouts.

S- Notable aroma of sweet chocolate, a bit of roasted barley and light malt notes.

T- Whoa, chocolate. This might sound strange, but it reminds me of tootsie rolls. I wonder if the chocolate flavor is too dominant, and that it might be somewhat cloying. Perhaps this stout is somewhat one dimensional, or maybe it just seems that way when inevitably compared with Rogue's Shakespeare stout.

M- Not as heavy as one would expect, but a solid creamy feel that compliments the taste well.

D- Somewhat sweet, which could make it hard to drink too many. Of course, it's price keeps one from drinking too many. A solid beer overall.

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

Picked up a bomber at Pauls in McCall, Idaho and it's a frigid 48 degrees outside in August. Good thing I have this tasty stout and a nice fire.

A. The darkest of brown with a nice light brown head that leaves good lacing.

S. Chocolate, Chocolate, and some malt

T. Nice initial chocolate taste with a good burnt malty body with some delicious coffee flavor and the chocolate comes back strong in the aftertaste.

M. Nice medium mouthfeel, maybe a little thin. Pretty good carbonation for a stout.

D. Surprisingly smooth and very drinkable. A must try if you enjoy chocolate and beer

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Photo of kegger22
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer that does not warm up well. It was far better cold (usually not a good sign). Poured out rich, deep brown with a generous, light brown head that faded quickly. The aroma was one of the better I've had with rich chocolate dominating. The taste left something to desire. Mostly coffee and stale, bitter coffee at that. Very little of the aroma translated into taste, but some of the alcohol did and not to the beer's benefit. ChocoRogue looked oily, but ended up watery on the tongue. Like a lot of stouts, not high drinkability, but not due to a heavy, alcohol reasons. I just had Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel last night and may be over critical of Rogue's as a result of the comparison.

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Photo of bcastine
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: dark almost black 2 finger mocha head that slowly disapated, some lacing

S: chocolate and coffee

T: tasted like cold hot cocoa, slightly creamy, really sweet

M: Medium bodied, creamy, typical nice stout feel.

D: I just can't give a good score here, this is a beer thats good in moderation, and that's not due to the ABV. Its just to over the top chocolate rich, and the sweetness builds to a point you can't take it anymore. This is a brew that gives a very satisfying first impression that halfway thru has you thinking about your next selection.

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

A: Pours a rich deep mahogany (almost black) color that produces a huge, growing light mocha colored head. Great retention on the cap, minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate truffle right up front, bittersweet chocolate, chocolate malts, lots of caramel, oats, and cocoa powder. Truly chocolatey!

T: More hops than the nose suggests, more bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, truffles, and some bittering hops to balance this malty monster. I am surprised that 69 IBUs was able to do that!

MF/D: Medium creamy body, watery finish, dry at the end, a little high on the carbonation

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

A: This beer is dark black with a nice brown head.
S: You can immediately smell the chocolate with some roasted malt.
T: It tastes like roasted malt and chocolate. It's not too sweet like some other chocolate beers and not very hoppy.
M: It's not too thick and syrupy like you might expect after pouring it. It has a pleasant medium body and good carbonation.
D: This beer is easy to drink as long as you like chocolate. It's not all that strong either so if you like stouts this is a good one to drink. It would be great with dessert.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle with freshness date of 11/2009 into a snifter glass. ABV stated as 6.5%.

Starkly black and opaque with a rich and creamy light tan head of foam that falls away a little more quickly than anticipated but settling into a nice halo that leaves behind a few touches of lace.

Aroma screams one thing only: CHOCOLATE. Rich, delicious, delicate powdered cocoa and creamy lightly bitter dark chocolate. Dreamy.

Medium-full and velvety smooth on the palate with a lightly roasty entry into a rather bitter hoppy middle that moves forward into bittersweet dark chocolate toward the back.

Altogether balanced and producing a creamy, dessert-like quality that would serve well as the base of an ice cream float, with rich truffles, dark berries, or as a wonderful after dinner piece on its own. Not too heavy, either, and alcohol content is low enough to keep a full bottle from knocking one out for the night. Top-notch and a wonderfully well-made example of a chocolate beer. Superb.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, lets in some light. Nice, brown head, decent lacing.

S- Roasted malts, milk chocolate.

T- Roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Almost tootsie roll like. Not super complex, but very good.

M- Full bodied, maybe a little too much carbonation.

D- Goes down easy. Could have more than one in a session.

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

Had this out of a bottle tonight with the weekly HBO Sunday lineup. Poured into a pint glass and away we go.

Appearance: Really, really dark brown-black that hardly any light escapes through. Brownish head that holds on pretty well and laces decently, but sure looks impressive on the pour.

Smell: Like a Hershey's Chocolate bar. Really rich chocolate and roasted malts with just a slight hint of hops. This beer smells much more like chocolate than the Stone 12th, but it also doesn't incorporate the oatmeal. It's all chocolate and it smells of it.

Taste: Roasted malts are upfront with chocolate powder, finishing with a nice bitterness. A little more watery than I would've liked, but not by much. Tastes a bit like Cocoa Puffs with the malty cereal texture and chocolate powder. Pleasant and tasty for sure.

Mouthfeel: Not too syrupy or harsh, and finishes relatively clean. A great desert beer, that's for sure. Had some cake with it and it paired outstanding. Malt coating wears away to drier chocolate finish that fades cleanly, definitely an interesting and enjoyable one.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have this all the time and it was a bit warm for it today, but man, great desert beer and totally will buy a few more of these to have on hand for such occasions. Not too heavy for a stout either. Definitely worth a good shot.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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 +1.2%
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 -15.4%
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 -9.6%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.2%
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 +11.6%
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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