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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 ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/20/09.

A - Dark chocolate brown body with a massive three-finger dense, creamy tan head that retained exceptionally well and left thick swatches of foam on the glass.

S - Rich, potent cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate syrup aroma that pretty much dominates the nose. A hint of caramel and toffee malt appeared as it warmed up a bit, but the aroma is essentially chocolate through and through.

T - Sweet and malty chocolate flavor that quickly segues into a more bitter character reminiscent of cocoa nibbs. A touch of earthy hop bitterness appears during the finish, but the flavor is all about decadent yet delectable chocolate.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and soft nitro mouthfeel. Bitterness is steadfast and lingers on the palate for the duration.

D - This is easily one of the best smelling chocolate stouts I've come across, and this also has a pretty aggressive bitterness to boot! The nitro pour gave it a pleasantly soft and smooth mouthfeel as well. Excellent stuff from Rogue!

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Photo of BarrelO
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Black with hints of brown around the edges. A nice tan-colored head.

S: Lots of chocolate with additional notes of roasted malts.

T: All about chocolate, but it's of the bittersweet variety. The hops and roasted malts push it further toward the bitter end of the spectrum. It's quite good, but if you're expecting an alcoholic chocolate milkshake, prepare to be disappointed.

M: Thick, creamy, carbonated, and grainy.

D: This is a good stout, but I can't recommend it as a gateway beer like some have. There's definitely an essence of chocolate, but you kind of have to work for it. I think you have to like stout at least a little to appreciate this.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Sits a very dark, burgundy-tinted brown with a chocolatey brown head that showed decent retention. Didn't leave as much lace as expected.

A: Bittersweet chocolate reigns supreme in the nose. Followed by roasted malts and a citrusy hop aroma deep within the aroma.

T: Nice base of roasted malts act like a springboard for the chocolatey goodness to showcase itself. It's like a milkshake, with creamy chocolate permeating throughout my skull. Nice, citrusy hop flavor gives this a west-coast feel and some much needed depth to this brew. Perfect dessert beer!

M: Medium-full bodied with a rich, somewhat slick texture to the smooth natured experience.

Notes: This would be a good chocolate stout to introduce as a gateway beer for those just getting into darker beers. Not overly sweet, but does deliver satisfaction to the sweet tooth, and also a picky craft beer drinker. Recommended

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Photo of Aenema
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pitch black with a foamy brown head. No lacing.
Smell - Cocoa, roasted malts.
Taste - Roasted malts, some cocoa with a bitter hop finish. This is a well-balanced beer. Very similar to unsweetened baker's chocolate, except a milder chocolate flavor.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light/moderate carbonation. Light on the tongue.
Drinkability - Although it has a lighter feel/body than many stouts, it remains a rich, filling drink, though does not possess the incredible flavor of some other stouts.
Overall - A good stout, though I'd rather have a Peche Mortal or Choklat, unfortunately this lacks the flavor intensity of the aforementioned stouts.

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Photo of gerardoguzmanh
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just started as a craft brewery fan, began with Pale Ales and IPA'a and now moving into Stout/Porters. This beer pour a very dark brwon color with a thick brown head that seems to last forever. The smell is awsome, full and deep, the chocolate is definetley there, reminds me of trufles, fondue and strawberries with chocolate. Flavor has a strong hoppy character, that gives a pleasant contrast to teh aroma. As the lable states, there are hints of oatmeal, chocolate and truffle. Aftermouth is also very enjoyable. Overall this is one of the best stouts I have had (which is not much as I said earlier) and I would highly recomend it.

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Photo of PhilfromPA
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Very dark, not transluncent at all. Decent tan head that diminishes to leave nice lacing

S - Dark chocolate and perhaps slightly of oats

T - Dark chocolate, roasted malts, slight oatmeal, finishes a little bitter

M - Slight carbonation but very smooth, medium body that finishes a little watery

D - Average, this stout has a very strong flavor of dark chocolate that although pleasant would likely weigh on me if I tried to drink more than 1 bomber.

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Photo of mbunje
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

A - Nice dark brown color. Big full tan head, more than expected. Opaque, can't see through this one. Even the edges are brown, no red or other color.

S - Best part of this beer. It does smell like roasted bitter chocolate. Very well done. A bit a sharpness which is surprising at 6%

T - Also well done. A nice bitterness to it, like bittersweet chocolate. Has a very mild soapy aftertaste (Oatmeal?)

MF - I have to say, a bit disappointed here. This needed to be a thicker, more full bodied experience. It is medium bodied.

D - Price is right at less than $5 for a choco stout. The medium bodied nature and relatively low ABV make this very drinkable...if you want to drink a LOT of chocolate stout.

Overall a very nice effort. Smell is really great. Taste is up there, just needs a little more substance in the body

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

This chocolate stout was everything I had hoped it would be. Initially, the bitterness reminded me more of an imperial stout. It has a very good mouthfeel with hits of chocolate bitters. Very rich smelling chocolate sent.

On a side note, I was ackwardly surprised by a piece of what appeared to be partially melted glue stick floating in the bottle before I pourded my second glass out of the 650 ml bottle.

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

A- Pours as black as night with a towering tan head. It also left a good amount of tan lacing.

S- Strong smell of chocolate and some roasted malts. Mostly chocolate though.

T- Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. There is some oats at first, but it's predominately chocolate. I also picked up a nice kick of hops at the end that balanced it out nicely.

M- It's a pretty medium bodied beer. I've had heavier stouts before, which I prefer, but this had a nice mouthfeel. I thought it was a little thin at the end, but nothing to complain about.

D- I had this beer for dessert, and I recommend it for that. It would pair nicely with a very dark chocolate, which I really wish I had on hand. It's an easy drinking beer and the ABV isn't too strong at 6%. I very much enjoyed it.

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Photo of dickieb
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with an average toffee colored head and some greta lacing. The smell is of tootsie rolls chocolate and caramel malts and some light hopping. The flavor consists or bitter dark chocolate some grainy malts and a lingering hop bitterness. The mouthfell is quite thick for 6% and it is quite drinkable. This one is a classic, a good chocolate stout that is not 10%. An excellent example of the style.

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Photo of bonkers
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. It pours jet black with a large tan head. The aroma is pure dark chocolate. The flavor is heavy on dark chocolate without being overly sweet. The finish is only slightly bitter, giving the beer great balance. The beer is medium bodied, average carbonation and dangerously drinkable. This would make a great desert beer.

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Photo of UA8
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep and rich and dark brown, with a light brown head.

S- Kicks in with a huge Swiss Miss hot chocolate scent. There's a slight backing of yeast notes and dark roasted malts.

T- Lead with big hot cocoa taste, moves on to rich toasted, and finished with bitter herbal hops.

M- Moderate viscosity, could be quite a bit more dense. Carbonation is low with a fine texture.

D- A very nice chocolate stout, which if it were just a touch more viscous could be great.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a cocoa colored head. Aroma is straight up chocolate. It smells like hot cocoa, only more chocolaty. This is one of those beers where all the malt and hops aromas are so hard to pick up I can't really comment on them. The flavor here has a lot more than just chocolate though. The first thing you will notice naturally is the chocolate because of the aroma. The flavors are a bit more complex, with dark malts coming through and a touch of hops in the back. Some coffee flavors also come through. I would prefer just a bit more bitterness either from hops or dark bitter malts. Mouthfeel is great, it leaves some flavor on the finish, making you want another sip, leading to great drinkability. Aroma is a bit strong which lowers the drinkability just a bit, but its still really nice.

Overall this is a great chocolate stout. After having both ST Choklat and Harpoon chocolate stout, this one is much better than both and fits perfectly between both. It isn't "imperial" and it doesn't have to be. It has complexity without being too strong. The price is a bit high here, of course since its Rogue.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.94/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No dating info. It was black in color with slight carb but tons of lacing. It had a very large brown head that very, very slowly settled into a thick constant foam.

The aroma was very weak. I'm battling spring allergies so even had the wife take a sniff. We both had to really swirl the glass and then breath deep to get much. What was there was good. Cocoa and coffee mainly with some milk chocolate in the back. The taste was very disappointing. Chalky with a very bitter middle and end. I like bitter but this seemed out of place and the wrong bitter if that makes sense. Also getting a lot of watery taste as well. Normally, I'd chalk this up to a bad bottle but I tried this about 6 months ago and it tasted exactly the same. I didn't review it then because I thought it was a bad bottle but now I think that it's just the way it is. I really wanted to like this one as I love the style and it's readily accessible but really didn't enjoy. After half a bottle it really became a chore to finish.

Overall, a disappointment - see above for why. Could I possibly have had 2 bad bottles? Seems unlikely but I'm way off from other reviewers that normally I find a lot in common with. Since it's Rogue, I'll give it one more chance down the road. Unless dramatic improvement, one and done.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at J Clyde in Birmingham, AL.

A: Pours a dark black with a couple fingers of khaki colored head that settles down after awhile to one finger or less, lots of frothy lacing on the glass.

S: literally smells like a chocolate milkshake, I try to pick out other scents and it says don't bother! Such a great nose treat.

T: very chocolatey flavor but it's more dark chocolate than milk chocolate. Can taste a slight amount of roasted malts/roast coffee once I get used to the chocolate.

M: feels full in the mouth but slightly thin/watery on the finish - I bet on a nitro tap this would be KILLER

D: easy to drink, solid flavor and no alcohol taste, so I'd say high although for me it would be higher if this were sweeter or more milk chocolate in flavor

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Photo of witster18
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional beer. For being a beer that has a flavor 'gimmick', so to speak, this is a well-balanced and flavorful stout that isn't overpowered or off-putting in any way. The chocolate stands in the forefront with a bitter hop backbone. I think it wouldn't be a stretch to call it a world class offering. Rogue has developed a beer here that is flavor overload but still maintains incredible drinkability. My bomber left like a thin lager but also left me yearning for more. Hefty price tags with rogue now... they sent out a letter talking about prices of ingredients etc... the way I see it... you pay a world class beer price... but often you don't get a world class beer.... Not Here!... 6.50 hurts...but it hurts so good.... mmmm..mmm tasty beverage. Less Chalky than St. Ambroise Oat Stout... better mouthfeel than old #38... TO quote Arnold, "I'll be bahck"!

This is one of the top 10(out of about 250) beers that I've tasted in my life.. a very, very good beer.

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

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint class.

About the closest damn thing you are going to get to chocolate beer. More so (maybe not) than Choklat, or at least it has more beer/stout like flavor than this beer. I mean it has some wonderful toastiness that compliments an outstandingly sweet chocolaty aspect. And tastes much much bigger than the six percent would indicate. Every brewer could take a lesson in the head retention that this beer shows. A half inch cap of sandy brown froth all the way through the session. Maybe just a tad too sweet for my tastes, but I'm not really a chocolate fan and I'm still beyond impressed. A must try for anyone interested in chocolate stouts or stouts in general.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 16 Mar 2009.

Poured in 0.4 L Hutthurmer stein (the closest match to the one on the bottle). Large thick dark brown head. Well carbonated. Dark brown pumpernickel in color. Strong aroma of cocoa, semisweet chocolate, some coffee. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate, cold coffee, some espresso. Mocha espress finish and aftertaste. Cocoa powder mouthfeel. Medium body, a little lighter than expected. Ethanol moderate.

Would have preferred a little more sweetness but still quite good.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a few times here and there, but I wanted to get around to reviewing it.
Dark black with a light brown mocha head. Clings nicely. Smells of roasty bitter malts and chocolate. Plenty of bitterness in the taste, but not from hops. The bitterness is all chocolate, almost like sticking your tongue in baker's chocolate. Many think "sweet" when they see "chocolate" but don't be fooled. This beer is very chocolatey and very bitter. No sweetness here. I would rate the taste portion higher, but the residual bitterness from the dark chocolates isn't too pleasant.
Its smooth and milky in the mouth and quite quaffable.

This beer is basically a Shakespeare Stout with tons of chocolate poured in. I prefer the Shakespeare, but this one is worth a look, but you probably already know that.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly obsidian color, with enough dark brown to make it look like a melted dark chocolate bar; the billowy tan head leaves sheets of lacing around

Smell: Lots of melted dark chocalate, with vague hints of grain amd citrus

Taste: Starts out with a black bread character that becomes extremely chocolatey by mid-palate, when the expected bitterness of a west coast stout arrives; there is some cherry cordial in the flavor profile, too, but just a hint; after the swallow, the tongue is battered with dark chocolate, although the finish is surprisingly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While I would like a slightly fuller mouthfeel, this beer is top notch all around

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Photo of Jablonski
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours pitch black with a small head and minimal lacing.

S: There is a light milk chocolate aroma that is pleasant, but not much else.

T: The taste is largely bittersweet: dark and milk chocolate, coffee. A rich taste.

M: Good thickness and carbonation in the beer.

D: Very drinkable for a chocolate stout.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber. Pours jet black with 2 fingers of thick creamy foam that is a light brown in color. Laces everywhere.

Smells like a chocolate bar. Cocoa jumps out of the beer into the nose. Hints that it has been roasted.

Taste is an absolutely perfect blend of stout and chocolate. The chocolate is here, there, and everywhere, but never overpowering. Its oaty, creamy, milky, but never too much. Even the sweetness of the drink is nicely balances.

everything just works in concert to produce a great beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beerman207
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This review comes from a bomber bottle. I have to start out by saying I was somewhat disappointed with the bottle versus having this on draft. My first experience with this brew was on draft where I didn't take notes on the beer but my recollection was that the beer was amazing. The bottle was a little less impnressive.

Pour resulted in a nice two fingers of head with very nice lacing. The smell of chocolate was good but not as good as the draft. The taste was bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee? This beer is as dark as the night sky which is quite impressive. Overall a really good beer but I have to recommmend the draft over the bottle.

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Photo of bmwats
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 650ml bottle into a pint.

A: Very dark brown. Half finger greyish brown head quickly settles leaving only a touch of of bubbly carbonation on the surface. A little beer ring lacing remains as you drink.

S: Dark roasted coffee malt, bittersweet chocolate, nuts.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, hint of light roast coffee; maybe a little pecan, as well. A bit bittersweet.

M: Light but hearty. Strong alcohol taste. A certain watery quality.

D: Very good drinkability. Good balance of flavor and feel.

Deep dark ominous appearance. Nice complexity in the nose, and somewhat the same in the palette. Good balance of flavors with none of the components too overpowering. Light, hearty feel. A good sipping beer. Great quaff.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a tan head that lasted a while.

Aroma is sweet chocolate kind of like cocoa. Little bite of coffee in the background.

Taste is sweet and robust. Full of chocolate and coffee tones.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy sweet. Soft carbonation.

Great chocolate stout. Highly recommended.

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