Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

4,195 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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Ratings: 4,195 |  Reviews: 1,912
Photo of Jablonski
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +6.2%
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 -12.6%
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 +5.5%
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 -9.3%
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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Photo of daveGsus
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was presented to me at cobblestones in a sampler glass(about 7oz.). beautiful dark body with a thick tan head. I'm not into chocolate stouts but this was exceptional. you can smell the chocolate. very good rich taste. I will be back for a pint or two sometime in the near future.

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Photo of JesseP09
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

High-five to Rogue Ales! This creation is truly superb.

Appearance is phenomenal, with its rich chocolate brown look.

Smell is fantastic, like a rich alcohol-enhanced glass of hot chocolate.

Taste is brilliant, although not quite as much chocolate as I anticipated.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are great. Simply stunning. This beer is a total beer-drinker's dream.

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

Poured from a 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle

Served in a Sam Adams Sensory glass at cellar temperature

Pour: Pours very dark and thick. A nice tight frothy brown head of about two fingers - leaves a some lacing. When agitated, brown froth forms across the top.

Smell: A sweet roasted chocolate malted scent. The chocolate smells like a bitter sweet chocolate. A soft background scent of coffee can be detected.

Taste: Strong flavor of bitter dark chocolate with some coffee taste. Roasted malt with a smoky component as well. Chocolate dominates just like the smell and bottle promise. A long lasting bitter chocolate aftertaste is not unpleasant. A bit of a chalky part there is present as well.

Mouthfeel: For all the flavor and richness, the mouthfeel is a surprisingly medium bodied feel. The chocolate leaves a bit of a dry feel on the tongue as it ages in the mouth.

Drinkability: Not for the weak. I really good strong stout ale!! Indeed, can I have another?

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

Appearance: poured with 1 inch of creamy tan head that dissipated over 3 minutes to a thin layer leaving nice lacing. The beer is black and does not let light through.

Smell: Very strong sweet chocolate, sweet roasted malt

Taste: Surprisingly hoppy and strong chocolate, sweet roasted malt

Mouthfeel: Hoppy tingle, medium carbonation, leaves mouth dry

Overall: Pretty drinkable, nice balance of hops and sweet malt, nice amount of chocolate, alcohol not very noticeable

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, almost black in color with a big fluffy light brown head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

S- Lots of sweet milk chocolate fallowed by a hint of coffee and other roasted aromas. Hops have a very light presence in the nose.

T- Big roasted flavors up front, coffee, roasted nuts and roasted barley. Chocolate comes in pretty strong once the bitter roasted flavors calm down. Some sweet caramel and light alcohol throughout, with dry bitterness in the end.

M- Nice silky malts then a bitter hop bite, nice balance, good mouth feel.

Overall- This is a really good stout, one of my favorite stouts that adds chocolate. This is a beer that makes me appreciate Rogue all over again.

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

I like Rouge, I like sweet/chocolate stouts, but I'm not particularly fond of this offering.

A - About what one would expect of a decent, carbonated stout.

S - Quite good. The chocolate is there in aplomb.

T - Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Indeed, the chocolate drowns out much of the complexity, and really makes this one dimensional.

M - Appropriate, given what they were going for.

D - It's acceptable in this regard, but only because it's more of a dessert item than a beer. Some will find this a good thing, but I really do not. This coming from someone that loves Young's Double Chocolate, etc.

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Photo of WDorning
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding! Had many chocolate stouts and this one takes the cake. Rich, black color with 2 finger lasting head. Creamy mouthfeel and very chocolaty taste. The only negative was a somewhat weak smell, but as far as stouts go, the smell is pleasant. Could drink this one all day.

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

A - Dark brown with a large off-white pillowly head. Retention is very good and nice lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, and a slight whiff of coffee.

T - Very sweet, tastes like you just ate a king-sized chocolate bar. There are a few other flavors in there as well. Roasted malt and coffee are also present.

M - Very creamy and moderate carbonation.

D - While I quickily downed the bomber, I'm not sure if I could drink another. The sweetness is seriously strong.

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

A - Poured from a bomber into a proper pint glass. Pours Coca-Cola brown with a nice, creamy dark tan head that sticks around and slinks along the inside of my glass.

S - Nice sweet powdered cocoa scent over some bittersweet chocolate and toasted malt.

T - Chocolaty, cocoa sweetness runs the show here. It has a very nice, mildly spicy finish that's a nice almost peppery pop after the smooth cocoasplosion.

M - Really nice and velvety, creamy, full bodied.

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

A: poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pitch black liquid topped with a medium, lingering brown foam. Inviting.

S: sweet chocolate and syrupy dark malt

T: nice balance of bitter & sweet cocoa, neither of which overpowers the fact this is a beer (not a milkshake). Tons of deep malt character and a bit of hops. Just about right for a standard chocolate stout.

M: coats well but not especially thick or creamy. The head did not translate into perceived fizz. Typical solid stout but not exceptional.

D: with all the killer "big" beers out there, this is one standard I could come back to over & over without breaking the bank or the ABV tolerance.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Poured from a bomber. Poured a very dark, almost motor-oil brown with about two fingers of frothy head with great lacing. Beautiful.

S--Very sweet from both the chocolate and the malt. Very inviting.

T--Lots of dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, finishes with a slight almost-hoppy bitterness. While other flavors are more subtly expressed, this brew sure doesn't beat around the bush with the dark chocolate. Yum.

M--Not as thick as one might expect. Medium bodied, pleasant, but I think I want a little more.

D--One of my favorite beers. Very enjoyable, I would guess that it has broad appeal.

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

A - This is by far the darkest, most opaque beer I've ever encountered. Just for kicks I turned off the lights and held a laser pointer to the other side of the mug. Nothing came through. Nothing. The head was a thick froth, akin to what you would see on the top of a good expresso.

S - Cocoa absolutely dominates. A blind smell test would overwhelmingly say that this was a high-grade, bittersweet chocolate bar... and in this case that's a very good thing.

T - A surpisingly well balanced stout with good malt base. Of course the brew has very strong chocolate overtones, but nothing about the flavor seems unbalanced. Biased towards the cocoa, yes, but the flavor just works.

M - A good chewy texture with subdued fizz that gently coats the mouth.

D - Despite the strong flavors and full texture, this is a marvelously easy beer to drink. Additionally, this beer is an absolute desert. I would rather have a mug of this at the end of a meal than a dessert served on a plate.

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

Had a bomber of this split with a friend.
Poured a nice, dark brown with a big head of tan foam and laced abundantly.
Smell and taste were both in a word, awesome. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate dominates both the nose and the palate.
Only complaint with this beer is it wasnt as thick in the mouth as I would have liked, but otherwise, great

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a willy

A-Dark black, doesn't get any darker than this one. Nice head holds the top the whole time, smooth and creamy in the middle and slightly thinner to the edges

S-Chocolate sweetness domainates as expected but you can also get some hop rich malt notes.

T-Bitter dark chocolate front middle and finish, nice and bitter and extremly rich

M-Medium body and may be even a tad overcarbonated but overall very smooth and easy to drink

D-Easy to drink and at 6.99 for the 750 I could easily see me picking this up every once in a while.

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Photo of naterock
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, Deep black and opaque. Thick head to begin with and slowly dissapates to a thin but lasting head. Quite sexy

smell is rich chocolate and a strong malt sweetness. a Lingering hop is way in the background.

Taste is incredibly sweet malt but bitter chocolate. The finish is bitter but the approach is smooth and creamy. the hops are even present but very faint.

mouth is smooth and creamy and a bit oily. finishes bitter and leaves me wanting more. Drinks very slow but easy. Good and one of the best chocolate stouts around.

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Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.29.

A: Beautiful Nearly black with milk chocolate brown edges and a baking German chocolate cake head, 2-3 fingers, with prodigious amounts of lace.

S: Delicious bittersweet chocolate aromas, floral hops, dark malts, and molasses.

T: Unfortunately the taste is heavier on the acrid, molasses end of the scale and less on the sweet chocolate end of the spectrum. While the acridness isn't overly harsh, it dominates the flavor from start to end and pushes out the more enjoyable flavors of bittersweet dark chocolate, floral, C-type hops, and roasted Dark malts. I get very little sense of oatmeal in the flavor. The acrid, overly bitter, under-sweet aftertaste of damp paper is not very enjoyable.

M: The feel is pretty chewy in the long-run, but feels surprisingly light to the risk of being thin. The carbonation is good.

D: An up-and-down beer with good looks but not a balanced enough flavor which could be served by more body and a toned down acrid character. A let-down overall.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.08/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Nearly opaque black with brown elements. A two-finger tan head dissolves quickly into a ring and leaves spots of lacing down the glass.

S: Chocolate is very strong in the nose, accompanied by roasted malt and hints of coffee.

T: As with the nose, strong chocolate dominates the taste, giving a VERY sweet introduction with a slight coffee bean mid-taste. Roasted malts round out the mid-flavor, but chocolate pulls through again for a strongly sweet finish with a little kick of coffee. Very light alcohol presence. Overall, it's cloying, like drinking a melted Hershey's bar.

M: Full-bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth, sticky, and coats the mouth heavily. This syrupiness is the beer's downfall after 10oz or so.

D: A solid chocolate stout -- delivers the mouthfeel and impressive presence. However, it lacks staying power. It's just too sweet to drink more than one 12ozer, and this bomber is hard to finish beyond the halfway point. I enjoyed it at first, but by the end I was completely sick of it and I never want to have it again.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a midnight black with a nice creamy mocha head. Very nice lacing that lingered as I drank it down.

Smell is pure chocolate, rather heavenly, but nothing else.

Taste is overpowering chocolate and some maltiness. Way too much chocolate in this for me. I do love chocolate stouts (Youngs & Brooklyn my favorites), but this one is like drinking a chocolate malt, doesn't taste like a beer.

I split a bomber with my friend & we both could barely finish our half, not very drinkable.

A rather disappointing chocolate stout from Rogue

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Photo of CityBoy1986
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber.

The pour is almost black with two fingers' worth of brown head. Retention is nice, as is lacing.

The nose is (as expected) mostly chocolate with some hints of mocha and dark fruits. The taste is more of the same, and there is a bit of burntness present in the aftertaste. Some mild bitterness is there throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a bit of carbonation, maybe a little too much. Drinkability was good. I can see the rating rising with food.

This is a very solid stout that is worth a visit every once in a while.

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Photo of theBubba
2.95/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 650 ML bottle into a brandy snifter, this beer presented itself well. A deep dark burnt umber with a very decent mocha colored head that to some degree lingered to the end. Aroma of chocolate...period. The smell was pure chocolate and lacked the other nuances of a typically well done chocolate stout. Stir in a spoonful of dark coco into your next porter or stout and you'll get the idea. The taste was, frankly, disappointing. An unpleasant bitterness lingered after each sip. Once you get past the chocolate, you're kind of drinking a Guinness with a little more body. Whether this bitterness comes from bakers chocolate or a big shot of hops...or both, I couldn't tell. But to my palate, this stuff is unpleasant. The bitter aftertaste lasts until you brush your teeth. From previous reviews, I expected better. I'll take a Young's Double Chocolate, thank you.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 4,195 ratings.
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