Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

4,194 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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black color with a thick, creamy brown head that lasted for almost the entire glass.

S - chocolate and roasted malt.

T - very good chocolate flavor without being overly sweet, hop bitterness provides excellent balance.

F - light/medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation feel.

D - goes down easy, a tasty, enjoyable brew.

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

Picked this brew up the other day, I was not sure what to think based on the amount of chocolate flavor that I figured would be there. The brew poured to a black color with a thick lighter brown head that had great retention and lacing. The aroma was dominated by the chocolate aroma, bittersweet. Also adding to the bitterness was the hops, with 60+ IBUs I figure that this would add to that perceived aroma? Also was a mild aroma of coffee and slightly burnt grains. The taste was dominated by the same bittersweet chocolate that was picked up on the nose, but also there was a nice malt flavor that seemed to add a dryness. That dryness was mixed with an ample hop presence at the tail. I feel that the flavors of this brew where good, it (bomber bottle) was just to much for me. The flavors just seemed to get to me after a while. I made my way through it but it took time and at the end some effort. The feel was a little syrupy with adequate carbonation. This brew is clearly worth trying and probably would be great going along with a chocolate type dessert. For me I would clearly rather have the Shakespeare Stout from Rogue.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark brown/black and clear, with a thick tan head.

S - Definitely smells of chocolate up front. Hints of spicy hops and alcohol behind that... well behind. Chocolate is first and foremost in the odor of this one.

T - Yep... that's chocolate. A nice milk-chocolate flavor with some coffee notes. Finishes dry and bitter, which is a good complement to the chocolate sweetness up front.

M - Exceptionally smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation helps balance out the smoothness and give it a bit of "bite."

D - Very drinkable. Quite smooth and well-balanced. An excellent example of how to blend chocolate and stout.

Overall: The one thing that would keep me from enjoying this often is that the chocolate flavors dominate. I'd probably save it for a desert beer, since I'd have a hard time pairing it with a dinner.

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Photo of farrago
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an enormous head, thick and frothy and takes forever to subside, completely black-brown without a hint of yellow nor orange. Dark chocolate, coffee bean, even caramel, touches of plum or cherry fruit, even you can zen out, a nicely bitter hoppiness appears. In the mouth it's full-bodied yet in no way heavy, nimble as it has some serious carbonation to keep it from sinking too too deeply. Sure, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, it delivers what the label says. And, as the nose subtly suggests, there's some hoppy spine here as well, not all about the sweetness. Moderate length on finish, as if crafted to be so. No noticeable flaws.

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Photo of JAA
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into a pint glass. Shared with my girlfriend, who said "whoa, this smells like chocolate, but not the usual fake chocolate that most beers smell like, but real chocolate".

Well, it does smell like chocolate. "real chocolate". It actually smells like powdered chocolate, and tastes like it also. It's a little funky with a grassy odor.

Tastes great. Yes, chocalatey, but surprisingly well balanced. It seems like the chocolate is replacing the malt, yet it's perfectly balanced with the bitterness of the hops. The bottle claims 69 IBU's, and it's believable.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, making this beer easy to drink. Put it in cases and watch it sell like hotcakes. I know i would buy it.

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Photo of bowersdm
2.05/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bomber poured into a mug

A - beautiful black color with a nice thick, stiff head. Unfortunately, it's all downhill from here.

S - chocolate, fruit and some spice. the chocolate is really not that pleasant.

T - it tastes like a stout with Hershey's syrup added.

M - very, very watery.

D - I will probably never have this ever again.

My first Rogue beer. I was not impressed.

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Photo of jstilwell
1.68/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

What is all of the hype for? I see the Bros. reviewed this in 02, maybe it has changed? Maybe I drank from a bad keg? Maybe... I don't know.

A: Dark black, weak thin brown head, ,looks OK, nothing special.

S: Definite smells of chocolate, not in a good way, almost like a Hershey Kiss or some other mass produced chocolate. I'm partial to belgians and small batch delights.

T: 1st impression, yuck! Waste of $5, i'll never finish it. Tastes like some artificial chocolate added to some watered down generic stout. This chocolate is all overpowering.

M: Watery, mildly carbonated, somewhat smooth I suppose, again nothing special.

D: I managed to finish the glass (almost), the brew is not bitter, that is the best thing I can say about it.

I would imagine that many non craft drinkers would enjoy this for a change of pace from Bud or Miller. But after experiencing some of the chewy, creamy, full bodied mouth explosion varieties of the style, this one is not in the same class (for me)

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Photo of HappyBivouac
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- dense opaque dark brown with a beautiful creamy/slight rocky tan head. Looks delicious.

s- smells of brown sugar, sweet dark fruits dipped in dark chocolate. a hint of spice. Black forest chocolate cake. This is maybe the best-smelling stout I've had to date. Damn near perfection.

t- dark candy chocolate. Brown sugar and nuts. Thick, dark smoke. Roasted coffee. Oatmeal. As this warms up, it becomes more roasted mocha and unexpected fruits come out like fried banana and a little bit of cherry tartness. The lingering taste is not unlike fried banana dipped in bitter dark chocolate. If you think you know what you're going to taste with this beer, you'll be wrong every time you take a sip. Outstanding.

m- silky smooth and a little bit chewy. there is almost no bite to this beer, but it doesn't need it.

d- what can I say? this is a heavy, rich, dark chocolate dessert kind of beer with an immense and complex flavor. Holy crap is it good, but if you're like me you'll likely feel pretty full (in a good way!) after one bottle of this. Unless you're sharing, of course, but... share? really?

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

One of the best winter stouts I have had to date. The complexity is there, the flavor is there, and the taste is therre.

Appearance is very dark brown. Looks like motor oil in the glass but, as pouring, has a very murky quality to it.

Smell is very complex. The chocolate is there, but one has to search beneath the roasted oats, the tumeric and nutmeg, and the bitterness of mature hops to get at it.

The taste is very very good. The longer it sits in the mouth, the more the flavors mix, roll, and come out. The spices, the sweetness of brown sugar, light smoked meats, the bitter dark chocolate, and the round oats combine for an incredible flavor.

Very drinkable. Heavy, but the finish is just as complex and full as the rest of the beer.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Young's Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours black. Actually, it appears to be such a deep dark brown that light will not penetrate it. Three-finger head of dense light brown colored foam. Excellent retention and massive lacing. Probably some of the best lacing that I've ever seen, at this point.

The chocolate really stands out, in this one. It brings a big toasted maltiness with it. Nice roasted coffee notes. Hints of vanilla and caramel. A little bit of smoke.

The chocolate is still big hare, like in the nose. The coffee stands up next to it, though, to give it some balance. Big roasted malts. Not much hop presence, at all. Just a touch of vanilla cream.

Good medium body, here. Not quite full. Just a touch too waterey, for me. Would like it to be a touch creamier.

Very tasty brew, all-in-all. Nice stout with some good chocolate flavor. Very drinkable. Would be good for a cool night.
With the economical pricing of Rogue beers, this would be a great one to have on hand, most of the time.

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Photo of charliedango
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the only other chocolate stout I put in the same category with Young's Double Chocolate Stout as the best chocolate stouts available. Pure drinking delight and in a way almost too seductive in nature. Heavy mouthfeel that's light on carbonation and overflowing with a rich, dark chocolate flavor. Not too bitter with a strict stout aftertaste. I'd say the Rogue Chocolate Stout offering is slightly sweeter than Young's which is the only thing I feel sets these two apart. All in all a great stout and one that I anticipate drinking again (next time I hit the Brewhaus!)

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

Pours basically black with a frothy tannish head that sticks around and leaves a heavy lacing. Leaves a nice foam mustache.

Smell is chocolate with some toasty malt.

Taste starts off very heavy and creamy smooth. Has a creamy chocolate in the beginning and a dark chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is heavy, creamy and chewy. Goes down very smooth and not too sweet or too much roastiness, so it doesn't get old fast.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this 22 oz bomber with my girlfriend and I'm happy to say we both ended up enjoying it.

Dark brown/black body tinged with lighter brown at the ends when held up to light, otherwise opaque. Adequate lacing.

Aroma is of dark chocolate/brownies.

Taste is of unsweetened chocolate. Either there was a slight hop bite/bitterness or all the bitterness was coming from the roasted malts and cocoa; in either case it was very well balanced.

Thick mouthfeel, slightly bitter dark chocolate aftertaste that didn't cling to the palate.

Good drinkability, doesn't get cloying. A pretty decent offering from Rogue.

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

Pours a black with one finger thick mocha head. Turns into a crown with light lacing.

Smell is like Hershey chocolate syrup. Unfortunately thats all there is there.

Taste is very nicely balanced, not overly chocolate like the smell could lead you to believe. Starts off sweet chocolate milk, takes a brief bitter turn, and ends with dark bitter chocolate.

Medium bodied and medium carbonated, nice mouth coating feeling.

Easy and good to drink, would buy again in a second. Very nice.

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Photo of BeenJammin
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue's Chocolate Stout pours a sturdy black with a lovely foamy tan head. The nose is filled with chocolate and roasty aromas with a few sweet and toffee-like notes to it as well. Aside from the obvious chocolate in the flavor there is also a great coffee and cream flavor in there as well. There is also a nice bitterness to it as well from the hops. The mouth fell is nice and thick and it is so smooth going down. I think I will try my first ice cream beer float with this beer.

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Photo of mattffrost
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a vey dark brown with a tan head. Carbonation is very low.

Smell A very faint chocolate smell. A bit of coffee. Not a lot of others smells I get.

Taste Very mild chocolate taste with hints of coffee. Not a sweet nor bitter beer. Not bitter finish really. Very low carbonation with the non bitter finish makes a very mild beer. Its a nice beer.

Mouthful low carbonation mild chocolate beer that i s nice.

Drinkability A good beer for the winter. Not by favorite type of beer but a good choice for this category.

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Photo of Hokies
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a nonic glass. Pours a deep black colour with a nice brown head with a light lace.

Roasted malts but mostly the is dominated by a sweet chocolate aroma.

In the taste the the roasted malts give off more of a dark chocolate taste that dominates with some sweet chocolate hiding behind the dark chocolate. You can also detect the distinct hops that Rogue uses behind the strong chocolate taste.

Not the best chocolate stout that I have had, that would go to ST but still a nice stout.

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Photo of adamhdv
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a VERY nice pitch black color with great 1.5 finger head.

Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate, really noticeable. Maybe even a mix of cocoa in there.

Nice cocoa/roasted coffee flavor...noticeable rich chocolate. Wish this was a little more creamy, slightly chocolate milk constancy.

Went down smooth and was full of flavor, great chocolate stout.
For under $5 a bomber, I will always keep these in stock!

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. Pitch black in color with a thick rich head on top. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, and figs are on the forefront. Gulp. Thick in texture, creamy in a sort of way. The chocolate is the star and is not shy about it. One of the better stouts I ever had the pleasure of sipping. Very drinkable and very recommendable. Will try again soon.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a tulip glass

Pours dark brown/black with a steady tan head.

Creamy milk chocolate smell followed by a light roasty malt. Makes you want to take a bite.

Taste is slightly roastier than the smell, but it still starts chocolatey and finishes the same. There is a slight hop bight in the middle.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected, but a very easy drinking beer do to the combination of all factors.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 4/21/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a black/very dark brown color, Big thick head-tan, good sized bubbles, slowly diminishing, like a good stout should be. Strong aroma of hops, chocolate, nuts, very interesting aroma. Strong chocolate malt taste, semi-bitter taste, overall pretty smooth flavor.

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

Wow this is gorgeous! Poured black with only the slightest red highlight visible when held up to light. The head is massive and foamy AND frothy. This head is one of the brownest i have seen to date maybe only lighter to TEN fidy. Nice vertical streaks of lacing. Aroma to me is mostly reminiscent of tootsie rolls. It dominates! Milk chocolate and super malty flavors are also strong. In the taste, the milk chocolate flavor becomes dry and more like a bitter belgian chocolate. There is alot of hop bitterness up front also that i didn't smell at all in the nose.
Roasted malt flavor is also detectable. Feel is creamy to the touch but overall the body is a tad light. There is a crispiness from the carbonation.

Overall this tastes like a tootsie roll; a candy I am not fond of. I do enjoy the beer but as a chocolate stout it isn't one of my top faves.

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

Delicious chocolate stout. I have not been the biggest fan of some chocolate- and coffee-flavored beers, but this one really nails the balance of flavors, never tastes artificial and still has a sweet, dessert-like flavor. The beer looks just phenomenal. It's a rich black. If you hold something colored matte black to it, you can see the faintest shade of brown, giving body to the utter blackness. The beer is entirely opaque, as far as I can tell with a wide glass and a strong light source. The head is thick and rich and leaves wonderful sticky lacing. The beer smells like expensive cocoa powder mixed with cacao nibs and a dash of roasted coffee beans. The flavor is wonderful. The chocolate is perfectly used. The beer isn't too sweet or too chocolatey. There are good mineral and earthy hop notes. The malt backbone is big and strong. It's an enormous flavor for a stout that clocks in at a mere 6% abv, a trifling amount compared to some of the Imperial versions. The lush, creamy feel is the finishing touch. This beer and Rogue's Shakespeare Stout are both such incredible stouts. They're among the best of all stouts, regardless of size, and remain affordable amongst the increasing prices of micro-brewed beers.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber...

Pours to a dark, completely opaque color with a 1 finger tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

As for the smell, well what else can really be said here but roasted chocolate. Some roasted malt in the background.

A definite taste of chocolate that comes through especially well if you breathe through your nose a bit while sipping. A faint sweetness but nothing overpowering. Also some hints of coffee and hops in the aftertaste.

This is an extremely smooth beer that goes down easy and something I could easily have a few of throughout the night. Reviewed this a week after the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock (which I did enjoy for the most part) but personally there's no competition here, Rogue wins this battle hands down. More smooth and full flavored at less than half the price. Not a beer to pass up if you haven't tried it yet.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
2.41/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'll start with saying that maybe this one just isn't in my wheelhouse.

I picked up a bottle of RCS because of its high rating here. I'm not impressed. The "chocolate" is a stretch. It's not in the flavor, and at best maybe my breath smells a little like Kaluha. Once it warms up I guess it smells like a chocolate syrup a little.

The poured head is great - huge and almost as thick as whipped cream. Neat effect.

The beer? Rouge's Coffee Grounds Stout might be a better name. Some folks must be into that flavor. For me, no thanks. If you're going to drink it, let it come closer to room temperature first. I found it more tolerable that way. Thin body that I wouldn't expect from such a dark, frothy brew.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 4,194 ratings.
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