Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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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 Jayli
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a wonderful black - no light passes through. A foamy 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates leaving a lingering head. Great lacing throughout. There is a rich chocolate scent with hints of caramel, and potentially a bit of coffee. The taste picks up where the scent ends - rich chocolate flavoring...but more of a darker chocolate flavoring. There is a slight bitter aftertaste - but the beer itself is so good, that the aftertaste can be overlooked. The beer is more carbonated than I would have anticipated. However, unlike other beers that I have had with this much carbonation it's not overpowering and doesn't detract from the beer.
This is a fantastic chocolate stout - I hope to find it again soon!

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Photo of julian
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black, with a thick pillowy brown head from an deep pour. Almost solid foam lacing on the opposite side of the glass I've been drinking from and dotted lacing on the side I have been drinking from.

S: Mildly roasted, dark chocolate aroma, slightly bitter, yet sweet at the same time. notes of caramel, and toffee and maybe even some coffee beans in there too.

T: Taste is rich with chocolate. Tastes like dark baker's chocolate, in that it's slightly dry and bitter. It also has a mild roasted feel about it which was prevalent in the aroma too. Taste sweetens later on bringing out the flavor of mild caramel or toffee. Finishes off smooth. No lingering bitterness.

M: Great feel all around. Medium carbonation, smooth & easy drinking.

D: This is a super easy drinking beer. No sipping necessary, you can take a mouthful and down it with ease.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to glass...

Black fluid with thick cream tan head. Love the creamy heads. Great looking beer.

Smell reminds me of Easter. Rich milk chocolate. Can almost smell the creaminess. Can also smell some dark chocolate. Maybe some coffee.

Taste of bitter and burnt chocolate. Good, but the nose is better in this case. Coffee flavor is present. As are a trace of hops way late in the game.

Thick for sure but not as creamy on the tongue as I expected (or hoped). Seems to have a teeny tiny bit more carbonation than is called for.

Far, far too easy to drink. I find myself taking gulps instead of sips. Good thing? Bad thing? I've had some stouts I wouldn't dare gulp.

As I was trying to figure out why it's so easy to drink, the wife tells me "it's the alcohol." So I checks it out and sure enough, 6% ABV, which is incredibly light for me. No big deal, just means I can drink a few!

As it turns out, this is a very tasty, very easy to drink beer. In my pathetic opinion, all craft beer drinkers should keep one of these in their collection for the buddy who stops by. Tremendous potential as a gateway beer.

Overall: great beer

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Photo of grayburn
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

a- just as expected, dark as night, nice tan ring that lingers around the glass for the drinking not pour this beer too aggressively or it will turn on you (personal experience).

s- chocolate....smmmooottthhh. could not be improved upon period

t- wow chocolate milk with a touch of baileys thrown in...this beer will make even a novice fall in love with stout...another tongue-job from rogue...thanks guys...

m- smooth as a brazilian wax...very nice high five

d- i could drink these through a divorce, then again through alimony...thank you rogue...a nice session stout.

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Photo of mkabull
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On first poor the color is dark with a nice light tan head formation . The aroma is full of dark malt , coffee , with hints of underlying vanilla . The first sip leads to a cascade of great stout flavors chocolate coffee and roasted malts abound . By far one of the best stouts I have had for a while . The body is on point for the style . Drinkability is an issue though not because it isn't appealling but because it is to appealling and very potent .

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

A - Good head, moderate carbonation, and terrific lacing. This is a pretty stout.

S - Chocolate and malt.

T - This beer is aptly named "chocolate stout" for its intense chocolate flavor. The chocolate quite obviously contains a high percentage of pure cacao (bakers chocolate) giving the beer a bitter taste. In some ways, this stout is reminiscent of a more bitter Young's Double Chocolate Stout and a much less sweet version of Mackeson Triple XXX Stout. All in all, it is rather one-dimensional, but it is all it claims to be; which earns extra points in my book.

M - Dry, clean, and light.

D - This stout would definitely take serious points here if and only if Rouge came down on the price quite a bit. This beer is just *way* too expensive at $6 per pint.

I may complain about the price, but this beer is world class.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours from a 22oz. painted brown bomber into the Sam Adams glass. It has a nearly black color with just a hint of dark brown around the edges. Lots of rocky head top the beer and it sticks around quite a while. The lacing is pretty good too.

Aroma is good, sweet and chocolatey with just a bit of roasted coffee.

Flavor is excellent - it's chocolate for sure but also a bit of espresso, both sweet and bitter, some earthy grassy notes, and hops. Chocolate is definately the theme and it comes shining through without being overpowered.

Mouthfeel is smooth and balanced, just enough carbonation, and it's good that it's not too much because a stout like this is best when the brewer goes easy on the bubbles.

Drinkability is good but really couldn't be any higher considering the sweet dessert-like nature of the beer.

Overall a great example of a chocolate stout - the best I've had.

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Photo of jf2
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Standard 1p 6 fl oz bottle, poured into glass slightly shorter and wider than a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a heavy dark brown. A surprising amount of carbonation without truly forming a head. Very little lace at first, and once head settled, there was none.

Nose: Toasty, with notes of coffee and, yes, chocolate.

Taste: Rich malt, with toasted flavors, both chocolate and coffee. A very slightly sweet finish is followed by a slightly bitter after taste, but in a positive way, which reminds me that I am drinking a toasty stout.

Mouth Feel: Surprisingly carbonated and light, compared to other stouts (in my opinion). Early in the bottle the carbonation was cloying, but dissipated later in the bottle, possible as the beer warmed.

Drinkablilty: Quite delicious. I liked it more and more as I finished the bottle.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a truly exceptional stout. My 1st chocolate-infused beer and I am blown away

A- Poured vigorously for an amazing 4-finger frothy, cascading, latte-colored head that leaves lacing all over the glass. Deep opaque black.

S- Smells like chocolate liquor mixed with the traditional malted barley and hops of a beer.

T- Taste is unbelievably chocolate. The sugary taste of the chocolate greatly compliments the sweet malts and the bitter taste compliments the spicy hops

M- Feels like a watery hot-chocolate mix. Medium-heavy body and silky carbonation

D- I could drink this for as long as my sweet tooth is awake and then some just for kicks. The bittersweet aftertaste makes you want more after every sip.

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Photo of Thunderball
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured midnight black into a mug. The smell was of chocolate milk, and coffee. Taste was chocolate up front with a campfire type coffee with chicory. A smokey, bitter finish. No one could say that this is not a well crafted brew, its just not my bag. Too much of a good thing that my palate grew tired of quite quickly. I will probably not be revisiting this offering again anytime in the future.

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

Had this beer on cask at Fathead's on Pittsburgh's south side.

Pumped into a massive dimpled mug, this beer was black as the night with little to no head whatsoever. Massive smell of malted barley, chocolate, and a pinch of wood. Tasted like someone melted a chocolate bar into my beer. Strong malt backbone prevails here. There was minimal carbonation and this beer went down silky smooth. Excellent in the cask... recomend you track this brew down in the cask if you like it from the bottle.


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Photo of timmah427
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a brownish, creamy head that soon sinks down. Aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is at first dominated by roasted malt flavors, but gives way to milk chocolate flavors. An overall delicious, perfectly balanced chocolate stout.

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Photo of daythree16
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Pours jet black with a really nice three finger head that looks like cappuccino foam. Each sip adds another layer of lace to the spiderweb-like strands that coat the entire glass.

The aroma that stands out the most is milk chocolate. Very sweet and inviting. In fact, it smells like a bowl of Cocoa Puffs. Taste is sweet up front with some chocolate and dark roasted malts. Dark chocolate finish with just a touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied. Drinkability is awesome. This is one smooth and delicious stout.

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Photo of tedsox31
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours pure black into a 12 oz. pint glass. There is about a finger of head and it leaves a trail of lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: Very, very full of chocolate. It is mostly what I can smell. There may be some malts that I detect, but it definitely is huge on chocolate.

Taste: The taste reminds me of the kind of semi-sweet or dark chocolate that I use when I'm making fudge. It is pleasantly sweet but also with a nice bitterness that balances the sweetness of the chocolate malts. I do not taste much else other than that.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, with a pleasant bite of carbonation. This is not a too-heavy stout, but it still is heavy enough that you would call it a stout.

Drinkability: Definitely one of the finer stouts that I have enjoyed. No more than one for me in a sitting, but a beer that I would like to drink again.

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

Pours liquid midnight into my Green Flash pint glass. Tall mocha color head that recedes quickly enough. Reasonable lacing throughout the session.

BAM chocolate on the nose. Maybe some roasted malts trying to emerge, but the nose is ALL about choloate.

Nice balance of roasted malts and choloate on the mouth. Smooth and sexy. Goes down quicker than a Bangkok prostitute (from what I've heard...)

Surprisingly light mouth feel. Would have expected a little more from such a choco tastic beer, but then again it's only 6%.

Super drinkable. I put away the entire bomber myself. Killer beer. One of my favorite offerings from Rogue.

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Photo of itcomesnpints
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An expansive gloomy head with great retention over an ebony vacuum. The scent is of tantalizing Dutch dark chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is absolutely unbelievable. Rich chocolate cake with a warm swirl of alcohol, topped with a taste of cascade hops to add to the bittersweet cocoa finish. Medium to heavy, very balanced mouthfeel. One bomber was not enough to satisfy. Need more. Many more. The bar has been raised. Hats way off to this one.

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Photo of Goliath
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and completely opaque. A large inch and a half mocha colored head forms and lingers with excellent retention leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is nice, but more subtle than I would have assumed. Dark chocolate is definitely a dominant aroma, in addition to a touch of hops.

Taste is great. A really big burst of bitter dark chocolate dominates. A touch of that hop bitterness. Just a great beer.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, and creamy. This one has a nice carbonation tingle as well.

Drinkability is fairly high. Just great big bold flavor, and low alcohol makes this one easy to consume and enjoy.

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Photo of changeup45
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber. Pours a very black color, moderate tan head that doesn't last long. Chocolate, malty aroma, although not all that strong. The flavor is pretty nice with dark chocolate right away with subtle malts and bitter hop notes following. This seems more like a dessert. Hell, maybe it can be. I can't drink too many of these chocolate beers though. A simple 12 ounce would have been fine.

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

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass a thick, dirty brown with a stern mocha head that settled in like a champ. All I can think of is chocolate malted shakes from the aromas released from this manly head, which maintained its frothiness and left a nice amount of sweet lacing on the side of the glass. The taste is superb- not overly roasted, bitter notes, but a brilliant cocoa sweetness and a crisp finish that makes me want more....and more. Highly drinkable- one of the few stouts I could use as a session but with most likely debaucherous results.

The first time I had this was on cask at the Rogue Ale House in North Beach and I enjoyed it, but something about the effervescence of the bottled version increases my enjoyment. Definitely up there with Young's Double Chocolate. Maybe even a trump of it.

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Photo of drxandy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz to tulip glass, pours a deep dark opaque blackish brown, creamy brown head retains nicely then fades

smells of roasty chocolate bitterness, oats, slight hops, nice chocolate scent

taste is roasty bitter hops blending with smooth chocolate malts and chocolate, niiice - reminds me of a lesser version of southern tier's choklat but hopped heavier, nice smoothness from the oats, easy drinking, loads of flavor - excellent!

mouthfeel is bitterly creamy, oat-y smoothness, and very very chocolatey - a great stout from rogue, would love to get 6 packs of this instead of bombers but quality comes at a price, very nice

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Photo of katan
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, undated

A - Pours dark as night in color - light color bleed through on the edges. carbonation is present heavily through the strong head, which dissipates into a light film.

S - chocolate all the way. What did I expect? Perhaps some roasted off notes are hiding behind there - very subtle.

T - Starts off with a strong dark chocolate flavor - very robust. Goes to a bittering mid-taste that complements the first hit nicely. Finishes with what I would say is more of a dark cocoa flavor that seems very unsweetened. After a few more drinks, I find that the "chocolate bomb" has mellowed in my mind to a much more even kiel balance.

M - Thick and creamy - certainly solid in body. Not a bit of carbonation bite that I would associate with the appearance.

D - Sitting heavy on my stomach, which would indicate the strong body is filling me up. Nonetheless, I find it easy to drink. The lower ABV by style also is a bonus here.

Glad I finally tried this one.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black and viscuous... a creamy, and slightly foamy head - light golden brown.

S: A rich cocolate aroma, over a roasted malt scent. Some soft coffee aromas subtly mixed into things. Very nice.

T: Closer to baker's chocolate, with unsweetened notes of bitterness. Maltiness and a hint of hoppiness for balance.

M: Quite a sharp and assertive carbonation into a slightly thinner mouthfeel. More creaminess would be great, and it could be excellent on cask.

D: Not cloying, which is a big plus for a beer with such added flavours - at least in this style. With some more body, it would be an even better evening sipper.

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Photo of treyrab
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A: Extremely dark brown but not black, with a huge creamy brown fluffy head that lasts and laces

S: Smell of immense chocolate! Tons of chocolate malt and Hershey syrup.

T: Taste is so chocolaty and sweet! Also a tad bitterness from black malt that goes so well with the chocolate sweetness! A mild hop finish, but nothing exceptional

Overall, a great dessert beer that is worth drinking!

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

This beer pours a very rich black. The scent is undoubtedly of chocolate and chocolate malt. For some reason, this time around the beer tasted a little harsher than I recall. This might be due to the fact that I was previously drinking hazelnut brown which is so very smooth itself. At the very least, it has solid stout flavor, and also has the benefit of being another one of those few beers with chocolate that actually tastes like chocolate, but without tasting artificial or detracting from the actual beer flavor.

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Photo of ljbrisson
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bottle with a retro graphic. I didn't prefer the dark red and beige color scheme, but after tasting the beer the bottle seemed to fit the taste. The bottlecap was pragmatic, although one of the nicer I have seen and definitely better than Flying Fish's white-on-red flying fish logo.

Appearance: Hard pour into a pint glass, this beer had a 1.5 inch think tan-colored head and I still had beer left to pour! It was as black as I have ever seen a beer; I actually held it up to a light and it still was black. Looked like a delicious glass of spent motor oil.

Aroma: Smelled mostly of chocolate, but I could detect some roasted coffee and even a little bit of hops and a lot of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thick, warm, slick, velvety. This is a heavy, heavy beer and I loved it. There is a perfect amount of carbonation to slice through the heavy feel and break it up a little bit.

Taste: Chocolate, mocha, a little sweet caramel, and finishes with bitter dark chocolate taste and a tinge of hops. For the beginning, I felt like I was drinking chocolate pudding; the end brought me back to reality as I tasted the more bitter finish. The hops definitely keep the chocolate taste from being overwhelming.

This is the best beer I have had in quite a while. I highly recommend it.

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