Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

4,201 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 CrellMoset
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Midlothian Capital Ale House.

Appearance: A deep, dark brown body with a tan head. Great retention, solid lacing that sticks all over the place. Very inviting looking.

Aroma: Whoa. There's that natural chocolate flavoring. Smells overwhelmingly of powdered hot cocoa - definitely bringing me back to my Boy Scout days. It's a little more complex than that though, to be fair - a milkyness is present, and there are saccharine notes that aren't just pure "chocolate chocolate." Very nice - smells like you'd imagine a chocolate stout should smell.

Taste: Here goes ... wow, not nearly as sweet as one would imagine from the smell. Everyone's had that powdered hot chocolate in their childhood, so you expect something much milky and sweeter when you sip this one. Not so. It's very dry, much more about the bitter, dark chocolate and other roasted malts than about milk chocolate. There are some pleasant bitter astringencies imparted by the roasted malts, and there's an ever-so-slight non-malt bitterness (the Cascade, I'm assuming, which also gives it a few earthy notes that I can't really attribute to the malts). Only the faintest hints of other Cascade notes detected though, which is good - I've never much liked chocolate oranges. Very rich, without being sweet.

Mouthfeel: Excellent - surprisingly big-bodied and bold (that big head from the oats?), which keeps it from being too thick, with expressive, even carbonation the smoothness of which lends a powdery feel (cocoa powder?) to the whole ordeal, although that may just be my imagination.

Drinkability: Great. It's big-bodied, but everything jives very well. It's not sweet at all, so nothing is cloying, nor is it overly bitter. The chocolate is always present, but it's really just the "chocolate" that's there ... hmmm ... that doesn't make much sense. I always grew up on milk chocolate (as did most people born in this day and age - you're not going to give dark chocolate to a child, right?), but this is that pure cocoa solid flavor, which works very well with all those other toasted malt notes. Very drinkable - pair it with a dessert.

Solid, solid beer. Flavor is solid and balanced, chocolate is powerful without being overpowering, and everything else in the supporting cast comes together nicely.

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

A - Pours dark brown and opaque. Some hints of cola show around the edges of the glass. Head topped out at one inch and stuck around for longer than expected. The lacing left behind was nice.

S - Smokey roasted malt aromas come through first but do not dominate. Quickly behind are notes of maple and dark chocolate. Even though the chocolate comes in midway, it steals the show and sticks around once it shows up. Overall the aroma is mild and pleasing.

T - Chocolate. Dark and bitter at first but a smoother milk chocolate comes in later. Behind the chocolate lay some roasted malt and a hint of smoke. Finishing off the flavor was a small amount of alcohol and coffee.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Silky feel. Finsh is bittersweet, clean, and does not stick around for long.

D - Drinkability is good. The beer is a good example of how to showcase the chocolate flavor. I would gladly have more of this one. The alcohol is relatively low which makes is disappear even faster.

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

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Extremely dark brown, only a hint of light at extreme edges. A dense, tightly packed, caramel colored head that settles to a nice sheet, and leaves a sticky lace all the way down.

S - Toasted malts, mollases, toffee, and obviously rich dark chocolate. It's a wonderfully inviting aroma.

T - More roasted malts, unsweetened dark chocolate, a hint of hop spiciness, and some dark fruit.

M - A creamy, medium-thick body that goes down with ease. A surpisingly clean and dry finish given the chocolate content. A fairly low level of carbonation brings just the right amount of bite.

D - Well, I drained the bomber in short time. I thought the chocolate content would slow me down, but not so. I'm not quite gonna call it sessionable, but it was a joy to drink. I will definately do this one again.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got it at Target.

Chocolate indeed! Richly roasted maltiness with dark roasted flavors, particularly chocolate (per suggestion) and espresso. Dark, ripe fruit. Vanilla, and an almost-lavender floralness.

Jet black, perhaps dark, dark brown. Mild head - dark brown - with poor retention.

First sip reveals abundant fruitiness in the attack, mild malt and hop in the midpalate, and a growing bitterness in the finish. Quite a transition and spectrum of flavors. Deeper chocolate and roasted malt develop against the fruit. Tart hop edge comes in between middle and end along with bright fruit through the finish. A little bit of spicy, herbal hop takes root and provides a nice, subtle foreground to the dark malty backgrounds. More bitterness in the end tastes mainly of hop leaf, but also perhaps from highly roasted malt. Vanilla suggestions turn into reckonable flavors and bring to mind oak. I only notice a very soft sweetness as an afterthought upon relishing in the finishing bitterness.

After reading the bottle, I see that there really is chocolate in here (along with oats, which kind of makes sense). I can't really tell that there is chocolate added beyond very richly roasted malt which often tastes chocolate-like to me. I'm glad Rogue didn't over do the chocolate, as that would have skewed these nice flavors down the path of being flavored.

Paired with some corned beef, marbled rye, and aged swiss, it does smell creamy like oats. And my corned beef, paired against Rogue Chocolate Stout, tastes rather like wintergreen. How odd - it tasted rather meaty a minute ago.

Medium-full-to-full bodied mouthfeel. Good bitterness, stiff body.

The Verdict:
A pretty good, and indeed chocolate-rich, Stout with a surprisingly strong bright fruit character juxtaposed on the dark malt and a pleasantly strong bitterness ruling over the finish.

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Photo of Matty1918
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours black with a nice tan, creamy head. Nice lacing and retention.

Aroma is of toasted sweet malts....caramel with hints of chocolate.

Taste is of light coffee up front with chocolate bringing up the rear. A mild spice is also there. Lots of chocolate flavor here.

Mouthfeel is creamy very nice. Not a lot of carbonation. A nice stout to end the night with.

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

A - Dark, close to black, tan head, leaves eventually, persistent thin bubbly lacing.

S - Bakers chocolate, burnt malt and hops.

T - Wow. Chocolate is dominant, followed by burnt malt and grapefruit.

M - Thick, chewy beer. Nice balance, good carb, excellent coating.

D - I could go for a time with this. Reminds me of my own stout, which I am very partial to.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with leathery edges. A large cocoa colored head settles slowly and chaotically to a nice creamy cap, leaving some initial rings and sheets of lace.

S: Woah, strong bittersweet chocolate with a faint toasted malt aroma and some citrus hops. Absolutely fantastic aroma.

T&M: Sweet chocolate, citrus hops, and toasted black malt all make their appearance. Finish is long and lingering with all three primary flavor components, though a bit stronger on the roasted malt and chocolate. A medium/full body with slight amount of carbonation--helps those chocolate flavors stay smooth.

D: With so much flavor, it has to be drinkable. A smooth, creamy feel also adds enjoyability to the experience. Chocolate stout is one of the most unique beers I've ever drank, and would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in beer.

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Photo of AmishT
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Huge mocha brown head that isn't goin anywhere fast. A little bit of lacing when it does decide to recede. Deep brown almost black. The color of the beer as it's poured from the bottle is definitely noteworthy.

S - Delicious aromas, a mixture of dark chocolate and earthy hops. Really invites you to take that first sip

T - Man, tastes like it smells, which is awesome. Hops and chocolate is a big win in my book. The bittersweet chocolaty/hoppy aftertaste is awesome; it really sets you up for that next sip. The chocolate and hop flavors are nicely balanced: just enough hops to remind you that you're drinkin a beer.

M - A little bit too light in my opinion. The rich chocolate flavors don't endure as well as I would like when held to my tongue. Slick. It's not a bad mouthfeel, it's just not what I personally would like in regards to the flavor profile

D - The lighter body definitely bolsters the drinkability. Fairly low abv, great flavor - it's a damn drinkable stout.

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Photo of Thiestru
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Black as sin and completely opaque. Very respectable light brown head - it was three fingers when I first poured it! This diminished, but some head still lingered, lacing the glass thoroughly.

Smell: An intensely rich dark chocolate aroma leaps out at you from the moment you open the bottle.

Taste: Wow! I did not anticipate this kind of bitterness from a chocolate stout! This beer has something of a bite, which, strangely, doesn't seem to derive from the hops. Rather, it seems to be coming from the chocolate malt itself. I'm surprised at how little sweetness is to be found here. Definitely an interesting taste, if not quite what I want from a chocolate stout; but I think it might grow on me.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, but to be honest the provocative flavor distracts me from the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I definitely wouldn't want more than one of these in a sitting; it's going to be hard just to finish this one. Doesn't mean I'm not enjoying it, though....

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Label notes this is 69 IBUs...not what I would've expected on something like this. I wish I wouldn't have peeked at Rogue's always uber-informative label. Could be a wonderful thing the pour!

Pours an oily but not ultra-thick stream into the snifter, which boasts a light brown not unlike a lightly-toasted marshmallow. The color is a deep, dark brown, bordering on black, and the bubbles seem to take their time moving through the viscous liquid. Slabs of lace complete the very nice picture.

Too many American stouts concentrate solely on the stout part (ie. the dark/roasted grains), forgetting the nuances that make a great stout great. This one doesn't make that mistake, and it's obvious even in the aroma stage. The roasty, almost smoky stout-ness is here, but there's also some depth thanks to hops (nothing overboard), plum/grape-skin, cream/milk sweetness, and just enough chocolate to make good on the beer's name. Aroma could've been bigger, seems kind of held back, or tame, but hardly regrettable.

Flavor is outstanding, and it's all about balance. Chocolate is at the forefront, but not ludicrously cranked up. Carries lots of caramel on its back, which makes it feel like you're drinking Rolo candies. Chocolate and its pal Caramel get along well with the roasty-toasty grains (oats/barley noted on the label) and some obvious hops (Cascade...again, I cheated). Frothed milk seeps into the flavor, but could also partly be the texture talking. Lingering smoke and roast in the finish, which push the chocolate back a little--not surprising considering they're more aggressive flavors. Mouthfeel is decent, airy and silky, like any good stout, but thicker & creamier would've put this beer over the top. Think melted chocolate, and you have my expectation vs. the reality. If the texture of Bell's Expedition Stout could've been fused to this beer, we'd have a World-Class winner.

One of Rogue's best. There's little to nitpick about...this is hugely enjoyable, and highly drinkable considering the style.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tan head that disappates quickly. Strong aroma of chocolate, but with additinal notes of roasted coffee and licorice. Tatse of chocolate and hops which really shine through at the finish. Fairly well balanced. The chocolate malts are the highlight here, but the finish is bitter and lasting. One of Rogue's best beers.

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Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Revisiting the Chocolate Stout after about a year. If memory serves me correct, it's one tasty SOB. A semi-hard pour reveals a very dark brown, almost black brew with a rolling and dense dark tan head that carries itself proud to a slow finish and leaves a good lacing all around to remind you of itself. Smell is quite complex with sweet and dark chocolates, malts and caramel upfront and an essence of burnt wood and pine in the background. Tastes of dark chocolates, molasses, licorice, toffee and a good hit of bitterness and some slight smokiness to finish things off. Carbonation is just right for this medium to full-bodied, yet highly drinkable stout. Rogue always does me right.

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Photo of ph2001
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in pint glass

poured smooth, but thick. not much head to it, and this one is dark. no liht passes through.

at first its a little bitter on the tongue but it melts into a nice chocolate flavor, with a good aftertaste. it is heavy and thick though, making it difficult to drink much of it.

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Photo of theghost3
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is very dark brown with a thick, brown head. It has a rather strong chocolate smell with toasty malts. It doesn't taste as strong of chocolate as it smells. There's a distinct roasted malt flavor that's buttery with a hint of coffee. It has a rather strong aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very thick without much carbonation. This beer is drinkable, but very thick and rich with powerful flavors, so I wouldn't recommend planning to drink something different afterwards.

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

$6.00 bomber from Evanston First Liquors.

Looks great. Pours out a viscous dark black, more than lots of impy stouts, with a full dark head. Impressive color on the head. Full 360 degree lacing. At the end the sediment doesn't look too nice, and is not expected in this style.

Milky chocolately aroma. Smells nice, Tootsie Roll like. It's not terribly complex. Sweetness covers up roasty or bitter notes.

There's a lot of interest out there in chocolate stouts, it seems, and this one is named often. After just a few sips, it's easy to see why. Plenty of flavor for a beer that is not that big in terms of abv. Whereas the nose was pretty one-dimensional, there's plenty going on on the palate. The suggestion of chocolate in the nose leads you to find that right away, but there's a smooth foundation of roasted oats and barley, followed by a generous amount of hop bitterness. I found it a bit much initially, but I got used to it after a few sips. The chocolate flavor is nice, and the clear focus over coffee or roasty notes. Finishes a bit on the bitter side, with lingering dark chocolate.

I was looking for something fuller in the mouthfeel. Seems to dissolve in the mouth, when I'm looking for it to be heavier and just sit there.

Drinkability is hurt a little by a lack of crispness and a finish so long that you always feel like you just took a sip. This is a very solid beer, but to be honest, it gets a little boring near the end of the bomber. I don't know if I'll purchase again anytime soon, but I still recommend it to stout lovers. Of course you already know that it's good anyway. Still doesn't beat the mighty Choklat in my book.

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer. Deep milk chocolate permeates almost every aspect of the beer- from the taste to the aroma, and even the mouthfeel is like drinking a hearty chocolate milk that is just perfect. My one complaint is that I wasn't able to directly discern the hop contribution to the beer because the chocolate flavor and aroma was so great. Maybe there isn't one or maybe it's not needed. I'll leave it until my next try to decide, but this is certainly a great one.

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

This beer should be atleast decent for a top 100. Well, I picked up one to give it a shot.

The smell is not at all like chocolate nor is the taste. I tried it a couple more times and I just dont like this. Okay, its a little creamy but has virtually no chocolate. Maybe its just me.

Overall, probably wont grab this again unless I was with a girl that wanted to try craft beer. Ehh

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

Shared with friends after a long night at the local watering hole. Appeared an opaque dark brown, with a dark brown head which dissipated quickly.

Smells of sweet roasted barley.

The taste here is truely the star of the show, roasted smokey chocolate taste that was complex yet discernable. It was indeed a dessert beer, and a great way to end the night.

I plan to drink it again soon, its just that good.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick, dark brown in color, 1 to 2 finger head, creamy, opaque

Smell: Tootsie Roll that's about it. If you say it smells like something else, you're a f&*king liar! LIAR!!!

Taste: Definitely tastes like chocolate. To be specific, this tastes like liquid Tootsie Roll and roasted malts, dark chocolate and oats. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: creamy with medium carbonation (high carbonation for a chocolate stout). Taste coats the mouth, however aftertaste was a bit disapointing (just a little bit).

Drinkability: I wouldn't want to drink any chocolate stout all night, however this is the mother of all chocolate stouts. This beer sets the standard for all other chocolate
stouts I've tried and will try. Rogue did not disappoint with this one.

NOTE: One wise man couldn't finish his Rogue Chocolate Stout. He claimed it tasted like ashtray and decided to drink Miller Light instead. Our name will likely be changing to TwoWisemen_and_she-man_thing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 5/9/08, at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is all chocolate with some roasted malts in there.

T: The taste is a strong mixture of milk and dark chocolate. It's very malty and bitter-sweet. A very mild hops presence comes in after a while but for the most part this beer tastes like a melted chocolate bar leaving that thick cloying sweetness in the after-taste.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-heavy body, light-medium carbonation, finish is very sticky.

D: Tasty if you like the intense chocolate, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I've had some chocolaty stouts before but I think this one overdoes it.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with some lighter brown highlights when held to the light. A three-finger mocha colored head fades slowly to a thin cap leaving lots of sticky lacing.

Smells like sweet milk chocolate: fudge brownies fresh out of the oven, a bit of vanilla, and a hint of smoke. There are some earthy floral hops as well.

Taste is roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate balanced with some earthy hops. There's some milky sweetness in the middle before a long, semi-dry chocolate finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, but a lot thinner than I'd thought it would be.

Drinkability is OK, but trying it once was probably good enough for me.

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Photo of Biggness
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured very dark with a light head. The smell of the beer was of a chocolate bar!! The flavor of this beer is amazing Rogue certainly hit the spot for this one! No skimping of ingridients on this beer! It is certainly not something you can drink all night but it certainly has great flavor and is a beer I will suggest to all my beer loving friends.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black brown and has a nice head that settles to a long lasting lace. Bubbly and enticing. The aroma is of chocolate and
roasted malts.Hints of coffee. The taste is bitter sweet with chocolaty taste that is well balanced with mild hops and malts.
There are also tones of dark fruit,but the chocolate seems to reign.
The feel is smooth,milky like,medium carbonation with a creamy texture and a slight bitter finish.

Notes: I was expecting this brew to be heavy,to be too full flavored or just too sweet. What a surprise ! Balance was awesome and the drinkability was so close to session. I suppose it may be a session brew because it is not too heavy and the ABV is not so high. I am constantly impressed with this Brewery's concoctions. I will buy this again and though many feel this is a dessert brew,I think it could be the dessert!
Cheers to all!

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on Cask.

A: A dark brown almost black color. Has a thick creamy head.

S: Chocolate (duh) with coffee, some toffee and espresso smells.

T: A deep chocolate taste, with lots of smokey wood and coffee flavors. Definitely a prevalent espresso taste.

M: So so smooth and really creamy. It is a full bodied stout.

D: I really enjoyed this beer a lot, great flavor, not one I could have multiple in one sitting. But a tremendous beer.

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Photo of Ben4881
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Stout
Rogue Ales Brewery

This beer pours out dark, thick, with an impenetrable blackness. A lovely head foams to the surface, brown at the bottom and egg shell white on top. Looks almost like a root beer float. The head sinks fast and leaves almost no remnants of lacing on the glass. Some lacing remains as the glass empties, however.

A very soft chocolaty smell creeps into my nose. There is some toasty character to it, but not overpoweringly so. Mostly, the smell is very sweet and chocolaty smooth.

This is a creeper. The taste begins very soft chocolaty and sweet, like the smell. Then, a milky flavor hangs as I swallow. Upon swallowing, an unexpected kick back of hops tickles the back of my tongue. The slightly sticky, dry, and bitter aftertaste is a welcome surprise. This beer finishes in a different place from where it started.

As a stout, it is appropriately thick. There is some carbonation, which lightens the load. Not too chunky, pretty smooth.

The complexity of the taste from start to finish is a plus. The dry, bitter finish makes me want to experience the silky, sweet, chocolaty all over again. I truly enjoyed this experience.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 4,201 ratings.
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