Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,561
Reviews:
1,918
Ratings:
4,232
pDev:
12.29%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
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Photo of gmfessen
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass; beer is fairly viscous, almost black in appearance with a thick, creamy looking head. Smell is mostly of the chocolate malt, but there is a slight hint of the cascade. The initial taste is quite hoppy, but it is also quite chocolaty and malty which results in a well balanced beer. There is a slight chocolate-hop residual taste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a full, creamy carbonation. Overall, this is a drinkable and desirable beer.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black with a 1finger tan head that leaves great sheets of lace.

Smell is like chocolate milk.

Taste is loads of chocolate at first. Followed by some hoppy notes. Finishes roasty.

Solid mouthfeel.

Overall, a very tasty stout. Chocolate and roastiness make for a nice brunch beer or a tasty dessert. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sleazo
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I went to the meet the tasters event at the Fancy Food Show tonight. Besides the wonderful food, especially the Diver scallops with taromasalata from Thalasa. There was Stone, Ithaca and Rogue representing the brewing world. I have to say, this was my favourite of the night. The woman representing Rogue is the same one whose visage graces the bottle and she was very nice. I got one to go so here is the review.

A-Pours an opague black with a thick soapy five plus fingered head. Really gorgeous to behold.

S-a baked chocolate smell, very dry as well. What I think are cascade hops form the finish to the smell. This particularly comes out as it warms.

T-a lovely roasted malt combines with the chocolate to form one tasty start. The roasted bitterness also perfectly forms with the nice hoppy aftertaste to form one dry finish. This is such a well rounded beer it is amazing. The hops are what really push this to the next level. They provide a wonderful dry quality to mesh well with the malt. Not as sweet as I would think either.

M-Slightly chewy with a low level of carbonation well done for the style.

D-This is superb. I had a few of these tonight and paired one with Ciao Bello's Lebanese Yogurt Gelato to form one hell of an oce cream float. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys this beer. vanilla or coffee would do well to but the slighhtly tart yogurt really went well with this.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass - black in color with a persistent, tan head. Didn't notice any other tones or colors - very dark overall.

Chocolate aroma hits you up front and the taste follows suit and comes across as quite sweet. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, but lively carbonation keeps it from being chewy.

Very drinkable, but in moderation. Sweetness of the chocolate does not make this a session beer, but it is good as a nightcap or dessert beer - mix it with a fruit-beer or lambic for a sweet treat.

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

Poured out of a 22 oz. bomber last night at the end of a very long day. And what a night cap it was. The stout poured very thick with about one finger's worth of head and an aroma that was ever so soothing to my sniffer.
The chocolate flavor in this brew was excellent! I enjoyed every sip of it as the night continued to wind down.
If anyone enjoys a good smooth cigar with a great beer, Rogue's Chocolate Stout might just be the perfect pair.
I will most definitely enjoy this beer again and again.

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Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this brew in the bomber and most recently on draft.

A: Deep black brew with a nice espresso type head.

S: Chocolate, Chocolate, and more Chocolate did I order a Swiss Miss, pass the Marshmellow please.

T: Boy does the Chocolate stand front and center here, at this point I am begging for the marshmellows. So much chocolate with a great background of malt and a hint of hop.

M: It is pretty heavy, average body for a stout.

D: It goes down as good as it tastes. Due to the overpowering chocolate one pint or bomber is enough for me.

Overall its another good beer by Rogue. I love how they have brought the chocolate into the foreground in this brew while muting the coffee. The coffee is there, but the chocolate is the real star here. This would be a good beer to lay on someone who is wanting to come over to the dark side. It is not too overpowering, and has they nice warming chocolatelyness that will win their heart over. It's a winner in my book!

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Photo of ndekke39
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a tulip glass. Pours a thick, opaque black - no light getting through. Big, reddish-brown head. Great retention - lots of lacing. Smell is dominated by a sweet, dark chocolate. Hints of toasted grain, too. Tastes of the chocolate, too. Little bit of bitterness, like dark chocolate or roasted coffee. Good balance between the sweet and bitter of the tastes. Medium mouthfeel - perfect for this type of stout, although I wouldn't mind it being thicker. Overall, a wonderfully drinkable stout. Nice use of the chocolate without being too one-dimensional. Another strong offering from Rogue.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into my Sam Smith pint glass. Pours jet black with a chocolate-brown head. Black beers always look delicious.

Smell is malty & chocolaty.

Taste is is sweet with malty chocolate taste that lingers. Only drawback is that the beer is almost too sweet. Still very tasty.

Very smooth beer overall. Very tasty beer.

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

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in late January for $5.59.

Beer poured a jet black color with a very healthy brown head. Nose is of sweet chocolate malts, Taste is of sweet chocolate malts blending nicely into a nicely hopped finish. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and goes down too easy. Drinkability is very good. This is one awesome beer that I will seek out in the future!

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Photo of cbak999
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW....chocolate and coffee are very noticeable in this dark treat. Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle and right off the bat, and nice 1 inch head that only every dissipated to 1/3". This beer is heavy, dark, and filling!! Everything you would expect from a chocolate stout!! I loved this beer, and will definitely be drinking it again! Almost like drinking a sweet dessert!

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

Big bottle, capped.
Very dark brew with an almost "oily" appearance and a vigorous creamy head production. Good retention, followed by nice, sticky lacing coating the sides of the glass.
The aroma is, well, chocolate. Milk chocolate for starters, powdered cocoa, then the sweetness of it leaves way to a more subdued, coffe/tofee like- aroma, and at points even some earth-like smells.
This beer is quite firm on the palate, interestignly starting somewhat bitter, even lightly hopped, followed coffee and earthy flavors, and then obviously layers and layers of chocolate. Sweetish throughout most of it, but not cloying, and the aftertaste is like bittersweet chocolate.
Big, bold, but not overpowering or cloying, this one went down amazingly easy with chocolate truffles.
Indeed a masterpiece; great dessert beer with chocolates or on its own.

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Photo of TechMyst
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From bomber to becker at cold temp. Color is opaque black with light brown head, quite a bit actually. Transmitted color is deep ruby. Decent amount of lacing. Sweet chocolate aroma is very pleasing. Medium to thick mouthfeel leaving a slick, tacky coated palate. Tons of sediment. I love Dead Guy Ale, and this is another solid offering. Good amout of bittering balancing the sweet. Not really a sipper, but not something you'd want to slam either; drinkability is excellent. A little heavy on the belly, but it's a chocolate stout, so that's understandable. Great quality; nothing fake or cloying here. Definitely would try again! Not a lot going on with this, but still interesting. Could be considered a good baseline/benchmark for the style.

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Photo of mwearl
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, this beer was black with a tall brown frothy head with lacing that never quit. Ample smell of dark chocolate and sweetness. Taste was mildly smoky with lots of dark cacao chocolate with a little bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was medium with no special characteristics to note. Very drinkable beer even for a stout. I've had other chocolate stouts and the Rogue should be the benchmark to compare all others in my opinion.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- wonderful. small creamy dark tan head with deep black body.

S- sweet dark chocolate and coffee. some hops noted too.

T- malty at the beginning with hints of coffee. bitter hop aftertaste. Dark chocolate lingers. The chocolate and hops blend well together.

M- thick heavy body and high carbonation. Goes down pretty easy.

D- This is a very drinkable treat. Its not hard to drink the whole bomber in one sitting and that is enough for the time being too.

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Photo of genog
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish black that left little head

Strong, rich, dark chocolate smell

Taste is a burnt coffee aroma, with dark chocolate and some dried fruit taste.

The mouthfeel is what I really like as it punches the back of my cheeks and found that really nice combination with the rich flavors.

I would drink this again. I had this with a buddy, and we quickly finished the bottle, and were disappointed when it was gone.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pitch black with a coffee color head and tons of lacing oon the pint glass

S- dark chocolate dominates the nose, it is a good smell

T- dark chocolate with some roasted malts. This is very tasty brew

M- creamy, almost with an extra stout consistancy.
very nice

D- one of the easiest drinking stouts out there. A perfect dessert beer that can be drunki often. Nothing out of whack, nothing out of control. Just balanced goodness and one of my favorites.

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

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a creamy brown head.

S- Sweet smell of chocolate, can't believe it is this sweet.

T- Sweet, but not as sweet as the smell advertised. All around a balanced beer, strng chocolate taste present.

M- Smooth, creamy, not too thick.

D- A bit too sweet, chocolaty for my tastes.

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

Review from notes. On tap at the Crescent Moon in Omaha.

Inky black, viscous liquid, dark tan head. Good retention pretty sweet lacing as well.

Baker's chocolate in the malt; a little sweet and a little bitter, but not overly roasted. I noted a little sting of alcohol in the nose as well.

The flavor is very balanced, sweet malt with a good earthy hop presence. Mostly coffee and chocolate flavors, with some dark fruit as well.

Full mouthfeel, good carbonation keeps things light but properly thick. A little bitter afterflavor, nothing to draw away from the admirable qualities of this sweet stout. Dry finish.

Very natural sort of chocolate flavor that runs throughout. This is an amazing stout, a one-off Shakespeare that does it right: no fake choco syrup or additives. Awesome brew.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was dark black as stouts usually are. The head was a light coffee color. The smell was just a hint of dark chocolate. The taste was also dark chocolate but not very strong. i was actually expecting a stronger flavor since flavoring was added. This beer was decent and probably one of the better Rogue beers I have had.

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

The bottle smelled immediately like chocolate upon opening. It was like unwrapping a bar of dark chocolate. The beer poured thick and black, forming a lingering brown head. No light made it through the glass.

The beer smelled of chocolate, but not in a sickly sweet or overpowering way. There was still that soft roasty note that stouts have. Chocolate is, of course, the main taste in the beer, but the roasty notes and just a bit of soft hops show through in the finish, which is crisp. The whole bomber went down nice and silky.

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

Black pour with a short mocha brown head. Agood swirl brings it back up and releases the aroma. Intense bittersweet chocolate and malted milk. Smells really delicious. Interesting...The taste is not as overly sweet as the smell would lead you to believe. Reminds me of more of a milk chocolate than a bitter darker one. There are some welcome bitter notes on the finish though. Mouthfeel is good, very smooth. Carbonation does not make itself too noticeable. Very drinkable. The alcohol is low enough that it is a non issue. Delicious and filling beer. Very solid.

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

Thick pour, but has an elegant formation for 1 inch of head.

Smelled of extremely sweet chocolate malts and nutty aroma.

Upon first taste, the chocolate sensation is immediately present, but a woody flavoring hits the palatte right before consumption of the sip.

The aftertaste contains a sweet and pleasant blend of the woody flavor and the dominant chocolate notes.

The mouthfeel of this stout is very thick and syrupy while the balanced alcohol % is noticeable... Overall, a fine choice for an after-dinner beverage and high on my list of chocolate stouts.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, I've had this before in bottle and on tap. Decided to review the bottle, which meant I had to drink it again. Darn the luck...
Pours a rich, smooth black body topped by a thick and rick dark tan head. Nice retention and lacing.
Smells very very nice. Coffee and chocolate blen well here, along with dark fruit, anise and some prune.
Tastes wonderful. the balance between the chocolate and coffee is outstanding. Like having a chocolate coffee. Black fruits round out the palate to give a hint of sweetness other than the chocolate. Good subtle bite on the end takes care of any residue or lingering aftertastes that may be unpleasant.
Great beer.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a tulip glass.

A sandy, taupe-colored head appears thick and leaves little lacing, but is well retained. Body is a deep, seal brown and impermeable to light. Lots going on in the aroma department: gingerbread, cinnamon, sugar, dough, chocolate, toffee, and a dash of spice & fruit.

Taste isn't as flavorful as the aroma'd suggest: some bready malt notes with chocolate and mocha coffee. A spritzy mouthfeel for a stout, a bit thin, but with good carbonation levels. It falls a bit flat after about ten minutes, but the taste gets better as it warms. A bitter, semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste finishes the flavor. Basically, the aroma on this beer hooked me. Everything else is good, like most Rogues. Definately one I'll be having again.

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Photo of andebrice
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black, with a tan two finger head that didn't stick around very long. Good color for the style. Smells of sweet chocolates with hints of vanilla and caramel. Very Very sweet smell. This smells really good cold, I will have to let this warm up a bit and then smell it too. I would have to rate this as one the best smelling ,for the style, that I have ever smelled. Doesn't seem to taste as sweet as I would have expected. Has a nice dark, very bitter chocolate fell through most of the drink, finishes with a burnt toast or kind of an oatmeal stout character, with just a hint of vanilla. This is a very full brew with minimal carbonation, perfect for the style. I may just add this to my regular drinking list. I should also note that if beers were rated on smellability this would rate a 5. I could smell this brew all day long.

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